The week ahead: Kids events

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CLYDESDALE CAMERA DAY The first Budweiser Clydesdale hitched to a red beer wagon celebrated the end of Prohibition in 1933, and the Anheuser-Busch symbol has been at it ever since. Pose with the “gentle giants,” take a tour of the brewery, and sample some Michelob Ultra. July 6 from 1-3 p.m. Free. Anheuser-Busch Merrimack Brewery Tour Center, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, N.H. 603-595-1202.

June Wulff


GLOUCESTER’S WORKING WATERFRONT WALKING TOUR The history of Gloucester’s fishing industry will be told on this 90-minute guided walking tour accompanied by old photos and maps. July 6 at 10 a.m., weather permitting (every other Saturday through Sept. 28). $5. Meet your guide at the Fishermen’s Memorial Statue, Stacy Boulevard, Gloucester. 978-281-8079.

SPIRITED ABOLITIONISTS Bostonians who fought to end slavery included lawyer Lysander Spooner, Liberator editor William Lloyd Garrison, and William C. Nell. Learn more about these dedicated freedom fighters. July 7 at 2 p.m. $10. Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-3150.


“WHIM: A SUMMER DINING EXPERIENCE AT SMOLAK FARMS” A three-course dinner served to you under a tent in a pine grove sure beats pizza in the car. Wednesday’s visiting chef is Mary Dumont of Cambridge’s Harvest. And we almost forgot to mention that you will be at a 300-year-old working farm.July 10 at 6 p.m. (Wednesdays in July and August). $69. Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover. 978-682-6332.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA FAMILY DAY Kids can say happy birthday to our country at this party with stamp scavenger hunts, stamp-related art activities, and a chance to make a flag mosaic with postage stamps. And since birthday parties have cake, there will be one with a postage-stamp theme. July 4 from noon-4 p.m. $8, $5 seniors, $3 ages 5-16. The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Regis College, 241 Wellesley St., Weston. 781-768-8367.

Justin Roberts has been called a lot of things: “The Judy Blume of kiddie rock” (The New York Times) and “The Paul
McCartney of kids’ music” (USA Today). Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players present their latest release, “Recess.” July 6 at 10:30 a.m. $15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

FAMILY TOUR: INDEPENDENCE DAY According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, 150 million hot dogs will be consumed by Americans on July 4. It has been said that the name “Uncle Sam” comes from Arlington’s Sam Wilson who provided meat to the US Army during the War of 1812. The barrels were stamped “US” and someone coined the phrase. These and other tidbits will be shared at Gore Place. July 6 at 1 p.m. $12, $6 ages 5-12 (reservations recommended). Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA Before members of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s Brass Section perform, you’ll hear the Brass Ensemble from Brighton’s Conservatory Lab Charter School. And your kids can get into the music even more at the Instrument Playground. July 10 at 6 p.m. Free. DCR Paul Revere Park, the end of the Charlestown Bridge, Charlestown (rain location St. John’s Church, 27 Devens St., Charlestown). 617-987-2000.