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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Workshops for families provide a venue for intergenerational groups to create art together. In these workshops, adults assist children in brainstorming ideas as well as aid with the creation of the artwork. In addition to specially scheduled family workshops, drop-in family workshops are regularly featured during our special events, such as Groundhog’s Day, A Day at the Fair, Anniversary Arts Party, Summer Social and Lights On. Past family workshops have included bubble wrap sculptures, story collages, and natural pigment creation.

Grounds For Sculpture is an amazing venue where you can experience art firsthand! Throughout the year, Grounds For Sculpture offers hands-on art workshops for students of all ages, from early childhood through adult learners. Workshops taught by artist instructors are an opportunity to engage in the art-making process and expand your creative skills! Please check our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of current workshops.

Workshops for children are extremely popular at Grounds For Sculpture.

  • Tots on Tour, designed for early childhood learners age 3-5, meets monthly, year-round. This program is designed and taught by a certified art teacher. The theme and lesson changes once per month. Tots on Tour features a story time, a child-friendly tour of selected sculptures in the park, and hands-on art making. Projects explore various art media, such as painting, printmaking, collage and more!
  • Young Artist Workshops serve two age groups, children 6-9 and children 10-14. These workshops complement Grounds For Sculpture’s exhibitions by exploring art media and techniques based upon featured artists. Class size is limited and children have the opportunity to work closely with the artist instructor. Young Artist Workshops are very popular and spaces fill-up fast!

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.

Free Drop-in Tours

APRIL-OCTOBER Tours may be available at 11am and/or 1pm
NOVEMBER Tours are offered at 1pm
DECEMBER Tours are limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

(All of the above Drop-In tours are dependent on docent availability)

We suggest calling 609-586-0616 before visiting, to confirm that a drop-in tour is scheduled for the date/time of the visit. Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.  Reservations are not required and there is no additional charge for the tours. On arrival, to confirm place in a tour, a sign-up in the Visitor’s Center is required. Sign-up is available one hour prior the scheduled start of the tour. All registrants should meet their Volunteer Docent in the Visitor’s Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Please note that Drop-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All Drop-In Tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and availability of docents.

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Tickets 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 Fasmilies. We can accommodate anyone and everyone 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 you and your family 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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Family Trips

Colonial Bowling & Entertainment can host any event. We welcome you and your family for a unforgettable day at our indoor entertainment complex in New jersey.  We offer activities that will keep you and your familybusy 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

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 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.

Birthday Parties

Our birthday parties will rock your kids’ world! Watch them bowl, play eat, drink and have a blast. And you? Totally taken care of. Our expert party planners ensure your party will be a STRIKING success. We can accommodate any size party, and all birthday parties can be customized to include bowling, lazer tag, arcade, and/or mini-bowling, along with several food options.

Below is a list of our kids birthday party packages.  There’s something for everyone, from our Cosmic, Galactic, to our Super-Sonic parties.  Each package is customized to your child’s interests–Bowling, Laser Tag, Arcade, or even a combination.

Each party also includes a special trip into our Cosmic Ticket Tunnel, which allows your child to grab as many tickets as they can in our super-sonic wind tunnel machine.  This experience is one of the most requested and enjoyed by the birthday party child!  Below you will also find a list of items you can include to enhance your party experience!

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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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Howell Farm’s “Living History” enriches the present through reenactment of the past. But the past holds more than cultural riches. It holds tangible wealth for present and future generations. As you, the visitor, explore history by walking back in time, you will discover that millions of farmers in Asia, Africa and India are using similar animal-powered technology to feed growing populations and to eliminate the drudgery of hand labor. Howell Farm’s Internship Program provides training for small-farm extension agents who will work overseas teaching others how to introduce or upgrade animal-powered farming systems. It will offer you new insights into the relativity – and utility – of history.

Howell Farm is a place where generations meet and share that gift we call heritage. Join us. It is heritage with a future.

Farm Funjoining in farm crafts, games and play; snack time. Each week, FarmHands will participate in the Farm’s scheduled craft program, and in a special activity such as a wagon ride, nature walk, game or storytelling.

This year session in the program meet for 7 Saturdays with the exception of the 2nd Fall session, which is only 6 Saturdays. 

