Alley Pond Environmental Center

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228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Queens, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

Summer Camp Group Trips

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VISIT THE ALLEY POND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR A LIVING – LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN NEW YORK CITY.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many nature oriented programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting.

The building is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and varying hours on the weekend, except for major holidays. Call ahead if coming in on a weekend. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round.

Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free, but we do have a suggested donation of $5 per person. You can contribute right at the front desk if you wish to do so!

Scout Groups – Download the Brochure Here

 

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Standards

APEC provides class visits for thousands of school children each year. All workshops provide educational concepts about various aspects of Alley Pond Park’s living environment. Programs have been adapted to New York State Core Curriculum Standards and Expectations.

Day of Trip Guidelines

• Leave children on bus and have one teacher register your group at the Front Desk. We appreciate money that folds and not that jingles!

• For classes booked in the Forest Room, the Sun Room or the Log Cabin please note that your instructor will pack your class craft to go.

• If your bus is running late please call APEC at 718-229-4000 and we will try to accommodate you. However we must try to stay within the scheduled time constraints of your trip.

• Please dress appropriately for a nature walk – i.e. closed shoes, rain gear, etc.

• In warmer weather please have children apply insect repellent outside. APEC does not provide or sell bug spray

• APEC does not supply hand sanitizer or paper towels

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New York City Building, Queens, NY 3.97 mi

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.

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Summer Camp & Scout Trips

We provide pre-K-12 students with fun learning experiences that integrate in-depth observation and interpretation of art and historical exhibits, and hands-on art-making activities. All of our educational programs emphasize Common Core standards, particularly in English Language Arts and New York City’s Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Tours and workshops

We offer tours and workshops about our permanent exhibitions: The Panorama of the City of New York, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany GlassRelief Map of the New York City Water Supply System and the World’s Fair. We also offer tours and workshops inspired by our changing exhibitions of international and local artists. Click here for more information on School Tours.

Summer Camp & Scout Group Tours of Museum Exhibitions

Our rotating exhibitions reflect many of the cultures found throughout our diverse borough. Viewing and discussing art from around the world creates the opportunity for students to develop a global perspective as they examine art and create work inspired by their personal vision of the world.

TRIP GUIDELINES

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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States 8.94 mi

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal well being. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York.

The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.

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Bronx Zoo Group Sales

Visit the world’s largest urban zoo and get up close to more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet exotic animals, birds, reptiles and insects from Asia, Africa, the Americas and more without ever leaving the Bronx.

Group Minimum: 10

Click here for more info on Winter Rates

Ticket Options

Total Experience Ticket*: Includes admission and unlimited access to special rides and attractions available during your date of visit. These may include:

  • Bug Carousel
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Children’s Zoo
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • Zoo Shuttle
  • 4-D Theater
  • JungleWorld

*Some rides and attractions are open seasonally. Availability is also subject to weather, capacity, mechanical, and/or animal-related issues.

General Admission Ticket: Includes admission into the zoo only.

Advanced Reservation Group Sales*

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GENERAL ADMISSION
ADULT $24.00 $15.00
SENIOR (65+) $22.00 $13.00
CHILD (3-12) $20.00 $11.00
STUDENTS/CAMPERS** $19.00 $10.00
CHAPERONES $19.00 $10.00

*These rates apply to advanced and prepaid group bookings only. On site rates will vary.
**Applies to grades K-12.

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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY, United States 11.02 mi

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum located in the heart of New York City. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The MET currently represents in their permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of AfricanAsianOceanicByzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met’s galleries.

The Met currently has a global scope of its collections and extends across the world through a variety of initiatives and programs,  including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

The Museum offers a variety of programs designed for K–12 educators that explore objects in the Museum’s collections, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, and methods for teaching with objects. Students and teachers may explore the collection with a Museum staff member, who leads discussions and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking in response to original works of art. Tours are appropriate for the group’s grade, level of ability, and subject of interest. Guided tours are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour.

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Camp and Community Youth Groups

The Museum is currently accepting appointment requests for guided and self-guided visits to occur through June 26, 2014. Requests for summer 2014 will begin the second week of April.

The Met welcomes all camp and community youth groups and invites you to request either a guided visit led by trained Museum staff or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your own group through the Museum. Please note that appointments are required for all camp and community youth groups visiting the Museum. To request an appointment, please fill out the Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form.

If you have any questions, you may email schoolvisits@metmuseum.org. Tourism professionals working with camp and community youth groups visiting New York City must contact the Group Services office at 212-570-3711 or mettours@metmuseum.org to request appointments. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.


Guided Visits

Hour-long guided visits led by Museum staff offer extraordinary opportunities for children to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. Our educators engage students in learner-centered, inquiry-based conversations that foster curriculum connections and encourage important learning skills such as evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking. Guided visits also inspire children to build strong content knowledge across disciplines, and support their confidence, curiosity, and creativity. To request an appointment, please fill out the Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form.

