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Note From the Publisher

It gives me great pride and pleasure to introduce our “Pesach Guide & More.” Despite there being only one “full” day of Chol Hamoed this year, which means there are fewer concerts and fewer opportunities to do all-day trips and big drives, there is still plenty to do for families and adults of all ages who are looking for great activities, fun places to visit, concerts and entertainment over Chol Hamoed. This year’s Activity Guide is something that our team has been working on for the past six to eight weeks and we are proud to have it produced again as a separate, pull-out section for all to enjoy.

Our staff and contributors worked hard to make sure that you will have many great ideas and places to go with your family over Chol Hamoed. And I hear and read that the weather this year will be warm and beautiful, which will hopefully only enhance your Chol Hamoed journeys. Special kudos to our guide editor, writer and contributor, Zachary (Zack) Greenberg, who again was a primary force in putting this year’s guide together, as well as to our Production Editor/Marketing Director Jennifer Hoffer and Production/Marketing Assistant Meir Popowitz.

Chag sameach and have a wonderful Yom Tov!
Moshe Kinderlehrer – Publisher

Chol Hamoed is Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28.

Activities Over Chol Hamoed

*Note to readers: Please make sure to contact the venue or check the website prior to heading out to confirm hours, cost, etc. 



I. Thrills and Adventure

New Jersey

1) Six Flags Great Adventure

An amusement park for the whole family to enjoy! Experience the thrill of roller coasters, including Kingda Ka, the tallest coaster in the world. There are a variety of rides, from family-friendly to kid-friendly to thrill-seeking. Six Flags Great Adventure is home to 14 world-class coasters, thrilling family rides, and a 350-acre drive-through Safari right next door. For further information about busing and all prepaid ticketing, arrangements visit www.ncsygreatadventure.com or call (201) 862-0250 for support and group rates. New for this year: Park your car next to the Safari and take the Safari bus for a guided tour through the Safari grounds. Parking passes are also available for purchase. Group discounts are available. Take advantage of shorter lines and a heimish environment and join NCSY at Six Flags Great Adventure this Chol Hamoed.

**Kosher l’Pesach food from the Riverdale Kosher Market, under the hashgacha of the OU, will be available for purchase**

Admission: Presale until April 24: $54 per person. Same day: $58 per person. Bundle with Safari presale: $70. Same day: $75

Hours: Noon – 8pm (Safari opens at 10am)

Address: 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527

Phone: (201) 862-0250

Website: www.ncsygreatadventure.com

Use Promo: ncsy24

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #426


 

2) Teaneck VFW Overpeck Park Carnival 2024

Experience the thrill of spring at the Teaneck VFW Spring Carnival. Last day: Sunday, April 28. With a wide array of exciting rides and lively entertainment, it’s the perfect destination for families and friends seeking unforgettable moments of fun and excitement in Leonia.

Admission: $37 per person

Address: 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ

Hours: 6pm – 10pm; extended hours on Sunday, opens at 2pm

Website: https://blueskyamusements.magicmoneyllc.com/MagicMoney_Web/ETicket/EventDetails/62


 

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 plus more. 15% off the first race. Call for prices.

Admission: $30 per race

Hours: See website for location hours

Address 1: 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) Supercharged Entertainment

The world’s largest indoor multilevel go-karting track. Supercharged Entertainment offers two uniquely designed tracks, both over a quarter-mile long with 10 elevation changes. Experience the rush of navigating these multilevel tracks, all while breathing easy in this zero-emission, 80,000 square-foot climate-controlled facility. Each race is seven 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, and $125 for five races.

Hours: 11am – Midnight, Sunday 9am – 11pm

Address: 987 US-1, Edison, NJ 08817

Phone: (908) 624-8242

Website: www.superchargede.com/edison

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #477


 

5) 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: $99.99 for two flights. Can vary by group size.

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

Hours: 10am – 8pm

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

Phone: (201) 733-4359

Website: www.iflyworld.com/paramus

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #521


 

6) iPlayamerica

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: $39.99 per person. Laser tag: $8. Two hours of non-ticket redemption video games: $20

Hours: Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 9pm. See website for full schedule.

Address: 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: (732) 577-8200

Website: www.iplayamerica.com


 

7) FLG Extreme Adventure Course

Flagstaff Extreme (FLG X) provides a safe, fun, physical and unique outdoor experience in the trees. FLG X challenges guests to push their limits and overcome their fears in a supportive environment. Through shared experience, FLG X creates an opportunity to build relationships with friends and family and to leave feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Admission: Adventure Course: $39 per guest plus taxes and fees for pre-teens, $57 per guest plus taxes and fees for teens and adults. Adventure Zip Lines: $57 per guest plus taxes and fees. Private Guiding: $50 plus taxes and fees. See website for complete details including discounts, annual passes, height requirements, waiver requirements and more.

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Address: 59 Mt Arlington Rd, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Phone: (888) 241-4582

Website: www.FLGXNJ.com


 

8) 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 PPE (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’s 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 – Midnight

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

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

Website: www.rageroom.today


 

9) 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, the fast-paced Electric Go-Karts, Virtual Reality games, Foam Frenzy, and Bumper Cars.

Admission: Varies by activity.

Hours: Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 9pm

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

Phone: (973) 428-1166

Website: www.thefunplex.com/east-hanover


 

10) Adventure Crossing USA

Adventure Crossing USA is an entertainment center located in Jackson Township, New Jersey. The park offers a range of activities such as an indoor sports complex, outdoor fields and field house, Toptracer range, Topgolf swing suites, extended and virtual reality simulators, and ax throwing (and soon to be massive surf park and wave pool).

Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am – 10pm, extended Saturday nights to midnight.

Address: 515 Monmouth Road, Jackson Township, NJ 08527

Phone: (888) 494-2770

Website: www.adventurecrossingusa.com

 


New York

11) Luna Park Coney Island

NYC’s most iconic destination for fun. Home of the historic 95-year-old wooden roller coaster, The Cyclone, and the first major custom steel roller coaster in NYC, Thunderbolt, plus rides, attractions, dining, shops, and more. Enjoy 6 rollercoasters, an arcade, go-karts, Parachute Jump, B&B Carousel and many other attractions along the Coney Island shore. Lots of great kosher food options in the area as well.

Admission: Four-hour Extraordinary Wristbands: $64.99 for people 48 inches and above and $42.99 for people 48 inches and below. Also can pay by the ride.

Hours: 11am – 8pm

Address: 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Phone: (718) 373-5862

Website: www.lunaparknyc.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #501


12) LEGOLAND New York Resort

Ride, splash, and build your way through seven themed lands at the ultimate LEGO theme park destination. Get a Minifigure’s eye view of how LEGO is made on the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride, save the kingdom on the Dragon Coaster, get your official LEGOLAND Driver’s License in LEGO City, and explore cities built out of millions of bricks in Miniland. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to stay the night at LEGOLAND Hotel, just steps away from the Park.

Admission: Prices vary. Day tickets start at $59 in advance; season tickets start at $99; call or check the website.

