Just for Fun

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NOTE $1 SERVICE FEE: Tickets for stage performances, sporting events or any event of a commercial nature require a service fee of $1 per event (not per ticket). Tickets are mailed two weeks prior to the date of an event. For undated passes and discounts, allow three weeks for processing. No cancellations or refunds.

TRIPS: For questions regarding trips, call Chris Santoro at 212-598-6861 or Rovenia McGowan, chair of the Social and Recreational Committee, at 212-598-7778. Rates are based on participation of at least 35 people. For overnight trips, include name of roommate.

Current offerings

Philadelphia Flower Show SOLD OUT!

The annual Philadelphia Flower Show is on Saturday, March 7, 2015. This year’s theme is Lights, Cameras, BLOOM! The concept is the magic of the movies as envisioned by Hollywood. Expect fanciful floral exhibits with a theatrical flair. Visit the famous Reading Terminal Market for lunch. The UFT package is $65 per person and includes round trip motor coach, driver’s gratuity and your ticket to the flower show. Pickup in Queens at 97-77 Queens Blvd. at 8 a.m. or at 52 Broadway at 8:30 a.m. Return to Manhattan at 7:30 p.m. and to Queens at 8 p.m. depending on traffic. Download the flier.

Golden Dragon acrobats SOLD OUT!

The Golden Dragons of the People's Republic of China combine spectacular costumes, theatrical techniques and award-winning acrobats to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at Brooklyn Center at Brooklyn College. Orchestra tickets are $20. To order tickets, download the coupon.

Disney Live

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairy tale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life right in your hometown. Featuring dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humor, fun and adventure of the spellbinding stories. Dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains, and marvel as these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that's pure magic. See the fliers below for pricing details, ordering instructions and deadlines.
White Plains: March 26-29, Westchester County Center
Brooklyn: April 2-5, Kings Theatre
East Rutherford, NJ: April 18-19, IZOD Center

FDR's Hyde Park SOLD OUT!

Our time spent in Hyde Park, NY on Saturday, May 16 will include a guided tour of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home, Springwood, and admission to the only presidential library used by a sitting president. It was conceived and built under FDR’s personal supervision and opened in 1941. Val-Kill, our next stop, was Eleanor Roosevelt’s cottage and the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Our 45-minute guided tour includes a short film on her unique contributions. Dinner at Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie features fine dining with a spectacular view of the waterfront. Pickup in Manhattan will be promptly at 7 a.m. and in Queens at 8 a.m.; we will return to Queens at 8 p.m. and Manhattan at 8:30 a.m., depending on traffic. Your UFT package of $89 per person (add $1 to total order) includes round-trip coach transportation, all admissions, guides, tours and dinner. It does not include tips to the driver or snacks. NOTE: We are limited to only 50 participants by the Federal Park Service. Due in part to the recent Ken Burns PBS series, there has been great interest in the Roosevelt family history, so please respond soon to avoid disappointment. Your check must be received by March 15. To register, download the coupon.

Montreal Jazz Festival

Join UFT members, friends, family and retirees for the three-day Montreal Jazz Festival on July 3 6. Highlights include an escorted four-hour bus tour of Old Montreal, including the Place Ville Marie, the International Quarter, a Victorian-era Golden Square Mile, the Mount Royal Park,  St. Joseph Oratory and Plateau Mont-Royal in the Latin Quarter. Stroll through Jean-Drapeau Park and the Old Port of Montreal. Paid admission to the Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilica and two jazz concerts, American buffet breakfasts and three dinners at local Montreal restaurants are included, as are accommodations for three nights at the downtown Delta Montreal Hotel, within walking distance of the jazz venues. Please note: There is considerable walking involved in this trip. Single occupancy: $1,022 per person; double occupancy: $738 per person; triple occupancy: $678 per person. Please indicate the names of your roommate(s) and remember your passport! Make your check payable to UFT/JAZZ, adding $1 to your total order and mail to UFT/Just for Fun, 52 Broadway, 11th floor, New York, NY 10004 Attn: Rovenia McGowen. Checks must be received by April 30.     

