New Year Festivities for Families
January - March 2019

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.

Japan Society

New Year’s Celebration: Oshogatsu

Sunday, January 27, 1–4 PM

Celebrate the New Year Japanese-style with our Oshogatsu event filled with the traditional activities of rice pounding, calligraphy, lion dancing and more! After trying your hand at the different crafts and activities, grab a seat and watch a taiko drumming performance, then join the brief post-performance audience practice session. With activities for the whole family, you are sure to ring in the New Year with great joy!

$18/$10 INDIVIDUAL & CORPORATE MEMBERS; AGES 2 & UNDER FREE. FREE FOR COOL CULTURE MEMBERS. PRICE INCLUDES FESTIVAL AND ONE TAIKO DRUMMING SESSION.

Flushing Town Hall

Flour Dough Sculpture Making

Sunday, February 3, 1 PM & 3 PM

Join Master flour dough artist, Xun Ye, for this unique workshop in traditional Chinese flour dough sculpture. Participants will learn basic dough art techniques to create their own animal or flower sculptures. Ye will also share a brief history of this art form and will demonstrate the sculpting of a child’s face.

$10/$5 MEMBERS & CHILDREN (PER WORKSHOP; ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED; FOR AGES 7 & UP)

Make Korean Paper Pojagi

Saturday, February 9, 2 PM

Taught by contemporary Pojagi artist Wonju Seo, participants will learn how to make a single layer paper Pojagi using five colors (red, blue, yellow, white and black) of asian rice paper and glue. This paper Pojagi can either be displayed as art or used as a decorative window screen.

$10/$5 MEMBERS & CHILDREN (ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED; FOR AGES 5 & UP)

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

Sunday, February 17, 11 AM & 2 PM

For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Bring your family to enjoy performances, art making, lantern making, and food to celebrate the Year of the Pig! The Temple Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice. Get your tickets before it’s too late! Join the dragon parade at Flushing Library at 9:30 AM.

$5/$3 MEMBERS

The Korea Society

Korean Paper Doll Making

Saturday, February 9, 11 AM–5 PM

Dress your own paper doll pig in the finest hanbok, Korean traditional clothing, to celebrate the New Year with The Korea Society. This event is being held offsite at The Met Museum.

FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION; ADMISSION IS FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 WITH AN ADULT.

Asia Society

Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 9, 1–5 PM

Celebrate the Year of the Pig! Asia Society rings in the Year of the Pig 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 programs at Asia Society are supported by The Coca-Cola Company.

$5 STUDENTS, SENIORS, CHILDREN; $7 MEMBERS; $12 NONMEMBERS. DUAL FAMILY MEMBERS FREE: PLEASE CALL (212) 327-9304 FOR DUAL FAMILY MEMBER TICKETS.

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

Saturday, March 16

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.

$5 STUDENTS, SENIORS, CHILDREN; $7 MEMBERS; $12 NONMEMBERS. DUAL FAMILY MEMBERS FREE: PLEASE CALL (212) 327-9304 FOR DUAL FAMILY MEMBER TICKETS.

China Institute

Chinese New Year Family Festival

Sunday, February 10, 11 AM–3 PM

Kick off the Year of the Pig with China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration for families. The festival opens with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, lantern-making, face painting, New Year treats, games, and a special music performance by the Stephanie Chou Trio.

GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE
TICKETED WORKSHOPS: MEMBERS: ADULT $15; CHILDREN $5; NON-MEMBERS: ADULT $20; CHILDREN $5

Museum of Chinese in America

Lunar New Year Family Festival

Saturday, February 16, 10 AM–5 PM

Feeling boar-ed? Come on over to MOCA’s Year of the Pig Lunar New Year Family Festival! Enjoy zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions. Buy your tickets for Session 1 (10 AM–1 PM) or Session 2 (2–5 PM)—both sessions will have the same awesome lineup of special guests and fun activities.

$12/PERSON; $8 FOR ALL MOCA DUAL AND INDIVIDUAL LEVEL MEMBERS; FREE FOR MOCA FAMILY LEVEL MEMBERS AND ABOVE, CHILDREN UNDER 2, AND COOL CULTURE MEMBERS. ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

MOCAKIDS: Meet & Greet with Author Jerry Zhang & Illustrator Trisha Hautea

Tuesday, February 19, 1:30–2:30 PM

Join author Jerry Zhang and illustrator Trisha Hautea for a meet & greet at MOCA! Listen to a special reading of Pepper Zhang, Artist Extraordinaire! and learn what inspired Jerry to dream up Pepper, a sassy little girl with a passion for art. Stick around to decorate a festive Lunar New Year coloring page designed by illustrator Trisha Hautea featuring Pepper herself! A book signing will follow the program. Books are not included in ticket price, but will be available for purchase. Tickets include a craft, snack, and admission to the museum.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $10; CHILDREN 2 AND UP: $7; FREE FOR MOCA FAMILY LEVEL MEMBERS AND ABOVE, CHILDREN UNDER 2, AND COOL CULTURE FAMILIES.

MOCAKIDS: Piggy Party!

Wednesday, February 20, 2–3 PM

Usher in the Year of the Pig with a piggy party! Join NY Teacup Piggies for a unique opportunity. Safely pet and hold a real piglet (or three), and ask a friendly handler any questions you have about these tiny pen pals.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $10; CHILDREN 2 AND UP: $7; FREE FOR MOCA FAMILY LEVEL MEMBERS AND ABOVE.

Rubin Museum of Art

Losar Family Day

Sunday, February 17, 12–4 PM

Kick off the year with your family and friends! Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, with an afternoon of art, music and food. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations, go on a family tour of the galleries, listen to Himalayan music, and explore the possibilities of your future through Losar activities and art projects.

FREE FOR CHILDREN AND ACCOMPANYING ADULTS.