4 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Kids in the Twin Cities

The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. Like Easter, it is calculated by the lunar calendar rather than the solar calendar – so the date changes from year to year, depending on the moon phases. Also, it is actually celebrated for 15 days. In 2022, it begins on February 1st and runs until February 15th.  According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 will be the Year of the Tiger.

We are hoping to see some events from past years come back in 2022, but last year we collected some fun ways to celebrate at home as well..

4 Ways to Celebrate at Home

  1. Make a Craft
    Although Lakeshore Learning is not offering a related in-store craft this year, it offers directions to make your own Chinese New Year Drum on its site.
  2. Order Take-Out (or make your own)
    As long as you are staying in, this would be a fun day to order take out or make your own Asian-inspired dinner. It doesn’t have to be Chinese – many Asian countries celebrate this holiday. Pick your favorite menu or sample food from several cultures.
  3. Give Your Kids Red Envelopes (Lucky Money).  Some Asian cultures give their kids red envelopes after dinner as a way to wish the children health, growth, and good studies.  You don’t have to give them real money.  You could use gold chocolate coins.   We find ours in the candy bins at our Cub.
  4. Watch a Chinese New Year Dragon Dance.

2022 Kid-Friendly Lunar New Year Celebrations

These are events we’ve seen in past years that we hope to see back in 2022.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year @ Midtown Global Market

Drop in to the market anytime between 2pm and 5pm for this annual celebration featuring live entertainment, traditional Lion Dance, and Crafts for the whole Family. FREE. Learn More About Midtown Global Market.

Co-op Kids Lunar New Year @ NE Food Co-Op

Learn about the ways different cultures celebrate this holiday through food, stories and traditions. Programming is aimed toward kids under 7 and their grownups. Drop in between 12:00 – 2:00pm. FREE. Learn More About Eastside Food Co-op

Celebrate the Lunar New Year @ East Phillips

Crafts, refreshments and a few more activities for the youth to celebrate Lunar New Year.  This is the perfect sampler event to gain a little exposure as we celebrate a bit of Asian culture.  FREE. Registration Available.  6:30 – 8:00pm. Learn More About East Phillips Park

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