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January 12 - 22, 2023

I. Skiing and Snow Tubing

New Jersey

1) Campgaw Mountain Ski Area

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

Price of Snow Tubing: $31 weekday/$36 weekends for 2 hours per person

Price for using snow lift for skiing/snowboarding: Mon-Thurs: All day $41 or $36 for 3 hours. Fri: All day $46 or $38 for 5 hours. Weekends (extended hours): All Day $65 or $55 for 5+ hours

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

Hours of Operations: 2-8 p.m. on weekdays; extended hours on weekends

Address: 200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: (201) 327-7800

Website: www.skicampgaw.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #423 (“Have a Blast at Campgaw Mountain,” March 10, 2022)

2) Mountain Creek Resort

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

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

Hours: Call or check website.

Address: 200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Phone: (973) 827-2000

Website: https://mountaincreek.com

 

New York

3) Windham Mountain

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

Address: 19 Resort Dr, Windham, NY 12496

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone: (518) 734-4300

4) Hunter Mountain Resort

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

Address: 64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY 12442

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekends: Opens at 8:30 a.m.

Phone: (800) 486-8376

5) Belleayre Mountain Ski Center

Belleayre Mountain, in Catskill Park, is a ski resort. It is the only Catskill resort that contains a gondola, and attracts many new visitors from New York City. Its continued improvements include the only Catskills cat-access skiing and snowboarding, the Area 51 terrain park, 2 progression parks, mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert bumps and extensive glade skiing. Has 55 trails, parks and glades and 8 lifts.

Address: 181 Galli Curci Rd, Highmount, NY 12441

Phone: (845) 254-5600

6) Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort

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

Address: 5021 NY-86, Wilmington, NY 12997

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Phone: (518) 946-2223

Pennsylvania

7) Blue Mountain Resort

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

Address: 1660 Blue Mountain Dr, Palmerton, PA 18071

Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Weekends: Opens 8 a.m.

Phone: (610) 826-7700

8) Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

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

Address: 401 Hollow Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone: (570) 421-7231

9) Camelback Ski Resort

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

Address: 301 Resort Dr, Tannersville,
PA 18372

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekends: Opens
 8:30 a.m.

Phone: (570) 629-1661

 

 

Vermont

10) Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard School

Mount Snow ski area has terrain suitable for all ability types, from gentle beginner slopes to blue cruisers and challenging black diamonds. The resort is known for having great snowmaking coverage, excellent grooming operations, modern facilities and a comfortable lodge. Skiers and riders have access to 600 acres, serviced by 20 lifts. The Bluebird Express lift, Mount Snow’s 6-person bubble lift, transports skiers and riders to the resort’s summit elevation of 3,600 feet. But it’s all downhill from there: The 1,700 feet of vertical drop sees an average annual snowfall of 156 inches. Has a whopping 80 trails!

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

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: (802) 464-3333

11) Okemo Mountain Resort

Offering southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop of 2,200 feet and a trail network that spans 5 distinct alpine areas, Okemo Mountain Resort is a family-oriented and family-operated resort. This part is designed for skiers of all types and levels. Plus, with its multiple terrain parks and Superpipe, freestylers can also enjoy everything that this ski resort can offer.

Address: 77 Okemo Ridge Rd, Ludlow, VT 05149

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekends: Opens 8 a.m.

Phone: (802) 228-1600

II. Ice Skating and

Bumper Cars

New Jersey

1) Bergen County Winter Wonderland

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

Admission: General: $10 per person (includes access to site and 1 carousel ride). Children under 3: free. All Access: $20 per person (same as general, includes ice skating session). Ice Bumper Cars: $20 per person for two 8-minute rides on the ice.

Address: 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

Website: www.bergencountywinterwonderland.com

2) Mackay Ice Rink

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

Admission for public skating: $10 for Englewood residents and $15 for nonresidents. Price includes rental skates. Seniors 55+ skate free.

Hours: Public skating on Sun, 2-5 p.m.

Address: 130 W Englewood Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631

Phone: (201) 568-3133

Website: www.mackayicerink.com/Index.html

3) Ice House

With 4 regulation-size NHL rinks, the Ice House is the largest facility of its kind in the tri-state area. Located just minutes from New York City, the Ice House is recognized as a world-class skating facility. The Ice House operates one of the largest full-service hockey and skating pro shop in the New York-New Jersey area.

Admission: Walk on: $17 per person

Address: 111 Midtown Bridge St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Phone: (201) 487-8444

Website: www.icehousenj.com

 

New York

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

The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000-square-foot rink features free admission ice skating, high-quality rental skates, free skating shows, and events. The Rink is open daily through the Winter Village season (March 5, 2023).

Admission: Free

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Address: 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Phone: (917) 438-5166

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

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

Not your typical bumper car, these bumper cars go on the ice! Must be 7+ years old, at least 42 inches tall, and under 300 pounds. If available, bumper cars can be booked online up until the morning of the selected date. Any open cars can be reserved onsite on a first-come-first-served basis. Opening January 13 through March 4.

