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Intergenerational Adventures in Flight: Aviation and Space Exploration

Program Number: 14914RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2013 - 8/1/2013; 7/26/2014 - 7/31/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Hutchinson, Kansas
Price starting at: $998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 15 years of age.

Take off with your grandchild on a thrilling exploration of flight at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. A certified flight instructor briefs you on aerospace history, design and operation before taking you on flight lessons aboard a Cessna 172.




Highlights

• Put theory into practice in a 4-g centrifuge and F-16 systems trainer, and explore modern aircraft on a visit to an aircraft plant in Wichita, “the Air Capital City.”
• In a Space Shuttle simulator, work together to accomplish mission goals, then build robots and rockets and participate in other hands on activities to improve communication and problem-solving skills.
• Round out an exciting week of learning and adventure at Dr. Goddard's Lab, the Justice Planetarium, the Carey Digital Dome Theater and other area attractions.



Activity Particulars

Some walking and stairs required.



Coordinated by Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.




Hutchinson

This central Kansas town was established in 1871 when C.C. Hutchinson made a deal with the Santa Fe Railroad to create a community where the enterprising railroad was to cross the Arkansas River. Today Hutchinson is home to a world-class space center as well as the Kansas State Fair.



Accommodations
Comfortable motel. Children must room with the adult.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tom Holcomb

Tom Holcomb combines his education background, a keen knowledge of space, plus humor and enthusiasm to create an experience that is “out of this world.” Indeed, Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan — the last man to walk on the moon — said some of the most exciting space education in the U.S. is going on at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. As education director, Tom Holcomb crafts the fascinating experience for participants young and old.
 
Todd Ray

Todd Ray has been a favorite instructor at Kansas Cosmosphere camps for 21 summers. Knowledgeable, fun and adept at fast-paced problem solving, Todd enthusiastically explains how NASA does more than put men and women into space. He notes that NASA has developed many common items over the years — the cordless vacuum and screwdriver, the Mylar that is used to make party balloons, the smoke detector, Kevlar vests used by law enforcement, WD-40 lubricant, and many more items.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn and Suites
  Hutchinson Kansas 5 nights
 Hampton Inn and Suites
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins at 4:30 p.m. in Hotel lobby. You will be staying at Hampton Inn and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 12 p.m. Hotel checkout by noon at the latest. We recommend checking out early at 8:00 am, to avoid rushing back to the motel to check out by noon. You will be staying at Hampton Inn and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants will receive required materials in the participant's mailing.
  Parking availability:
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Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hutchinson Kansas
  Nearest airport:  Wichita International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Hutchinson Kansas
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Wichita, KS

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 620-662-2305
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per family unit one way $120 per family unit round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

Please contact Laurie Givan at 620-662-2305 ext 323 for transportation arrangements from the airport. The Kansas Cosmosphere provides the transportation upon request, it is not a public service.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 50 From Hwy. 50---exit onto Hwy. 61 north. Take 11th Ave. east exit and make a right. Turn right into Office Max parking lot.
  From Highway 61 South Make a left at 11th Ave. Turn right into Office Max parking lot.
  From Highway 96 East Follow Hwy. 96 east into Hutchinson. Turn right at Main and go to 4th Ave. make a left onto 4th Ave. est. Turn left onto Hwy. 61 north and the next stoplight which is 11th Ave. Make a right. Turn right into Office Max parking lot.
  From Highway 96/Wichita Airport Exit Airport North on Ridge Rd. Continue 10 miles to HWY 96. Exit HWY 96 West. Continue 45 miles to HWY 50, exit East. Continue 6 miles to HWY 61, exit North. Continue 6 miles to 11th Ave, turn right. Take immediate right into OfficeMax entry, hotel is located on the right.
Equipment Requirements: Participants must bring shoes with closed toes and closed heels for tour of aviation facilities.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Meet the staff and fellow participants. Tour the Kansas Cosmosphere and enjoy local barbecue.
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fly in Cessna 172. Experience Flight Simulators and tour our Hall of Space Museum.
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Experience Dr. Goddard's Lab, an interactive show about rocketry. Begin Astronaut training in our simulators. Launch model rockets.
(Monday, July 29)
   
 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!
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Tuesday, July 30)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Astronaut training continues in our simulators. Fly a simulated Space Shuttle Mission in our Falcon Space Shuttle simulator.
(Wednesday, July 31)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Continue Space Shuttle Missions. Graduation ceremony and lunch complete the program.
(Thursday, August 1)
   
 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Right Stuff


Author: Tom Wolfe


Description: This novel details the early days of America's space program in every gritty detail. Contains adult situations and language.



Space


Author: James Michener


Description: This is an older novel, but a very well written and thoughtful account of the space race.





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