mamadoniIf you have a child and live in New York City, you have the world at your fingertips.  Art, music, film and more, NYC is culturally the icing on the cake.  There is so much to offer that you probably can’t keep up with the offerings.  Look no further!  The folks at NYCkidsARTS have teamed up with Traveling Mom to give the insider’s scoop on this week’s top cultural picks.

Encuentros (Encounters) at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

Dates and Hours: Fri, March 18, 2011 – Sat, March 19
Location: 248 West 60th Street
Cost: $12.00 children, seniors, students, members, $20.00 adults.
Tickets: Call (212) 722-4128 or (212) 352-3101.

Encuentros (Encounters) is Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater’s three-concert Spring Series.  Known as a modern dance company with a Latin touch, this concert is accessible to children because its eight dances are fairly short, the moods range from mysterious to comedic and the music from jazzy to Mozart.

Mischief at the New Victory Theater

Dates & Hours: Fri, March 18, 2011 – Sun, March 27, 2011
Location: 209 West 42nd Street
Cost: Fri, March 18, 2011 – Sun, March 27, 2011
Tel: (646) 223-3010

Like a big box of brand new crayons, Mischief instantly awakens the imagination and opens the door to a colorful world of fun and fancy.  Hailed as “a whimsical and hugely inventive encounter with movement, music and mood” (The Herald, Scotland), this award-winning production marks the first commission for family audiences by Sadler’s Wells, the UK’s leading dance venue.  Frisky foam noodles march, mock and mingle to eclectic live music in this kaleidoscopic cosmos where discovery and fun reign. One thing’s certain: no matter what these spongy shapes do, you and your family will be mad for Mischief.

Super Sabado: Art and Activism at the El Museo del Barrio

Dates & Hours: Sat, March 19, 2011, 11 am – Sat, March 19, 2011, 6:30 pm
Location: 1230 Fifth Avenue (between 104th and 105th Streets)
Cost: FREE
Tel: (212) 831-7272

The bold actions and dramfatic protests of The Young Lords during the 1960s and 1970s brought attention to social injustices and paved the way for progressive change. Join us for this Super Sábado and think about what YOU can do to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood. Share your voice through art.

Forever Friends with Carin Berger at Poets House

Dates & Hours: Sat, March 19, 2011, 11 am
Location: 10 River Terrace (between Murray and Barclay Streets)
Cost: FREE
Tel: (212) 431-792

Carin Berger shares the poetic story of a bluebird and a brown rabbit whose friendship survives migration and winter. A collage workshop celebrating the beginning of spring follows. Berger is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Little Yellow Leaf, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

Classic Hits for Kids: Concert at Queens College

Dates & Hours: Sat, March 12, 11 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm ($5 admission), RSVP here.
Location: 65-30 Kissena Boulevard (off the eastbound service road of the Long Island Expressway between exits 23 & 24)
Cost: $12 general
Tel: (718) 544-2996

Who is our mystery composer this year? Find out in this delightful introduction to the life and works of a classical superstar such as Beethoven, Bach or Brahms. Specially selected works and appealing narrative will entertain and engage your youngsters. Recommended for children ages 6 to 12.

Hamantaschen, Hip Hop with the Mama Doni at the Museum of Jewish Living Heritage

Dates & Hours: Sun, March 20, 2011, 3:30 pm
Location: Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, Battery Park City (at 1st Place)
Cost: $7.00 children, members, $10.00 general. $5 member children.
Tel: (646) 437-4202

Disclosure: This information was provided by NYCkidsARTS, a Web site of Alliance for the Arts, which serves the entire cultural community through research and advocacy and serves the public through cultural guides and calendars.  The Alliance publishes information on the arts and cultural events in New York City as well as studies highlighting the importance of the arts to the economy and to education.