Tuesday, September 6, 2022

MOCA Celebrates Mid-Autumn—In-person & Virtually


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Join us to celebrate Mid-Autumn virtually, TODAY through Saturday, September 10!


A girl and rabbit sharing mooncakes


Mooncakes, magic, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Join MOCA for a week of virtual festivities (September 6 – 10) exploring the customs and traditions behind this special harvest festival.






MOCAKIDS: Lunar Legends Lightning Round


A teaser of Mid-Autumn trivia questions


According to Chinese legend, who lives on the moon? And how did they get there anyway? Join MOCA on Instagram to test your Mid-Autumn Moon Festival knowledge and download some timeless Mid-Autumn legends. 





Wednesday, September 7

MOCACREATE: Mooncake Messages


A mooncake message decoder


Mooncakes are delicious… and revolutionary! During the Yuan Dynasty, they were used to pass secret messages, which helped overthrow the Mongolian empire in China. Construct your very own mooncake decoder and use it to reveal secret messages and riddles. Check back on Wednesday, September 7th, for the full tutorial.


Thursday, September 8, at 4 PM ET

MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home: Blessings from the Moon


The Moon Goddess and Jade Rabbit soaring through the sky


How fortunate you are to be blessed by the Moon Goddess, Chang’E during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! Learn all about enchanting Chang’E and the wonderful traditions of the moon festival in The Shadow in the Moon by Christina Matula and Mooncakes by Lacey Benard & Lulu Cheng. Do you have a Mid-Autumn wish for Chang’E? Share it with us at storytime!

Thursday, September 8, at 4 PM ET

MOCAKIDS Storytime is free to the public. To join, simply register here!

Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and made available on Facebook Live for 1 week.





Friday, September 9

MOCACREATE at Home: Everlasting Elixirs


A hand holding a tube with a mysterious green sparkly liquid inside


Prepare your own version of the magical elixir that lifted Chang’E from the earth to the moon! Using a little bit of science and some materials you have at home, create a potion that’s sure to stir up some Mid-Autumn magic. Check back on Friday, September 9th for this video debut!


Saturday, September 10
Mooncake Madness



Cartoon showing an excited person and a mooncake


Sharing mooncakes with friends and family is an essential Mid-Autumn tradition. Join MOCA on social media for a trivia lightning round about all things mooncakes. Then, watch pastry chef Rebecca Li (@rebeshouse) as she walks us through the multi-layer process of making mooncakes. Discover the ingredients inside mooncakes and the tools used to make them in this interactive video. Check back on Saturday, September 10th, for trivia, a downloadable recipe, and a make-your-own mooncake video tutorial. 




Save the Date!
IN-PERSON Mid-Autumn Family Festival
Saturday, September 17, 3 - 6 PM ET


A cartoon of a girl and a rabbit sharing tea and mooncakes


Mooncakes, magic, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, drop-in arts & crafts, mooncake making, and more on Saturday, September 17th, from 3 – 6 PM.

Free admission! Click here to see the full schedule and RSVP!

Please note: Your safety, and that of our team, continue to be our top priority, so at this time masks are required for all staff and all visitors aged 2 and over. Click here for more information on MOCA’s visitor guidelines and safety protocols.