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The cost of travel and vacations continues to go up and up. If you live in the Dallas area you are not immune to this. It doesn't mean that you still can't have a vacation though. You can still have fun while not spending as much money. Try planning a Dallas Staycation or mini vacation. These involve short little day trips and over night trips to destinations in Dallas and the surrounding area. There are actually plenty of things to do that are a lot of fun. Some that you may not even realize is there. Living in Dallas you may become blind to what is there. Follow along and we will point out some of what to do and see. You can take these ideas for planning your next Dallas Staycation. You'll save even more money with the suggested coupons listed on this site as well.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. Fort Worth Botanic Garden
  2. Medieval Times Dallas
  3. Legoland Discovery Center Grapevine
  4. Keith & Margo’s Ultimate Mystery Dinner Adventure
  5. Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  6. Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
  7. Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine
  8. Mountasia Family Fun Center
  9. Dallas Holocaust Museum
  10. Hurricane Harbor

2015 Scarborough Renaissance Festival

2015 March 3

The annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival is just around the corner. This year features 21 stages of entertainment, artisan demonstrations, shoppes, royal weddings, and food fit for a king! Join everyone in Waxahachie for this fantastic and fun event. It goes on every weekend starting April 4th and continues through May 25th. And yes, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival is indeed open on Memorial Day! Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or at the gate. Of course if you purchase your Scarborough Renaissance Festival tickets ahead of time you will receive a discount on admission. You’ll save $4 per adult and $1 per child as well as save $10 on a season pass. Before you get your tickets though, be sure to check for all of the available discounts and coupons that can really save you a good bit of money on your admission to the 2015 Scarborough Renaissance Festival.

If you buy your tickets online then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the top of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon here and click apply. You should then see your discount appear right below. If you are a student of the University of Texas Arlington then just use COLLEGEUTA as the promo code to receive 25% off your admission. There’s also student days where admission for students is just $8 each. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more people. You’ll get a $2 discount with the group discount rate.

Finally, if you really enjoy the Scarborough Renaissance Festival and plan on visiting more than one weekend then you might want to consider the Friends of the Faire membership which gives you unlimited admission to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival through May 25th. You’ll also get free parking, a 10% discount on souvenirs, and two free tickets, good for any day during the first two weekends of the festival. This membership pays for itself in just 3 weekends.


"Fellowship!": A Musical Parody of "The Fellowship of the The Ring"

at Theatre Too, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, March 29
Thu, April 02
Fri, April 03
+ 2 more dates
Sun, March 29
Thu, April 02
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Sun, April 05
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FULL PRICE: $35.00 - $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $20.00

With Bilbo Baggins reimagined as an aging Jewish comedian and the Elven city of Rivendell transformed into a Scientologist stronghold, cult musical "Fellowship!" turns J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth on... [more+]

With Bilbo Baggins reimagined as an aging Jewish comedian and the Elven city of Rivendell transformed into a Scientologist stronghold, cult musical "Fellowship!" turns J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth on its ear. In this Broadway-style production at Dallas' Theatre Too, fantasy fans will see all their favorite characters from "The Lord Of The Rings" movies, but with one big change -- they're funny. This sendup -- written by Joel McCrary and Kelly Bashar -- features 12 original songs by Allen Simpson, including the over-the-top opening number featuring barefooted tap-dancing Hobbits to an elf-on-human '80s power ballad with a live guitar solo performed by the rightful heir of Gondor. There's even a sequin-studded cabaret number courtesy of a Balrog. [less-]

Fun Comedy & Magic Show for the Whole Family at Addison Improv

at Addison Improv, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, March 29
Sun, April 12
Sun, April 19
+ 6 more dates
Sun, March 29
Sun, April 12
Sun, April 19
Sun, April 26
Sun, May 03
Sun, May 10
Sun, May 17
Sun, May 24
Sun, May 31
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FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

Whether you're in the mood to laugh or be amazed, Addison Improv's got you covered with their weekend family comedy and magic show. This fun, kid-friendly afternoon show features two magicians with il... [more+]

