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Passover 2012 events for NYC kids

Take the Passover celebration beyond the seder this year.

  • Poppy Seed Players: Shlemiel Crooks -- A Passover Musical

  • Passover: Museum at Eldridge Street

  • Passover: David Grover

New York City's got a bounty of activities to help kids get their Passover on. This year, Passover begins on Friday evening, April 6, and continues through Saturday, April 14 (yes, it coincides completely with the public-school break). Offerings ranging from a Passover concert at Streit's Matzo Factory to scavenger hunts and craft workshops mean you don't have to wait for the first seder to start partying.

The Mama Doni Band: Passover Palooza
The award-winning and much praised Mama Doni defines her style as "funky music with a Jewish twist." This Passover, she invites families to have some "music with your matzo" by offering a factory tour of Streit's Matzo Factory and a live concert, free of charge. Sun Mar 18 at 1pm. Streit's Matzo Factory, 148-154 Rivington St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts (718-813-7170, mamadoni.com). Free. Ages 13 and under.

Passover Spectacular
Kids channel their inner Sherlock Holmes in the name of Passover in a scavenger hunt around the Eldridge Street Synagogue. On their search, they'll learn how immigrants discovered and celebrated their newfound freedom in the United States. Reservations suggested. Sun Mar 18, 25 at 11am. Museum at Eldridge Street. $15 per family. Ages 4 to 9.

Passover Nosh & Stroll
Take a Passover-themed tour around the old Jewish Lower East Side. Together as a family, you'll follow the paths Jewish immigrants would have taken as they prepared for the holiday. Visit Streit's Matzoh, check out the pickle selection at The Pickle Guys and stroll past other shops and sites while learning about Passover traditions and history. Sun Mar 31 11am, 2pm. Museum at Eldridge Street. $15. All ages.

The Poppy Seed Players bring Jewish heritage to the stage with unique musical plays; this month's performance is based on Anna Olswanger's books about the attempts of Pharaoh's ghost to sabotage Passover. Sun Apr 1 at 11am. Merkin Concert Hall. $20. Ages 4 to 11.

The Shul of New York welcomes families of all backgrounds to explore Passover. Kids will learn about the tradition through a fun scavenger hunt, singing and dancing along to tunes by the Shul band, and sampling some tasty Passover food. Register in advance at family@theshulofnewyork.org. Sun Apr 1 11am--2pm. Simple Studios. $5. All ages.

The Jewish Museum presents a family concert featuring singer-guitarist David Grover's folk-inflected beats. Kids can celebrate freedom by dancing to such songs as "Go Down Moses," "Man Come Down to Egypt" and "The Matzah Song." Special guest Meredith Wright (of kids' music band Sweetbeatz) will add her jazzy voice to the proceedings alongside Grover and his Gang. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sun Apr 1 at 2pm. The Jewish Museum. $11. Ages 3 to 9.

The storytelling group Play Me a Story will retell the story of this classic Passover tale of the Exodus through Egyptian music, dance and costumes. After the show, kids will create some Passover crafts. Sun Apr 1 at 2:30pm. Museum of Jewish Heritage&mdash. $10, children 10 and under $7. Ages 3 to 10.

Kids experience Passover, one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar, with fun, entertaining and original activities. They'll sing along in an interactive bilingual concert that incorporates songs in English and Hebrew (all ages), try their hand at the unique matzo baking process (all ages) and explore some of their favorite Haggadah texts through art and games (5:15pm, children 10 and up), among other activities. Sun Apr 1 3--6pm. Hannah Senesh Community Day School. $5, family $15. All ages.

Preschoolers celebrate Passover with crafts, stories, snacks and more. Tue Apr 3 9:30--11:30am. Jewish Community Center. Free. Ages 5 and under.

Celebrate the first night of Passover with families from around the city. The event is open for Seder veterans as well as those who may be celebrating for the first time. Children are free to spend time at the table with parents but can also take breaks from the meal in a playroom. Fri Apr 6 at 5pm. Kings Bay Y. $30, children 3--12 $10, children under 3 free. All ages.

Explore the importance of Elijah's cup at the Passover Seder. Kids will get to create and decorate their own cup with tissue paper and shining gems. Sat Apr 7 at 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Children's Museum of Manhattan. Free with museum admission. Ages 5 and up.

Shababa Creative Family Passover Seder
Celebrate Passover with your family as the Upper East Side institution re-creates ancient traditions with songs, stories, movement and games, as well as a fabulous dinner. Vegetarian options available with phone registration. Sat Apr 7 at 7pm. 92nd Street Y. $70, children under 13 $50, children ages 1--2 $20. All ages.

Make your way through fifteen stages of the freedom meal known as Seder. This will be a night of singing and storytelling about the exodus from Egypt with a strictly kosher meal for Passover. Register in advance online. Sat Apr 7 7:30pm--11:30pm. Jewish Community Center. $85, $35 children under 12. Ages 8 and up.



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