by Jennifer Sammons and Cheryl Crosby
• Making America’s Music: Rhythm, Roots & Rhyme, through October. Boston Children’s Museum is celebrating the joy and diversity of American music, evoking the flavor and spirit of genres from jazz to country, from rock to rap. Contemporary artists share their earliest musical memories and hands-on activities support family learning and collaboration. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston, 617-426-6500; bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
• Blue Man Group, through December. A visually stunning show that combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston, 617-426-6912; boston.broadway.com.
• Revels Twelfth Night Celebration, Jan. 4. Put the holidays to bed and wrap up the Twelve Days of Christmas at this festive celebration featuring singing, dancing, a visit from Father Christmas and other Twelfth Night traditions. Grace Vision Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, 617-972-8300, ext. 31; revels.org.
• 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 9-12. For the first time since 2001, the U.S. Figure Skating championships will be held at Boston’s TD Garden. Winners will go on to represent Team USA in the winter games of the XXII Olympiad in Sochi, Russia. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050; tdgarden.com.
• Boston Parents Paper 2014 Camp & Summer Expo, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Clay Center, Dexter & Suthfield Schools, 20 Newton St., Brookline. boston.parenthood.com
• Journey to the South Pacific, Jan. 17 – July 13. Go on an all-new IMAX adventure to an underwater Eden where exotic marine life flourishes. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, 617-723-2500; mos.org.
• Pinkalicious – The Musical, Jan. 18 – Feb. 2. In this family-friendly musical, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes and ends up turning pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can find a way out of this predicament. Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston, 617-933-8600; bostonchildrenstheatre.org.
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 20. Choruses from around the area, including Boston Children’s Chorus, lift their voices in tribute to the nation’s most important civil rights leader. Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 290 Hunting Ave., Boston, 617-585-1260; bostonchildrenschorus.org.
• Hairspray, Jan. 24 – Feb. 23. In 1950’s Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big dreams, auditions for a role on the Corny Collins TV dance show. However, when the producer refuses to integrate the program, Tracy draws on her own struggles with prejudice to lead the charge for change. Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston, 617-879-2300; wheelockfamilytheatre.org.