An out-of-the-box holiday celebration for young families
The Mayerson Foundation
August 19, 2013

Think outside the “box” and get in on the fun when Shalom Family and the Mayerson JCC present Sukkah City Sunday on Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m. at the School House Restaurant in Camp Dennison. The fun will unfold when each family is given a giant wardrobe-sized box to convert into a one-of-a-kind, kid-sized sukkah! Using paint, paper chains and other decorative elements, guests will get to transform a simple cardboard box into a truly unique creation to take home and enjoy. The event is free with advance reservations and includes lots of hands-on activities and other fun surprises in celebration of Sukkot.

“Sometimes a simple cardboard box is a lot more fun than the thing that came in it.” says Julie Robenson, Shalom Family event coordinator. “We thought we’d take the old ‘refrigerator box fort’ idea to the next level and give families a chance to create an entire city out of cardboard sukkahs. But the fun doesn’t end there,” she adds. “After the event is over, the boxes can be folded flat and transported home for kids to enjoy for weeks to come!”

In addition to decorating their own personal sukkahs, families will get to go on a hayride, pet farm animals, go inside a real sukkah to shake the lulav and etrog with Rabbi Shena and participate in PJ Library story time. And of course there will be lots of delicious seasonal snacks, catered by the famous School House Restaurant. Kosher options and most other dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.

“This is one of the most unique events I’ve ever heard of, even by Shalom Family standards.” says Sheri Miller, a mother of two from Mason. “Just when I think they can’t come up with anything more clever and fun, they figure out a way to surprise me. This is a chance for our whole family to put their creative talents to the test. The best part is, it’s something kids and parents can do together and it’s a great way to get in on the fun and festivities of the holiday…especially for those of us who don’t put up a sukkah of our own.”

Each cardboard sukkah will accommodate two small children or one older child inside. They will be precut, and all decorations and art materials will be provided. Families are encouraged to dress to make a mess.

Sukkah City Sunday is free with advance reservations and is open to families with children ages 12 and under in which at least one parent is Jewish. Older siblings and grandparents are always welcome.

Next up in the JCC and Shalom Family’s Jewish Holiday Series is the Jumpin’ Jelly Donut Jam just in time for Hanukkah. Stay tuned for more details!

For more information or to RSVP for Sukkah City Sunday please visit or contact Julie Robenson at 513-703-3343 or