Parents can get a bit nervous as Passover approaches, wondering how their children will handle the extended dinners, the singing and the other rituals that surround this celebration. Thankfully, a few events are organized especially with your kids in mind, providing not only fun but also the basic knowledge that will help them better understand the holiday. Illustrated books and websites with the story of Passover are also available to help you educate and entertain your child. Below are a few of these resources.
Doda Mollie Passover Party And Shabbat Concert
Slavin Family Children’s Library
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Date: March 17
Doda Mollie (which in Hebrew means Auntie Mollie) is a singer and educator who has sung and danced her way into becoming the “Queen of the Tot Shabbat,” and is very popular as an entertainer for children under 5. On March 17, she will lead a Passover sing-along at the Slavin Library, which prides itself on being a source for all things Jewish through literature, music and family activities. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Your children, especially those under 8 years old, can learn about Jewish culture at the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Located on Museum Row, this is a space dedicated to helping youngsters learn while exploring and playing. Some of the exhibits have Jewish themes, but the goal of the institution is to help young people from all walks of life to become better citizens, responsible community members and culturally sensitive individuals.
385 Fairview Road
Ojai, CA 93023
Dates: March 25 through April 3
Make the holiday a family event and celebrate at the Passover Camp at Camp Ramah. At about an hour and half from Los Angeles, Ojai is a great location for relaxation as the camp offers hiking, tennis courts, yoga classes and even wine tasting. Along with plenty of fun, your family’s stay at the Passover Camp will also be educational, by means of the arts, spirituality and political discussions that will be available. The camp has special activities for kids of all ages along with a trustworthy staff. There are several dates to choose from. You can find details on the website provided.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
A visit to the Skirball Cultural Center will help you tie together the thousands of years of Jewish history with contemporary life. The galleries, concerts, family programs and other monthly events at the Skirball are scheduled to inspire people from any culture and belief and to make them feel welcome with the realization that all Americans strive to have the best family life possible and to build the greatest of societies. The Noah’s Ark exhibit was created especially for children in an 8,000-square-foot gallery filled with animals of all sizes and building materials inspired in the story of the ancient flood and the family that survived it.
Wacky Passover Adventure And Open House
34342 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Date: March 24
The Shalom Institute is an educational center that serves all denominations of Jewish and non-Jewish believers and offers programs to schools, synagogues and communities. Its location in the mountains of Malibu includes a pool area, a garden, a health center, an outdoor amphitheater, cabins, horses, waterfalls, hiking and much more. On March 24, children and adults will be able to imagine themselves in Egypt, doing the work of a slave and then escaping it all by crossing the Red Sea. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
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