Grounds for Sculpture

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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Tours

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

Groups with advance reservation can visit GFS for a modest fee. In addition, guided tours can be arranged for groups of 50 students or less at no additional charge.

Special events are a part of the calendar at Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton, including live music during the summer months in the outdoor section of the property. There are also guided tours of the art available periodically, so be sure to ask the staff of Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey what special events or tours are offered during your visit.

In addition to events for you to watch and listen to, you can participate in the creativity that makes Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton such an excellent place. Art workshops are offered to beginners of all ages. Sometimes children can learn aspects of sculpting during a kids’ workshop, and the next workshop offered will be exclusively for adults who want to learn to sculpt.

Visitors to Grounds For Sculpture can learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs, including:

  • Hands-on art-making workshops for adults and children;
  • Artist residencies and demonstrations;
  • Lectures from artists and experts
  • Tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers and touch tours for the visually challenged.

Work on an activity together! Sculpture Search in the Park activity sheets are available in the Visitor’s Center.  These activity sheets will help guide you through an educational journey in the park while learning about sculpture.  Family Exhibition Guides change seasonally and are available for pickup at all information desks. These activity sheets relate specifically to the rotating exhibitions in our indoor galleries.

Summer Camp & Scout Groups or educational groups with advance reservations receive a greatly reduced park admission fee Tuesday-Friday.

The park also offers several day-long events during the year which feature activities for every member of the family. For more information, please visit our tours page or contact the Tour Coordinator at yfranklin@groundsforsculpture.org

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Additional Information

Parking:

Grounds For Sculpture has ample, free parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. During peak traffic to the park, you may be directed to park in a satellite lot. Tram service is provided from that lot for your convenience.

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Destination Hours and Admission

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Sunday

10am-6pm  Open year-round.

Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Memorial Day.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Also closed to the public for Members only events

Grounds for Sculpture reserves the right to close to the general public for special events throughout the year.

Admission Prices

Adults: $12

Senior (65+): $10

Children (6-17): $8

Members and Children (5 and under): Free

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2420 Brunswick Ave, Lawrence Township, NJ, United States 1.59 mi

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Colonial Bowling and Indoor Entertainment Center is the premier complex in New Jersey for Groups. We can accommodate School Groups, Camp Groups or Scout Groups of All ages. At our New Jersey complex we offer Laser Tag arena which is child and teen-friendly multi-tier/multi-dimensional,  24 black-lit luxury bowling lanes, an amusement and redemption arcade, a mini-bowling center for kids, , and a 4-lane private VIP Kingpin Bowling Suite, it’s a family entertainment experience with endless variety.

Colonial Bowling lets your students, campers and Scouts can relax on large plush sofas while they bowl with glow-in-the-dark black lights and soft overhead lighting for a fun, relaxing mood. The addition of lane-side food and beverage service allows guests to grab a bite without missing a moment of fun. And we can’t forget to mention the strategically placed 30+ flat-screen TVs. No matter where you are in the complex, you’re never far from the big game. Best of all, our cutting-edge AV sound and motion systems are broadcast onto the latest 250-square-foot JumboTron projection/TV screens (the largest in New Jersey)—which reside at the end of each lane.

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Summer Camp & Scout Groups

All Ages and Grades

Colonial Bowling & Entertainment can host any event. We welcome all groups including School groups, Camp Groups and Scout Groups for a unforgettable day at our indoor entertainment complex in New jersey.  We offer activities that will keep your Students, Campers or Scouts busy with FUN!  Some of the activities and packages we offer are:

  • Laser Tag
  • Bowling 
  • Redemption Arcade
  • Mini Bowling

Our VIP Bowling Suite is wired with state-of-the-art AV equipment and large projection screens for slideshows or presentations. It is a perfect place to host your School prom, Project Graduation, Scout meeting or any Camp Events. A full catering menu is available for your party or event, and our experienced event planners will work closely with you to ensure your event’s success. For larger groups, exclusive use of the entire facility (38,000 sq ft) is also available.

