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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Best Paris Restaurants for a Junior Gourmet

Best Paris restaurants for teens

Q: Hi Playground — Do you have any recommendations for restaurants in Paris with authentic French cuisine for my foodie daughter? She’s going to Paris with her aunt for her 13th birthday and prefers a spot with great food (and reasonable prices) over a trendy place. They’re staying near the Place Vendome. Thanks! ~ Gretchen G.

A: Hi Gretchen, What a fabulous birthday adventure! You’re daughter is a girl after my own heart (and stomach). Paris is one of my favorite cities; I visit as often as I can, and love to try as many local bistros and brasseries as possible when I’m there.

Here are some authentic French spots for your teen gourmet (that won’t break the bank):

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Don’t Miss These Awesome Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips from Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Solar Eclipse

“If you don’t experience a full solar eclipse,” says celebrated astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “you are not living life to the fullest!”

This morning, Playground was lucky to attend a discussion about the Eclipse led by stellar astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History (also a great spot for a special sleepover).

On August 21, a solar eclipse will darken the skies in an arc from Oregon to South Carolina, the first time a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States since 1979, and the first time a path of totality (when the moon completely covers the sun) has been completely in the US in 85 years — making it a pretty big deal (the next one won’t be until 2024).

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Best Mobile Phone Plans for Overseas Travel

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Q:  Hello Playground! We’re heading to England for a week on vacation and I want to know the most affordable way to use my phone while I’m traveling. We have Verizon as our mobile carrier. Thanks! ~ LK

A: Hi LK! This is a great question, and one I get asked about a lot. Everyone has heard horror stories about astronomical data roaming charges and ridiculous international phone bills. But the good news is, with the right plan, this no longer has to be the case.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Cool NYC Hotels for a Tween Trip to the Big Apple

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Q: Hi Playground! We are starting to plan a family weekend get away in NYC with our 10-yr-old son in November. What would you recommend for cool, family friendly hotels? I want something with a true New York vibe, where we could take him to the hotel’s bar or restaurant and feel grown up, but not a party scene. What do you think? ~ Thanks, DC

A: Hi DC! A tween-trip to NYC in the fall sounds great. I have a few thoughts for hip hotels with true Big Apple vibe around the city where you won’t feel out of place with your son.

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Affordable and Fun NYC Theater for Little Kids

NYC Theater for Little Kids: The Gazillion Bubble Show

Have preschoolers and little kids at home and looking for cultural inspiration? You’ve come to the right place!

Whether you want to try out live performance for the first time or are looking for a cool respite from the summer heat, we’ve put together a list of affordable and fun NYC Theater for little kids. These shows have a running time of 1 hour with no intermission, perfect for little ones who like their arts & culture short and sweet.

And since you’ll be in The City, make it a real Day Trip and visit one of our favorite places in The Big Apple.

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Walt Disney World: What’s New for Families in Summer 2017 and Beyond

Walt Disney World

Making plans to visit Walt Disney World or Orlando this summer or the coming 2017/2018 school year? You’ve come to the right place! I just got back from a whirlwind trip around the “World” and was able to try out all the top new rides, attractions, and shows at Disney that families will want to see this summer and beyond.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Oregon or Puerto Rico for a First Big Kid Adventure

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Q: Hi Playground! I’m planning a big first airplane trip with my 9-year-old son, departing from the Philadelphia area. Trying to decide between a summer adventure to Portland, Oregon, or an early winter getaway to Puerto Rico. What do you think? ~ Thanks! LK Berry

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Questions About Travel Insurance for Family Travel

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Q:  Hello Playground! What do you recommend for travel insurance, including medical and flight insurance, for family travel in South America? We have our shots, our anti-diarrhea and altitude sickness meds, but our travel MD recommended the extra insurance for the trip – just in case. What do think? Thanks! ~ A Traveling Mom

A: Hi Traveling Mom! You’re preaching to the choir when it comes to purchasing travel insurance for adventure or long-haul trips. Anywhere it would be hard to get home from, or to replicate the level of care you receive in the United States, it’s a good idea to purchase additional insurance. Not to mention, most travel insurance policies cover delayed or cancelled trips and also baggage that’s destroyed or never makes it to your final destination, which hopefully never happens to you, but it’s great peace of mind to know you’re covered.

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