Whether you're in the mood to laugh or be amazed, Addison Improv's got you covered with their weekend family comedy and magic show. This fun, kid-friendly afternoon show features two magicians with illusions designed to delight audiences of all ages, plus comedy to make even the littlest member of your brood laugh. Past performers have included hilarious comic-illusionist Magic Mike, zany sleight-of-hand master Jeff Lee and the crowd-pleasing, snake-wrangling antics of Daryl Sprout and his "Snake Encounters." [less-]

Family Comedy and Magic Show at the Arlington Improv

at Arlington Improv Comedy Club, Arlington
OFFER DATES:
Sun, March 29
Sun, April 12
Sun, April 19
+ 6 more dates
Sun, March 29
Sun, April 12
Sun, April 19
Sun, April 26
Sun, May 03
Sun, May 10
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

It's never too early to get the kids into the comedy habit, so bring the whole family down to the world-famous Arlington Improv for the Family Comedy and Magic Show. It's a fun-filled variety show tha... [more+]

It's never too early to get the kids into the comedy habit, so bring the whole family down to the world-famous Arlington Improv for the Family Comedy and Magic Show. It's a fun-filled variety show that will both entertain and amaze, as this unique event features stand-up comedy and plenty of magic. Anyone age 4 or older will enjoy this awesomely interactive mix of variety comedy, stand-up comedy and astonishing magic, all packed into one great show. [less-]

Comedian Rob Stapleton (Comedy Central, HBO, BET)

at Arlington Improv Comedy Club, Arlington
OFFER DATES:
Sun, March 29
FULL PRICE: $17.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $8.50

It's a little unfair to call Rob Stapleton a "stand-up" comic. This streetwise and outrageous comedian can be seen sitting, dancing, striding and jumping -- and that's all in his opening joke. Staplet... [more+]

It's a little unfair to call Rob Stapleton a "stand-up" comic. This streetwise and outrageous comedian can be seen sitting, dancing, striding and jumping -- and that's all in his opening joke. Stapleton's one of those magical comedians who creates entire worlds using only a stool, a microphone and a string of characters he instantly conjures before your eyes. Now this star of HBO's "P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy", "Def Comedy Jam", BET's "Comic View" and his own "Comedy Central Presents" special brings his whirlwind energy and inexhaustible comedic imagination to Texas. See Stapleton do it all -- characters, sound effects, physical comedy and knock-out jokes -- at the Arlington Improv. [less-]

"Hot Mikado" Gives Gilbert & Sullivan's Comic Opera a Jazzy '30s Update

at Theatre Three, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, March 29
Sun, March 29
Thu, April 02
+ 5 more dates
Sun, March 29
Sun, March 29
Thu, April 02
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Sat, April 04
Sun, April 05
Sun, April 05
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FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $50.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $25.00

Gilbert & Sullivan get bitten by the jitterbug in this swingin' 1930's-style update of "The Mikado" at Theatre Three Dallas. Faithful to the original in song and story, "Hot Mikado" sets everything in... [more+]

Gilbert & Sullivan get bitten by the jitterbug in this swingin' 1930's-style update of "The Mikado" at Theatre Three Dallas. Faithful to the original in song and story, "Hot Mikado" sets everything in a jazz club, where a young rocker is on the run from his overeager fiancée and searching for the woman who stole his heart. A sensationally snappy adaptation of a classic operetta, the adaptation includes some of Gilbert & Sullivan's cleverest and must hummable tunes (from the lyrical "A Wand'ring Minstrel I" to the crowd-pleasing hijinks of "I've Got a Little List") in musical styles ranging from jazz to swing to gospel to blues. [less-]

"Click, Clack, Moo": A Fun Family Musical Based on the Book

at Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson
OFFER DATES:
Sun, March 29
FULL PRICE: $13.00 - $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.50 - $11.50

Working all day long in a drafty old barn to provide eggs and milk for Farmer Brown's farm, the chickens and cows are appalled when their request for electric blankets is denied. Enough is enough ... ... [more+]

