Choose from 50 Fun and Adventurous Outings throughout Chol HaMoed
By Yehudit Garmaise
Our beautiful and inspiring sedarim are behind us, and now our children are ready to head out, see new things, and have fun.
For your convenience, BoroPark24 compiled and grouped 50 fun, exciting, and adventurous things to do over Chol HaMoed in Boro Park, Brooklyn, New York City, and the surrounding areas.
1. A Pesach Fun Family Extravaganza, a free event that hosted by the Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) and Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2022: from noon to 5pm at 18th Avenue Park at the 55th Street entrance.
For entertainment, Uncle Moishe, Simon Sez, a ventriloquist, a magician, and a monkey will be performing, in addition to other activities, such as rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, a photo booth, face-painting, and balloon-sculptures.
To avoid waiting in line, participants may pre-register at www.bpjcc.org. For additional information, please call the BPJCC at (718) 972-6600.
2. Brooklyn Bridge Park always offers beautiful views and places for children to play at 334 Furman Street, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for fun and great views.
3. Cherry blossoms are in season at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, a 52-acre garden that boasts more than 14,000 types of plants at 990 Washington Ave. More information can be found at (718) 623-7200.
4. “Zusman,” a live, dramatic stage performance, will be shown at the Union County Performing Arts Center. Mendel Wagschal wrote and directed the play, Yossi Green wrote the songs, and Yaakov Lemmer will be performing on:
• Monday, April 18, at 12:30pm for men, and at 7pm for women.
• Tuesday, April 19, at 7pm for men, and at 12:30pm for women.
• Wednesday, April 20, at 12:30pm and 7pm for men.
More information can be found at www.zmanplay.com
5. Yaakov Shwekey and the Yeshiva Boys Choir are performing on Tuesday, April 19, at 7pm, at the Seaside Park Community Arts Center, (which is formerly Ford Amphitheater) at 3052 W. 21st St. For tickets, please call (718) 853-9403.
6. The American Dream Waterpark in East Rutherford, NJ, is the nation's largest indoor waterpark. Designated hours for ladies and girls will be Monday from 7pm to 11pm, and for men and boys on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm.
Tickets are $89 and can be purchased at americandream/promo/women and americandream/promo/men.
7. Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari can be found at 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township, NJ 08527. For group tickets and more information, please call: (201) 862-0250.
8. Adventureland Amusement Park, which is at 2245 Broad Hollow Road (Rt 110), Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Guests under two are free, and aged 2 to 24 years are charged $44.99. Those 25 and older, are charged $34.99. Guests can save $5 by purchasing their tickets online at adventureland.us.
9. Hershey Park, a (non-chalav-yisroel) chocolate-themed park in Hershey, Pa, that features 121 acres of water rides, roller coasters, family rides, shady trees, green spaces in the fresh Pennsylvania air.
Regular Admission Tickets cost $43 for children ages 3 to 8, and $43 for adults older than 19 years old. Groups of 20 and more pay $42 a person.
Please contact: hersheyparksukkot.com or call: (855) 236-4449.
10. Urban Air Adventure and Trampoline Park, which has three locations, offers a $399 special that includes: Guaranteed access, with no waiting, a private room that is secured for two hours, private check-in, and ultimate attractions for 20 people.
Guests may buy tickets at the park or reserve online at urbanairparks.com or by e-mail at [email protected]
Urban Air’s three locations are at 396 Ryders Lane, Ryders Crossing Shopping Center, Milltown, NJ 08850, (732) 286-1994, Wesley Street, South Hackensack, NJ 07606 (201) 212-6454, and at 1600 Saint Georges Avenue, Avenel, NJ 07001, (732) 640-8847.
11. Everest Virtual Realty Amusement Park, at 5604 New Utrecht Ave., offers excitement, adventure, action, and relaxation “in a different dimension.” More information can be found at (718) 775-3838.
12. iPlayAmerica, in Freehold, NJ, offers go-karts, rides, laser tag, and more than 250 arcade games, starting at 11am over Chol HaMoed.
13. Keansburg Amusement Park, at 275 Beachway Ave., in Beachway, NJ, which features a beautiful, oceanfront beach, Bumper Cars, Roller Coaster, Double Shot, and Go Karts, will be open Tuesday and Wednesday: April 19 and 20 from 12pm to 5pm. Tickets are $18 and parking is free.
14. House of Fun, in Flatbush, offers bouncy houses, slides, playgrounds, obstacle courses, magic shows, face-painting, and a ball pit, at 1630 E. 15th St. Monday to Wednesday’s hours are 10am to 12pm, 12:30 to 2:30pm, 3 to 5pm, and 5:30 to 7:30pm. Thursday’s hours are 10am to 12pm and 12:30 to 2:30pm.
15. Kids in Action offers a smaller roller coaster, a train, bumper cars, a soft play area, an arcade, net climbing, and a toddler section at 1149 McDonald Avenue during its extended Chol HaMoed hours: Monday to Wednesday, 11am to 7pm, and Thursday, from 11am to 4pm.
16. Science enthusiasts can check out Liberty Science Center, an interactive science museum and learning center that is located at 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305. For more information, please call (201) 200-1000, or visit LSC.org.
17. The New York Hall of Science, at 47-01 111th St. in Queens, NY 11368, can be reached at (718) 699-0005.
18. Creative Boro Parkers who like to do arts and crafts can head to Zelda’s Art World at 2291 Nostrano Ave. in Brooklyn. More information can be found at (713) 694-1600.
