Making messes is the best. But cleaning up?
Not so much.
Here’s a local secret: Surfer dad of four Jeff Bollengier thought mealtimes would be more fun if the eats landed in actual mouths, so he conceived the CaliBowl. Scooping your spoon or chip toward the bowl’s inverted lip molds drippy foods like applesauce and cereal into more manageable mouthfuls.
The BPA-free vessel comes in an array of cheery colors and sizes, all named after California beach towns. The tot-scaled Del Mar is perfect for baby food, Santa Barbara’s big and bright, and La Jolla will tame soup spills.
More or mess.
Available online at calibowl.com.
What: Holiday-themed art projects, music, and stories from Jonathan Bayer and Michael Katz, plus snacks and free admission.
Why: It’s one of the few cultural spots open on Christmas Day.
When: Thurs., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., b/t 3rd & 4th Sts. (415-655-7800).
A Christmas Carol
What: A romp through the Dickens classic with Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts.
Why: It’s Christmas present.
When: Thru Sat. Daily (except Christmas), times vary.
Where: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St., b/t Taylor & Mason Sts. Tickets online at ev12.evenue.net or call 415-749-2228.
What: Fete African-American culture with jazz performances from E.W. Wainwright, food, and free museum admission.
Why: Go back to your roots.
When: Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito (415-339-3900).