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Last stop for MetroCard in NYC
Last Stop for MetroCards in NYC

On a recent trip to NYC, my family crowded around an ancient MetroCard dispenser in the 42nd Street station.  It was (of course) uncooperative, and we became increasingly frustrated until an MTA officer signaled to us.  He gestured to simply tap our credit card on the turnstile and wa-la – we were through!  Yes, it’s […]

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performance trip ideas for student choirs
6 Sensational Performance Trip Ideas for Student Choirs

When you’re ready to plan a performance trip but you’re not sure where to go, we’ve got you covered.  Here are 6 sensational performance trip ideas for student choirs guaranteed to hit the high notes! New York City and MCP Your choir can perform on stage in famous venues with exceptional guest faculty when you […]

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plan a 2025 Disney performance trip
What You Need to Know to Plan a 2024 Disney Performance Trip

As the 50th Celebration at Walt Disney World® wraps up, groups hoping to perform in 2024 are ramping up.  Here’s what you need to know to plan a 2024 Disney performance trip. Peak Dates The Walt Disney World®’s peak season is February 15th through April 21st and November 8th through December 31st.  Parks will be […]

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international high school trip
Adventure Awaits: A Guide To Finding The Perfect International High School Trip

There are so many options for international travel these days, it can be confusing to decide which is the perfect international high school trip for your student.  Is an educational tour best or a volunteer trip? How long should the trip be? What’s the ideal age range? But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In […]

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bus vs. plane
Bus vs. Plane: Which is Better for Your Student Group?

You’re planning a student trip to an amazing but far-flung destination.  So how do you get there?  It’s bus vs. plane.  Which is better for your student group? Let’s break it down to highlight the benefits of each. Driving with a Student Group First, chances are that you won’t be riding school buses on your […]

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5 best tech tips for traveling teens
5 Best Tech Tips for Traveling Teens

Let’s face it.  Teens and tech are pretty much synonymous.  So when it’s time to travel, let’s (safely) embrace the tech to make our adventures even more epic!  Here are our 5 best tech tips for traveling teens. 1. Download Apps We live in a world dominated by apps and easy access. We use apps […]

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Midwest Clinic
Midwest Clinic

December is here and we all know what that means… bright lights, cheerful spirits, fresh pine, and THE MIDWEST CLINIC! Most of us probably think a little differently about the month of December.  However, those who work with bands, orchestras, or music programs know that attending this prestigious conference IS like Christmas morning for musicians. […]

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A tour director is a game changer on your student trip
Why a Tour Director for Your Student Trip

A Tour Director is a Game Changer on Your Student Trip Travel is a life-changing experience for students.  Stepping out into the world without a parent is liberating.  It’s exciting to connect with new people, explore new places, perform and learn in thrilling new venues. As the person responsible for these newly unfettered travelers, it’s […]

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top 5 holiday parades for marching bands
Unwrapping the Top 5 Holiday Parades for Marching Bands

Top 5 Holiday Parades for Marching Bands I’m one of those people who gets excited when the stores put up Christmas lights beside pumpkins. I can’t wait for the holiday music to start playing on a loop and I buy wrapping paper in bulk. We get a few short weeks when it seems as if […]

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KA's dedicated 3-person team
KA’s Dedicated 3-Person Team is a Trifecta of Support

Planning a class trip or performance trip is hard work.  But Kaleidoscope Adventures has the formula to make it a lot easier -KA’s dedicated 3-person team! KA’s dedicated 3-person team is a trifecta of support that makes planning a trip simpler and more efficient than you ever thought possible! How It Works Step 1 – […]

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John Meehan
John Meehan Joins the KA Team

Band directors… we have exciting news!  Kaleidoscope Adventures is thrilled to announce the addition of John Meehan to its consulting team.  Meehan joins with a robust performing arts background, underscoring KA’s focus on delivering outstanding performance travel for students. About John Meehan Drum & Bugle Corps John Meehan has had an extensive history with the […]

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10 travel tips for band directors
10 Travel Tips for Band Directors: Insider Secrets for a Successful Trip

There’s a lot to think about when you plan a performance trip.  You must determine your destination, find the perfect performance venue, and plan amazing activities – the logistics are endless!  But after 30+ years in the business, we’ve learned a thing or two.  Here are 10 travel tips for band directors to keep in […]

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