Group Size
A group may have no fewer than ten children and no more than fifty children, with one chaperone required for every ten children. Larger groups will be divided into smaller ones in order to offer more individual attention to children in the galleries. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in camp and community youth group guided visits.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for guided visits:

  • Children: $4 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $4 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits for camp and community youth groups are conducted Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. when school is in session, and from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. during school breaks. School breaks include Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 17–21 (Midwinter Recess), April 14–22 (Spring Recess), May 26 (Memorial Day), and June 5 (Chancellor’s Conference Day).

Guided Visit Topics
These thematic topics introduce students to a range of art from different cultures. All materials are provided by the Museum.

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met’s collection.
  • Amazing Animals
    Take a walk on the wild side! Explore animal imagery in art at the Met.
  • Stories and Legends
    It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; discover the power of storytelling in art across cultures.
  • Symbols and Secrets
    Work together to unravel hidden messages and find unexpected surprises in great works of art from around the globe.

Request a visit appointment.


Self-Guided Visits

A self-guided visit offers camp and community youth group leaders the opportunity to lead their own groups on independent explorations of the Museum’s encyclopedic collection. We encourage group leaders to familiarize themselves with the Met before bringing groups to the Museum (see our Frequently Asked Questions page). Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments.

Group Size
A self-guided group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for self-guided visits:

  • Children: $3 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $3 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Self-guided appointments are available Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Collection Areas
Use the links below to selected pre-visit guides that will help you prepare for your self-guided visit with your group.

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226 East 42nd Street, NY, United States 11.54 mi

The MOTNY, located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace, in schools and in the community.

The Museum of Tolerance New York (MOTNY) is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. We provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and the history of the Holocaust, through unique interactive educational exhibits. Main themes include the power of words and images, bullying, personal responsibility, and social action.

Additionally, the MOTNY is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance® Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the MOTNY provides participants with intense educational and experiential training programs and welcomes school field trips and group tours. Over 10,000 adults and young people have been trained in the Museum’s customized, professional development programs.

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The Museum of Tolerance Youth Group Trips

The Museum of Tolerance, New York (MOTNY) has various programs to engage middle and high school students in an important dialogue about issues facing society today – challenging students’ preconceptions and prejudices and inspiring them to impact their world.

The MOTNY is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia training and educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. Through unique interactive exhibits, we provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and bullying prevention.

SCHEDULE A GROUP TOUR

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Current Exhibits Available at the MOTNY

Power of Words

The Power of Words exhibit features a film that demonstrates how modern-day figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt used their words to instill hope while others like Hitler, Stalin and Osama Bin Laden and other extremists used the same power to spread lies and incite hatred.

Hall of Memory

The Hall of Memory includes a Holocaust documentary produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a thought provoking film, In Our Time, which presents examples of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Darfur and Cambodia, and reflects upon the lessons of history for today.

GlobalHate.com

Based on ongoing Simon Wiesenthal Center research and investigation of hate on the internet, Globalhate.com is equipped with touch screen computer terminals that unmask the dangerous proliferation of hate on the internet and introduce questions for critical thinking in a media saturated society.

Millenium Machine

The Millennium Machine offers a media presentation that focuses on pressing human rights issues such as the plight of refugees and political prisoners, the exploitation of women and children, and the threats of domestic and international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Participants in this immersive theatre experience will test their knowledge of the subject matter via automated response technology and are challenged to discuss solutions to these complex, global problems.

Point of View Diner

The Point of View Diner is a modern cyber-café that screens a variety of scenarios portraying situations of escalating conflict in a contemporary American context. Through the use of cutting edge technology, group members have the opportunity to individually ‘interview’ the main characters in each video scenario and then register their personal opinions on the issues raised. The results of the anonymous vote are instantly tabulated, providing a springboard for dialogue on violence prevention, conflict resolution and personal responsibility. Video scenarios included the Freedom of Speech, Teen Bullying, and Domestic Violence.

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Tools for Tolerance® for Teens

Trained facilitators utilize the unique MOTNY environment and customized classroom work to challenge students to assume greater personal responsibility in recognizing and challenging forms of discrimination.

In addition, main areas of focus are bullying prevention and leadership skills.  This five-hour program encourages young people to think critically about the words and images in their own lives and how to use them to create positive change.

The cost for a Tools for Tolerance® for Teens Program is $100 per participant (minimum 15 visitors) and includes lunch and materials.

Contact information:

Dr. Natasha Poor

Manager of Education and Public Outreach

Museum of Tolerance New York

Phone: 212.697.1180 x104

Fax: 212.697.1314

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York City, NY, United States 11.61 mi

 

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.

