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Activities to Enjoy Over Winter Break

Thursday, January 18 – Sunday, January 28, 2024

Information in this guide is subject to change at the venue’s discretion. We advise you to contact the venue to confirm the information before heading out so your children aren’t disappointed.


Note From the Publisher

While our hearts and minds are with Israel at this time, we know it is still important for our families to make use of the yeshiva break to decompress and relax. Therefore, it gives me great pride and pleasure to share our annual Yeshiva Break Activity Guide. This year’s activity guide, albeit a bit smaller than our Pesach and Sukkot ones due to the colder weather with fewer outdoor activities, is still chock-full of all kinds of info for families, children, teens and adults of all ages who are looking for great activities, fun places to visit, and all kinds of family entertainment to keep them busy over yeshiva break.

We also have a number of special feature articles in this guide, thanks to our guide editor, writer and contributor Zachary (Zack) Greenberg, who again came through for our paper in a very big way, as well as to our Production Editor/Marketing Director Jennifer Hoffer, and all of our editing team. In addition, a special shoutout to Zack Greenberg’s wife Ahuva for helping him out. I hope everyone has a wonderful yeshiva break!

Moshe Kinderlehrer
Publisher


 

 

I. Skiing and Snow Tubing

New Jersey

1) Campgaw Mountain Ski Area

Campgaw Mountain is New Jersey’s premier learn to ski/snowboard and tubing destination, offering an alpine escape in Bergen County. Campgaw offers a variety of skiing and snowboarding terrain for all abilities with short lift lines, uncrowded trails and the friendliest staff there is! Make sure to book reservations online in advance to reserve a spot.

Price of Snow Tubing: $31 weekday / $36 weekends for two hours per person.

Price for using snow lift for skiing/snowboarding: Monday-Thursday: All Day: $41 or $36 for 3 hours, Friday: ALL Day $46 or $38 for 5 hours, Weekends (extended hours): All Day $65 or $55 for 5+ hours

Cost of renting ski, boots, and poles/or snowboard and boots: $52

Hours of Operations: 2pm – 8pm on weekdays/extended hours on weekends

Address: 200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: (201) 327-7800

Website: www.skicampgaw.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #426

 

2) Mountain Creek Resort

Mountain Creek is a ski resort in Vernon Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. It is located on New Jersey Route 94, 47 miles from the George Washington Bridge. Mountain Creek contains 167 acres of skiing area, night skiing, snowboarding and snow making activities. Features 44 trails with a top elevation of 1,490 feet.

Address: 200 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462

Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 9am – 5pm; weekends extended to 9pm; Closed Thursday-Saturday

Phone: (973) 827-2000

 

New York

3) Windham Mountain

Windham Mountain is more than a New York ski resort. Pairing small-town Catskills charm with 21st-century ambiance, at just over two hours from the New York metro area, Windham Mountain is proud to be the Northeast’s premier year-round outdoor lifestyle destination. RFID lift tech that gets you through the lift line faster, and a high-speed, six-passenger Doppelmayr chairlift were added last year. Has 54 trails totaling 285 skiable acres.

Address: 19 Resort Dr, Windham, NY 12496

Hours: 9am – 4pm

Phone: (518) 734-4300

 

4) Hunter Mountain Resort

Hunter Mountain is a ski resort located in Greene County, New York about three hours northwest of New York City in the town of Hunter, New York. It features a 1,600-foot vertical drop.

Address: 64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY 12442

Hours: 9am – 4pm; weekends open at 8:30am

Phone: (800) 486-8376

 

5) Belleayre Mountain Ski Center

Belleayre Mountain, in Catskill Park, New York, is a ski resort. It is the only Catskill resort that contains a gondola and attracts many new visitors from New York City. Its continued improvements include the only Catskills Cat-access skiing and snowboarding, the Area 51 terrain park, two progression parks, mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert bumps and extensive glade skiing. Has 55 trails, parks and glades and eight lifts.

Address: 181 Galli Curci Rd, Highmount, NY 12441

Phone: (845) 254-5600

 

6) Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort

Features 86 trails include expert runs and 3,430-foot vertical drop, with beginner area and family gondola rides. Site of the 1980 Olympics (where the Miracle on Ice happened).

Address: 5021 NY-86, Wilmington, NY 12997

Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Phone: (518) 946-2223

 

Pennsylvania

7) Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort is a ski resort located in Palmerton, Pennsylvania on Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain serves the Allentown, Philadelphia, New York City and Wilmington urban areas. Features 40 trails with a vertical of 1,082 feet across 164 acres.

Address: 1660 Blue Mountain Dr, Palmerton, PA 18071

Hours: 9am – 9pm; weekends open at 8am

Phone: (610) 826-7700

 

8) Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Shawnee Mountain is a family-oriented ski resort in eastern Pennsylvania located right outside East Stroudsburg, I-80, exit 309, next to the Delaware River in the easternmost part of The Poconos. Features 23 trails with a vertical of 1,351 feet.

Address: 401 Hollow Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Hours: 9am – 4pm

Phone: (570) 421-7231

 

9) Camelback Ski Resort

Camelback Mountain has trails for all levels of skiing and snowboarding, ranging from beginners to experts. Camelback Mountain is the biggest ski and snowboard resort in the Poconos and is known for the biggest snow tubing park in the USA. Reaching an elevation of over 2,100 feet, Camelback provides 166 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain with a total of 39 trails and 100% night skiing and snowboarding!

Address: 301 Resort Dr, Tannersville,
PA 18372

Hours: 9am – 5pm; weekends open at 8:30am

Phone: (570) 629-1661

 

Vermont

10) Mount Snow Ski & Snowboard School

Mount Snow ski area has terrain suitable for all ability types, from gentle beginner slopes to blue cruisers and challenging black diamonds. The resort is known for having great snow making coverage, excellent grooming operations, modern facilities and a comfortable lodge. Skiers and riders have access to 600 acres, serviced by 20 lifts. The Bluebird Express lift, Mount Snow’s six-person bubble lift, transports skiers and riders to the resort’s summit elevation of 3,600 feet. But it’s all downhill from there: The 1,700 feet of vertical drop sees an average annual snowfall of 156 inches. Has a whopping 80 trails!

Address: 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT 05356

Hours: 8:30am – 5pm

Phone: (802) 464-3333

 

11) Okemo Mountain Resort

Offering southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop of 2,200 feet and a trail network that spans five distinct alpine areas, Okemo Mountain Resort is a family-oriented and family-operated resort. This part is designed for skiers of all types and levels. Plus, with its multiple terrain parks and Superpipe, freestylers can also enjoy everything that this ski resort can offer.

Address: 77 Okemo Ridge Rd, Ludlow, VT 05149

Hours: 9am – 4pm; weekends, holidays 8am – 4pm

Phone: (802) 228-1600

Website: https://www.okemo.com

 

II. Ice Skating and Bumper Cars

New Jersey

1) Bergen County Winter Wonderland

Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park is northern New Jersey’s premier winter event featuring open air ice skating, hospitality tent, ice bumper cars, children’s games, carousel rides, and more.

Admission: General – $10 a person (includes access to site and one carousel ride). Children under 3 are free; All Access – $20 a person (same as general, includes ice skating session); Ice Bumper Cars – $20 per person for two 8-minute rides on the ice

Address: 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

Website: www.bergencountywinterwonderland.com

 

2) Mackay Ice Rink

A recreational skate for all ages. Ice hockey is also available for boys and girls ages 6-18. Players will receive full equipment and learn to play ice hockey. FREE to Englewood residents (Non-residents* are welcome to join at $900 per season and must provide their own equipment.) Sometimes they offer Ice Bumper cars.

Admission for public skating: $10 for Englewood residents and $15 for non-residents. Price includes rental skates. Seniors 55 and older skate free. You must register online: https://parksrec.egov.basgov.com/englewoodnj

Hours: Public Skating on Sundays, 2 – 4:30pm; Mondays and Fridays 1pm – 2pm.

Address: 130 W Englewood Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631

Phone: (201) 568-3133

Websites: https://www.cityofenglewood.org/1386/Public-Session- , http://www.mackayicerink.com  (Scan code to register.)

 

3) Ice House

With four regulation-size NHL rinks, the Ice House is the largest facility of its kind in the Tri-State area. Located just minutes from New York City, the Ice House is recognized as a world-class skating facility. The Ice House operates one of the largest full-service hockey and skating Pro Shop in the New York-New Jersey area.

Admission: Walk on: $17 a person

Address: 111 Midtown Bridge St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Hours: 7am – 8pm

Phone: (201) 487-8444

Website: www.icehousenj.com

 

New York

4) Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park – Ice Skating

The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000-square-foot rink features free admission ice skating, high-quality rental skates, free skating shows and events. The rink is open daily through the Winter Village season (March 5, 2024).

Admission: FREE

Hours: 10am – 8pm

Address: Between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues behind the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building, New York, NY 10018

Phone: (917) 438-5166

Website: www.bryantpark.org/activities/bank-of-america-winter-village-at-bryant-park

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #509

 

5) Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park – Ice Bumper Cars

Not your typical bumper car, these bumper cars go on the ice! Must be 7+ years old, at least 42 inches tall, and under 300 pounds. (See website for additional requirements.) If available, bumper cars can be booked online up until the morning of the selected date. Any open cars can be reserved onsite on a first-come-first-served basis. Opening January 2024.

Admission: $20/$25 a person depending on day

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 8pm; Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Phone: (212) 768-4242

Website: https://bryantpark.org/activities/bumper-cars

Questions can be directed to [email protected].

 

 

III. Waterpark Resorts

New York

1) The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Surrounded by the wooded slopes of the Catskill Mountains, the resort features New York’s largest indoor water park complete with rides, slides, swimming pools, and a surf simulator. It is also five miles from winter sports at Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun.

Rates: Starting at $225 on their website; All rooms come with four waterpark passes with a discounted value. Inquire about the cost of additional passes.

Address: 555 Resorts World Dr, Monticello, NY 12701

Phone: (844) 527-8748

Website: www.thekartrite.com

 

Pennsylvania

2) Great Wolf Lodge Water Park at the Pocono Mountains

Experience a world of play where you can splash, play, eat and relax together, all under one roof. Go with the flow in this indoor water park resort or find adventurous dry-play throughout the lodge—with over 50 attractions, this is one the family will never forget. Also try MagiQuest, which turns Great Wolf Lodge into a live-action game. You’ll choose a special magic wand, top it with extra powers, and set off on a quest.

Rates: Starting at $231 and vary by day through website; Note there are some deals on the website (enter code YEAR)

Groupon: Starting at $139 pre-tax for suites up to six people with passes included; rates vary by day

Magiquest Bundle: $34.99 + tax, which includes the Vellara Wand and game.

Hours: 10am – 8pm

Address: 1 Great Wolf Dr, Scotrun, PA 18355

Phone: (800) 768-9653

Website: www.greatwolf.com/poconos

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #465

 

3) Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

Kalahari Resort has the second-largest indoor water park in the United States (behind Dreamworks Water Park at American Dream) at 200,000 square feet. The resort is authentically African-themed. Features a full-service Spa Kalahari and Salon and a fully equipped fitness center.

