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Pop music: 10 picks for families

The Zumix Walk for Music takes place April 28 in East Boston.
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The Zumix Walk for Music takes place April 28 in East Boston.

SUPER COOL BEANS Bouncy tunes and playtime where kids ages 2-8 can learn about the environment while flaunting dance moves like “crisscross applesauce” and “wiki stick.” April 18, 11 a.m. Free. Millis Town Hall, Millis.

MATT HEATON “Toddlerbilly,” which blends surf, traditional Irish music, traditional American music, and, of course, rockabilly, is the name of the game for this guitarist, who leads singalongs around town. April 19, 10:30 a.m. Free. Boston Public Library West End branch; other dates listed at

TROMBONES ON THE RIVER Slide into this demonstration of the trombone’s power, which will include an opportunity for kids to try out the brass instrument. April 28, noon. Free. Charles River Esplanade.


ZUMIX WALK FOR MUSIC This 2-mile walk through Boston will raise money for the East Boston music education nonprofit ZUMIX, and will culminate in a concert headlined by participants in ZUMIX’s programs. April 28, 12:30 p.m. Free. Walk begins at ZUMIX Firehouse, East Boston, concert at 3 p.m. at Piers Park. 617-568-9777,

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KIDS REALLY ROCK Karen K & the Jitterbugs and Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys are two of the acts headlining this afternoon celebration of arts geared toward children, which will operate under the banner “All We Need Is Love.” May 6, 11 a.m. Free. Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown.

JACOB SARTORIUS This 14-year-old singer-songwriter, who rose to fame through the video-sharing sites Vine and and is tipped as potentially being the next Justin Bieber, will spotlight his January EP “The Last Text” on his first headlining tour. May 6, 4 p.m. $27. Wilbur Theatre. 617-248-9700,

E.T. IN CONCERT The Boston Pops play John Williams’s Oscar-winning score alongside a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster about the unlikely friendship between a boy and a visitor from out of this world. May 12, 8 p.m.; May 13, 3 p.m and 8 p.m. $36-$122. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,

SESAME STREET LIVE! In “Make a New Friend,” Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang sing, dance, share cookies, and learn about India’s culture through Chamki, who stars on that country’s “Sesame Street” adaptation, “Galli Galli Sim Sim.” May 12, 6 p.m.; May 13, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; May 14, 1 p.m. $15-$68. Hanover Theatre, Worcester. 877-571-7469,


SOL Y CANTO: EL DOBLE DE AMIGOS / TWICE AS MANY FRIENDS Latin roots band Sol y Canto plays songs from its 2003 kids’ album “El Doble de Amigos,” which blends calypso, reggae, and other genres on songs like the hyperactive “Banana” and the reflective “Arco Iris.” May 20, 10:30 a.m. $5-$8 individuals, $25 families. Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham. 508-405-2787,

TOTS @ 10: JEANNIE MAK In this installment of Assembly Row’s Tots @ 10 children’s entertainment series, which happens on the fourth Wednesday of each month, Danvers-based guitarist-harmonicist Jeannie Mak performs originals and cover songs geared toward 1- to 8-year-olds. May 24, 10 a.m. Free. Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville. 617-440-5565,

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