The week ahead: Kids events

Old Sturbridge Village


THE YANKEE PEDDLER Stories, songs, and local history going back 300 years provide the material for this show by Brad Shur and Chris Monti. Your little ones will meet a sailor, bear, and the world’s largest wheel of cheese. May 24 at 3:30 p.m. $12 (recommended for ages 4 and older). Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400.

AUSSIE ADVENTURE It’s not often we see koalas in these parts, so don’t miss the Stone Zoo exhibit of koalas, budgies, a Bennett’s wallaby, tawny frogmouth, and cockatoos. Watch the koalas eat eucalyptus leaves, and be sure to check out the budgies (also known as grass parakeets). May 25 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Sept. 2). $14, $12 seniors, $10 ages 2-12. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 781-438-5100.

LIFE IN A STREAM Streaming takes on a different meaning at this event where outreach specialist Jen Wimmer will teach visitors about critters that live in streams. Bring shoes and clothes that can get wet while you look for insects and crustaceans. May 25 from 10 a.m.-noon. $10, $30 (family of four; register by May 23 at 4 p.m.). Lloyd Center for the Environment, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth. 508-558-2918.

June Wulff



FIGHTING FOR WOMEN’S BODILY INTEGRITY IN MALI Malian organization Sini Sanuman’s goal is to stop female genital mutilation. Susan McLucas will show images and discuss the work being done at this fund-raiser. The event also includes excerpts from the film “The Day I Will Never Forget” and a music video. May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge. 617-776-6524.

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ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL The first crop of the season at Verrill Farm is asparagus, and you’ll enjoy the harvest after a tour of the field where you can pick a few stalks. The asparagus-themed buffet features soup, vegetable lo mein, salad, and more. May 25 at 11 a.m. $25 (reservations required by May 24). Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. 978-369-4494.

COMMUNITY BOATING’S SUMMER OPEN HOUSE Make a summer resolution to learn to sail and enjoy the view of our lovely city from the Charles River. The open house offers tours, classes every hour, and refreshments. Learn the ropes from folks at the nation’s oldest and largest public sailing program. May 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (discounted membership if you join). Community Boating, 21 David Mugar Way, Boston. 617-523-1038.

CHESTERWOOD VINTAGE MOTORCAR FESTIVAL The grounds of the former summer home of sculptor Daniel Chester French has been home to this festival since 1974. In addition to the vehicles, the festival provides live music, kids activities, and food vendors. May 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. $15, free under 18 (includes show, buildings, and grounds). Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3579, ext. 25210.

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For the shear fun of it

WOOL DAYS AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE Did you know that farmers’ hands are nice and soft when they shear sheep because of the wool’s lanolin? Watch a demonstration of 19th-century-style sheep shearing and sheep herding, and learn about the wool textile process from start to finish. May 25-27 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17, free for active and retired US military and their immediate families. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830.

June Wulff