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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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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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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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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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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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6 Better Options than Chinese Food and a Movie: What’s Open in NYC on Xmas

NYC Christmas

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s a good chance you fall back on the time-honored Chinese food and a movie formula, two options that are always open when it feels like most everything else is closed for the holiday. And although we love a good dim sum lunch and movieplex marathon, it turns out there’s lots to do in the City That Never Sleeps on Christmas for families beyond the movies.

Here are 6 great options to entertain yourself in New York City on December 25 if you don’t celebrate Christmas (or even if you do):
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The Illusionists: Turn Of the Century is a Fantastic Holiday Show For Families

The Illusionists

One hundred years ago, before YouTube and Pokemon entertained kids on demand, audiences went to the theater to be wowed by illusionists. A magician would magically saw a woman in half, clairvoyants read audience’s minds, and escape artists like Harry Houdini ditched elaborate restraints. Surely, in this modern age, we’re all too savvy to still be mystified by these type of entertainers?

That’s definitely what my “been there, seen that” 13-year-old son thought when he sat down for the limited engagement The Illusionists: Turn of The Century at The Palace Theater. “I can see the wires,” he whispered as a glowing globe levitated. But then, the globe shot sideways, went through a hoop, was trapped in a glass box, and then started to rise again. “Hmm,” muttered Aidan. A woman disappeared (“behind the curtain,” he said), but then came back somewhere so surprising (I don’t want to spoil the illusion for you), that we were both left agog.

“That,” Aidan said grabbing my hand, “was AMAZING!”

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Take the Kids to Broadway For Free! Kids’ Night on Broadway Tickets Go On Sale December 6

Kids’ Night on Broadway

The 21st Kids’ Night on Broadway will take place in NYC on February 28, 2017 and tickets go on sale December 6 at 10:30 am!

The annual event offers kids (under 18) a FREE ticket with every adult ticket purchased. Plus, to celebrate the event, many participating restaurants offer free kids meals when you purchase an adult meal and participating parking garages offer discounted parking during this special event.

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