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Where to Celebrate Purim 2016 With Kids in Baltimore

The temperatures are a bit less frigid, the crocuses are blooming, and you are beginning to think that groundhog might have been right after all. Spring is on the way and so is the holiday of Purim, which begins on the evening of Wednesday, March 23 this year. We have rounded up a list of fun ways to celebrate with the family, along with a bunch of other events to keep everyone happy and entertained as we happily bid farewell to winter.

Purim Events & Celebrations

PJ Our Way Purim Cooking Club
Bake hamentaschen with other families and assemble mishloach manot (Purim baskets) to be donated for charity. For families with children ages 8 – 11, limited space available, RSVP required.
Private Residence, Address given upon RSVP
Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m.

Prep for Purim – Make & Take Hamantaschen
Get ready for Purim by assembling hamentaschen and bringing them home ready-to-bake. Participation fee includes enough supplies to make up to a dozen hamentaschen. Fun for all ages, RSVP required.
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Wednesday, March 9, 7 – 8 p.m.

Purim Cooking Demo
Make some Purim treats with the kids while learning about the holiday of Purim. Limited space available, RSVP required.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St., Suite D
Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m.

Purim Carnival @ Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
This year’s Purim’s zaniness will include Shushan Speedway, Giant Twister, and Clergy Condiment Races, as well as a separate Little Shushan area for the toddler set.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Avenue
Sunday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Rosh Chodesh Adar @ J Town
Celebrate the beginning of the month of Adar with a Purim celebration at J Town including story time and holiday-related activities.
J Town, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Monday, March 14, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Ner Tamid Purim Carnival
Celebrate Purim with inflatables, face painting, carnival games, prizes, and other Purim fund, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Caring Network.
Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue, 6214 Pimlico Road
Sunday, March 20, 1 – 4 p.m.

PJ On the Town Purim Carnival
Celebrate Purim in Carroll County with a classic Purim carnival featuring a magic show, moon bounce, and a costume contest.
Freedom Optimist Hall, 6315 Sykesville Rd. Sykesville
Sunday, March 20, 5 – 7 p.m.

Beth Am’s Annual Purim Carnival
Beth Am’s annual Purim carnival – fun for the whole family
Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place
Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. – Noon

Purim Service & Spiel @ Beth Am
Listen to the megillah and then sit back and laugh at this year’s Purim spiel, “The Book of Esther,” a Purim-themed spoof on “The Book of Mormon.”
Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place
Wednesday, March 23, 7- 9 p.m.

Megillah Reading & Purim Party
Lively megillah reading followed by hamentaschen, a bounce house, piñata, and other Purim fun.
Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive
Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m.

More Family Fun

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Great Big Animals
An engaging and interactive performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra designed to introduce babies, toddlers, and their siblings to classical music. Join the Ahava Baby group outing to the show, or fly solo. Two performances scheduled so you can work around naptime.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Pearlstone Family Farm Day
Jump into spring, explore the farm with all five senses, and enjoy an interactive PJ Library story time. RSVP requested.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd
Sunday March 13, 2 – 4 p.m.

Eitan Katz Concert
Enjoy an evening of original Jewish music by Eitan Katz in honor of the 30th anniversary of Congregation Tiferes Yisroel. Click here to purchase tickets.
Moses Montefiore Greengate Jewish Center, 7000 Rockland Hill Drive
Sunday, March 20, 7 – 9 p.m.

Good Deeds Day
Join Jewish Volunteer Connection this world-wide, day-long celebration of good deeds. Choose from volunteer opportunities for all age groups and at a variety of times and locations. Click here for more details.
Sunday, April 10
Locations across Baltimore City


 Warning – objects on the calendar are closer than they appear! Once Purim rolls around, you know that Passover is less than a month away. Don’t fret, there are already events being planned to help you prepare.

The Freedom to Create: A Passover Experience
Get ready for Passover with the Associated Women’s Passover Seder, a celebratory Israeli-themed experience. Advance registration requested.
Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, April 3, 4 – 7 p.m.

Passover Pop Ups
Have you heard about PJ Library’s new partnership with Yehudah Matzah? Taste some matzah and charoset, and take home some Passover tips and tricks for your own celebration. Check online for more locations and further info.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Giant Foods,
3757 Old Court Rd. 
Wednesday, April 6

Hands on Holiday:  Passover
A free program in local libraries with crafts, music, and story time related to Passover. Best for kids ages 3 – 5, open to all, drop-in.
Central Library, 400 Cathedral St
Wednesday, April 6, 10:30 a.m.
Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave
Wednesday, April 13, 11 a.m.
Light Street Branch, 1251 Light St
Wednesday, April 20, 11:15 a.m.

Just for Grown-Ups

Some are educational, some are fun, but all of these events promise you some quiet time outside of the house where no one will ask you for a snack, a tissue, or for help with a craft project.

Getting It Together: The Art of Organization
Planning, prioritizing, and time management are unfortunately not innate skills. Get the tools you need to help kids of all ages improve in this area.
Jewish Community Services Baltimore, 5750 Park Heights Avenue
Monday, March 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Fiction Flicks: One Night with the King
Book a sitter or plan a girls or guys night out to enjoy this Purim-themed movie, popcorn, and drinks. Free.
Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Shalom Baby
Childbirth classes with a Jewish twist along with snacks and a kosher, dairy lunch (you know, since you are eating for two), RSVP required.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, March 20, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

It’s A Mad, Mad World
How do you help your kids make sense of the terrible things they see in the news? Get tips and strategies from JCS experts.
Jewish Community Services Owings Mills, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Monday, March 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Raising Problem-Solving, Self-Reliant Children
We all want this for our kids – but how do we get there? Find out what to do now to help your kid/s succeed.
Barnes & Noble in Pikesville, 1819 Reisterstown Road
Tuesday, April 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Looking for some DIY Purim fun? Learn how to turn a paper plate into a hamentaschen-shaped container for your mishloach manot, bake some cannoli hamentaschen, or check out this hamentaschen recipe round-up for further inspiration.

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