I like to create the excitement of coming festivals with my kids by talking to them about it, showing them old photos of past festivals we have celebrated as well as allowing them to play online games with the festival theme.
Parents searching for Online Games for kids with a Chinese New Year theme can try this out.
Here's an online game that my kids enjoy. Its Kai-Lan's Paper Lantern Game. Kids get to decorate an online paper lantern for a virtual lantern festival. (This game is also suitable during the Lantern Festival.)
This game is one of ten games from Ni-Hao Kai-Lan's Games from NickJr.com. Enjoy!