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The Magic Word

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The tickets were purchased and the car service was confirmed for the following morning. Our valises were packed and stood sentry at the front door. We tried to catch a few hours of sleep before our early morning departure.

The minivan had been ordered for 5:30 a.m. We had used this car service numerous times and were surprised when a small car arrived instead of a van. The car was not large enough to transport our family and luggage.

Our flight was scheduled to depart at 7:30 a.m. I am a stickler for punctuality. For some strange reason, I was unusually calm. I remained quiet, permitting my husband to decide our next course of action. I also told myself that Hashem was in charge, and that whatever He wanted to happen would happen.

My husband reordered the minivan and to our surprise and delight, we got the same driver that we had on a previous airport trip. He even remembered us. He told us that he would try his best to get us to the airport in time for our flight.

Again I repeated my little mantra, namely that Hashem was running the show and that I would leave the outcome in His hands.

As we got closer to the airport, the driver instructed me to jump out and run to the closest check-in counter with my ID and boarding passes. One of my boys accompanied me. I nervously looked over my shoulder awaiting the rest of my family. My other son was soon assisting the check-in person with the ID stickers that had to go on each piece of luggage.

I made a point of thanking the airport worker for his assistance.

All I said was “thank you.”

I did not expect the reaction that I received in return.

The gentleman looked at me in shock. He momentarily stopped processing our luggage (“Oh no, now what”? I thought), and suddenly he made a split-second decision.

“Follow me,” he said. We ran after him like a flock of ducklings. My feet could hardly keep up with him. He took us to the front of the line of passengers and told the security staff to process us. We thanked our savior profusely, and he returned to his station.

Our little adventure was not quite over. We still had to take a shuttle to the plane. Thankfully the bus was full, which meant that we were not the only latecomers.

I turned to my husband and remarked that I was certain that just by saying the magic words “thank you,” our successful flight was assured – with Hashem’s help.

Hakaras hatov (appreciation) only takes a moment, but the dividends are immeasurable!

Protecting Our Children

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I wait at the airport for the arrival of my youngest son, along with his wife and baby. Upon arrival, they will rent a car and make their way in an unfamiliar city to his oldest brother’s house.


I took two connecting trains to get here. I have no idea how to travel by car from the airport to my son’s house, as I am also a visitor.


But I’d rather pace at the airport than in my son’s living room. I’d rather wait here and greet them, and sit with them in their rental car as their GPS guides (or as often happens misguides) them to our destination. This is better than tossing and turning in bed while fighting the temptation to call every few minutes, asking, “Where are you?” – and annoying and distracting them to no end.


Why the worry and anxiety? After all, my son and daughter-in-law are intelligent, competent young adults. The answer is obvious. Age, ability and brains aren’t guarantees against disasters.


Years of traveling – mostly between Canada and the U.S., with some overseas travel – and of hearing too many stomach-churning stories about accidents to and from the airport, missed or canceled flights, and “interrogations” by overzealous, possibly anti-Semitic border guards and security personnel, have made me very wary and uneasy. So to keep my blood pressure at a safe level, I make it my business to be informed of my traveling kids’ whereabouts.


Summer goes hand in hand with traveling. Young people especially are on the move, and many go backpacking through Europe or Asia, or tour on their way to Israel during their post-high school yeshiva or seminary year. Although the great majority travels safely and with no hassles, mishaps can and do happen. Thus I suggest the following travel rule:


If the traveler is going alone to the airport, he should let someone know that he arrived safely. If he is going on an international flight, he should call after clearing security, perhaps after he has boarded.


The reason: If, chas v’shalom, he does not show up at his destination, those concerned will have an idea of where to start looking – and where not to look.


It is not unheard of for travelers, especially young people, to be subjected to extra questioning while crossing a border. This once happened to my son in Turkey, and to me years ago when I flew from Toronto to the U.S. I was taken to a private room and asked if I was from Jamaica. My guess is that a driver’s license that I had lost a year earlier had somehow surfaced there in the wrong hands.


Here are the facts: identity theft is on the rise, or due to a name similar to someone on a criminal/terrorist watch list, you can be detained. This might be why I was held for over an hour, almost missing my flight.


Several years ago one of my sons flew in from Israel for his older brother’s wedding. He was taking a cab from Yerushalayim to Ben-Gurion airport, and arriving at dawn on Sunday. I urged him to call and leave a message once he was at the boarding gate. It was still Shabbos in North America and I would not be able to call his cell phone.


To my great relief he called from the plane after boarding, saving my mental health because the next morning, while waiting at the airport, he did not exit – at least not with the rest of the flight. I waited and waited, and started worrying when passengers from a later flight began exiting from the restricted area.


But because of his call I knew that he had safely arrived at Ben-Gurion, and that he had made it through security.


So despite being a no-show more than an hour after landing, I knew that he made the flight and I would not have to look for him in an Israeli hospital or detention cell. He was in New York, and possibly being delayed by immigration/customs at JFK. I could deal with that. As it turned out, he had been searching for the missing bag that carried his brother’s wedding present. Apparently, it did not make it onto the plane.


Without the phone call letting me know he was boarding his flight, I would have – for a horrendous long hour – imagined the worst.


The kids might think you are overreacting by asking them to check in. But the world isn’t perfect, and bad things happen to the best and smartest people. It’s in both their best interest to call, and your own peace of mind for them to invest in that 10- second call. It’s a win-win situation.


It’s also a must for anyone leaving their house, even for a short while, to carry ID with an emergency contact number or two. If there are babies or non-verbal toddlers involved, it is crucial that family members be immediately found and notified so that the already traumatized children can be quickly placed with soothing, familiar faces.


A little foresight and thoughtfulness can go a long way in preventing needless emotional distress.

Part 16 – Domestic Abuse Checklist

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

In an online article, Lisa Twerski, LCSW, identifies different types of tactics often used by abusers. This is only a partial list, but recognizing even several of these tactics in your own relationship can help you put a name to what has been going on and help clarify events or conversations that until now might have been confusing:

 

Control Through Isolation

Does your spouse (try to) prevent you from spending time with friends or family by either aggressively preventing you or by subtly making it difficult? (For example, does he or she pick a fight, act miserable when everyone gets together, and embarrass you so that you don’t feel it’s worth it, etc.)

Does your spouse watch your every move, calling you several times a day to check up on you?

Do you have to account for every minute of your time, give detailed descriptions of your every move?

Expect you to only do things, go places and get together with people he approves of?

Has he tried to undermine your attempts at schooling or working?

 

Control Through Finances

Are you on a strict budget but your spouse is not? Do you have to account for every penny?

Does your spouse harass you over every expenditure, questioning you endlessly, but expects to be able to make financial decisions as he or she sees fit?

Do you have to hand over any money you make, but don’t actually have access to money, except for what your husband decides to give you?

Do you find yourself lying about or hiding money, because you’re worried that you might not have any when you need it?

 

Control Through Sexual Violence

Does your spouse force you to have relations when you don’t want to, or force you to engage in acts that make you feel uncomfortable?

Does he touch you or force you to have relations during niddah?

Does he criticize you, say that you don’t match up to other women, intimidate, or tell you outright that other women in his life have been much more satisfying?

