Entries by Rhoda Venture

Bean Roasters and Roller Coasters… Starbucks in the Parks

A colleague and I were chatting the other day about everything and nothing. Eventually we circled around to the millennial obsession with coffee. Drive through any big city or small town, and you’re sure to see that signature green sign. What is our infatuation with Starbucks? My tween daughter is constantly snapping photos of her […]

Tips for Planning Your First Performance Trip

It’s your first time traveling with students. You’re a novice. You want everything to be perfect but have niggling doubts in the back of your mind. Parents all seem to have unsolicited opinions and administration is making sure you understand that this trip had BETTER go well. No pressure at all! Relax. When planning your […]

Take a Break from the Road at Luray Caverns

Sometimes the bus ride can seem endless, especially when traveling with students. Sometimes you just need a break. Sometimes that break becomes vital to your sanity as the middle and high school drama unfolds in a confined space. Sometimes, it comes in the form of an underground mecca of stone formations! Luray Caverns If you […]

Kennedy Space Center is A Blast for Student Groups

If you’re taking a student group to Orlando, you expect a world of imagined castles, wizards, and giant mice. What you may not expect are the very real experiences of watching a rocket launch, seeing historic launch sites or witnessing first-hand the size and scale of the Saturn V moon rocket! Things to See and […]

Honor Those Who Have Given All This Memorial Day

As the unofficial start of summer, the arrival of Memorial Day conjures up thoughts of picnics, parades and endless days of fun in the sun. It is also a day for honoring those who have given all in service to our country. As we look forward to a long weekend, let’s remember the reason for […]

A Homeschool Odyssey to Washington D.C.

The class trip is a rite of passage for many middle and high school students. The experience of loading up the bus with friends and tasting independence while visiting some far-flung destination is one most will never forget. If you homeschool, the opportunities for peer group travel may be fewer or more challenging. Families, co-ops […]

Cornucopia of Sound has “Plenty” for Choirs

The word “cornucopia” conjures up images of Thanksgiving- fruits, baskets of goodies and other holiday treats. It means “horn of plenty,” and this November, it will mean plenty of stunning voices raised in beautiful harmony.  The Cornucopia of Sound will take place just before Thanksgiving in Orlando, Florida. What is Cornucopia of Sound? Universal Studios™ […]

Journey Into STEAM at Universal Orlando Resort™

Calling all makers, techies, gamers and more! THIS IS THE STEAM EVENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! Journey into Steam at Universal Orlando Resort™ is an exclusive event for middle and high school students.  It’s power packed with opportunities to learn, explore and get hands-on with STEAM. The STEAM Fair takes place on a Universal Orlando […]

Fundraising for the Class Trip

The paperwork has come home for the class trip. It’s going to be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for your child – a chance to explore a bit of the world outside the protective parental umbrella. Truth be told, you are already planning date night as you anticipate a blissfully quiet couple of days! Then you […]

Take Center Stage in New York City

There’s nothing like the experience of live theatre. Iconic or cutting-edge shows, thrilling performances and crowds pulsing with energy draw us in like nothing else. It’s a magnificent experience, especially when the theatre is in the heart of New York City! Student and performance groups often include a Broadway show on their itineraries. Imagine if […]

400th Anniversary of the Mayflower’s Arrival in Plymouth

The word “Thanksgiving” conjures up warm childhood memories of paper hand turkeys, feathered headbands, nifty Pilgrim songs, turkey and stuffing. All in all, an accurate representation of our forefathers’ first Thanksgiving, right? Hmmmm…. four hundred years of history tells us that perhaps this isn’t precisely true. If you want to help set the record straight, […]

KAndid Advice for Washington D.C.

