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    flatbush27
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    Any ideas for the people who stay home where to take their family on Chol Ha’moed? I am talking about the New York area or places that are not so far from the NY area. I dont discriminate on out of town ideas (at least on this thread) for those who live out of town, but please specify if the idea is in Oregon or Texas so the New Yorkers know its not in NY. Also please specify where it is, how far it is from Brooklyn, if it costs money, and if its appropriate for teens and little kids. Also I request only ‘kosher’ places like dont say “OMG you guys have to check out that new water park in New Jersey”. Last but not least please dont say we should go to the Bronx Zoo on Wednesday because its free. EVERY Jew knows it.

    #938286

    areivimzehlazeh
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    ask Charles Darwin 😉

    #938287

    musiclover
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    flatbush- how on earth did u start this thread? i tried starting it and it didnt go thru.:(. im also open for ideas even though my kids r begging to go to niagra

    #938289

    flatbush27
    Member

    musiclover: what can i say?! the mods just love me!! niagra is definitely exciting although how long is the drive?

    #938290

    shindy
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    There is not much chol hamoed this year. Sunday, monday, tuesday, tuesday being erev yom tov already. So no free trip to the bronx zoo this year!!

    #938291

    d a
    Member

    not as exciting as Niagra (AT ALL!), but every Chol HaMoed (Sukkos, but you can do it on Pesach too) we drive to Lakewood to visit family. It can be a nice, inexpensive (IF gas is cheap!) trip. Leave in the morning, spend the day together exploring/park/picnic. Get to know your cousins and other mishpacha. After supper (you arrange beforehand how to split the food preparing beforehand). And then drive home.

    #938292

    shindy
    Member

    da, I am jealous you have frum relatives to visit on pesach, enjoy them. You are so lucky!!!

    #938293

    musiclover
    Member

    flatbush-its about a 8hour drive:)

    #938294

    Jax
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    Niagra Falls is a really awesome chol ha’moed trip!!! as a kid i’ve been to every amusement park on chol ha’moed trips!!! hershey park along with amish town, six flags-in nj and in other states as well, bush garden’s-in virginia…can’t think of any others at the moment!!! my family Hates museums so we never ever ever go or went to them(except the wax museum-did that one chol ha’moed pesach when it just opened actually!!!)

    #938295

    Phyllis
    Member

    How about Baltimore,we did that last Pesach,it was very nice. They have a massive aquarium, very interesting science museum, a beautiful Barnes and Nobles, water and boats..all in one tourist area. We also did Ride the Ducks there, which they have in manhatan as well…u go on a tour by bus, then the bus goes intot the water as a boat. It is a very nice trip. Not too far either.

    #938296

    JayMatt19
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    Might be far for a day trip, but I liked the crayola factory in Easton, PA.

    There are other things to do in the general vicinity (go cart racing, Bethlehem and Allentown, PA, as well as outlet shopping)

    #938297

    anonowriter
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    some ideas – done some, others not

    1) park for family ball game and picnic

    2) liberty science center – drive there or take ferry from manhattan. cheaper if you’re a teacher with id or a pay stub

    3) staten island ferry – park in staten island, walk around lower manhattan, take the ferry back

    4) jewish childrens museum

    5) i think they have the duck tours in new york now – it’s a kind of bus that drives straight into the water and becomes a boat. did it in boston. fun for kids.

    6) aquarium/boardwalk at coney island

    7) riis park

    8) airport – watch the planes land and take off

    9) family craft projects or puzzle time in home. you can also make your own board games.

    10) observation deck at empire state building or at rockefeller center

    11) lookout spots off the palisades parkway – you can hike over there as well.

    and shindy – if you don’t have any of your own frum relatives, create some! adopt a bubby at a nursing home. a friend of mine did, and the relationship between her family and their “bubby” is most rewarding.

    #938298

    areivimzehlazeh
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    Just off the top of my head:

    #938299

    the indoor waterpark in waterbury, ct is rented out sun nite for women and monday nite for men

    #938300

    David S.
    Member

    shindy, I know how you feel. Unfortunately I do not have any frum relatives outside my home either. anonowriter thanks for the tip! 😉 🙁

    #938301

    flatbush27
    Member

    waterparkinfo: thats interesting because i thought the only really kosher waterparks are when the camps rent them out in the summer for either boys or girls. thanx for the info

    #938303

    Jewess
    Member

    Cheap and fun thing to do: Take the family rollerblading or bike riding.

    #938304

    i only know about the one in Waterbury. it is absolutely kosher with no overlooking windows and only same gender lifeguards. ***EDITED***

    #938305

    h2
    Member

    A new, cute, fun indoor waterpark opened in a Hilton around an hour away from Lakewood. I’ve been there a monthe agao and we had a great time. Now I want to take my family there and I forgot what it’s called. Anyboby knows?

    #938306

    InShidduchim
    Member

    chol hamoed is such a nice way to spend time with the fam, although that can get difficult when there are a huge age differences amongst the children. a great idea is to visit old ppl in nursing homes before going about on your own fun! it teaches the children that they can also share thier simchas yom tov with others..

    #938307

    areivimzehlazeh
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    ps- my post had an error. It’s called “Longwood Gardens” not Woodland gardens. It has a winery & glass making place nearby. Don’t remember where it is- google 😉

    #938308

    mdlevine
    Member

    we look for inexpensive trips.

    I start each day with my boys by going to Yeshiva Chol HaMoed.

