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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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Walt Disney World: What’s New for Families in Summer 2017 and Beyond

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Making plans to visit Walt Disney World or Orlando this summer or the coming 2017/2018 school year? You’ve come to the right place! I just got back from a whirlwind trip around the “World” and was able to try out all the top new rides, attractions, and shows at Disney that families will want to see this summer and beyond.

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Day Trip: Governors Island, NYC

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Looking for a summer Day Trip with gorgeous views, history, and lots of family fun? Get on a ferry and head to  New York City’s Governors Island!

This 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor is real gem. My family visited on a recent Sunday and we’re already planning when we will go back.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Oregon or Puerto Rico for a First Big Kid Adventure

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Q: Hi Playground! I’m planning a big first airplane trip with my 9-year-old son, departing from the Philadelphia area. Trying to decide between a summer adventure to Portland, Oregon, or an early winter getaway to Puerto Rico. What do you think? ~ Thanks! LK Berry

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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

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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