Henry: Well, just how long do you want to stay married? Since NEAF is now something like 80% involved with astro-imaging, it would be difficult to keep the rest of their family interested. Now that said, how would your wife look in a nice new paid of Ethos earrings? Perhaps a Glatter Collimator necklace? Meteorite handbag? Judge that over an “I Luv NY” hat, or “Make the Knicks Great Again” t-shirt!
Now don’t get me wrong, maybe your wife would love to return to NZ on a ship, accompanied by an enclosed cargo trailer, stuffed with a new 25-inch Obsession and 210mm Lunt solar telescope! And, that’s not to mention all the new astrophotography equipment hiding in the new luggage you had to buy.
Seriously, I think you could leave your wife and kid(s) in NYC at a play, Broadway (Empire State Building), etc., while you rent a car and go to NEAF; Suffern, NY is really not that far from Manhattan (NYC). Don’t spend a whole day, but 4-5 hours will give you a good feeling of having been there, picking up literature, talking with exhibitors that interest you. At $25 a pop, your family is not going to get $50 or more worth of knowledge and excitement out of NEAF. NEAF lists the exhibitors ahead of time, so you can research them before you attend (NEAF hands your a map of where the exhibitors are located in the hall/gymnasium), and if you bring a cell phone or iPad, you can take photos of anything that interests you. This itinerary could work for you.