Attractions

Attractions

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4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States

Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland is a children’s theater company offering year-round productions of modern and classic plays. The organization also offers classes in drama, acting, dance musical theatre, and filmmaking for children of all ages. Summer theatre camps give campers the opportunity to take part in a full production of a musical or play.

Imagination Stage is the largest and most respected multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. We offer a year-round season of professional shows (adult actors performing for families and classes), after-school programs and summer camps for ages 1-18, and arts-integration professional development training for teachers, students, schools, and families. All of our programs are informed by our core belief in making the arts inclusive and accessible to all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive, or financial status.

‘Rapunzel’ at Imagination Stage

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Field Trips

FieldTrips

Enhance classroom learning with field trips to Imagination Stage. Seeing live theatre encourages students to read, develop critical and creative thinking and be curious about the world around them. Bring your class to a show in our beautiful theatre to enhance and support your curriculum.

Elementary Field Trips

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Rumpelstiltskin F CinderellaRemix BFG F
Lulu and the Brontosaurus Sept. 25–Oct. 27Dates and details  Study Guide  Lyle the Crocodile Nov. 20–Jan. 10Dates and details   Study Guide 
Rumpelstiltskin Feb. 5–March 16
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Cinderella: the Remix April 9–May 25 Dates and details  The BFG June 25–Aug. 10 Dates and details 

Early Childhood Field Trips

FromHeretoThereFrom Here to There Oct. 25–Nov. 24 (Ages 2-5) Dates and details   aquariumAquarium Dec. 17–Jan. 26 (Ages 1-5) Dates and details   inside out 300Inside Out March 1–April 6 (Ages 1-5) Dates and details  mouse_onthe_moveMouse on the Move June 28–Aug. 10 Weekends only. (Ages 1-5)

Book Your Group

Choose a show, along with three available dates. Then submit the Online Field Trip Request Form.

Questions: Contact our Field Trip Coordinator | 301-280-1664 | fieldtrips@imaginationstage.org

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77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

The Wright Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the stories of America’s Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War’s significant and lasting impact on American life.

During WWII, Americans from all walks of life pulled together to defend freedom against a global threat to our commonly-held values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better life. Hardened by the privations of the Great Depression, Americans were primed for the sacrifices necessary to thwart the forces assembled against them.

The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor’s Center, and the museum’s military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum’s military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank – the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.

Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. 2012 will mark the 15th year that the Wright Museum will host its annual Family Day event. The cost of admission includes two vehicle rides, a BBQ lunch, and much more.

The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses.

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Wright Museum for School Groups Trips Grades 3 – 12 

Make the Past Come Alive for Your Students!

Thank you from the Tuftonboro Central School children sent to the Wright Museum

The Wright Museum is the region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages interested in the Second World War. The museum shares its rich collection of artifacts through dozens of exhibits that illustrate the American WWII experience.

A visit to the Wright Museum is an ideal introduction to or culmination of your WWII instructional unit. Call the Wright Museum today at 603/569-1212 to learn more and schedule your class visit today! You may also e-mail us atdonna.hamill@wrightmuseum.org for more information.

The Wright Museum Experience

Educational Programs at the Wright Museum

“Check out the tank!”, “Incredible experience,” and “You help keep the past alive” are just a few of the quotes heard from the thousands of students, grades 3 through 12, who have toured the museum over the past 16 years .

Tours begin with a brief orientation lecture and video to introduce or reinforce the broader historical context of the museum’s exhibits.

During the course of their tour, visitors of all ages come away with a fuller understanding of the values, sacrifices and spirit of cooperation that contributed to the Allied victory.

Volunteers, many of whom served during the war or who can recall their Home Front experiences, assist with tours. Grade-appropriate materials are given to instructors with pre-tour and post-tour study suggestions.

For more information about how you can integrate a museum visit into your U.S. History/WWII unit, please call 603/569-1212.

Preparation Materials

Teachers may download materials for use prior to and during their students’ visit to help provide an appropriate level of focus. Materials are grade-level appropriate for upper elementary, middle, and high school students.

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12

Take a Sentimental Journey through Dozens of Great Exhibits!

Military Wing of the Wright Museum

Fascinating exhibits laden with vintage artifacts and interactive displays bring to life the American WWII experience. A collection of dozens of fully-operational military vehicles lies at the core of the Wright Museum’s collection. In addition to the thousands of square feet devoted to telling the stories of Americans on the frontlines, extensive displays also illustrate the transformative changes that took place on the home front.