There’s no better civics lesson than a trip to Washington D.C. There are standard favorites and must-dos… the Smithsonian Museums, monuments and memorials, a walk past 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. However, there’s so much more to experience in our nation’s capital than you may realize. The Kaleidoscope Adventures staff has years of experience touring our nation’s […]

KAndid Advice for New York City

New York City reigns supreme as one of our favorite student destinations. There’s so much to see and do, it’s hard to squeeze it all in. Our expert staff has some great group tips for getting the most out of New York City! Rockefeller Center Stephanie (tour consultant) absolutely loves Rockefeller Center for student groups. […]

KAndid Advice for Planning Student Trips to Orlando

Traveling to a new destination with students is exciting… and nerve-wracking! Wouldn’t it be great to have a cheat sheet? Imagine if that cheat sheet came from some of the best student tour professionals in the business. KAndid Advice is just that- expert tips from Kaleidoscope Adventures staff to help you navigate a new destination […]

Selling Trips to Parents and Students

You have a great idea for a trip. You just KNOW the kids are going to flock to sign up for this epic adventure which will seamlessly tie together your curriculum and probably put you in the running for teacher of the year. You confidently post the sign-up sheet and wait for the signatures to […]

A Handy Guide To Use When Packing for A Student Trip

In a world in which “glamping” is an accepted form of outdoor recreation, it’s no surprise that we tend to overpack. We want to be sure we have all the necessary creature comforts in the event of an apocalypse. However, when packing for a student trip, we need to be a bit more discerning. Chances […]

Great Travel Apps for Student Groups

We live in a world dominated by apps and easy access. We use apps to find our way around, order food, shop, entertain ourselves, organize schedules, etc. They make our lives easier and so much more convenient. Travel is no exception. There are lots of great travel apps for student groups that can help make […]

Have a Safe Trip!

Every time my husband travels (which is A LOT), I say these four little words as he heads out the door.  I would imagine most people say them.  After all, we want our loved ones to return home better for the experience of traveling, not worse.  When students travel, a safe trip is priority number […]

Historical Student Trip to Birmingham, AL

The civil rights movement was a volatile and influential time in our nation’s history.  We study it in our schools, watch movies portraying its leaders and feel its impact on today’s society.  How much more powerful would it be to experience it first hand?  Planning an historical student trip to Birmingham, Alabama is a compelling […]

Inspiring STEM Student Travel

STEM continues to dominate education, and student-friendly destinations are taking notice. Innovative partnerships and curricula are emerging in unexpected places. As you begin to plan your STEM student travel, consider one of these exceptional cities… Cleveland Cleveland has a long-standing reputation as a great student destination. It’s also making its mark in the STEM fields […]

To Infinity and … Space Camp!

Most of us have dreamed of being an astronaut at one point or another in our lives. I used to imagine what it would be like to float gracefully in outer space while looking down on the earth. Now my fantasy just involves being weightless. I digress.  Interest in space exploration continues to explode as […]

The Stage is Set for OrlandoFest

Hours of practice. Countless rehearsals. Early mornings and late nights. The performing arts demand dedication. Anyone who has ever been a part of marching band, orchestra, choir, or dance program knows the work is tough but the reward is great. Most will jump at the chance to highlight or hone these hard-earned skills through competition, […]

Choose A Reliable Tour Operator with Professional Memberships

Your expectations are high when traveling with students. You expect an outstanding safety record, personal attention and quality transportation and accommodations.  You demand expert trip consultants and great, student-friendly attractions. That’s why it’s so important to choose a reliable tour operator with a stellar reputation and track record of success. Look for a company that […]

Travel Beyond Expectations with Kaleidoscope Adventures

It’s not easy to travel with students. Parent questions will pop up the night before the trip. Suzie will get the stomach flu. Johnny’s reed will break 15 minutes before the performance and he won’t have a spare. He will, however, have a nifty new light-up necklace on which he spent all his souvenir money! […]

Rhythm and Moves Dance Intensive Has All the Right Moves

My living room has become a stage of sorts. Since my daughter started dance lessons, the room that used to be for guests is now a nightly performance venue and I am a captive audience. Sigh. Fortunately, I’ve found an amazing opportunity for her to showcase and fine tune her dance skills- without breaking a […]

Resolve to Travel As A Family This Year

New Year’s Eve is upon us (hard to believe, right?!) As I reflect on our family’s 2018, I find it’s not the “stuff” that makes it into our highlight reel, but rather the experiences we’ve had. A cross-country trip with our teen and tween, a jaunt down south for a family wedding, a weekender with […]

Holiday Travel Tips You Need To Know Before You Go

Long lines, airport delays, roadways crowded with impatient drivers … tis the season for holiday travel! We’re all anxious to get home for the holidays (or maybe someplace more exotic!) so we can re-connect, relax and rejuvenate. However, sometimes the stress of traveling makes us question if it’s all worthwhile. It is! Below are some […]

The Midwest Clinic

December is here and we all know what that means… bright lights, cheerful spirits, fresh pine and THE MIDWEST CLINIC!  Ok.  Most of us probably have a different association with the month of December.  However, those who work with band, orchestra or music programs know that attending this prestigious conference IS like Christmas morning for […]

“Bowl” Them Over with an Amazing Bowl Season Performance!

