Boston-area kids’ events


MUSIC SHALL LIVE The title of this concert by the Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore is taken from an early German round about music. The 50-member choir of singers ranging in age from 10 through high school presents selections from the Renaissance, folk songs, and more. May 3, 7 p.m. $18. Shalin Liu Performance Cneter, Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391,

MOB SCENE The roaring Twenties roar back to life in this original musical presented by the Freelance Players. Speakeasies, flappers, G-men, mob goons, and life on the street are portrayed by 28 actors ages 12-16. The script by Ned White and score by Narcissa Campion follow a small time gang of hoods looking to sell some hot rocks, i.e. diamonds. May 3-4, 7:30 p.m. May 5,
2 p.m. $10, $5 kids. Park School,
171 Goddard Ave., Brookline. 617-232-1175,

FAMILY POETRY FESTIVAL Celebrate the joys of verse at activities including a “Poetry in Motion” performance by David Zucker, poetry readings, and art workshops with magnetic poetry, brush calligraphy, and more. May 4-5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission of $15, $13 seniors, $11 students, 16 and under free. Peabody Essex Museum, East
India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500,


TEA WITH YOUR AMERICAN GIRL DOLL Kids are invited to wear their best duds, bring their dolls, and step into an 1812 tea party. Lisa Steigerwalt tells the story of first lady Dolley Madison and her hospitality during wartime. Guests will also learn about American Girl Caroline Abbott, and receive lessons in tea and dining etiquette. After the party, tour the USS Constitution and visit the museum. May 4-5, 2 p.m. $15. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard. 617-426-1812, ext. 167;

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MUDFLAT OPEN STUDIO AND POTTERY SALE The annual spring sale features functional and sculptural works by 80 artists. Go on Sunday afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for free hands-on clay time for the whole family. The sale takes place during Somerville Open Studios weekend. May 3, reception, 6-10 p.m. May 4-5,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Mudflat, 81 Broadway, Somerville. 617-628-0589, (For information on Somerville Open Studios go to

BEYOND SHELTER Join the Friends of Boston’s Homeless for their annual gala featuring tastings by Boston chefs, and music by Jackie Berkley, Howie Howie, and the Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble. More than two dozen eateries will participate including Flour, Tavolo, Eastern Standard, and Sweet Basil. Narragansett Beer provides the brew. May 2, 7-
10 p.m. $125. House of Blues,
15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 617-755-3208,

SECOND LINE BRASS BAND CARNIVAL The full name of the band is The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, and they’re celebrating a decade of playing in the streets. Their anniversary bash features performances by Second Line, The New Babushkas, Hornography, Scuba Parade, and Ken Field. Activities include family friendly events from 4-7 p.m., junk instrument making, hula hoop and break dancing lessons, instrument petting zoo, tarot card readings, bike tune-ups, and science experiments. May 4, 4-10 p.m. Suggested donation $10-$20. First Church Somerville, 89 College Ave., Somerville. www.second

CITY HEART SHOW AND SALE Help City Heart help area homeless and low-income artists by viewing (and maybe buying) some of their work. The event features artists from On the Rise, New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Pine Street Inn, the Women’s Center, and more. May 4,
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Prudential Center, Huntington Arcade, Boston. www.cityheartboston

Milva DiDomizio