Sunday, September 02, 2007

September Field Trip

Wow! Thank you, Christy, for organizing our field trips! Here is a wealth of detailed and organized information from Christy (please remember to RSVP ASAP!!):

September 14

We will be touring the Pa State Capital, attending a planetarium show at the State Museum, and having lunch along the Susquehanna.

The drive to the first destination takes about 45 minutes. Allow 15 minutes to get from your car to the first tour.

You should leave Lebanon at about 7:45.

Arrive in Harrisburg by 8:30.

Be at the first tour by 8:45.

I think we should park in the Walnut St. Garage.

Here are my driving directions:

422 turns into 322 which turns into 83 south (Follow to Harrisburg Exits) Take 2nd St Exit Toward Capital.

From 2nd Street, turn right onto Market Street. (You’ll see a podium clock.)

From Market Street, proceed 1/2 block and turn left onto Court Street (Court Street is located between Hilton Harrisburg & Whitaker Center). Take ramp to the left, just before the second stop sign.

Parking rate is $7.00 for 5 hours. The rate doubles after 5 hours, so be mindful of your entrance time. Cars can be moved to save money if you intend to stay longer.

You can also follow the driving directions listed on the capital’s web site, but they are directing you to on-street parking. In my experience, it is very hard to find a spot during the workweek. Parking is metered, uses quarters, and about $1.50 per hour.

8:45 am to be at capital’s main entrance.

PA Sate Capital—FREE Tour begins at 9:00am.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/ 1-800-868-7672

We will be taking a 30 minute guided tour of the State Capital Building in Harrisburg.

If available, we will be meeting with either Senator Mike Folmer or Representative Mauree Ginrich

Read their bios

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/find_zip_action.cfm

Please Read Security Information! Sate Museum also says no backpacks.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/toursSecurity.cfm

Educational Information for Children

State Government-http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/VC/visitor_info/creating/whole_creating.htm

PA House of Representatives

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/VC/visitor_info/our_house/our_house.htm

9:45 we will go to the PA State Museum-General Admission-Free

Planetarium-Cost is $2.00 for children and $3.50 for adults. One adult admission is waived for every ten-child admissions paid. Heritage Society Members get a one-dollar discount for adult admissions.

10:00 am Children Pre K-1 are scheduled for a planetarium show “Larry the Cat in Space” The show lasts about 30 minutes.

Play trailer-http://www.statemuseumpa.org/planet-shows.html

The older children will do a scavenger hunt within the museum while waiting for their show to begin.

11:00 am Children 1-6 are scheduled for a planetarium show

Sky Quest 24 minutes

Play Trailer--http://www.statemuseumpa.org/planet-shows.html

The younger children can do the scavenger hunt at this time.

Planetarium Rules

Late arrivals will not be admitted.

* Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

* Programs are not suitable for children under age 2.

* Out of consideration for the other audience members, we ask that

you leave the Planetarium chamber if a child becomes disruptive.

For more information call (717) 787-4980

If there are several of you who have very small children, and you would be interested in Curiosity Corner, I will inquire about the discounted group rate for admission. (Curiosity Corner group rate admission rate is $3.50 per child). Let me know and I will call to make reservations. http://www.statemuseumpa.org/curiosity.html

Please pack lunches for your children. I have tables reserved at the capital if it rains. If not, I would like to walk over to Front Street (about 2 blocks) and have lunch along the Susquehanna River. I will have some information about the river. You may want to bring a very small blanket or beach towel for your family, but there are benches, steps and grass to sit on. If anyone wants to walk across the bridge to City Island, we can do that too.

Educational Information for Children

State History-

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/VC/visitor_info/hello_pennsylvania/paprofile.htm

State Symbols-

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/VC/visitor_info/hello_pennsylvania/symbols.htm

Regional Characteristics-

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/VC/visitor_info/hello_pennsylvania/mix.htm

Please let me know ASAP how many adults and children will be going. We could arrange carpools for those who would like to split parking costs.

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