Week ahead: Kids events

Neil Hamilton-Ritchie

A case of the Wiggles

THE WIGGLES LIVE IN CONCERT Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Simon, Emma, and Lachy bring their colorful selves to Hyannis and Cohasset on their “Taking Off!” tour. Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. $32.75 and $52.75. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. 800-514-3849. (Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 800-514-3849.

June Wulff


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM It’s a bit beyond the middle of summer, but never beyond time for Shakespeare’s comedy about fairies, humans turned into donkeys, love potions, and romps. Youthquake Theater actors, ages 11-17, act in and direct another Shakespeare classic. Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 17 and 18 at 3 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., Somerville.

GREENWAY TRUCK AND TRACTOR DAY Trucks and tractors are usually confined to roads and fields, but on Tuesday they’re at the park to give kids a chance to climb aboard and learn about the vehicles that keep the Greenway in ship shape, or is that truck shape? Aug. 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Wharf District Parks between Milk and India streets, Boston. 617-292-0020.


GIBSON HOUSE MUSEUM Kids probably aren’t familiar with a Victorian-era calling card, but they will be after their walking tour of Back Bay and the Gibson House Museum. Young guests will learn about calling cards and design their own. Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.-noon., Aug. 25 from 2-4 p.m. $5 (recommended for ages 8-12; registration required). Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., Boston. 617-267-6338.

June Wulff


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PEM/PM: DOUBLE 7 It’s Not February, but it is Valentine’s Day, in China. The holiday’s other name, Festival of the Double Sevens, refers to the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar. Celebrate with music, art, tastings, and excerpts from “Four Letters.” Aug. 15 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10 ($5 surcharge for the exhibit “Fabergé Revealed”). Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 866-745-1876.

CRUISIN’ THE ’50s Billy D and the Rock-its Doo Wop Show Band close the door on the display of 150 classic cars parked along downtown Newburyport streets. After you stroll by the beauties, catch the concert in Market Square. Aug. 15 from 5-8 p.m. (rain date Aug. 22). Free. Downtown Newburyport. 978-462-6680.

BIG HEAD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL There’s a little bit of everything including a tribute to Marcus Garvey, who said: “The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.” Take in a drumming circle, storytelling, music, games, a career show and tell, yoga and martial arts demonstrations, and screenings of “Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor and African Descent” (3 and 8 p.m.). Aug. 17 from 2-8 p.m. Free (donations welcome). National Center for Afro-American Artists, 300 Walnut Ave., Roxbury. 617-442-8614.

TEXTILE WEEKEND AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE Unlike our wear-it-today-toss-it-tomorrow society, ladies in the early 1800s wore their clothes for years. With accessories including collars, belts, bonnets, combs, cuffs, and belts, outfits were given a new look. Learn more at demonstrations and the “Trimmed to Taste” exhibit. Aug. 17-18, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, free under 18 through Sept. 2. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. 800-733-1830.

June Wulff