 

Control Through Emotional Abuse

Does your spouse put you down or call you names?

Does he threaten to harm you, your family, and your children or say that he will take the children away from you?

Does he blame you for everything that goes wrong, including his behavior towards you?

Does he do things purposely to scare you, i.e. driving very fast and dangerously, insisting on allowing the children to do things that he knows you don’t feel are safe, etc.?

Has your spouse ever destroyed things that you cared about, like family photos, personal possessions, in order to ‘punish’ you?

Does he apologize, only to do the same (kind of) thing again? Or does he use an apology as a way to say: this matter is closed; you should be over it now or shut up?

 

Control Through Physical Violence

Does your spouse throw or break things when he or she is angry?

Does he or she punch walls?

Does your spouse block your way, get close and intimidating, and stop just short of physically assaulting you (or that’s what you worry about)?

Does he or she ever push you, hit you or physically harm you in any way?”

 

If you spot any of these signs you can call the Shalom Task Force hotline at 1-888-883-2323. The hotline is confidential and without caller ID to ensure full anonymity for callers.   If you are looking for signs of controlling and abusive behavior, I highly recommend a visit to www.shalomtaskforce.org. Since 1993, Shalom Task Force has been at the forefront of the issue of domestic violence in the Jewish community. Their website is filled with articles that can help victims understand more about the issue.

 

Next week, Part 17:  Breaking the Silence

 

Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch, MA, is the Executive Director of Shalom Task Force. For more information about Shalom Task Force, please visit www.shalomtaskforce.org. You can e-mail questions to him at rabbischonbuch@yahoo.com. To order “First Aid For Jewish Marriages” go to www.JewishMarriageSupport.com.

The Winter Break List

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

           Below is a listing of many attractions that are open during January and February’s winter break. Please call or email in advance of your trip to confirm the list information (prices, hours, location, etc.). Though we tried to be as inclusive as possible, it is impossible to include every attraction within the New York area.


New York CityPass tickets are booklets with discounted tickets to the following listed attractions in New York City. They’re available for purchase online at www.citypass.com/city/ny, or at any of the participating locations for use at the American Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building Observatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Cloisters, The Guggenheim Museum, and your choice of a Circle Line sightseeing Cruise or a Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Cruise. During the Winter Special, CityPass is valid from now to March 31. Youth (12-17), $54 ($93.50 value); Adults, $74 ($134 value). For children under 12, it’s cheaper to buy tickets at the individual attractions, but you will have to wait in line to do so.  CityPass booklets are also available for Philadelphia and Boston at www.citypass.com. 


CONNECTICUT

Bridgeport, CT

Barnum Museum
Where:
820 Main Street, Bridgeport (I-95 Ex. 27, Rte. 8-25 Ex. 3)
Contact: 203-331-1104; www.barnum-museum.org
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday;
Tues.-Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm,  Sun., Noon-4:30 pm
Admission: Children under 4, free; Children (4-17), $4; College Students, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors, $5
Built in 1893, the Barnum Museum contains collections of material related to the career of P.T. Barnum (1810-91). The museum is a resource for information about the Barnum family, the building of the circus, and the larger history of Bridgeport.


Beardsley Zoological Gardens
Where: 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport (I-95 Ex. 27A)
Contact: 203-394-6565; www.beardsleyzoo.org
Hours: Daily, 9 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-12), $9; Adults, $11; Seniors, $9
36 acres of exhibits, ranging from North American mammals to exotic rain forest animals. Picnic area, gift shop. Wild Wednesdays in January include free carousel rides for every child.


Discovery Museum & Planetarium
Where:
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport 
Contact: 203-372-3521; www.discoverymuseum.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm;  Sun., Noon-5 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 5, free; Children (5-8), $7; Students, $7; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7
Explore the world of Animatronics and visual effects in the exciting new How to Make a Monster exhibit, featured through January 25th.

Greenwich, CT


Bush-Holley Historic Site & Visitor Center
Where:
39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob/ Greenwich (off exit 4)
Contact: 203-869-6899; www.hstg.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;

Gallery, Tues.- Sun., Noon-4 pm;
Tours are only on weekends between Noon and 4
Admission: Children under 6, free; Students, $4; Adults, $6; Seniors, $4; Groups of 10 or more must make reservations at a rate of $4 per person
Learn about the history of the Bush-Holley House, from the Colonial-era family that lived there through the art colony that grew there.


Groton, CT


Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum
Where:
1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton (I-95 Ex. 86)
Contact: 800-343-0079; www.ussnautilus.org
Hours: Closed Tuesdays;

Weds.-Mon., 9 am-4 pm;  Ship closes at 3:45 pm
Admission: Free; Groups of 25 or more should call 2 weeks ahead for reservations
The Nautilus was the first nuclear powered submarine, shattering all submerged speed and distance records. It was the first ship to cross the North Pole, in August of 1958.


Submarine Drive
Where:
Bridge & Thames Streets, Groton (I-95 Ex. 85N/86S)
Contact: www.town.groton.ct.us/about/tourism.asp
Hours: Year-round
Admission: Free
Visit the USS Flasher Submarine Monument, the USS Croaker Submarine Memorial, Fort Griswold State Park, and the Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Tower.

Hartford, CT


Mark Twain’s House
Where:
351 Farmington Avenue at Woodland Street, Hartford (I-84 Ex. 46)
Contact: 860-247-0998; www.marktwainhouse.org
Hours: Museum, Closed Tuesdays;  Mon., Weds.-Sat., 9:30 am-5:30 pm;  Sun., Noon-5:30 pm;
Historic House, guided tours only;  Last tour at 4:30 pm
Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-16), $8; Adults, $14; Seniors, $12;  Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
The Mark Twain House is a National Historic Landmark, 19-room, Tiffany-decorated Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived with his family.


Mystic, CT


Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Where: 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic
Contact: 860-536-1216; www.dpnc.org  
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-4 pm
Admission: Children uunder 13, $5; Adults, $8; Seniors, $5
The Nature Center is a mix of a wild-life sanctuary and education center. Be sure to check the calendar on their website for special events in January and February.


Mystic Aquarium
Where: 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic (I-95 Ex. 90)
Contact: 860-572-5955; www.mysticaquarium.org  
Hours: Daily, Entry 10 am-4 pm;  Aquarium closes at 5 pm 
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $18; Adults, $24; Seniors 65 and over, $21; Group rates available for 10 or more with reservations; Tickets can be validated for 3 days
With a Discovery Lab, Sea Lion Shows, Immersion Theater, and much more!


Mystic Seaport Museum

Where: 75 Greemanville Avenue, Mystic 
Contact: 888-9-SEAPORT (732-7678); www.mysticseaport.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm 
Admission: Members, free; Children under 6, free; Children (6-17), $9.50; Students with valid ID, $13; Active Military, $13; Adults, $15; Seniors, $13; Validated tickets may be used for a 2nd consecutive day;  Group rates are available; tickets may be purchased online
Mystic Seaport features a museum, a 19th Century village, and a Preservation Shipyard. Highlights include a presentation on February 19 about a submarine that mysteriously disappeared in 1942.

