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18 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Purim in Baltimore

Purim 2020

The holiday of Purim has all of the elements you need for the ultimate kid-friendly celebration – costumes, parades, carnivals, and cookies, and packages full of treats. There are so many family-friendly ways to celebrate Purim this year in the Baltimore area. You can choose from carnivals, volunteer opportunities, hamantaschen baking, storytimes, traditional and multimedia megillah readings, and more.

Need a quick refresher on the Purim story? We’ve got you covered. Want to bake some hamantaschen at home with the kids? Try these mouthwatering Dulce de Leche hamantaschen. If baking isn’t your thing, or you’re a bit short on time – check out this ultimate hamantaschen-making hack.

Purim 2020 begins at sundown on Monday, March 9 and ends at sundown on Tuesday, March 10.

Purim fun for the whole family with carnival games, face painting, crafts, balloon animals, and more. $20/family, $15/family for JCC members.
Weinberg JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m.—2 p.m.

Laurie Berkner Band
You’ll be dancing in your seats as Laurie Berkner and her longtime bandmates perform their greatest hits like “Victor Vito” and “We Are the Dinosaurs” along with new music. Come early for fun, pre-show activities.
The Gordon Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m.—Noon & 3—4 p.m.

BT Cares Mishloach Manot Making Event
Volunteer at Beth Tfiloh and pack Mishloach Manot to be delivered to residents of nursing homes and other senior living facilities. All ages.
Sunday, March 1, 1—2 p.m.
Beth Tfiloh High School, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore 

Hamentaschen Make and Take
Get in the Purim mood by assembling hamantaschen and then bring them home to bake and share with family and friends. Advance registration recommended. Come early for Purim activities beginning at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. $18
Rosenbloom JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Owings Mills
Sunday, March 1; 4:30—5:30 p.m. 

Hands-On Holidays
Learn about the holiday of Purim at Enoch Pratt Library with free stories, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 5 and under. RSVP requested, drop-ins welcome. Choose from multiple dates and venues.
Patterson Park 
158 N Linwood Ave
Monday, March 2, 11 a.m.—Noon
Roland Park  
5108 Roland Ave
Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m.—Noon
5714 Bellona Ave
Friday, March 6, 10:30—11:30 a.m.
2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
Friday, March 6, 10—11 a.m.
The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Rd
Sunday, March 8,  10—11 a.m.

Tot Time
Join the JCC at the Shops at Kenilworth for an interactive storytime with songs, puppets, movement, and fun. Best for babies and toddlers.
The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Dr. Towson
Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.

Toddler Hamantaschen Make, Bake and Take
Make hamantaschen with your littlest bakers. While they bake, sing songs with Miss Cory and make a Purim craft to bring home along with your hamantaschen. Advance registration requested. $6/1 child, $19/2 children
Rosenbloom JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.

Purim Chagigah
Celebrate Purim with your PJ Library and J Town friends with songs, stories, snacks, and crafts. No advance registration required, free and open to all.
J Town @ Weinberg JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Purim Party Extravaganza with Repair the World Baltimore
Volunteer with Repair the World and help run carnival games at a Purim party for adults with disabilities. Advance registration requested.
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, March 5, 6—8:30 p.m.

Sensory-Friendly Purim Carnival
This sensory-friendly Purim carnival will minimize light, sounds, and tactile stimulation but maximize the fun with games, face painting and cotton candy. RSVP required.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, March 8, 9—10:15 a.m.

Hamantaschen Bake
A multi-generational event for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 7 and up) – make, bake, and bring home your very own hamantaschen using a variety of nut-free fillings. RSVP required – limited space available. $5/pp, $15 max/family
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, March 8, Noon

Tots Purim
Come in costume, learn about the story of Purim and enjoy a Purim carnival.
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln
Monday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.—Noon

Hands-on Holidays at the Orokawa Y
Celebrate Purim with JCC Baltimore and the Y of Central Maryland with stories, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 5 and under. RSVP requested. Free and open to all.
The Orokawa Y, 600 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson
Monday, March 9, 10 a.m.

Back to the 80’s – Purim Carnival, Spiel and Megillah Reading
A fun-filled evening with something for all ages. The evening begins with a Purim carnival and volunteer project, followed by an 80’s-themed exhibit, Purim spiel, megillah reading, and an 80’s-themed after-party.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Monday, March 9, 5:30—10:00 p.m.

Purim in TV Land
Come dressed as your favorite TV character for a megillah reading, costume contest, hamantaschen bar, moon bounce, pinata, and other holiday fun.
Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Dr
Monday, March 9, 7 p.m. & Tuesday, March 10, 5 p.m.

Purim Megillah Reading & Party
Purim fun for all ages with megillah reading followed by board games, trivia, and other holiday fun. $13/pp
B’nai Israel Congregation, 27 Lloyd St.
Monday, March 9, 7:30—10:30 p.m.

Purim @ Beth Tfiloh
Choose from traditional or multimedia megillah readings followed by a Purim carnival preceded by a preschool costume extravaganza.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd
Monday, March 9
5:50 p.m. Preschool Costume Extravaganza,
7:25 p.m. Megillah Reading
Tuesday, March 10 – multiple megillah readings – see website for details.

Celebrate Purim Down Under
Celebrate an Australian-themed Purim with dinner, a multimedia megillah reading, live music, and activities. Register online. $20/adult, $12/child
Owings Mills Chabad Center, 11299 Owings Mills Blvd. #202
Tuesday, March 10, 5 p.m.

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