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    anyone have any ideas where i can take my highschool girls for midwinter?

    it must be whithin 2.5 hours of the tri state eria.

    we ran out of ideas!!



    washington D.c., Poconos


    take them skiing


    DC is more that 2.5 hours out…its 3.5 by amtrak…but id strongly recommend going! its a great trip, ive done it many times, there is a LOT of stuff to see.


    thanx for your replies bu washington dc is too “boring”

    they were already therefor graduation trip.

    but skiing/snowtubing is maybe an option…


    SKIING, i am going skiing next week. the following is a list of nearby ski resorts:

    1)WINDHAM MOUNTAIN. beatiful skiing area and snowtubing. very nice area to sit and rest. they have about 50 fantastic trails including

    its about 3 hours from brooklyn. it’s 85 miles up the thruway, near tannersville, albany.

    2)HUNTER MOUNTAIN. THIS is probably the best skiing are near nyc. but the bad part is that on weekends and holidays all the teenagers go there and they ski wildly so it is not so pleasant. they have close to 60 great trails. it is also around 3 hours from brooklyn. and also straight 80 miles on the thruway.

    3) Camelback ski area. this is i think in the poconos about 2 hours from brooklyn. it is a good ski area but not as good as hunter or windham. it has about 40 trails

    4)shawnee mountain. also close to two hours away from brooklyn in the poconos. it has about 35-40 trails. it is also not as good as hunter and windham.

    HAVE FUN!!!


    too boring…clearly you didnt make a job of it…ive been there for a total of a month and i still plan on going back a few more times 😀


    Take them horseback riding, it can be quite fun in the winter.


    How about taking them to a nice mall. Then go out for lunch to someplace that none of you have ever been before. For example if you go to Freehold mall in NJ, try an eatery in Deal. Then go home and play a good game of scrabble or monopoly. Together cook a gourmet dinner of their favorite foods. That will be a day to remember.


    anyone else?


    How about a trip to Baltimore, MD. It is very educational plus you have Kosher food at hand.

    You have the Major Baltimore equarium, science museum, boat rides etc. everything in one area.

    Poster, I do like your idea, however, you gotta be a really spunky mother and you gotta have children with a very good attitude and self confidence (to tell their friends…) to enjoy such a day.


    sorry phyllis,great idea but way too far!!!!

    Mrs. Doubtfire

    I love Poster’s idea. Those are my fondest memories of growing up (minus the mall and lunch part – never did anything like that). We didn’t have much, but the chol hamoed/midwinter days spent playing games together and having a really good family time are worth more than any ‘shtickiness’. I hope to recreate them, and on some level already am, for my kids bez”H.

    I don’t recall ever being overly jealous of my friends’ glitzy descriptions of their escapades. Maybe a bit, but nothing unbearable. And we didn’t nudge our parents to keep up with the Cohenses. We knew we just couldn’t afford it and that was that. We weren’t sad about it AT ALL. I clearly remember that. It wasn’t even something that we hoped for.

    I’m not talking about the good old days half a century ago either. Contrary to the image my screen name may present to you, I am a very young parent. I think the attitude of the children is dependant a lot on the attitude that the parents project.


    If you can afford it, the museums and Hayden Planetarium are awesome and educational.


    We went to the pocconoes with all my daughters friends-we went snowtubing-if u check it up online, i dont remember the name, and we slept overnight by an inn nearby. but if that’s too far or too expensive, then even a iceskating trip, and then a party together, hot cocoa..etc was enjoyed by all. Hats of to you for being so involved with your kids!!!


    How about ice skating? Aviator in Brooklyn has an indoor rink. There is also Chelsea Piers in the city. For snowtubing, there is Camp Gaw, which if I am not mistaken, on the New Jersey border, but about 5-10 minutes from Monsey. It is the closet snow tubing to NYC area. You might need to make reservations(depending on how busy they are) so check out the website.

    Bowling is also a nice, and during the daytime you may get special pricing. After school hours though, bring in the league crowds.


    Sorry, Campgaw is one word. It is located in Mahwah, New Jersey. Like I wrote previously, it is very close to Monsey, so you can grab a bite there, also you can do some local shopping in the Palisides Mall, which is a pretty big mall. There are arcades and a few indoor things(like a Ferris Wheel and carousel. They also have an indoor ice skating rink, but I am not sure what the public skating hours are.

    We ended up at the mall because all the snow tubing sessions at Campgaw were booked, so therefore I recommend making reservations.


    The bais medrash?

    not from ny

    how bout lazer tag


    where is there good laser tag?


    Although your children have turned their noses up at Washington, I can assure you, based on the numerous trips we took with our children, that it is a trip well worth it. First, the vast majority of attractions are free (or, technically not, since they receive some form of Federal funding that is supported by your taxes). If you go to a museum in the city and do not like it, you have wasted your money. If you go to museum in Washington and do not like it, you leave and go to the next one and never drop a dime. Two, there are three kosher places to eat that are under the hashgocho of the Washington Va’ad, the Capitol-K, a very careful and reliable hashgocho. And those are just “downtown.” If you go out to the suburbs of Maryland there are more. Three, there is a shul, Kesher Israel, within walking distance of many of the hotels, and numerous mincha minyanim downtown during the winter days. We have davened there and found the shachris minyan a wonderful way to start the day, a truly heimeshe minyan with residents who welcome visitors with large smiles and open arms.


    I heard great feedback about Rocking Horse Ranch. Its in Kingston, NY (about 2 hrs from NYC) and is pretty reasonable,if you can fit 3 people in a room. The nice thing about it is, its a flat rate per day, and you can do all sorts of stuff (ski, snow tube, horseback riding, indoor stuff too).

    PLus, this week, its got a kosher caterer


    Does anyone have any fun ideas for a bunch of girls to do? So far we thought of having a

    -home made pizza party,

    -making a day of ice skating in chelsea piers/manhattan,

    -or ice skating in aviator,

    -plaster gallary,

    but these are all very unoriganal. Any other fun ideas out there?


    AND CHEAP…why do i have a feeling that’s not spelled right?




    walk around Manhattan


    go get ur nails done … then go out to lunch (doesn’t have to be fancy, but it can’t hurt 🙂

    … of course you should feel pretty and confident so go for a nice long walk with your friends (holding a big icy drink like a coolata, ice coffee, etc. is great (you have somewhere to put your hands and won’t be thirsty)…. ok i know it’s winter so you might want a hot drink 🙂

    Any way, you’ll be enjoying each others company so much because as friends, you have so much in common and don’t even have to go anywhere to relax and talk and it’ll be fun.


    for younger kids you can google coupons for Chuck E Cheese and then get 100 tokens for $15.


    Does anyone know if there will be minyan for shachris in the Poconos (in the fernwood area) this Sunday 1/31/10?


    Philadelphia has an incredible amount of history and is very overlooked as a tourist destination. In Center City, just seconds from some of the most important historical sites, is the Mikveh Israel Synagogue that has been continuously operating since 1740. (Yes, it is Orthodox, but if you spend a Shabat there as I once did you will notice a lot of unusual minhagim as it uses the rare Western European Sefardic nusach.) It is also cheap to get to on public transit either by bus, or by NJ Transit/SEPTA trains changing at Trenton, taking you right to the historic area.


    Not to Florida, went there, was tripping over 3/4 of BP, FB, & Lawrence.

    So many young girls just running around crowding up the restuarants,

    letting us all wait on line for ages. J/K they have a right to enjoy themselves

    like the rest of us, just as long as you dont overcrowd the Battei Medrashim.


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