Paris in the 1920s was a magical time, filled with revolutionary music, thinkers, poets, and other assorted free spirits. It hosted Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Gertrude Stein, among others. Artist Alexander Calder was among those drawn to the romantic air of the city. In 1926, Calder arrived in Paris and began work on Cirque Calder, a work of performance art employing small-scale circus figures he sculpted from wire, wood, cloth, and other materials. These elaborate and whimsical performances garnered him the attention of the Parisian avant garde.
The Young at Art Children's Museum (11584 State Rd. 84, Davie) pays homage to Calder's unique works with Art of the Circus. Kids ages 6 and older can bring paintings to life and create wire-sculpted animals inspired by Calder and his famous mobile circus. This workshop starts at 11:30 a.m. and is free with museum admission. Museum members and children age 2 and younger are admitted free. Call 954-424-0085 for reservations. -- Audra Schroeder
Fair for Fall
Back to school preparations may mean mall madness
Were this not South Florida, we could write about autumn bringing a chill to the air and a turn of the leaves from green to brightened hues of gold and red. But since this is South Florida, we all know it will remain abysmally hot. Still, the season change is right around the corner, bringing with it the usual host of problems. The Coral Ridge Mall (East Oakland Park Boulevard and North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale) attempts to address many of these with its Fall Expo 2003. While the kids are safely stashed away in the Kids Entertainment Area, parents can browse myriad vendors. Visitors also enjoy a fashion show, giveaways, and the opportunity to test out the new Segway HT, the two-wheeled wonder said to be completely idiot-proof that our president tumbled off of several weeks ago. Call 954-695-8758. -- Dan Sweeney
Make a Racquet
OK, kids. You know you're bored with playing video games and silently dreading going back to school. Time's running out on enjoying some athletic activities that don't involve matching uniforms, overzealous parents, and lame candy sales. So Brian Piccolo Park (9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City) is quite literally taking one for the team by offering a Tennis and Sports Camp for ages 5 to 17. Activities include tennis instruction by USPTA-certified pro Richard Johnston, board games, and field games. Cost is $20 for a half-day session, $35 for a full-day session, and $150 for a full week. Racquets are provided by the park, or you can bring your own. Lessons start at 9 a.m. Call 954-437-2661. -- Audra Schroeder