Children will learn about the myth of the mermaid as they create their own mermaid masterpiece 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove in Fall River. All activities and supplies included with general admission. The event is supported by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation.

Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

Battleship Cove is located at 5 Water Street in Fall River. For more information, visit www.battleshipcove.org.