Celebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC!

Photo courtesy of Grace Chang

by Maytal Wichman

The Chinese New Year of 2012 is the year of the Dragon and falls on January 23rd. Brooklyn Mamas has put together a list of fun activities for you and your children in Brooklyn, plus information on the two major parades in Manhattan and Queens.

Saturday Family Program: Celebrate Chinese New Year
Grace Chang and her dragon, Jin Jin will light up the stage in an incredible celebration of puppets, magical illusions, acrobats, miming and storytelling. FREE.
When: January 21, 2012, 1:00-2:00pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238
Contact: (718) 230-2100
Information: brooklynpublic.org

Play Lab Workshop: 3,2,1…Happy Chinese New Year!
Children Ages 2.5-5 will learn all about the Chinese New Year celebrations and create a special craft to take home. Free with museum admission.
When: January 21, 2012, 11:30am
Dragon Dance

Children ages 6 and up will learn the Dragon Dance and create a paper dragon to take home. Free with museum admission.
When: January 21, 2012, 2:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Contact: (718) 735-4400
Information: brooklynkids.org

Mini Jake’s Little Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration

Mini Jake’s will be celebrating the Chinese New Year with crafts,  a Chinese folk dance performance, a sample mandarin class  offered by Lango Kids as well as a reading by Michele Wong McSween, author of the Gordon & Li Li series.  All activities are FREE but registration is required.

10:00 – Craft and story time (REGISTRATION REQUIRED*)
11:00 – Sample Lango Mandarin class
11:30 – Chinese folk dance performance
2:30 – Michele Wong McSween, author of the Gordon & Li Li series, book signing/reading and Q&A

When: January 22, 2012 beginning at 10am
Where: Mini Jake, 178 N. 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Contact: (718) 782-2005
To Register for Class:  Registration Form


Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the dragon dance, music, performances and more! FREE.
When: January 28th, 2012, 12:00pm-4pm
Where: Sunset Park Recreation Center, 43rd Avenue at 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Contact: (718) 965-6533
Information: karen.gripper@parks.nyc.gov or itsmypark.org


Story Time: Michele Wong McSween
Brooklyn-based author Michele Wong McSween presents Gordon and
Li Li: Learn Animals in Mandrin and Gordon and Li Li: Count in Mandarin. Michele will read the stories and then lead an art project. FREE.
When: January 21, 2012, 11:00am
Where: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: (718) 246-2000
Information: greenlightbookstore.com

New Year Parade & Festival in Manhattan
Lion and Dragon dances throughout all of Chinatown’s streets. FREE.
When: January 29, 2012, 1pm
Where: Manhattan’s Chinatown
Information: newyorkled.com

Chinese New Year Parade in Queens
Dragon dancers, steel drummer and fireworks will be part of the parade. A festival will be held at 12:30 at Queens Crossing Mall (Main St. & 39 Ave). The festival will include traditional cultural performances and festival booths.
When: February 4th, 2012, 11am.
Where: Begins at Union St. & 39th Ave., ends at Main St. & 39th Ave. Flushing, NY
Information: queensabout.com

















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