Brr… Can you feel the chill in the air? Winter is upon us! With that, comes all of the magic and joy of the season: the kids are out of school, holiday songs are playing on the radio, and our tummies are full with some of our favorite yearly treats. During this special season, we love to share events that encourage families and friends to get together and make memories with little ones. 

This season, we’ve curated a list that includes some of the best winter events the East Bay has to offer! Dress up in a warm coat, pack some hot cocoa for the ride, and check out all of these great East Bay activities! Happy Holidays, Nannies Plus Community!

Ring in the Season at the Orinda Theatre Square!

Where: 2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, CA 94563

When: Saturday, November 30th – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Cost: Free!

The Nannies Plus team has been known to frequent the Orinda Theatre Square for their Halloween events, so we’re sure their holiday kick off will be a hit! This activity is great for families with children of all ages, as the schedule includes an ornament making workshop, a free visit with Santa, free horse and carriage rides, and a stunning park tree lighting! Don’t forget to bring a warm jacket, because this event will be held outdoors!

Treat Yourself to a Parents’ Night Out at the Self Care Soiree! 

Where: The Rec Room – 3222 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

When: December 5th, 2019, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Cost: $15

Parents, you may want to ask your nanny to stay late on December 5th, so you can catch a much needed date night! The Rec Room is hosting a Self Care Soiree that you will not want to miss! This event features therapeutic guided meditation, mini acupuncture sessions, and stress relief with essential oils to remind you to slow down and recharge. Through the business of the holidays and parenthood, you deserve a moment to care for yourself. Build community with East Bay parents, and treat yourself to an evening of rejuvenation!

Experience the Enchanting Annual Zoolights!

Where: The Oakland Zoo – 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA 94605

When: December 6th through January 5th, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: Free for children under 2, $11 – $12 for children and adults

Every winter, the Oakland Zoo hosts Zoolights, an immersive holiday experience in which the whole zoo turns into a festive winter wonderland! Your little ones will be captivated by the twinkling lights, charmed by the Music in Motion laser light show, and keen to meet Santa at the Penguin Playground. Make it an evening that the whole family will enjoy by riding up the festively lit gondolas to enjoy a warm bite to eat at the Landing Cafe.

Learn About Different Cultures at OMCA’s Winter Fest

Where: Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) – 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

When: Friday, December 13th, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: Free!

The Oakland Museum of California’s Winter Fest is an ideal opportunity to educate your kiddos about the diverse holiday traditions in the Bay Area. Winter Fest is a typical Friday Night at OMCA, with a festive twist for young families! Events for the night include: a Hanukkah themed activity, storytime with the Oakland Library, a make DIY holiday candle, and a demonstration on Mexican Holiday traditions. The Oakland Museum often holds immersive, interactive, and intriguing cultural events; this one is certainly worth checking out! 

Instill the Spirit of the Holidays in Your Littles Through Volunteering!

Where: Alameda County Food Bank or from your home!

When: Anytime!

Cost: Free!

The holidays are about sharing love! In the East Bay, there are plenty of ways your family can donate time, money, or gently used clothing to people in need. The Alameda County Food Bank can always use help from behind the scenes volunteers at this time of year. Taking your littles to the food bank’s warehouse to help assemble packages for families in need is a great way to teach and model kindness. 

If you’d prefer to stay home, you can host a One Warm Coat drive during your holiday festivities! Invite friends and family to bring a new or gently-used coat to keep someone warm this winter. Another great option is to start up a Meal Train for a loved one who recently welcomed a new baby. Transitioning into life with a new child is a whirlwind! Assistance with coordinating meals during the postpartum period can make a significant difference in their quality time together.

A memory of giving back is a gift that will last your child a lifetime!