A Submarine Sleepover: Diving Into Science With Your Grandchild

Become scientists with your grandchild for a week as you practice hands-on chemistry together, spend the night in a submarine, ride a jet boat and travel through space at a planetarium!
Rating (5)
Program No. 16146RJ
5 days
Starts at
999 / ADULT
649 / CHILD
Print All
Map details are not available for this location.
View Map
Expand All
5 days
4 nights
10 meals
4 B 3 L 3 D
Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Science Class
Portland, Oregon
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

Activity note: Hotel check-in is available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing an up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for field trips and other program related activities will be via MAX streetcar unless noted otherwise. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent 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. 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.

Dinner: At the hotel, our dinner buffet includes entrée, dessert, sides, plus beverage options of coffee, tea (iced/hot), and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: In the meeting room at the hotel we will be joined by an expert from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) for a workshop on rollercoasters. Here you will design and test your own marble coaster, complete with loops and jumps.

Bridge Walk, Free Time, Science Class
Portland, Oregon
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles including more than a mile on bridge walk; extensive standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, pastries, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, tea, water, and more.

Morning: This morning we will depart the hotel on foot to explore Portland's bridges. Led by a local expert, we’ll have an opportunity to speak with the operator of the most heavily-used bridge in Portland.

Lunch: In a local park we'll enjoy boxed lunches with sandwiches, fruit, and water.

Afternoon: Using the lightrail, we will cross the largest car-free bridge in the United States, Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People. This afternoon we will start our exploration of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) with free time. OMSI is the largest center of non-classroom science education in the state and one of the top ten in the country. There are five enormous halls with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays focused on Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Technology. After free time an OMSI expert will lead us in a class where we will design and build robots that can doodle on their own. After our class we will depart for the hotel on the streetcar.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Explore more on your own, have a dip in the hotel pool, or just kick back and relax after a busy day.

Science Labs, Free Time, Submarine Sleep-Over, Planetarium
Portland, Oregon
USS Blueback Submarine

Activity note: Hotel check-out for submarine overnight, check back in tomorrow night; hotel will store luggage. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day. Entrance to sub is steep staircase with hand rails. For submarine sleepover, bring a pillow, sleeping bag or sheet, washcloth, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.; label everything; showers not available. For tomorrow's Jetboat ride, bring waterproof outerwear and towel.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel with our overnight gear, we’ll depart for OMSI for a full day of science labs, classes, and exploration. OMSI will store our luggage until we need it for tonight's sleepover. This morning we will participate in two hands-on labs. During the fossils lab we will learn how to identify and define fossils and will create our own replica of a raptor claw to bring home! In the chemistry lab we will be investigating the impact that food has on our bodies and how what we eat keeps our body healthy.

Lunch: At the on-site Theory Café, use the provided voucher to choose from a variety of options including sandwiches, salads, tacos, and pizza.

Afternoon: Take some free time this afternoon to explore the 5 halls at OMSI featuring interactive exhibits and activities. Later this afternoon we will view an educational film on the 4-story screen at OMSI’s Empirical Theater! After the film, we will be led by OMSI staff for another hands-on science class where we will be building and launching paper rockets!

Dinner: Early at OMSI in a private room, we’ll have a buffet barbecue meal with our group.

Evening: We’ll walk next door to the USS Blueback, stow our gear, get our bearings, and then take a virtual trip to the stars in the Kendall Planetarium. Returning to the submarine, OMSI staff will help us explore the control room, the torpedo room, the crew's quarters, and peer through the periscope. The USS Blueback was the U.S. Navy’s last non-nuclear, fast attack sub. It was launched in 1959, decommissioned in 1990, and donated several years later to OMSI where it has been ever since.

Science Labs, Jetboat Ride
Portland, Oregon
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

Activity note: Getting on/off jetboat, likely getting wet; walking up to 2 miles, pavement. Carry overnight bag back to hotel on public transportation. *The Jetboat ride is an adventurous activity and it may not be suitable for some. The ride includes bumps, jolts, sharp turns and quick stops. Discretion is advised. It is not recommended for anyone with back or neck problems, osteoporosis or pre-existing conditions that may be exacerbated by this activity.

Breakfast: Good morning! After lights on at 7:00 a.m., we’ll pack up our gear and go for breakfast in the museum.

Morning: After wrapping up our sub experience, we'll have two more exciting labs with OMSI’s educators. In the biochemistry lab we will be extracting scents, changing the colors of plants, and creating seaweed goo. Next, we'll explore life under the microscope.

Lunch: At OMSI café.

Afternoon: This afternoon take time on your own to explore OMSI's featured exhibit, "The Science of Pixar." Next, head outdoors to the Willamette River for a Jetboat ride you’ll remember! This thrilling ride will provide you with a view of Portland from a perspective unseen by most. After the ride we'll depart for the hotel and have time to check in and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue having fun with new friends before tomorrow's departure.

Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
Portland, Oregon

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather one last time as a group to wrap up and say farewell to new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program. 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!

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback