The idea alone evokes magic and fairy dust. Disney trips are like magic exemplified. Fun is literally around every corner. Is there room for more? You betcha. Fish extender fun is a phenomenon Disney Cruise senior trip adventurers have taken and made their very own.
The Internet is part of every facet of modern life and vacation time is no exception. Disney cruise line connoisseurs and new travelers alike gather in forums, message boards and social media venues across the world to connect and discuss, plan and network with each other pre-cruise. Nothing brings total strangers together like the prospect of new adventure and Disney thrills.
Once connected, Disney cruisers are unlike any others. The sheer magic awaiting them conjures a giddiness that is palpable for months preceding the trip. Plans are hatched for meetings and wine tastings and dinner dates. Strangers wait with baited breath to meet their new virtual friends and share an amazing adventure.
Cruisers post pictures of past trips and prep for the upcoming cruise. They post family photos, interests and itineraries. Some of these forums even offer cruisers sweepstakes, contests and prizes. For example, http://www.dclfishextenders.com/ randomly selects posters for $25 shipboard credits. Camaraderie develops and lifelong friendships are built.
It is within this atmosphere that the idea of fish extenders comes along. Fish extenders are a system of gift giving onboard via Secret Santa style. Cruisers fashion hanging shoe caddies or cleaning supply organizers into personalized gift receiving receptacles and hang them outside their stateroom doors. Other participants will deposit various small gifts into these receptacles throughout the cruise.
Fish extenders provide a way to not only enjoy the cruise but also the time before and after it. The gifts exchanged in the fish extenders are often handmade, usually inexpensive and always memorable.
The time spent online planning and discussing brings Disney cruisers together in a very personal way. Weeks and even months before they meet, these people have gotten to know each other and forged friendships. The fish extender gifts serve as fun memories of each cruise and the relationships forged through them.
Fish extender gifts can be anything under the sun. Pricey or cheap, handmade or purchased, the choices make no difference. Here, it truly is the thought that counts. Magnets, favored Disney character toys, photos, attraction tickets and homemade gifts like scrapbook
s and picture frames are popular fish extender gifts. The fun, however, is not only in receiving and giving the gifts but also in the making or purchasing, and surprise delivery. Timing is part of the magic.
Cruisers so enjoy returning to the stateroom after a day of fun to find their fish extenders stuffed with fun and friendly reminders of the magic surrounding them. It’s the true magic of Disney that makes fish extenders happen. The sheer joy of coming together with other people who appreciate the splendor of Disney is more than enough but the personal touches
Feel free to contact us today to find your next senior trip in the magic of Disney. exchanged in fish extending spread that magic far into the rest of your life.
Did you introduce your students to our country’s founding fathers this year? Was the book or miniseries John Adams a part of your lesson plan too? If so, have we got the e
ducational tour for you! It takes place in Williamsburg, Virginia, where part of the series was filmed.
Begin your day of educational touring at Richard Charlton’s Coffeehouse. Created to resemble an 18th century building, it’s a great place to enjoy a slice of history complete with period dressed thespians and beverages. The subjects of the 45 minute to one hour reenactments on offer vary. So it’s a good idea to check the schedule and plan accordingly.
From there, stroll on over to the nearby, historic Capitol for another reenactment. Many of the one hour reenactments that take place there focus on court cases that would have occurred during in the 1700s. Most of the performances also include audience participation.
After the Capital visit, consider stopping by the Governor’s Palace. It features historic grounds, one hour reenactments and a look at the foodservice techniques of early Americans. That’s what makes it such a superlative educational tour stop before lunch.
Speaking of lunch, you may want to take your student group to Chowing’s Tavern for a young patriot’s repast and live, 18th century style entertainment. The lunch men
When you’ve finished lunch, why not let the kids do a little bit of sou includes such childhood favorites as Thomas Jefferson’s macaroni and cheese. Each child’s entree tends to come with chips, a beverage and applesauce. The period entertainment, on the other hand, typically consists of costumed fiddlers and wait staff.
uvenir shopping. The historic post office is a good place to start. The kids can write postcard with quill pens and mail them to their parents. They may also enjoy The William Pitt Shop and the Prentis Store. Each one features period gifts.
To learn more about these educational tour stops in Williamsburg and others, please contact us at (800) 220-0165. Our student tour travel specialists can help you develop the scholastic itinerary of your dreams.
