[VIRTUAL] Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival!*

Fri, Oct 2, 2020 @ 9:00am - 5:00pm

Mooncakes, lanterns, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with arts & crafts, story time, and more family fun!


Celebrate all week long! Full schedule below: 


Create and decorate shadow puppets of moon goddess Chang ‘Er and legendary archer Hou Yi. Then put on an original performance in your DIY shadow puppet theater.


Download the shadow puppet templates and instructions by clicking here. 

Click here to download and read the legend of Chang'Er and Hou Yi.


Have you been watching the full moon (赏月) this Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节)? If so, you might see the outline of the mythical Jade Rabbit! Legend has it that the rabbit got its name because of its precious, jade-like fur, and that it serves as a friendly companion of Chang ‘Er, the Moon Goddess.


Click here to read and download the legend of the Jade Rabbit!


Then click here to download and solve our Jade Rabbit inspired tangram puzzles.


We’re continuing our virtual Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) celebration with MOCACREATE @ Home. Join Educator Taylor and Roux as they show us how to make wax paper lanterns, which are lit to celebrate the brightness of the moon this time of year. Make the night even brighter by constructing a fall-themed lantern of your own!


Share your finished projects with us by tagging #MOCACREATE and #MOCACREATEathome on social media, DMing us, or emailing images to education@mocanyc.org. Follow our social media for more ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at home!


Martial Arts Workshop with NYCCC

Tuesday, October 6th at 4pm


Taught by a martial arts master from the New York Chinese Cultural Center, this introductory workshop will teach you how to do the "Gazing At the Moon” posture inspired by archer Hou Yi, as well as some basic stances, strikes, and other techniques.


Mooncakes come in countless shapes, sizes, and patterns. Imagine and sketch a personalized mooncake pattern onto your very own DIY scratch art!



Share your creations with us by tagging #MOCACREATE and #MOCACREATEathome on social media, DMing us, or emailing us at education@mocanyc.org. We can’t wait to see the finished products!


During the Mid-Autumn Festival, families come together for special harvest picnics under the light the moon! Learn about the foods they share as they admire the moon and give thanks for the year’s harvest.


Click here to test your memory by playing a fun matching game—and learn about why we eat certain foods for this holiday!


Click here for a mooncake recipe to try out at home!


MOCAKIDS Storytime @ Home! To the Moon & Back 
Thursday, October 8th at 4pm


Jade rabbits, moonbeams, mooncakes, oh my! It’s time for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! Join us for a reading of Grace Lin’s Thanking the Moon and a special retelling of the legend of Chang E and Hou Yi. We’ll also sing a few songs and round out our storytime with a Mid-Autumn themed craft.

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


MOCAKIDS Storytime is a lively, bilingual 30-minute combination of fun activities and language exploration designed to enhance your young child’s word skills and vocabulary. Best for ages 3-6, younger & older siblings welcome. Every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 4:00 - 4:30pm via Zoom.


欢迎参与华人博物馆讲故事时间活动。这是一个为时三十分钟的现场互动活动。届时,您的孩子将有机会参与一系列互动游戏,探索并提高儿童的词汇量及语言能力,为日后流利的中文阅读能力打下坚实的基础。本活动针对3-6岁的儿童设计,同时也欢迎各个年龄段的幼儿及以上儿童参与。每月的第二和第四个星期四。下午 4 点 00 分 至 4 点 30 分。


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by an award from the National

Endowment for the Arts.