Join our Kids Off The Couch community to share your family’s favorite activities and to talk about how media impacts all of our kids’ lives.View Blog
Tell Us Your Favorite Family Films
What do you watch in your house on Family Movie Night? Click here to send us a note.
To be uprooted from your home and set down in a strange city is the ultimate outsider experience. We remember arriving in a new city with just a few cardboard boxes, but would we risk as much with our children in tow? That's just what a poor farmer does for his talented son in Together; the peasant from a small rural village takes his only child, a violin prodigy, to Bejing to find him the proper teacher. The father, who works as a cook, finds a series of instructors eager to help the boy, but, of course, the city has much more to teach than just music. Doors open for Xiaochun, and we were riveted as he travels up through the social strata of the city. But the clash of culture is profound for the father; ambition always carries a cost. Together is a modern fairy tale which delivers a satisfying, five-hankie Hollywood ending.
It's fun to learn to say Gung Hay Fat Choy (Happy New Year) and even more fun to learn about another culture's traditions. Visiting Chinatown is filled with wonderful sights and smells all year, but we chose Lunar New Year to make a foray downtown with our kids. We started the day off with a treat for our taste buds by sampling dim sum. The kids unnwrapped banana leaves to discover a nest of sticky rice with pork pieces and gobbled down a plate of potstickers. After, we treated our kids (and ourselves!) to dessert at a local bakery, where families were picking up sticky bow-tie sweets for their holiday meal. Taking our cookies on the road, we gave the kids a few dollars so they could shop among the colorful shops that lined the streets. We moms were thrilled to find some modern, design-y houseware shops and art galleries. Our kids were greeted by friendly shop owners who were happy to point them toward kid-sized purchases, like silky pajamas, origami paper, chopsticks and holiday poppers. After a few hours of celebrating the Year of the Rat, we came home sated and excited to make Lunar New Year an annual tradition.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown
Age Allotment: 4 and up
Time Recommendation: 2 to 4 hours, including a meal
Our Buttery Bits of Wisdom about this Popcorn Adventure: