Boston-area kids events

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THE FRESH BEAT BAND: LIVE IN CONCERT! Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout leap out of Nickelodeon TV land and onto the stage to entertain your young ’uns with songs including “Here We Go,”
“A Friend Like You,” “Bananas,” and “Just Like a Rockstar.”
Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. $24.50-$44.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

June Wulff


GREENWAY CAROUSEL Happy first birthday to this Boston landmark that has given rides to more than 120,000 folks on its Lobster, Sea Turtle, Cod, Peregrine Falcon, Grasshopper, Harbor Seal, Fox, Skunk, Whale, Squirrel, Rabbit, Butterfly, Barn Owl, and Sea Serpent. There will be free entertainment on Aug. 30 and 31 at 2 and 4 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 (11 a.m.-9 p.m.), Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.). $3, $25 (10 tickets), free ride on Aug. 31 for visitors with an Aug. 31 birthday. Greenway Carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (across from Christopher Columbus Park), Boston. 617-292-0020. www.rosekennedy

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: THE THRILL OF THE RIDE TOUR Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt invite you to take a ride and enjoy stories, videos, arts and crafts, and live music. Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 1, 6, and 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20. Edaville USA, 5 Pine St., Carver. 866-468-7630.


LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE “Family Fun Days” feature tugs-of-war, stilts, hopscotch, base ball, marbles, jump rope, and other games from the days before technology. There are stagecoach and boat rides, musket-firing demonstrations, a “toy fire balloon launch,” and a meet-and-greet with oxen, cows, pigs, and chickens. Aug. 30-Sept. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, free under 18. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. 800-733-1830.



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ST. ANTHONY’S FEAST It’s the 95th anniversary of the largest Italian festival in New England, called the “Feast of Feasts” by National Geographic magazine. See what all the feast fuss is about starting with the opening ceremonies of the blessing of the statue, a procession, and live music. Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., Aug. 30 and 31 from noon-11 p.m. Free admission. North End, Boston. 617-723-8669. www.stanthonys

PATRIOT PLACE Before the Fireworks Spectacular at 8:30 p.m. there’s plenty of stuff to keep you busy including live music, appearances by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders and the team’s mascot, Pat Patriot, plus balloon and caricature artists. Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. (through Aug. 31). Free. Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough. 508-203-2100.

BREAD AND ROSES HERITAGE FESTIVAL The 1912 Bread and Roses Strike is remembered in Lawrence with a celebration of diversity and labor history. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, walking and trolley tours, and kids activities. Sept. 1 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Campagnone Common, 200 Common St., Lawrence.
978-794-1655. www.breadand

OUTDOORS AT THE ARSENAL Local artists share their secrets on Sept. 2 and 16, part of the Brown Bag art demo series. The demonstration on Sept. 2 is by Aneleise Ruggles, who shows you how she works with polymer clay to create jewelry and other objects. On Sept. 16, Dawn Evans Scaltreto shows off her talents with watercolor still lifes. Sept. 2 and 16 from noon-
1:30 p.m. Free. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St.,
Watertown. 617-923-0100.


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