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The week ahead: Kids’ events

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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PADDY’S 2d BIRTHDAY Paddy, the Stone Zoo’s white-cheeked gibbon, turns 2 this month. Families are invited to celebrate with treats, cake, crafts, zookeeper encounters, and a performance by Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys.

Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (concert at 11 a.m.). $14, $12 seniors, $10 ages 2-12, under 2 free. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-541-5466, www.stonezoo.org

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COOL CREATIONS IN 35 PIECES Sean Kenney gave up a cushy job on Wall Street to live his dream as the world’s first LEGO-certified professional. He’s on the road to promote his new book, demonstrating his process for his designs and offering kids an opportunity to make their own 35-piece LEGO inventions. Sept. 18, 2 p.m. Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley. 781-431-1160,www.wellesleybooksmith-shop.com/event/kenney-lego

HERRMANN’S ROYAL LIPIZZAN STALLIONS The Herrmann family breeds and trains horses that can do maneuvers originally developed for battle during the 16th century. The leaps and plunges live on as entertaining displays by these graceful, strong animals. Sept. 13,
5 p.m. Sept. 14-15, 2 p.m. $12-$15, $10-$12 advance; registration recommended. Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring St., Essex. 978-768-3632, www.historicnewengland.org

TODDLER TIME You and your 2-year-old are invited to hear stories, sing songs, and do some farm chores at a new program. Activities also include a hayride and visits with the sheep, goats, and chickens. Sept. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. $10 adult/child pair. Reservations required by Sept. 17. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, www.goreplace.org

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FIFTY YEARS BREAD AND PUPPET: CHEAP ART AND POLITICAL THEATER Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater is turning 50, and will celebrate with a one-day symposium and performance. Founder Peter Schumann delivers the keynote in the form of a “Fiddle Lecture.” Festivities conclude with a performance of “The Fifty Years Cabaret” and a public interview with Schumann. Sept. 14, 9 a.m. symposium begins. Performance at 7 p.m. $25, registration required. Boston College, Robsham Theater Arts Center, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-4012, www.bc.edu/bp50

DOWNTON ABBEY-INSPIRED GARDEN PARTY How will Mary go on without Matthew? While you wait to find out, don your best post-Edwardian era costume and head to a period party that benefits the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table program. Stroll through the gardens, sip cocktails, see a cricket match, and enter the best hat and best costume contests. Sept. 15, 3-7:30 p.m. $125. Elm Bank Reservation, 900 Washington St., Wellesley. 508-904-4967, www.facebook.com/downtonabbeyparty

PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT Grab your easel and brushes, head to Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, and create your very own works of art. Not a painter? Then watch artists at work depicting landscapes and scenes of everyday life, and maybe even buy one at an exhibit and sale. Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-noon, painters will create works; noon-1 p.m., wet paint exhibit and sale. Rain date Sept. 21. Wakefield Farmers’ Market, Hall Park, North Avenue, Wakefield. $25 for painters, register online or day of event from 8:30-9:30 a.m. www.wakefieldpaintout.org

THE SEARCH FOR JELLYFISH: EXPLORATION CHALLENGES, ACCIDENTAL ENCOUNTERS AND (PAINFUL) LESSONS LEARNED If you’ve been stung by a jellyfish, we’re guessing you’re not a fan. Nevertheless, the weird water creatures are important in ocean ecosystems. Scholar Kakani Katija set out to learn about their swimming, feeding, and other behaviors. Hear how that went when she appears in the Aquarium Lecture Series. Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Free, registration requested. New England Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5200, www.neaq.org

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