The week ahead: Kids events

Donald A. Harney

Hats on

ROSE GARDEN PARTY Complete your party outfit with a fabulous hat (like the one worn last year by Linda Ashley of Wenham, above with Mayor Menino) and then surround yourself with 1,000 rose bushes in more than 150 varieties. Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace park system provides the spot for refreshments, music, a silent auction, and hat contest all hosted by Boston’s first lady, Angela Menino, and Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak. Benefit for ParkARTS. June 13 from 5:30-8 p.m., rain or shine. $125. Kelleher Rose Garden, Park Drive and Agassiz Road, Back Bay Fens, Boston. 617-635-4032.

June Wulff


SOUTH SHORE ART CENTER ARTS FESTIVAL Almost 90 juried craft artists plus a young artists’ exhibit, local musicians, a Members’ Show, and demonstrations fill the main exhibition tent and festival stage. Maybe you can cross “Father's Day gift” off your to-do list. June 14 noon-6 p.m. (through June 16). $5 entrance donation requested. South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset. 781-383-2787.

SUNDAY PARKLAND GAMES No need to go to the gym on Sunday now that these activities are back for the season. Charles River Conservancy and Knucklebones take care of everything. The latter provides equipment and instruction for all ages and abilities, and you provide the willingness to try tetherball, Gaga pit, badminton, hula-hoop, mini basketball, and bean-bag toss. June 16 3:30-6 p.m. (Sundays through Sept. 29). Free. Charles River Parklands near the Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge. 617-608-1410.


CHELSEA ART WALK Here’s a tiny tease of what’s waiting for you at this Chelsea version of open studios: Pearl Street Gallery, Apollinaire Theatre Gallery, Chelsea City Hall Gallery, and Chelsea Community Garden. The arts are well represented with art, music, theater, and historical exhibits. June 15 and 16 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Chelsea (view the online map). 617-875-3188.



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“DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.” Prepare your flying carpet and the kids for the Watertown Children’s Theatre production of this classic tale about the magical city of Agrabah. Students in grades K-9 will perform award-winning songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me!” June 14 at 7 p.m. (through June 16). $12. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 800-838-3006. www.watertownchildrens

“LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE” Ask the kids to say the title of this show three times as fast as they can, then you try it. Lilly, the “Queen of the World,” loves everything including her new purse. Wellesley Summer Theatre for Children presents Kevin Kling’s adaptation of the books by Kevin Henkes. June 15 at 10 a.m. and noon, June 16 at 11 a.m. $5, $3 kids (recommended for ages 4 and older). Wellesley College Alumnae Hall Auditorium, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2000. www.wellesley .edu/theatre/currentseason

BUTTERFLY LANDING The butterflies are back for the season, almost 1,000 of them, and you are invited to stroll around the tented, outdoor exhibit of garden beds, a waterfall and pond, and tranquil surround-sound music. June 15 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (through Mid Sept.). $17, $14 ages 2-12, $11 seniors. Franklin Park Zoo,
1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466. www.franklin


Correction: Because of incorrect information supplied to the Globe, a photo caption was wrong in an earlier version of this story. Linda Ashley of Wenham was shown at the Rose Garden Party with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.