Entertainment Options Available for Groups

Camp Groups – Scout Groups 

Bowling

Colonial Bowling Entertainment Complex offers a completely renovated 24 bowling lanes and a private VIP Kingpin Bowling Suite with 4 lanes. There are comfortable new couches, lane-side food and beverage service, black lighting, glowing lanes/balls/shoes, and state-of-the-art, 250-square-foot JumboTron video/TV units at the end of each lane. No matter what your budget, bowling is one of the best entertainment values on the planet.

Laser Tag

Mission Elite is a new and exciting Laser Tag entertainment experience designed for you: kids, teens, parents, families, Camp groups, scouts, school groups, and organizations, experienced or novice. Your objective is to deactivate the opposing players and their bases with use of your phaser, while a sophisticated computer program tallies your individual and team scores. Each player in the game of Laser Tag  is provided with a phaser and computerized vest after being thoroughly instructed on the rules, mission and strategies of the game in the briefing room. At the end of your Laser Tag mission, you’ll head back to the armory to suit down and analyze your personal mission results. Maybe you have reached Lieutenant or Captain, or maybe even earned the Medallion of the Elite, the highest of all honors.

Arcade and Redemption

For those of you tired of Laser Tag or Bowling, the Colonial Arcade is filled with over 80 games, including Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Skeeball, basketball and a whole lot more.  Whether you’re here to work out, become a rock star or just win big, Colonial is the perfect place to hang out for your School group, Camp Group or Scout Group. Once you’re done playing games, take your ticket winnings to our prize area to claim your reward for a day of fun. Kids love choosing their prizes, and our redemption center won’t disappoint. The Colonial prize counters are the best in the area, with the hottest rewards and gizmos for kids and adults. The Colonial Arcade is the perfect addition to your traditional bowling party or laser tag party. List of Games we offer:

  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Guitar Hero
  • Skeeball
  • Lost World
  • Hoop Fever
  • Pirates Revenge
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Putt Championship
  • Fast Track
  • And many, many more!

Mini Bowling

Mini “Rollerball” Bowling is an exciting, age-appropriate experience is geared toward the younger crowd, but can accommodate any age bowler. One of the premier for young kids in New Jersey. Kids will enjoy smaller, colorful lightweight balls, glowing lanes, stunning overhead LCD monitors, and a fully functioning scoring system, just like the big lanes. No special shoes are needed, and user-friendly mini-consoles will have you bowling faster and with no hassle. The lanes also have automatic bumpers which pop up at the touch of a button, alleviating the disappointing and annoying gutterballs that kids dread.

Fundraising

Colonial Bowling Indoor Entertainment center is the perfect place to host your school, scout or organization fundraising event. Let us customize a package to fit your group’s needs! We make it easy by offering a variety of packages to suit your specific fundraiser. 15% of all sign-up package sales generated from participating friends and family will be donated back to your organization. For more information, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator at 609-882-7700.

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101 Hunter Road, Titusville, Hopewell Township, NJ, United States 12.04 mi

Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.

You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.

Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of “combines”, horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Programs

Program Fees

All programs except for “Farm Animals” and “Summer on the Farm” are $75.00 for in-county visitors and $100.00 for out-of-county visitors for each group of 25 people or less. (This includes adult chaperones as well).

Farm Animals is $4.00 per person (in-county); and $5.00 per person (out-of-county) .

The Summer on the Farm program is $100.00 for in-county and $125.00 for out-of-county.

Farm Programs:

Ice Harvesting: Work with farmers on the frozen pond, where volunteers from your group will help to score, cut and float ice. Everyone will help when it is time to pull the ice blocks up a wooden track to the icehouse. Blocks are lowered into the icehouse via a chute, and then packed in layers of sawdust. (If there is no ice on the pond, your group will work with commercial ice just as farmers did in 1900 if winters were mild.)

