Next Monday at the start of Passover, the youngest child at every seder table will ask, "why is this night different from all other nights?" For starters, it's a really long dinner, replete with multiple courses, epic storytelling, songs, and a compulsory four glasses of wine for the grownups. When you add little kids to the mix it can be challenging. Here are a few tips for hosts expecting young seder guests.
Start early. It's going to be a late night no matter what, so start as early as possible.
Consider a kids' table. For preschoolers and up, the kids' table will be much cooler than the grownups'.
Get props. Judaica shops are stocked with various plague sets, or you can hit target for things like frogs and toy cows. Chai Kids has a great board (shown above) with reusable stickers. One side is a scene in Egypt, the other side is a seder table.
Let my people go. If you are doing a full reading of the Haggadah then you probably can't expect kids to sit through the whole thing. Consider setting up a pillow pit; the Passover meal was meant to be taken in a reclining position, and tired kids can chill and play comfortably in a cushy corner.
Have small gifts on hand for the kids who don't find the afikoman. Think of it as a seder favor.
(Image: Chai Kids)