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Re: Thread Title Rules - HOT!!!! PRICE DROP!!! So apparently after opening some seventeen hundred threads in the last two weeks you ran out of threads to open so you made a thread about threads?
September 01, 2016, 03:26:58 PM
Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l I just finished designing the Shutterfly photobook I make from every trip, so I figured I'll share it here. Maybe a person or two will find it mildly useful :P (layout ideas and so on).

This is a 73-page, 8x11 hardcover layflat book.

September 12, 2016, 01:08:37 AM
Re: Venice Master Thread
Is there a non-stop option from NYC in November? I can't find any via Google Flights.
DL and UA non stop is only seasonal.

August 02, 2017, 02:03:54 PM
Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?

How does that price work? You transferred MR somewhere or you didn't have enough points, so you had to pay cash for the remainder?
I transferred MR to BA to IB with the 40% bonus.

The cash is the taxes and fees.

August 03, 2017, 01:38:49 PM
Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
What options have Kosher food? I know Cancun and I believe Aruba. Anything else?


August 24, 2017, 12:41:16 PM
Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
67% of TRs that start this way never get finished. :P

@shmebeble let's not let @yehuda have the last laugh here ;)...

October 08, 2017, 05:43:46 PM
Re: Boo Milts

Haters ganna hate.

And sheep are gonna follow

November 09, 2017, 07:56:02 AM
Re: Iceland Master Thread Well I only went back and forth 20 times, so I think need to stop now or it will never end!
The end of my snorkeling will probably be getting dark out, which is not perfect, but doesn't bother me too much.
1. Yes. Ideally, I would pitch a tent or stay anywhere I can find :) Gotta do what I gotta do.
2. It seems that everything works very differently in the winter. The meeting point for snowmobiling is not at all near the south. It's northeast from Reykjavik in Húsafell, which is north to the glacier, as opposed to the south which is the summer meeting point. So it wouldn't work.
    Technically, it doesn't make sense to drive back and forth. But in our case, we're a large (some slow-moving) crowd and I don't think it's worth the hassle of switching locations.
3. Would love to, if we have time on Monday. It looks like it's on the route I plan to take.

Thank you!

December 06, 2017, 10:34:18 AM
Re: The @Yehuda's First Trip to Miami! nice TR of the Confidante. Really appreciate it!
December 30, 2017, 10:40:48 PM
Re: 1 Year of Amazon Prime for Sale I believe the code adds another year even if you do not need to renew for a while. While the amex offer will only work if your subscription is up for renewal
December 31, 2017, 07:34:07 AM
Re: Free Marriott Rewards for fb / twitter liking Today's answer is "1951" #RewardsPoints
December 31, 2017, 01:03:19 PM
Re: Colorado Master Thread

Avon is already in the mountains, how did that help keep your food cold for the drive up?
2 different walmarts. I got the cooler in Denver, and I was letting him know that there is a way mart right near beaver creek for anything he may need while already in the mountains.

January 02, 2018, 09:50:11 AM
Re: Would you have been better off if you never found DDF? I pretty much have DDF to thank for everything. So, definitely not.
January 03, 2018, 10:12:35 AM
Re: 5th Freedom Flights Master Thread
Are there any 5th Freedoms from JFK-LAX?


January 04, 2018, 09:15:23 AM
Re: SPG Suite Upgrade I'm gonna do everyone a community service and explain how SPG suite upgrades work:

The stay must be booked out of the account where the suite upgrades are coming from. The account holder will add your name and you will be able to check in. If you want to use SPG suite upgrades make sure you find someone who has them first and let them make the booking. SPG suite upgrades can be applied to award stays as well.

Once the Suite upgrade is applied you will NOT be confirmed in the suite right away. 5 days before the stay SPG will look for the suite. If it is available (at their own discretion, just because it shows available online doesn't mean you will get it) they will give it to you. If not they will continue to search until the day of your stay. If they cannot confirm it by then the suite upgrade will be returned to the account

Someone feel free to add this to the wiki. This will save sellers a lot of time

January 07, 2018, 06:20:11 AM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
Anyone ever hear of Discounts Super Store? They have prices $100-300 cheaper than BB's current sale prices.