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

Hours: Mon-Thu: 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri-Sun: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Phone: (212) 768-4242

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

 

III. Water Park Resorts

New York

1) The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Surrounded by the wooded slopes of the Catskill Mountains, the resort features New York’s largest indoor water park complete with rides, slides, swimming pools, and a surf simulator. It is also 5 miles from winter sports at Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun.

Rates: Starting at $216 on their website. All rooms come with 4 waterpark passes with additional passes for $75 per person.

Address: 555 Resorts World Dr, Monticello, NY 12701

Phone: (844) 527-8748

Website: www.thekartrite.com

 

Pennsylvania

2) Great Wolf Lodge Water Park at the Pocono Mountains

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

Rates: Starting at $231 and varying by day through the website. Note there are some deals on the website (enter code WINTER).

Groupon: Starting at $139 pretax for suites up to 6 people with passes included; rates vary by day.

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

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Address: 1 Great Wolf Dr, Scotrun, PA 18355

Phone: (800) 768-9653

Website: www.greatwolf.com/poconos

3) Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

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

Rates: Starting at $204

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Address: 250 Kalahari Blvd, Pocono Manor, PA 18349

Phone: (608) 254-5425

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

4) Camelback Resort and Indoor Waterpark

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

Rates: Starting at $389

Address: 193 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372

Phone: (855) 515-1283

Website: www.camelbackresort.com

 

IV. Thrills and Adventure

New Jersey

1) iFly

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

Admission: Regular price for 2 people: $99.99 for 2 flights. Can vary by group size.

Deals: 2 Flights Super Saver Weekdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (not during peak times): $69.99.

Hours: Sun: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed-Thu: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fri: Opens at 10 a.m. Sat: Closes at 8 p.m. Closed Mon-Tue.

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

Phone: (201) 733-4359

Website: www.iflyworld.com/paramus

2) R p.m. Raceway

R p.m. 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: Weekdays: Noon-10 p.m. Sun: Early opening 10 a.m.

99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone: (201) 333-7223

Address: 40 Daniel St, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Phone: (631) 752-7223

Address: 600 West Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone: (203) 523-7273

Website: www.r.p.m.raceway.com   

3) The Funplex

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

Admission: Varies by activity.

Hours: Sun: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed-Thu: 4-9 p.m. Closed Mon-Tue.

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

Phone: (973) 428-1166

Website: www.thefunplex.com/east-hanover

4) iPlay America

New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park, including go-karts, bumper cars, laser tag,

thrilling rides, an indoor boardwalk and more than 250 arcade games.

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

Hours: 4-9 p.m. Weekend extended hours.

Address: 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: (732) 577-8200

Website: www.iplayamerica.com

5) 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 is taken care of for you. Go ahead, break all you want … we’ll get more!

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

Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight.

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

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

Website: www.rageroom.today

6) Supercharged Entertainment

The world’s largest indoor multilevel go-karting track. Supercharged Entertainment offers 2 uniquely designed tracks, both over a quarter-mile long with 10 elevation changes. Come 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 7 minutes long. The winner is by fastest lap, not position. Also has bumper cars, an arcade, a twist tower, axe throwing and virtual reality.

Admission: $29 for one race; $78 for 3 races; $125 for 5 races

Address: 987 US-1, Edison, NJ 08817

Phone: (908) 624-8242

Website: www.superchargede.com/edison

 

New York

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

Karts at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway can go up to 50 mph and drive along a professional Grand Prix track. Reservations are highly recommended. Live lap times are displayed for racers, and results are printed at the end of each race. In addition to the racing experience, Autobahn now has an axe-throwing area. This new trend in entertainment is exciting and so much fun! There are also virtual reality options. One called “Reclaim” laser tag in VR, with a competitive social play of blockbuster multiplayer games like Fortnite. The other, “Chaos Jump,” is where a party of up to 4 battles a robot army.

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

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

Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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

Phone: (845) 535-1515

Website: www.autobahnspeed.com/reservations-palisades

8) 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: Sky Trail Adventure: $25.99 per person. Sky Tykes (for toddlers under 48 inches): $8.99 per person.

Hours: Sun: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed-Fri: 2:30-7:30 p.m.

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

Phone: 845-727-3500

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

 

Connecticut

9) IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course

Visit the largest indoor ropes course in the world! Climb the 60-foot-high ropes course, jump off the 50-foot free fall and go down a 200-foot zip line. A separate “Climb It” attraction provides 4 additional climbing walls, each with its own challenge. Includes “Little It: for children under 48 inches—a replica of the full-size course. Also features a “Liquid Fireworks” show. Adventure for the whole family.

Admission: $25-30. Additional $10 for “Climb It.” $8 for Little It.

Hours: Sun: 11a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

Phone: 203-812-9981 (course)

Website: www.itatjordans.com

 

Florida

10) Dezerland Park

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

Admission: Varies by attraction.

Hours: Noon-10 p.m. 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

11) 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: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

Phone: (954) 533-0439

Website: https://www.facebook.com/FunCenterFt.Lauderdale/

 

V. Challenges

New Jersey

1) Escape Room New Jersey

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

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

Hours: 10 a.m.-1 a.m.

Address: 36 N Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631

Phone: (201) 815-1784

Address: 157A Main St Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (844) ESCAPE-6

2) Human Bumper Balls

Human Bumper Ball is the most fun anyone can have while being strapped inside a giant inflatable ball. The best way to describe this experience is like going to an awesome club and then putting on giant inflatable balls 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.

