Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration

February 5 & 6

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Nelson-Atkins!

Family-friendly activities including special performances by musicians, dancers and acrobats along with gallery games, art demonstrations and delcious Asian-inspired food.

All events are free. Reservations are noted where required.


Friday, Feb. 5

Shaolin Lohan Pai Lion Dance Troupe
5 p.m., repeated 6 & 7 p.m.
Kirkwood Hall

One of the top 10 Lion Dance teams in the country performs with two lions, a dai tou fut and a professional percussion team.

Liang Patti—Acrobat Program
5:30 p.m., repeated 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium; Tickets required

"America's most famous Chinese acrobat," Liang Patti performs three traditional Chinese acrobatic skills dating thousands of years: Plate Spinning, Chinese YoYo and Head Balancing.

Traditional Music
5:30 p.m., repeated 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Sculpture Hall

Musicians from the Kansas City Chinese Music Ensemble will play and answer questions about their instruments.

Chinese YoYo
5:30 p.m., repeated 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Bloch Lobby

Volunteers from the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City will demonstrate Chinese YoYo skills.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Children's Dance Peformance
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium
Free; tickets required.

The celebration of Chinese New Year continues with this delightful dance peformace by Lily Zhang Li Taylor and her students.


Friday, Feb. 5

Museum Cafe
4–8 p.m.

Savory Chinese food and Bo-Ling's award-winning egg rolls available for purchase. Full bar plus plum wine.

Rozzelle Court Restaurant
4–8 p.m. (open until 9 p.m.)

Enjoy delicious Asian-inspired cuisine in the festive ambiance of Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Family-friendly choices available.

Chinese Calligraphy
5:30–9 p.m.
Bloch Lobby

Volunteers from the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City will demonstrate traditional calligraphy techniques.

Chinese Painting
5–9 p.m.
Ford Learning Center

Artist and Taiwan native Valdu Hsu will demonstrate traditional brush painting techniques.

Tiger Masks
5–9 p.m.
Ford Learning Center

Children ages 4 and up create paper masks to wear and take home!

Calligraphy Decoration
5–9 p.m.
Ford Learning Center

Children transform calligraphy samples into Chinese New year decorations.

Introduction to Chinese New Year
5:30–8 p.m. at 30-minute intervals
Ford Learning Center

Volunteers from the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City will offer a brief and entertaining presentation on the customs and traditions of the Chinese New Year.

Chinese Zodiac Gallery Game
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Chinese Galleries, Nelson-Atkins Building, Level 2

There are 12 animals in the zodiac cycle and the Chinese zodiac calendar gives an animal name to each New Year. Search for animals from the Chinese zodiac in the Museum's collection.

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