Celebrate Lunar New Year

Sunday, February 11, 2024

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum as we usher in the Year of the Dragon!

Learn about the traditions of Lunar New Year through live music, dance performances, and kung fu workshops with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, storytelling with authors Michele Wong McSween and Yobe Qiu, calligraphy workshops with artist Nelson Leung, and a lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions.


All programs and times subject to change.

Storytelling with Michele Wong McSween

🕒 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Hear stories read aloud by children’s book author Michele Wong McSween! This program will include a mini Mandarin lesson and an interactive reading of Michele’s book, Gordon & Li Li: Celebrate Chinese New Year.

The Story of Lunar New Year

🕒 11:15 am – 11:45 am & 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join the New York Chinese Cultural Center in our auditorium to discover the traditions of Lunar New Year. This 30-minute program features a variety of performances including a youth choir, Chinese folk music, and classical dance pieces.

Intro to Kung Fu

🕒 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Get an up-close demonstration of kung fu, presented by martial artists from the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Following the presentation visitors are invited to take part in a hands-on workshop that introduces kung fu and teaches basic stances, strikes, and other techniques.

Traditional Lion Dance

🕒 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm & 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Meet us in our lobby to participate in a traditional lion dance to bring us luck in the new year. Performers from the Chinatown Community Young Lions will lead this parade with full-scale authentic lion dance costumes!

Storytelling with Yobe Qiu

🕒 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Meet author Yobe Qiu and participate in an interactive reading of Yobe’s book, Our Lunar New Year. This program includes an introduction to Lunar New Year traditions and customs, followed by a lantern-making workshop.

Calligraphy Workshop

🕒 30-minute workshops starting at 10:30 am

We invite you to visit the ColorLab Art Studio to learn about and create your own Chinese calligraphy using brush and ink. Artist Nelson Leung will share his work, guide the project, and explain the significance of Chinese calligraphy.