All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse is Practically Perfect

Mary Poppins
Elena Shaddow as Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse is, to use the lyrics from one of the show’s songs, practically perfect in every way. 

My 9-year-old daughter and I had the pleasure of seeing the musical at the official press opening last night and we loved it. We weren’t alone; the entire audience was caught up in the magic — clapping and singing along, cheering, and jumping to their feet for a standing ovation at the finale. 

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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Concerns About Carry On Luggage

Carry On Luggage

Q:  Hi Playground!  I’m taking the kids to Orlando for Memorial Day weekend and I want us each to take a carry-on bag.  I’m concerned both about the cost of checking bags for a family of four and also of waiting for our bags after a late arriving flight in Orlando. We’re flying United, which has a carry on luggage size limit of 22″ x 14″ x 9″, but every bag I’ve looked at online and in person has measured larger than this, despite being labeled as 20″ or 21″ bags. Will these still be okay? Thanks in advance for your thoughts! ~ Jennifer

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Amazing International Airfare Bargains

 International Airfare Bargains

If you haven’t looked at overseas airline seat prices in a while you’re in for a surprise. A good surprise that is. (When was the last time you heard “airline” and “good surprise” in the same sentence?)

I’ve been watching prices drop, no PLUMMET, in the last year, and it seems as though fares have hit an all-time low on select routes. Last year, we told you how to get great fares to Milan for around $450 round trip, but now routes throughout Europe and beyond are dropping down below $300 roundtrip. How low? WOW airlines is offering $150 tickets to ISRAEL! Seriously. I paid more than that for the ACELA to DC from NY last year.

The international airfare bargains are due to a number of factors: Lower oil prices, a strong dollar, and greater route competition from bare-bones airlines that are doing away with all niceties such as free checked bags for overseas flights or even free food (but honestly, we’re so used to this by now, it’s hard to even notice) to create rock-bottom prices that other airlines have to lower their fares to try and compete with.

Here are a few of our recent family travel favorite air fare sales.

Note that some fares are available only for a limited time, and there are often date and day restrictions. We’ll keep checking on more flight deals for you, but keep an eye on Travelzoo (I’m signed up for their daily alerts), which does a great job of spotting airfare deals.

Happy flying!

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Day Trips

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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Beach Blanket Bingo, Far Flung Adventures, Hot Fun in the Summertime, TravelTuesday Q&A, Week Long Getaways

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Beachside Getaways in Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki, Hawaii

Q: We’re heading to Oahu over the summer and would love to find a beachside hotel in Waikiki. Any suggestions? Thanks! ~ FM

A: Hi FM, Hawaii is beach paradise, and Waikiki is among the best known, and most beautiful sandy spots on Oahu. But not all hotels are directly on the beach.

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Arts & Culture, Museums, Weekend Away

5 Amazing Spots for a Hamilton-Inspired Weekend in Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia
Alexander Hamilton and The Gilmore Girls.

Do you have a family obsessed with Hamilton? You want a revolution? We have a revelation! Historic Philadelphia is where you can go beyond Broadway and follow Hamilton’s footsteps.

Thanks to Visit Philly, my A.Ham obsessed family stepped back in time to enjoy a weekend of historic adventures in the City of Brotherly Love.

Here are 5 don’t-miss spots for a Hamilton-inspired weekend of family fun:

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