BARNES & NOBLE
33 E. 17th St., 253-0810: Sat.Storytime, 2 p.m.
BATTERY PARK CITY
2 South End Ave., 212-267-9700: Free weekly recreation, sports & art programs for kids, all activities through October 31 unless otherwise indicated, call for specific info for future programs:
Esplanade Plaza, Near Liberty St.: May 17, July 19, Aug. 9-Family Dances, music & dancing from around the world for all ages, 6:30-8 p.m., free.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St.: May 12, 19-Amatuer Nataralists Club, for first, second & third graders, 3:30-5 p.m., free; Tue.-Childrens Gardening, for grades two through five, 3:45-5 p.m., through Oct. 28, free; Thu.-Art & Play, Preschool art, 10:30 a.m.-noon, free; Mon.-Advanced Art, ages 10-18, 4-5:30 p.m., free; Mon.-Childrens Basketball, 3:30-5:30 p.m., for kids of all sizes, free; Mon.-Afternoon Backgammon, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free; Tue.-Childrens Soccer, 4 year olds, 2:30-3:15 p.m., 5-8 years, 3:30-4:15 p.m., 9-12 years, 4:30-5:30 p.m., free; Tue.-Play as you please, children play group games, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free; Tue.-Teen Drumming, 4-5:30 p.m., free; Thu.-Art & Games, for children 5 years & older, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free; Thu.-Afternoon Chess, 5-6:30 p.m., free.
The Regatta, Community room, 21 South End Ave., West Thames St., May 14-Stories & Songs, with Bob Bobaloo Basey, 9:45-10:15 a.m., 6-14 months, 10:30-11 a.m., 15-22 months, 11:15-11:45 a.m., 23-30 months, noon-12:45 p.m., 31 months-4 years, free
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, Battery Place & West Side Highway: May 16 & 30-Sunset Singing Circle, for young & old, 7-8 p.m., free; May 10-Ancient Mariner Chanteymen, sing at Go Fish, numerous activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free; Mon.-Wed.-Art & Play for preschoolers, 10 a.m.-noon, free; Sun.-Art & Play, Preschool family play, 2-4 p.m., free; Wed.-Games & art for children 5 years & older, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free.
BOOKS OF WONDER
16 W. 18th St., 212-989-3270: May 17-William Wegman, noon-1:30p.m., free; May 18-Lois Lowry, 1-3 p.m., free.
CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY
15 W. 16th St., hours vary, please call, 294-8301: TRADERS TO TARTARY, a hands-on tour & exhibit on the trading routes used by Jewish merchants who crossed Europe & Asia, Tue., Wed. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thur., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., through June, $6 adults, $4 children; THE TREE OF LIFE SHTENDER, a sculptural lectern by artists David Moss & Noah Greenberg, ongoing.
CHILDRENS GALLERIES FOR JEWISH CULTURE
515 W. 20th St., 924-4500: OngoingFrom Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East, children hunt for food, grind wheat, weave cloth & build little houses; From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America, crafts & activities related to migration, $5; Sun.Ancient Necklaces & Postcards from America, arts & crafts, 2-5 p.m., free with admission; Call about current events for children.
CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
182 Lafayette St., 274-0986: Wed. & Thur.WEE Artist Drop-in Program, art, music and storytelling for children ages 10 mos. to 3-and-a-half years, 10-11:30 a.m., $13; Fri.Art & Music Makers, games, art & storytelling, call for details; Back to School, drawings by Melissa Stern, through Mar. 30.
344 E. 14th St., 780-2300: Sun.Family Art Works, art activity workshops for the family, 1-2:30 p.m., free.
FAITH EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIP
30 Wall St., 6th Fl., 566-4085: Mon.Explore your hidden artistic talents with numerous mediums, free class, 6-8 p.m., 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month, free, call for more information.
GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB
34 W. 22nd St., 877-6115: May 18Kids N Comedy Show, 4 p.m. $15.
LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM
90 Orchard St., 431-0233: Sat. & Sun.THE CONFINO FAMILY APARTMENT, the living history apartment of a Sephardic-Jewish family from Turkey who lived in the tenement in the early 1900s, tours at noon, 1, 2 & 3 p.m., ongoing.
MANHATTAN CHILDRENS THEATER
380 Broadway, 252-2840: call for current childrens shows.
Various locations, 766-1104: MY Art Therapy, K-2nd Grade, Sat., 11 a.m.-noon, 3rd-5th Grade, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. manhattanyouth.org.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
One Bowling Green, 514-3730: DailyShort films & videos for children, 11 a.m. & noon.
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Early Childhood Resource & Information Center
66 Leroy St., 929-0815: Wed.Classic short films for children, 4 p.m., free.
66 Leroy, 243-6876: Wed.Film for children ages 3-8, 4 p.m., free.
209 W. 23rd St., 924-1585: Tue.Toddler time, 18 months & up, 11 a.m., free.
9 Murray St., 732-8186: Mon.Picture Book Hour, 4 p.m., free.
331 E. 10th St., 228-4747: Mon.Picture Book Hour, ages 3 to 7, 4 p.m.
THE SALON THEATER
45 Bleecker St., 539-6644: Sat.THE ADVENTURES OF MAYA THE BEE, the endearing story of a little bee in pursuit of tastier honey told through rod & shadow puppets & a jazz score, 2 p.m., $7 children, $15.
SEA @ LOS KABAYITOS PUPPET & CHILDRENS THEATER
107 Suffolk St., 2nd Fl., 212-260-4080: May 17, 24 & 31-Mi Chivita Magica, 3 p.m., $9-$11; call for current childrens shows.
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM
Pier 16, Childrens Center, 748-8758: May 17-Circus Day, kids discover Barnums gallery of wonders, 1-4 p.m., $5 materials fee may apply; May 24-Paint the Brooklyn Bridge, children create watercolor works, 1-4 p.m., $5 materials fee may apply.
TADA! YOUTH Theater
15 W. 28th St., 2nd fl., 212-252-1619: Through May 18-Heroes, a delightful tale of adventure & friendship, perfromed by kids ages 8-18, call for perfromance times & infrmation, $7-$15.
Washington market community park
Washington Market Park, 212-964-1133: Mon., Wed., every other Sat.-Lets Explore & Art for Tots, with Sarah Murphy, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 2-7, free; May 16-Ladybug Day, release thousands of Ladybugs, call 212-964-1133; May 17-Spring Popcorn & Puppet Festival, children make their own puppets, 1:30-4 p.m., free.