Boston-area kids events

Minnesota Children’s Museum

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“FRAMED: STEP INTO ART” The kids get up close and personal with artistic masterpieces. How about lunching in Grant Wood’s “Dinner for Threshers” or checking out camping gear in John Singer Sargent’s “Camp at Lake O’Hara”? Visitors can even replace Mona Lisa’s face with their own. Oct. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Jan. 2). $14, free under 1.
Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500.

June Wulff


BEN RUDNICK AND FRIENDS While cycling, Ben Rudnick was thinking about what superpower he’d like to have, and that was how he got the idea for his latest record, “Love Is a Superpower.” Special guests will join Rudnick at the CD release party, part of Family Fun Saturdays. Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. $10, $8 kids and seniors. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.

“FABLES . . . AND OTHER FABLES” Kids work side by side with singers from the Boston Conservatory Opera to make the set for this interactive storytelling performance. Songs are based on fables, children’s texts, and Ned Rorem’s rarely heard mini-operas, “Fables.”Oct. 13 at noon. Free. The Boston Conservatory, Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9240.


Hayrides, pony rides, Violet the Clown, live music, pick-your-own pumpkins, and lots of food will be ready for you in Concord at this benefit for Emerson Hospital. Oct. 13 from noon-4 p.m., rain or shine. Proceeds from activities, games, and food purchases go to Emerson Hospital’s Pediatric Care Unit.
Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. 978-369-4494.

June Wulff


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“FOOD TRUCK THROWDOWN: BOSTON VS. NEW YORK CITY” Boston and New York go at it again when seven trucks from each city compete for the title of Best Food Truck. Boston contestants are Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Bon Me, The Cookie Monstah, Staff Meal, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Lobsta Love, and Kickass Cupcakes. Celebrity judges include
Mayor Thomas Menino and Jenny Johnson of NECN’s “TV Diner.” Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square,
Boston. 617-223-7070.

MINI-MAKER FAIRE If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make a geodesic dome, this event is for you. Celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science, and DIY projects, and enjoy music by acoustic guitarist Thea Hopkins. Oct. 13
from 3-7 p.m. (rain date Oct. 14). Free. Union Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985.

“CARMINA BURANA OKTOBERFEST” There’s a lot more than beer at this open sing hosted by Metropolitan Chorale. Chorus members and artists-in-residence soloists invite you to join them in singing Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (“O Fortuna” is played at Patriots home games). Beer, wine, popcorn, and scores will be available (musical, not football). Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. $10. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-739-5182.

“COME PUT A RING ON IT!” MASTER CLASS We know you’ve imagined yourself in Beyoncé’s video telling some guy to “put a ring on it.” Here’s your chance to learn the choreography from the 2009 “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” video. Boston-native Ebony Williams, a featured dancer in the video, will teach you the moves. Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. $35.
The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio,
261 Friend St., Boston. 617-523-1355.

June Wulff