14914
Hutchinson
Intergenerational Adventures in Flight: Aviation and Space Exploration
Enjoy a high-flying adventure with your grandchild as you get hands on in a shuttle simulator, take flight lessons aboard a Cessna 172 and learn how rockets work at a live presentation!
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Program No. 14914RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Hutchinson Kansas
D
Hampton Inn and Suites

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. After registration, we will take small buses holding 15 passengers to the Cosmosphere and learn about the awe-inspiring facility from the staff which, among many other craft, houses a flown SR-71 Blackbird spy plane in its lobby.

Dinner: At the Cosmosphere, we will enjoy a plated dinner including lasagna, salad, and breadsticks, plus coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This is a Road Scholar intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. After Orientation, we will continue with a team naming activity before returning to the hotel.

DAY
2
Flight Training & Flying
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L,D
Hampton Inn and Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off buses. Walking inside Cosmosphere.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet meal, plus coffee, tea, water, juice, and soft drinks.

Morning: After breakfast, we will ride by small bus to the Cosmosphere where we will break out into smaller groups to learn about the four forces of flight from staff, practice in Air Force-grade flight simulators, and learn about flight planning and conduct a pre-flight inspection of the Cessna 172. Especially for Kids: With grandchildren at the controls, we’ll take our first hands-on lesson in the air with a certified flight instructor.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a buffet lunch, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Returning to the Cosmosphere, we will continue with our flight activities, as well as experience the world class space museum, the Hall of Space.

Dinner: At a favorite local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated dinner from a set menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Dr. Goddard’s Lab, Soyuz & Shuttle, Build Model Rockets
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L,D
Hampton Inn and Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off the small buses. Walking inside Cosmosphere.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Returning to the Cosmosphere in our small buses, we will experience Dr. Goddard’s Lab, and see how rockets work in the midst of amazing explosions and the findings of Robert H. Goddard, led by Cosmosphere staff.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy lunch from a set menu, as well as the choice of over 100 milkshake flavors. Coffee, tea, water, soft drinks included.

Afternoon: We will have one packed afternoon at the Cosmosphere. First, we’ll get a shot at the Falcon III Shuttle simulator, a multi-axis Trainer Simulator, before entering a full-scale Soyuz Module, built to train American astronauts. Especially for Kids: We will also get to have our pictures taken in an Apollo spacesuit mock-up, as well as put to use what we learned from Dr Goddard’s Lab as we build model rockets!

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a buffet meal of Mexican cuisine, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Aircraft Facility in Wichita
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L,D
Hampton Inn and Suites

Activity note: Walking and standing about 1 hour. Getting on/off motorcoach; approximately 1 hour drive to Wichita.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: For decades, Wichita has been known as the "Air Capital.” We’ll find out why as we visit an actual aircraft manufacturing facility in Wichita and witness the effort that goes into building airplanes.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a set menu of real Kansas barbecue. Coffee, tea, water, soft drinks included.

Afternoon: We will return to Hutchinson to spend time at SpaceWorks, the Cosmosphere’s world premiere space craft restoration facility, and view their current restoration project. After returning to the Cosmosphere, we will view a movie in our digital dome theater.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant in the Amish Community of Yoder, we will enjoy traditional home-cooked Midwestern fare from a set menu, plus coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Strataca, Fly Shuttle Missions
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L,D
Hampton Inn and Suites

Activity note: Getting on/ off small buses. Walking and standing under 1 hour at Strataca, walking inside Cosmosphere.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will take buses to Strataca, a salt mine museum, where we will descend 650 feet underground to see how real miners work and learn the history of salt. We will return to the Cosmosphere for lunch.

Lunch: At the Cosmosphere café, we will enjoy a meal, plus coffee, tea, water, soft drinks.

Afternoon: We will complete our mission with one last practice in the Falcon III shuttle simulator. We will then enjoy some time on our own at the Cosmosphere, with further exploration of the museum.

Dinner: At the Cosmosphere, we will enjoy grilled hamburgers and hotdogs; coffee, tea, water, soft drinks included.

Evening: Especially for Kids: We will travel by bus to a location just outside of town to launch rockets, eat s’mores, and observe the night sky through a state of the art 11” reflecting telescope.

DAY
6
Robotics Challenge. Graduation, Program Concludes
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. Early 8:00 a.m. check-out is recommended to avoid rushing for noontime check-out.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Grandchildren will enjoy a robotics challenge while the adults enjoy a presentation by our curatorial staff. We will conclude the morning with a short graduation ceremony.

Lunch: At the Cosmosphere, we will enjoy a lunch catered from a local restaurant, plus coffee, tea, water. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!