Rates: Starting at $280

Hours: 10am – 8pm

Address: 250 Kalahari Blvd, Pocono Manor, PA 18349

Phone: (608) 254-5425

Website: www.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania/parks/indoor-waterpark

 

4) Camelback Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Its indoor waterpark, Aquatopia, Features a 170,000 square-foot water park with 13 water slides including tube slides, body slides, mat slides and bowl slides. Its slide Storm Chaser is the longest indoor water coaster slide in the world. The resort is near Poconos skiing and snow tubing.

Rates; Starting at $289

Address: 193 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372

Phone: (855) 515-1283

Website: www.camelbackresort.com

 

 

IV. Thrills and Adventure

New Jersey

1) iFly

Have you ever wanted to fly like Peter Pan? Well, now you can! Feel the wind lift your body and your spirits with indoor skydiving in Paramus. The 75-minute session at iFLY Paramus teaches you how to skydive in a state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel.

Admission: Regular price for two people is $99.99 for two flights. Can vary by group size.

Deals: 2 Flights Super Saver Weekdays 11am – 4pm (not on peak times) is $69.99.

Hours: Mon: 11am – 10pm; Tue: 11am – 7:30pm; Wed: 12pm – 7pm; Thu 11am – 8pm; Fri: opens 9am; Sun: 10am – 8pm

Address: 211 E State RT 4 Paramus, NJ 07652-5102

Phone: (201) 733-4359

Website: www.iflyworld.com/paramus

 

2) Supercharged Entertainment

The world’s largest indoor multi-level go-karting track. Supercharged Entertainment offers two uniquely designed tracks, both over a quarter-mile long with 10 elevation changes. Come experience the rush of navigating these multi-level tracks, all while breathing easy in this zero-emission, 80,000 square-foot climate-controlled facility. Each race is 7 minutes long. The winner is by fastest lap, not position. Also has bumper cars, an arcade, a twist tower, ax throwing and virtual reality.

Admission: $29 for one race, $78 for three races, $125 for five races

Address: 987 US-1, Edison, NJ 08817

Phone: (908) 624-8242

Website: www.superchargede.com/edison

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #477

 

3) RPM Raceway

RPM Raceway is the ultimate all-electric indoor go-kart and entertainment destination, providing an authentic, exhilarating and memorable racing experience, second only to climbing into an actual race car. Also has VR, arcade, bowling and more. 15% off the first race. Call for prices.

Hours: 12 – 10pm on weekdays, early open on Sundays at 10am

99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

Phone: (201) 333-7223

Address 2: 40 Daniel St, Farmingdale,
NY 11735

Phone 2: (631) 752-7223

Address 3: 600 West Ave, Stamford,
CT 06902

Phone 3: (203) 523-7273

Website: www.rpmraceway.com

 

4) The Funplex

The Funplex is widely popular for its indoor attractions, including a state-of-the-art arcade and an array of indoor rides. The most popular attractions include futuristic laser tag, the XD Dark Ride featuring 4-D motion simulation in a theater atmosphere, fast-paced electric go-karts, virtual reality games, Foam Frenzy, and bumper cars.

Admission: Varies by activity.

Hours: Sunday: 10am – 9pm, Wednesday, Thursday: 4 – 9pm. Closed Mondays and

Tuesdays.

Address: 182 NJ-10, East Hanover,
NJ 07936

Phone: (973) 428-1166

Website:

www.thefunplex.com/east-hanover

 

5) iPlay America

New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park, including go-karts, bumper cars, laser tag, thrilling rides, an indoor boardwalk, and more than 250 arcade games.

Admission: Unlimited iRide band for 11 attractions $37.99 per person, Laser tag $8, 2 hours of non-ticket redemption video games $20

Hours: 4pm – 9pm. Weekend extended hours.

Address: 110 Schanck Road, Freehold,
NJ 07728

Phone: (732) 577-8200

Website: www.iplayamerica.com

 

6) Rage Room

Rage Room provides a way for people to “let some stress out” in a fun and safe environment. Rage Room is exactly like yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy … well, not exactly. You enter into a specially designed room, they provide you with your personal protective equipment, you select your weapon of destruction, blast your favorite music and have a smashing good time breaking almost everything in the room to pieces (except the actual room itself). When you’re done, you don’t even need to worry about cleaning up. It is taken care of for you. Go ahead, break all you want, we’ll get more!

Admission: Starting at $20 up to $650; Check the website to see the full range of price packages.

Hours: 11am – 12am

Address: 200 Wanaque Ave Level Suite 403, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

Phone: 1-833-RAGE-ROOM (724-3766) or text (201) 815-1784

Website: www.rageroom.today

 

New York

7) Edge City Climb Skyscraping Experience

Gear up for an adrenaline-pumping journey at Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest outdoor sky deck. Lean out and take in the jaw-dropping vista from New York City’s highest outdoor platform soaring over 1,200 feet above the ground. Conquer the world’s highest open-air building ascent and witness breathtaking city views from Edge and immerse yourself in stunning 360-degree New York City vistas from the indoor and outdoor observation deck.

Admission: $185 per person (or $137 on Agoda)

Hours: 9am – 10pm (last elevator ride is 50 minutes before closing)

Address: 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001 (Located on Level 4 of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards)

Phone: (332) 204-8500

Website: www.edgenyc.com/en/cityclimb

 

8) Autobahn Indoor Speedway: Indoor Electric Go-Kart Racing

Karts at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway can go up to 50 mph and drive along a professional Grand-Prix track. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended. Live lap times are displayed for racers and results are printed at the end of each race. In addition to the racing experience, Autobahn now has an ax-throwing area. This new trend in entertainment is exciting and so much fun! There are also virtual reality options. One called “Reclaim” laser tag in VR, with a competitive social play of blockbuster multiplayer games like Fortnite. The other “Chaos Jump” is where a party of up to four battles a robot army.

Admission: $45.98 per person on weekdays/$55.98 on weekends. Also lots of different combo deals; see the website.

Deals: Free birthday race if you fill out an online form!

Hours: 11am – 11pm

Address: 2272 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 2 of the Mall

Phone: (845) 535-1515

Website: www.autobahnspeed.com/reservations-palisades

 

9) Palisades Climb Adventure Ropes Course

The World’s Tallest Indoor Rope Course stands 85 feet tall, contains 75 different challenges, and can accommodate guests of various ages.

Admission: The Sky Trail Adventure is $25.99 per person. The Sky Tykes (for toddlers under 48 inches) are $8.99 per person.

Hours: Sundays 11am – 9pm, Wednesday-Friday 2:30 – 7:30pm

Address: 2272 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 4 of the Mall.

Phone: 845-727-3500

Website: www.palisadescenter.com/tenants/palisades-climb-adventure

 

10) The Castle Fun Center

The Castle Fun Center offers InflataPark, Ballocity, Laser Maze, Swing Ride, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Free Fall, Zip Line, Ax Throwing, Rock Climbing, Laser Tag, Arcade, Go-Karts, and Mini Golf, plus the Castle Golf Driving Range and Batting Cages right up the road! Whether you’re part of a large group, with a few friends, out for the perfect date night, or just want to spend quality time with your family, fun and adventure are waiting for you with the attractions and amusements at The Castle Fun Center.

Admission: Varies by activity.

Hours: Wednesdays: 3pm – 8pm (laser tag, arcade, and rock wall available only), Thursdays: 3pm – 8pm, Fridays: 3pm – 10pm, Saturdays: until 10pm, Sundays: 12 noon to 8pm. Mondays, Tuesdays: Closed.

Address: 109 Brookside Ave Chester,
NY 10918

Phone: (845) 469-2116

Website: https://thecastlefuncenter.com

 

Connecticut

11) IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course

Visit the largest indoor ropes course in the world! Climb the 60-foot-high ropes course, jump off the 50-foot free fall and go down a 200-foot zip line. A separate Climb It attraction provides four additional climbing walls, each with its own challenge. Includes Little It for children under 48 inches—a replica of the full-size course. Also features a Liquid Fireworks show. Adventure for the whole family.

Admission: $25-30, additional $10 for Climb It, $8 for Little It.

Hours: Sunday 11am – 7pm, Monday-Thursday 10am – 7pm

Address: 40 Sargent Dr. Long Wharf, New Haven, CT 06511. Located inside of Jordan’s Furniture.

Phone: 203-812-9981 course

Website: www.itatjordans.com

 

Florida

12) Dezerland Park

Indoor recreation center with a bowling alley, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, go-karts, plus a cinema. Each location has different attractions inside. The Orlando location has 19 different attractions under the roof and Miami has 12.

Admission: Varies by attraction

Hours: 12pm – 10pm, extended hours on weekends

Address: 14401 NE 19th Avenue North Miami, FL 33181 and 5250 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

Phone: (786) 590-5000 (Miami), (321) 754-1700 (Orlando)

Website: www.dezerlandpark.com

 

13) Fun Center Fort Lauderdale

From rentals to excursions, a stop here can be the beginning of a memorable adventure. From bicycle rentals to sport fishing tours and everything in between, you’ll find the options to be more than enough to be exciting.

Admission: Varies by attraction

Hours: 10am – 7pm

Address: 1771 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Phone: (954) 533-0439

Website: www.funcenterfl.com

 

 

V. Challenges

New Jersey

1) Escape Room New Jersey

The most immersive escape rooms in New Jersey, the best guest experience, and 60-minute adventures that appeal to all ages and skill levels. Solve the mystery and have loads of fun doing it!

Admission: $25 per person for non-private. Private games vary from $22 – $45 depending on party size

Hours: 10am – 1am

Address: 36 N Dean St, Englewood,
NJ 07631

Phone: (201) 815-1784

Address: 157A Main St Hackensack,
NJ 07601

Phone: (844) ESCAPE-6

 

2) Human Bumper Balls

Human Bumper Ball is the most fun anyone can have while being strapped inside a giant inflatable ball. The best way to describe this experience is like going to an awesome club and then putting on giant inflatable balls that allow you to bump anyone in the club without any repercussions. Music is great, light show, fog, and other surprises. There are other activities such as Escape the Room, Rage Room, VR Cade, Minutes 2 Win It, Indoor AirSoft (like paintball just without the mess).

Price: Human Bumper Balls – $100 a person, reduced as party size increases. Can request custom packages for other games.

Hours: 10am – 1am

Address: 222 Wanaque Ave, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

Phone: (201) 410-3256

Website: www.humanbumperballs.com

 

New York

3) Escape the Room NYC

Gather family and friends for the ultimate team-building exercise—get locked in a puzzle room and solve the clues to escape together! Escape the Room, located midtown NYC, offers several different themed rooms. No skills are required, just curiosity and a desire to unlock the door before 60 minutes are up.

Admission: $30 – $40 per person

Hours: Games start every 90 minutes or so; check the website

Address: 24 West 25th St., New York, NY 10010

Phone: 347-954-9160

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://escapetheroom.com/new-york/

 

4) 5 Wits

5 Wits West Nyack is a massive adventure venue with three attractions: Deep Space, Drago’s Castle, and Tomb. An adventure at 5 Wits truly has no parallel—it’s not virtual reality, an escape room or a museum exhibit. Each one spans multiple rooms and several thousand square feet of real-life, hands-on environments, and your team will encounter challenges, puzzles and obstacles that will affect the outcome of the adventure. Success is not guaranteed!

