There’s so much going on this weekend, from fun family concerts to critter exhibits. Escape the hot weather and keep the little ones entertained with one of these fun events. – By Jodi Grundig


Big Doozie Presents: Mister G, Face Paint Fantasy

Amazing Things Art Center
160 Hollis St, Framingham, Mass.
July 16, 2011
10:30 a.m.
$10 ($8 members)
(508) 405-2787
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At this show at the Amazing Things Art Center, children’s performer Mister G will perform some of his more popular kids’ songs, followed by face painting fun for everyone! It’s a great way to spend your July morning.

(Credit: Ecotarium)

Jazz at Sunset: The Worcester Jazz Orchestra

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, Mass.
July 15, 2011
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
General admission: $18 per person, $15 EcoTarium and WICN members. Reserved tables are
also available.

Is it date night? Or, are you looking to introduce your kids to jazz? The Worcester Jazz Orchestra is performing some Big Band standards at the EcoTarium this week. Bring a chair, because it’s lawn seating, unless you purchase a reserved table. Admission for kids under 12 is free, so bring the whole family. Tickets to the concert include museum admission.

(Credit: Jodi Grundig)


The Barefoot Books Store
89 Thoreau Street, Concord, Mass.
July 15, 2011
Free Admission

The Barefoot Books Store, the best bookstore for kids in the Boston area, is offering a free all-ages music show featuring LA-based indie rock band Rabbit! Tickets are free, but call the Barefoot Books Studio at 978.369.1770 in advance to reserve a spot.

(Photo: Sturbridge Village 3) credit: Christy Matte

Fire & Ice

Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Mass.
July 16, 2011 – All day
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The fire in this celebration refers to a demonstration of historical hand-pump fire trucks, and your little one may even be able to help pump water. There’s also a fire truck parade. The ice refers to demonstrations of 18th and 19th century ice-cream making. Ice cream and fire trucks – what little one wouldn’t love that?


Dynamo H2O: Story Trails

Peabody Essex Musuem
161 Essex St, Salem, Mass.
July 17, 2011
2 p.m.- 3 p.m.
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My son is obsessed with water, as evidenced by his actions last week when he flooded the kitchen because he liked watching the water flowing. If your children are like mine, they’ll love this event, where they’ll hear a story – Water Dance, by Thomas Locker, then create their own rain gauge. This event is for kids aged 5 to 8, with an adult. Register in advance.


Aqua Kids Family Day

New England Aquarium
90 E India Row, Boston, Mass.
July 15, 2011
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission
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This drop-in program, open to all New England Aquarium visitors, features stories, live animal demonstrations, and art projects. Just head over to the Curious George Discovery Corner to participate.

(Photo: Critter Day) credit: Boston Children's Museum

Critter Day: Caterpillars

Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress St, Boston, Mass.
July 16, 2011
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Included with admission
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During this fun event, kids will have the opportunity to meet Sam Jaffee, a naturalist and photographer, and get an up-close look at caterpillars.

Jodi Grundig is editor and publisher of Family-Friendly Boston and Mom’s Favorite Stuff.


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