This Week’s NYCkidsARTS Top Five Picks

If 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 The Culture Mom to give the insider’s scoop on this week’s top FIVE cultural picks for kids in New York City:

Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre

Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre

Queen Marlene’s Toy Theatre

Follow “Queen Marlene” of the Toy Museum as she tells the tale of toys from America’s past and around the world only to be tricked by Raggedy, the Toy Museum’s largest doll, as Raggedy creates mischievous and silly fun!  See hundreds of old toys from the 1880s-1980s including classic favorites such as Howdy Doody, Shirley Temple, Raggedy Ann, Toy Soldiers and old toy blocks to Beanie Babies, just to name a few.  Perfect for ages 4 years old and up, and for adults who are still young at heart.  The show is interactive, engaging and educational. The show is 60 minutes, no intermission; price includes admission to the museum.

Where: 157 Montague Street
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11201

Price: $10.00 general.
Dates & Hours: Wednes-Fri, 11am-5pm and select Saturdays for shows.

Jazz for Young People: What is the Big Band Era?

Even 75 years after the big band era, many scholars and fans—not to mention dancers—agree that it was the period when jazz reached its peak of popularity and musical greatness. In this family concert, Ted Nash leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a program sampling all the major big bands—Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington—that shows what made them swing so hard.

Where: Rose Theater, Broadway at 60th Street, Columbus Circle

Price: $12, $20, $28

Dates & Hours:

Sat, March 26, 2011, 1 pm
Sat, March 26, 2011, 3 pm


Soh DaikoNeighborhood Concert Series: Soh Daiko, Taiko Drum Ensemble

This family-friendly concert includes traditional pieces from the Shinto music tradition, as well as original compositions by members of Soh Daiko. In addition to Taiko drums, the group also plays bamboo flute, brass bells, conch shells and gongs. For ages six and older.  In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. Soh Daiko will also perform in the Bronx on Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm.  This show is a part of JapanNYC, a citywide festival exploring contemporary Japanese art.

Where: 2900 Campus Road , (at Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenues)

Price: Free

Dates & Hours: Sun, March 27, 2011, 2 pm & 4pm


NanoDays at the New York Hall of Science

Come explore science at the nano-scale through a variety of hands-on experiences demonstrate how small nano is and how nanotechnology can be applied to everyday life. Activities include discovering the importance of using proper tools, learning how butterfly wings and peacock feathers get their colors, witnessing how nano-sized whiskers can protect clothing from stains, as well as exploring how a material can act differently when it is nanometer sized.

Where: 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, (at 48th Avenue)

Price: Free with NYSCI admission.

Dates and Hours:

Sat, March 26, 2011, 11 am – 5 pm
Sun, March 27, 2011, 11 am – 5 pm
Tues, March 29, 2011, 11 am – 1 pm
Wed, March 30, 2011, 11 am – 1 pm
Thurs, March 31, 2011, 11 am – 1 pm
Fri, April 1, 2011, 11 am – 4 pm
Sat, April 2, 2011, 11 am – 5 pm
Sun, April 3, 2011, 11 am – 5 pm


Urban Word NYC 13th Annual Teen Poetry Slam Semi-Final

Teen Poetry SlamUrban Word NYC’s 13th Annual Teen Poetry Slam brings out the top teen poets from across the city. Poets will compete for a chance to perform at the Grand Slam Finals and represent NYC at the National Teen Poetry Slam. This semi-final slam also features special guest poets and DJs.

Since 2004, Dance Theater Workshop and Urban Word NYC have been collaborating to support urban youth in their development of hybrid performance work for the stage. And now for the second year, the partnership includes the participation of a spoken word artist, selected by Urban Word, in Dance Theater Workshop’s Studio Series.


Where: Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)

Price: $5.00 children, $7.00 adults, $7.00 general.

Dates & Hours:  Sun, March 27, 2011, 3 pm


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.




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