New Year Eve Activities - First Night Raleigh children programs

New Year Eve activities with your family and kids at the First Night Raleigh!!

The RBC Bank Children's Celebration

The First Night Raleigh RBC Bank Children’s Celebration will be held on December 31, 2008 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and on the Bicentennial Plaza. Children 5 and under attend for free (when accompanied by a button-wearing adult). Admission buttons are required for Adults and Children ages 6 and up.

North Carolina Museum of History

Showcase of Traditional Chinese MovementMedia Sponsor: Kidsville News!Daniels Auditorium – Site 2 (CAP 300)
2:00-2:30 Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language (Dance)
2:45-3:15 Chinese-American Friendship Association (Dance)
3:30-4:00 Chinese-American Friendship Association (Dance)
4:15-4:45 Triangle Area Chinese-American Society (Lion Dance)
5:00-5:30 Tai Chi with Master Chen

Chinese Lanterns Demo Gallery (CAP 50)Light your way into 2009. These traditional decorations with a First Night twist will be a perfect prop in the People's Procession.

Chinese Names and Symbols Red Room (CAP 50)
Join the Chinese-American Friendship Association and Triangle Area Chinese-American Society for a lesson in Chinese art.

Arts Together Toddler RoomPurple Room (CAP 75)Fun and safe activities to capture the imaginations of young children. Diaper changing and feeding areas also provided.

Henna Tattoos with Deepika Bhatt
Third Floor
Artist Deepika Bhatt will adorn you with beautiful traditional Asian symbols.

Tai Chi Demonstrations
Lobby - Site 3
Learn this Chinese martial art from Master Jin Chen of the Chinese Kung Fu Center and the Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Showcase of Traditional Chinese Music
Media Sponsor: Carolina Parent
First Floor Auditorium - Site 4 (CAP 275)
2:30-3:00 Triangle Area Chinese-American Society Youth Symphony
3:15-3:45 Music by the Chinese-American Friendship Association
4:00-4:30 Kids Songs Series by the Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language

Blake Peebles Guitar Hero Demonstration
Media Sponsor: Carolina Parent
First Floor Auditorium - Site 4 (CAP 275)
A demonstration by the Guitar Hero world champion.

Red Envelopes Lobby - Site 7 (CAP 75) Red envelopes symbolize wealth and prosperity for the coming year. Here you can design your own and add a special golden wish for 2009.

Dancing Lions
Thirdl Floor Classroom Area (CAP 50)
Did you catch the dancing lions on Bicentennial Plaza? Make your own piece of Chinese culture believed to bring luck and happiness.

Chinese Symbols and Letter Writing with the Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language
Mountain Cove - Site 5 (CAP 50)

Chinese Characters in Costumes - Photo Opportunity
Mountain Cove - Site 5 (CAP 50)

Animal of the Hour
2:00-8:00, at the top of every hour
Third Floor, Windows on the World - Site 6

Outside on Bicentennial Plaza

Celebration Tent2:00-6:00Media Sponsor: Raleigh Television NetworkWhat's First Night without a little music? Come to the Celebration Tent and fashion your own drum or other noisemaker to carry in the People's Procession.

First Night Honorable DragonOur dragon has a lot of pride, but not a ton of pizzazz. Decorate a dragon scale and we'll dress him up in true First Night Raleigh style!

Kung Fu, Lion Dance, and more! 2:00-5:30Come join Master Jin Chen and the Chinese Kung Fu Center students for demonstrations. And enjoy a Lion Dance and parade!

Roving Puppets3:00-4:00Paperhand Puppet Intervention roam and share their large artistic puppet creations.

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