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We’re over the moon to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 with 5 days of free festivities, including 4 days of virtual fun between September 16-21. (Click here to learn more about our in-person Mini Mid-Autumn Celebration for Families on Saturday, September 18.) Look out for a live virtual storytime, lunar arts and crafts, and other activities that explore the customs and traditions behind this special harvest festival!

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September 16, 2021
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September 21, 2021
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THURSDAY 9/16

MOCAKIDS Storytime: Mid-Autumn Moon Gazing!

Get ready for mooncakes and more— it’s time again for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! What stories will the moon star in this year? Find out as we read Mooncakes and share a retelling of the legend of Chang’E and Hou Yi to celebrate. We’ll zoom to the moon with some storytime songs, too, before we finish up with a jade rabbit moon viewer craft. Don’t forget to bring something round like the moon to share!

MOCAKIDS Storytime is free to the public. To join, simply register here!

MAKE: Download this template to make and decorate your own jade rabbit moon viewer!

SING: Download this week’s songs and sing along with us!

READ: Click here to download the story of Moon Goddess Chang’E and legendary archer Hou Yi!

REGISTER HERE!

Please note that this workshop was recorded via Zoom and made available on Facebook Live for 24 hours.

FRIDAY 9/17

MOCACREATE at Home: Paint a Mid-Autumn Moon!

The harvest moon symbolizes family reunion and coming together. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, families picnic together under the moonlight and gaze at the beautiful full moon. Learn about the phases of the moon and then create your own craterous moon artwork using salt, glue, and paint!

Check back on Friday for this MOCACREATE video premiere!

MONDAY 9/20

MOCACREATE at Home: Paper Mache a Jade Rabbit!

Will you watch the full moon (赏月) this Mid-Autumn Festival? If so, you might see the outline of the mythical Jade Rabbit! Swipe to learn more about this magical moon rabbit and then paper mache your own! Will your Jade Rabbit be making the everlasting elixir of life or yummy rice cakes?

Check back on Monday for this MOCACREATE debut!

READ: How did the Jade Rabbit come to live on the moon? Click here to find out!

TUESDAY 9/21

MOCAKIDS: Mad for Mooncakes!

Photo courtesy of @rebeshouse.

Sharing mooncakes with friends and family is a beloved Mid-Autumn tradition. Join pastry chef Rebecca Li (@rebeshouse) as she walks us through the multi-layer process of making mooncakes. Discover the ingredients inside mooncakes and the tools used to make them.

Check back on Tuesday for this MOCAKIDS video premiere!

About Rebecca

Rebecca Li was born and raised in New York City. She is the Chef and owner of “Rebe’s House,” specializing in custom celebration cakes and petit fours. As a second generation Asian American, she’s found a lot of multicultural inspiration both at home and in the melting pot that is New York City. You can check out some of her work on Instagram @rebeshouse!

COOK: Grab a family member and try out Rebecca Li’s recipe for lotus mooncakes with salted egg yolks at home! Click to download.

PLAY: Test your memory by playing a fun matching game—and learn about why we eat certain foods for this holiday! Click to download.


MOCA Family Festivals are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

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Mini Mid-Autumn Celebration for Families

September 18, 2021, 1:00 pm4:00 pm