Kids Club is a partnership among the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Trinity River Audubon Center. By joining Kids Club, your family receives special benefits from all five organizations. To sign up, become a Friend of the Crow Collection at the Pearl level or higher today. Though registration is available, members of any of the five organizations may attend without prior registration.
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Say goodbye to the Year of the Snake and celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Crow Collection’s signature Chinese New Year festival. With a crowd expected to surpass last year’s record-breaking 10,000 guests, this horse-themed extravaganza expands the festival’s footprint across Flora with an elevated stage area featuring must-see performances every half hour, expanded food and beverage offerings including food trucks down Harwood Street, and over a dozen specialty booths featuring art activities, delightful surprises such as a fortune-telling Truth Booth, and live miniature horses.
Plus, for the first time, an exclusive indoor VIP hospitality lounge will be accessible for Friends of the Crow Collection. If you are already a member, you may RSVP below or at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure easy access for the dragon dance, fireworks, and more. Not yet a member? Click here for more information or to join now!
On Our Main Stage:
10:30–11 am | JK Wong Academy: Four-Lion Dance -The four-member Lion and Dragon Dances demonstrated here are meant to bring good luck and fortune for the new year with their stylistic movements and rich symbolism, and this exciting performance is sure to bring joy to all.
11:15–11:45 am | Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra – From traditional Western classical music to the music of Eastern Asia, The DAAYO creates a special blend of musical styles. They will present Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” movements: V. Blood Oath and VI. Closing, led by James Song.
11:50 am–12:15 pm | Jiaping Shi Dance School – Incorporating classical Chinese music as well as exquisite costumes and clothing, the Jiaping Shi Dance School beautifully depicts the grace and charm of traditional Chinese dance.
12:15–12:30 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
12:30–1 pm | Jasmines Chinese Dance Troupe – Founded January 2008 in Plano, this group of experienced dancers specializes in Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as traditional Chinese fashion shows.
1–1:30 pm | Intermission – Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Amy Hofland, will welcome Girl Scout Troop 3352, made up entirely of girls adopted from China who live across the DFW Metroplex.
1:45–2:45 pm | Betty Soo – From soulful and reflective to humorous and witty, Betty Soo’s songs engage with and navigate the various dimensions of our human condition from a unique and personal point of view.
3–3:30 pm | Orizon – With their motto of “Many Cultures, One Style.” Orizon stays true to their words in an eclectic range of dance and music that clearly reflects the multifaceted natures and diverse influences their members bring.
3:30–3:45 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
4–5 pm | Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward – Labeled rock by some and alternative-country by others, they are a distinctive blend of the two with a particularly Texan accent. It is precisely this amalgam of sounds and styles that gives the group such broad appeal to so many.
5:15–6:15 pm | JK Wong Academy: Nine-Lion Dance and Kung Fu Show – An amazing Kung Fu performance followed by a nine-person Lion Dance.
6:15 pm | Fireworks by Star S Productions SFX – FINALE: Fireworks and a lighted horse syncopated with music: Symphony 1997 – Jubilation by Tan Dun.
Kids Club is a partnership among the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Trinity River Audubon Center. By joining Kids Club, your family receives special benefits from all five organizations. To sign up, become a Friend of the Crow Collection at the Pearl level or higher today.
This spring celebrate nature and wellness at the Crow Collection. Still your mind with yoga and meditation with Lotus Kids classes and the meditative practice of traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn how to create your own tea ceremony at home, and learn about “back to nature” experiences rich in Asian tradition, such as the racing of a human-powered watercraft-the dragon boat.
Young Dragons: Move Like a Ninja!
11AM-11:45AM Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Experience ninja games and activities that teach kids and adults how to think and move like a real ninja. Participate in safe and engaging introductory lessons on shuriken (throwing stars), katana (sword), bully proofing, and ninja balance. Taught by Randle Charles of Better Humans LLC.
Origami with the Keiki Club
10AM-11AM|Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Join Isabell, Katherine and other members of the Keiki Club and learn the techniques of folding paper and creating origami ornaments. These talented elementary aged girls use proceeds from their creations to raise funds for Living Water International (water.cc), a Houston-based charity that drills wells in developing countries.
Family Yoga and Yoginos: Yoga for Youth
10:00-10:45AM | Klyde Warren Park
Noon-12:45PM| Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Learn about the eight limbs of yoga in this fun and energy packed family yoga class. Yoginos: Yoga for Youth is an OHMazing trilingual, interdisciplinary yoga for kids. The program teaches strength, flexibility, balance, respect, and awareness of self, others, and the environment both on and off the yoga mat!
Face Painting for Children
Have your face painted by the artists from Your Enchanted Face. Face painting will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
Family Writing Workshop
Noon-1:00PM|Jade Room, 2nd Floor
Join instructors from the Writer’s Garret for family writing workshop.
Tour of the Collection
1PM|Meet in the Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor Entrance
Join a Crow Collection docent for enlightened conversations in the galleries, and take a tour of the different works of art found in the museum.
Art Activity: Dragon Boat
10AM-2PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Originating from traditional Chinese history, dragon boats are long, canoe-like vessels that hold teams of paddlers, drummers, and a steersman who compete in exciting races. Held in memory of the ancient Chinese official Qu Yuan, during this time of year people eat special foods, recount traditional stories, and most importantly, race dragon boats. Come learn about their history and cultural meaning and try your hand at making your own model replica to participate against others in dragon boat races. You might even catch a glimpse of a real dragon boat!
Art Activity: Leaf Rubbing
10AM-2PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Create a leaf rubbing from a variety of leaves indigenous to Asia and create a beautiful array of leaves to display at home!
Dragon Boat Races
10AM-2PM| Plaza Fountain
Become captain of a Dragon Boat and compete against your friends and family in a timed race across the fountain to win a prize!
Story Time in the Sculpture Garden
11AM, 12PM, 1PM | Sculpture Garden
Chinese civilization spans thousands of years of history and over the course of its development it has spawned a rich and fascinating array of folktales and myths. These stories have been used to explain everything from the origin of writing to why people celebrate certain festivals. Come and relax in our beautiful sculpture garden as you learn of the tale of “Er-lang and the Seven Suns” and how he helped to separate our days into nights.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
11AM, 12PM, 1PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
In Japan, a special tradition was developed to create a calm and wonderful atmosphere for drinking tea. This tradition is called the tea ceremony. It is based not just on sharing a cup of tea with a friend, but on experiencing a special moment in a very relaxing kind of place. Join us for a Japanese tea tasting and relax with your family and friends.
Come to one of Dallas’ most delicious vegetarian restaurants and learn how to make authentic vegetarian food. Located in the beautiful setting of a Hare Krishna temple, the menu for the evening will include Sambhar (South Indian soup), Dosa (rice and dal crepe), Idli (steamed cake), Aloo-Mattar Sabzi (potato and pea curry), and Coconut-Cilantro Chutney.
No pre-registration required – just show up!
Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takashi Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to have emerged from Asia in the late twentieth century. His first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot that will threaten the entire town.
Following the screening, artist Takashi Murakami will participate in a Q&A with Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA.
Jellyfish Eyes is FREE, but reservations are required. Reserve your ticket online in advance to guarantee your seat.