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The 10 Best Ways to Celebrate Sukkot With Kids in Baltimore


Sukkot is the ultimate kid-friendly holiday. It is multi-sensory, outdoors, joyful noise is encouraged, and there is even a parade! Kids get to shake the lulav, smell the etrog and have picnics in the sukkah. On Simchat Torah it is customary to parade around with the Torahs, wave flags, and sing and dance at the top of your lungs – and did we mention that there’s usually candy? You can celebrate this family-friendly harvest festival on a farm, at an adventure park, with stories and crafts, and even a BBQ.

Sukkot 2018 begins at sundown on Sunday. September 23 and continues through Sunday evening, September 30. Shemini Atzeret begins on Sunday evening, September 30 and concludes on Monday evening, October 1. Simchat Torah begins on Monday evening, October 1 and concludes on Tuesday evening, October 2.

Hands-on Holidays
Get ready for the holiday of Sukkot with free storytime, musical entertainment, and crafts. Sponsored by the JCC of Greater Baltimore.
The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore
Sunday, September 23, 10 – 11 a.m.

Sukkot at The Adventure Park
Join Suburban Orthodox for a fun family adventure at The Adventure Park with zip-lining, climbing, a kiddie carnival, Jewish music, a kosher food court with sukkahs, and a special glow-in-the-dark climbing experience. Fun for all ages, non-climbers, and grandparents too! Register online.
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, 16701 Norwood Rd
Wednesday, September 26, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sukkah City
Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot by exploring different sukkahs built on the JCC field and enjoy live music, activities, and sukkah-inspired treats ranging from beer to ice cream sundaes. Fun for all ages. Free and open to all.
Owings Mills JCC Lower Field, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
September 27, 4 – 10 p.m.

Sukkot Retreat at Pearlstone
Go on a Sukkot getaway at the Pearlstone farm and retreat center featuring immersive sessions for all ages including text study and song.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30

Harvest Family Farm Festival
Celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot on the farm with nature activities, crafts, animal visits, snacks, and other kinds of family fun.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
September 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Babies, Books & Bagels
Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot with a PJ Library story, snacks, and crafts for families with babies and toddlers up to 18 months.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Sunday, September 30, 10 a.m.

Simchat Torah at Bolton Street Synagogue
A celebratory, intergenerational service with dancing, singing, and snacks. All are welcome.
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln
Sunday, September 30, 10:30 a.m.

Simchat Torah at Baltimore Hebrew
Dance with the Torahs and see Torahs unrolled all around the sanctuary. Catered, buffet dinner to follow.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, September 30, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Simchat Torah at Beth El
Begin the celebration with happy hour and enjoy a light nosh and wine (for the grown-ups) followed by a joyful Simchat Torah evening service.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Monday, October 1, 6 p.m.

Simchat Torah at Beth Tfiloh
Celebrate Simchat Torah at Beth Tfiloh with dancing in the streets, a special aliyah for children, and a women’s Torah reading followed by an Israeli-style BBQ kiddush.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd
Tuesday, October 2, 9:30 a.m.

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