Portland (Oregon)
Sleep in a Sub! Take a Trip to the Stars! Dive Into Science With Your Grandchild
Share your passion for science with your grandchild as you practice hands on chemistry, spend the night in a submarine, ride a jet boat and travel through space at OMSI’s planetarium.
Rating (4.86)
Program No. 16146RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

With a grandchild at your side, science will become a playground of discovery in a fun-filled adventure in the City of Roses capped by a night aboard retired U.S. Navy submarine the U.S.S. Blueback, star of the movie “The Hunt for Red October.” Get a good rest, because your days will be action-packed. Portland’s Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a wonderland of hands-on learning where you create chemical concoctions, compete against a robot and survive an earthquake. There’s lots more fun, too!
Activity Level
Walking and standing on field trips. Public transportation.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Aboard the U.S.S. Blueback, explore this fast-attack submarine’s control room, the torpedo room, peer through the periscope — and spend the night!
  • Take a cinematic experience unlike any other at the OMSI’s Giant Screen Theater and spin through outer space in OMSI’s planetarium.
  • See how the Willamette River vertical lift bridge opens while standing in the bascule pit and jump aboard a jet boat for a water-spraying ride.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
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Nathan Hoover
Inspired by the beauty and culture of Portland, Oregon, Nathan Hoover created his own walking exploration company that incorporates street theater and a musical soundtrack throughout each walking adventure. He also leads Bridge Walks for schools and Portland Parks and Recreation. Nathan has participated in Portland Riverfest celebrations and the PDX Bridge Festival, and he was the recipient of a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Nathan Hoover
Susan Wolfe