Upcoming family events around Boston

Bethany Cox


WUNDERLE’S ONE-MAN CIRCUS You’ve heard of a three-ring circus, but this is a one-man circus with Troy Wunderle who juggles, spins plates, rides a unicycle, performs bubble routines, and much more in this interactive show. Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. $10, $8 kids. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.

BIG JOE’S BIG SNOW SHOW Big Joe tells winter stories from around the world with the help of puppets, props, and a few surprises. Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. $8 ($20 family max; registration required; recommended for ages 3 and older). Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. 978-369-1770.

STONE ZOO Black bears Smoky and Bubba celebrate their 7th birthdays, and at 10:15 a.m. the pair will receive “birthday-themed enrichment items” in their decorated exhibit area. At the two Zookeeper Encounters, visitors can ask questions and learn about the bears (10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.). Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $14, $12 seniors, $10 ages 2-12. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-541-5466.


BLUE DISCOVERIES FAMILY DAYS: PENGUINS Folks at the New England Aquarium use art, science, and storytelling at this family event about penguins. Jan. 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with aquarium admission of $17.95, $15.95 seniors, $12.95 ages 3-11. New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5206.

June Wulff


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FIT TO THE CORE: CORE FUSION AND ENERGETIC EATS Fitness and nutrition team up to get you in shape and show you how to eat healthy at this two-part class. Start at exhale Back Bay with a Core Fusion Cardio class, followed by a hands-on cooking class. Showers available at exhale. Jan. 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (exhale Back Bay), noon-2 p.m. (BCAE). $75. Registration required.
exhaleBack Bay (28 Arlington St., Boston) and Boston Center for Adult Education (122 Arlington St., Boston).

THE STORY OF THE JAPANESE TEMPLE BELL IN THE BACK BAY FENS Lola Heiler-Stillman did her homework, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy docent will share her knowledge about this 17th-century artifact including how it landed in the Back Bay Fens. Jan. 13 from 1-2:30 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway, Boston. 617-522-2700.

RAGE IS BACK Described as an “urban love letter,” this latest novel by New York Times best-selling author Adam Mansbach is a tip of the hat to ’80s-era graffiti artists and the cities where they worked. Meet artist Bill Rage who returns to New York 16 years after a fellow artist was killed by police. Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

June Wulff

If the shoe fits

WINTER TRAILS DAY Did you know that a 130-pound adult can burn up to 475 calories an hour by snowshoeing at a moderate pace? Give it a try and take a guided tour of the trails — a great way to walk off those holiday cookies.
Jan. 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (limited snowshoes available; rentals available for walks more than 20 minutes).
Weston Ski Track, 200 Park Road, Weston. 781-891-6575.

June Wulff