by Jennifer Sammons and Cheryl Crosby
• Green Day’s American Idiot, Feb. 7-9. Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston, 617-259-3400; bostonoperahouse.com.
• Circus Oz: From the Ground Up, Feb 19-23. These acrobatic daredevils from Down Under bring pluck and sass to their wildly entertaining, irreverent and family-friendly performances. Citi Performing Arts Center, Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-9393; citicenter.org.
• Shen Yun, Feb. 28 – March 1. Ancient legends of virtue and modern tales of courage are brought to life by more than a dozen dances and songs, making for one extraordinary, uplifting and unforgettable experience. Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-9393; citicenter.org.
• Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton offers an affordable way to get your kids on skis or a snowboard this winter, all without having to leave the Boston area. The ski area also offers a February vacation camp for kids ages 7-15, open to all ability levels. 4001 Washington St., Canton, 781-828-5070; ski-bluehills.com.