Charlottesville, VA and the Shenandoah Valley

Join UFT members, family and retirees on a three-night, four-day trip through Charlottesville, Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley Aug. 10–13. Walk in the footsteps of historic figures: Visit Ash Lawn Highland, James Monroe’s magnificent estate, and wander the grounds where exotic peacocks still roam free. Our tour guide offers a new perspective on Thomas Jefferson as he guides you through Monticello, Mulberry Row and the Jefferson cemetery. The Women of the House tour features Dolley Madison and four of her contemporaries who founded and farmed Montpelier and later fought for freedom. A trip to the Frontier Culture Museum lends a living perspective to those who migrated to the colonies from England, Ireland, Germany and West Africa and the lives they built here.

Your four-day tour includes: round-trip motor coach transportation; three nights at Holiday Inn Monticello; three breakfasts, two dinners and two lunches; escorted estate tours of Ash Lawn Highland, Monticello, Montpelier and UVA; tasting at Jefferson’s Vineyards and leisure time at the National Mall in D.C., Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, downtown Charlottesville and at Sunspot Glassblowers. Single occupancy: $820 per person; double occupancy: $680 per person. Checks must be received by May 1. To register, download the flier.

UFT Defensive Driving Course

A driving course that can save you money and maybe your life!

For credit you must attend one full-day course or both parts of a two-session course, in sequence (if you miss the first class you cannot take the second). Limit: 40 students.

  • BRONX: 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (one session, Saturday or Sunday): Mar. 14, Apr. 25, May 16, June 13
  • BROOKLYN: 4–7:15 p.m. (two sessions, Tuesday-Wednesday): Apr. 14-15, June 2-3
  • MANHATTAN: 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (one session, Saturday or Sunday): Mar. 7, Apr. 26, June 21, July 17 (Tuesday), Aug. 11 (Tuesday)
  • QUEENS: 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m. (one session, Saturdays): Mar. 7, Apr. 18, May 9, June 20
  • STATEN ISLAND: 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (one session, Saturdays): May 9, June 6

Cost: $40 per person. Checks must be received one month prior to first preference and must be made payable to UFT/Safe Driving. Write “Safe Driving” on envelope. Mail to: Vinicio Donato, UFT, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, 11th floor. Payments are accepted in advance at UFT headquarters; bring exact change or money order. Confirmation: A letter will be sent to you indicating admittance or denial based on state class-size regulations. If you do not receive a letter in two weeks, call 212-598-6861. Refunds: If you cannot attend, please submit a written request with a copy of your canceled check (front and back). Allow four weeks to receive refund. Refunds can only be given during the current school year that original request was submitted. Credit: You may take a course only once every three years for insurance reduction benefits, and once every 18 months for point reduction. For active members only.

Car rental discounts

Looking for a deal? Enterprise Rent-A-Car has discounts on its rental vehicles to UFT members. The deal includes a free pickup and dropoff. Call 1-800-RENT-A-CAR [736-8222] for the nearest Enterprise location. Remember to use the union’s corporate class ID# FFC0049. Discounts are also available through Avis at 800-831-8000, using ID# S958000.

Theme park discounts

The UFT no longer offers discount cards to theme parks (Sea World, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, etc.), but as a union member you can still obtain discounts from NYSUT by calling 1-800-626-8101; or from the AFT by visiting its website.


TheaterMania's Gold Club sends you to the theater for only $4.50 a ticket! The Gold Club offers UFT members an exclusive 40 percent discount — $59 for the entire year (regular price $99). Join now to access 150+ different shows and events each month and over 2,000+ choices each year! Broadway, Off Broadway, Lincoln Center, comedy, dance, drama, concerts and more for only $4.50 a ticket! How?! Theaters and producers need to discreetly fill seats with excellent, attentive audiences to help build buzz and strong word-of-mouth. That's where you come in! For more information, and to join, visit https://www.theaterclub.com/ny/signup/uft or call toll free (866) 899-1895 to speak with a Gold Club representative. 

Discount movie tickets

PRICE CHANGES IN EFFECT AT UA/REGAL! UA/Regal has discontinued their restricted VIP $7.50 tickets in favor of an unrestricted Premium $9 ticket.

PRICES ON AMC/LOEW’s TICKETS HAVE ALREADY INCREASED! AMC discontinued the restricted Silver tickets that we sold for $7.50. If you have any remaining Silver tickets, they are still accepted at the box office. The UFT ran out of inventory of these tickets and we are now selling only the unrestricted Gold tickets at $9 each.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS BY MAILdownload this form. You may also come to UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway in Manhattan, where we accept personal checks up to $100 and money orders and cash in any amount.

NOTE: There is a four ticket minimum for mail orders. Orders of over $100 will be mailed via UPS and will require a signature.

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