Are you hoping to invigorate your students with music tours that include a variety of components? If that’s the case, Baltimore, Maryland may be one spot to contemplate visiting. There are multiple venues in the city that would make wonderful, student tour stops. Here are several that may leave you and your students inspired:
Top of the World
Consider starting your Baltimore music tour at the Top of the World. Situated high above the city, the panoramic views from the building’s 11,000 square foot observation area are sure to give the students’ shivers of anticipation. The staff offer group tours of the building and the observation area is available for private gatherings.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Once your students make it back down to ground level, think about taking them to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. It features a 2,443-seat hall, rehearsal space and an assortment of private meeting rooms. Understandably, the space is available for rent.
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center
Depending on your lesson calendar, a trip to the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center may also be in order. It features rental space that is ideal for rehearsing and dining. There are opportunities to participate in various onsite clinics, workshops and special events as well. Examples include jazz vocal workshops and a class on the ba
sics of sound production.
France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center is another entertainment venue that is available for student group use. It features several dressing rooms, a 110 foot x 50 foot stage, onsite café, meeting space and more. In addition, there is lodging and parking nearby.
For more information on these and other Baltimore music tour stops, please contact us at (800) 220-0165. We can help you arrange music tours that include everything from meals, accommodations, transportation and workshops to dedicated hotel security
Nashville, Tennessee is an exemplary place to plan music tours for students. It is home to multiple, historic venues that are available for private rental and public tours. Here is a sampling that will surely whet your appetite for musical adventure:
Grand Ole Opry
One of the most interesting places to add to a student group’s Nashville music tour itinerary is the famed Grand Ole Opry. That’s because student groups are able to perform at the facility as well as tour the backstage area. Professional photo opportunities, shows and welcome reception options may also be factored into your students’ visit.
Of course the Grand Ole Opry is not the only ideal place to take music students. There’s also the Ryman Auditorium. Considered a National Historic Landmark, it’s been in existence since the 1800s. Music students are welcome to enjoy both self-guided and backstage tours daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition, there is an onsite, professional recording studio where the students can cut their own CDs.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is a superior spot to incorporate into music tours as well. The facility offers access to a wide assortment of educational tours and programs that would appeal to music students. One of them is the opportunity to participate in a dress rehearsal and have face-to-face time with a professional soloist.
Historic RCA Studio B
Another place to contemplate including in your music tours is the Historic RCA Studio B. It is associated with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Over the years, many famous musicians utilized the facilities. Today, music students can cut records in the recording studio, tour the facility and enjoy the museum exhibits as well.
Nashville Music Garden
After your students perform at and tour Nashville’s music venues, consider stopping by the Nashville Music Garden. It is more than 2,600 square-feet of flora dedicated to various country music stars. The garden is also located near the Music City Walk of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
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t us toll-free. Our phone number is (800) 220-0165
If Ben Franklin is part of your students’ history lesson this year, consider making Philadelphia one of your class trip destinations. It is home to several historical sites and attractions that may be combined to create an amazing series of educational tours. Here’s a snapshot of what awaits:
Start or end your educational tour at City Tavern. Located on South Second Street, it was one of Franklin’s favorite haunts. It opens daily for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and also serves dinner. Children’s and adult menus are available. Some of the foods resemble what was served during Franklin’s lifetime.
From there, head to the historic Christ Church. Also located on Second Street, it is where Ben Franklin and other famous figures worshiped. It’s also where he is buried. Guided tours of the church and the adjacent burial ground are available year round for a modest fee.
Independence National Historical Park
The Independence National Historical Park in Old City should figure prominently on your educational tour as well. It includes Congress Hall, the Ben Franklin Museum, the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Many of the buildings are open daily, year round. Admission prices vary and access to some of the sites is complimentary.
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
While you are in the Old City area, be sure to take notice of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge too. Designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret, the bridge started its life in 1926 under another name. In 1956, it was rededicated to honor Benjamin Franklin. The bridge is accessible from the Old City Historic District and connects Center City to Camden, New Jersey. It spans 9,650 feet and features 380 foot high towers.
National Constitution Center
Lastly, you’ll want to head on over to Arch Street and tour the Constitution Center. It traditionally opens Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m. On Sundays, it typically opens at noon. It is a wonderful place for the children to participate in hands-on exhibits, enjoy A/V materials and learn about the U.S. Constitution. Admission fees start at $8.
