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Taking the Kids: Capturing a bargain in NYC this winter

Eileen Ogintz, Tribune Content Agency on

Got your winter jacket, boots and mittens ready?

No, we’re not heading to the slopes. We’re suggesting a winter trip to The Big Apple. And if you think New York is too expensive — way too expensive — think again.

Until Feb. 12, you can take advantage of the NYC Winter Outing program that affords you significant discounts on everything from hotels and meals to Broadway productions and top attractions across all five boroughs. (Remember, New York City has a lot more to offer than just Manhattan!)

Take advantage of:

NYC Hotel Week with 23 percent off standard retail rates at more than 140 hotels. These include luxury properties like the Le Meridien New York and The Langham boutique hotels like the Royalton NY, Margaritaville Resort Times Square, affordable options like the Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn Express, as well as plenty of options in Brooklyn and Queens. Take the opportunity to stay — and explore — a new neighborhood or borough. With kids and teens, look for a hotel that serves complimentary breakfast and offers suites (two TVs!)

NYC MUST-SEE Week offers 2-for-1 tickets to many of NYC’s top attractions. Take your young musicians to Jazz at Lincoln Center or a New York Philharmonic concert, your ballerinas to the New York City Ballet, young designers to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the nation’s only museum dedicated to historical and contemporary design, complete with interactive galleries. You can take plenty of selfies at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck or One World Observatory.

 

Weather permitting, there are guided walks and bike rentals.

Museums won’t take as big a bite out of your vacation budget when you can get 2-for-1 admission, including at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the New York Botanical Garden, The Museum of Modern Art and museums you might not have known about — The Museum of Ice Cream, for example, or the Artechhouse, which celebrates works created with a combination of art, science and technology. Kids will love the unique multimedia exhibitions.

NYC BROADWAY WEEK means you can treat your kids – and yourselves – to top Broadway productions, including “Hamilton,” “Six” (the musical about the six ex-wives of Henry VIII on stage to reclaim their identities), “The Lion King,” “Funny Girl,” “Wicked” and more.

There are plenty of plays to prompt discussion on social issues with older kids. “Take Me Out” focuses on what happens when a Major League Baseball player comes out of the closet; August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” centers around a sibling fight over a piano engraved with the faces of family ancestors, demonstrating how an heirloom can prompt far different reactions in the same household. (A tip: Opt for the best seats you can afford. A Broadway performance will be all the more memorable.)

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