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Chol Hamoed Outings: Tips From a Family That Has Done It All

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Chol Hamoed Outing Tips

Chol Hamoed Outing Tips From the Pros

It happens EVERY Chol Hamoed. You get up early, Daven with the first Minyan come home, for a change the kids are dressed and ready to go. But the family can’t decide where to go and you spend two hours undecided. By the time you get into the car everyone is in a bad mood and the entire Yom Tov atmosphere is out the window. The big goods all had good will and decided not to fight but now had already all forgotten all their good intentions.

Does this sound familiar? Does your Chol Hamoed outing always ends in a stressful long day? Take some tips from me. I have been going places with my growing family for twenty years Bli Ein Horah.

Plan in Advance

Decide up front an appropriate outing or trip and stick to it. You can’t make everyone happy. But try to find a place that is balanced to the needs of your kids where everyone has a bit of what they enjoy.

 

Start Your Chol Hamoed Outing Early

I can’t say this enough! Be in the car AFTER DAVENING, no later than 8:30am! We used to go to the Bronx Zoo from Brooklyn. We were always members to Wildlife Conservation Society. We had unlimited access to all their zoos in NYC including the Aquarium. We would always go to Bronx Zoo very early. We had the best parking spots (you get a few parking passes with the membership) and we had no lines for their rides (the Monorail, Camel Rides, Bug Carousel, Chairlift ride, etc). We really enjoyed ourselves and when we left at around 1:30pm we could not believe the huge lines waiting to enter the zoo.

Get Home Early

You don’t have to be out all day. We plan most of our trips to be home no later than 7:00pm. We then sit down and eat a “Holiday Dinner” and the little kids still get to bed at a decent hour.

Make Sure You Have Plenty of Food

We hate to schlep. However, hungry kids are cranky kids and no sport. Everyone MUST eat breakfast before we go. We do not allow eating breakfast in the car. We also take along lots of finger foods or light snacks that are appetizing and appealing to the kids. Like cheese snacks. There is also plenty of cut up carrots and other veggies for the teenagers on diet. We shy away from heavy sugary items.

The Cheaper the Better

This is the second most important tip on where to go on Chol Hamoed. I have proven this over and over again. The kids are not happier based on how much you spend on your Passover or Sukkoth Chol Hamoed outing or trip. We used to go to Great Escape, The Safari and other expensive places. The first problem is that the driving is always very long. Are we there yet? By the time you get there, everyone is already on everyone’s nerves. Then you have huge lines to get in. That you have huge lines for each ride. And you start thinking, is what I spend so much money for?

When our finances were tight, we used to go to FREE places. We once took a few balls and went to Central Park. We hiked around the pond, played ball, climbed the stones on the hills and everyone was very happy.

Another year, we paid for membership at The Bronx Zoo. Yes, it is one large purchase, but it was a long Chol Hamoed and we went back EVERY DAY. We went very early, enjoyed the best exhibits and rides, left at 1:00pm just when the lines started.

Stay Calm, Cool and above All, Smile

This is the most important tip to have a pleasant day and a memorable Oneg Yom Tov. If this is the only thing you will pick up from this article, you will have a great Yom Tov and happay holiday.

There will always be tension around the holidays. Dad might be in a bad mood because he did not pay the mortgage yet but does not know how to share his feelings (sounds familiar?), Mom might be upset because she did not get the diamond bracelet she hinted dad she likes since Chanukah, and if you have teenage girls, forget it. There will always be one person in a bad mood that will try (unwillingly) to bring down the rest of the family.
Just remember, it is up to each you to stay calm. Ignore bad barbs thrown your way and just smile. If the kids spill soft drinks in the car, don’t let it spoil your entire day. Just smile. The kids will not remember the spilled drinks; they will remember the yelling or the smiles. It is to you to have them memorable memories and not hate you for the rest of their lives.

So take these simple tips from a family that has done it all and above all, enjoy the Holiday. Keep in mind that on Pesach it is a Mitzvah to be happy. Vesumachto Bechgecho is a Mitzvah from our holy Torah. Yes, I know that it is not always easy with all the kids not in school, etc. But please remember to keep calm, cool and always smiling.

April 11, 2016 |

A complete kosher food and dining listings for the entire state of Florida.

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Florida Kosher Guide

This makes it very easy to plan your kosher vacation trip to Florida and find all your needs on one map including Minyan, kosher restaurants, kosher supermarkets, hotels and Mikvah all on the map in the area of your FL destination

A complete kosher food and dining listings for the entire state of Florida. The list includes Kosher Restaurants organized by meat restaurants, dairy restaurants and parve restaruants.