January 07, 2018, 06:30:47 PM
Re: Passport expedite
Has anyone does the standard renewal process? Does it really take 4-6 weeks?
See upthread. Officially 4-6, lots of data points of 2-4.

January 14, 2018, 11:36:59 AM
Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
February 02, 2018, 08:56:01 AM
Re: What makes someone a noob? The more I learn, the more I realize there is so much I don't know.
February 12, 2018, 10:12:30 AM
Re: Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team!
28/7.442 billion
FTFY :))

February 16, 2018, 09:23:58 AM
Re: Barreling down Niagara Falls on @Yehuda’s First Trip with a Baby!
Glad you enjoyed! Used iPhone 6S. Whirlpool is $12 a person. Yep, got our free picture from the Hershey store. Yes, we needed passports aside from the baby. Coke store is the store next door to Hershey's. There's even an entrance way to walk from one store directly into the other.

Great TR and I love how you also plan all this fun stuff for stops on the drive to and from your destination!

February 22, 2018, 10:33:17 PM
Re: Winter Olympics 2018 Forth in medal count. Nothing to write home about but some nice surprises!!!
February 25, 2018, 11:45:48 AM
Re: Buying an Airline Nice try Warren "Peter" Buffett. We won't do the work for you.
February 26, 2018, 02:40:36 PM
Unexpected RTW: JFK-MLE-BKK-SYD-MEL-BNE-CHC-JFK I mostly lurk on the forums, but really enjoy reading trip reports. I will make as much of an effort as I can to finish this one!

Introduction and Planning

While on last year’s big vacation, we met a sweet Australian family from Perth at the Phuket chabad, whose descriptions of Western Australia convinced me that I would need to find my way there this year. Our student lifestyle would never have supported such a trip; thankfully I began to vigorously “play” the credit card game about a year ago. As the year moved along, I became obsessed with the white sand beaches and gorgeous scenery, but realized that a WA road trip would need at least two weeks, and I NEEDED to see the swirling sand of Whitehaven beach. Unfortunately our time off would never allow for such a long trip. Instead, I settled on….the Conrad Maldives. We accumulated Hilton points specifically for this, and random other points for the flight redemptions. I took months to play around with dates, order of locations; should we fly to Israel, then to Maldives and then to AUS? Or to Asia first? Interviews for PA school in Oct/Nov forced us to push off the vacation to mid-winter time, and my husband’s hatred towards beaches influenced me to eventually add New Zealand South Island to the list. I realized that we were planning on seeing too much: Maldives, Sydney, Airlie Beach, and NZ in two and a half weeks! I regretfully chopped off Whitehaven beach (which ended up being fine because the Conrad was GORGEOUS.)

The first booking was for the Conrad, prompted by the 95,000 point redemption for a water villa in mid December. Once the trip dates for finalized, all the other bookings started trickling in; this was in January for an early February trip! (we have commitment issues…)
Order and dates and destinations were changed numerous times, and this was the final product (All flights in economy, and points are per person):

JFK-SVO-MLE- 25k Merrill lynch points
   Conrad Maldives 3 nights
MLE-BKK- (For Shabbos)  Cheap AirAsia flight
BKK-CGK-SYD- 40k delta miles
   Park Hyatt Sydney 1 night
SYD-AVV-cheap Jetstar flight
   Four Points Melbourne  (10k spg) 1 night
MEL-BNE- 15k Asia miles
BNE-CHC- cheap VA flight
   7 days on the South Island, 2 at the Doubletree Queenstown (30k Hilton)
CHC-SYD-LAX-JFK- 45k delta miles (somehow went down from 60k three weeks before the trip)

*The trip was crazy, and at times stressful and exhausting (I’m talking about you Australia). But totally worth it as I figured I wouldn’t be back in that side of the world for a while.

