Friday, February 1, 2013

Countdown to Chinese New Year--the NYC Lunar New Year Events

The Lunar New Year Celebrations has already begun in NYC since the last week of January, and will continue throughout the rest of the month. There are free events listed below and those you have to pay. It has all been organized in date order.

Mommy hopes that Lina<3 will be able to attend some of these events, pending on the weather. 

Museum of Chinese in America, Lower Manhattan

Feb. 2

This festival includes family-friendly tours of Chinatown, drop-in arts and crafts activities, a traditional lion dance performance, an opportunity to meet author Michele Wong McSween, and performances and workshops led by Chinatown’s Red Silk Dancers.

Children’s Museum of the Arts, SoHo
Feb. 2-3
Explore ancient and modern Chinese art, music, and dance at CMA’s 5th annual Lunar New Year Festival, presented by New York Chinese Cultural Center.
Express Your Inner Snake: Celebrate Lunar New Year at MOCA
Saturday, February 2, 2013; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: MoCA - 215 Centre Street
Fee: free with museum admission. Lots of family-friendly activities, including walking tours, gallery tours, lion dances, readings and crafts.

Hillcrest Library, Flushing

Feb. 6

Happy Chinese New Year! Enjoy this program for ages children 6-14 and celebrate the Year of the Snake. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. FREE!

China New Year Benefit  
Where: Cipriani 42nd Street  
When: Friday, February 8, 2013 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $6,000 for a reserved table of ten/$600 individual ticket The Annual China Institute benefit includes a cocktail reception and a banquet style dinner, an awards ceremony, traditional entertainment, the Red Envelope collection and dancing.

Queens Theatre, Corona 
Feb. 9
Celebrate the New Year by doing hands-on arts and crafts activities in the lobby, followed by a 70-minutes mainstage performance. The performances include traditional Chinese sword, ribbon, folk dance, and Peking Opera featuring the living Peking Opera legend, Qi Shu-fang, as well as the modern Chinese rock band, Hsu-nami, known for its daring integration of the rock sound with the Chinese classical music instrument: Erhu.

Chinese New Year Fun Fair
Planet Han, Upper West Side 
Feb. 9 
Planet Han’s first Chinese New Year Fun Fair will have traditional activities and opportunities to take photos of your child against a Chinese-themed backdrop. RSVP required.

Celebrating Lunar New Year: The Year of the Snake
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side
Feb. 9
Stop by the museum to celebrate the Year of the Snake with performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages.

Chinese New Year: The Snake 
Brooklyn Children's Museum, Crown Heights
Feb. 9
Kids learn about the Chinese zodiac and the Year of the Snake. Make a craft and discover what this year may bring.

Brooklyn Public Library, central branch, Prospect Heights
Feb. 9
Performers present examples of Chinese performing arts on this day of celebrating Chinese New Year. FREE!

Lunar New Year Celebration At The Queens Zoo
DATE: February 9, 2013 - February 10, 2013
LOCATION: 53-51 111th St.
TIME: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Slither into the new year.
The Queens Zoo is celebrating the 2013 Lunar New Year with a snake "meet-and-greet" on Feb. 9 and 10.
Families will have the opportunity to view a boa constrictor and a black rat snake as part of the Wildlife Conservation Society's "year of the snake" event from noon to 4 p.m. on both dates.
The weekend will also feature a variety of activities in the Discovery Center, a children's activity room in the zoo, including snake- and new-year-themed craft time and snake-themed storytelling by zoo education staff.
Story time is at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day, and will be followed by a meeting with one of the snakes. Zoo staff will discuss fun facts about snakes, and about the meaning of the Chinese zodiac.
Admission to the zoo is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12 and free for children under 3. The first 100 children each day will receive a surprise gift.

Queens Zoo, Flushing
Feb. 9-10 
The weekend will feature a variety of activities in the Discovery Center including crafts, storytelling, and an exciting meet-and-greet with the zoo's boa constrictor and black rat snake. The first 100 children each day will receive a traditional red envelope surprise from the zoo, and all visitors will receive complimentary hot cocoa and tea.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time: Chinese New Year
DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society, Upper West Side
Feb. 10
Imagine going for a stroll through Chinatown. What would you see, smell, and hear? Share your favorite things about Chinatown at this special story hour.

Brooklyn Children's Museum, Crown Heights
Feb. 10, 16
Ring in the Year of the Snake by learning all about the Chinese New Year and making a snake-themed craft.

Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival  
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013  
Where: from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Roosevelt Park (between Grand & Hester Streets) The firecracker detonation, with expected attendance by local politicians and community leaders, is intended to ward off evil spirits. A large stage will feature all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian-American singers and dancers. Plus, a dozen lion, dragon and unicorn dance troupes will march through Chinatown’s main streets, including Mott Street, the Bowery, East Broadway, Bayard Street, Elizabeth Street and Pell Street.