New London, CT


Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Where: 625 Williams Street, New London
Contact: 860-443-2545; www.lymanallyn.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays and Major Holidays;

Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm;  Sun., 1 pm-5 pm;
Admission: Children under 12, free; Students, $7; Adults, $8, Seniors, $7
Lyman Allyn Art Museum works include European paintings as well as contemporary works by American artists. The Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic exhibit, highlighting the work of Walter Wick (photographer of the I Spy books), will be featured through Jan. 26.


U.S. Coast Guard Museum

Where: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London (I-95 Ex. 83; I-395 Ex. 78)
Contact: 860-444-8511; www.uscg.mil/hq/cg092/museum  
Hours: Closed weekends through January 10;
Mon.-Fri., 9 am-4:30 pm
Admission: Free
One of the nation’s four military academies. Visitors Pavilion features a multimedia show on cadet life as well as collections of recruiting and propaganda posters, art from World War II, and swords, uniforms, and accoutrements.

Norwalk, CT


Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Where: 10 North Water Street, Norwalk (I-95 Ex. 14N/15S)
Contact: 203-852-0700; www.maritimeaquarium.org; Group reservations call between 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5 pm;
IMAX films: Daily, call for schedule.
Admission: Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $8.50; Adults, $10.50; Seniors, $9.50;
IMAX Admission; Children, $6; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7.50; Tickets may be purchased online
Seal feedings take place 3 times a day; Winter Creature Cruises sail Jan. 4 & 18 and Feb. 1 & 15. IMAX Theater features the Grand Canyon Adventure, and Wild Ocean.


Stamford, CT


Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
Where: 151 Brookdale Road, Northern Stamford
Contact: 203-322-6971; www.bartlettarboretum.org  
Hours: Daily,8:30 am-Sunset;
Visitor’s Center, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Admission: Arboretum, free;
Gardens, Adults, $6;  Weds., free
The 91 acre property features 15 acres of lawns and formal gardens, 10 hiking trails, and 3 acres of wildflowers. Private tours may be arranged by calling the office, extension 15.


Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Where: 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
Contact: 203-322-1646; www.stamfordmuseum.org  
Hours: Bendel Mansion and Galleries, Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm;  Sun., 11 am-5 pm;
Heckscher Farm, Daily, 9 am-4 pm;
Nature’s Playground, Daily, 9 am-5 pm (weather permitting);
Animal Embassy, Closed Mondays;  Tues.-Sun., 10 am-2 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 4, free; Children (4-17), $4; Students (18+) with valid ID, $6; Adults, $8; Seniors (65+), $6;
Planetarium, Members, free; Children under 5, free; Children 5 and up, $2; Adults, $3
Pets in America exhibit is open through Feb. 1; visitors are encouraged to contribute their own images and stories, although actual pets are not allowed. Weekends in January and February, the museum will be making their own snow for sledding and snow fights.

MASSACHUSETTS


Amherst, MA


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Where: 125 West Bay Road, Amherst
Contact: 413-658-1100; www.carlemuseum.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm;  Sun., Noon-5 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 1, free; Youth (1-18), $5; Student with valid ID, $5; Teacher with valid ID, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors (65+), $5; Family (2 Adults & 2 Youths or 1 Adult & 3 Youths), $20
Current exhibitions include Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children’s Books, Selections from The Art of Eric Carle, through January 25, and Petra Mathers: Lottie’s New Friend. 80/40: Celebrating the Birthdays of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be on exhibit starting February 10.


Braintree, MA


F1 Boston
Where: 290 Wood Road., Braintree
Contact: 781-848-2300, www.f1boston.com  
Hours: Hours of Operation, Sun., 9 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Thur., 9 am-11 pm;  Fri.-Sat., 9 am-Midnight;
Racing Hours, Sun., 9 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Thur., Noon-10 pm;  Fri., Noon-11 pm;  Sat., 9 am-11 pm Admission: To race at F1 Boston all drivers must be over 18 and hold a valid driver’s license in order to obtain an F1 Boston Race license. Day License, $10.00;  Annual License, $25.00;  Competition License, $40.00;  Track, $28.00;  Reservations recommended
With racing and billiards, F1Boston is a better suited to the older kids. By older kids, we may mean adults.


Boston, MA


Fenway Park Guided Tours
Where: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston
Contact: 617-226-6666; www.boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp  
Hours: Daily tours, 10 am-3 pm, every hour on the hour
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-15), $6; Adults, $8; Group tours available for groups between 10 and 50 people
Tour Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Curt Schilling, Ted Williams, Wade Boggs, and Carl Yastrzemski. Tour features a 40 minute interactive video.


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum (Boston CityPass)
Where:
Columbia Point, Boston
Contact:
866-JFK-1960; www.jfklibrary.org
Hours:
Daily, 9 am-5 pm;  Last Introductory Film at 3:55 pm
Admission:
Children under 13, free; Youth (13-17), $7; Students with valid ID, $8; Adults, $10; Seniors (62+), $8
The JFK Museum not only is dedicated to JFK, his records, and his memory, but to addressing current issues with the open style JFK was known for.


Photo Tours of Boston
Where: Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Freedom Trail, Boston
Contact: 617-851-2273; www.photowalks.com  
Hours: Beacon Hill, Mon.-Tues., 10 am;
Back Bay, Weds.-Thur., 1 pm;  Sun, 10 am;
Tues., Fri., Sun., 1 pm 
Admission: Youth (10-17), $12; Adults, $25;
Back Bay only, Youth (10-17), $15;, Adults, $30;
Advance purchase required; Tickets available for purchase online
Novices to experts will enjoy these walking tours of Boston with information about the city and tips on photography. Private tours, group tours, customized tours, and scavenger hunts are available by special request.


Skywalk Observatory (Boston CityPass)
Where:
800 Boylston Stret, Boston
Contact: 617-859-0648; www.topofthehub.net  

Hours: Daily, 10 am-8 pm
Admission: Children under 13, $7.50; Students with valid ID, $9; Active Military, free; Adults, $11; Seniors (62+), $9
The Skywalk Observatory is the place to go for views of Boston and surrounding areas.  You can also learn about the history of immigration in Boston at the Dreams of Freedom Museum.  Group reservations are available.

Sandwich, MA


Sandwich Glass Museum
Where: 129 Main St., Sandwich
Contact: 508-888-0251; www.sandwichglassmuseum.org  
Hours: Closed January; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays;
Weds.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-14), $1.25; Adults, $5
Collection of 5,000 pieces of antique glass; Recreation of the home of Rebecca Burgess, who acted as navigator on board a clipper ship headed to Chile in the 1850s.


Sturbridge, MA


Old Sturbridge Village
Where: 1 Old Strubridge Road, Sturbridge
Contact: 508-347-3362; www.osv.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays;

Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Youths (3-17), $7; Adults, $20; Seniors (65 and older), $18; Military discount available with valid ID;  Group rates available by advance reservation
Old Sturbridge Village, staffed with history interpreters, is the largest outdoor museum in the Northeast. Check the Activities & Events page on their website for calendar listings in January and February.


