Entries by Cameron Parker

Student Group Travel to Orlando: Its Educational and Exciting!

Did you know that student group travel to Orlando, Florida can be both exciting and educational? Orlando is not only a great destination that provides fun for middle, junior high and high school student groups, but can be educational too, especially if your group is a band, chorus, orchestra, dance troupe or drama class. For […]

Student Group Travel to Chattanooga: The Scenic City in Tennessee

The natural beauty and attractions of Chattanooga, Tennessee continually fascinate student groups year after year. Nicknamed the Scenic City, Chattanooga is a southern gem that is located in southeastern Tennessee near the Georgia border. Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in Tennessee. The name Chattanooga comes from the Creek Indian phrase rock rising to a […]

Student Group Travel to Cleveland: Expect to Be Wowed!

Whether the sun is shining or the snow is falling, one thing is for sureyour group wont be lacking any amusement in Cleveland. Few cities of comparable size can match Clevelands mix of premier attractions, friendly atmosphere and big city feel. From cutting-edge museums, a spectacular theme park and the Rock and Roll Hall of […]

Student Groups in Tampa Bay: The City Side of Tampa

Tampa is a city with many sides to it. Its home to three major sports teams and the Florida State Fair. It boasts rich Cuban heritage and an inexplicable obsession with Pirates. Its nestled against a beautiful bay, but still holds room for acres of theme park. Tampa is a large, diverse city, and, naturally, […]

Student Group Travel: Little Things and Life Skills

Over the last six months Ive had the opportunity to meet with many of the students and directors who travel with Kaleidoscope. While I tend to ask them all the same questions about their trips and the experiences those trips provide, I am always amazed at the rich variety of answers I receive. One thing […]

Student Groups in Tampa Bay: Wild Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Did you know that Tampa, Florida is home to some of the most exotic animals in the world? Or that it offers sanctuary to some amazing endangered species? Just a short bus ride from Downtown and Ybor City, Tampa is home to several top locations to get up-close with some of […]

Student Group Travel to Philadelphia: A Natural Classroom

Philadelphias rich history and long list of attractions make the City of Brotherly Love a natural classroom for student groups. Made famous for the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Philadelphia is a dynamic student group travel choice for learning […]

Fishing for Student Group Travel

There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~Steven Wright Group travel is a lot like fishing. Sometimes you have a great experience while other times you have a poor one but no matter what you learn something. In order to get the most out of your experience […]

Around Orlando: Students Perform at the Daytona 500!

And now for something completely different! So, say youre a band director and youve done parades, youve done half-time shows, youve done theme park performances and festivals, and you want something a little different to put on your bands dossier. Well, here at Kaleidoscope, we are excited to share with you a very unique, growing […]

8th grade trip to Washington DC

My 8th grade trip to Washington DC was one that I will always cherish. One of my most profound middle school memories is walking into the house where Abraham Lincoln died, The Petersen House. The sun was peeking above the buildings over my right shoulder and my eighthgrade boy crush stood just a few students […]

Student Cruises

Give your student group an unforgettable experience enjoying the sun and fun onboard a beautiful cruise ship! We offer the best ports of embarkation around the country including Port Canaveral, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Mobile, Galveston, Long Beach and New Orleans. Your cruise will take you to exotic Ports of Call including:   Your […]

Senior Class Trips to Orlando: Its a Grad Bash!

Want to reward the hard work and efforts of your high school seniors? Want to take them to an exciting and safe destination? Then, a 12th grade class trip to Orlando is the tour for you! If you want to celebrate with your fellow seniors, Orlando offers everything under the sun … warm tropical weather, […]

Going on a Student Group Tour? Youll Need a Packing List!

Whether your student group trip involves transportation via motorcoach or airline flight, youll need a packing list. Bottom line when traveling: pack only what you need! Keep in mind youll be toting your own luggage on and off the bus or at the airport, and to and from your hotel. So we suggest planning ahead […]

May Destination Spotlight: Anaheim, California

Known for its ideal year-round climate, this world-class destination is perfect for student tours. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Anaheim features inviting beaches, exciting attractions, trendy restaurants, historical museums, unparalleled shopping, professional sports, lively entertainment, the original Disney theme park, Disneyland Park and Disneys California Adventure theme park. The areas warm sunshine, swaying […]

Chicago: A City Second to None

I’ve always had a slight obsession with Chicago. Maybe it was all those John Hughes movies I watched growing up. Maybe it was all the road trips we took from Atlanta (where I’m from) to Milwaukee (to see family), driving through Chicago, marveling at the amazing skyline, but rarely allowed to stop. I was lucky […]