Admission: $29 a person

Hours: 12pm – 8pm

Address: 4270 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994. Level 4 of the Palisades Mall.

Phone: (845) 533-2666

Website: www.5-wits.com/west-nyack

 

5) Beat The Bomb

Beat The Bomb is the world’s first immersive social video game company. The one-hour experience mixes the best elements of escape rooms, immersive theater, cutting-edge gaming technology, and ’90s game shows. Beat The Bomb is one of the highest-rated experiences in NYC on Google and was featured on NBC’s “Today” show, TikTok, and more! Beat The Bomb offers Classic Mode and Battle Mode. Classic Mode pits your team (two to six people) against the Bomb Clock to try and Beat The Bomb or GET BLASTED (by paint). Battle Mode is a brand new offering currently available for groups of seven to 12 players. You’ll be split into teams and will go head to head to see who can Beat The Bomb first. The winning team blasts paint at the losing team!

Admission: $44.95 a person includes photos and videos

Hours: 3pm – 9pm, extended on weekends

Address: 255 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (917) 983-1115

Website: www.beatthebomb.com

 

6) Game of 1000 Boxes: NYC’s First Live Game Show Experience

Game of 1000 Boxes is NYC’s first and only live game show experience. Grab your friends and prepare yourselves for fun and exciting party games that test collective wits, gut instincts, and button-finger agility. Up to 32 players face off for a chance to win one of the mystery boxes! Book reservations online.

Admission: $42.50 per person

Hours: Saturdays: 7pm and 8:30pm; Sundays: 3:30pm and 5pm

Address: 248 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Website: www.feverup.com/m/112357

 

 

VI. American Dream Mall

New Jersey

All Locations Address: 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Website: www.americandream.com

 

1) Nickelodeon Universe Indoor Theme Park

Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park is the biggest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere. Experience the tallest, the steepest, and the longest rides in the world. There are seven thrill rides, five family rides and 20 kiddie runs to choose from.

Admission: $79 a person

Park Hours: 11am – 7pm; extended hours on weekends

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

Phone: (833) 263-7326

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #513

 

2) DreamWorks Water Park

DreamWorks Water Park is the largest indoor water park in North America. Experience year-round splashy fun with the largest selection of water slides worldwide. The water park includes over 15 attractions and covers 8.5 acres. Suites and cabanas are available for an extra cost.

Admission: $99 per person

Parks Hours: 11am – 5pm weekdays, 7pm weekends

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

Phone: (833) 263-7326

Website: https://bit.ly/41Ir5Mu

 

3) Mirror Maze

Mirror Maze is an amazing family adventure. Orbit your way into a new dimension filled with infinite reflections.

Admission: $10 a person, children under 2 free

Hours: 11am – 8pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #461

 

4) Angry Birds Mini Golf

Explore Bird Island, Pig Island, and Eagle Island, with twists and challenges along the way. More than mini-golf, all ages are guaranteed to have the time of their lives.

Admission: $20 general, $18 seniors (65+), children under 2 free

Hours: 11am – 8pm

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

Phone: (833) 263-7326

Website: www.americandream.com/venue/angry-birds-mini-golf/tickets

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #469

 

5) Blacklight Mini Golf

No, not the movie “Blacklight” with Liam Neeson. Blacklight Mini Golf is an indoor mini-

golf course that lets you putt through 18 holes of vibrant alien landscapes, uncharted planets, fun spaceships, and robots.

Admission: $20 general, $18 seniors (65+), children under 2 free

Hours: 11am – 8pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

Website: https://www.americandream.com/venue/blacklight-mini-golf

 

6) The Rink

Indoor ice skating at The Rink. A premier NHL regulation-sized ice skating rink offering public skating and special events.

Admission: Ages 10+: $35, Ages 3-9/Seniors: $28

Hours: 11am -7pm

Located: at The Rink (next to Parks Court)

 

7) TiLT: A Tracy Lee Stum Museum

Step inside world-renowned urban art master Tracy Stum’s magical space and become part of the art. This mind-blowing, snap-worthy experience is sure to TILT your point of view. Delve into your imagination with world-class optical illusion art.

Admission: $20 per person

Hours: 11am – 8pm

Located: Garden Court, Level 1

Website: https://www.americandream.com/venue/tilt-museum

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #461

*** Special Deal: The Lucky Seven

Get all seven of the above attractions for just $199 a person.

Select a date to start and you get up to one week to do each activity. Date changes can be accommodated until the day before arrival for a $5 per ticket change fee. (Children 2 years and younger access the park for free.)

Website: www.americandream.com/bundle/the-lucky-seven

 

8) LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Discover millions of LEGO bricks and epic attractions for budding builders inside the ultimate indoor playground. Lego 4D cinema: Enjoy exciting LEGO movies with epic effects like wind, rain, and even snow! Get to meet LEGO characters.

Admission: $28.99 a person. Or $48.99 per adult, $44.99 per child, and includes SEA

LIFE (see below). Annual passes available as well.

Hours: 10am – 5:30pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

Website: https://www.americandream.com/venue/legolanddiscoverycenter

 

9) Skudin Surf

Skudin Surf at American Dream with PerfectSwell technology has an indoor freshwater wave pool experience that will make your surf dreams a reality. Registration is now open for Private Dream Sessions and Public Sessions. The warm water and fun waves make every day a good day to surf at Skudin Surf American Dream.

Option A (For beginners – with instructor) – $125 for 2 hours, Tuesday – Thursday morning special for $99. Plus 4% registration fee.

Option B/C/D (For Intermediate – with instructor/Advanced – no instructor/Experts – no instructor) – $250, Tuesday – Thursday morning special of $195. Plus 4% registration fee.

***Different options have increased wave format intensity

Hours: 9am – 5pm, closed on Sundays

Located: Court A, Level 1

Phone: (516) 713-SURF

 

10) SEA LIFE

Breathtaking Ocean Tunnel Voyage into jaw-dropping underwater worlds only at SEA LIFE New Jersey. Escape into a breathtaking underwater tunnel, come face to fin with sharks and rays, touch a sticky anemone, and explore over 10 breathtaking exhibits inspired by New York’s most memorable landmarks and experiences. No flippers are required. An underwater world featuring thousands of fish, sharks, rays, and more amidst NYC-themed exhibits.

Admission: $28.99 per adult, $23.99 per child

Hours: 10am – 6:30pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

 

11) The Escape Game New Jersey at American Dream

The Escape Game is New Jersey’s no. 1 escape room and immersive adventure. As a premier provider of escape rooms, The Escape Game’s adventures play like Hollywood blockbusters with twists, turns and jaw-dropping surprises around every corner. Their 60-minute adventures bring epic stories to life in a one-of-a-kind tactile experience. You and your team will work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and ultimately complete a mission. Escaping will require teamwork, communication, wits, and a sense of adventure. Choose to play one of six uniquely immersive games—Gold Rush: Find hidden gold in the California hills!—Prison Break: Complete a daring escape from the evil warden!—Special Ops: Mysterious Market: Uncover the truth as a secret agent!—The Heist: Recover a stolen masterpiece from an art thief!—Playground: Complete your report card and get to summer break!—The Depths: Board a submarine to a secret underwater lab!

Admission: $42.99 per person

Hours: 8am – 12am

Located: Parks Court, Level 3

(201) 514-5699

Website: https://theescapegame.com/newjersey/escape-rooms/

 

12) Dream Wheel

Take a spin on the Dream Wheel by Skyviews at American Dream. The 27 climate-controlled gondolas offer thrilling views of the Manhattan Skyline at over 300 feet high!

Admission: $29.75 ages 12+, $18.75 ages 5-11, under 5 free

Hours: 2pm – 9pm, opens early Sundays at 10am

Located: Coca-Cola Eats Court C, Level 3

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #468

 

13) Big Snow

North America’s first and only indoor, real-snow, year-round ski and snow resort. Whether it’s your first day sliding on snow or you’re just looking to get out and enjoy the slopes, the SNOW Day package gives you everything you need to enjoy a day on the snow or begin your lifetime of skiing or snowboarding.

Admission: Single SNOW Day Package (includes rentals) $69.99-$89.99 + tax depending on the time of day for two hours of life access

Hours: 1pm – 8pm

Located: Court A, Level 2

Phone: (973) 864-6600

 

14) Legends of the Hidden Temple Ropes Course Challenge

Olmec challenges all to scale the breathtaking heights on the record-breaking 9-level adventure ropes course. How high will you climb to reach the Shrine of the Silver Monkey? The choices are yours and yours alone! Legends of the Hidden Temple Ropes Course Challenge is a stand-alone attraction located inside Nickelodeon Universe and requires the purchase of an add-on or separate Temple Challenger pass.

Admission: $20 a person; if purchased all-day tickets to Nickelodeon Universe, only $15 a person

Hours: 2 – 7pm on weekdays, 12 – 9pm on Fridays, and 12 – 7pm on Sundays

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

 

15) BLAST 7D

Welcome to BLAST 7D and welcome to the world’s first fully interactive and fully immersive 7D ride! Experience the thrill of flying, diving, jumping and falling all while blasting evil villains through different themes competing for the high score against up to 12 other riders. BLAST 7D has five different ride experiences to choose from that brings you never-felt-before excitement. From blasting robot cowboys from the Old West, to crazy carnival characters that are up to no good, to Zombies to helping futuristic femme fatale superheroes save Gotham, there is a ride that fits all families and friends of all ages from 3 to 103.

Admission: $15 for one ride, $27 for two rides, $36 for 3 rides

Hours: 11am – 9pm; extended to 10pm on Saturdays

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #458

 

16) Activate

Activate offers high-tech games that test teams’ physical and mental agility across a wide variety of real-life challenges. Upon entry, participants select from hundreds of combinations of games and difficulty levels, each lasting one to three minutes. Electronic wristbands track scores and progress throughout the experience, making Activate an ideal choice for a casual night out or intense competition. Activate advises appropriate activewear, including clean, flat-soled shoes (preferably running shoes), and prohibits heels, open-toed, or sandals.

Admission: $24.99 Monday-Thursday; $29.99 Friday-Sunday

Hours: 10am – 10pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

 

17) Paradox Museum

Paradox Museum features over 70 interactive exhibits designed for all ages, sparking fascination and curiosity. The museum offers mind-bending experiences, from an upside-down room to a talking piano, captivating visitors with optical marvels and thought-provoking paradoxes. Its diverse staff shares a passion for creating an engaging environment, ensuring each guest enjoys a unique and memorable visit.

Admission: Adults ($25), Children ($20), discounted rates for NJ residents, military (from $22), and group rates (starting at $20 for 10-20 people)

Hours: Sunday 11am – 7pm; Monday-Thursday extended to 8pm; Saturday extended to 9pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

 

 

VII. Aquariums

New Jersey

1) The Adventure Aquarium

The Adventure Aquarium is considered one of the best aquatic educational facilities in the United States. This 2-million-gallon aquarium is home to more than 8,500 marine animals, including a large collection of sharks, sea turtles, penguins and stingrays. It also has the distinction of being the only aquarium in the world with hippos. An in-water encounter with sharks and stingrays is also available.

