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Event picks for kids this week

(© William Steig) (© William Steig)
By Milva Didomizio
Globe Staff / October 14, 2010

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MONSTERS AND MIRACLES: A JOURNEY THROUGH JEWISH PICTURE BOOKS More than 100 pieces of art, texts, and related objects tell the story of the Jewish picture book’s evolution from the 12th century to the present. Authors and artists represented include Eric Carle, Daniel Pinkwater, Maurice Sendak, Lemony Snicket, William Steig (pictured), Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Marc Chagall. Pictured: “Shrek!’’ illustration by William Steig. Oct. 15-Jan. 23. Two locations in Amherst: Eric Carle Museum of Art, 125 West Bay Road; $9, $6 under 18, $22.50 family of four. 413-658-1100, www.carlemuseum.org. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St. Free. 413-256-4900, www.yiddishbookcenter.org

BOSTON CIVIC SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERT Arrive early to see and touch at the instrument petting zoo, then sit back and relax for a performance of kid-oriented classical music. Max Hobart conducts Daniel Pinkham’s “Make Way for Ducklings’’ with narrator Joyce Kulhawik, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with 13-year-old prodigy Kadar Qian. Oct. 17. Petting zoo 1 p.m., concert 2 p.m. $20, $10 children. Regis College, Casey Theatre, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. 617-923-6333, www.bostoncivicsymphony.org

DAHL CHARACTER SIDEWALK PARADE Do you want to be the giant peach, the marvelous Willy Wonka, or the ridiculously clever Matilda? Dress up as your favorite Roald Dahl character, parade through the streets, and compete for titles including Baby Dahl, Fantastic Foxiest Fabrication, and Show Fly. The event is part of a monthlong Roald Dahl Festival. Oct. 16, 10 a.m. (sign-up 9:45 a.m.). Leaves from Newburyport Public Library on State Street and ends at Firehouse Center for the Arts. Free. Children must be accompanied by adult. 978-462-7336, www.firehouse.org

LITTLE RED’S MOST UNUSUAL DAY The story of Little Red Riding Hood gets an overhaul in John Davies’s operatic version of the classic fairy tale. The adaptation follows a day in the life of our young heroine, Granny, and the Wolf with music by Offenbach and Rossini. Oct. 16, noon and 2 p.m. Free. Boston Conservatory, Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9240, www.bostonconservatory.edu

HARVEST FESTIVAL Celebrate the season at an old-fashioned farm fete featuring music by Back Eddy Bluegrass; activities including hay rides, pony rides, a hula hoop contest, and a baseball speed pitch; and a bounty of beets, eggplants, onions, potatoes, mums, and other fall crops. The event raises funds for the Pediatric Care Unit at Emerson Hospital. Oct. 16, noon-4 p.m. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. Rain or shine. 978-369-4494, www.verrillfarm.com

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