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41 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Passover in New York

Jewish matza on Passover

Spring has officially sprung and Passover is right around the corner. We’ve got more than 40 ways to get in a Passover groove in the New York area, from story times on Long Island to museum scavenger hunts in Manhattan. Don’t have Seder plans yet? We’ve also included a list of community Seders at the bottom of the page with options in Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan and Queens. But April isn’t just about matzah—there are tot Shabbats in Westchester, brunch and open play in Brooklyn, and vacation camp in the Bronx.

If you’re looking for some Passover food-spiration, check out these six Matzah Toppings from Around the World or this recipe for matzah tiramisu. Need a quick refresher on all things Passover? We’ve got that too.

Passover 2017 begins on Monday evening, April 10, 2017 and continues until sundown on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Brought to you in partnership with PJ Library in New York


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Bronx


Spring Vacation Camp
Need to keep the kids busy during spring break? Register for one or all three days of vacation camp. Kosher for Passover lunch and snack provided. Specialties may include sports, music, arts & crafts, and swim. For kids in grades K – 6, advance registration required.
The Riverdale Y, 5626 Arlington Ave
April 10, 13 & 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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Brooklyn


Out of the Shabbox

A cross-cultural, interfaith drop-in program for toddlers through age 5 that explores Shabbat themes through movement, music, and stories.
Union Temple of Brooklyn, 17 Eastern Pkwy, 4th fl
Saturdays, April 1, 8 & 22, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Kane Street Sundays: Open Play, Music & Storytime
Open play, coffee, bagels, fruit, storytime and a sing-a-long. For families with children ages 4 and under, $15/session, multi-session passes available.
Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane St
Sundays, April 2, 23 & 30, 9 a.m. – Noon

Sand Animation – Learning through the Arts 
A pre-Passover workshop for Russian-speaking families using sand as a metaphor for the Jewish experience through sand art, sculpting, sand paintings, and live sand animation. Sponsored by the Marks JCH of Bensonhurts, advance registration requested. $36/family
Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West
Sunday, April 2, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Passover-Palooza
Get ready for Passover with stories and songs and make yummy nut-free charoset. Parents can join a concurrent Seder workshop and learn about ways to liven up the Seder.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave
Sunday, April 2, 10 – 11 a.m.

Matzah Baking
Learn how to make and bake your own matzahs to take home, and when you’re done, you can check out the rest of the museum. Advance registration required, sponsored by the Shorefront Y, limited space available. $8/pp
Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway
Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fridays @ 4 
Get ready for Shabbat with music, dancing, stories, challah, and grape juice. For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers accompanied by an adult.
Union Temple of Brooklyn, 17 Eastern Pkwy, 4th fl
Fridays, April 7, 21, & 28, 4 – 5 p.m.

Bialy Rock
A music class for toddlers featuring Ora Fruchter and her puppets leading songs in English and Hebrew. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver,.
Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane St
Fridays, April 21 & 28, 11:15 a.m. – Noon

Shabbat Songs & Stories
Music, stories, and games for families with children ages 0 – 3, organized by the Kings Bay Y @ Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Free
Clinton Hill Co-Op School, 87 Irving Pl
Fridays, April 21 & 28, 3 – 3:45 p.m.

It’s Time for Shabbat
A Shabbat morning experience for families with children ages 4 – 6. Learn about Shabbat and Jewish holidays and enjoy a pizza lunch with other families. RSVP requested, siblings welcome. Free
Union Temple of Brooklyn, 17 Eastern Pkwy, 4th fl
Saturday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Brunch & Play!
A fun-filled morning for families with children ages 5 and under with baby yoga, gymnastics, crafts, music, singing, and brunch food. RSVP requested. Free
Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, 7802 Bay Parkway
Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m. – Noon


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Long Island


PJ Library Celebrates Passover 
Stories, songs, and Passover crafts. Free
Temple Tikvah, 3315 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park
Saturday, April 1, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Children’s Chocolate Seder
A pre-Passover pizza lunch followed by a chocolate Seder. Fun for the whole family,  RSVP requested. $10/child, $5/adult, $30 max per family
Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Ave, Rockville Centre
Sunday, April 2, Noon – 2 p.m.

