The Children’s Museum of Houston is helping celebrate Hanukkah with a series of activities and special events starting today and running through Dec. 22.
Hanukkah celebrates the miracle Jewish people experienced after reclaiming the Temple of Jerusalem, when a tiny amount of lamp oil lit up the Temple for eight days. The Children’s Museum Hanukkah celebration is part of “Seasons of Sharing,” Houston’s only multicultural holiday exhibit for children spotlighting seven cultural celebrations.
Some of the activities scheduled include an opportunity for children to make a personal flameless Menorah or a Star of David collage.
Kids can also learn more about the lights of Hanukkah by taking part in a special Olive Press workshop. There will be two workshop sessions tonight, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m., during the museum’s Free Family Night.
The Beren Academy Boys Choir will perform traditional Hanukkah songs tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Children will also be making and decorating dreidels every day during the Hanukkah celebration. Dreidel-making sessions are scheduled for:
- Thursday, Dec. 18: 6 – 7:45 p.m. (during Free Family Night)
- Friday, Dec. 19: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 20: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 21: 1 – 5 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 22: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The museum will also present a series of Hanukkah “Seasons of Sharing” workshops. Participants will learn about Hanukkah traditions through hands-on activities on the following dates:
· Friday, Dec. 19: noon – 2 p.m.
· Saturday, Dec. 20: noon – 2 p.m.
· Sunday, Dec. 21: 1 – 3 p.m.
· Monday, Dec. 22: noon – 2 p.m.
The Children’s Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays noon – 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and $4 for seniors age 65 and older. Children under two and museum members receive free admission.
The museum is located at 1500 Binz in Houston.