February 27, 2018, 03:57:57 PM
Re: "A Purim Tribute To DansDeals"
Wait - Don't you have Main site posting rights???  :o
I am only able to publish posts with an Amazon link in them.

February 28, 2018, 01:43:58 PM
Re: "A Purim Tribute To DansDeals"
I am only able to publish posts with an Amazon link in them.

February 28, 2018, 01:59:08 PM
Re: London Master Thread
Thank you! That's great.

No problem Found link to butcher, which also stocks groceries, frozen goods etc.

Owned by one of the shuls

March 14, 2018, 06:10:44 PM
Re: Barreling down Niagara Falls on @Yehuda’s First Trip with a Baby! Great TR. A little nail-biting in the beginning
March 20, 2018, 03:33:02 PM
Re: Stuff Your Kid Tells You Got a new SPG Biz with my wife's name as the business. So I told her from now on, only use the card that has her name on it twice (once for the user name and once for the business).

6 yo son: Why does it say Mommy's name twice?
Me: Because we love her
Wife: Like when it says Moshe Moshe.
6 yo son: That's what it said on Moshe's credit card?

March 27, 2018, 08:58:11 PM
Re: Stuff Your Kid Tells You Are you smarter than my 1st grader ;D
Yes @ExGingi, regular english.

March 29, 2018, 09:55:35 AM
New Feature: Browse All Trip Reports On A Map! Click here to browse the map!

Every pin represents a single author's TR. Some people have written multiple TRs of a single locations, so these will all be in that one pin. Popular places with many trip reports will have many pins; these will show up as you browse and zoom into the map. Note that the pins are not places in precise locations; they are instead generalized to the country or city as per the master wiki.

Use this map as an easy way to find reports, to browse locations near the ones you're interested in, see where people who've done similar trips to yours went, or just to see how well traveled our little community here is.

This is still a work in progress, so please feel free to comment and critique.

April 20, 2018, 12:18:17 AM
Re: Coast of Italy + Cinque Terre + Tuscany + Amalfi Coast + Naples I was in Amalfi Coast twice and ordered kosher food from Avigail Kosher Catering. It was great!
You can find them online and contact them by email. They usually reply after a few days so it is a good thing to contact them well in advance.

April 30, 2018, 05:11:46 AM
Re: Barreling down Niagara Falls on @Yehuda’s First Trip with a Baby! Great TR! Just a note to anyone travelling that way and looking for a nice place to stop. Ithaca NY houses Cornell university which has a kosher dining hall under the star-k and a minyan 3 times a day, it can be a good stopping point depending on your needs (this is during semester so check first). There are also some great falls on the area, Ithaca falls and buttermilk falls.
May 12, 2018, 04:11:20 PM
Re: Barreling down Niagara Falls on @Yehuda’s First Trip with a Baby! Great TR!  Enjoyed quite a bit, and will prob use lots of that advise!  I plan to go in July, a few weekd after my wedding.... In wondering if the Sheraton is the right move, or if there's others as well. 
May 13, 2018, 02:56:41 AM
Re: In the South They Say Y'all - dpk4588's Charleston, SC Adventure
very detailed TR
nice tr
Thank you for the detailed trip report! Was recently thinking of visiting Charleston, was worried about the heat. How was the weather when you were there? From a history perspective, do you think Charleston more authentic then New Orleans?
The weather was in the mid-80s most days, but I've heard it gets really hot. I have friends who went July 4th and it was so hot the they won't take the horses out for the carriage rides. What do you mean "more authentic" in terms of the historical perspectives on Charleston & New Orleans?
Wow, great report! Thanks for taking the time. The detail you go into clearly shows your interest and knowledge of the war, ships, army, historical time. It's always enjoyable to read about something the author is passionate about.
Thanks. Coming from someone's who TRs are famous, that means a lot. Its funny about the historical stuff, because my dad is a history teacher and growing up our vacations were always filled with that kinda stuff and I hated it, but now as an adult, when I can actually understand it, I enjoy it.