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Address: 1 Legoland Boulevard, Goshen, NY 10924

Phone: (845) 410-0290

Website: www.legoland.com/new-york


 

13) 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: 10am – 10pm (last elevator ride is 50 minutes before closing)

Address: 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Phone: (332) 204-8500

Website: www.edgenyc.com/en/cityclimb


 

14) K1 Speed: Indoor Electric Go-Kart Racing

Experience the thrill of indoor go-kart racing at K1 Speed in West Nyack, New York. With state-of-the-art electric go-karts and professionally designed tracks, K1 Speed offers an exhilarating and eco-friendly racing experience suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’re planning a birthday party, corporate event, or simply seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure with friends and family, K1 Speed promises unforgettable memories and maximum excitement for all visitors.

Admission: 1 race $28.95; 2 races $51.95; 3 races $67.95

Deal: Sign up for annual membership for $7.95 and get a free race the week of your birthday and more.

Hours: Noon – 10pm; Sunday opens at 10am; Saturday closes at Midnight.

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

Phone: (845) 535-1515

Website: https://www.k1speed.com/west-nyack-location.html


 

15) 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) is $8.99 per person.

Hours: Thursday – Friday 3pm – 6pm; Sunday 11am – 7pm

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

Phone: 845-727-3500

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


 

16) 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: Thursday 3pm – 8pm; Friday opens 3pm; Sunday 11am – 8pm

Address: 109 Brookside Avenue, Chester, NY 10918

Phone: (845) 469-2116

Website: https://thecastlefuncenter.com

 


Connecticut

17) IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course

Visit the largest indoor ropes course in the world, located inside Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven. 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 $11 for Climb It, $11 for Little It.

Hours: Thurs 10am – 7pm; Fri opens 10am; Sun 11am – 7pm

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

Phone: 203-812-9981 course, Email: [email protected]

Website: www.itatjordans.com

 


Pennsylvania

18) Dorney Park

Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Dorney Park, where excitement knows no bounds. With over 100 rides, shows and attractions, including eight heart-pounding roller coasters, thrill-seekers and families alike are guaranteed a day packed with non-stop fun. New coaster Iron Menace is open!

Admission: Special preview day price of just $30 per person

Hours: Sunday, April 28: 11am – 5pm

Address: 4000 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA 18104

Phone: (610) 395-3724

Website: www.dorneypark.com/daily-tickets

 


Florida

19) Dezerland Park

About: 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: Noon – 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

20) 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 Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Phone: (954) 533-0439

Website: www.funcenterfl.com


 


 

II. 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 Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

Phone: (201) 815-1784

Address: 157A Main St Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (844) ESCAPE-6

Address: 19 Waverly Lane Madison, NJ 07940

Phone: (973) 520-8360

Address: 200 Wanaque Ave., 07442

Phone: (973) 520-8360

Website: https://escaperoomnj.com


2) Human Bumper Balls

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, which allow you to bump anyone in the club without any repercussions. Music is great, light show, fog, and other surprises. Also have other activities such as Escape the Room, Rage Room, VR Cade, Minutes 2 Win it, Indoor AirSoft—like paintball just without the mess, and Axehole’s Hatchet House.

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

Hours: 10am – 1am

Address: 222 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

Phone: (201) 410-3256

Website: www.humanbumperballs.com

 


New York

3) 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 per person

Hours: Noon – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm

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

Mall. Top floor between Target and AMC.

Phone: (845) 533-2666

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


4) 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: $40 per person

Hours: Sundays 3:30pm and 5pm

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

Website: https://www.1000boxes.game

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #474


 

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 (2-6 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: $23 – $80. VIP Mission Experience $74 per person includes T-shirt, photos and videos. See website for other packages, waiver information.

Hours: 3pm – 9pm, extended on weekends

Address: 255 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (917) 983-1115

Website: www.beatthebomb.com


 

6) 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 in both downtown and 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 Street, New York, NY 10010 Phone: 347-954-9160

Email: [email protected]

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



III. 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 7 thrill rides, 5 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

Website: https://www.americandream.com/venue/nickelodeon-universe

*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

Park Hours: 11am – 5pm weekdays/7pm weekends

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

Phone: (833) 263-7326


 

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

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

*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

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. No, not the movie “Blacklight” with Liam Neeson.

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

Hours: 11am – 9pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

Phone: (833) 263-7326

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: $25 (plus taxes and fees, includes one hour of skating)

Hours: Thursday-Friday, April 25-26: 1:30pm – 6pm; Sunday, April 28: Closed

Located: at the Rink (next to Parks Court)

Phone: (833) 263-7326

Website: https://www.americandream.com/venue/the-rink


 

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

Phone: (833) 263-7326

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

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #461


 

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: $32.99 a person. Or $49.99 per person, and includes SEA LIFE (see below)

Hours: 10am – 5:30pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

Phone: (201) 514-5699

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


 

9) 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: $34.99 one-time visit; purchase annual pass for $45.99 (excludes Blackout days)

Hours: 10am – 6:30pm

Located: Court A, Level 1

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


 

10) 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) – $195 for two hours, Thursday morning special for $99. Plus 4% registration fee.

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

***Different options have increased wave format intensity

Hours: Thursday 7am – 11am and 7pm – Midnight; Friday opens 7am; Sunday 7am – 10am

Located: Court A, Level 1

Phone: (516) 713-SURF

Website: https://www.americandream.com/venue/skudin-surf


 

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. These 60-minute adventures bring epic stories to life in a one-of-a-kind tactile experience. Here’s how it works: 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 6 uniquely immersive games:—Gold Rush: Find hidden gold in the California hills!—Prison Chag: 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: $44.99 per person

Hours: 8am – Midnight

Located: Parks Court, Level 3

Phone: (833) 263-7326

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


 

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: 1pm – 9pm, opens early Sundays at 11am

Located: Coca-Cola Eats Court C, Level 3

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

*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-$99.99 + tax depending on the time of day for 2 hours of access.

Hours: 1pm – 8pm; Sunday 10am – 8pm

Located: Court A, Level 2

Phone: (973) 864-6600

Website: https://www.bigsnowamericandream.com


 

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 per person; if purchased all-day tickets to Nickelodeon Universe, only $15 per person

Hours: Thursday, April 25: Closed. Friday, April 26: opens at Noon. Sunday, April 28: Noon – 8pm

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

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


 

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 5 different ride experiences to choose from to bring you never-felt-before excitement. From blasting robot cowboys from the Old West, to crazy carnival characters who 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

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

Website: https://www.blast7d.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #458


16) Activate

Activate offers high-tech games that test your team’s physical and mental agility across a wide variety of real-life challenges. Once inside, you and your team choose from hundreds of combinations of games and difficulty levels, each lasting one to three minutes. Your electronic wristband tracks your score and progress throughout your experience making Activate perfect for a casual night out or intense competition.

Admission: Thursday: $24.99 per person for 45 minutes. Friday, Sunday: $29.99

Hours: Thursday 10am – 9pm; Friday opens 10am; Sunday 10am – 10pm

Located: Parks Court, Level 1, Space A156

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

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #524


 

17) Gem Mining

Gem Mining at the American Dream Mall offers an engaging and realistic mining experience for children, allowing them to pan for gold and discover other hidden treasures.

