The week ahead: Kids events


“THE BORROWERS” The tiny Clock family that lives in the walls and under the floorboards of an English country house furnishes its home with stuff they borrow from the big folks. Postage stamps are used for paintings; matchboxes become storage bins. When daughter Arrietty is seen, the suspense begins. Based on Mary Norton’s novel. Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. (through Aug. 25). $22, $15 under 21. Harwich Junior Theatre,
105 Division St., West Harwich. 508-432-2002.

“IN SEARCH OF TREASURE: NATURE PIRATES” Outreach specialist, Jen Wimmer, will show visitors how to read and make maps. Come in your pirate outfit and enjoy the finale of a buried treasure hunt.Aug. 24, 10 a.m.- noon. $8, $24 (family of four). Register by Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. Meet at the Lloyd Center’s Bond Building, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth. 508-558-2918.


“JUNGLE BOOK DAYS AT THE ZOO” The Huntington Theatre Company and Zoo New England invite you to a story hour, zookeeper encounter, scavenger hunt, and a chance to learn about the animals in Rudyard Kipling’s stories. Activities celebrate the Huntington’s upcoming musical, “The Jungle Book,” which begins its run Sept. 7. Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. (zoo is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). $14, $10 ages 2-12, free under 2. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-541-5466.

“BABY LOVES SALSA” Bilingual songs about cats and dogs, the beach, and a drum that wants respect from the piano are part of this crosscultural, participatory concert led by Jose Conde. Be prepared to “crank” up the “music box” (hint: the band). Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m. $12 (recomended for ages six months to 7 years). Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.

June Wulff

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BRAZEN BELLES Described as “queens of the corset, sirens of the stage, and dolls of the dancefloor,” the Cape Cod-based burlesque troupe delivers slapstick, “racy fun,” and provocative dancing. Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. $20. The Beach House Restaurant, corner of Routes 28A and 151, Falmouth. 508-564-5029.

TOWER HILL’S FLOWER & VEGETABLE SHOW Is your broccoli bountiful, your sunflowers swell, your red cabbage ravishing? If so, bring them to the show (and maybe win a cash prize). If not, look at others’ garden treasures and pick up a tip or three from Roger Swain, former host of WGBH’s “Victory Garden.” Aug. 24 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Swain lecture at 2 p.m.) and Aug. 25 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Entries accepted Aug. 23 (4-7 p.m.) and Aug. 24 (7:30- 9 a.m.). $12, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-18, free under 6. $30 (lecture, gardens, and show), $40 (lecture, gardens, show, and reception). Lecture registration required. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111.


FRIENDSHIP GAMES Cuban softball legends are in the United States to compete against senior athletes from the EMASS Senior Softball League and the Bay State Association. Opening ceremonies are Aug. 25 (12:30 p.m.) at Boston Common Cusick Field followed by the Cuba vs. USA double header at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. (through Aug. 29). Free. Aug. 24 practice game at Pine Bank Field, Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.617-938-7660.

June Wulff


Due to a reporting error, an earlier version had the incorrect time for the Cuba vs. USA double header at Boston Common Cusick Field. The correct time is 1 p.m.

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