Lunar New Year activities:
Welcome in the Year of the Tiger with events around the Puget Sound area, some in person, some virtual. Please note the dates of specific events and, as always, be on the lookout for any last-minute changes or cancellations.
The museum is taking the Lunar New Year Fair outside! Events will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Chong Wa Playfield. It’s right next to the museum at 719 S. King St. Fun will include storytimes, interactive lion dance talks, photo opportunties, take-and-go craft activities, and connecting with community organizations.
Woodland Park Zoo celebrates the Year of the Tiger all day Tuesday, Feb. 1, with programs centered around it resident tigers, Azul and Bumi. Azul is a 6-year-old female who arrived last year, and Bumi is an 11-year-old male. Fun fact: Bumi was born in 2010, which was also a Year of the Tiger!
The zoo will have a discovery station and enjoy hands-on activities, bio-facts, and fun stories and games along with information on how we all can help save tigers through a few simple actions.
(Also, Yummy Box, an Asian fusion food truck, will be in the zoo’s West Plaza from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).
The Mak Fai Dragon and Lion Dance Association will do a lion dance performance from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, near Macy’s and Din Tai Fung at Southcenter in Tukwila.
Bellevue Square is decorated for Lunar New Year and has several photo backdrops, plus shopping promotions. In addition, beginning Jan. 24, families can pick up a Red Envelope and craft kit from Guest Services to build a lantern at home. And finally, here’s a coloring sheet to download for at-home fun.
Cultural performances will be streamed online.
This year’s celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, will be celebrated both online and in person at Seattle Center. The live event will be Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13 and will include art, food, music and traditions, including fashions. More information here and on the Tet in Seattle Facebook page.
Year of the Tiger at home
King County Library System has two virtual events on Saturday, Jan. 29: Year of the Tiger crafts for teens and tweens, from 11 a.m.-noon (sign up here); and a storytime for younger kids from 1 to 2 p.m. (Storytime will be in English, Vietnamese and Mandarin; there’s also an optional craft project.)
Seattle’s Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area announced the following: “After careful consideration of COVID-19 health and safety of our community members, CIDBIA has decided to postpone the Lunar New Year Celebration event to a new date: Saturday, April 30. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!”
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