OHEL And Kool Kids Bounced Around On Chol Hamoed!
Chol Hamoed time calls for pleasant times with friends and family. OHEL strives to provide entertaining activities for clients and individuals all year round and especially holiday times. A group of children and volunteers from OHEL Bais Ezra and Kool Kids got together for Chol Hamoed Pesach fun at Bounce Factory in Warren, NJ. There were two bouncing rooms with a total of eight different inflatables including mazes, large bounce houses, slides and even a Velcro wall! Everyone got to bounce on the monster sized bouncing pads and various slides and navigated through challenging obstacle courses, combining physical activity with socialization and amusement. Even the volunteers had a great time bonding with the kids! Here is a quote from one of the high school volunteers, Devorah: "The Bounce Factory was an amazing experience. Working with the kids gave me a sense of accomplishment and was just plain fun." What a special way to spend Chol Hamoed!
Laser tag was on the premises as well. Everyone wore laser tag vests and played laser tag in a two-floor laser tag maze. The facility adjusted the noise level for a sensory-friendly experience for the whole group. "What I liked most about the Bounce Factory trip was making a new friend with my counselor. I also liked hanging out with a lot of friends, like everyone does on Pesach", said Yaffa, a 16 year old participant. Afterwards a kosher lâ€™Pesach lunch was had in the Bounce Factory party room. On the bus ride home, as the day came to a close, different songs were sung, including Pesach songs, using the Karaoke machine's microphone, keeping up the Chol Hamoed spirit and ending on a high note!
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crisis. For more information pleasecall 1-800-603-OHEL(6435) or log on to www.ohelfamily.org
Kool Kids is a volunteer-run social and recreational respite program for children with special needs in Passaic, New Jersey. For more information, contact Kool Kids at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 431-KOOL (5665).