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Keep Your Kids Busy This Fall in Jewish Baltimore

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The Jewish holidays have ended, and there is the beginning of a chill in the air–heralding the time of year when we have to entertain our children indoors, which can get old really fast! As such, we’ve rounded-up the top events happening in October and November to keep everyone busy, warm, and happy.

In addition to all of the items listed below, J Town is a fabulous indoor play space for your little ones, because it often features regular programming, such as story times and tot Shabbat.

While it may seem like we have a long stretch before the next Jewish holiday, Shabbat is the Jewish holiday that we celebrate each and every week. The Baltimore Shabbat Project has planned a host of events designed to bring people together all over Baltimore to learn about and celebrate Shabbat–programs range from Shabbat beginner to Shabbat expert and everyone in between! Check out the full list of events below:

PJ On the Town
Hear a story read by PJ Library hero Engineer Ari, take a train ride, do a craft, and enjoy kosher and nut-free snacks. Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday? Best for ages 6 mos. – 8 yrs. RSVP requested.
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt St.
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 – 3 p.m.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Dinosaurs
Listen to the roar of the dinosaurs at an interactive program performed by musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Best for ages 6 mos. – 3 yrs.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Sunday, Oct. 18, 10 – 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. – Noon

MaltMen: Blended Scotch & Uninhibited Conversation – with a Jewish Twist
Join other dads with young children for a scotch tasting and discussion with a scotch expert. Light appetizers will be served. RSVP requested.
The Macks Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Magic of ShabbatShabbat Project Event
Get ready for Shabbat with a magic show; create a beautiful, sliver-plated, heirloom piece of Judaica, play games and win prizes, and burn off some energy with a game of Ga-Ga. There is truly something for everyone! For men & boys only.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

The Great Challah BakeShabbat Project Event
Learn how to bake challah with hundreds of other women, and bring home two beautiful, braided, ready-to-bake, challahs. Specialty tables available including Hebrew speaking, Russian speaking, vegan, and gluten-free. For women and girls only.
Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium
Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Shabbat Across BaltimoreShabbat Project Event
Celebrate Shabbat all over town. With over 20 synagogues and organizations participating, you are sure to find a service, Shabbat meal, or program that fits your family’s style. Click here to check out the dizzying array of options.
Friday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 24

Havdalah Concert – One People One HeartShabbat Project Event
Say farewell to Shabbat with all five of your senses and groove to the beat of The Moshav Band. Free.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 – 11 p.m.

Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt
Ahava Baby is the newest program for families with babies ages 1 and under. Bundle up and join the Ahava Baby team for a baby-friendly scavenger hunt in a pumpkin patch, and sip some warm apple cider (for the grown-ups).
Weinberg Park Heights JCC Community Garden, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – Noon

The Cashore Marionettes in “Simple Gifts”
A puppet show for the slightly older set featuring hand-crafted marionettes, theatrical illusion and humor. Best for children ages 8 and up.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m.

Screening of “Straightlaced” & Panel Discussion
Explore issues facing LGBTQ teens through a screening of the movie “Straightlaced,” followed by a panel discussion. Part of the JCS Parent Discussion series in partnership with JQ Baltimore, Keshet, and the JCC.
Morstein Performa, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 – 3 p.m.

Pizza and Play
No need to plan for dinner. Head to the JCC and grab a beer and a slice of pizza, while the little ones run around and play in the playrooms and you schmooze with other city families. RSVP requested.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St., Federal Hill
Monday, Oct. 26, 5 – 8 p.m.

Got Shabbat
Check out a different area synagogue each month along with other families with young children, and enjoy a Tot Shabbat, catered Shabbat dinner and activities for the kids. No prior Shabbat experience necessary. RSVP requested.
B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue, 27 Lloyd Street
Friday, Nov. 6, 5:45 p.m.

Carnival of the Animals with the Columbia Orchestra and Dance Connections
A fun and kid-friendly introduction to classical music with a performance of Camille Saint-Saen’s “Carnival of the Animals”, accompanied by dancers from Dance Connections. Best for ages 5 and up.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Sunday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m.

Meet PJ Library Author – Jacqueline Jules
Meet Jacqueline Jules, author of the beloved PJ Library series, The Ziz. Learn about her creative process, and get an autographed copy of one of her books (or have her sign one of yours).
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville
Sunday, Nov 8, 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. & 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

PJ Tween on the Town at Skyzone
Kids get to jump and bounce to their heart’s content, while parents can check out summer options at a camp fair. Dinner included. Best for ages 7 – 11.
Skyzone, 23 W. Aylesbury Rd., Lutherville-Timonium
Sunday, Nov. 8, 5 – 8 p.m.

Chanukah & Holiday Gift Fair
Get a jump on your Hanukkah shopping and support local artisans and vendors.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Sunday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Monday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sensory Shabbat at Beth El
A sensory-friendly Shabbat service, participants are encouraged to bring fidgets, snacks, assistive devices, or anything else that provides comfort in new places. Participants are also welcome to arrive a half-hour early to explore the sanctuary and acclimate to the surroundings. Kiddush to be held after services.
Beth El Congregation | 8101 Park Heights Avenue
Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m. – Noon

Girls Night ON!
Plan a girl’s night out and either be a spectator or jump on stage and perform at this open mic night for women, by women. Performance slots are 7 minutes each, performers must be at least 16 yrs. old.
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m.

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