I've mentioned before that I'm going to DC over spring break with Bri and the high school band (yes my kid's a band geek and I'm proud of it!! LOL) We've way overpaid for the whole dang trip in my opinion because we used a "travel agent" who has a connection with another band parent. I would've thought we were getting a deal, but I don't think that's the case. Anyway, we found out that her plan is for us to eat boxed meals for lunch and dinner prepared by the hotel everyday we are there. Yuck!!! Now I understand that it's going to be difficult to find a place to feed 100 people, but I think there are surely some other options for us. Also, she doesn't have much of an itinerary...we are scheduled to go to the White House, the BEP, Arlington Cemetery, the kids are playing at the Lincoln Memorial and they are getting some playing lessons from one of the military bands. Also we'll do the Smithsonian museums and the memorials. But what are we going to do with 80 teenagers all evening for 4 days? Most of these things close at 5:30 and some of the tours are only going to last an hour or so.
I'm thinking that we should be able to eat lunches at the national mall. It looks like there are cafes and food courts in most of the museums. It looks like Union Station and the Old Post Office also have food courts. And if we went to a shopping mall one day, there would be a food court. We could bring in pizza to the hotel a couple of times for dinner and maybe sub sandwiches another. What else would you suggest?
For evening entertainment, I think we could do the free concert at the Kennedy Center. It's at 6:00 each evening. A couple of the museums are open late (until 7:30) 2 of the nights we'll be there. What else could we easily do in the evenings? We are taking two charter buses so we'll have transportation.
We are having a meeting next week, and I'd like to be able to offer some suggestions. Maybe I should take a cut of the travel agent's fee!!! Grrrr! TIA!