Family Activities for Chinese New Year in Dallas
Celebrating Chinese New Year can be a fun and cultural experience for your entire family. Exploring your region is the perfect way to experience a vast variety of visual art, performing art, architecture, and delicious food. Mark your calendar now to honor the Year of the Rooster on January 28 for this year’s celebration in the Dallas Arts District.
Creating and Enjoying Asian art at the Crow Collection
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in the center of the Arts District. Amidst the permanent exhibits featuring fashion design, painting, sculptures, pottery, and architecture, they have a variety of activities and stations set up for children to celebrate the Chinese New Year. These stations include opportunities to participate in crafts that include painting with watercolors, stamp art, creating paper lanterns, and making Chinese symbol masks. Plan to spend a few hours strolling through the exhibits and taking part in the numerous crafting opportunities.
Some of our favorite exhibits have been the Japanese fashion and the landscape art (both traveling exhibits) and the samurai collection, a fairly recent permanent addition. Each time I visit, I stand in awe at the exquisite art and architecture and marvel at how old the pieces truly are. The museum is open six days a week Tuesday through Sunday and is always free.
Just outside the museum, enjoy the traditional lion and dragon dancers, calligraphy demonstrations, face painting, martial arts demonstrations, musical performances, and local dance troupes. Don’t miss the spectacular finale as fireworks light up the Dallas skyline!
Walking through Street fairs and Trying Asian Cuisine
With much of the district dedicated to celebrating Chinese New Year, you’ll find many vendors and crafts available. You can purchase souvenirs, watch street performers, and snack on delicious fare from one (or several!) of the food trucks gathered in the park or surrounding streets.
While food trucks have exploded around the country, there are far fewer in our smaller town. Eating at food trucks is still a bit of a novelty and something we get excited to do. Sampling the dozens of items is so much fun! The food trucks in Dallas are a culinary experience that caters to every diner’s taste, no matter the food they prefer. In past years we have sampled sushi, noodles, Korean barbecue, and sliders. There are pastries, ice cream, and loads of other sweet treats to be tasted as well!
Strolling through Klyde Warren Park
Located conveniently downtown, Klyde Warren Park is an institution of its own in the Arts Districts. A constant bustle of activity year round, the park activities and entertainment for the Chinese New Year festivities don’t disappoint! Paid parking is available is several locations. Valet parking is also available if desired. Plus, there is free wi-fi throughout the park.
Where to stay for Chinese New Year in Dallas
Continue your weekend celebrating Chinese New Year by staying at Hilton Anatole which houses an art collection with a decidedly Asian flair. Located just a few minutes away from the Dallas Arts District, the Anatole features the largest art collection assembled by an American hotel. The collection includes pieces gathered from palaces of kings, emperors, and czars all over the world.
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Heather and her family were born and raised in east Texas, where she is an assistant principal. Her husband teaches high school chemistry and her daughters are…