European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, TBT: Travel Scrapbook

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Gorgeous Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland


#TBT: Playground reader April Daniels Hussar shares this photo of her daughter at the Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland.

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Happy travels!


Far Flung Adventures, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Drumroll Please….The Most Popular Family Vacation Destinations

Popular Family Vacation Destinations
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Have you been looking for travel inspiration? Wondering where other families are headed for spring and summer break? Virtuoso, the leading international travel agency, was wondering, too. Specifically, they wanted to know where the most influential travelers were headed. No, not Jay Z and Beyonce, but Generation Z — kids and teens born in the late in the 1990s to 2010s. Turns out our kids hold considerable sway over the family vacation.

According to Virtuoso, Gen Zs are well-traveled from an early age and globally minded, and thus interested in offbeat destinations with exhilarating adventures like diving the Great Barrier Reef and kayaking among icebergs in Greenland (we’re adding those to our personal dream boards, too).

Here’s the Virtuoso list of popular family vacation destinations — places where Gen Z, and the adults who drive them to school and pay for their travels, will be heading this year:

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6 in the City, European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures

6 in the City: Luxury Family Getaway at Four Seasons Florence, Italy

6 in the city: Florence, Italy

The latest in our series on Playground, where we feature our personally curated city travel picks with one equation: 1 amazing hotel + 2 great places to eat + 3 can’t miss things to see and do = 6 in the City!

Consider these your handy go-to-guides for the quickest route for travel fun!

Florence, Italy:

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Beach Blanket Bingo, Hot Fun in the Summertime, TBT: Travel Scrapbook

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Picture Perfect Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts

#TBT: Playground reader and photographer Chanda Hall shares this picture perfect photo of her daughter in Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2015.

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Happy travels!


New York New York a Helluva Town, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: A Broadway With Kids Weekend in New York City

Broadway with kids

Q:  Hi Playground! We’re taking our 8-year-old daughter to NYC for 3 days over spring break. We’re staying in Times Square and have some New York must-sees such on our list such as Ellis Island and Empire State Building, but we’d also love to see some Broadway shows. We’ve seen many of the kid friendly ones (Lion King, Aladdin, Wicked) but I don’t know what’s new. We’d also like to hit the DŌ Cookie Dough Confections. Any advice would be welcome. ~ Thanks, LHL

A: Hi LHL! A Broadway-themed long weekend for Spring Break sounds like a great idea!

There are two new plays currently in previews that I think would be a great fit for a theater-loving grade schooler (plus, you’ll be able to buy them at reasonable face value prices as opposed to spending hundreds of dollars a piece on, say, a presidential-themed musical).

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Day Trips, Weekend Away

Explore Nature and History For Free During National Park Week

national park week
Glenmont at Thomas Edison Historical National Park

Mark your calendars! The National Park Service invites families to explore nature and history for free during the 2017 National Park Week on April 15 – 16 and April 22 – 23. The annual event is America’s largest celebration of national heritage.

(Fun Fact: On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service)

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All-Inclusive Family Resorts, Beach Blanket Bingo, Far Flung Adventures, TravelTuesday Q&A, Week Long Getaways

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Spring Break Sweet 16

Spring Break

Q: Hi Playground: Do you have any ideas for a sweet 16 trip for late April spring break? It will be four of us: My daughter and her friend and me and the other mom. The girls want somewhere warm with a beach and other kids their age and we’d be there 3-4 nights. The girls are interested in Atlantis, the moms were hoping for something not quite as hectic. ~ Thank you! Shari S.

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