Tree Tapping and Sap Gathering: Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree. Volunteers from your group will help us tap a sugar maple tree. All will taste the sap if it is flowing before beginning the work of collecting it from the many trees in our “sugarbush”. You will load some of the sap on a horse or oxen drawn wagon to take back to the farm for syrup making.

Sheep Care: Learn about the care of our sheep as you pet the lambs, help brush the ewes, and visit the flock in the sheep yard. Help process wool using our hand cranked carding machine to prepare it for spinning. Learn about the many uses for wool products on a 1900 family farm.

FARM ANIMALS PROGRAM: Station Activities

Corn Planting: Learn about corn planting technology by using hand sowing methods used throughout history…and by planting corn using a circa 1900, animal-drawn seeder. Discover why seeders like this one – and why tractor-drawn seeders- are still “future” technology for most of the world’s farmers

Wagon Tour of Farming Operations: Old-fashioned horsepower will pull your wagon into a landscape reminiscent of the Hopewell Township of a century ago, when farm lanes were bordered by snake fences and osage orange trees, and when farmers still worked by hand and horsepower to cultivate their fields of corn, oats, wheat and hay. Operations vary daily, so there is no telling what you might see: a reaper-binder or haytedder in action, a flock of sheep coming in from the meadow, or a farm crew bringing in the sheaves.

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1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ, United States 15.93 mi

Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey is the East Coast’s premier amusement park, with awesome rides, 10 thrilling roller coasters, great shows, and incredible attractions! For students, learning about gravity is a lot more fun on a roller coaster. On educational days, the park becomes a giant learning lab for physics and math. Budding scientists can even perform exciting experiments on our record-breaking rides. Call for info on how to book your reservation for our Special Educational Events.

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Whether it’s for a reward, end-of-year celebration or educational experience, Six Flags Great Adventure provides the perfect adventure for your class. The extraordinary thrills will provide an unforgettable day of memories for your group. Teachers will appreciate the ease of booking the trip and the savings offered by our special school rates.

Watch for our Special Educational Events when we turn the park into a gigantic learning lab.

Catered Picnics

Enjoy a day in the park and an all-you-can-eat buffet in a private picnic pavilion for groups of 100 or more.

Six Flags catered outings offer a complete day of food and fun for groups of 100 or more without forcing any business to break the bank. Take the guesswork out of food planning and let our trained, expert staff take the lead. Choose from signature picnic staples like burgers and hot dogs or enjoy chicken, pasta, steak, crabcakes, desserts and more. Every package includes park admission and an all-you-can-eat buffet so absolutely no-one leaves hungry. Plus, the entire picnic experience takes place in your own private pavilion where you and your crew will truly be treated like VIPs. You can even customize your day with fun add-ons like souvenir photos, private shows, caricature artists, games, DJs, face painters and more.

Fun Day Outing for 100+

A Fun Day is exactly what it sounds like — a full day of fun and thrills at Six Flags.

For those who choose not to have a catered buffet, our representatives can put together a Fun Day package with discounted admission for your group on the date of your choice. You can also consider offering meal voucher options or Bugs BunnyBucks. We’ll provide you with an exciting and (just as important) affordable way to provide your group with an adventure they won’t forget.

Only at Six Flags can you share thrills on Kingda Ka, laughter with Bugs Bunny,and the all-new Safari Off Road Adventure — a truly unique experience. Nothing will build camaraderie more than sharing a ride on the Runaway Mine Train or classics like Big Wheel.

Groups of 15-99

We offer special rates for groups of 15 or more.

Groups of 15-99 who purchase in advance can take advantage of a special group discount.

  • Tickets starting at $32.99 plus tax per person
  • One free ticket for every 10 pre-purchased
  • Tickets are valid through mid-October 2014
  • Purchase online, by mail, phone or fax

Large Group

Venues

We have many venues to accommodate your group, large and small.

Six Flags Great Adventure’s flexible venues can be used for groups of all sizes. Our picnic pavilions host groups of 100 to large buyouts up to 20,000.  Meetings can also be held in several of our entertainment locations.

