Ask the next guy you meet on the street where to find the best performance opportunities for young people, and it's unlikely that Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be at the top of the list. Take another look—If you're a teacher or parent and aren't familiar with Disney's programs in instrumental music, vocal music, dance, and theatre, you're missing something spectacular. Traveling to Disney Performing Arts competitions, festivals, and workshops can be a memorable and educational experience for students, both on and off the stage.
The Stage: Inspiring Excellence. You and your group will have the chance to watch performances by (and perhaps even compete against) ensembles from around the country. Even if you're not participating in a competition, you'll receive constructive comments on the performance to help you in your teaching. In addition to these opportunities to perform, Disney also offers workshops taught by professionals in the arts and infused with fresh ideas to inspire your students to excel.
The Parks: An Educational Exploration. Today's Disney parks are about far more than talking mice and charming princes: take, for example Disney World's Epcot Center, where attractions focus on geography, history, science and technology. Students will be thrilled by the freedom to explore with their classmates, and parents can rest assured that they're doing so within a safe and educational setting.
For help in planning your group's Disney performance adventure, contact us. We'll figure out the logistics of your travel experience, allowing you to focus on what's most important: your students!
Philadelphia Class Trips are ideal for an eighth grade history class, a group of graduating seniors, or anyone in between! Philly has a little bit of everything for everyone, with its amazing history, fantastic culture, winning sports teams, and old world charm.
For the history buff, we offer a walking tour of colonial Philadelphia. You'll start off at the Liberty Bell, and be transported back into colonial America. You will visit Independence Hall, and feel as though you could have been a part of the original signing of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin's Court, the Betsy Ross House, and Elfreth's Alley are just a few examples of some of the other historic sites in colonial Philadelphia that you will visit on this walking tour.
For someone who is fascinated by art and culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is just the place to go! With over a million visitors a year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art appeals to the art aficionado in all of us. With over 225,000 works of are that extend across two millennia and six continents, the museum will have something for everyone!
If you've always wanted to feel like an eagle, you can take a tour of Lincoln Financial Field, which is the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. In this exclusive tour, you will be able to tour the field, the locker rooms, the press box, and the club and suite levels. It will make you want to don your own Eagles jersey right away!
Overall, there are so many things that you can do on a class trip to Philadelphia. We've only scratched the surface here, so to learn more about trips to Philadelphia, or to any of our other great locations, feel free to contact us! We look forward to hearing from you!
Disney is best known for its incredible attractions, wonderful characters, and the magic it inspires in children. But Disney is also dedicated to using its theme parks and films as a way to teach students about everything from the art of storytelling to marine biology. By planning a class trip through the Disney Youth Education Series, your class will have both a magical and educational experience during their time at the Disney theme park.
Discovering Marine Life Conservation
Kids in elementary school will love this Nemo-themed lesson about life under the sea. Not only will they will learn about a variety of different sea creatures and marine environments, but they will also have discussions about the impact humans have on aquatic life and the steps they can take to help keep these animals happy so they can “just keep swimming.”
How Things Move
Science and fun collide in this lesson about how physics concepts relate to the rides at Disney. Kids will learn about energy, fuel, movement, and magnetism by watching and riding attractions that best show off those concepts. Towards the end of the lesson, they will get a chance to design a ride of their very own, applying what they have learned to a fun and creative project.
Exploring Disney’s Animation History
Ever wish you could create a Disney character, or pitch an idea for a Disney film? In this lesson, kids will get to do exactly that. After learning about the history and process of animating a film, students will get to show off their artistic ability and storytelling skill by sketching characters and coming up with a short animation of their very own.
These are just a few of the possible classes offered through the Disney Youth Education Series. Kids of any age will be sure to remember a trip to the Disney parks, and teachers will have the added benefit of knowing that their students are learning while they are having a blast. So don’t hesitate – contact us to book a class trip with the Disney Youth Education Series, and let the magic of learning begin!
New program allows selected choirs to perform in the "Dare to Dream 80th floor exhibit" of the Empire State Building
Peak Performance Tours today announced a new performance opportunity at the Empire State Building for choirs that are selected through a detailed selection process. “We are excited to be chosen as the sole company responsible for administering the application process and selecting choir groups for the November 18 – December 20, 2013 choral performance season at the Empire State Building,” stated Bruce Rickert, President of Peak Performance Tours. Continuing, Rickert added, “This New York City performance opportunity at one of the nation’s most iconic buildings offers choirs and visitors a truly unique and memorable experience.”
In conjunction with the announcement, Peak Performance released a copy of the application form and an explanation of the application process. The opportunity is only available to choral groups for a choral performance and is limited to no more than 60 performers per group. To be considered for this season’s schedule, applicants must submit a completed application, a MP3 recording or DVD disk of a recent performance, and a picture of the proposed performance attire. Consideration of a group will only begin when all materials are received.
The selected groups must comply with specific expectations for attire and overall appearance. A level of professionalism is expected of those groups chosen to perform and represent their school, community and city. This includes maintaining a professional bearing before, during and after the performance.
