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Detroit Jewish Family Events to Keep the Kids Busy This Winter

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It may be winter in Detroit, but when has the snow and cold ever kept you inside? Getting out of the house is often a must when you have little people around. It helps them burn off energy and keeps you from burning out. We’ve rounded up a list of family events in the D to help you stay busy during these wintery months.

 

Me and My Preschooler
A parent and child Shabbat experience for kids ages 2 – 4, followed by singing on the bimah and a congregational lunch. Free
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield
Saturdays, February 13 & 20, 10:45 a.m. – Noon

Sunday Morning Stay and Play
Play time and healthy snacks for kids, coffee and parenting talk for moms. For kids ages 0 – 5. Free
Aish Detroit, 13630 Vernon St., Oak Park
Sundays, February 14 & 21, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:45 a.m. – Noon

Winter Wonderland Vacation Camp
Keep the little ones busy with interactive large and small motor play, cooking, outdoor fun, sports, arts & crafts, and more. For kids ages 3 – 5, half and whole day options available. Click here to request more info.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield
Monday – Friday, February 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thrilling Thursdays
Play and explore with games, crafts, snacks, and music. Free and open to the community.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Rd, Southfield
Thursdays, February 18, & 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10 -11:30 a.m.

PJ Library Goes Bowling for Books
Celebrate PJ Library Detroit’s 10th anniversary with bowling, birthday cake, goody bags, and a PJ Library book swap. For current & prospective PJ Library members and graduates. RSVP requested, $5 per person.
Langans Bowling Center, 32905 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills
Sunday, February 21, 2 -4 p.m.

SPARC Shabbat on the Spot
SPARC, the Single Parent Alliance & Resource Connection, is offering free Shabbat dinners delivered to the homes of single parent families along with a Shabbat swag bag. Meals are provided by Quality Kosher Catering and vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly options are available. Limited availability, registration required.
Fridays, February 26 & March 18 – one meal per family

jbabydetroit! Infant/Child CPR Class
Learn adult, child, and infant CPR during this 2-hour class taught by a certified American Heart Association instructor. $60 per person, includes AHA certification card, registration required.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 6735 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills
Tuesday, February 23, 7 – 9 p.m.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Listen to this famed PJ Library story and then use acrylic paints to create your own illustration on canvas. Best for children ages 5 – 12. RSVP requested, $5 for JCC members, $7 non-members.
JCC of Metro Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, February 28, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate Reading with Daniel Tiger
Kids will go nuts for story time and photos with special guest, Daniel Tiger. Parents will learn tips and tricks for helping kids develop a love of reading. RSVP requested, $10 per family.
Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, February 28, 3 – 5 p.m.

jbabydetroit! Preschool Panel
Thinking about Jewish preschool? Wondering how to find the right fit for your child and for your family? This free, community-wide event will give you the inside scoop. Space is limited, RSVP requested.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 6735 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills
Thursday, March 3, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Wizard of Oz: Throwback Thursdays
Bring the bigger kids or find a sitter and enjoy an adults-only screening of this movie classic. Click here to purchase tickets in advance. General admission $12, VIP Table (minimum 2 people) $15 per person
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Shmulik Paints the Town
Celebrate the release of Lisa Rose’s new book about mayor Shmulik and his dog Ezra’s plans to celebrate Israel Independence Day.
Shalom Street, 6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township
Sunday, March 6, 1 – 3 p.m.

Have No Fear: Tips for Helping Children and Teens Manage Anxiety
Is one of your kids dealing with anxiety? Learn techniques and coping strategies from expert Wendy K. Silverman, Director of the Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders. Free of charge, RSVP requested. Open to educators, families, and mental health professionals, NRIM and CE credits available for an extra fee.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Rd, Southfield
Monday, March 7, 7 p.m.

Tuesday with Tots
Interactive play for infants through age 5 and their favorite grown-ups, including music with Cantor Daniel Gross, snacks, and playtime. Free and open to the community.
Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt Rd., Farmington Hills
Tuesday, March 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Cars (The Movie)
An afternoon of car-themed activities and a screening of the beloved Disney flick. Click here to buy tickets, $14 per person.
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, March 13, 1 p.m.

Bim Bom Baby
Braid challah and celebrate Shabbat with the rabbis. Best for tots ages 0 – 4 and their favorite grown-ups. RSVP requested but not required. Free
Temple Shir Shalom, 2075 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Friday, March 18, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Don’t feel like leaving the house? Try whipping up a Funfetti Challah or get crafty with some Jewish-themed crafts.

Note: This event round-up was compiled with the most current information available. We know how much it stinks to wrangle your entire crew into hats, boots, and mittens only to find out that the show is not going on as scheduled. So do us a favor – and confirm all events before bundling up!

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