Orlando: The Nations Hot Spot for Student Music Trips

With seven major theme parks, more performing arts festivals than anywhere in North America, and many second-tier attractions that cater to public performances, Orlando has become the hot spot for student group music tours. Over the past few years, student music travel has grown exponentially faster than any other type of group travel to Orlando. […]

April Spotlight Destination: Dallas, Texas

Dallas loves student groups, and student groups love Dallas! Dallas new slogan Live Large describes the essence and vitality of a city built on big dreams. Known as the Big D, Dallas is a premier destination with world-class museums, exciting attractions, exceptional educational activities, trendy shopping, professional sports and endless dining opportunities. No matter what […]

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

What Will You Choose…Ella, Frank or a Bit of the Blues? Jazz Appreciation Month … a whole month dedicated to the celebration of jazz as something to treasure as part of our past, and present. JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) is all about encouraging musicians, radio stations, concert halls and more local facilities to promote the […]

Grad Bash 2015

Your seniors can share a night of funshare their favorite musicshare non-stop thrillsshare unforgettable memorieswith all their friends at Orlandos most exciting graduation event, Universal Orlando Resort Grad Bash 2015. APRIL 17, 24, 25 & MAY 1, 2, 2015 7PM – 2AM SENIORS CAN CELEBRATE IN TWO AMAZING THEME PARKS: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS NEW! The Wizarding […]

Dance Trips

Kaleidoscope Adventures has the all the right moves when planning your dance trip! As one of a select few student travel companies specializing in dance, we understand your groups unique needs and requirements. We also work with a diverse group of performance venues and will customize a trip that exceeds your expectations. New York City […]

Sports Travel

Men’s and Women’s Sports Team Travel Kaleidoscope Adventures has partnered with the Disney Spring Training Program, held annually from February through April, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. We invite all Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Track & Field, Golf, Tennis, and Rugby teams to participate in these events. […]

Nashville for Student Groups Its more than just Country Music

By Greg Dotson Nashville, Tennessee, also called Music City USA, is more than just Country Music for your student group. Many student groups pass on this amazing destination because they think you have to like Country Music to appreciate it. That’s simply not the case with an abundance ofculture, history, adventure, shopping, fine dining […]

Senior Class trips to Disney

By Greg Dotson The end of your school days is approaching and you have something to celebrate. It may be a long standing school tradition, or something that is unique to your class, but the time has arrived. Hey SeniorsYoure about to graduate High SchoolWhat are you going to do next? Were going to Walt […]

Student Group Travel to New York City: The STARS are aligned!

The new season on Broadway is well underway and we are excited to be talking about the newest shows playing the Great White Way. The Stars have definitely aligned to bring actors from stage and screen to Broadway. This year is already providing moving performances from stars like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan currently starring […]

Views through the Porthole: Student Cruises

Teach and Travel Magazine featured Kaleidoscope Adventures in their September 2013 article on Cruising Student Adventures Afloat. Teach and Travel said Kaleidoscope Adventures is well aware of the colorful nature of cruising. The two phrases, student travel and group cruise, are not always heard in the same sentence but when it comes to new […]

Band Trips to Orlando

Band trips to Orlando is one of Kaleidoscope Adventures specialties. The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can customize a complete marching band travel package catered to your needs and performance objectives for you and your students. We will assist you with hotel accommodations, transportation, attraction tickets, meals, sightseeing, shopping, special events, and unique performance venues plus […]

Around Orlando: Kennedy Space Center

Some of us here at KA were recently at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is located about an hour east of Orlando, and minutes form Floridas favorite beaches. Its convenient location makes it an easy add-on to a typical Orlando itinerary and provides an educational— yetstill engaging and fun–change from constant theme-parking. I […]

Around Orlando: Welcome Home, Atlantis!

WOW!! So, the Kaleidoscope Team was thrilled to be invited last week to check out a brand-new exhibit, centering on an old friend, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex just a short drive outside Orlando. The Space Shuttle Atlantis is now permanently docked in a beautiful new $100 million showcase at Kennedy Space Center, […]

Carry This in Your Carry-On

Lucky you, you’re on your way to a fun destination with your classmates! Whether for a choir competition in the big city or a marching band performance at an Orlando theme park, you’re sure to make memories with your friends that you won’t soon forget. But what to pack? Whether traveling by airplane or motorcoach, […]

Show Choirs will light up Universal Studios!

