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The week ahead: Kids events

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BOSTON COMMON FROG POND SPRAY POOL We don’t think Frog Pond Freddie will wear his bathing suit, but he will welcome guests at the opening festivities. The pool opens after giveaways, games and prizes, entertainment, face painting, yummy treats, and book giveaways. June 28 at 11 a.m. (daily wading 11 a.m.-6 p.m. until Labor Day). Free. Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston. 617-635-2120. www.bostonfrogpond.com

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STONY BROOK RESERVATION SUMMER DISCOVERY DAY Here’s another pool to cool off in this summer, the Olsen Pool and Spray Deck. Bring a picnic lunch, go on a garden tour and nature scavenger hunt, play games, swim, and check out the work-in-progress nature trail around Rooney Rock. June 28 from noon-2 p.m. Free. Meet at the Olsen Pool parking lot, 75 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park. 617-333-7404. www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/stony.htm

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SUNDAY SUMMER SIZZLER: ROCKIN’ FAMILY CONCERT The young ’uns get a workout when they sing and dance to old-time rock ’n’ roll, jazz, folk, country-western, and Beatles classics by the Memphis Sun Band. There’s a light vegetarian supper after the concert. June 29 from 3-5 p.m. $10, $5 ages 5-12, $25 family max (reservations recommended). Temple Shalom of Medford, 475 Winthrop St., Medford. 781-396-3262. www.templeshalommedford.org

BEN RUDNICK AND FRIENDS It started with “Emily Songs” in 2000 and continues with their latest release, “Love Is a Superpower.” The five-time Parents’ Choice Award winners bring their light folk, bluegrass, calypso, rock, and Irish jigs to Hingham. July 2 at 10 a.m. (Wacky Wednesdays run through July 30). $15, $5 kids, free under 3. South Shore Conservatory, Jane Carr Amphitheater, 1 Conservatory Dr., Hingham. 781-749-7565, ext. 22. www.sscmusic.org/wacky_wednesdays.html

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BLUES BARGE THURSDAYS Sixteen years ago the Summer in the City Entertainment Series started with Blues Thursdays, and the current is still strong with Thursday concerts on the hotel’s anchored barge. Chef Daniel Bruce’s al fresco food and beverages are available for purchase. June 27 at dusk (through Aug. 28). Free. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-7000. www.bhh.com

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GOVERNOR’S TEA The Bartlett pear got its name from Enoch Bartlett, a friend and neighbor of Caroline Langdon Eustis, wife of Massachusetts governor William Eustis. William Kuttner portrays Enoch Bartlett whose nearby farm grew the pear variety. Tour the 1747 Shirley-Eustis House, visit its orchards with Bartlett, and enjoy tea and treats. June 27 from 4-6 p.m. $25. Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley St., Roxbury. 617-442-2275. www.shirleyeustishouse.org

BYFIELD MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL It takes three stages to showcase the talent including Liz Frame and the Kickers, Ryan Montbleu, Sarah Blacker, Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket, Richard James and the Name Changers, and Soul Rebel Project. Artisans show and sell their work, and there are activities for the kids plus food vendors. June 28 10 a.m.-9 p.m., rain or shine (assist dogs only). $20, $25 day of event, $15 high school students, free under 12. Manter Field, 81 Central St., Byfield. 978-463-3335. www.byfieldmusicfestival.org

BOSTON JERKFEST Jerk is a hot Caribbean cuisine with spices that is usually dished out with pineapple, mango, and sweet onions.Food will be served by local restaurants including Stir It Up Cuisine and Some ’Ting Nice. Don’t miss the Jerk-style chef demos, “Seafood Throwdown,” kids activities, and music.June 28 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., rain or shine. $12, $5 kids, $45 with rum and brew tasting. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St., Boston. 617-395-7680. www.bostonjerkfest.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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