Hours: 10 a.m.-1 a.m.

Address: 222 Wanaque Ave, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

Phone: (201) 410-3256

Website: www.humanbumperballs.com

 

New York

3) Escape the Room NYC

Gather family and friends for the ultimate team-building exercise—get locked in a puzzle room and solve the clues to escape together. Escape the Room, located 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 St., New York, NY 10010; 107 Suffolk, New York, NY 10002

Phone: 347-954-9160

Website: www.static.escapetheroomnyc.com

4) 5 Wits

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

Admission: $29 per person

Hours: Noon-8 p.m.

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

Phone: (845) 533-2666

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

5) Beat The Bomb

Beat The Bomb is the world’s first immersive social video game company. The 1-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 7-12 players. You’ll be split into teams and will go head to head to see who can Beat The Bomb first. The winning team blasts paint at the losing team.

Admission: $44.95 per person includes photos and videos.

Hours: 3-9 p.m. Extended hours on weekends

Address: 255 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (917) 983-1115

Website: www.beatthebomb.com

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

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

Admission: $42.50 per person

Hours: Saturdays: 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sundays: 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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

Website: www.feverup.com/m/112357

 

VI. American Dream Mall

New Jersey

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

Website: www.americandream.com

1) Nickelodeon Universe Indoor Theme Park

Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park is the biggest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere. Experience the tallest, the steepest and the longest rides in the world. There are 7 thrill rides, 5 family rides, and 20 kiddie runs to choose from.

Admission: $79 per person

Park Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Extended hours on weekends.

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

Phone: (833) 263-7326

2) DreamWorks Water Park

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

Admission: $99 per person

Parks Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. 7 p.m. on 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 per person, children under 2 free

Hours: 11 a.m. -8 p.m.

Located: Court A, Level 1

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #461, December 15, 2022.

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: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

Phone: (833) 263-7326

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

5) Blacklight Mini Golf

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

golf course that lets you putt through 18 holes of vibrant alien landscapes, uncharted

planets, fun spaceships and robots.

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

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Located: Court A, Level 1

6) The Rink

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

Admission: Ages 10+: $35. Ages 3-9 and Seniors: $28

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Located: At the Rink (next to Parks Court)

7) TiLT—A Tracy Lee Stum Museum

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

Admission: $20 per person

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Located: Garden Court, Level 1

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #461, December 15, 2022.

*** Special Deal: The Lucky Seven

Get all 7 of the above attractions for just $199 a person.

Select a date to start and you get up to 1 week to do each activity. Tickets must be purchased and used until February 28, 2023. Date changes can be accommodated until the day before arrival for a $5 per ticket change fee. (Children 2 years and younger access the park for free.)

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

8) Legoland Discovery Center

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

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

Life (see below).

Hours: 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

Located: Court A, Level 1

9) Skudin Surf

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

Option A (for beginners, with instructor): $125 for 2 hours, Tue-Thu. Morning special for $99. Plus 4% registration fee.

Option B/C/D (for intermediate with instructor; advanced no instructor; experts no

instructor): $250, Tue-Thu morning special of $195. Plus 4% registration fee.

***Different options have increased wave format intensity

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Located: Court A, Level 1

Phone: (516) 713-SURF

10) Sea Life

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

Admission: $28.99 per adult, $23.99 per child

Hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Located: Court A, Level 1

11) The Escape Game New Jersey at American Dream

The Escape Game is New Jersey’s #1 escape room and immersive adventure. As a premier provider of escape rooms, the adventures play like Hollywood blockbusters with twists, turns and jaw-dropping surprises around every corner. Their 60-minute adventures bring epic stories to life in a one-of-a-kind tactile experience. 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 Break—Complete a daring escape from the evil warden; Special Ops: Mysterious Market—Uncover the truth as a secret agent; The Heist—Recover a stolen masterpiece from an art thief; Playground—Complete your report card and get to summer break; The Depths—Board a submarine to a secret underwater lab!

Admission: $42.99 per person

Hours: 8 a.m.-midnight

Located: Parks Court, Level 3

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: 2-9 p.m. Opens early Sun at 10 a.m.

Located: Coca-Cola Eats Court C, Level 3

13) The Ultimate Fan Zone Experience

Every game day this fall, American Dream will host fans for an all-day, indoor tailgate experience. It is at the non-kosher restaurant/bar House of ’Que. Each Sunday there will be post-game commentary by football legends Wayne Chrebet or Ottis Anderson following New York home games, DJ all day long, 360-photo booth to capture the fun Ticket, game gear, and giveaways. Plus, more large screens all around the Food Hall. See the action from wherever you’re sitting or hanging out. Customize your game gear with spray painting by Airgraphics. Purchase exclusive, autographed sports memorabilia. Challenge your fellow fans in corn hole, giant Jenga, and much more.

Admission: Free

Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Located: Court A, Level 2

14) Big Snow

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

Admission: Single SNOW Day Package (includes rentals): $69.99-$89.99 + tax depending on the time of day for 2 hours of life access

Hours: 1-8 p.m.

