All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse is Practically Perfect

Mary Poppins
Elena Shaddow as Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse is, to use the lyrics from one of the show’s songs, practically perfect in every way. 

My 9-year-old daughter and I had the pleasure of seeing the musical at the official press opening last night and we loved it. We weren’t alone; the entire audience was caught up in the magic — clapping and singing along, cheering, and jumping to their feet for a standing ovation at the finale. 

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Arts & Culture, Museums, Weekend Away

5 Amazing Spots for a Hamilton-Inspired Weekend in Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia
Alexander Hamilton and The Gilmore Girls.

Do you have a family obsessed with Hamilton? You want a revolution? We have a revelation! Historic Philadelphia is where you can go beyond Broadway and follow Hamilton’s footsteps.

Thanks to Visit Philly, my A.Ham obsessed family stepped back in time to enjoy a weekend of historic adventures in the City of Brotherly Love.

Here are 5 don’t-miss spots for a Hamilton-inspired weekend of family fun:

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Arts & Culture, Day Trips, Museums, New York New York a Helluva Town

The Museum Mile Festival Offers a Mile of Free Arts & Culture For Family Fun in NYC

Museum Mile Festival

Save the date Playground readers! For one summer day a year, seven of of the finest museums in New York City, open their doors to the public free of charge for the Museum Mile Festival. The 39th annual event will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 6 pm – 9 pm (The festival kick-off begins at 5:45 pm).

A mile of Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets will be closed to traffic for the massive street party. Families will enjoy live music, performances, and a night of art at the following museums:

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Contest: Guess the Paper Mill Playhouse 2017-2018 Season, Win Free Tickets

paper Mill Playhouse Guess the Season Game 2017-2018

Each February, Paper Mill Playhouse, one of our favorite regional theaters, announces its productions for the upcoming season. But they don’t just announce it, they run a contest to build suspense — the “Guess the Season” game!

We’re excited to join in the fun, and even more excited to offer one lucky Playground reader who can guess correctly a pair of tickets to an upcoming Paper Mill Playhouse production!

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Arts & Culture

It’s the Year of the Rooster! Celebrate Lunar New Year Across NYC

Lunar New Year

Looking to liven up your winter? Then put the Lunar New Year on your calendar. This year the Chinese New Year is celebrated on Saturday, January 28, but New York City has parades, events, and parties to launch the Year of the Rooster spanning from mid-January through the end of February. Kids will love feasting on both the sights and tastes of the colorful New Year’s celebrations.

Here are some of favorite ways for families to celebrate the 2017 Lunar New Year in NYC:

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Arts & Culture

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C. (Photo: NPS)

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can honor him with your family by doing service and visiting one of our National Parks, which are offering free admission to celebrate MLK Day.

 

 

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

2-For-1 NYC Broadway Week Tickets On Sale January 5

NYC Broadway Week

Mark your calendars, there’s another opportunity to score discounted Broadway tickets coming your way! Beginning on January 5, 2017, at 10:30 am, you can purchase 2-for-1 tickets to fantastic  shows on Broadway during NYC Broadway Week, which takes place January 17-February 5, 2017.

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