Seder Plates, Stories, and Songs
Families with children ages 4 and under, are invited to make their own Seder plates, listen to a story and sing holiday songs. RSVP requested.
East Meadow Jewish Center, 1430 Prospect Ave, East Meadow
Sunday, April 2, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

JWOW Kids Co-Op: Crossing the Red Sea
Learn about Passover with stories, crafts, and songs, and imagine what it would be like to cross the Red Sea by exploring the Whaling Museum. For families with children ages 3 – 6 years, RSVP requested, $10/family.
The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 310 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor
Sunday, April 2, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

JWOW Kids Co-Op: Kids Model Seder
A model Seder with fun songs and Seder highlights. You will leave with ideas to bring home and use and use at your own Seder. For families with children ages 3 – 6 years, siblings welcome, RSVP requested. $10/family
Private home, Port Jefferson Station (address given upon RSVP)
Sunday, April 2, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Stay, Play & Pray
Learn about Passover through stories, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 4 and under, RSVP requested., Free
Temple Chaverim, 1050 Washington Ave, Plainview
Sunday, April 2, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Pre-Passover Seder for Russian Families
A pre-Passover Seder for Russian-speaking families on Long Island. RSVP requested.
Mid Island Y Jewish Community Center, 45 Manetto Hill Rd, Plainview, NY
Sunday, April 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

Pre-Passover Fun
Holiday-themed crafts, stories, and songs, followed by dinner. Best for ages 8 and under. Free
Reconstructionist Synagogue, 1001 Plandome Rd, Plandome
Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
 

Tot Shabbat
Songs, stories, snack, and a craft project. Best for ages 4 ander.
Temple Am Echad, 1 Saperstein Plaza, Lynbrook
Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.

Bakers in Training — Pre-Passover Pig Out at Panera
Join Jewish Without Walls for a behind the scenes tour at Panera, decorate your own cookies and pig out on bread before Passover begins. Free
Panera, 399 Nesconset Highway, Hauppauge
Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m.

Bagels & Blox – Passover  
PJ Library story time, free play, crafts, and music related to the upcoming holiday of Passover. Best for ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. RSVP requested. Free
Temple Judea, 333 Searingtown Rd, Manhasset
Sunday, April 9 .9:30 – 11 a.m.

PJ Library Passover Storytime
Passover storytime, songs, and crafts. Best for children ages 8 and under, sponsored by PJ Library at Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth. Free
Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine, 110 N Park Ave, Rockville Centre
Wednesday, April 12, Noon – 2 p.m.

PJ’s & Prayer
Stories, snacks, and Shabbat fun for families with children ages 8 and under. RSVP requested. Free
Temple Chaverim, 1050 Washington Ave, Plainview
Friday, April 21, 6 – 7 p.m.

Family Shabbat Service
A family service focusing on the theme of freedom including  PJ Library story read by the Rabbi.
Temple Adas Israel, Corner of Elizabeth St and Atlantic Ave, Sag Harbor
Friday, April 21, 5 – 6 p.m.


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Manhattan


Downtown

The Flower Girl Wore Celery – Book Lunch
Book reading by the author and art activities for all ages. Free
Town & Village Synagogue,  334 East 14th St
Sunday, April 2, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Matzapalooza!
Get ready for Passover with interactive workshop, musical performances and crafts projects including designing your own family Haggadah, matzah covers, and cups for Elijah and Miriam. Co-sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine. For families with children ages 12 and under. $10/pp
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl
Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Matzo Madness
Get ready for Passover with a scavenger hunt, holiday-themed crafts, and edible plagues. Best for families with children ages 4 – 11. $20/family
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St
Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grown Ups Cracking Up!
A family Shabbat program with comedy and drinks for the grown-ups and a separate program for the kids with a PJ Library storytime, songs, crafts, snacks, and free babysitting. Everyone comes back together at the end for kiddush & pizza. $30/family in advance, $40 at the door
14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St,
Friday, April 28, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat AM + Earth Day!
Lab/Shul’s monthly, family-friendly musical morning worship events with Storahtelling-style adult learning, kids programs, and nosh.
Judson Memorial Church, 243 Thompson St
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Eldridge Street Synagogue & Food Tour
Tour the Eldridge Street synagogue and learn about immigrant life on the Lower East Side followed by a walking tour with stops at the Pickle Guys, Kossars Bialy, and the Sweet Life. Organized by the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. For families with children in grades K – 5, advance registration requested.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St
Sunday, April 30, 2 – 4 p.m.

