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A New Year Celebration (Mid-Winter Recess)

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  • Feb. 21, 2022 through Feb. 25, 2022, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • $15; $12 seniors 65 and older and visitors with disabilities - Advanced Registration Required
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Join CMOM all week long to explore different Asian cultures and their traditions for celebrating the new lunar year. 

Monday 2/21, Asian Wire Lantern Design: Wire lanterns are used during times of celebration in many Asian cultures. Learn about the artistry behind lantern-making as you sculpt wire and paper to craft an elaborate lantern.  

Tuesday-Friday, 2/22 – 2/25, Lucky Collage: In many Asian cultures, the colors red and gold symbolize luck and good fortune. Create a lucky piece of art by covering your page with red and gold collage materials.

Tuesday, 2/22, Korean Seollal: Yeonnalligi Kite Making: Seollal, the Korean New Year, is often celebrated by playing folk games. One such game is Yeonnalligi, where kites are flown to welcome good fortune. Build a yeon, or kite, using paper and bamboo, then decorate it with vibrant colors.

Wednesday, 2/23, Tibetan Losar: Tsepdro Sculpting: During Losar, the Tibetan New Year, traditional sculptures called tsepdro are made using yak butter. Create a buttery-clay sculpture of lucky symbols to welcome the new year.  

Thursday, 2/24, Vietnamese Tet: Five Fruit Sculptures: During Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, families assemble a mam ngu qua or five-fruit tray as a symbol of appreciation for their ancestors. Sculpt colorful tissue paper to fill your plate with pretend fruits such as bananas, oranges, persimmons, plums, and kumquat to show our gratitude and wish for luck and prosperity in the new year. 

Friday, 2/25, Chinese New Year: Dancing Dragon Puppets: The Dragon Dance is a spirited performance often seen during the Chinese New Year. During the dance, highly skilled performers move under a giant dragon puppet. Learn more about the Chinese New Year as you craft your own mini dancing dragon puppet.   

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212 W. 83rd St.

Upper West Side, NY

212-721-1223

  • Standard hours: Tuesday–Friday, Sunday, 10am–5pm; Saturday, 10am–7pm; Open Mondays, 10am-5pm in summer only

  • The Children's Museum of Manhattan inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, CMOM has grown into a 38,000-square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. 

    CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

    • Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.
    • Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
    • Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.
    • Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.