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Chol Hamoed trip
« on: March 06, 2022, 07:06:14 PM »
Trying to find a destination within 3-4 hours drive from tri-state area. Most attractions are closed mid-week in April. Any ideas other than Poconos or Mystic?

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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2022, 11:42:04 PM »
Similar question: I have a full day (9:30 am-7:30 pm) stopover in EWR on Tuesday of chol hamoed (4/19). Anything interesting to do with little kids within a 2 hour drive?

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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2022, 11:59:15 PM »
Similar question: I have a full day (9:30 am-7:30 pm) stopover in EWR on Tuesday of chol hamoed (4/19). Anything interesting to do with little kids within a 2 hour drive?
If you're really from Jacksonville or the like, would just seeing lots of frum people be interesting for your kids?
You can go to a frum neighborhood - Lakewood, BoroPark, etc - and go to a kosher supermarket, hit a minyan factory shul, windowshop, stop off at the kiddie rides set up for chol hamoed, kosher pizza shop...


My niece from out of NY was fascinated at such a large store where everything is kosher in a neighborhood with so many things run by from people - cashiers, schoolbus drivers, etc.
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2022, 12:02:27 AM »
If you're really from Jacksonville or the like, would just seeing lots of frum people be interesting for your kids?
You can go to a frum neighborhood - Lakewood, BoroPark, etc - and go to a kosher supermarket, hit a minyan factory shul, windowshop, stop off at the kiddie rides set up for chol hamoed, kosher pizza shop...


My niece from out of NY was fascinated at such a large store where everything is kosher in a neighborhood with so many things run by from people - cashiers, schoolbus drivers, etc.
That’s likely what we’ll end up doing. Was wondering if there are any specific events going on that we can go to?

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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2022, 10:03:07 AM »
Coming from EWR, I'd suggest heading to American Dream mall, about 20 minutes away. There are lots of fun activities for kids - indoor amusement park, ice skating, mini golf, possibly indoor skiing (currently closed for repairs) - and it will also come with arguably the largest number of Jews anywhere in the NY area that day.

Also, wherever you end up for Chol Hamoed Pesach, I'd suggest skipping the pizza shop mentioned above. :)

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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2022, 11:02:15 AM »
That’s likely what we’ll end up doing. Was wondering if there are any specific events going on that we can go to?
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2022, 11:16:41 AM »
Coming from EWR, I'd suggest heading to American Dream mall, about 20 minutes away. There are lots of fun activities for kids - indoor amusement park, ice skating, mini golf, possibly indoor skiing (currently closed for repairs) - and it will also come with arguably the largest number of Jews anywhere in the NY area that day.

Also, wherever you end up for Chol Hamoed Pesach, I'd suggest skipping the pizza shop mentioned above. :)
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2022, 09:40:22 AM »

Also be aware that feeding animals matzoh will likely cause disruptions in their digestive system and tzar ba'alei chai is also not recommended.
So if you're going to see farm animals on Pesach, enjoy watching them without feeding them.
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2022, 03:06:21 PM »
Also be aware that feeding animals matzoh will likely cause disruptions in their digestive system and tzar ba'alei chai is also not recommended.

Marror (Romaine) OTOH is great animal food, and likely less than 1/100 of the price in Costco than in the Zoo, (and you don't even have to check them)

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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2023, 09:32:18 PM »
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2023, 10:05:56 PM »
Bringing my children to their 95 year old great grandmother-best trip ever!
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2023, 11:02:07 AM »
Bringing my children to their 95 year old great grandmother-best trip ever!
Sounds lovely in theory.
But were they scared of her?
Did they understand what she said? Language, volume, accent?
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2023, 11:58:14 AM »
I also brought my children to visit a few grandparents yesterday, including one in a similar age range. Both the children and the grandparents enjoyed it, but at the end of the day, my kids complained that they didn't go on a real Chol Hamoed trip...

I still think it was an important trip, and I think they'll learn to appreciate such visits more as they get older. But I do feel bad for them that they only really have one more day for a big trip, as the first day was Shabbos (and last day is always Erev Yom Tov...)

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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2023, 11:59:03 AM »
Sounds lovely in theory.
But were they scared of her?
Did they understand what she said? Language, volume, accent?
One of the sweetest photos I've ever seen of my grandfather was when he was in his mid-90s.  My cousin's 3- or 4-year old daughter was giving him a hug with a big smile on her face.  As with many things in life, kids pick up their parents' attitudes.
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2023, 12:28:27 PM »
Sounds lovely in theory.
But were they scared of her?
Did they understand what she said? Language, volume, accent?
They were not at all scared of her and they had a beautiful conversation. When they talk among themselves about chol hamoed they always include one day of going to Omi. She has a slight British accent.



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I also brought my children to visit a few grandparents yesterday, including one in a similar age range. Both the children and the grandparents enjoyed it, but at the end of the day, my kids complained that they didn't go on a real Chol Hamoed trip...

I still think it was an important trip, and I think they'll learn to appreciate such visits more as they get older. But I do feel bad for them that they only really have one more day for a big trip, as the first day was Shabbos (and last day is always Erev Yom Tov...)

We always make sure to do something after going to her even if it is relatively small like bowling (which we did yesterday).
We feel that the chinuch aspect of it is extremely important that they see the importance of keeping the connection between generations.
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Re: Chol Hamoed trip
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2023, 07:03:31 PM »
I was planning to go to a Sooper Sekrit lounge this Chol Hamoed, but there just were not enough days. Maybe I'll visit there sometime in the coming weeks.