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

At a Glance

Science is a playground of discovery on this fun-filled adventure in Portland, Oregon with your grandchild! Spend action-packed days at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), where you’ll create chemical concoctions, design your own roller coaster and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own! And cap it all off with a sleepover aboard the U.S.S. Blueback, a real U.S. Navy submarine and star of the movie “The Hunt for Red October.”
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking and standing on field trips. Walking up to 3 miles on varied terrain. Public transportation.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Aboard the U.S.S. Blueback, explore this fast-attack submarine’s control room and the torpedo room and spend the night!
  • At OMSI, take in a cinematic experience unlike any other at the Giant Screen Theater and spin through outer space in the planetarium.
  • Discover what makes Portland's famous moveable bridges unique during a walk along the Willamette River.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
Featured Expert
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Nathan Hoover
Nathan moved to Portland in 2003 after studying fine arts and theater at the New College of Florida. Since that move, his creative projects have been covered in The Oregonian, published in Oregon Humanities magazine and awarded grant funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Nathan leads thousands of third graders—and many folks of all ages—on walks around, over, under and inside Portland’s downtown bridges. The walks he leads celebrate Portland’s special sense of place, inspired by his own love for this city.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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