Application: Parents wishing to enroll in the FarmHands program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date unless they have previous been in the program. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Meeting and Session Dates.

Applications cannot be made by mail.

FarmHands is a program for children 6-9 years old or 10-12 years old. It introduces older children to farm chores, crafts, and games and to seasonal activities which are part of the Farm’s actual operation.

The program is staffed by a FarmHands teacher, who is assisted by one or two FarmHands parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.

During the 3-hour long program from 10:00-1:00 for 10-12 year olds and 1:30-4:30pm for 6-9 year olds, FarmHands spend their time on three different types of activities:

Daily Choresfeeding and watering animals, mixing animal feeds, collecting eggs, etc.
Seasonal Work: helping with actual operations, such as:
Spring — planting potatoes, bottle feeding lambs, digging the garden
Summer — gathering honey, watering the orchard, weighing the pigs
Fall — digging potatoes, husking corn, picking pumpkins, making cider
Winter — collecting sap for maple syrup, gathering firewood, setting
up lambing pens
The Hatchery is a weekday morning program for children 3-5 years old. It is designed as a “first-time” farm experience for children, introducing them to animals, crops and farm living through hands-on activities that are safe, fun and educational.
The program is staffed by a Hatchery teacher, who is assisted by one or two Hatchery parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.
During the 3 hour program, Hatchery children spend their time on several types of activities:
Chores: Through daily chore routines, children learn about the needs and products of farm animals. Routines involve some or all of the following: collecting eggs, pumping water for work horses, shelling corn for geese, putting hay in sheep manger, putting straw in calf pen.
Seasonal Activities: In the spring, children visit baby animals, plant a garden, and see a sheep being shorn. In the fall, children pick and decorate pumpkins, dig potatoes, husk Indian corn and make a wallow for the pigs.
Crafts: Children make crafts using materials from the farm: corncobs, egg shells, wool, feathers, etc. Sometimes a cooking or baking project is done instead of a craft.
Storytelling and Singing: Farm related themes are used to reinforce what children have learned about animals, crops and nature.
Outdoor FunChildren explore the farm and its seasons through walks, games and play. Towards the end of the 12 week session, each child will have a chance to ride a horse or pony, and to take a hayride.
Application:
Parents wishing to enroll in The Hatchery program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Call the farm at 609-737-3299 for meeting dates and fees.

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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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Family fun is what we’re all about at Six Flags. So get ready to let loose and laugh. From the highest heights to the gentlest adventures, we’ve got plenty of rides you can enjoy together.

Family Rides at Six Flags Great Adventure

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Air Jumbo

Minimum Height: 48″

Take flight with the most unlikely co-pilots, baby elephants, on this light-hearted float-around.

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Big Wheel

Big Wheel

Minimum Height: None with adult

Ride the enduring classic Ferris wheel.  At 150 feet, this one’s as big as the sky.

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Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train

Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure Train

Minimum Height: 41″ with adult

Family thrills await on this swift and scenic junior roller coaster that races through the hills at 22 mph.

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Buccaneer

Buccaneer

Minimum Height: None with adult.

High flying thrills await as the pirate ship Buccaneer sets sail, swing high and low on waves of excitement.

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Carousel

Carousel

Minimum Height: None with adult

Step back in time and choose your ride on this restored old time classic carousel, a favorite for all ages.

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Congo Rapids

Congo Rapids

Minimum Height: 36″ with adult

Brave the current on the ultimate white-water river rafting experience!

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Deja Vu

DejaVu

Minimum Height: 36″

This classic scrambler will spin you so fast you won’t remember if you’re coming or going!

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Enchanted Teacups

Enchanted Teacups

Minimum Height: None with adult.

This tea party’s out of control on a teacup-style spin-a-rama.  The more you twist, the harder you spin!

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Fender Benders

Fender Benders

Minimum Height: 48″ with adult.

No need for brakes as you put your pedal to the metal on this classic, clobbering, bumper car smash-up!

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Great American Road Race

Great American Road Race

Minimum Height: 42″

You’ll love the thrill of the open road on this classic go-kart speedway.

