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The Best Ways to Celebrate Purim With Kids in New York

Purim celebration concept (jewish carnival holiday). Top view.

Purim might just be our favorite Jewish holiday. It has a dramatic story with a king, queen and bad guy (Boo Haman!); costume parades; hamantaschen and carnivals. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to celebrate this kid-friendly holiday all over the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester, so dust off your costume, grab a noisemaker, and get ready to party!

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


Brooklyn

Family Purim Celebration
Choose from two age-appropriate family celebrations. Families with children ages 4 and under can join in a Purim sing-along and listen to a kid-friendly version of the Purim story. Kids in grades K through 3 can experience an interactive telling of the Purim story with puppets. Pizza will be available for purchase.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave
Wednesday, February 28, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Family Megillah Reading
Come in costume and here the story of Purim, make some noise with your graggers, and show off your costumes.
East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Ave
Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Megillah, Mimosas & Brunch
Hear the Purim story and enjoy a bagel, lox, and mimosas brunch. RSVP requested.
Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Fourth Ave & 81st St
Thursday, March 1, 10 a.m.

Purim in Outer Space
An out-of-this-world Purim party with interactive megillah reading, holiday treats, moon bounce, and performance by master ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner. RSVP requested. $18/adult, $15/child
Veretzky Hall, 1102 Ave L
Thursday, March 1, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

PJ Purim for Tots
Babies and toddlers will explore Purim through hands-on interactive activities, costumes, PJ Library Purim storytime and dramatic play. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested.
Marks Jewish Community House, 7802 Bay Parkway, Bensonhurst
Sunday, March 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Purim Carnival and Sing-Along
Games, bounce house, prizes, BBQ, wine tasting, and music. Fun for all ages. $10pp
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave
Sunday, March 4, 10:30 – 2 p.m.

A Rock and Roll Purim Party
A family Purim party featuring a musical retelling of the Book of Esther, a performance from Uncle Ebenezer, hamantaschen, graggers, and selfies with Queen Esther. RSVP requested. $14/pp
Brooklyn Bowl, 60 Wythe St
Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m.

Family Purim Party 
Family Purim celebration featuring a bounce house, games, dancing, music, a costume contest, prizes, and hamantaschen. $10 suggested donation.
East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Ave
Sunday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Purim Con at Marks Jewish Community House
Featuring a bouncy castle, costume parade, face painting, hamantaschen-baking, puppetry, crafts, and team challenges.
Marks JCH, 7802 Bay Parkway, Bensonhurst
Sunday, March 4, 12 – 3 p.m.

Family Purimfest
Entertaining megillah reading, carnival games, crafts, and costume contests for all ages. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. $5/child
Union Temple of Brooklyn, 17 Eastern Pkwy, 3rd Fl
Sunday, March 4, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Family Purim Party
Crafts, music, an interactive, family-friendly megillah reading, snacks, hamantaschen, and wine. Costumes encouraged. RSVP requested. Free.
JCC Brooklyn Clinton Hill, 309 Grand Ave
Sunday, March 4, 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate Purim
Come in costume and sing, eat hamantaschen, and make lots of noise! RSVP
requested. Free.
JCC Brooklyn Windsor Terrace, 1224 Prospect Ave
Sunday, March 4, 3 – 5 p.m
.

Long Island

Superhero Purim Spiel 
Make your own superhero mask, watch a Purim play, eat some hamantaschen and make your own ice cream sundae. All ages. Free.
Temple Avodah, 3050 Oceanside Ave, Oceanside
Wednesday, February 28, 6 – 9 p.m.

Israeli Purim Feast & Wine Tasting
Celebrate Purim with a four-course Israeli feast and wine tasting. RSVP requested.
Chabad of the Hamptons, 13 Woods Lane, East Hampton
Thursday, March 1, Megillah Reading: 4:30 p.m; Purim Feast: 5 p.m.

Purim Character Breakfast
Come in costume, make hamantaschen, sing, play games with the Israeli Scouts and enjoy a bagel breakfast. RSVP requested. Best for children ages 5 under. $20/per family
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills
Sunday, March 4, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Israeli-Style Purim Celebration
Make hamantaschen, enjoy songs and games in costume. Best for ages 6-12. Hosted by Sid Jacobson JCC, Shevet Gefen, and Israeli Scouts Atid. $20 per/family
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills
Sunday, March 4, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Purim Carnival
A Purim celebration for kids of all ages, with a Megillah reading, followed by a fun-filled carnival featuring game booths, a photo booth, crafts, refreshments, and prizes.
Temple Chaverim, 1050 Washington Ave, Plainview
Sunday, March 4, 9:15 – 11 a.m.

