The week ahead: Kids events

Hilary Scott

Family, fun, and (hopefully) sun

TANGLEWOOD FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, you can spend a few hours taking in the gorgeous vistas at Tanglewood along with music, crafts, a scavenger hunt, the Instrument Playground, and Kids’ Corner. June 28 from 3-6 p.m. Free (registration recommended). Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 413-637-5393. JUNE WULFF


RUSH HOUR CRUISE SERIES We know you love sitting in rush-hour traffic, but forego the pleasure and enjoy a relaxing cruise around Boston Harbor. There are two covered decks, snacks available for purchase, and no traffic. June 27 from 5:30-7 p.m., rain or shine (Thursdays through Aug. 29, except July 4). $20. MV Provincetown II at Bay State Cruise Co., 200 Seaport Blvd., Commonwealth Pier, Boston. 781-444-7771.

“THE WRAP PARTY” Before the official July 1 opening of the 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank, check out its new Caribbean coral reef with more than 2,000 animals, plus the improved lighting and presentation spaces. Celebrate the $42 million building project at the New England Aquarium with scheduled guest chef Barbara Lynch. June 28 from 7-9 p.m. (Reef Madness After Party 9 p.m.-midnight). $250 and up. New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5200.


JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY PRESENTATION Almost 40 years ago, a tea hut designed by Sano Gofu was built in Kyoto, Japan, and reassembled at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. Aiko Somi Rogers and her students will conduct the tea ceremony using utensils that are four centuries old. June 30 at 2 p.m. Free (limited seating; inside if raining). The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury. 781-934-6634.

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MEATBALL TAKEDOWN It’s raining meatballs at this competition for local cooks who meat head on at this meatball madness. You and editors from Cook’s Magazine judge the orbs, more than 21 of ’em, and your $15 allows you to sample all the entries. June 30 from 2-4 p.m. $15. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.



“SNOW WHITE” The star and her magnificent seven need a little help from your magnificent kids at the Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre musical production of this classic fairy tale. When our heroine finds a cottage in the woods, she also finds out about true love. June 28 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10, $12. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200.

DCR STONY BROOK RESERVATION SUMMER DISCOVERY DAY Ever play insect bingo? This is one of many treats waiting for you at this celebration of summer. Activities also include garden tours, chalk art, games, swimming, a nature scavenger hunt, and wildlife encounters. Bring a picnic. June 29 from 1-3 p.m. Free. Meet at DCR Olsen Pool, 75 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park. 617-333-7405, ext. 104.

BOSTON COMMON FROG POND Wading is waiting for your swimmers at opening day of the spray and wading pool where Frog Pond Freddie stops by. Festivities include entertainment, face painting, books, games, prizes, and rides on the Boston Common Carousel. June 29 at 11 a.m. (open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. until Labor Day). Free (carousel rides are $3). Boston Common. 617-635-2120.