Admission: Price varies by day, check the website; $28.99 per adult on weekdays; $31.99 on Sunday; Children get discounted tickets at $18.99 on weekdays and $21.99 on Sunday

Hours: 10am – 4pm; Sundays 9am – 5pm

Address: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

Phone: (844) 474-3474

Website: www.adventureaquarium.com

 

2) Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Jenkinson’s aquarium has many interesting fish and aquatic creatures.

Admission: Aquarium – Adult $15, Child (3-12) $9, Senior (65+) $10.

Hours: Aquarium: 10am – 5pm; Rides 12pm – 6pm

Address: 300 Ocean Avenue., Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Phone: (732) 892-0600

Website: www.jenkinsons.com

 

Connecticut

3) Maritime Aquarium

Visit the Maritime Aquarium to observe hundreds of sea creatures and learn about the ocean. Wander through the homes of octopuses, jellyfish, sharks, and more along with some land dwellers, such as meerkats and poison dart frogs. Watch an IMAX movie in the largest theater in Connecticut! Admission includes the full aquarium and an IMAX movie. Activity sheets and a scavenger hunt can be found on the website for kids to enjoy.

Admission: Adults (13-64): $28.95, Children (3-12): $19.95, Seniors (65+):

$24.95 Children under 3 free.

4D Theater Ticket Prices: $7 per person

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Address: 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

Phone: (203) 852-0700

Website: www.maritimeaquarium.org

 

VIII. Science, Museums And Exhibits

New Jersey

1) Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County aims to promote public awareness and education about the rich Jewish heritage within Monmouth County, New Jersey. Through exhibits, programs, and publications, the museum preserves and explores the unique history and contributions of the Jewish residents. Situated within an old barn and supported by various community entities, it serves as a cultural hub celebrating diversity, fostering dialogue, and exchanging ideas through art, history, and culture for visitors interested in American Jewish life.

Admission (Donation): $3 for members $5 for non-members Students free

Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10am – 3pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm, Closed other days

Address: 310 Mounts Corner Dr, Freehold Township, NJ 07728

Phone: (732) 252-6990

Website: www.jhmomc.org

 

2) Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. The Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, hurricane- and tornado-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, teacher-development programs, and the Western Hemisphere’s biggest planetarium—the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater. Check out LSC’s calendar on their website for daily events and shows.

Admission: In advance: Child (2-12) $22.99, Adult $27.99. Same day: $2 more.

Address: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone: (201) 200-1000

Website: https://www.lsc.org

 

3) Thomas Edison National Historical Park

A must-see when visiting New Jersey is the former home and laboratory of Thomas Edison. Preserved under the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, these two structures were where such breakthrough technologies as movie cameras, sound recordings and batteries first saw the light of day. Highlights of a visit include a close-up look at labs, vintage movies and original artifacts, as well as a chance to tour Glenmont, Edison’s magnificent Queen Anne-style home, a perfectly preserved 29-room mansion. Guided and audio tours are available for both sites.

Admission: $15 for adults; Children 15 and under are free; $5 audio tour

Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Address: 211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052

Phone: (973) 736-0550

Website: www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm

 

4) InfoAge Science

“New Jersey’s mini Smithsonian,” this history/tech museum is located at a 100-year-old national historic landmark. Exhibits on radio, computers, electronics and warfare technology housed at a former military base.

Admission: $10 for age 13 and up, $5 for age 12 and younger

Hours: Sunday and Wednesday 1pm – 5pm

Address: 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, NJ 07719

Phone: (732) 280-3000

Website: www.infoage.org

 

New York

5) The FRIENDS Experience: The One in New York City

With two floors of immersive experiences, it’s the ultimate experience for FRIENDS fans. You can pose on the iconic orange couch, explore dozens of props and costumes, including Phoebe’s wedding dress, sit at Monica and Rachel’s kitchen table, kick back and relax in Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs, and so much more. Reserve your spot and save money by purchasing tickets in advance.

Admission: Starting at $39.50, varies by time

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 10am – 7pm (last entry)

Address: 130 E 23rd St, New York City, NY 10016 (Located on the corner of Lexington Ave. and 23rd St.)

Website: www.feverup.com/m/110671

 

6) Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

National Historic Landmark depicts World War II history, the modern Navy, outer space, deep-sea exploration and early aviation.

Open weekdays 10am – 5pm

Address: Hudson River at W 46th St. and 12th Ave. Pier 86 10036

Phone: (212) 245-0072

Call or go online for prices.

Website: https://intrepidmuseum.org

 

7) American Museum of Natural History

Explore the incredible and educational exhibitions at the Museum of Natural History. Take tours and learn about dinosaurs, mummies, ancient cultures, the planets, and much more. Before you go, make sure to watch “Night at the Museum” because it’ll be fun to see what you can recognize from the movie!

Admission: Adults $23, child 2-12 $13, senior and student $18

Hours: 10am – 5:45pm

Address: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 769-5100

Website: www.amnh.org

 

8) Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Step into the enchanting world of Harry Potter at “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” in New York City. This immersive pop-up exhibit offers fans a chance to experience the magic of the Wizarding World up close. Explore iconic film scenes, learn behind-the-scenes facts about your favorite characters and actors, and indulge in Harry Potter-themed treats and merchandise. Grab your wand and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Admission: $29.40, VIP ticket: $76.22

Address: 50 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001 (18-minute walk from Port Authority, one block from the Empire State Building)

Hours: Purchase tickets in advance for the date and time of your visit. Closed Wednesday, January 17, Wednesday-Thursday, January 23-24

Website: https://new-york.harrypotterexhibition.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #491

 

9) Paley Center

The Paley Center for Media in New York City is a captivating destination for anyone curious about the world of media and television. With exclusive access to screenings, star-studded events and original show props, it’s an immersive experience for media enthusiasts. Becoming a member grants you even more benefits, making it the perfect destination for anyone passionate about the media industry. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the world of television and entertainment at the Paley Center.

Address: 25 West 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Hours: Wednesday-Sun, 12pm – 6pm. Closed Monday-Tuesday

Phone: (212) 621-6600

Website: https://www.paleycenter.org

Link to become a member and get access to daily screenings: https://bit.ly/3MLcRDG

Cost per day: $21.50 per person, $17.50 for students, teachers, and seniors; Paley GX VR extra $11

Cost to be a member: $75 per person, $50 for students, teachers, and seniors

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #492

 

10) Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds New York in the heart of Times Square is the only place with no ropes or barriers holding you back from living your best life with your favorite stars. Madame Tussauds invites you to experience famous moments with the world’s most iconic musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders, and more. Over 80,000 square feet of fun and 200+ lifelike wax figures! Also includes the thrilling MARVEL Universe 4D cinema experience, which includes wind-chilling, water-soaking, and face-flinching special effects. Or become fully immersed in a thrilling carnival adventure where you shoot lasers at enemy clowns to survive.

Admission: $43.99 (includes entrance, Marvel Universe 4D) or $51.99 (includes entrance, Marvel Universe 4D, Carnival Carnage, photo pass)

Hours: 10am – 8pm; extended to 10pm Friday-Sunday

Address: 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 512-9600

Website: www.madametussauds.com/new-york

 

11) The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially “the Met,” is the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere. Its permanent collection contains over 2 million works, divided among 17 curatorial departments.

Admission: $30 adults; $22 seniors; $17 students. Free for children under 12.

Hours: 10am – 5pm, closed on Wednesdays, extended to 9pm Friday/Saturday

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 535-7710

Website: www.metmuseum.org

 

12) Astra Lumina

Discover the awe-inspiring Astra Lumina, a limited-time celestial light show at Queens Botanical Garden. Wander through captivating exhibits like Astra Archway, Cosmic Choir, and Celestial Trail, showcasing stunning projections of constellations and the mesmerizing cosmos. This serene outdoor experience offers a dazzling glimpse into the wonders of the galaxy—reserve your spot for an enchanting evening under the stars.

Admission: Varies by the date, beginning at $31.50 a person

Hours: 5:30pm – 10pm

Address: Queens Botanical Garden, 42-80 Crommelin Street, Flushing, NY 11355

Website: https://astralumina.com/new-york/

 

13) Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Have you ever wondered about the height of the tallest man ever, hoped to see an authentic albino giraffe, or wanted to witness the portrait of Albert Einstein made from toast? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a museum in which children and adults can immerse themselves into the world of the unbelievable. It is home to various exhibits portraying unusual and out-of-the-ordinary people, animals, and artifacts. The experience is exciting, interesting, and entertaining to kids and adults alike.

Admission: Children (4-12) $19.20, adults (16+) $25.60 (online prices)

Hours: 10am -11pm

Address: 234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-3133

Website: www.ripleysnewyork.com

 

14) Spyscape HQ

Immerse yourself in the real world of spies. Dodge lasers; break codes; run surveillance; lie; spot liars. Explore incredible missions and gadgets. Then discover your true superpowers in your personalized dossier developed by a former Head of Training at MI6. Visit the iconic 60,000 square-foott HQ (designed by superhero architect Sir David Adjaye) to see why it’s the No. 1-rated museum experience.

Admission: $39 (adult), $32 child (5-12), children under 5 free; Book the BATMAN Experience for $29 adult or $22 child

Hours: Weekdays from 12pm – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm; Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Address: 928 8th Ave New York, NY 10019, USA

Website: www.spyscape.com/nyc/visit

 

15) Museum of Jewish Heritage—
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

The Museum of Jewish Heritage, located in Battery Park City in Manhattan, is a living memorial to those murdered in the Holocaust. Many interesting exhibits; check online to see the schedule.

Admission: Adult: $18. Senior: $12. ADA/Access: $12.

Hours: 10am – 6pm daily except for Shabbat and holidays

Address: 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Phone: (646) 437-4200

Website: https://mjhnyc.org

 

16) Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image’s mission is to advance the understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the art, history, technique and technology of film, television and digital media. The Museum fulfills its mission in person and online through temporary and permanent exhibitions; film screenings; and live conversations with artists, filmmakers, scholars, media educators and other industry professionals. View a collection of more than 130,000 objects; and the online presentation of a range of films—including acclaimed new release features and award-winning science shorts, plus archived videos of Museum events, and more.

Admission: $15 per adult, students/seniors $11, children $9. FREE on Thursdays.

Hours: Generally 12pm – 6pm, Thursday starts at 2pm, Friday closes at 8pm, Wednesdays closed

Address: 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106

Phone: (718) 777-6800

Website: www.movingimage.us

 

17) The Jewish Children’s Museum

The Jewish Children’s Museum is the largest Jewish-themed children’s museum in the United States. It aims for children of all faiths and backgrounds to gain a positive perspective and awareness of the Jewish heritage, fostering tolerance and understanding. Programs for all children in an educational and entertaining format. Includes activities of puppet shows, game rooms, theater with Jewish films, and more.

Admission: 2 years and up $15, seniors $12. Under 2 FREE. Be sure to call for availability.

