Chinese New Year,(also known as Lunar New Year), is an annual 15-day festival in Chinese communities around the world that begins with the new moon which occurs sometime between January 21 and February 20. The Chinese New Year begins on January 22nd, 2023 (Chinese New Year) and ends on February 9th, 2024 (Chinese New Year's Eve). Although our WonderWeek is a little shorter than an actual Chinese New Year, we still embrace the spirit!
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2023 will be the year of the Water Rabbit. The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of peace, patience, luck and prosperity in Chinese culture. People born in a year of the Rabbit are called "Rabbits" and are believed to be calm and decisive, quick-minded, and highly intelligent!
Years of the Rabbit include 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927...The most compatible zodiac signs for Rabbits are Goats, Dogs, and Pigs.
No matter what Chinese Zodiac sign you are, you are going to have a blast celebrating the Chinese New Year with us at the Museum during this all new WonderWeek!
Create an origami Rabbit to help ring in the Lunar New Year!
Location: Art Academy
Learn about opossums by making your own mask! We’ll also have educational pieces like pelt, skull, and fun facts!
Chinese Character Banner
Celebrate the year of the tiger when you create your own lucky banner to display all year long.
Celebrate Lunar New Year with your own homemade dragon puppet.
Hop along into the Lunar New Year with your 3D paper rabbit, complete with a fuzzy bunny tail!
Catch the Snowflake
Be the first person to catch 10 snowflakes with this board game!
Location: Math Cart
Investigate and identify types of clouds! Use cotton balls and glue to design your cloud!
Location: Science Station
Acid-Base Neutralization/Pipe Cleaner DNA
Learn about the acidic environment in the stomach, while demonstrating how certain compounds can neutralize an environment that is too acidic.
Location: Power Science Lab
Build and Destroy!
Create a structure and then test it to see if it can survive different forces! Can it withstand the pressure of a crushing press, or the force of strong winds?
Location: Inventor's Workshop and Maker Annex