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    Boston-area kids’ events

    Toby Schine

    Rotating musicals

    BOSTON CHILDREN’S THEATRE One musical is upbeat, the other is a tragedy. Both run in rotation featuring more than 50 actors, ages 14-19. The former is “Legally Blonde” about a bubbly sorority girl who goes to Harvard Law School to reclaim her guy. The latter, “Miss Saigon,” is based on “Madame Butterfly” and takes place during the Vietnam War. Pictured: Futaba Shioda (front) with Ian Shain and Felix Teich in “Miss Saigon.” Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. (“Legally Blonde”), Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. (“Miss Saigon,” recommended for ages 13 and older). In rotation through Aug. 5. $20 and $25, $10 and $15 students. The Governor’s Academy, 1 Elm St., Byfield. 617-424-6634, ext. 222.
    June Wulff


    “AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE” More than a dozen marionettes tell the story of a Persian prince who ends up in the dungeon because he loves a princess. The poor guy has to figure out how to escape and save the gal. Presented by Tanglewood Marionettes. Aug. 2-4 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400. www.puppet

    “WORKING” Teens from New Repertory Theatre’s Summer Studio spent four weeks working with professionals to learn their craft. The end result is a production of the musical adaptation of the Studs Terkel classic (described as “the working man’s ‘A Chorus Line’ ”). Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 4). $20, $10 students and seniors. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.


    PARK SCIENCE SERIES Thanks to Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, kids can learn about science in the city’s parks. There will be botanical art lessons and family activities. Aug. 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (series continues Aug. 29 and Sept. 22). Free. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain. 617-961-3051. www.cityofboston/parks

    June Wulff


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    CORN AND TOMATO FESTIVAL MENU Chef Carolyn Johnson presents a changing four-course menu with two constant ingredients: corn and tomatoes. Produce from Verrill Farm, Yarrow Stalk Farm, Brigham’s Farm, and Blue Heron Farm will be turned into treats including griddled Jonnycake with lobster, tomatoes, and tarragon; pan-roasted local hake with charred cherry tomatoes, clams, and corn puree.
    Aug. 2-18. $39 (reservations recommended). 80 Thoreau Restaurant, 80 Thoreau St., Concord. 978-318-0008.

    NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY Seeds or no seeds? We’re in the latter camp, but either way you slice it, it’s yummy. Several venues celebrate this important day with treats like a “skinny” cocktail that’s under 100 calories (Haru); arugula, shaved red onion, watermelon, and black sesame seeds with toasted cumin cayenne vinaigrette (The Tip Tap Room). Aug. 3 at several venues including Legal Harborside (270 Northern Ave., Boston), all Legal Sea Food locations, Scampo at the Liberty Hotel
    (215 Charles St., Boston), the Tip Tap Room (138 Cambridge St., Boston), and Haru
    (55 Huntington Ave., Boston).

    ESSEX NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA PHOTO SAFARI The Essex National Heritage Commission and Hunt’s Photo & Video offer instruction from pros to help you get gorgeous shots of Long Hill & the Sedgwick Gardens. Aug. 4 from 8 a.m.-noon. and 1-5 p.m. $45 (reservations required). Long Hill & the Sedgwick Gardens, 572 Essex St., Beverly. 978-740-0444.

    WHIM RESTAURANT AT SMOLAK FARMS At each “Whim” feast, you get a three-course dinner, a hayride and farm tour, and more while contributing to charity. This week’s chef is Rich Morin from Lineage, and this week’s charity is Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays through Aug. 29). $65. Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. |

    June Wulff