ART WITH ELEPHANTS
Its Elephant Awareness week at Zoo Miami! Learn about elephant caretaking from their keepers at the Asian elephants section. Afterwards, stroll by the zoo's elephant art gallery, where paintings may be purchased and are perhaps easier to take care of! 1 p.m. Keeper talk 1:30-3 p.m. Elephant art gallery. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Richmond Heights. $15.95 adults. $11.95 children. Free for children under 2. Details: (305) 251-0400 or www.miamimetrozoo.com.
BOB THE BUILDER
The traveling Bob the Builder-Project: Build It exhibit comes to Miami Children's Museum. Join interactive building workshops and learn environmentally-friendly building themes from Bob the Builder himself. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island. Free for members. $15 general. $12 Florida residents. Free for children under 1. Details: (305) 373-5437 or www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
The Simon Kidgits Club hosts a Safe Summer event at Dadeland Mall. Parents and kids learn safety techniques from Miami-Dade Police Department, Citizens Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Kids can also have their photo taken with McGruff the crime dog and view the helicopter display. 6:30-8 p.m. Dadeland Mall, 7535 N Kendall Drive, Kendall. Free. Details: (305) 665-6227.
Zoo Miami invites its visitors to eat a slice of watermelon before its Asian elephants can eat a whole watermelon. Noon-3 p.m. 1 p.m. Asian elephant contest. 3 p.m. African elephant contest. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Richmond Heights. Minimum $5 donation for contest. $15.95 adults. $11.95 children. Free for children under 2. Details: (305) 251-0400 or www.miamimetrozoo.com.
Experience a ride on one of the 30 horses on the historic 1950s Allen Herschell Carousel. The carousel was restored and reopened in 1998 in Crandon Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crandon Park Amusement Center, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $2 for three rides. Details: (305) 361-5421 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
The Miami Seaquarium presents the aerial performances of "Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean" in its "Swashbuckling Summer" program. Pirates take over the park all summer with duels 30 feet in the air, a 25-foot-tall Giant Shark slide and a Pirate Skeleton Walk. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Ends August 21. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key. $28.95 children ages 3 to 9. $38.95 others. Details: (305) 361-5705 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com.
The Bass Museum of Art offers its IDEA@thebass weekly summer art programs for kids and teenagers to develop their artistic ideas into realities. Ages 7 to 11. All art supplies provided. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. kids camp. 1-4 p.m. teen camp. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $80-$150 weekly for members. $120-$190 weekly for others. Details: (305) 673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.