The week head: Kids events

54th Massachusetts Regiment

War stories

BLACK HISTORY WEEKEND AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE Civil War reenactors from the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, “Amistad” captive Sarah Margru, former slave turned couturier (and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln) Elizabeth Keckly, and abolitionist Abigail Kelly highlight two days of stories and folklore from African-American history. Feb. 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17 (includes free second-day visit within 10 days). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. 800-733-1830.

June Wulff


VISIT THE TROPICS AT FRANKLIN PARK ZOO How does 72 degrees sound? Stay warm and toasty at the Franklin Park Zoo when you visit the Tropical Forest where western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, ocelots, Baird’s tapirs, a giant anteater, waterfalls, and more wait for your arrival. There will be stories, crafts, and zookeeper encounters. Feb. 21 and 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $17, $14 seniors, $11 ages 2-12. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466.

WHIMSICAL WINTER GARDEN Your budding artists will make snowy winter flowers and a puffy garden leaf, weave on a plastic loom, and sit by the Courtyard to draw flowers, plants, and architectural designs. At the “Flowers, Flowers Everywhere: Self-Guided Hunt” your cherubs will look for flowers and greenery depicted in the museum’s collection. Feb. 21 and 22 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with museum admission of $15; $12 seniors; $5 college students; free under 18, for military and their families, and anyone named Isabella. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway. Boston. 617-278-5156.


REVOLUTIONARY BOSTON LIVE Find out from John Rowe and Betsy Cummings what life was like in Boston leading up to the American Revolution. The two return to the Old State House after a 240-year absence. Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $7.50, $3 ages 6-18. Old State House, 206 Washington St., Boston. 617-720-1713.

Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

A TEDDY BEAR TEA The kids will decorate a tiny tea cup to take home for their teddy bear at this afternoon of cocoa, tea, and sweets. Teddy bears and stuffed animals are invited. Feb. 22 and 23 at 1:30 and 3 p.m. $20 (reservations required). Concord Museum, Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 978-369-9763, ext. 216.



ON THE ROAD TO BOSTON: REMEMBERING HISTORIC STRUCTURES IN ROXBURY A small patch of land at the corner of Washington and Eustis streets unearths a lot of stories about Roxbury’s history. Historic Boston Incorporated’s Gillian Lang will talk about the structures that have inhabited the plot, including the Eustis Street Fire Station. Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation (reservations recommended). Shirley Place Mansion, 33 Shirley St., Boston. 617-442-2275.

SEASONAL SIPS No reason to head home after work on Thursdays since “30 Rock” is done, so head to Meritage for Thursday Tastings. Enjoy four wines and food tastings and meet sommelier Nicholas Daddona and chef Daniel Bruce who host this week’s theme of “California’s Rising Star Winemakers.” Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $30. Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-3995.

OSCAR RED-CARPET TASTING Admit it, you want to walk on the red carpet. So do it in North Andover and enjoy celebrity-inspired vino plus popcorn by Michele’s Totally Awesome Popcorn — the very same popcorn that will be served at the Oscar’s Hollywood gifting suite. And of course there will be voting for the “Golden Glass” awards. Feb. 23 from noon-5 p.m. Free. 21+. The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., North Andover. 877-469-5025.