NEW JERSEY


Cliffwood, NJ


Funtime America
Where: 111 Highway 35 South, Cliffwood (Exit 120, Garden State Pkwy)
Contact: 732-583-4600; www.funtimeamerica.com  
Hours: Sun., 10 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Weds., Noon-9 pm;  Thur., Noon-10 pm;  Fri., Noon-11 pm;  Sat., 10 am-Midnight
Admission: Free, pay for rides and games individually
Safe family fun, ranging from a Rock Wall to Laser Tag.  A Science Center, Video Arcade, and Softplay Castle add to the options. Value Packages available.


Florham Park, NJ


Imagine That !!! Discovery Museum for Children
Where: 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park
Contact: 973-966-8000; www.imaginethatmuseum.com  
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5:30 pm
Admission: Children under 1, free; Children, $9.95; Adults, $7.95; Children must be accompanied by an adult;  No strollers allowed
16,000 square foot Interactive Children’s Museum for toddlers to age 8. Over 50 safe hands-on exhibits to explore. Check the Calendar page on their website for Weekend activities.


Jersey City, NJ


Liberty Science Center
Where: Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Contact: 201-200-1000; www.lsc.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Fri., 9 am-4 pm;  Sun., 9 am-5 pm
Admission: Children under 2, free;
Exhibits, Junior (2-12), $11.50; Adult (13+), $15.75; Teacher, $5; Senior (62+), $11.50;
IMAX, Junior (6-12), $7; Adult (13+), $9; Teacher, $8; Senior, $7; Combo Tickets vailable;
IMAX Movies are not suitable for children under 6;  Group prices available
Exhibits cover topics such as infection, the food chain, fossil fuels, and skyscrapers. Special events are listed on their website on the Public Programming page. Movie listings are on the Theaters page. 


Newark, NJ


The Newark Museum
Where:49 Washington Street, Newark
Contact: 973-596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Open Monday January 19 and Monday February 16
Weds.-Fri., Noon-5 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm; 
Admission: Museum, Members, free; Children, $6; Students with valid ID, $6; Adults, $9; Seniors with valid ID, $6;
Planetarium, Children under 12, $2; Students with valid ID, $2; Adults, $3; Seniors with valid ID, $2;  Discounts available
With a wide variety of exhibits, tours, galleries, and a Junior Museum, there’s plenty to explore. Check the Family Programs Calendar on their website to see what special activities, tours, and shows are featured each day. 


Paramus, NJ


Bergen County Zoological Park
Where: Forest Ave, Paramus
Contact: 201-262-3771 ext 10; www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks/parks/zoo.htm  
Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm
Admission: Free
The zoo, situated in Van Saun Park, has a wide variety of animals living in recreated natural habitats. The zoo includes a petting area and playground.

New Jersey Children’s Museum
Where: 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus
Contact: 201-262-5151; www.njcm.com  
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 am-6 pm;  Sat.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Children under 1, free; All others, $10 plus tax per person;  Group rates are available
Play and learning areas include the Wild West, a Ballet Studio, a Giant Train Set, and a Construction Zone. January 18 is the 12th annual Teddy Bear Weekend Jamboree. See their website for details.


Somerset, NJ


Garden State Exhibit Center, Kids Fun Fair and Traveling Zoo
Where: 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset
Contact: 732-469-4000; www.commerfordzoo.com
Hours: Sun., Jan. 18, 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Children under 12, free; All others $10 per person;  Game and ride tickets are $2 each
With games, rides, and animals, this indoor Fair and Zoo are not to be missed! 


West Orange, NJ


Turtleback Zoo
Where:
560 North Field Ave, West Orange
Contact: 973-731-5800; www.turtlebackzoo.com  
Hours: Daily, 10 am-3:30 pm; Park closes half hour after last admission
Admission: Children under 2, free; Children, $3; Adults, $6; Seniors, $3
The zoo features a new endangered species carousel.  Group rates are available for groups over 15 people; winter season group rates are $3 per person (pre-paid).  Information as well as a map can be found on the website.


NEW YORK


Bronx, NY  


Bronx Zoo
Where:
Bronx River Parkway & Fordham Rd, Bronx
Contact: 718-367-1010; www.bronxzoo.com  
Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Child (3-12), $11; Adult, $15; Senior (65+), $13;  Wednesday is pay-what-you-wish day;  Parking $12;
Congo Gorilla Forest, $1-$3, depending on the weather;
Zucker Bug Carousel, $2
Tickets are available online.  We highly suggest that you use the map on the website to plan your day; due to the size of the zoo you can’t see all animals in one day.


New York Botanical Gardens
Where:
200 Street & Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Contact: 718-817-8700; www.nybg.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays;

Tues.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $5; Students with valid ID, $11; Adults, $13; Seniors, $11
Tickets include Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, the Rock and Native Plant Gardens (weather permitting), the Tram Tour (weather permitting), and The Chrysanthemum in Japanese Art in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.  Groups of 15 adults or more qualify for a discount on full-price admission.

Brooklyn, NY  


Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Where:
145 Brooklyn Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-735-4400; www.brooklynkids.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays, Open Monday January 19;  Monday & Tuesday February 16-17
Weds.-Fri., Noon-5 pm, Totally Tots opens at 11 am;  Sun., 10 am-5 pm; 
Admission: Members, free; Children under 1, free; All others $7.50 per person;  Free before 11 am every Sunday, through February 28 (does not apply to groups)
Learn about the animals in your neighborhood, create artifacts, and share your artwok on the gallery display board.  Check Calendar of Events on their website for special programming.


Jewish Children’s Museum
Where:
792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-907-8833; www.jcmonline.org  
Hours: Closed Friday and Shabbat;

Sun., 10 am-6 pm;  Mon.-Thur., 10 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 2, free; All others $10 per person
The Jewish Children’s Museum is geared towards elementary-school aged children and their families.  Exhibits teach about topics such as Shabbat, the Land of Israel, and Kosher food.  Tickets are available for purchase on their website.


Maple Lanes Bowling Alley
Where:
1570 60th Street, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-331-9000; www.bowlmaple.com  
Hours: Lane Availability, Sun., 8 am-Midnight;  Mon.-Weds., 8:30 am-11pm;  Thur., 8:30 am-6 pm, 9:15 pm-11 pm; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 am-Midnight;  Closing is at the end of the final game
Admission: $6 per person per lane; Rates vary for Cosmic bowl and special promotions.

 
New York Aquarium
Where:
Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-265-3474; www.nyaquarium.com  
Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm;  Last entry is 45 minutes before closing
Admission: Members, free; Children under 3, free; Child (3-12), $9; Adult, $13; Senior (65+), $10
Group rate $6 per person, please call 718-741-1818 at least 2 weeks before visit to make a group reservation; Admission Fridays from 3 pm is pay-as-you-wish.


New York Transit Museum
Where:
130 Livingston Street, Brooklyn;  Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
Contact: 718-694-1600; www.mta.info/mta/museum  
Hours: Closed Mondays and Major Holidays;
Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm;  Sun., Noon-5 pm,
Admission: Members, free; Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $3; Adults, $5; Senior Citizens (62+), $3;  Seniors free on Wednesdays;
Group visits can be set up by calling 718-694-1873 Mon.-Fri. between 10 am-5 pm.  Exhibits include Steel, Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925 about the building of the subway, and Fare Collection, about the different collection devices employed throughout the MTA’s history.