The excitement of bowl season is nearly palpable as late December closes in. Bowl pools are completed in every office, family gathering and on-line, while the big games are hyped on all channels. If you have ever attended one of these nationally revered events, you know that the stadium roars to a fevered pitch as […]

Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World

Those who know me know I have a special place in my heart for two things (husband and children excluded, of course!) – Christmas and Disney World! The anticipation and excitement that precedes each is something I’d like to capture in a bottle and sprinkle out all year long! It’s a singular sense of joy […]

7 Hidden Gems in Boston

Boston. I could write forever about Boston. My brother recently relocated to Beantown and I am positively gleeful! I’m pretty sure my new connection gives me “local” status and therefore lends credence to my rep as an insider. As such, I will share with you some hidden gems in Boston.  These points of interest aren’t […]

7 Hidden Gems in the Smoky Mountains

If you’re planning a trip to the Smokies, you already know exceptional attractions and outdoor adventures abound.  If you dig a little deeper, though, you’ll uncover some unexpected hidden gems in the Smoky Mountains! Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg Mark the changing years with a stop at the world’s only Salt and Pepper […]

7 Hidden Gems in Branson

Fortune seekers, rejoice! There are a TON of hidden gems in Branson, MO. We know that Branson is a hotbed of top-notch entertainment. It’s also home to some intriguing attractions you may not know exist. Let’s explore some hidden gems in Branson… Top of the Rock Top of the Rock is situated at the highest […]

7 Hidden Gems in Nashville

Travel is more than just the destination. It’s about the journey! It’s finding and appreciating those tucked-away places others may miss. My next few blogs are going to spotlight some lesser known attractions. I’ll share some of the best kept secrets in great destinations for students, families, homeschoolers and more. Let’s start the hunt for […]

Great Questions Parents Should Ask Before the Student Trip

Your middle-schooler (who you are SURE just started kindergarten yesterday) is going on the school trip. You are certain he’ll never be able to function without you. He’ll lose his money, get lost in the big city or not get enough rest and end up sick. What’s a parent to do?  Take a deep breath […]

Helpful Homeschool Travel Apps

Homeschool families and co-ops have a unique opportunity to travel as part of their curricula. Since the best learning happens in the real world, it’s time to get out there and experience it! However, the thought of endless hours in a mini-van can sometimes be a powerful deterrent. Below are some helpful homeschool travel apps […]

Homeschool Travel Tips, Tricks and Discounts

Travel has always been an important part of our family life. My husband’s job often requires him to be on the road. When the kids were little, we’d tag along. It was a great opportunity to introduce them to a world bigger than the one they lived in- even if that just meant a two-hour […]

Homeschool Co-Ops Can Be A Great Resource for Families

Homeschooling can be hard. Really hard. What once seemed like an exciting adventure may now leave you feeling isolated, drained or unsure of yourself. If you’ve ever felt this way, it may be time to consider a homeschool co-op. What is a Homeschool Co-Op? A co-op is short for “cooperative,” and brings homeschool families together […]

Crowdfunding for the Student Trip

The first weeks of school are upon us and the fundraiser forms have arrived. Ugh. I can almost see the neighbors locking their front doors and hiding behind the curtains. Really, there’s only so much cookie dough a person can eat! If you’re ready to put away the wrapping paper and try something different, crowdfunding […]

Kaleidoscope Adventures’ Stellar Student Scholarship Program

Kaleidoscope Adventures believes that travel is a key piece of a well-rounded education.  It’s a window to the world, promising new experiences, cultures and people. However, many students simply can’t afford to join the class or performance trip. Kaleidoscope Adventures, a leader in the student travel industry for 25 years, understands the challenges that interfere […]

Ready to Wing It? Deciding if Air Travel is Right for Your Group

As the wife of a former student tour operator, I spent many restless nights worrying. Baseball groups heading to spring training in South Carolina or bands making the long drive to Orlando were often the culprits. While it was cost effective, motor coach travel wasnt always the most convenient option for groups traveling long distances. […]

What ELSE Can You Do with Your Group In Orlando?