For more information on these and other Benjamin Franklin educational tour ideas, please contact us. We are based in Jamison, Pennsylvania, and our toll-free number is (800) 220-0165.
A heady blend of literature, luxury, art and architecture are what await students that set their sights on New York’s Hudson Valley. Just a short drive from NYC, it is a perfect place for a class trip. Here’s a look at some of her crowning jewels:
Class Trips Idea #1: Sunnyside
If you have been teaching your students about folktales and classic literature, be sure to take them toSunnyside. It is the home of the late author, Washington Irving. Take a guided tour of the residence and grounds. Afterward, enjoy a picnic complete with breathtaking views of the historic Hudson River. Then head off to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Christ Episcopal Church and one of the area’s pumpkin patches.
Class Trips Idea #2: Kykuit & CIA
Have art and architecture been a part of your students’ studies? Then a visit to Kykuit may be in order. Once the residence of John D. Rockefeller, it houses an amazing collection of art. Among the collection are works by Pablo Picasso and Louise Nevelson. Once you are finished, make your way to the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park for a group lunch and tour.
Class Trips Idea #3: Music & Art
Looking for a Hudson Valley tour that focuses on music history instead? Schedule a visit to the Aaron Copland House and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. The Copland House offers a vast array of student programs. The Bardavon permits student tours and facility rentals. It’s also home to a Bardavon Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Both facilities feature assorted live performances that may fit into your itinerary as well.
Depending on how much time you have, you may want to schedule a stop at the Croton Cortlandt Center for the Arts too. It features wonderful art programs and events that are suitable for people of all ages. For example, the kids could take turns at a potter’s wheel, make homemade felt or engage in a bit of silk screening for two hours. We should also mention that there are several places located in the area where your students could enjoy lunch.
To learn more about these class trip ideas and others, contact us at (800) 220-0165.
It is the site of one of the most famous battles in American history, when for three days, from July 1 to July 3, 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac clashed with the fate of the United States in the balance. From Culp's Hill to the north, down Cemetery Ridge to the Little Round Top in the south, Gettysburg was the venue of horror and sacrifice in which Americans strove to kill other Americans for different visions of what the country should be.
The Gettysburg Park has a number of programs for both teachers and kids. One generally starts one's visit at the Museum and Visitor's Center where there is a restored Cyclorama and a film relating the meaning of the battle. One can travel about the park in one's own vehicle with a self guided tour or arrange in advance for a tour with a professional guide for a fee. About four hours is the minimal amount of time one might spend on the battlefield, but for the full experience, it is recommended that a whole day be spent.
Some of the highlights of the tour include walking the field that Pickett's men traversed on their famous charge, starting at the statue of Robert E. Lee and ending at the "high water mark" marker, the further point of advance of the Confederates on Cementery Ridge. A stop on the Little Round Top, where Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's men held off the full fury of the Confederate Army and saved both the battle and the Union is also essential. The Jennie Wade House, home of the only woman to be killed in the battle, and the cemetery, where President Abraham Lincoln made his famous address, are also most see stops.
- If you are looking for educational tour options in the U.S.A. with a distinctive, cultural flair, there is no better place than New York City. This is especially the case when it comes to studying the culture of Spanish speaking groups. With that said, here is a snapshot of several excelente destinations to visit with a Spanish language, art, dance or history class:
Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library
Why not start your students’ class trip with a visit to The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library? Situated on Audubon Terrace, the museum offers visitors complimentary tours and access to a vast array of Spanish art. Some of the Spanish art dates back to 125 B.C.
Visual Arts at Americas Society
While we are still on the subject of Spanish art, you may want to add the Visual Arts at Americas Society onto your list too. The venue is located on Park Avenue. It is open at various times throughout the year and features exhibitions that focus on Spanish speaking artists. Over the years, various countries have been represented including Argentina, Chile and Mexico.
Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute is another place to consider visiting with your students. It features Spanish focused exhibits, classes and cultural programs throughout the year. Artists whose works have been featured at the institute’s gallery in the past are Fortuny y Madrazo, Joaquin Sorolla, Anton Lamazares and Cristobal Balenciaga.
