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Welcoming the Year of the Ox during the Bryant Park Lunar New Year Celebration! Learn about the Chinese art of ribbon dancing, make a wish on the wishing trees, fashion a stylish ox crown, and watch a lion dance performance by New York Chinese Cultural Center after a morning of kids’ skate sessions.
Kids Skate Sessions: 9:25am-10:40am and 10:50am-12:05pm
Group Skate Lessons: 9:35am-10:05am, 10:10am-10:40am, 11am-11:30am, and 11:35am-12:05am
Ribbon Dancing: 10:30am-11:30am, With a flick of the wrist, learn how to wave long ribbons in the air to create rainbows, waterfalls, dragons, and more. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Bryant Park by learning this traditional Chinese art. Santized ribbons will be avalible in kid-friendly sizes to borrow, but participants can also bring their own ribbons or wear gloves. Attendance is capped to allow for safe distancing.
Take-away Craft: 10:30am-12:30pm.
Wishing Tree: 11am-1pm, The parks evergreen trees have been transformed into wishing trees! You are invited to visit the wishing station, write and hang your wishes, and welcome luck and good fortune for the year to come.
Lion Dance: 12:00pm-12:15, Watch a lion dance performed by New York Chinese Cultural Center. This traditional dance is performed to bring good fortune and prosperity to viewers of all ages! The performance starts on the Rink Deck at noon.
40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Today’s version of Bryant Park–with its gravel paths, green chairs, and jaunty le carrousel–is a recent invention. Though the space has been called Bryant Park since 1842, the park has had a checkered career. By 1979, it was the site of frequent muggings and drug deals and was avoided by knowledgeable New Yorkers. An almost ten-year effort, begun in 1980, transformed the park and its reputation.