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Deals/Deal Requests / Deal request 20 cases paper
« on: October 10, 2018, 08:23:32 PM »
What or where would be the best option for getting a lot of paper? There used to be amazing deals a while back but I have not seen them in a while.

Deals/Deal Requests / $10 off $50 on paypal
« on: August 30, 2018, 01:08:01 PM »
on ebay. use coupon code UZXXG2BJZ5JG4YD4

Trip Reports / Quick Family Trip on a Dime (no pics)
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:18:37 AM »
Disclaimer: this no-frills Trip Report is being written in one sitting with the express purpose to help out those looking for ideas on where to go and what to do with kids in tristate area that doesnt break the bank. Nothing fancy to see here so if you're not searching in this category, i'm sure the Maldives thread has something to offer...
Was looking for someplace to go away with the gang. Our needs were:
  • inexpensive
  • within two hour drive of monsey
  • minyan
  • entertainment for ages 2-12
After discarding several options we decided on Diggerland as the main attraction, and therefore just searched for closest Hyatt House which is where we usually go with the clan.
     Hyatt House Mt. Laurel had availability for my nights for a trio suite but not for points so i made a cash booking and later found agent to switch it to a points booking @ 8000 points a night, but at a minimum of three nights, so that's what i took. A trio suite gave us two closed bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. One bedroom has two double beds, with the other a king bed. The walk in closet was more than sufficient for a crib, and the pull out couch slept two comfortably so that we were all quite comfortable.
     I found tickets for Diggerland on Groupon for 29.95 for those 42" and above which is way cheaper than Diggerland's direct price. 36"-42" was same price as Diggerland, so didnt bother buying through them. 36" and below is free.
     As far as minyan, there are several options just several minutes away in Cherry Hill. We chose Sons of Israel since they had the latest minyan shachris at 8:00.  12 min from hotel
The trip from Monsey took just over two hours, and we quickly settled in for the night so that we could have an early start the next day since Diggerland's hours are 10-6.
After quick 15 minute ride we ended up arriving closer to one and were afraid we would be missing out, but as the weather peaked at about 94 degrees, the park was almost empty and we had just the right amount of time to spend there. Diggerland is awesome! Every kid had a grand time, according to his age and skill. There's something for everyone. It is a construction themed park, so that every ride consists of some tractor or truck retrofitted to suit the needs of the ride. There are tractors to ride and tractors to dig with and tractors to look at... you get the idea but there was truly plenty of variety to keep the kids going despite the weather. There's also a rock climbing wall and a ropes course in addition to a toddler play area. The only separate fee in the park is for the Soaring Eagle Zipling @ $6 a kid, and a gem mining station @ $6 a bag of gems. Officially there is no outside food allowed, but they had no issue with our bulging bags beneath the stroller, so we had plenty to eat just bought drinks every few minutes (3.75 for a coke bottle or 2.95 for a water) The Icee in the park is certified o-u so we tried cooling off with those. They also have misting fans in several areas, but they hardly accomplished much in this heat.
We left at six, got to hotel, ate dinner which was put up in crockpot in morn, played some games and called it a night.
The next morning we woke up to same weather and really wanted to do something water related but couldn't find anything within an hour's drive.
We decided on Johnson's Corner Farm (15 min from hotel) which is an amazing place with u-pick fruits and veggies, playground with splash pad, and animal farm. What we didn't realize is that when they advertise hayrides from 10-1 it means that after 1 there is no way to go picking since you need the hayride to get you out there. In any case we had a fabulous time and spent 3 hours there. There is a playground with very creative play equipment like spider web, huge Connect 4 playing boards, checkers tables, pretend areas, go karts, and the absolute best part which were the splash pads. In the sweltering heat the kids just kept converging there. There's the pail area which literally gets you a bucket of water on your head, some overhead sprinklers, inground sprinklers and the like. The entire play area is not that large it is just truly beautiful with tons of comfortable shaded seating, very clean and plenty of variety. The animal farm was not a petting zoo as we had hoped, but was fun nevertheless. There are sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, donkeys and cows. They provide corn with which to feed them, which you drop in to tubes and they come nibble.  Again, kids had awesome time with that. There's also a farmer's market on premises selling their produce as well as trinkets and the like. Admission was $9 a kid and $4.50 for those 13+. If you pay for hayride (i think 4.50) you get half price admission to the playground and animal farm. After 5 it's only 3 per kid, 1.50 per 13+. Wednesday evenings 5-9 feature free hayrides, pay what you pick.
From there we wanted to go to Laurel Acres Park for a grill, but upon arrival realized that there was some community event going on so we just left. We found Strawbridge Park down the road which suit us perfectly and was completely empty. There is a playground there that occupied the kids while we got the portable grill going. We also brought along a large kite for the bigger ones, and the large open field proved perfect for it.
Upon arrival back at the hotel, we realized that the pool was just about to close, and as we hadnt had a chance to use it yet since it was always full, decided to give it a try. Sure enough, just as we got there, there was some lightning and the pool miraculously cleared for us! We had a grand time, especially given that they came to close the pool half an hour after designated closing time.
All in all, this was a low key, totally kid friendly, tznius-sensitive, low-cost trip which created the family memories which will keep us smiling for a while.
Other kid-friendly options to do in the area (within half hour drive):
Adventure Aquarium (29.95 an adult includes one kid free)
Garden Discovery Museum ($5 admission after 5pm)
Philadelphia Mint (self-guided tour free)
Franklin Institute
Please Touch Museum
Independence Seaport Museum
(bunch of other Philadelphia museums, these are just the ones i looked in to)
Thanks for reading, and good luck with planning your own family trip!

