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
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photo: via Edsel Little on Flickr

Step Into: Passover at Hannah Senesh Community Day School
Stop by Hannah Senesh Community Day School for a morning of music, stories, crafts and more. Activities include a performance by kiddie music act Timbalooloo, an interactive telling of the story Passover, crafting kiddush cups and Seder plates and a model Matzah bakery. For kids ages two to 10.

Sun., March 29, 9 a.m. – noon
Tickets: $5/person
Hannah Senesh Community Day School
342 Smith St.
Carroll Gardens
Online: hannahsenesh.org

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
photo: via April Killingsworth on Flickr
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