Lunar New Year for the Littles

We're all about celebrating different holidays and different cultures with our kids -- especially anytime that food is involved!  And this year, we're especially looking forward to welcoming the Year of the Rooster with the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend.  Check out some great ways to celebrate the season (and Chinese culture) with your little one: 

Read a book about traditional lunar new year celebrations (which always include food):

Or ring in the Year of the Rooster with some zodiac-appropriate items:

Celebrate Chinese culture year-round with a set of Chinese character blocks, or a series about a Brooklyn/Beijing BFF pair, or if you're sick of Baa Baa Black Sheep, mix it up with a mix of Chinese Children's songs:

P.S. If you are in NY and haven't had a chance to visit The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD Lab) yet, now is a great time to check it out!  The current exhibition, named "CHOW," celebrates the birth and evolution of Chinese American restaurants, tracing their nearly 170-year history and sparking conversation around immigration, cultural identity, and what it means to be American. Check out live demos of cooking techniques (and tastings!), a fortune cookie machine, and a fascinating collection of artifacts. This week, they are hosting TWO Chinese New Year Celebrations: one for the adults on Wed Jan 25, and then one for children of all ages featuring author/illustrator Kam Mak, on Saturday 28th!