Wonder Ball The Boston Children’s Museum has entertained more than 25 million patrons. Each year it welcomes almost 600,000 children and their families, and most of these visits are made easier thanks to discounted or free admission. But discounted/free admission comes at a price. In order to guarantee that the museum can continue offering special rates, it is holding a Wonder Ball and all proceeds will go to supporting access and funding arts- and youth-oriented programs. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets/sponsorships begin at $500. 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Festival of Trees Ready for an innovative take on a Christmas tradition? Then head over to the Berkshire Museum for a look at holiday trees decked out in a safari-scape, enjoy delectable desserts and goodies, and say hello to critters and other furry friends with Rick Roth of Creature Teachers. Nov. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. $50 adult non-members, $30 adult members, $25 child non-member, $15 child member. 39 South St. (Route 7), Pittsfield. 413-443-7171. www.berkshiremuseum.org
Santa Claus is back in town Hang out with the season’s favorite jolly guy and spread holiday cheer at the South Shore Plaza and Burlington Mall through Christmas Eve. Snap some photos, share your Christmas list, and answer the age old question: Have you been nice or naughty? Through Dec. 24. Photo package prices vary. South Shore Plaza, 250 Granite St., Braintree. Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, 781-272-8668. www.simon.com
PAINT ’N POUR Expand your children’s horizons and continue to develop their artistic skill with a night at an event where little renaissance men and women will be painting their version of a breezy tree. Parents can
stay with the children or drop them off and enjoy dinner nearby, get some errands done, or simply take a load off.
Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. $25. 284 Moody St., Waltham. 781-373-5042. www.paintnpourma.com
The Mother: A CANTATA FOR FERGUSON With choral music taken from Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s revolutionary opera “The Mother” and accompanying documentary footage from Ferguson, Mo., this should be a memorable performance. Afterward, a panel discussion will focus on the relevance and political role of music and opera in society. Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Free. Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3560. www.bu.edu/chapel
Room to Grow Fall Gala In an effort to help others, leaders in Boston, along with special guest board members Uma Thurman, Julie and Ken Burns and Ray Bourque, are coming together to raise funds to benefit babies in Boston being raised in impoverished conditions. The night will feature some amazing families and honor mother Dontashia Smith. Nov. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $250. Cruiseport, 1 Black Falcon Ave. 617-859-4545. www.roomtogrow.org
The Strong Man Screening There was a time when movies didn’t make a sound, when in-house orchestras provided the music and the film on screen was only two colors instead of a rainbow. In an effort to pay homage the films of yesteryear, the Somerville Theater is hosting a special screening of Frank Capra’s first film. “The Strong Man” will be shown in 35mm with live music. Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. $15 general admission, $12 students. 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700. www.feitheatres.com/somerville-theatre
A Taste of the Town
Boston Senior Home Care is back with its 40th anniversary celebration to raise money for low-income and disabled elders and individuals. “Forty years later, and Boston Senior Home Care continues to make a positive impact for elders and disabled individuals who chose to stay in the comfort of their own home rather than exploring alternatives,” said Linda George, BSHC chief executive officer. Take in the live music, entertainment, tastings, and auctions, all the while knowing that you are there for a good cause.
Nov. 18 from 6-10 p.m. $125 per person. Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St. 617-482-1800. www.reverehotel.com