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27 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah With Kids in Baltimore

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Hanukkah 2018 is almost here and there are lots of family-friendly ways to celebrate in the Baltimore area including concerts, story times, fireworks, art, and even science. While you’re planning your holiday fun, consider donating a new, unwrapped toy, book, craft project, or gift card to the JCS Toy Drive with drop-off locations at the Park Heights and Owings Mills JCC’s and at the Barnes & Noble in Pikesville.


Hanukkah 2018 begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2 and concludes at sundown on Monday, December 10.


Cirque-tacular
A show featuring Olympians, circus performers, and world record holders. Fun for the whole family. Buy tickets in advance or at the door.
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, November 25, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Harry Houdini Hanukkah School of Magicians
A Hanukkah celebration for Russian-speaking Jewish and Jew-ish families including a magic show, a tour of the exhibit The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini, and Hanukkah treats. Register online.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, November 25, 3 p.m.

Hanukkah at Hunt Valley Towne Centre
Have some Hanukkah fun while you shop. Stop into Greetings and Readings for holiday-themed activities, stories, and a special Hanukkah sing-a-long. While you’re there. pick up some coupons to save on last minute gifts. Check out the Hanukkah display at Wegman’s and get everything you need for your holiday celebrations.
Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville
Saturday, December 1, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

3rd Annual Hanukkah Hot Chocolate 5K
Join athletes of all ages and abilities for a 5K, 1-mile Fun Run, and Family Fun Day at the JCC and race to the finish line for a cup of hot cocoa. Sponsored by the JCC, Hadassah, and LifeBridge Health. Register online.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, December 2, 7:30 – 11 a.m.

Hanukkah Book Experience
Join author Pamela Ehrenberg for a special reading of her book Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas along with holiday-themed snacks, candle-making with PJ Library and other holiday fun. Best for families with children in preschool through 2nd grade. RSVP requested.
Beth El Congregation-Myers Auditorium, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, December 2, 10 – 11 a.m.

Hanukkah at Foundry Row
Enjoy a morning of Hanukkah activities at Wegman’s including dreidel spinning, story time, edible crafts, and music.
Foundry Row, 10100 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills
Sunday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Great Jewish Bake Off
Whether you join this culinary championship as a baker or a spectator, a delicious day of baking, tastings, tips from professional chefs and bakers, and family activities await. Learn more.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, December 2, 1 – 3:15 p.m.

Tiyul Adventure Year at Pearlstone
Check out a session of this inspirational, Jewish, earth-based experience for kids in grades 2 – 6 including storytelling, food, music, and other activities. Register online.
Pearlstone, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Sunday, December 2, 2 – 5 p.m.

Hanukkah Lights Up the Sky
Celebrate Hanukkah with Beth El and Chizuk Amuno with a festive, catered dinner, holiday candle lighting, a performance by Ketzev – the Jewish a capella group at Johns Hopkins University, and fireworks. Register online or at the door.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Monday, December 3, 5:45 – 7:45 p.m.

J Town Hanukkah Chaggigah
Celebrate Hanukkah with PJ Library with stories, crafts, and holiday fun.
JTown, Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights, Ave
Tuesday, December 4, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

A Shining Light: Hanukkah Program for Those Who Lost a Loved One
Holidays can be a difficult time for people who are grieving. This special program will include a Hanukkah candle lighting and opportunity to honor those who are no longer with us. Open to all. Children ages 8 and up are welcome. Register online.
Jewish Community Services, Park Heights JCC, 5750 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, December 4, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Karma Dogs
Kids can practice reading aloud to the Karma Dogs – trained therapy dogs who are great listeners and totally non-judgemental. Best for ages 5 – 12 years, adult supervision required.
Center for Jewish Education, Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Family Hanukkah Bingo
Bring the whole family for a holiday celebration on the 3rd night of Hanukkah. Light the candles, play bingo and eat latkes. Pizza dinner available for pre-order. Register online.
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, 3300 Old Court Rd
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tot Time With the J
A free, interactive, drop-in story time with songs, puppets, movement, and fun for babies and toddlers.
The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Dr, 1st fl, Towson
Wednesday, December 5, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Hanukkah Party for Israeli Families
Decorate your own sufganiyot and light Hanukkah candles with other Hebrew-speaking families. Register online.
Center for Jewish Education, Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, December 6, 6 – 9 p.m.

Monument Lighting Celebration
Join PJ Library at the Walters Museum monument lighting celebration for stories and make your own Hanukkah candles. Free.
Walters Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
Thursday, December 6, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Hands-on Holidays
Celebrate Hanukkah with the JCC with a free, drop-in story time with songs, and crafts. Best for ages 5 and under. Choose from multiple days, times, and locations.
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Roland Park, 5108 Roland Ave
Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.
Carroll County, Westminster Library, 50 E Main St, Westminster
Friday, December 7, 10 a.m.
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Govans Branch, 5714 Bellona Ave
Friday, December 7, 10:30 a.m.
Ivy Book Shop, 6080 Falls Rd
Sunday, December 9, 10 a.m.

J Science Hanukkah: Mad Science with a Jewish Twist!
An interactive STEAM program for ages 4 – 12 years. Learn about the science of light and motion through holiday-related experiments.
Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Friday, December 7, 10:30 a.m.

Hanukkah Celebration @ Beth Israel
Hanukkah fun for all ages with a festive Shabbat dinner followed by musical performances, holiday-themed activities, and storytelling. Advance registration requested.
Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Ln, Owings Mills
Friday, December 7, 6:13 – 9 p.m.

Kol Echad: Inclusive Shabbat
An experiential and inclusive Shabbat service for school-aged children with special needs and their families. Join us for a hands-on, interactive, sensory-friendly service featuring music and movement.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Saturday, December 8, 11 – 11:45 a.m
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Artistpalooza
Celebrate the 6th night of Hanukkah with musical performances, visual art displays, storytelling, refreshments, and a snack bar. Fun for all ages. Buy tickets online or at the door.
Myerberg Center, 3101 Fallstaff Rd
Saturday, December 8, 7 – 10 p.m.

Lisa Loeb Concert
Celebrate Hanukkah with a concert by Jewish mom and indie-pop musician Lisa Loeb.
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Saturday, December 8, 8 p.m.

Houdini Comes Alive
Magician David London brings the story of Harry Houdini alive. Learn about Houdini’s transformation from Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi, to a world-famous magician. Learn more.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, December 9, 2 – 3 p.m.

Hanukkah Wonderland
Celebrate Hanukkah at the J with fun for the whole family including holiday crafts, face painting, moon bounce, photo booth, donut decorating, and an olive press demonstration.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave,
Sunday, December 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, December 10, Noon – 4 p.m.

Hanukkah Hoopla
Celebrate Hanukkah with the CJE Carroll County Connectors with a latke bar and toppings, holiday treats, crafts, stories, and a dreidel tournament. Fun for all ages. Learn more.
Finksburg Branch Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
Sunday, December 9, 4 p.m.

Maccabeats Concert
What better way to celebrate Hanukkah than with a concert by the world-renowned Jewish a capella group? Fun for all ages.
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, December 9, 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

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