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].
the BIG SWIM
Free swim meet for 1000 kids ages 6-16, must register by March 29 for April 15th event, benefits their "Waterproofing" program which offers free swimming classes to kids; Asphalt Green, 800-NYC-SWIM for info & reg.
Children's Programs at the NY Botanical Garden
"Has Spring Sprung?" exploration of flowers, pussy willows & life in the ponds (Weds.-Fri. & Tues. 1-4, Sat. & Sun. 10-4, through 3/31); "Prelude to Spring: The Winter Flower Show" showcases beautiful plants, shrubbery & trees (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'S WOLLMAN RINK
Daily ice skating at Brooklyn's outdoor skating rink in Prospect Park, Parkside Ave. (Ocean Ave.), Park Slope, 718-282-1226; $4, $2 child/s.c., $3.50 skate rentals [through 3/12].
RINGLING BROS. & BARNUM BAILEY CIRCUS
Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale 516-794-9303; Tues. & Weds. at 7:30, $10-$22.75 [through 3/13].
TEN STAR ALL STAR BASKETBALL CAMP
Boys & girls ages 7-19 can apply, participants chosen by invitation only; 704-372-8610 for info.
WOMEN & GIRLS SPORTS DINNER
Celebration for Women's History Month, sponsored by the JCC on the Upper West Side; Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd St. (betw. Central Park W. & Columbus Ave.), 580-0099 ext.232; Tues. at 6, $15.
FAMILY ART PROJECT
Weekly series. This week, "Shaping the Land;" Kerlin Learning Center at Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd St. (Indep. Ave.), Bronx, 718-549-3200; Sat. & Sun. 1-4, free w/grounds adm.
FAMILY ART WORKS
Make a picture frame during this week's family art program at the Educational Alliance, 197 E. B'way (Jefferson St.), 780-2300, ext. 428; Sun. at 1 & 2:30, contrib.
GREAT SCOTT! It's the green lawn
Architectural design workshop with the staff at Central Park Conservatory; Nature Observatory, Belvedere Castle, Central Park (midpark at 79th St.), 772-0120; Sat. at 1, free.
The National Dance Institute & "Kids' Dance Jam," part of series at Symphony Space; 2537 B'way (95th St.), 864-5400 or www.symphonyspace.org; Sat. at 11 a.m., $8.
Introductory discussions, sketching & art projects for ages 5-12 & accompanying adults, followed by a short film; this week's focus: "The Chisel & Wood;" Uris Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave. (82nd St.), 570-3932; Sat. at 11, Sun. at 12:30, free w/mus. adm.
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. 1:30-3:30, free [through 3/2].
Sing & dance during "Sing, Sing, Singin'" performance (11-11:45), "Learn Capoeira," Afro-Brazilian self defense (12:30-2:30) & West Village String Quartet perform classics (3-4); Arts Connection, 120 W. 46th St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B'way), 302-7433 ext.1440; Sat., $2-$6.
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL
Workshop incorporates drumming, dance, body percussion & chachas of Adro-Haitian rhythms; Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th St. (5th Ave.), 860-1370 to register; Sat. 1-2:30, free.
TALLY LECTURE SERIES
Introductory discussions, sketching & art projects for ages 6-12 & accompanying adults, this week's focus: "Dangers of the Sea;" Uris Tiered Seating at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave. (82nd St.), 570-3932; Fri. at 6, free w/mus. adm. [through 3/31].
WARP & WEFT: A WEAVING WORKSHOP
Workshop on weaving; Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. (112th St.), 932-7347; Sat. 10-12, $5.
WE ALL LOVE TO COLLECT
Inspector Collector leads tour of current exhibition with show & tell time at the American Craft Museum, 40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 956-3535, res. req.; Sat. 1-4, $5.
Things to See & Hear
THE ENCOUNTER OF JUAN BOBO & PEDRO ANIMAL
LES puppet & children's theater for Latino children?shows in English & Spanish; 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 [through 3/12].
HANSEL & GRETEL
Puppetworks' presentation of classic fairy tale about two children who get lost in the woods & bump into a witch; Greenwich Village Center, 219 Sullivan St. (betw. Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts.), rsvp 718-965-3391; Sun. at 1:30 & 3:30, $8, $5 child. [through 4/2].
LAVA/GROUNDWORK FOR KIDS
Workshop incorporates dance, acrobatics & circus stunts; The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 255-5793 ext.21; Mon. at 3:30 (ages 5-9) & Mon. at 4:30 (ages 9-14), $150 for ten sessions [through 3/27].
MISS MAJESTY'S LOLLIPOP PLAYHOUSE
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (1:30) & Pinnochio (3:30); Grove St. Playhouse, 39 Grove St. (betw. Bleecker & Hudson Sts.), rsvp 741-6436; Sat. & Sun., $8.50 [through 3/5].
REEL TO REAL FOR KIDS
Family series honors Amercian cowboys with screenings of My Pal Trigger, Sons of Pioneers & Man of the Frontier; Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St. (B'way), 875-5370; Sun. at 11:30 & 2, $12, $6/under 14.
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.
WEST END CHILDREN'S THEATER
Don Miller's wacky magic show; West End, 2911 B'way (betw. 114th & 113th Sts.), rsvp 877-6115; Sat. & Sun. at 3, $12.