Boston-area kids’ events

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Picnic in the garden

SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC Tower Hill Botanic Garden invites families to visit during the peak of summer display. More than 150 varieties of daylilies are among the perennials and annuals in bloom. Enjoy an outdoor scavenger hunt, a fairy garden and gnome home workshop, face painting, alpacas, and a concert with Carrie Rowan. Bring a picnic or order from Twigs Cafe’s barbecue menu. July 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine. $12, $9 seniors; children’s admission fee of $7 waived for the event. Discounts available with advance purchase. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111,


WGBH ICE CREAM FUNFEST We know what our favorite thing at this event will be. Between the visits by Ruff Ruffman and Curious George, the interactive games, the music, and the zillion kinds of ice cream in one place, the kids may have a tougher time making the call. Performers include Mr. Steve of Steve-songs, Ben Rudnick, Flooky and the Beans, Toe Jam Puppet Band, Rick Goldin, and the Harney Academy of Irish Step Dancers. July 14, noon-6 p.m. $10, $5 ages 9 and under, $30 family four-pack. Outside the WGBH Studios,
1 Guest St., Brighton.

FISHING FRIDAYS This is what Mayor Menino says in the press release for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s fishing event: “Thanks to our annual trout and salmon stocking program with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, there’s a good chance you could land a trophy.” Anglers of all ages are invited to try their luck. Bait and tackle supplied. July 13, 20, and 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Jamaica Pond, Boston. 617-635-4505, www.cityofboston .gov/parks


BILL HARLEY The annual Regattabar Kids’ Summer Music Series kicks off with the Grammy Award-winning artist sharing humorous stories young people can relate to about school, childhood, and home life. July 15, 4:30 p.m. $12,
1 and under free. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757,

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ART GROWS HERE See and interact with art during the annual 10-day map-guided tour of art and performance in Hamilton and Wenham. Creative surprises abound for tourgoers in outdoor installations of all sizes. Your map is also good for discounts for Open Road Theatre’s production of “Our Town.” July 13-22, towns of Hamilton and Wenham. Maps available at various locations. “Our Town” at Hamilton Wenham Community House, $15 with Art Grows Here map on July 20-21 at 7 p.m. or July 22 at
3 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE CRAZE It did Bollywood in June, now the Cambridge series invites you to the boogie wonderland that is disco. Jim Spellman teaches the Freak, the Patty Duke, the Grapevine, and other dances to disco-era hits. No partner or experience necessary.
July 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $17. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1;

CLAMBAKE XXVII Advance reservations are highly recommended for this popular annual event that benefits The Lloyd Center for the Environment’s research and education programs. Enjoy boiled lobster, dancing to Men in Black, an open bar, and a silent auction in a seaside setting. July 13, 6 p.m. Demarest Lloyd State Park, Dartmouth. 508-990-0505, ext. 10;

DRAG KING 101 This workshop covers everything you need to know to bring out your inner drag king — gender illusion, costuming, physicality, character creation, acting, movement, and story development. The six-week session taught by Karin Webb ends with a performance so you can put what you learn to use onstage. Mondays July 16-Aug. 27 (except Aug. 20), 8-9:30 p.m. $150. Outpost 186, Inman Square, Cambridge. Performance Aug. 28 at the Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain. www.unamerikas

Milva DiDomizio