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KC Chinese New Year Family Day: "Panda Chengdu" (part of our 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 9:00 AM

Family Days at the Kennedy Center Lunar New Year Celebration

All ages are welcome to this fun-filled day of activities and entertainment, with a special focus on the arts and culture of China’s Chengdu Plain, home to most of the world’s giant pandas.

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PLEASE BE ADVISED there is a wait time to access some Family Day activities today.

KC Chinese New Year Family Day: “Panda Chengdu”

FREE, No tickets required
(See important parking and transportation advisory further below!)

All ages are welcome to this fun-filled day of activities and entertainment! Family Day is part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Lunar New Year festivities, this year celebrating the Year of the Dog with three days of special events showcasing the arts and culture of China’s Chengdu Plain. The region is home to most of the world’s giant pandas—including D.C.’s very own Bao Bao!

At Family Day, you can:
  • Watch footage of Bao Bao (who recently moved to Chengdu from the National Zoo) and write a letter to her.
  • Turn yourself into a panda or wear a traditional Chinese costume at our dress-up photo booth.
  • Learn the arts of paper umbrella coloring, paper cutting and block printing.
  • Observe masters at work with calligraphy, sugar painting, and Chinese makeup.
  • Surround yourself with performances in folk dancing, acrobatics, and shadow puppetry.
  • Enjoy hands-on fun at our traditional Chinese instrument “petting zoo,” dog and panda mask coloring, and more.
  • Discover your Zodiac animal and get a sticker.
  • A tour of the Kennedy Center in Mandarin will be given at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Parking for Family Day is available to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis at standard parking rates. It is possible for the parking garage to become full on busy performance days, as this Saturday is expected to be. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the other off-site parking available at the Watergate garage ($13) and Columbia Plaza at 2400 Virginia Avenue ($12) (Enter the Watergate garage from New Hampshire Avenue opposite the Saudi Embassy.) A free shuttle will run between the Kennedy Center and Columbia Plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Convenient public transportation options are also available for getting to Family Day. Consult our parking, public transportation, and directions guide for more information, to help you get the most from your Family Day experience!