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Purim 2013: Best ways to celebrate with New York City kids

Families can celebrate Purim in style with themed museum tours, balloon shows and live music at these kid-friendly events in New York City.

  • Courtesy Jewish Children's Museu

    Best ways to celebrate Purim 2013 with New York City kids

    Purim in the Palace

  • Best ways to celebrate Purim 2013 with New York City kids

    A Poppy Seed Purim

  • Courtesy of the JCC in Manhattan

    Best ways to celebrate Purim 2013 with New York City kids

    Purim Spiel Shadow Puppet Theater

  • Photograph: Courtesy 92nd Street Y

    Best ways to celebrate Purim 2013 with New York City kids

    Purim Carnival

  • Best ways to celebrate Purim 2013 with New York City kids

    Dirty Sock Funtime Band

  • Best ways to celebrate Purim 2013 with New York City kids

    Purim Family Carnival

     

     

Courtesy Jewish Children's Museu

Best ways to celebrate Purim 2013 with New York City kids

Purim in the Palace

Celebrate Purim (a.k.a. the "Jewish Halloween") at these family-friendly festivities, including the Jewish Children's Museum's craft-centric drop-in party over Presidents' Day weekend, a Dirty Sock Funtime Band concert and theatrical productions of the story of Queen Esther. Oh, and did we mention the bouncy houses and hamantaschen?

Annual Family Purim Party

  • Price band: 2/4

Guests of all ages engage in Megillah reading and watch Twistin' Todd's Balloon Show while munching on a buffet dinner at the Annual Purim Party on the Lower East Side. R.S.V.P. is recommended. All ages.

  1. Capitale 130 Bowery, at Grand St, 10013
  2. Until Sun Mar 16
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The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

  • Price band: 1/4

The wacky local band plays a Purim concert that gets kids rocking in their costumes. We bet your little reveler will get a kick out of high-energy songs like "ClownaHagila" and "Music Everywhere." Ages 3 to 8.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Mar 16
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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Celebrate Purim

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots will listen to a reading of The Purim Suprise by Lesley Simpson, which tells the story of Naomi, who moves to the city with her family and is worried she'll have to celebrate Purim with strangers. Ages 4 to 7.

  1. DiMenna Children's History Museum 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  2. Until Sun Feb 24
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Mini Kiddie Purim Carnival

  • Price band: 1/4

The Jewish Center’s Youth Department has planned a whole morning of fun, with activites like face painting, balloon making, a Megillah storytime and a sing-along with Cantor Berson. All ages.

  1. The Jewish Center 131 West 86th St, between Amsterdam and Columbus, 10024
  2. Until Sun Mar 16
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A Poppy Seed Purim

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate Purim with a musical retelling of the story of Queen Esther, who saves the Jews from being killed by the cruel Prime Minister Haman. Audience participation is encouraged, and little ones can also munch on cookies as they laugh along to this comical version of the Biblical tale. Ages 4 to 11.

  1. Merkin Concert Hall 129 W 67th St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
  2. Until Sun Feb 17
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Purim Carnival

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids come dressed in their favorite costumes to celebrate Purim at 92Y with mask making, singing, games and some tasty hamentaschen, plus a chance to meet Queen Esther and Mordechai. All ages.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Until Sun Mar 16
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Purim Family Carnival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Kids come dressed in their finest costumes to play a variety of carnival games, jump in bouncy houses, listen to live music, munch on yummy snacks and revel in the Jewish holiday. Ages 1 to 10.

  1. JCC in Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Ave, at 76th St
  2. Until Sun Mar 16
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Purim in the Palace

  • Price band: 1/4

Families are invited to get into the spirit of Purim with special drop-in offerings at the Jewish Children's Museum. Kids can join in a storytelling session with Queen Esther, search for King Achashverosh's signet ring, design their own Purim crown or mask, and make a Purim friendship basket for a special someone. Ages 2 to 12.

  1. Jewish Children's Museum 792 Eastern Pkwy, at Kingston Ave
  2. Until Tue Feb 19
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Purim Spiel Shadow Puppet Theater

  • Free

Cheer on Queen Esther in the JCC's theatrical rendition of the Purim story! Children in the audience are encouraged to interact with the shadow puppet performance projected on a spherical "bubble," created by architect and artistic director Leonid Khanin. All ages.

  1. JCC in Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Ave, at 76th St
  2. Until Sat Feb 23
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Step Into: Purim

  • Price band: 1/4

Youngsters can celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim by playing in a bouncy house, making fruit-filled hamantaschen, marching in a costume parade and watching a magic show. Costumes are encouraged. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. Hannah Senesh Community Day School 342 Smith St, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Until Sun Feb 24
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Topsy-Turvy Treasure for Purim

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids can take a tour through the museum’s galleries, then make their own sculptural Purim masks using a variety of shiny, eye-catching materials. Then don your mask to celebrate the holiday. Ages 6 to 10.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Feb 24
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West End Synagogue's Purim Celebration

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Celebrate this joyous Jewish holiday with a costume parade, a reading of the Megillah, an original Purim play and traditional holiday foods like triangular hamentaschen pastries. All ages.

  1. West End Synagogue 190 Amsterdam Ave, at 69th St
  2. Until Sat Mar 15
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