Plan your visit today. Among the museum’s highlights are fully-furnished period vignettes including a 1942 gas station, corner soda fountain, and dentist office.  Learn about:

  • Child Life in the 40s
  • Entertainment and Popular Culture
  • Citizen Support for the War Effort
  • Recycling and Rationing
  • Scientific and Technological Advances
  • Women’s Role on the Home Front

 Traveling Trunk

This resource contains WWII artifacts (some real, some reproductions) with related worksheets, audio-visual tools, and other educational activities designed to meet New Hampshire Curriculum Framework and Lesson Plans.

Travelling History Trunk

Activities include figuring ration plans, learning about what was produced in New Hampshire for the war effort, Civil Defense, War Bonds, and creating a Victory Garden. The trunk is available to schools and can be used in the classroom for up to two weeks.

Both the Stories in the Classroom and the Traveling Trunk are free and are a part of the Wright’s effort to bring the museum to students in the Granite State and beyond.

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5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, United States

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. We offer programs for School as part of a School Field trip, Family programs as well offer Teacher Workshops and College Student programs. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

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School Field Trips at the Winterthur (pre-K to Elementary)

Winterthur School Field Trip Programs

Programs that meet an array of curriculum standards are offered on and off site for students from preschool through high school, including homeschoolers. Special tours for college groups are also available.

School Field Trips Pre-School & Elementary Programs

Adopt an Object

Grades Pre-K to 2 (School Field Trips Program)

Students investigate daily life in the past through the study of household objects. Learn about shapes, materials, and basic economics while role-playing, making comparisons, and participating in a story.

Program length: 1½ hours

Reinforces Delaware standards: Math 2, 8; Science 2, 3; Civics 4; Economics 1, 2, 3; History 2, 4; English 2; Visual Arts 1, 2, 3


Wonder & Wander in Enchanted Woods

Grades Pre-K to 2 (School Field Trips Program)

Wander garden paths on a wondrous walk to Enchanted Woods and discover a new appreciation of nature. Check out the new Upside-Down tree house that just opened in June. Includes storytelling and free time for imaginative play.

Program length:1½ hours

Available April–October


Bugs in the Museum

Grades Pre-K to 5 (School Field Trips Program)

Winterthur’s collection includes objects decorated with bugs, products made by (or from) bugs, and even a few things that bugs have destroyed. Investigate the important roles played by bugs in the past (and today!), and explore ways to keep your own prized possessions from falling prey to vicious vermin.

Program length:  1½ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 1, 2, 6, 8; History 3; Geography 3; English/Language Arts 4; Visual Arts 1, 3, 4, 6


Plain and Fancy

Grades 2–4 (School Field Trips Program)

How and why do people decorate their possessions? Learn about the practice of decorating textiles with weaving, embroidery, and dyeing in the 1700s and 1800s.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Math 8; Science 2, 8; Economics 1, 2; Geography 3; History 2, 3; English/Language Arts 1, 2; Visual Arts 4

 


Discover the “Secret” Garden of Winterthur

Grades 2–(School Field Trips Program)

Find shapes in the Reflecting Pool, spot frogs in the pond, wander along the paths, and enjoy the magnificent trees. Learn about the plants blooming in the garden and gaze at the clouds and birds.

Program length:1½ hours

Max. 60 students.

Available April–October

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 2 (Geography); Math 8; Science 8


Museum Mystery

Grades 4–6 (School Field Trips Program)

Using scientific evidence and finely-honed problem-solving skills, discover whether George Washington actually sat in a chair that is on display in the Galleries. Students familiar with The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, will appreciate the similarities between mysteries, but it is not necessary to be familiar with that book for this program.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Social Science & Geography 1; Social Science, History 2, 3; Visual Arts 4, 5, 6

 


Maker and Marketplace

Grades 4–6 (School Field Trips Program)

Local and global economies, geography, and history come together as students study the roles of craftsmen and shopkeepers in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Math 1, 5, 8, 10; Science 1, 2; Geography 1, 2, 3; Economics 1, 2, 3, 4; History 2, 4; English/Language Arts 1; Visual Arts 3


Work and Play the Winterthur Way

Grades K–6  (School Field Trips Program)

Through games, puzzles, and hands-on projects, explore the various activities that engaged people who lived and worked at Winterthur. A kid-friendly tour of the Winterthur house and outdoor activities illustrate life on a country estate from many different perspectives.

Program length: 2 hours

Maximum 60 students.