The Living Torah Museum
Where:
1640 41st Street, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-686-8170; www.thelivingtorahmuseum.com   
Hours: Guided tours only;  Sun.-Mon., 9 am-9 pm;  Fri., 9 am -1 hour before Shabbat;  Sat., 1 hour after Shabbat- 1 am
This museum presents a unique spin on Torah, with an archeological exhibit that displays items such as a contract from the city of Ur, an exhibit on the 39 Melachot, and much more!

Long Island, NY


Atlantis Marine World & Atlantis Explorer
Where:
431 East Main St., Riverhead
Contact: 631-208-9200; www.atlantismarineworld.com  
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $18; Adults (18-61), $21; Senior (62+), $18;  All tickets plus tax;  Group rates are available, please see website for details
Atlantis Marine World is themed around the fabled lost city of Atlantis.  Atlantis is rated one of the top marine parks in the Unites States, with much to do for people of all ages.


Cradle Of Aviation Museum
Where:
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City
Contact: 516-572-4111; www.cradleofaviation.org  
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-5 pm
Admission:
Cradle of Aviation, Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $8; Adults, $9; Seniors (62+), $8;
Classic IMAX, Children (6-12), $6.50; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7.50;
Hollywood IMAX, Chilren (6-12), $11.50; Adults, $13.50; Seniors, $12.50;
Firefighters Museum, Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $3.50; Adult, $4; Senior, $3.50
Explore our fascination with putting things in the sky, from kites and balloons to ourselves.  Group rates are available; please call 516-572-4066.


Fun Zone
Where:
229 Route 110, Farmingdale
Contact: 631-847-0100; www.funzoneamusements.com  
Hours:  Sun., 10 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Thur., 11 am-10 pm;  Fri., 11 am-Midnight;  Sat., 10 am-Midnight;
Admission: Pay for rides & games individually;  Group rates are available
Fun Zone has a large indoor arcade, rides, and special events.  Events can be found listed on their website; please check for updates.
Funstation
Where:
40 Rocklyn Avenue, Lynnbrook
Contact: 516 599-7757; www.funstationfun.com
Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday;

Thur., Sun., 11 am-9 pm;  Fri.-Sat., 11 am-10 pm;  Rides close one hour before park closes
Admission: Ride Tickets, $1 each, Tickets per ride varies
At this Indoor Entertainment Center, there is much to do – rides, games, and a multi-level maze are just some of the things that will keep your family busy. <SPAN style=”FONT-STYLE: italic; mso-space

The Winter Break List

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Below is a listing of many attractions that are open during January and February’s winter break. Please call or email in advance of your trip to confirm the list information (prices, hours, location, etc.). Though we tried to be as inclusive as possible, it is impossible to include every attraction within the New York area.

New York CityPass tickets are booklets with discounted tickets to the following listed attractions in New York City. They’re available for purchase online at www.citypass.com/city/ny, or at any of the participating locations for use at the American Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building Observatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Cloisters, The Guggenheim Museum, and your choice of a Circle Line sightseeing Cruise or a Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Cruise. During the Winter Special, CityPass is valid from now to March 31. Youth (12-17), $54 ($93.50 value); Adults, $74 ($134 value). For children under 12, it’s cheaper to buy tickets at the individual attractions, but you will have to wait in line to do so.  CityPass booklets are also available for Philadelphia and Boston at www.citypass.com.

CONNECTICUT

Bridgeport, CT

Barnum MuseumWhere: 820 Main Street, Bridgeport (I-95 Ex. 27, Rte. 8-25 Ex. 3)Contact: 203-331-1104; www.barnum-museum.org Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday;Tues.-Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm,  Sun., Noon-4:30 pmAdmission: Children under 4, free; Children (4-17), $4; College Students, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors, $5Built in 1893, the Barnum Museum contains collections of material related to the career of P.T. Barnum (1810-91). The museum is a resource for information about the Barnum family, the building of the circus, and the larger history of Bridgeport.

Beardsley Zoological Gardens Where: 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport (I-95 Ex. 27A) Contact: 203-394-6565; www.beardsleyzoo.org Hours: Daily, 9 am-4 pmAdmission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-12), $9; Adults, $11; Seniors, $936 acres of exhibits, ranging from North American mammals to exotic rain forest animals. Picnic area, gift shop. Wild Wednesdays in January include free carousel rides for every child.

Discovery Museum & PlanetariumWhere: 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport  Contact: 203-372-3521; www.discoverymuseum.org Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm;  Sun., Noon-5 pmAdmission: Members, free; Children under 5, free; Children (5-8), $7; Students, $7; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7Explore the world of Animatronics and visual effects in the exciting new How to Make a Monster exhibit, featured through January 25th.

Greenwich, CT

Bush-Holley Historic Site & Visitor CenterWhere: 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob/ Greenwich (off exit 4) Contact: 203-869-6899; www.hstg.org Hours: Closed Mondays;Gallery, Tues.- Sun., Noon-4 pm;Tours are only on weekends between Noon and 4 Admission: Children under 6, free; Students, $4; Adults, $6; Seniors, $4; Groups of 10 or more must make reservations at a rate of $4 per personLearn about the history of the Bush-Holley House, from the Colonial-era family that lived there through the art colony that grew there.

Groton, CT

Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force MuseumWhere: 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton (I-95 Ex. 86) Contact: 800-343-0079; www.ussnautilus.org Hours: Closed Tuesdays;Weds.-Mon., 9 am-4 pm;  Ship closes at 3:45 pm Admission: Free; Groups of 25 or more should call 2 weeks ahead for reservationsThe Nautilus was the first nuclear powered submarine, shattering all submerged speed and distance records. It was the first ship to cross the North Pole, in August of 1958.

Submarine DriveWhere: Bridge & Thames Streets, Groton (I-95 Ex. 85N/86S) Contact: www.town.groton.ct.us/about/tourism.asp Hours: Year-roundAdmission: FreeVisit the USS Flasher Submarine Monument, the USS Croaker Submarine Memorial, Fort Griswold State Park, and the Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Tower.

Hartford, CT

Mark Twain’s HouseWhere: 351 Farmington Avenue at Woodland Street, Hartford (I-84 Ex. 46) Contact: 860-247-0998; www.marktwainhouse.org Hours: Museum, Closed Tuesdays;  Mon., Weds.-Sat., 9:30 am-5:30 pm;  Sun., Noon-5:30 pm;Historic House, guided tours only;  Last tour at 4:30 pm Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-16), $8; Adults, $14; Seniors, $12;  Discounts available for groups of 10 or moreThe Mark Twain House is a National Historic Landmark, 19-room, Tiffany-decorated Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived with his family.

Mystic, CT

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Where: 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic Contact: 860-536-1216; www.dpnc.org   Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-4 pm Admission: Children uunder 13, $5; Adults, $8; Seniors, $5 The Nature Center is a mix of a wild-life sanctuary and education center. Be sure to check the calendar on their website for special events in January and February.

Mystic Aquarium Where: 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic (I-95 Ex. 90) Contact: 860-572-5955; www.mysticaquarium.org  Hours: Daily, Entry 10 am-4 pm;  Aquarium closes at 5 pm  Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $18; Adults, $24; Seniors 65 and over, $21; Group rates available for 10 or more with reservations; Tickets can be validated for 3 days With a Discovery Lab, Sea Lion Shows, Immersion Theater, and much more!

