Seders and Other Passover Celebrations for Families

Seders and Other Passover Celebrations for Families


UPDATED March 2017: In honor of the eight-day festival of Passover, which starts April 11 this year, we've rounded up the best, family-friendly Seders and Passover activities in the New York metro area, including Manhattan, Queens, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island.

Seders and Passover Celebrations in Manhattan

Matzapalooza! Reimagining Passover
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 10am
WHERE: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Battery Park
AGES: 6-12
WHAT: This year’s festivities include a marketplace of artisan purveyors of Passover foods, arts and crafts activities, an afikomen (hidden matza) search party, a photo booth in which participants can dress up and pose as Passover plagues, and a sing-along concert of Passover songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English.
WANT TO GO? $10. 646-437-4202.

Freedom Art Jam: Art and Dance Party for Passover
WHEN: Sunday, April 9, 12-4pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
WHAT: Passover extravaganza with art, music, and dancing. Boogie to the soulful sounds of Vered and the Babes, create a musical instrument, craft a unique storybook, add to a giant sculptural Seder plate installation.
WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $15; $12 seniors; $7.50 students; free for children. 212-423-3200.

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Seders and Passover Celebrations in Queens

Happy Passover Program
WHEN: Monday, April 3, 4pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-91 71st Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: 6-12
WHAT: Passover is a deeply meaningful, historic holiday marked by the beauty of freedom, renewal of spirit, and springtime. Children will learn about the holiday through stories, games, and a craft (and maybe something yummy)!
WANT TO GO? Free. 718-268-7934.

Seders and Passover Celebrations in Westchester County

Families with Young Children
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 9:30am
WHERE: Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, 31 Glengary Road, Croton-on-Hudson
AGES: 5 and younger, adult
WHAT: Participate in a Tot Passover celebration.
WANT TO GO? Free. 914-271-4705.

Young Families Passover Pandemonium at Emanu-El
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 10:45-11:45am
WHERE: Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave. E., Rye
AGES: 7 and younger
WHAT: Come for a unique and fun filled Passover Pandemonium event for families with young children. Enjoy stories, crafts, and food at this holiday celebration. All Young Families Committee are open to the community and are appropriate for ages 6 months through second grade. 
WANT TO GO? Free, but bring a travel size hand lotion to donate to DOROT. RSVP to Jane at or 914-967-4382 x21.

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Seders and Passover Celebrations in Rockland County

Holiday Workshop
WHEN: April 3-14, Monday-Tuesday, 10am-12pm; Friday, 3-5pm
WHERE: Jill’s Ceramics, 180 Germonds Road, West Nyack
WHAT: Jill will help artists pick out and paint spring Holiday items such as Seder plates and Kiddush cups for Passover. Items can be painted and taken home the same day or left for glazing. Registration recommended.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary per piece. 845-623-4975.

Matzah Brei on the Porch with CSI, Nyack
WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 6pm
WHERE: Art Café, 65 S. Broadway, Nyack
WHAT: Enjoy Matzah Brei for a Presach dinner. Kosher for Passover supervision by Rabbi Russo.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children 5 and younger. 845-358-3767.

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Seders and Passover Celebrations on Long Island

Afikoman Bags
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 2-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
WHAT: The Festival of Passover is celebrated in early spring. A special service called a Seder takes place the first two nights of the Passover holiday. During the Seder, a piece of matzoh called Afikoman is placed in a special bag and is hidden for children to find. The child who finds the Afikoman receives a special prize! Learn about this tradition and decorate your own Afikoman Bag with felt and embellishments.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free for children 1 and younger. 516-224-5800.

Passover Scavenger Hunt Story-time & Craft
WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 11am
WHERE: The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington
AGES: 7 and younger
WHAT: Rachel's uncle is terrible at hiding the afikomen. It's always too easy to find! So this year, Rachel decides to take over. She finds the perfect hiding spot and creates a series of clues for her cousins to follow. Can you guess where the hunt will lead them? Join author Shanna Silva for story time and craft followed by a book signing.
WANT TO GO? Free. 516-767-2650.

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Main image: Matzapalooza! at Museum of Jewish Heritage