Located: Court A, Level 2

Phone: (973) 864-6600

15) Legends of the Hidden Temple Ropes Course Challenge

Admission: 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 all-day tickets to Nickelodeon Universe have been purchased, $15 per person

Hours: Sun: 12-7 p.m. Mon-Thu: 2-7 p.m. Fri: Opens at noon.

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

16) 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, bringing never-felt-before excitement. From blasting robot cowboys from the Old West, to crazy carnival characters that are up to no good, to zombies to helping futuristic femme fatale superheroes save Gotham—there is a ride that fits all families and friends of all ages from 3 to 103.

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

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Closes 10 p.m. on Sat.

Located: Parks Court, Level 1

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #458, November 23, 2022.

17) Metropolitan Riveters

The Metropolitan Riveters are a professional women’s ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with home games at the American Dream Meadowlands ice rink.

Admission: Concourse: $20 per person. Mezzanine: $50 per person (includes free attraction, food and more)

Schedule Over Break: Sun, Jan. 15 vs. Minnesota Whitecaps, 2 p.m.

Website: www.americandream.com/venue/metropolitan-riveters

 

VII. Aquariums

New Jersey

1) The Adventure Aquarium

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

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

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Address: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

Phone: (844) 474-3474

Website: www.adventureaquarium.com

2) Jenkinson’s Aquarium

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

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

Hours: Aquarium: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rides: Noon-6 p.m.

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

Phone: (732) 892-0600

Website: www.jenkinsons.com

Connecticut

3) Maritime Aquarium

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

Admission: Adults (13-64): $28.95. Children (3-12): $19.95. Seniors (65+): $24.95 Children under 3: Free.

4D Theater Ticket Prices: $7 per person

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Address: 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

Phone: (203) 852-0700

Website: www.maritimeaquarium.org

 

VIII. Science, Museums

and Exhibits

New Jersey

1) Liberty Science Center

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

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

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

Phone: (201) 200-1000

Website: www.lsc.org/see-whats-happening/events-calendar

2) 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: adults. Children 15 and under: Free. Audio tour: $5.

Hours: Thu-Sun: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Address: 211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052

Phone: (973) 736-0550

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

3) 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: Sun and Wed: 1-5 p.m.

Address: 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, NJ 07719

Phone: (732) 280-3000

Website: www.infoage.org

 

New York

4) Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience—Westchester

Celebrating some of the most iconic forest scenes from the beloved film series, visitors can come face-to-face with magical creatures including a Hippogriff, Nifflers, and more. Strike your best stance for a wand duel photo before trying your hand at casting a Patronus to illuminate the dark woods. Located in the grounds of FDR State Park, Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience takes place within the woodlands of the estate. This experience has been brought to life by award-winning theatrical designers and experiential creators.

Admission: Prices vary by day between $36-$76. Children get $10 off. Weekends are generally more expensive.

Hours: Slots at 5-9:45 p.m. Closes around midnight. Runs through January 22.

Address: FDR State Park 75MM+65 Crompond, New York, USA, 10598

Website:

www.hpforbiddenforestexperience.com/westchester

Unique Feature: An entire forest trail filled with Harry Potter references and interactive opportunities.

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #458, November 22, 2022.

5) Titanic. The Exhibit

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: $35 per adult. Child: $23. Senior, student, military: $27. VIP: $45 per adult (includes fast-track entry to the exhibition, complimentary use of the cloakroom and a souvenir photograph).

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., early opening at 9 a.m. on Sun; late close 8 p.m. on Sat.

Address: 526 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (Southeast Corner of W. 14th Street at 6th Avenue)

Website: www.titanicexhibition.com/nyc

For full review see Jewish Link Issue #463, December 29, 2022.

6) The ‘Friends’ Experience: The One in New York City

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

Admission: Starting at $39.50 (varies by time)

Hours: Wed-Sun: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last entry). Also open Mon, Jan. 16.

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

Website: www.feverup.com/m/110671

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.

Hours: Open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Phone: (212) 245-0072

Website: https://intrepidmuseum.org

Call or go online for prices.

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 will be fun to see what you can recognize from the movie!

Admission: Adults: $23. Children 2-12: $13. Seniors and students: $18

Hours: 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

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

Phone: (212) 769-5100

Website: www.amnh.org

9) 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. This unique attraction 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: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; extended to 10 p.m. Fri-Sun.

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

Phone: (212) 512-9600

Website: www.madametussauds.com/new-york

10) The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

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

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Wed, extended to 9 p.m. on Sat.

Address: 1000 5th Ave (at 82nd St), New York, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 535-7710

Website: www.metmuseum.org

11) 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: Sun-Tue: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Check the website for tour times.

Address: 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (877) 975-3786

Website: www.tenement.org

12) 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 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: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

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

Phone: (212) 398-3133

Website: www.ripleysnewyork.com

13) Spyscape HQ with the BATMAN Experience

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 #1-rated museum experience. Also has an Immersive BATMAN Experience where you join forces with major DC characters to foil an evil empire in this interactive adventure. Your adventure plays out in the physical world, enhanced by a mobile app that helps you gather intel as you interact with some of Gotham’s finest. This experience involves reading, texting and detective work!