Hours: 11am – 8 pm, Sunday 11am – 9pm

Located: Parks Court, Level 1, Space A156

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


 

18) The Paradox Museum

The Paradox Museum is a must-visit destination for all ages. With over 70 interactive exhibits, it’s an experience that will leave you both mystified and inspired. From the mind-bending Paradox Sofa that challenges reality to the gravity-defying Reversed Room and the intriguing Paradox Piano that turns your voice into keystrokes, every corner of this museum is a journey into the extraordinary. Don’t miss out on capturing photos and videos that will leave your followers curious for more. Plan your visit today and let the Paradox Museum inspire you with its mind-bending wonders!

Admission: From $25 per adult; $20 per child 4-11; children under 4 free. Discounts for New Jersey residents or $24 for family of four package

Phone: (551) 733-6081

Hours: Noon – 8 pm; Sunday 11am – 8pm

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #515



IV. Nature & Wildlife

New Jersey

1) Turtle Back Zoo

See animals from all over the world, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, Komodo dragons, ostriches, bald eagles and sea lions. Included in the price of admission is a dinosaur-themed playground, and other attractions include pony rides and an endangered-species carousel, both $2. Next door to the zoo is the TreeTop Adventure Course, with a world-class aerial obstacle course and a zip line for older kids and adults, and Mini Golf Safari, with an African-themed mini-golf course.

Admission: $20 adults, $17 children. Children under 2 free.

Hours: 10am – 4pm

Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

Phone: 973-731-5800

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.turtlebackzoo.com


2) Van Saun County Park and Bergen County Zoo

Within its 146 acres, Van Saun County Park offers a wide range of activities that is sure to please the entire family. Some of its popular attractions include the nationally accredited Bergen County Zoological Park, the historic Washington Spring Garden, train, carousel, pony rides, several age-appropriate playgrounds, and picnic and fishing areas.

Admission: Bergen County (B.C.) Resident: Adult (15-61) $6, Senior (62+)/Disabled $1, Child (3-14) $2, Child Under 3 free. Prices increase for Non-B.C. residents.

Hours: Open seven days a week 10am – 4:30pm

Address: 216 Forest Ave, Paramus 07652

Websites: https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks-recreation-areas/van-saun-county-park , https://co.bergen.nj.us/bergen-county-zoo/zoo-main


 

3) Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure – Six Flags

Boasting 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, and lions,

Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure takes you on an exhilarating animal adventure from the comfort of your own car!

Hours: Sunday, April 25: Closed. Thursday-Friday, April 28: 10am – 4pm

Admission: Pre-sale with NCSY until April 24 – $24 a person, Day of – $26

Address: 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson Township, NJ 08527


 

4) Top View Riding Ranch

Come ride the best of the West back East! Top View Riding Ranch offers family-safe horses, experienced guides, and rides to accommodate all levels. Enjoy your time on horseback while traveling through the beautiful country of the Skylands of New Jersey. The 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. Photoshoot opportunities for the family.

Admission: $50: 1-hour ride, $90: 2-hour ride – plus 20% tip to guide.

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

Address: 36 Hess Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Phone: (908) 362-1440

Website: www.topviewridingranch.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #453


 

5) 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


 

6) Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Aquarium

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk features arcade rooms, rides and an aquarium with many interesting fish and aquatic creatures.

Admission: Rides/arcades – pay per activity. Aquarium – adult $15, child (3-12) $9, senior

(65+) $10.

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

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

Phone: (732) 892-0600

Website: www.jenkinsons.com

 


New York

7) Bronx Zoo

Visit the largest urban zoo in the country to see wondrous animal exhibits including Madagascar!, Congo Gorilla Forest, Tiger Mountain and African Plains. Witness penguin and sea lion feedings. Ride the zoo shuttle, watch a movie in the 4D theater and ride the bug carousel (each $6; the shuttle is on weekends only).

Admission: $37.75 (ages 13+), and $28.75 (ages 3-12), $33.25 (seniors 65+). Children 2 and under are always free.

Hours: 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5:30pm

Address: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460

Phone: (718) 220-5100

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.bronxzoo.com


8) New York Aquarium

Uncover the marvels of the New York Aquarium, where you’ll encounter a breathtaking shark tunnel, captivating sea lion shows, and innovative conservation exhibits. Immerse yourself in the wonders of aquatic life and contribute to wildlife preservation. Plan a visit for an unforgettable aquatic adventure today.

Admission: Off-peak: $30 per adult, $26 per child, $28 per senior (65+). Peak: $2 extra per ticket.

Hours: 10 am – 5pm

Address: 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Website: https://nyaquarium.com/

 


Connecticut

9) 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 for kids to enjoy can be found on the website.

Admission: Adults (age 13-64): $31.95, Children (age 3-12): $22.95, Seniors (age 65+):

$27.95 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


 

10) Beardsley Zoo

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has a proud history of over 99 years as Connecticut’s only zoo. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, Beardsley Zoo is committed to the preservation of endangered animals and is actively developing strategies that will protect species and preserve their wild habitats. Be sure to ride the amazing carousel ride for just $2 a person. Through education, conservation, research and recreation, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for students and families.

Admission: Adult $19, Child/Senior $15.

Hours: 9am – 4pm

Address: 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610-1646

Phone: (203) 394-6565

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.beardsleyzoo.org

 



V. Parks/Gentle Hiking

Or Walking Paths

New Jersey

1) Paterson Great Falls

A new addition to the National Park system, Paterson Great Falls includes the Great Falls of the Passaic River, raceways built in the late 18th century, and the Paterson Museum. See the waterfall that powered an industrial city dating back to the 18th century, established by Alexander Hamilton. Guided tours are led daily by the National Park Service. You may also choose to visit the nearby Paterson Museum, which contains a variety of exhibits relating to the history of Paterson.

Admission: Free ($2 suggested donation for the museum)

Address: 72 McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07501

Phone: (973) 523-2210

Website: www.nps.gov/pagr


2) Ross Dock Picnic Area

Ross Dock Picnic Area, part of the New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park, is a large scenic riverfront picnic area just north of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The Hazard’s Ramp boat-launching ramp is nearby. Accessed from Edgewater via the Henry Hudson Drive, Ross Dock features picnic tables, restrooms, water, and fishing. The Shore Trail goes through the picnic area.

Admission: Weekday parking is $1.50 per hour for the first four hours, $1 per additional hour; weekend parking is $2.50 per hour for the first four hours, $1.50 per additional hour.

Address: Henry Hudson Drive, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Phone: (201) 768-1360

Website: www.njpalisades.org/rossdock.html


 

3) Saddle River County Park

Saddle River County Park is a 577-acre linear park along the meandering Saddle River and its tributary brooks. It consists of five park areas that are linked by a multi-use path, including circular paths around some ponds. The bike-and-pedestrian path extends from Ridgewood to Rochelle Park and is approximately 6 miles in length. It follows the Saddle River and Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and passes by the historic Easton Tower at Route 4. The path features a scenic waterfall at Dunkerhook Park, and several ponds, tree-shaded picnic areas, pavilions, playgrounds, tennis courts, and athletic fields are accessible along the path.

Address: 760 Saddle River Road, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

Phone: (201) 336-7275

Website: www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks-recreation-areas/saddle-river-county-park

 


New York

4) Central Park

Dating back to 1857, Central Park was one of the first urban public parks in the United States, and it is the most visited park in the entire country. It offers lots of fun for the entire family—try the zoo!

