From a young age, my parents instilled in me a love and appreciation of theatrical performances. Whether it was a free show in a library auditorium or a splashy Broadway musical, I couldn't get enough of the actors, costumes, and sets. This weekend, kids have a bunch of opportunities to sit in the audience of some special shows. There's one for history buffs who'd like to travel back to the 1940's, and one for little ones whose tastes run more toward Sesame Street; there are also presentations for animal lovers, comedy fans, and kids who might appreciate a classic Broadway musical. If you are ever looking for more theater ideas, MP regularly writes about shows in the Boston area worth checking out.
Need more weekend ideas? Learn about data visualization (and meet an author!), celebrate Earth Day at the zoo and an art center, bake with Barbie, or just dance all day!
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This musical timeline recreates the era in living color with the swing sound of the Big Bands, Rosie the Riveter, the USO, World Renowned Precision Dancers, and a colorful recreation of the Rexall Radio Hour.
Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street, exploring the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies.
Science set to music! The North Cambridge Family Opera Festival Chorus performs songs on the theme of weather and climate, and topics include rain, tornadoes, La Niña and El Niño, the ozone hole, ocean level rise, and trailblazing climate change scientists.
Visitors can take a magical journey in the warmth of the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center to find the hidden fairy gardens.
Starting Friday and lasting all week, the Cambridge Science Festival encompasses an array of demonstrations and workshops all over town, most of which are kid-friendly. Some require reservations, so plan ahead!
The multi-Tony-winning Broadway revival of Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical is swinging through Boston. Count on older kids to be enchanted by the bright costumes and playful music.
SATURDAY, April 22
Less of a march and more like a rally on the Common, the event was created to champion scientific thinking and research in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere. There will be a concurrent "kids march" starting out of the Parkman Bandstand, with live entertainment for kids from 1 to 2 and interactive science activities from 2 to 4.
Festivities include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, plus animal enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, eco-friendly exhibitors, and more.
Join author Liv Buli, a data journalist, to explore the wonderful world of Vizkidz
and learn about the basic concepts of data visualization as she reads from her book Penelope Pie Throws a Pizza Party
, and guides kids in hands-on activities that explore works of art and collections from the Harvard Art Museums.
Princesses from favorite storybook fairy tales are reading stories, leading elegant parades, and singing songs.
This is a theatrical stage show based on the animated television series Wild Kratts; stars Martin and Chris Kratt engage the audience in a classic story from the show featuring animal behavior and interesting trivia.
SUNDAY, April 23
Adaptive Climbing Group-Massachusetts (ACG) is hosting a youth adaptive climbing clinic where accommodations and equipment help climbers with any disability get on the climbing wall.
Attendees learn a few kitchen fundamentals, then get hands-on in the kitchen. Each student also gets to take home a Barbie goodie bag, including a perfect pink apron and measuring cups to practice their newly learned skills at home.
Create your own fairy door, a magic portal to the fairy world.
Come to the Boston Children's Museum for dance all day including 70 students of renowned Haitian choreographer Jean Appolon sharing their work in Kidstage, and youth dancers from Urbanity Dance performing modern, contemporary, and hip hop dances.
Children can enjoy a light snack story time, craft, face painting, dancing, and songs while the Spanish Princess also gives a lesson in Spanish in a unique castle-themed venue.
Top photo: exploring animal habitats at Party for the Planet at the Franklin Park Zoo. Image courtesy of the author.