One of our favorite family vacations was a spur of the moment trip to Orlando. We packed our bags, found a cheap flight and headed south for some fun in the sun. You probably assume our visit included a castle or a mouse. Not this time! While we love the magic or adventure of the […]

Day at the Museum

The class trip is planned and this year it includes a museum visit. Oh boy. Theres very little thats more intimidating than taking students into the hallowed halls of a cultural institution. Moving in large peer groups with gangly limbs flailing about, most think of students as high-risk museum visitors. However, museums love student groups! […]

A Handy Guide to Use When Packing for A Student Trip

In a world in which glamping is an accepted form of outdoor recreation, its no surprise that we tend to over pack. We want to be sure we have all the necessary creature comforts in the event of an apocalypse. However, when packing for a student trip, we need to be a bit more discerning. […]

Get Organized for Back to School

Listen Can you hear it? Its the glorious sound of silence! The kids are back to school and the house is no longer vibrating with slamming doors, screeching children or perpetual bickering. Its a respite to the ears and a balm to the soul! Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and the […]

Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Your First Band Camp

My son is a gifted saxophonist. He shined brightly in his middle school band, as well as in many regional competitions and festivals. Having no musical abilities whatsoever, my husband and I basked in his accomplishments without truly understanding the effort he put forth to achieve them. We assumed that the hour or two he […]

Teach & Travel has Fresh Ideas for Student Travel

Youre back. The class trip is over. You can breathe a sigh of relief since all went well and everyone had a fabulous time. You dont have to think about fundraisers and permission slips again until the fall except that youve already started thinking about it! You always plan your student travel to the same […]

Road Trip- Our Family Quest for Summer Continued!

Our western adventures commenced anew after a restorative night at the Historic Cameron Trading Post and Motel. I was feeling a bit better because the black interior of the Truckster had been swept clean of the neon orange crackers that had been spilled and crushed. The kids were happy since their devices were fully charged […]

Road Trip- One Family’s Quest to Reclaim Summer

Like most, our familys summer isnt the relaxing oasis of calm we remember from childhood. I fondly recall days spent splashing in the community pool, walking to my grandmas house or spending hours cruising the streets of our small town on my beloved pink Huffy. It was a glorious time that made previous school year […]

There are Many Advantages to Traveling Off Season

For many (many) years, my husband traveled with students. Our kids learned at an early age that Dad would essentially be gone from March through June each year. Spring is considered high season in the student travel industry. If youve ever been to Washington D.C. in May, you know exactly what I mean! Popular student […]

Feed Those Hungry Student Travelers at Golden Corral

If you travel with students, you know the time and attention to detail required for a successful itinerary. Timing is critical in the well-oiled machine of student tours. There are places to be, deadlines to meet, schedules to keep and, oh yes- hungry kids to feed. In the grand travel scheme, hungry kids trump all […]

Chicago Shakes Up The Usual Student Trip Itinerary

Years ago, as a freshly minted professional working for a non-profit, I was asked to attend a conference in Chicago. My colleagues were jetting off to fabulous locations like Cancun, L.A. or Scottsdale for their conventions, so I was a bit disappointed that my destination was Chicago. In the middle of January. Ugh. Fast forward […]

WonderWorks Will Turn Your Group Plans Upside Down!

