Chinese New Year - the Year of the Snake - may not be until February 10, 2013. But, this is New York City. We do everything first.
In NYC, the festivities kick off a whole week early, on Saturday, February 2 with workshops and performances at the Children's Museum of the Arts and an Express Your Inner Snake Tour at The Museum of Chinese in America.
Then, on Friday, February 8, the Children's Museum of Manhattan gets into the act with some puppet and lantern making, followed by Saturday, February 9 celebrations at Asia Society and Queens Theater.
Of course, the actual day itself, Sunday, February 10, look for parades, lion dances and firecrackers in both Manhattan and Queens.
And if all that fun still isn't enough for you, the Better Chinatown Society will have a Lunar Festival a whole week later, on Sunday February 17.
The Lunar Festival, as well as the parades in both boroughs are FREE, as is the Lion Dance at the China Institute, and the concert at Queens Theater. Children under 5 are FREE at Museum of Chinese in America, while Moon Over Manhattan: Lunar New Year Family Day at Asia Society is a very reasonable $5 per child.
Get times, dates and full schedules at: http://www.redtri.com/new-york-kids/chinese-new-year