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Past Playgroups

The Playgroups Program supports adopted Chinese children in the Triangle area and their families. By introducing different aspects of traditional Chinese culture to them, we aim to help the children maintain ties to their native homeland and culture.

If you are a parent of adopted Chinese children, you are welcome to bring your child to any of our playgroups. Their non-Chinese siblings are also welcome. To help us prepare better, please RSVP to Pat (pat.lang@duke.edu) by the Wednesday before the Playgroup.

Check out pictures from these past events!


2011 Fall:
Sunday, Jan 23rd
Chinese New Year Papier Mache
2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 105, East Campus

Make papier mache arts and crafts related to the Chinese New Year-Year of the Rabbit!

Sunday, Feb 6th
Cooking Dumplings
2:00pm-3:30pm
Randolph Kitchen, East Campus

We will learn how to make delicious dumplings in celebration of the Chinese New Year


Sunday, Feb 27th
Scavenger Hunt
2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 105, East Campus




Sunday, Mar 27th
Field Day
2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 105, East Campus




Sunday, Apr 10th
DCC End of the Year Picnic
Duke Gardens
Rain Date: Apr 17th

Year end picnic for a fun-filled potluck and celebration! Bring your own blanket and outdoor games (kites, balls, jumpropes, outdoor activities). Duke China Care will provide light snacks and drinks.


2010 Fall:



Sunday, Sep 5th
Meet & Greet, Shaved Ice, Chinese Cultural Jeopardy

2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 105, East Campus

We will have shaved ice with a number of toppings (including red beans, mango, kiwi, and more!) and play Chinese Cultural Jeopardy to learn more about Chinese culture.


Sunday, Sep 19th
Dragon Boat Racing

2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 105, East Campus

We will make our very own Chinese Dragon boats and race them!


Sunday, Oct 3rd
Moon Festival
2:00pm-3:30pm
Randolph Kitchen, East Campus

            Celebrate an important Chinese Holiday by making delicious mooncakes and eating them
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Sunday, Oct 17th
Halloween Celebration
2:00-4:00pm
202 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

Start the Halloween celebrations early with a Halloween party filled with costumes, candy, face-painting and lots of fun and games!

Children are encouraged to wear costumes!



Sunday, Nov 14th
Calligraphy & Watercolor Painting
2:00-3:00pm
West Duke 105


Come for a lesson on Chinese calligraphy taught by a Duke China Care officer! Have  fun practicing your water coloring and calligraphy skills.


2009 Fall:


Sunday, Sep 6th
Meet & Greet, Shaved Ice, Chinese Cultural Bingo

2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 108B

We will have shaved ice with a number of toppings (including red beans, mango, kiwi, and more!) and play Chinese Cultural Bingo to learn more about Chinese culture.


Sunday, Sep 20th
Chinese Valentine's Day Activities

2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 108B

We will have arts & crafts and story-telling to celebrate a belated Chinese Valentine's Day.


Sunday, Oct 11th
FCC Autumn Moon Festival

4:30-7:30pm
Lake Johnson Park, Raleigh (limited rides may be available for students)

Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival with the Triangle area families! Face-painting and origami booths will be organized.


Sunday, Oct 25th
FCC Halloween Celebration

2:00pm-4:00pm
Chapel Hill (we will be taking the free Robertson Bus)

Celebrate Halloween with the Triangle area families! Come dressed up if you like.


Sunday, Nov 15th
Dragon Boat Festival Celebration

2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 105

We will be making toy dragon boats and racing them!


2009 Spring:


Sunday, January 25
Story Telling
2:00pm-3:30pm
East Campus
East Duke 204D


Reading "Jin Jin the Dragon," talk about Chinese New Year and Chinese Zodiacs.


Saturday, February 7
Banquet Mini Play Group (only for parents attending the Banquet)
During Cindy's speech
West Campus
Bryan Center, Multicultural Room


Making cards to send to orphanages in China


Sunday, March 1
Making Food
2:00pm-3:30pm
East Campus
Randolph Dorm Kitchens


More Info Soon to Come


Sunday, March 29
Asian Animals
2:00pm-3:30pm
East Campus
East Duke 204D


Learn about the panda, make panda masks, and watch "Kungfu Panda"!
Sunday, April 19th
Year End Picnic (Playgroup + Mentorship combined)

2:00pm-3:30pm
Duke Gardens
Everyone will meet at the Doris Duke Gardens Visitors Center first (Map)
Rain Location: Keohane Banquet Room

Year end picnic for a fun-filled potluck and celebration! Parents are encouraged to sign up to bring food. Bring your own blanket and outdoor games (kites, balls, jumpropes, outdoor activities). Duke China Care will provide light snacks and drinks.



2008 Fall:


Sunday, September 14
Mid-Autumn Festival
5:30pm-8:30pm
Lake Johnson (Rides provided)

Pictures!
Sunday, September 28
Traditional Chinese Games
2:00pm-3:30pm
East Campus
West Duke 108B

Pictures!
Sunday, October 19th
Kites
2:00pm-3:30pm
East Campus
West Duke 108B

Pictures!
Sunday, November 2
FCC Documentary Event, Paper Dolls, Cartoon-watching Session
2:00pm-5:30pm
East Campus
West Duke 108B (for the children)
White Lecture Hall (for the parents)
(film flyer and in-depth film info)

We will decorate our own paper dolls and create different paper outfits for them. We will also learn more about Chinese clothing throughout history.

Pictures!
Sunday, November 16
Duke Chinese Dance
2:00pm-3:30pm
East Campus
East Duke 204D

We will learn some moves from Duke's very own Chinese Folk Dance group!

Pictures!



2008 Spring:
Click here for a flyer with the 08 spring semester's schedule.

Sunday, January 27
Calligraphy
2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 108B

Pictures!
Sunday, February 10
Traditional Chinese Music
2:00pm-3:30pm
West Duke 108B

Pictures!
Sunday, March 2
Nasher Museum
Sunday, April 13
Chinese Food


2007 Fall:
Sunday, October 14 (flyer)
Terracotta Warriors
West Duke Building, Room 108B
2:00pm-4:00pm

We learned about the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'An, painted our own clay animals, and colored pictures of Chinese warriors. Check out the gallery!


Sunday, November 11
The Nasher Museum
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Duke China Care accompanied children to the USB Family Day event at the Nasher. It was a great opportunity for the children to do some arts and crafts and participate in a gallery hunt related to some of the exhibitions. Don't forget to check out the gallery!

Sunday, December 2
Chinese Folk Dance
2:00pm-4:00pm
Keohane 4A Langdorm Commons (2nd Floor)

We baked cookies in the Christmas spirit and learned some dance moves from Duke's very own Chinese Dance Troupe! Click here to look at all the wonderful pictures from the event!


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