Mystic Seaport MuseumWhere: 75 Greemanville Avenue, Mystic  Contact: 888-9-SEAPORT (732-7678); www.mysticseaport.org  Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm  Admission: Members, free; Children under 6, free; Children (6-17), $9.50; Students with valid ID, $13; Active Military, $13; Adults, $15; Seniors, $13; Validated tickets may be used for a 2nd consecutive day;  Group rates are available; tickets may be purchased online Mystic Seaport features a museum, a 19th Century village, and a Preservation Shipyard. Highlights include a presentation on February 19 about a submarine that mysteriously disappeared in 1942.

New London, CT

Lyman Allyn Art MuseumWhere: 625 Williams Street, New London Contact: 860-443-2545; www.lymanallyn.org  Hours: Closed Mondays and Major Holidays;Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm;  Sun., 1 pm-5 pm; Admission: Children under 12, free; Students, $7; Adults, $8, Seniors, $7 Lyman Allyn Art Museum works include European paintings as well as contemporary works by American artists. The Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic exhibit, highlighting the work of Walter Wick (photographer of the I Spy books), will be featured through Jan. 26.

U.S. Coast Guard MuseumWhere: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London (I-95 Ex. 83; I-395 Ex. 78)Contact: 860-444-8511; www.uscg.mil/hq/cg092/museum  Hours: Closed weekends through January 10; Mon.-Fri., 9 am-4:30 pm Admission: Free One of the nation’s four military academies. Visitors Pavilion features a multimedia show on cadet life as well as collections of recruiting and propaganda posters, art from World War II, and swords, uniforms, and accoutrements.

Norwalk, CT

Maritime Aquarium at NorwalkWhere: 10 North Water Street, Norwalk (I-95 Ex. 14N/15S) Contact: 203-852-0700; www.maritimeaquarium.org; Group reservations call between 9:30 am-4:30 pm Hours: Daily, 10 am-5 pm;IMAX films: Daily, call for schedule. Admission: Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $8.50; Adults, $10.50; Seniors, $9.50;IMAX Admission; Children, $6; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7.50; Tickets may be purchased online Seal feedings take place 3 times a day; Winter Creature Cruises sail Jan. 4 & 18 and Feb. 1 & 15. IMAX Theater features the Grand Canyon Adventure, and Wild Ocean.

Stamford, CT

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Where: 151 Brookdale Road, Northern Stamford Contact: 203-322-6971; www.bartlettarboretum.org  Hours: Daily,8:30 am-Sunset; Visitor’s Center, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am-4:30 pm Admission: Arboretum, free;Gardens, Adults, $6;  Weds., free The 91 acre property features 15 acres of lawns and formal gardens, 10 hiking trails, and 3 acres of wildflowers. Private tours may be arranged by calling the office, extension 15.

Stamford Museum & Nature CenterWhere: 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford Contact: 203-322-1646; www.stamfordmuseum.org  Hours: Bendel Mansion and Galleries, Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm;  Sun., 11 am-5 pm; Heckscher Farm, Daily, 9 am-4 pm; Nature’s Playground, Daily, 9 am-5 pm (weather permitting); Animal Embassy, Closed Mondays;  Tues.-Sun., 10 am-2 pm Admission: Members, free; Children under 4, free; Children (4-17), $4; Students (18+) with valid ID, $6; Adults, $8; Seniors (65+), $6; Planetarium, Members, free; Children under 5, free; Children 5 and up, $2; Adults, $3 Pets in America exhibit is open through Feb. 1; visitors are encouraged to contribute their own images and stories, although actual pets are not allowed. Weekends in January and February, the museum will be making their own snow for sledding and snow fights.

MASSACHUSETTS

Amherst, MA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book ArtWhere: 125 West Bay Road, Amherst Contact: 413-658-1100; www.carlemuseum.org  Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm;  Sun., Noon-5 pm Admission: Members, free; Children under 1, free; Youth (1-18), $5; Student with valid ID, $5; Teacher with valid ID, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors (65+), $5; Family (2 Adults & 2 Youths or 1 Adult & 3 Youths), $20 Current exhibitions include Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children’s Books, Selections from The Art of Eric Carle, through January 25, and Petra Mathers: Lottie’s New Friend. 80/40: Celebrating the Birthdays of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be on exhibit starting February 10.

Braintree, MA

F1 BostonWhere: 290 Wood Road., BraintreeContact: 781-848-2300, www.f1boston.com  Hours: Hours of Operation, Sun., 9 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Thur., 9 am-11 pm;  Fri.-Sat., 9 am-Midnight; Racing Hours, Sun., 9 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Thur., Noon-10 pm;  Fri., Noon-11 pm;  Sat., 9 am-11 pm Admission: To race at F1 Boston all drivers must be over 18 and hold a valid driver’s license in order to obtain an F1 Boston Race license. Day License, $10.00;  Annual License, $25.00;  Competition License, $40.00;  Track, $28.00;  Reservations recommended With racing and billiards, F1Boston is a better suited to the older kids. By older kids, we may mean adults.

Boston, MA

Fenway Park Guided Tours Where: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston Contact: 617-226-6666; www.boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp  Hours: Daily tours, 10 am-3 pm, every hour on the hour Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-15), $6; Adults, $8; Group tours available for groups between 10 and 50 people Tour Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Curt Schilling, Ted Williams, Wade Boggs, and Carl Yastrzemski. Tour features a 40 minute interactive video.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum (Boston CityPass)Where: Columbia Point, BostonContact: 866-JFK-1960; www.jfklibrary.org Hours: Daily, 9 am-5 pm;  Last Introductory Film at 3:55 pmAdmission: Children under 13, free; Youth (13-17), $7; Students with valid ID, $8; Adults, $10; Seniors (62+), $8The JFK Museum not only is dedicated to JFK, his records, and his memory, but to addressing current issues with the open style JFK was known for.

Photo Tours of BostonWhere: Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Freedom Trail, Boston Contact: 617-851-2273; www.photowalks.com  Hours: Beacon Hill, Mon.-Tues., 10 am;Back Bay, Weds.-Thur., 1 pm;  Sun, 10 am;Tues., Fri., Sun., 1 pm  Admission: Youth (10-17), $12; Adults, $25;Back Bay only, Youth (10-17), $15;, Adults, $30;Advance purchase required; Tickets available for purchase online Novices to experts will enjoy these walking tours of Boston with information about the city and tips on photography. Private tours, group tours, customized tours, and scavenger hunts are available by special request.

Skywalk Observatory (Boston CityPass)Where: 800 Boylston Stret, BostonContact: 617-859-0648; www.topofthehub.net  Hours: Daily, 10 am-8 pmAdmission: Children under 13, $7.50; Students with valid ID, $9; Active Military, free; Adults, $11; Seniors (62+), $9The Skywalk Observatory is the place to go for views of Boston and surrounding areas.  You can also learn about the history of immigration in Boston at the Dreams of Freedom Museum.  Group reservations are available.

