[VIRTUAL] Dragon Boat Family Festival!

Mon, Aug 10, 2020 @ 9:00am - 5:00pm

Make a splash with MOCA! Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (端午节) with a week of family fun--filled with miniature boat races, sticky rice zongzi, and plenty more!


Celebrate with us from home all week long! See the full schedule below! 




The Dragon Boat Festival, typically held in June, is considered one of the unluckiest days of the year. Fend off bad luck by driving out the five poisonous pests (五毒) — the lizard, toad, centipede, spider, and scorpion!


Click here to learn more about the five poisonous pests and create a critter of your own out of clay!


Don’t have any clay at home? No worries — watch this video with MOCA Educator Taylor for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own cloud clay with items you have at home!



Share your finished projects with us by tagging us @MOCANYC, using the hashtags #MOCACREATE and #MOCACREATEatHome on social media, DMing us, or emailing images to education@mocanyc.org.


Join teaching artist Sophia Hsu in making some Taiwanese style zongzi (粽子), one of the most beloved staples of the Dragon Boat Festival. These delicious sticky rice bundles wrapped in bamboo leaves will leave your stomach and heart filled with glee!


Click to watch a demonstration of how they are made!



Click here for a Cantonese-style zongzi recipe!


Five-color spring bracelets, perfume pouches, and dragon boats, oh my! Learn more about the Dragon Boat Festival on this fun scavenger hunt you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.


Click here to download a printable scavenger hunt with riddles!


Paddle away with us!


Time to row and go, go, go! Grab your paddles and drums as we learn about the legends, foods, and traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival. We’ll read books about a family celebration and a dramatic boat race before we practice some rowing moves and work together to row ourselves across a finish line!

Thursday, August 13 from 4:00 - 4:30 P.M. EST via Zoom.
MOCAKIDS Storytime is free to the public. To join, simply register here!


Download MOCA's storytime songs by clicking here.


Learn how to construct a paddle you can put into action at Dragon Boat Storytime by clicking here.


Click here to download special dragon boat coloring sheets.

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


MOCACREATE @ Home: Keep Your Boat Afloat!

Make waves on the last day of MOCA's Dragon Boat Family Festival with a special MOCACREATE at Home! Design a miniature dragon boat from natural and everyday materials. Will your boat be seaworthy? Race it in the water to find out!


Click here to download wacky dragon boat race-themed mad libs to play with the whole family!

MOCA’s Family Festival Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and
an award from the National
Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.