In honor of author Beatrix Potter's birthday, the Miami Children's Museum presents readings from her children's book "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and an opportunity for guests to create their own watercolor illustrations. Noon-4 p.m. Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island. Free for members and children under one. $12 Florida residents. $15 others. Details: (305) 373-5437 or www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
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. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ends Sept. 11. 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.
Biltmore chefs lead a hands-on cooking camp in week-long sessions. Children are grouped by age in classes of 15 or less, working in a professional kitchen. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ends Aug. 5. The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 913-3131 or email@example.com.
Stories, songs and activities for preschoolers are all part of the fun at Miami-Dade Public Library System's "Reading Ready Preschool Storytime." 10:30-11:10 a.m. Lakes of the Meadow Branch, 4284 SW 152nd Ave., University Park. Details: (305) 222-2149 or www.mdpls.org.
Based on the classic children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, the musical "Madeline and the Gypsies" opens at the Actors' Playhouse. Madeline's adventures with her friend Pepito at a carnival lead them into some trouble with gypsies; will Miss Clavel be able to bring them back home safe? 2 p.m. Every Saturday through Aug. 6. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $17.50. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Miami-Dade Public Library System offers arts and crafts for children four and up. 3:30-4 p.m. Miami Beach location, 227 22nd St., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 535-4219 or www.mdpls.org.