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Boston-area kids events

Stu Rosner

Pops for kids

HOLIDAY POPS KIDS MATINEES The kids can stretch their vocal chords at seven holiday concerts that include singalongs to “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Chipmunk Song,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Don’t run out after the show because you can take photos of your cherubs with Santa.
Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 24 at 11 a.m. $35-$129, free under 2. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200.


CATIE COPLEY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AND HOLIDAY BOOK READING The adorable, lovable Fairmont Copley Plaza Canine Ambassador — and birthday girl — invites you to her party. There will be a reading of “Catie Copley” and cake, and the kids don’t have to compete for cake with four-legged creatures because the latter get canine treats. Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. Free. The Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave., Boston. 617-267-5300.

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MODEL TRAIN WEEKEND Miles to go before they sleep, of tracks that is. The HUB Division of the National Model Railroad Association lays out miles of track for trains to work their way up mountains, past coal mines, through the villages, and into the tunnels. Dec. 8 (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and 9 (noon-4 p.m.). $7 per family. Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum), 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559.

“BEATS AND BEASTS” The New England Philharmonic presents violinist Ilana Zaks, winner of this year’s New England Philharmonic Young Artists Competition. The 12-year-old will play Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy” at this concert which also features the PALS Children’s Chorus, pieces by Aaron Copland, and a chance for kids to learn Latin rhythms and dance at a hoedown. Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. $25, $5 students. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-8725.


CRUCOLO DAY While you wait for Santa to make his annual arrival, distract yourself with the arrival of another portly visitor, a 400-pound Crucolo cheese. From the small village in Trentino, Italy comes this rindless cow’s milk cheese delivered to Concord by a horse drawn cart. You’ll sample canederli (dumplings made from the cheese), watch the Crucolo Dancers, and hear Concord’s proclamation for Crucolo Day in the Town of Concord. Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Free. The Cheese Shop of Concord, 29 Walden St., Concord. 978-369-5778.

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“NOT YOUR AVERAGE IDOL” Vanessa Carlton headlines at this benefit for Youk’s Kids presided over by former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis. The event also includes comedy, a silent auction, food tastings, sports guests, and music by the Colonial Jazz Band, Mike Burke, and others. Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. $100 and up. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 617-964-9685.

“A TASTE OF AFRICA” Boston-based young professionals help reduce poverty, promote education, and improve lives of female entrepreneurs in Africa at this evening of African food, music, and dance. The Leadership Council of the MicroLoan Foundation, USA provides microloans, business training, mentoring, and support. Dec. 7 from 7-10 p.m. $55, $20 students. Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. 781-436-5360.

CHRISTMAS TIME During this season of too-much shopping, too-much eating, and too-much stress, unwind at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston’s annual spectacle featuring a Victorian Christmas, City Sidewalks, a hand bell choir, Teddy Bears’ Nutcracker, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, and a Living Nativity. Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 16). $34-$50, $3 senior discount, $25 ages 5-18. Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600.

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