• Last Minute Getaways For MLK Day!

    Celebrate The Long Weekend With A Trip To One Of These Fun-filled Family Oases

    By New York Family

    If you want to play (indoors or out)

    Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park
    About a two-hour drive from New York City, this resort caters to the
    adventurous family who would rather splash in the water then play in the snow. However,
    you’ll still feel like you’re escaping to a lodge in the Adirondacks, as the venue exudes rustic, winter-y charm. Activities for kids include access to White Water Bay, a 38,000 square foot indoor water
    park, character meet-and-greet throughout the day, arts and crafts activities,
    games, contests and scavenger hunts; meanwhile, parents can indulge in the on-site spa and
    fitness center. The Great Escape Lodge also has a restaurant, ballroom and an
    arcade for extra fun/. For more info, visit sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com.


    Crayola Factory, Easton, Pennsylvania
    Nurture your kids’ creative sides with a trip to the Crayola Factory, which
    features dozens of interactive and hands-on exhibits (like the Inside Out wall,
    which allows kids to paint a curved glass wall, or the Crayola Crayon
    Manufacturing demonstration).
    (crayolafactory.com)

    Woodloch Pines Resort
    Located two hours outside of
    New York City, near the Pocono Mountains in Hawley, PA, Woodloch Pines has been a
    family-owned business catering to family-travelers for 52 years. This all-inclusive
    resort has an endless list of things to do ranging from activities in an arts
    and crafts room, bumper cars, the indoor Woodlock Forest soft play area, and an
    indoor pool and a game room, just to name a few. This winter, families can
    enjoy a number of outdoor adventures including snow shoeing, tubing, snowmobiling,
    Winter Olympics-inspired activities, ice skating, ice fishing, the festive
    Festival of Lights hayride and more. Hoping to squeeze in a date night to your
    trip? Woodloch also offers live, Broadway-style performances, a night club, and
    of course, babysitting service available upon request. For more info,
    visit woodloch.com.


    If you want to learn a thing or two…

    Washington, DC
    It’s
    the ultimate primer on our nation’s history. Pay a visit to Capitol
    Hill and take a walk through Arlington National Cemetery. Kids will
    love touring the regal rooms of the White House and visiting one of the
    Smithsonian Institution’s 19 museums. While you’re there, take some
    time to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, dedicated to
    remembering the Holocaust and fighting genocide in the present and
    future.


    Philadelphia, PA
    Not
    only does Philadelphia have museums and restaurants and great city walks, but
    it has a bunch of “must” visits for families, including the Franklin Institute
    Science Museum, where you can take a stroll through the famous Giant Heart or
    take the Sports Challenge (a virtual reality that uses visitors’ own bodies to
    teach physics concepts; and the Please Touch Museum, which is chock full of
    exhibits perfect for kids ages 1-6, like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And
    then there’s all that history to be had at places like the Liberty Bell and
    Independence Hall. For more info, visit gophila.com.

    Colonial
    Williamsburg, VA

    Headed back in time to Colonial Williamsburg?
    In addition
    to all the famous reenactments, the nation’s largest living history museum lets
    kids don period costumes, apprentice themselves to a local blacksmith, printer
    or tailor and even get dirty making bricks the old-fashioned way. For a place to
    stay, try the Williamsburg Lodge, an artfully restored hotel that oozes
    Southern hospitality. For more info, visit history.org.


    Connecticut
    Science Center

    Take a day trip out of the city
    to check out this extensive science museum, with exhibits on robots, space
    travel and a virtual energy city. Families can test out helicopters and trains
    in the “forces in motion” exhibit, or encounter the Connecticut River and test its
    health and pathway. Museum guests can also stop by the KidSpace, designed for
    children ages 3 to 6, which features a ball wall, whooshing waterfall, and
    search and find adventure.
    250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford,
    CT, 860-SCIENCE, ctsciencecenter.org.


