Tempo Tagalong

Every third-grader one day will be a teen-ager, which means the dance club get-down will undoubtedly occur. Why not start them out early by sending them to the library to get their groove on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Neighborhood Touring Program will feature a workshop teaching and demonstrating Filipino folk dancing for grades one through three at the Renner Frankford Library, 6400 Frankford Road. Now, if they express angst about an afternoon library drop-off and prefer to Gameboy the day away, explain that in most cultures, dances are intertwined with ceremonials, rituals and sacrifice, and you think they need to learn about some folk dancing. They'll thank you later when they learn the true meaning of DJs. Call 214-670-6100. --Desirée Henry

Into the Woods
Discover a tri-level tree land

If Sting and Trudy and all the little Sumner-Stylers lived in Dallas, they'd pack up and head to Valley View for the Dallas Children's Museum's Discover! The Rain Forest event this week. Sting's all into saving the rain forest, or so we've heard, plus he's such a family man, or so we've heard, plus he's all earnest and passionate for eco-global causes, or so we've heard. Alas, Sting doesn't live in Dallas, or so we've heard, so don't expect your rug rats to rub elbows with his in the three-story pretend rain forest. Just enjoy the learn-while-you-play experience that features alcoves of activities and stuffed-animal habitats as kids climb from the understory into the canopy. DCM is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays on level two of Valley View, 2040 Valley View Center. Admission is $4 for kids 2 and up; $3 for adults. Call 972-386-6555. --Annabelle Massey Helber

Bon Voyage
Libraries as travel agents

For only $24,450, you can book your very own Around-the-World-in-80-Days adventure across five continents with stops in Australia, India, Egypt, Israel, France, China, Venezuela, Greece, Italy and Costa Rica. On the other hand, you and your kids can avoid tropical diseases and endless currency conversion by going 'round the world at Library Live! Gene Raye Price presents classic European tales with Aunt Pittypat along with movement, choral and role-playing activities at 10 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Call 214-670-0344. For the more melodically inclined, Forest Green Library, 9015 Forest Green Lane, 214-670-1335, presents Music Around the World at 10 a.m. Or, children can enjoy Native American stories, songs and "show and tell" with Dorayne Breedlove at 11 a.m. at Hampton-Illinois Library, 2210 W. Illinois Ave. Call 214-670-7646. --Michelle Martinez

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