Planning a student trip. Planning a homeschool trip. Planning a scout trip. Planning a family or faith-based trip. If you can check any of these boxes, be sure to check this one: ? Include a visit to WonderWorks in your plans! WonderWorks is an experience (or experiment!) in fun like no other. As soon as […]

Believe It or Not – Ripleys Attractions Are Everywhere

Believe it or not (see what I did there?!) Ripleys attractions are everywhere. More than 100+ locations worldwide means that odds are good youll find a Ripleys to meet the needs of your student group trip. Ripleys Believe It or Not Attractions are an astonishing collection originating from the private coffers of Robert Ripley (1890-1949). […]

There are Great Benefits to Booking Your Student Trip Early

Traveling with students can present some unique challenges for the travel planner, particularly when planning on your own. It can be an overwhelming task fraught with missteps and missed opportunities. However, many of these can be addressed simply by doing your homework early in the game. If you plan wisely, you’ll find there are some […]

Philadelphia Is A Top Trending Student Destination

The 2018 Super Bowl was an epic battle between two cities claiming the title of Cradle of Liberty. Since my beloved Steelers werent in the running, I was thrilled that the Philadelphia Eagles brought home the championship. As a history geek, I was even more thrilled to listen to the revolutionary commentary flying back and […]

Atlanta is one of the Top Student Destinations

Its time to plan the all-important class trip. Youve already conquered the capital and taken a bite out of the Big Apple; now youre looking for something fresh, fun and fabulous. Recently named one of the top student destinations in the U.S. by the Student Youth Travel Association, Atlanta is an exceptional city for students. […]

STAR For A Day!

Friday night football games- check. Regional marching band festivals- check. Local parade routes check. Whats left for the marching band? An incredible STARS Performance at Universal Orlando Resort of course! When youre looking for an amazing way to highlight phenomenal, dedicated and talented performers, the STARS Performance Program hits every high note. Take to […]

Groups Will Race to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

I grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. Home mail delivery did not exist and one of my responsibilities was to walk (or ride my yellow, banana-seated Schwinn) to the post office daily. I dreamed of having one of those nifty, electric mini cars and cruising in style to pick up the weekday […]

A Universally Amazing Experience at OrlandoFest

Hours of practice. Countless rehearsals. Early mornings and late nights. Participation in the performing arts demands dedication. It requires commitment to learning fundamental and technical skills, while inspiring a love of music, dance and showmanship. Anyone who has ever been a part of marching band, orchestra, choir, dance or other artistic programs knows the work […]

Oh, What A Knight!

The term medieval conjures up some pretty powerful images. Princesses, castles, plague (lets skip that one) and, of course, blade-wielding, powerful and chivalrous knights. Its enough to make a frequent reader of historical romances like myself swoon! Imagine the pageantry, the clashing of swords, damsels in distress and wondrous feats of horsemanship. Wouldnt it be […]

Let Your Inner Star Shine in Nashville

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee. My husband was attending a conference that highlighted Nashville as a great student destination and we stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Not only did we stay at the Gaylord, we stayed in the presidential suite at the Gaylord. Wow. It was bigger than […]

Snow What Youre Doing- Winter Travel Tips

Winter this year has been like an old friend that doesnt recognize that hes worn out his welcome. It starts out as an unexpected visit, making you feel cozy and nostalgic. As time drags on, you realize you arent necessarily that close. In fact, you dont really like him at all. Now you want him […]

An Incredibly Surprising Pizza Place

When my children were small, they loved to spend time at the local pizza entertainment center. It was an overpriced, cramped play space with unappetizing food and the promise of a weeklong illness due to unsanitary equipment. I truly dreaded the arrival of those party invitations and breathed a silent sigh of relief when they […]

Hard Rock Caf Rocks Your Student Group

Teenagers love two things music and eating. I happen to have a teenager (of the male variety) and I can verify that music and eating top his daily to do list. I went from weekly grocery shopping to what feels like hourly grocery shopping in the span of two short years! Conversely, I have no […]

Group Travel Video- Make a Memory That Lasts!

My brother and his wife recently visited Spain, a spectacular country rich in history and culture. Upon their return, we were treated to an hour-long PowerPoint presentation highlighting the trip. One hour. One very long hour. Una larga hora. It was lovely, but as I found myself fighting to keep my eyelids open, I thought […]

Student Travel Motor Coaching

When my children were in elementary school, they had a bus driver named Mr. Ernie. While most drivers recognize that young children have some anxiety around these first school experiences- particularly riding the bus- Mr. Ernie was not so enlightened. He greeted each bright-eyed, smiling child with a curmudgeonly scowl and a loud sit daahhn […]

Kaleidoscope of Dance in Branson

This past weekend I took my daughter to the local dancers closet for our annual gouging I mean shopping trip in preparation for dance season. While she enjoys dancing and looks forward to getting back to class, I find myself appreciating her interest on a recreational level. In other words, I can still afford to […]