Teachers and students can take advantage of the exciting programs and offerings throughout the year. Plan your visit to the Museum. Parents can explore resources at home and in the community.

Groups Visiting Outside New York City Please click the image below for rates and information

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Prepare for and Book Your Visit – Camp or Scout Group

Please note that these pages are for planning NYC and tri-state area school and camp group visits. If you are a school or camp group from outside New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, please visit the Group Sales page.

There’s a reason we’re a top field trip destination in New York City: amazing new exhibits, over 32 million objects in our permanent collections, and exceptional programs, resources and classes for students and teachers!

Follow these simple steps to plan an unforgettable museum learning experience for your students or camp group.

  1. Get Started!

    With five exhibit floors to explore, less is more! Select a Hall of Focus, sign up for a student program, or get tickets to a Special Exhibition, IMAX Film or Space Show. All of our programs are designed to support the NYC K-8 Scope and Sequence for Science and Social Studies.

    Permanent Exhibitions Special Exhibitions And Shows
    Programs for School Groups For Educators: Guides and Resources
  2. Prepare For Your Day

    Get ready for your visit with these important Museum policies and procedures.

    Price and Payment Lunchrooms
    Museum Conduct Download Museum Map
    Arrival and Departure
  3. Book Your Field Trip

    Book your field trip at least 5 weeks in advance. If you have changes (new field trip date, reduction/increase of reservation numbers, or cancellations), please call Central Reservations 14 days before your visit to receive a refund.

    Before you call Central Reservations to book your field trip, please use the Reservation worksheet to map out your day at the Museum. Keep it handy to expedite your call!

COMPLETE YOUR RESERVATION WORKSHEET 

IMPORTANT DETAILS
Occasionally some halls in the Museum may be closed. To ensure that the specific hall you are coming to see is open, please call the Museum 5 days before your visit at (212) 769-5100 and listen for the weekly hall closings.

Open your confirmation packet immediately! The Museum will only send out one confirmation packet per group and it will be addressed to the one who made the reservation. The packet will confirm your Museum itinerary.

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15 West 28th Street, New York, NY, United States 12.35 mi

Since 1984, TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment. Every year, TADA! produces three original musical theater productions with a discounted ticket program; free pre-professional training and youth development opportunities through the Resident Youth Ensemble composed of over 65 NYC kids ages 8-18; renowned Arts Education in-school residencies and after-school programs that are subsidized by our funders; and theater classes for kids of all ages taught by professional teaching artists and for which need-based scholarships are readily available.

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TADA Theater for Youth Groups

TADA! Youth Theater serves as a rewarding, educational and cultural experience for children. The magic of live entertainment develops critical and creative thinking skills and challenges kids to be curious about the world around them. Bring your sports team, girl-scout troop, homeroom class, dance company or group of family and friends. And, an extensive study guide with teacher and student activities included with the price of admission. Ideal for kids ages 3-12.

GROUP RATES FOR Summer Camp & Scout Groups 

For groups of 20+

$6 Children,  $10 Adults

Space is limited

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Plan a Field Trip to TADA! 

TADA!’s 2014 season will begin in January. Please email us if you would like to stay updated on our seasons!

*All seating is reserved. Ticket reservations are not final until receipt of full payment. Group rates apply to non-profit or school groups of 20 or more people. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Running time is about one hour. Please inform us of specific wheelchair seating needs when ordering tickets.

Script Rental

Rent TADA! Youth Theater’s Musicals & Plays

TADA! has been producing one-act musicals and plays since 1984. Each of our original musicals was commissioned for its premiere performance at TADA!, and plays are the winning selections from our annual contest. Our scripts offer flexible casting, age-appropriate themes, piano accompaniment on CD, and are enjoyed by kids and adults across the country. We hope you will bring one of our original works into your community and share the fun!

Why Choose a TADA! Show?

  • Relevance: Material for performers of all ages.
  • Options at all costs: Shows can be performed on a budget of any size.
  • Originality: Productions written by professionals with content and music specifically for youth performers.
  • Assistance: TADA! can help you through the process. On some shows we are even able to transpose songs to provide your students with the most comfortable vocal range.
  • Variety: Choose from a range of topics from summer camp and magical tales to friendship, high school and family.
  • Experience: This is what we do best! Each one of TADA!s musicals has been performed by our Resident Youth Ensemble, NYC kids ages 8-18, at our theater in New York!

Learn more:

For more information, contact: scriptrental@tadatheater.com or 212.252.619 x117.

