Remember when the TV show Friends was all anyone could talk about in the 90s and early 2000s, and again recently when all 10 seasons became available on Netflix? Clearly, it’s a crowd-pleaser and a great way to connect with your family of millennials, teens and, well, friends.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood can help you get even closer to the show with the Friends-loving friends in your life. Celebrate the holidays with a “friendsgiving” at the famous studio.
The holiday-themed event, Friendsgiving offers fans of all ages a one-of-a-kind Friends experience on the lot where it all began. Visit the “city” streets where friends Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Chandler and Joey frequented with fellow super fans.
The 90-minute tour includes Friends-centric everything, from the show’s iconic filming locations and backlot visits to Stage 24, also known as the Friends Stage. Guests will see the “Central Park” location where Rachel and Phoebe gave jogging the old college try — all while testing their knowledge of the show with trivia games.
What would a Friends tour be without a visit to Central Perk? Guests venture to the real coffee-shop set that hosted so many scenes between the famous friends, complete with the orange couch. Take a seat, take a picture and feel like one of the gang.
Get a look at the costumes and load up on your own merch. After all, it’s the holidays! At the end of the Friendsgiving tour (and any tour, for that matter) guests conclude in the gift shop of the WB Studio Store with exclusive Friends 25th Anniversary merchandise. Yes, it has been 25 years.
Just for this one special occasion, the iconic fountain from the show’s opening credits will be moved from the Warner Bros. Ranch facility to the main lot. Guests of the Friendsgiving tour can even grab an umbrella and recreate the show’s opening credits.
Friendsgiving keeps going with a holiday meal at the Studio’s Commissary Fine Dining room. Once where the cast typically dined during filming, the room will host fans for an executive chef-prepared, holiday-themed meal, including turkey, ham, vegan and gluten-free options, and all the holiday fixings. Sip holiday-themed drinks, included in the tour, with wine and beer available for purchase.
Tours are available during select days in November for $139 per person. Read more about ticket information and tour inclusions here.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.