Monday, February 7, 2022

Dumplings πŸ₯Ÿ, Dancing πŸ’ƒ, and More! Join our Lunar New Year Family Festival! 🐯






Lunar New Year Family Festival: Year of the Tiger


Image of Lunar New Year Family Festival Banner


Hip Hip Hu (θ™Ž) – rray— it’s time to celebrate! Usher in the Year of the Tiger with over a week of free virtual festivities for the whole family from Friday, February 4th through Friday, February 11th. See our list below or click here for the full festival schedule. 





MOCAKIDS: Making Lucky New Year Dumplings with Sophia Hsu


Dumplings folded in a variety of shapes.

Dumpling expert Sophia Hsu smiling at the camera.


Dumplings are one of the luckiest Lunar New Year foods! Shaped like gold ingots, or pieces of Ancient Chinese money, dumplings represent good fortune in the year to come. Families often get together to make dumplings on Lunar New Year’s Eve, and at midnight, they eat the dumplings and wish for good luck and wealth all year long. Join us and Sophia Hsu to learn how to make your own new year dumplings and see how much luck you can ring in for the new year!

Note on Ingredients: Please have ready your rested dough or store-bought dumpling wrappers for the beginning of the workshop. Sophia will not be making the dough live, but you can use her recipe to prepare your dumpling dough in advance. Store bought dumpling wrappers will also work well.  Additionally, please bring ingredients for the dumpling of your choosing, either pork and chive or veggie. Sophia will be preparing the veggie dumplings during the workshop but will happily answer questions about the pork and chive dumplings. 

This program is free to the public. To join, simply register here! Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and available on Facebook Live.

COOK: Download Sophia’s recipes for whole wheat dumpling wrappers, pork and chive filling, and a veggie filling! 




MOCAKIDS: Whirling, Twirling Ribbons: Ribbon Dance Workshop with NYCCC


A dancer twirls two long red ribbons in a graceful circle.


Participants join NYCCC’s professional dancer to learn some beautiful and fun movements from the signature Ribbon Dance. The teaching artist will introduce the background of the Lunar New Year, as well as the dance style, and show you how to draw different shapes in the air with the dance props in hand. You are encouraged to dance creatively with a scarf, a hand towel, or anything you would like to dance with.

This program is free to the public. To join, simply register here! Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and available on Facebook Live.





MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greet with Eugenia Chu


A tray of folded dumplings in front of the book Brandon Makes Jiao Zi


What does it take to make Lunar New Year dumplings? Dough? Filling? Patience? Join MOCA for a festive virtual MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greet with Eugenia Chu, who will be joining us all the way from Miami! Eugenia will read aloud from her first book, Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (逃子). Follow along with Brandon and his grandmother as they make dumplings together for the new year! Afterwards, Eugenia will share her family’s dumpling recipe and show us how to make a simple paper lantern. She will also share a few fun tidbits from her brand-new book, Celebrating Chinese New Year!

What you’ll need: construction paper; scissors, glue or tape; string (optional)

Best for kids ages 3-9 and their care partners; all are welcome.

This program is free to the public. To join, simply register here! Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and available on Facebook Live.





MOCACREATE at Home: Lucky Lions


A stylized lion head made of a paper bag, colored paper, and muffin wrappers.

Craft supplies laid out on a table.


Lion dance is a mix of martial arts, dance, and creativity. Shoo away bad luck by creating your very own lion costume from a large paper bag, colored paper, cupcake liners, and tape or glue. Move its mouth and dance to the drumbeat, just like a lion dancer! Check back on Friday, February 11th for a full tutorial.



MOCAKIDS: Making Tang Yuan for the Lantern Festival with Ye Ye


A spoon with a tang yuan that has been opening to show the delicious black sesame filling.


Let’s celebrate the Year of the Tiger with some delicious homemade tang yuan! Tang yuan, glutinous rice balls with sweet or savory fillings, are a traditional treat enjoyed during Lunar New Year. In Chinese, the name sounds like “reunion,” so they represent togetherness and unity. Celebrate the upcoming Lantern Festival with this meaningful and tasty dish.

In this workshop you will learn to:

  • make a tang yuan dough
  • make black sesame seeds (powder) filling and red bean paste filling
  • wrap tang yuan
  • boil tang yuan
  • freeze and store them

This event is free to the public. To join, simply register here! Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and available on Facebook Live.



MOCAKIDS Celebrate Lunar New Year Craft Pack Pick-Up

More Lunar New Year Fun!



Image of tiger paper lantern, lion head craft, printouts, a red envelope, and other crafting supplies


Welcome the new year at home with a MOCAKIDS Celebrate Lunar New Year Craft Pack! Each FREE craft pack comes in an easy-to-carry tote bag and includes three festive crafts, coloring sheets, a red envelope, and more!

Drop by MOCA’s lobby on the street level of 215 Centre Street any Thursday through Sunday between 2/10 and 2/13 from 3pm- 6pm and ask our Welcome Team to pick up your FREE craft pack!

Not able to pick up a craft pack in person? Download the stories, recipes, and activities here!



MOCACREATE at Home: Show Your Stripes


A graphic reading 2022- Happy Lunar New Year, with a curled-up tiger in the zero.


It’s the Year of the Tiger, and we’re going wild for our festive feline friend! Click here to learn more about the third Zodiac animal, tiger fun facts, and how to fold your very own origami tiger face.





MOCACREATE at Home: Welcome Spring with New Year Paper Cutting


MOCACREATE at Home: Welcome Spring with New Year Paper Cutting


The Year of the Tiger is here! Have you decorated your house yet? We love making our decorations out of paper. Paper cutting is a fun and festive way to create beautiful decorations to welcome in the New Year! Watch our video to learn more about the art of paper cutting, then follow along to make an intricate 3D “spring/ζ˜₯” character that you can use to decorate your home. Download the template here.





Calligraphy Corner: Lunar New Year Lucky Phrases


Calligraphy of Fu character


How’s your handwriting? Looking good? Use it to help welcome the Lunar New Year! One of the most popular ways to decorate for the Lunar New Year is to write good-luck phrases on red paper and hang them on your front door. Need some practice? Write along with us! We’ll practice “fu/福” for good luck, “nian/εΉ΄” for year, and “xin nian kuai le/新年快乐” to wish everybody a very happy Lunar New Year!





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Thank you so much for being a part of our virtual family programs over the past year – we hope you've been enjoying them; we sure have! As we look ahead to future programming, your feedback is vital to making sure our programs are as fun and engaging as possible. Please take a few moments to reflect on your experiences throughout last year's family programming and also to share what you'd like to see in the future by completing this five minute survey.




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