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11 Jewish Things to Do On Christmas With Kids in New York

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Let’s face it folks, Chinese food and a movie just doesn’t fill up the day. Luckily there are fun, family-friendly activities taking place all over the New York area. You can swim, gym, take in a concert, get some culture at a museum, or take a walking tour of the Lower East Side. And if you don’t want to go the restaurant or take-out route, our friends over at The Nosher have put together 17 Chinese takeout recipes that you can make at home. 


Family Fun Day @ the Riverdale Y
Movies, crafts, bouncy castle, family swim, open gym, and more. Kosher food available for purchase. $20/family suggested donation
The Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Ave
Monday, December 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Jewish Children’s Museum Kids’ Art Fest
A day of creative fun with beading, spray paint art, Lego sculptures, challah braiding and a game show. $14/person
Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Pkwy
Monday, December 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Island

Mid-Island Y Family Day
Family fun for all ages including arts & crafts, Zumba, open swim, open gym, and mah-jongg. $5/person, $18/family
Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd, Plainview
Monday, December 25, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family Fun Day
Fun for the whole family with a bagel breakfast, crafts, open play, community service projects, and an interactive performance by Musical IQ. $20/family
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr, East Hills
Monday, December 25, 9 a.m. – Noon


David Broza’s “Not Exactly Christmas Eve” Concert
Israeli music legend, David Broza performs his folk, rock, pop, and flamenco-influenced hits. $50/ticket and up
92 St Y, 1395 Lexington Ave
Sunday, December 24, 8 p.m.

Big Onion Lower East Side Walking Tour
Explore the Jewish history and architecture of the Jewish Lower East Side.  Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is encouraged. $25/person, $15/students
Meet on the corner of Essex & Delancey Streets in front of Chase Bank
Monday, December 25, 1 p.m.

Christmas Day @ the Museum at Eldridge Street
Visit this historic synagogue and museum located in Chinatown. Take a tour, participate in a family scavenger hunt, kids’ craft projects, and live music. $14/adult, $10/kid
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St
Monday, December 25, Noon – 5 p.m.

December 25 @ The Museum of Jewish Heritage
Family-friendly tours of the core exhibition and a performance of “The Sorceress” by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine. Tours are free with museum admission, advance ticket purchase for the show strongly recommended. Tickets – $25/person
Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Pl
Monday, December 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

December 25 @ The Jewish Museum
Begin the day with Oran Etkin in concert — an interactive musical journey with singing dancing and drums. Following the concert, create original pieces of art inspired by museum exhibits. The museum’s restaurant, operated by Russ & Daughters, will be open along with the museum gift shop. $16/person – includes museum admission
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave
Monday, December 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Concert), 1 – 4 p.m (Studio Art Sessions)

Oran Etkin Concert
An interactive musical journey through the African landscape with singing, dancing, and drums. Buy tickets in advance or at the door. $16/person
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave
Monday, December 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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