 

Theater & Rehearsal Room Rentals

Looking for space for your next production, rehearsal, class or meeting? TADA! Theater has the perfect solution for you. Our 99 seat theater is available not only for theater and dance performances, workshops or readings, but also for recitals, meetings, presentations, film shoots and much more. The stage is 24? x 30? with a lighting grid at 11? and the rental includes lighting and sound equipment and piano. Walk in and be audience-ready in just a couple of hours.

Not ready for an audience just yet? Then use our studio for your class, rehearsal or meetings. The studio is 25? x 30? and includes mirrors (optional), piano, portable sound system and TV with DVD Player. Table, chairs and cube blocks are also available for use.

TADA! Theater

Stage: 24 x 30

  • 98 seats
  • Flexible seating
  • Wood floor
  • Piano
  • A/C
  • Box office
  • Lobby
  • Passenger & freight elevators
  • Dressing rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Lighting & sound packages

TADA! Rehearsal Room

25 x 30

  • Newly renovated with mirrors
  • Piano
  • A/C
  • Bathrooms
  • Ideal for rehearsals & meetings

Discounts on theater rentals during the summer months available.

Contact Angie McCormack at 212.252.1619 x131 or rentals@tadatheater.com

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Up Next on the TADA! Stage:

2013/2014 Season

The Drama Desk Award-Winning TADA! Youth Theater professionally produces original Off-Broadway musicals performed by talented kids for family audiences.

Kid’s tickets start at only $8.

Birthday parties, group sales and premium tickets all available now.

BUY TICKETS!

HEROES

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July 11- August 1, 2014

HEROES Book by Tom Keegan and Davidson Lloyd

Music & Lyrics by Tammy Holder, Joel Gelpe, Tom Keegan, and Davidson Lloyd

When the sun disappears, a group of kids learn what it takes, and what it means to be brave.

Featuring TADA! favorites: “Our Day in the Sun,” and “I Want This”

Unsung

A WORLD PREMIERE dance-theater piece!

 Choreographed by Joanna and Ryan Greer

Music by Jody Shelton

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Bring TADA! Camps to Your Organization

Bring TADA!’s popular Camps to your school, camp, day care, community center or business! With programs across the metro area, TADA! delivers great musical theater programs for kids in your community. Families and friends love applauding their kids’ mini-musicals as much as the children love creating and performing them.

Similar to TADA!s on-site Week-long Camps, students rehearse and perform songs, choreography and scenes based on original TADA! shows and selections from Broadway over a five-day period (longer camps are also available). On the last day of the program, kids present their own mini-musical in a final performance for family and friends.

Personal and creative growth takes place in a structured and supportive environment. Ensemble methods are taught to encourage cooperation and positive, creative expression as kids develop their theatrical skills. Each camp has a unique theme and different musical numbers–depending on your program goals.

TADA! provides:

  • Two to three professional teaching artist/directors (Music Director, Choreographer & Director) with extensive experience in music, theater, dance and education
  • Songs, music, scripts and materials from one of TADA!’s original musicals
  • Our award-winning team-teaching and youth-centered approach
  • Our unique program format and structure including: skills building, rehearsal and performance

For more information and pricing contact TADA!’s Director of Education, Rod Christensen, at rchristensen@tadatheater.com or ext. 115

Bring TADA! Classes to Your Organization

After the school day, students learn the necessity of teamwork as they put together an ensemble performance piece involving dance steps, songs and scenes. These classes help to improve the group dynamic by addressing varying learning and behavioral styles. In addition, these programs help children develop theater skills.

Classes include:

  • Musical Theater Skills Building: Students learn the music, dance and theater skills needed to become competent musical theater actors. Music is drawn from TADA!’s repertoire of over 30 original musicals which were written expressly for performance by children. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director and director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Musical Theater Play Building: For schools interested in a more in-depth residency program, TADA! offers a two-part creation and production workshop. Students create an original mini-musical or play, rehearse the scenes and songs, and perform it for the school community. This format may use thematic material as suggested by the school. Past scripts have centered on topics as varied as immigration, teamwork, and tolerance. Students work on their writing and performance skills, and the use of musical numbers to promote fun, active learning. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director & director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Drama Workshops: These workshops focus on the skills of the non-musical theater actor. Acting games, improvisation and scene development are used to prepare a presentation for family and schoolmates. Students explore ensemble work, develop theater skills and create characters as they work with topics as varied as world cultures, comedy, immigration and conflict resolution. Program includes: one Teaching Artist (Director). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.

Workshops are also available.

For more information and pricing contact TADA!’s Director of Education, Rod Christensen, at rchristensen@tadatheater.com or ext. 115

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115 MacDougal Street, New York City, NY, United States 13.12 mi

Literally AliveTM is a NYC -based children’s theatre company that produces original musicals based on classic children’s literature, which comes to life onstage. In addition to a full professional production, families can participate in a pre-show arts workshop.

