Celebrate Lunar New Year

Saturday, January 28

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum as we usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Learn about the festival and traditions of Lunar New Year through storytelling, live music, calligraphy workshops, kung fu lessons, and a rooftop lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions.


Intro to Kung Fu

½ hour workshops beginning at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm.

Join David Fung, martial arts master from the New York Chinese Cultural Center, for a demonstration of the Chinese martial arts of kung fu. He will lead a workshop to introduce kung fu and teach basic stances, strikes, and other techniques.

Storytelling with author Yobe Qiu

2:30 pm–3:15 pm. 15 minute introduction and reading, followed by 30 minutes of lantern making and fan painting.

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 fan painting and a lantern-making workshop.

Traditional Lion Dance

½ hour programs beginning at 12:00 pm and 3:30 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!

Calligraphy Workshop

½ hour workshops beginning at 10:30 am, 11:15 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:00 pm.

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.

Food by Local Roots NYC

We’re excited to partner with Local Roots NYC as our vendor for Celebrate Lunar New Year! Come check out their menu of items inspired by home-style Chinese dishes.