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.
the NY Botanical Garden
Celebrate Mother's Day at the NY Botanical Garden w/Mother's Day plant sale (Fri.-Sun., 10-6), "Get Up & Garden" workshop (Sat.), Peony Festival feat. Chinese folk tales & dance performed by the Chinatown Community Young Lions (Sat.) & brunch is being served at Snuff Mill (Sun. at 1, 718-220-0300, res. req.); 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.
Vocalists Bob Gabriel & Eva Lazar Gabriel along with guitarist Joe Cogan entertain mothers & mothers-to-be for Mother's Day, 718-965-6505 for info; Pedal-boating season kicks off this Sat. 1-5, $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.
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].
For ages 6-12; Bloomingdale Branch Library, 150 W. 100th St. (Amsterdam Ave.), 222-8030, reg. req.; Sat. at 10:30, free.
MOTHER'S DAY WORKSHOPS
In honor of Mother's Day, Central Park Conservatory hosts three free workshops for kids ages 6 & up: "Candle Creations," Dana Discovery Center, Harlem Meer in Central Park, 110th St. (5th Ave.), 860-1370; Sun. 1-2:30; "Floral Fragrances," Belvedere Castle, Central Park (midpark at 81st St.), 772-0120; Sun. 1-2:30; "Rubbings Workshops," Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave. (103rd St.), 534-1672 ext.1672; Sun. 2-3:30.
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].
SAVE OUR GARDENS
Giant puppet- & costume-making workshop, part of Rites of Spring: Procession to Save Our Gardens series at Earth Celebrations, 638 E. 6th St., 3rd Fl. (betw. Aves. B & C), 777-7969; Sat. 1:30-4:30, free [through 5/13].
SUNDAY SCIENCE SPECTACULAR!
Monthly science workshop is Animal Studies: Environment & Adaptation?visit Central Park Zoo & learn about the animals within; 92nd St. Y; 996-1100 for res. & info; Sun. 10-12, $35/adult & 1 child., $10/additional person.
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
FAMILY FOLK & FAIRY TALES
Series continues with production of Alice in Wonderland at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St. (betw. Greenwich & West Sts.), 346-8510; Sun. at 1:30, $13, $8 child.
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].
KINGDOM OF THE SUN
Play about a girl named Harold who wishes to become a knight; Manhattan Theater Source, 177 MacDougal St. (8th St.), 501-4751; mat. Sun. at 2, $7 [through 5/21].
MAYA THE BEE
Puppet musical based on German children's book with the same name, set to jazz score by Nancy Harrow; The Salon Theater, 45 Bleecker St. (Lafayette Ave.), 539-6644; Sat. at 11, $12. $6 child.
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].
Revival of children's classic "Rumplestilskin" at Thirteenth St. Rep, 50 W. 13th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 675-6677; Sat. & Sun. at 3, $7.
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].
Pop rock musical?recommended for ages 4-11; Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave. (31st St.), 221-7676; Tues. at 3:30, free.
New Theater Co. pres. improvised theater works for children; Waterloo Bridge Theater, 203 W. 38th St., 5th Fl. (7th Ave.), 330-8879; Sun. at 11, $7, $1/child. w/adult.
A birthday on the farm at Thirteenth St. Rep, 50 W. 13th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 675-6677; Sat. & Sun. at 1, $7.