Park Map

Locate your favorite rides

Safari Off Road Adventure

Safari Off Road Adventure

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride through a wilderness of 1,200 wild animals running free.

Boasting 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions, Safari Off Road Adventure takes explorers on an exhilarating, interactive animal adventure. Guests enter the amazing, fictional world of the Wilds Family, who have traveled the globe to bring the most interesting and exotic creatures to their 350-acre preserve in Jackson, New Jersey. Their journey begins in a rustic loading station in Frontier Adventures filled with artifacts from the Wilds’ global expeditions. Through video, guests are introduced to conservationist Damon and veterinarian Tess, and their children Haley and Luke. Guests then load a rugged, open-air, Safari vehicle to begin their unique voyage.

Team Building 

Six FlagsGreat Adventure can host teambuilding workshops for all kinds of organizations. We’ll work with you to develop a program to build unity and connection among your team members. We can host your event in our picnic grove or in one of our smaller entertainment venues.

Your group can also spend time together enjoying the rides, shows or competing in classic outdoor games like volleyball, horseshoes and sack races.  Nothing brings a group together faster than taking on the challenge of one of our world-class coasters!  We promise a day where your members can relax and get to know each other better.

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290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ, United States 20.87 mi

The Clay Pot is a unique pottery studio where Imagination and Creativity Come Together. We are a friendly, fun, and fully functional pottery studio offering classes and hosting of group events and parties. We welcome painting walk-ins, children and families, serious students, or just people who want to dive into the imaginative world of clay creation.

The Clay Pot is the dream of potter Martin Talavera and is a family run studio located in Spotswood, New Jersey. Our doors opened in 2008 and since that first day the studio has grown with the support of staff, students, and the local community. Our studio gift shop features finished pieces by Martin Talavera and resident artists. We also offer gift certificates for classes and lessons—a perfect birthday or holiday gift for all those budding artists out there. We do not currently offer phone or internet bookings.

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Groups and Field Trips

Outings at The Clay Pot are a fun way for groups, friends, or co-workers to share creative experiences and to learn about the art of pottery. Scout troops, summer camps, and schools can have their groups come and paint. Friends or co-workers can get together for a relaxing evening of creativity. There are hundreds of items available to paint—plates, mugs, plaques, figurines, and more!

Field trips last an hour.

Group outings are available Monday thru Friday during our studio hours.

Prices vary depending on the size of the groups and items chosen to paint. You pick the price and we offer ideas to fit your budget, such as plates, bowls, small vases, cups/mugs, and more. Reserve a date today! A non-refundable $25  registration fee is required. No internet or telephone bookings. A live wheel demonstration may be added for $25.00.

An unfinished plaque on display at The Clay Pot, Pottery STudio

Painting Craft Ideas

  • Wedding Favors: Get together to paint gifts for your wedding, picture frames, plaques, vases…
  • Showers: Bridal or baby, celebrate your shower with us and paint a unique keepsake items, figurines, picture frames, vases, bowls…
  • Holidays: Celebrate the holidays by painting unique items such as ornaments, jack-o-lanterns, plaques, bowls, mugs…
  • Personalized Gifts for family or friends: vases, plaques, figurines…
  • Just Because: You don’t have to have a theme or reason to get together—any unfinished piece displayed in our studio can become a personalized keepsake!

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525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States 30.02 mi

The Constitutional Walking Tour, Independence National Historical Park, Field Trips of Historic Philadelphia, Jr NYLC, Scavenger Hunt

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia takes you on a walking journey through America’s most historic area – the birthplace of our nation. Step back in time to see where The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution were created. The Constitutional offers various types of tours:

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is an outdoor walking journey that provides a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area and visits more than 20 of the most historic sites in America’s Birthplace including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court, Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. To see the full tour map, click here.

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The Constitutional Walking Tour provides academic adventures in our outdoor classroom in Historic Philadelphia that spark connections between classroom instruction and experiential out-of-classroom learning.  We pride ourselves on making our nation’s history timely and relevant, and we accomplish this through authentic interpretation, interaction and education.  Below are some of the services we offer for Schools & Educators.

