FAMILY NAUTICAL NIGHTS
You and the kids will sleep in Navy bunks on a World War II battleship, wake up to reveille, eat two meals in chow-line style, and more. Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. (checkout is Sept. 7 at 9 a.m.). $60. (recommended for ages 6 and older; reservations required). Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. 508-678-1100. www.battleshipcove.org
THE BUTTERFLY PLACE Here’s a great way to wind down after a hectic day: Stroll along a winding path and watch butterflies drink from flowers and fly around. Check out the koi fish and quail birds, and if you have any questions, head for the “show and tell bench” where a staffer awaits. Daily 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. through Oct. 31 (check website for seasonal hours). $12, $10 seniors, $8 ages 3-12. The Butterfly Place, 120 Tyngsboro Road, Westford. 978-392-0955. www.butterflyplace-ma.com
BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Michael Alfano will show kids how to create large-scale sculptures from metal, stone, and resin (and they can climb them). At “Don’t Just Admire Public Art, Make It Yourself With Michael Alfano” your budding artists can take photos of their artistic process. Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., noon, and 2:15 p.m. Free with museum admission of $14, free 0-12 months (recommended for ages
6 and older). Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUMS Before your little ones start to bury their heads in technology, bring them to “PEEP Science Adventures: Branching Out” where they’ll study leaves, sticks, pinecones, and more
. Sept. 9 at
10 a.m. $11.50, $10.50 seniors, free under 1. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton.
BIRD CARVERS’ AND WILDLIFE ARTS SHOW Al Jordan of Rochester, N.Y., is featured at this year’s show, and on Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m., the carver presents a “Falconry” program using live birds. The same day at 1 p.m., John Mello presents New and Old Texturing Techniques.
Sept. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. Green Briar Nature Center,
6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich. 508-888-6870. www.thorntonburgess.org
POOCH-A-PALOOZA This benefit for PAWS New England welcomes dogs, dog lovers, and families for two days of on-site adoption, training demonstrations, entertainment by Mutville Comics and Jersey Disk Dogs, a free Pooch Spa, a dog bowl that’s more than 10 feet wide and 4 feet high, and the Pooch Library, with Matthew Gilbert, Globe TV critic and author of “Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park.” Sept. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. $10, free under 13. Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield. 781-890-2645. www.pooch-a-palooza.org
SOMERVILLE ROCK AND ROLL YARD SALE We cherish our vinyl Beatles collection. What’s in yours? You can add to it by wandering through the aisles of vendors that include David Colombo Records, Big Phil’s Records, and A Nubian Nation Records. Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain date Sept. 14). Free admission. Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square, Somerville. www.rockandrollyardsale.com
MFA COMMUNITY DAY: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF DIRECTOR MALCOLM ROGERS
There are at least 20 reasons to attend this celebration, but in addition to the 20 “things to do” courtesy of the MFA, we’ll add one — tip your hat to Rogers, the longest-tenured director in the museum’s 144 years. At 10 a.m., the Huntington Avenue doors will be opened by Rogers, and the offerings that follow include art making, performances by the Roxbury youth orchestra Revolution of Hope, and a glass-blowing demonstration from Diablo Glass School. Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org
June Wulff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.