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Houdini's Great Escape

Houdini’s Great Escape

Minimum Height: 48″

Don’t get spooked by the ghost of Harry Houdini on this elaborately designed journey into magic.

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Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

Minimum Height: None with adult.

An enormous creepy skeleton is your host on a delightfully dizzy—making spin—out.

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Parachute Training Center

Parachute Training Center: Edwards AFB

Minimum Height: 36″ with adult

Experience the rush of parachuting from a 250-foot tower, without jumping out of an airplane!

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Rock Climbing Wall

Rockwall

Minimum Height: 36″

Climb a sheer rock wall with your bare hands on this mountain climbing adventure. Additional fee required.

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Safari Off Road Adventure

Safari Off Road Adventure

Minimum Height: None with adult

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

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Saw Mill Log Flume

Saw Mill Log Flume

Minimum Height: None with adult

Saw Mill Log Flume drops you 4 stories down into refreshing water.

Saw Mill Log Flume is closed for the season.

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Skyway Cable Cars (Frontier)

Skyway – Frontier Adventures

Minimum Height: None with adult.

Ride a classic cable car high over the park, from Frontier Adventures to Lakefront.

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Skyway Cable Cars (Frontier)

Skyway — Lakefront

Minimum Height: None with adult.

With these classic cable cars, getting from Lakefront to Frontier Adventures has never been so fun!

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Riddle Me This

Swashbuckler

Minimum Height: 42″

Experience the awesome power of gravity on this standing, revolving, adrenaline rush.

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Tango

Tango

Minimum Height: None with adult.

Jiggle till you giggle on a zigger that skitters back and forth across a wobbly, twisty course.

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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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Classes and more…

Whether it is wheel thrown, hand built, or painting unfinished original and handmade pieces, our experienced staff can assist you in bringing your ideas to life. We pride ourselves on handmade and original pieces and ideas.

From throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, to sculpture and freeform design, The Clay Pot has the right class for you. Walk-in pottery painting welcomed with no appointment necessary.

All our prices are inclusive—there are never sitting or firing fees. All classes and lessons include tools, clay, glaze, and firing of finished pieces.

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.

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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, Tours of Historic Philadelphia

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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Constitutional Walking Tours for Family Trips

The Constitutional Walking Tour is perfect for domestic or international visitors alike. In Summer 2005, visitors from all 50 United States and more than 50 foreign countries took The Constitutional.

The Constitutional Guided Walking Tour is also great for team building, special events, and entertaining clients, as well as an ideal orientation event for summer associates, new hires, and relocating firms or employees.

Private and group tours can be arranged for almost anytime – weekday or weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate from 1 up to 300 walkers. We provide multiple in-house trained tour guides for an entertaining and informative tour. We work closely with each client to create the most enjoyable “Constitutional” experience possible.

Our tour guides are passionate historians and Philadelphians who hail from top academic institutions. They have been trained in our “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.

We also offer:

  • Step-on Guides – Our professionally trained tour guides can provide tours on foot and on your motor coach or bus. We specialize in Historic Philadelphia, but we also provide tours of Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Art Museum area, South Street, America’s largest urban park – Fairmount Park, and more.
  • Multilingual Tour Guides – We offer tours in various foreign languages and can also help you find a translator
  • Spouse and Guest Programs – During meetings and conferences, we create spouse and guest itineraries and excursions in and around Philadelphia.
  • “This Date in History”– Create a memorable evening with that special someone as you embark on a private candlelit walking tour of historic Philadelphia and dinner for 2 in Philadelphia’s Old City.
  • Historical Treasure Hunts – We can create great team building experiences as you explore and learn about America’s Birthplace.
  • Destination Management – From providing Liberty Loot’s Authentic Philadelphia Gift Bags (featuring snacks, souvenirs and sightseeing information) to planning seasonal and theme parties to transportation management services and special events, we can serve all your needs with local presence in the market, both before and during your trip.

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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.

