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HUTCHINSON, KANSAS

Intergenerational Adventures in Flight: Aviation and Space Exploration

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Program #14914RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Participants must bring shoes with closed toes and closed heels for tour of aviation facilities.

Itinerary for Jul 20 — Jul 25, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn is less than 2 miles from Kansas State Fairgrounds and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. It is within walking distance of the Hutchinson Mall and cinema. Weekday welcome reception includes complimentary beverages and hot snacks.

Contact info:
1401 1/2 East 11th Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501 USA
phone: 620-665-9800
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=NRYSYGAK3M3Y2CSGBJBNEWQ?moreDesc=true&ctyhocn=HUTKSHX

Room amenities: All rooms include microwave & refrigerator, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Accommodations feature a large work area, complimentary high-speed Internet access, hard-wired and wireless, two speaker phones and voice mail messaging.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access In the House™ hot breakfast Cloud Nine. The Hampton bed experience. On the Run Breakfast Bag™ Fitness Room and Pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal Rates
Call the Hampton Inn directly if arriving before the program date or you would like to stay additional time after the program ends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, July 20 - Meet the staff and fellow participants. Tour the...
Meet the staff and fellow participants. Tour the Kansas Cosmosphere and enjoy local barbecue.

Arrive To: Arrive at the Hampton Inn, Hutchinson and settle in. Cosmosphere staff members will arrive and check all participants into the program, then load the buses for the Cosmosphere. Once there, you will meet and greet our world class staff and take a short tour of the awe inspiring facility, which among many other things, houses a flown SR-71 Blackbird in its lobby.

Dinner: The first meal features a taste of Kansas Bar-B-Que from local restaurant Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Que!

Evening: Staff and Participant Introductions and Program Overview. Explore the Facility.

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn is less than 2 miles from Kansas State Fairgrounds and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. It is within walking distance of the Hutchinson Mall and cinema. Weekday welcome reception includes complimentary beverages and hot snacks.

Contact info:
1401 1/2 East 11th Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501 USA
phone: 620-665-9800
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=NRYSYGAK3M3Y2CSGBJBNEWQ?moreDesc=true&ctyhocn=HUTKSHX

Room amenities: All rooms include microwave & refrigerator, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Accommodations feature a large work area, complimentary high-speed Internet access, hard-wired and wireless, two speaker phones and voice mail messaging.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access In the House™ hot breakfast Cloud Nine. The Hampton bed experience. On the Run Breakfast Bag™ Fitness Room and Pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal Rates
Call the Hampton Inn directly if arriving before the program date or you would like to stay additional time after the program ends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, July 21 - Fly in a Cessna 172. Experience Flight Simulator...
Fly in a Cessna 172. Experience Flight Simulators and tour our Hall of Space Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Team announcements and naming. Break down the four forces of flight and practice in our air force grade flight simulators. Learn about flight planning and conduct a pre-flight inspection of the Cessna C172. Then, hang on as you fly along with your grandchild at the controls, as they take their first hands on lesson in the air with a certified flight instructor. Enjoy our flagship planetarium presentation, the Night Sky Live.

Lunch: Lunch will be catered in by a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Spend your first moments in our world class space museum, the Hall of Space, and discover the Cargo Bay. Build your own rockets for launch. Begin to build your team with a challenging puzzle.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Bogey's, home of 100 milkshake flavors.

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn is less than 2 miles from Kansas State Fairgrounds and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. It is within walking distance of the Hutchinson Mall and cinema. Weekday welcome reception includes complimentary beverages and hot snacks.

Contact info:
1401 1/2 East 11th Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501 USA
phone: 620-665-9800
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=NRYSYGAK3M3Y2CSGBJBNEWQ?moreDesc=true&ctyhocn=HUTKSHX

Room amenities: All rooms include microwave & refrigerator, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Accommodations feature a large work area, complimentary high-speed Internet access, hard-wired and wireless, two speaker phones and voice mail messaging.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access In the House™ hot breakfast Cloud Nine. The Hampton bed experience. On the Run Breakfast Bag™ Fitness Room and Pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal Rates
Call the Hampton Inn directly if arriving before the program date or you would like to stay additional time after the program ends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, July 22 - Experience Dr. Goddard's Lab, an interactive show...
Experience Dr. Goddard's Lab, an interactive show about rocketry. Begin astronaut training in our simulators. Launch model rockets.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Experience Dr. Goddard’s Lab, our best and most unique presentation. See how our rockets work in the midst of amazing explosions.

