The week ahead: Kids events

Charles Daniels

Kick up your heels

DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL Dance is not just a form of exercise, the art form brings folks together in a creative way, so let’s celebrate. Performances on four outdoor stages feature African, ballet, folk, hip-hop, Irish step, modern, and salsa. There are introductory classes for all ages and kids activities. June 13 (“Talk About Dance” kickoff event at 7 p.m.), June 14 (festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.), June 15 (“Dance on Film Festival,” 1-6 p.m.). Free (June 14 Dance Party Benefit is $30). José Mateo Ballet Theatre, 1151 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-354-7467.


BOSTON BY LITTLE FEET Here’s a way for the kids to get exercise for their bodies and minds, and for you to get a refresher about the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and the Old South Meeting House. No test, no worries, the one-hour historical walking tour is all about fun and information. June 13 at 10 a.m. (see website for additional tours; recommended for ages 6-12). $10. Meet your guide in front of Faneuil Hall at the statue of Samuel Adams on Congress Street. 617-367-2345.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS AT EDAVILLE There’s a 15-ton replica of Thomas ready to take you on a ride and introduce the kids to the namesake’s boss, Sir Topham Hatt. Live music, stories, Thomas-themed activities, amusement rides, and more. June 14, 15, 20-23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20, free under 2. Edaville USA, 5 Pine St., Carver. 508-866-8190.


BUTTERFLY LANDING AT FRANKLIN PARK ZOO Wander the tent looking at hundreds of butterflies, the garden beds, and a pond, and soothe yourself with the surround-sound music. On June 15, wish Kitombe, the western lowland gorilla, a happy Father’s Day. June 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through mid September). $17.95, $14.95 seniors, $11.95 ages 2-12, free under 2 (and fathers, June 15). Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466.

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WORKSHOPS AT BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM You can never have enough bubble bath, so bring the kids to the Boston Children’s Museum for the instructor-led “Make your own . . . Bubble Bath” workshop. The kids will design their own logo and label and bring a batch home. June 15 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Free with museum admission of $14, free under 12 months (for ages 6 and older; check website for additional workshops). Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500.


BOSTON FARMERS MARKETS For the next few months, see how many of the 27 local farmers markets you can visit. More than 2,200 Massachusetts farms sell to consumers, a 25 percent increase since 2007, according to 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture data. Markets include Fields Corner, Mission Hill, and Dudley Common. Multiple days and locations including June 12 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fields Corner (Saturdays through Oct. 11 at Fields Corner Shopping Center parking lot). 617-203-2073.

PARKARTS WATERCOLOR PAINTING WORKSHOPS Local art instructors share their knowledge at these hands-on workshops around the city. Materials are provided for you to create your masterpieces. June 14, noon-2 p.m., weather permitting (also June 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at several Boston locations; ages 9 and older). Free. June 14 at Boston Public Garden Lagoon (near Swan Boats). 617-635-4505.

BIKE DAY AT THE SPELLMAN MUSEUM The “Bicycles on Stamps” exhibit at the museum is waiting for you before or after your bike ride around Weston, Wayland, Wellesley, and other communities. Park your car at the museum and enjoy the back roads and trails. Museum activities include arts and crafts, stamp hunts, games, and puzzles. June 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. $5, $3 seniors, free for kids. Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College, 241 Wellesley St., Weston. 781-768-8367.

June Wulff