Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Lunar New Year Celebration The end of the Chinese lunisolar calendar will be happening on February 19th this year. This Chinese, or Lunar New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday and celebration also known as the Spring Festival. This year will mark the beginning of the year of the sheep.

The Chicago Botanic Gardens will be holding a family celebration on Saturday February 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Like many of their festivals, this will be a great opportunity to teach your children about and expose them to the art and beauty of a different culture. All events and activities are free to visitors at the garden (Regular parking fees apply).

The highlight of the celebration will be performances by the Shaanxi Folk Arts Group from China’s Shaanxi Province. They will be using ancient shadow puppetry techniques to bring classic Chinese folklore to life.

Shaanxi Folk Arts Group Shadow PuppetsPerformances will be at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ad will include tales: The Crane and the Turtle, The Bear and the Flowers, as well as some dramatic episodes from Journey to the West. All images that you see in this post are from the shadow puppet performances.

In addition to the puppet shows there will be hands-on activities taking place in the Regenstein Center. These interactive activities are for all ages and will include learning how to cut paper in the shape of animals and figures using Ancient Chinese Techniques. There will be traditional Chinese painting stations, opportunities to learn about the intricate puppets and how they are made and decorated as well has have photos taken with the puppets.

Chinse Puppets at the Botanic Gardens


The celebration and all the activities sand performances will be taking place in the Regenstein Center, centered around the Alsdorf Auditorium. While you are there you can check out the Orchid Show which will be going on ay the same time (admission fee applies for the show)

Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Botanic Garden

Saturday February 21, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chinese Shadow Puppet Performances,
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Drop-in Programs, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Regular parking fees apply. For easier entry, purchase your parking in advance. For discounts on parking check out your library for a Museum Pass.

The Chicago Botanic Gardens {1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe} is open daily. Admission is free but parking is $25 per vehicle

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Disclosure: I am an ambassador for the garden and my family has received a membership in exchange for me sharing updates, and events, and activities at the garden. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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