Working all day long in a drafty old barn to provide eggs and milk for Farmer Brown's farm, the chickens and cows are appalled when their request for electric blankets is denied. Enough is enough ... it's time for a strike. Letters must be written! Join the crafty critters of "Click, Clack, Moo" as they wage a peaceful protest for their right to improved working conditions, in the process turning Farmer Brown's farm upside down as they type all day long. Amidst the catchy songs and amusing story, the show teaches little ones important lessons about negotiation and compromise. Based on the beloved, Caldecott Honor-winning children's book by Doreen Cronin, this delightful story has been adapted for the stage at Richardson's Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. [less-]

Two Men Wage War on "The Happiest Place on Earth" in Comedy "Hotel California"

at Stone Cottage Theatre, Addison
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 02
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
+ 3 more dates
Thu, April 02
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Wed, April 08
Thu, April 09
Fri, April 10
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FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $11.50

Two religious zealots hole themselves in a rundown hotel in Anaheim, California. Their goal? To blow up the most famous amusement park in the world -- and take down The Mouse once and for all. But aft... [more+]

Two religious zealots hole themselves in a rundown hotel in Anaheim, California. Their goal? To blow up the most famous amusement park in the world -- and take down The Mouse once and for all. But after a reconnaissance mission to "The Happiest Place on Earth" causes one of the men to question their cause, a war erupts between the two that quickly spirals out of control. Skewering everything from American consumerism to religious fanaticism to pork rinds, "Hotel California" was first presented as a staged reading during MBS Productions' "7 Plays in 7 Days" festival, where it was the audience and critics' fave. [less-]

"Cinderella": Magical, Musical Version of Enchanted Tale

at Casa Mañana, Fort Worth
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Sat, April 04
FULL PRICE: $16.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.50

With the recent success of "Into the Woods" and the building buzz about Disney's upcoming "Cinderella" remake, the gal with the glass footwear is the reigning Queen of the fairy-tale princesses. But n... [more+]

With the recent success of "Into the Woods" and the building buzz about Disney's upcoming "Cinderella" remake, the gal with the glass footwear is the reigning Queen of the fairy-tale princesses. But no amount of CGI can match the magic of a live stage version of this classic tale, especially one as mesmerizing and melodic as "Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper" at Casa Mañana. In this beloved stage musical, Cinderella's wicked stepmother keeps her from attending the royal ball. But with a little help from her mice friends, and some supernatural assistance from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella's wildest dreams really do come true. Hail an enchanted pumpkin-carriage (or maybe just take your car) and head over to this charming production everyone in the family will enjoy. [less-]

Haunting, Humorous Pulitzer Finalist "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.50

Two homesick American soldiers, a tormented Iraqi, a displaced tiger and a toilet seat made of gold collide on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War in "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo". A finali... [more+]

Two homesick American soldiers, a tormented Iraqi, a displaced tiger and a toilet seat made of gold collide on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War in "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo". A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, the dark war comedy was written by award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph ("Gruesome Playground Injuries", "The North Pool"). Surreal, haunting and darkly humorous, "Bengal Tiger" examines the madness of war and its aftermath, as well as the power and the perils of human nature. This thought-provoking human drama of redemption and forgiveness now comes to the Art Centre Theatre, in a production by screenwriter and veteran voice artist Eric Vale ("Chariot"). [less-]

Backdoor Comedy Club: Dallas' Longest-Running Stand-Up Club

at Backdoor Comedy Club, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Sat, April 04
+ 9 more dates
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Sat, April 04
Fri, April 10
Sat, April 11
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Sat, April 18
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
Sat, April 25
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FULL PRICE: $14.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.00

The award winning Backdoor Comedy Club is the city's longest running stand-up comedy showcase and, after 20 years, still reigns as the hot spot for Dallas comedy. Shows feature eight or more comedians... [more+]

The award winning Backdoor Comedy Club is the city's longest running stand-up comedy showcase and, after 20 years, still reigns as the hot spot for Dallas comedy. Shows feature eight or more comedians per night, including national touring comics from Comedy Central, Showtime and NBC's "Last Comic Standing", as well as the best of the local pros. The coziness of the Backdoor takes you back to the roots of stand-up and gives you the intimate vibe of the original comedy rooms in NYC and LA. There's no better way to spend an evening than taking in the laughs at the Backdoor. [less-]

