Boston-area kids events

Ulrike Welsch


THE MAGIC OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelina,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes” get the royal treatment through story and song by Applause Unlimited. These Hans Christian Andersen stories run the gamut from silly to serious. Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (through Oct. 8). $12. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400.

FRANKLIN PARK ZOO CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION It’s a tough job, but you’re invited to do it at this birthday party for the Franklin Park Zoo. Local bakeries create zoo-themed birthday cakes for you to taste and judge, and you are also invited to sign a huge birthday card and take a self-guided walking tour.Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $17, $14 ages 2-12, $11 seniors. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466.

FALL FESTIVAL AT TRAILSIDE MUSEUM We prepare for winter by turning up the heat and wearing warm clothes. How do wild things in Massachusetts prepare? Learn about this at the autumn celebration where you will also press apples for cider.Oct. 6-8 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $4. Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave., Milton. 617-333-0690.


1812 TEA AT THE USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM Caroline Abbott, the new American Girl historical character, is nine, lives during the War of 1812, and teaches girls how to believe in themselves when times are tough. Guests are invited to dress up, bring their dolls, enjoy lemonade, tea, and dessert, and meet author Kathleen Ernst.Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. $12.50. USS Constitution Museum, Figgie Theater, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston. 617-426-1812.

June Wulff


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BOSTON FISH PIER SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Carnivores stay home because this festival is all about seafood. The clambake features lobster, steamers, and fixings, and you’ll sample seafood dishes from local restaurants. Boston Fisheries Foundation presents this event to celebrate our maritime heritage and make sure it lasts another 100 years. Oct. 6 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., rain or shine. $10, $8 students, free under 12. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave.,

CAPE ANN ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR For 29 years, Cape Ann Artisans have put out welcome mats at their studios doors. Visit more than 20 professional artists on your self-guided tour and check out their pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, jewelry, glass beads, and weaving. Oct. 6-8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Brochures at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Rockport Information Booth on Route 127. Gloucester and Rockport.

OPENING OUR DOORS More welcome mats await, but these are in Boston. The Fenway Alliance invites you to wander around their ’hood full of art, music, and dance. Offerings include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, the Emerald Necklace, and lots of music.Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Kick-off at Christian Science Plaza, intersection of Huntington and Massachusetts avenues, Boston. 617-437-7544.

June Wulff

Just like the good ol’ days

HERITAGE DAY ACTIVITIES AT SHIRLEY-EUSTIS HOUSE In the 18th century, chores like laundry weren’t as easy as throwing stuff in a machine. Tackle laundry like it was done in the old days and tackle some wood chores. The fruit orchard is ready for cider making, and you’ll also make butter and spin wool. Learn some Civil War-era military drills from Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. $5, $4 students and seniors. Shirley Place, 33 Shirley St., Roxbury. 617-442-2275.

June Wulff