The Bayview Neighborhood Offers Many Ways to Surprise and Delight
While you may have traded in childhood for a drivers license and day job, the holiday season is a wonderful time to act like a kid again. Here are some timeless ways to enjoy the upcoming months with carefree fun and joy:
Thursday, Dec. 20; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bayview Opera House
4705 3rd Street
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a special visit from Santa Claus? The Bayview Opera House and 3rd on Third present their 7th Annual Winter Wonderland. On this festive day, kids (and adults!) can get creative with arts and crafts, skate in the ice rink, pay a visit to Santa Claus and even make snow angels in real snow. The Bayview Underground Food Scene Holiday Market will also offer special deals on local foods as well as gift and craft vendors. This will be a holiday event that you won’t want to miss!
Tuesday, Jan. 1 and Tuesday Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.
2569 Third St.
This museum, which has found a new home in the historic American Industrial Center in Dogpatch, asks you to open your mind to a wider definition of art. Let your soul be inspired by innovative jewelry and furniture designers and other artwork such as kinetic sculpture and self-portraits. On the first Tuesdays of January and February, the museum offers free admission; don’t miss this opportunity to wonder at a stunning collection of unconventional art, and to let that child-like openness to creativity be free.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays
Open by appointment Monday-Wednesday
1584 Wallace Ave.
Spruce up your home’s landscaping with a visit to Urban Farmgirl’s boutique, where you can browse and delight in some of San Francisco’s most cutting-edge plant designs. You can buy handmade Pozzola pots and troughs, which are made with found materials such as pebbles and sea glass and come in a range of sizes and colors, and a variety of plants. It’s the ideal place to let yourself explore and have fun while creating sophisticated designs! Let Urban Farmgirl founder Tina Calloway’s creativity inspire you to enhance your home or office with her unique containers and plant arrangements.
Dec. 18 and 19
1439 Egbert Ave unit a/b
There’s no need to let the responsibilities of adulthood get in the way of fun! Laughing Monk Brewery offers regular opportunities to get together with other kids at heart for some friendly competition. On Tuesday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., compete for the title of ultimate trivia champion and win pints and gift cards for your correct answers. BYOG (bring your own game) to Wednesday night’s Industry and Game Night or take a seat at the table to play Magic: The Gathering with Brother Chris. Enjoy $2 beers between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
5273 3rd St.
5 p.m.-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Sundays
Big kids will enjoy a night out at Gratta Wines, a small-production garage winery in Bayview that creates hand-crafted wine. The owner, Barbara Gratta, has more than 10 years of winemaking experience, and she pours libations such as Garage Blend Red and Petite Sirah. Make it dinner and a wine tasting with small plates from next-door neighbor Fox & Lion Bread at the Butchertown Gourmet Marketplace.
Reconnecting with your inner child—whether you’re playing a game, trying something new or discovering a fresh sense of wonder—will prove as invigorating as it is fun. Don’t wait. Get one of these events on your calendar!