‘Gan Children’s Track’ to Debut at ‘St. Charles Jewish Festival’


St. Charles Jewish Festival participants enjoy the “Bubble Bus” at last year’s festival Credit: Chabad

The second annual St. Charles Jewish Festival will take place on Sunday, August 14 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. outside the Foundry Art Centre and will feature a “Gan Children’s Track,” with a special emphasis on children ages 1-6.

The word “Gan” means “garden” in Hebrew and the children’s track will include activities that allow young ones to explore, move, create, interact, and experience Jewish life and culture in a fun and joyful way.

“The Rebbe [Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson] taught us that a child is viewed as a seed that we must nurture with the utmost care; a seed that is most impressionable in its first years,” said Bassy Landa, who, together with her husband Rabbi Chaim Landa, directs the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County, the organizers of the annual festival. “The festival will be an opportunity to allow their Jewish identity to blossom and grow.”

A highlight of the “Gan Children’s Track” will be an appearance by renowned children’s entertainer “Bobby DooWah” and the “Bubble Bus,” which will get started when doors open at 11:00. Other activities geared toward this demographic include: Balloon Art; Street Performer; Inflatables; Cultural Crafts, and more.


While the majority of activities and entertainment for young children will take place between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. – allowing plenty of time for the little kiddos to enjoy music and fun before naptime – activities such as the inflatables and cultural crafts will be available throughout. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy live Jewish music and kosher food. Admission, music, and family activities are free and open to all. Food will be for sale.

Event Information

WHAT: St. Charles Jewish Festival

WHEN: Sunday, August 14, 2022 | 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Outside the Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301

FREE TICKETS: www.JewishStCharles.org/Festival