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13 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Purim in Detroit

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As far as Jewish holidays go, Purim might be the most fun. (Sorry Yom Kippur!) Kids and grown-ups get to dress in costume, make noise, eat triangular pastries (mmm….hamantaschen), and exchange treats with friends. And if that weren’t enough, lots of synagogues have Purim carnivals with games, moon bounces, face painting, and prizes. That’s our kind of holiday.


Purim 2017 begins on Saturday evening, March 11 and concludes at sundown on Sunday, March 12.


Purim Parties

Purim – Let’s Make Some Noise
Spend a Sunday morning in the city, and learn about the holiday of Purim through a visit to the Detroit Institute for Music Education and a drum lesson. For families with children ages 4 – 6 years, siblings welcome. RSVP requested. Free
Detroit Institute for Music Education, 1265 Griswold St, Detroit
Sunday, February 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Purim Extravaganza – Featuring Trolls with Scrolls
Celebrate Purim with a troll-themed celebration including megillah reading, carnival games, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, lazer tag, ice cream, and prizes. Fun for all ages. Free
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Rd, Southfield

Saturday, March 11, 5:30 p.m.

Megillah Reading
Megillah reading followed by dessert and live music by Lazer Lloyd, Israel’s King of Blues.  Sponsored by Adat Shalom, Beth Ahm, B’nai Israel, and B’nai Moshe.
Congregation B’nai Moshe, 6800 Drake Rd, West Bloomfield
Saturday, March 11, 7:45 p.m.

Tot Shabbat in the D Purim Spiel
A Purim-themed puppet show, followed by songs, and snacks. RSVP requested. Free
PuppetART Theater, 25 East Grand River Ave, Detroit
Saturday, March 11, 2 – 4 p.m.

Purim Palooza
Purim dinner followed by services, megillah reading, and a Purim spiel (play). Come in costume, and bring a box of pasta to use as your grogger and donate afterward. RSVP requested. $6/adult, $14/child 12 and under
Temple Kol Ami, 5085 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Saturday, March 11, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Temple Beth El Purim Carnival
Classic carnival games, inflatables, face painting, and other fun as well as a separate carnival for the 5 and under set. Tickets for games and food will be available for purchase.
Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills

Sunday, March 12, Noon – 2 p.m.

Purim Carnival
Excerpts of the megillah and Purim music followed by a carnival and Star Trax dance party. Food will be available for purchase. Sponsored by Adat Shalom, Beth Ahm, B’nai Israel, and B’nai Moshe. Free
Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills
Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Temple Israel Purim Celebration
Purim carnival  for kids ages 4 and under with age-appropriate games and prizes followed by a Beauty and the Beast-themed Purim play.  $5/child unlimited games
Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Temple Israel Purim Carnival
Games, moon bounce, raffles, and food. All ages. Free admission, game tickets available for purchase
Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, March 12, 11:50 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Temple Kol Ami Purim Carnival
Games, prizes, glitter tattoos, and a selfie station. Food & game tickets available for purchase.
Temple Kol Ami, 5085 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, March 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Volunteer- Do a Mitzvah!

Purim Parcel Packaging
Help assemble and deliver over 500 Purim packages to Jewish seniors and sick children in local hospitals. All ages. RSVP requested. $10 suggested donation
Max M. Fisher Federation Building, 6735 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills
Sunday, March 5, 3 – 4:30 p.m

Tot Shabbats

Tot Shabbat – Winter Maccabiah / Purim Edition
A Purim-themed tot Shabbat for kids ages 0-3 and their grown-ups. Come in costume and enjoy songs, stories, dancing, and Purim snacks. RSVP requested. Free
Hillel Day School, 32200 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills
Saturday, February 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Shabbat for Tots – Purim Style
Show off your costume and celebrate Shabbat and Purim with songs, prayers, crafts, and snacks. For families with children ages 5 and under, RSVP requested. Free
Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Saturday, March 4, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Tot Shabbat
A musical, interactive tot Shabbat led by Hazz’n Dan Gross.
Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills
Saturday, March 18, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

 

Passover

The Barbara and Douglas Bloom Matzah Factory
Make your own matzah, and learn about the story of Passover through fun, interactive activities and holiday-themed crafts.
Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, March 19, 1 – 4 p.m.


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