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 6/00].
AUDITIONS FOR Y2KIDS
Prepare a song (with music), short monologue or joke to audition for new production to begin May 19th, for kids ages six-to-12?sign-up begins at 5; Central Presbyterian Church, 593 Park Ave. (64th St.), 888-0696; Weds. 5:30-8:30.
Children's Programs at the NY Botanical Garden
"Children's Gardening Program," reg. to tend plants, flowers & herbs?718-817-8157 for info [Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 1-6]; Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden is now open, highlights incl. sunflower house, bean tunnel & pumpkin patch; "Has Spring Sprung?" exploration of flowers, pussy willows & life in ponds [Weds.-Fri. 1-4, through 3/31]; "Prelude to Spring: The Winter Flower Show" showcases beautiful plants, shrubbery & trees [through 4/23]; "Early Bloomers: Spring Bulbs" hands-on exhibit [through 4/23]; NY Botanical Garden, 200th St. (Southern Blvd.), Bronx, 718-817-8700 or www.nybg.org Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 10-6, $2-$7.
Prospect Park opening day is Saturday: little league baseball parade starts at 10 a.m., with rides on the 1912 carousel starting at noon & the opening of Lefferts Homestead Children's Historic House Museum follows at 1. Sunday, festivities continue with the "Triple Challenge Race & Road Safety Expo" at 9 a.m., 718-965-6975 for reg.; Flatbush Ave. (Empire Blvd.), 718-965-8951; call for more info.
Test your physical & mental endurance during the Discover Channel's rugged interactive workshops at South St. Seaport Museum, 207 Front St. (Fulton St.), 732-7678; Fri. & Sat. 10-9 & Sun. 11-6, free w/mus. adm.
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].
Folk singer Tom Chapin & friends celebrate Earth Day trough song, part of series at Symphony Space; 2537 B'way (95th St.), 864-5400 or www.symphonyspace.org; Sat. at 11 & 2, $8.
"Nocturnal Inhabitants or the Ramble" (Thurs. at 1) & "Spring Bonnets" (Sun. at 1) workshops with Central Park Conservancy; Dana Discovery Center, Harlem Meer in Central Park, 110th St. (5th Ave.), 772-0210 & 860-1370, respectively, reg. req.; free.
PASSOVER FAMILY WORKSHOP
Learn to make Seder plates, matzah covers & grind horseradish?recommended for grades K-4; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; Sun. 2-4, $20/family.
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].
rock climbing classes
Offered by Central Park Conservancy, free for ages 9 & up?learn rope management, anchor set-up, knot tying & more; North Meadow Recreation Center, 97th St. (midpark), 348-4867, res. req.; Tues. at 3:30, free [through 4/27].
Explore Japanese ink & brush painting during "Japanese Sumi-e" workshop (12:30-2:30) & learn about Japanese drumming with Soh Daiko in "Drums of Thunder" lesson (3-4); Arts Connection, 120 W. 46th St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B'way), 302-7433 ext.1440; Sat., $2-$6.
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
Imaginary friend helps young girl complete her book report; Vital Theater, 432 W. 42nd St., 3rd Fl. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 592-4508; Sat. at 10:30 & 12:30, $10 [through 5/6].
BALLET TECH & KIDS DANCE
Nearly 30 premieres, revivals & repertory works by kids (Kids Dance) & adults (Ballet Tech) feat. principal dancer Damian Woetzel; Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave. (19th St.), 242-0800 or www.joyce.com; Weds.-Fri. & Tues. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 12 & 4, $35, $15-$35 [through 4/23].
CHILDREN'S MUSIC "SUPERSTARS"
NY branch libraries feat. international musical acts catering to children. Today, Trout Fishing in America perform at Donnell Library Center, 20 W. 53rd St. (5th Ave.), 621-0636, res. req.; Sat. at 11, free, tkts. req. [through 6/1].
CONNECT FOR KIDS DAY
In honor of National Library Week, libraries throughout the country highlight programs available to children & families, part of "Read! Learn! Connect! @ the Library" program; 800-545-2433 ext.2148 or www.connectforkids.org for info.; Sun.-Tues. [continues through 4/15].
HUNTER FOR HUNTER GREEN
Sam Forman's drama about 20-somethings on Spring Break?sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll, baby!; Manhattan Theater Source, 177 MacDougal St. (8th St.), 539-7553; Weds.-Sat. at 8, $10 [through 4/8].
THE LEGENDS OF THE ENCHANTED TREASURE
LES puppet & children's theater for Latino children?shows in Spanish on Sat. & English on Sun.; SEA @ Los Kabayitos Puppet & Children's Theater, 107 Suffolk St., 2nd Fl. (betw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.), 260-4080 ext.14, Sat. at 3:30, Sun. at 2, $8, $6 kids.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Picture book illustrator, Amy Schwartz, exhibits slides of her work, part of children's book author/illustrator series; Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave. (31st St.), 221-7676; Tues. at 3:30, free.
MISS MAJESTY'S LOLLIPOP PLAYHOUSE
King Authur's Enchanted Sword (1:30) & Rapunzel (3:30); Grove St. Playhouse, 39 Grove St. (betw. Bleecker & Hudson Sts.), rsvp 741-6436; Sat. & Sun., $8.50 [through 4/23].
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.
THE UGLY DUCKLING
Musical recommended for children ages 3-10, preceded by "inter-active" workshop at 3; West Side Y, 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Pk. W.), 541-8831; Sat. & Sun. at 4, $20 [through 4/9].
A birthday on the farm at Thirteenth St. Rep, 50 W. 13th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 675-6677; Sat. & Sun. at 1, $7.