Family time is at the core of most holidays, alongside celebrating with a community of faith. In 2022, the Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 15, and ends at nightfall on Saturday, April 23. We've gathered up some kid-friendly Passover events for Seattle-area families, plus a few resources for your celebrations. Note that some events require registration. Happy Passover to all!
Sunday, April 10: Passover Story Walk
A fun way for the whole family to enjoy the story of Passover, follow the trail to read the story and collect souvenirs on the way! Join at 2 p.m. at Mercerdale Park. Free.
Sunday, April 10: Passover Story Trail
Sip some hot cocoa and stroll through David Rogers Park while reading the story of Passover, 11:30–12:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family! Free.
April 14–23: Passover Cupcakes
Preorder a delicious Passover-approved treat from Trophy Cupcakes, then pick it up at Seattle and Eastside-area locations between April 14–23 to kick off your Passover celebration.
Fridays, April 15 and 22: Tot Shabbat at the J
Tot Shabbat is back in person on Friday mornings! Bring your tots to Stroum Jewish Community Center the Fridays during Passover (or any Friday!) for dancing, singing and community. Tot Shabbat is geared towards ages 5 and younger with a caregiver. Free.
Friday–Saturday, April 15–16: In-person Communal Seders are back at your neighborhood Chabad organization. Make your reservation now at one of the locations below and enjoy gourmet Passover cuisine while participating in a meaningful and interactive family-friendly Seder:
- April 15: Mercer Island Community Seder with Chabad of Mercer Island
- April 15: Communal Passover Seder with Chabad of Queen Anne - Magnolia
- April 15: Communal Passover Seder with Chabad of Capitol Hill
- April 15–16: Community Passover Seder with Chabad of Pierce County
Saturday, April 16: Second Night of Passover Virtual Seder
Kavana Cooperative invites the community for its Second Night Passover Seder with Traci Marx, a virtual gathering. This Seder seeks to be feminist, egalitarian, inclusive, musical and contemplative. Best for families with kids ages 10 and older. RSVP online.
Saturday, April 16: Community Seder at Bet Alef
Whether you choose to join in person or virtually, the Bet Alef Community Seder welcomes all for "A Feast of Liberation." Preregister.
Saturday, April 16: Kol Ami Community Seder
Back in person this year, all are welcome to join the Kirkland-based Kol Ami community for a musical, family-friendly Seder.
Sun. April 17: Passover Family Cooking Class
Planning to prepare your own Passover meal? Involve the whole family by learning to make delicious kosher-for-Passover dishes in this hands-on cooking class. A fee of $15 covers the whole family. Class starts at 5 p.m. at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island.
Monday, April 18: AJC Virtual Passover Seder
Register at the link and join AJC Seattle with Rabbi James Mirel for a virtual Seder. The evening is designed to introduce the powerful story of Passover and enable participants to share diverse experiences with one other.
Resources for families:
Celebrating Passover During the Coronavirus: Chabad.org has put together a resource page with ideas and guidance on celebrating your Seder at home.
Seder-at-Home Resources From Chabad of Shoreline: This page offers step-by-step instructions, a shopping list (including guidance on quantities needed depending on the number of people in your family), recipes and a printable Haggadah. You can also order a Seder-To-Go kit for $36, which can be picked up at the Center.
PJ Library at-home Passover resources for kids: PJ Library has pulled together tons of Passover resources with kids in mind. Find activities, songs, crafts and more to make your Passover extra special this year.
Passover Recipes: Weelicious founder Catherine McCord has developed tasty Passover recipes designed to get the whole family involved and excited. So, grab the kids and get cooking!
Haggadahs for use at home:
“A Different Night: A Family Participation Haggadah” by Noam Zion and David Dishon
“The Other Side of the River, the Other Side of the Sea,” T'ruah's Human Rights Haggadah
Passover stories to read with kids: