Brooklyn's lovely Botanic Garden offers free admission to visitors entering before noon on Saturdays, free for under age 16 at all times & Tuesdays are free all day; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. (Eastern Pkwy.), 718-622-4433, ext. 216; Weds.-Fri. & Tues. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10-6.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART
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. Interactive play, "Fred the Caterpillar" (Sun. 2-4); 182 Lafayette St. (betw. Broome & Grand Sts.), 274-0986; Weds. 12-7, Thurs.-Sun., 12-5, $5, s.c. & kids under 1 are free.
Chess lessons by Central Park Conservatory staff; The Dairy at Central Park, 64th St. (midpark), rsvp 794-6564; Sun. at 1-2:30, free.
FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Four & five-year-olds compete in Karate tournament to benefit breast & ovarian cancer support organization, SHARE; West Side YMCA, 5 W. 63rd St., 4th Fl. (Central Pk. W.), 875-4106; Sat. 8:30 a.m.-12, $3-$5.
Learn the importance of exercise & proper nutrition; North Meadow Recreation Center, Central Park (midpark at 97th St.), rsvp 348-4867; Sat. 11-1, free.
Learn about the monuments of Central Park & then create your own; Dana Discovery Center, Harlem Meer in Central Park, 110th St. (5th Ave.), 860-1370, res. req.; Sat. 1-2:30, free.
ON THE HOME FRONT
Discover inventions, stories & creations during mid-1900s as kids recreate life during W.W.II; Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, W. 42nd St. (12th Ave.), 957-7055; Sat. 12-2, free w/mus. adm.
RAP WRITERS & PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
Free seminar on rap music at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (betw. 120th & 122nd Sts.), 870-6784; Fri. 7-9 p.m. [through 12/17].
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.; Sat. at 1:30 & Tues. at 3:30, free [through 11/30].
TRIP TO THE FARM
Veteran's Day field trip for children ages 6-11?collect eggs, groom the horses, plant seeds & pick apples; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; Thurs. 8:30-5:30, $50 incl. transportation.
WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS
Learn how to generate ideas & explore different writing styles with filmmaker K. Wise's "Casting Your Net" (Thurs. 4-6), Adam Nadler's "Writing & Producing the Screenplay" (Mon. 4-6) & Marcelle Karp's "Making the Zine" (Mon. 4-6)?ages 13 & up; Writer's Voice at the West Side YMCA, 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Pk. W.), 875-4124; free [through 12/16].
Things to See & Hear
THE ART OF DISNEY STORYBOOKS
Exhibition feat. seven decades of children's books. Disney storybook illustrator Gil DiCicco speaks about his career, followed by Q&A during opening on Sat.; 7A N. Park Ave. (betw. Merrick Rd. & Sunrise Hwy.), 516-536-6886; call for hours, free [opens 11/13, through 12/24].
BIG APPLE CIRCUS
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, B'way (64th St.), 307-4100 or 800-922-3772; call for times, $15-$60, $200 & up for gala tix. [through 1/9].
Educator Leslie Day teaches kids about bird migration & how to identify them during walk at Belvedere Castle, Central Park (midpark at 81st St.), rsvp 772-0210; Sat. 11-12:30, free.
CAROLINE KIDS KLUB
Fun & magic with Silly Billy the clown; Caroline's Comedy Club, 1626 B'way (49th St.), 757-4100 res. req.; Sat. & Sun. at 2, $14.
CHILDREN'S TELEVISION FESTIVAL
Eight annual festival at The Museum of Television & Radio. This week, join Blondie, Dagwood, Babar, Sylvester & others for an afternoon of international movies, storytelling & workshops; 25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600; Sat. & Sun. at 1, free w/mus. adm. [through 12/5].
Jarrett Parker's 19th-century magic performed to classical music; Rose's Turn, 55 Grove St. (7th Ave. S.), 875-7785; Thurs. at 7:30 & 9:30, $12, $6 child. [through 11/11].
THE CRAZY ADVENTURES OF DON QUIXOTE
New LES puppet & children's theater for Latino children; SEA @ Los Kabayitos Puppet & Children's Theater, 107 Suffolk St., 2nd Fl. (betw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.), 260-4080 ext.14, Sat. & Sun. at 3:30, $8, $6 kids.
FACES OF NEW YORK
Teen photography exhibit sponsored by E. Harlem Community Against Drugs/Mount Sinai Narcotics & Rehabilitation Center; Julio De Burgos Cultural Center Gallery, 106th St. (Lexington Ave.), 996-8112; Fri. & Sat. 12-6, free.
FILMS AT MOMA
Eli Noyes' Bad Dog?ages 5-10; Museum of Modern Art, The Roy & Niuta Titus Theater 2, 18 W. 54th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9400; Sat. 12-1, $5 per family.
Jeffrey Siegel pres. one hour concert, "Keyboard Conversations for the Young & Young-at-Heart;" 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; Sun. at 11 a.m., $10.
MANHATTAN FORUM & RESOURCE FAIR
Afternoon of free workshops on disabilities & where to seek services; P.S. 163, 163 W. 97th St. (betw. Columbus & Amsterdam Aves.), 979-9700 ext.237 or 273-6289; Sun. 11:30-4.
MISS MAJESTY'S LOLLIPOP PLAYHOUSE
Cinderella (1:30) & The Three Little Pigs (3:30); Grove St. Playhouse, 39 Grove St. (betw. Bleecker & Hudson Sts.), rsvp 741-6436; Sat. & Sun., $8.50 [through 11/21].
NIGHTLIGHT READING SERIES
John Bemelmans Marciano reads from Madeline in America & Other Holiday Tales at The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St. (betw. Canal & Greene Sts.), 219-2166; Sun. at 3, free.
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Radio City Rockettes, dancers & Santa Claus continue to entertain families during a 90 minute production incl. "Parades of the Wooden Soldiers" & "The Living Nativity;" Madison Square Garden, 2 Penn Plaza (34th St.), 465-MSG1, call for schedule, $29-$77 [through 1/2].
READINGS AT BOOKS OF WONDER
T.A. Barron reads from The Mirror of Merlin (Thurs. 6-8), new works read by John Bernelmans Marciano, Mary Ann Hoberman, Holly Hobby & Kevin Hawkins (Sat. 12-2) & Lois Lowry, author of Zooman Sam reads from new work (Tues. 5-7); Books of Wonder, 16 W. 18th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 989-3270; free.
REEL TO REAL
Monthly weekend series for families feat. films & live performances. Today, "Latin Mania" incl. pilot screening of I Love Lucy, cartoons & live tapping by Feet Two the Beat; Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St. (B'way), 875-5370; Sun. at 11:30 & 2, $12, $6 child. 4-14.
THREE BEARS & A BABE
Musical fairy tale for children; Vital Theater, 432 W. 42nd St., 3rd Fl. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 592-4508; Sat. at 11 a.m., $8 [through 11/20].
WEST END CHILDREN'S THEATER
Magic Al entertains audience with magic, stories & fun at West End, 2911 B'way (betw. 114th & 113th Sts.), rsvp 877-6115; Sat. at 1:30, $12.