Turtle Back Zoo
See animals from all over the world, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, Komodo dragons, ostriches, bald eagles and sea lions. Included in the price of admission is a dinosaur-themed playground, and other attractions include pony rides and an endangered-species carousel, both $2. Next door to the zoo are the TreeTop Adventure Course, with a world-class aerial obstacle course and a zip line for older kids and adults, and Mini Golf Safari, with an African-themed mini-golf course.
Admission: $15 adults, $12 children. Children under 2 free.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052
Six Flags Great Adventure
An amusement park for the whole family to enjoy! Experience the thrill of roller coasters, including Kingda Ka, the tallest coaster in the world. There is a variety of rides, from family friendly to kid friendly to thrill-seeking. Included with admission is the Safari Off-Road Adventure, which includes a tour of over 1,200 animals observed from an open-air truck.
NCSY will be at Great Adventure on Monday, April 22; Tuesday, April 23; and Wednesday, April 24. NCSY rates are available. Monday afternoon admission includes the Mordechai Shapiro concert at 3:00 p.m. On Monday and Tuesday there will be a full kosher l’Pesach menu available for purchase. Wednesday will have only a limited menu. Food from Riverdale Kosher Market. Buses for teens only with prearrangement will be available from Teaneck, West Orange and Highland Park. For further information about busing and all prepaid ticketing arrangements contact NCSY at 201-862-0250 or www.ncsygreatadventure.com.
Address: 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527
Paterson Great Falls
A new addition to the National Park Service, Paterson Great Falls includes the Great Falls of the Passaic River, raceways built in the late 18th century and the Paterson Museum. See the waterfall that powered an industrial city dating back to the 18th century, established by Alexander Hamilton. Guided tours are led daily by the National Park Service. You may also choose to visit the nearby Paterson Museum, which contains a variety of exhibits relating to the history of Paterson.
Admission: Free ($2 suggested donation for the museum)
Hours: Tours available Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Welcome Center hours: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Museum hours: Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Address: 72 McBride Ave, Paterson, NJ 07501
Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry From Liberty State Park
Located only 2,000 feet from the Statue of Liberty. Information available about the statue and Ellis Island. Take advantage of play ground, liberty walk, lookout point and nature trail.
Address: Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City
Van Saun Park and Bergen County Zoo
Within its 146 acres, Van Saun County Park offers a wide range of activities that is sure to please the entire family. Some of its popular attractions include the nationally accredited Bergen County Zoological Park, the historic Washington Spring Garden, train, carousel, pony rides, several age-appropriate playgrounds and picnic and fishing areas.
Admission is free until April 30.
Hours: Open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: 216 Forest Ave, Paramus
Liberty Science Center
Check out the LSC’s calendar on their website for daily events and shows. http://lsc.org/see-whats-happening/events-calendar/.
Holiday hours: 9 a.m to 7:30 p.m. Admission: Child (age 2 -12) $19.75, adult $23.75, senior (age 62+) $19.75
Address: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure
Safe, fun, affordable activities for the entire family. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
See special coupons and rates in the Jewish Link ad.
Address: 69 Wesley Street, Hackensack
Phone: 201-212-6454. Be sure to call for further information.
Obstacles high off the ground as well as right at your feet. Rock climbing, wall climbing etc.
Address: 266 Union Street, Northvale
Address: 260 Grand Ave, Englewood
Monday to Thursday 10 A.M to 6 P.M.
Escape Room New Jersey
Solve the mystery and have loads of fun doing it!
200 Wanaque Ave, Pompton Lakes
19 Waverly Lane, Madison
Catch Air Indoor Playground
Hours: Sun-Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Children under 2: $9.99, Children over 3: $19.99, Adults: $9.99, Adults accompanying: $4.99
Address: 224 Rte 4 E at Forest, Paramus, lower level of ShopRite
(Monsey) Turtle Boo
Hours: Mon-Wed 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 175 East Central Avenue, Spring Valley, NY 10977
Call to see if reservations are necessary. Totally kosher facility, snack bar, something to eat for everyone.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
National Historic Landmark depicts World War II history, the modern Navy, outer space, deep sea exploration and early aviation.
Open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: Hudson River at W 46th St. and 12th Ave. Pier 86
Call or go online for prices.
