Teaching children about Chinese history, culture, and imperial life

We All Live in the Forbidden City offers a robust array of Forbidden City-related programming specially designed for children. We believe strongly in the importance of making this project accessible to children no matter their socio-economic background, and a series of workshops are being offered, in partnership with local schools, libraries, museums, and community organizations in cities across North America.


A series of interactive children’s workshops are being brought to schools, museums, and libraries in North America. Led by the program’s experienced teachers, students learn about Chinese culture through creative activities, interactive storytelling, animations, and group discussions. At the core of these workshops are universal values, such as:

  • Respecting and Being Inspired by the Natural World
  • Balancing Freedom and Responsibilities
  • The Importance of Teamwork
  • Appreciating Life’s Good Blessings

By exploring these concepts, students learn to appreciate not only Chinese culture, but the world around them. We have brought these workshops to over 4000 children at schools, libraries, and bookstores in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Toronto.

The following four workshops are currently being offered:



Contact us at forbiddencity@chinainstitute.org for more information.

EDUCATORS! – Click on the links to download the pre- and post- workshop materials for our children’s outreach workshops The Palace is Like a Big Forest (including a separate Architectural Elements sheet) and How Are You, Mr. Emperor?.

Apply now and embark on this cultural journey!

All workshops are free, but places are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 8 or more can apply. Priority will be given to new participating schools. To apply please click on the following link to fill out our WORKSHOP REQUEST FORM. For questions, please email forbiddencity@chinainstitute.org.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.