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Event picks for kids this week

By June Wulff
Globe Staff / October 28, 2010

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HEAVY METAL: RECLAIMED AND RECYCLED ARTWORK’’ Move over Mr. Timberlake and make room for “bringing metal back,’’ the theme of this new exhibit. Aluminum cans, cast iron, and other metals are recycled into masterpieces by 15 local artists. Today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Nov. 28). $12 adults, seniors, ages 1-15; $1 on Fridays from 5-9 p.m. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

TALES OF THE NIGHT The main attraction is the Haunted Hayride that pulls visitors through veggie fields lit by bonfires. Visit the creepy crawly critter mansion, nocturnal wildlife demonstration, a display of more than 100 jack-o’-lanterns, and the Nursery Rhyme Trail. Costumes and flashlights encouraged. Oct. 28 and 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. (Haunted Hayride starts at 7 p.m.) $10, free under age 2 (pre-registration recommended). Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. 781-259-2218. www.massaudubon.org/drumlinfarm

SPOOKY TEA Witches brew apple cider, cookie decorating, and a treasure map of hotel destinations for trick or treating will keep the kids busy. Adults get a glass of champagne, teas, tea sandwiches, and holiday cookies. Oct. 29-31 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. $40, $30 kids (reservations recommended). Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, the Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-856-7744. www.roweswharfseagrille.com

SPOOKY STORIES WITH LEN CABRAL Halloween tales of ghosts, bats, and more await young pumpkins who are invited to come in costume. There will be prizes. Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. Free on a first-come-first-served basis (reservations required). John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. 617-514-1644. www.jfklibrary.org

HALLOWEEN FOR PARENTS Magic Beans’ Brookline location is hosting a Halloween party for parents from 7-9 p.m. tonight, with cocktails, mocktails, appetizers, and 50 percent discounts on select toys. (There will also be a face-painting master class to get the kiddos ready for Sunday.) If you can’t make it tonight, you can still get markdowns of 30 percent on select toys tomorrow through Sunday at all four Magic Beans stores. Next week, get 20 percent off a toy when you return a pound or more of trick-or-treat leftovers to any of the stores. (Candy donations go to troops at home and overseas.) For more details and store locations, see www.mbeans.com.

HALLOWEEN FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS The Knights of Columbus will host a Halloween party in Pembroke on Saturday for children and youths with special needs. The party will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at the K of C hall, 48 Schoosett St., off of Route 139. The whole family is invited; costumes optional. Call Kevin McKenna at 617-529-9166 to confirm number of people who will attend, or e-mail promangels@comcast.net. — Michele Morgan Bolton

LITERACY DAY IN CHELSEA Families are invited to take part in the Chelsea Reads family literacy day Nov. 6 at the library. The event will feature hands-on activities, guest storytellers, face painting, and visits from Clifford the Big Red Dog. Every child attending will receive a free backpack full of new books. The annual event, which was first held in 2005, attracted more than 500 people last year. “It’s a family event that promotes lifelong reading,’’ said Ron Robinson, one of the founders and organizers. Chelsea Reads will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the children’s section of the library, 569 Broadway. -- John Laidler

LIBRARY BOOK SALE The Friends of Flint Memorial Library in North Reading are hosting their annual fall book sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the library, 147 Park St. A wide range of books, including children’s books, murder mysteries, biographies, and science fiction favorites, will be offered for sale. Proceeds will help support the library and its programs. For more information, visit www.flintmemoriallibrary.org and click on the “Events’’ link. — Brenda J. Buote