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

Hours: Mon: Noon-8 p.m. Thur: Noon-8 p.m. Fri: Opens at noon. Sun: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Address: 928 8th Ave New York, NY 10019

Website: www.spyscape.com/nyc/visit   

14) 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; live conversations with artists, filmmakers, scholars, media educators, and other industry professionals. View a collection of more than 130,000 objects and the online presentation of a range of films—including acclaimed new release features and award-winning science shorts, plus archived videos of Museum events, and more.

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

Hours: Generally 12-6 p.m. Thursday starts at 2 p.m. Wednesdays closed.

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

Phone: (718) 777-6800

Website: www.movingimage.us

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

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

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

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except for Shabbat and holidays

Address: 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Phone: (646) 437-4200

Website: https://mjhnyc.org

16) 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: Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri-Sat: Closed. Sun: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Address: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn 11213

Phone: (718) 467-0600

Website: https://www.jcm.museum

17) 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: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Last admission 5 p.m.)

Address: 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10710

Phone: (866) 243-0770

Website: www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester

18) 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: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

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

 

Connecticut

19) Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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

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

Hours: 9 a.m,-5 p.m.

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

Phone: (203) 899-0606

Website: www.steppingstonesmuseum.org

 

Pennsylvania

20) Houdini Museum & Magic Show

Touted as the only building devoted to Harry Houdini in the world, the Houdini Museum, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is a rare treat for the young and old alike. Year-round entertainment features a movie and a guided tour of the 150-year-old historic building full of Houdini artifacts including his Jewish ones like his tallit, topped off by an hour-long, fun-filled stage 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 Harry Houdini not seen anywhere else. It is high-quality entertainment at its best. Advanced tickets are required. Call (570) 342-5555.

Hours: 1-4:30 p.m. (Must call in advance and arrive at 1 p.m.).

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

Phone: (570) 342-5555

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

21) 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)

22) Mütter Museum

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

Admission: $13-18. Children under 5 free, $2 discount Mon-Tue.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Phone: (215) 560-8564

Website: www.muttermuseum.org

23) 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: Sun, Mon: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu: 10a.m.-5p.m. Fri: Opens 10a.m. Sat: Closes 5 p.m. Closed Tue, Wed.

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: (215) 763-8100

Website: www.philamuseum.org

 

IX. Sightseeing

New Jersey

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

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

Admission: $25

Address: Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City 07305

Phone: (201) 915-3403

2) New York Helicopter Tours

Helicopter seats 6 passengers and 1 pilot. All tours are shared with other passengers.

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

Address: 78 John Miller Way, Kearny, NJ 07032

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

 

New York

3) Ellis Island and Liberty Island Boat Tour

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

Admission: $12-$23.50

Hours: First ferry: 8:30 a.m. Last ferry: 5 p.m.

Ferry addresses: Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Manhattan, or Liberty State Park, 200 Morris St., Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone: (877) 523-9849

Website: www.statuecruises.com

4) Empire State Building

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

Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m. daily

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

Phone: (212) 736-3100. Call for prices.

5) Staten Island Ferry

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

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

Admission: Free

Address: Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan

Phone: (718) 815-BOAT

6) SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Glass Elevator

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

Admission: $59 per adult 13+, $53 per child 6-12, Children under 5 free

Hours: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

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

Phone: (877) 682-1401

Website: www.summitov.com/tickets

7) Majestic Harbor Cruises

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

Admission: Groupon: 60-minute boat tour for 1 person: $16. 2 people: $31. 4 people: $55

Address: 299 South St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (201) 583-6997

 

Pennsylvania

8) Turkey Hill Experience

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

Hours: Vary by day; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wed, Fri. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sun, closed Tue, Thu. See website for most recent schedule.

Address: 301 Linden St, Columbia, PA 17512

Phone: (717) 684-0134

Website: www.turkeyhillexperience.com

 

X. Virtual Reality

and Immersive

New Jersey

1) Dreamscape at AMC Garden State Plaza

Dreamscape adventures combine the emotional power of Hollywood storytelling, the visceral excitement of great theme-park rides and extraordinary motion-capture technology that pushes the limits of virtual reality. Dreamscape is partnering with AMC Theaters to bring its shared adventures to New Jersey, inviting visitors to step into worlds beyond imagination and become part of the story as it unfolds around them.

Admission: $19.99 per person plus a $1.99 convenience fee (waived for AMC Stubs holders) + tax

Restrictions: Must be 48 inches tall and 10+ years old to travel with Dreamscape

Hours: 2-10 p.m.

Address: 4000 Garden State Plaza Blvd 4 & 17, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (551) 999-6908

Website: www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/paramus/dreamscape-at-amc-garden-State   

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #420, February 17, 2022.

2) VR Dog

VR Dog is the new age of entertainment and interactivity that provides various immersive 3D experiences and games that will transport you to another place and time while stimulating your senses. Games include Free Roam Immersion including Space Station Tiberius, Scary Zombies and Escape from Osiris, as well as open-play games such as VR Laser Tag, Angry Birds VR Isle of Pigs, and Google Earth VR, where you can visit anywhere in the world. Reserve your spot today.

