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Birthplace of the Nation: Philadelphia With Your Grandchild

Discover Philadelphia with your grandchild through the eyes of a revolutionary soldier, a founding father, an 18th century child, an American icon and, of course, a Road Scholar.
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Program No. 2562RJ
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6 days
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1,949 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD
Pennsylvania

Birthplace of the Nation: Philadelphia With Your Grandchild

Discover Philadelphia with your grandchild through the eyes of a revolutionary soldier, a founding father, an 18th century child, an American icon and, of course, a Road Scholar.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD
Program No. 2562 RJ
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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At a Glance

Why is Philadelphia one of the best cities in the country for grandparents and grandkids? Because there is so much history to learn about together and so many fun experiences to share! Explore the homes and hang-outs of America’s Founding Fathers and Mothers, examine revolutionary relics at the new Museum of the American Revolution, learn amazing facts about the human body inside a two-story model of the human heart and much, much more!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking one mile per day on city streets, standing at historic sites and museums. Use of public transportation, getting on and off city buses.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Journey back in time as you learn about the important events and figures that helped shaped the legacy of the United States of America, from Independence Hall to the famed Liberty Bell.
  • Explore the exhibits of the Franklin Institute, where you’ll walk through the giant beating heart and learn about the most-famous Philadelphian, Ben Franklin.
  • Get a fascinating look at several domestic arts from the colonial era, including handmade paper and colonial cooking, at a historic homestead.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12.
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John Becton
Joe Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After attending Philadelphia public schools, he went on to earn associate degrees in social work and social science and a B.A. in history education at the University of West Florida. He is a noted Philadelphia musical artist who performs a repertoire of 19th century spirituals and Civil War songs. He also interprets the styles of music developed by Africans in America and the collision of cultures that created the music we call gospel, jazz and blues. Joe is a retired National Park Service Ranger at Independence National Historical Park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Joe Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After attending Philadelphia public schools, he went on to earn associate degrees in social work and social science and a B.A. in history education at the University of West Florida. He is a noted Philadelphia musical artist who performs a repertoire of 19th century spirituals and Civil War songs. He also interprets the styles of music developed by Africans in America and the collision of cultures that created the music we call gospel, jazz and blues. Joe is a retired National Park Service Ranger at Independence National Historical Park.
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An artist and historian, Tish Byrne is passionate about all aspects of her native city and its environment after having lived in and led explorations at the Physick House, which belongs to Philadelphia Landmarks. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts later becoming an administrative assistant to the Director of the school. Presently, she leads excursions for the mural arts program, is a docent at Historic Christ Church and leads explorations of Philadelphia landmarks.
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Mitchell Kramer has a B.A. in playwriting from Hampshire College and attended Circle in the Square acting conservatory. He has worked off-Broadway and in regional theater including the New York Theater Workshop and Dorset Theater Festival. He is a costumed Historic Interpreter portraying Benjamin Franklin in Old City Philadelphia. Mitchell has written and produced plays for children and adults and a series of historically accurate stories about 18th century Philadelphia for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Cemetery.
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Lauren Biddle Kain is the site coordinator for Philadelphia Landmarks Road Scholar. She received her BS/BA from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After marriage and transfer to the San Diego area, she began working at EVENT NETWORK, a leading experiental retail operator, on behalf of cultural attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, museums, science centers and other cultural attractions. Lauren and her family now reside in the Philadelphia area. She started working with Road Scholar as a junior Group Leader for Grandparent Programs.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Concise History of Philadelphia
by Avery, Ron
Small paperback book telling the history and politics of Philadelphia from 1682 to 1976
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
Autobiography
by Franklin, Benjamin
A Guide's Guide to Philadelphia
by Curson, Julie P.
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Song Fest
Philadelphia PA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: 4:00 p.m.; PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 4:00 p.m. (Hotel Lobby); ORIENTATION: 4:30 p.m. (room TBD). We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a song fest sing along with Joe Becton and his guitar as he relates 18th C. history

DAY
2
Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, MoAR, Dinner w Ben Franklin
Philadelphia PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Walking around 4 city blocks - sitting and standing required.

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine.

