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The Best Ways to Celebrate Purim With Kids in Baltimore

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Get ready to dress up and make some noise, because Purim is right around the corner. There are loads of family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday all over the Baltimore area. You can check out a storytime or two, bake some hamantaschen, take in a family-friendly Megillah reading, bounce and play at a Purim carnival, and more.

If you’re looking for new twists on hamantaschen this year, check out these chocolate chip cookie hamantaschen– or try your hand at savory hamantaschen with these pretzel bagel dogs. You can also whip up a batch in a hurry with this time-saving hamantaschen hack.

Purim 2018 begins at sundown on Wednesday, February 28th and concludes the evening of Thursday, March 1st.

Hands-on Holidays
Learn about the Jewish holiday of Purim at this free, drop-in holiday celebration with stories, songs, and a take-home craft.
Enoch Pratt Library Central, 400 Cathedral St
Wednesday, February 21, 10:30

Hamentashen Make & Take
Get ready for Purim with family fun for all ages. Assemble your own hamantaschen and take them home to bake and share with family and friends. Make gift baskets for friends, blessings bags to donate, and play holiday-themed games.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Thursday, February 22, 5 – 7 p.m.

DBJCC Purim Party
Celebrate with a Purim-themed story time, craft, and holiday songs along with the Beth El Federal Hill Preschool.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St
Friday, February 23, 10 a.m.

Kol-Echad Inclusive Purim Service
An inclusive, hands-on, sensory-friendly Purim service for school-aged children with special needs and their families. All abilities are welcome.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville
Saturday, February 24, 11 – 11:45 a.m.

Family Purim Party 
Come in costume and celebrate with other neighborhood families, with Purim-themed stories, games, and holiday treats. RSVP requested.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St
Sunday, February 25, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ner Tamid Purim Carnival
Community-wide Purim carnival with inflatables, face-painting, karate demo, games, and prizes. Fun for all ages.
Ner Tamid-Greenspring Valley Synagogue, 6214 Pimlico Rd
Sunday, February 25, 1 – 4 p.m.

Chizuk Amuno Purim Carnival: Star Wars—Purim Strikes Back
An out-of-this-world Purim celebration with carnival games. Fun for the whole family.
Chizuk Amuno, 8100 Stevenson Rd
Sunday, February 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

J Town Chaggiga
The folks at J Town will be celebrating Purim all day long with a puppet show, games, and holiday-themed activities. Drop in and have some fun.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Tuesday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Hamentaschen Bake
Make your own hamantaschen and then enjoy music, crafts, and play time while they bake. For toddlers and preschoolers along with a parent or caregiver. Advance registration required.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Wednesday, February 28, 10 – 11 a.m.

Purim Unplugged at Beth Tfiloh
Purim fun for all ages. Preschoolers and their families can experience an audio-visual performance of the Purim story followed by a musical costume parade and age-appropriate carnival. Older kids and their families can take in a multimedia Megillah reading with Purim carnival to follow.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville
Wednesday, February 28, 5:45 – 8 p.m.

Purim at Beth El – The Voice!
Family-friendly Purim celebration with a festive meal followed by an abbreviated Megillah reading and costume parade for families with children in preschool and early elementary. Congregational Megillah reading and karaoke after-party to follow.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 p.m.

Beth Israel Megillah Reading & Purim Spiel
Shababa Purim celebration for families with young children followed by a pizza dinner, Megillah reading, and Purim spiel featuring tunes from Adele, One Direction, and The Beatles.
Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills
Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 p.m.

Law and Order: Purim at MMAE
Megillah reading followed by Purim spiel, hamantaschen, pinata, and a moon bounce.
Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Dr
Wednesday, February 28, 7 p.m.

Chabad of Owings Mills Purim Celebration
British-themed Purim celebration with dinner, multimedia Megillah reading, hamantaschen, groggers, and other family fun.
Owings Mills Chabad Center, 11299 Owings Mills Blvd. #202, Owings Mills
Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m.

Kid’s Takeover Night @ the J
Interactive science fun with the Science Guys of Baltimore. Participants will power a light bulb, make each other’s hair stand on end, and create a rainbow using a fluorescent bulb. Drop the kids off and enjoy an evening out while they have fun. For kids in grades K – 5, advance registration required.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Saturday, March 3, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Beth Israel Purim Carnival
Come in costume for family fun including games, prizes, and photobooth.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Oheb Shalom Superhero Purim Carnival
Superhero-themed Purim carnival with games, crafts, inflatables, and other fun.
Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m.

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Olympic Purim
Olympics-themed carnival with games, prize, special activities for toddlers, middle schoolers, and high schoolers, and a hamantaschen competition.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

JMM Hava Nashira
Hands-on Purim celebration for families, with music and storytelling featuring percussionist and story weaver Daveed Korup. Choose from two age-appropriate showtimes.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, March 4, 10 – 11 a.m. (ages 5 and under) & 11 a.m. – Noon (ages 8 & under)

Bolton Street Purim Carnival
Purim fun for all ages. Special program for kids ages 5 and under at 9:30 a.m.
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Coldspring Lane
Sunday, March 4, 9 a.m. – Noon


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