Kids ages 17 & under encouraged to submit original artwork for consideration, $38,000 in prizes awarded. Send artwork to Arts & Kids, #101-2111, 3600 Crondall Ln., Owings Mills, MD, 21117 by July 31. www.ArtsandKids.com for more info.
Fools Company's NY School for Performing Arts seeks NYC residents ages 16-21 looking to develop their creative & communication skills; 423 W. 46th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 307-6000; Thurs. 4:30-6:30, free [through 9/00].
children's museum of the arts
Museum feat. daily activities & exhibitions incl. children's art shows & art studio, interactive computer art station, creative playroom, actor's studio, costume shop, community group workshops, after-school art programs, summer art camps & birthday parties; 182 Lafayette St. (betw. Broome & Grand Sts.), 274-0986; Weds. 12-7, Thurs.-Sun., 12-5, $5, s.c. & kids under 1 are free.
International youth student exchange program
Currently seeking both high school students & host families for exchanges betw. the U.S. & Europe; 800-347-7575 for more details.
the NY Botanical Garden
Spring Flower Exhibition & Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden how in bloom. Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden feat. sunflower house, bean tunnel & pumpkin patch; NY Botanical Garden, 200th St. (Southern Blvd.), Bronx, 718-817-8700 or www.nybg.org Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 10-6, $2-$7.
"You Gotta Have Park Weekend" celebration of the Park feat. activities for kids, sporting events, nature tours & marble exhibit in Grand Army Plaza (Sat. & Sun., through 7/2), 718-965-8999; Pedal-boating season is now open, $10/hour [through 5/29]. While you're there experience a ride on the 1912 carousel or visit Lefferts Homestead Children's Historic House Museum & the Prospect Park Zoo; Flatbush Ave. (Empire Blvd.), 718-965-8951; call for more info.
Roberto clemente all stars
Ten-19 year-old future baseball stars needed for six-day camp in Jupiter Fl., college coaches, scouts & scholarships on hand; 800-723-6398 or www.clementeallstars.com for info.
TEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
To find uninsured children by spending Saturdays knocking on doors in housing projects, which not only classifies as "good deed" but looks great on college applications; call 579-1390 for full info.
All About Flowers
Take the rug rats to Botanical Gardens this Memorial Day weekend where among other things, they can get an interactive lecture on spring time for flowers, which might be a good segue into that "birds & bees" talk you've been avoiding; New York Botanical Gardens, call 718-817-8616 for address, hours & prices.
Kids seven years & older can learn how it's done; Seward Park Branch Library, 192 E. B'way (Jefferson St.), 477-6770 reg. req.; Weds. at 4, free.
The Jewish Museum hosts talks for children every Sunday at 2:30?recommended for ages 5 & up, limited to 25 participants; 1109 5th Ave. (92nd St.), 423-3225; Sun. at 2:30, free w/mus. adm. [through 5/28].
Parents & kids ages four-eight use illustrations from children's books to hone their own skills with paper, crayons, scissors & glue; Webster Branch Library, 1465 York Ave. (78th St.), 288-5049; Thurs. at 4, free.
RAP WRITERS & performance WORKSHOP
Free seminar for teens on the history & business of rap music; Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (betw. 120th & 122nd Sts.), 870-6784; Fri. 7-9 p.m. [through 6/23].
Lois Kagan & Joanie Zosike of Mighty Action Racket fame teach kids how to close their eyes & fall back into someone else's arms & other mind boggling thespian feats; St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave. (81st St.), 877-4380; Fri. at 4, free.
WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS
Learn how to generate ideas & explore different writing styles with filmmaker K. Wise during today's "Casting Your Net" workshop, "Writing & Producing the Screenplay" with Adam Nadler, "Making the Zine" taught by Marcelle Karp & "Slamming the Poem" instruction with Regie Cabico?ages 13 & up; Writer's Voice at the West Side YMCA, 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Pk. W.), 875-4124; call for times, free [through 5/31].
Things to See & Hear
CHILDREN'S MUSIC "SUPERSTARS"
NY branch libraries feat. international musical acts catering to children; Donnell Library Center, 20 W. 53rd St. (5th Ave.), 621-0636, res. req.; Sat. at 11, free, tkts. req. [through 6/1].
Folktales of the 21st-Century
As interpreted by LuAnn Adams & her troupe of hand puppets for kids ages 5-12; Macomb's Bridge Branch, 2650 7th Ave. (betw. 152nd & 153rd Sts.), 281-4900; Thurs. at 3:30, free.
Families with children ages 4 & older come on down to see Krazy Katherine Dines whose song & storytelling act incorporates sing language & audience participation; Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave. (31st St.), 221-7676; Tues. at 3:30, free.
The Legend OF mountain & other native american stories
Bobby Gonzalez spins yarns for those six years & older; Fort Washington Branch Library, 535 W. 179th St. (Audubon & St. Nicholas Aves.), 927-3533; Weds. at 3:30, free.
Meet author/illustrator chris conover
Author reads from The Lion's Share & talks about being "an artist" with kids ages four-eight; Donnell Library Center, 20 W. 53rd St. (5th Ave.), 621-0636; Sat. at 3, free.
MISS MAJESTY'S LOLLIPOP PLAYHOUSE
Pocahontas (1:30) & Rapunzel (3:30?recommended for ages 2-10; Grove St. Playhouse, 39 Grove St. (betw. Bleecker & Hudson Sts.), rsvp 741-6436; Sat. & Sun., $8.50 [through 6/18].
Photo exhibit on the slums of Nairobi, taken by Kenyan children; Staff USA, 495 B'way, 5th fl. (betw. Broome & Spring Sts.), 925-9700 ext.117; Weds.-Sat. & Tues. 11-6 [through 6/3].
Everyone's favorite Bo Jangles, Mr. Bob "don't call me Bob-a-Loo" Basey holds court with flute & drum for this sing-a-long session; Bloomingdale Branch Library, 150 W. 100th St. (Amsterdam Ave.), 222-8030; Weds. at 4, free.
New York Youth Theater teen production at 593 Park Ave., 7th fl. (64th St.), rsvp 888-0696; Fri. at 7, Sat. at 1 & 5, Sun. at 3, $10 [through 6/11].
A birthday on the farm at Thirteenth St. Rep, 50 W. 13th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 675-6677; Sat. & Sun. at 1, $7.