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The 17 Best Ways to Celebrate Purim With Kids in Baltimore

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The holiday of Purim is just around the corner and its time to dust off your costume and get ready to nosh on hamantaschen. We’ve put together a list of the best Purim carnivals, megillah readings, and Purim spiels in the Baltimore area to help you celebrate this fun-filled, family-friendly holiday.

Need a quick refresh on the Purim story? We’ve got you covered. While some of us are firmly in the DIY camp, we’ve also got the 9 Best Purim Costumes You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now and 6 children’s books that tell kid-friendly versions of the Purim story.

Feel like baking some hamantaschen for the holiday? Check out our Purim Food page for inspiration.


Purim 2019 begins at sundown on Wednesday. March 20 and continues until sundown on Thursday. March 21.


Russian Purim Puppet Shpiel
A family-friendly, Purim-themed puppet show in Russian with singing, dancing, crafts, and holiday treats. Best for families with children ages 6 and under.
J Town, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Purim Celebration & Carnival at Bolton Street Synagogue
A family-friendly Megillah reading and holiday celebration with costumes, silly songs, and a Purim spiel, followed by a free Purim carnival and hamantaschen.
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore
Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. – Noon

Pre-Purim Carnival
Purim fun including a show by The Science Guys, face painting, moon bounce, games, and prizes.
Ner Tamid-Greenspring Valley Synagogue, 6214 Pimlico Rd, Baltimore
Sunday. March 17, 1 – 4 p.m.

Family-Friendly Hinenu Purim Party
Get ready for Purim with face painting, puppets, live klezmer music, and hamantaschen, and assemble mishloach manot (Purim gift baskets) for people in need.
Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St, Baltimore
Sunday, March 17, 2 – 5 p.m.

Purim Chagigah
Celebrate the holiday of Purim at J Town with songs, stories, snacks, and crafts. Free, no registration required.
J Town, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Tuesday, March 19, 11 a.m. – Noon & 2 – 3 p.m.

Beauty Secrets of Queen Esther
Enjoy a Mom’s Night Out with the Jewish Matryoshka Project. Explore the story of Queen Esther, learn about the extensive spa treatments she had before meeting the king, and get beauty tips from a top facial specialist in the Baltimore area.
Amber Room Salon, 1500 Reisterstown Rd. #210, Pikesville
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Purim Unplugged at Beth Tfiloh
Purim fun for all ages including a preschool costume extravaganza, traditional and multimedia Megillah readings, Purim carnival, and a festive Purim meal.
Congregation Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore
Wednesday, March 20th & Thursday, March 21st.

Erev Purim with Hinenu + East Bank Havurah
Join Hinenu and East Bank Havurah for a Purim celebration with hamentashen baking, vegetarian community potluck, and Megillah reading. Costumes strongly encouraged, and children of all ages are welcome.
Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St, Baltimore
Wednesday, March 20, 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Beth El’s 2019 Purim Celebration
Purim carnival and costume parade followed by a performance by The Bible Players. Traditional Megillah reading and Purim spiel begin at 7 p.m.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Wednesday, March 20, 5:15 – 9 p.m.

Chabad of Owings Mills Purim Party
Purim evening service, Megillah reading, holiday treats, music, dancing, masks, and fun. No RSVP required. Free.
Owings Mills Chabad Center, 11299 Owings Mill Blvd #202, Owings Mills
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

Harry Potter Purim
A magical Purim celebration with a family Megillah reading, music, dancing, Harry Potter-themed carnival games, and other kinds of magical fun.
Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Rd, Baltimore
Wednesday, March 20, 6:15 – 8:45 p.m.

Purim Party: 2000s Style
Book a babysitter and celebrate Purim with Megillah reading followed by a party with open bar, pizza, and all of your favorite 00’s-era jams.
B’nai Israel Synagogue, 27 Lloyd St, Baltimore
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Park Heights Chabad Children’s Megillah Reading
Megillah reading with a simultaneous multi-media presentation followed by snacks and a magic show.
Cheder Chabad, 5713 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Thursday, March 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Chabad of Owings Mills: Purim in Spain
Celebrate Purim with a Spanish-themed dinner, multi-media Megillah reading, music, hamantaschen, and a performance by ventriloquist and illusionist Matt Cadabra.
Owings Mills Chabad Center, 11299 Owings Mill Blvd #202, Owings Mills
Thursday, March 21, 5 p.m.


Megillah Fever – Adult Purim Spiel
Join Bolton Street Synagogue for lively songs, dancing, hilarity, drinks, hamantaschen, and dessert.
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln. Baltimore
Saturday, March 23, 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Hamentashen & Roses: A Radical Purim Party
Come to agitate, educate, organize, and most importantly, party with Hinenu. There will be a raucous Purim spiel (a farcical and absurdist retelling of the story of Esther), klezmer dancing, and DJ sets.
Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 E. 30th St, Baltimore
Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m.

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Purim Carnival
Join other families for a Megillah reading and Purim play followed by a carnival.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore
Sunday, March 24, 10:45 a.m.

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