‘JEWS IN SPACE: MEMBERS OF THE TRIBE IN ORBIT’ FAMILY PROGRAM at the Center for Jewish History (April 15, 10 a.m.-noon). Throughout history, persecution and the diaspora have led Jews to travel to many regions, but this free event will honor one that they’ve visited purely voluntarily: outer space. Held in conjunction with a new exhibition of the same title, “Jews in Space” will send young participants on a gallerywide scavenger hunt to discover contributions from astronomers and astronauts. They can also make a rocket ship that actually launches; hear the musician Rob Schwimmer play the theremin, an instrument whose eerie sound is ideal for science-fiction soundtracks, and then try it themselves; and have a discussion via Skype with Vickie Kloeris, a NASA food scientist, who will explain how and what astronauts eat. (Reservations are required.)
‘THE LITTLE RED FISH’ at the Lion Theater at Theater Row (through April 29). There’s more than one way to dive into a story. JeJe, a little boy, does so literally in this 30-minute production, an adaptation of a picture book of the same title by Taeeun Yoo. Presented by New York City Children’s Theater, the play showcases the creative talents of the Puppet Kitchen, the inventive team that devised the fantastical puppetry in the original production of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.” “The Little Red Fish,” which plays on weekends at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., finds JeJe at the library, where he has gone with his grandfather. The child has also taken his pet, the title character. Yet when the fish escapes its bowl and disappears into the pages of a book, JeJe has no choice but to follow his finned friend on a literary adventure turned real.
109TH SALUTE TO MAGIC at the Haft Theater, Fashion Institute of Technology (April 14, 7:30 p.m.). Very little entertainment is truly for all ages, but magic and circus arts — at least the sophisticated kind — fit the bill. This annual event, presented by the Society of American Magicians, will showcase more than a half-dozen acts with impressive pedigrees. Children may especially enjoy the work of Elliot Zimet, who performs with birds; Keith Nelson, a founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, who swallows swords, eats fire and juggles plates; and David Kaye, a.k.a. Silly Billy, who will call four young audience members onstage for assistance.
SPRING FAMILY FAIR at the Morgan Library & Museum (April 15, 2-4:30 p.m.). The Morgan is inviting young people to slip into the past, where they’ll meet interesting characters like powerful dragons and a librarian who was powerful, too: Belle da Costa Greene (1879-1950), whose name alone is enough to belie the dowdy stereotypes associated with her profession. The fair’s activities will include making colorful dragon puppets based on the museum’s medieval illuminated manuscripts; decorating picture frames, inspired by the work of Peter Hujar; dreaming up verse to add to the library’s Poetry Wall; and encountering Ms. Greene, the Morgan’s first director, who will be portrayed by the actress Starr Kirkland in two interactive performances.
SUPER PET EXPO at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison, N.J. (April 13, 3-8 p.m.; April 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; April 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Not many events at convention centers allow you to take along your dog, but this one welcomes canine companions — on leashes, of course. In addition to providing information on pet adoption, rescue and training, it offers attractions like a puppy playground; a petting zoo; a luring course for dog exercise and play; an educational presentation on wolves (they may be big, but they’re not bad) by Wolf Visions; and a Walk the Rain Forest experience with Lonely Grey Rescue, an avian nonprofit. It also features a best-dressed pet competition; cat, dog and even pig agility demonstrations; and a Repticon section for those who prefer their pets furless.