Next year the anticipation is high for Show Choirs from all over the United States who will be traveling to Orlando to take part in the OrlandoFest Presidents Day Show Choir Spectacular. This premiere event will take place at the Universal Orlando Resort February 14-17, 2014. OrlandoFest has been recognized as Central Floridas best performing […]

What is the Branson Dance Showcase?

Kaleidoscope Adventures is thrilled to be hosting the first ever Kaleidoscope of Dance – Branson Showcase this year and would love for your group to join us. But, what is a DANCE SHOWCASE you might ask? We have heard from many directors that they would like to have a greater variety of performance options for […]

Student Group Tours to Chicago: Educational Travel at its Best!

AhhSweet Home Chicago! Sweet is the key word in this commonly known phrase. Student group tours visiting Chicago will quickly discover the world-class status and unsurpassed beauty of this city. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is culturally rich and diverse in so many ways. This Windy City is home to world-class […]

Student Group Travel TAMPA in a DAY

A short distance from Central Florida you will find a city on the Bay that is perfect for student groups of all ages. There is so much to do in Tampa that it is hard to fit it all in. Recently, I decided to take a day trip to Tampa to share this great destination […]

Student Group Travel: WILD FLORIDA is a Hidden Gem

When was the last time you saw an alligator in its natural habitat? Though the area has been around forever, WILD FLORIDA is the newest attraction in Central Florida and certainly the best way to get an authentic taste of what Florida has to offer. When you visit the Orlando area with your student group […]

Large Cruise Lines Offer Value for Student Groups

For many teachers, the idea of giving their student group a trip on a cruise ship is both exciting and educational. While there are cruise lines that have capacities of 600 to 5,400, the larger cruise lines offer a seemingly endless list of amenities and value for student groups. And its these features that are […]

New York City Student Group Travel Super Hero Edition

There is always change in New York City! From the explosion and implosion of towering skyscrapers, to the opening and closing of restaurants throughout Manhattan, and the curtain rising and lowering on the latest Broadway hit. There is a lot that stays the same in the city that never sleeps, but there is even more […]

Branson Student Dance Performance Package

Student group travel cannot be any easier than a dance performance trip to Branson, Missouri. Snuggled right in the heart of the Ozarks, Branson is a beautiful destination with amazing opportunities to play, learn and just have a great time. We have created an amazing itinerary for your dance group to take advantage of every […]

Student Group Travel to Myrtle Beach: Where Broadway meets the Beach

With 60 miles of wide, soft sandy beaches, incredible restaurants and live entertainment theatres, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a perfect student destination. If your group is ready for a Spring Break getaway, looking for some outstanding performance options, or plans to participate in a sport or dance competition, they will find everything they need […]

Student Group Travel to New Orleans: Let the Good Times Roll!

Jambalaya, Cajun hospitality and great music! This is what will greet every student group upon arrival in New Orleans or Nawlins (as the locals lovingly refer to their city). Being ranked #1 in ten categories in Travel & Leisure Magazines 2009 Americas Favorite Cities survey, the people of New Orleans really mean what they sayLes […]

Student Group Travel to Los Angeles The Star Treatment

Hooray for Hollywood! That screwy, bally-hooey Hollywood! Have you considered student group travel to Los Angeles lately, or are you among the many others who think that this trip is just too far away and way out of your reach? Well, we have some very good news to share, as the City of Angels has […]

Destination Spotlight: St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine, the nations oldest continuously settled city, was founded in 1565, half a century before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.Known as the Ancient City, St. Augustine has over 450 years of history and culture to share with your student group.St. Augustine is most known for the Castillo de San Marcos Spanish Fort which […]

What’s New in Student Group Travel to Washington DC and Boston MA

What’s New? Ford’s Theatre Opens New Center for Education and Leadership! Now open in Washington DC, is the Fords Theatres new Center for Education and Leadership. Housed in a building directly across the street and acquired by the Fords Theatre Society in 2007, the center features two floors of permanent exhibits addressing the immediate aftermath […]

Student Group Travel to Atlanta Georgia Equals Southern Hospitality

Known by its nickname Hotlanta, the city of Atlanta is a favorite destination for student group travel. Within this metropolitan area, student groups will find endless energy, big city educational activities and warm southern hospitality. Atlanta is brimming with exciting attractions, world-class museums, unique historical sites, signature shopping, major league sports, outstanding fine arts and […]

Booking a Student Group Tour of the White House

Trying to book a student group tour into the White House can be a daunting task, especially if you try to do it on your own. I suggest utilizing a professional student group tour operator, like Kaleidoscope Adventures, to help you through the process. When booking a White House tour, you must realize because of […]

