Chinese New Year Events for Kids 2015

Lunar New Year often called Chinese New Year is celebrated this month. The Year of the Sheep (or Goat or Ram) officially begins on Thursday, February 19 but celebrations take place throughout the entire month, with many different traditions represented. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy Asian food and learn about Asian culture and stories.

Here are the best ways to celebrate Lunar New Year with kids in Toronto and the GTA. Bonus: Many of them are free!

Chinese New Year at Toronto Zoo
Feb 19, 2015
Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year-Year of the Sheep. The Toronto Zoo wishes everyone a very happy Year of the Sheep! To learn more about sheep, goats and rams and how some of these species are at risk around the world, due to over hunting and habitat loss, come and visit them at the Toronto Zoo. Species you will see include the Himalayan Tahr and Mouflon as well as others in the bovid family such as the West Caucasian Tur and Chamois, all in our NEW Eurasia Wilds area. While here don't to forget to drop by and wish Canada's only giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, a Happy News Year, at the Giant Panda Experience.
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2015 Toronto Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration
Feb 21 to 22, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm
The Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (Chinatown BIA) would like to invite you and your family to celebrate Chinese New Year at our annual event! This year we will be celebrating the Year of the Sheep with traditional Chinese performances from lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese dance and Chinese opera, and more. We will also be joined by the Toronto Zoo and their official Panda Mascot! Free.
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"Year of The Sheep" Chinese New Year Celebration at the Toronto Public Library
Feb 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Come celebrate the Year of the Sheep! Program highlights: Chinese Zodiac signs face painting for children at 1:00 pm (Registration required! Please contact 416-393-7746); lion dance and martial arts to start the event at 2:00 pm; Kung Fu demonstration; classical Chinese musical performance; Toronto Yoga Centre presents Chinese music and dance; and free Chinese New Year scrolls (while quantities last!). Everyone is welcome! Free.
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Chinese New Year at the Gardiner Museum
Feb 22, 2015
This February 19 marks the start of the Chinese New Year, a holiday celebrated in China and by Chinese people all over the world.  Each year is distinguished by one of 12 different animals: can you guess what this year’s is? 2015 is the year of the sheep! Among its many associations, the sheep is considered a symbol of the arts and creativity. Come to Family Day this Sunday and unleash your creative side by working with clay. Join Connie and Jared at the lobby to make your own sheep!
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LunarFest at Harbourfront
Feb 28 to Mar 1, 2015 - 11:00 am until 6:00 pm
Lunar Fest celebrates Lunar New Year in showcasing Asian arts and culture compacted in a two-day festival! This event features dishes eaten around Asia in celebration of the New Year, such as different dumpling dishes, the Great Wall of Lanterns, drumming performances, lion dances, and Lunar arts and crafts suitable for the entire family! Free.
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Know of any other Chinese New Year events for families? Post them below!

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