New Year Festivities for Families
January - March 2016

CelebrASIA NYC is a collaboration among leading cultural institutions in New York City designed to introduce children to Asian festivals and themes. Children are invited to ring in many Asian New Years from January to March by participating in hands‐on workshops and programs.

Asia Society

Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 6, 1 pm-4 pm

Asia Society rings in the Year of the Monkey with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities will include a Lion Dance and kung fu demonstration, musical performances, and more.

Family Day: Spring Into Nowroz! Celebrate the Persian New Year

Saturday, March 12, 1 pm-4 pm

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, marks the beginning of spring. Discover the spirit of Nowruz with traditional music, dance and crafts from Central Asia and Iran. Co-presented by Pardis for Children.

TICKETS: $5 STUDENTS, SENIORS, CHILDREN; $7 MEMBERS (DUAL FAMILY MEMBERS FREE);
$12 NONMEMBERS. TICKETS AVAILABLE THE DAY OF EVENT.

Japan Society

New Year’s Celebration: Oshogatsu

Sunday, January 24, 1 pm - 4 pm

Celebrate the New Year holiday at Japan Society’s annual Oshogatsu event and participate in various traditional activities. Families watch live taiko drumming and accompanying lion dancing (shishi-mai) and have the chance to participate in a brief taiko practice session at either 1:30 or 2:30 PM (session is chosen at time of ticket purchase). Other fun activities include rice pounding (mochi-tsuki), calligraphy (kakizome), kite (tako)-making, traditional games (fukuwarai), and top spinning (koma-mawashi). Recommended for all ages.

TICKETS: $18/$10 JAPAN SOCIETY & CORPORATE MEMBERS; CHILDREN AGES 2 OR UNDER FREE. PRICE INCLUDES FESTIVAL (1-4 PM) AND ONE TAIKO DRUMMING SESSION AT EITHER 1:30 OR 2:30 PM.

Museum of Chinese in America

Lunar New Year Family Festival

Saturday, February 20, 11 am - 4 pm

Go bananas this New Year at MOCA! Celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts with zodiac themed arts & crafts, festive music and dance performances, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling, and much more monkey business!

Enjoy other New Year and exhibition themed family workshops every 1st and 3rd Saturday, and decode the Chinese almanac’s predictions for the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, January 30!

$10/PERSON; $8 FOR ALL MOCA DUAL AND INDIVIDUAL LEVEL MEMBERS; FREE FOR MOCA
FAMILY LEVEL MEMBERS AND ABOVE, CHILDREN UNDER 2, AND COOL CULTURE FAMILIES.

The Korea Society

Family Day: Korean New Year

Saturday, January 30, 1 pm - 5 pm
Session I: 1 pm
Session II: 3 pm

Celebrate Sollal, the Korean New Year, with a day of fun-filled family activities at The Korea Society! Enjoy storytelling based on Korean folk tales and practice sebae, the New Year's bow, to show respect for elders. Try Korean brush painting, make a tasty treat, play traditional games, and participate in arts & crafts projects! Unforgettable memories await your family at The Korea Society.

MEMBERS: $25 PER FAMILY OF 3-5 ($5 EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER), $10 FOR INDIVIDUALS; NON-MEMBERS: $30 PER FAMILY OF 3-5 ($5 EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER), $15 FOR INDIVIDUALS

Flushing Town Hall

Calligraphy on Chinese Silk Fans

Sunday, February 21, 1:30 pm

Welcome in the Year of the Monkey with hands-on workshops at Flushing Town Hall! You will learn more about different Asian Cultures and create a one-of-a-kind art piece to take home.

Learn basic calligraphy to write your new year's wishes on Chinese silk fans.

Monkey Mask Decorating Workshop

Sunday, February 28 • 1:30 pm

Learn more about 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs and make your own monkey mask to take away.

TICKETS: $10/$8 MEMBERS & CHILDREN (MATERIALS INCLUDED)

Rubin Museum of Art

Losar Family Day Celebrate the Year of the Fire Monkey

Saturday February 6, 12 pm - 4 pm

Spend the Lunar New Year with family and friends at the Rubin. Our afternoon of art, crafts, and music will celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year. Learn about traditional celebrations, go on a family tour of the galleries, enjoy music from the region, and make auspicious crafts to take home.

CHILDREN: $10 ADULTS: FREE WITH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION CHILDREN UNDER 1: FREE COOL CULTURE MEMBERS: FREE

China Institute

Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey

Saturday, February 13, 11 am - 3 pm

Kick off the Year of the Monkey with a free lion dance and kung fu demonstration in front of our new space at 100 Washington Street. Following the lion dance, join us inside China Institute for traditional food and New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, paper cutting, and a special Year of the Monkey craft.

GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE; WORKSHOP ADMISSION MEMBERS ADULT $10; CHILDREN $5
NON-MEMBERS ADULT $15; CHILDREN $5