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All Aboard for the NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

The annual Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a one of the highlights of the winter holiday season in New York City for families. Especially those with kids who are train fanatics (if you have kids who love Thomas the Train, or anything that moves on tracks, you know what we mean).  

Related: Day Trip: Central Park, NYC

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3 Ways to Enjoy the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Ready to talk turkey? Thanksgiving is less than a month away; this year, we’ll gather around the table on Thursday, November 23! And with the turkey comes a tradition since its origin in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held annually in New York City.

With an expected 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide, the parade is our nation’s most celebrated and anticipated family treat. And it’s definitely a NYC event to experience at least once in your lifetime.

Here are 3 ways to enjoy the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

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Autumn in New York: 10 Fall Family Fun Activities to Enjoy in the Big Apple

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It’s autumn in New York and seasonal family fun is ripe for the picking!

Here are 10 of our favorite fall activities for kids and parents, from Halloween parades to fabulous foliage viewing, all right in New York City.

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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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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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Giveaway: Tickets to See Moon Shot at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NYC

Moon Shot Theater Unspeakable

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which combines cool science and history exhibits aboard the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York City, kicks off the first week of August with a week-long Space and Science Festival. It’s a perfect time to take a Day Trip to the museum if you haven’t visited yet.

One of the highlights of the theme week is two performances of the original show Moon Shot by Chicago’s Theater Unspeakable, which will be performed beneath the Space Shuttle Enterprise on August 4 and 5.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Cool NYC Hotels for a Tween Trip to the Big Apple

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Q: Hi Playground! We are starting to plan a family weekend get away in NYC with our 10-yr-old son in November. What would you recommend for cool, family friendly hotels? I want something with a true New York vibe, where we could take him to the hotel’s bar or restaurant and feel grown up, but not a party scene. What do you think? ~ Thanks, DC

A: Hi DC! A tween-trip to NYC in the fall sounds great. I have a few thoughts for hip hotels with true Big Apple vibe around the city where you won’t feel out of place with your son.

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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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