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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

Family Visits

 

Come one come all, we are a family friendly restaurant that has a diverse playlist. Music evolves with each generations taste. Great scratched based kitchen to provide you with that same great food each time you visit the Hard Rock Cafe! Located at the Terminal station, in Philadelphia, come join us for Breakfast, lunch or dinner on your way through the city of Philadelphia. Our Rock shop has something for everyone from tee shirts to drum sticks! Celebrate your special occasions with us, birthdays, graduations, and everything in between! So, if you are visiting Philadelphia or planning on coming to the City where freedom rings, stop by for a bite to eat and enjoy the only place dedicated to Rock N’ Roll. For everyone in the area, Hard Rock Philadelphia welcomes you to join us for some great food, great tunes and great merchandise. 

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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 stop at Hard Rock Philadelphia a memory that will always last!

SPECIAL EVENTS

TIME TO STRIKE UP YOUR BAND!

Looking for a unique way to have your next birthday party, family gathering, or just in the mood of having a large get together somewhere that has great food and music? Look no further the Hard Rock Philadelphia! Events, like great music are born of inspiration. We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional experience with a rock ‘n’ roll twist for each of our guests. We start by putting ourselves in your shoes.

From “Acoustic to Full Blown Productions!”

You want more than just another venue to make a lasting impression…

  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Meet & Greets
  • Family Gatherings
  • Birthday to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Wonder if the event menu is only burgers?! Hardly! While our standard fare has raving fans across the world, and features smoke house ribs & chicken, and fresh wild Alaskan salmon, we create awesome menus for even the most discerning tastes! And we love dessert!! We impress rock stars with incredible backstage culinary delights. Its time to give your group the VIP experience.

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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.

Family Trips & Programs

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For Parents and Families

Whether it’s camp, field trips, birthday parties, or more, sign-up for enjoyable and memorable programs for families and children. You can also participate in family-friendly festivals and museum activities.

Birthday Parties at the Academy

With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party! Celebrate your child’s special day with dinosaurs, butterflies, hands-on activities, and personalized attention from our staff.

Our Birthday Parties…

  • Are for children ages 3 and up
  • Are 2 hours long
  • Are available at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Include free admission to the museum

For More Information on their Birthday Party Packages click here

Family Field Trips and Workshops

The Academy invites you and your family to share in one or more of fun and educational field trips and workshops that are held on selected weekends throughout the year. They are designed for children ages seven and up.

For more information about the programs, contact Hollie Barattolo at barattolo@ansp.org.

Safari Overnights

Experience the Academy After Dark. Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy’s experienced naturalists! Break to socialize and enjoy refreshments and snacks. Sleep next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Awake to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch.

For more information on their Safari Overnight Program and Schedule Click here

Tiny Tot Explorers

Young children and their favorite adults can join us in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs, and museum lorations. Tiny Tots Explorers (ages 3–4) meet from 10–11 am on Wednesday mornings in Outside In. We will provide an appropriate snack.

You may register for a single session or the entire series. Session size is limited to ten adult/child pairs.

For more information and Session dates and Times Click Here

Festivals and Events

The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a wide variety of Events and Festivals through out the year.

Click here to see what is happening when!

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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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Family & Children’s Programs

Let your creativity soar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Explore a wide range of interactive programs designed for families with children ages 3–12. From large scale Special Family Events to intimate gallery tours, families can discover the world of art together.

Family Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers plenty of Family Programs that allow children and parents to learn, create, and most important, have fun together. All programs and events are free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Services Desk.

Family Celebrations

Family Celebrations showcase local and nationally recognized performance groups for an experience that combines the magic of the visual and performing arts. The Balcony Studio features art projects inspired by artwork in the Museum’s collections.

Children’s Art Classes

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3-4 and Ages 3-5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class.

The winter session of art classes begin the week of January 21, 2014. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the Winter semester beginning December 10th at 10:00 a.m. To register by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (member $2.50, nonmember $3.50). There is no service charge for reservations made at the Museum.

Tuition assistance is available upon request.

Self-Guided Family Tours

Audio Guides for Children
Art comes to life with the American Art Kids Tour and the Arms and Armor Tour, interactive audio guides written especially for children ages 6–10. To learn more, inquire at the Visitor Services Desks located in the East and West entrances.

Self-Guided Family Tours
Explore the Museum at your own pace with a free, printed family guide that includes information about selected works of art and artists as well as looking questions and fun activities.

