Fall’s 15 best arts & culture events for the whole family


THE BOSTON GLOBE – UNDER THE SEA Families can go on an underwater adventure with this fun exhibit. Penguins, jellyfish, dolphins, and even mermaids — all drawn from Eric Carle picture books — make up an entire gallery through March 2020. Also featured are an immersive puppet stage and a reading rowboat for some extra-cozy storytime. Sept. 7-March 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $6-$9. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. www.carlemuseum.org

SOUTH BOSTON STREET FESTIVAL Head over to Southie for a day to remember. The 20th annual street festival is packed with live music, local food, children’s activities, art displays, and more than 100 Boston area merchants. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Free. 647 East Broadway, South Boston. www.southbostonstreetfestival.com

FALL HARVEST Promising everything from cooking demonstrations to tastings, from garden tours to farm animal visits, this annual event is the perfect kickoff to harvest season. Attendees even get to make their own herb butter. Yum! Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $6-$9. Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. www.massaudubon.org

THOMAS & FRIENDS Traveling all the way from the Minnesota Children’s Museum, an exhibit starring the world’s most famous tank engine makes a stop at the Museum of Science. Aimed for the younger set, the show provides families with an all-access pass to the world of the beloved television program, while giving little kids the chance to solve their own engineering challenges. Temporary exhibit opens Sept., 21, $21-$26. Museum of Science, Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston. www.mos.org

MUSEUM DAY Speaking of which, Sept. 14 is also Museum Day. Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine, families can nab free tickets to museums around the state (and the country, for those feeling the travel bug) in exchange for providing the magazine with your name and e-mail address. There are more than 46 participating museums in Massachusetts alone, including the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Acton’s Discovery Museum. Sept. 21. www.smithsonianmag.com

SNOOPY, COME HOME Introduce a new generation to the beloved Peanuts gang with this special showing of “Snoopy, Come Home.” The animated classic is back in theaters for one day only, the first time since its original release in 1972. Sept. 29, 1 p.m, $7-$10. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. www.regenttheatre.com

JUSTIN ROBERTS Enjoy the silly, clever, and poignant musings of Chicago singer-songwriter Justin Roberts. Known for writing songs about the ups and downs of kid life, Roberts is sure to showcase his talent for making children dance and parents think. Oct. 5, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $15-$25. 51 Walden Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden St., Concord. www.concordconservatory.org

The Aldous Collins Band performing at Mad Love Music Festival, image by Paul Hoffman

MAD LOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL Back for another year, this festival brings some of the best family-friendly music acts to Massachusetts’s South Shore. This year’s lineup includes the Aldous Collins Band, Dalton & The Sheriffs, Dionysia, and Toast. Proceeds benefit the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers. Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $10-$100. South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham. madlovemusicfestival.org

MECHANICAL MARVELS Perfect for thrill-seeking families, Cirque Mechanics puts on one of the most cutting-edge circus shows today. The company’s newest creation, titled “42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels,” features everything from a galloping mechanical horse to strongmen, acrobats, aerialists, and bicycling stuntmen. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., $25-$55. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. www.thehanovertheatre.org

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By Chris Triunfo

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