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Family Fun At The Winter Wonderland Workshop In Hercules

Family Fun At The Winter Wonderland Workshop In Hercules

It's that time of year again. Twinkling lights are lighting up homes and towns, shopping outlets are filled to the brim with people looking for seasonal deals, and candy cane flavored lattes are all the rage with the holiday season in full swing. From the Berkeley California apartments all the way down to San Jose, everyone is feeling the holiday spirit.

California has plenty of family friendly activities, especially around the Bay Area, but one town hugging the San Pablo Bay is hosting a slew of exciting activities you won't want to miss. One of which, the Winter Wonderland Workshop, is an extravaganza like no other.

The Ultimate Workshop

Load the kids into the car and head over to the Hercules Teen Youth Center at 2007 Refugio Valley Road on the 16th. This event takes place from 10 in the morning until noon, and is packed full of exciting activities that you and your children can take part in.

First up is arts and crafts, which gives families an activity they can bond over. Who doesn't love making a handmade ornament, right? Let your little ones' creativity shine as they use a variety of objects and a little bit of glue to craft to something you'll hang on your tree forever.

They can also get their faces painted to look like a snowman, reindeer, and other holiday themed characters. Classic Christmas tunes and a buffet of holiday treats will be available during the event. Not only are the snacks delicious, they're beautifully decorated as well.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg, though. The community events calendar won't say what else is in store, but they promise that there will be much more for you and the family to enjoy together. All ages are welcome to attend this festive and exciting event.

Looking for More?

One holiday event is never quite enough. If you and your family are looking for even more fun this year, here are a few other events you might want to check out in the Hercules-Pinole area.

Snacks With Santa

Head over to the Bay Area Discovery Museum for an exclusive event where your children can get their picture taken with Santa himself. There will be six half hour long sessions on the 16th and 17th from 9 to 11:30 am, but you'll need to bring your own camera. Holiday themed treats and hot chocolate will be available for everyone. Space is limited to ensure every child gets to have their picture taken, so register ASAP.

If your schedule doesn't allow for the above event, then you and your family can experience snacks with Santa at Solano Avenue on the 10th, 16th and 17th from noon until 4 pm. Crafts and other fun activities are also available at this one.

A Cooking Class for Kids

Hosted by Chef Lisa Lavagetto at Ramekins, this is the ultimate Christmas cookie baking class. Designed specifically for kids, you and your little ones can have a blast making some of the most unique cookies imaginable for the holiday season. Enjoy a little hot chocolate, listen to some classic Christmas tunes, and enjoy making:

Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas Tree Cookies

Jam Filled Butter Cookies

Fudge Puddles

and Christmas Wreath Cookies

Head to the Oakland Zoo

ZooLights is on again this year at the Oakland Zoo. You and your family can take a ride over the Oakland Hills in festively lit gondolas as you see the entire Bay Area in all its holiday glory. There are new laser light shows this year, and hundreds of thousands of twinkling holiday lights to enjoy under the night sky. You can catch this event up until Christmas day, then from the 26th to the 31st from 5 to 9 pm.

Hop on one of the rides at the candy-cane themed Adventure Landing, ride the Outback Express train, or warm yourself with hot cocoa and homemade s'mores at Flamingo Plaza. This is a highly unique experience, guaranteed to be a blast for the whole family.

Berkeley California Apartments

All of these fantastic events and more are just a short distance away from Aventine, where contemporary coastal meets comfortable living. These new apartment homes are thoughtfully designed, offering spacious living areas and the finest in modern furnishings. A collection of hotel-style amenities create a community tailored to various lifestyles, while the ease of access to Bart and Freeway 80 make this a commuter's paradise.

Comfort, convenience, and style are the thoughts behind room design. Each dwelling offers spacious floor plans with 10-14 foot ceilings and bay windows with serene views. Wood-style vinyl plank flooring compliments neutral color schemes, while quartz countertops highlight stainless steel appliances. Full size washers and dryers eliminate the tedium of a community laundry rooms, while walk-in closets provide ample space for your wardrobe.

The community offers several amenities for your convenience. Relax after a long day of work in the plaza, where you can surround yourself with lush greenery. Stay in shape with the state of the art fitness studio, or entertain guests in the club room and its terrace. Indulge your mind with an extensive collection of books in the library, or kick your feet up in the lobby lounge. You can even treat your pet to an afternoon of pampering in the pet parlor. What's life without a little luxury, after all?

This prime location in the Bay Area gives you instant access to Bart and Freeway 80, making a commute to San Francisco, Oakland, or a day trip to Alameda easier than ever. Shopping plazas, fine dining, and premier entertainment are right outside your front door. Hercules is also renowned for its high-quality school system, making this an excellent locale for families. Everything you could ever need is all within reach.

Aventine offers its residents luxury living in one of California's most coveted locations. From your new home right on the edge of the bay, you can enjoy all that makes this area so great. Welcome home. Welcome to Aventine.

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