El Museo del Barrio
From there, you may want to schedule a stop at El Museo del Barrio. It features exhibits that focus on the cultural aspects of the Caribbean, Latino and Latin American communities. There is also a gorgeous 599-seat theater onsite and a café that serves Spanish foods. Examples of foods on offer are arepas con carne, pollo en fricassee, pernil, mariquitas and tilapia con ajo y limon.
Outdoor Dancing Classes
Depending on the time of year and your students’ ages, you might want to take them to one of the complimentary, outdoor salsa dancing classes and Spanish festivals held at various locations across the city. Ones to consider are the Annual Bronx Salsa Fest, Salsa Sundays at Orchard Beach and Sunset Salsa.
Want to discover additional educational tour destinations that would be ideal for Spanish classes? Contact us at toll-free at (800) 220-0165.
I know we all want the best for our children. Aside from the things we obviously do because we're their parents and we love them, such as providing a warm, loving home with food on the table and clothes on their back, we want to be able to give them the sneakers they want, buy them a car at sixteen and get them involved in every after-school club and sport humanly possible because it builds character and helps them figure out who they are. Whew. I'm tired thinking about all the running around that creates. Honestly, we would even fly them to the moon and back, if we had the resources. But, life happens, school has to be attended, homework has to be done and before you know it, the days have gone by, one by one. What if... what if there was a way for someone to plan a trip for our, for your, children that would be educational and be fun? At Peak Performance Tours, that's exactly what they do! They organize and plan student class trips to any major city that is full of history, most often for elementary and middle school students. They also plan senior class trips to amusment parks, including Disney, or perhaps a ski trip.
One of the the cities Peak Performance Tours organizes trips to is Boston, Massachusettes. Boston Class Trips would be packed full of activities as Boston is one of the oldest cities in our nation's history, established in 1630. One of those actvities might be walking along the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trailis a 2.5 mile brick-lined route that leads you past 16 historically significant American Revolution sites. It starts in Boston Common and ends at Faneuil Hall. It is an experience you'll never forget to be able to walk the same streets where history was made!
Another activity might be a Fenway Park Tour. Walk in, smell the hot dogs and cotton candy, feel the history the players of old have left and current players are leaving, see The Green Monster.... and enjoy it all from the Press box. (I still remember when I went to Fenway, and, as a baseball fan, I love the history of Fenway. As a Yankees fan, I love the rivalry.)
The Museum of Science is another fantastic activity to plan for the class trip to Boston. With numerous exhibits, I-MAX films, 3-D films, Planetarium shows, simulator experiences and live shows, there's something for everyone at the Science Museum. There's a learning experience around every corner!
There are several more options to choose from in the rich history of Boston. Depending on the age of the children going, the activities chosen can be catered to fit the group. Contact Peak Performanc Tours with any questions today!
Are you in charge of planning your high school musical group’s class trip this year? Why not consider scheduling it to take place in New York City? There are many iconic locations in the city that offer backstage tours and more to aspiring musicians. Here’s a look at five that may be ideal for your group.
Music Tour Option #1: Apollo Theater/Museums
One great place to take your student group is the birthplace of many musical careers, the Apollo Theater. The venue’s staff offers historic, backstage tours and live performances that could easily be factored into a school group’s itinerary. There are also performances that could be worked into the tour program as well. Additional music-focused sites in Harlem to consider pairing with the Apollo Theater tour are the Manna House, The Studio Museum and El Museo del Barrio.
Music Tour Option #2: Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall is another fantastic place to take your music loving students. The venue features access to guided tours, museum exhibits, stage rentals, hall rentals and banquet rentals. Thus, you could feasibly spend the entire day there with your student group.
Music Tour Option #3: Metropolitan Opera Guild/Lincoln Center
You may also want to consider spending the day touring both the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Lincoln Center. The Metropolitan Opera Guild offers access to the Schwartz Gallery and backstage tours. The Lincoln Center tours only involve areas open to the general public.
Music Tour Option #4: Broadway
While you are in the city, be sure to factor in a few backstage tours of Broadway’s finest theatres too. They would pair perfectly with a Broadway Classroom experience and a Broadway show. Classes to consider are Musical Theatre Song & Movement, Making Music and Broadway Close-Up.
Music Tour Option #5: Radio City Music Hall/The Garden
Lastly, consider treating your school’s musically inclined to a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall and The Garden. They will provide your students with a glimpse of areas that many have never seen before and meet with select entertainers (i.e. Rockettes).
To learn more about these and other wonderful music tour
options for high school students, contact us.