After the Bar Mitzvah It’s Time to Celebrate!
Family Fun on the Greek Island of Rhodes
Your son or daughter has done it! When your teen ascended the bimah in the beautifully restored, oldest synagogue in Greece, she/he has accomplished what is an important milestone in Jewish life. The “Mazel Tovs!” punctuate the joy and the Kiddush wine and Greek style challah completes the experience. Now it’s time for family fun!
For many families the choice to celebrate their son or daughter’s Jewish coming of age event is realized in a destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Many families choose to expose their children to the rich cultural diversity among Jews around the world and eschew the lavish party scene for a more educational and intimate family experience.
If you are considering our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program on the island of Rhodes, we encourage you to celebrate your teen’s accomplishment with a unique and unforgettable family vacation — and on Rhodes you’ll find a variety of options for your family vacation.
Water sports and beaches, antiquities and museums, nature and wildlife – Rhodes has it all and following your teen’s synagogue ceremony your family can celebrate in Greek style.
The beautiful blue Aegean Sea beckons and we recommend Paddle Paradise as your water sport destination. Highly regarded as one of Rhodes’ best family outings, Paddle Paradise offers a Stand Up Paddle adventure appropriate forthe beginner to the experienced paddler. Staff can customize a tour for you as your family explores secret spots for swimming , snorkeling and just relaxing in the crystal blue water.
Did you know that one of Europe’s biggest water parks is right here in Rhodes? It’s called the Faliraki Water Park and it offers a full day admission ticket that includes round trip transportation from Rhodes Town along with access to all of the park’s attractions including water slides, wave pools and lazy river rafting.
The Farma of Rhodes is a family petting zoo that features exotic animals for petting and feeding. In fact your family will be close to the animals they touch, pet and feed each one. Families report that these exceptionally well-cared for animals even like having their photo taken with all of you. The Farma features a large ostrich family and the owners have constructed a prepared area where visitors can safely interact with ostriches. The Farma experience includes a tour of their lush botanical gardens and the restaurant on property serves delicious selections.
For an unique experience with nature, your family will enjoy a visit to the Valley of the Butterflies, a breathtaking nature reserve on the west side of Rhodes. Enjoy walkways, streams and gorgeous vegetation on your half day, private tour that offers an up close and personal encounter with hundreds of butterflies in their natural habitat.
The island of Rhodes offers three museum experiences that are unlike any you’ve had before. Start your journey with a visit to the Rhodes Folklore Museum, a small but fascinating collection of artifacts and instruments that at first may seem inscrutable – that is, until the curator offers you a personal tour complete with demonstrations of how these objects were used by local Greeks centuries ago. Your family will appreciate the personal touch offered in this hands-on, memorable experience.
Small and intimate museums are special in that they hold children’s interest while making the collections accessible to younger visitors and the Rhodes Toy Museum is no exception.. Huge cabinets house hundreds of toys and accessible displays include toys that your family can actually play with. Children and adults can try their hand at the electronic games on display and toys from the 1960’s will jog family stories and happy memories.
A Bee Museum? Yes, indeed. Rhodes boasts one of the few bee museums in the world and guests report that the experience is practical, informative and educational. Visitors can view two large bee hives complete with bee colonies inside while videos and short films share fascinating facts about the life of bees in Greece.
For more family fun ideas and for information on family friendly beaches, check with your travel agent or hotel concierge.
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