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Bring the Family to the New York Times Travel Show

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Looking for a way to visit the world in a weekend? The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center is this weekend, January 27 and 28, in New York City, and it offers a chance to check out travel destinations, deals, and activities both from around the globe and day-trip driving distance. As an added bonus, kids 18 and under attend free (adults are $20).

Here are some highlights to keep an eye out for when you visit. Melissa will be getting a got a sneak preview Friday before the show doors opened on Saturday and will be updating this space all weekend, so be sure to check back before you go.

What to Do

Family Travel Pavilion — This hands on play area is sponsored by the Family Travel Association (which Playground is proud to be a member of). This year’s pavilion includes family-friendly destinations and services, as well as an RV and customized camper van to explore. Plus, there’s a Gaga Ball Pit and a “Fun Zone” which will provide families with the opportunity to try out a variety of their products to balance, strengthen and stretch their bodies while having fun at the same time. Update: Melissa recommends stopping by the PADI booth here — kids as young as 8 years old can take intro classes to SCUBA, and at 10 years old you train for for a junior diving license!

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Arthur and Pauline Former at the New York Times Travel Show. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker)

Book Signings and Seminars — Meet authors, experts, and celebrities in person at book signings and hear them speak and answer travel questions at live presentations. One of Melissa’s favorites, Pauline Frommer, will both be signing books with her famous dad Arthur (above) and speaking and answering questions with Samantha Brown at the show

Taste the World — Not sure if your kids like Israeli food? Always wanted to try an authentic Cassoulet? Get a taste of global cuisine, without having to pay anything extra, at these fabulous foodie tastings.


Puerto Rico — The best way to help Puerto Rico? Come visit, says the tourism board! One of Melissa’s favorite spots in the Caribbean says its open for business and really wants visitors to come and stay. In fact, noted the tourism bureau, what’s going to help the island recover is tourism dollars, and being able to have guests stay at hotels and dine in restaurants creates jobs and brings much needed money to workers. They also say that 120 hotels (81% of the island’s inventory) are open and fully operational. Check out some of our past Puerto Rico recommendations for families.


South Korea — Get ready for the Winter Olympics with a stop at this booth which has meet and greets with the olympic mascots, games — including curling — and prizes.

Where to Eat

Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine (37 Street at 10th Avenue)– The former Knick offers up burgers, fries, salads, and cocktails in a huge space that even features a basketball court to keep kids entertained while they wait for their food.

Friedman’s (35th Street at 10th Avenue) — Awesome brunch, killer cocktails, healthy options, and a crave-worthy chicken matzoh ball soup make this a perfect spot for midday treat.



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