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Camp Broadway for Star-Struck Kids

The neon lights on Broadway draw thousands of tourists yearly, and theater loving kids and teens, who dream of seeing their name on marquees.

Camp Broadway serves those kids. The day camp, which offers week-long musical theater intensives for kids ages 6-17, also brings camp to kids, with theater camps from Arizona to Rhode Island this summer.

Read more at travelingmom.com.


Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces New Youth Program

Play like a Norwegian? Count on it, now that Norwegian Cruise Line is revamping its youth programs fleet wide. The cruise line's re-branded program will be launched on the Norwegian Gem in mid-February of this year and will subsequently be available on all ships throughout the line. Norwegian is selecting new names for its Youth and Teen programs through its "Up2YOU" contest, soliciting ideas from parents and kids.

Read more at familytravelnetwork.com.


NY Pass: for Tourists and New Yorkers

Playing tourist in your own city can be an expensive proposition. If you want to gorge on museums and tours, whether on your kids’ school break or just for a weekend, admission prices quickly add up. The New York Pass is one way to save money, and time. The passes, available in 1, 2, 3 or 7 day versions, with adult and child prices, offer free entry to over 70 attractions, plus line skipping at some crowded venues.

Read more at travelingmom.com.


How to Find the Perfect Piece of Travel Luggage – Ricardo of Beverly Hills Case Study

As a frequent traveler, my luggage is almost like an arm extension. If something is too cumbersome, I'm just quite irritated. If a piece of luggage is just right, I feel as though I've found my new best friend.


Read more at butterflydiary.com.


Ellen & Amy's Excellent Adventure: The Family Travel Conference and Madame Tussauds

Back in February, I had the opportunity to attend the Family Travel Conference in New York City with my daughter Amy, who recently graduated from college and is embarking on her own journalism career. After attending workshops on topics like “Monetizing Your Content” and “Creating Web Videos,” we were each given The New York Pass (a sponsor of the conference) and sent out to sample a city attraction of our choice.

Read more at www.mompreneurs.com.


Family-Friendly Flower Festivals

Since winter never really arrived in the Northeast, we’re just jumping ahead to spring. These popular events celebrate the blooming season with fun festivities. With lots of kid-friendly activities and entertainment, they’re worth planning a getaway for, so save the date.

Read more at familyvacationcritic.com.


My Long, Skinny Traveling Feet Finally Comfortable

Shoe shopping’s been agony ever since Mother sat me down in the Cranford Shoe Hospital for fittings for “proper support shoes” when I was a little girl preferring to be cool in New Jersey.

Never happened in those lace-ups she required. Even now, all these years later on my own, fitting my 91/2 AAAA bony foot with the sagging arch is not fun.

Read more at travelingmom.com.


The Changing Face of Disney

Many of our family vacations take us south to Walt Disney World. Sometimes friends ask us why we go there so often – a couple of times a year, usually. But like anything magical, Disney never stays stagnant. Things in the WDW resort are always changing, so there’s always something new to see or do. And of course we never want to forget our old favorites.

Read more at travelingmom.com.


Looking For New Luggage? Check Out This Super Lightweight Rolling Tote From Ricardo Elite

A few weeks ago, I attended The Family Travel Conference with Traveling Mom.  Besides walking away with amazing information and key contacts, I also had the pleasure of receiving a 16″ rolling tote from Ricardo Elite. Not only is the piece REALLY LIGHT and easy to manage, but it provides an ample amount of packing space as well.

Read more at ladyandtheblog.com


Cushe Shoes, Cute and Comfy

I was honored to be a part of the inaugural Family Travel Conference held at the Omni Berkshire Palace hotel in New York City this past February.  And, I was fortunate to be among the 40 travel professionals who gathered to share ideas and insights about family travel.  I was not surprised to have learned much from my travel-savvy colleagues during this 2-day conference.

What I was surprised about was how much I love my new Cushe shoes that we lucky attendees received in our gift bags.

Read more at MyFamilyTravels.com.