Lunar New Year is a fantastic chance to celebrate the cultural diversity in our community. January 25th 2020 sees the Year of the Pig make way for the Year of the Rat, the first and cheekiest of all Zodiac Signs! So, channel your Inner (West) Rat and get out and about locally. With lots happening right across the city, there’s plenty to do for all ages!

Little Library Lovers | Year of the Rat Storytime – Various Locations

You may already be familiar with the Inner West Council’s Little Library Lovers program, but did you know they’re hosting Lunar New Year themed Storytime sessions across the suburbs? You can join them for stories, rhymes, and simple craft – perfect for those aged 2-5 years old.

Tuesday 4th February, 10:30am – 11:00am
Stanmore Library

Wednesday 5th February, 10:30am – 11:00am
Marrickville Library

Wednesday 5th February, 11:00am – 11:30am
Leichhardt Library

Thursday 6th February, 11:00am – 11:30am
Ashfield Library

If you loved Storytime, perhaps a visit to Berkelouw Books is in order! They have a wide range of children’s stories that are perfect for curious minds.

Bilingual Story Time – Marrickville Library

The kids will love a morning out at Marrickville Library, with Lunar New Year themed crafts, bilingual books in Mandarin/English and Vietnamese/English, as well as songs in Mandarin and Vietnamese.

Tuesday 4th February, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Marrickville Library

Why not visit BunME for lunch to top the day off? Their Vietnamese eats are sure to make for happy tummies.

Raising Bilingual Children – Marrickville Library

This parenting workshop for the Mandarin speaking community will help you understand the benefits, challenges, and practical tools involved when raising bilingual children, especially in the Inner West. The workshop will be followed by traditional Lunar New Year dancing on the lawn which starts at 1:00pm.

Friday 7th February, 10:00am – 2:30pm
Marrickville Library and Patyegarang Place

If you’re having the family around for a Spring Festival meal, Norton Seafood and Coles have the freshest fish to feed the hungriest guests.