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…

Don’t Forget to Include the Class Trip in Your Back to School Plans

In teacher speak, the 4th of July signals the end of summer. Any teacher will tell you that once the fireworks are over, the mind jumps back into planning and prep mode for the next school year. The short summer break has refreshed and energized,…

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…

Take Your Student Group to Charleston for an Historically Epic Trip

My husband and I love traveling to interesting historical destinations. If there’s a plaque on the side of the road, my husband will ALWAYS pull over to read it. Once the kiddos came along, we found that they don’t necessarily share our…

Take Your Students to Virginia International Tattoo and Virginia Beach

Does the sound of a drum corps put a spring in your step? Do you shiver with delight when you hear the strains of a bagpipe? Will Celtic dancing get your toes tapping? If you answer “yes” to any of these (admittedly loaded) questions, the…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?…

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…
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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,…
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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,…

“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…

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…

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,…
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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…

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…
School Trips, Class Trips, Student Performance Trips and Group Travel to Nashville, TN

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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…
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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…

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…

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…

Don't Forget to Include the Class Trip in Your Back-to-School Plans

In teacher speak, the 4th of July signals the end of summer. Any teacher will tell you that once the fireworks are over, the mind jumps back into planning and prep mode for the next school year. The short summer break has refreshed and energized,…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

Steeped in History and Mystery, Gettysburg is a Great Student Destination

Growing up in PA, I spent many wonderful summers exploring Gettysburg. It didnt occur to me that a national treasure was practically in my backyard. I took for granted that a day trip tromping through battlefields was practically a rite of…

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…

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…

Grad Bash 2019 at Universal Studios? and Islands of Adventure?

As May draws to a close, any self-respecting teacher is counting the days, hours and minutes left in the school year. As a former teacher myself, I know this to be an undisputed truth. The last days of the year seem to move at both Mach speed…

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,…

Plan Your Student STEM Trip to Birmingham for Great STEM Attractions

If you are planning a student group trip, chances are good that your district will require a STEM component. You may even be planning an exclusively STEM trip. If youre not competing in a robotics competition, where do you begin searching for…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…
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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…

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…
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Group Travel Planning- Safety When Traveling with Students

When my oldest child left for his first week of sleep-away camp, I worried. I worried that he wouldnt eat well, that he would get a sunburn or be sick, or that he wouldnt change his underwear (turns out that I had good reason to worry about…

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,…

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…

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.…

Group Travel Planning- Tips and Tricks to Make It Easy!

When I was 13, our church youth group decided to take a trip to Cape May, NJ. We thought it would be a great bonding experience and great fun, since most of us hadnt yet traveled beyond the borders of our small town. This was, of course, long…

Planning Student Performance Trips: Its the Little Things That Make a Big Difference!

Theres a saying that goes, Its the little things that make a BIG difference. Although its a clich, it is often very true, especially when planning student performance trips. The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures goes the extra mile when…
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Student Group Travel to Boston: Performance Trips that are Educational!

If you are looking for a great performance destination with a historical twist, then Boston is an ideal choice for your student group trip. Bands, choruses, orchestras and dance ensembles have fantastic performance options from which to choose,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

The early bird and the worm: Why you should book early.

"Why should I book early?" - Teachers and parents often ask us about the importance of booking transportation - and quite honestly, the whole trip - early. The most important reason why is to keep your group together. Here is a short list of…

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,…

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…

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…

Looking for a Fun New Destination? We Suggest Branson, MO or Memphis, TN!

Branson, Missouri. Memphis, Tennessee. They may not be the first places you think of when browsing locations for a student trip, but both are rich with music and performance culture and fun, uniqueeducationalopportunities. Branson boasts…
School Trips, Class Trips, Student Performance Trips and Group Travel to Chicago, IL

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…
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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…

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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…

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…

Dance Group Travel to Southern California: Dancing with the Stars!

There was a time when dancers dreamed of moving to New York City to perform on Broadway, with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the New York City Ballet, or as a world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockette. After Busby Berkely introduced us to…

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…

High School Athlete to Travel Professional: Student Sports Travel

As the 2013 World Series began last night, my house was an extremely proud cheering section of one (maybe due to the fact I was too loud to hear anyone else in my house). With Adam Wainwright taking the mound for St. Louis, I gleamed with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Student Group Travel to New York City: Thank Heaven for Little Girls!

It is a great year to be a little girl if you are experiencing Broadway for the first time. This season offers shows that have never been more perfect for young theatre-goers. Shows including Annie, Rogers & Hammersteins Cinderella…

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…

Philadelphia is an Indoor and Outdoor Museum of History for Student Class Trips

Philadelphia is the perfect destination for student classes desiring to learn about Colonial history and the Revolutionary period. Being both an indoor and outdoor museum of history, this city will bring your classroom to life. Made famous…

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,…

Student Class Trips to New York City: Coming soon to a BROADWAY Theatre near you!

The summer is winding down which means many Broadway houses will lower their curtains and dim their lights to make room for a whole new season of shows. Recently, we have seen several shows such as How to Succeed in Business without Really…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Student Group Travel Tours to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC

The pomp and ceremony of the Presidential Inauguration is one that celebrates the strength of our democracy and this years inauguration will be no different. Now that the Republican field has been narrowed down to one candidate, the race…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Student Class Travel to Washington DC: Becoming a Beltway Insider is Easier than you think!

Politicians, in power suits, conferencing in meetings or over a power lunchthis is our nations capital. Power drives politics, and politics is what Washington DC is all about. Student groups traveling to DC on a class trip may ask how…

Student Group Travel to New York City: The Opportunities Are Incredible

Extra, Extra! The Tony Nominations were recently announced to celebrate the year in Broadway. In case you missed them, Disneys newest musical Newsies is the King of New York! With eight nominations, Newsies is celebrating in a big way…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Student Group Travel to New York City

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Student Group Travel to Chicago

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Planning Student Performance Trips: Its the Little Things That Make a Big Difference!

Theres a saying that goes, Its the little things that make a BIG difference. Although its a clich, it is often very true, especially when planning student performance trips. The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures goes the extra mile when…

Travel to the Best Student Group Dance Festivals in Orlando, Florida

Planning your next dance trip to Orlando? Ready to be a part of one of the best dance festivals in the U.S.? Then look no further than Kaleidoscope Adventures. We specialize in choosing the right dance competition that will showcase your groups…

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,…

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…

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…

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…