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February at CMOM: Lunar New Year and Black Futures Month

Every month at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, visitors of all ages can get creative and participate in a range of different art-making activities, workshops, dance, music and read-alouds.

This February, CMOM is helping young learners use the power of creativity to be brave and bold in the Year of the Tiger. Honoring Black histories with an eye to the future, children and their caregivers can explore the inspirations and work of Afrofuturist visionaries, from Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter to the Mother of Blues, Ma Rainey.

Visitors are also invited to a special week-long Lunar New Year celebration with extended museum hours during NYC schcools’ mid-winter recess. Open Monday and Tuesday, February 21 and 22, CMOM will share in colorful traditions from Tibet, China, Korea, and Vietnam that welcome new beginnings and good fortune.

A full lineup of programs, all of which are free with admission, follows below:

Year of the Tiger 新年好, xin nian kuai le (shin nee-an kwai le), and Happy New Year! Celebrate Lunar New Year at CMOM. Use design, puppetry, and creativity to help you feel brave and bold as a mighty tiger as we recognize this year of the tiger.    

Roaring Tiger Puppets  

Welcome the Year of the Tiger with a roar by creating a tiger puppet.   

Saturday – Sunday, 
January 29 – 30 &
Tuesday, February 1 
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

Tiger Veils and Tails Costume Design  

As the third animal in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, the tiger is courageous and a natural-born leader. Create masks and tails that will make you feel as brave and bold as the mighty tiger. 

Tuesday, February 1
1st Floor | Inside Art
Afrofuturist Visions: A Black Futures Month Celebration February is Black Futures Month, a celebration alongside Black History Month. Every weekend at CMOM, learn about Black visionaries in film, music, literature, and art and their contributions to Afrofuturism—combining science-fiction, history, and fantasy to explore Black identities and experiences.

Visionary Heroes Inspired by Ruth E. Carter  

Costume designer Ruth E. Carter is best known for her award-winning costume designs for the film Black Panther. Ruth studied the garments of the Maasai and other African tribes to come up with her Afrofuturistic designs. Use found objects, collage, and other 3D materials to design a superhero costume.   

Saturday – Sunday,  
February 5 – 6
1st Floor | Inside Art

Visionary Worlds Inspired by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey  

With songs like “Traveling Blues,” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey brought aspirational ideas of travel to her fans. She belonged to one of the first generations of Black women with the freedom to travel—often coming on stage with a suitcase. Create a suitcase diorama of a place you dream of going to or a whole new world of the future.  

Saturday – Sunday,  
February 12 – 13
1st Floor | Inside Art

Visionary Stories Inspired by Octavia Butler   

Find inspiration in the work of science fiction author Octavia Butler to create a comic book inspired by her powerful characters and other Black heroes and heroines in comics.   

Saturday – Sunday, 
February 19 – 20
1st Floor | Inside Art

Visionary Forms Inspired by Donte Hayes   

Artist Donte Hayes combines his love of hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction to create ceramic sculptures he hopes help us connect better to history and social issues. Use sculptural techniques inspired by Donte’s Afrofuturistic sculptures to make a clay work of art.  

Saturday – Sunday, 
February 26 – 27 
1st Floor | Inside Art
A New Year Celebration 
(Mid-Winter Recess) 
Join us all week long to explore different Asian cultures and their traditions for celebrating the new lunar year. Contribute to an evolving blooming tree installation and design Chinese paper lanterns. Learn to play Korean games, create sculptures inspired by Tibetan traditions, and explore the symbolism behind different fruit in Vietnamese tradition.   

Chinese Paper Lanterns  

Learn about the Chinese Lantern Festival as you make and decorate your very own hanging paper lantern to brighten up any space! 

Saturday – Sunday, February 19 – 20 & 26 – 27
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

Lucky Tree Blossom Installation 

Blossoming trees represent good fortune and new beginnings. Help CMOM create a blooming tree installation filled with wishes and hopes for the new year. 

Saturday – Sunday, February 19 – 27 
1st Floor | Inside Art

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.  

Monday, February 21 
1st Floor | Inside Art

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 – Friday, February 22 – 25
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

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.   

Tuesday, February 22 
1st Floor | Inside Art

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.   

Wednesday, February 23 
1st Floor | Inside Art

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.  

Thursday, February 24 
1st Floor | Inside Art

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.    

Friday, February 25 
1st Floor | Inside Art


About CMOM: Hours, Admissions, and Exhibition Programs

A steward of early childhood education and development, CMOM offers imaginative and enriching programs that support, challenge, and inspire. Children and their caretakers are invited to explore all their favorite installations across the four-floor museum, from long-term displays, including PlayWorks and Adventures with Dora and Diego, to special exhibitions Inside Art, Superpowered Metropolis, and Right to Vote.

CMOM is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am – 5pm, with timed entry throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to purchase timed-entry tickets online in advance. Admission is free for all members and $15 for non-members, and provides entry to all CMOM programs and exhibitions.

Please note, visitors ages 5 – 11 must provide proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and all visitors ages 12 and older are required to show proof of two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Visitors 18 and above must also show identification. CMOM continues to require mask wearing in the museum for CMOM visitors ages 2 and above.

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