Make Art At Home activities invite families to extend their Museum visit by having engaging, creative time together at home. Children can learn about masterpieces from the Museum’s vast collections and then create their own work of art in response.

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at educate@philamuseum.org.

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5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473, United States 39.05 mi

Serene country estate landscaped by Thomas Meehan & Sons to highlight the Colonial Revival mansion and surrounding farmland of 170 acres. Originally constructed about 1720, the mansion was redesigned and enlarged by architect Arthur Brockie in 1901 to enhance a country gentleman’s lifestyle. Fully furnished with antiques collected by former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker reflecting his interests in early Pennsylvania history, German and Dutch settlers, native Americans, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The collection also includes Governor Pennypacker’s political (1903 – 1907), genealogical and personal papers. Research by appointment.  Scope of Collections

Activities throughout the year include exhibits, nature walks, workshops, and special events.  Picnic facilities available. Large group and school tours are requested to call in advance to schedule visits. First floor of mansion and restrooms are handicap accessible.

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2014 Civil War Reunion

Saturday, May 31, 2014 ~ 10 am to 5 pm

& Sunday, June 1, 2014 ~ 10 am to 4 pm

With cannons blasting and soldiers marching, the Civil War arrives in Montgomery County!

Don’t miss this outstanding two-day event with hundreds of infantry, artillery, and living historians. The event is great for all ages. Especially for kids, come to the Be a Soldier program.

The event and parking are free. Refreshments will be able for purchase.

Please call 610-287-9349 or email

PennypackerMills@MontcoPA.org for more information.

Pennypacker Mills Mansion and Tents

Ongoing Demonstrations, Activities and Shopping Opportunites

Civilian Street
Experience bread  baking, hair fashion, children’s  dolls, phrenology, children’s clothing, & cooking. Also, visit the
military engineers  and learn about map making & surveying.

Military Camps
Visitors are welcome to visit  both Confederate & Union camps where they can inspect the camps, food preparation, meet soldiers & learn about life in the Infantry.

Musicians
Saturday, see  Matthew Dodd throughout the  day on the Mansion Porch. Later in the day, stay after the battle for a early evening concert with the Irish Band of the PA 69th!

Artillery
Stop by both Artillery camps to learn about the cannons, roles of the crew, and ammunition. It’s a blast!
Sutlers
Our merchants sell a wide variety of Civil War Era merchandise from fabric & sewing needs, military & civilian clothing, and wooden toys & furniture.

Mansion Tours
Throughout the weekend tour the decorated mansion of Samuel Pennypacker and his family & visit the new exhibit
in the Galleries.

Museum Shop
Purchase old fashioned toys, period inspired gifts, and books. Buy your copy of Six Weeks in Uniform, Governor Pennypacker’s account of his experience in the Pennsylvania militia .

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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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Birthdays

Let the Crayola Experience plan your child’s next birthday party. You choose the food & the guests and we will do the rest.

Let your family & friends play in our 60,000 square foot, 4 story building filled with exciting hands-on attractions. Whether it’s designing a custom Crayola marker from scratch or burning off some energy climbing through our Color Playground, everyone is sure to have a good time.

Overview

  • Base price $214.85 (plus sales tax) includes:
    • ALL DAY Admission for up to 15 guests (guests include children & adults)
      • Additional guests are $12.99 plus sales tax ($4 off regular admission)
    • Unlimited access to all 4 Floors of hands-on experiences
    • Free party room for 1 hour
    • Free party supplies
      • Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
    • Free secure area for gifts while you enjoy the facility
  • Add-Ons
    • Crayola character appearance – $20
    • Lunch options (inquire with sales rep for pricing)
      • Choice of: Pizza, hot dogs, and beverages
      • No outside food or beverages permitted – Birthday cakes are allowed
    • Party bags – $5.00 each
  • Booking
    • 2 week advance booking
    • Time slots
      • 10:00AM – 11:00AM
      • 11:30AM – 12:30PM
      • 1:00PM – 2:00PM
      • 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Policy

  • Payment
    • 25% deposit required to hold date and time
    • Balance due 24hrs in advance
    • The Crayola Experience accepts cash and major credit cards
      • No personal checks accepted as payment
  • Upon Arrival
    • Arrive ½ hour prior to party start time
      • To ensure you have a full hour in the party room, please ask your party guests to arrive 15 minutes prior to the party’s start time
    • Check-in at Front Desk to verify number of guests
    • Meet with party host to review details

For more information, please call 610-515-8000 ext. 4

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14-38 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States 49.59 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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CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Children and Family Programs Link

Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30, programs for our youngest transit fans are offered free with Museum admission. See a complete list of upcoming programs by downloading the most recent Children’s calendar. To receive our quarterly children and family calendar by mail, call (718) 694-1792.

