"Harry Potter: The Exhibition” is off and running at Discovery Times Square, where recently the less-than-notable King Tut exhibit held residence. The difference, though, is that no one seems disappointed with this one. But at $25 for adults and $19.50 for kids 4 to 12 (plus a $1 facility fee and sales tax), you might find yourself working like a house elf to pay for a family outing.
But take advantage of the LIRR's NYC Getaways deal, and you can save up to 40 percent. Here's how it works: On the ticket machine at your departure station, press the “Getaways/Packages” button on the first screen, then select NYC Getaways. You'll see Harry Potter listed. Select it and then swipe your credit card. (Gray and green machines also accept cash.) You'll be charged just $33.50 if you're in zones 1 to 12 ($37.00 for zone 14) and $15.50 for kids 5 to 11.
The only caveat I see is for kids who are exactly 12 years old; they're given a children's discount at the museum but not on the railroad. Of course, this depends on where you're traveling from and whether you're traveling peak or off-peak times.
I calculated I would be charged $14 for a round-trip ticket traveling off-peak on a Saturday and $25 for entry for a total of $39 (plus tax and fees at the museum), so the $33.50 deal at the LIRR station would be quite a savings for my family of four, even during off-peak times. (If you have a 12-year-old, you'll have to do a little math of your own.)
Get the lowdown: Check out our review of the "Harry Potter" exhibit.