All music performed at the Empire State Building must be secular in nature due to the international audience that the building hosts. No exceptions can be made to this policy. The goal is to provide a fun and entertaining experience for everyone involved in the event.
The performance area is the 80th floor of the Empire State Building in the "Dare to Dream" exhibit area. This is a required stop for all visitors to the Observation Deck. Performance time is a total of 20 minutes, scheduled during the group’s tour of the Observation Deck. There are no
facilities available for changing or warming up so it is necessary to be ready to perform upon arrival. Insurance certification and release forms are required to be returned at least 15 days prior to the scheduled performance. Groups must purchase a performance tickets package upon their acceptance as performers.
For further information and application forms for this unique and exciting opportunity, please contact Peak Performance Tours at 800-220-0165.
Think you can’t get a good taste of the Big Apple in 2 days? Think again!
What a great weekend on the music tour with the theater kids from Penn Trafford! We started out at Planet Hollywood for breakfast at 7 AM on Saturday and then hopped the subway up to Central Park West and 72nd to meet up with Jonah Levy from Levy Tours for a walking tour of Central Park. We had perfect weather after a ridiculously rainy friday - so other than having to jump a few puddles our time in the park was “parkfection”!
A quick subway ride back to Times Square gave us some power shopping time before lunch at Dallas Barbeque - can you say YUM! Great chicken and corn bread that will make your mouth water! From there the kids hit the stores for some more shopping before seeing the matinee of
Newsies. Talk about a toe tapping, fast paced show! After the show everyone jumped on our bus and we headed out to our hotel for a quick shower/freshening up and dinner. Two hours later we were back on the bus and heading into see Matilda. That show is just hysterical, the set is fantastic and the whole theater was in stitches over and over again. Now it was time for the true test of who can see themselves in NYC as an adult! Group photo in Times Square at 11 at night. It is lit up so bright, it seems to be daylight and the crowds are beyond impressive. We marched right in there, met up with our fabulous photographer and took our photo in the center of all that NYC energy. From there we walked a block to our bus and welcomed the peace and quiet as we headed to the hotel for some much deserved rest!
Day two arrived with beautiful sunny weather and a yummy breakfast buffet at our hotel. By 8:30 we were loaded and rolling back into the city. We did a driving tour of Battery Park, Ground Zero and the West Side before heading to our Broadway Classroom on 48th and 9th. One of the actors from Newsies along with a Broadway pianist came to work with them for 90 minutes. What a great opportunity for these young actors. From there we headed back into Times Square and everyone had free time to eat and shop before heading back home.
Want a budget friendly way to see and do it all - this is a trip you should take! Amazing kids, great energy and a great time in a great city!
The thought of a Disney trip is enough to make any toddler's head spin with excitement. Everyone loves Disney: the rides, the games, the adventure. After all, trips to everyone's favorite wonderland have been a family mainstay for decades. But did you know that a trip to your favorite Disney destination can also give your high school seniors a memory they'll never forget?
Most of them probably went on a Disney trip as a child. After all, Disney world is one of the most commonly visited destinations for families with children, and it's often said that everyone should go once. How fun to have those childhood memories revisited with a trip to Disney as an older adolescent!
After all, many of Disney's attractions appeal just as much to the older crowd as they do to children. There's roller coasters to spike adrenaline, top food restaurants from every ethnicity right inside the park, and animal exhibits for those kids that just can't get enough. No matter what their fancy, every high school senior will find something to enjoy during a Disney trip.
Not to mention, they'll be able to form lifelong memories with their friends along the way. Prom is all well and good for making memories, but after a few years, the memories start to lose their luster. A ride of a lifetime on an award-winning coaster never will. After all, how many high school seniors can say 'for our senior class trip, we went to Disney!'
So consider planning a Disney trip for your senior class. Your students will never forget the wonderful times they had while visiting this amazing destination, and you'll rest assured knowing that the details will be taken care of. To book your trip, or to find out about Disney trips or any one of our exciting offerings, contact us today.
Washington DC Class Trips don't have to be all about politics. The metropolitan area has so much to do that everyone, even the Arts Club, can plan a trip to the area. Of course, politics and government are a great reason to visit the area, but history, language, art and just plain fun are also reasons to go.
Planning the trip is simple with a pre-packaged tour. A pre-packaged trip takes the worry of planning out of the teacher's hands. Teachers and school chaperones have enough to worry over, especially when taking a group of school-aged kids on a large trip. Many school and trip organizers will hand off the responsibility of planning the trip while they gather parental permission and arrange for transportation to the city.
A tour company will ask a few questions regarding the focus of the trip. What is the name of the group visiting? What is the purpose of the trip? Are there any specific activities the group would most enjoy? These questions are a springboard for planning the trip.
The most important aspect of the planning is the budget. Tour planners will stay well within your budget and perhaps even come in under budget so there's extra money for frills on the trip.
A tour planning company will also keep the trip in balance. School trips need to have purpose as well as fun activities. Let a company who already knows the city find this balance for you. Some activities posted on the Internet might be outdated or close sometime before the trip. A tour planning company will know about these changes and will plan the trip accordingly.
