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All Aboard for the NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
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The annual Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a one of the highlights of the winter holiday season in New York City for families. Especially those with kids who are train fanatics (if you have kids who love Thomas the Train, or anything that moves on tracks, you know what we mean).  

Related: Day Trip: Central Park, NYC

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Autumn in New York: 10 Fall Family Fun Activities to Enjoy in the Big Apple

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It’s autumn in New York and seasonal family fun is ripe for the picking!

Here are 10 of our favorite fall activities for kids and parents, from Halloween parades to fabulous foliage viewing, all right in New York City.

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Great November Getaways for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break

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

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

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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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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Fun Family Budget Hotels in New York City

Family Budget Hotels in New York City

Q:  Hi Playground! I’m thinking of surprising my family with a trip to New York City this summer to see a Yankees game. I would love suggestions on affordable hotels in NYC that would fit a family of four. The few times we have gone we have stayed in New Jersey. Any suggestions will be appreciated.  Thanks! ~ KJK

A: Hi KJK! What a great idea for a trip! I always think New York City is a great family destination, but I know hotels can sometimes seem prohibitively priced. Luckily, however, there are a few hotels I know of that offer either more space, a few extra perks, or just a great price, for families.

Here are a few fun family budget hotels in New York City I recommend to friends and family:

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