An Adventure in American History- Coastal Virginia

Bright sunshine, warm sand and the relaxing sounds of the ocean thats my idea of a perfect vacation. Roadside markers, historical sites and guided tours thats my husbands idea of a perfect vacation! Fortunately, our visit to Coastal Virginia met the mark for both of us (the kids had a fabulous time, too!). If you […]

A Symphony of Resources for Music Educators

Doesnt it always seem that the very best moments in life are accompanied by music? Making that life-altering trip down the aisle to Jeremiah Clarkes Trumpet Voluntary, listening to the crowd roar to life as the marching band plays the Friday night football game or holding your sweet baby in your arms as you hum […]

What A Way To Bowl Them Over!

I remember it vividly. On Christmas Day 2003, I gave my husband his favorite present ever. I had an active toddler at the time, so I was perpetually exhausted and evidently not thinking clearly when I bestowed this wondrous gift upon him. I gave him four tickets to the Continental Tire Bowl to watch his […]

The World is Crazy- Should My Child Travel?

Last year, I sat in on a rather tense PTA meeting at my daughters school. The subject causing controversy? Eliminating class field trips. The district wasnt considering cancelling to save money, but rather because parents were concerned that they may not be safe. I became increasingly agitated as I listened to the conversations detailing the […]

Planning Student Travel in a Time Crunch

The decorations are packed away and the holiday bills are arriving by bulk mail. Happy New Year! If you are an educator, you know exactly what the new year brings a crush of responsibilities and deadlines! The school year is now moving in fast forward, and covering curriculum, completing extra-curricular activities and wading through the […]

5 MORE Awesome Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

If the first five attractions dont keep me busy enough when I finally get to the Smokies, these next five certainly will! Here are five more awesome things to do with your group or on your own when visiting the Smoky Mountains Family Fun On the must-do list is Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies. Voted […]

5 Awesome Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

Full disclosure much to my regret and dismay, I have never visited the Smoky Mountains. My husband has been there (many times), my family has been there and my travel industry colleagues have been there. My kids friends have been there and several high school traveling groups I know have been there. I guess the […]

Washington D.C.- A Civics Lesson in Action

Teachers, homeschool co-ops, scout groups, history buffs lend me your ears! If you are trying to inspire, educate or simply love this wonderful nation, consider planning a trip to its capital. Theres no better civics lesson than a trip to Washington D.C. Of course, there are the attractions with which most people are familiar; a […]

Make Way for Students

The first time I visited Boston, I was fresh out of college and working for a non-profit. I directed a program in conjunction with public school librarians and had the opportunity to travel with them throughout the country. I distinctly remember leading the way through the Boston Public Gardens as a nave, bright-eyed 22-year old, […]

Kaleidoscope of Voices

I have always admired those who can sing. Heck, Ive always admired those who can carry a tune! I count myself among the many who aspire to sing and always proudly join my church cantata each Christmas season. Thankfully, there are enough choir members to muffle my off-key efforts to make a joyful noise! If […]

Have A Blast in Branson!

Last summer, our family was planning a series of quick jaunts. We wanted to jump in the car and spend a few days somewhere wed never been! As we tossed around ideas, my husband suggested Branson, Missouri. I snickered a little, remembering the Branson trips Great Uncle Frank and Aunt Ruth had taken to hear […]

Oh Theres No Place Like NYC for the Holidays

I ran to my local grocery store on Tuesday for some last-minute Halloween candy. My monster munchies bowl had been filled since last week, but lets face it, a week is a long time and my munchies were seriously depleted! I figured I would scoot in the door, grab a few bags, and be on […]

Group Travel Planning- Finding Stuff to Do!