Educational & Fun – U.S. History

As the leading provider of Field Trips to Historic Philadelphia, The Constitutional Walking Tour is fun and appropriate for all ages. The Constitutional’s field trip experience is a cross-curricular, standards-based program developed by teachers for teachers. We can assist you in integrating our tour into your academic curriculum, including American History, Social Studies, Pennsylvania History, Philadelphia History and annual Constitution Day programming (in September and October).

  • Imagine – Step back in time to have your students walk in the Founding Fathers’ footsteps.
  • Explore – Students get up close and personal with a “High-Definition Historical Experience.”
  • Experience – Since Philadelphia is best seen by foot, The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is the best way to explore Historic Philadelphia, taking you behind the scenes to the places where other tour operators cannot venture.
  • Learn – Have fun and learn simultaneously.

Field Trips of Historic Philadelphia

Field Trips for schools and camps can be arranged for almost anytime – weekday or weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate 1 or 500 walkers. We provide multiple in-house trained tour guides for an entertaining and informative tour, for children and chaperones alike. After you let us know when you want to visit and how many students and chaperones will be in attendance, we will handle everything else.

The Tour

Since Philadelphia is best seen by foot, The Constitutional is the best way to explore America’s Birthplace, taking you behind the scenes to the places where other tours cannot venture. Get up close with a High-Definition Historical Experience™ and see more than 20 historic sites in 75 minutes on a 1.25 mile outdoor walking journey. We can also customize your tour depending upon your needs.

The Tour Guides

Our tour guides are passionate historians and Philadelphians who hail from top academic institutions. They have been trained in The Constitutional’s “Independence Immersion” curriculum focusing on Philadelphia’s history, tourist attractions, and sharing of best practices in terms of customer service, public speaking and storytelling. Our guides bring Philadelphia’s history alive.

The Cost

The following student group rates are available for parties of 25 or more:

  • Students: $11.00
  • Adults: $14.00 (We recommend 1 chaperone for every 10-15 students)

Additional Resources For Your All-American Tour:

To book your Summer Camp or Scout field trip, please contact us:

215.525.1776

info@TheConstitutional.com

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Scout Days

Enjoy a fun-filled day learning about our country while meeting requirements or working toward badges! Scout Days feature great tours and scavenger hunt experiences just for Scout troops! Explore Independence National Historical Park – America’s Birthplace – and you can earn a commemorative Certificate of Achievement.

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Days

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Girl Scout Days

Sunday March 9, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunday, May 4 ,2014

Boy Scout and Cub Scout Badge Available

Girl Scout Badges Available

Call 215.525.1776 or email info@TheConstitutional.com to book your troop for our Scout Days!

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1113-31 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States 30.48 mi

In the city where freedom rings, you’re free to rock at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia! Located in the historic Reading terminal train station, this popular downtown nightspot is just blocks away from the birthplace of America: Independence Hall. Take in the sights, shop nearby at the largest urban enclosed mall, then celebrate your independence and this great nation where rock ‘n’ roll was born – at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia.

Priority Seating


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The limited-edition merchandise will be available in stores and the Online Rock Shop, with 15% of the retail price of both the pin and t-shirt benefiting The Fender Music Foundation and The Jimi Hendrix Park FoundationThe Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is raising funds for a park in Seattle that will motivate youth and others to achieve in music and art. The Fender Music Foundation provides resources for music programs across America, so that kids and adults alike will have an opportunity to experience the joys of music.


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Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia welcomes Summer & Scout groups ranging from 15 -250 for breakfast, lunch, dinner and we also can provide box lunches if needed! Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia is the perfect stop on your field trip in Philadelphia not just for a bite to eat, but to an all inclusive visit into Rock N’ Roll History. Located at the Terminal station, in Philadelphia, come join us for Breakfast, lunch or dinner on your your way through the city of Philadelphia. We offer four options of group menus with inclusive pricing for any group over 15 people. Contact Dawn N. Bundick or Jackie Antonucci in Group Sales at 215.238.0639 to make your reservation!

