Through the Founders' Eyes: Philadelphia With Your Grandchild
Alongside your grandchild, immerse yourself in the story of Philadelphia. You’ll explore historic sites and museums, and learn about native son Benjamin Franklin!
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Program No. 2562RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Song Fest
Philadelphia PA
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

Afternoon: 4:00 Registration immediately followed by Orientation then dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel

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

Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Constitution Center
Philadelphia PA
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

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

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine floor

Morning: Independence Hall and Liberty Bell visits. After visits our educator takes us through historical sites and relates them to the American Revolution, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church and The Quaker Meeting House.

Lunch: At the "Bourse", a large food court offering a variety of foods represented by Philadelphia's known eateries.

Afternoon: We continue our afternoon in the colonial park joining in special activities with our field educator before we proceed to The National Constitution Center, a fabulous exhibition hall, highlighting the Constitution from 1787 to 2014. Don't miss the opportunity to capture the photo memory at your Presidential Inauguration in the year 20??

Dinner: This evening we picnic in the park and play miniature golf and ride a carousel. Fun for all!! Returning to the hotel for an evening swim.

Evening: At leisure.

Franklin Institute, Franklin Museum, Franklin Court
Philadelphia PA
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine floor

Morning: FIELD TRIP: 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, a new museum that explores Franklin's life and character through artifacts, animations, and hands-on activities. 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: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: 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.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or a local restaurant

Evening: Ben Franklin has returned just for this evening to meet and greet you and to tell you about his childhood and adult accomplishments. He has not aged a day!!

Rittenhouse Town, Free Afternoon
Philadelphia PA
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine floor

Morning: FIELD TRIP: 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. Also a good supplement to classroom learning about early American families. We return to the hotel after this field trip.

Lunch: On our return to the hotel at 12:30, 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.

Valley Forge National Park Field Trip & Discussion
Philadelphia PA
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: At the hotel for those who stayed behind. The grandchildren will enjoy a tasty treat at the Zoo.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning 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. After we'll board the bus and head to Valley Forge for lunch and our afternoon field trip.

Lunch: Box lunch at Valley Forge National Park

Afternoon: 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: Farewell dinner at City Tavern. A perfect venue to recollect all that we did in historical Philadelphia during your visit to "America's Most Historic Mile"

Evening: DISCUSSION: We return to the hotel after dinner and review the week's activity and at this farewell closing. Afterwards, you are free this evening to explore on your own or relax. Swimming is always available at the hotel's pool.

Armor Collection, Farewell Lunch, Program Concludes
Philadelphia PA

Activity note: Moderate walking around the museum. Stools are provided for children during the educational component

Breakfast: Full American Breakfast on the Mezzanine floor

Morning: Visit the galleries of the Middle Ages representing the renaissance period and view medieval armor. You will have the opportunity to actually hold original armor to study it's craftsmanship and weight.

Lunch: Enjoy our Farewell Lunch at the hotel on our return from the museum at noon. The program ends after lunch at 1:00 PM. check-out is at 12:00 PM. Bags can be checked with security before we depart for the museum at 9:30 AM.

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