The Post-Purim Carnival is SOLD OUT

We are beyond thrilled that so many of you are joining us on Sunday! The response has surpassed our expectations; to guarantee the safety of all of our guests, we will only admit those who bought early bird tickets. We look forward to seeing ticket holders on Sunday!

You're Invited to the Best Post-Purim Event in Town

All are welcome to our annual Purim Carnival, our premier event of the year! Purim is a holiday of generosity where we celebrate, feast, and rejoice. Based on the story of the Jews in ancient Persia, Purim exemplifies the meaning of coming together and embracing those around us (learn more about the history of the holiday here). Whether you are family of Purim veterans or Purim newbies, we hope to see you there -- so dress up in your favorite costumes, head on over to the Y, and be ready for a fun-filled day!

No Place Like Home: The What, When, and Where of this Year's Purim Carnival

Follow the yellow brick road at this year's Wizard of Oz-inspired No Place Like Home Purim Carnival for an array of engaging family activities! Purim is both a time when we celebrate and when we give to those in need. Through our variety of crafts and games, join the Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow on their quest for courage, kindness, and curiosity. And as Dorothy said, "There's no place like home," so we'll be collecting items that are needed by Siena House, a shelter in the Bronx that provides transitional housing for women with young children who are awaiting a more permanent home.

Bounce Castles • Scavenger Hunt • Raffle • Face Painting • Photo Booth • Mask Making • Art Projects • Sensory Activities • Certified Kosher Food for Purchase

WHEN (add to Google Calendar)
Sunday, March 24, 2019
12 - 3 pm

WHERE (see on Google Maps)
YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood 
54 Nagle Avenue
New York, NY 10040


One lucky person will win two tickets to see the New York Empire in action during the World TeamTennis season ($150 value). Another winner will claim a Y birthday party ($350 value)! It's super easy to enter. Everyone, both children and adults, who come in costume will get a raffle ticket. Increase your chances of winning even more by bringing a donation for our Siena House Collection. Each family's donation will earn them another entry. The winner will be selected and announced at the carnival at 2:45 pm. You, or a proxy, must be present at the drawing in order to win.


Your ticket grants you access to all of the activities our carnival has to offer! (If you'd like to purchase certified kosher pizza or drinks at the carnival, make sure to bring a little bit of extra cash) 

Early Bird tickets are available through Wednesday, March 20. Please note, we do not issue physical tickets, rather the purchaser's name will be added to our RSVP list so they can check in at the door.
▶ Children under 2: FREE
▶ Children 2 to 17: $5/ticket
▶ Adults 18 and up: $10/ticket
▶ Family (maximum of 5 people over the age of 2): $30/ticket
Buy in person at the Y's front desk by 9 pm Wednesday, March 20.
Buy online via PayPal by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 20.
The carnival sold out during the early bird period! To guarantee the safety of all of our guests, we will only admit those who bought early bird tickets.
At the Door: After Wednesday, March 20 any remaining tickets must be bought day-of at the door on March 24 (12 - 3 pm)
▶ Children under 2: FREE
▶ Everyone 2 and over: $10/ticket

Siena House Collection

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy desperately wishes to return home. Having a safe and supportive home is a desire we can all relate to, however not all are fortunate enough to have realized. One of the mitzvot (good deeds) associated with Purim is matanot l'evyonim which means giving to those in need. Inspired by our No Place Like Home theme, this year we are collecting much-needed items for the residents of Siena House. This Bronx shelter provides transitional housing for 27 women of all backgrounds who are pregnant or have a child under the age of three. By providing a safe, clean environment, social services, and workshops, Siena House supports women who wish to move from a situation of homelessness and poverty to independence and self-worth. This Purim, help support these 27 women as they work towards Dorothy's dream of finding home.

WHAT TO DONATE We can only accept items which are NEW and on this list.

Personal Care for Mothers Babies (Infant – 3 Years Old) Mothers and Babies
Deodorant Diapers (sizes 4 and 5) Socks
Toothpaste Unscented baby wipes Bath towels
Shampoo Onesies (newborn through size 4)  
Bars of soap Baby bottles / pacifers  
  Standard crib sheets  

• Sunday, March 17 through Friday, March 22 during the Y's hours of operation
• Sunday, March 24 during the Y's Purim Carnival (12-3 pm)

YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood 
54 Nagle Avenue, New York, NY 10040

When you help these local families with a donation, you can be entered into our raffle for a chance to win a NY Empire tickets or a birthday party at the Y! 

Our Partners and Sponsors

We're please to have the following organizations participate in our carnival by hosting activities.

The Carnival has been made possible with the generous support of the following organizations:

Milena Pharmacy, Theresa Pharmacy II, Ace Endico Foods, IK Dental, Approved Oil