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The Best Kid-Friendly Purim Parties in Baltimore

Purim celebration concept (jewish carnival holiday)

If there was an awards ceremony for Jewish holidays, Purim would win the prize for most fun and kid-friendly Jewish holiday. Kids and grown-ups get to listen to a story about a king, queen, and bad guy, make noise, and eat hamantaschen.

To help get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve put together a list of the best Purim celebrations happening in the Baltimore area. And that’s not all. There are so many ways to have fun as a family this month including a 5K family run, a whole bunch of family-friendly concerts and performances, and family farm days with baby animals. Did we mention the baby animals?


Purim 2017 begins on Saturday evening, March 11 and concludes at sundown on Sunday, March 12



Purim Celebrations

Hands on Holidays – Purim
Learn about the holiday of Purim with stories, songs, and a take-home craft. Choose from three different dates and locations. For children ages 3 – 5 years accompanied by a grown-up, drop-in.
Ivy Book Shop, 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore
Sunday, March 5, 10 a.m.
Enoch Pratt Library Roland Park, 5108 Roland Ave
Tuesday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.
Enoch Pratt Library Canton, 1030 S. Ellwood Ave
Wednesday, March 15, 11 a.m.

Mishloach Manot Making @ Beth Tfiloh
Help assemble mishloach manot – Purim packages, to be delivered to area nursing homes, hospitals, and group homes. Family friendly, all ages, advance registration requested.
Beth Tfiloh High School Multi-Purpose Room,  3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore
Sunday, March 5, 1 – 3 p.m.

Prep for Purim: Make and Take Hamanstachen
Learn how to roll, cut out, fill, and shape hamantaschen and bring home up to a dozen ready-to-bake hamantaschen. Sponsored by Associated Women, advance registration required.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Tuesday, March 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Baltimore JCC Purim Party
Join PJ Library and Beth El @ Federal Hill Preschool for a Purim party with stories, crafts, and songs.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St., Suite D, Baltimore
Friday, March 10, 10 a.m.

Purim Spiel & Megillah Reading @ Beth Am
Bring your own dairy dinner, followed by megillah reading and a Purim spiel.
Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore
Saturday, March 11, 6 – 10 p.m.

Purim Night @ Beth Tfiloh
A multi-media megillah reading followed by a carnival with games and activities for all ages.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore
Saturday, March 11, 7:15 p.m.

Mitzvah Palooza Purim Carnival
Have fun and do some good deeds.
Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore
Sunday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Aloha Purim Carnival @ Chizuk Amuno
Megillah reading and Purim carnival, advance ticket purchase for the carnival is recommended.
Chizuk Amuno, 8100 Stevenson Rd, Baltimore
Sunday, March 12, 9:15 a.m. Megillah reading, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Carnival

Purim Carnival @ Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Purim fun for all ages including glow-in-the-dark racing and “Little Shushan” play area for toddlers.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, March 12, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Purim Seudah & SoulFarm Concert
Buffet dinner, concert by SoulFarm and kids’ games and activities, register online.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore
Sunday, March 12, 4:30 p.m.

Family Fun

Pearlstone Family Farm Day
Have a fun afternoon on the farm, visit the animals and learn about Judaism’s relationship to the environment.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.

Tiyul Outdoor Adventure
Outdoor adventures include creek walking, animals, shelter building, stories, and songs. For children in grades 2 – 5, limited space available, advance registration required.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Sunday, March 5, 2 – 5 p.m.

Israeli Family Farm Day
Join other Israeli families for a fun day at the Pearlstone farm including arts and crafts, a petting zoo, PJ Library storytime, hummus making, and more. Advance registration requested.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Sunday, March 26, 2 – 4 p.m.

Got Shabbat
Celebrate Shabbat at the Owings Millls JCC with a tot Shabbat, catered Shabbat dinner, and kids’ activities.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Friday, March 31, 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Mitzvah Miles 5k Run/1 Mile Family Walk
Choose from the 5K, family fun walk, or the Mini-Miles for preschoolers and then have fun at the post race party with a moon bounce, breakfast, and kids’ activities.
Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore
Sunday, April 2, 7 – 10 a.m.

Family-Friendly Music & Theater


Mister G in Concert
Dance to the beat at an interactive concert featuring Mister G, renowned kids’ musician and Latin GRAMMY winner. Buy tickets in advance or at the door. Come early and pack mishloach manot – Purim packages – for hospital patients with Jewish Volunteer Connection.
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m., pre-show activities begin at 2 p.m.

Hopkin’s Symphony Orchestra: Peter and the Wolf
A free family concert featuring the Hopkin’s Symphony Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf with English and Spanish narration. After the concert, the audience will be invited onstage to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close.
Shriver Hall, 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore
Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m.

Madagascar–A Musical Adventure
A musical adventure with Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra and the rest of the zoo animals from the Madagascar movies. Buy tickets in advance or at the door.
Beth Tfiloh Mintzes Theater, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore
Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m. & Sunday, March 26, 1 p.m.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Music Box Series: Bugs!
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians perform classical music and children’s favorites in interactive, half-hour performances for young music lovers ages 6 months to 3 years and their families. Performances will be held in the theater lobby along with other musical and creative activities.
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, March 26, 10 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

The Firebird and Other Heroic Tales
A classic Russian fairytale set to ballet music by Igor Stravinsky and performed by the Columbia Orchestra and Towson University Community Dance. Best for children ages 5 and up and their families. Buy tickets in advance or at the door.
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, April 2, 3 – 5 p.m.

Music & Theater for Grown-ups

Steppin’ at the Junction
Charm City Junction and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble will perform in an evening of Irish, Old-Time, and bluegrass-inspired music and dance.
Gordon Center for the Peforming Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Saturday, March 18, 8:30 p.m.

Eitan Katz in Concert
A performance by Eitan Katz and his band in honor of the 31st anniversary of Congregation Tiferes Yisroel.
Greengate Jewish Center, 7000 Rockland Hills, Baltimore
Sunday, March 19, 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Baltimore Jewish Film Festival
Choose from a line-up of documentaries and dramas on a variety of current and historical Jewish themes.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, March 19 – Sunday, April 30

Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed
An evening of stories collected from the documentary film, “On The Fringe” about 18 woman Rabbis, their lives and their work, presented on stage by three actresses.
Morstein Performa at Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Thursday, March 30, 7 – 9 p.m.

Chamber Encounters Concert Series: The Eye of the Storm
A concert experience using innovative mediums and narrative to magnify the power of classical music. Buy tickets online or at the door.
JCC Morstein  Performa, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m

Classes & Workshops

Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners
The goal of the workshop is to create a safe space where Jewish interfaith couples can explore the role Jewish identity will play in their lives. Advance registration requested.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesdays, March 7,14, 21 & 28, 7 – 9 p.m.

Making Time for Mindfulness in our Multi-tasking World
Learn ways to incorporate mindfulness practices into your family life. Free and open to the public, advance registration requested.
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School Lower School Library, 3300 Old Court Rd
Friday, March 24, 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Happiest Baby on the Block
Learn techniques for quickly soothing your newborn. For expectant parents and parents with infants under 10 weeks old. Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St
Sunday, March 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Baking hamantaschen is a great (and delicious) way to get the kids excited for Purim and keep them occupied for a couple of hours. Looking for a recipe, or general inspiration? Check out these 15 hamantaschen recipes and this cool graphic breaking down how to cut out, fill and fold hamantaschen.


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