Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with NYC kids
Jump into Chinese New Year at these bunny-themed spots.
Thu Dec 16 2010
Le Carrousel at Bryant Park
Thursday, February 3 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebration. Usher in the Year of the Rabbit by visiting some of our favorite long-eared New Yorkers. Click here for our roundup of the best Lunar New Year celebrations around town.
Hop aboard a tawny rabbit, one of 14 molded animals on the midtown merry-go-round. It was built in Brooklyn, but a French influence manifests itself in everything from the recorded cabaret music to the classical cherub carvings. Bryant Park, W 40th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-768-4242, bryantpark.org). $2 per ride.
Alice in Wonderland sculpture
Kids can crawl all over sculptor Jos de Creeft's 11-foot-high homage to Lewis Carroll's beloved characters, which include the White Rabbit checking his pocket watch and no doubt thinking, Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late! East side of Central Park at 75th St, north of the Conservatory Water (centralparknyc.org)
Salt Marsh Nature Center
Catch a glimpse of wild cottontails in their natural habitat as your family traverses the one-mile trail that winds through 530 acres of grass- and marshland. Ave U at E 33rd St, Marine Park, Brooklyn (718 421-2021, saltmarshalliance.org)
Get to know three Flemish giant rabbits in the domestic animals exhibit. Zookeepers get quite a workout hefting the furry creatures and bringing them to meet visitors: The behemoth bunnies tip the scales at up to 20 pounds each. Flushing Meadows--Corona Park, 53-51 111th St at 53rd Ave, Flushing, Queens (718 271-1500, queenszoo.com). $8, children ages 3--12 $5, children under 3 free.
Tisch Children's Zoo at the Central Park Zoo
The crowds are delightfully sparse this time of year, so take your time snapping pictures of the kids beneath the huge bronze bunny ears. Find the leporine headgear near Othello, Manhattan's only cow. Central Park, enter at 64th St and Fifth Ave (212-439-6500, centralparkzoo.com). $12, children 3--12 $7, children under 3 free.
Encourage little ones to embellish a ceramic bunny bank or box (from $18 each). Older siblings can decorate a plate, mug or tray (from $12) with Chinese character stamps and bright red paint—the color symbolizing luck, joy and prosperity in the new year. *339 Smith St between Carroll and President Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-222-0334, paintedpot.com). *8009 Third Ave between 80th and 81st Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-491-6411, paintedpot.com). Studio fee $8, children under 17 $6.