The week ahead: Kids events

Shawn P. Carey

It’ll be a hoot

OWLS LIVE! FESTIVAL You and the kids can learn about Strigiformes (our new favorite word) from live presentations, games, and art activities. Kids will make miniature owl finger puppets out of clay, decorate owl cookies, and go on an outdoor Owl Quest. March 15 from 1-4 p.m. $5. Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, 963 Washington St., Canton. 781-821-8853.


CHARLOTTE’S WEB — THE MUSICAL Wilbur, Fern, Templeton, the Zuckerman family, the Arables, and the namesake from E.B. White’s novel show how friendship save the day (and Wilbur the pig). Presented by first through sixth graders from the Un-Common Young Performers. March 14 at 7:30 p.m. (through March 16). $12, $10 students; $15, $12 students at the door. Qualters Middle School, 240 East St., Mansfield. 800-838-3006.

BATTLESHIP COVE The USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. destroyer is named for the eldest brother of John F. Kennedy and is where you’ll look for bright green painted shamrocks and go on a scavenger hunt to win prizes. March 15 and 16 from 9 a.m.-
4:30 p.m. $17, $15 seniors and US Military veterans, $10.50 ages 6-12, $8.50 active military, free for military in uniform. Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. 508-678-1100.


JENNY THE JUGGLER This versatile entertainer impressed us on her YouTube clip when she simultaneously juggled and snacked on apples. Jenny will join the Purim festivities in Brighton where you are invited to come in costume. March 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. (geared to kids up to age 5). $12. JCC Early Learning Center, 50 Sutherland Road, Brighton. 617-278-2950.



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IDES OF MARCH IN UNION SQUARE March 15 is the 2,058th anniversary of Julius Caesar’s assassination by a group of Romans. To commemorate the occasion, get thee to the Roman forum in Somerville where there’s a tailor “shop” where you’ll learn how to tie a toga, a Dogs of War costume contest for the pooches, a “pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey” where you can hone your stab-in-the-back skills, and more. March 15 1-6 p.m. (rain date March 16). Free. Union Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985.

BOSTON IRISH HERITAGE TRAIL GUIDED TOURS Take a stroll around the city to learn how the Irish have contributed to our city’s past and present. You’ll stop at memorials, statues, cemeteries, and public buildings including the Boston Irish Famine Memorial on School Street, the Memorial to the Boston Massacre on Boston Common, and the Statue of President John F. Kennedy at the Massachusetts State House. March 15 and 16 at 2 p.m., March 17 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $15; $12 students, seniors, and military; free under 12. Meet at Boston Common Visitor’s Information Center, 139 Tremont St., Boston. 617-536-4100, ext. 888.

ST. PATRICK’S PEACE PARADE Groups in this “alternative people’s parade for peace, equality, jobs, environmental stewardship, social and economic justice” include veterans, peace, LGBT, faith, political, and environmental. Other marchers are bands, trollies, floats, and more. March 16 at 2 p.m. Free. D Street and West Broadway, South Boston. 978-475-1776.

DINE OUT BOSTON Unlike Restaurant Week Boston, this new eat fest presented by American Express and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau allows participating joints to feed you as many courses as they want to, not just three. And the more than 185 restaurants also offer a flexible price range. March 16-21 and March 23-28 at participating restaurants (reservations recommended). $15-$25 lunch, $28-$38 dinner. 888-733-2678.


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