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20+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston

We’ve made it to another weekend and lucky for us it’s chock-full of great events the entire family will enjoy. From your chance to sit on the actual Throne from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” to catching the circus while it’s in town, or maybe you plan to head to the zoo for some family fun, we’ve gathered some ideas for you right here. Check out our weekend picks:

Friday, April 19

Anime Boston 2019

Anime Boston returns this weekend, April 19-21, with three days focussing on celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston. 

Visit the "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne at Primark Boston

Want to sit on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones?” Today you have your chance. Head to Primark’s Boston store Friday and Saturday, don your best garb so you can snap photos of yourself with the throne. 9 a.m., Primark, 10 Summer St., Boston. 

April School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy a day exploring the Franklin Park Zoo and celebrate spring by learning about the importance of pollinators and how they help springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week there will also be zookeeper chats, animal encounters and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Everywhere and Nowhere at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., as well as a performance by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras at 6:30 p.m. and Movement Storytime with Urbanity Dance at 7:45 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 1 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

The Prince Experience 

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, April 20

Anime Boston 2019

Anime Boston returns this weekend, April 19-21, with three days focussing on celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

Bunny Bonanzoo

Have some Easter fun today at the Stone Zoo with crafts, games, music and more. Plus a visit with the Easter Bunny himself. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Haitian Dance with Jean Appolon at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

Visit the "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne at Primark Boston

Want to sit on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones? Today you have your chance. Head to Primark’s Boston store Friday and Saturday, don your best garb so you can snap photos of yourself with the throne. Noon to 4 p.m., Primark, 10 Summer St., Boston.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 2 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston. 

The Prince Experience 

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Sunday, April 21

Anime Boston 2019

Anime Boston returns this weekend, April 19-21, with three days focussing on celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. 2 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 2 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

April LEGO Night

Looking to get out tonight? Trident Booksellers is hosting a springtime themed LEGO night for adults. Tickets are $5 and can be used as a voucher toward food or drink during your build. 7-9 p.m., Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston.

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