Eight Things to Do with Your Kids on Chanukah

You may not have noticed, but Chanukah vacation is a day longer this year. We’re scheduled to have the day “returned” at the end of August, along with four other days. Passover vacation will start a day earlier too.

A Maccabee from fimoSo what are you supposed to do with the kids during the week? I’ll include some indoor and outdoor suggestions. The weather is pleasant, but it gets dark early.

  1. You will find loads of festivals and activities for kids, especially small ones, at your local mall. They tend to be crowded, and nothing is really free–once you are in the mall you may find it hard to leave without buying anything. But this one is sponsored by the Israel Antiquities Authority and will have events in Hadera, Haifa, Yafo, Petach Tikva, Maaleh Adumim, Ashdod, Timna. See the Hebrew site for more details.
  2. The Jewish National Fund has Chanukah activities in their parks throughout the week.
  3. If you live in Haifa, you can visit the museums for only NIS 5 each. Reader Abbi recommended the children’s plays at the Givatayim theater, but keep in mind that it’s a little pricey.
  4. When was the last time you went to the beach? Avoid the crowds by trying one off the beaten track, like in Bat Yam. I’d rather have rain, but where else in the world can you go to the beach and eat sufganiyot at the same time?
  5. A friend sent me to the Twig website with science videos. Many are free (but not the one about using vegetable oil as fuel).
  6. Cook! This is the year your kids could learn to peel potatoes. Other options include challah baking, cookie decorations, fruit salad, or sufganiyot (doughnuts).
  7. Did someone say Chanuka crafts? My kids made a chanukiah and a Maccabee out of fimo, and are making more decorations for our family Chanukah party.
  8. Chill out and do nothing. We never seem to have time to just hang out with the kids. Don’t make any particular plans and see what happens. Just turn off the TV and computer first.

Hat tip to Rachel’s Deals for some of these ideas.

A few more notes for the adults:

What are your Chanukah plans? Have you blogged about your family trips? Please share in the comments.
Thank you for reading, and Chanukah Sameach to all!

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  1. Happy Hanukkah and Thanks for all the great posts!

  2. I have a few more ideas:
    1. I had just found out that Bible lands museum in Jerusalem is open for free for kids and has special activities.
    2. Targil Raava at a fire station- many of them have them for Chanuka- a live demonstration of fire fighting with fire, and fire trucks…they never advertise anywhere that I have seen, you just have to call and ask if your local station has them (Ramat Gan is doing it tomorrow at 17:00)
    3. I found this website in Hebrew- it’s all about making your own game shows, card games and board games. http://kaye7.school.org.il/games.htm

  3. I will bake and cook with the children – we also planned a pajama day (never know how to spell this), however, it would be nicer with some rain in sight. Furthermore we planned a bicycle trip with friends and will do some crafting as well.

  4. Only 1/2 kidding: go to the shuk in search of treats. Our “local” shuk (about 15 min away) has strawberries now for less than 1/2 the price of the local grocery stores! Also other lovely fruit/veg in season, plus sufganiyot, sambusak and other fried things.

    We had a beach day today–it was lovely and almost completely deserted. Also planning to hit the library, go to the movies and possibly go bowling. Wish I were closer to Haifa for the cheap museums!

  5. We went on a bunch of day trips, but today we relaxed at home and even did some cleaning. My fridge is sparkling!

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