May 22, 2018, 01:46:03 PM
Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Are either Vancouver/Whistler or Banff/Jasper good trips if bringing a 1 year old along? I haven't read up on them, so just looking for a general consensus - are these places mostly nature hikes (seems that way from TR pics)?
Vancouver/Whistler is definitely more kid friendly, than Banff/Jasper. That being said I have done both with kids and we had a great time.

June 05, 2018, 02:41:24 PM
Re: Rome Master Thread
What are the options for Shabbos meals if you want to stay in the Ghetto? Seems like Chabad is an hour's walk away.
Baghetto meat (when I went they told me all the food was glatt)
Bella Carne (some stuff is glatt and some isn't)

June 14, 2018, 01:32:05 PM
Re: Oh uh - El Al #LY8 from JFK to Tel Aviv is diverting to Gander 
How has a mod not changed the title to "uh oh" yet?

I was waiting to see if I was the only one noticing it ;D.


June 17, 2018, 02:22:17 AM
JJ1000's 10,000 Post Featuring: A day in the life of Dan, Giveaway, & More It's hard to imagine I joined DDF over 10 years ago, of course this was after I made the first comment on DDMS 14 years ago and joining ctown forums after that.

I really can't begin to count the memories I have here on DDF, one that comes ot mind is the first major DO where @Dan @AsherO @BrooklynCPA @Mikeoracle @Smirk @MOSES @whYME @yare @Avid Reader @Chachem Balaileh @mancunian @yid @SuperFlyer all had an amazing time.

Picture of the DO:

Back at that DO no one really knew who I was, besides that I was the guy who started the jokes thread, which I must say was one of my finest additions to DDF ;)

Since that DO I have made countless friends and received countless favors from DDF members, who truly are like family.

Some that come to mind.

@rots5 and @moish putting me up in Israel while @moishebatchy offered my friends and I extra sheets for our stay, this was of course when we went with the first El AL glitch tickets. @SamKey For hooking up his apartment for Pesach and @Emkay for some awesome kugel, that I am pretty sure had an ok hechsher. @Chaikel for setting up a sweet Jamaican honeymoon.

@steve2 and the fights other new comers used to love to pick like @AJK when he was a total troll back in the day and @HelpMe who IMO had no idea what he fell into when he got here, and I'd like to think was very happy that he stayed.

@TimT is always there to offer some advice and is obviously the best searcher on DDF, @AsherO and @aussiebochur used to be that helpful guy until he got too busy for us ;)

Of course there was @JEWDA who it's still hard to believe isn't here anymore, going to his widows house the day after my Lchaim/vort with my then fiance will always be very special to me. The way DDF comes together when someone is in need (@SBS thread) is so heart touching it's hard to explain.

@mileagejunkie @Marco Polo @myi @YossieW @stooges44 @davidmal @Yaalili @B.D.Da'ehu @ben89 and of course @Davidthebest are my 100 HT club peeps, and have helped ignite the great deals we post every day to help tens of thousands of people save (and maybe spend) money every day. I really appreciate every deal that's sent to us and that's posted on DDF.

I couldn't possibly remember all of the countless nights I stayed up to argue with someone that was wrong about the most random things imaginable. @churnbabychurn @ExGingi @aygart @ChaimMoskowitz and of course many others can always be counted on for some good popcorn when it's needed. And @sky121 can always be counted on for a balanced and positive view on any subject.

Some dude coming along looking to sell a stinky old fish tank has drastically improved the trip reports and photography skills of DDF, hats off to you @Something Fishy.

@DH Data Recovery practically owned the tech deals on ddf at one point, and he @chevron and @txtmax4  are always good for a wine recommendation.

Wrigley softball DO with @SrulyS @Moes Tavern @Redbull3 @MosheD @EJB @chucksterace @Bentch @grodnoking @AJK @Yitzshpitz @Dan@Yodai Dooma @ShmulieCFS @JTZ

One day I may even meet @henche though that is likely IMPOSSIBLE.

Big shoutout to @BAHayman, @Eli, and @Suave for making DDMS/DDF able to run and be what it is today thanks to them!

