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Events in NYC for kids: 10 ways to celebrate Purim 2014 with the family

Celebrate the Jewish holiday with fun family events in NYC including Megillah readings, Purim carnivals and other festive bashes.

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This year, the Jewish holiday of Purim rolls around on the evening of Saturday, March 15, and ends on the evening of Sunday, March 16. Celebrate the joyous occasion with a slew of family-friendly events at synagogues, Jewish centers and other establishments throughout NYC this weekend. Encourage the little ones to don their favorite costumes, then gather round for a reading of the Megillah to learn about the ancient origins of Purim, or even catch a puppet show or spiel starring the holiday's celebrated heroes—Esther and Mordecai. Kids will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the holiday traditions, play fun carnival games, chow down on hamantaschen and more!

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R&R: Free Saturdays at the JCC

Celebrate Purim with an afternoon of free fun at the JCC in Manhattan! While grownups enjoy activities like meditation sessions, film screenings and an cappella concerts, kids can join in on holiday–themed art projects, face painting, a Purim concert from Shira & Friends, an interactive Shpiel with Clown Professor Doink and other activities. All ages.

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MASK: A Family Purim Party

The celebration kicks off with grogger (instruments or noisemakers) and mask–making, live music and storytelling by Shawn Shaffner that introduces tykes to the tale behind the holiday. After, stick around to create "goody-foody bags" with Kosher snacks to share with others in the community. Ages 2 to 10.

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Mini Kiddie Purim Carnival

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.

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Purim at the Carnival

This family Purim celebration at the Chabad Upper East Side includes a Megillah reading (5:30pm) followed by face painting, live music, kids crafts, magicians and a buffet dinner. Reservations required. All ages.

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Purim Carnival

Stop by 92Y for a morning full of celebratory Purim fun! Costumed tykes can take part in carnival games, a petting zoo and a bounce house before chowing down on tasty hamentashen, Plus, get the chance to see a magic show and a special Purim play. All ages.

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