Friday, April 20
Special Storytime: Jannie Ho. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10:30 a.m. Find out what happens when Bear finds a chicken frozen in the winter and brings it home to defrost, during this funny friendship tale in Bear and Chicken. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Meet the Scientists. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Drop-in and join Professor Piali Sengupta and her lab members from Brandeis University for hands-on activities based on their work with worms. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, children under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
The Box. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1 p.m. Experience the world premier of The Box by PaintBox Theatre and based on the picture book by Kevin O’Malley following a young boy who transforms a cardboard box as a vehicle for adventure. Through Saturday. Members $7.50, public $8. carlemuseum.org.
Fruitlands Fairy Festival. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 1-4 p.m. Don your wings, grab your crowns, and come play in the Fruitlands woods. Learn about the little folk of the woodlands and craft a fairy wand or fairy house along the path. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $10, adults free. fruitlands.org.
Meet the Cows Tour. Appleton Farms, 299 County Rd., Ipswich. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Enjoy close calf encounters, a cow story and costume, a tour of our milking barn, and more, during this fun afternoon. For ages 2 to 7. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $10. thetrustees.org.
Stomp. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 7:30 p.m. Come to this international percussion sensation that finds and fills the stage with sounds from everyday objects but unconventional percussion instruments, including matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, hubcaps, and more. Through Saturday. $49 and up. bochcenter.org.
Saturday, April 21
Family Farm Fest. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy the spring arrival of baby animals and prepare for the planting of the fields, during this time to visit lambs, chicks, and piglets, watch farm work, and try your hand at some spring cleaning. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths ages 4 and up $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.
April Vacation: Bread & Butter Making. Appleton Farms, 299 County Rd., Ipswich. 10-11 a.m. Come measure ingredients, kneed dough, and put bread into the oven. Make homemade rolls before turning Jersey milk into delicious butter. Recommended for ages 4 to 7. Register ahead. Member children $12, nonmember children $20. thetrustees.org.
Sesame Street: Live. Agganis Arena at Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. Join all of your favorite Sesame Street friends during this all-new interactive show where Cookie Monster sings, Elmo builds a snowman, and Abby marvels us with magic. Through Sunday. $25 and up. sesamestreetlive.com.
Harry the Dirty Dog. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Enjoy ArtsPower’s new delightful musical following Harry, the little white dog who hates baths, and hates them so much that he runs away on day to play. Adults $14, children $12. natickarts.org.
Spring Discovery Day. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A day of hands on exploration experiencing the fun of the season. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $5, ages under 2 free. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.
Hidden Diversity: Amphibian Adaptations. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Explore the wonderful and wacky world of amphibians, from those dig to those that glide, and from those as big as dogs or as small as dimes. For families with children aged 8 to 13. Register ahead. Members $10, nonmembers $20. hmnh.harvard.edu.
Special Storytime: Pat Schories. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join the illustrator of the beloved Biscuit series as she reads stories and show slides from her books. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
April Vacation: Cheese Making. Appleton Farm, 299 County Rd., Ipswich. 2-3 p.m. Make a batch of fresh farm cheese and learn about how cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk. For ages 5 to 10. Register ahead. Member children $12, nonmember children $20. thetrustees.org.
Happier Family Comedy Show. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Let out some laughs during this one-hour family improv show, with audience members’ suggestion and participation leading the way. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Member adults $9, youths $4.50; nonmember adults $10, youths $5. carlemuseum.org.
Earth Day Astronomy Night. Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover. 8-9:30 p.m. Celebrate earth by looking to the stars, planets, and moon with our local astronomer. Members $5, nonmembers $10. thetrustees.org.
Sunday, April 22
Giselle. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10 a.m. Enjoy the Bolshoi Ballet screening of this luminous ballet following a woman who dies of a broken heart and returns as a vengeful spirit. $23. coolidge.org.
Doane’s Family History Walk. Tully Lake Campground, Doane Hill Rd., Royalston. 10-11 a.m. Learn the fascinating story of Doane’s Falls and the large 19th century mill that once operated here on this historic, fun, family outing to celebrate Earth Day. Member adults $5, nonmember adults $10, children free. thetrustees.org.
Earth Day: Kids Cook & Grow. Appleton Farms, 299 County Rd., Ipswich. 10-11:30 a.m. Practice basic measuring and knife skills, before whipping up a tasty farm frittata, plant our mini herb garden to take home, and enjoy a snack. Recommended for ages 6 to 10. Register ahead. Member children $12, nonmember children $20. thetrustees.org.
Ancient Engineering Family Class. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Explore ancient engineering while constructing simple models of a sod house, a wetu, a plank house, and a tipi. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $12, youths $8, ages under 3 free. peabody.harvard.edu.
Celebrate Earth Day. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dive into the gardens as you get your hands dirty, meet local organizations, and enjoy a variety of scheduled activities throughout the day. Member adults $5, children free; nonmember adults $10, children $5. thetrustees.org.
Billy Budd in the Breadbox. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Enjoy the Berkshire Theatre Group’s journey featuring Herman Melville’s granddaughter, Eleanor, as she sets out to determine the secret the Moby Dick author has left hidden. Members $5.50, nonmembers $6.50. carlemuseum.org.
Special Storytime: R.W. Alley. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. A special storytime and drawing demonstration with the illustrator of over one hundred children’s books and many Paddington books for the past twenty years. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Earth Day Kite Festival. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 2-4 p.m. Welcome the Spring Season making simple kites, or bring one from home, and fill the sky with colorful floats. Free. fruitlands.org.
Earth Day Celebration. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 2-4 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with an afternoon hike out to one of our newer trails, with signs of spring emerging along the way. Free. massuaudubon.org.
Praying Town: Natick History Screening. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 4 p.m. Trace the history of Natick’s diverse populations from the time of the still-local Praying Indians tribe through the Civil War through this fantastic documentary. Members $10, public $12. natickarts.org.
Daddy & Me Brain Building Evening. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 6-7 p.m. Come with your dad or caretaker as we build birdhouses using real hammers, nails, and paint. For ages 3 to 7. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Quesadilla Quest: 5-8- year-olds Cooking Class. Community Harvest Project, 37 Wheeler Rd., Grafton. 4-5 p.m. Quesadillas are an easy snack or meal. Make three different kinds and try them all, including a classic with cheese and beans, pizza quesadillas, and a dairy-free version with mashed sweet potatoes. This class emphasizes basic nutrition, reading recipes, measuring, and tasting new things. All classes include hands-on cooking the students will do, plus recipes that will be sent home. community-harvest.org.
What's Up This Weekend
Friday, April 20