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Dumplings 🥟, Dancing 💃, and More! Join our Lunar New Year Family Festival! 🐯
Year Family Festival: Year of the Tiger
Hip Hip Hu (虎) – 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.
Making Lucky New Year Dumplings with Sophia Hsu
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.
Whirling, Twirling Ribbons: Ribbon Dance Workshop with NYCCC
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.
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 (餃子). 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.
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.
Making Tang Yuan for the Lantern Festival with Ye Ye
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
a tang yuan dough
black sesame seeds (powder) filling and red bean paste filling
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.
Celebrate Lunar New Year Craft Pack Pick-Up
New Year Fun!
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!
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
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
character that you can use to decorate your home. Download the template
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/年” for year, and “xin nian kuai le/新年快乐” to wish everybody a very happy Lunar New
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.