Hello Mali

It is a small world, after all. So small, in fact, that the Tempe Historical Museum has packed the magic and mystery of Tempe's seven sister cities into a single showcase. In conjunction with the museum's "Bridging the Globe" exhibition, a Spring Break Workshop on Saturday, March 15, focuses on Tempe's African sister city, Timbuktu, Mali. Traditional instrument craftsman and musician Keith Johnson leads kids ages 6 to 12 in making and playing Western African instruments. The two-hour workshop begins at 1 p.m. at the museum, 809 East Southern. The cost is $15; call 480-350-5100 to register. Jill Koch

Welcome to the Jungle
Family art activities turn creative cranks
Every third Sunday at the Phoenix Art Museum, "Family Sunday" provides an opportunity for children and their parents to experience the museum and get down to artistic business.This Sunday's workshop focuses on Henri Rousseau and his work The Muse and the Poet (pictured). The painting is a lovely portrait of a man and a woman holding hands in front of a lush, forested backdrop. Children ages 5 to 12 will learn about the painting and create self-portraits with the same setting. Rousseau often was criticized for being too naive and childlike; for this precise reason, parents should join their children at this special event, and rediscover the laughing monkey inside.

"Henri Rousseau Family Sunday" takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. The program is free with paid museum admission. For more information, call 602-257-1222 or visit www.phxart.org. Maidi Terry

Crime Spree
Valley parents: The folks at the Glendale Public Library cordially invite your children for an evening of drug smuggling and harassment. No need to panic the kids'll be home by 9.

On Wednesday, March 19, the Arizona Department of Public Safety presents "CSI Glendale," a free one-hour program based on CBS's popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series. Sabrina Cillessen, a five-year veteran of the DPS Crime Lab, will wow participants with her knowledge of latent prints, DNA and drug analysis. Then the amateur forensic sleuths hit the case, piecing together evidence to solve two mock crime scenes involving breaking and entering, harassment and drug smuggling.

The program for 8- to 11-year-olds starts at 6:30 p.m.; ages 12 to 18 follow at 7:30 p.m. at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 West Brown. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 623-930-3537. Jill Koch