Kid-Friendly Jewish Outings

In search of the best Jewish bakery.

Summer is coming. And if you’re lucky, you’ll have a little more time for day
trips, weekend outings, and even week-long vacations.

So what kid-friendly exhibits, shows, and concerts with some Jewish flavor are taking place in cities around the US and Canada?

Here’s just a glimpse at the possibilities:

Anchorage, AK  Planning a trip to see the glaciers this summer? Check out the new Alaska Jewish Museum and Cultural Center.  Grand opening is scheduled for July 2013. The museum’s focus is on “collecting and preserving documents, photographs, visual art, books, and artifacts that tell the story of the Jewish experience in Alaska.”

Beachwood, OH. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  If you’ll be in Ohio on Sunday, August 11, check out the Jewish Food & Culture Festival here from 11 am – 4 pm.

Hallandale Beach, FL  Want a bagel and a shear while you’re on vacation in Florida? The Sage Bagel & Appetizer Shop was started by a husband and wife who left Queens in 1972.   Smoked fish. Lox spread. Bagels and bialys. Bobka.  Hamentaschen. Rugelach. Need I say more?!

Montreal, QC, Canada. As soon as you sit down at Moishes, a steakhouse in business since 1938, you’ll get some of their dill pickles. Love them? Buy some in their specialty packages to take home. “Produced in barrels in small batches following Moishes original recipe, chilled and packaged with their original brine, for an authentic old world taste.” My husband grew up being able to help himself to dill pickles from his grandfather’s store – so this should definitely be on our list.

New York, NY  The The Jewish Museum’s permanent collection includes “Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces.”  If you grew up looking for arrowheads or imagined yourself excavating somewhere, I think you’ll agree that this sounds wonderful for your little scientists: “Assuming the role of the archaeologist, children will embark on an exciting adventure where they will encounter unusual objects and determine how and why they were made.”

Portland, OR Kenny & Zuke’s.  Alert to pastrami fans: this 5-year-old deli started by creating “a superb pastrami – one that wasn’t commercially produced, and harkened back to the old traditions. So we rolled our sleeves up, and tested, and tasted, and tested some more. And when it was all done and the smoke (oak, to be exact) had cleared, we knew we were on to something.”

Reisterstown, MD  Pearlstone Center will help you schedule a field trip for your group to the Farm at Pearlstone (410-429-4400 x 214)   The Meet the Animals  program includes meeting the goats and chickens, collecting eggs, feeding the goats, and more.

San Francisco, CA The Contemporary Jewish Museum offers a variety of family-friendly activities,  family gallery tours, preschool gallery hour and a Drop-in Art-Making Program most Sundays and on some holidays. You and kids can experiment with materials and art techniques.

Please add local finds from your neck of the woods in the comments below.

Thanks for sharing!

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