Hours: Sunday 10am – 5:30pm, Monday-Thursday 10am – 5pm

Address: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn 11213

Phone: (718) 467-0600

Website: https://www.jcm.museum

 

18) Legoland Discovery Center Westchester

Take your family to the “indoor LEGO playground” with two rides, several themed LEGO building areas, and a 4D theater. See giant LEGO models, get a “factory tour” and learn from the best builders around in the Master Building Academy.

Admission: $16.95. Check online. Prices vary.

Hours: 10am – 7pm (last admission at 5pm)

Address: 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers,
NY 10710

Phone: (866) 243-0770

Website: www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester

 

19) Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Home to the 32nd and longest-serving president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt returned to Hyde Park often, drawing on this place to renew his spirit during times of personal and political crisis. Explore the Roosevelt saga in the homes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the exhibits at the nation’s first Presidential Library, and over a thousand acres of gardens and trails.

Admission: $20 for people 16 and up. Free for children 15 and under.

Hours: 9:30am – 4pm

Address: 4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Website: www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm

 

20) New York Tenement Museum

Learn about the lives of residents of New York City’s Lower East Side tenement apartments in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the residents were immigrants, and many were Jewish. Tour the actual tenement buildings that have been restored to look just as they did a century ago. The museum recommends both a guided tour of the buildings and a walking tour of the neighborhood to gain the best grasp of the immigrant experience.

Admission: Adults $27. Children/Students (age 6-17) $22. College students with ID

$22. Seniors (age 65+) with ID $22.

Hours: Visitor Center: Sunday-Tuesday, 10am – 6:30pm Check the website for tour times.

Address: 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (877) 975-3786

Website: www.tenement.org

 

Connecticut

21) Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones Museum for Children ignites a child’s love of learning through play. Open your world to the hands-on exhibits and exciting programs. With five main galleries and over 100 hands-on activities, children become wide-eyed with wonder. As they see, hear, touch, feel and do, their ever-growing minds venture to amazing new places.

Admission: $16 per adult, $12 children and seniors

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Address: Mathews Park 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850

Phone: (203) 899-0606

Website: www.steppingstonesmuseum.org

 

Pennsylvania

22) Houdini Museum & Magic Show

Touted as the only building devoted to Harry Houdini in the World, the Houdini Museum, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is a rare treat for the young and old alike. Year-round entertainment features a movie, and a guided tour of the 150-year-old historic building full of Houdini artifacts including his Jewish ones like his tallis, topped off by an hour-long, fun-filled magic show with noted professional magicians Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brooks. Be amazed as they float an audience member in the air! The show also includes live animals such as doves, a rabbit, a duck, and two poodles. Plus, enjoy rare film footage of Houdini not seen anywhere else. It is high-quality entertainment at its best! Advanced tickets are required to call the number (570) 342-5555.

Hours: 1pm – 4:30pm (must call in advance and arrive at 1pm).

Address: 1433 N Main Avenue, Scranton, PA, 18508

Phone: (570) 342-5555

Website: www.visitnepa.org/things-to-do/attractions/houdini-museum

 

23) Independence National Historical Park (INHP)

Known as “America’s Most Historic Square Mile,” INHP is home to several attractions that are key in the history of America. View the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), the President’s House outdoor museum, the National Constitution Center, and much more. If you are interested in history or are a proud American, INHP can’t be missed.

Admission: Varies by attraction; several (including Liberty Bell and Independence Hall) are free.

Hours: Varies by attraction

Address: 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Website: Varies by attraction (www.visitphilly.com  is a good place to start)

 

24) Mütter Museum

Known for being equally disturbing and informative, the Mütter Museum focuses on medical history and the human body. View Albert Einstein’s brain, the Hyrtl Skull Collection of 139 human skulls, Lisa Nilsson’s Connective Tissue paper art, and an exhibit tracing the history of spinal medicine. The museum aims to give visitors an appreciation for the human body and medical treatments, while also seeing the beauty beneath. This may not be appropriate for all visitors.

Admission: $13-18. Children under 5 free, $2 discount Monday-Tuesday

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Address: 19 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 560-8564

Website: www.muttermuseum.org

 

25) Philadelphia Museum of Art

Observe art from across the world in one of the country’s largest art museums. More than 240,000 pieces are included in the museum’s collection, with works that were hundreds of years and miles apart all brought together in one location. Highlights include the Sculpture Garden, Marcel Duchamp’s controversial “Fountain” and works by renowned artists such as Picasso and Monet.

Admission: $14-25. Children under 12 are free, and on the first Sunday of the month pay what you wish.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am – 5pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: (215) 763-8100

Website: www.philamuseum.org

 

Mayland

26) Titanic: The Exhibition

Titanic: The Exhibition is far more than a display of historic items; it is a unique narrative experience, a tale of the people aboard history’s most legendary ship on its maiden and final journey. Travel back to 1912 through photographs, handwritten letters, wayward keepsakes and other personal belongings telling countless stories about the fates and heroic deeds on board.

Admission: Standard – $33.50 per adult; VIP – $43 (includes fast-track entry to the exhibition, complimentary use of the cloakroom, and a souvenir photograph)

Hours: 10am – 7pm, early opening at 9am Sundays and late close at 8pm Saturdays; closed Mondays

Address: 254 Mariner Passage, Oxon Hill, MD, 20745

Website: www.feverup.com/m/138203

For full review see Jewish Link Issue #463

 

IX. Sightseeing

New Jersey

1) Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry From Liberty State Park

Located only 2,000 feet from the Statue of Liberty. Information is available about the statue and Ellis Island. Take advantage of the playground, liberty walk, lookout point and nature trail.

Admission: $25

Address: Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City 07305

Phone: (201) 915-3403

 

2) New York Helicopter Tours

Helicopter seats six passengers and one pilot. All tours are shared with other passengers.

Admission: On Groupon per person plus $35 helicopter fee: $115.20 for 12-15 minutes; $143.20 for 17-19 minutes; $166.40 for 20-24 minutes;

Address: 78 John Miller Way, Kearny, NJ 07032

Hours: 9am – 5pm

 

New York

3) Ellis Island and Liberty Island Boat Tour

Visit the former immigration center of Ellis Island and learn about the United States’s history in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, then venture to Liberty Island and climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Additionally, get a boat tour of New York Harbor.

Admission: $12 – $23.50

Hours: First ferry: 8:30am; Last ferry: 5pm

Ferry addresses: Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Manhattan, or Liberty State Park, 200

Morris St., Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone: (877) 523-9849

Website: www.statuecruises.com

 

4) Empire State Building

One of the world’s most famous skyscrapers. Observation decks are found on the 86th and 102nd floors. On a clear day, visibility should be 80 miles.

Hours: 10am – 9pm. Entry door closes at 8:15pm. Reservations required.

Address: 350 5th Ave. at 34th St. 10118

Phone: (212) 736-3100.

https://www.esbnyc.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #482

 

5) Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Comprehensive three-hour tour that loops completely around Manhattan accompanied by lively narration. There is also a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise. For something completely different, which kids love, try the Beast, a 30-minute speedboat ride.

Admission: Check Groupon App for great deals

Address: Pier 83, W 42nd St. at 12th Avenue

Phone: (212) 563-3200

Website: https://www.circleline.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #492

 

6) Statue of Liberty

The ferry is available from Battery Park.

Hours: 9:30am – 5pm

Phone: (212) 363-3200

 

7) One World Observatory

Elevate your senses at One World Observatory. See the New York City skyline from over 100 stories above the streets—the highest point in the city. Take in breathtaking 360-degree views from the comfort of an indoor climate-controlled space.

Admission: Starting at $49

Hours: 10am – 7pm

Address: 117 West St, New York, NY 10007

Phone: (844) 696-1776

Website: www.oneworldobservatory.com

 

8) Top of the Rock

Believe the hype. Top of the Rock’s three levels of indoor and outdoor observation decks deliver spectacular, unobstructed views of the city skyline. With terraces facing east, west, north and south, Top of the Rock’s panoramic sights make it the ultimate observation deck in NYC. At the pinnacle of 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s 70 floors, it’s one of the top things to do in New York City. New: Take a photo of the iconic 1932 photo depicting 11 ironworkers lunching precariously on a steel beam, 69 stories high. Be lifted 12 feet above the deck to recreate the iconic “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” photo.

Admission: $46.82 (with tax) + $25 for the Beam

Hours: 9am – 12am

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Phone: (212) 698-2000

 

9) Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry route operated by the New York City Department of Transportation. The ferry’s single route runs 5.2 miles through New York Harbor between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, with ferry boats making the trip in about 25 minutes.

Hours: 24 hours a day. More frequent service (every 15 or 20 minutes) is provided on the weekdays during the rush hours of 6am – 9:30am and 3:30pm – 8pm.

Admission: FREE

Address: Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan

Phone: (718) 815-BOAT

 

10) SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Glass Elevator

General Admission & Ascent: A thrilling glass elevator journey to over 1,200 feet. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt will be New York City’s most thrilling destination. An experience that takes advantage of One Vanderbilt’s Midtown location, height, and views, while truly spectacularly immersing visitors. New York City is the cultural capital of the world, and you will get an inspiring view of it all.

Admission: Adults (age 13+) starting at $56, Youth (age 6-12) starting at $36, Children 5 and under visit free.

Hours: 9am – 12am daily

Address: 45 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017. Entrance located on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal.

Phone: (877) 682-1401

Website: www.summitov.com/tickets

 

11) Majestic Harbor Cruises

The Motor Yacht Majestic Princess sightseeing cruise ship gives passengers views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, Freedom Towers and other well-known landmarks.

Admission: On Groupon: 60-minute boat tour for one person – $16, two people – $31, four people – $55

Address: 299 South St, New York,
NY 10002

Phone: (201) 583-6997

Website: https://majesticharborcruises.com

 

Pennsylvania

12) Turkey Hill Experience

Come to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and learn how ice cream is made, sit in a milk truck, milk mechanical cows, and learn about the people and culture of Turkey Hill Dairy. The Turkey Hill Taste Lab allows you to bring your virtual ice cream creation to life as you make your own pint of ice cream! Of course, there are unlimited samples of ice cream and iced tea products, too. Turkey Hill Experience was named one of the 10 Best “Factory Tours” in America by Good Housekeeping.

Hours: Vary by day; 11:30am – 3pm on Wednesday/Friday, 10:30am – 3:30pm on Sunday, closed on Thursday

Address: 301 Linden St, Columbia,
PA 17512

Phone: (717) 684-0134

Website: www.turkeyhillexperience.com

 

X. Virtual Reality and Immersive

New Jersey

1) Sandbox VR

Sandbox is a futuristic VR experience for groups of up to six, where you can see and physically interact with everyone inside, just like in the real world. Inspired by Star Trek’s Holodeck, the exclusive worlds let you feel like you’re living inside a game or movie, and are built by EA, Sony, and Ubisoft veterans. It’s one of the most advanced virtual reality gaming places in the world. Game length is 25 minutes.

Admission: $49.99 a person

Hours: Weekdays 10am – 11pm Weekends 9:30am – 11:30pm

Address: 305 NJ-17 South, Paramus,
NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 407-7077

Website: www.sandboxvr.com

 

2) Dave & Buster’s Virtual Reality Arcade

Escape reality and embrace endless VR fun at Dave & Busters. Step inside an immersive 3D adventure and prepare to be transported to exciting new worlds by a 360-degree panorama of pulse-pounding sights and sounds. It’s all happening at Dave & Buster’s, where VR fun is virtually endless! Games include Rampage, Jurassic Park Arcade, Halo: Fireteam Raven, Injustice Arcade, The Walking Dead, Quik Drop, and Men In Black International.