We are committed to engaging children in the arts, which develops their imagination and instills the mental flexibility necessary to utilize creative, problem solving in their adult life. High-quality theatrical productions which offer engaging costumes and sets, as well as performances by talented professional actors, reach across the footlights and welcome the child in.

We are in residence at the Players Theatre located at 115 MacDougal Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. Now in our 14th season, previous productions have included “The Ugly Duckling“, “The Little Mermaid“, “Alice in Wonderland“,”The Velveteen Rabbit“, “Beauty and the Beast“, Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant“, “Stone Soup“,”Treasure Island“,”Cinderella“, “Tico Tales “and “A Christmas Carol“.

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14-38 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States 13.28 mi

The New York Transit Museum, one of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since it’s inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region’s extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.

The New York Transit Museum’s galleries feature popular exhibits such as Steel, Stone, and Backbone, which recounts the tale of building New York City’s 100 year-old subway system, and many highly interactive exhibitions such as On The Streets, an in-depth look at New York City’s trolleys and buses. Also of interest are the museum’s age-appropriate education workshops and computer resource center.

The New York Transit Museum operates a gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal that presents changing exhibitions. The gallery annex is located just off the Main Concourse in the Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master’s office. Please go to What’s New on this web site for information on the gallery annex’s current exhibition.

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Youth Group Visits

On Tuesdays through Fridays, our guided school programs provide students from Pre-K to grade 12 the opportunity for hands-on learning in various subject areas. Led by a staff of skilled educators, school programs complement curricular exploration of the social history of New York City, the engineering sciences, the mathematics and art of subway and station design, the history of immigration in New York City, and the urban landscape. Guided programs for special needs students ensure that all learners benefit equally from a Transit Museum visit. Teachers should mention any special needs when making a reservation.

The on-line Teacher Resource Center provides step-by-step instructions for planning and reserving a field trip to the Museum. Please review these instructions prior to calling our Youth Group Reservation Coordinator at (718) 694-1848. Explore the Teacher Resource Center for educational activities and games that support the content of your museum visit. Please keep in mind the following details as you plan your trip:

  • Group reservations are confirmed when a Reservation Agreement provided by the Museum has been signed by the group leader and received by the Museum. The Museum CANNOT accept personal or company checks, vouchers or purchase orders. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Class visits to the Museum may last no more than two hours.
  • Groups arriving after their reserved time are not guaranteed a guided tour or workshop.
  • Cancellations must be made no later than the Monday of the week preceding your scheduled visit. Cancellations made after this time will incur charge.

Group Tours

Experience a local slice of our city’s rich history! Guided tours for adults, active seniors, and college groups highlight exhibitions on building New York’s subways, the history of surface transportation, and our historic rolling stock, the gems of our collection. Located in a 1936 subway station in downtown Brooklyn, the New York Transit Museum brings to life the city’s early days and the transit system that made the city grow.

Guided by expert staff, experience a hands-on collection of antique subway and elevated cars and detailed exhibits that tell this rich story. Reservations for 10 to 45 participants are available Tuesday through Friday afternoons. Take a look at our Guided Tours for Grown Ups for information about reservations and pricing or contact Laura Kujo at (718) 694-1794 or laura.kujo@nyct.com

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60 Chelsea Piers, New York City, NY, United States 13.37 mi

The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a 28-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River. Situated on Piers 59, 60 and 61 and in the headhouse that connects them, the complex features the following sports and entertainment venues:

Chelsea Piers is located adjacent to Chelsea Cove Park, in the heart of Hudson River Park. The bikeway/walkway runs parallel to the Piers and the popular High Line is located one block east of Chelsea Piers.

With 80,000 square feet of fun, the Field House is the perfect location for your next school trip. The Field House can accommodate groups of 10 to 250, from elementary school to high school. Field trip activities include basketball, volleyball, soccer, dodgeball, whiffle ball, flag football, batting cages, gladiator games, rock climbing and gymnastics.  For more info, visit us at the Chelsea Piers Field House.

At New York’s only year-round indoor twin ice rinks, school groups can enjoy a fun-filled day at one of the “coolest” places in town. Skate rentals are included. For more info, visit The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers for Group Visits.

Field Trip Features

  • Activity Options: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Dodgeball, Whiffle Ball, Flag Football, Batting Cages, Gladiator Games, Rock Climbing and Gymnastics
  • Staff and equipment included
  • Complimentary admission for all teachers/chaperon’s
  • Healthy lunch can be coordinated on-site

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Groups at Chelsea Piers

 Summer Camp & Scout Field Trips

The Field House

With 80,000 square feet of fun, the Field House is the perfect location for your next camp or scout trip. The Field House can accommodate groups of 10 to 250, from elementary school to high school.

