New Exhibit on China Kicks Off with Chinese New Year Weekend Celebration February 21 & 22
Just in time to ring in the Chinese New Year, The Magic House is celebrating the grand opening of the Museum’s newest exhibit Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius. In partnership with the St. Louis Modern Chinese School and Chinese Culture and Education Services, The Magic House is hosting a Chinese New Year Weekend Celebration on Saturday, February 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, February 22 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm where families will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of traditional Chinese New Year activities, enjoy Chinese ethnic folk dance performances, be among the first to explore Children’s China and more.
As part of the opening weekend festivities, visiting artist Jimmy Liu will demonstrate the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy using traditional brushstroke techniques. Chinese Calligraphy is part of the Museum’s Visiting Artist Series, a yearlong celebration of the arts at The Magic House made possible with the support of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and Center Oil Company. The Chinese New Year Weekend Celebration is sponsored by Moneta Group and all activities are free with Museum admission. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.magichouse.org.
Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius, designed for children 3 to 12 years, explores what life is like for children in China today through six different immersive environments. In the school, children will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen notepad. Visitors will take on the role of a researcher at the panda reserve and discover how the people of China are caring for this endangered species. The entire family will find exercise fun at the park by using playful equipment that encourages fitness for all ages. As food is an important cultural experience in China, children will shop in a traditional neighborhood market filled with a variety of fish, fruits and vegetables and then prepare a healthy meal while working in the restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and then will participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress at the Great Achievement Hall.
Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums. Created by The Magic House in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Webster University and Character Plus, Children’s China is a nationally traveling exhibit designed to increase understanding of the Chinese culture. Children’s China is free with Museum admission.
About The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum The Magic House is a not-for-profit participatory museum that provides hands-on learning experiences for children and families and encourages experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic. Regular Museum admission is $10 per person. Children under the age of one are free.
About The Freeman Foundation The Freeman Foundation was established in 1993 by Mansfield Freeman. This private foundation is committed to increasing and strengthening the understanding of nations in East Asia.
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy, and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org.