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Today Only! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Tickets on Sale for $20

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway

Harry Potter fans, we’ve got exciting news! You could be among the the very first to see the Broadway, two-part production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child AND only pay $40 to see both parts. The production JUST announced a special sale at the Lyric Theatre Box Office on West 43rd Street beginning tonight, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Here are the details:

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How To See Broadway Musicals for Free This Holiday Season

broadway under the stars | the shops at columbus circle

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway — and at The Shops at Columbus Circle this season!

Beginning on November 13, Broadway Under the Stars kicks off giving your family a sneak peek at some of New York City’s top musicals. The free five-week series features concerts and performances from shows like our family favorites School of Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Wicked,  as well as Anastasia, Kinky Boots, a Bronx Tale, and more.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: New York City Trip for a Music Loving Teen

New york city trip

Q: Hi Playground! I would love some recommendations for exploring NYC with my 13-year-old nephew from North Carolina. He’s a drummer and loves live music. Any thoughts?? ~ Thanks, LF

A: Hi LF! A music loving teen? You’ve come to the right place! Georgette and I both have 13-year-olds who fall squarely into this category.

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New York New York a Helluva Town, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: A Broadway With Kids Weekend in New York City

Broadway with kids

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).

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Day Trips, New York New York a Helluva Town

Day Trip: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square

Ripley's Believe It or Not - Times Square

Shrunken heads, secret passageways, taxidermy rodents, and a John Lennon portrait created with dog hair —  these oddities are just a sampling of the collection on view at  Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square in NYC. Combine these with bizarre facts and fun interactive exhibits, and you’ve got a great Day Trip with your tweens and teens.

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6 Better Options than Chinese Food and a Movie: What’s Open in NYC on Xmas

NYC Christmas

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s a good chance you fall back on the time-honored Chinese food and a movie formula, two options that are always open when it feels like most everything else is closed for the holiday. And although we love a good dim sum lunch and movieplex marathon, it turns out there’s lots to do in the City That Never Sleeps on Christmas for families beyond the movies.

Here are 6 great options to entertain yourself in New York City on December 25 if you don’t celebrate Christmas (or even if you do):
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All the World's a Stage, New York New York a Helluva Town, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

The Illusionists: Turn Of the Century is a Fantastic Holiday Show For Families

The Illusionists

One hundred years ago, before YouTube and Pokemon entertained kids on demand, audiences went to the theater to be wowed by illusionists. A magician would magically saw a woman in half, clairvoyants read audience’s minds, and escape artists like Harry Houdini ditched elaborate restraints. Surely, in this modern age, we’re all too savvy to still be mystified by these type of entertainers?

That’s definitely what my “been there, seen that” 13-year-old son thought when he sat down for the limited engagement The Illusionists: Turn of The Century at The Palace Theater. “I can see the wires,” he whispered as a glowing globe levitated. But then, the globe shot sideways, went through a hoop, was trapped in a glass box, and then started to rise again. “Hmm,” muttered Aidan. A woman disappeared (“behind the curtain,” he said), but then came back somewhere so surprising (I don’t want to spoil the illusion for you), that we were both left agog.

“That,” Aidan said grabbing my hand, “was AMAZING!”

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