Ellis Island and Liberty Island Boat Tour
Visit the former immigration center of Ellis Island and learn about our nation’s history in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, then venture to Liberty Island and climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Additionally, get a boat tour of New York Harbor.
Hours: First ferry: 8:30 a.m. Last ferry:
Ferry addresses: Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Manhattan, or Liberty State Park, 200 Morris St., Jersey City, NJ 07305
Escape The Room NYC
Gather family and friends for the ultimate team-building exercise—get locked in a puzzle room and solve the clues to escape together! Escape the Room, located in both downtown and midtown NYC, offers several different themed rooms. No skills are required, just curiosity and a desire to unlock the door before 60 minutes are up.
Admission: $28-$30 per person
Hours: Games start every 90 minutes or so; check website
Address: 24 West 25th St., New York, NY 10010, 107 Suffolk, New York, NY 10002
Visit the largest urban zoo in the country to see wondrous animal exhibits including Madagascar!, Congo Gorilla Forest, Tiger Mountain and African Plains. Witness penguin and sea lion feedings. Ride the zoo shuttle, watch a movie in the 4D theater and ride the bug carousel (each $6, shuttle is weekends only).
Admission: Free on Wednesdays. $39.95 for adults, $29.95 for children 3-12, free for children 2 and under.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460
NY Tenement Museum
Learn about the lives of residents of New York City’s Lower East Side tenement apartments in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the residents were immigrants, and many were Jewish. Tour the actual tenement buildings that have been restored to look just as they did a century ago. The museum recommends both a guided tour of the buildings and a walking tour of the neighborhood to gain the best grasp of the immigrant experience.
Hours: Visitor Center: Sun-Tues, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Check website for tour times.
Address: 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Phone: 877-975-3786, Email:
American Museum of Natural History
Explore the incredible and educational exhibitions at the Museum of Natural History. Take tours and learn about dinosaurs, mummies, ancient cultures, the planets and much more. Before you go, make sure to watch the movie “Night at the Museum” because it’ll be fun to see what you can recognize from the movie!
Admission: Adults $23, child 2-12 $13, senior and student $18
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Address: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Have you ever wondered about the height of the tallest man ever, hoped to see an authentic albino giraffe or wanted to witness the portrait of Albert Einstein made from toast? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a museum in which children and adults can immerse themselves into the world of the unbelievable. It is home to various exhibits portraying unusual and out-of-the-ordinary people, animals and artifacts. The experience is exciting, interesting and entertaining to kids and adults alike.
Admissions: Children (4-12) $19.20, adults (16+) $25.60 (online prices)
Hours: 10 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Address: 234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Leave the Land of Large and enter an amazing new experience, located at the crossroads of the world, Times Square. A full city block wide, Gulliver’s Gate is a technologically advanced, interactive and immersive world of miniatures that will ignite your imagination and challenge your perspective.
Admission: Ages 6-12 and 65 and over: $27 at the box office or $22 online. Ages 13 to 64: $36 at the box office or $31 online.
Hours: October-May: Seven days a week: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 216 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
The Roosevelt Island Tramway
The tramway was opened in 1976 as a means to shuttle residents to and from Manhattan. The tram holds 125 persons and is the only commuter cable car in North America. It travels a distance of 3,100 feet at an average speed of 16 mph in 4 ½ minutes, at a maximum height of 250 feet. Only MTA cards are accepted Open 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Address: 591 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY 10044; Manhattan Terminal at E 60th St. and 2nd Ave.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Comprehensive three-hour tour that loops completely around Manhattan accompanied by lively narration. There is also a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise. For something completely different, which kids love, try the Beast, a 30-minute speedboat ride.
Address: Pier 83, W 42nd St. at 12th Avenue
Statue of Liberty
Ferry available from Battery Park.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Many interesting exhibits; check online to see the schedule. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Shabbat and holidays
Address: 36 Battery Park Pl.
Lots of fun for the entire family—try the zoo!
Address: 59th St. to 110th St.
New bathrooms have made the news. Fresh flowers and attendants enhance the look.
Address: Behind the NY Public Library between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Ave.
Free activities for kids. Check online.
Address: Battery St. to South St.
Grand Central Terminal
Built as a magnificent example of art. Sixty integrated railroad tracks act as a transport hub for over 500,000 people daily. Tours of the terminal are available.
Address: 87 E 42nd St. at Park Ave.
