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8 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah With Kids in Central New Jersey

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Hanukkah is finally here! To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best family-friendly Hanukkah parties in Middlesex & Monmouth counties. You can eat some latkes, spin your dreidel, snag some sufganiyot (jelly donuts), and light Hanukkah candles at the mall, on ice skates, and even on a trampoline!

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

Hanukkah at the Mall
Join Chabad of the Shore at the Monmouth Mall for a Hanukkah celebration including family entertainment, dreidels, donuts, and the lighting of a giant menorah. Free and open to all. Fun for all ages.
Monmouth Mall Food Court, 180 NJ-35, Eatontown
Wednesday, December 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Hanukkah on Ice
Celebrate Hanukkah at Pier Village with ice skating, donuts, and latkes. Fun for the whole family.
Pier Village Ice Skating Rink, 50 Chelsea Ave Long Branch
Thursday, December 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Family Hanukkah Celebration
A Hanukkah party for children ages 3 – 10 and their parents with age-appropriate crafts, dreidel games, stories, holiday treats, and pizza.
Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth, 201 S 3rd Ave, Highland Park
Thursday, December 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Hanukkah Family Service
A family-friendly Shabbat service and Hanukkah celebration. Light the candles together, sing holiday songs and enjoy the company of friends. Bring your own menorah and candles.
Temple Shaari Emeth, 400 Craig Rd, Manalapan
Friday, December 7, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Make Your Own Hanukkah Donut
Make your own Hanukkah donut after Shabbat service. All are welcome.
Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St, Edison
Saturday, December 8, Noon – 1 p.m.

Bagels and Blocks  
Celebrate Hanukkah with music, singing, crafts, play time, PJ Library story time, and breakfast. For preschool-aged children and their parents or grandparents. No RSVP required. Free and open to all.
Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Ave, Tinton Falls
Sunday, December 9, 9:30 a.m.

Tot Hanukkah in the Air 
Celebrate Hanukkah at the trampoline park with jumping, holiday crafts, and stories. Separate area for toddlers. Free for ages 5 and under. $20/child ages 5 and up. RSVP requested.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 2355 State Highway 66, Ocean Township
Sunday, December 9. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

PJ Library Celebrates Hanukkah 
Join PJ Library and the Hebrew Academy for singing, snacks, stories, and a special appearance by Mr. Sam. Free and open to the community.
The Hebrew Academy, 22 School Rd East, Marlboro
Sunday, December 9, 10 – 11 a.m.

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