Rising Rockers SomeKindaWonderful ("Reverse") Live in Concert

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 03
FULL PRICE: $11.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.50

After seeing his music dreams in L.A. come to a halt, singer Jordy Towers headed to Cleveland, where he had a fortunate meeting with some fellow musicians who enjoyed jam sessions. That led to the cre... [more+]

After seeing his music dreams in L.A. come to a halt, singer Jordy Towers headed to Cleveland, where he had a fortunate meeting with some fellow musicians who enjoyed jam sessions. That led to the creation of SomeKindaWonderful, one of the hottest new alternative bands working today. The group will hit the House of Blues to perform their hit "Reverse" and other songs from their self-titled debut record. The group is joined on tour by fellow rockers FLOR and Marc Scibilia. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Mystery Dinner Show

at Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 04
Sat, April 18
FULL PRICE: $81.00
OFFER PRICE: $48.50

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll n... [more+]

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

"The Marvelous Wonderettes": A '50s and '60s Musical Revue

at ONSTAGE in Bedford, Bedford
OFFER DATES:
Sun, April 05
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

This off-Broadway musical sensation transports you to Springfield High School's 1958 prom and introduces you to the Wonderettes -- four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts, wi... [more+]

This off-Broadway musical sensation transports you to Springfield High School's 1958 prom and introduces you to the Wonderettes -- four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts, with amazing voices to match. Each one wants to make it big, and by the second act's 10-year high school reunion you'll find out which of them did. The leading ladies keep this nostalgic romp rocking with their versions of '50s and '60s jukebox classics like "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Lipstick on Your Collar," "It's My Party" and many more. Don't miss this ONSTAGE in Bedford production and discover for yourself why "The New York Times" called "The Marvelous Wonderettes" "an utter charm bomb." [less-]

House of Blues Gospel Brunch Presented by Kirk Franklin

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, April 05
Sun, April 05
Sun, April 19
+ 2 more dates
Sun, April 05
Sun, April 05
Sun, April 19
Sun, May 10
Sun, May 10
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FULL PRICE: COMP - $102.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $55.00

Fill up on tasty, Southern and Creole-inspired food and joyful singing at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch, presented by gospel legend Kirk Franklin. Though Franklin doesn't perform in the show, he se... [more+]

Fill up on tasty, Southern and Creole-inspired food and joyful singing at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch, presented by gospel legend Kirk Franklin. Though Franklin doesn't perform in the show, he selects the talent (top local and national stars) and appears in video introductions. Enjoy the delicious brunch buffet, which includes a wide variety of choices, and then get ready for an joyful and inspiring good time that'll have you on your feet, clapping, singing and swaying to the sounds of beautiful voices. [less-]

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Pulitzer-Winning Southern Drama

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 10
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
+ 3 more dates
Fri, April 10
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Art Centre Theatre brings to the stage the Tennessee Williams work that Williams himself described as his favorite. Over the course of one sultry evening, a prominent Southern family is pushed to the ... [more+]

Art Centre Theatre brings to the stage the Tennessee Williams work that Williams himself described as his favorite. Over the course of one sultry evening, a prominent Southern family is pushed to the brink when tender memories are relived and life-altering secrets are revealed. Wealthy Southern plantation owner Big Daddy's family has gathered to celebrate his 65th birthday, while sparing him the news that he's dying of cancer. As one son, a hunky former football hero, mysteriously retreats from his desirable but sexually frustrated wife, his money-hungry brother and sister-in-law plot to secure more than their fair share of the family fortune. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American icon Williams is an emotionally intense drama that sizzles with passion and greed. [less-]

"The Wizard of Oz": Enchanting Family Musical Blows Into Fort Worth

at Casa Mañana, Fort Worth
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Sat, April 18
+ 5 more dates
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Sat, April 18
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
Sat, April 25
Fri, May 01
Sat, May 02
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FULL PRICE: $16.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.50

L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" stories have inspired countless adaptations, including the famous film starring Judy Garland and the hit musical "Wicked". The adventures of Dorothy (and her little dog ... [more+]

