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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Day Trips, Down the Shore Everything's All Right, Hot Fun in the Summertime

Down the Shore for Less! Jenkinson’s Annual 2-for-1 Easter Sale Starts Soon!

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk 2-for-1 easter sale

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, New Jersey is a Jersey Shore must with kids. It offers a classic beach Boardwalk experience with indulgent food, games, a wonderful aquarium, and thrill rides aplenty!

Every year Jenkinson’s holds a 2-for-1 Easter SaleYou get double the amusement ride passes for the price of one! If you plan to take the kids to Point Pleasant this summer, and you should, this deal is not to be missed.

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Magical Orlando, Walt Disney World Done Right

Good News! Kids Can Eat for Free at Walt Disney World This Summer

walt disney world

Great news for Disney fans heading to Orlando this summer, Walt Disney World just announced a new special promotion where kids, ages 3 to 9, eat for free as part of a special package (and right in time for the unveiling of Toy Story Land this June).

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Day Trips

Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways for Spring Break

family travel

Not taking a destination family vacation over Spring Break? Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cool new experiences and family fun with your kids. There are plenty of great Day Trips or Mini Getaways close to home, but a world away from your usual work-school grind for you to enjoy.

We have lots of fantastic ideas for fun close to home. So grab your keys, pack the kids into the car, and happy travels!

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