Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

How to Help Puerto Rico

How to Help Puerto Rico

Over the past two decades I’ve visited Puerto Rico on nearly a dozen vacations. I circumvented the island numerous times, marveled at the hospitality, enjoyed the Latin culture, sunned on the beautiful beaches under palm trees, told friends and readers to visit, and appreciated that this island was a bit of America with it’s own unique heritage.

I’ve been bringing my son Aidan, now 14, since he was an infant.  From charming abuelas who would pinch his toddler chubby cheeks in the  street to learning to speak Spanish and making new friends as a teen — Puerto Rico means so much to him too.

Puerto Rico

To see the island flattened by Hurricane Maria hurts. To watch the almost hostile response to the crises from our government as the island copes with both the lack of electricity and running water is painful, frustrating, and completely flabbergasting.

As travelers, I try to teach my son that it’s imperative to be citizens of the world, to help where and when help is needed. We’ve been contributing to funds to help other islands affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but today, it’s time to help Puerto Rico.

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

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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Beach Blanket Bingo, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways, TravelTuesday Q&A, Week Long Getaways

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Caribbean Family Travel Options for Holiday Break

Caribbean Family Travel

Q: Hi Playground! I’d love to book a warm weather, family getaway for Thanksgiving or Christmas; we want easy nonstop flights and beaches, with other activities, too. Normally we’d consider the Caribbean, but is it too soon after Hurricane Irma, Jose, and the current threat Maria? Is it okay to visit the Caribbean now? Thanks ~ AP

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

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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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Plan Ahead: Flying Tips for Bad Weather Emergencies

Flying Tips for Bad Weather Emergencies

Two major hurricanes in the United States, an earthquake in Mexico, and wildfires and ash in the Pacific Northwest — If you’ve been watching the weather recently, and who hasn’t, and have to travel, you probably have lots of questions about what to do if your flight gets cancelled. And if you’re stuck in a storm, how to get back home the quickest, safest, and easiest way.

As a media spokesperson in the past for both Travelocity and Fodor’s, I’ve had lots of experience giving tips on how to weather the storm, so to speak, for cancelled and delayed flights and how to keep ahead of the storm in the airport.

Here’s my best advice for bad weather FAQs:
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Day Trips

Day Trip: Apple Picking in New Jersey and New York State

Apple Picking in New Jersey and New York

The breezy temperatures are a sign that autumn is near, which has us thinking about apples. Apple picking that it! Thankfully, we’re lucky to live within reach of some of the area’s best apple orchards in New Jersey and New York State.

These farms offer much more than just apples. Plan a day trip and enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, live music, ad markets that sell melt-in-your-mouth autumn treats (like apple cider doughnuts, yum!). How do you like them apples?

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Arts & Culture, Day Trips, Museums

Smithsonian Museum Day Live is Your Chance to Get Free Admission to 1,500+Museums

museum day live 2017

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of arts & culture hosted by Smithsonian magazine. This year’s admission free event takes place on Saturday, September 23.

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Beach Blanket Bingo, Hot Fun in the Summertime, TBT: Travel Scrapbook

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Message of Love on Nantucket Island

nantucket family travel

#TBT: Playground reader Meagan Coomber shares this photo of her adorable children sharing a message of love on Washing Pond Beach in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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

Happy travels!