San Mateo County Activities: 

November Activities (previously in Newsletter):

  • Sugar Skull Decorating (November 2, 3:30pm-5:30pm)
    Belle Haven Branch Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
    Día de los Muertos is a nonreligious holiday that celebrates the memory of loved ones who have died. Make colorful folk art that is carefully decorated with icing, pieces of bright foil and colored sugars. If kept dry, they can last a year.

  • Club STEAM (November 3, 4pm-5pm)
    Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
    Explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts and math using hands-on experiments. For first through fifth grades.

  • Exploring Virtual (November 4, 11am-1pm)
    Glen Park Branch Library, 2825 Diamond St Reality, San Francisco
    The Future Perfect Machine will show participants the wonders of virtual reality. Signups required.

  • Palo Alto Children’s Theatre: The Emperor’s New Clothes (November 18 and 19, 10am and 12pm)
    1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
    High School performers bring the classic fairy tale to life. Show is geared for children ages 2-6. Performances are 45 minutes. $10-12.

  • Friends of the Millbrae Library Big Book Sale (November 4, 9am-4pm)
    Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave., Millbrae
    Support the library by buying books. Through Sunday.

  • Proud Penguin Author Visit (November 4, 10:30am-11am)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Award-winning songwriter and cherished educator Jamie Purnell reads from his new book Proud Penguin, the tale of a penguin whose spirits are lifted by a friendship with a seagull. Expect dancing, singing and audience participation.

  • Coding for Kids (November 5, 2pm-3pm)
    Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
    Learn to make your own video games. All materials provided. Ten students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Every Sunday.

  • Día de los Muertos (November 5, 5pm-8pm)
    San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    Casa Circulo Cultural and the Friends of Redwood City Public Library present this celebration with craft activities for kids in the rotunda. Members of the community will create a Festival of Altars.

  • IlluminOdyssey: A Winter Light Experience For Kids (November 10, 10am-8pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Electrify your child’s imagination with this spectacular light exhibition. Redwood Hall will be transformed into a dazzling world of child-friendly interactive wonder. Through January 7. Included with admission, CASA volunteers and children get free admission when you show your CASA badge.

  • San Mateo Harvest Festival (November 10, 10am-5pm)
    San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
    Check out 24,000 handmade and embellished arts and crafts at what’s billed as the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast. There will be live music, entertainment, artist demonstrations and a hands-on Kids Zone. Through November 12. $9 adults, under 12 free.

  • Discovery Day at AT&T Park (November 11, 10am-4pm)
    24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco
    The ballpark is transformed into a science wonderland. With more than 150 hands-on exhibits, get ready to unleash your inner scientist. The park will be packed with science content including on the field, every entrance/exit and every level.

  • Second Sunday (November 12, 11am-4pm)
    Cantor Arts Center, 382 Lomita Drive, and Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford
    This is a day of art talks, hands-on art making and gallery art adventures.

  • Alphabet Rockers Diversity Workshop (November 14, 4pm-5pm)
    Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton
    This children’s hip hop group will lead engaging hour-long conversations about racial and cultural diversity. Limited to 10 families with children ages 5-12.

  • Family Dance Party (November 15, 7pm-8pm)
    Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City
    Come for movement, music and stories. Everyone will sing, dance and play instruments.

  • Storytelling Festival: Olga Loya (November 15, 5pm-6pm)
    Belle Haven Branch Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
    In this bilingual performance of tales from Latin America, Loya will share stories about discovering one’s culture, learning one’s strength and discovering oneself through myths from the past.

  • Hillsdale Shopping Center Tree Lighting (November 17)
    Hillsdale Shopping Center, Highway 101 at Hillsdale Boulevard and El Camino Real, San Mateo
    The festivities kick off with a holiday performance at 5:30pm followed by Santa’s arrival. The tree lighting is at 6pm at Macy’s Center Court.

  • Lookmobile Visit (November 18, 11am-5pm)
    Brisbane Library, 250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane
    Draw a map, create fog and more. This pop-up learning lab on wheels highlights San Mateo County’s unique composition, features and perspectives.

  • Tech Saturday (November 18, 12pm-1pm)
    Half Moon Bay Library, 225 Cabrillo Highway S., #104B, Half Moon Bay
    Drop in for a tech activity. Learn about programming electronics, 3D printing and more. Activities may include Scratch, Tinkercad and Arduino. Beginners welcome. For ages 8 and up.

  • The Beetle Lady (November 20, 4pm-5pm)
    Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley
    Learn about the many types of arachnids from spiders to scorpions and more. Learn how misunderstood they are and how helpful they can be. Afterwards, kids can make jumping spider puppets

  • Emoji Pillows (November 20, 3:30pm-4pm)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Make emoji pillows. Felt, glue and sewing supplies will be provided.

  • Drone Plex (November 25, 10:30am-12pm)
    Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
    Watch a demonstration and try out a simulated drone flight. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 free.

  • Otter Feeding (November 26, 12pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Watch these frisky creatures frolic up close and ask an animal keeper about their stories.

  • LEGO and Magna-Tiles Free Play (November 30, 3pm-5pm)
    Chinatown Branch Library, 1135 Powell St., San Francisco
     All the pieces are provided for children to create vehicles, robots, castles and anything else their imagination can come up with. For ages 5 and up.

  • Young Eagles
    Young Eagles is run by the Experimental Aircraft Association at San Carlos Airport. On the 3rd Saturday of every month they give FREE flights to kids ages 8-17.  Each kid gets a 20 min flight and a quick lesson about the plane's controls, etc from the pilot. 
    To get your free Young Eagles flight, come to the San Carlos Airport Terminal Building (620 Airport Way, San Carlos) adjacent to the airfield, on the third Saturday of the month (weather permitting). You will need to fill out a short form that requires a legal guardian's signature. 
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  • Drop-In Science Workshop (Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am)
    Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
    Drop-In Science sessions each Saturday explore basic science concepts that surround us in our amazing world. Hands-on, interactive activities connect young scientists to these concepts while allowing them to take home the results of their work. $4/child. Children 7 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Studio Art Making (Every Sunday 1-3pm)
    Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Palo Alto
    Come out for 30-minute sessions at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 pm every Sunday in the Moorman Studio. Experiment with art materials and new techniques during sessions taught by professional art educators. Sign up for your session at the table near the indoor entrance to the Cool Cafe.

  • Donation Closet – Help one Child
    858 University Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024
    Help One Child's Donation Closet is filled with new items!  Check out the list to see if we have what you need for your CASA child!

  • Discover & GO:  Free Passes to Museums through San Mateo County Library!
    Discover & Go provides access to museum passes, such as the Asian Art Museum, that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the library. As a San Mateo County Library card holder, you have access to numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date, so no returns required and no possibility for overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Patrons without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person and print out a pass at their local library.