Lunch: Great Western Dining will provide lunch at the Hutchinson Community College Cafeteria.

Afternoon: This is one packed afternoon: First shot at the Falcon III Shuttle simulator. Multi Axes Trainer Simulator Enter a full scale Soyuz Module built to train American astronauts. Design your team’s mission patch. Tackle the stress simulator. Get your picture taken in an Apollo spacesuit mock-up.

Dinner: Great Western Dining will provide dinner at the Hutchinson Community College Cafeteria.

Evening: Rocket Launch!

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn is less than 2 miles from Kansas State Fairgrounds and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. It is within walking distance of the Hutchinson Mall and cinema. Weekday welcome reception includes complimentary beverages and hot snacks.

Contact info:
1401 1/2 East 11th Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501 USA
phone: 620-665-9800
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=NRYSYGAK3M3Y2CSGBJBNEWQ?moreDesc=true&ctyhocn=HUTKSHX

Room amenities: All rooms include microwave & refrigerator, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Accommodations feature a large work area, complimentary high-speed Internet access, hard-wired and wireless, two speaker phones and voice mail messaging.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access In the House™ hot breakfast Cloud Nine. The Hampton bed experience. On the Run Breakfast Bag™ Fitness Room and Pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal Rates
Call the Hampton Inn directly if arriving before the program date or you would like to stay additional time after the program ends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, July 23 - Tour the Underground Salt Mine in Hutchinson. To...
Tour the Underground Salt Mine in Hutchinson. Tour aircraft facilities in Wichita Kansas. Dine at Carriage Crossing Restaurant in the Amish community of Yoder, Kansas.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Find the unexpected 650' beneath the Kansas wheat in the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. This unique recourse is home to most of Hollywood's movies and other important and historical files and records from around the world.

Lunch: Box lunches will be catered.

Afternoon: For decades, Wichita, KS has been known as the "Air Capital". Find out why as we tour an actual aircraft manufacturing facility and expose your youngster to flight simulators used to train real pilots.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Carriage Crossing Restaurant in the Amish community of Yoder, Kansas.

Evening: Observe the night sky through our state of the art 11" reflecting telescope

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn is less than 2 miles from Kansas State Fairgrounds and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. It is within walking distance of the Hutchinson Mall and cinema. Weekday welcome reception includes complimentary beverages and hot snacks.

Contact info:
1401 1/2 East 11th Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501 USA
phone: 620-665-9800
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=NRYSYGAK3M3Y2CSGBJBNEWQ?moreDesc=true&ctyhocn=HUTKSHX

Room amenities: All rooms include microwave & refrigerator, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Accommodations feature a large work area, complimentary high-speed Internet access, hard-wired and wireless, two speaker phones and voice mail messaging.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access In the House™ hot breakfast Cloud Nine. The Hampton bed experience. On the Run Breakfast Bag™ Fitness Room and Pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal Rates
Call the Hampton Inn directly if arriving before the program date or you would like to stay additional time after the program ends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, July 24 - Astronaut training continues in our simulators. ...
Astronaut training continues in our simulators. Fly a simulated Space Shuttle Mission in our Falcon Space Shuttle simulator.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Optional morning activities. Sleep-in late or set out on your own adventures. Antiquing for the grown-ups. Competitive games for the grandchildren.

Lunch: Lunch at the Airport Buffet for the grown-ups; pizza for the grandchildren.

Afternoon: Complete your Falcon III mission. One last practice in the mock-up. Learn how the Cosmosphere came to be in Hutchinson. Build and test a robot. One last look at the Hall of Space. You'll appreciate the extra time. It is that good.

Dinner: The Anchor Inn: the finest Mexican cuisine in south central Kansas.

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Thursday, July 25 - Continue Space Shuttle Missions. Graduation cere...
Continue Space Shuttle Missions. Graduation ceremony and lunch complete the program.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Complete Missions. One last shot at simulators, gift store, and the museum. Graduation!

Lunch: Lunch from a local caterer, famous for home cooking, Knackies.

Afternoon: Program Concludes – Tearful goodbyes - Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
12 Hands-on experiences
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