By NYMetroParents Staff

Hanukkah Events for Kids and Families in Long Island - December 2009

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Take a look at some family and kid-friendly Hanukkah events happening in Nasasu and Suffolk Counties, Long Island, this holiday season!




The Klezmatics

The Grammy-winning Klezmatics perform a concert inspired by gospel, punk, Arab, African, and Balkan music, in celebration of the beginning of Chanukah's Festival of Lights. December 12 at 8pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $30. Landmark on Main Street Theater, 232 Main Street, Port Washington. 516-767-6444;


Friedberg JCC Chanukah Party

Families celebrate Chanukah with crafts, holiday food, entertainment, and a menorah lighting. Call to sign up. December 13 at 11am. All ages. $20 per family (up to 4 people); $6 each additional person. Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside. 516-766-4341; Special Events' Annual Gingerbread Decorating Workshop

Children decorate their own Christmas or Chanukah Gingerbread House in a cooking workshop that involves all five senses. With the smell of gingerbread in the air, they'll listen to candy-inspired music, taste and touch the gingerbread, and watch as their creations take shape. They'll also personalize a chef hat and apron and design a gingerbread bead necklace. Afterwards, all chefs pose for a commemorative photo of their finished masterpiece, enjoy refreshments, and receive a personalized certificate of accomplishment. Registration required. Contact Chef Paula. December 13 at 10am, 1pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW, TE. $30 per child with accompanying adult. Landmark on Main Street, Parent Resource Center, 232 Main Street, Lower Level, Port Washington. 516-338-0552;


Delicious Holiday Cooking at Its Best

Kids decorate a gingerbread house and make lots of latkes, along with gingerbread family cookies and chocolate eggnog. They'll hear a special story. December 14 at 12:30pm and 5pm; Little Chefs, 33 Jackson Avenue, Syosset; 516-496-0754. December 15 at 9am; Soundview Market Place, Port Washington; 516-767-7633. Age: TOD: YE; TW. Call for pricing.



2nd Annual World Series of Dreidels

This Chanukah celebration for families includes pizza, salad, and snacks before spinning dreidels. Each family member will receive gelt, and the winner will receive a trophy and a grand prize. Afterwards, enjoy a community menorah lighting at 7:30pm. December 14, 5:45-7:30pm. Registration required by December 11. All ages. $12; $10 per child; $36 max per family. Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview. 516-822-3535 x332;




Hanukkah Family Night

Kids watch a unique Hanukkah performance by madcap balloon artist Allynn Gooen, who uses balloons to create Hanukkah characters. Afterwards, families can enjoy a Menorah lighting, Hanukkah latkes, and crafts. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to needy families in the community. Pre-registration suggested. December 13 at 1:45pm. All ages. $10 per family in advance; $15 at the door. The Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-462-9800;


Gingerbread University

Jumbo gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, and other 9-12 inch gingerbread cookie concoctions in tree, soldier, dreidel or other holiday-themed shapes are available to decorate. Families receive a complete candy kit and patented icing to help get started, and sample freshly baked ginger bread bites. "Gingerbread Fred" reads children a story. All ages. $9.95-$27.50, depending on the size of the gingerbread piece. Reservations recommended. Ongoing through December: Mondays-Thursdays, 11am-5pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-6pm or 7pm. See Web site for schedule changes. Gingerbread University, 3225 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-727-7309;