Address: 59th Street to 110th Street, New York City

Phone: (212) 360-3456

Website: www.centralparknyc.org


 

5) Bryant Park

This urban park offers lush gardens with seasonal displays, free daily amenities, cultural programming, exercise classes, and much more.

Address: Behind the NY Public Library between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th

Avenues

Phone: (212) 768-4242

Website: https://bryantpark.org

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #509


 

6) Battery Park

Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, this park includes the historic Castle Clinton, originally built to repel a potential British invasion of New York City in the War of 1812.

Address: State Street and Battery Place

Phone: (212) 360-3456

Website: www.thebattery.org


 

7) Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is dedicated to the revitalization of Samuel Untermyer’s once great gardens, now a municipal park in Yonkers, New York. Working with the City of Yonkers, the Conservancy showcases exuberant horticulture in the magnificent landscape designed by Welles Bosworth in 1916.

Admission: Free

Hours: 9am – 6pm

Address: 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

Phone: (914) 613-4502

Website: www.untermyergardens.org


 

8) Little Island

Little Island is a new artificial island park, located in Hudson River Park, where all New Yorkers and visitors can experience nature and art in a unique urban oasis on the Hudson River. The park features a lush, seasonal landscape with rolling hills, winding pathways, and dazzling views. Little Island hosts a range of events, all summer long, for visitors of every age, throughout the various spaces of the park. The Amph, a 687-seat performance space facing the Hudson River, hosts ticketed events featuring artists across all disciplines. The Glade, an intimate stage set at the foot of an inviting lawn hosts all free events–music, comedy, and daily art workshops for visitors of all ages. The Play Ground, an open plaza, offers pop-up performances, and late-night programming including trivia nights, Bingo, and sing-a-longs.

Admission: Free; ticketed events vary

Hours: 6am – 11pm

Address: Pier 55 in Hudson River Park, West 13th Street, New York NY 10014

Website: www.littleisland.org


 

9) Tallman Mountain State Park

Tallman Mountain State Park is a 687-acre park in the wooded country on the easterly slope of the Palisades uplands overlooking the Hudson River and the Piermont Marsh, which is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. The park offers a running track, tennis courts, a play field, hiking trails and picnic areas.

Address: Route 9W, Sparkill, NY 10976

Phone: (845) 359-0544

Website: www.parks.ny.gov/parks/119/details.aspx


10) Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park is a 5,205-acre state park located on the west bank of the Hudson River in Rockland and Orange counties, New York. The park offers biking, hiking, boating, picnicking, swimming, cross-country skiing, cross-country running, sledding and ice skating.

Address: Route 9W North, Bear Mountain, NY 10911

 

Pennsylvania


 

11) Longwood Gardens

Visit nearly 1,000 acres of beautiful gardens. Located mostly outdoors, there are also several indoor components, including a four-acre conservatory and the Pierre du Pont House. Tour the gardens with a guide, or just walk through at your own pace, appreciating nature. Highlights include the Rose Garden, Waterlily Display and Chimes Tower, and Waterfall.

Admission: Adults, $25, $35; Seniors (Ages 62+), $22, $32; College Student (with valid

ID), $22, $32; Youth (Ages 5-18), $13, $19. Children under 4 are free.

Hours: 10am – 6pm

Address: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Phone: (610) 388-1000

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.longwoodgardens.org


 

12) Bushkill Falls

The ‘Niagara of Pennsylvania,’ Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State’s most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

Admission: Adults – $15 weekday, $18 weekend; Child – $9.

Address: 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA

Phone: (888) 287-4545

Website: www.visitbushkillfalls.com

 


Other Activities

13) Rock Climbing

If you’re interested in learning about rock climbing, Northeast Mountain Guiding offers Intro to Rock Climbing classes at several locations in the Northern New Jersey/Southern New York area, including Stanhope, New Jersey and Suffern, New York. The cost is $125 per person. For more information, go to www.nmgadventures.com, call (800) 543-5905 or email [email protected]


 

14) Pocono Biking

Easy downhill biking with beautiful waterfalls. A 25-mile downhill trip on an abandoned railroad bed (with shuttle back to the start) is a popular option that takes three to five hours. Rates for bike rentals are $12.99 per hour, $32.99 per day. Bike rental and shuttle is $47.99 per day.

Address: 7 Hazard Square, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Phone: (800) 944-8392

Website: www.poconobiking.com



VI. Science, Museums, 

& 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 nonmembers, Students free

Hours: Thu 10am – 3pm, Sun 11am – 3pm

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

Phone: (732) 252-6990

Website: www.jhmomc.org


 

2) Liberty Science Center

Check out the LSC’s calendar on their website for daily events and shows.

Admission: Advanced: Child (age 2-12) $25.99, Adult $30.99. Same day: $2 more.

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

Hours: 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Phone: (201) 200-1000

Website: 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: Thurs – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Address: 211 Main Street, 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 Noon – 5pm

Address: 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, NJ 07719

Phone: (732) 280-3000

Website: www.infoage.org


 

5) Grounds For Sculpture

Art lovers (and nature lovers) won’t want to miss the incredible Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre museum and sculpture park in the town of Hamilton. Established in 1992 to facilitate the appreciation of contemporary sculpture, it has become one of the state’s most popular art exhibits, boasting 270 large-scale works by Seward Johnson and other American artists.

Admission: $20 per adult; $15 for seniors (65+), military, and healthcare worker; $10 for student/child 6-17; free for children under 5

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Address: 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

Phone: (609) 586-0616

Website: www.groundsforsculpture.org

 


New York

6) The Nova Music Festival Exhibition: October 7th 06:29am—The Moment Music Stood Still

The Nova Music Festival Exhibition offers a poignant and immersive experience that commemorates the lives lost during the tragic massacre on October 7, 2023. Visitors have the opportunity to bear witness to the remarkable resilience of the survivors and pay tribute to those who tragically perished. Through a powerful display of remnants from the festival grounds and personal belongings, the exhibition echoes the weight of memories and serves as a plea for the safe return of the hostages still held captive.

Dates: Open to the public April 21 – May 25, 2024

Location: 35 Wall Street. New York, NY 10005

Website: www.novaexhibition.com


 

7) Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

This national historic landmark depicts World War II history, the modern Navy, outer space, deep-sea exploration and early aviation.

Open weekdays 10am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 6pm

Address: Hudson River at W 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Pier 86 10036

Phone: (212) 245-0072

Call or go online for prices.

Website: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org


8) 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 the movie “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 and 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 769-5100

Website: www.amnh.org


 

9) 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. Located at Herald Square, this magical experience is open until October, so don’t miss your chance to dive into the enchantment of Harry Potter’s universe. Grab your wand and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Admission: $43.55 adults (16+), children 3-15 $32.66Address: 50 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001 (18-minute walk from Port Authority)

Hours: Open every day, hours may vary

Website: www.harrypotterexhibition.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #491


 

10) 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 Street, New York, NY 10019

Hours: Thursday, Sunday Noon – 6 pm with special events running later.