 

We worked very hard the past few weeks to make sure our Florida Jewish and Kosher Directory is up to date. We double checked listings, added kosher restaurants, edited the hours of operations and added web sites to listings.

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February 28, 2016 |

Passover Vacations 2016 – Pesach hotels and resorts for Kosher Passover 2016 Worldwide

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Passover Hotels and Resorts Worldwide 2016 Directory

Passover 2016 Hotels – Complete up to date worldwide Kosher for Pesach Hotels, Vacations and Passover Resorts

We here at Kosher Travel Info worked very hard to have a complete guide of Kosher for Passover Resorts and Hotels for Passover 2016. Unlike other Jewish and Kosher travel guides and travel directories, we don’t just list “Jewish Passover Hotels”, because we are not just a Jewish Travel Guide. We are a “Kosher & Jewish Travel Guide and Directory”. We only list vacations and Passover Hotels that are kosher under Jewish Orthodox standards.

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January 22, 2016 |

When Is Passover 2016?

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When Is Passover 2016?

What is Passover?

Passover is an 8 day long Jewish holiday commemorating the exodus of Egypt and celebrating our freedom. On Passover, it is forbidden to own or eat any leavened bread or grain, and Jews eat matzah, (a traditional cracker if you’re Ashkenazi, and pita if you’re Sephardi) made only of flour and water and kneaded and baked in less than 18 minutes. Ashkenazi jews don’t eat kitniyot – like beans, rice, and quinoa – because it looks like grain and some grain might mistakenly get into it. Sephardi Jews eat kitniyot on Pesach, but sort and check it very well. Passover is kept on the 14th day of the month of Nissan, which generally falls out to be in the spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

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January 21, 2016 |

Updated Minyan info for Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse

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We just updated the Minyan info for Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse.

 

Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse is an Orthodox Union offiliated Shul in Syracuse, NY. The rabbi is Rabbi Evan Shore. They have daily Minyunim. It is a perfect stopover on the way from the Metro New York area to travelers going to Buffalo, New York or the Toronto, Canada area.

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January 11, 2016 |

La Fe Seasoned Rice, Unauthorized OU Symbol and are not Kosher

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OU Kashruth Alert, La Fe Seasoned Rice

OU Kashruth Alert, La Fe Seasoned Rice,

August 13, 2015

Brand:
La Fe

Product:
All varieties of seasoned rice

Company:
La Fe Food Company, Moonachie, NJ

Issue:
Varieties of seasoned rice, including Yellow Rice, Seasoned Rice & Black Beans, Mexican Style Seasoned Rice and Seasoned Rice & Red Beans, bear an unauthorized OU and are not kosher. Corrective action has been implemented. If consumers see this product on the market they are asked, if possible, to take a picture of it and report the location to kosherq@ou.org.

August 13, 2015 |

Monsey area Kosher Supermarkets Advertise Summer Dairy Menu’s and Takeout before the 9 Days

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rockland kosher supermarket summer refreshIt looks like every kosher grocery and kosher supermarket in the greater Monsey, NY area in Rockland County is trying to outdo each other with full color glossy ads advertising dairy and pareve menus right before the upcoming “Nine Days”.

Local shopping publications like the “Community Connections” have full color ads from a couple of the area kosher supermarkets. Some outright advertising “Nine Days”. (more…)

July 16, 2015 |

Expressed Juice in Miami is now Certified by Kosher Miami, The Vaad HaKashrus of Miami-Dade

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expressed juiceExpressed Juice has recently been added to the list of establishments certified by Kosher Miami, The Vaad HaKashrus of Miami-Dade.

Expressed Juice, located at 1402 NW 23rd Street in Miami, produces cold pressed juices, with distribution and supply in some local hotels, butique health food stores and health spas. They also offer direct to consumer delivery service through their unique electric karts.

Their phone number is 800-793-8313. You can visit their website for more information and to place an order online at www.expressedjuice.com.

Abour ExpressedJuice, From their website:

ExpressedJuice was founded on the principle that we need a simple, effective means of nourishing our bodies, relieving them from the stress of everyday life, and restoring ourselves to a state of well-being. We understand the difficulty of proper nourishment in today’s stressful and hectic world. At the same time, we realize the vital importance of giving ourselves optimal levels of nutrients to allow our bodies and minds to function at their highest levels. ExpressedJuice  deliver the uplifting and healing powers of raw, cold pressed juice to you through the most efficient and convenient means possible—our unique custom karts! (more…)

July 16, 2015 |
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