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Five things to do around Boston, May 14-20

Crocs at the Museum of Science, classic rock at Symphony Hall, pirates in Plymouth, and more.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is at the Museum of Science.
Roderick Mickens ©American Museum of Natural History
Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is at the Museum of Science.


Pop Rock

Classic rock by Queen, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and more shakes up Symphony Hall at Rock the Pops With Alfie Boe. The English musical theater star takes the stage with the Boston Pops, backed by local college students and members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir. 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets from $30.


Spring Pedals

Look to the sky above Franklin Park during the annual Kite & Bike Festival, then cruise around the park on two wheels. Both headliners will be available — kites to buy, and kids’ bikes to “rent” (free) from Boston Bikes. Picnickers are welcome, and food trucks will be on site. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.


Drop Anchor

You know about the Mayflower, but did you know that three pirate ships visited Plymouth Colony in 1646? The fourth annual Pirates Ashore at the Mayflower Society House and around Plymouth features reenactors portraying colonists and privateers, cannon fire, a pirate encampment, a sword fight, and even a murder trial. 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.


No Place Like Home


Visiting the magnificent Crane Estate in Ipswich normally requires paying a fee or scoring an invitation to a swanky wedding. At the Trustees of Reservations’ annual Home Sweet Home event, admission to the Crane Estate and nine other sites across Massachusetts is free. This year’s focus is the formal gardens and dramatic landscapes on and around the historic properties. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Opening Sunday

Tales and Scales

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Head to the Museum of Science to check out the descendants of reptiles that roamed with the dinosaurs. Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World showcases the animals’ natural habitats. Watch live hatchlings swim and see various species up-close. Or keep your distance and study a 17-foot-long life-size model. Through September 3. Adults $25, children $20.

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