Choose Your Adventure and Fun Throughout Chol HaMoed
By Yehudit Garmaise
After spending two days with family and friends in our sukkahs, many venues in Boro Park, Brooklyn, New York City, and the surrounding areas offer a large variety of fun, exciting things, and adventurous things to do over Chol HaMoed.
For your convenience, BoroPark24 compiled and grouped 46 fun things to do Motzei Yom Tov.
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1. Starting closet to home, Boro Parkers do not have to go far to participate in a leibidig Simchas Bais Hashoeva, right at 13th Avenue and 48th Street, which will take place every night of Chol Hamoed from 8:30 to 11pm: Wed., Sept. 22, Thursday, Sept. 23, and Motzei Shabbos, Sept. 25.
In addition to live music and dancing from 8:30 to 11pm, every night at 9:30pm, the simcha will provide fun children’s special programs, such as The Dr. Shnitzel Science Show, The Shleikes Show with Ventriloquist Yisroel Silverstein, and an amazing juggling show.
2. For parents who want to take their children to a ventriloquist show during the day, the Jewish Children’s Museum, at 792 Eastern Parkway is hosting a Sukkos Ventriloquist Show Thursday and Sunday at 10:30am, 2pm, 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm and on Friday at 10:30 am and 2pm. Parent can call (718) 907-8833 for tickets.
3. Brooklyn Bridge Park always offers beautiful views and places for children to play at 334 Furman Street.
4. Music lovers can head to Maimonides Stadium in Coney Island on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 1:30 to 4:30pm to hear a concert that features Miami Boys Choir, Uri Davidi, Levy Falkowitz, Flying Houndz Frizbee & Track Dog Show, East Coast Marching Band, BMX Supershow, BELLO with Huge Daredevil Acts, and More.
For tickets, please visit: miamiboyschoir.com, and for groups and information, please contact: [email protected]
5. Also, on Sunday, Sept. 26, Moshe Tischler, Benny Friedman, 8th Day, and Eli Marcus will be performing with the Freilach Band 2:30 pm at the Ritz Theater, which is located at 1148 East Jersey Street, Elizabeth, NJ.
For more info: [email protected]
6. The American Dream Waterpark in East Rutherford, NJ, is offering designated hours for men and boys from 7:30pm to 11:30pm on Thursday, Sept. 23 and from 10:30pm to 2:30am on Motzei Shabbos, Sept. 25.
Women and girls’ hours are from 6:30pm to 10:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 26. Tickets can be purchases at CHWaterpark.com, or at (718) 564-6697.
7. For adventure-seekers, NCSY has rented out Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari on Sept. 23rd until 5 pm. Kosher food and a sukkah will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at: ncsygreatadventure.com. For groups and more information, please call: (201) 862-0250.
8. Adventureland Amusement Park, which is at 2245 Broad Hollow Road (Rt 110), Farmingdale, NY 11735, also will be rented out and will provide a sukkah on the premises on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11am to 5pm.
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. On Thursday, Sept. 23 from 12 to 7pm, families can head to 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. Groups of 20 and more can 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. 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.
13. The New York Hall of Science, at 47-01 111th St. in Queens, NY 11368, can be reached at (718) 699-0005.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. At Hobby House, located at 3915 14th Ave in Boro Park, creative people can paint, craft, and eat ice cream.
Water and Air Fun
17. Lovers of the sea and sea creatures, can take part in Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruises that depart daily 10am and 1 pm at Cape May Whale Watcher, which is located at 1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ. Tickets can be purchased at: capemaywhalewatcher.com
18. Boro Parkers who want to go boating, while staying closer to home, can just head to Prospect Park 171 East Drive, in Brooklyn, (718) 462-0010.
19. One of the best ways and least expensive way see the Statue of Liberty is to take a 25-minute, free ride on the Staten Island Ferry, which can 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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
23. 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.
24. The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460 (718) 367-1010, bronxzoo.com.
25. In Manhattan, the Central Park Zoo is located at 5th Ave & 64th Street
New York, NY 10021, (212) 439-6500, or centralparkzoo.com.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. For city kids who want to visit a farm, families can head to Green Meadows Farm on 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234.
29. If your children like fish, fish, and more fish, take your kids to 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.
30. 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.
31. Flower lovers can go to 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
For History Buffs and Museum Enthusiasts
32. South Street Seaport, which can be found 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.
33. 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.
34. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 5th Ave. in Manhattan, and can be reached at (212) 423-3200.
35. The Jewish Children’s Museum can be found at 792 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213, and can be reached at (718) 907-8833.
36. The Center for Jewish History can be found at 15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011. For more information, please call (212) 294-8301.
37. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is at 36 Battery Park, and more information can be found at (646) 437-4202
38. Vintage trains of the city can be explored at the New York Transit Museum can be found at 99 Schermerhorn St. in Brooklyn, NY 11201, and more information can be found at (718) 694-1600.
39. The Transit Museum is at 89 East 42nd St., and can be reached at (212) 878-0106.
40. The New York Historical Society is the city’s first museum, and can be found at 170 Central Park West.
41. 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.
42. 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.
43. 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.
Films for Women and Girls
44. "Tournament 2," which was filmed in the Ukraine, will be showing at Anshei Sfard at 4502 14th Ave. on Thurs., Sept. 23 at 5 and 9pm, on Motzei Shabbos, Sept. 25, at 9:45pm, and on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 and 7:45pm.
45. "Crossing the Line" will be shown at Rieger Hall at 1362 S. 50th St. on Sept. 22 at 9:30pm on Sept. 23 at 4:45pm and 8:45pm, Sept. 24 at 12:30pm, Sept 25 at 9:30pm, and Sept. 26 at 5pm and 8:30pm.
46. "Shattered" will be shown at Ateres Golda at 1362 50th St. on Sept. 22 at 9:30pm, Sept. 23 at 4:30pm and 8:30pm, Sept. 24 at noon, Sept. 25 at 9:30pm, and on Sept. 26 at 4pm and 6pm.