A Parent's Thoughts on a Prosserman JCC Purim!Posted on Mar 4, 2013 12:15pm
The below article was published in a recent edition of Yediot Canada. It was written in Hebrew and you can view the original article here. Below is an translated version done by the Prosserman JCC:
Purim at the JCC
Purim in the Toronto Jewish community is a celebration of events and is full of activities for the whole family. After a tough decision of where to go, we chose to go to a celebration at the Prosserman JCC.
One of the biggest deciding factors was one activity that stood out as an exceptional program within itself – the Infinite Fantasy Circus Family.
We arrived at the area in the late hours of the morning. We were greeted and received by wonderful staff that were dressed in costume, and after a short registration process, they told us about all of the different activities that were taking place and even gave us a schedule.
Since we had some time before the show, we started to enjoy all of the different activities. Our energetic son led us from activity to activity, and it seemed like there was never an end to them:
An area for making masks, an area for storytelling, an area to play with live animals, a giant play room to release energy, and if that’s not enough, there was also a dance room with iPads to make cool music-dance videos.
Amidst all of the corners of activities, there was also face painting. In my opinion, there isn’t a Purim party without face painting, and yet, that was the most popular station there was. There is always a long line of kids that for the most part are unwilling to sit for even a second, but for another picture on their face, they are willing to wait patiently for even half an hour. Next to the face painting area, there was a room where the guests could sit at tables and enjoy some hamentaschen and light refreshments.
The organizers knew that children that would stand in line for the face painting wouldn’t let their parents sit an enjoy a few minutes of relaxation, so they had prepared crayons and colouring sheets on every table in the spirit of the holiday.
Among the abundance of activities there were three circus shows. I have to admit, I was surprised big time. I didn’t come with a lot of expectations, and for a Purim celebration I saw a show that exceeded a lot of other shows that I have seen and spent good money on.
The 5 members of the circus family did exceptional tricks, acrobatics, and things that took my breath away – and the kids were amazed.
I can’t wait for next year!