The week ahead: Kids


“MACBETH” William Shakespeare’s classic is given the royal treatment by kids and teens from Youthquake Theater who will handle the witches, ghosts, bloody battles, title character, his spouse, and madness. April 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., April 13 at 3 p.m. $8, $5 students. Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St., Arlington.

“PIPPI LONGSTOCKING” You gotta love any irreverent, imaginative, adventurous, humorous, kid who leads burglars, policemen, circus strongmen, teachers, and child welfare workers on a wild goose chase. And when that trickster is a girl with braids, you love her even more. Based on children’s stories by Astrid Lindgren. April 12 at 7:30 p.m. (through May 12). $20-$30, $15 Pajama Party nights. Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 the Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300.

ROBIN HOOD DAY AT THE HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM Robin Hood is known for taking from the rich and giving to the poor, but this Saturday he takes over the Higgins Armory Museum to kick off school vacation week. Decide if you will side with the man in green and his merry men or the sheriff, learn to use a sword, and more. Costumes are encouraged. April 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (vacation week activities April 15-19). $12, $10 seniors, $8 ages 4-16. Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave., Worcester. 508-853-6015.


“ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY” We all have bad days when nothing goes right, but Alexander’s day takes the cake. The lad gets gum in his hair, a cavity in his tooth, and ink on his father’s desk. Based on the book by Judith Viorst. April 13-20 at 2 p.m. $25. Calderwood Pavilion, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600.

June Wulff


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“STEP INTO SPRING” If you missed last month’s Boston Flower and Garden Show, here’s another opportunity to see creations by landscape artists, horticulturists, master gardeners, and floral designers. Flowers native to New England and some rare and unusual varieties are in bloom. Daily through May 12 (check website for hours). Free. Mall at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St. 617-965-3038.

“SPELLING BEE FOR CHEATERS” The participants are allowed to cheat for a good cause — 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization supporting students’ writing skills and the teachers who inspire them. The spellers’ goal is to raise $20,000, so cheer them on and help them cheat. April 11 at 7 p.m. $10 (includes refreshments). Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston. 617-442-5400.

“A PATRIOT’S DAY SALUTE” Today’s quiz: One of our presidents had the nickname “Old Man Eloquent.” Need a hint? He was the sixth POTUS. Give up? Meet John Quincy Adams (a la Jim Cooke) and enjoy a three-course feast including cod cakes with egg sauce, beefsteak and kidney pie, and matrimony cake. April 13 at 3 p.m. $25 (reservations recommended). The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-975-1900.

June Wulff

Worth watching

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM WHALE WATCHES Twenty-five miles east of Boston there’s a lot of water and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, home to a thriving feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine life. A naturalist from the New England Aquarium will track the whales for you on the three-hour watches presented by Boston Harbor Cruises. Daily at 10 a.m. (Sat and Sun at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.). $45, $40 seniors, $35 ages 3-11, $15 under 3. Depart from 1 Central Wharf, Boston.

June Wulff