The week ahead: Kids events

Susan Wilson

The right touch

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE OF BOSTON FAMILY CONCERT After Saturday’s “The Sounds of Song and Dance” concert, kids become musicians at the instrument petting zoo in the outdoor Children’s Garden. The program inspired by international songs and dances features Hans Spencer’s “Urban Pastorale” evoking sounds of homes in and around Boston. June 1 at 2 p.m. Free. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library, 35 Harvard Ave., Hyde Park. 617-427-8200.


STUDENT LEGO ART EXHIBIT More than 12,000 Lego bricks kept students from the Ephraim Curtis Middle School very busy. The sixth and seventh graders created two-dimensional reproductions of famous works of art which will be on view at Boston Children’s Hospital after the exhibit. May 30 (9 a.m.-9 p.m., reception 5-7 p.m.), May 31 and June 1 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Free. Goodnow Public Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury. 978-443-1035.

“LEARN TO ROW” DAY Rowing lessons, guided tours of the Harry Parker Boathouse, live music, kids’ activities, and food vendors are all part of the event sponsored by the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston’s Children’s Hospital. Presented by Community Rowing. June 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Harry Parker Boathouse, 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton. 617-779-8267.


FAMILIES OF INSPIRATION Many families are supported by One Family, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending family homelessness in Massachusetts. Music by Josh & the Jamtones, train rides, magic, balloon artists, cookie decorating, and a BBQ dinner are all for a good cause. June 2 from 4-7 p.m. (rain date June 9). $50, $20 ages 2-12. Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St., South Natick. 617-423-0504.



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CONCORD MUSEUM GARDEN TOUR How does your garden grow? Grab a few pointers from seven private Concord-area gardens at this self-guided tour that incorporates the Sudbury River, meadows, woods, and a pond. May 31 and June 1 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. $40. Maps at Concord Museum, Cambridge Turnpike at the intersection of Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-9763, ext. 216.

GREAT CHOWDER COOK-OFF “Best Clam,” “Best Seafood,” and “Best Creative” titles are on the line for almost two dozen competing chefs from around the country. There will be 4,000 gallons of chowder to sample from, so bring your appetite and judging skills. Musical performers include Rebel Heat and the Ravers. June 1 from noon-6 p.m. $20, $25 day of event, free under 12. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, R.I. 800-745-3000.

NANCY DREW CONVENTION “The Secret of the Wooden Lady” and “The Case of the Vanishing Veil” are the focus at this year’s convention because both are set in the Boston/Salem/Cape Cod areas. There will be speakers, books, merchandise, and displays of original book art. June 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Raffle ticket purchase required of $10-$50 for the Lowell Public Library. Holiday Inn, 30 Washington St., Somerville. 617-628-1000.

AZOREAN WHALEBOAT REGATTA New Englanders and Azoreans participated in the whaling industry of the 19th century, a collaboration celebrated at Sunday’s regatta. Tour the boats, learn about whaling history, watch a sailing show, and enjoy Portuguese food. June 2 at noon (check website for additional Boston Portuguese Festival events). Free. MIT Pierce Boathouse, 409 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. 617-536-8740.