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BASEBALL AT BEDTIME While our Sox are busy at spring training in Fort Myers, kids are busy posing for photos with Wally the Green Monster, listening to baseball-related bedtime stories, wearing their PJs or baseball outfit, and visiting the make-your-own hot chocolate bar. Feb. 21 and 22 6:30-8:30 p.m. (reservations recommended). $20 suggested donation for ReadBoston(matched by the hotel). Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-532-5020.


INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING DAY Female engineers of tomorrow get a chance to roll up their sleeves and dig into activities that will pique their interest and imagination and test their problem-solving skills. Booths are hosted by Boston-area science organizations and SHINE For Girls. Feb. 20 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free (recommended for K-8). Boston Public Library Johnson Conference Room, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

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TEDDY BEAR’S TEA Have the kids pack their favorite teddy bear or stuffed toy for this tea party of cocoa, tea, and sweets. There will be a craft activity to accompany refreshments provided by Vicki Lee’s in Belmont and Tea Forté of Concord. Feb. 21 and 22 at 1:30 and 3 p.m. $20 (reservations required; refreshments included). Concord Museum, intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 978-369-9762, ext. 216.

MASSART FAMILY DAY MassArt students are ready for your family with activity stations related to two exhibits on view at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries. “Surface” is a multi-media show about fragility and desire; “Alison Saar: STILL ...” is a fascinating collection of sculptures about racial identity, womanhood, and the African diaspora. Feb. 22 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (materials and refreshments provided; recommended for ages 4 and older). Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-879-7333. lleries


BECOMING A BOSTONIAN There are many ways to become a Bostonian, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum suggests that you sample a Sam Adams by the Courtyard, build an optical illusion in the studio, and chair-dance to Neo Soul in Calderwood Hall. Feb. 20 from 5:30-9 p.m. $5-$15. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston. 617-566-5643.

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FIFES, FIDDLES & ROCKING MELODEONS Today’s word is melodeon, a small accordion played by folk musicians. This instrument plus two early violins, a guitar, and a flageolet (a small flute-like instrument) from the Museum of Fine Arts collection will be demonstrated when MFA curator Darcy Kuronen discusses early musical-instrument making in Massachusetts. Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Free. North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., Boston. 617-227-0155.

NEW ENGLAND HOME SHOW Since you’ve spent a lot of time indoors this winter, you probably noticed some areas for improvement within your four walls. Experts, exhibits, displays, and products are waiting to help you work your way through your to-do list. Feb. 21 from noon-9 p.m. (through Feb. 23). $12, free under 18. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 508-823-0389.

BOSTON CHILI TAKEDOWN Do you have what it takes to sample 20-30 chilis prepared by home cooks? Do you have discerning taste buds that can vote on the best contenders? Bring your appetite and taste buds to Allston. Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. $15. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 800-838-3006.

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