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Chinese New Year for kids in NYC

Get the whole family involved in Chinese New Year for kids! Festivities like colorful parades, live performances and hands-on art workshops in NYC

Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown
Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

Celebrating Chinese New Year for kids in New York is so exciting! There are plenty of February events to kick off the festivities, including things like the Lunar New Year Parade & Festival.

What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday that celebrates the turn of the Chinese lunar calendar. 

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year. This year, it occurs on Monday, February 8, 2016.


Chinese New Year for kids

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents a Lunar New Year Celebration


Each year the New Jersey–based Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an imaginative and colorful program as part of the NYC area's vibrant Lunar New Year celebrations. The company brings to life the attributes of the year's featured zodiac animal through movement and music. Families should keep their eyes out for themes of cleverness, curiosity and playful mischief in the choreography and acrobatics that honor the Year of the Monkey. All ages.

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Until Sun Jan 31

Madison Street to Madison Avenue Lunar New Year Celebration

Stake out a spot along Madison Avenue from 76th St to 54th St to watch a procession of lion dancers and a Chinese dragon ring in the Lunar New Year. At this festival chock full of family entertainment, musical performances and store discounts, kids will enjoy calligraphy demonstrations, face painting and a photo booth. Don’t miss a performance by the New York Eastern Chamber Orchestra and Chinese Face-Changing by Peng Li! All ages.

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06 Feb 2016

The New York City Lunar New Year 2016 “Year of the Monkey Celebration"

This five-day-long free fest celebrates the Lunar New Year across the city! Check out Fantastic Art China: International Creative Festival exhibition (Feb 6–10, Javits Center), a 72,000-square-foot exhibit by CAFA showcasing both young and well-established Chinese Artists, then stop by NYC Lunar New Year Students Day (Feb 8, Javits Center). There, families can learn monkey dances taught by National Dance Institute and learn about the endangered golden monkey from The Nature Conservancy. Other events include a fireworks show over the Hudson by Grucci at Pier 84 (Feb 6, 8:30pm), an Empire State Building light show (Feb 6, 8 at dusk) and a community event at Lincoln Center Josie Robertson Plaza (Feb 9, 4:30pm) featuring monkey dances by National Dance Institute Celebration Team and traditional lion dances by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. All ages.

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Until Wed Feb 10

Chinese New Year Family Festival

End the Year of The Sheep with a bang and ring in the Year of the Monkey at this New Year’s festival. Kids will learn about Chinese New Year traditions and be treated to a lion dance and kung fu performance. Traditional Chinese New Year foods will be served. After purchasing tickets (adults $15, children $5), kids might participate in workshops like dumpling making, paper cutting, paper lantern making and an interactive storytelling of the Legend of the Monkey King. All ages.

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13 Feb 2016

Lunar New Year: Year of the Monkey Celebration

Celebrate the year of the monkey with a parade of lion dancers and a Chinese dragon. After the parade, stick around for more traditional Chinese musical and theatrical performances, from ensembles wearing full makeup and regalia. Kids will even get to meet the Monkey King! All ages.

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Until Sat Feb 6

Chinese Theatre Works: Tiger Tales

In this award-winning puppet show, the clever Grandma Bunny must instruct the young animals of the jungle how to survive the rule of the tyrannical tiger. The show combines shadow puppetry, Chinese music and a large screen into four funny and allegorical stories that will entertain the little ones. All ages.

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Until Sat Feb 6