Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community


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The History Clubhouse at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park

When/Where? One-hour play sessions at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays each week throughout the summer

Virtual/In-Person? In-person. All visitors ages 9 and older who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a face mask.

RSVP required? Free, advanced reservations are required by calling 314-361-9017 or by emailing [email protected].

Description: This interactive space is specially designed for children and their families. Start by exploring downtown St. Louis, complete with re-creations of iconic buildings that stand up to 15-feet tall. Then take a trolley ride back in time to serve food at a café during the 1904 World’s Fair, pilot a steamboat on the Mississippi River, and playhouse in the ancient city of Cahokia. Dress up in period costumes, put on a puppet show, fish over the edge of a canoe, and so much more, all while experiencing local history.

FABA (Families at Bais Abe) Shabbat popsicles in the summer

When/Where? 4-5 p.m. June 12 (and 26) at Bais Abraham Congregation, 6910 Delmar Blvd.

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? No

Description: FABA invites friends of all ages for Shabbat popsicle hours this summer in the Bais Abe backyard! Come join the fun on the 2nd and 4th Shabbats of the month in June and July.

Art day at the Magic House

When/Where? June 12-13

Virtual/In-person? In-person RSVP required? No, Free with museum admission

Description: Representing positivity, and happiness, Rangoli is a colorful, and creative Indian folk-art. Patterns are created on the floor using materials such as chalk, rice flour, flowers, lentils, sand and more. Rangoli formations can range from simple freestyle drawing to complex dot grid drawings. Come join the fun and create patterns outdoors (chalk) and indoors (paper) that are believed to bring good luck.

Free ice cream social

When/Where? 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 13 at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 N. Price Road.

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? No, and you need not be a congregant of NHBZ

Description: Stop by for a free yummy frozen summer treat and schmooze with friends at NHBZ’s ice cream social. Choose from individual bars and snow cones in flavors sure to please every member of your family. This event will be held in the synagogue’s social hall. Sugar-free and non-dairy items will also be available. For more information, call 314-991-2100, ext. 2.

Emerson Dinoroarus opens at the Zoo

When/Where? Through Oct. 31 at the St. Louis Zoo

Virtual/In-person? In-person, outdoors

RSVP required? No, but reservations for the zoo are required at www.stlzoo.org/visit/zoo-reservations

Description: This engaging attraction (in the former children’s zoo area) for all ages features 16 different groupings of animatronic and stationary dinosaurs. The cost is $5.95/ticket with advanced zoo reservation (free for zoo members).

The Schmooze

Where/When? Every Sunday morning at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 N. Price Road. Middle schoolers meet from 9-9:30 a.m. and high schoolers meet 9:30-10 a.m.

Virtual/In-Person? In-person

RSVP required? RSVP to [email protected]

Description: Join Rabbi Avi Okin at NHBZ on Sunday mornings for a schmooze on the patio about Jewish and non-Jewish topics geared for middle schoolers (9-9:30 a.m.) and high schoolers (9:30-10 a.m.)

Family Kabbalat Shabbat

When/Where? Friday, June 18 (also July 23, August 20) at 5:45 pm at Kol Rinah, 7701 Maryland Ave.

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? Registration required. Email [email protected]

Description: Geared toward families with children in preschool through middle school. Masks required for those 2 and up.

Books and Buddies

When/Where? 10 a.m. June 21 (and July 5 and 19) at the World Bird Sanctuary

Virtual/In-person? In-person, outdoors

RSVP required? No, admission is free, $2 donation requested

Description: Looking for some exciting outdoor learning for your little ones? We’ll hang out outside and read a story together, and then you’ll meet one of our animal ambassadors!

Family-friendly Friday night service

When/Where? 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 25

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? www.bnaiamoona.com/upcoming

Description: Enjoy kid-friendly outdoor Shabbat services. Families who register ahead of time will receive a challah to take home.

Pop-Up Shabbat

When/Where? 6-7 p.m. June 25 at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road

Virtual/In-person: In-person, outdoors. In the case of rain, watch on UH’s livestream page. Services will not move into the building.

RSVP required? No

Description: Enjoy outdoor Shabbat evening services. Bring your own chair or blanket. Sweet treat to follow.

Rhythm and Ruach family music classes

When/Where? June – multiple times and locations

Virtual/In-person? In-person, outdoors

RSVP required? Yes, pricing info and registration here

Description: Families with children from birth to 5 can register now for 4-week summer sessions with Morah Shelley.

Outdoor Music at Kol Rinah

When/Where? 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10 (also Aug. 7) at Kol Rinah, 7701 Maryland Ave.

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? Registration required, email [email protected]

Description: Outdoor musical service geared toward children from birth to age 5. Masks required for those 2 years and older.