The week ahead: Family events


ANIMAL MOTION PARK Slithering snakes, fluttering birds, and swimming fish are some of the creatures featured in this new exhibit of kinetic sculptures by artist/engineer Wrenford Thaffe. The works are made from recycled materials, and move using mechanisms including hand cranks, microchips, and remote controls. Through April 27. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri until 9 p.m. $14, under 1 free; Fri 5-9 p.m. $1. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500,

BSO FAMILY CONCERT The Boston Symphony’s series of family concerts continues with “There’s Nothing Better Than a Good Story.” Thomas Wilkins conducts works of Tchaikovsky, Copland, Anderson, Williams, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky. March 1, 10:15 a.m. and noon. $20, kids free. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200,

MAPLE DAYS The sap rising is one of the sweetest signs of spring. Learn how maple sugaring has evolved at demonstrations of traditional Native American methods, early 19th-century New England practices, 20th-century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing. Saturdays and Sundays in March, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, under 18 free with adult. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 800-733-1830,


INTO THE WOODS Cinderella’s prince is a dud, Jack summons the giant, and the baker and his wife learn a few things the hard way in Stephen Sondheim’s musical reworking of classic fairy tales. The show presented by Harwich Junior Theatre is recommended for ages 9 and up. Through March 16. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15-$25. Harwich Junior Theatre, 105 Division St., West Harwich. 508-432-2002,


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FIRE & ICE: A WINTER FESTIVAL We thought we’d had enough ice for one season, then we heard about ice bowling. It’s one of the attractions at this event which also features ice sculpture demonstrations by Don Chappelle on the cold side, and on the hot side, fire spinning by A Different Spin. Children’s activities, hot drinks, ice cream, special cocktails, and other activities keep the square hopping. March 1, 3-6 p.m. Free. Union Square, Somerville. www.somervilleartscouncil .org

CAMELLIA SHOW Spring means flowers, and while there may not be many sprouting from the ground just yet, there are plenty at the 185th annual show presented by the Massachusetts Camellia Society. See hundreds of colorful peak blooms of the plant that thrives in humid climates and is used to make tea and cooking oil. Special events include a tea tasting with Upton Tea Imports (noon-3 p.m.), a lecture on camellias in Boston (Sat 2 p.m.), and a walking tour of the camellia show (Sun 2 p.m.). March 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Included with admission of $12, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-18, under 6 free. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111,

YOUTH COFFEE HOUSE Teen power is behind this event featuring young acoustic performers, dancers, comedians, and bands performing to benefit the Chawama Family Support Home for AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children. March 1, 7-11 p.m. $10, $5 youth. First Unitarian Society, 1326 Washington St., West Newton. 617-527-3203,

SOMERVILLE SKILLSHARE Brooklyn, Seattle, and other places have caught on to the idea, and now Somerville is doing it, too. Local residents share their talents in salsa dancing, parkour, bicycle maintenance, digitial DJing, creative writing, beekeeping, first aid, bookbinding, fermenting, canning, and more. March 2, noon-6 p.m. Free. Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.somerville