Our event planners will customize a program for your camp or scout, incorporating several of our sports activities. When you arrive, our friendly staff will greet your group and get them excited about their day of fun. Throughout your program, our experienced, enthusiastic staff will lead your group through a series of fun activities, with student safety as a top priority. We can also structure your program as a Team Building experience, which allows your students to bond and build camaraderie using trust and communications exercises in an encouraging environment.

The Field House features:

  • 2 Basketball Courts
  • 2 Soccer Fields
  • 4 Batting Cages
  • Rock Climbing for children & adults
  • A Gymnastics Center
  • Mezzanines and party rooms for on-site catering

The Field House works with groups of all ages and sizes. We can accommodate school group outings, sports parties for children or adults, corporate team building days, and much more. If you’re looking to host a fun, unique and affordable event, let our experienced event planners plan the perfect day or evening for your group.

To book your event, please call Katie Cooper at 212.336.6500, ext. 6553, or coopek@chelseapiers.com.

Looking to enjoy some indoor fun in the winter or cool off from the summer heat? Come skate at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, New York’s only year-round indoor twin ice rinks. Overlooking the majestic Hudson River, Sky Rink offers guests of all ages a refreshing way to relax and have fun in one of the “coolest” places in town.

Prices are per person and include admission and skate rental. Groups of twelve or more skaters are eligible for a discount by reserving a session with Sky Rink at least 48 hours in advance.

Sky Rink is ideal for a variety of events, including group outings, field trips, after-school programs, alumni reunions, camp reunions and much more! You can also make your casual group outing into a memorable event by booking one of our reception spaces for a private affair.

To schedule your next outing at Sky Rink, please contact ShaLishah McCullough at 212.336.6100 ext. 6174 or mcculs@chelseapiers.com.

We look forward to welcoming your group to Chelsea Piers!

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1660 New York 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay, NY, United States 20.93 mi

Welcome to the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

After 99 years as a New York State trout hatchery, we opened as a non-profit educational center dedicated to educating our visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. We are proud to have the largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fishes and amphibians. Visitors can tour our two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed the hungry trout, and try our “Catch & Keep” fishing.

Each year schools, scouts and other groups visit the Hatchery to learn about the freshwater ecosystems of New York State. Elementary level programs, such as Fins and Jaws, Habitats and Life Cycles, and secondary level programs, such as Pond Life and Freshwater Ecology, complement New York State learning standards and enrich the learning experiences of the students. The Hatchery’s seasonal Egg Stripping program allows students to witness the centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization.

With the continuing support from Hatchery members, government agencies, private organizations and foundations, the Hatchery has been able to expand its programming with outreach options. Working in conjunction with Trout in the Classroom, the Hatchery is able to bring Egg Stripping programs into schools.

The ability of the Hatchery to serve the community as a gathering place for special family and educational events, attests to its dedicated mission to increase awareness and appreciation for the freshwater ecosystems of New York State.

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Summer Camp Field Trips at the Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (Pre-School & Elementary Level)

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers exciting programs with live animals for students of all ages. Programs listed are suitable for grades pre-K through college. The grade level indicated is only a suggestion and specific topics and level of presentation can be adapted to various ages and classes. All of our programs are designed to correlate with New York State Learning Standards, and can be specially adapted to fit your specific needs.

While students have the opportunity to view all displays of living wildlife in our two aquarium buildings, our primary classroom is the outdoor environment. All program participants should dress suitably for time spent outside.

Trip Information:

  • All of our programs include time indoors and outdoors. Please have your students dress appropriately for the weather. Programs run rain or shine.
  • Payment by check or cash is expected at the beginning of your program unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Minimum fees apply to all of our education programs.
  • Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.
  • Our Gift Shop can be opened upon request at the conclusion of your program.
  • There are 5 picnic tables available outside. Please take your trash with you when you leave.

Elementary Programs

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers programs for students of every age. Programs listed below are suitable for pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. The grade level indicated for a program is only a suggestion. Specific topics and the level of presentation can be adapted for various ages and classes. We hope you, the teacher, will find a program that fits the needs of your class.

Many programs are suitable for in-school presentations. The Fish Hatchery & Aquarium staff gladly offer these outreach programs from December to March.

**Fees: Minimum fees apply for each program.

**Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.

For reservations please fill out the Group Visit Request Form or contact the Hatchery: (516) 692-6768 or fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Guided Tours

All of the following programs are one hour in length, and will allow students to tour our entire facility and feed our hungry trout. Programs vary by topic, and focus on inquiry-based learning. Our extensive collection of fish, amphibians and reptiles native to New York State allow students to observe wildlife rarely seen in captivity or in the wild. Can’t decide which program to choose? Combine two programs for $8/person (1.5 hours, minimum fee $96).

