Family Events in Boston This Weekend

All the best things to do as a family this weekend in Boston.

A puppet from Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup. / Photo courtesy of the Puppet Showplace Theater

The Ocean’s Rocky Shore

Every month, a new, educational theme takes over the Science Emporium’s Activity Nights. This weekend, young brainiacs will explore the rocky shore of the ocean through fun games, crafts, story time and hands-on science activities.

$5, Thursday, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Science Emporium @ “e”inc.’s Planet Discovery Museum, 114 16th St., Room 1030, Charlestown.

Nowruz 2019: The Persian New Year Festival

Packed with dance performances, arts and crafts and live music, the Persian New Year is taking over the Museum of Fine Arts this weekend in a big way. Drop in for story time session from the Persian Book of Kings, or decorate your own plastic egg to honor new life in the Nowruz tradition. Also on deck: a puppet show, flower printing, and a performance by Iranian modern dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam.

Adult: $25, Child: Free, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Free Children’s Art Discovery Class

There’s much more to admiring artwork than just deciding what looks good and what doesn’t—but picking out a favorite painting is a good place to start. Guided by a guild painter, kids will peruse the gallery and pick out which artworks are their favorite before delving into a discussion on perspective, color, light and design to figure out why we’re drawn to some paintings more than others.

Free, Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., Boston.

Persian dancers performing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. / Image courtesy of Helene Norton Russell

Story & Crafts Hour

Amid the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square lies a hidden gem for frazzled families: the Harvard Coop. The Coop’s kids section frequently hosts activities geared towards families, including a Saturday morning story time and crafts hour to get children excited about a rotating variety of holiday themes.

Free, Saturday, 11 a.m., Harvard Square Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

Family and Children’s Concert Series: Listen to Lincoln

After years of live kids music performances, New England singer-songwriter and music educator Lincoln Gray has finally recorded and released his first album, Listen to Lincoln! Catch a live performance of some of Gray’s goofiest hits this weekend, including “The Monster Song,” “Creepy Crawly” and “Some Days I Think I’m a Hippopotamus.”

Free, Saturday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville.

Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup

Who can whip up the best pot of chicken soup? The competition is cutthroat between these two felt grandmothers—one Jewish and one Chinese—as they face off to see who can cook the yummiest pot of soup for their grandkid. This heartwarming puppet show is based off the children’s book by Pamela Mayer, and addresses the important topic of cultural differences while celebrating the joys of a home-cooked meal.

$12, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline.

Minni WoodShop

Next time a rail splinters off the porch, your kids will be strapping on a tool belt to fix it themselves. Using kid-friendly tools, freelance woodworker Eugene Zeleny will guide young builders through measuring, sanding and setting a wooden birdhouse of their own design. Once it’s crafted, each builder will get to paint and personalize their birdhouse before taking it home for backyard display.

$40, Sunday, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Minni Space LLC, 71 Thayer St., Boston.

Photo courtesy of the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Get ready to giggle this Sunday—Karen K and her goofy invertebrate companions are taking over the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s weekly Family Show. Karen K, the outdoorsy Stinky, the hot-headed Hop, and the sleepy Slug Bug will perform brand new songs from their album Welcome to the Bug Out.

Adult: $13.50, Child: $10.50, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

Spring Open House

From 3D-sculpting to comic-sketching and jewelry-making, the Brookline Arts Center has a host of activities on deck this Sunday to help you and your family get your hands dirty and your creative juices flowing. Get to know the Center’s artistic faculty and catch a live pottery demonstration while you enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Free, Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth St., Boston.