    If you want to get some R & R…

    Creek Locks Bed and Breakfast 
    This beautiful Hudson Valley B&B has original 1866 pine wide plank
    floors, private baths, ceiling fans and central air conditioning. Families will
    love touring the Vanderbilt Mansion, which will be festively decorated until
    December 31st, and visiting historic Huguenot Street where they will learn
    about the eclectic history of the Hudson Valley. For more info, visit creeklocksbedandbreakfast.com.

    Boardman House Bed and Breakfast
    Just two hours from
    Manhattan, this scenic B&B nestled in Connecticut is a perfect winter retreat for
    families. Scenically perched on the edge of the
    Connecticut River, visitors to this beautiful inn
    will have the opportunity to explore the historic town of
    East Haddam. The tiny town (pop. 8,333)
    provides big activities like The Godspeed Opera House, St. Stephens Bell
    (widely thought to be the oldest in the
    Americas) and Gillette Castle, which boasts Nutcracker-themed
    decorations for the holiday season. For more info, visit boardmanhouse.com.

    Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast
    This quaint
    Harlem Valley inn has rooms filled with antiques
    and bedding draped in handcrafted quilts. This cozy retreat offers
    guests a place to relax and unwind this holiday season. Families can visit
    nearby Olana, the majestic 250-acre home of
    Hudson River School painter Fredric Edwin Church, stop by the Culinary Institute of
    America for a delicious holiday meal made by future great chefs or peruse the
    Apple Pie Bakery Cafe for holiday baked goods. For more info, visit hilltophousebb.com.


    Lippincott House

    While not in this countryside, this Philadelphia B&B is still long on
    charm. Your family’s suite in this picturesque inn will be equipped with a
    fireplace, wireless internet and satellite television. In the heart
    of Philly and steps away from
    Rittenhouse Square, there is no shortage of things
    your family can do. Check out the 4.5 acre indoor conservatory filled with
    Christmas trees and other festive greenery in the
    Longwood Gardens or attend a Winter Family Studio at
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more info, visit lippincotthouse.com.

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    Last Minute Getaways For MLK Day!

    Celebrate The Long Weekend With A Trip To One Of These Fun-filled Family Oases

    By New York Family

    If you want to play (indoors or out)

    Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park
    About a two-hour drive from New York City, this resort caters to the
    adventurous family who would rather splash in the water then play in the snow. However,
    you’ll still feel like you’re escaping to a lodge in the Adirondacks, as the venue exudes rustic, winter-y charm. Activities for kids include access to White Water Bay, a 38,000 square foot indoor water
    park, character meet-and-greet throughout the day, arts and crafts activities,
    games, contests and scavenger hunts; meanwhile, parents can indulge in the on-site spa and
    fitness center. The Great Escape Lodge also has a restaurant, ballroom and an
    arcade for extra fun/. For more info, visit sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com.


    Crayola Factory, Easton, Pennsylvania
    Nurture your kids’ creative sides with a trip to the Crayola Factory, which
    features dozens of interactive and hands-on exhibits (like the Inside Out wall,
    which allows kids to paint a curved glass wall, or the Crayola Crayon
    Manufacturing demonstration).
    (crayolafactory.com)

    Woodloch Pines Resort
    Located two hours outside of
    New York City, near the Pocono Mountains in Hawley, PA, Woodloch Pines has been a
    family-owned business catering to family-travelers for 52 years. This all-inclusive
    resort has an endless list of things to do ranging from activities in an arts
    and crafts room, bumper cars, the indoor Woodlock Forest soft play area, and an
    indoor pool and a game room, just to name a few. This winter, families can
    enjoy a number of outdoor adventures including snow shoeing, tubing, snowmobiling,
    Winter Olympics-inspired activities, ice skating, ice fishing, the festive
    Festival of Lights hayride and more. Hoping to squeeze in a date night to your
    trip? Woodloch also offers live, Broadway-style performances, a night club, and
    of course, babysitting service available upon request. For more info,
    visit woodloch.com.