Hours: 11am – 12am Sunday-Tuesday, 11am – 1am Wednesday-Saturday

Address: 310 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne,
NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 435-9245

Website: www.daveandbusters.com/vr-arcade-places/wayne

 

New York

3) 5th Dimension VR

5th Dimension VR is not just a virtual reality arcade, it’s an immersive adventure waiting to be explored! Located in the heart of White Plains, New York, this cutting-edge facility offers an unparalleled experience for both individuals and groups. With 18 VR stations, you can dive into over 40 exhilarating games, from zombie battles to epic paintball showdowns, all designed for multiplayer excitement. Safety is paramount, as each player receives a freshly sanitized face gasket, ensuring a germ-free journey into the virtual realm. Don’t miss out on the chance to step into a new dimension of entertainment and excitement.

Admission: Off-peak, Monday-Thursday: $16.99 for 30 minutes, $27.99 for 60 minutes, $41.99 for 90 minutes, and $55.98 for 120 minutes. Each session includes a 10-minute tutorial. Peak, Friday-Sunday: $19.99 for 30 minutes, $32.99 for 60 minutes, $49.49 for 90 minutes, and $65.98 for 120 minutes. Each session includes a 10-minute tutorial.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 2pm – 9pm, Friday: 12pm – 11pm; Saturday: 10am – 11 pm, Sunday: 10am – 9 pm

For private events, call in advance for additional hours.

Address: 55 Church Street, White Plains, NY 10601 Phone: (914) 831-0081

Website: www.5thdimensionvr.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #486

 

4) RiseNY

RiseNY is a new attraction combining museum exhibit galleries with a majestic theme park-style soaring ride where visitors can experience the ultimate feeling of flight soaring high above New York City as they’ve never seen it before. Embark on a three-part journey that lifts and connects you to New York’s most famous sites and moments. Start with a captivating film by award-winning documentarian Ric Burns, and explore museum-style galleries that transport you through the city’s expansive pop-culture evolution. Then, fly over the iconic skyline on a soaring ride that suspends you 30 feet in the air and take in the splendor of NYC while suspended inside a 180-degree, 40-foot projection dome featuring 8K aerial footage that creates the sensation of flight. It’s like Soarin’ in Disney, just for New York.

Admission: $39 per adult (13+), $35 for a child (3-12), VIP Admission is $57, comes with a flexible entry for the date of the ticket, priority access for immersive theater and ride, and one surprise merch item.

Requirement: 40 inches tall to ride

Hours: 10am – 8pm Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 10pm Friday-Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays.

Address: 160 W 45th St, New York,
NY 10036

Phone: (601) 228-2201

Website: www.riseny.co

 

5) OH MY GOD! Virtual Reality Simulator Ride

The latest state-of-the-art technology of virtual reality comes together with a 9D movie simulator ride that can spin 360 degrees. There are eight different movies that you can choose from. Once in your seats to watch your movie, you will feel like literally stepping into it and experiencing the thrill of a theme park. You will not only see but experience everything through the amazing special effects.

Hours: 11am – 9:30pm

Address: 3681 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 1 of Mall

Phone: (845) 480-9446

Website: www.ohmygod.fun/homepage

 

6) Game Show Room

Have you always dreamed of being a contestant on a TV game show? Well, dream no more because we’ve brought the game show experience to YOU! At the Game Show Room, you will experience a unique, unpredictable, family-friendly live game show for guests of all different ages, backgrounds and group sizes. For one fun-filled hour, you get to experience a live game show—similar to popular shows seen on TV. Games range from a variety of mentally challenging puzzles to on-the-spot trivia and quiz questions. Plus, there are some games that will challenge your group’s physical skills and talents.

Hours: 11am – 7pm

Address: 3681 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 3 of Mall

Admission: $33 a person

Capacity: 16 Players

Phone: (845) 303-3589

Website: www.gameshowroom.com

 

XI. For Kids

New Jersey

1) Arena STEM

Arena STEM is an indoor amusement center offering eight interactive play zones including drone flying, robotics, racing motorboats, and more. Join a tournament or play against friends and family. Learn, build, and compete! They offer a variety of STEM activities and workshops and feature STEM-based toys and hobbies. Perfect for schools, scouts or other groups, Arena STEM field trips are both fun and educational. Come and explore a wide selection of new and exciting RC cars, trucks, drones, and robots. Try it out before you buy and come back if you need a spare part or any help.

Hours: 11am – 7pm; Sundays by appointment only.

Address: 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd, Paramus, NJ 07652

Location: Level 2 (by H&M and Neiman Marcus)

Phone: (201) 301-8144

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.arenastem.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #459

 

2) Teaneck Speedway

Teaneck Speedway is a family entertainment center right in the heart of Teaneck offering fun for everyone. Drop by with your family and friends any time, and enjoy hours of exciting and fun activities: Slot Car Racing on a 7-track course, laser tag, 6-lane mini bowling, and exhilarating arcade games.

Hours: Sunday 12pm – 8pm and Friday 4pm – 8pm. Call for private weekday events

Address: 545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck,
NJ 07666

Phone: (201) 530-7879

Website: www.teaneckspeedway.com

 

3) Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure

Safe, fun, affordable activities for the entire family. Open 10am – 9pm every day.

Admission: $16.99 – South Hackensack 5 & Under Ticket, $25.99 – South Hackensack

Basic Ticket, $28.99 – Deluxe, $33.99 – ULTIMATE

Hours: Monday-Thursday 2pm – 10pm, Friday 12pm – 11pm, Saturday until 11pm, Sundau 11am – 10pm

Address: 69 Wesley Street, Hackensack 07606

Phone: (201) 212-6454. Be sure to call for further information.

Website: https://www.urbanair.com

 

4) Catch Air Indoor Playground

Hours: Sunday-Friday 10am – 7pm

Children under 2: $14.99, Children over 3: $24.99, Adults accompanying: $7.99

Address: 224 Rte 4 E at Forest, Paramus, lower level of ShopRite 07652

Phone: (201) 620-2125

 

Pennsylvania

5) The Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience is the perfect indoor family attraction any day, rain or shine! Here you immerse yourself in the world of Crayola, with tons of things to do for kids of all ages. Name your own crayon, turn yourself into a coloring page, and more. Plus, while you’re here you can learn all about Crayola’s history.

Admission: Ages 3+ $20.99 (discount online), regular price $24.99. Get $3 off when buying ahead online.

Hours: 10am – 6pm

Address: 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042

Phone: (610) 515-8000

Website: www.crayolaexperience.com/easton/buy-tickets

 

 

XII. Arcade

New Jersey

1) Billy’s Midway

Welcome to Billy’s Midway. There are no pesky quarters or tokens required because none of the games are pay-per-play. The entire arcade of dozens of classic and modern games is set to free-play, so you and your family can enjoy as many games as you would like while only paying for the time you are here. If you score a top score, you will be added to the leaderboard on Billy’s website. Stop by for an authentic gaming experience that will knock your socks off!

Admission: For 30 minutes – $10 a person, each additional half hour is $5 more or an all-day pass for $30 per person.

Hours: 12pm – 10pm, Friday/Saturday extended to 11pm

Address: 312 Lafayette Ave. Floor 2, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Phone: (973) 304-4530

Website: www.billysmidway.com

 

2) Rack N Roll Family Fun Center

Rack N Roll is a family-friendly entertainment center that provides a variety of activities for children and adults. With over 100 video games, including classics such as air hockey and skee ball, and many kiddie rides and attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Children can run, jump, climb, and play while adults can join in or relax and watch. Also has a billiard area with many large 9-foot tables.

Hours: 1pm – 9pm, extended hours on weekends

Address: 212 Washington Pl, Passaic, NJ 07055

Phone: (973) 365-0020

Website: www.racknroll.biz

 

3) Dave & Buster’s Wayne

There’s always something new at Dave & Buster’s – the only place to eat, drink, play and watch sports all under one roof.

Hours: 11am – 12am Sunday-Tuesday, open until 1am Wednesday-Saturday

Address: 310 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 435-9244

Deal: Wednesdays half-price games

 

New York

4) Dave & Buster’s Palisades Mall

Do you know what West Nyack needs? It needs more winning. More arcade first dates with virtual reality zombie kills. More New York Giants touchdown dances on absurdly large TV screens every gameday. More of the kind of wins you’ll find at Dave & Buster’s in West Nyack, located right off highway 59 near Palisades Center Mall. Also has the event space, event packages, and the best staff to help turn the ordinary into a winning moment.

Address: 4661 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 4 of Mall

11am – 12am on Sunday-Thursday/1am on Fridays and Saturdays

Phone: (845) 353-1555

Deal: On Wednesdays half-price games

Website: www.daveandbusters.com/west-nyack

 

5) (Monsey) Turtle Boo

The most exciting, adventurous, fun-filled indoor kids entertainment center in Rockland County, New York. Three great rides with unlimited access, a huge variety of arcades, massive three-story soft play, virtual games, and much more. TurtleBoo offers a variety of amazing birthday packages with lots of surprises and perks to match your crowd, preferences, and budget. Round up a day of fun with a variety of kosher food, drinks and refreshments!

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9am – 10pm, Thursday 9am – 7pm

Address: 175 East Central Avenue, Spring Valley, NY 10977

Phone: 845-746-2100

Website: www.turtleboo.com

Call to see if reservations are necessary. A totally kosher facility, snack bar, something to eat for everyone.

 

XIII. Arts & Crafts

New Jersey

1) Splatter Craze

Embark on a whirlwind adventure of creativity at Splatter Craze, offering a unique and exhilarating hour-long experience in their Splatter Paint Room. Equipped with jumpsuits, goggles, gloves, and a vibrant palette of colors, guests unleash their artistic fervor on canvases in a thrilling atmosphere. With various packages like Blastoff, Mad Splatter, Creativity Unleashed and Ultimate Splatter, individuals or groups can dive into a world of vivid expression and create stunning, one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

Admission: Multiple packages starting at basic for $35 an artist to $100, which includes multiple paint bombs, paint guns, fluid teddy bear painting, spin art, and more

Hours: 10am – 9pm

Address: Greenbrook Plaza, 326 US-22, Green Brook Township, NJ 08812

Phone: (732) 200-5266

Website: www.splattercraze.com

 

2) Pottery, Paint, & Love

Pottery, Paint, & Love offers multiple forms of art, including pottery painting, glass fusing and paint pours. The location’s goal is to be a hub for artists that want to share their art with the world for purchase. If you are an artist that needs a place to sell your work, please set an appointment to meet.

Hours: 10am – 6pm, $25 studio fee after 6:30pm – 10pm; BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (text 201–907-0077). CLOSED on Tuesdays.

