As a parent, planning your preteen’s bar or bat mitzvah can be an experience that is both challenging and rewarding. There’s a fine balance in throwing a fun party that your child will love that also honors the spiritual significance which marks this special coming-of-age ritual. On top of everything, you want it to be an occasion that your whole family will reminisce about for years to come.

The lead up to a bar or bat mitzvah can be a busy time for you and your family—your preteen will be consumed with studying their Torah and working away on their Mitzvah project, and you will be preoccupied with hashing out the logistics of the event. While it is easy to get caught up in the small details and feel overwhelmed when it comes to planning such a sacred celebration (especially if you have a lot of family coming to town for the occasion), you don’t want to forget to enjoy the experience of your child’s coming of age. Choosing an all-inclusive venue complete with accommodation for your guests will make the process of planning, as well as the celebration itself, something that you, your child, and your family can truly enjoy and savor.

A Weekend-Long Event

Since it is likely you are expecting many family members to come from out of town for your child’s bar or bat mitzvah, you’ll want to plan a weekend full of fun gatherings ideally centered around one location that encompasses both the accommodation and the party venue. This way, you can make the most of the time with your reunited family while engaging in some of the typical pre- and post-bar/bat mitzvah traditions and enjoying delicious meals.

Imagine having all of your family arrive at a beautiful venue on Friday afternoon to settle into their accommodations and breathe in the fresh air of the surrounding redwood forests before sitting down to a lovely Shabbat dinner. After dinner, guests could gather around a campfire and spend some quality family time catching up and telling stories about your child before coming bar or bat mitzvah.

The Saturday of the celebration could start with a shuttle from the venue to the Synagogue or Temple for the ceremony (near us is Temple Beth El), followed by a shuttle back to the venue for a Kiddush luncheon, an afternoon full of fun outdoor activities, and the evening celebration complete with music, dancing, and of course the Hora.

After a night of festive fun in which you honor the bar or bat mitzvah, guests can return to their convenient and charming cabins just steps away from the party venue. This means you can celebrate late into the night while not having to worry about driving or parting ways. The following morning it will be easy for everyone to convene for the Sunday brunch and reflect merrily on the previous day’s celebration.

Outdoor Activities for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Making the most of the bar/bat mitzvah weekend also means planning fun activities between the main events. Your new teenager will have a great time playing outdoors with his or her friends and family. If your teen is an adventurous type, spending Saturday afternoon after the Kiddush luncheon navigating a challenging ropes course could make for a fun and memorable event for teens and adults alike. Or, if sports are your child’s preference, try organizing a volleyball or basketball tournament where the teenagers and kids play against the adults.

Finding an all-inclusive venue that has a variety of outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy is key to making the weekend all the more memorable. And since all of the guests will be staying at the venue, it will be much easier for everyone to participate and enjoy as much of the weekend as they can. Plus, your teen will enjoy a weekend that honors and celebrates him or her in so many different ways.

The Perfect All-Inclusive Bar Mitzvah Venue

Imagine the weekend of celebration taking place at a gorgeous all-inclusive venue with majestic California redwoods and stunning ocean views. This naturally beautiful, secluded space is perfect for celebration, but also invites peaceful contemplation and holds space for the spiritual significance of this sacred coming-of-age tradition. By the weekend’s end, you’ll be sad to part ways but everyone will forever have many wonderful memories to take home with them. As for your bar or bat mitzvah, they’ll no doubt have the time of their life.

At Kennolyn, our stunning Hilltop Hacienda Estate and our charming Stone Creek Village could make the perfect venue for your child’s bar/bat mitzvah reception. To find out if our venue is right for you, contact us today. It would be our honor to help you plan and execute such a special coming of age event.


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