L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" stories have inspired countless adaptations, including the famous film starring Judy Garland and the hit musical "Wicked". The adventures of Dorothy (and her little dog too), the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion have captivated generations of children and adults. Casa Mañana's production takes you back to the magical Land of Oz, where Glinda enchants with her visit to Munchkinland and the Wicked Witch strikes fear in the hearts of everyone. Most of all, you'll learn that, even though you may dream of somewhere "Over the Rainbow," there really is no place like home. [less-]

Heartfelt Comic Fantasy "The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild"

at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Thu, April 23
+ 11 more dates
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Thu, April 23
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
Sun, April 26
Thu, April 30
Fri, May 01
Sat, May 02
Sun, May 03
Thu, May 07
Fri, May 08
Sat, May 09
Sun, May 10
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FULL PRICE: $27.00 - $32.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $16.00

The lovably daffy Mildred Wild is an obsessive film fan who deals with reality the only way she knows how -- through the skewed lens of one of the many classic movies she's seen. Staged at Contemporar... [more+]

The lovably daffy Mildred Wild is an obsessive film fan who deals with reality the only way she knows how -- through the skewed lens of one of the many classic movies she's seen. Staged at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, this often-touching and off-beat Broadway comedy by Paul Zindel throws a variety of crises at our heroine, forcing her to retreat into fantasy and casting her real-life husband, his meddling sister and others as characters in various scenes from her favorite flicks, including "King Kong". [less-]

International Gem and Jewelry Show at Dallas Market Hall

at Dallas Market Hall, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
Sun, April 26
FULL PRICE: $8.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP

See a dazzling display of gems, jewelry, beads, accessories and minerals all under one roof. For more than 44 years, the acclaimed International Gem and Jewelry Show has traveled to locations across t... [more+]

See a dazzling display of gems, jewelry, beads, accessories and minerals all under one roof. For more than 44 years, the acclaimed International Gem and Jewelry Show has traveled to locations across the country with the largest selection of jewelry at the lowest prices -- and now the show is back in town. Expect to find colored gemstones, exquisite fine jewelry, gold and silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets, beads and crystals, ethnic jewelry, classic pearls, vintage estate jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands, designer watches and one-of-a-kind seasonal pieces. With special show pricing and a huge selection direct from worldwide designers and manufacturers, this event is perfect for gem enthusiasts, jewelry lovers or if you're just looking for unique new accessories at great prices. [less-]

"The Humor Games": A Comedy Battle of Survival

at Addison Improv, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Wed, April 29
Wed, May 27
Wed, June 24
+ 3 more dates
Wed, April 29
Wed, May 27
Wed, June 24
Wed, July 22
Wed, August 26
Wed, September 23
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

Find out which comedian has what it takes to survive in "The Humor Games", an elimination-style improv comedy show featuring some of Dallas' best jokesters. They will face off in games and scenes base... [more+]

Find out which comedian has what it takes to survive in "The Humor Games", an elimination-style improv comedy show featuring some of Dallas' best jokesters. They will face off in games and scenes based on audience suggestions, and those with the best scores will move on to the next round. The best of the best will be awarded the HGTrophy and be crowned the ImproVictor. Who will volunteer as tribute? Find out at "The Humor Games". [less-]

"Avenue Q": The Tony-Winning Adult Puppet Musical

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 01
Fri, May 08
Fri, May 15
+ 1 more dates
Fri, May 01
Fri, May 08
Fri, May 15
Sat, May 16
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Full of racy puppets and boisterous songs, "Avenue Q" is a hilarious look at life in New York City, in a world populated by both people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, "Avenue Q" scored the "Tripl... [more+]

Full of racy puppets and boisterous songs, "Avenue Q" is a hilarious look at life in New York City, in a world populated by both people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, "Avenue Q" scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast includes characters made of both flesh and felt: recent college grad Princeton, who moves to the low-rent Avenue Q full of hope for the future and befriends Kate, the girl-monster next door, Rod, the Republican internet "sexpert," and other colorful neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. While the show draws inspiration from "Sesame Street", you'll want to leave the kiddos at home for this one -- these puppets have quite the mouths on them, and there's even some "full puppet nudity." [less-]