Celebrating Passover Seder with Kids
Passover begins at sundown on Wed., April 8, and ends Thur. evening, April 16. Passover Seder includes many prayers and rituals along with the retelling of the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt—all before dinner is served! Seder is meant to be a relaxed and educational holiday observance, so celebrate with these creative ideas.
Consider attending a pre-Seder virtual gathering.
- On April 6, City Winery is live streaming a Downtown Seder.
- Congregation Etz Chaim is hosting a virtual family Seder on April 8.
- MJCCA will hold a First Night Seder and a Second Night Seder, and they’re also offering a camp packet for kids.
- Temple Emanu-El is hosting a Zoom First Night Seder.
- Attend Temple Sinai’s First Night Seder or Second Night Seder.
- The Temple is offering a Mini Passover Seder, a First Night Seder and a Second Night Seder.
- Enjoy a virtual family Seder with Ahavath Achim Synagogue, which has a separate time frame for ages 0-9.
- Find a virtual Seder with Seder2020.
Scout sites like Fun Family Crafts for craft ideas little artists can do, like making placemats, matzah covers or table centerpieces. Get Passover picture books to read and practice holiday songs kids can share during Seder.
Set aside time for kids to eat a nutritious snack or meal before Seder starts. When tummies aren’t grumbling, they’ll be better able to follow the service and participate.
Buy inexpensive items to represent the plagues (ping pong balls for hail, sunglasses for darkness) and give a set to each child so they can act them out. Create bingo cards or scavenger hunt sheets and have kids check things off as you go. Let kids draw slips of paper with prayers and readings on them to determine their order, or do the same with Seder guest names to pick who participates next. Play Passover trivia and give stickers or trinkets for correct answers. Haggadot has a coloring book version of the Haggadah. PJ Library Atlanta has live virtual events this week on Facebook.
If you have younger children, a shortened version of the Haggadah (Passover prayer book) can work well. Some are online for free, or sites like 30minute-Seder offer printable booklets for purchase. Chabad offers resources, such as printable Haggadah prayers, recipes, historical stories and more that can help you explain the traditions to the kids.
Try a Theme
Pick a popular TV show, hobby or interest to use as a framework for the Seder. Even Shalom Sesame (a Jewish version of “Sesame Street”) has a great Seder song for a Broadway theme, set to a tune from “Les Miserables.”
If you don’t think your Seder can work for all ages, stage an early, short service and meal just for kids, picnic-style outside or inside on the floor, using a children’s guide like Sammy the Spider’s First Haggadah. Hire a babysitter to handle bedtime, and then move on to an adults-only Seder.
Order catering from these restaurants for Passover meals. Goldbergs Fine Foods has matzah balls, potato latkes, spinach, mushroom and onion farfel kugel, whole seder plate, sides and more. The General Muir offers apple and walnut charoset, matzah ball soup, brisket and chocolate meringue cake. Temple Emanu-El’s caterer, LoSaffron, is offering curbside pickup for a seder plate, matzah, matzah ball soup and more.
– Dalia Faupel