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:
Have you been looking for travel inspiration? Wondering where other families are headed for spring and summer break? Virtuoso, the leading international travel agency, was wondering, too. Specifically, they wanted to know where the most influential travelers were headed. No, not Jay Z and Beyonce, but Generation Z — kids and teens born in the late in the 1990s to 2010s. Turns out our kids hold considerable sway over the family vacation.
According to Virtuoso, Gen Zs are well-traveled from an early age and globally minded, and thus interested in offbeat destinations with exhilarating adventures like diving the Great Barrier Reef and kayaking among icebergs in Greenland (we’re adding those to our personal dream boards, too).
Here’s the Virtuoso list of popular family vacation destinations — places where Gen Z, and the adults who drive them to school and pay for their travels, will be heading this year:
The latest in our series on Playground, where we feature our personally curated city travel picks with one equation: 1 amazing hotel + 2 great places to eat + 3 can’t miss things to see and do = 6 in the City!
Consider these your handy go-to-guides for the quickest route for travel fun!
Q: Hi Playground! We’re taking our 8-year-old daughter to NYC for 3 days over spring break. We’re staying in Times Square and have some New York must-sees such on our list such as Ellis Island and Empire State Building, but we’d also love to see some Broadway shows. We’ve seen many of the kid friendly ones (Lion King, Aladdin, Wicked) but I don’t know what’s new. We’d also like to hit the DŌ Cookie Dough Confections. Any advice would be welcome. ~ Thanks, LHL
A: Hi LHL! A Broadway-themed long weekend for Spring Break sounds like a great idea!
There are two new plays currently in previews that I think would be a great fit for a theater-loving grade schooler (plus, you’ll be able to buy them at reasonable face value prices as opposed to spending hundreds of dollars a piece on, say, a presidential-themed musical).