As I have previously stated, my family has a deep and abounding love for venturing into the unknown! Our 10 year old daughter begins with the globe (even though most our travel is in the continental U.S. sigh) and works her way through maps, atlases and the weather channel to plan her wardrobe. Our son […]

Group Travel Planning- Set Your Travel Timeline

I have the good fortune to be married to a man who LOVES to travel. He has given me two children who LOVE to travel. It seems we are in a perpetual state of planning travel! We learned long ago that the key to a successful trip is planning on a timeline. The same applies […]

Group Travel Planning- Choose Your Destination

Youre on a roll now! You have a solid purpose for traveling with your group and know exactly when you want to go; now you need to pinpoint WHERE you want to go! Its easy to fall into the routine of going where you know when traveling. Its comfortable, familiar and, well, routine. The point […]

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center Branson, MO   Hue and Cry Traveling is about enjoying new experiences; trying new food, seeing different sights, and immersing our family in local cultures and adventures. Choosing a hotel, however, can cause indecisiveness between the regular franchises or being brave and picking privately owned hotels.   Stone Castle […]

Theres Nuttin like a Dutton!

Theres Nuttin like a Dutton! Branson, MO   Located in the Ozark Mountain city of Branson, MO, you will find the Dutton Theatre Complex along the famous 76 Strip. Branson has a population of over 11k people and hosts a whopping 56k theatre seats which equals five seats for every local citizen. There are over […]

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade     The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade is the oldest in the country and held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This remarkable parade began in 1920 and was produced by Gimbel Brothers Department Store to signify the arrival of Santa Clause. The parade is currently produced by 6abc and sponsored by Dunkin Donuts. Can […]

Traveling Abroad

The possibilities for your next adventures are endless! Your talent and knowledge have no boundaries, so why should your travel plans? Your trusted partner in domestic trips, Kaleidoscope Adventures, is now taking your group abroad! Imagine performing in Irelands St. Patricks Day parade, taking Flamenco classes in Spain or learning history in France! Try authentic […]

Disney Grad Nite H2O

Disney Grad Nite H2O by Angie Harris     One of the hardest things about high school graduation is leaving the security of home and school and going in a different direction than your friends.Disney World has created a spectacular island party, Disney Grad Nite H2O, which will send you and your classmates off with […]

Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson By Angie Roberts Harris My family recently stayed at the Park Inn on Maingate Lane in Orlando, Florida and had an awesome visit! If you are considering Orlando as a vacation destination and looking for a great place to stay, Park Inn offers outstanding amenities. Location Location is absolutely the greatest […]

Festivals of Music

Festivals of Music By Angie Roberts Harris Music is an essential part of education and finding the right competition arenas for your high school band, orchestra, or choir can be challenging. Festivals of Music are held in wonderful destinations across the country and provide exciting and professional festival experiences with some of the nations top […]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    By Angie Roberts Harris In 1998, Scholastic Corporation released the first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, in the U.S. The popular books are currently the #1 best-selling series of all time with distributions equaling over 500 million. Alohomora! The The Wizarding World of Harry Potteris found […]

Graduation Parties at Universal Orlando Resort

  By Angie Roberts Harris Universal Studios Florida and Universals Islands of Adventure go into lock down mode as they host two fabulous graduation parties:Gradventure for middle school students and Grad Bash for high school seniors. Both parks are open for the events and students move safely between parks with a reserved cross over path. […]

Disney’s Candlelight Processional

  By Angie Roberts Harris The Fairy Godmother waves her magic wand and the spirit of Christmas explodes in a twinkling winter wonderland setting!Since 1958, the Disney Candlelight Processional has been telling the inspirational story of Christmas. Celebrity guest narrators share the greatest story ever told while surrounded by an array of student choirs and […]

Fall for Marching Bands

By Angie Roberts Harris Marching Band Season Beautiful colors, crisp air, and shorter days represent the fall season for many people. For band kids and their families, it also means countless practice hours, football Fridays, and competition Saturdays! Directors have worked tirelessly with their students to create new sounds and looks for a thrilling band […]

Macy’s Holiday Parade Universal

By Angie Roberts Harris Over ninety years ago, the Macys chain of department stores accidentally began the holiday spectacular of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Today, approximately 3.5 million people line the streets of Manhattan, New York every year on Thanksgiving Day to watch and cheer over 10k parade participants and magnificent floats! In 2001, […]

OrlandoFest Partners with Universal Orlando

By Angie Roberts Harris Learn, compete, and play! Students have worked hard throughout the year learning from their skilled music teachers and preparing for competition season! Finding the perfect and educational event is definitely a winner. Throw in a world-class theme park to reward the kids and you have an exceptional winner winner chicken dinner […]