Phone: (212) 621-6600

Website: https://www.paleycenter.org

Link to become a member and get access to daily screenings: https://www.paleycenter.org/join-us/

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


 

11) 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. Voted as one of New York’s best attractions, 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 Sunday

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

Phone: (212) 512-9600

Website: www.madametussauds.com/new-york


 

12) 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 for adults; $22 for seniors; $17 for students. Free for children under 12. To buy pay-what-you-wish tickets online, you must have a New York State billing address. New Jersey and Connecticut students can only buy pay-what-you-wish tickets in person with valid student ID.

Hours: 10am – 5pm

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

Phone: (212) 535-7710

Website: www.metmuseum.org


 

13) 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 10am – 6:30pm. Check the website for tour times.

Address: 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (877) 975-3786

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.tenement.org


14) 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 for 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

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ripleysnewyork.com


 

15) Spyscape HQ

Immerse yourself in the real world of spies. Dodge lasers, break codes, run surveillance, lie and 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-foot 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;

Hours: Weekdays 12 – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm

Address: 928 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Website: www.spyscape.com/nyc/visit


 

16) 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. Children 12 and under: free

Hours: Thursday 10am – 4pm; Friday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm

Address: 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Phone: (646) 437-4200

Website: https://mjhnyc.org


 

17) 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 and media educators. View a collection of more than 130,000 objects and the online presentation of a range of films—including acclaimed new 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 12 – 6pm, Thursday starts at 2pm

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

Phone: (718) 777-6800

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.movingimage.us


 

18) 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: Thursday 11am – 6pm; Friday 10am – 3pm; Sunday 10am – 3pm. Reservations are required for Chol Hamoed.

Address: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Phone: (718) 467-0600

Website: https://www.jcm.museum


 

19) 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


 

20) 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 1,000 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 Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538

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

 


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 5 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 including his tallit, 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; call (570) 342-5555.

Hours: 1 – 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 (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

Hours: 10am – 5pm

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

Phone: (215) 560-8564, Email: [email protected]

Website: www.muttermuseum.org


 

25) Philadelphia Museum of Art

Observe art from across the world in one of the country’s largest art museums. Over 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: Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

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. Children 4-12 – $22. VIP – $43 (includes fast-track entry to the exhibition, complimentary use of the cloakroom, and a souvenir photograph). Use code TITANIC20 for 20% off

Hours: 10 am – 7 pm, early opening at 9 am on Sundays.

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

Website: www.feverup.com/m/138203

For full review see Jewish Link Issue #463



VII. Sightseeing

New Jersey

1) Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Known as one of the top 10 urban parks in the nation, Pier A Park is a favorite spot for Hoboken residents and visitors. This waterfront property includes a large public park on the pier that extends into the Hudson River and is accompanied by a beautiful walkway providing breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy a day on the green relaxing in the sun or take a breezy stroll by the water.

Admission: Free

Address: 340 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030


 

2) Princeton Battlefield State Park

The Princeton Battlefield is an impressive 200-acre site and is the location of the Battle of Princeton of 1777, which resulted in George Washington’s victory over the British in the Revolutionary War. In addition to the battlefield itself, other highlights include the Clarke House Museum. Built in 1772, the building was used as a hospital by troops from both sides of the conflict. The Ionic Colonnade and a memorial marking the graves of British and American soldiers should also be viewed.

Admission: Free

Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset

Address: 500 Mercer Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 921-0074

Website: www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/princeton.html


 

3) 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, NJ 07305

Phone: (201) 915-3403


4) Absecon Lighthouse

Climb the 228 steps up New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse, the third tallest in the USA, and enjoy the view!

Hours: Thursday – Sunday 11am – 4pm

Admission: Children under 4 free; 4-12 $6; Adults $10; cheaper for groups of 10+

Address: 31 South Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Website: www.abseconlighthouse.org


 

5) Battleship New Jersey

The U.S. Navy’s most decorated vessel, the mammoth USS New Jersey is an excellent floating museum moored on the Delaware River. Highlights of a visit include guided tours through this historic Iowa-class battleship, launched in 1942 and one of the largest military vessels ever built. Throughout the ship, you’ll see numerous exhibits and displays of artifacts relating to its involvement in conflict zones from WWII to the Middle East in the 1980s. If you can manage it, take advantage of the opportunity to spend a night aboard the ship or join one of its popular twilight tour packages. (See website for more information.)

Admission: Per person – $25 self-guided tour; $35 guided tour; $50 fire a gun salute; $40 for twilight tour

Hours: 10am – 4pm

Address: 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103

Phone: (866) 877-6262 ext. 203

Website: www.battleshipnewjersey.org


 

6) Tewksbury Balloon Adventures

Come take an enchanting and peaceful hot air balloon ride with New Jersey’s most experienced balloon team over the lollipop green hills of northwest New Jersey. You will spend a relaxing hour floating over patchwork farmland, fragrant apple orchards, pastures and magnificent old estates, and see the world from a dreamy perspective.

Admission: $275 per person. Call to schedule a flight.

Address: 29 Oldwick Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Phone: (908) 439-3320

Website: www.tewksburyballoon.com


 

7) New York Helicopter Tours

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

Admission: $200 – $275 per person (plus $45 heliport fee)

Address: 78 John Miller Way, Kearny, NJ 07032

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Phone: (212) 480-8300

Website: https://www.newyorkhelicoptertours.com

 


New York

8) The Roosevelt Island Tramway

The tramway was opened in 1976 as a means to shuttle residents to and from Manhattan. The tram holds 125 persons and is the only commuter cable car in North America. It travels a distance of 3,100 feet at an average speed of 16 mph in 4 ½ minutes, at a maximum height of 250 feet. Only MTA cards are accepted

Hours: 6am – 3am

Address: 591 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY 10044; Manhattan Terminal at E. 60th St.

and 2nd Ave.

Phone: (212) 832-4543


 

9) 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 Ave.

Phone: (212) 563-3200

Website: https://www.circleline.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #492


 

10) Statue of Liberty

The ferry is available from Battery Park.

Hours: 9:30am – 5pm

Phone: (212) 363-3200


 

11) Grand Central Terminal

Built as a magnificent example of art. Sixty integrated railroad tracks act as a transport hub for over 500,000 people daily. Tours of the terminal are available.

Address: 87 E 42nd St. at Park Ave., New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 935-3960


 

12) 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.

Admission: 86th outside deck only: Adult $44, Child $38, Senior $42. With adding the 102nd-floor observatory: Adult $79, Child, $73, Senior $77

Hours: 9am – 12pm daily

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

Phone: (212) 736-3100

Website: https://www.esbnyc.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #482

13) New York Water Taxi

Buy an all-day pass and spend the day on the water with stops wherever you choose.

Phone: (212) 742-1969


 

14) Ellis Island and Liberty Island Boat Tour

Visit the former immigration center of Ellis Island and learn about the United States’ 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

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.statuecruises.com


15) 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.

Admission: Free

Hours: 24 hours a day. More frequent service (every 15 or 20 minutes) is provided on

weekdays during the rush hours of 6am – 9:30am and 3:30pm-8pm.

