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It’s the Year of the Dog! Celebrate Chinese New Year at These NJ Area Events

Ring in the Lunar New Year with the kids at one of these awesome celebrations.


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company


Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 16 this year, but colorful celebrations are already underway around NJ. There are plenty of opportunities for you and the kids to ring in the Year of the Dog throughout the month. We’ve rounded up some of the best events. Check ‘em out below.

Sunday, February 4

February Sundays: Earth Painting

Mark the New Year at the Rubin Museum of Art in NY on Sundays in February, where you and the fam can celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Try painting with the most basic of elements: mud! (You know your kids will love this idea.) They’ll play will materials straight from the Earth, and then plant their own Losar Metok, a Tibetan winter flower.

Thursday-Saturday, February 8-10

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Hit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark from February 8-10 with the kiddos. You’ll see traditional dances, acrobatics, elaborate costumes and more—all inspired by Chinese culture. The kids will be all about the music, dance and professional craft displays. $25/adults, $12.50/kids.

Saturday, February 10

Lunar New Year Celebration

Venture out to the Shop at Riverside in Hackensack on February 10 for a performance by Korean Traditional Dance Group Choomnoori. They’ll have everything you expect: beautiful costumes, fan and drum dances and of course, traditional Korean dances. Even better? It’s free to watch.

Lunar New Year Festival

Jump into the Lunar New Year at the Berkeley Heights YMCA on February 10. Learn Asian customs and check out the dances, drum performances and dragon parade or make your own lanterns, paper drums, origami and more. Check out the photo booth, storytime and face painting—all for free.

Third Annual Lunar New Year and Welcome Spring Celebration

Bundle up for a trip to the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills on February 10 where your younger crew can follow a lion through the woods. They’ll play games and trivia, make crafts and listen to stories. Registration suggested. $8/person.

Friday, February 16

Chinese New Year Celebration

Learn about the annual holiday at the Warren County Library’s free educational program on February 16. Play minute-to-win-it with chopsticks, color your very own dragon mask and try  Chinese-inspired foods. Registration required.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Arboretum

Celebrate good times, come on...over to the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit on February 16 for an hour of festivities. Create crafts, lend an ear at storytime and commemorate the Year of the Dog. Registration required. $15/non-member, free for members.

Sunday, February 18

Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration

On February 18, observe the Lunar New Year at the Rubin Museum of Art in NY with an afternoon of arts, crafts and music all dedicated to the Himalayan New Year. Learn about traditional celebrations, tour the galleries, listen to music and make a Losar and Fire Bird-themed craft.

Sunday, February 25

Celebrate the Year of the Dog

Head to the Staten Island Children’s Museum’s Chinese Cultural Center on February 25 for a celebratory performance. There will also be paper cutting workshops. The program is free with admission to the NY-based museum.

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