Got a little bro or betty wearing out their booties?
Start ’em off on the right foot with sick kicks from Santa Cruz’s Sweet Shoes. The edgy new line of soft soles channels coastal skate and surf culture.
Put ’em in a pair of plaid high-tops or embroidered sheepskin boots and they’ll be skating vert ramps and throwing down big airs in no time. Pinstripe slip-ons and metallic Mary Janes are the bomb for showing off new tricks at holiday gatherings.
An extra shock-absorbing layer of foam in the soles helps kids mellow out.
And let them go acro.
The Golden Gate Express
What: Model G-gauge trains chug through a landscape of dwarf plants and miniaturized city landmarks.
Why: You’re scaling down.
When: Thurs.-Apr. 19. Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Conservatory of Flowers, JFK Dr., b/t Conservatory Drs. E. & W., Golden Gate Park (415-666-7001).
Reindeer Romp and Ice Skating
What: SF Zoo’s ice rink opens for the season, and Santa’s reindeer descend.
Why: Glide and joy.
When: Sat.-Dec. 31. Daily, 11 a.m-5 p.m.
Where: SF Zoo, 1 Zoo Rd., at the Great Hwy. (415-753-7080).
Holiday Tree Lighting Party
What: Free holiday kick-off with Christmas-, Hanukkah- and Kwanzaa-related performances.
Why: Lighten up.
When: Sun., 1-6 p.m. Tree lighting, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Pier 39, Beach St., at The Embarcadero (415-705-5500).