Fins and Jaws

Pre-K and K (age 4 and up), 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Discover the secreat world of aquatic life! Students learn how fish swim and breathe in the water, and how some animals can live both in the water and on land. How do turtles differ from fish? How do frogs leap? Students will view all of our exhibits while learning the answers and then compare the needs of these animals to those of themselves.

Aquatic Habitats

Grade 1, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Utilizing our fascianting stream tank and other natural exhibits, students will compare the different habitats of fishes, reptiles and amphibians. Learn how turtles leave their watery home and trek over land to lay their eggs, and how many species can hibernate during winter in frozen ponds. Discover who eats whom and how animals protect themselves in the wild.

Life Cycles in Nature

Grade 2, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

At the Hatchery, we are seldom without baby trout and hatchling turtles! Students are able to view aquatic wildlife in all stages of their life cycles and learn how some lay eggs in water, while others lay eggs on land. Metamorphosis is discussed, as well as needs of the animals in their various stages.

Adaptations

Grade 3 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Our aquatic fish and animals have a fantastic array of adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Students will observe how fish and certain amphibians breathe dissolved oxygen under the water through gills, while many aquatic species have lungs and need to surface for air. Some species camouflage as a protective device, and certain frogs actually have sticky pads on their toes allowing them to climb trees!

Aquaculture

Grade 6 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Hatcheries are vital to the management of our aquatic resources. Students are introduced to the inner workings of the fish hatchery, how we keep fish disease free, how we use natural artesian well water to minimize energy consumption, and how fish are collected and delivered safely to their new homes. Students will be able to tour the trout ponds and have an opportunity to feed the hungry fish.

Hatching Trout

Grade 4 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

As a working hatchery stocking ponds and lakes all over the state, we are experts on the life cycle of trout. Students will learn how eggs are collected from live trout and cared for at the Hatchery, and compare this process to trout spawning naturally in the wild. Students will observe the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development, as well as tour our live exhibits.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Grade 5 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New York State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate students on these fascinating creatures. Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered. Students will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.

Seasonal Programs

Our seasonal programs are very popular for students of all ages. Make reservations for these programs early! These programs do not include a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. We invite your students to spend time exploring our exhibits at the conclusion of the program. Fish food may be purchased in our Gift Shop.

Egg Stripping

Grades 4 and up, 1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Late October through mid November

During the program, which is unique to our Hatchery, students will witness one of the most fascianting aspects of aquaculture! Hatchery staff demonstrates a centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization. Students will participate in a discussion of trout development, and a comparison of hatchery breeding and spawning in the wild. We participate in Trout in the Classroom!

Pond Life

Grades 4 and up, 1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Mid April through October

Observing specimens collected from our Spring Pond, students study the concepts of predator-prey and producer-consumer relationships, as well as the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web. Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.

Freshwater Ecology

Grades 4 and up, 2 Hours, $8 per person, Minimum fee $96

Mid April through October

Explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, students will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, seines and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Old shoes and clothes are necessary.
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Summer Camp Field Trips at the Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (Middle School Level)

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers exciting programs with live animals for students of all ages. Programs listed are suitable for grades pre-K through college. The grade level indicated is only a suggestion and specific topics and level of presentation can be adapted to various ages and classes. All of our programs are designed to correlate with New York State Learning Standards, and can be specially adapted to fit your specific needs.

While students have the opportunity to view all displays of living wildlife in our two aquarium buildings, our primary classroom is the outdoor environment. All program participants should dress suitably for time spent outside.

Trip Information:

  • All of our programs include time indoors and outdoors. Please have your students dress appropriately for the weather. Programs run rain or shine.
  • Payment by check or cash is expected at the beginning of your program unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Minimum fees apply to all of our education programs.
  • Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.
  • Our Gift Shop can be opened upon request at the conclusion of your program.
  • There are 5 picnic tables available outside. Please take your trash with you when you leave.

Secondary Programs

Our educational programs for the middle school, high school, and college levels are designed to supplement curricula taught in the classroom, and can easily be integrated into existing courses of study. Specific topics, activities, and presentations can be adapted for various ages. Some of these programs are suitable for in-school presentation.

**Fees: Minimum fees apply for each program

**Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.

For reservations please fill out the Group Visit Request Form or contact the Hatchery: (516) 692-6768 or fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Guided Tours

Students will receive a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Our educators can answer your students many questions. Students will also feed our hungry trout. Please choose from one of the following topics for discussion during your guided tour. Can’t decide which program to choose? Combine two programs for $8/person (1.5 hours, minimum fee $96).

Aquaculture

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Hatcheries are vital to the management of our aquatic resources. Students are introduced to the inner workings of the fish hatchery, how we keep fish disease free, how we use natural artesian well water to minimize energy consumption, and how fish are collected and delivered safely to their new homes. Students will be able to tour the trout ponds and have an opportunity to feed the hungry fish.

