Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival!

Sat, Sep 7, 2019 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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Mooncakes, shadow puppets, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, story time, and more family fun!




Tickets: $12 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 for ticket purchase.


入场卷: 每人$12。MOCA个人会员$8。两岁以下的孩子,MOCA家庭会员以及参加了酷文化项目的家庭,免费。立即购票!


            EVENT SCHEDULE | 活动日程

Activities, Performances and more!


Harvest Moon Picnic | 12-4 pm
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. Make a leaf rubbing to add to our autumn scene. Be sure to include a wish to the Moon Goddess Change-Er.




Go Mooncakes for MOCA! | 1-3:30 pm
Explore the meaning behind mooncakes and learn how these sweet and savory treats are made! Taste a variety of traditional mooncakes, courtesy of Fay Da Bakery, Hong Kong MX Mooncakes, and Golden Fortune USA alongside delicious tea, courtesy of Harney & Sons. Don’t forget to take a mooncake recipe to try at home!



Chinese Theatre Works Presents: Chang-Er Flies to the Moon** | 2 pm
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 the New York City 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。


Legends Storytime | 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm
Did you know that a goddess, rabbit, and woodcutter all live on the moon? Discover how they got there and more, as you listen to retellings of classic Mid-Autumn myths.


你知道织女,月兔和樵夫都住在月亮上吗? 他们是怎么跑到月亮上的呢?一起来MOCA听教员讲这些有趣的传统中秋故事吧!

Shoot for the Moon Gallery Hunt | 1 pm & 3pm
Join a MOCA educator in following clues to spot shining suns and twinkling full moons around the gallery. When you find a sun, shoot it down just like archer Hou Yi.



Drop-In Arts & Crafts, 12-4pm



Calligraphy Corner
Join expert calligrapher I-Hsuan Chao as she demonstrates this traditional art form by painting festive messages on traditional rice paper. Learn simple brushstroke techniques and how to write the Chinese character for moon 月.


书法专家I-Hsuan Chao会通过展示在传统宣纸上书写节日祝福来教我们学习简单的毛笔技巧以及如何用毛笔汉字“月”。

Making (Make-Believe) 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.



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



Powerful Potions
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.



Mesmerizing Mooncakes
Mooncakes come in countless shapes, sizes, and patterns. Emboss your own personalized mooncake pattern on a piece of shimmering foil, taking inspiration from the year’s brightest moon.




** Additional ticket required. Tickets are free with festival admission, but limited in quantity. Please pick up tickets at the Visitor Services front desk. First come, first served.


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.




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