Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival!

Sat, Sep 23, 2017 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Fly to the moon with MOCA! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, stellar story time, and more family fun!




Tickets: $10 per person. $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members. Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families. Click here to purchase tickets!


Performances and More! 表演与其他

Harvest Moon Picnic - 12-4pm
Gather around the picnic table for a make-believe harvest moon picnic at MOCA! Learn about the foods that families share as they admire the moon and give thanks for the year’s harvest. Sketch your own moon-shaped food to add to the picnic.




Over the Moon Gallery Hunt - 12:15 &
With a MOCA educator, search high and low to spot sparkling full moons and shimmering stars around the gallery. Will you find them all?




Go Mooncakes for MOCA! - 1-4pm
Explore the meaning behind mooncakes and learn how these sweet and savory treats are made! Taste a variety of traditional mooncakes from Fay Da Bakery and sip some sweet bubble tea from Taiwan Bear House to go along with it.* Don’t forget to take a mooncake recipe to try at home!




Chinese Theatre Works Presents: Chang-Er Flies to the Moon - 1-1:45pm**
This original shadow play tells the story of Moon Goddess Chang-Er and her husband, the archer Hou Yi. Through enchanting shadow puppetry and engaging storytelling, watch this legend come to life before your eyes. 

This program of Chinese Theatre Works is partially funded by New York State Council on the Arts and Department of Cultural Affairs. 



这个中国戏剧工作坊的项目是由New York State Council on the Arts以及Department of Cultural Affairs部分赞助的。


Landscape Ink Paintings** - 2 & 2:45pm
Join teaching artists from the New York Chinese Cultural Center and learn how to paint beautiful landscapes—featuring mountains, forests, and more—using an ink brush and various colors of ink.





Sing-along Storytime! - 12:30 & 2:45pm
Head to MOCA’s brand-new learning center for an interactive, bilingual story time with MOCA educator and musician Nicole Tan! Through songs and movement, explore the legends behind this treasured holiday.



快来与MOCA的教育者及音乐家Nicole Tan一起在我们崭新的学习中心一边放声歌唱,一边享受和了解更多关于中秋节有趣的神话双语故事。

Drop-In Arts and Crafts, 12-4pm


Powerful Potions and Jade Rabbit Charms 

Prepare your own version of the magical elixir that lifted Chang-Er from the earth to the moon! Grind salt and glow-in-the-dark chalk to create sparkling, colorful sand. Then, use it to fill a potion bottle that you can wear around your neck. With local artist Joyce Huang, create a jade rabbit charm out of clay to add to your necklace—and prepare to take flight!



现在,您要亲自炼制一瓶可以让嫦娥从地球飞往月球的魔力药水!将盐和粉笔磨成五彩缤纷的粉末。将粉末装进丹药瓶中,然后作为项链佩戴起来。本地的艺术家Joyce Huang还会与大家一起为项链制作一个玉兔坠饰。准备好起飞吧!


Make a Mooncake Print!
Design your own mesmerizing mooncake pattern out of foam shapes. Create dazzling artwork and personalized greeting cards by printing your design in your favorite bright colors!





Light-Up Lanterns (& Riddles!)
Light up the night with your own paper tea light lanterns! Cut cardboard and colorful paper, and add your own designs to personalize your lantern. Then turn on your tea light and stump your family and friends with some mid-autumn lantern riddles!




Shadow Stories
Using colorful acetate, construct and decorate shadow puppets of Moon Goddess Chang-Er and the archer Hou Yi, complete with movable arms and legs. When you finish your creations, head to MOCA’s shadow puppet theater to stage an original performance!




Making Mooncakes
Peek inside a mooncake, and learn about the ingredients and tools used to make it. Then, mold your own play dough mooncake using a real mooncake press.





* Bubble tea courtesy of Taiwan Bear House.


** Ticketed event. Free with admission. Please pick up tickets at the Visitor Services Front Desk. 


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, along with the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Wells Fargo, and the National Endowment for the Arts.