Admission: Varies by game. $15 for a 15-minute game, $25 for a 45-minute game. Group and party rates are available.

Hours: 2-9 p.m.

Address: 75 Rte 4 East, River Edge, NJ 07661

Website: www.vrdog.com

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #435, June 9, 2022.

3) 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.

Admission: $49.99 per person

Hours: Weekdays: Noon-10 p.m. Weekends: 9:45 a.m.-10 p.m.

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

Phone: (201) 407-7077

Website: www.sandboxvr.com

 

New York

4) Harry Potter New York VR Experience

Harry Potter New York is the first official Harry Potter flagship store. From toys to rare collectibles, visit the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products under one roof. Full of exclusive products, interactive experiences, and photo ops, you’re invited to experience the Wizarding World in a brand-new way. Two VR experiences: 1) Chaos at Hogwarts—After missing the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station, an unexpected friend helps get us to Hogwarts. Then, journey through Hogwarts Castle and cast spells with your wand to immobilize Pixies. 2) Wizards Take Flight—Keep your brooms steady and fly into the wizarding world. Meet Hagrid in Knockturn Alley and follow him through the skies of London while dodging and battling Death Eaters, casting spells with your wand. Escape through the clouds and soar over the Black Lake towards Hogwarts Castle. Each VR Experience length is 10-15 minutes, plus enjoy the magical store afterward.

Admission: For ages 10+ only: $37 per person per experience

Hours: Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri: Opens 9 a.m. Sat: Closes 9 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Address: 935 Broadway, with the main entrance on Fifth Avenue and 22nd Street

Phone:

Website: www.harrypotterstore.com/vr-experiences

5) RiseNY

RiseNY is a new attraction combining museum exhibit galleries with a majestic, theme park-style ride where visitors can experience the ultimate feeling of flight as they soar high above New York City as they’ve never seen it before. Embark on a three-part journey that lifts and connects you to New York City’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: Sun, Mon: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue: Closed. Wed, Thu: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri: Opens 10 a.m.
Sat: Closes 8 p.m.

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

Phone: (601) 228-2201

Website: www.riseny.co

6) 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 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: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

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

Phone: (845) 480-9446

Website: www.ohmygod.fun/homepage

7) Game Show Room

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

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

Admission: $33 per person

Capacity: 16 players

Phone: (845) 303-3589

Website: www.gameshowroom.com

 

XI. For Kids

New Jersey

1) Arena STEM

Arena STEM is an indoor amusement center offering 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! They offer a variety of STEM activities and workshops and feature STEM-based toys and hobbies. Perfect for schools, scouts or other groups, Arena STEM field trips are both fun and educational. Come and explore a wide selection of new and exciting RC cars, trucks, drones, and robots. Try it out before you buy and come back if you need a spare part or any help.

Hours: 11a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays by appointment only.

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

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

Phone: (201) 301-8144

Website: www.arenastem.com

For full review see Jewish Link Issue #459, December 1, 2022.

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: Sunday Noon-8 p.m. Call for private weekday events.

Address: 545 Cedar Ln, 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.

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission: $16.99: South Hackensack 5 & Under Ticket. $25.99: South Hackensack

Basic Ticket. $28.99: Deluxe. $33.99: Ultimate

Address: 69 Wesley Street, Hackensack 07606

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

4) Catch Air Indoor Playground

Hours: Sun-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

$4.99

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

Phone: (201) 620-2125

Pennsylvania

5) The Crayola Experience

The 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: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Address: 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042

Phone: (610) 515-8000

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

 

XII. Arcade

New Jersey

1) Billy’s Midway

Welcome to Billy’s Midway. There are no pesky quarters or tokens required because none of the games are pay-per-play. The entire arcade of dozens of classic and modern games is set to free-play, so you and your family can enjoy as many games as you would like while only paying for the time you are here. If you score 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 per person. Each additional half hour is $5 more or an all-day pass is $30 per person.

Hours: Sun-Thu: Noon-10 p.m. Fri: Opens 10 a.m. Sat: Closes 11 p.m.

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

Phone: (973) 304-4530

Website: www.billysmidway.com

2) Dave & Buster’s Wayne

There’s always something new at Dave & Buster’s, where you can eat, drink, play and watch sports all under one roof.

Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Sun-Tue, 1 a.m. Wed-Sat.

Address: 310 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 435-9244

Deal: On Wednesday’s, half-price games

 

New York

3) 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 Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, Level 4 of Mall

11 a.m.-midnight Sun-Thu. Opens 11 a.m. Fri. Closes 1 a.m. Sat

Phone: (845) 353-1555

Deal: On Wednesday’s half-price games

Website: www.daveandbusters.com/west-nyack

4) (Monsey) Turtle Boo

The most exciting, adventurous, fun-filled indoor kids entertainment center in Rockland County. Three great rides with unlimited access, a huge variety of arcades, massive 3-story soft play, virtual games, and many more. Turtle Boo offers a variety of amazing birthday packages with lots of surprises and perks to match your crowd, preferences and budget. Round up a day of fun with a variety of kosher food, drinks and refreshments.

Hours: Sun: Noon-8 p.m. Mon-Wed: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Thu: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Hours may vary based on seasons and holidays. Please check Google for the most up-to-date hours.)

