The week ahead: Kids’ events

Wayne Beauregard

Gorillas in our midst

SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION DAY Dr. Kristen Lukas helps manage hundreds of gorillas in dozens of North American zoos. She delivers the keynote, “The Science Behind Managing Healthy Populations of Gorillas Within and Beyond the Borders of North American Zoos,” at this event aiming to educate participants about Zoo New England’s conservation and research efforts. March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $35, $25 students. Franklin Park Zoo, Tropical Forest Classroom, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-989-3742,


THE MAGIC FLUTE The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and members of the Boston Symphony present a new adaptation of Mozart’s famous opera especially for families. Seven singers, hand-drawn projections, and puppets of various sizes bring the story of Prince Tamino, Papageno, Sarastro, Pamina, and the Queen of the Night to life. Bill Barclay created the script and serves as narrator. March 30, noon and 3 p.m. $5-$20. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200,

RAIN DANCE When the animals of the South African savannah deal with a drought and a problematic elected leader, rabbit comes to the rescue. Trish Farrell’s “The Hare Who Would Not Be King” inspired this opera for families by Stuart Hancock and Donald Sturrock, presented by North Cambridge Family Opera. March 29 and April 5, 3 and 7 p.m. March 30 and April 6, 1 and 5 p.m. Suggested donation $10, $5 kids. Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge.


PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON Powers Music School faculty members continue their series of interactive musical performances at local libraries. Next up is Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton’s musical tale of Jackie Paper and his magical, mythical friend. The show is geared to ages 2-8. March 29, 10:30 a.m. Free. Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave., Arlington.

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WOOLAPALOOZA Visit the spring babies, see the ewes get hand sheared, and watch border collies herd the sheep at this event celebrating sheep and their gifts. The fun includes demonstrations by fiber artisans and the Sheep-to-Sweater Interpretive Trail. March 29, 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. $12-$14, under 2 free. Rain or shine. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. 781-259-2200,


KESHET CABARET If you bid high enough, Sarah Silverman could record your voicemail message. This evening to benefit Keshet, an organization working for LGBT equality in Jewish life, features an auction and performances by comedian-musician Julie Goldman, cellist and improviser Rachel Gawell, and folk-rockers River City Extension. March 27, 5:30-11 p.m. Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton St., Boston.

THE FUTURE OF JUNK FOOD Good news for people who love their cheese balls and Twinkies. Chefs Samuel Monsour and Mark O’Leary present healthful, culinary-driven junk food at a pop-up dining event. March 28, 6 and 9 p.m. seatings. $125 includes seven-course menu and cocktail pairings. 21+. Reservations required. Emerald Lounge, Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2626,

REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN: ABIGAIL ADAMS, MERCY OTIS WARREN AND JUDITH SARGENT MURRAY A trio of historians speak about three important historical figures at a Women’s History Month event presented by the Abigail Adams Historical Society. The panel includes Nancy Rubin Stuart, Bonnie Hurd Smith, and Sara Georgini. March 27, 7 p.m. $15. Council Chamber, Weymouth Town Hall, 75 Middle St., Weymouth.