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
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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