California Dreaming, Weekend Away, Westward HO!

Family Fun and Sun in San Diego

san diego family travel

Sunny San Diego offers more than 60 stunning beaches, world-famous arts and culture for the entire family, a bustling Downtown, national parks and hiking trails, an incredible food scene, and perhaps the best weather in the country. It’s a perfect place for a family vacation, and where I decided to have some summer fun with my family this past August.

Read on for all the things to enjoy on your San Diego family vacation:

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical is Scrumdiddlyumptious.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

Thanks to the 2-For-1 NYC Broadway Week deal, I scored discounted tickets and took my family to see the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway last weekend. I’m so happy to report that the show is scrumdiddlyumptious.

The truth is anyone who is a real Roald Dahl fan obviously loves Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film adaptation of his book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Which means there is no one besides the late, great Gene Wilder who can truly capture the eccentric, equal parts charismatic and creepy candy man. Mention the awful 2015 remake and you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

Tony award winner Christian Borle, however, comes awfully close to Wilder’s perfection.

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

2-For-1 NYC #OffBroadwayWeek Tickets On Sale Now

NYC Off-Broadway Week

Last night I took my family to see Charlie and The Chocolate Factory thanks to the 2-For-1 NYC Broadway Week ticket deal we purchased (stay tuned for our review), and it was extra sweet because of the money we saved with the 2-for-1 deal.

If you missed that deal, don’t despair: Now there’s a chance to enjoy some fantastic Off-Broadway shows with your family! 

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Day Trips

Day Trip: Apple Picking in New Jersey and New York State

Apple Picking in New Jersey and New York

The breezy temperatures are a sign that autumn is near, which has us thinking about apples. Apple picking that it! Thankfully, we’re lucky to live within reach of some of the area’s best apple orchards in New Jersey and New York State.

These farms offer much more than just apples. Plan a day trip and enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, live music, ad markets that sell melt-in-your-mouth autumn treats (like apple cider doughnuts, yum!). How do you like them apples?

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Arts & Culture, Day Trips, Museums

Smithsonian Museum Day Live is Your Chance to Get Free Admission to 1,500+Museums

museum day live 2017

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of arts & culture hosted by Smithsonian magazine. This year’s admission free event takes place on Saturday, September 23.

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

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Message of Love on Nantucket Island

nantucket family travel

#TBT: Playground reader Meagan Coomber shares this photo of her adorable children sharing a message of love on Washing Pond Beach in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Want to see your family on Playground? Send your travel photos here.

Happy travels!

Day Trips, Weekend Away

Last Minute Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways To Take Over Labor Day Weekend

Family Trips Labor Day Weekend

The last long weekend of summer is coming — Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. Whether you have a 3-day or 4-day weekend, it’s plenty of time to fit in one last hurrah of summer before school starts and to take some Day Trips or a mini getaway with the family.

We have lots of awesome ideas. So grab your keys, pack the kids into the car, and happy travels!

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture, New York New York a Helluva Town

2-For-1 NYC #BroadwayWeek Tickets On Sale August 17

NYC Broadway Week

We love Broadway and the annual 2-For-1 NYC #BroadwayWeek makes us want to do our best jazz hands!

NYC Broadway Week tickets go on sale August 17, at 10:30 am. Purchase your 2-for-1 tickets and then between September 4 – 17, you can enjoy some of the best shows in town — minus Hamilton, but c’mon, you knew that…

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