19. The Painted Pot is a fun place to learn how to make clay creations and paint them at 229 Smith Street in Brooklyn. More information is at (718) 222-0334.
20. At Hobby House, located at 3915 14th Ave in Boro Park, creative residents can paint, craft, and eat ice cream.
Water and Air Fun
21. Lovers of large sea creatures can take part in whale and dolphin-watching cruises that depart daily 10am and 1 pm, which is located at 1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ. Tickets can be purchased at: capemaywhalewatcher.com
22. Boro Parkers who want to go boating, while staying closer to home, can just head to the boathouse at Prospect Park, which can be found at 171 East Drive, in Brooklyn, (718) 462-0010.
23. Catch a 25-minute, fun, free ride on the Staten Island Ferry to enjoy the water and see the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island Ferry, which docks at St. George Ferry Terminal at 1 Bay Street and The Whitehall Ferry Terminal is located at 4 South Street: both of which are accessible by MTA buses and the Staten Island Railway (SIR). For more information, please call (718) 390-5253.
24. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises operate guided tours of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty by day and the New York City skyline, starting at Pier 83 at 83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036. For more information, please call (212) 563-3200.
25. Chelsea Piers at West 23rd Street & Hudson River Park in Manhattan, offers batting cages, boat rides, bowling, bubble soccer, a golf driving range, ice-skating, rock- climbing, a scavenger hunt, and other fun activities. For more information, please call (212) 336-6666.
26. Liberty Helicopter Tours offer reservations for rides high above the city to see New York from the clouds by calling (800) 542-9933.
Zoos and Farms in every Borough
27. Animal lovers who want to stay in Brooklyn can head to the Prospect Park Zoo, which is located at 450 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225, and can be reached at (718) 399-7339, or prospectparkzoo.com.
28. The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460 (718) 367-1010, bronxzoo.com.
29. In Manhattan, the Central Park Zoo is located at 5th Ave & 64th Street, New York City NY 10021, (212) 439-6500, or centralparkzoo.com.
30. Queens has its own zoo: at 53 to 51 111th Street, in Flushing, NY 11368-3301, and can be reached at (718) 271-1500, and at Queenszoo.com.
31. Staten Island Zoo is located at 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310. For more information, please call (718) 442-3100, or go online to Statenislandzoo.org.
32. For city kids who want to visit a farm, families can head to Green Meadows Farm on 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234.
33. If your children like fish, fish, and more fish, Brooklyn has its own New York Aquarium, which is located at 602 Surf Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11224. For more information, please call (718) 265-3474, or log onto nyaquarium.com.
34. Another option is Long Island Aquarium, which is located at 431 East Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901. For more information, please call (631) 208-9200, Ext. 426, or log on to Longislandaqauarium.com.
For History Buffs and Museum Enthusiasts
35. South Street Seaport, located at Pier 17, at Fulton and South Streets in Manhattan, 10038, preserves the history of New York as a great port city includes an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, galleries, a working 19th-century print shop, and a fleet of historic vessels. More information can be found at (212) 732-8257.
36. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum can be found at 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213, and more information can be found at (718) 735-4400.
37. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 5th Ave. in Manhattan and can be reached at (212) 423-3200.
38. The Jewish Children’s Museum, which will feature Fire Juggling over Chol HaMoed, can be found at 792 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11213, and can be reached at (718) 907-8833. Advanced reservations are required by calling (718) 907-8833 or going online at www.jcm.museum. Tickets are $15.
39. The Center for Jewish History can be found at 15 West 16th Street, New York City, NY 10011. For more information, please call (212) 294-8301.
40. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is at 36 Battery Park, and more information can be found at (646) 437-4202
41. The Living Torah Museum, right at 1601 41st Street, brings Jewish History to life with tours every hour, on the hour, from 9am to 8pm daily. Tours for men-only are available at 8pm and 9pm, nightly. No appointments are necessary during Chol HaMoed.
42. The New York Transit Museum offers visitors opportunities to explore vintage trains at 99 Schermerhorn St. in Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information, readers can call (718) 694-1600.
43. Another Transit Museum can be found in Manhattan at 89 East 42nd St. and can be reached at (212) 878-0106.
44. The New York Historical Society, which is the city’s first museum, can be found at 170 Central Park West.
45. Bikes can be rented for $10 for two hours to ride through Central Park at Central Park Bike Rental at 117 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019.
46. Boro Parkers can also grab an oar for a rowboat at $20 per hour, or a gondola ride at $50 per hour, through a pond at Central Park by heading to The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Reservations can be made at (212) 517-2233.
47. Lovers of beautiful city skylines, 360 degrees around of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park can visit the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building at 350 5th Ave. More information can be found at (212) 736-3100.
Kosher Films for Women and Girls
48. “Trapped in Iran” will be showing at the Grand Auditorium at 43rd Street and New Utrecht Avenue on Sunday, April 17, at 10:15pm, and Monday to Thursday, April 18 to 20 at both 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
49. “Crossing the Line” will be showing on Monday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 20, at 5pm and 9pm. Tickets are $25.
50. “Rift on the Ocean” will be showing on Tuesday, April 19, at 5pm and 9pm at Anshei Sfard, which is located at 4502 14th Ave. Tickets are $25.
Shomrim reminds residents that before heading out for Chol HaMoed outings, parents should take separate photographs of each of their children and attach tags with children’s names, and parents’ telephone numbers.
Click on the link to print the poster and the attached children’s tags: https://cutt.ly/BPShomrim-Tags