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

Phone: 845-746-2100

Website: www.turtleboo.com

Call to see if reservations are necessary. The totally kosher facility, snack bar, something to

eat for everyone.

 

XIII. Arts & Crafts

New Jersey

1) Pottery, Paint & Love

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

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m, by appointment only (text 201-907-0077). Late appointment available

7 p,m, or later with a $25 studio fee. Closed Tue.

Address: 488 Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Phone: (201) 907-0077

Website: www.pplteaneck.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: Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Address: 260 Grand Ave, 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 per person

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

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

Phone: (908) 437-8070

Website: www.bridgewater.colormemine.com

4) 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 3-8 p.m., sometimes earlier or later. Closed Fridays.

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

Phone: (732) 385-3400

5) Hot Sand

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

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

Admission: Pay per object/dish.

Hours: Glassblowing: Fri-Sun: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Gallery hours: Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

Phone: (732) 927-5475

Website: www.HotSandAP.com

6) Matisse Chocolatier

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

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

Hours: Mon-Thu: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri: Opens 11 a.m. Sun: Open only for parties and classes. Please call in advance for availability.

Address: 260 Grand Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631

Phone: (201) 568-2288

Website: www.getfreshchocolate.com

 

XIV. Professional

Sporting

New Jersey

1) New Jersey Devils

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

Schedule Over Break: Sun, Jan. 22 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 2 p.m.

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

Website: www.nhl.com/devils

2) FDU Knights

The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Men’s Division I basketball team represents Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack. They have made the March Madness tournament 6 times, most recently in 2019.

Schedule Over Break: Sun, Jan. 22 vs. Stonehill College Skyhawks, 6 p.m.

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

 

New York

3) Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets team features star players such as Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and Seth Curry.

Schedule Over Break: Thurs, Jan. 12 vs. Boston Celtics, 7 p.m.; Sun, Jan. 15 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 6 p.m.

Address: 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Website: www.nba.com/nets 

3) New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are a professional basketball team based in New York City. The team features star players such as Juluis Randle, Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett.

Schedule Over Break: Mon, Jan. 16 vs. Toronto Raptors, 3 p.m.; Wed, Jan. 18 vs. Washington Wizards, 7:30 p.m.

Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Website: www.mlb.com/mets 

4) Yeshiva University Maccabees

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

Schedule Over Break: Sun, Jan. 22 vs. No. 23 ranked University of Mary Washington, 3 p.m.

Address: 2501 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10033

5) New York Rangers

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. Their notable players are Igor Shesterkin (goaltender), Artemi Panarin (left wing) and Chris Kreider(left wing).

Schedule Over Break: Thurs, Jan. 12 vs. Dallas Stars at 7 p.m.; Sun, Jan. 14 vs. Montreal Canadiens at 5 p.m.; Thurs, Jan. 19 vs. Boston Bruins at 7 p.m.

Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Website: www.nhl.com/rangers

6) New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Elmont, New York. Notable players include Mathew Barzal (centerman), Ilya Sorokin (goaltender) and Sebastian Aho (defenseman).

Address: 400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003

Schedule Over Over Break: Thurs, Jan. 12 vs. Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Jan 14. vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m.; Mon, Jan. 16 vs. Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m.; Wed, Jan. 18 vs. Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Jan. 21 vs. Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m.

Website: www.nhl.com/islanders

 

XV. Shows

New Jersey

1) Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Expect almost two hours of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat,

displays of extraordinary horsemanship, and falconry as part of a riveting story set in

Medieval Spain. Medieval Times also features a gift shop, and a Hall of Arms displaying

medieval artifacts. Also includes a 4-course meal with kosher meal accommodations.

Admission: Use code 25MT for 25% off. With code: Adult: $49.46. Kids: $29.21

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

Address: 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Phone: (201) 933-2220

Website: www.medievaltimes.com/lyndhurst

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #78, April 23, 2015.

2) Disney On Ice ‘Into the Magic’

See your favorite Disney stars from “Moana,” “Coco,” “Frozen” and more, live on ice. “Into The Magic” takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage.

Admission: Starting at $20

Showtimes: Multiple shows per day

Dates: From Jan. 12-16 will be in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

Dates: From Jan. 18-22 will be in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

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

Address: 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Website: www.disneyonice.com

3) Village People Concert

Village People is one of the most iconic music groups in the world. Their music is part of the international songbook and has been featured in numerous motion pictures, on Broadway and in commercials. Of course, “Y.M.C.A.” (along with its namesake dance) is played at almost every party, wedding, bar mitzvah and sporting event in the world. They’ve sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Admission: $39-$99

Date: Jan. 18, 2023 at 8 p.m.

Address: 30 North Van Brunt Street Englewood, NJ 07631

Website: www.bergenpac.org/events/detail/the-village-people

4) 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 stand-up comedy and other performances from nationally accredited acts, no more than 60 feet away. Shows average 1 hour and 40 minutes and comprise an opener, a feature and a headliner with national entertainment credits.

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

Showtimes: Usually Saturday nights at 7:30 or 10 p.m. Sporadically has shows throughout the week so check the website.