Hatching Trout

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

As a working hatchery stocking ponds and lakes all over the state, we are experts on the life cycle of trout. Students will learn how eggs are collected from live trout and cared for at the Hatchery, and compare this process to trout spawning naturally in the wild. Students will observe the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development, as well as tour our live exhibits.

Reptiles & Amphibians

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New York State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate students on these fascinating creatures. Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered. Students will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.

Seasonal Programs

Our seasonal programs are very popular for students of all ages. Make reservations for these programs early! These programs do not include a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. We invite your students to spend time exploring our exhibits at the conclusion of the program. Fish food may be purchased in our Gift Shop.

Egg Stripping

1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Late October through mid November

During the program, which is unique to our Hatchery, students will witness one of the most fascinating aspects of aquaculture! Hatchery staff demonstrates a centuries old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization. Students will participate in a discussion of trout development, and a comparison of hatchery breeding and spawning in the wild. We participate in Trout in the Classroom!

Pond Life

1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Mid April through October

Observing specimens collected from our Upper Spring Pond, students study the concepts of predator-prey and producer-consumer relationships, as well as the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web. Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.

Freshwater Ecology

2 Hours, $8 per person, Minimum fee $96

Mid April through October

Explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, students will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, seines and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Old shoes and clothes are necessary.

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Scout Programs
The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is a great place for Scout groups to visit. Please check back frequently as new programs are being developed. Contact the education staff and we will gladly work with you to develop a program to fit the needs of your group.For reservations please call (516) 692-6768 or e-mail fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Tiger Scouts

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium welcomes all Tiger Scouts to visit the Hatchery & Aquarium, where they can learn about the many animals we have on display. We are proud to have the largest collection of New York State freshwater fishes, reptiles and amphibians. Completes electives #31 and 42. Click here for details.

Bear Scouts – Sharing your World with Wildlife

While touring the Hatchery & Aquarium, Bear Scouts will discover how people share their world with wildlife, and how we can work together to protect the animals that surround us. Scouts will build a bird house they can take home to their own backyards. Achievement #5 (Sharing your World with Wildlife) is part of the World Conservation Award. Click here for details.

Webelos Naturalist Badge

The Hatchery’s 2 hour program allows Webelos Scouts to increase their awareness of, and gain an appreciation for, the natural world around them by actively investigating animals and plants that live and interact in different aquatic sites. Using dip nets, seines and buckets, students examine the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. A short hike along a nature trail is also part of the program. Be prepared to get wet and muddy! Seasonal program limited to mid-April through October. <align=”center” valign=”top”>Click herefor details.

Cub Scouts Fishing

Cub Scouts will learn local fishing regulations before they rig their own fishing rod and try to catch a fish of their own! Scouts will have a choice of taking their catch home for dinner or releasing it back into its habitat. Programs available for Cub Scouts to complete their Fishing Belt Loop or Wolf Scouts Fishing Elective (Elective #19). Click here for details.

WOW! Wonders of Water – LOVE Water Award for Brownies

A tour through the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will give Brownies an opportunity to view natural exhibits and learn about the aquatic habitats found in their communities. They will discover animals living in these habitats through close encounters with fishes, reptils and amphibians. Looking to enhance your experience at CSHFHA? Choose one of the following 30 minute activities: Life Cycles in Nature, Animal Adaptations, Journey Through the Water Cycle, or Water Wonders. <align=”center” valign=”top”>Click here for details.

Girl Scouts: I Fish NY

Girl Scouts will learn about the importance of New York State’s fisheries as they tour the fish hatchery. They will also learn how to rig their own fishing rod before trying to catch a fish of their own! Girl Scouts will have a choice of taking their catch home for dinner or releasing it back into its habitat. <align=”center” valign=”top”>Click here for details.

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1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102, United States 21.74 mi

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) serves as a model for programming, audience diversity, education initiatives, and as a catalyst in returning nightlife and economic activity to its hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Proposed by former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean in 1986, NJPAC raised its curtain on October 18, 1997, making it one of the top ten largest performing arts centers in the United States.

NJPAC is a world-class and community-based cultural venue, showcasing the best artists of national and international acclaim as well as top artists from the State of New Jersey. Since its grand opening, NJPAC has attracted over 6 million patrons (including more than 1 million children), and welcomed renowned artists, cultural icons, two presidents, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and some of the world’s most cherished orchestral, dance, theater, and instrumental works.

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Get your Campers and Scout Groups together and get great deals on tickets. We make feel right at home. It only takes to make a group, but the larger the group the more you save

Please Visit our Group Sale Page and see how larger groups can save even more!

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