Address: Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan

Phone: (718) 815-BOAT


 

16) SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Glass Elevator

A thrilling glass elevator journey to over 1,200 feet. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is New York City’s most thrilling destination. An experience that takes advantage of One Vanderbilt’s Midtown location, height and views, while spectacularly immersing visitors. New York City is the cultural capital of the world, and you will get an inspiring view of it all. Bring sunglasses. The reflective materials used throughout SUMMIT create a bright environment, especially at times of full sunlight. See website for other suggestions.

Admission: SUMMIT Experience: Starting at $42 (NYC and Long Island residents $37) SUMMIT Signature Experience: Starting at $56 per adult 13+ $50 per Child 6-12. Children under 5 visit free.Hours: 9 a.m.-noon.

Hours: 9am – Midnight

Address: 45 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Phone: (877) 682-1401

Website: www.summitov.com/tickets


 

17) 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° 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


 

18) 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 – Midnight

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Phone: (212) 698-2000

Website: https://www.rockefellercenter.com/attractions/

 


Pennsylvania

19) 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; closed Thursday, 11:30am – 3pm Friday, 10:30am – 3:30pm Sunday

Address: 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512

Phone: (717) 684-0134

Website: www.turkeyhillexperience.com



VIII. Virtual Reality

And Immersive

New Jersey

1) Sandbox VR

Sandbox is a futuristic VR experience for groups of up to 6 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. New this year: try Squid Game Virtuals!

Admission: $55-$70 a person

Hours: Weekdays Noon – 10pm, Weekends 9:45am – 10pm

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 – Midnight

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 – visit 5th Dimension VR today!

Admission: Off-peak, 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 to 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: Thursday, 2 – 9pm, extended hours on weekends 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 as they soar high above New York City. Embark on a three-part journey that lifts and connects you to NYC’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: $28 per adult (13+), $24 for a child (3-12), VIP Admission is $42, 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

Address: 160 W 45th Street, 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 8 different movies that you can choose from. Once in your seats to watch your movie, you will feel like you are 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 Drive, 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, experience a unique, unpredictable, family-friendly live game show for guests of all ages, backgrounds and group sizes. For 1 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 Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 3 of Mall

Admission: $33 a person (48 hours advance booking required)

Capacity: 16 players

Phone: (845) 303-3589

Website: www.gameshowroom.com



IX. For Kids

New Jersey

1) Arena STEM

Arena STEM is an indoor amusement center offering 8 interactive play zones including drone flying, robotics, racing motorboats, and more. Join a tournament or play against friends and family. Learn, build, and compete! The center offers a variety of STEM activities and workshops and features 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: 11 – 7pm; Sundays by appointment only.

Address: 1 Garden State Plaza Boulevard, 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 anytime, 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: Friday opens 4pm. Sunday Noon – 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

Deluxe Ticket, $28.99 – Ultimate, $33.99 – South Hackensack Parent Ticket, See price in cart.

Address: 69 Wesley Street, Hackensack 07606

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

Website: https://www.urbanair.com/new-jersey-south-hackensack/


 

4) Storybook Land

Storybook Land is a 20-acre family amusement park. For 66 years, Storybook Land has been keeping the spirit of childhood alive in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. Relive your childhood while introducing the innocent themes of wonderment to an entirely new generation. Your children’s—and grandchildren’s—memories will be with them throughout their lifetimes.

Admission: $32.95

Hours: Fridays 10am – 3pm, Weekends 11am – 5pm

Address: 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Phone: (609) 641-7847

Website: www.storybookland.com


 

5) Catch Air Indoor Playground

Catch Air features colorful, interactive play structures that encourage children to climb, crawl, slide, and play. The playgrounds are designed for children aged 12 and under, and offer a variety of activities including ball pits, obstacle courses, slides, and more. Catch Air also offers party packages for birthdays and other special occasions, as well as open play times for families and groups.

Hours: Sunday – Friday 10am – 7pm

Children under 2: $9.99, Children over 3: $19.99, Adults: $9.99, Adults accompanying:

$4.99

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

Phone: (201) 620-2125


6) Diggerland USA

At Diggerland, kids are encouraged to get messy! This is the perfect construction-themed park for kids. Pick things up and tear things down behind the wheel of a dumper truck. There are so many construction-themed rides for you and your family to enjoy. Kids can enjoy operating diggers, backhoes, tractors, and more. Diggerland XL is the adult-friendly part of the park that allows adults to feel the thrill of operating heavy machinery and smashing cars.

Admission: $46.95 per person. Children under 36 inches are free.

Hours: 11am – 6pm

Kosher food – ICEEs and a variety of kosher ice cream treats

Address: 100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091

Phone: (856) 768-1110

Website: www.diggerlandusa.com/chol-hamoed

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #488

 


New York

7) Liberty Heights Trampoline and Adventure Park

The Catskills’ only Trampoline and Adventure Park. Extreme dodgeball, basketball, trampolines, VR, laser tag, arcade, climbing walls, ninja zone and more! There is a sukkah on the premises as well as a kosher cafe with pizza, fries, hot pretzels, garlic knots, ice cream, slushies, and more.

Admission: Basic—$26.99 (2 hours): Includes various trampoline activities, lava launch slides, extreme dodgeball, neon ninja warrior, climbing walls, and the option to add a $10 arcade card for a $15 value; Ultimate—$33.99 (2 hours): Includes everything in basic and one game of Laser Tag, a 10-minute VR experience

Address: 1939 NY-52, Liberty, NY 12754

Phone: (845) 747-8080

Hours: 10 am – 8 pm, besides Friday until 5p.m.

 


Pennsylvania

8) Sesame Place

Join us for Sesame Place’s special Passover event! Gather on the Sesame Street Neighborhood with a local cantor and your favorite furry friends for a special Passover presentation and sing-along. Sesame Place is a children’s theme park.

Admission: $39.99 a ticket, children under 2 free

Hours: 10am – 6pm

Address: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047

Phone: (215) 702-3566

Website: www.sesameplace.com/philadelphia

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #497


 

9) 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



X. 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 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: Noon – 10pm

Address: 312 Lafayette Avenue. 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 Place, 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: Thursday: 11am – 1am; Friday: opens 11am; Sunday: opens 10am

Address: 310 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 435-9244

Website: https://www.daveandbusters.com/wayne

 


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 Strawberry Watermelon Margarita cocktails at happy hour with co-workers. 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 Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 4 of Mall

Hours: Thursday 11am – Midnight; Friday opens 11am; Sunday opens 10am

Phone: (845) 353-1555

Deal: On Wednesday’s half-price games

Website: www.daveandbusters.com/west-nyack


 

5) (Monsey) Turtle Boo

Hours: Monday – Wednesday 9am to 10pm, Thursday 9am to 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. Features a totally kosher facility, snack bar—something to eat for everyone.



XI. 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) 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: Thursday 10am – 6pm

Address: 260 Grand Avenue, Englewood 07631

Phone: (201) 541-5559

Website: www.sunshinepotterynj.com


 

3) 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 – $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


4) Elevated Space Art Studio

Elevated Space Art Studio is a community of artists and students based in Bergen County, NJ, offering classes in various mediums 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: 11am – 2pm Sunday. Closed on Friday.

Address: 115 Evergreen Pl, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Phone: (551) 587-1653

Website: www.elevatedspaceartstudio.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #423


 

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


 

6) Hot Sand

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

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

Admission: Pay per object/dish.

