Looking for a way to celebrate Passover as a family that goes beyond the traditional Seder? You’re in luck! We found lots of kid-friendly Passover events that don’t involve the kids needing to sit still for an hour or two while the adults talk. Dance, craft, make matzah, try your hand at the Egyptian-themed escape room! (Get it?) Read on for the scoop on all this Passover fun!

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Make Matzah, Craft, and Escape at The Jewish Children’s Museum
The museum’s matzah factory comes early this year, running on Sundays in March. Cut, thresh, and grind wheat into flour and then race against the clock as you mix, punch, roll and bake your very own matzahs to take home. (Free with museum admission.)

From April 2-5, families can build their own pyramid, enjoy some sand play, and then try to “Escape From Egypt” in the museum’s customized 20-minute Escape Room experience! (Escape Room is $20, for ages six and up, with a maximum of 10 players. Noon-6 p.m.)

Matzah Factory: Mar. 11, Mar. 18, Mar. 25; 1p.m., 1:45 p.m, and 2:30 p.m.

Passover Out of Egypt Escape Room and more: April 2 – 5

Tickets: $13/person
792 Eastern Pkwy.
Crown Heights
Online: jcm.museum

Matzapalooza: Reimagining Passover at The Museum at Eldridge Street
The Museum at Eldridge Street will show you how to make your family’s Seder meaningful and fun at this interactive day of food, music, arts and crafts, Yiddish, and hands-on activities for all ages. Highlights include holiday-themed arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, student choir, and enough egg creams, charoset and matzah for the whole family.

Sun., March 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tickets: $14/adults; $8/ages 6 -14, free/ages five and under
12 Eldridge St.
Lower East Side
Online: eldridgestreet.org

photo: Jewish Museum

Freedom Art Jam at the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum will host a full afternoon of activities to celebrate the holiday including art, music, and dancing.  ShirLaLa (Shira Kline) will rock out with Passover-themed tunes at 12:30 and 2:30. Drop-in for an art workshop to make your own Seder cup, create a freedom painting, and collaborate on the Passover Pattern Wall inspired by the work of artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz (then explore his work on view at the museum). Finally, make your own collage postcard to take home to family and friends. For kids ages three and up.

Sun., March 25, noon-4 p.m.
Tickets: $15/adults; $12/seniors; $7.50/students; Under 18 & members/free

1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St.
Upper East side
Online: TheJewishMuseum.org

photo: JCC

Family Passover Celebration at JCC Manhattan
Stop by to celebrate the traditions and symbols of the holiday through art-making, songs, and stories. Register online to attend. Recommended for kids ages four and under

Wed., March 28, 3:15-4 p.m.
Tickets: free
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
Online: jccmanhattan.org

Seder Shabang at JCC Manhattan
The JCC Manhattan is also hosting several seders for various audiences under the name “Seder Shabang.” The evening promises one community, one meal, and four amazing seders, and a family-friendly meal/celebration is among them. A communal party following the meal will take place. Financial aid is available. See this link for more info. 

Friday, March 30
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
Online: jccmanhattan.org

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Creative Family Passover Seder at the 92nd Street Y


Come and celebrate Passover with other families at the Creative Family Passover Seder. You’ll recreate the meaningful and ancient traditions with songs, stories, movements and games. For families with children up to 12 years old. (Vegetarian meal options available by phone registration only; call 212.415.5500.)

Sat., March 31, 4:30
Tickets: $75/person; free/children under one
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Upper East Side
Online: 92y.org

What’s your family-friendly Passover celebration? Tell us in the comments below! 

—Mimi O’Connor