In college most guys play sports like football or basketball. But Milton Williams and his buddies at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, did something different. His friends were from New York City, where the double dutch jump rope style originated, and they showed him the ropes, so to speak. Now 43 years old and the manager of West Ken Lark Park (1321 NW 33rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale), Williams teaches tricky maneuvers between two ropes to kids age eight to eighteen every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For example, while "turners" swing opposite ends of the ropes, a jumper turns a lightning-fast somersault without getting tangled. For the around-the-world maneuver, two jumpers hold hands, jump up, and spin 360 degrees in unison. Kids who enjoy precision jumping may join the park's double dutch team, which competes in local, state, and national competitions. Sessions are free. Call 954-791-1035.
With as much flying time as she's logged in the musical Peter Pan, Cathy Rigby should have enough frequent flier miles to last the rest of her life. The former Olympic gymnast starred as Peter during the 199091 revival of the show, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She reprises the role in a new production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The story of Peter, the flying boy determined never to grow up, first appeared in several chapters of J.M. Barrie's 1902 novel, The Little White Bird. The musical version of the story was produced in 1954 with Mary Martin in the title role, which has always been played by a woman. Before Rigby, Mia Farrow and Sandy Duncan portrayed the spritely Peter, who whisks the Darling children -- Wendy, Michael, and John -- from their home to Never-Never-Land, where they encounter the evil Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, brave Indians, and the fairy Tinker Bell. Peter Pan runs for five days beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $32.50 to $45. Call 954-468-3326.