Available June–August


Outreach Pre-School & Elementary Programs

Nursery Rhymes

Ages 3½–5½ (Outreach School Field Trips)

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick! This program teaches children about life long ago through hands-on activities related to nursery rhymes.

Program length: 1 hour

Builds language, social, math, and gross and fine motor skills


Soup’s On!

Age 4 to 1st grade  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Winterthur’s unique assortment of soup tureens and the centuries-old folktale Stone Soup provide the foundation for this program, which engages children in imaginative role-playing while teaching them about collections and life long ago. Includes hands-on activities.

Program length: 1 hour

Builds language, social, and gross and fine motor skills


How do we Decorate Things?

Pre-K and K  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using objects from our demonstration collection, students learn how items were decorated with color, shapes, and motifs. Includes art activity.

Program length: 45 minutes

Feeds into Delaware standards for History and Visual Arts


Once Upon a Playtime

Grades Pre-K–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Children are introduced to the concepts of childhood and leisure activities from long ago through toys and games, such as Alphabet Gymnastics, Jacob’s Ladders, tops, buzz saws, and more. Includes demonstrations and time for hands-on play.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 2, 3, 4


Going to Market with “The Ox-Cart Man”

Grades 1-2  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Children help tell a favorite story about life long ago—The Ox-Cart Man by Donald

Hall—using objects from Winterthur’s demonstration collection. Includes writing activity.

1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Economics 2; Geography 1, 2, 4; History 1, 3; English/Language Arts 2


Meet George Washington’s Family

Grades 3–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

George Washington wasn’t just a general and a president. Students learn more about him and other members of his household through examining reproductions of period possessions and clothing.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Economics 3; History 1, 2, 4; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4


A Proper Day’s Work

Grades 3–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Students role-play, tackling the daily chores of Laura Ingalls Wilder. They’ll “wash” clothes and “bake” bread using demonstration collection objects.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 2, 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2, 4


Working in Early America

Grades 5–8  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using several objects and tools from our demonstration collection, students learn how skilled craftspeople—a potter, a tinsmith, and a tailor—met basic human needs in early America.

Program length: 45 minutes

Reinforces Delaware standards: Science 2; Economics 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4

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School Field Trips at the Winterthur (6 – 12 Grade)

Winterthur School Field Trip Programs

Programs that meet an array of curriculum standards are offered on and off site for students from preschool through high school, including homeschoolers. Special tours for college groups are also available.

School Field Trips for Middle & High School Programs

American Decorative Arts

Grades 6–12 (School Field Trips)

Explore the characteristics of decorative arts and furniture styles popular from 1640 to 1860. Students handle and examine objects and take a tour through period rooms to observe design history and principles. Ideal for history, visual art, art history, interior design, and home economics students.

Program length: 2 hours

Maximum 45 students

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Visual Arts 4, 5, 6; History 1, 2


Ritual and Revolution: The Importance of Tea

Grades 6–12 (School Field Trips)

Students discover how Colonial America’s ritual of tea drinking helped create the social, economic, and political forces that played a role in the Revolution. Investigate 18th-century life through tea drinking and discover tea’s social rituals, political symbolism, and economic power. Includes a primary-source activity relating to the Boston Tea Party.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Civics 1, 4; Economics 1, 4; Geography 4; History 2, 3, 4; Visual Arts 4, 5, 6; English/Language Arts 3, 4


East Egg, West Egg

Grades 9-12 (School Field Trips)

Tour the home of Henry Francis du Pont and compare and contrast his lifestyle with that of a few of his contemporaries: the major characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. This program can also be readily adapted to a 45-minute in-class experience.

Program length: 2 hours

Available March-October

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 1-4; English/Language Arts 1-4; Visual Arts 3, 4, 6


Outreach Middle & High School Programs

Working in Early America

Grades 5–8 (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using several objects and tools from our demonstration collection, students learn how skilled craftspeople—a potter, a tinsmith, and a tailor—met basic human needs in early America.

Program length: 45 minutes

Reinforces Delaware standards: Science 2; Economics 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4


There’s History in Things

Grades 6–12 (Outreach School Field Trips)

Objects can be primary sources! Students hone their analytical skills using a house inventory and artifacts from our demonstration collection to reveal evidence about people’s lives in early America.