Furthermore, the company will help with on-site assistance. Guides and chaperones are arranged at every point of interest to make sure the trip moves seamlessly. Educators and trip planners have very little to worry over concerning the specific points of interest.
Safety resources are of utmost concern when working with a tour company as well as purpose and fun. The company will select safe transportation around the city, help you choose secure hotels and will monitor severe weather conditions. If anything isn't safe, the planning company will let your group know right away to help you avoid any dangerous situations.
Using a tour company loans a great deal of security and peace of mind to your class tour to Washington DC. The most you will have to worry over is planning the trip in coordination with the parents and the students. Safety, itinerary and any last-minute changes will all be handled by the travel company. Relax and enjoy the trip as much as the students will!
Class trips are one of the best things that a school can do to further a student's education. Although many times the focus is on classroom learning, there's no better way to make learning exciting than with a trip to a new area. High school students especially get the benefit of hands-on learning along with the value of seeing their lessons come to life.
Class trips provide a chance for history lessons to become visceral and real for students. It's one thing to read about the Tea Party in a textbook. It's another to go to Boston and see the place where it happened. Nothing can replace immersing yourself in the action of a time or place, and there's no better way to do it than to take a class trip to a historic location. Engaging students is more important today than ever, and these lessons will be invaluable for the rest of their lives.
Other areas can benefit from class trips as well. An economics class could take a trip to New York to see exactly how wall street works for themselves. A class studying politics could venture to Washington, DC to learn about how the process happens in real-time. An english class could take a trip to Philadelphia to see a setting from one of their books. The options are nearly endless, and it's a great, structured way to get some more information about the area of study without letting the kids know that they are actually learning. As far as they know, they're just having fun, which only makes the experience more poignant.
Nothing supplants the level of immersion present on a class trip, and your students will thank you for it for the rest of their lives. The experience is unforgettable, and will only help them to remember the lessons they learned through actually being there. Reading in a textbook is boring--make it interesting again with a class trip. To learn more about planning a class trip, or to book a trip to any one of our many locations, contact us today.
Boston Class Trips are a perennial favorite for many 8th grade class trips. The reasons are simple: Boston is a great area, with amazing scenery and plenty of things to do. Many well-known historic sites are also located in the district, which offers a valuable history lesson for students. There are plenty of important locations in Boston, and all of them make great stops.
The first historic site worth looking at is Boston Common. Formed near the city's founding, this public park used to be a pasture for grazing cattle. Today, it not only hosts beautiful greenery, but also several plaques and memorials dedicated to everything from civil war era soldiers to the founding fathers. There is a little something here for everyone in one of the oldest public parks in the nation.
Another good historic pit stop is Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market. Although today it boasts a large amount of storefronts and offices, in the 1700s it was a meetinghouse. Fanueil Hall is still used today both as an auction house and as an official meeting place. Plaques abound describing the history of the area, and guidebooks can also give further insight.
On the way there, take a stop by Old North Church. Built in 1723, this famous landmark is where Paul Revere is said to have received the famous 'one if by land, two if by sea' signal before embarking on his ride to warn the colonists of the coming British invasion. Today, the building contains interesting architecture and still regularly holds masses.
These are just a few examples, though, of things to see and do around Boston. Your students will experience history come to life as they wander the historic districts and discover the monuments they've read about in their history textbooks. There is no substitute for hands-on learning, and when it comes to American history, there's no better place than Boston.
To learn more, or to book an educational tour of Boston or any one of the other cities we offer, contact us today!
High school music students are comprised of a group of unique individuals, each with the talent to create music. Some see music as a fun and exciting hobby, for others it’s a lifestyle. Grade level, experience, background; none of it matters when the throng of students known as the “band kids” mesh into one big family. And like other families, nothing is more exciting than the prospect of taking a trip together. For the high school band family, music tours can be the trip of a lifetime.
Music Tour Locations
The list of possible cities in which to host a stimulating and educational music excursion is endless. Tours to locations around the United States, Canada and Europe presents thrilling possibilities for music students. A trip to Los Angeles offers the chance to visit the home of the Academy Awards, explore Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the world’s most famous movie theater, and spend a day at Disneyland. Tours of New York City include possibilities such as a visit to famous landmarks like The Statue of Liberty, seeing a famous Broadway show and watching the famous singing waiters of Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Additional popular tour spots include Memphis, Saint Louis and Toronto.
Part of a music tour is affording the opportunity for high school bands to perform for an audience in prominent locations. Students have the chance to perform at famed sites like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic or the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville where Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton once recorded. Other performance opportunities are available in major symphony halls, celebrated jazz clubs and music festivals around the globe. In addition, music tours can include private musical instruction from a professional clinician.
The possible activities and locations for a music tour are vast and varied, depending on the tour length, desired opportunities for performance and budget needs. Having a professional tour company with experience in developing and guiding is essential in creating an educational, enjoyable and memorable band trip. Peak Performance Tours has been arranging and implementing high school band tours since 1994. We work directly with the client, making sure every detail of the tour itinerary including travel, lodging, meals, security and activities are planned to meet specific educational, entertainment and safety goals; all while staying within the client’s budget. Contact us to discuss your High School music tour goals and needs.