Class trips we offer the option to purchase HRC Classic Tee Shirts and get them cobranded with your school name / mascot and class year at a minimal additional cost! Make MEMORIES and enjoy the experience when visiting Philadelphia and dining at the Hard Rock Cafe!!

Hard Rock - Rock Shop

Make your Hard Rock Experience more Awesome by visiting the ROCK SHOP and get your exclusive Hard Rock Memorabilia and get something that will make your trip a memory that will always last!

Camp Reunions – Troop Meetings – Field Trips in Philadelphia

Summer Camps & Scouts looking for a great way to make lasting memories for their Senior Graduates? Look no further then booking your next Camp Reunion or Troop Meeting at Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia.  Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia can provide the space you need! Our living museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia makes a fantastic backdrop for any special event and can make your next School event a memorable night that your Students will never forget.

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Humane Way, Lacey Township, NJ, United States 30.48 mi
(609) 693-1900(609) 693-1900
(609) 693-8404

Popcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey.

When you visit the zoo, you may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including African lions, tigers, mountain lions, a camel, emus, rheas, muntjacs, Australian wallabies and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Zoo abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed and fallow deer, bobcats, an American black bear, and a raccoon. Farm animals such as horses, steer, sheep, pigs and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you’ll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the zoo.

But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death – each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Zoo and as you visit our web site. You have entered a world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey – bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

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Summer Camp & Scout Groups All Ages and Grades

Humane Education is an important key to the well-being of our society.  Understanding animals and their needs and kindness to animals is a cornerstone in the development of empathy in children. Understanding that animals are a living, breathing and integral part of the web of life, and should be respected accordingly is a valuable gift.  To that end, the more we can all know about the magnificent creatures that share this planet with us, the more stable and whole the world can be. In this regard, humane education is an important component.

Currently, the Society’s focus for humane education is in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. Ranger Dave (Sharpe) holds both classes and tours at Popcorn Park Zoo and our Forked River Animal Care Center, and provides education `in the field’ at local service organizations, schools, churches, etc. in the area. If you are interested in a guest speaker or in coming to the zoo to learn more, contact Ranger Dave at our Forked River facility at (609) 693-1900.

TOURS

The Society offers tours of Popcorn Park Zoo by appointment for many groups, be it school children, service organizations or others.  Please contact our Forked River facility if you are interested in scheduling a tour.  Take the time to watch our virtual tour of Popcorn Park below, and see for yourself how beautiful our zoo is.
Above right is a hawk enclosure surrounded by a pond for the waterfowl, complete with a waterfall. Below and left is the entrance to our Reptile House. And below, right is the entrance to the Zoo itself.

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States 30.73 mi

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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 Discovery Lessons:

Participate in an in-depth investigation of the natural sciences. Through these interactive classroom experiences, your students will develop important scientific skills, from making observations to designing experiments and interpreting data. Please note that Discovery Lessons can only be booked Tuesdays through Fridays.

All lessons have been developed to meet Educational Standards, including Pennsylvania State Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, and Philadelphia Core Curriculum Grade Levels.

We offer a variety of Discovery Lessons for grades Pre-K–23–6, and 7–12.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is an approved entity for the School District of Philadelphia. The paperwork is on file with the School District of Philadelphia Risk Management Office.

Self Guided Visits:

Take your students on an exciting exploration of the natural world. Our three floors of exhibits, ranging from dinosaurs and dioramas to hands-on interactive stations, are sure to make your field trip to the Academy the highlight of the school year.

All Programs, Special Events and Permanent Exhibitions can be found clicking here!

Hands-on Programming

Outside In

Experience the outdoors—inside! A tortoise, rabbit, legless lizard, and hissing cockroach are just a few of the live animals that you might meet in our discovery center. Investigate different habitats, examine a real meteorite, search for fossil footprints, dig for shark teeth, watch a working beehive, and more!