    This year we may go to a State Park in North West NJ. Scenic overlook areas and hiking trails. a Pesach picnic. It is a long ride, so the family gets to be together the whole day. the other day we will go visit an elderly aunt – also a long ride with the family.

    #938309

    areivimzehlazeh- Longwood Gardens is a beautiful Botanical Garden near the city of Wilmington Delaware. It is around the Brandy wine Creek not far from Kennett Square Penna. (Edible Mushroom Capital of the USA). Phila. nearby has the oldest Mint in the USA. At the end of the tour you can buy a proof set for the year. Longwood Gardens and the Philly Mint are about 4 hours away from the Brooklyn Area. So it is possible to go there for a Chol Ha`Moed excursion and come back home the same day.

    #938310

    mamashtakah
    Member

    Anyone here in Israel, if you came with NbN, they are having a one day tiyul to the Dead Sea area on Monday Chol Hamoed. The price is very reasonable, and transportation is available from Yerushalayim and Beit Shemesh. Check their website for more details. Shabbat Shalom!

    #938311

    Phyllis, Its funny that u mentioned Baltimore. We went there last Chol Hamoed, and thought it was the most fantastic trip, not to mention that if u are looing to make a 2 day trip it is a 45 min drive from Washington D.C. ( we didnt do D.C., but s/o we met in Baltimore mentioned it)

    I found it fun for all ages, and “Kosher” enough for big boys.

    We were told to leave a lot of time for the aquarium, and sure enough it is HUGE and really beautiful. We did book tickets online in advance which was great, we avoided lines. We satayed in a hotel no too far away so we can be close to Minyanim.

    #938312

    squeak
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    What!? New Jersey!? <shudder>

    #938314

    22OldGold
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    Last year we went to Central Park. We met up with friends there. My brothers played ball and the girls talked with friends and ate.

    #938315

    torahtziva
    Member

    There is a beautiful place near upstate NY. Ring Homestead. It has state of the art ropes courses. I went there 2 years ago, and had a blast.

    #938317

    areivimzehlazeh
    Participant

    thanks tarahtziva- couldn’t recall the name. It’s a great place- but you have to be an “outdoors” type. Zipping, climbing etc.

    #938318

    areivimzehlazeh
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    some more…

    Mohawk Mountains, car shows, Herz Potato chip Factory, Hersheytown (don’t have to go to Hershey Park- there’s the factory and other things)

    #938319

    moish01
    Member

    DON’T go to hershey park – that would be torture on pesach!

    #938320

    areivimzehlazeh
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    I just googled and saw there’s also Mohonk Preserve- don’t know which one I visited. enjoy both 😉

    #938322

    flatbush27
    Member

    does anyone know if you need your passport to go to niagra falls?

    #938323

    kapusta
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    flatbush, there are two sides to the falls the American side, and the Canadian side (supposed to be much nicer, wasn’t on that side though). If I remember correctly, you only need one to go on the Canadian side. Try googling it and see if there’s a tourist number to confirm it.

    *kapusta*

    #938324

    areivimzehlazeh
    Participant

    The Canadian side is much nicer- was there 3 times

    #938325

    moish01
    Member

    yeah i was there a few times too. there’s nothing really to do on the US side – you gotta cross over. you might be able to get over with some other form of ID. maybe a birth certificate or a license or something.

    #938326

    areivimzehlazeh
    Participant

    I don’t think birth certificates are sufficient anymore- you may need a passport. Hey, don’t forget to watch the light show at night- the waterfalls look awesome!

    #938327

    moish01
    Member

    oh yeah that was cool. that was from the tower place thingy? and the imax was really cool too (talk about avoda zara!)

    #938329

    moish01- You better plan a trip to the Falls soon, because as of June this year things are changing. Right now one can travel from NY and cross the border into Canada with a Birth Certificate and a Drivers License, and with a Valid Government issued Photo ID them self. AS of June this year a valid Passport will also be required to show ( in addition to the forms of ID that I wrote above) to a Canadian Border Patrolman when Crossing the border from Buffalo NY. to Niagara Falls Canada. I am assuming you need the same form of ID when returning from Canada to Buffalo NY.

    #938330

    moish01
    Member

    wow why are they getting so tough?

    #938332

    smh1
    Member

    children under 16 need only a birth certificate, until new rules start in June. you can look at the websites for teh border crossings for more info. this only applies to land or sea crossings. flying requires a passport for everyone, even babies.

    keep in mind that Sunday is Easter and Monday is Easter Monday.

    to those in the NYC area – you’re so lucky!!!! My kids drool over the super-exciting ads for Chol Hamoed extravaganzas. (but are they as wonderful as they look?)

    Enjoy!

    #938333

    hi100
    Member

    go to the miami concert in brooklyn college- for all us in-towners.

    #938334

    22OldGold
    Participant

    When is it?

    What about the YBC live?

    #938335

    hi100
    Member

    it’s on sunday and monday night chol hamoed.

    sunday-family seating

    monday-seperate men and women

    hey-go to miami concert it’s better than YBC!

    #938337

    New Roc City is a fantastic day trip! when you can get a day package rate, it includes ice skating, bowling, mini golf, arcades, laser tag and more.

    #938338

    techie
    Member

    Does anyone know of any chol hamoed films for women?

    Thanks!

    #938340

    hi100
    Member

    yea-they’re advertised all over the place. look in any local jewish newspaper.

    #938341

    Does anyone know if any major park(like hershey,six flags mass. ETC.)Are rented out???

    #938342

    areivimzehlazeh
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    hey Willi- go to the New Members thread and chap arein ah gezinte welcome :):)

    #938346

    Thanks

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