New York City
Showtime! Your Broadway Adventure Begins
Add some drama to your life as you set off on a Broadway adventure with your grandchild! Attend two performances, enjoy a Times Square adventure and have fun in a theater workshop.
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Program No. 16370RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 2 L 4 D
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After checking in at the hotel front desk, take your bags to your room. At 4:00 p.m. come to the designated hotel meeting room (location will be posted) to register with the Road Scholar program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: 5:00 p.m.: In the Tick Tock Diner just off the hotel lobby, we’ll have our first meal together and order from a select menu. This 24-hour diner features American cooking and “comfort food.” Dinner in the diner is included even if you arrive late. You may eat later but please attend Orientation first. Or, get “take out” and bring your plate to the meeting room.

Evening: 6:15 p.m.: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This active program involves extensive walking and use of public transportation including the New York subway system with many stairs up and down. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following orientation, we will walk over to the Empire State Building for a bird’s eye view of the city.

Times Square, Visit a Broadway Theatre, Singing Waiters
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have bagels, muffins, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereals, cream cheese, jelly, and butter, plus milk (regular and low-fat), orange juice, coffee/decaf, tea.

Morning: We’ll take a field trip to the New Amsterdam Theatre for a private visit. We’ll also see props from some of the most popular Disney shows. Depending on what’s happening in the theatre that day, we may have some nice surprises. Next, we’ll walk through the Theatre District with a local expert to learn about and become familiar with the area. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have deli sandwiches and a beverage.

Afternoon: This afternoon is the first of our Intergenerational theatre workshops for both kids and adults. We’ll be joined a local expert, an educator in movement, who will teach us singing and dance moves and routines.

Dinner: At a retro 1950s theme diner — featuring singing waiters who aspire to be future stars of stage and screen — we’ll have plated meals and order from a select menu.

Evening: We’ll take a walk through Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal.

Workshop, Meet a Performer, Performance
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the meeting room.

Morning: We’ll review what we learned in the workshop before and then we’ll meet with an expert in stage movement who will take us through our moves.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: As a special highlight of the program, we’ll meet a young performer on their way up and learn how they got started. Grandkids will then rehearse their theater workshop moves and grandparents can watch if they like or take a break.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: We will travel by subway down to the charming neighborhood of Greenwich Village and take in a performance of the "Blue Man Group."

Theatre District Discovery Adventure, Free Time
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the meeting room.

Morning: Especially for kids: In the Theatre District around Times Square, we’ll divide into two smaller groups and set out on a field trip to explore the heart of New York show business. We’ll have maps and clues to discover some of the famous sights and take pictures to document our discoveries. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: In the meeting room.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. If you want to attend an event such as a Broadway show or a performance at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, etc., you may want to order tickets in advance. There are always a lot of options available at the TKTS Discount Booth for same-day tickets at 20% to 50% off regular prices. The Group Leader will give advice on how to make it go as smoothly as possible. See www.tdf.org for details.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. If you have something special in mind, we recommend making reservations in advance.

Evening: At leisure. Experience more of what New York has to offer to see and do what interests you most.

Musical Developments, Theatre Pro, Workshop, Performance
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room.

Morning: Another special highlight, we’ll meet a theatre professional who works behind the scenes. It might be a stagehand, costumer, designer, or someone else who helps make the magic happen. We’ll hear how things really work to support the performers on stage. Next, we’ll be joined by a seasoned Broadway actor who will tell us about life of a performer and what it takes to be successful — meaning, employed!

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: For our third and last theatre workshop, kids and adults will join together again to learn more about movement in Broadway musicals. Our educator will take us through the moves we’re perfecting.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll order from a select with beverage choices of soda, coffee, tea, water. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends at our farewell dinner.

Evening: We will attend a performance of Disney's "Aladdin." Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure after our final session in the morning.

Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
New York

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: In the meeting room.

Morning: We’ll have a lively wrap-up session and discuss the performances included in the program and any you may have attended on your own. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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