Program length: 45 Minutes

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4, 5

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1520 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

In 2003, Frankie and Kim Harris opened Nashville Ghost Tours leading guests to some of the most haunted and historic sites in Music City. Due to the acclaim of the original tour and demand by the public for more stories, the popular Haunted Tavern Tour was created and, more recently, a Haunted Carriage Ride, and Haunted Cemetery tour. Fans of the graveyard tour’s authenticity and performance standards have often requested the Harris’ bring the same quality tours to haunted towns across the nation. In 2008, Louisville Ghost Tours was launched guiding groups to some of Derby City’s most magnificent buildings and haunted sites. The founders are excited about the new Washington DC Ghost Tours, giving them the opportunity to explore the paranormal mysteries behind one of the world’s most haunted cities.

Southern Haunts, a book about haunted places in the SouthBecause of their knowledge in the field of paranormal history, they have often been featured guests on television, in publications, and on radio. The Harris’ have appeared on NBCCBSFOXABCTLCPBSHBO Films, and the documentary Southern Haunts.  2009 has also seen the publication of their first book, Haunted Nashville, giving the authors a new medium to delve deeper in the haunted history of Nashville in a way that they previously could not.

The priority of all of the ghost tours is historical accuracy, engaging entertaining guides, and that all ghost stories related on the tour have a minimum of three independent sources.


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School Trips

Looking for a fun, exciting and memorable activity for your next group outing?

We offer unique, entertaining, and educational tours. Our tours offer a great way to learn the history and lore of the city. Some refer to our tours as a “sneaky history lesson. We offer a perfect way to cool down in the Summer with a ghost walk in Washington DC.

Group accommodations vary depending on the time of year, please contact our office with any questions at (888) 844-3999.

With years of group tour experience, your group is our top priority. Through the years we have successfully hosted companies such as Microsoft, Dell, and Saturn, as well as hundreds of school and church groups. We have also proudly entertained high profile audiences from many traveling shows including the entire Broadway cast of “Peter Pan.”

 RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

STEP ON GUIDE SERVICE AVAILABLE!

Washington D.C. has a storied and glorious past. The Capital is rich in history and monumental democratic achievements, but behind its gates and within its corridors a darker past is hidden. Conspiracies, crimes of passion, duels, and assassinations are some of the reasons that Washington’s Lafayette Park is known to some as “Tragedy Square.” On the Washington D.C. Ghost Tour your professional tour guide will lead you by lantern light to discover the true hauntings of the six apparitions witnessed at St. John’s Church, the poltergeist of the Hay-Adams Hotel, and the legendary accounts of Lincoln’s ghost within the White House. See for yourself why Washington D.C. is regarded as the nation’s most haunted city.

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USS CONSTITUTION, Boston, MA, United States

USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. Constitution is one of six ships ordered for construction by George Washington to protect America’s growing maritime interests. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides,” because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull. The ship was restored in 1927 with contributions from the nation’s school children.

The Charlestown Navy Yard was built on what was once Mouton’s or Morton’s Point, the landing place of the British army prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States. During its 174 year history, hundreds of ships were built, repaired and modernized, including the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young. Today, thirty acres of the Navy Yard are preserved by the National Park Service as part of Boston National Historical Park.

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School Trips

Take a tour of your ship USS CONSTITUTION. You’ll find free, guided tours available to our visitors. Each guided tour, given by several active-duty Navy Sailors, takes you through the ship’s spar deck (top deck), gun deck and berth deck and explains the history of the ship, its crew, and why we still have the ship here today. Guided tours begin every half-hour from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and last approximately one half-hour each. Each tour group can accommodate up to 80 visitors.

USS CONSTITUTION is a commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy and is not fully equipped to accommodate people with certain disabilities. We ask that any guests requiring additional assistance contact our Events Department prior to their arrival so that we may arrange the best possible tour. The crew of USS CONSTITUTION wants to ensure we make every effort to provide as many guests as possible the opportunity to enjoy and experience the history of our great ship.

Learn the History behind the USS Constitution here

Every Tuesday morning during USS CONSTITUTION’s Summer Hours, the crew of USS CONSTITUTION will be offering the CONSTITUTION EXPERIENCE. Visitors are invited to observe the Morning Colors ceremony (including the firing of USS CONSTITUTION’s Saluting Battery) from Pier One and then board the ship for a special extended tour of duty through the ship’s spaces before being escorted to the USS CONSTITUTION Museum. Group size is limited to 50 visitors. To reserve your spot, please email constitution.events@navy.mil. Visitors participating in the experience must arrive at Pier One by 7:40AM in order to participate.

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