On The Road / Which hotels have Two bedroom suites?
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:10:40 PM »
i hate opening new threads but i just couldnt find anywhere to post. im looking to go away with the family on points. were a group of 8 and obviously neeed more than a suiite but we did just fine in hyatt houses with the Trio rooms. they give you 2 full closed bedrooms plus a living room area with pull out sofa and full kitchen. they are extremely reasonable too. two regular adjoining rooms wont work for us since we need more room and also need the kitchen. my question is if other hotel brands have similar configurations like candlewood suites or Homewood or something like that. any input appreciated.

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Tech Talk / service disabled message on flip phone- help needed please
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:16:34 PM »
i have an LG flip phone (220c) which is prepaid thru straight talk wireless. my son messed around with it and now it has an error message saying service disabled. i called LG who only transferred me to tracfone who only transferred me to straight talk, who told me my account is not active with no minutes (which it definitely does have). has anyone had such an issue and could help me troubleshoot?

Goods For Sale/Trade / anyone have interen shverd tickets to sell?
« on: September 18, 2017, 02:53:53 PM »
I'm looking to buy two tickets for mon afternoon play for first tier.

Deals/Deal Requests / deal request - snorkel gear
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:01:57 AM »
I would like to invest in some (non expensive) snorkel gear but would like first hand reviews since I read thru
anyone recently purchase and can steer me in right direction? also, are the flippers a help or a hindrance?

Just Shmooze / quick poll- do you have amazon prime
« on: February 24, 2017, 12:36:32 PM »
just wondering

Deals/Deal Requests / deal request for kids medical stickers
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:20:52 PM »
kids square stickers that doctors use.shipping is 9.95 on either smilemakers or medibadge. anyone know of anything cheaper?

Up In The Air / 30% off WOW air
« on: February 08, 2017, 10:07:12 AM »
How does it work?
Simply pick your round-trip flight dates at the start of the booking process, enter the WOWSALE promo code and let our booking engine search for available flights. The discount will be visible in step 1 of the booking process. To redeem the discount you need to book round-trip flights before 11:59 PM (GMT) February 9th, 2017. Travel period is February 10th – June 10th, 2017. The discount applies only on selected flights in the travel period and is subject to limited availability.
could make for some decent deals

On The Road / Looking for place to host Shabbaton
« on: February 02, 2017, 02:06:41 PM »
I'm looking for a place in tristate area that could accommodate about 60 students plus 10 families. needs to have separate shul and eating facilities. indoor pool is a plus. could self cater. I tried JEP. any other ideas?

General Discussion / Any Travel Agents Here Of Whom I May Ask A Question?
« on: January 08, 2017, 11:30:28 PM »
what does it take to become a travel agent? preliminary online searches brings up what seems to be a whole bunch of bogus courses. what does it really take? no need to fret about competition, just wondering.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Medical Travel: Psoriasis
« on: January 01, 2017, 11:40:49 AM »
has anyone here had any positive experience with medical travel to alleviate psoriasis? obviously wherever you go where you distress and get some sun will help to some extent but I'm asking about seeing a noticeable difference. ive compiled the following list and would appreciate and additions or personal experience.
dead sea, Israel (saw major improvement)
fountain of youth, fort myers, fl (saw negligible improvement)
soap lake, Washington
blue lagoon, Iceland

I recently came across arenal hot springs from the arenal volcano in costa rica. was wondering if its worth a try. any input appreciated.

General Discussion / help needed with cracking safe code
« on: December 27, 2016, 02:38:28 PM »
i was gifted with a safe (empty) but the one gifting it forgot the combination and its locked. its a gardall safe and ive spend several hours on it with stethoscope and just following random tips from wikihow... locksmith wants $600. anyone here know how to figure this one out or is willing to give it a try for $200?

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