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Chinese New Year events for NYC kids

Ring in the Lunar New Year with these festive offerings.

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Lunar New Year

  • Lunar New Year

  • Lunar New Year

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Lunar New Year

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

Family Day: Korean New Year
At this cultural fest families will taste rice cakes, practice the New Year's Bow, make kites, learn to play traditional games like tuhonori and sample some tasty Korean snacks. Sat Jan 21 at 1, 3pm. Korea Society. $30 per family of 3-5 people, $5 for each additional person.

Kelley and Ping's Annual Chinese New Year Kids Party
Kids can try their hand at Chinese calligraphy, learn the art of dim sum and celebrate Chinese culture with traditional crafts and entertainment. Free food will be provided.  Reservations recommended. Sat Jan 21 11am--1pm.  Kelley and Ping. Free.

Meet the Author: Michele Wong McSween

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with McSween, the Brooklyn-based author of Gordon and Lili: Learn Animals in Mandarin and Gordon and Lili: Count in Mandarin. Children get an introduction to the language as they listen to tales about two cousins, one from Brooklyn and the other from Beijing. Sat Jan 21 at 11am. Greenlight Bookstore. Free.

Saturday Family Programs: Celebrate Chinese New Year
Celebrate the year of the dragon with the Brooklyn Public Library. Watch as Grace Chang and her dragon Jin Jin wow audiences with a show packed with puppets, magic, acrobats, miming and storytelling. Sat Jan 21 1--2pm. Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch. Free.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: Year of the Dragon
This New Jersey--based troupe welcomes the Chinese New Year with a colorful presentation of ribbon twirling and martial arts that combines modern and traditional styles. Jan 21 at 2, 7pm; Sun Jan 22 at 2pm. Victory Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. $25, children under 12 $12.

7th Annual Pre-Lunar New Year Gala & Flower Market
Attendees can check out a dragon dance performance, Kung Fu demonstrations and even visit with the Fortune God. Sat Jan 21, Sun Jan 22 10am--5pm. Queens Botanical Garden. Free. 

Enter the Dragon
Kids can make dancing dragons, decorate New Year banners with Chinese calligraphy and decorate dragon masks. After kids are finished decorating, they'll get in costume for their very own dragon dance. Sat Jan 28 at 11:30am-12:30pm. McNally Jackson Books. Free.

Lunar New Year at Children's Museum of the Arts
This festival gives attendees a chance to explore Chinese arts and culture through a variety of visual experiences including a performance of "Tiger Tales," a shadow puppet show by Chinese Theater Works and a special performance by the Chinese Lion Dancers of PS124. Sat Jan 28 1--5pm. Children's Museum of the Arts. $10.

2012 Lunar New Year Celebration
Ring in 4710 with the holiday's biggest East Coast celebration. Young attendees try Chinese paper cutting, crafting dough figurines and writing calligraphy. Performances round out the occasion, among them a lion dance and Shaolin kung fu. Sat Jan 28 1--4pm. Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. Free.

Chinese New Year at the Sky View Center
Ring in the Year of the Dragon at the Sky View Center! Among the many festivities will be traditional lion dance, singing, martial arts, music and a Chinese fashion show. Sat Jan 28 1—5pm. Sky View Center. Free. 

Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade
The main Chinese New Year event in Manhattan travels from Little Italy through Chinatown, with marching bands, floats, and lion and dragon dancers twirling the entire way. Before the procession starts, your family can get its fill of cultural performances and demonstrations at Sara Roosevelt Park. The Parade Begins at 1pm at Mott and Hester Streets. Sun Jan 29 at 1pm. See betterchinatown.org for complete route. Free.

Lunar New Year Dance Sampler
Take your ballerinas on a footloose trip through Asia's vibrant traditions as the Flushing Town Hall presents a variety of dances from Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India and the Pacific Islands. Sat Feb 4 at 2pm. Flushing Town Hall. Free

FanFare: A Celebration of Lunar New Year
Audience members are introduced to two East Asian dance forms in this culture-packed performance by dancers Ling Tang and Songhee Lee. The two showcase their styles by dancing both separately and together. Sun Feb 5 at 4pm. Lotus Music and Dance. $15, children under 12 $10.

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