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

Phone: (201) 727-1090

Website: www.bananascomedyclub.com

For full review see Jewish Link Issue #464, January 5, 2023.

 

New York

5) Broadway Shows

Shows such as “Beetlejuice,” “Aladdin,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked” and more.

Website: www.broadway.com

6) 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: $54.50-$102

Showtimes: Various days and times over break

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

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

7) The Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors and designers. It is the largest classical music organization in North America. The beautiful building, grand opera showroom, and intricate set design will astound you. See shows such as “Dialogues des Carmélites,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “Fedora” and “La Traviata.”

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

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

Showtimes: A different show practically every day. Generally starts between 7-8 p.m., sometimes afternoon shows

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

Phone: (212) 362-6000

Website: www.metopera.org/calendar

8) Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party

Don’t miss the only opportunity to watch your favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks—Mega Wrex, Tiger Shark, Boneshaker, Bigfoot and more, plus the all-new Gunkster—light up the floor in outrageous monster trucks competitions and battles. Event performances will also feature a dazzling dance party, spectacular laser light shows, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Plus, a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot Megasaurus, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross! Also, check out the Crash Zone Pre-Show Party which is an event that gives fans exclusive access to their favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks up close.

Admission: Varies by distance to show, starting at $52.32; On Groupon: $30 per ticket.

Crash Zone Price: $7.50 per person, includes an autograph card plus a souvenir pass and exclusive lanyard; starts 2 ½ hours before each showtime and lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes

Showtimes: Sat, Jan. 21: 7:30 p.m. Sun, Jan. 22: 2:30 p.m.

Address: Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike Uniondale, NY 11553

Website: www.hotwheelsmonstertruckslive.com/event/uniondale-ny-2023

 

XVI. Golf

New Jersey

1) Monster Mini Golf

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

Admission: $13 for adults, $12 for children

Hours: 2-9 p.m.

Address: 49 E Midland Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 261-0032

Website: www.monsterminigolf.com/paramus

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #450, September 22, 2022.

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: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Extended to 10 p.m. on weekends

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

Phone: (609) 388-7728

Website: www.readytogolf.com

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: Morning $30 per bay, 12-5 p.m. $40 per bay, 5 p.m.-close $50 per bay. Half price on Tue.

Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight

Address: 1013 US-1, Edison, NJ 08817

Phone: (732) 374-4097

Website: www.topgolf.com/us/edison

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, with state-of-the art simulators.

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

Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays early at 7 a.m.

Address: 49 E Midland Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (732) 798-9061

Website: www.golowindoorgolf.com

 

 

New York

5) Swingers Crazy Golf

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

Hours: 4:30-11:30 p.m.

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

Phone: (646) 661-3509

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

 

XVII. Assorted Sports

New Jersey

1) Humdingers

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

Admission, bowling: $35 weekday, $45 weekend per lane per hour for up to 6 people, plus $5.

Hours: Weekdays Noon-10 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

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, March 24, 2022.

2) Bowler City

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

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

Hours: Open 7 days a week, hours vary each day. Generally 4-11 p.m. or later.

Address: 85 Midtown Bridge St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 343-3545

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

3) Reloaderz NJ Shooting Range

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

Admission: $30 for 60-minute lane rental

Hours: Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Extended hours on weekends.

Address: 1813 NJ-23, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 694-3432

Website: www.reloaderznj.com

4) Grand Billiard

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

Hours: 11 a.m-midnight or later depending on the day

Address: 61 Grand Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Phone: (201) 482-4200

5) 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. Stumpy’s provides various giant games: Giant Jenga, Connect Four and Curling Table.

Admission: $20-25 per person per hour depending on group size. 20% off with code Winter 23.

Hours: 5-10 p.m. Tue-Fri. Weekends extended hours. Closed on Mon.

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, February 24, 2022.

6) 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 per person for 1 hour ($39.99 for 2 hours)

Hours: 4:30-10 p.m. Tue-Thu. Weekends extended hours. Closed on Mondays.

Address: 49 E Midland Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 688-3358

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

7) High Exposure

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

Admission: Standard Day Pass: $27.00—Includes Action Adventure Staff belays and Staff assistance, Ninja and Parkour rooms.

Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Mon-Thu. Opens noon on Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sun.

Address: 266 Union Street, Northvale, NJ 07647

Phone: (201) 768-8600

Website: https://highexposureclimbing.com

8) 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: 4-8:30 p.m. Extended on weekends. Closed on Mon.

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

Phone: (973) 753-2651

Website: www.staging2.tacopslasertag.com/booking/fairfield

*For full review see Jewish Link Issue #428, April 13, 2022.

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: Sun: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Thu: 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri: 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sat.

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 per person.

Hours: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Address: 660 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Phone: (201) 313-7200

Website: www.sojospaclub.com

3) S&L Foot and Back Rub

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

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

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Address: 454 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Phone: (201) 585-8255

Website: www.sandlspa.square.site

4) Cloud Aquatic Float Parlor

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

Price: 60-minute float session: $89. 120-minutes: $159. Also offers package and monthly membership deals.

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Mon and Tue.

Address: 8 E Prospect St, Waldwick, NJ 07463

Phone: (201) 389-6285

Website: www.cloudaquatic.com

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