educpreview_mainIf 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 the week’s top cultural picks.

Tuesday Matinees: Harry Schneider Scholarship Concert at  Merkin Concert Hall:

Dates and Hours: Tuesday, March 8th, 2:15pm (free admission)
Location: 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Tel: (212) 501-3330

This special Tuesday Matinees free concert features talented students from the Kaufman Center’s Lucy Moses School.  The Annual Scholarship Luncheon prior to the concert provides essential support for deserving and motivated children studying at Lucy Moses School. Special scholarship programs make it possible for inner-city children from partner community centers and schools to participate in the skills-based study of the arts.

Shapes, Forms and Text: Constructing Fiction and Reality El Museo del Barrio

Dates & Hours: Wed, March 9, 2011, 4 pm – Wed, March 9, 2011, 6:30 pm (free admission), RSVP here
Location: 1230 Fifth Avenue  (between 104th and 105th Streets)
Tel: (212) 831-7272

In this hand-on workshop, discover ideas, materials and processes behind abstract art and conceptual artworks featured in the galleries and make connections to math, science, language and history. Discover the ideas and materials behind abstract art and conceptual works featured in the museum galleries and make connections to math, science, language and history in this free afternoon workshop.


Awesome Allie, First Kid Astronaut at Vital Theatre

Dates & Hours: Sat, March 12th – Tues, April, Sat, Sun: 11 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 2 pm ($25 admission)
Location: 2162 Broadway, 3rd Floor, McGinn Cazale Theatre (between 76th and 77th Streets)
Tel: (212) 579-0528

Yesterday Allie was just a normal kid, but today she’s headed into outer space! With the help of her trusty talking dog Captain Chaos, and Rover the Dancing Robot from Mars, Allie’s on a mission across the solar system to save Earth, and maybe learn some things about science along the way.  But she’d better be home in time for dinner!  Grab your space suit and get ready for an adventure that’s out of this world!

The Lost Art of Tatting at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Dates & Hours: Sat, March 12, 2011, 1 pm ($15 admission)
Location: 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues)
Tel: (212) 838-6878

A common craft in the 19th century, tatting creates a durable lace through a series of knots and loops. Participants will have a chance to try tatting and take home a small finished project. Appropriate for beginners ages 10 through adult. Reservations recommended.

FamiyDay@theCenter: Build a Geodesic Dome Center for Architecture

Dates & Hours: Sat, March 12, 11 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm ($5 admission), RSVP here.
Location: 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues)
Tel: (212) 838-6878

Learn about this unique structural form made famous by inventor Buckminster Fuller and work with others to construct a 14-foot geodesic dome, as well as your own model. The program is for children ages 5–13 years old, accompanied by an adult. Reservations required.


Archikids Skyscraper Museum

Dates & Hours: Sat, March 12, 11 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm (Free for members, $5 admission), RSVP here.
Location: 39 Battery Place (at First Place)
New York, NY  10280
Tel: (212) 968-1961

The Skyscraper Museum repeats the popular hands-on session led by architect Yves Roger where, inspired by images, vintage film and models of skyscrapers, kids make their own soaring structures. For ages 9–13.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Lehman Center For the Performing Arts

Dates & Hours: Sun, March 13, 6pm (Tickets: $35, $30, $25. Children 12 and under, $10 any seat)
Location: 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West (at Paul Avenue)
Tel: (718) 960-8232

The 20-member company of Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, both former Alvin Ailey dancers, thrills audiences with athleticism, lyricism and technical prowess. Tickets for children under 12 are $10.

Sunday Matinee Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dates & Hours: Sun, March 13, 2011, 3 pm, Sun, April 10, 2011, 3 pm, Sun, May 15, 2011, 3 pm (Tickets: $14.00 children, seniors, $18.00 adults)
Location: 466 West 152nd Street (between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues
Tel: (212) 690-2800

Dance Theatre of Harlem welcomes neighbors near and far to performances by students from its school, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and guest artists. The 3 pm performance is followed by a Meet-the-Artist reception.

Whoop-Dee-Doo! at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Dates & Hours: Sun, March 13, 2011, 11:30 am, Sun, March 13, 2011, 1:30 pm ($25 admission)
Location: 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich and West Streets)
Tel: (212) 220-1460

The Paper Bag Players perform their show twice on Sunday in Tribeca. From the tiny paper bag dragon named Volcano to the game show called Whoop-dee-doo (which of course you will get to play), to a little boy named Boom, this show is full of song and dance. For children ages 4–9.

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.