Boston-area kids events

Joshua Lavine
Hamilton (left) and Mayor Tom Menino at Urban Improv’s Banned in Boston.

‘Banned’ mates

URBAN IMPROV’S BANNED IN BOSTON It’s not often that historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin and Aerosmith rocker Tom Hamilton share the same stage, but they and other local celebs will bring the house down with skits and songs at this benefit for Urban Improv’s violence prevention and youth development theater programs. April 5 at 7:45 p.m. (6 p.m. pre-show soiree at Lansdowne Pub). $250, $150 (under 41). House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 617-524-7049.

June Wulff


FAMILY PAJAMA JAM After a week of school and activities, let the kids unwind in their jammies during this hour of singing, dancing, instrument playing, and listening to stories. They’ll return home ready for bed, right? April 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. 978-486-9524.

J. Pierrepont Finch carries around his handbook of the same name so he can climb those corporate ladder rungs. This spoof of big business has some big songs including “I Believe in You” and “Brotherhood of Man.” Presented by Un-Common Theatre Company’s Young Performers Production. April 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., April 7 at
2 p.m. $22, $17 students and seniors; $25, $20 students and
seniors (at the door). Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Fox­borough. 800-838-3006.


BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM FAMILY FEST To celebrate 100 years of fun and learning, this kick-off event gets the party started with a day of “family learning” including a meet-and-greet with Peep, Curious George, Arthur, and Buster. Chefs Ming Tsai and Joanne Chang will be on hand to promote healthy family cooking. April 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $14, free under 12 months. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500.

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CAPTURING IMAGINARY ANIMALS WITH PENCIL AND PAPER After checking out lions, tigers, bears, fish, birds, beetles, and reptiles, kids will let their imaginations wander to create their own animals. April 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. $30 (recommended for ages 9-13; advance registration required). Harvard Museum of Natural
History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge.

June Wulff


AFTER DARK AND IN THE DAYLIGHT OPEN STUDIOS Darkness before noon is the order of the night and days presented by Miller Street Open Studios. Friday’s kick-off party precedes the Saturday and Sunday studio tour of works by 36 members who create paintings, prints, music, animation, glass, and more. April 5 from 5-10 p.m. (“After Dark”), April 6 and 7 from noon-5 p.m. (“In the Daylight Open Studios”). Free. 11 Miller St., Somerville. 617-864-3192.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY Malden’s Frank Levine is a deltiologist (collector of postcards) who specializes in Judaic postcard history. His European and American anti-Semitic images, “Anti-Semitism at the Turn of Century: A Postcard History,” are part of the program which also includes “The Music Man of Terezin: The Story of Rafael Schaechter as Remembered by Edgar Krasa” with Holocaust survivor Edgar Krasa and author Susie Davidson. April 5 at 7:30 p.m. (April 7 at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel in Natick). Free. Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St., Burlington. 781-272-2351.


In two and a half hours, more than 30 mini-courses (45 minutes each) will be taught at this benefit for the Blacksmith House. Subjects include food, wine, arts, and literature; teachers include Maura Kilpatrick, pastry chef and partner of Sofra Bakery and Café and Oleana Restaurant. April 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. (followed by a party). $100. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-547-6789.

June Wulff