The week ahead: Boston-area kids events

Lane Turner/Globe Staff

‘Mice’ tale

“OF MICE AND MEN” John Steinbeck’s story about two migrant workers and friends who try to find work during the Great Depression is told by actors from Boston Children’s Theatre. April 25 at 2 p.m. (through May 4). $25. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600.


MIDNIGHT RIDE STORYTELLING PROGRAM Over the years, stories take on a life of their own and gallop off into the sunset. Kids will learn the facts about Paul Revere’s ride and follow his route from home to the banks of the Charles River. They’ll wear hats, carry props, and assume the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their kids, British soldiers, rowers, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. April 25 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. $4.50 (grades K-4, reservations required). Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., Boston. 617-523-2338.

“SUPERMAN’S MISSION FOR PRESIDENT KENNEDY: COMIC BOOK WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN” Al Plastino was one of the Superman artists in the ’50s, and his work is on view at “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy” through Sept. 1. Kids will learn how to draw comics and can then check out the exhibit of storyboards written in collaboration with Kennedy’s physical fitness initiative. April 25 at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. (recommended for ages 8-11). Free with accompanying adults’ paid admission ($14, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 13-17; limit of two kids per adult; $2 discount with “buzzword” on Facebook or Twitter). John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.


NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY CELEBRATION To take the pledge and receive a badge, kids have to complete puzzles, answer questions, make an art project, and explore a neighborhood. It all happens at the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. April 26
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. See website for venue locations. 617-566-7937.


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“SHATNER’S WORLD” In addition to acting roles covering Shakespeare to Captain Kirk, William Shatner has directed, produced, written, and recorded. His one-man show of personal anecdotes, humor, and touching moments covers Shatner’s life and career. April 24 at
7:30 p.m. $15. Participating theaters including Regal Cinemas Fenway Stadium 13 RPX Movie Theater, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-424-6111.

SHEEP SHEARING FESTIVAL Everyone needs a haircut every now and then, including the sheep at Gore Place. Watch demonstrations of traditional and modern clipping techniques, herding, visit the craft fair, listen to music, partake in traditional English dancing, and more. April 26 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. $15, free under 13. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

CAMBRIDGE OPEN STUDIOS Whether you take the shuttle service (1-5 p.m.) or walk around Cambridge, you’ll get plenty of exercise visiting artists’ studios to check out their paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more. There will also be music and dance performances. April 26 and 27 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Throughout Cambridge (go to website for brochure). 617-349-4380.

Sail on

COMMUNITY BOATING OPEN HOUSES Even if a membership isn’t in the cards for you this summer, take one of the hourly orientation tours and drool at the sailboats on the Charles River. The folks at Community Boating have been teaching sailing since 1946 and boast a fleet of more than 150 sailing vessels and kayaks. April 26 and May 31from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community Boating, Inc., 21 David Mugar Way, Boston. 617-523-1038.

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