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Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas (Part I)

Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas (Part I)

Focus on the Arts:

Here’s a list of some fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family for a field trip.  Our homeschool group/family has been to all of these places and loved them!  This week the ideas I’m suggesting all are in the “Arts” category.

1.  East Falls Glassworks:  Glassblowing demonstrations for kids’ groups.  The artistry of glassblowing is beautiful to behold!  Recommended for ages 6 and up.  http://www.eastfallsglass.com/events.php

2.  The Clay Studio: Pottery demonstrations for kids’ groups.  Expose your children to the talent of creating vases, mugs, teapots etc. on the potter’s wheel!  Recommended for ages 6 and up.  http://www.theclaystudio.org/classes/class.php?category=2

3.  Pennsylvania Ballet:  The Pennsylvania Ballet allows homeschool groups to come see their dress rehearsals for FREE!  Check out this post for more information on this program: https://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/pennsylvania-ballet-dress-rehearsal-program/

4.  Upper Darby Performing Arts Center:  Puts on wonderful productions throughout the year.   This November the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society is performing “The Nutcracker”.  The shows run from November 18 – November 20th.  Tickets are $10 – $24.  For more information check out this link: http://www.udpac.org/shows

5.  Sundays on Stage: (Philadelphia Public Library in Center City)  These shows are short but excellent and they’re FREE.  They start at 2pm.  Among other shows this December groups will be performing “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol”.  Check out this link for more information: http://www.freelibrary.org/libserv/sunstage.htm

6.  Theatre Productions at local high schools:  Have you considered taking your children to shows done by highschool students?  You can contact each of these schools for more information on their programs.

A.  CAPA (Philadelphia Magnet High School for the Creative Arts and Performing Arts) does several wonderful productions during the year.  These kids are very talented and went through a difficult audition process to get into the school!  The theatre department just finished a performance of “The Crucible” a well-known play by Arthur Miller (who also wrote “Death of a Salesman”).  (Their phone # is: 215-952-2462) http://www.capa.phila.k12.pa.us/index.html

B.  Likewise, the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush is also a Creative and Performing Arts Magnet High School with different presentations throughout the year.  (Their phone # is: 215-281-2603)  http://rushartsonline.org/wordpress/?cat=17

C.  Cheltenham High School is not a school for the creative and performing arts, but we’ve found their productions to be excellent!  (Their phone # is 215-517-3700)  They will be doing a Fall play on November 18 & 19th.  http://www.cheltenham.org/popup_info.cfm?get=413812

7.  Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is always a great place to take your kids to expose them to works done by “The Masters”.  The museum also has a wonderful section devoted to armory.  (My boys enjoy this section of the museum.)  Children ages 12 and under have Free Admission every day, and the first Sunday of each month families can pay as they wish for admission.  Here’s the link to their website: http://www.philamuseum.org/visit/

8.  Keswick Theatre: This theatre has day programs for kids in the Spring.  Their website is: http://www.keswicktheatre.com/

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Posted by Gwen Fredette on Nov 2, 2011

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