I recently compiled a list of family friendly activities in the New York area and during my search I felt sad. I wasn’t able to find more than just a few events to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah in of all places, New York. So, I do what every mom would do, more research. I never found an updated list for this year, but I did create a small list of the events that I found that would be “family friendly” and “affordable”-something that is very much the priority this year.
If you have an event that fits into the “you can bring your kids and it won’t cost you a fortune” category, please leave me a comment below or tweet me the link on twitter @primetimeparent.
Sunday, December 13
TIME: 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
LOCATION Central Park, Belvedere Castle, Central Park (Located mid-park at 79th Street), Manhattan
PHONE: (212) 772-0210.
ACTIVITIES Let your holiday spirit (and appetite!) grow while creating your very own edible Hanukkah menorah. This program is part of the Central Park Conservancy’s Winter Holiday Program series. For more information and to view the complete Winter Holiday Programs schedule, please visit www.centralparknyc.org/winterholidays.
TIME: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Children’s Galleries For Jewish Culture, 515 W. 20th Street, Suite 4E
ACTIVITIES: Exhibitions, treasure hunt, music, prizes. Make Hanukkah lamps out of clay; create large dreidels; design “stained glass” decorations to hang in the window.
CHANUKAH MENORAH LIGHTING
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bay Terrace Shopping Center (upper level next to entrance to movie theater)
COST: FREE Sponsored by Chabad of Northeast Queens
ACTIVITIES: Huge 18 foot Menorah * Live Music & Dancing * Sizzling Potato Latkes * Raffle * Edible Chanukah Gelt * Be entertained by Keith Leaf the Amazing Fire Juggler. For more information and for a listing of additional Chabad Chanukah activities go to the Chabad of Northeast Queens website, http://www.chabadnortheastqueens.com
Wednesday, December 16
CHANUKAH ON ICE NYC
|TIME 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.COST: In Advance $22/Adult; $18/Children 3-13,
At the Door 25/Adult; $20/Children 3-13LOCATION: Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park
ACTIVITIES: Now in its third year, Chanukah on Ice NYC is fast becoming a New York Chanukah tradition! On Wednesday, December 16th, with the dramatic New York skyline as a backdrop, Jewish families and singles will converge on Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park for a celebration on skates. Chanukah on Ice features Jewish music, traditional Chanukah refreshments and a giant sparkling Ice Menorah which is lit at the start of the program. In attendance this year at the Menorah Lighting is the popular acapella group Six13, who will serenade the audience with their version of Chanukah classics. The Chabad Centers of upper Manhattan are sponsoring this event, which drew close to 1,000 participants last year.
CELEBRATE CHANUKAH AT THE JCC
TIME:10:30 AM – 12:00 PM