Boston-area kids’ events

‘Sesame Street’ onstage.
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‘Sesame Street’ onstage.

‘Sesame Street’ onstage

SESAME STREET LIVE ELMO MAKES MUSIC Jenny’s instruments are missing, but the new music teacher on Sesame Street has lots of help from Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and her other new Muppet friends. The show about making music features almost two dozen tunes including “C Is for Cookie” and “The Alphabet Song.” Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. (through Jan. 20). $12-$65, $12 (Jan. 18, excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats). The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469.

June Wulff


PIE POTLUCK AND STORY TELLING Celebrate National Pie Day by bringing a homemade or store-bought pie to the library and swapping pie stories with local storyteller Tony Toledo. Beverages will be provided.

Jan. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Beverly Public Library,
32 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-6062.

CRITTER DAY The secrets of hawks and owls will be shared with young animal lovers who will learn about wildlife at these two Boston Children’s Museum programs. Live critters are scheduled to make an appearance.

Jan. 19 at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (Sat. museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Free with museum admission of $14 (free under 12 months). Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500.


HANSEL AND GRETEL For 40 years, the National Marionette Theatre has been telling stories using marionettes, scrolling scenery, and music. This sibling story by the Brothers Grimm is told by two master puppeteers and features music by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. $10, $8 kids. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097.


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OLD IPSWICH RUM TOUR & TASTING Sweet molasses and a custom-built, 250-gallon copper pot are the tools of the trade for Turkey Shore Distilleries’ Mat Perry and Evan Parker. Find out how rum was made 175 years ago and taste some handcrafted local rums.

Jan. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. $24 (reservations required; must be 21+ to sample). Turkey Shore Distilleries, 23 Hayward St.,
Ipswich. 978-740-0444.

NEW STARS FOR YOUNG STARS Some of the new boys of summer will sign autographs at this benefit for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Red Sox players scheduled to appear include Ryan Kalish and Rich Hill. Lunch is provided.

Jan. 19 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $89, $250 (VIP). Jillian’s Boston, 145 Ipswich St., Boston. 800-525-4669.

COMFORT COOKING FOR COMPANY Learn how to serve friends and family warm salt cod crostini, braised chicken thighs, roasted cauliflower, and warm spinach and mushroom salad. Class with chef Jody Adams begins with coffee and scones, so don’t be late.

Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. (reservations recommended; includes lunch and recipes; different themes Feb. 10 and April 7). $125. Rialto, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-661-5050.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OPEN HOUSE To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Berklee College of Music professor Lawrence Watson will pay tribute with spoken word and musical performances (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Activities include tours, talks, art activities, and a live broadcast of the presidential inauguration (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Jan. 21 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

June Wulff