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

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

Phone: (732)927-5475

Website: www.HotSandAP.com



XII. Concerts

New Jersey

1) Mordy and Benny

Get ready for an uplifting concert experience! Join Mordechai Shapiro and Benny Friedman for a Chol Hamoed Pesach celebration featuring Aryeh Kunstler with musical director Gershon Freishtat.

Admission: $61 – $206 depending on closeness to stage

Date: Thursday, April 25 at 1:30pm

Address: Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St. Newark, NJ

Website to purchase tickets: www.singentertainment.net


 

2) Chayala Neuhaus and The Monsey Girls Choir (For women and girls only)

Immerse yourself in an evening of captivating music and enchanting melodies at the concert featuring Chayala Neuhaus and The Monsey Girls Choir. Held at Newark Symphony Hall on Thursday, April 25, this exclusive event promises a memorable experience for women and girls alike. With the addition of guest feature Yaffa Palti and music by the talented Melodica Band, it’s an opportunity not to be missed for those seeking a delightful celebration during Chol Hamoed Pesach.

Admission: $56 – $181 depending on closeness to stage

Date: Thursday, April 25 at 7:30pm

Address: Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St. Newark, NJ

Website to purchase tickets: www.singentertainment.net

 


Florida

3) Healing Hearts Concert

Music lovers seeking a night of spiritual healing shouldn’t miss the Healing Hearts Concert. Featuring renowned Jewish performers Yaakov Shwekey, Joey Newcomb, Shmuel Eli, and Marcus, this event promises an uplifting experience with energetic music by the Freilach Band. Doors open at 6pm on Thursday, April 25 at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, Florida.

Admission: $82 – $527 depending on closeness to stage

Date: Thursday, April 25 at 7:30pm

Address: Miami Beach The Fillmore 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL Valet Parking

Website to purchase tickets: www.singentertainment.net



XIII. Professional Sporting

New Jersey

1) New York Giants Draft Party

Experience the excitement of the NFL Draft’s first round with fellow New York Giants enthusiasts at MetLife Stadium. This free event offers a thrilling opportunity to watch the draft live while enjoying family-friendly activities, meeting current players and Giants legends, and exploring behind-the-scenes tours of the stadium. With complimentary tickets, parking, giveaways, and discounts at the team store, it’s an unforgettable experience for any devoted Giants fan.

Admission: Free

Address: 1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Date: Thursday, April 25 at 6pm

Website: www.giants.com/draftparty


 

2) New York Jets Draft Party

Join fellow New York Jets fans at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, April 25 at 6pm for the 2024 Jets Draft Party presented by Verizon and hosted by Jets Legend Bart Scott. Attendees can enjoy tours of the locker room, autographs from players, and watch the first round of the Draft live on the stadium video boards. Don’t miss the chance to be one of the first 5,000 fans to receive a free Jets Draft t-shirt and witness the excitement as the Jets make their selections in the 2024 Draft.

Admission: Free

Address: 1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Date: Thursday, April 25, 6pm

Website: https://www.newyorkjets.com


New York

3) New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division. Their team features All-Star sluggers Aaron Judge, Juan Soto and Giancarlo Stanton and pitchers Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes Jr. The team plays at Yankee Stadium and is managed by Aaron Boone.

Address: 1 E 161 St, The Bronx, NY 10451

Schedule Over Chag: Thursday, Apr 25 vs. Oakland Athletics at 7:05pm

Website: www.mlb.com/yankees

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #498


 

4) New York Mets

The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens. The Mets compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the National League East division. Their team features All-Star pitchers Edwin Diaz and Luis Severino, as well as sluggers Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor. Their home stadium is Citi Field

Address: 41 Seaver Way, Queens, NY 11368

Schedule Over Chag: Sunday, Apr 28 vs. St. Louis Cardinals at 1:40pm

Website: www.mlb.com/mets


 

5) New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are an American professional basketball team based in New York City. The team boasts a talented roster of star players, including Jalen Brunson and OG Anunoby. They play their home games at the iconic Madison Square Garden. The Knicks were one of the original teams in the NBA, and have a rich history that spans back several decades.

Playoff schedule over chag: Sat, April 20 (Shabbat) vs. Philadelphia 76ers; Mon, Apr 22 (yom tov) vs. Philadelphia 76ers; Thurs, Apr 25 at Philadelphia 76ers; Mon, Apr 28 at Philadelphia 76ers; Tues, Apr 30 (yom tov) vs. Philadelphia 76ers.

Address: Away games at Away at Wells Fargo Arena, 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148


 

6) New York Rangers

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. The team features notable players such as Igor Shesterkin in the goaltender position, Artemi Panarin as a left-wing, and Chris Kreider as another left-wing. They play their home games at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have a rich history dating back to 1926 and have won four Stanley Cup championships in their history.

Schedule Over Chag: To be determined by playoffs

Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Website: www.nhl.com/rangers

 



XIV. Shows

New Jersey

1) Medieval Times Dinner and 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 Hall of Arms displaying medieval artifacts.

Admission: Adult $67.95, Kids $29.21

Showtimes: Thursday 7pm; Sunday 1:30pm, 4:30pm. See website to make reservations.

Address: 149 Polito Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Phone: (201) 933-2220

Website: www.medievaltimes.com/lyndhurst

New York

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #78


 

2) Bananas 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: Closed Thursday, April 25. Saturday, April 27: 10pm. Sporadically has shows throughout the week so check website.

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

Phone: (201) 727-1090

Website: www.bananascomedyclub.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #464


New York

3) Broadway Shows

Shows such as “Aladdin,” “A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical,” “Hamilton,”  “The Lion King,” “The Notebook,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Wicked,” “Hadestown,” “Back to the Future,” “& Juliet” “SIX: The Musical” and more.

Website: www.broadway.com

For full review of “Back to the Future” see Jewish Link Issue #510 and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” see issue #520


4) 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: $549 – $102

Showtimes: Thursday: 5pm, 8pm. Sunday: 2pm, 5pm, 8pm

Address: Address: 434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

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

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #467


 

5) The Metropolitan Opera House

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.

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: Thursday, April 25: “Carmen” 8pm. Closed Sunday, April 28.

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

Phone: (212) 362-6000

Website: www.metopera.org/calendar


6) Flip Circus

With our enormous red and white circus tent! See the great motorcycles inside the Globe of Steel, and laugh like you never have before with our gleeful clowns.

Admission: $30 – $80. Look for discounted tickets on Groupon or CertifiKID.

Showtimes: Thursday at 7:30pm, Sunday: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm

Address: 2655 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island NY 10314

Website: www.flipcircus.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #430



XV. 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 and unique 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 (5 frames for $5.00). 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

Hours: Thursday: 2pm – 9pm, Sunday: Noon – 8pm

Address: 49 E Midland Avenue, 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, 3 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 Road, 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 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, and a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away!

Admission: See website.

Hours: Thursday: 10am – Midnight. Saturday: Open until 1am Sunday: 9am – Midnight

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: $40 – 60 per hour; varies by time of day and day of the week. Check out Groupon for discounts.

