What to Expect at a Passover Program
Don’t lower your expectations because all your expectations will be exceeded. There is a reason why so many people attend Passover programs yearly. There is also a reason why there are over hundred programs across the globe. Operators understand that families are coming to relax and spend Yom Tov in a stress-free atmosphere, so you can expect just that. Many programs are held in five-star hotels with luxurious amenities, including a calming spa, fitness club, and courts for sports. Allowing both husband and wife to fully decompress while their children are being taken care of too. Most programs have a full-time childcare program where parents can drop off their kids on the morning of Yom Tov so fathers can pray in synagogue without interruption. Furthermore, mothers can focus on getting dressed and ready for chag without children wanting attention every second. For those wondering about Chol HaMoed, there are private babysitting services for those who need a break or are planning date night. Anytime you could possibly want a babysitter during the duration of Passover, you can get it. Keep in mind that these babysitting services might be paid since it is after-hours for the babysitters and counselors.
Additionally, there are excursions and Chol HaMoed trips available for those who don’t already have plans. These excursions do have an additional cost and are not usually included in the Passover Program cost. Families have the option of either planning their own Chol HaMoed trips, going with a tour, or staying at the hotel and taking advantage of the wonderful amenities. Even if you stay local during Chol HaMoed, there are usually activities and entertainment at night for families and children. Such as mentalists, famous Jewish singers, paint, and sips. There is always something to do to ensure that you and your children will not be bored.
Don’t worry about the food too, most programs provide three meals a day as well as a 24-hour tearoom in case you get snacky. Some programs do have in-house restaurants too for families who want different meal ideas or just a fun activity at night.
While you’re getting filled up physically, there are options to fill yourself up spiritually. With the daily minyanim, the beautiful chazanim, and the scholars in residence sharing inspirational words of wisdom.
If you ask me, that’s a lot of bang for your buck, especially for nine to ten days.