American Dream Mall Kosher Food And Activities
Under construction for approximately 15 years at a reported cost of $5 billion, the arrival in late 2019 of the American Dream Mall to the Meadowlands in New Jersey was a welcome one, especially for Jewish families. Offering a plethora of activities, kosher food, and shopping, the mall is a convenient trip for the Jewish family seeking a day of fun. Approximately one hour and fifteen minutes from Brooklyn, NY, and slightly more from Lakewood, NJ, the mall features around three million square feet of stores and amusements, including an indoor ski slope.
Triple Five Group, a conglomerate founded by the Canadian Jewish Ghermezian family, is the owner of the American Dream Mall. The Group is behind other mega malls, such as the Mall of America in Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada. Jewish ownership, combined with the mall being near the major Jewish population centers of New York and New Jersey, specifically Lakewood, drives the availability of kosher food options and Jewish-themed offerings on Chol Hamoed at American Dream.
Attractions & Activities
Big Snow Indoor Skiing
Big SNOW is the hallmark attraction at American Dream Mall and offers an indoor ski slope even in the peak of summer. There is also a bunny slope and instructors for younger children who may be inexperienced. Please visit the Big SNOW website for information, including equipment rental rates and hours.
Nickelodeon Universe Amusement Park
Touted as the Western Hemisphere’s largest indoor theme park, the Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream offers a wide range of rides. With more than 35 rides ranging from those geared toward children to thrillers for adults, including the Shellraiser, touted as “the world’s steepest rollercoaster.”
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden at the American Dream Mall is an oasis of peace and tranquility amid commerce and amusements. With a large fountain in the center surrounded by serene paths and greenery, taking a seat on one of the benches in the garden is a great way to recharge before proceeding with your shopping or thrill-seeking at the mall.
DreamWorks Water Park
Billed as the largest indoor water park in North America, the DreamWorks water park at American Dream is a sight to behold. Offering DreamWorks-themed amusements such as Shrek, the park includes slides and the world’s largest indoor wave pool.
Dream Wheel By Skyviews
An outdoor Ferris wheel with climate-controlled cars, the Dream Wheel at American Dream is another fun family activity on offer at the mall.
The Rink Ice Skating
An NHL regulation-size ice skating rink, American Dream offers a variety of skating activities, including hockey.
Angry Birds-themed mini-golf and Blacklight (glow in the dark) mini-golf offer golf fun, especially for families.
Chickies – Garden Court, Level 1
Offering a variety of chicken and sandwiches, Chickies is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner at the American Dream Mall.
Bravo Pizza – Parks Court, Level 3 (Coming Soon)
The latest location of the originally non-kosher Bravo pizza chain, the location is still not open, but when it does, it will be a welcome addition to the kosher food options available at the mall.
Cinnabon – Parks Court, Level 1
The legendary cinnamon buns, among other baked goods, make Cinnabon an irresistible snack stop while having fun at the mall.
Dunkin Donuts – Parks Court, Level 1
A convenient coffee and snack stop, Dunkin is the one-stop shop for a quick “pick me up.”
Cotton Pop Shop – Parks Court, Level 1 Kiosk
Offering cotton candy and popcorn, the cart offers candy and snacks as one strolls around the practically endless mall.
Häagen-Dazs – Court A, Level 2 & Court C, Level 3
Though the two Häagen-Dazs shops may not actually be certified, the ice cream is certified as OU Dairy.
IT’SUGAR – Parks Court, Level 1
A supremely large candy store, with a dedicated section of kosher candy and snacks, this is a must-stop for the sugar lover.
Oreo Cafe – Parks Court, Level 3
Offering ice cream and other items based on what is probably the world’s favorite cookie, Oreo Cafe is the place to try if you are a fan of all things Oreos.
Kosher Dining Hall
Rumored for a while, there is a reported kosher dining hall slated to open in the American Dream Mall, though a specific opening date is not available as of this writing.