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The week ahead: Kids

Gus Freedman

Kids

MODEL TRAINS AT NATIONAL HERITAGE MUSEUM All aboard for the Northeast Ntrak Modular Railroad Club’s two-day choo choo of freight cars and climbing trains that are smaller than traditional model trains. Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 17 noon-4 p.m. $7 family (museum is free). National Heritage
Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559. www.nationalheritage
museum.org

VACATION WEEK AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Masterpieces made with tape, paint, paper, color, and lines are the “Dive Into Art” portion of activities that will keep your budding Botticelli’s busy. Story hours, tours, and more await. Feb. 18-22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 20 until 8 p.m.). Free for kids (must be accompanied by an adult). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org

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FAMILY FESTIVAL AT JFK LIBRARY Kids will make Lincoln top hats, origami sailboats, listen to stories, and take tours. The 4 p.m. free concert by the Harvard Din & Tonics features their versions of Kennedy campaign songs and pop songs. Feb. 18 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, $10 seniors and college students, free under 18 (includes museum admission). See website for additional activities Feb. 16-23 (check admission prices and download a $2 coupon). The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Dorchester. 866-535-1960. www.jfklibrary.org

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CAMELLIA DAYS AT THE LYMAN ESTATE One Valentine’s Day bouquet is nothing compared to greenhouses full of blooming camellias. Tours of the Federal mansion include the ballroom and oval parlor. Greenhouses open through March 6 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Feb. 18). Free. Mansion tours Feb. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5. The Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman St., Waltham. 781-891-1985. www.historicnewengland.org

BEAUTY AND THE ELECTRIC BEAST — THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOMEN AND THE ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE The electric car is a lot older than you might think. William Morrison of Des Moines invented the first successful, US-built electric car in 1891. Molly Niemy, Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s education manager, will discuss how women looked at the electric auto as a gateway to mobility and rights. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. $6. Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St., Brookline. 617-522-6547. www.larzanderson.org

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JOHN & ABIGAIL ADAMS LOVE LETTERS AND CHOCOLATE For 54 years, John and Abigail Adams shared love and letters despite personal tragedies, distance, and historical challenges. Museum actors will read their letters which reveal a lot about love during Colonial America. Treats from Fixx Chocolates will reveal and satisfy your sweet tooth. Feb. 14 and 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. $35 (advance purchase recommended). The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress St., Boston. 617-338-1773. www.bostonteaparty
ship.com

SEX AT THE ZOO Pick up a few courtship tips from the animals and see if your love life changes. Jennifer Gresham, Zoo New England’s director of education, will fill you in on how human and animal courtship differs, and if animals find each other attractive. Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m. $25. 21+. Franklin Park Zoo Tropical Forest Pavilion (use giraffe entrance on Pierpont Road), Boston. 617-989-2015. www.franklinparkzoo.org

Sounds of science

BLUE MAN GROUP — MAKING WAVES Science and art merge at this exhibit, which encourages kids to “see, feel, and create sound” just like those curious, trickster superheroes known as Blue Man Group. The multisensory journey features the Slide-u-lum, Build-u-lum, Sand Drum, and Theremin. Daily 10 a.m.-

5 p.m. (Fri until 9 p.m.) through May 12 (vacation activities

Feb. 18-22). $14, $1 Fri 5-9 p.m., free under 12 months. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

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