View Children’s Calendar (PDF)

CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Celebrate your child’s next birthday party at the New York Transit Museum. Led by the Museum’s enthusiastic and skilled education staff, parties for children 3 and up, bring to life over 100 years of transit lore. TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS said we’re the “perfect place to throw your kid’s bash.” So join us in the bus driver’s seat, stroll along a platform of vintage cars and swipe through the birthday turnstile for a party your child will never forget!

To begin the reservation process, download our reservation form or contact Timothy Keiley, (718) 694-1579, timothy.keiley@nyct.com.

Party On!

Your party for 15 children and 6 adults includes…

  • Two Museum staff members dedicated exclusively to your party making sure your guests have a great time, plus exclusive use of our lunch room and education center
  • A special, kid friendly guided tour of the Museum that’s fun for adults too!
  • Party games and activities, like Design a Vehicle, Make a Mosaic, Scavenger Hunt just right for your child’s age
  • A Family membership so you can enjoy the Transit Museum all year long
  • Set-up and clean-up assistance

Morning Local
$650 (Current Museum Members $595)
Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 1 pm

  • Parties are 2 hours and include enough time in our lunch room for both pizza and cake!
  • A $15 fee is charged for each additional child, with a maximum of 20 children per party. Additional adults can be added for $10 each.

Afternoon Express
$525 (Current Museum Members $470)
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 – 4 pm

  • Parties are 1 ½ hours and include time for cake in our lunch room.
  • A $15 fee is charged for each additional child, with a maximum of 20 children per party. Additional adults can be added for $10 each.

All parties are followed by a 15 minute clean up period, after which guests are escorted from the party area. You may remain in the Museum to enjoy our other exhibitions.

Outside cakes, cupcakes and beverages are welcome. Additional food, such as pizza, bagels or platters, must be supplied by the Museum’s approved Local Stop Members. (Exceptions will be made for individuals with food allergies or special dietary needs.) Alcoholic beverages including beer and wine are prohibited at children’s parties.

Make Your Reservation!

Download and complete a reservation form, or contact Timothy Keiley at (718) 694-1579 for additional information.

A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold your requested date. Cancellations must be made three weeks prior to the party date to avoid a cancellation fee of 50%. Cancelled parties may be rebooked for a $75 fee.

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373D U.S. 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004, United States 49.87 mi

New Jersey Rock Gym

Here’s a question we get all the time: Are there any indoor Rock wall climbing places in New Jersey? The answer is yes! The New Jersey Rock Gym in West Fairfield NJ is an awesome rock gym, if we’ve ever seen one! New Jersey Rock Gym is recognized as the area’s premier indoor climbing center, featuring state of the art climbing equipment. The gym offers the opportunity for climbers of all abilities to challenge and enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment. Our facilities include:

  • Over 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain
  • 4,000 square feet of dedicated bouldering
  • 41 top rope stations
  • Giant lead roof with room for up to five climbers at one time
  • The largest free standing Boulder Island in New Jersey with challenging features, rappelling tower, and observation deck
  • Bouldering Tunnel will follow-along ramp permits a climber to ascent up to 25′ without a rope
  • Private refreshment room
  • Climbers lounge with WiFi
  • Pro Shop

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Celebrate your Birthday at the New Jersey Rock Gym. Our Instructional Climbing Parties are loads of fun and totally safe.

Download Birthday Invitations here. Directions are included.