Address: 488 Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Phone: (201) 907-0077

Website: www.pplteaneck.com

 

3) Sunshine Pottery & Paint

Sunshine Pottery & Paint is a paint-your-own pottery studio. It is a casual, family-friendly contemporary art studio offering pottery painting, mosaics, canvas painting, clay sculpture, paint pouring, and more. Whether for a family outing, ladies’ night out, Sunday activity or a birthday party, you will always have a great time here!

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am – 6pm

Address: 260 Grand Ave, Englewood 07631

Phone: (201) 541-5559

Website: www.sunshinepotterynj.com

 

4) Color Me Mine

Color Me Mine is a paint-your-own pottery and family art studio for painters of all ages, located in the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Whether you are looking for a fun party idea, want to make a unique gift, or just want to have some fun, come create your own piece of art!

Average Cost: $35 to $45 a person

Hours: 11am – 8pm

Address: 400 Commons Way store 1350, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807

Phone: (908) 437-8070

Website: www.bridgewater.colormemine.com

 

5) The Paintbrush

A ceramics and art studio offering ceramic, plaster and canvas painting right here in Lakewood. Items are available for kids, tweens, teens, adults and families.

Admission: Pay per project; prices starting at $10

Hours: Vary each day. Generally 3 – 8pm, sometimes earlier or later. Closed on Fridays.

Address: 1700 Madison Avenue (Gourmet Glatt Plaza), Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: (732) 385-3400

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.thepaintbrushnj.com

 

6) Elevated Space Art Studio

Elevated Space Art Studio is a community of artists and students based in Bergen County, offering classes in various media for all levels. Founded in 2015, the studio focuses on the art process, encouraging creative expression and helping individuals find their artistic voice. They also offer summer camp programs for kids, birthday parties, and are led by award-winning artist Natalia Kadish, who has become a leading voice on art and spirituality.

Hours: Call for hours.

Address: 115 Evergreen Pl, Teaneck,
NJ 07666

Phone: (551) 587-1653

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.elevatedspaceartstudio.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #423

 

7) Hot Sand

Walk-in glassblowing activities for the whole family. Glassblowing (age 9+),

SunTile (age 4+), QuickCast (any age).

Admission: Pay per object/dish.

Hours: Glassblowing: Friday and Sunday 10am – 6pm. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10am – 6pm, Weekends 10am – 8pm

Address: 550 Cookman Avenue #103,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Phone: (732) 927-5475

Website: www.HotSandAP.com

 

8) Matisse Chocolatier

Matisse Chocolatier, Bergen County’s most popular gourmet chocolate shop with a private party room, is located in Englewood. Can book a private kosher chocolate-making session for the family.

Admission: $35 per person for a chocolate-making session

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11am – 6pm; Sunday: Open only for parties and classes. Please call in advance for availability.

Address: 260 Grand Ave, Englewood,
NJ 07631

Phone: (201) 568-2288

Website: www.getfreshchocolate.com

 

 

XIV. Professional Sporting

New Jersey

1) New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark. Some notable players of their team include Jack Hughes, Nico Hischler, Jesper Bratt, and goalie Vitek Vanecek.

Schedule Over Break: Wednesday, January 17 vs. Montreal Canadiens @7pm; Saturday, January 20 vs. Dallas Stars @7pm; Monday, January 22 vs. Vegas Golden Knights @7pm

Address: Prudential Center 25 Lafayette Street Newark, NJ 07102 USA

Website: www.nhl.com/devils

 

2) FDU Knights

The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights men’s Division I basketball team represents Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, New Jersey. They have made the March Madness tournament seven times, most recently in 2024, where they upset the No. 1 seed as the No. 16 seed.

Schedule Over Break: Thursday January 25 vs. Central Connecticut Blue Devils @5pm

Website: www.fduknights.com/sports/mens-basketball

 

New York

3) New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are an American professional basketball team based in New York City. The team features star players like Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett.

Schedule Over Break: Wednesday, January 17 vs. Houston Rockets @7:30pm; Thursday, January 18 vs. Washington Wizards @7:30pm; Saturday, January 20 vs. Toronto Raptors @7:30pm; Thursday, January 25 vs. Denver Nuggets @7:30pm

Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Website: www.mlb.com/mets

 

4) Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in Brooklyn. The team features star players such as Mikal Bridges, Cam Thomas and Ben Simmons

Schedule Over Break: Tuesday, January 23 vs. New York Knicks @7:30pm; Thursday, January 25 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves @7:30pm;

Address: 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn,
NY 11217

Website: www.nba.com/nets

 

5) Yeshiva University Maccabees

Yeshiva’s Men’s Basketball team is an annual playoff contender. Two years ago, the men’s basketball team held the then-longest active winning streak in men’s college basketball with 50 consecutive wins and at one point was ranked #1 nationally. This year’s roster features superstar players such as TABC’s Zevi Samet, Max Zakheim, and Or Sundjyvsky. Their games will also be livestreamed by MacsLive on YouTube.

Schedule Over Break: Monday, January 22 vs. Wesleyan University @8pm; Wednesday, January 24 vs. Purchase College @8pm

Address: 2501 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10033

 

6) New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Elmont, New York. Notable players include: Mathew Barzal- Centerman, Ilya Sorokin- Goaltender and Sebastian Aho- Defenseman.

Address: 400 Hempstead Turnpike,
Elmont, NY 11003

Schedule Over Break: Sunday, January 21 vs. Dallas Stars @7:30pm; Saturday, January 27 vs. Florida Panthers @7:30pm

Website: www.nhl.com/islanders

 

XV. Shows

New Jersey

1) Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Expect almost two hours of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, displays of extraordinary horsemanship, and falconry as part of a riveting story set in Medieval Spain. Medieval Times also features a gift shop, and a Hall of Arms displaying medieval artifacts. Also includes a four-course meal with kosher meal accommodations.

Admission: Use code 15MT for 15% off. With code Adult $57.76, Kids $34.81

Showtimes: Vary. Generally 5pm or 7:30pm. See website to make reservations.

Address: 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst,
NJ 07071

Phone: (201) 933-2220

Website: www.medievaltimes.com/lyndhurst

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #78

 

2) Disney On Ice Presents ‘Find Your Hero’

Discover the hero inside us all at Disney On Ice when your favorite Disney stories come to life through world-class ice skating. Join Mickey and Minnie as they step inside the story of Encanto with Mirabel and her family, sail away with Moana and Maui and join Elsa on her quest to protect Arendelle. Be inspired as you swim under the sea with Ariel, explore with Belle, and sing-along with Rapunzel.

Admission: Starting at $34.30

Showtimes: Multiple shows per day

Dates: January 18-21 will be in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Address: 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn,
NY 11217

Website: https://www.disneyonice.com/find-your-hero/

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #504

 

3) Madonna ‘The Celebration Tour’

*may not be appropriate for children

Madonna is a pop music icon known for her constant reinvention as a performer. She rose to fame in the 1980s with hits like “Material Girl” and “Vogue,” achieving 21 Top 10 hits in the United States and selling over 70 million albums internationally. Madonna’s boundary-pushing career spans music, film and activism, making her one of the bestselling music artists of all time.

Admission: Tickets starting at around $200

Date: January 23, 2024 at 8:30pm

Address: Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Website: https://bit.ly/3TIVHvy

 

4) Mark Normand Comedy Show

Mark Normand is an accomplished American standup comedian and actor. His comedy career began in 2006 in New Orleans, and he’s since gained recognition for his appearances on various late-night shows like “Conan,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Admission: Tickets starting at around $50

Date: Saturday, January 27 at 8:30pm

Address: Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Website: http://marknormandcomedy.com

 

5) Banana Comedy Club

Up-and-coming and big-name comedians perform weekends at this Holiday Inn club. For a modest ticket price, patrons enjoy live standup comedy and other performance art from a nationally accredited act, no more than 60 feet away. Shows average 1 hour and 40 minutes and comprise an opener, a feature and a headliner with national entertainment credits.

Admission: Varies by show (usually $13-$50 but depends on the comedian)

Showtimes: Usually Saturday nights at 7:30pm or 10pm; Sporadically has shows throughout the week so check website

Address: Renaissance Hotel, 801 Rutherford Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070

Phone: (201) 727-1090

Website: www.bananascomedyclub.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #464

 

New York

6) Broadway Shows

Shows such as “Back to the Future,” “Aladdin,” “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “& Juliet,” “Wicked” and more.

Website: www.broadway.com

For full review of “Back to the Future” see Jewish Link Issue #510

 

7) Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter, and surprises. 35 million people of all ages, languages, and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it’s your turn. DARE TO LIVE IN FULL COLOR.

Admission: $49 – $102

Showtimes: Thursday, January 25: 7pm; Saturday, January 27: 8pm; Sunday, January 28: 2pm and 5pm

Address: Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

Website: www.blueman.com/new-york/buy-tickets

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #467

 

8) The Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, and designers. It is the largest classical music organization in North America. The beautiful building, grand opera showroom, and intricate set design will astound you. See shows such as “Madama Butterfly,” “Nabucco,” and Carmen.

Different levels levels include: Family Circle, Balcony, Dress Circle, Grand Tier, Parterre, and Orchestra

Admission: Some shows starting at $25, often around $30 and gets more expensive closer to stage; Student Program Tickets – $37.50.

Showtimes: A different show practically every day. Generally starts between 7pm and 8pm, sometimes afternoon shows

Address: 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Phone: (212) 362-6000

Website: www.metopera.org/calendar

 

XVI. Golf

New Jersey

1) Monster Mini Golf

Monster-themed mini golf chain featuring a glow-in-the-dark indoor course, plus a DJ. Beaming black lights bring to life the most stimulating mini golf experience in the universe! While golfing, humans interact with creatively fun and animated monsters at every twist and turn. They move, they talk, they wiggle and they squawk, and this is just the beginning! Additionally, it offers the attraction of mini bowling (five frames for $5). The arcade features games like Jurassic Park, SpongeBob Squarepants, Big Bass Wheel, and Down-a-Clown and classics such as Skee Ball, Glow Air Hockey, and Basketball Hoops as well.

Admission: $13 for adults, $12 for children. Join the email club and receive up to 25% off your first visit.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 2pm – 9pm; Saturday until 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 8pm

Address: 49 E Midland Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 261-0032

Website: www.monsterminigolf.com/paramus

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #450

 

2) Ready to Golf

172 virtual golf courses, Simulators Hydraulic Moving Platform, three hitting surfaces, dozens of ping pong tables, and multiple single-player ping pong tables.

Hours: 9am – 9pm Extended to 10pm on weekends

Address: 3 New Bridge Rd, River Edge, NJ 07661

Phone: (609) 388-7728

Website: www.readytogolf.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #405

 

3) Topgolf

Welcome to Topgolf Edison, the premier entertainment destination in Edison, New Jersey. Enjoy climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort with HDTVs in every bay and throughout the sports bar and restaurant. Using complimentary clubs or your own, take aim at the giant outfield targets and the high-tech balls will score themselves. Topgolf features 102 bays over three floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, and a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away!

Admission: Morning $30 per bay, 12pm – 5pm $40 per bay, 5pm – close $50 per bay. Half

Price on Tuesdays.

