Day Trips, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

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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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Best Mobile Phone Plans for Overseas Travel

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Q:  Hello Playground! We’re heading to England for a week on vacation and I want to know the most affordable way to use my phone while I’m traveling. We have Verizon as our mobile carrier. Thanks! ~ LK

A: Hi LK! This is a great question, and one I get asked about a lot. Everyone has heard horror stories about astronomical data roaming charges and ridiculous international phone bills. But the good news is, with the right plan, this no longer has to be the case.

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5 Ways to Get More Playground

playground family travelMelissa Klurman and Georgette Gilmore created Playground to make finding vacation ideas as easy as taking a spin on your favorite swing. Every adventure–whether it’s a staycation or a far flung journey around the world–is personally tested and approved by two savvy travelers who also happen to be moms.

We share our personal favorite getaways, arts & cultural experiences, tips we share with friends, and travels we recommend whenever there’s a need to unwind, rewind, and take a break from the daily work/life grind.

Here are 5 more ways to follow Playground and stay in the know:
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Product Review: Face Halo is a Travel Essential That Will Have You Rethinking Your Daily Beauty Routine

Face Halo

As someone who has a vanity stocked with cleansers, creams, lotions, face masks, and makeup, travel can put a damper on my skincare and beauty routine. Always on the lookout to simplify my skincare on the road — especially when it requires a 3-1-1 carry on bag — I was excited to try the sample of Face Halo I received from the company to review.

Face Halo is a small microfiber disk that claims to remove dirt, oil and makeup from your skin with just water. No cleanser needed at all!

I was skeptical. Would it really get all my makeup, including my mascara, off? Would it clean my face thoroughly enough that I wouldn’t start getting breakouts?

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Arts & Culture, Museums, New York New York a Helluva Town, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

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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5 Ways to Get More Playground

playground family travelMelissa Klurman and Georgette Gilmore created Playground to make finding vacation ideas as easy as taking a spin on your favorite swing. Every adventure–whether it’s a staycation or a far flung journey around the world–is personally tested and approved by two savvy travelers who also happen to be moms.

We share our personal favorite getaways, arts & cultural experiences, tips we share with friends, and travels we recommend whenever there’s a need to unwind, rewind, and take a break from the daily work/life grind.

Here are 5 more ways to follow Playground and stay in the know:
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Two Kid Friendly Vacation Rental Sites That Really Get Families

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For families looking to rent a vacation home rather than staying at a hotel, there are several options for finding family-friendly vacation rentals — sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway. But finding a truly family friendly vacation rental requires more than simply a proprietor who says they welcome children.

Finding a place that offers amenities such as cribs, baby gates, highchairs, toddler beds, and even toys can make a family vacation so much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to pack lighter, avoid the added costs of baby rental gear companies, and relax because the kids will be safe and very happy.

Here are two excellent family friendly vacation rental sites for finding homes away from home:

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