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Great November Getaways for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break

Getaways for NJ Teachers' Convention | mid-hudson valley family travel

Guess what New Jersey parents? Your kids are about to have a 4-day weekend! November 9 – 12 is the NJEA Convention, aka the NJ Teachers’ Convention, when all public schools are closed while teachers attend a professional development conference in Atlantic City. Why not take advantage of the break and plan a getaway with the family?

The good news is that the crowds are usually thin, and prices low, for this long weekend in many destinations since only New Jersey public schools have off. (Which is not to say there are no crowds. At Disney World these November dates are called “New Jersey Week,” and the theme parks — and flights to Orlando, and actually Florida in general — are packed! And if you ask your kids, they’d probably like to avoid seeing their teachers in Atlantic City….)

Ready to take a break? Here are some great getaway options for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break:

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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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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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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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