Eric Carle, Illustration for Dragons, Dragons & Other Creatures That Never Were, compiled by Laura Whipple [Philomel Books]. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. © 1991 Eric Carle.
An illustration for Eric Carle’s “Dragons, Dragons & Other Creatures That Never Were.”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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Acrobats, ‘Goosebumps,’ and more kid-friendly fun

Reversible The acrobatic circus troupe The 7 Fingers tumbles back into town with the US premiere of a time-traveling show spotlighting past generations and what they can bring to the future. Honoring your elders isn’t such a bore when it involves theater, illusion, dance, and music. Through Sept. 24. $10-$90. Cutler Majestic Theater. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

The Art of Eric Carle: Night Sometimes meta is bettah. The museum founded by the children’s book illustrator features an exhibit of his bedtime artwork — stars, fireflies, and the moon, always the moon. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Carle’s book “Draw Me a Star,” several of its original works will be decorating the walls. Opens Sept. 12. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst. 413-658-1100, www.carlemuseum.org

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Boston Mini Maker Faire Billed as “the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth” (which reminds us: RIP, Ringling Bros.), this gathering of engineers and artists and scientists and crafters showing off their creations — robotics, 3D printing, and other design — just might inspire some innovation and experimentation back home in the playroom. Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20. Boston Children’s Museum. 617-986-3692, www.boston.makerfaire.com

The Revels RiverSing
The Revels RiverSing

Revels RiverSing Welcome the fall with something uplifting. The 14th annual gathering of multigenerational voices celebrates the soon-to-come autumnal equinox with a singalong on the bank of the Charles River. But first, a puppet-filled procession from Harvard Square. Sept. 17. Festivities (circus acts, seasonal poetry, etc.) in Winthrop Park, Cambridge, at 5 p.m., parade at 5:45 p.m., singing at 6 p.m. near Weeks Footbridge. Free. 617-972-8300, www.revels.org

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Take a Child Outside Week Once you get past the sad cultural necessity of dedicating a week to what once was as natural as a breath of fresh air, there’s fun to be had outside the computer room. (Who knew?) On Sunday, there’s an all-day Fairyborough Trail Hunt. On Wednesday, nature journaling. On Saturday, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” Text your child to gauge interest. (Note to parents: The end of these festivities need not signal the start of Go Back Inside and Play Video Games Week.) Sept. 24-30. Discovery Museums, Acton. 978-264-4200, www.discoverymuseums.org

Kids Really Rock Along with rocking out at two musical stages featuring Latin Grammy winner Mister G, Grammy nominee Alastair Moock, and many others, kids are invited to be the artists themselves at interactive art project stations. There’s no cost for admission, although families are encouraged to bring Play-Doh to contribute to the Horizons for Homeless Children shelters across the state. Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. The Lawn on D, 420 D Street. www.kidsreallyrock.com

Milford Pumpkin Festival Painted pumpkins. Carved pumpkins. Giant pumpkins. Detecting a theme? There’s also arts and crafts (pumpkin-related, naturally), a bouncy house, hot cider and doughnuts. Is it any wonder this quintessential New England fall festival attracts some 35,000 people throughout the weekend each year? Oct. 6-8. Free. Downtown Oval, Milford, N.H. 603-249.0676, www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org

PJ Masks Live!
PJ Masks Live!
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PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero Based on the Disney Junior animated series for preschoolers, this musical adventure follows the show’s trio on a heroic venture off the TV screen and onto the theater stage. The interactive production promises music both familiar and original. And hey, kids, acrobatics, too. Oct. 7-8. Boch Center Wang Theatre. $25-$135. 800-982-2787, www.bochcenter.org

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! The Neighborhood of Make-Believe is in Worcester, if only for this day. He’s already a big hit on the PBS Kids channel, and now Daniel must learn the life lessons he’ll need to be a compassionate king. Oct. 7, 2 and 5:30 p.m. $29-$39. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester. 877-571-7469, www.thehanovertheatre.org

Create the Change 2017 These are activist times, and this hands-on event will empower the next generation to carry that spirit forward. Project Giving Kids was created to introduce the potential leaders of our collective future to organizations doing good work, from Project Bread to Hospitality Homes. Service opportunities are especially fun when there are raffle prizes involved. Oct. 8, 2-4:30 p.m. $5, family $20, children under 5 free. Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. www.projectgivingkids.org

Lisa the Wise Sarah Nolen, the new resident artist at Puppet Showplace Theater, works in a variety of styles. This adaptation of a woodsy Baba Yaga story, part of the theater’s Fall Fairy Tale Festival, utilizes the ancient technique of shadow puppetry. Expect something enlightening. Oct. 14-15, 1 and 3 p.m. $12. Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline. 617-731-6400, www.puppetshowplace.org

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Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium It’s a horror story about a horror story, this stage adaptation of R.L. Stine’s novellas for children. But the Boston Children’s Theatre musical, about a school’s theatrical production that’s haunted by a phantom, promises to be as silly as it is spooky. Recommended for age 7 and older. Oct. 20-Nov. 5. $12-$32. Larcom Theatre, Beverly. 617-424-6634, www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org

Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi The best-selling author and illustrator of the series “The Spiderwick Chronicles” is known for his fairies, trolls, sprites, and goblins. But beyond what entices the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, his artwork also shows the homespun influence of Norman Rockwell. (Thus the location of this exhibit.) Opens Nov. 11. $20 adults, seniors $18, under age 18 free. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, www.nrm.org

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra It’s a full day of developmental classics when the BYSO’s younger ensembles perform their Fall Concerts. In the afternoon, the Young People’s String Orchestra takes the stage, followed by the Preparatory Winds. The evening concert belongs to the Junior Repertory Orchestra, a full symphonic ensemble. Mini-maestros all. Nov. 12. YPSO and PW at 1 p.m., JRO at 7. $17. No children under 5. Boston University Tsai Performance Center. 617-353-3348, www.bysoweb.org

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Pictured: Belle.
Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Pictured: Belle.
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Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream With everyone from Elsa to Belle, Rapunzel to Cinderella taking to skates, this is a celebration of 75 years of Disney princesses. Mickey and Mickey are your hosts. Oct. 27-29. $27-$77. DCU Center, Worcester. 508-755-6800, www.dcucenter.com

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JEFF WAGENHEIM

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