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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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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Today Only! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Tickets on Sale for $20

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway

Harry Potter fans, we’ve got exciting news! You could be among the the very first to see the Broadway, two-part production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child AND only pay $40 to see both parts. The production JUST announced a special sale at the Lyric Theatre Box Office on West 43rd Street beginning tonight, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Here are the details:

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Arts & Culture, Day Trips, New York New York a Helluva Town, Weekend Away

Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways for Presidents’ Day and Winter Break

day trips | family travel

Monday, February 19, is Presidents’ Day and the start of Winter Break, or long weekends, for many school districts — the perfect time to take some Day Trips or a mini getaway with the family.

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

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Arts & Culture, Museums, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Giveaway: Tickets to Kids Week 2018 at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NYC

Kids Week 2018 at The Intrepid

Earlier this week, we shared all the fun details about the annual Kids Week at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum taking place from February 18- 24 in NYC. We think it’s such a fantastic family event and encourage you to visit. Believe us, your kids will thank you.

Today, we’re really excited to announce this ticket giveaway!

Thanks to the generosity of The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Playground is giving away 4 tickets to Kids Week 2108 to one lucky reader!

Here’s how to enter:

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

Celebrate Science with Kids Week 2018 at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Kids Week at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Looking for a great family Day Trip during Presidents Day/Winter Break? Next month,  Kids Week takes over at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between February 18 – 24, just in time to provide interactive fun and cool entertainment for families.

Kids Week 2018 will show your family that science is everywhere—from the basketball court to your backyard. Discover how science intersects with art, sports, games and nature in fun-filled activities for all ages. Families will enjoy immersive activities, live broadway musical performances (including a visit from Sponge Bob the Broadway Musical), demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and visits from special guests.

Plus, all of it is free with museum admission!

Check out the lineup of scientific fun:

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

Spongebob Makes a Splash on Broadway and It’s Fantastically Fun

Spongebob on Broadway

If nautical nonsense be something you wish — along with great original music, bright and bold neon lights, silly sound effects, AND a confetti cannon — then take the family to see Spongebob Squarepants the Broadway Musical.

I confess I was never a fan of Nickelodeon’s animated Spongebob Squarepants and his friends in the Bikini Bottom cartoon world. However, after seeing the musical with my family, I now have a thing for the eternally optimistic sea sponge. Ethan Slater, in his Broadway debut, manages to bring the quirky cartoon character to life with a high energy, limber goofiness that is infectiously lovable.

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