As you will all know, winter can be a hard time for entertaining kids. It's too cold for the park and soft plays are so full that they can become unbearable. For this reason, it is great that there are some organisations putting on interesting events for families to do on the weekend and we are big fans of the creative programming for families that JCC for London come out with. This season is no exception as there are many interesting and unusual family events happening over the coming months. We're delighted to be able to offer you a 20% discount again if you book during January or February and quote NLM20 when booking online. We've outlined some of our highlights of the season below but see here for the full programme online.
Our first highlight, and one of our favourites is the Jewish East End Extravaganza which is happening on 27th January - there's all kinds of fantastic events celebrating the history of the Jewish East End including pickle making, puppet shows, textile workshops, shoe making and lots more. It's all taking place at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green and promises to be a very different and fun day out.
For those of us who sometimes find parenting challenging (that will be everyone then) there is a coaching evening on 4th February with Miriam Chachamu, a family psychotherapist. This sounds very useful and interesting and will explore themes like how to encourage cooperation at home, how to stop yourself becoming a 'shouty' parent and more. I will be booking shortly as part of my New Year's resolution to become the perfect parent.
As half term looms on the horizon of this short term, it's good to know that there are some good things on to entertain the kids. JCC have a really great sounding Half Term Activities Club which is taking place in Parliament Hill for years 1-6. There is a wide range of things to do including cooking, drama, circus skills, arts, games and more. For more details see here.
The most fun festival of the Jewish calendar is undoubtedly Purim when children and adults all dress up and listen to the retelling of the story of Esther and King Ahashverosh. To celebrate the festival in style join JCC for a Pop Up Purim Festival at The Winchester NW3 on Sunday 24th where you will be taken on exciting adventures like a trip to circus land, messy play, fancy dress, giant games, a mirror installation and more.
And finally, the event we are most looking forward to being booklovers ourselves is the Little Bookniks event on 10th March at Jewish Museum in Camden. A whole day featuring author talks, interactive workshops, touch tours of the museum, a children’s bookfair and much more. It is suitable for children of all ages and sounds like a fantastic day out (in).
To read more about all of these events and find out about more events going on, see the JCC Families Programme online here.
Although the JCC is a Jewish organisation, events are open to everyone and are a nice way to learn more about Jewish festivals or just to have fun and get out of the cold!
And remember to use our 20% discount by booking before 22nd February and quoting NLM20 when booking online. We'll see you there!