Hours: 10am -12am

Address: 1013 US-1, Edison, NJ 08817

Phone: (732) 374-4097

Website: www.topgolf.com/us/edison

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #472

 

4) Go Low Indoor Golf

Go Low Indoor Golf is the premier location for indoor golf in New Jersey. Whether it’s to practice on the driving range, play a round on one of over 80 available golf courses or get a lesson from some of the top-ranked teaching professionals in the area, Go Low Indoor Golf is the place for you! It is the best game play experience available by using their state of the art simulators.

Admission: $30-60 per hour; Varies by time of day and day of the week. Check out Groupon for great discounts.

Hours: 9am – 10pm; Sundays early at 7am

Address: 49 E Midland Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (732) 798-9061

Website: www.golowindoorgolf.com

 

New York

5) Swingers Crazy Golf

At Swingers you’ll enjoy crazy golf, beautiful bars and live DJs. Crazy golf is a British term—Swingers started in London. There’s no dress code or penalties for going out of turn. Unless you’re at the bar. It’s kind of like the mini-golf you grew up with, but way more fun!

Hours: 4:30pm – 11:30pm

Address: 35 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Phone: (646) 661-3509

Website: www.swingers.club/us/locations/nyc

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #484

 

 

XVII. Assorted Sports

New Jersey

1) PingPod

PingPod in Fort Lee offers a fully automated table tennis space open 24/7, with the ability to reserve tables, take lessons, attend classes, throw a party, join a league, and more. Like other PingPod locations, the Fort Lee location aims to make table tennis accessible to everyone and promote a healthy and fun experience through exercise and social interaction. PingPod boasts partnerships with some of the best athletes in the game of table tennis, including Kanak Jha (#22 in world), Amy Wang (#68 in the world), and Ian Seidenfeld (Paralympic Gold Medalist).

Hours: Open until 1am in Fort Lee, 24/7 in other locations

Admission: Vary by time of day but to reserve a table is $15 for 30-minutes, $30 for an hour, could be reduced as low as $22.50 an hour at non-peak hours.

*Can also book personal coach to train during slot

Address: 2025 Hudson St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Phone: (908) 718-7890

Website: www.pingpod.com/fort-lee

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #477

 

2) Humdingers

Humdingers is a true “eatertainment” location that offers high-end boutique bowling, first-class automatic batting cages, first run arcade games, Laser Maze, and more under one roof in Paramus, just off Route 17 at Midland Avenue

Admission of Bowling: $35 weekday, $45 weekend per lane per hour for up to six people, plus $5.

Hours: Weekdays 12pm – 10pm/Weekends 10am -10pm

Address: 64 E Midland Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 701-1900 Ext 101

Website: www.humdingersnj.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #425

 

3) Bowler City

Your friendly and affordable local bowling center is located in Hackensack. A division of Nationwide Corporation. Classic bowling alley, bar and grill with 50 lanes, pool tables, arcade games, and a pro shop.

Admission: Varies by day and time, lane for 1 hour $50-$65, for 2 hours $65-$90, shoes are $5

Hours: Open seven days a week, hours vary each day. Generally 4pm – 11pm or later.

Address: 85 Midtown Bridge St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 343-3545

Website: www.nationwidebowling.com/hackensack-new-jersey

 

4) Reloaderz NJ Shooting Range

When you visit Reloaderz NJ, you will be provided a safe environment while drawing upon the 5-Star Premier Shooting Range Experience. To achieve this, Reloaderz has state-of-the-art facilities with the latest innovations in safety and convenience. The knowledgeable and friendly staff will keep you informed and safe at all times. Reloaderz NJ has been awarded the Certified 5-Star designation from the NSSF. Come see what it means to experience a premier indoor shooting range.

Admission: $30 for 60-minute lane rental

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am – 9pm. Extended hours on weekends.

Address: 1813 NJ-23, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 694-3432

Website: www.reloaderznj.com

 

5) Top View Riding Ranch

Come ride the best of the West back East! Top View offers family-safe horses, experienced guides, and rides to accommodate all levels. Enjoy your time horseback while traveling through the beautiful country of the Skylands of New Jersey. The ranch’s veteran trail horses will take you through forests and trees, then down along the Paulinskill River where nature and wildlife abound. Enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery and serenity, while getting away from the hustle and bustle. Have photoshoot opportunities also for the family.

Admission: $50 one-hour ride, $90 two-hour ride – plus 20% tip to guide.

Hours: 9am – 6pm; By appointment only on Mondays and Thursdays

Address: 36 Hess Rd, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Phone: (908) 362-1440

Website: www.topviewridingranch.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #453

 

6) Stumpy’s Hatchet House Upper Saddle River

America’s Original Hatchet House and home of the #socialthrowdown. Stumpy’s Hatchet House Upper Saddle River is the largest ax-throwing venue in the USA. When not ax-throwing in between turns, Stumpy’s provided various GIANT games, including Jenga, Connect Four, and Curling Table.

Admission: $20-25 a person per hour depending on group size

Hours: 5pm – 10pm Tuesday-Friday, Weekends extended hours, closed on Mondays.

Address: 107 Pleasant Ave, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Phone: (201) 962-7363

Website: www.stumpyshh.com/uppersaddlerivernj

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #421

 

7) Bury the Hatchet Paramus

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to do in Paramus, then it’s time to try ax throwing! What could be more fun than throwing axes at a wooden target with friends? Probably nothing.

Admission: $20 a person for one hour ($39.99 for two hours)

Hours: 4:30pm – 10pm Tuesday-Friday, Weekends extended hours, closed on Mondays.

Address: 49 E Midland Ave, Paramus,
NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 688-3358

Website: www.burythehatchet.com/axe-throwing-paramus-nj

 

8) High Exposure

Obstacles are high off the ground as well as right at your feet. Rock climbing, wall climbing, and more.

Admission: Standard Day Pass: $27, includes Action Adventure staff belays and staff assistance, Ninja and Parkour rooms.

Hours: 12pm – 10pm on weekdays, 10am – 6pm on Sundays

Address: 266 Union Street, Northvale,
NJ 07647

Phone: (201) 768-8600

Website: https://highexposureclimbing.com

 

9) Tac Ops: Tactical Laser Tag

Tac Ops laser tag is here to change everything you thought you knew about laser tag.

Gone are the days of backlights, neon taggers, and simply trying to get the most hits.

Inspired by your favorite first-person shooter video games, tactical laser tag is mission-based and more strategic. You must fill out our waiver for everyone in your party prior to your appointment.

Admission: $40 per person for a 75-minute session. Children under the age of 8 will not be permitted into the arena.

Hours: See website. Closed on Mondays.

Address: 373 US-46 Suite110, Fairfield,
NJ 07004

Phone: (973) 532.2799

Website: https://tacopslasertag.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #428

 

10) NJ Battle Zones

NJ Battle Zones offers Nerf or gel wars for both adults and kids, with options for open play sessions or private events such as birthdays, team building and fundraisers. With game hosts and referees, players participate in multiple fast-paced rounds of various game modes promoting teamwork and fitness. Bring your active gear and get ready to sweat while having fun!

Address: 10 Middlebury Blvd, Randolph, NJ 07869

Phone: (973) 668-5075

Website: https://www.njbattlezones.com/randolphnj

 

11) Grand Billiard

A room full of dozens at pool tables. Good value. Even better time.

Hours: 11am – 12am or later depending on the day

Address: 61 Grand Ave, Palisades Park,
NJ 07650

Phone: (201) 482-4200

 

 

New York

12) Q-ZAR & Q-AXE | Axe Throwing & Laser Tag

Experience the thrill of laser tag at Q-Zar in Long Island. Located near the Roosevelt Field Mall, this family-friendly entertainment hub offers a 4,000-square-foot laser tag arena. Whether you’re planning a party, teen event, or just a fun outing, Q-Zar has something for everyone. Step into a futuristic battlefield with neon lights and high-tech gear, where strategy and skill are key to victory. With up to 40 players in each game, it’s an adrenaline-packed adventure that’s not to be missed.

Admissions (walk-in prices): Three games of Laser Tag $19.95 per person, Axe Throwing 55 minutes $39.95

Hours: 11am – 10pm, extended to 12am Saturday nights

Address: 151 Voice Rd, Carle Place,
NY 11514

Phone: (516) 877-7200

Website: https://www.qzarny.com

 

 

XVIII. Spas and Massages

New Jersey

1) Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

Deeply rooted in Jewish values and tradition, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is a vibrant home for the Jewish people that welcomes all and cultivates the social, intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being of the entire community. Membership includes state-of-the-art fitness centers, Pilates studio, world-class personal trainers, a cycling studio, an indoor track, year-round indoor and seasonal outdoor aquatics centers, outdoor tennis courts, robust complimentary group exercise, 2 indoor basketball courts, discounts to JCC programs, a luxurious spa center, early childhood center, summer camps and renowned music and performing arts schools.

 Interested in becoming a member? Call the membership team at (201) 408-1445 to schedule a tour or visit www.jccotp.org/membership for more information. Show proof you live in the Bergen county area for a free guest pass when you take a tour of the center. If you are visiting from out of town, there are short-term guest pass options to purchase for one week, two weeks, and three weeks.

Hours: 5:30am – 9pm Monday-Thursday; 5:30am – 5pm Friday; 8am – 7pm Sunday

Address: 411 E Clinton Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Phone: (201) 569-7900

Website: www.jccotp.org

 

2) SoJo Spa Club

With heated pools and baths, saunas, therapy rooms and lounge spaces, this multilevel, all-season spa and bath house is open every day of the year in rain, snow or shine. Experience specialty outdoor pools and baths or indulge in coveted massage services. Work up a sweat in the Fitness Center, achieve maximum productivity in the Cowork Space, or take a break in the Relaxation Lounge. Try the exotic volcanic sand bath!

Admission: Day passes on weekdays from $100/weekends from $115 a person

Hours: 9am – 9:30pm

Address: 660 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Phone: (201) 313-7200

Website: https://sojospaclub.com

 

3) S&L Foot and Back Rub

At S&L Foot and Back Rub day spa in Fort Lee, you can pamper yourself with a wide array of spa services. Whether you’re looking for a short massage or a lengthy one, this spa has you covered. If you need to attend to your beauty needs in a hurry, this establishment happily accepts walk-ins. The affordable spa service prices at S&L Foot and Back Rub are just some of the fabulous perks of this establishment.

Price: Body Massages – $35 for 30 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes, and $100 for 120 minutes. Foot massages – $30 for 30 minutes and $40 for 60 minutes.

Hours: 10am – 10pm

Address: 454 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Phone: (201) 585-8255

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://sandlspa.square.site

 

4) Cloud Aquatic Float Parlor

Cloud Aquatic dissolves over 1,100 pounds of Epsom Salt into the state-of-the-art Isopods. This makes the water inside extremely buoyant. When you lay in the pods, you float effortlessly and weightlessly on the water. You cannot sink—even if you fall asleep! The water inside is warmed to the same temperature as your skin so you experience the sensation of having your body blend into the water. This feels like you are being cradled by a sense-dissolving cloud!

Price: 60-minute float session – $115 or 120-minute for $195. Also offers package and monthly membership deals.

Hours: 10am – 7pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Address: 8 E Prospect St, Waldwick, NJ 07463

Phone: (201) 389-6285

Website: www.cloudaquatic.com

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