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Take a bite! (Article PDF)
— O.K.! Magazine (United Kingdom), Oct. 18, 2011
“We made full use of our New York CityPASS. First, off we hopped aboard a 75-minute city cruise to get a river view of the iconic Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.”
An October New York Staycation or Vacation Blitz (Article PDF)
— The New York Resident magazine, October 2011
“New York CityPASS (www.citypass.com), good for nine days, saves nearly half the price of the combined cost of admission to the participating attractions.”
CityPASS Provides Admission to five VIP Locations
— ChicagoTribune.com , Oct. 4, 2011
“If you’re one of those Chicagoans (like me) who never takes time to enjoy your own city and visits other cities instead, here’s a $76 reason to cut that out. And if you want to enjoy the pass somewhere else, CityPASS isn’t just for Chicago either.”
Passes Can Save Time and Money in Major Destinations (Article PDF)
— Travel Best Buys blog, September 26, 2011
“[CityPASS] offers passes for 11 major North American destinations — including Toronto — that provide savings for those wanting to visit popular attractions and can also enable pass holders to skip the lines that are often found at those sites.”
The Disneyland Resort with school-aged kids: What not to miss (Article PDF)
— Trekaroo.com, Aug. 18, 2011
“To stretch your vacation dollar, I recommend CityPASS for your theme park ticketing needs: their all-inclusive Southern California passes include one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood and SeaWorld, one-day admission at either the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park), and three-day park hopper admission to Disneyland Resort.”
Why I heart CityPASS (Article PDF)
— DenverPost.com, Aug. 17, 2011
“The good news for us was that we had CityPASSes, which for Chicago cost $76 per adult ($59 ages 3-11) and allow holders to do some pretty fabulous things, like completely bypass the ridiculous lines and head straight through the air-conditioned back door. No line, no unbearable heat. Not to mention that we saved 52 percent off regular admission fees.”
Half-off Space Needle and 5 other venues with Seattle CityPASS (Article PDF)
— Los Angeles Times, Aug. 17, 2011
“Here’s a nice way to save for those who plan to see some of Seattle’s most popular spots. The Seattle CityPASS costs $59 and gives half-off admission to six attractions, including the Space Needle and an hour-long harbor tour.”
All-ages New York City (Article PDF)
— ZoomerMagazine (Canada), March 2011 issue
“The CityPass helped us map out areas of the city we wanted to see each day. [With CityPASS], you get admission to some of New York’s finest attractions, including midtown’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Empire State Building observatory, and a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the Southern tip of Manhattan.”
New York City News: Save with New York CityPASS (Article PDF)
— Dex Magazin (Germany), Spring/Summer 2011
"Für Reisende, die nach Angeboten für ihren Urlaub im Big Apple suchen, ist der Kauf des New York CityPASS eine gute Entscheidung. Mit dem CityPASS erhält man bei vielen Attraktionen Nachlässe um fast 50 % auf die Eintrittspreise. Im New York CityPASS-Heft befinden sich Eintrittskarten für das Empire State Building, das Metropolitan Museum of Art, das American Museum of Natural History und das Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) sowie zwei Optionstickets, die dem Besucher eine Auswahl aus weiteren Möglichkeiten bieten. Bei dem ersten Optionsticket kann zwischen dem Guggenheim Museum und Top of the Rock gewählt werden, beim zweiten zwischen einem Ausflug zur Freiheitsstatue und Ellis Island oder einer Bootsrundfahrt mit der Circle Line. Der New York CityPASS kostet 79 USD für Erwachsene und 59 USD für Kinder im Alter von 6 bis 17 Jahren. Neben den Ersparnissen bietet der New York CityPASS den Besitzern von Eintrittskarten bevorzugten Zugang zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten ohne Schlangestehen. Der New York CityPASS kann online unter www.citypass.com oder an jeder der CityPASSAttraktionen erworben werden. Er gilt an neun aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen, beginnend mit dem ersten Tag der Nutzung. www.citypass.com"
Summer 'Staycations' can be fun, affordable
— AJC.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), June 17, 2011, issue
"If high gas prices and a sluggish economy are putting a crimp in your vacation budget, you’re not alone. Many families are deciding to stay and play close to home this summer.
