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    The week ahead: Family events

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    DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LET’S CELEBRATE! Minnie and Mickey are very busy at a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter, Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, and more. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. (through Feb. 23). $25 and up.
    TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.

    June Wulff


    MODEL TRAIN SHOW The Northeast Ntrak Modular Railroad Club’s Ntrak trains are smaller than traditional model trains, but climb mountain passes, push and pull freight cars, and deliver to industries and stations on the tracks. Feb. 15 (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), Feb. 16 (noon-4 p.m.). $5, $7 family. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559.

    MIT MUSEUM National Engineers Week is Feb. 16-22, and during school vacation week here’s a way to celebrate. Activities, workshops (ages 11 and up, pre-registration recommended), and demonstrations led by MIT students include Monday’s test of your kids’ observational skills with artifacts from MIT’s research labs (for grades 6-12). Feb. 17-22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, $5 students, seniors, under 18. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927.


    LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING Celebrate Black History Month at this concert by award-winning storyteller and singer Valerie Stephens, who will do both in Jamaica Plain. Feb. 18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, 433 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. 617-536-5400.

    June Wulff


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    VALENTINE’S DAY EVENING WALKING TOUR OF THE ARNOLD ARBORETUM Dinner, candy, and cards are the usual fare on Feb. 14, but why not shake things up with a 90-minute guided stroll? “Moonlight and Magnolias: A Night of Nature at the Arnold Arboretum” focuses on Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Sprague Sargent, who designed the fabulous venue. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Free (registration required by Feb. 13 to; location provided when you register; flashlights recommended). 617-566-1689.

    VALENTINE WEEKEND CRUISES Who says you have to be landlocked in February? Get out on the water, gaze at Boston Harbor, and celebrate love day with food, entertainment, a champagne toast, and more. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., Feb. 15 noon and 8 p.m. (board one hour prior). $109.90 and up (evening cruises), $62.90, $37.95 ages 3-12 (brunch). Reservations required. The Odyssey, 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 866-307-2469.

    BOSTON WINE EXPO On the extensive activities list for Saturday are the seminars “The One Hour Wine Expert” (11:30 a.m.; $35), “Discover Ice Cider” (12:30 p.m.; $30), and “Chianti Classico. Tuscany doesn’t get any better than this!” (2:30 p.m.; $35). Feb. 15 and 16 1-5 p.m. $85-$145, $145 weekend pass (seminars are extra). 21+. Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

    AFRICAN-AMERICAN PATRIOTS TOUR On this 90-minute Freedom Trail walking tour your costumed guide will take you to pre-Revolutionary Boston, where you’ll learn about black Bostonians including Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, and Peter Salem. Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 12:45 p.m. $13, $11 students and seniors, $7 under 12 (reservations required). Boston Common. 617-357-8300.

    June Wulff

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