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Last Minute Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways To Take Over Labor Day Weekend

Family Trips Labor Day Weekend

The last long weekend of summer is coming — Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. Whether you have a 3-day or 4-day weekend, it’s plenty of time to fit in one last hurrah of summer before school starts and to take some Day Trips or a mini getaway with the family.

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

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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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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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Day Trip: Governors Island, NYC

Governors Island

Looking for a summer Day Trip with gorgeous views, history, and lots of family fun? Get on a ferry and head to  New York City’s Governors Island!

This 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor is real gem. My family visited on a recent Sunday and we’re already planning when we will go back.

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Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways To Take Over Memorial Day Weekend

memorial weekend family travel

Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day — the unofficial start of summer!  Whether you have a 3-day or 4-day weekend, it’s plenty of time to take some Day Trips or a mini getaway with the family.

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

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#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Getting a Hug From Tiana in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

#TBT: Playground reader Jennifer Bonnel shares this sweet photo of her son at their recent trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Little Ollie was going in for a hug from Tiana, who called him “sweet as a beignet,” after he gave her a homemade card that said “I love you!”

Want to see your family on Playground? Send your travel photos here.

Happy travels!

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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Explore Nature and History For Free During National Park Week

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Glenmont at Thomas Edison Historical National Park

Mark your calendars! The National Park Service invites families to explore nature and history for free during the 2017 National Park Week on April 15 – 16 and April 22 – 23. The annual event is America’s largest celebration of national heritage.

(Fun Fact: On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service)

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