A view from the water

ARCHITECTURE CRUISES You’ll see the Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, the Hancock tower, Rowes Wharf, and contemporary buildings from the water on this 90-minute tour. The route covers Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin. Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. (Fri-Sun at 10 a.m., Sat and Sun at 2:30 p.m. through Oct. 12, rain or shine). $25, $20 students, seniors, and under 12 (advance reservations recommended). Depart from CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge. 617-621-3001. June Wulff


MY SKY Learn about the sun, moon, and stars in the Skate Park, Child’s Room, and Backyard sections of this new exhibit. Kids can become part of the human sun dial, invent new constellations, make celestial music, and touch a model of the Moon. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 4 (Fri until 9 p.m.; recommended for adults and kids 5-10). $14, $1 Fri 5-9 p.m., free under 12 months. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500.

FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL See the results of the five-week multi-arts program attended by more than 200 students, ages 7-15, from Greater Boston. You’ll be well entertained since the curriculum covers dance, music, theater, photography, gymnastics, film and video, writing, karate, fencing, and the visual arts. Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. Free. Park School, 171 Goddard Ave., Brookline. 617-277-2456.


MARIONETTE PUPPET SHOW SERIES Charlotte Anne Dore makes marionettes that are very busy this summer traveling and performing at a bunch of Boston parks under the name of Rosalita’s Puppets. Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. (Aug. 5, 14, and 19 at different parks). Free. East Boston Memorial Stadium Park, East Boston. 617-635-4505.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Don’t be late for a very important date to see the Hampstead Stage Company’s production of the Lewis Carroll story. And the next time the kids tell you they’re bored, remind them that they can use their imagination like Alice does. Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. art project; noon National Trolley Park rides; snacks; indoors if raining) Free. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. 978-970-5200. June Wulff


BEER TASTING 101 This class, part of the “Summer Squared” series, is run by Kris Butler, a certified beer judge and award-winning home brewer. Now that’s a cool gig. July 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. (series runs Thursdays through Sept. 4). $15. Cambridge Center for Adult Education Spiegel Theater, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1.

TOWER HILL BOTANICAL GARDEN HERB SHOW Day one teaches you about the judges’ criterea at the herb show and gives you the 411 about herbal medicines (fact and fiction). Day two of “The New England Herb Show: Herbs of Magic and Mystery” offers a family craft and a speaker who will discuss aroma therapy. Aug. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 2 until 4 p.m.). Free with admission of $12, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-18, free under 6. Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 1 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111.


BIG HEAD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL African drumming, martial arts demonstrations, music and spoken-word performances, art activities, a fashion show, storytelling, and a screening and discussion of “Happy to be Nappy” (3:30 and 7:30 p.m.). Sounds like a full day. Aug. 2 from 2-8 p.m. Free (donations appreciated). Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, 300 Walnut Ave., Roxbury. 617-442-8614. June Wulff