The first DDF shidduch was super cool @Lou Bob @MC to many more, spending shabbos together in Aruba on the Hyatt Price Mistake was awesome.

Crazy to imagine there are over 300 members with 1,000+ posts so my apologies, I'm sure I missed many memories.

I made a thread asking what I should do for my 10,000 post, and I will try to do most of them below.

Enjoy :)
A typical day in the life of Dan:

Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Dan wakes up from an amazing night's rest on his W Hotel mattress. and tell his Echo Dot which he got for free to turn on the Breville Coffee Maker plugged into his smart plug.

Get into hisNissan Altima and take the quick 2 minute drive to shachris.

After davening, @AJK texts Dan that AA has a Price Mistake to LA in F for $5, if they buys it in the airport and flies today. Naturally Dan just heads straight to the airport and boards the flight to LA. On the plane there is a dog next to him, which was strange at first until he realized it was just @meshugener flying in F as well.

In LAX Dan visits the United lounge, which he has free access to with his lifetime membership and his JMPRCC. He picks up his rental from Silver Car and heads to Tierra Sur for the Lunch DO.

In LA @Yehoshua @Cholentfresser @Yaalili @PlatinumGuy @yehuda @D93 @etech0 @ilherman and @David Smith all meet up for the DO.

All of a sudden Barto walks in and instinctively, the group makes a beeline for the door. But before they can bail, he stops them...And says he planned the AA Price Mistake in order to get a face to face with Dan after all these years.

Barto has realized after years of being the bad guy, he just wanted to hang out with the cool kids on DDF from the olden days like @Drago @Saver2000 @Cbs @Q274 @MarkS @aussiebochur , @chuchem and @myb821, he said even though it's @noturbizniss but he left his old job and as he was leaving he reinstated all the damage he's done over the years, returning millions of miles to their rightful owners.

Everyone was very happy and had drinks all around as well as
grilled to perfection.

After Lunch Dan drives back to the airport and rushes to catch his flight home as he realizes it is almost time for his UPS delivery. On the plane he uses the on board Wi-Fi to make some posts and read DDF (this is actually what takes up 18 hours of the day every day, besides shabbos).

He makes it home just in time to receive his UPS delivery of US Mint coins. He had set up delayed delivery back in 2009 and every day since then he has been receiving a $10k shipment of US Mint coins shipped via the UPS Method. To date this has netted a cool 30,000,000+ SPG points.

At the end of the day he reflect on life and remembers what is really important and what he is thankful for.

Now it's time to count to 10,000 and fall asleep.

(This is a fairly typical day)

Just some simple tricks for car rental status.

You can get free Sixt Platinum status when you sign up with this link. Once you confirm your email address you can login and instantly get your card online that shows you as Platinum.

Then match that status to National and hopefully get Executive elite, possibly Executive. (Can also apply here directly for executive)

Then email Hertz Simply enroll in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program then provide proof of your identity and proof of status with other car rental companies via email to

And apply for Enterprise Platinum here.

Avis you can try via social media or calling sometimes.

Fell free to add more matches in the comments.
A quick chazara of all my posts: Your attitude is what decides your mood, not what's going on. You can have a trip ruined if something goes wrong, or it can become one of the most memorable trips of your life. Roll with the punches. Always have a healthy dose of cynicism. Understand that someone with beliefs to the right of you or the left of you aren't wrong, just different, a rainbow would be pretty ugly with just one color. Enjoy life and always cherish what's most important to you, and try to keep that in mind every second of every day.

As a last note I'd like to do a small giveaway. just comment on this thread and I'll choose one winner to get a Google Home Mini and another winner to get the best card games IMO being Codenames and Monopoly Deal.

I can't thank DDF enough for giving me all the opportunities life has to offer, from making friends, traveling the world, to supporting my family, I couldn't do any of it without this truly amazing community.

Just to end off with a special thanks to Dan for starting it all and giving me the opportunity to grow the site and live the blessed life that I do.