Sandwich, MA

Sandwich Glass MuseumWhere: 129 Main St., Sandwich Contact: 508-888-0251; www.sandwichglassmuseum.org  Hours: Closed January; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Weds.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-14), $1.25; Adults, $5 Collection of 5,000 pieces of antique glass; Recreation of the home of Rebecca Burgess, who acted as navigator on board a clipper ship headed to Chile in the 1850s.

Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge VillageWhere: 1 Old Strubridge Road, Sturbridge Contact: 508-347-3362; www.osv.org  Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm Admission: Children under 3, free; Youths (3-17), $7; Adults, $20; Seniors (65 and older), $18; Military discount available with valid ID;  Group rates available by advance reservation Old Sturbridge Village, staffed with history interpreters, is the largest outdoor museum in the Northeast. Check the Activities & Events page on their website for calendar listings in January and February.

NEW JERSEY

Cliffwood, NJ

Funtime AmericaWhere: 111 Highway 35 South, Cliffwood (Exit 120, Garden State Pkwy) Contact: 732-583-4600; www.funtimeamerica.com  Hours: Sun., 10 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Weds., Noon-9 pm;  Thur., Noon-10 pm;  Fri., Noon-11 pm;  Sat., 10 am-Midnight Admission: Free, pay for rides and games individually Safe family fun, ranging from a Rock Wall to Laser Tag.  A Science Center, Video Arcade, and Softplay Castle add to the options. Value Packages available.

Florham Park, NJ

Imagine That !!! Discovery Museum for ChildrenWhere: 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park Contact: 973-966-8000; www.imaginethatmuseum.com  Hours: Daily, 10 am-5:30 pm Admission: Children under 1, free; Children, $9.95; Adults, $7.95; Children must be accompanied by an adult;  No strollers allowed 16,000 square foot Interactive Children’s Museum for toddlers to age 8. Over 50 safe hands-on exhibits to explore. Check the Calendar page on their website for Weekend activities.

Jersey City, NJ

Liberty Science CenterWhere: Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City Contact: 201-200-1000; www.lsc.org  Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Fri., 9 am-4 pm;  Sun., 9 am-5 pm Admission: Children under 2, free; Exhibits, Junior (2-12), $11.50; Adult (13+), $15.75; Teacher, $5; Senior (62+), $11.50; IMAX, Junior (6-12), $7; Adult (13+), $9; Teacher, $8; Senior, $7; Combo Tickets vailable; IMAX Movies are not suitable for children under 6;  Group prices available Exhibits cover topics such as infection, the food chain, fossil fuels, and skyscrapers. Special events are listed on their website on the Public Programming page. Movie listings are on the Theaters page.

Newark, NJ

The Newark MuseumWhere:49 Washington Street, Newark Contact: 973-596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org  Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Open Monday January 19 and Monday February 16Weds.-Fri., Noon-5 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm;  Admission: Museum, Members, free; Children, $6; Students with valid ID, $6; Adults, $9; Seniors with valid ID, $6; Planetarium, Children under 12, $2; Students with valid ID, $2; Adults, $3; Seniors with valid ID, $2;  Discounts available With a wide variety of exhibits, tours, galleries, and a Junior Museum, there’s plenty to explore. Check the Family Programs Calendar on their website to see what special activities, tours, and shows are featured each day.

Paramus, NJ

Bergen County Zoological ParkWhere: Forest Ave, Paramus Contact: 201-262-3771 ext 10; www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks/parks/zoo.htm   Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm Admission: Free The zoo, situated in Van Saun Park, has a wide variety of animals living in recreated natural habitats. The zoo includes a petting area and playground.New Jersey Children’s Museum Where: 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus Contact: 201-262-5151; www.njcm.com  Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 am-6 pm;  Sat.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm Admission: Children under 1, free; All others, $10 plus tax per person;  Group rates are availablePlay and learning areas include the Wild West, a Ballet Studio, a Giant Train Set, and a Construction Zone. January 18 is the 12th annual Teddy Bear Weekend Jamboree. See their website for details.

Somerset, NJ

Garden State Exhibit Center, Kids Fun Fair and Traveling ZooWhere: 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset Contact: 732-469-4000; www.commerfordzoo.com Hours: Sun., Jan. 18, 10 am-6 pmAdmission: Children under 12, free; All others $10 per person;  Game and ride tickets are $2 eachWith games, rides, and animals, this indoor Fair and Zoo are not to be missed!

West Orange, NJ

Turtleback ZooWhere: 560 North Field Ave, West Orange Contact: 973-731-5800; www.turtlebackzoo.com  Hours: Daily, 10 am-3:30 pm; Park closes half hour after last admission Admission: Children under 2, free; Children, $3; Adults, $6; Seniors, $3 The zoo features a new endangered species carousel.  Group rates are available for groups over 15 people; winter season group rates are $3 per person (pre-paid).  Information as well as a map can be found on the website.

NEW YORK

Bronx, NY

Bronx ZooWhere: Bronx River Parkway & Fordham Rd, Bronx Contact: 718-367-1010; www.bronxzoo.com  Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm Admission: Children under 3, free; Child (3-12), $11; Adult, $15; Senior (65+), $13;  Wednesday is pay-what-you-wish day;  Parking $12;Congo Gorilla Forest, $1-$3, depending on the weather;Zucker Bug Carousel, $2Tickets are available online.  We highly suggest that you use the map on the website to plan your day; due to the size of the zoo you can’t see all animals in one day.

New York Botanical GardensWhere: 200 Street & Southern Boulevard, Bronx Contact: 718-817-8700; www.nybg.org  Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm Admission: Members, free; Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $5; Students with valid ID, $11; Adults, $13; Seniors, $11 Tickets include Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, the Rock and Native Plant Gardens (weather permitting), the Tram Tour (weather permitting), and The Chrysanthemum in Japanese Art in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.  Groups of 15 adults or more qualify for a discount on full-price admission.

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Children’s MuseumWhere: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn Contact: 718-735-4400; www.brooklynkids.org  Hours: Closed Mondays, Open Monday January 19;  Monday & Tuesday February 16-17Weds.-Fri., Noon-5 pm, Totally Tots opens at 11 am;  Sun., 10 am-5 pm;  Admission: Members, free; Children under 1, free; All others $7.50 per person;  Free before 11 am every Sunday, through February 28 (does not apply to groups) Learn about the animals in your neighborhood, create artifacts, and share your artwok on the gallery display board.  Check Calendar of Events on their website for special programming.

Jewish Children’s MuseumWhere: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn Contact: 718-907-8833; www.jcmonline.org  Hours: Closed Friday and Shabbat;Sun., 10 am-6 pm;  Mon.-Thur., 10 am-4 pm Admission: Children under 2, free; All others $10 per person The Jewish Children’s Museum is geared towards elementary-school aged children and their families.  Exhibits teach about topics such as Shabbat, the Land of Israel, and Kosher food.  Tickets are available for purchase on their website.

Maple Lanes Bowling AlleyWhere: 1570 60th Street, Brooklyn Contact: 718-331-9000; www.bowlmaple.com  Hours: Lane Availability, Sun., 8 am-Midnight;  Mon.-Weds., 8:30 am-11pm;  Thur., 8:30 am-6 pm, 9:15 pm-11 pm; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 am-Midnight;  Closing is at the end of the final gameAdmission: $6 per person per lane; Rates vary for Cosmic bowl and special promotions.