Pre-K–4th Grade 
35 minutes

$40 for 10-30 students or

$75 for 31-60 students Reservations required

The Big Dig

Let’s go fossil hunting! Become a field paleontologist and dig for dinosaur fossils in a setting straight out of the badlands. Academy educators teach you how to use the tools of the trade, supervise the digging, and help identify fossil finds.

Pre-K–5th Grade

20 minutes

$30 for 10-30 students or

$55 for 31-60 students Reservations required

To Register for Any of these Programs please click here

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Scouting

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The Academy is a terrific place for Scouts! We offer exciting activity days, popular Safari Overnight sleepovers, and interactive daytime workshops designed to help scouts earn badges. In addition to scheduled programs, private workshops can be scheduled for scout groups of 20–30, and private overnights can be arranged for groups of 100–300. Check out specific programs below. We look forward to seeing you at the Academy!


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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States 30.77 mi

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Programs

The Division of Education of the Philadelphia Museum of Art relates, through interpretation, the Museum’s collections and its commitment to their preservation, study and display, to the needs and interests of a diverse audience. The department has developed nationally and internationally recognized programs for children, families, teachers, adult learners, and special audiences alike.

Each year, approximately 75,000 students participate in Philadelphia Museum of Art programs meant to enliven their understanding of and responses to works of art. The goal of the Museum is to guide students toward a deeper and richer interpretation of the visual arts, by fostering their critical thinking and viewing skills, and by helping them to see how works of art relate to both their school curriculum and their life experiences.

Registration begins in September of each year. Register early as programs fill quickly; a minimum of two weeks notice is required when making your appointment. Appointments may be made by phone at 215-684-7580 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Arranging Your Visit  ●  Before, During & After Activities  ●  Online Visit Request

Tours & Programs

Learn the about the many ways to connect art and the classroom with a variety of workshops, programs, and resources designed especially for teachers.

Tours of Exhibitions

Group tours of select exhibitions at the Museum allow students a unique opportunity to experience works of art only on view for a limited time.

Wachovia Education Resource Center

Equipped as a high-tech research site and resource lending library, this center will house materials to help make cross-curricular connections: from online research sites, art-reference texts, and exhibition catalogs to teaching materials prepared by the Museum’s Education staff.

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30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, United States 40.72 mi

At The Crayola Experience™ visitors enter a world of discovery as they experience more than a dozen hands-on activities as well as learn how Crayola Crayons® and Markers are made. This is not the real manufacturing plant. It’s a colorful and interesting visitor center that allows children of all ages to unleash their creative spirit. Themes and projects change periodically to give visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.

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Learning Made Fun at The Crayola Experience™

Have your next field trip at the Crayola Experience! Since 1996, the Crayola Experience has hosted nearly 4 million guests in its 60,000 square foot, 4 story building filled with exciting hands-on attractions. Whether it’s learning about melted wax or discovering the secrets of how Crayola crayons are made, the Crayola Experience can provide a memorable class trip for your school!

When your classroom visits the Crayola Experience you can attend an interactive class that teaches the science of making the perfect crayon! Campers or Scouts will learn how each ingredient contributes to a crayon’s functionality, as well as how heating and cooling help to make one of their classroom favorites.

Group visit includes:

  • A hands-on lesson about melted wax
  • Live manufacturing demonstration of how crayons are made
  • Tailored instruction to meet your classroom’s grade level
  • Applied principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • All day access to 4 floors of hands-on attractions

Book your trip today! Our Group Sales Account Executive would be happy to help you get started:

Groups Visits 
Jennifer Murray: 610.515.8000 x6660
jemurray@crayola.com

RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR SCOUT TROOP!

This new program allows you an easy way to raise money for your organization! Now you can raise $1 for every Crayola Experience ticket sold by your Troop with our special fundraising program.

This program is FREE to you and is easy to get started!

To learn more, please contact our Group Sales Account Executive

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1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102, United States 45.29 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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The More the Merrier

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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