Arts & Culture, Day Trips, Museums, Weekend Away

The Ultimate Summer of Family Fun in Philadelphia

Independence Hall | Philadelphia family travel

Just in time for summer family travel, we’ve got the skinny from our friends in Philadelphia on every, single, thing there is do with kids in the City of Brotherly Love. Whether you want a dose of history in Center City, an interactive cultural immersion in the Museum District, or wide open spaces of Fairmount Park (not to mention THE most delicious spots for cheese steaks, ice cream, pizza, and other kid pleasing treats) there’s a fit for every family who wants to spend some time in Philly this summer, or really anytime of year.

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Arts & Culture, Weekend Away

We Found a REALLY Patriotic Destination to Celebrate July 4 (Think Colonial and Williamsburg)

Fireworks | Colonial Williamsburg

Hi traveling family friends, hope your summer is off to a great start! With school over and camps just starting to kick into gear, you may be looking for a way to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family on a quick driveable getaway that gives you a chance to appreciate our country’s history. We’re thinking Colonial Williamsburg is a perfect fit!

Basically, Colonial Williamsburg rolls out the Revolutionary red carpet for the holiday, with parades, special events, and awesome fireworks all taking place where founding fathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and George Mason established and instituted the principles and policies that led to the founding of our nation. We even have an hour-by-hour guide to all the fun, below.

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

Save 30% on LOW fares to Iceland on WOW Air (Plus JetBlue on Sale, too!)

WOW $99 Airfare to Europe

We’ve told you about great deals on WOW airlines (Iceland’s budget carrier) in the past, but every time we think we’ve seen their best offer, they come up with another one that completely amazes us. For example: Today’s deal offers 30% off fares to Reykjavik with prices starting at just $70 for spring travel to Iceland. Want to stay closer to home? Jet Blue has a $44 and up sale this week, too!

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

#TravelTuesday Q&A: What are the Rules and Fees for Unaccompanied Minors

Travel Rules Unaccompanied Minors

Q:  Hi Playground! My two kids (12 and 14) are going to fly up to New Jersey this summer from our home in Florida to see their grandmother. What is the age cutoff and travel rules for unaccompanied minors? And are there fees, too? ~ Thanks! Chloe F

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

Get Out of Town with BIG Spring JetBlue and Southwest Airfare Sales Happening Right Now!

Airfare Sales | Jetblue

We know, it’s cold, there’s snow on the ground, and it doesn’t feel like spring is ever coming. But there’s some good news to chase the end of winter blues away: Both JetBlue and Southwest are having mega airfare sales this weekend, so you can book a sunny spring getaway on the cheap—for example, one way to Orlando from LaGuardia is $89 on JetBlue during select dates, and $92 from Newark on Southwest.

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

#TravelTuesday Q&A: How Many Islands To Visit on a Hawaii Vacation

Hawaii Vacation | Kauai, Hawaii

Q: Hi Playground, I’m planning a vacation to Hawaii for my family of four (husband and I and my two surfing teens, ages 15 and 19). We’ve got 10 days total, including travel time from New Jersey. It’s our first times visiting and I want to visit three islands, but I heard that might be too many? I’d love to see the volcanoes and maybe Pearl Harbor and get out and explore. What do you think? ~ Thanks! MR

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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.

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