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More Hanukkah Fun with Kids in New York

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Remember to light your candles from left to right.

If your house looks anything like ours, at least one of your rooms is strewn with new toys, the foil from chocolate gelt, and dreidels—and there’s probably the faint, lingering smell of fried potatoes in the air. If you’re wondering whether there are some fun ways to spin your dreidel and top your latke outside of your own home, we’re here to help you out. We’ve rounded up a list of family-friendly activities happening throughout New York City, Westchester, and Long Island to help you finish Hanukkah in style.

Brooklyn

PJ Library Hanukkah Concert
A Hanukkah concert with Debbie Brukman, for children age 5 and under. RSVP requested
Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway.
Sunday, Dec. 12, 4:30- 5 p.m.

Bronx

Hanukkah Community Party
Join the Riverdale Y’s ECC and iHouse for crafts, dancing, and Israeli-style Hanukkah fun. Light dinner and holiday treats after candle lighting.
The Riverdale YM-YWHA, 5625 Arlington Avenue
Saturday, Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8: p.m.

Long Island

Shabbat Hanukkah
Bring your own hanukkiyah for a community candle lighting followed by a festive Shabbat service.
Temple Sinai of Massapequa. 270 Clocks Blvd, Massapequa
Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Bim Bam PJ Library Hanukkah
Havdalah, Hanukkah candles, latkes, dinner, and PJ Library story time—a perfect way to spend a Saturday night.
The Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Avenue, Huntington
Saturday, Dec. 12, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Hanukkah on Ice
Ice skating and Hanukkah candle lighting with the Shelter Rock Jewish Center ECC. Instructors available for novices. RSVP requested.
Twin Rinks Eisenhower Park, 200 Merrick Ave, East Meadow
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Hanukkah Party
Hanukkah fun including cookie baking, crafts, PJ Library story time, Hanukkah sing-a-long, and chocolate making. For children in 2nd grade and under with a chaperone. RSVP requested.
Central Synagogue of Nassau County/ Congregation Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Avenue, Rockville Centre
Sunday, Dec. 13, Noon – 2 p.m.

Manhattan

Eldridge Street Museum Family Treasure Hunt
Follow in the footprints of the main character in the popular children’s book “When Mindy Saved Hanukkah” and search for hidden Hanukkah treasures, create a Hanukkah craft, and make an edible dreidel. RSVP requested.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
Sunday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.

Tot Hanukkah
Celebrate Hanukkah with crafts, goodies, and a performance by Broadway Babies. For children age 6 and under. RSVP requested.
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st St
Sunday, Dec 13, 10 a.m. – Noon

Hanukkah Family Fun Day
Enjoy latkes, candle lighting, a family-size photo booth with props, and Hanukkah fun with Dreamcoat Experience. RSVP requested.
Congregation Habonim, 103 West End Avenue
Sunday, Dec 13, 2 – 4 p.m.

Dress Up Dreidel Down Disco
Make your red carpet entrance and get ready to boogie at the Jewish Museum. For parents, grandparents, and kids ages 2 – tween. Click here to buy tickets.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. @ 92nd St.
Sunday, Dec, 13, 3 – 5 p.m.

Westchester

Family Shabbat Hanukkah Celebration
A festive Shabbat service with live music, a Hanukkah sing-a-long, and dreidel spinning contents. B.Y.O.M. – Bring Your Own Menorah.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Avenue East, Rye
Friday, Dec 11, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Hanukkah Party – Bring in the Light
Come on down for The Hanukkah Challenge, an interactive game full of trivia, contests, and music run by Matt Dorner of Mainstages. Before the show indulge in some Hanukkah treats and make your own candy dreidel. RSVP requested but not required.
Rosenthal JCC, 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 – 6 p.m.

The Great Hanukkah Olympics
Family fun for all ages with archery, “temple” building, menorah making, games, a dance-off and latkes. RSVP requested.
Pelham Jewish Center, 451 Esplanade, Pelham
Sunday, Dec. 13, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your own home? We get it. Here is the one trick you need to make perfect latkes and some Hanukkah crafts to keep the small people in your life occupied.

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