Arts & Culture, Day Trips, Museums, Weekend Away

The Ultimate Summer of Family Fun in Philadelphia

Independence Hall | Philadelphia family travel

Just in time for summer family travel, we’ve got the skinny from our friends in Philadelphia on every, single, thing there is do with kids in the City of Brotherly Love. Whether you want a dose of history in Center City, an interactive cultural immersion in the Museum District, or wide open spaces of Fairmount Park (not to mention THE most delicious spots for cheese steaks, ice cream, pizza, and other kid pleasing treats) there’s a fit for every family who wants to spend some time in Philly this summer, or really anytime of year.

Read on for all the details:

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Day Trips, Hot Fun in the Summertime

Make a Splash at These Cool Water Playgrounds in New Jersey

Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in New Jersey

Hello summer heat! If you’re looking for a place to take little kids to cool off on hot summer days, you don’t have to travel very far. Just grab a towel and head to one of these cool, watery, and inexpensive Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in New Jersey:

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Arts & Culture, Weekend Away

We Found a REALLY Patriotic Destination to Celebrate July 4 (Think Colonial and Williamsburg)

Fireworks | Colonial Williamsburg

Hi traveling family friends, hope your summer is off to a great start! With school over and camps just starting to kick into gear, you may be looking for a way to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family on a quick driveable getaway that gives you a chance to appreciate our country’s history. We’re thinking Colonial Williamsburg is a perfect fit!

Basically, Colonial Williamsburg rolls out the Revolutionary red carpet for the holiday, with parades, special events, and awesome fireworks all taking place where founding fathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and George Mason established and instituted the principles and policies that led to the founding of our nation. We even have an hour-by-hour guide to all the fun, below.

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a Summer Family Vacation

Dubrovnik Croatia family vacation

Q: Dear Playground: We’re looking for a fun summer trip with our three kids, ages 6 to 14. We’ve traveled to Europe before, and we’re thinking maybe Dubrovnik, Croatia this summer. Do you have any insights? ~ Thanks, MSH

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Save 30% on LOW fares to Iceland on WOW Air (Plus JetBlue on Sale, too!)

WOW $99 Airfare to Europe

We’ve told you about great deals on WOW airlines (Iceland’s budget carrier) in the past, but every time we think we’ve seen their best offer, they come up with another one that completely amazes us. For example: Today’s deal offers 30% off fares to Reykjavik with prices starting at just $70 for spring travel to Iceland. Want to stay closer to home? Jet Blue has a $44 and up sale this week, too!

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

The Sting, a New Musical Starring Harry Connick, Jr. at Paper Mill Playhouse, Hits the Mark

The Sting at Paper Mill Playhouse | Harry Connick Jr.
Photo by Jerry Dalia — Left: J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker), Right: Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff).

The Sting, a new musical at Paper Mill Playhouse, transports you to Depression-era Chicago, where jazz reigns, the stakes are high, and the dice are always loaded. And it does it in the most entertaining way.

Based on the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting, the musical tells the tale of a pair of con men, small town grifter Johnny Hooker (played by J. Harrison Ghee) and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff (played by Harry Connick, Jr.), who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer, Doyle Lonnegan (played by Tom Hewitt).

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Day Trips

Jump Around, Jump Around, Jump Up, Jump Up, and Get Down at a Trampoline Park in NJ!

Trampoline Parks in NJ

Looking for a Day Trip that’s so fun it will make the kids flip? Head to one of these trampoline parks in NJ — Huge grids of bouncy trampolines, foam pits to jump into, Dodgeball and Basketball courts, and so much more!

Before you go jumping, there are a few things to know:

  • Many Trampoline Parks require Jumping Time Reservations.
  • You’ll have to sign a waiver for each jumper. Save time and do it online before you get ot the park.
  • No shoes allowed. Most parks require you to purchase their specialty, reusable socks (usually a few dollars), but some will let you wear your own socks. Be sure to check before going.

Let’s bounce!

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Arts & Culture, Museums, Weekend Away

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Offers “Walk Up Wednesdays” in April

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

As if you needed another reason to visit Washington D.C. in spring, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is testing a new admission policy for the month of April — Walk-Up Wednesdays!

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