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Language Open House

Language Open House
For Children & Youth Programs

China Institute invites you to join us for a free Language Open House for our fall children’s programs. During a
day filled with fun activities, parents will be able to meet our staff and teachers, while children attend language demo classes and take part in cultural workshops. Enjoy snacks while learning all about what China Institute has
to offer!


Language Demo Class – 10:00-11:00 am
In this beginner class, children will be introduced to Mandarin language and Chinese culture through songs, stories, games and art projects in a student-centered classroom environment.

Dance Workshop – 11:15 am-12:00 pm
Children will learn some fun Chinese words through movement and dance in this workshop led by our beloved
dance instructor Ling Tang.

The Palace is like a Big Forest – 12:30-1:30 pm – CANCELLED
Through games, activities, and animated videos children will learn about the grand Forbidden City, the beauties of nature, and how nature can inspire and nurture us. This workshop is designed for children in grades 3-5.

How Are You, Mr. Emperor? – 2:00-3:00 pm – CANCELLED
What was it like to be a Chinese emperor? Was it all work or all play? In this interactive workshop, children will learn about the daily life of an emperor, how it compares to their own, and what it takes to be a good leader. This workshop is designed for children in grades 3-5.

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

FREE to attend, but space is limited. For questions or to register for the open house workshops or demo classes, please contact Ms. Valerie Ong at 212-744-8181 ext. 110 or vong@chinainstitute.org.

Please email children@chinainstitute.org or call 212-744-8181, ext. 110 for inquiries.

Sing and Dance Workshop

Children’s Music and Dance Workshop

Let’s sing and dance with a modern take on classic Chinese children’s songs! In this four-session music workshop series, kids will learn five famous Chinese children’s songs from the album Little Dragon Tales. Produced by the electronic music group the Shanghai Restoration Project, Little Dragon Tales adds electronic beats to beloved Chinese music. Our teachers will use these fun songs as an interactive way to learn Mandarin, as well as about the joys of music.

Students will learn the songs:

  • • Making Friends (找朋友)
  • • Two Tigers (两只老虎)
  • • Congratulations (恭喜恭喜)
  • • Selling Newspapers (卖报歌)
  • • The Schoolboy (读书郎)

Music Instructor: Zhang Le, jazz singer and composer, leads a wave of Chinese artists bringing the power of traditional Chinese musical arts to American jazz. Le was lauded by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun as “a rising young star with a remarkable gift” for their collaboration on the Zen Shaolin Project.

Dance Instructor: Tang Ling, an experienced dance instructor and choreographer, holds an M.S. in arts administration from Columbia University and a B.A. in dance and intercultural performing arts from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Sundays, May 4 – May 25, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
For children ages 5 to 10

Members: $50 / session per student
Non-members: $60 / session per student

For more information about the workshop series, please email us at children@chinainstitute.org or call (212) 744-8181, ext. 110.

Chinese New Year’s Celebration: The Year of the Horse
Kick off the Year of the Horse with a free lion dance and kung fu demonstration in front of China Institute at 125 East 65th Street. Following the lion dance, join our New Year-themed workshops and activities inside China Institute, including gallery tours of our newest exhibition Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art.

Inside we will also be holding a reception with New Year dumplings and other treats. If you sign up for one of the following language programs at our reception, you will receive a $50 discount off the tuition fee!

  • • Children’s Summer Program
  • • Private Language Workshops new offering
  • • Adult Language and Studio Classes for Spring Semester 2014

Sunday, February 2
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Gallery Tour and Reception – All Ages
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Food and beverages will be served

Adults ~ Members: $10; Non-members: $15
Children under 12 ~ $5
FREE! for Family Workshop ticket holders

Family Workshops
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Option 1: Dumpling Making Workshop
Option 2: Gallery Tour and Calligraphy Workshop I

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Option 1: Paper Cutting Workshop
Option 2: Gallery Tour and Calligraphy Workshop II

1 Workshop Session
Members: $40 per family of two, $25 for individuals;
Non-members: $50 per family of two, $30 for individuals

2 Workshop Sessions
Members: $70 per family of two, $40 for individuals;
Non-members: $80 per family of two, $50 for individuals

Dumpling Making Workshop
(For children ages 5-10)

For hundreds of years, the dumpling has been the culinary symbol of the Chinese New Year. All across northern China, families turn their kitchens into veritable dumpling factories, churning out dumplings for family banquets. The small, pork-filled dish provides a tasty and tangible expression of the good luck the family hopes for in the coming year. Participants in our workshop experience this time-honored tradition for themselves, wrapping their own dumplings and then eating the results! We’ll also offer chicken and vegetarian dumplings.

Gallery Tour and Calligraphy Workshop
(For all ages)

Just as we hang bell ornaments on Christmas Eve, and light the Menorah on the first night of Hanukkah, Chinese people since the Song Dynasty have been celebrating the Spring Festival by pasting couplets on each side of their doorposts. These Spring Festival couplets are generally written in calligraphy on red paper, and are used to bring good luck to the home. Join us in this traditional Chinese practice to welcome the Year of the Horse! Also enjoy a docent-led gallery tour of our current exhibition, Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art.

Paper Cutting Workshop
(For children ages 5-10)

Celebrating a long history, paper cutting was one of the main forms of arts among people in China after the invention of paper in the Han Dynasty. People express their passion for life and eternal happiness through the intricate papercuts even until today. Learn about this unique craft and make your own papercuts with your family.

To register for Chinese New Year events, please contact Tracie Xiong at txiong@chinainstitute.org or 212-744-8181, ext. 143.


This event is a part of CelebrASIA NYC New Year’s Festivities. Members of collaborating institutions (Asia Society, Flushing Town Hall, Japan Society, The Korea Society, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the Rubin Museum of Art) can purchase member discounted tickets for this event using a promotional code. To purchase tickets using the promotional code, please contact Tracie Xiong at txiong@chinainstitute.org or 212-744-8181, ext. 143. For information about CelebrASIA NYC visit www.celebrasia.org.

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Family Programs

Our cultural workshops offer both parents and their children an exciting glimpse into Chinese culture and society. Activities range from hands-on crafts workshops and dance lessons to exciting musical performances and story-telling sessions.

For more information and registration, please email children@chinainstitute.org or call 212-744-8181, ext. 110.

Cancellation Policy

  • We rely on your attendance to make important arrangements for the workshop. We will give full refund of the registration fee if a registrant informs us no later than 7 business days prior to the scheduled workshop. 50% of the registration fee will be refunded if a registrant informs us no later than 3 business days prior to the workshop. Refunds cannot be made within three days prior to the workshop and participant no-shows.

The School of Chinese Studies has been chartered since 1944 by the University of the State of New York. The School admits students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origin.

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