The Best Chinese Lunar New Year Activities for Kids In Sydney
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The Lunar New Year celebrations in Sydney are one of the largest cultural festivities outside of China and they give Sydney families the opportunity to experience this vibrant tradition.
Ushering in the prosperous Year Of The Ox, this year's festivities run from Friday 12th January to Sunday 21st February 2021. Take a peek at some of the best Chinese Lunar New Year activities for kids across Sydney.
One of our top picks for families is the stunning Lunar Lanterns - a contemporary installation of 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the Lunar zodiac dotted around the city's most popular landmarks.
Giving the age-old tradition a delightfully modern twist, the creative artworks are on show along a trail from Circular Quay to Haymarket. Explore the magical lanterns as they light up Sydney for Chinese New Year and have fun finding your own zodiac sign!
When: Friday 12 - Sunday 21 February 2021
Where: Circular Quay To Haymarket along the Lunar Lanterns walk.
All You Can Eat Dumplings At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
In partnership with the dumpling legends at New Shanghai, enjoy all-you-can-eat dumplings at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo over the Lunar New Year period.
You can explore the zoo and meet the animals before sitting down to indulge in 30 minutes of endless dumplings and bottomless drinks. Choose your dumpling experience on the Upper Croc Deck overlooking Rocky, the resident 365kg crocodile, or on the Koala Rooftop with the cutest marsupials! After your feast, you can continue your exclusive after-hours exploration of the zoo until it closes at 9pm.
When: From 5.30pm on 11, 12 & 13 February and from 6pm on 18, 19 & 20 February 2021.
Where: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Darling Harbour
Cost: Entry is $80 per person
Lunar New Year at the Chinese Garden of Friendship
Starting with a Twilight Opening on 12 February from 6pm - 9.30pm to launch their Lunar New Year festival, the stunning Chinese Garden of Friendship will celebrate with a vibrant array of creative events over two action-packed weeks.
From making a super cool paper-craft Ox Money Box to Year of the Ox Zodiac Readings, there's something for everyone. The kids can also contribute to the beautiful hanging bookmark display in the Garden, listen to traditional Chinese music performances and witness Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. Foodies can also delight in tea tastings, decadent banquets or bottomless yum cha. Let the festivities begin!
When: Friday 12 February - Sunday 28 February 2021
Where: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour
Cost: Entry to the Gardens: Adults $8, Child $4, Family $20, Under 5s FREE. Most Lunar New Year family activities are free with Garden entry.
Lucky Red Pockets at Sydney Tower Eye
Ring in the Chinese festival with a luck-filled celebration at Sydney Tower Eye! With a makeover of peach blossoms, Chinese banners and gold ingots, the iconic attraction is getting into the Lunar New Year spirit, offering visitors lucky red pockets from the sky.
For a totally next-level way to see in the Year Of The Ox, book a Sydney Tower Eye VIP Experience for an extraordinary afternoon of viewing from the Observation Deck, followed by an adventurous SKYWALK on the tower’s outdoor platform and decadent dining at SkyFeast indulging in unlimited global delicacies at the new revolving restaurant with 360-degree views of Sydney’s skyline.
When: Friday 12 February - Saturday 20 February 2021 | 10am-8pm (last entry a7pm). Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
Where: Sydney Tower Eye, CBD
Cost: From $31 per adult for general entry into the Observation Deck. VIP Experience from $150 online.
Lunar Spectacular Shows
The Lunar Spectacular Show will bring together various cultural community groups for three breathtaking events as they share their stories through music, dance, theatre and storytelling. Enjoy a variety of live performances from traditional and contemporary dance to Korean drumming, Japanese hip hop and fashion shows.
The performers and the communities are the heart and soul of this festival with Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian community groups joining the event.
When: Saturday 13 February | 11am,1:30pm and 4pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Cost: FREE but bookings are essential
The Rocks Lunar Markets
On weekends throughout the festival, the fabulous Rocks Markets will join the Lunar New Year celebrations with vibrant stalls surrounded by live music, bright red lanterns bringing good fortune and a stunning Ox in a china shop display and magical Ox wishing tree in Kendall Lane. Soak up the festive atmosphere as the historic precinct comes alive with the sights, scents and sounds of Asian street food and Lion Dances accompanied by a traditional drumline.
A range of exciting market stalls will be bursting with light and colour, illuminating the streets as you explore local artisan treasures. Discover handcrafted jewellery, textiles, homewares, art and more, and enjoy free Calligraphy making, Mahjong and Chinese Zodiac readings from 11am - 2pm at The Rocks Square.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12 - 21 February 2021 | 10am - 9pm (Sundays until 5pm)
Where: The Rocks
Darling Square Lunar New Year Festival
Darling Square in Haymarket is always a hive of activity, and they won't disappoint when it comes to celebrating the Year of the Ox! There will be a magical art and lantern installation lighting up the square, plus free entertainment, DJ Mowgli May from FBi Radio on the decks on Saturday nights and some exotic special dishes at some of the many vibrant eateries in the square and surrounding laneways.
