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.
- 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.
- The Jewish National Fund has Chanukah activities in their parks throughout the week.
- 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.
- 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?
- A friend sent me to the Twig website with science videos. Many are free (but not the one about using vegetable oil as fuel).
- Cook! This is the year your kids could learn to peel potatoes. Other options include challah baking, cookie decorations, fruit salad, or sufganiyot (doughnuts).
- 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.
- 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:
- A mother is raising funds in memory of her daughter, Daniella Meira, so that severely disabled kids can enjoy a Shabbat away. Please help if you can.
- Just in time, Orthonomics has some excellent ideas for coping with small kids at home.
- Batya has a roundup of Chanukah posts.
- I like Kosher on a Budget’s post, “Eight Chanukah Presents for a Blogger.” Best of all, they are free and work for any blogger. (See links to my email list, Facebook page and Twitter account.)
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