New York AquariumWhere: Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Brooklyn Contact: 718-265-3474; www.nyaquarium.com  Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm;  Last entry is 45 minutes before closing Admission: Members, free; Children under 3, free; Child (3-12), $9; Adult, $13; Senior (65+), $10 Group rate $6 per person, please call 718-741-1818 at least 2 weeks before visit to make a group reservation; Admission Fridays from 3 pm is pay-as-you-wish.

New York Transit MuseumWhere: 130 Livingston Street, Brooklyn;  Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal Contact: 718-694-1600; www.mta.info/mta/museum  Hours: Closed Mondays and Major Holidays;Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm;  Sun., Noon-5 pm, Admission: Members, free; Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $3; Adults, $5; Senior Citizens (62+), $3;  Seniors free on Wednesdays; Group visits can be set up by calling 718-694-1873 Mon.-Fri. between 10 am-5 pm.  Exhibits include Steel, Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925 about the building of the subway, and Fare Collection, about the different collection devices employed throughout the MTA’s history.

The Living Torah MuseumWhere: 1640 41st Street, Brooklyn Contact: 718-686-8170; www.thelivingtorahmuseum.com    Hours: Guided tours only;  Sun.-Mon., 9 am-9 pm;  Fri., 9 am -1 hour before Shabbat;  Sat., 1 hour after Shabbat- 1 am This museum presents a unique spin on Torah, with an archeological exhibit that displays items such as a contract from the city of Ur, an exhibit on the 39 Melachot, and much more!

Long Island, NY

Atlantis Marine World & Atlantis Explorer Where: 431 East Main St., Riverhead Contact: 631-208-9200; www.atlantismarineworld.com  Hours: Daily, 10 am-5 pm Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $18; Adults (18-61), $21; Senior (62+), $18;  All tickets plus tax;  Group rates are available, please see website for detailsAtlantis Marine World is themed around the fabled lost city of Atlantis.  Atlantis is rated one of the top marine parks in the Unites States, with much to do for people of all ages.

Cradle Of Aviation Museum Where: Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City Contact: 516-572-4111; www.cradleofaviation.org  Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-5 pmAdmission: Cradle of Aviation, Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $8; Adults, $9; Seniors (62+), $8;Classic IMAX, Children (6-12), $6.50; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7.50;Hollywood IMAX, Chilren (6-12), $11.50; Adults, $13.50; Seniors, $12.50;Firefighters Museum, Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $3.50; Adult, $4; Senior, $3.50Explore our fascination with putting things in the sky, from kites and balloons to ourselves.  Group rates are available; please call 516-572-4066.

Fun ZoneWhere: 229 Route 110, Farmingdale Contact: 631-847-0100; www.funzoneamusements.com  Hours:  Sun., 10 am-10 pm;  Mon.-Thur., 11 am-10 pm;  Fri., 11 am-Midnight;  Sat., 10 am-Midnight; Admission: Pay for rides & games individually;  Group rates are available Fun Zone has a large indoor arcade, rides, and special events.  Events can be found listed on their website; please check for updates. FunstationWhere: 40 Rocklyn Avenue, Lynnbrook Contact: 516 599-7757; www.funstationfun.com Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday;Thur., Sun., 11 am-9 pm;  Fri.-Sat., 11 am-10 pm;  Rides close one hour before park closes Admission: Ride Tickets, $1 each, Tickets per ride varies At this Indoor Entertainment Center, there is much to do – rides, games, and a multi-level maze are just some of the things that will keep your family busy.

Refusing The Short Leash

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007


         On October fifth, my article called “Choking on a Short Leash” was in the Jewish Press. The article discussed the need for compromise (as we age and/or are alone) with our children who may become very protective and want to monitor our whereabouts. Finding a middle ground with our protective children, without losing our independence, can be very difficult. The compromise, though livable for both sides, may be satisfying to neither.

 

 

Dear Ann,

 

         I am writing about your article, “Choking on a Short Leash.” I was in a similar situation with my children who started to want to know when I left the house and where I was going once I became a widow. I had also been a well spouse and was now able to just up and leave the house whenever I wanted. I didn’t want to have to call my kids and let them know every time I went out. It made me feel like the child and not the mother and grandmother. My kids and I fought about it a lot.

 

         After I read your article, I decided to take your advice and talk to my kids and see if we could work something out and stop arguing about it. We finally agreed that I would let them know if I left in the evening but not during the day. Well, I did my part of the bargain until last week. I called to tell them I was going out to meet my friends for coffee. The phone rang and rang but no one picked up, and the answering machine didn’t go on either. This meant that someone was on the phone. They have caller ID and call waiting so they knew I was calling. They didn’t bother to call back.

 

         I called five times over the next hour and did not get through to them or the machine. I tried the cell phone but was ignored as well. They just didn’t want to be bothered answering my call. When I finally got through, I was really mad. I asked them what would have happened if it were an emergency and I needed help. “That’s what Hatzoloh is for” was their answer. I am really upset by what they did and what they said. I see no reason to call in and tell them where I am anymore. As far as I’m concerned, the deal is off and I have my freedom back.

A very angry mother

 

 

Dear Angry Mother,

 

         I understand and sympathize with your feelings. Their comment about Hatzoloh was certainly not what you needed to hear. I suspect that it just further compounded your feelings of rejection brought about by not having your phone calls answered. It was a thoughtless comment and inappropriate response. However, it sounds like the plan had been working well until this happened. Let me suggest that we give your children the benefit of the doubt and that we practice “dan l’kaf zechus.

 

         Since you identified yourself as a mother and a grandmother, I am going to assume you have grandchildren in your children’s homes. Perhaps your call came at a very busy time. Your children could have been putting their children to bed and didn’t want to be interrupted. Maybe the phone was off the hook or a teenager was on the phone and decided not to take the call waiting or look at the caller ID. Or, maybe your children were on the phone with a teacher or on a business call and they were not comfortable interrupting the conversation, and later forgot to check the caller I.D. Perhaps the day had gone badly and it was chaotic in the house when you called and they wanted to put off talking to you until things had calmed down.

 

         There are many events that could have occurred that can explain why they didn’t answer your call. (I am not saying that not taking the call is correct, but sometimes things happen that get in the way of a correct response.) As we age and our homes lose the hustle and bustle of having a busy family around, we sometimes forget how difficult it is to manage in the chaotic times of the day for a large family. This may have been why your call was avoided-it had nothing to do with you personally and everything to do with the time of day and events in your children’s home.

 

         The comment about calling Hatzoloh in an emergency may also have been said innocently. In an emergency, when time is of the essence, it would make sense to call Hatzoloh first and then your children (although our emotional needs when we are alone would compel us to do just the opposite). Or it may have been said defensively and as a result of feeling badly that they ignored your call and weren’t living up to their part of the agreement, or simply a defensive reaction after being caught in behaving badly toward you.

 

         Whatever the reason, I’d like to suggest you go back to holding up your end of the agreement and give them a chance to do the same. It would be a shame to lose what you gained in a peaceful family relationship simply because on one evening, life just got in the way.


Ann

 

         You can reach me at annnovick@hotmail.com

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