Midtown

Chocolate Seder
A sweet introduction to the order of events, songs, and customs of the Passover Seder. RSVP requested.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68 St
Sunday, April 2, 11:15 a.m.

Tot Shabbat Together: Celebrate Passover
A Passover-themed service including parachute play, musical instruments, and a nosh. For children ages 4 and under and their families. RSVP requested.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th St
Saturday, April 8, 10 – 11:15 a.m.

Upper East Side

Passover Story Time
Get excited for Passover with live music, story time, arts & crafts, and snacks. Sponsored by Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun, RSVP requested. Free
Barnes & Noble,150 E 85th St
Sunday, April 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Freedom Art Jam | Art, Music and More
Get in a Passover mood with music by Vered and the Babes, dancing, and craft projects including a giant Seder plate installation. Best for ages 3 and up, free with museum admission.
The Jewish Museum. 1109 Fifth Ave
Sunday, April 9, Noon – 4 p.m.

Creative Family Passover Seder
An interactive and playful experience led by Rebecca Schoffer and Molly Rose from Shababa with singing and dancing. Advance registration required, free for children under 1 yr.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave
Tuesday, April 11, 5 p.m.

Passover Week Art Workshops: Animal Character Puppets
Create a puppet of an animal or character from the Passover story inspired by current exhibits. Free with museum admission, ages 3 and up.
The Jewish Museum. 1109 Fifth Ave
April 13,14, & 16, 1 – 4 p.m.

Shabbat Central
A Shabbat experience for families with children ages 5 and under with music, songs, prayers, movement, and stories, followed by a light meal. Free and open to all.
Central Synagogue’s Community House, 123 East 55 St
Friday, April 21, 5 – 6 p.m.

Picture This!
An interactive family program including gallery visits, crafts in the art studio, PJ Library story time and a snack, followed by a concert featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower. $25/pp
The Jewish Museum. 1109 Fifth Ave
Sunday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Concert – Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower
Enjoy folk rock classics and originals performed by this one-of-a-kind family band. Best for ages 3 and up. $16/pp
The Jewish Museum. 1109 Fifth Ave
Sunday, April 23, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Upper West Side

Shabbat Afternoon with PJ Library 
Get ready for Passover with holiday stories, songs, free play, music and movement, and sand art. Recommend for ages 5 and under and their grown-ups – all are welcome. Free.
JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St
Saturday, April 1, 3 – 5 p.m.

Passover Celebration
A Passover family celebration with crafts, stories, and songs. Free
JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave
Thursday, April 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Refugee & Immigrant Justice Seder Experience
An interactive family experience looking at the Passover Seder through the lens of our immigrant and refugee roots. Organized by the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, JCC Harlem, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. RSVP requested.
JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St,
Saturday, April 15, 3 – 5 p.m.

PJ Challah for Hunger Community Baking Experience
Challah for Hunger raises awareness of hunger and food insecurity. Families with children ages 7 and under will braid two challahs, one to bring home and one to give away, followed by a read-aloud, and a nosh, RSVP requested. Free
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
, 7 West 83rd St, btw Columbus & Central Park West
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Washington Heights


Passover Model Seder
Passover newbies and veterans alike will enjoy a glatt kosher catered meal, live music by Tkiya Tots, making charoset, and a holiday-themed craft. RSVP requested. $10/adult, $5/child, children under 2 are free.
YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave
Wednesday, April 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.


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Staten Island


Women’s Seder
Learn about Passover and bring home new ways to enhance your Seder, for teens and adults only, RSVP requested.
Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Rd,
Monday, April 3, 6 – 8 p.m.