Purim Carnival: Roots and Realms
Medieval-themed Purim carnival with a bouncy house, face painting, games, photo booth, costume contest, music, and prizes. RSVP requested.
Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Ave., Rockville Centre
Sunday, March 4, 12 – 2 p.m.

A Very Disney Purim Carnival 
Disney-themed Purim carnival with games, spin art, face painting, bouncy houses, food, prizes, and a raffle.
North Shore Synagogue, 83 Muttontown Eastwoods Rd, Syosset
Sunday March 4, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hewlett-East Rockaway Purim Carnival 
Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, 295 Main St, East Rockaway
Sunday, March 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Manhattan – Downtown

Family Purim Party
Explore Purim with crafts, singing, stories, a costume parade, pizza, and hamantaschen. For families with children ages 5 and under. RSVP requested. Free.
Town & Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St
Wednesday, February 28, 6 – 7 p.m.

Purim Family Megillah Reading
An interactive retelling of the Book of Esther, complete with graggers (noisemakers) and hamantaschen. RSVP requested.
JCP Downtown, 146 Duane St
Wednesday, February 28, 6 -7 p.m.

Purim Carnival & Shpiel 
Join The Jewish Community Project Downtown for carnival games, arts & crafts, prizes, food, live music, and an original play performed by the youth of JCP. Costumes are encouraged.
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway
Sunday, March 4, 2 – 5 p.m.

Purim Carnival
Purim family fun with early entry for ages 5 and under followed by a sing-along with Cantor Postman. Fun for all ages.
Town & Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St.,
Sunday, March 4, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.(ages 5 and under), 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (all ages)  

Manhattan – Upper West Side

Purim Carnival & Family Megillah Reading 
Purim fun with a carnival, pizza and hamantaschen, holiday-themed entertainment and an abbreviated megillah reading. Free.
Society for the Advancement of Judaism, 15 West 86th St
Wednesday, February 28, 4:45 – 8 p.m.

Purim Celebration for Little Ones
Come and celebrate Purim together with your little ones! The event will feature special holiday songs, treats, and art-making to enjoy as a family. Best for ages 4 and under.
JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave
Thursday, March 1, 3:15 – 4 p.m.

Manhattan – Washington Heights

The Y Purim Odyssey: 101 & Beyond 
A post-Purim carnival featuring a bouncy castle, face painting, crafts, games, and shows. Costumes welcome! Advance registration and payment requested. $10/adult, $5/child, $30 max/family
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave
Sunday, March 11, 12 – 3 p.m.

Queens

FHJC Purim Carnival
Fun for the whole family including inflatables, carnival games, prizes, crafts, face painting, balloon art, and special activities for preschoolers. Kosher food and carnival treats available for purchase.
Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills|
Sunday, March 4, 11:30 – 2 p.m.

Westchester

PJ Library Purim Celebration 
Purim fun with a magic show, costumes, games, pizza, and entertainment by Mr. Amazing’s Circus of Wonder. RSVP requested. Free.
Congregation Sons of Israel, 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor
Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 – 6 p.m. 

Purimpalooza
Purim carnival with inflatables, pizza, snow cones, and prizes, followed by a family megillah reading beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Beth El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Ave
Wednesday, February 28, 5:15 -6:45 p.m.

Purim Carnival
Purim fun for all ages with inflatables, games, crafts, special activities for preschoolers and a magic show. Free.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Sunday, March 4, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Megillah Reading &  Purim Carnival
A musical, puppet-filled megillah reading followed by a Purim carnival filled with creative games, DJ, and bowling. Pizza and snacks will be available for purchase. $10/child ages 3 through Grade 6.
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Rd, Scarsdale
Sunday, March 4, 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pre-K & K Purim Program
Children in pre-K and kindergarten will learn about Purim through activities, snacks, music, and crafts. RSVP required. Drop-off. Free.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave East, Rye
Sunday, March 4, 9:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Young Families Purim Celebration & Carnival 
Celebrate Purim through stories, songs, crafts, and snacks and then stay for the synagogue Purim carnival. Best for ages 7 and under. RSVP requested. Free.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave East, Rye
Sunday, March 4, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – carnival begins at 11:30 a.m.


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