July 09, 2018, 12:46:34 PM
Re: Starbucks lost its hechsher!?! To clarify. Starbucks never had a hechsher. The few things and few Baltimore store that the star K vouched for, they no longer do.
July 10, 2018, 10:34:58 AM
Re: The LA of Canada (Vancouver, BC) & The LA of the US (Los Angeles, CA)
Nice TR! Thanks for writing it up, helped me with some YVR planning. You may have had an empty seat infront of you on the way to LA, but you also had a foot sticking out infront of you.  ;D
Its always nice to see a TR of mine bumped for a good reason. That food didn't really get in the way of my legroom. I just hope it was only there because there was no seat because if there was a seat there and I was sitting in it I wouldn't really appreciate having a foot in my way.

Enjoy YVR.

July 26, 2018, 11:45:38 AM
Re: AJK's YVR Surprise: A TR by His (Much) Better Half Was joking.

But could have been Haagen Dazs.

July 27, 2018, 12:28:49 PM
Virgin Atlantic Partners: South African Airways Edition South African Airways does not have many routes to the US. They currently fly twice daily to the US. A nonstop from Johannesburg (JNB) to New York – JFK and another flight from Johannesburg to Washington DC – IAD. (This second flight, makes a stop 4x weekly (Mon, Tue, Thu and Sat) in Accra, Ghana (ACC) and the other 3x weekly (Sun, Wed, Fri) in Dakar, Senegal (DSS).

For the nonstop flight from JFK to JNB (flown on the A340-600) or if flying from IAD direct to JNB (more on that in the next paragraph) you would need:

Economy (2-4-2) – 38,462 Amex
Business (2-2-2, lie-flat) - 57,693 Amex


The 4x weekly flight from IAD to ACC can also be booked on it’s own. This flight is flown on SA’s newest business class product installed on the A330-300. You would need:

Economy (2-4-2) – 26,924 Amex
Business (1-2-1, staggered) - 42,308 Amex


The 3x weekly flight from IAD to DSS can be booked on it’s own as well. This flight is on the older A330-200 with 2-2-2 seating in J. You would need:

Economy (2-4-2) – 15,385 Amex
Business (2-2-2, lie-flat) - 19,231 Amex


Continuing on from Dakar (DSS) or Accra (ACC) to South Africa, would require a separate award which would be:

Economy  – 15,385 Amex
Business - 19,231 Amex


Lastly, VS miles can also be a good option to get around Southern Africa area and can be useful if BA does not have availability.

Flying from South Africa to Botswana (Elephant land), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, (Cape Town, Kruger etc.) Swaziland, ZimZam (Victoria Falls) would be:

Economy  – 7,693 Amex
Business - 11,539 Amex


All amounts are for OW. RT would be double. Amounts are taking into effect the current 30% transfer bonus. YQ (Fuel Surcharge) is added to SAA awards. Amount should be comparable with what would show by looking up the itinerary on ITA.

August 05, 2018, 01:08:36 PM
Quick Family Trip on a Dime (no pics) 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!

August 08, 2018, 01:18:37 AM
Re: A little R+R in Cancun with @Yehuda awesome report! i was at the Ziva two weeks after it opened, there were no dolphins yet. this report definitely took me down memory lane. Thank You
August 09, 2018, 02:34:52 PM
Re: Maui Master Thread
Oh man. Will that impact SPG starting 8/18 too? Looks like there will be lots of calls to revenue managers in the future.
It should't impact ex-SPGs.

August 09, 2018, 03:19:45 PM
Re: A little R+R in Cancun with @Yehuda Great TR!
August 09, 2018, 05:58:23 PM
Re: A little R+R in Cancun with @Yehuda love the pics! great TR!
August 09, 2018, 06:40:28 PM
Re: A little R+R in Cancun with @Yehuda Thank you, well written TR, enjoyed reading it all.
August 10, 2018, 01:17:10 AM
Re: A little R+R in Cancun with @Yehuda Thank you amazing TR!
August 10, 2018, 07:45:43 AM