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Westchester


Gan Shabbat Family Service
An interactive introduction to Shabbat with songs, stories, and prayers followed by a family-friendly kiddush. For families with children ages 8 and under.
Bet Torah, 60 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco
Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Human Rights Seder
An inspirational program combining elements from the Seder with speakers involved in refugee resettlement efforts including representatives from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) and Students for Refugees at Scarsdale High School. Best for teens and adults, RSVP required. $36/pp
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Rd, Scarsdale
Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
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Young Families Passover Pandemonium
Stories, snacks, food, and Passover fun, for families with children ages 6 mos – 2nd grade, RSVP requested. Free
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave East, Rye
Sunday, April 2, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Pre-Passover Scavenger Hunt
Go on a scavenger hunt to find all of the chametz before Passover begins, listen to a story and make a holiday-themed craft. RSVP requested.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Sunday, April 2, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Passover Program
An introduction to religious school with cooking, music, storytelling & crafts. Advance registration requested, drop-off, parents are invited to participate from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester,. 2125 Westchester Ave East, Rye
Sunday, April 2, 9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Passover Tot Program
Learn about the upcoming holiday of Passover with music, food, stories, and art. RSVP requested.
Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, 31 Glengary Rd, Croton-on-Hudson
Sunday, April 2, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Shabbat Rocks & Family Night
A musical Friday night family service, all ages.
Congregation Sons of Israel, 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor
Friday, April 7, 7 – 8 p.m.

Passover Tot Shabbat 
A musical, kid-friendly Shabbat celebration and dinner. RSVP requested. Free
JCC Harrison, 130 Union Ave, Harrison
Friday, April 7, 5:45 – 7 p.m.

Community-Wide Yom Hashoah Service
A community Holocaust Remembrance Day service focusing on the life and work of Eli Weisel. Co-sponsored by the Community Synagogue of Rye, KTI, and the Jewish Community Center of Harrison.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave East, Rye
Sunday, April  23, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

PJ Library Story Time
A morning of singing and PJ Library stories for ages 4 and under. RSVP requested. Free
Westchester Jewish Center, 175 Rockland Ave, Mamaroneck
Sunday, April 30, 11 – 11:45 a.m.


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Passover Seders


Brooklyn

Community Passover Seder
An uplifting Seder experience with gourmet Passover food, Hebrew, English, and Russian Haggadahs, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Advance registration required, use promo code KVELLER for $5 discount per person.
Chabad of Flatbush, 1923 Ocean Ave (btw N & O)
Monday, April 10, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Second Night Seder
A relaxed and participatory Seder designed for all ages, Kosher for Passover meal, childcare available if requested. Advance registration required. $75/adult, $30/children, age 5 and under free
Union Temple of Brooklyn, 17 Eastern Pkwy, 4th fl
Tuesday, April 11, 6 – 10 p.m.

Long Island

Second Night Seder
Enjoy an interactive, kosher for Passover Seder with family and friends. Advance registration required. $62/adult, $27/child, age 4 and under free
The Community Synagogue, 160 Middle Neck Rd, Port Washington
Tuesday, April 11, 6 – 8 p.m.

Community Seder
A warm, traditional, Passover Seder led by synagogue clergy. RSVP required. $42/adult, $15/child, age 5 and under free
Temple Tikvah, 3315 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park
Tuesday, April 11, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Community Seder
Community Seder – contact synagogue office for details.
Temple Am Echad, 1 Saperstein Plaza, Lynbrook
Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m.

Manhattan

Community Passover Seder
Community Passover Seder, all are welcome, RSVP requested.
Chabad of Inwood, 577 Isham St, Apt 2E
Monday, April 10, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Second Night Seder
A joyful, participatory Seder with singing and storytelling for children and adults. Advance registration required. $80/adult, $30/12 and under
Congregation Habonim, 103 West End Ave,
Tuesday, April 11, 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Queens

Community Seder
A spirited, catered, kosher for Passover Seder with songs, music, learning, feasting, and fine wine. Advance registration required. $50/adult, $25/under, age 5 and under free
Astoria Center of Israel, 27-35 Crescent St, Astoria
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Second Night Community Seder
A lay-led Passover Seder organized by Kehillat Tikvah: A Jewish Community of Hope, RSVP required.
Jackson Heights, Address given upon RSVP
Tuesday, April 11, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

 

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