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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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#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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Kids Week 2017 at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NYC

Kids Week The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Looking for a great family Day Trip during Presidents Day/ Winter Break? Between February 20 – 25, Kids Week takes over at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Families with kids of all ages will love this museum located aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark in New York City.

Kids Week is chock full of immersive activities, live performances, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and special guests. Plus, all of it is free with museum admission!

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It’s the Year of the Rooster! Celebrate Lunar New Year Across NYC

Lunar New Year

Looking to liven up your winter? Then put the Lunar New Year on your calendar. This year the Chinese New Year is celebrated on Saturday, January 28, but New York City has parades, events, and parties to launch the Year of the Rooster spanning from mid-January through the end of February. Kids will love feasting on both the sights and tastes of the colorful New Year’s celebrations.

Here are some of favorite ways for families to celebrate the 2017 Lunar New Year in NYC:

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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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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Eve (Balloon Night) in New York City

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade inflation

Q:  Hi Playground! We’re going to spend the night before Thanksgiving in NYC watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons being blown up. It’s our first time, and I was wondering if you have recommendations about where to eat or a take a break.  Thanks! ~ NKM

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