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Discovery Series - One Day Programs

Upcoming Programs

Behind the Curtain

City Center – New York, New York

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Participants in this immersive program take a guided tour of the landmark City Center theater, participate in a theater workshop, and watch a live performance of Grand Hotel, The Musical. The show tells the story of a fading ballerina, a cat burglar posing as a count, a businessman facing certain ruin, and a young secretary eager to become a movie star, who are all struggling to find their footing as the world careens into a Great Depression. After the performance, CTYers and their families even get the chance to talk with its stars. The program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person, Register now

Sustainability and Green Cuisine

MEarth – Carmel, California

Sunday, March 25, 2018
When people gather around a table to share food, magic happens—especially in the state-of-the-art kitchen of the Green Building at Hilton Bialek Habitat. Participants in this unique program spend the day gardening; investigating diverse bird, insect, and small mammal ecosystems; and exploring streams, rivers, and oceans. They gather ingredients from the garden for an organic seasonal salad, and learn to make their own pizza dough for a harvest-to-table pizza lunch. Then they top it off with a delicious, garden-fresh dessert. In the process, CTYers and their families learn the direct impact everyday items like clothes, food, cars, and homes have on the health of our planet. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Game Design

Liberty Science Center – Jersey City, New Jersey

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Participants in this hands-on program boost their critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they participate in science-based workshops; explore the Innovation Lab; learn about game design; and create their very own mobile game. Students work with teammates to design a level, a player character, and an enemy. Then they visit the MakerLab, where they jump into the world of 3D printing and design by learning how to create their own digital 3D models. Families top off this exciting day with a film in the new Planetarium Theater. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

The Fundamentals of Chess

University of Maryland Baltimore County – Catonsville, Maryland

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Participants in this program spend the day on campus at UMBC, home of the six-time National Collegiate Chess Champions, learning fundamental chess concepts such as how to analyze a situation by focusing on important factors, eliminating distractions, devising creative solutions, and putting a plan into action. Families view a match between UMBC grandmasters that includes sports-like commentary; and finally, participate in their own chess challenge against a grandmaster. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Inside the U.S. Senate

Edward M. Kennedy Institute – Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, April 29, 2018
This program takes CTY families inside reproductions of Senator Kennedy’s office and the state Senate Chamber to experience how a bill becomes a law. After learning about an active piece of legislation being considered by the real Senate in Washington, D.C., participants make a statement on the Senate floor, declare their position, and attempt to persuade fellow Senators to vote for their position. In the process, families learn about participatory democracy and the important role of the Senate in our government; many families leave inspired to engage in the civic life of their own communities. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m. Lunch and admission are included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Ready, Set, Build!

National Building Museum – Washington, D.C.

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Design is a combination of science, math, art, language, and history that engineers, architects, and city planners use to identify solutions to society’s problems. Good design is about creating items that solve human problems; it can be fun, serious, and challenging all at once. In this hands-on program, participants learn about the design of disaster shelters, and then create their own. CTYers create a shelter to protect a team of scientists from an imaginary zombie attack, construct a 6½-by-13-foot geodesic dome, and work as a team to design a shelter fit for an earthquake’s aftermath. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Page to Stage

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company – Baltimore, Maryland

Sunday, May 20, 2018
CTYers and their families are invited to join theater expert J. Wynn Rousuck for a look at Lewis Carroll’s famed book Alice in Wonderland and the many forms it has taken onstage. Participants take a guided tour of this spectacular theater and participate in a workshop to gain a greater appreciation of how characters are created from page to stage. They watch a live performance of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s clever interpretation of the classic story Alice in Wonderland and even get the chance to talk with the stars following the show. The program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Art and Science of Cooking

Home Cooking New York  New York, New York

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018

This unique program allows families interested in the science of cooking to join one of the chefs from Home Cooking New York in a food adventure like no other. Guided by a chef through Union Square’s famous outdoor Greenmarket, participants learn which foods are in season and how to select the best for cooking. Then they proceed to the Home Cooking Manhattan cooking school, where they use the ingredients they selected to prepare a fresh and delicious three-course meal. Afterwards, CTYers and their families sit down together and enjoy the meal they helped prepare. The program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m.

Cost: $160 per person, Register now

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