Boston-area family events

Meghan Kenny

A little ‘Dolittle’

DR. DOLITTLE The good doctor is a friend to all creatures and talks to many. In the Watertown Children’s Theatre musical production, he sings and dances, too. Actors in grades 1-5 bring the classic tale to life. Nov. 16-17, 7 p.m. Nov. 17-18, 2 p.m. $12. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-926-2787,

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WILLY WONKA If your kids finished off their Halloween treats but still have candy on their minds, satisfy their obsession with this show about a famous candy man and his golden tickets. The Un-Common Theatre Company presents the musical version of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Nov. 16-17, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18, 2 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors; $22 and $17 in advance. Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Foxborough. 800-838-3006, www.uncommontheatre

STEVE SONGS Steve Roslonek, a.k.a. Mr. Steve of PBS Kids, won’t release his new CD “Orangutan Van” until January, but you can get your copy early at a pre-CD release party. Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. $15, $12 advance. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,


THE ENCHANTED VILLAGE Once upon a time, excited children flocked to Jordan Marsh at Downtown Crossing to see the animated figurines and charming yuletide scenes of the Enchanted Village, a Victorian-era holiday display created by Bavarian toymakers. In 2009, the vintage display got a new home, which means today’s kids can get the same enchanted thrill. Nov. 17 through December. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Drive, Avon.

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FROG POND WINTER SEASON OPENING The opening has been delayed, and a new opening date hasn’t been determined. Check the website for updates. Boston Common Frog Pond, 84 Beacon St., Boston.

WRITER’S BLOCK SLAM SHOP Go from the page to the stage at a new collaborative event that fuses writing workshop and story slam. Storyteller Jay O’Callahan leads the workshop, then eight writers whose names are drawn from a hat perform pieces they’ve just created. Writers from O’Callahan’s group Spoken Voices offer feedback. Students from South Shore Conservatory provide musical entertainment. Nov. 16, 7 p.m. $15. South Shore Conservatory, 1 Conservatory Drive, Hingham.
781-267-9979, www.ssc

WIKIPEDIA LOVES LIBRARIES Some of us remember encyclopedias as big, thick books that made good door stops. Now you can read, edit, and add to the encyclopedic information at your fingertips thanks to the collaboratively created Wikipedia. At this all-day event, attend a tutorial, learn how to create content for the site, and participate in an edit-a-thon focusing on entries about Cambridge history. Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (presentation at 11 a.m.., tutorial at 11:30 a.m., editing noon-5 p.m.) Free, registration requested. Bring laptops and power cords, if available.
Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge.

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Crafters paradise

PARADISE CITY ARTS FESTIVAL Whether it’s one of James Borden’s inventive clocks, a bright flower pin by Susan Dyer (above), or a checkerboard quilt by Rachel Derstine, any gift you buy at this mega-craft fair will be unique. See work by 175 American craft designers and artists from 23 states, and hear live jazz at Sculpture Cafe. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students, 12 and under free, $15 weekend pass. Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough.


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