Morning: After breakfast we board the bus and travel ten blocks to the Colonial City, America's most historic square mile, for a visit to The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, both of which are national treasures and icons of American democracy. The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People". Explore Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' Declaration that "all men are created equal".

Lunch: Lunch vouchers will be provided at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Afternoon: We'll visit the recently opened Museum of the American Revolution. The Museum of the American Revolution has an impressive collection of several thousand objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works from the period of the American Revolution. The collection began more than a century ago when a history-minded minister in Valley Forge raised funds from around the nation to purchase the original tent that George Washington used as his command center during the American Revolution. It was the beginning of a rich and diverse collection that continues to grow. The collection includes objects that span the scope of the war—from British, French, and American arms used in battles to a soldier's wooden canteen branded "UStates," at a time when the phrase was merely an aspiration.

Dinner: Ben Franklin has returned just for this evening to join you for dinner. He will tell you about his childhood and adult accomplishments. He has not aged a day!!

Evening: After dinner we will take a Septa bus home from dinner.

DAY
3
Betsy Ross, Elfreths Alley, Franklin Court, Spruce Park
Philadelphia PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Walking around old city and Spruce Park

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine.

Morning: This morning we will depart for Old City for a visit to Elfreths Alley, Betsy Ross house and Franklin Court. Franklin Court was the site of the handsome brick home of Benjamin Franklin, who lived here while serving in the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. Franklin died here in 1790; the house was torn down about 20 years later. Today the site contains a steel "ghost structure" outlining the spot where Franklin's house stood and features the Benjamin Franklin Museum. The Franklin Court complex also includes a working reproduction of an 18th century printing office, an architectural/archeological exhibit, and an operating post office.

Lunch: A boxed lunch will be provided to enjoy at the Spruce Street River Park.

Afternoon: After lunch you have time to enjoy the Spruce Street River Park. Named one of the best places to visit in Philadelphia by national press, Spruce Street Harbor Park sustained by Univest features colorful hammocks, floating gardens, beautiful lights, refreshing craft beer, and food from popular Philly restaurants, making it a summer gathering space for locals and visitors alike.

Dinner: Provided at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening to enjoy with your grandchildren.

DAY
4
Franklin Institute, Free Afternoon
Philadelphia PA
B
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Walking at the Franklin Institute.

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine.

Morning: Visit the Franklin Institute, a premier science museum, with wonderful hands-on exhibits. Attend a science experiment program. At the Franklin Institute, see The Amazing Machine, the Giant Heart and learn amazing facts about the human body inside a two-story model of the human heart, the Franklin Sports Exhibit and more.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own today.

Afternoon: Enjoy your free afternoon to explore other sites in the city that are of interest to you. Your group leader will offer many suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening for adults who remain back at the hotel.

Evening: Free Evening to take in a movie, attend a theater performance or just relax from a busy day.

DAY
5
Rittenhouse Town, Valley Forge Park
Philadelphia PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Moderate walking around Valley Forge Park.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Rittenhouse Town offers a unique interpretive program that teaches about life in an early American village. Learn to use early techniques to make paper just like William Rittenhouse, British North America’s first papermaker. This is a great way to learn about Rittenhouse Town’s contributions to American society as well as the importance of early American occupations and resources. Don’t forget to take your paper with you when you leave! Experience 18th Century life thru a child’s eyes with Ruth Konrad. Explore clothing, games and chores familiar to Rittenhouse children more than 250 years ago.

Lunch: Box lunch at Rittenhouse Town.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll board the bus and head to Valley Forge. View Valley Forge National Park through the eyes of a revolutionary soldier, a real time traveler, as we learn about the Encampment of 1776.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner we will go to Franklin Square to play miniature golf and ride a carousel. Fun for all!! Returning to the hotel for an evening swim.

DAY
6
Armor collection at PMA, Program Concludes
Philadelphia PA
B

Activity note: Moderate walking around PMA

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine.

Morning: After breakfast we'll board a bus to go to Philadelphia Museum of Art. We will visit the galleries of the Middle Ages representing the renaissance period and view medieval armor.

Lunch: The program ends after PMA. Check-out is at 11:00 AM. Bags can be checked with security before we depart.






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