Upcoming events for Jewish families in St. Louis


Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa in ‘The Lion King.’ PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY/DISNEY

Upcoming events include a blood drive held in memory of Arianna “Ari” Dougan, PJ Library and St. Louis synagogue events and “The Lion King” at The Fox.

In My Granny’s Garden’ presented by Metro Theater Company

When/Where: Multiple times and four different locations May 13- June 26; from May 13-15 at Metro Theater Company, 3311 Washington Avenue

Virtual/In-person: Both, streaming on demand from June 1-26. For details go to metroplays.org/garden

Cost: Seating is organized into socially distanced “pods.” Each pod will act as a separate seating area for one family group to share. Family pods cost between $48 and $125, depending on the number of people in each pod.

Description: “In My Granny’s Garden” invites the youngest audiences to explore the glory of growing your own food. Watch a tiny seed become a field of corn, green beans, collard greens and bright red tomatoes. Step into a visual feast inspired by world renowned artist Radcliffe Bailey’s original paintings and discover the one superpower that fuels Granny’s garden. The play promises to leave the very young nourished in body and soul.

AR Workshop: 2nd Anniversary Party

When/Where: 5-7 p.m. Thursday. May 19 at AR Workshop, 9200 Olive Blvd.

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Cost: Free but guests should register online here

Description:Tour the workshop space, create a free mini make-and-take project, enjoy complimentary “sips & sweets,” shop the store’s home décor and jewelry boutique and much more, including raffles and giveaways.

National Kids to Parks Day

When/Where: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Gateway Arch National Park

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Cost: Free

Description: On National Kids to Parks Day, the Gateway Arch will host a day of free activities to encourage kids of all ages to get outside and enjoy all the aspects of this amazing park. This year’s programs are keeping up with the National Park Service Wellness Challenge, as visitors have opportunities to complete all three challenges – physical, learning and mental – through several activities throughout the day and the Junior Ranger booklets. Activities include yoga and a ranger-led walk around the park, among others. For mor information, go to gatewayarch.com.

Aish, Shaare Emeth plan blood drive in memory of Ari Dougan

When/Where: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road (in the Simcha Room).

Description: Arianna “Ari” Dougan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 3. Ari received more than 200 units of blood during her eight-year battle with cancer. She believed in random acts of kindness, and her family wants to inspire others to give blood. For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.

PJ Library present: We’re going to a game show

When/Where: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24

Virtual/In-person: Watch live (on PJ Library’s Facebook page)

Cost: Free

Description: Who Knows One? is a joyful “Jewish geography” competition that’s been streaming to a growing audience since 2020. Watch as some well-known members of the PJ Library community will go hilariously head-to-head on a special episode. Watch as contestants are given the name of a stranger to track down. They can’t use social media, so they’ll furiously text relatives and friends, who’ll then text their former neighbor’s sister-in-law’s camp counselor’s rabbi.

‘The Lion King’

When/Where: June 1-19 at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd.

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Cost: $29-$189

Description: Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before.  And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “The Lion King” is a live stage experience not to be missed. For more information, click here.

‘First Friday Night for Families’ Shabbat services

When/Where: 6 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Kol Rinah, 7701 Maryland Ave, Clayton,

Description: Join Kol Rinah at Kabbalat Shabbat services —a shorter version of the Friday service, with families and kids in mind. Families will meet outdoors, weather permitting. RSVP online at www.KolRinahStL.org.

The Schmooze with NHBZ Rabbi Okin

When/Where: 6-7 p.m. Sunday evenings at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 N. Price Road

Virtual/In-person: In person

Cost: Free

Description: Calling all kids ages 4th grade and up! Come schmooze with NHBZ Rabbi Avi Okin and enjoy an evening of fun and food! The Schmooze program includes dinner, fun raffles and an interesting Torah learning discussion with Rabbi Okin. Kids (and families) need not be members of NHBZ to attend. To ask questions, please call 314-991-2100, ext. 2.