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Via Flickr: July 16, 2011: Dragon Boat Family Day held in the Great Hall at NYSCI. Featuring: Dragon Boats on display; Paddle Machine competitions; Lion Dance, Kung Fu & Chinese Dance performances; Lion Mask and Boat making. Presented by NYSCI and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. Photo: Shimpei Takeda courtesy of NYSCI

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Via Flickr:
July 16, 2011: Dragon Boat Family Day held in the Great Hall at NYSCI.

Featuring: Dragon Boats on display; Paddle Machine competitions; Lion Dance, Kung Fu & Chinese Dance performances; Lion Mask and Boat making.

Presented by NYSCI and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Photo: Shimpei Takeda courtesy of NYSCI

Queens kids got up close and personal with some mythical creatures at Dragon Boat Family Day at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on Saturday, July 16.

“Children are the future of the competition, so it is important to involve them with the Dragon Boats while they are young,” said Henry Wan, chairman for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (HKDBF), which will be held on Meadow Lake on August 13 and 14. “We are a family event and we look forward to seeing all of these kids at the festival.”

An actual Dragon Boat held center stage in NYSCI’s Great Hall and children marveled at the 40-foot long teak boat. Expert rowers and amateur athletes were also in attendance, passing their knowledge onto the next generation of racers.

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Dragon Boat Family Day

This Saturday, July 16, we’ll be celebrating NYSCI’s first Dragon Boat Family Day.

Learn about dragon boats, test your strength and race on rowing machines, experience traditional Chinese dances including a Lion Dance, watch kung fu masters perform Chinese martial arts, and decorate a lion mask to take home.

A 40-foot-long dragon boat will be on display. This dragon boat will be participating in the boat races of the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Dragon Boat competitors from all over the North East coast will be manning these ”ergometer” machines that have been modified to have paddles, and are hooked up to large display screens so visitors can race against each other.

For the full schedule click here.

Presented by NYSCI and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.