No Monkey Business Here!
Not sure if last weekend’s brutally cold weather prevented you from visiting Flushing to watch the famous Lunar New Year parade. If you were there, hope you kept warm and enjoyed the spectacular. If you missed it, you might be interested to know other celebrations honoring the arrival of the Year of the Monkey will be ongoing through the end of the month – and they all sound like great fun! Flushing Town Hall is offering several programs during the month-long celebration . . .and they’re all indoors!
►On Saturday, February 20th, The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar returns for its’ second year. Due to last year’s sold-out crowd, this year’s Bazaar is being offered in two sessions; 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4 :00pm. Bring the entire family to enjoy a variety of performances, including martial arts demos, and crafts. Non-member; $5.00 adult ticket, $3.00 child ticket (per session) Free for Members call the box office at 718-463-7700 x 222 to reserve your free tickets. (each member can request up to 2 tickets)
►In Chinese culture calligraphy, literally meaning “beautiful writing”, was considered to be more than a decorative form. It was viewed as the supreme visual art form, more valued than painting and sculpture, and ranked alongside poetry as a means of self-expression and cultivation. So much importance was placed on this art form that it became equally important how one wrote, as to what one wrote. Now you can learn to write Chinese calligraphy at a workshop being held on Sunday, February 21st. Under the tutelage of Asian Art specialist Dr. HsingLih Chou, you will practice your skills on paper before writing your wish on a Chinese silk fan for good luck. Calligraphy on Chinese Silk Fans Tickets: $10.00 adults, $8:00 Members and Children (materials included)
►On Sunday, February 28th children and their families can celebrate the Lunar New Year by making their very own monkey tal, or mask at a Monkey Mask Decorating workshop being held at 1:30pm. Participants will also learn tal chum (Korean mask dance) moves that go along with their creations. This workshop will stimulate your child’s eye hand coordination, movement skills, and most importantly, curiosity about new cultures. Tickets: $10.00 adults, $8.00 Members and Children (materials included)
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11354
Appropriately, there will be a lot of ‘monkey’ business going on at the Queens Zoo on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st, with both days following the same schedule to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
►From 11:00am to 4:00pm (ongoing, all day). Make a special craft to celebrate the New Year. The Craft Workshop is located in the Education Center. What fun! A scavenger hunt throughout the zoo to find all the zodiac animals. Clues will be provided. If moms and dads want to sit out an activity, they can head to the Wild Roomm (across from Sea Lions) to relax with a hot cup of tea and some fortune cookies.
► 11:30am to 12:30pm and 3:45pm to 4:30pm. Experience the art of calligraphy and try out your skills in a calligraphy workshop, being held in the Wild Room.
►12:15pm and 3:15pm. Lunar New Year Story Time will entertain everyone with tales about the history and animals of the zodiac. Meet up at the Education Center about 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
►1:00pm and 2:30pm. Hao Bang Ah Monkey Puppet Show, performed by Chinese Theater Works, highlights the Year of the Monkey in the most delightful way. After the laughs and giggles are over, new fun begins immediately following the show when everybody gets together to take part in a Lunar New Year Parade. The puppet show takes place in the Wild Room, across from the Sea Lions.
Queens Zoo Year of the Monkey Celebration
53-51 111th Street
Corona, New York 11368
Saturday, February 20–Sunday, February 21
Gong Xi Fa Cai to our friends and neighbors celebrating the Year of the Monkey.