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Chinese New Year for kids in NYC

Celebrate Chinese New Year for kids in NYC with these stellar activities for the whole family, including parades and shows

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

Celebrating Chinese New Year for kids in New York is so exciting! While there's plenty of tradition to celebrate at home, the city also offers some Lunar New Year-centered events that are perfect for the whole family, including parades and performances.

What is Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year)?

The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a traditional celebration held in several Asian countries that is centered around the cycles of the moon.

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year falls on a different day each year. This year, it occurs on Monday, Saturday, January 28, 2017.

For more fun things to do this season, explore our favorite winter activities for kids and our favorite indoor activities for kids, like a visit to NYC's best indoor playgrounds.

Great Chinese New Year for kids activities

The New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

Head to Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year celebration on Feb 5! Families can walk the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown to visit tasty food vendors and see cool street performances, and starting at 1pm, the parade will begin winding its way down Mott St. Don't miss January 28's noon fireworks show at the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park, either!

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Various locations Sunday February 5 2017

Chinese New Year Celebration at China Institute

In the street just outside China Institute, performers wield elaborate costumes and masks in a traditional lion dance, followed by a kung fu demonstration. Head indoors for a tour of the Institute's galleries and a reception with food and beverages. For an extra-special New Year, families can sign up for workshops. All ages.

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China Institute , Financial District Saturday January 28 2017

Lunar New Year Family Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Met! Cool Culture’s annual Lunar New Year Family Festival invites all ages to participate in interactive gallery tours, performances, and artist-led workshops. Not to be missed: a Sesame Street puppeteer performance that’ll even take parents right back to their childhood. All ages.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Sunday February 5 2017