Lunar New Year Festival at the Met: Year of the Pig

Lunar New Year Festival at the Met: Year of the Dog
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Event Info
Cost: 
Included with Museum admission; adult recommended admission; free for children under 12 with an adult.
Recommended Age: 
All

May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Pig, one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.

Schedule of Events
All programs run from 11 am–5 pm unless otherwise noted.
Performances (Space is limited; first come, first served)

11-11:30am: Lunar New Year Parade
Ring in a prosperous New Year with the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe.
Floor 1, Great Hall

11:30am-12pm: Sesame Street Puppeteers, Featuring Alan Muraoka
Discover the traditions of Lunar New Year with Sesame Street puppeteers.
Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to show.

12:30pm-1:30pm: Photo Op with Sesame Street Muppeteers
Snap a pic and meet some friendly Sesame Street characters.
Ground floor, Carson Family Hall East, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

1–1:45 pm, 2:30–3:15 pm, 4–4:45 pm: Lunar New Year Performances
Be entertained by the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe, New York Chinese Cultural Center dancers, drummers from New York Korean Performing Arts Center, and Chinese yo-yo tricks from the Valley Stream South High School Cultural Society.
Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to each session.

Art Activities and Demonstrations
Meet artists and make art together inspired by The Met collection! Unless otherwise noted, activities are best for ages 3 and up.

Zodiac Zone
Discover more about your sign. Proudly wear your zodiac animal sticker to meet others who share the same characteristics.
Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

Golden Piggy Bank
Create a year of good fortune! Design your own boarish bank.
Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

Wishful Fish with the Museum of Chinese in America
Fish symbolize abundance in the New Year. Using traditional Chinese paper cuts as inspiration, fold and cut a moveable paper fish to usher in a year of plenty.
Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

When Pigs Fly Scrolls
Put your imagination to the test to create your own scroll story inspired by flying pigs using sumi ink.
Ground floor, Carroll Classroom, Uris Center for Education

12pm-3pm: Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony & Bubble Tea Gatherings (Best for ages 6 and up)
Cheer the New Year with freshly made bubble tea from Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Co., then join a demonstration by tea masters at 1 pm and 3 pm.
Ground floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm: Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration with Chef Zhang
The longer the noodles, the longer and happier the life!
Ground floor, Studio, Uris Center for Education . Tickets distributed 15 minutes before event.

Mud Play!
Stimulate your senses by contributing to a textured mud painting, inspired by the Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru mural in Gallery 206, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
Ground floor, North Classroom, Uris Center for Education

11:30am-4:30 pm: Celestial Drawing Stations
Explore and sketch animals depicted in the lunar zodiac across cultures.
Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 350

Korean Paper Doll Making
Dress your own paper doll pig in the finest hanbok, Korean traditional clothing, to celebrate the New Year with the Korea Society.
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 209, The Astor Forecourt

Ring in the New Year: Jewelry Making
Start your New Year with a bit of luck. Design jewelry inspired by Chinese fortune coins.
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 209, The Astor Forecourt

Collaborative Village
Around the world, families return home to celebrate the New Year. Design your own magical home to add to the museum's growing village.
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 217, The Astor Court

Storytelling and Quiet Spaces Piglet's Play Pen (Best for ages 0–5)
Play and learn with books, blocks, and more just for early learners.
Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

1pm & 2pm: Bilingual Storytime (Best for ages 3 and up)
Enjoy quiet time with stories in English and Mandarin.
Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm & 2:30pm: Kamishibai Storytelling with CMOM
Join Children's Museum of Manhattan educators for an interactive form of Japanese storytelling that mixes traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 206, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
 

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