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#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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Day Trip: Franklin Mineral Museum

Franklin Mineral Museum

It seems like children of all ages, boys and girls alike, love rocks: Throwing them, lining them up, collecting them, shoving them in their pockets so you can find them in the washer later, it doesn’t matter. Rocks are cool.

As the parent of a little geologist and ever on the lookout for an exciting outing that might actually teach her kid something, guest blogger Michelle Longo ventured out to find a day trip worthy of rock-star: The Franklin Mineral Museum located in beautiful Sussex County.

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Great November Getaways for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break

Getaways for NJ Teachers' Convention | mid-hudson valley family travel

Guess what New Jersey parents? Your kids are about to have a 4-day weekend! November 9 – 12 is the NJEA Convention, aka the NJ Teachers’ Convention, when all public schools are closed while teachers attend a professional development conference in Atlantic City. Why not take advantage of the break and plan a getaway with the family?

The good news is that the crowds are usually thin, and prices low, for this long weekend in many destinations since only New Jersey public schools have off. (Which is not to say there are no crowds. At Disney World these November dates are called “New Jersey Week,” and the theme parks — and flights to Orlando, and actually Florida in general — are packed! And if you ask your kids, they’d probably like to avoid seeing their teachers in Atlantic City….)

Ready to take a break? Here are some great getaway options for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break:

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: How Do I Get TSA PreCheck for Kids?

TSA PreCheck | travel

Q:  Hi Playground! We’re getting ready to fly for the holidays, and I’m curious about getting TSA PreCheck to avoid the long security lines at the airport. Any tips for signing up? Also, how old do kids have to be to apply? ~ Thanks! NM

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Great Getaways for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break

The Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park | family travel
The Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park

Q: Hi! I’m trying to plan a short trip for my 14-year-old son and I during New Jersey’s November Teacher’s Convention 4-day break . You guys always seem to be doing something fun; any ideas for me? ~ Thanks! Mike

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Fall Fun at New Jersey’s Cranberry Festival

New Jersey cranberry festival | family travel

Q:  Hi, I’m visiting New Jersey in October from overseas and I’m fascinated by the New Jersey Cranberry Festival and would love to check it out. It seems like the quintessential northeast fall activity. Do you know anything about it or how far it is from NYC? Thanks!  ~ Jen S.

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Pokémon Go (and Giraffes, too!) at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ

Turtle Back Zoo

There’s lots of fun in the air at Turtle Back Zoo which recently launched a fabulous African animals exhibit. But that’s not why I recently made my way to West Orange, NJ, on a steamy summer Wednesday evening. No, it was so my son and his friend could “catch em all” as they scoped Pokéstops amidst the animals.

pokemon go

Here’s how the night unfolded:

Me: Look, there are giraffes!

Two 12-year-old boys: Cool! Look, there’s a PokéGym!

 

I kid (a bit). It was hard not to be amazed as we watched the gentle giraffes eating romaine lettuce out of a zoo employee’s hands. But the boys also equally enjoyed their time roaming the hilly park-like zoo looking for virtual creatures. And in many ways that’s the pleasure of the new and improved Turtle Back Zoo; there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Where to Find Trucks for Tots? Touch-a-Truck and Diggerland

touch a truck

Q:  My 2-year-old son is truck obsessed. Do you know anyplace where he can see construction trucks? Is this even a thing? Thanks! A.S.

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