Oliver Lapin Family Day

Sunday, Nov 5 | 9:15 AM-12:00 PM

Oliver Lapin Family Day GraphicKindness…Here, There and Everywhere!

Book Readings 
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress 
Hebrew Book Swap 
PJ Library Event  
Read with Faithful Paws 
Kindness through Art 
Bookmark Contest 
Mishpacha & Me Story Time  

All Nov 4 & 5 Family Day events are FREE and open to the public with the exception of Hanna and the Moonlit Dress. 

Book Readings Honoring Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Spoon9:15 AM–10:15 AM | Ages 2-8
Amy Krouse Rosenthal (1965-2017), a prolific children’s book author, memoirist and public speaker is the author of 28 spirited children’s books, including Spoon, Little Pea, and Friendshape.

Join us in the Bookstore as we honor Rosenthal’s legacy withbook readings geared towards different age ranges.

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

Hanna and the Moonlit DressReligious School Performance
Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit

10:00 AM–10:50 AM | Ages 3-8
Based on Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi’el’s classic Israeli tale Hanna’s Sabbath Dress, and adapted for stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal, Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is about the magic of a good deed.

When an elated Hanna receives her new dress, she rushes to show her friends Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow, where unbeknownst to her, a meaningful adventure awaits.

Before the start of the show, children will get an opportunity to help create Hanna’s world and moonlit journey. Hanna and the Moonlit Dress has been incubated by The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Hanna and the Moonlit Dress received its World Premiere at the 14th Street Y in 2016.

Public Performance of Hanna and the Moonlit Dress
Dinner & a Show with Shabbatify
Saturday, Nov 4 | 5:00 PM | Arrive at 4:30 PM for pre-show art project
Post-Show Havdalah & FREE Pizza Dinner

Have kids in elementary school? Bring your family for a fun art project, a fantastic show, and a delicious dinner, all followed by Havdalah under the stars. Shabbatify brings together elementary school families for meaningful and fun-filled Shabbat and Sunday afternoons. Purchase Tickets for Nov 4

$8 Member | $12 Public
Discounts for families 5+
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is underwritten by Braun Enterprises /Taryn and Dan Braun & Marian and Gaby Braun Family and supported by the Goldye M. and Samuel W. Spain Children’s Performing Arts Fund.

Hebrew Book Swap

10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Bring your Hebrew children’s books that your family is no longer reading and pick up some new ones! Tzofim (Israeli Scouts) will be present to assist.

Read with Faithful Paws

Faithful Paws10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Ages 6-8
Rediscover the love of reading by reading to a pet therapy dog. Bring your own book or pick from our selection.

Kindness through Art

10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Ages 3-8
Help us spread kindness throughout our community by writing and decorating cards to the important people in our lives. Thank first responders and community leaders and let family and friends who flooded know that you're thinking about them.

PJ Library Event with Mishpacha & Me

Hanna's Sabbath Dress10:30 AM–11:30 AM | Ages 2-5
This year's event features a live storytelling and puppet show of Hanna’s Sabbath Dress performed by Houston’s own Gwynne Ross.

Hanna’s mother sews a beautiful white dress for her. When a promise to keep the new dress clean for the Sabbath is broken, Hanna discovers that helping people is much more important than a spotless dress. Music and crafts included.

PJ Library

Bookmark Contest – "Kindness...Here, There and Everywhere"

Kindness Here, There and EverywhereChildren ages 0-3, 4-6, and 7-10 are invited to design a bookmark that represents our theme, “Kindness...Here, There and Everywhere” to be entered into the Oliver Lapin Family Day bookmark contest. Guest judges include local artist Ellen Orseck and jewelry designer Yael Rahimi.

All entries will be due on Sunday, October 29. Winners from each age group will be announced on Sunday, November 5 after the Hanna and the Moonlit Dress performance. Bookmarks will be available on Oliver Lapin Family Day flyers, at the Levy Park event on October 28 and on this web page.

Submit Your Bookmark Artwork 

Oliver Lapin Family Day is endowed in loving memory of Oliver Lapin by his family. Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is underwritten by Braun Enterprises /Taryn and Dan Braun & Marian and Gaby Braun Family and supported by the Goldye M. and Samuel W. Spain Children’s Performing Arts Fund.

For information about volunteering, email Nomi Barancik at



Additional Children's Programs

Oliver Lapin Family Day Goes to Levy Park

Levy ParkSaturday, Oct 28 | 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
For families with children up through elementary school

Alternate Location
Levy Park | 3801 Eastside

Join us at the fabulous new Levy Park for book readings all about kindness as you enjoy the park. Celebrity readers Amy Davis, Eva De La Cruz, Bonnie Kasner, Bobby Lapin, Theodore Lee, Laurie Levy, Rabbi Jill Levy, Bobbi Samuels and others will educate and entertain children of all ages through stories of gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness.

A premium public green space, Levy Park is located in the upper Kirby district and has native landscaping, playscapes, water features, an event lawn, community garden, and dog park. Parking is available on Eastside Street, Wakeforest Avenue and in the Kirby Grove office building at the corner of Richmond and Wakeforest.

Photo credit Joel Luks

Mishpacha & Me Story Time

Oct 31, Nov 2, 7, 9 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Ages 0-5 Yrs
Join Mishpacha & Me for story time during the Festival. Music, stories, crafts and more can all be found at the Bookstore. For more information please contact Mishpacha & Me Coordinator Mari O'Leary at