9 Ways to Celebrate Holi with Kids

Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, starts on March 28. The festival, also known as “festival of colors”, welcomes spring with vibrant-colored powder. Join in on the celebration and learn more about the Hindu holiday with these family-friendly Holi ideas to try with your family.

Read more: Things to Do with Kids This Spring in Chicagoland

Events to Attend

Holi Storytime

March 27, 2021

  • Hosted By: Bollywood Groove
  • Cost: Free

Learn about Holi, the festival of colors and one of the most fun festivals from India. Join Bollywood Groove for a fun session of storytime with Ms. Ajanta, the award-winning co-author of Maya/Neel books. The storytime will be hosted live on the Facebook group, Raise Multicultural Kids.

Holi-Themed Bollywood Dance Class

March 27-28, 2021

  • Hosted by: Dance with Miss Priya
  • Cost: $15

Welcome spring and celebrate Holi with a fun dance. Learn about the celebrations in a kid-friendly way and blend the cultural concepts to upbeat Bollywood music. Miss Priya also has a YouTube video with a Holi Bollywood dance along for kids.

Activities to Try

Chocolate Cinnamon Gujiya

Gujiya stuffed with chocolate? Yes, please! These sweet dumplings won’t disappoint, especially when they’re rolled in cinnamon sugar too.

Homemade Holi Colors

We might be missing out in large in-person Holi events this year, but you can recreate one tradition at home. Try out this eco-friendly Holi colors tutorial and don’t forget to take some photos.

Holi Coloring Pages

Entertain your little with these free Holi coloring pages. You can find more fun Holi-themed crafts at Artsy Craftsy Mama.

Learn about Holi

If your family wants to learn more about Holi, YouTube has some great videos to watch. This KidsOne video gives a brief overview on how the holiday is celebrated across India.

Books to Read

Holi Colors by Rina Singh

  • Best for ages: 0-2

This board book helps teach your little ones their colors. Each page features a photograph of a child tossing the colored powders from the Hindu festival.

Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal

  • Best for ages: 2-8

Follow along as siblings Chintoo and Mintoo are getting ready for Holi. Readers will love to get an inside look at how an Indian community celebrates the holiday.

Lets Celebrate Holi!

  • Best for ages: 3-7

Part of the book series Maya & Neel’s India Adventures, Maya and Neel learn about the story of Holi as they explore the color markets, delicious food and other ways the holiday is celebrated in India.


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This article originally published on March 4, 2020. It has been updated with the most recent information.

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