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

Phone: 732-798-9061(the easiest way to make a reservation)

Address: 49 E Midland Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

Website: https://www.golowindoorgolf.com


5) Wayne Mini Golf

Willowbrook Golf Center offers a beautiful 36-hole miniature golf course and driving range in Wayne, New Jersey. We’re a fun spot for kids and adults alike! See the beautiful 15-foot and 30-foot waterfalls. Play a beautiful 36 holes of fun miniature golf. We also offer golf lessons for customers of any age and any skill, from beginners to avid golfers.

Admission: For 18 holes: adult $10, children/seniors $8 and for 36 holes: adult $15, children/seniors $12.

Hours: 7am – 10pm

Address: 366 US 46 Service Road East, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 256-6922

Website: www.willowbrookgolfcenter.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #443


New York

6) 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: See website

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

Phone: (646) 661-3509

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

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #484



XVI. Laser Tag & Paintball

New Jersey

1) 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.

Admission: $40 per person for a 75-minute session

Hours: Thursday: 4pm – 7pm. Sunday: 10:30am – 7:30pm

Address: 373 US-46 d110, Fairfield, NJ 07004

Phone: (973) 753-2651

Website: https://tacopslasertag.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #428


 

2) Fireball Mountain

Fireball Mountain’s outdoor laser tag facility is open year-round and featuring themed fields on 15 wooded acres. As one of the premier playing fields, this village has 30 different distinct structures. Each structure is anywhere from 100 square feet to a whopping 350 square feet with multiple rooms. There are also underground tunnels, a second-story catwalk and sniper towers. This is one of our smallest playing areas (at about 1 ½ acres), but it is also one of the most challenging to navigate. In fact, U.S. military forces train in the village to practice close-quarters combat.

Admission/prices: $35 per person for 2 hour sessions; $300 for 10 players.

Hours: 9am – 10pm weekends; weekdays 9am – 8pm

Address: 295 Meany Road, Wrightstown, NJ

Phone: (800) 600-3086

Website: www.fireballmountain.com


 

3) Battle Creek Paintball

Battle Creek Paintball caters to all skill levels from the first-time player to the most seasoned veteran. Put the controller down and immerse yourself in the real thing. Come experience high-intensity, adrenaline-pumping action at North Jersey’s premier paintball fields!

Admission: Prices start at $25 (bring your own equipment). Player rental packages (includes admission and air pass with 500 paintballs: $55. See website for group rates.

Hours: Sunday, 9am – 5pm. Other days by appointment only.

Address: 625 Macopin Rd, West Milford, NJ 07480

Phone: (973) 545-2556

Website: www.battlecreekpaintballnj.com/rates


 

4) Long Live Paintball

Long Live Paintball is New Jersey’s premier outdoor paintball park, conveniently located just under 40 minutes from NYC. With their top-notch equipment, well-maintained fields, and a focus on private parties and group outings, including birthday parties, bachelor parties, and team-building events, it’s the ideal destination for both seasoned players and beginners as young as 8 years old. Plus, their commitment to affordability, matched online store prices, and year-round availability make it a must-visit spot for anyone looking to experience the thrill of paintball in the region.

Cost: $25 for 500 Paintballs, $90 for 2,000 Paintballs. Additional rental equipment: Coveralls ($10), Chest Protector ($5), Thermal Goggle ($5), Ammo Pack ($5), Motorized Hopper ($10), Electric Marker Setup ($30). See website for group packages.

Hours: 9am – 5 pm, Sundays 8 am – 6pm

Address: 1989 Englishtown Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Website: www.longlivepaintball.com

 

 


New York

5) Ring Homestead Camp & Adventure Paintball

Discover the ultimate outdoor adventure at Ring Homestead Camp & Adventure Paintball. From paintball battles to thrilling tube rides and challenging ropes courses, this New York State destination offers non-stop excitement for all ages. Located in scenic Middletown, it’s the perfect place to break free from the city and embark on an unforgettable adventure.

Cost: Varies by game, but around $59 per person

Hours: 9am – 6:30pm

Address: 257 Lybolt Rd, Middletown, NY 10941

Phone: (845) 361-3842

Website: www.adventurelandny.com


6) Q-ZAR & Q-AXE | Ax Throwing and Laser Tag

Experience the thrill of laser tag at Q-Zar on 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): 3 Games of Laser Tag: $19.95 per person. Ax throwing, 55 minutes: $39.95

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

Address: 151 Voice Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514

Phone: (516) 877-7200

Website: https://www.qzarny.com



XVII. Assorted Sports

New Jersey

1) Gun for Hire at The Woodland Park Range

Gun For Hire stands out as a premier firearms training facility in New Jersey, renowned for its commitment to safe and responsible gun ownership and its wide array of services catering to both beginners and seasoned shooters. With its state-of-the-art indoor range offering up to 50-yard shooting lanes and a robust selection of firearms for training, it provides an unmatched environment for learning and practicing firearm skills. The facility is further distinguished by its experienced team, including industry experts and a passionate founder, making it an ideal destination for anyone looking to enhance their shooting proficiency and knowledge of firearms history.

Pricing: Shooting lane rentals range from $25 to $35 for the first shooter, with additional costs for extra shooters, gun rentals at $25, protection at $10 per person, targets at $3.25 each, and instruction available for a fee

Hours: 12-9pm; extended until 10pm Saturday nights and from 8am-8pm on Sundays

Address: 1267 McBride Ave, Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Phone: (973) 826-4575

Website: www.gunforhire.com/location


 

2) PingPod

PingPod in Fort Lee offers a fully automated table tennis space that is 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

Hours: All days/hours of Chol Hamoed

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


 

3) 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, NJ just off Rt.17 at Midland Ave.

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

Hours: Weekdays Noon – 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


 

4) Bowler City

Your friendly and affordable local bowling center is located in Hackensack, NJ. A division of Nationwide Corporation. Classic bowling alley, bar & 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 two hours $65 – 90, costs of shoes are $5

Hours: Open every day, hours vary each day. Generally 4pm – 11pm or later, Sunday all day.

Address: 85 Midtown Bridge St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 343-3545

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


 

5) 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: $35 for 60-minute lane rental

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

Address: 1813 NJ-23, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 694-3432

Website: www.reloaderznj.com


 

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. These GIANT games included giant Jenga, Connect Four, and Curling Table.

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

Hours: Thursday 5pm – 10pm, Friday opens 5pm, Sunday Noon – 8pm

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 1 hour ($39.99 for two hours)

Hours: Thursday 4:30 – 10pm, Weekends extended hours

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, etc.

Admission: Standard Day Pass: $27 – Includes Action Adventure Staff belays and Staff assistance, Ninja and Parkour rooms.

Hours: Weekday Noon – 10pm, Sunday 10am – 8pm

Address: 266 Union Street, Northvale, NJ 07647

Phone: (201) 768-8600

Website: https://highexposureclimbing.com


 

9) 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


 

10) Grand Billiard

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

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

Address: 61 Grand Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Phone: (201) 482-4200



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 Thursday, 5:30am – 6pm 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 multi-level, 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 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

Website: https://sandlspa.square.site/


4) Cloud Aquatic Float Parlor

Cloud Aquatic dissolves over 1100 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

Address: 8 E Prospect St, Waldwick, NJ 07463

Phone: (201) 389-6285

Website: www.cloudaquatic.com

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