China Institute Lion Dance
China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, 212-744-8181
When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 11 a.m. - noon  
Cost: FREE! Greet the Year of the Dragon with a Lion Dance. This folk tradition is performed by acrobats and martial artists dressed in colorful costumes and accompanied by drums and gongs. This event is very popular and only early arrival can guarantee a good view of the performance. The Lion Dance is held on East 65th Street outside China Institute so prepare for cold weather.

China Institute Lunar New Year Programs  
For Families! Where: China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, 212-744-8181  
When: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Cost: $25-40 member/$30-50 non-member for one child and one adult The China Institute will hold dumpling making, calligraphy/couplet making, and paper cutting workshops to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing 
Feb. 16 
Celebrate Lunar New Year! Join QBG for a festive afternoon workshop following the annual Flushing Lunar New Year Parade. Create and decorate traditional Chinese paper lanterns in various symbolic colors. Each lantern’s color symbolizes a different wish for a happy New Year. Participants will choose the color that expresses their wish and decorate a lantern to bring home and celebrate.

Florentine School of Music, Art & Academics, Lower Manhattan
Feb. 16
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and Spring 2013 at the Florentine School. Join the free Yamaha music class preview lessons for children ages 3-8 and sample the Chinese Brush Painting and Mandarin classes for kids and adults alike. RSVP required. FREE!

Chinese Ink Brush Painting Workshops
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side
Feb. 16-17
New York Chinese Cultural Center presents these workshops along with performances by young Chinese dancers in traditional costumes. The workshops will feature Chinese crafts and folk art. Registration for the workshop is one hour before each program and tickets for performances are distributed beginning one hour before each performance.
Flushing Lunar New Year Parade - February 16, 2013:
The parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Flushing. Look for dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. About 4,000 people march each year.
Viewing Stands: TBD, usually at Flushing Library (Main and Kissena) and at the parade's end. Most people watch on Main St.
Route: Begins, Union St and 39th Ave and usually ends at Main St and 39th Ave. 
When: February 16, 2013. Start time is 11 a.m.
  • New Year Festival TBD - at Queens Crossing Mall (39th Ave and Main St) starting at 12:30 p.m.
14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
The parade starts in Little Italy and usually winds throughout Chinatown down Mott, along East Broadway, up Eldridge Street to Forsyth.
Time: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. Begins: Mott/Hester Streets The spectacle features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and procession by local organizations. Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the parade, which will start at Mott Street and promenade through practically every street in of Chinatown, finally dispersing at Broome/Forsyth. The parade is expected to conclude at 3 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place in Sara D. Roosevelt Park featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.

Preparing for the New Year: Walking Tour
February 9/10, 16/17 and 23, 2013; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m./1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Begins @ MoCA, Museum lobby at 215 Centre Street (between Grand and Howard Sts) Fee: $12-15/person ($8 for museum members); advance registration required. Space is limited. Lunar New Year is the liveliest and most important celebration in Chinese culture and Chinatown is the place to experience it. MoCA's walking tour takes guests through New York Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs; discover the area's history; and sample a few New Year's treats. Tours are conducted in English and are led by MoCA docents with personal or family roots in the neighborhood. In case of inclement weather, tours will be held in the galleries. For information and reservations please call 212-619-4785.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Rutgers Community Programs, Upper West Side
Feb. 22
Join a Chinese New Year Celebration with music, dance, crafts, light refreshments, and more. RSVP required; email or call the number below. FREE!

Peking Acrobats
Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, Flushing
Feb. 22
Since their Western debut in 1986, the Peking Acrobats have astounded audiences with their incredible talents rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk art. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace. Accompanied by live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects, the Peking Acrobats create an exuberant entertainment event featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.
The Peking Acrobats will also perform on Staten Island on Feb. 23.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Language Beans, Chinatown
Feb. 23 
Specifically designed for children ages 2-5, this celebration will include music, dance, hands-on projects, finger food, and more. RSVP required.

Flushing Town Hall, Flushing
March 3 
Lunar New Year Prints are a venerable form of Chinese folk art closely connected with the thoughts, emotions and lives of ordinary people. This printmaking workshop allows visitors hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn to appreciate the beauty of prints and to understand the culture of Chinese New Year Prints. Space is limited; registration required.

Live from the POEMobile: A Lunar New Year Celebration
Flushing Town Hall, Flushing
March 3
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Chinese poetry by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou and the POEMobile (sponsored by Bowery Arts + Science and City Lore). Performances will be accompanied by projections of the poems in the original Chinese texts and English language translations.

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