Bowl Game Performance Opportunities

One of the highlights of any high school students years in marching band, color guard and dance is the chance to take part in a bowl game. The highlight of most bowl games each year is the fabulous halftime show, featuring thousands of young people from throughout the United States. Many halftime shows include performances […]

Golden Opportunity to Perform the National Anthem

Have you ever considered the possibility of your student group performing the National Anthem prior to their favorite Major League Baseball game? With 30 major league teams 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada, and a combined 162 games per season, there are tremendous opportunities for student groups to attend and be […]

December Excitement for Central Florida Attractions

Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! December is one of the BEST months in Central Florida to check out the attractions, and by far the best time to see their holiday entertainment and decorations. As you will see, I am a pretty big fan of the holidays and I try to catch as […]

A Student Group Dance Trip to New York City

AhhNew York, New York, so good they named it twice! Known as one of the most popular student group travel destinations in the U.S, New York City offers up a feeling of excitement and value that is unmatched. Student groups can immerse themselves in New York City for five minutes, and see why its like […]

A Student History Trip to Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia

When visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia, student groups will step back in time to the eve of the American Revolution and walk the same grounds that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry once walked. Known as the Historic Triangle, this destination truly is a living classroom where one can experience Americas heritage, re-live […]

A Class Trip to Washington DC is Educational and Affordable

Because of todays state of the economy, schools throughout the country are slashing budgets. As a result, many school programs are either cutting school trips altogether or only allowing trips that are inexpensive and/or close to home. Teachers are being asked to sharpen their pencils to find destinations that are both affordable and educational. Enter […]

How to Choose a Student Travel Company

Presently, high school and middle school teachers are constantly being solicited by student travel companies wanting to take their student group on a tour either within the United States or abroad. In each school system, there are many groups who like to travel including band, chorus, orchestra, dance, science, history, class trips and more. The […]

Student Cruises: Its all about the Experience!

Student cruises are a great way to give your group an unforgettable and worldly experience. With such a diverse choice of exotic destinations, on-board activities, abundant excursions, live entertainment, superb dining and more, the fun never ends! With student cruise durations lasting from just three days up to fourteen, there are many options from which […]

Student Tours to Orlando: Are You Ready?

Studentsgrab your sunscreen, summer clothes, bathing suit and sunglasses and get ready to go on a student tour Orlando style! If you have already been to Orlando, reminisce with me for a minute. The sun is shining brightly as you wake up to 80 temperatures. You sit up, yawn, stretch, and take the deepest breath […]

Student Group Cruises: Tips on How to Plan Your Cruise

Planning a student group cruise can be a daunting task. The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can customize an unforgettable student cruise package that will have lasting memories for you and your group. Whether you have taken a student cruise or not, the following advice will keep all of your students and chaperones happy. Tips for […]

Educational Science Trips to Orlando and Tampa for Students

Student groups have a wealth of life, earth and space scientific resources awaiting them in Orlando and Tampa on Kaleidoscope Adventures Central Florida Science Tour. On this trip, its first-class science attractions, museums and hands-on learning programs will meet and exceed your classroom curriculum. Couple this with a Disney Youth Education Series, and you have […]

Student Group Travel to Orlando: Its Educational and Exciting!

Did you know that student group travel to Orlando, Florida can be both exciting and educational? Orlando is not only a great destination that provides fun for middle, junior high and high school student groups, but can be educational too, especially if your group is a band, chorus, orchestra, dance troupe or drama class. For […]

OrlandoFest … Orlandos Newest and Best Performing Arts Music Festival

Come and experience red carpet treatment from Kaleidoscope Adventures and OrlandoFest, the best performing arts music festival in the country! Held in Orlando, Florida, this incredible festival gives middle school, junior high school and high school performing arts ensembles a unique way to show off and enhance their musical skills via competitive and non-competitive adjudication […]

A Message from Our President

When I founded Kaleidoscope Adventures in 1993, I envisioned a student tour operator company that would provide clients with the best range of travel products available while emphasizing both value and quality of service. This vision continues today. Kaleidoscope Adventures still offers the same customized service that has helped us establish our solid reputation as […]

Dance: All the World is a Stage

Student travel comes in many forms. At Kaleidoscope Adventures we focus on performance groups, including bands, choirs and orchestras. However, performance groups can be so much more. We realize that a performer can come in many shapes and sizes and may have a variety of interests and talents. There are also different specialties for each […]