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Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog

Celebrate the Year of the Dog

Join us as Port Discovery celebrates the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 24 from 10 AM - 5 PM! 

Visitors of all backgrounds will learn, experience, and participate in traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year celebration. You’ll be mesmerized by the Chinese Lion Dancers of Tai Yim Kung Fu School, who perform the lion dance throughout the center of the Museum using a paper mache lion, instruments, and dance that will captivate you. Watch amazing performances of traditional and modern Chinese Dance by children, teens and adults from the Gina Ling Chinese Dance Chamber. Learn the art of calligraphy and chopsticks with the Xiamen Chinese Sister City.  Plus, learn about animals with a live petting zoo from Wildlife Adventures, enjoy music and dance from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Staff, and make festive art projects including Chinese New Year Lucky Charms, Festive Dragons, and more!

Activities Include:

  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Create Origami Dogs/Cherry Blossom Amulet 
  • 10:00 AM - Noon: Create your own scroll using authentic calligraphy brushes and rice paper while discovering Hanzi pictograms
  • 10:00 AM - Noon: Dress Me Up: Kimonos 
  • 10:00 AM - Noon & 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Make Chinese New Year Luck Charm Shrinky Dinks
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM:  Join the Xiamen Chinese Sister City as they bring Calligraphy and Chopstick Training to the Museum! 
  • 11:00 AM: Watch as the Gina Ling Chinese Dance Chamber brings choreography, tradition and beautiful imagery to life! 
  • 11:00 AM & Noon: Go on an imaginative journey as you listen to stories and songs during our Chinese New Year Circle Time! 
  • 11:00 AM - Noon: Meet and learn about live animals with Wildlife Adventures 
  • 1:00 PM & 1:30 PM: Watch the mesmerizing Chinese Lion Dancers from Tai Yim School for Kung Fu as they perform the traditional Lion Dance throughout Port Discovery. This performance is not to be missed! 
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Become a fire-breathing dragon with this clever tabletop activity
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Dragons jump to life off the page with this dazzling table top activity

Check our event calendar to see what other fun, educational programs, and events are coming up at Port Discovery!

Events and exhibits are free with Museum Admission, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Children under two and members are admitted for free.


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