    If you want to learn a thing or two…

    Washington, DC
    It’s
    the ultimate primer on our nation’s history. Pay a visit to Capitol
    Hill and take a walk through Arlington National Cemetery. Kids will
    love touring the regal rooms of the White House and visiting one of the
    Smithsonian Institution’s 19 museums. While you’re there, take some
    time to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, dedicated to
    remembering the Holocaust and fighting genocide in the present and
    future.


    Philadelphia, PA
    Not
    only does Philadelphia have museums and restaurants and great city walks, but
    it has a bunch of “must” visits for families, including the Franklin Institute
    Science Museum, where you can take a stroll through the famous Giant Heart or
    take the Sports Challenge (a virtual reality that uses visitors’ own bodies to
    teach physics concepts; and the Please Touch Museum, which is chock full of
    exhibits perfect for kids ages 1-6, like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And
    then there’s all that history to be had at places like the Liberty Bell and
    Independence Hall. For more info, visit gophila.com.

    Colonial
    Williamsburg, VA

    Headed back in time to Colonial Williamsburg?
    In addition
    to all the famous reenactments, the nation’s largest living history museum lets
    kids don period costumes, apprentice themselves to a local blacksmith, printer
    or tailor and even get dirty making bricks the old-fashioned way. For a place to
    stay, try the Williamsburg Lodge, an artfully restored hotel that oozes
    Southern hospitality. For more info, visit history.org.


    Connecticut
    Science Center

    Take a day trip out of the city
    to check out this extensive science museum, with exhibits on robots, space
    travel and a virtual energy city. Families can test out helicopters and trains
    in the “forces in motion” exhibit, or encounter the Connecticut River and test its
    health and pathway. Museum guests can also stop by the KidSpace, designed for
    children ages 3 to 6, which features a ball wall, whooshing waterfall, and
    search and find adventure.
    250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford,
    CT, 860-SCIENCE, ctsciencecenter.org.


    If you want to get some R & R…

    Creek Locks Bed and Breakfast 
    This beautiful Hudson Valley B&B has original 1866 pine wide plank
    floors, private baths, ceiling fans and central air conditioning. Families will
    love touring the Vanderbilt Mansion, which will be festively decorated until
    December 31st, and visiting historic Huguenot Street where they will learn
    about the eclectic history of the Hudson Valley. For more info, visit creeklocksbedandbreakfast.com.

    Boardman House Bed and Breakfast
    Just two hours from
    Manhattan, this scenic B&B nestled in Connecticut is a perfect winter retreat for
    families. Scenically perched on the edge of the
    Connecticut River, visitors to this beautiful inn
    will have the opportunity to explore the historic town of
    East Haddam. The tiny town (pop. 8,333)
    provides big activities like The Godspeed Opera House, St. Stephens Bell
    (widely thought to be the oldest in the
    Americas) and Gillette Castle, which boasts Nutcracker-themed
    decorations for the holiday season. For more info, visit boardmanhouse.com.

    Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast
    This quaint
    Harlem Valley inn has rooms filled with antiques
    and bedding draped in handcrafted quilts. This cozy retreat offers
    guests a place to relax and unwind this holiday season. Families can visit
    nearby Olana, the majestic 250-acre home of
    Hudson River School painter Fredric Edwin Church, stop by the Culinary Institute of
    America for a delicious holiday meal made by future great chefs or peruse the
    Apple Pie Bakery Cafe for holiday baked goods. For more info, visit hilltophousebb.com.


    Lippincott House

    While not in this countryside, this Philadelphia B&B is still long on
    charm. Your family’s suite in this picturesque inn will be equipped with a
    fireplace, wireless internet and satellite television. In the heart
    of Philly and steps away from
    Rittenhouse Square, there is no shortage of things
    your family can do. Check out the 4.5 acre indoor conservatory filled with
    Christmas trees and other festive greenery in the
    Longwood Gardens or attend a Winter Family Studio at
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more info, visit lippincotthouse.com.

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