It's a Hit!
Spring is here, and in South Florida, that can only mean one thing: Baseball time is upon us. As the popular and historically enlightening Diamonds in the Rough: Japanese Americans in Baseball exhibit comes to a close, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) offers a hands-on activity for youngsters hungry for America's favorite pastime. And because baseball is the most popular sport in Japan and origami is one of Japan's favorite pastimes, it's only fitting that Origami: Baseball gives kids age 7 and older the chance to learn the ancient art of origami and a little bit about baseball as well. All you need is a piece of colored paper and you're on your way. Fold, cut, and shape baseballs, bats, hats, a model of Wrigley Field, whatevah! And... OK, adults are allowed too. This event is part of Morikami's Saturday Family Program. Sessions start at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and a different origami activity is held on the last Saturday every month. Reservations may be required. The event is free with paid museum admission. Call 561-495-0233, ext. 210, or visit www.morikami.org. -- Audra Schroeder
Let's take a look at kids' toys these days. For girls, there is Bratz, an attitude-heavy line of diva dolls dressed skankier than Christina Aguilera. Or there is Rock-A-Bye Chou Chou, a frighteningly human baby doll. When placed on her back, she "falls asleep," complete with regular breathing sounds. Even more frightening, for boys, the line of World Peacekeepers action figures is armed to the teeth with tons o' ammunition. When did things go so horribly wrong for kids' toys? The Waddington Gallery Center (608 Banyan Trl., Boca Raton) presents "Not Sold in Stores," a collection of unique toys created by children who have no access to commercial playthings. These special toys are made from discarded objects, bottlecaps, plastic bags, straws, shoes, anything kids can get their hands on. A selection of the assembled pieces can be seen at the Boca Raton Children's Museum. Runs through May 30. Call 561-368-6875. -- Audra Schroeder
Ever think of visiting an African village, strolling through a Latin American marketplace, participating in an archaeological dig in Israel, or discovering a Mayan pyramid -- all in one day? Well, now you can! In an interactive setting, of course. The Young at Art Museum's (11584 W. State Rd. 84, Davie) "Global Village" exhibit offers kids a chance to stamp their own passports, chronicle their adventures, and compose music and art about their travels. And you don't even have to get on a plane. Celebrate diversity, tolerance, and the cultures of the world every day in this ongoing exhibit. Admission is $5. Call 954-424-0085. -- Audra Schroeder
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