Ask about our Birthday Party Favors priced at $1.50 and up

The Everest – for ages 7 and up

Cost: $220 for up to 10 participants; $16 for each additional participant

  • 1.5 hrs of instruction and climbing, 1/2 hour in our private party room
  • Harness and all equipment; njrg professional staff at no extra charge

The Summit – for ages 7 and up

Cost: $300 for up to 10 participants; $24 for each additional participant

  • 1.5 hrs of instruction and climbing, 1/2 hour in our private party room
  • Harness and all equipment; njrg professional staff at no extra charge
  • 2 slices of pizza and soda, including paper goods

The Dyno – for ages 6 and 7

Cost: $220 for up to 12 participants

  •   1 hr of instruction and climbing, 1/2 hour in our private party room
  • -Harness and all equipment; njrg professional staff at no extra charge

The Himalaya – for Ages 6 and up

Cost: $135 for up to 6 participants

  • 1.5 hrs of instruction and climbing, 1/2 hour in our private party room
  • -Harness and all equipment; njrg professional staff at no extra charge

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Belay Certification Class

Prerequisite: Must be 15yrs. or older; No experience necessary

Includes:One Free Week Admission, plus Gear

Cost: $40.00

This class is designed for those who have had no prior climbing and/or belaying experience. Students will learn the basic skills to get them started climbing indoors on top-rope including gym etiquette, harness use, knot tying, commands, belaying and lowering. After completion of this class, students will be prepared for NJRG’s Top-Rope Certification Test.

Class Includes: Gear Rental, lesson, and pass to climb for the balance of the day.

Class Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays (7:00pm-9:00pm), Saturdays and Sundays (10:00am – 12:00pm; 1:00pm-3:00pm)

Class Time: 1 ½ – 2 hours, depending on number of students.

To reserve: Pre-payment is necessary to reserve your spot. We require 48 hour notice to cancel or to reschedule. Failure to do so will lead to a loss of program fee.

Student/Instructor ratio: 4 to 1.

Youth Climbing Program

Prerequisite: For ages 5-14; No experience necessary

Participants will learn climbing technique, knot-tying, top-roping, bouldering, and climbing safety under the supervision of experienced NJRG instructors. Classes are kept small to no more than four students per instructor. Classes are offered after school hours and on Saturday mornings. Classes are organized into 8-week sessions. Children can take class one or two days a week. This is a great way to teach children how to climb in a safe and friendly environment, and promote physical fitness and problem solving. For more information or to register please call the gym or drop us an email at info@njrockgym.com.

Cost: $144.00 / 8 week session plus $35.00 yearly registration fee

Registration Forms are available now.

Adult Technique Course 101 & 102

Adult Technique 101

This session focuses on techniques that allow you to move up the wall with the least amount of energy. You will be able to climb longer and harder and avoid forearm pump by using these skills.

Introduced during session 1 are: warming up, how to grip a hold, foot work, stemming, back stepping, mantle, flagging

During the class the instructor will help each student perfect their technique and to avoid techniques that are not productive. This will avoid developing bad hanbits that are hard to correct. The instructor will share ways to train and avoid injuries.

Adult Technique 102

This session begins with a review of the first session followed by some easy climbs. During the climbs the instructor will observe the climbers to see which techniques need additional practive before introducing new techniques.

Techniques introduced during session 2 are: warming up, smearing, flagging, layback, hand smear, drop-knee, dyno, heal hook, how to attack overhangs.

During the rest of class time climbers will work on the weak link theory of training. This means identifying a technique that they do not do will and working on it.

Details: The classes are both 2 hours long from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and limited to six adults. You must be top rope certified and advanced registration is required.

Cost:
$25.00 per class for members, $30.00 per class for non-members
1 week cancellation policy, 2 person minimum to run class.
Call for reservations and dates of classes.

Kids Climb

Prerequisite: Must be 6yrs. or older; No experience necessary
Cost: $20.00

This class is a 1.5 hour climbing session, in which we provide instructors to belay participants, and provide helpful instruction.

Class Schedule: Every Sunday (10:30am – 12:00pm)

Class Time: 1 ½ hours

To reserve: Pre-payment is necessary, due by the Thursday before your session. Walk-ins are not allowed. We require 48 hour notice to cancel or at least 24 hour notice to reschedule. Failure to do so will lead to a loss of program fee.

Student/Instructor ratio: 6 to 1.

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