Fortunately, metro Atlanta is a perfect place for a “staycation.” There are plenty of attractions and activities to entertain the kids without breaking the bank. Here are a few options.
Pack a picnic and head off for a day of hiking, swimming or sightseeing at some of Georgia’s most scenic spots. You could see the state’s tallest waterfall at Amicalola Falls State Park, learn about Georgia’s gold rush at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, or paddle a canoe on a 260-acre lake at Fort Yargo State Park.
A rental cabin can serve as an affordable and relaxing base from which to explore North Georgia’s mountains or other parts of the state. Many come with fully equipped kitchens, front porches and views. Cabin rates range from $85 to $160 per night. A free Junior Ranger Activity Book (available at any park) outlines great ways to explore nature and gives kids opportunities to earn badges for completing the activities. For information, call 1-800-864-7275 or go to www.georgiastateparks.org.
Sue Rodman, author of “100+ Free and Cheap Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids,” has plenty of ways to keep children active, learning and having fun.
Rodman recommends BMX bike tracks at Noonday Park and Wild Horse Park in Cobb County. When not in use for races, practices or maintenance, kids can bring their bikes and helmets and ride for free.
Tennis-playing families can attend the Family Fun Festival Aug. 6-7 at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Atlanta. The event, which coincides with the Georgia State Adult/Senior Open Tennis Championship, includes free tennis lessons for kids 5 to 10.
For a $10 parking fee, you can hike up or around Stone Mountain, fish in the lake, have a picnic, paddle a kayak and stay for the spectacular laser show. For information, go to www.stonemountainpark.com.
“Or you can swim free at specified hours in the large pools at Piedmont Park, Grant Park, Garden Hills or Chastain Park,” Rodman said. “Many bowling alleys offer reduced or free rates for kids at specified times in the summer, so check your nearest alley. Want to introduce your children to golf? Kids under 15 play for free after 3 p.m. when accompanied by a paying adult at the Stone Mountain Park Golf Club.”
The Atlanta CityPASS gives you access to five of the city’s top attractions at a 51 percent discount off individual ticket prices. The pass, which is good for nine days, costs $69 for adults and $49 for kids.
Choose from the Georgia Aquarium; World of Coca-Cola; the Inside CNN Studio Tour; the High Museum of Art or The Fernbank Museum of Natural History; and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center. For information, go to www.citypass.com/atlanta.
If you’ve been to the High Museum of Art or the Atlanta History Museum, you’ve only scratched the surface. There are museums with something for everyone and many are free, Rodman said.
Young children love the Marietta Fire Museum, which displays equipment and trucks dating back to the 1800s. Older kids can learn about the history of money at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Fernbank Science Center offers 65 acres of old-growth forest, trails, natural and astronomy exhibits (for free), as well as planetarium shows ($4 for adults, $3 for kids). Mummy lovers will enjoy the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. To see Jim Henson’s beloved muppets, try the Center for Puppetry Arts museum.
Creativity at home
“Kids miss school arts and crafts in the summer, but moms fear the mess,” said Elisha Bailez, an artist and owner of Peek a Boo Rooms, an original art and children’s furnishings business in Atlanta.
Bailez solved the dilemma by making a safe, creative space for her three children.
“You need a tabletop work area,” she said. “Use an old table, [a] card table or cover a good table for summer with a plastic or oil cloth taped underneath.”
For storage, choose an old console or buffet and use large plastic containers or tubs for crayons, markers, paints, paper and other supplies.
“Garage sales often have old consoles,” Bailez said. “A cheap outdoor carpet big enough to cover the floor under the table and console will protect the floor, and can be hosed down outside.”
Add paper towels and wipes for cleanup, and old T-shirts for budding artists.
“Before you head to a hobby store for supplies, scour your junk drawers,” she said. “Kids can always find a new use for old buttons, smooth rocks, yarn, ribbons, stickers and catalogs they can cut up. Mine recently made monsters using watercolors to paint the bodies and leftover eye-ball stickers.”
Buy a big piece of corkboard to hang nearby and display your children’s artistic creations.
“A creative space is great, too, for older kids with a hobby like building models or making jewelry,” she said. "