A is for Apple.
B is for Boring.
Want to teach your kid the alphabet without numbing your brain?
Offer up some lively lessons with oversize A-Z Animal Flashcards illustrated by artist Mark Fisher.
While one side bears a close-up of the animal and the upper- and lowercase letter, the other shows a full-size image with an accompanying fact. Did you know that the curved horns of an ibex never stop growing? And that rabbits can see behind them without turning their heads?
See, the alphabet can be stimulating. If you play your cards right.
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What: An interactive spin on the classic with kids chosen from the audience to join the show.
Why: Act up.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.
Where: The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St., Back Bay (617-585-5678).
What: First central Boston location opens, offering baby gear, maternity wear, and classes for moms-to-be.
Why: They’re expecting you.
When: From Sun. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay (781-429-1500).
Fall Foliage Festival
What: Music, dancing, storytelling, hayrides, apple cider, and more.
Why: You’ll leaf happy.
When: Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: The Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Visitor Center Lawn, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain (617-524-1718).