The week ahead: Kids events

Mara Brod

In honor of brave kids

SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD’S BRAVEST KIDS Alastair Moock (above), found a way to help families going through what he went through when his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. The local folk guitarist and banjo player celebrates the release of “Singing Our Way Through” with friends including Chris Smither, Aoife O’Donovan, and Rani Arbo. Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. $10, $12 at the door. Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 800-838-3006.



MIKE THE BUBBLE MAN A 45-minute interactive show about bubbles teaches kids about science by introducing them to shapes, color, and chemistry with the help of music, choreography, magic, comedy, and . . . bubbles. Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. $10, $30 (family of 4), free under 2 (recommended for ages 2-12). Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.


SCIENCE + YOU There’s a lot more science for the kids when they put on lab coats and work in the lab. The eight activity stations are Scrub Area, Antibodies, Glove Box, Mixing and Separating Test Lab, Magnification Area, Healthy Lifestyle, Test Kitchen, and Science Reflection. Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through April 27). $14, $10 students and seniors, $8 ages 2-18, half-price admission during September. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 508-929-2700.

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ELLIS PAUL The singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour pays tribute to Ben Franklin, Rosa Parks, Woody Guthrie, and others on his award-winning CD, “The Hero in You.” The 14 tunes salute America's heritage. Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. $10, $8 kids. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097.



PROJECT SMILE CHARITY DATE AUCTION What would you bid for a firefighter, police officer, Boston City Councilman, and traffic reporter? Eligible ladies and gents are on the auction block to benefit Project Smile, a nonprofit organization that provides young victims of a traumatic event with stuffed animals and books. Sept. 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. $17. 21+. Venu, 100 Warrenton St., Boston. 508-634-0203.

RIVERFEST AT ASSEMBLY ROW Before the 8 p.m. fireworks over the Mystic River, there is live music (including Steampunk bands) plus artist demonstrations, kids activities, food trucks, and the last “Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market.” Sept. 21 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. DCR’s Baxter Park along the Mystic River, Somerville.


LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL The kids will be entertained by Yo Gabba Gabba! while adults get music by Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates, the Roots, Jesse Dee, Lake Street Dive, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more at this benefit for the Life is good Kids Foundation. Sept. 21 and 22 from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $65, $120 (both days); $20, $35 (two days) for kids; free under 2. Prowse Farm,
5 Blue Hill River Road, Canton. 888-339-2987.

BOSTON PAL GRAND PRIX The Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) brings together police officers and kids for athletic, social, and educational activities. Saturday’s four-hour European-style kart racing benefits this community project. Spectators can also pose with the “boys in blue” and enjoy family activities at the Grand Prix “Carnival.” Sept. 21 from noon-4 p.m. Free admission. Seaport Boulevard between Northern Avenue and Boston Wharf Road, Boston. 617-699-7099.