During the Lunar New Year Festival, you can feast with the family at one of the authentic Asian restaurants serving up traditional dishes with a twist, created exclusively for the event. Festive offerings include a Vietnamese curry lamington from fusion favourites Hello Auntie & Tokyo Lamington and a limited edition black sesame mochi cake by Japanese dessert experts, Dopa by Devon. Diners can receive a Wishing Card to make their own wish for Good Luck in the Year of the Ox to add to the lantern art installation, and there are vouchers to be won! There will also be interactive Chinese Lion Dances on both Saturday nights at 9pm.
When: Friday 12 - Sunday 21 February 2021
Where: Darling Square, Haymarket
Cost: Festival entertainment at Darling Square is FREE.
Lunar New Year Dining Experience at IKEA
Enjoy an evening of cultural celebrations and delicious Asian-inspired delicacies at the IKEA Lunar New Year Dining Experience. For one night only, the superstore will transform their restaurant into an Asian feasting hall serving up a generous menu of entrees, main and desserts. You'll delight in spring rolls and dumplings, noodles dishes and hot pots, coconut rice pudding and oodles more.
When: Thursday 11 February, 5:30 & 7:30pm
Where: IKEA Tempe, 634-726 Princes Highway, Tempe
Cost: Adult ticket: $29.95, IKEA Family price: $24.95, Children (5-12): $14.95
Lunar New Year In Parramatta
Parramatta is celebrating the Year of the Ox in vibrant light and colour with two weeks illuminating installations, special offers at local Asian restaurants and the chance to win 1 of 5 gift cards worth $100 each, that can be used at participating restaurants in Parramatta.
Lunar New Year In Parramatta will see Centenary Square light up between 12 and 26 February with a beautiful walk-through lighting installation. Plus you can visit one of the many Asian eateries in the area and dine at one of the local gems. They are also hosting the Lunar Lane Markets At Sydney Olympic Park!
Where: Centenary Square, Church Street Parramatta Park, Parramatta
When: 12 - 26 February 2021
Lunar Lane Markets At Sydney Olympic Park
Usher in the Year of the Ox over three exciting nights at the Lunar Lane Markets at Sydney Olympic Park. With family-friendly entertainment and aromatic cuisine to celebrate the occasion, you can relax outdoors and enjoy the festive summer evening at Cathy Freeman Park.
Local Olympic Park eateries and some of Sydney's best food trucks will be serving up delicious Asian-fusion themed food under a stunning ceiling of red lanterns and festive lights. Calligraphy and cooking classes will spice things up in Lunar Land, and kids can join craft workshops from 4:30pm - 7pm making origami birds, paper lanterns and red envelopes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. There will also be performances every night at 5.30pm & 7.30pm including Fan and Lion Dancing.
When: Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 February 2021 | 4pm - 9.00pm
Where: Yulang, cnr Olympic Boulevard and Dawn Fraser Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park
Chatswood Year Of The Ox Festival
For three weeks, Chatswood will be bursting with exciting new events and familiar favourites at the Year Of The Ox Festival. A feast of food and culture, this year’s festival includes art installations, the popular Golden Markets, an inaugural Lunar New Year Comedy Festival and a Chinese New Year Celebration Cultural Show.
Enjoy delicious international food in the curated Festival Eats Food Trail among beautifully themed decorations and lanterns and take a cultural journey with a full schedule of entertainment. The Golden Market is on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am - 9pm, plus Saturday 6 February, and will transform the mall into an Asian street fair with 35 stallholders selling flowers, lucky bamboo, decorations, and delicious new year delicacies. There will also be Lion dances at The Concourse, Lion Dance Kids workshops and a Year of the OX Wishing Tree at Chatswood Interchange.
When: Wednesday 3 - Sunday 28 February 2021
Where: Chatswood Mall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Lunar New Year in Lane Cove
Bring in the Year of the Ox at this special Lunar New Year In The Plaza event featuring live entertainment, creative workshops, kids activities and spectacular lion dance by Pak Hok Kung Fu.
The schedule includes kids activities at the Plaza from 3:30 – 5:45pm, a Travelling Lion Dance at The Plaza and The Canopy from 5:45pm and live music at The Canopy from 6pm – 8pm.
When: Friday 19 February 2021, 3.30pm - 8pm
Where: Lane Cove Plaza, Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove
Lunar New Year in Bankstown & Campsie
The City of Canterbury Bankstown invites you to share in the celebrations and explore the neighbourhood's cultural diversity as they celebrate the Year of the Ox in spectacular style during their Lunar New Year celebrations. Saigon Place in Bankstown will be transformed into a festive wonderland with lanterns, decorative buntings and a giant lantern ox! A traditional Lion Dance will roam through the streets on Friday 12 February.
Campsie will be aglow with festive decorations in Anzac Street Mall and the Lunar New Year Night Noodle Markets will be held on Friday 5 February 2021at 5 - 9pm.
When: Friday 5 - 14 February 2021
Where: Saigon Place, Bankstown & Anzac Street Mall, Campsie
Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival
The annual Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival extravaganza has been cancelled this year, however, there are still plenty of celebrations happening throughout Eastwood Town Centre during February.
The weekly Eastwood night market is perfect for the family every Saturday from 4 - 10pm located in Eastwood Plaza. There will also be an outdoor cinema of the animated film Ferdinand, at Eastwood Oval on Saturday 20 February. There are also music, art and poetry events, a Love Eastwood Gift Card competition and special offers from local businesses.
When: Friday 12 - Friday 26 February 2021
Where: Eastwood Town Centre
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