Empire State Building
One of the world’s most famous skyscrapers. Observation decks are found on the 86th and 102nd floors. On a clear day, visibility should be 80 miles.
Address: 350 5th Ave. at 34th St.
Phone: 212-736-3100. Call for prices.
Hours 8A.M. to 2A.M. daily
New York Water Taxi
Buy an all-day pass and spend the day on the water with stops wherever you choose.
Staten Island Ferry
Admission: Still free!
Runs every 30 minutes between 7 a.m.
and 11 p.m.
Address: Whitehall Ferry Terminal
in Lower Manhattan
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester
Take your family to the “indoor LEGO playground” with two rides, several themed LEGO building areas and a 4D theater. See giant LEGO models, get a “factory tour” and learn from the best builders around in the Master Building Academy.
Admission: $16.95. Check online.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 5:00 p.m.)
Address: 39 Fitzgerald Street,
Yonkers, NY 10710
Jewish Children’s Museum
Programs for all children in an educational and entertaining format.
Address: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
2 years and up $13, seniors $10. Be sure to call for availability. Open 10 a.m. to 4:00 pm except Sunday when opened until 5:30 p.m.
IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course
Visit the largest indoor ropes course in the world! Climb the 60’-high ropes course, jump off the 50’ free fall and go down a 200’ zip line. A separate Climb It attraction provides four additional climbing walls, each with its own challenge. Includes Little It for children under 48’’—a replica of the full-size course. Also featuring a Liquid Fireworks show! Adventure for the whole family.
Admission: $25-30, additional $10 for Climb It, $8 for Little It
Hours: Sun 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: 40 Sargent Dr. Long Wharf, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-812-998s course,
Visit the Maritime Aquarium to observe hundreds of sea creatures and learn about the ocean. Wander through the homes of octopuses, jellyfish, sharks and more along with some land dwellers, such as meerkats and poison dart frogs. Watch an IMAX movie in the largest theater in Connecticut! Admission includes the full aquarium and an IMAX movie. Activity sheets and a scavenger hunt can be found on the website for kids to enjoy.
Admission: $15.95-22.95. Children under 3 free.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 10 North Water Street,
Norwalk, CT 06854
RPM Raceway: Stamford, CT; Jersey City, NJ; Farmingdale, LI
Electric Karting/VR Arcade/Bowling plus more
15% off first race. Call for prices.
600 West Ave, Stamford 203-523-7273; 99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City 201-333-7223;
40 Daniel Street, Farmingdale 631-752-7223.
Independence National Historical Park (INHP)
Known as “America’s Most Historic Square Mile,” INHP is home to several attractions that are key in the history of America. View the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), the President’s House outdoor museum, the National Constitution Center and much more. If you are interested in history or are a proud American, INHP can’t be missed. Admission: Varies by attraction, several (including Liberty Bell and Independence Hall) are free.
Hours: Varies by attraction
Address: 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Website: Varies by attraction (visitphilly.com is a good place to start)
Visit nearly 1,000 acres of beautiful gardens. Located mostly outdoors, there are also several indoor components, including a four-acre conservatory and the Pierre du Pont House. Tour the gardens with a guide, or just walk through at your own pace, appreciating the nature. Highlights include the Rose Garden, Waterlily Display and Chimes Tower and Waterfall.
Admissions: $12-23. Children under 4 free.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call to check hours.
Address: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Known for being equally disturbing and informative, the Mütter Museum focuses on medical history and the human body. View Albert Einstein’s brain, the Hyrtl Skull Collection of 139 human skulls, Lisa Nilsson’s Connective Tissue paper art and an exhibit tracing the history of spinal medicine. The museum aims to give visitors an appreciation for the human body and medical treatments, while also seeing the beauty beneath.
Admission: $13-18. Children under 5 free, $2 discount on Mon-Tues.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 19 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Observe art from across the world in one of the country’s largest art museums. Over 240,000 pieces are included in the museum’s collection, with works that were hundreds of years and miles apart all brought together in one location. Highlights include the Sculpture Garden, Marcel Duchamp’s controversial “Fountain” and works by renowned artists such as Picasso and Monet. Admissions: $14-20. Children under 12 free, first Sunday of the month pay what you wish.
Hours: Tues-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Mon)
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Easy downhill biking—beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Rates start at $10.99. Rentals available.
Poconos Biking Company. Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, 1800 Whitewater