The week ahead: Kids events

Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Feasts for the senses

LILAC SUNDAY We’d love the job of counting and smelling the more than 380 lilac plants representing 176 types in the Arnold Arboretum collection. Fragrance shares the day with music, family activities, food vendors, and . . . picnicking (the only day you are allowed to picnic at the Arboretum). May 12 from dawn to dusk (activities and refreshments from
10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Free. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-524-1718.

June Wulff


A WOODLAND CINDERELLA Fairy princesses are hard to find, and the King of all Woodland Fairies wants his son to marry one. Fairy maidens are ordered to attend a ball hosted by the King, who awaits the missing fern fairy. Puppeteer Deborah Costine tells the story. May 9 and 10 at 10:30 a.m., May 11 and 12 at 1 and 3 p.m. $12 (recommended for ages 3 and older). Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400.

BOSTON POPS FAMILY CONCERT It’s time for the kids to welcome the Pops back for another season and celebrate the return with music from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid.” The program also includes selections from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.” May 11 at
3 p.m. $22-$55, 50 percent discount for kids under 13 (four-ticket limit per family). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200.


SOUND QUILTING Community Music Center Boston will help the kids answer the following questions: What does sound look like? How can we change it and create our own new sounds? The interactive music technology workshop is part of the Mills Gallery Families Connect series. May 11 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. $10 per family (online registration recommended). Mills Gallery at the BCA, 551 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-5000.

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MOTHER’S DAY AT FRANKLIN PARK ZOO Leave the zoo you call home and celebrate Mother’s Day at Franklin Park Zoo, where animal moms include the western lowland gorilla, Kiki (and her daughters Kira, Kimani, and Kambiri), a Grant’s zebra named Cheyenne (and her offspring Nemo), and Annakiya, a bongo (and her calf). May 12 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $17, $14 seniors, $11 ages 2-12, free for mothers and kids under 2. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466.

June Wulff


CERAMICS SPRING SHOW AND SALE Every year you have a chance to take home a free wine cup, but it’s while supplies last, so get the lead out (May 9 only). The show and sale presented by the Ceramics Program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard is full of functional pieces and sculptures by more than 60 artists. May 9 from 3-8 p.m., May 10-12 from
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. 219 Western Ave., Allston. 617-495-8680.

FORT POINT ART WALK AND OPEN STUDIOS Here’s another chance to get free art (multimedia flowers), while supplies last, and also visit artists’ studios in the Fort Point area. Galleries, creative design shops, outdoor public art installations, 75 artist studios, performances, and demonstrations should keep you busy and help you select a lovely Mother’s Day gift (for you or any other special lady). May 10 from 4-7 p.m., May 11 and 12 from noon-5 p.m. Free. Fort Point area maps are at the corner of A and Binford streets, Boston. 617-423-4299.

HINDU HERITAGE DAY Learn about the diverse Hindu heritage through dance, drama, music, skits, food, games, movies, and exhibits. The event showcases ancient and evolving cultures from Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, and India. May 11 from 3-8 p.m. $5, $3 students. Marlboro Middle School, 25 Union St., Marlboro.

June Wulff