The week ahead: Kids events


CLASSICAL NEW ENGLAND CARTOON FESTIVAL Enjoy a day of Warner Bros. cartoons, Johnson Strings Musical Petting Zoo, crafts, tours of Symphony Hall, costumed characters, and performances by New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra. Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, $35 (family four-pack for two adults and two kids 10 and under), free under 2. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-300-5400.

FAMILY OWL PROWL After practicing owl calls, kids will take a short hike to look for owls and night dwellers. After, they’ll talk about what they spotted and meet some of the museum’s owl residents.Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. (rain date Nov. 16). $10 (recommended for ages 6 and older). Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave., Milton. 617-333-0690.

STEVESONGS IN CONCERT Steve Roslonek is a busy guy with gigs in Arlington and Needham. “Mr. Steve” of SteveSongs celebrates his new release, “Orangutan Van,” with electric guitarist Anand Nayak. Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. $12, $15 day of show. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849. (Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom Children’s Center, 670 Highland Ave., Needham.


NEIGHBORHOOD TOY STORE DAY According to writer Margret Rey: “George can do what kids can’t do. He can paint a room from the inside. He can hang from a kite in the sky. He can let the animals out of their pens on the farm. He can do all these naughty things that kids would like to do.” Bring the kids to the Curious George Store for face painting, crafts, and freebies. Nov. 9 from noon-4 p.m. Free. The Curious George Store, 1 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-547-4500.

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BOSTON CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL More than 350 master crafts folks will help you start your holiday-shopping engine, and the annual Gingerbread House Competition will fuel your eating engine. Area chefs at the latter create masterpieces you can purchase to benefit Housing Families Inc. Nov. 8 noon-7 p.m. (through Nov. 10). $12, $10 seniors, free under 14. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-536-3400.

WARREN MILLER’S TICKET TO RIDE Watch skiers and snowboarders do their downhill thing in Alaska, Montana, Iceland, Greenland, and Switzerland. And just for attending you’ll receive a voucher for one free lift ticket to Sugarbush Resort (restrictions apply). Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. (Nov. 9, 10, and 13 at other locations. $20. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469.

NORTH BENNET STREET SCHOOL NEW BUILDING GRAND OPENING AND OPEN HOUSE The talented students and faculty have a new building in which to learn and hone their crafts of bookbinding, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing and security technology, piano technology, and violin making and repair.Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. (open house Nov. 8 noon-4 p.m., Nov. 9 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). Free. North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., Boston. 617-227-0155.


OODLES OF NOODLES, A NOODLE TASTING FESTIVAL Five hours of carbs include Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian Indian, Vegan, Korean, and Italian noodles. Vote for your fave, enjoy live entertainment (3 p.m.), and bring the kids to arts activities (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Nov. 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, $4 kids, $23 (2 adults, 2 kids); $10 (at the door), $5 kids, $25 (2 adults, 2 kids); free under 5. A non-perishable food item for Newton’s food pantries is appreciated. Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-796-1540.