Marine Life and Mission Control: Sea & Sky with Your Grandchild in Texas
Explore Space Center Houston, visit a sea turtle rescue facility, discover a unique indoor rainforest and practice science with your grandchild on adventure that’s out of this world!
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Program No. 21489RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Does your grandchild love the ocean and marine mammals? What about space travel? On an adventure with you in Galveston on the Texas Gulf Coast, your grandchild can indulge a fascination with both the sea and the sky while making memories with you to last forever. Visit Moody Gardens to learn about aquatic creatures at their aquarium pyramid and about how plants and animals adapt to tropical climates at their indoor rainforest. Get an up-close view of rescued sea turtles while staff at a rescue facility explain efforts to save these and other endangered marine animals. At NASA, visit with an astronaut or staff member from Mission Control to find out more about space travel, both in the past and the future. Visit a university Sea Camp program to learn all about sharks. You'll have the opportunity to dissect a small shark, if you wish!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk and stand for several hours, mostly indoors. All venues visited are air conditioned and have benches and opportunities to sit when needed.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go inside the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA, a massive underwater tank used to simulate weightlessness for astronauts preparing for long-term assignment to the International Space Station.
  • Participate in hands-on activities with your grandchild as you learn about coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, and hurricanes.
  • Learn about pirates and marvel at Galveston’s resilient recovery from multiple hurricanes by discovering its “tree sculptures” carved from damaged trees.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-13.
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Sue Peace
Sue Peace is a certified instructor on local San Antonio culture. She has an intimate knowledge of San Antonio and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, and she is a lifelong student of history as well as a former history teacher. She looks forward to sharing her passions for San Antonio and education with you. Sue has worked for Road Scholar for several years, leading a variety of programs, and is one of our most valued group leaders because of her combination of knowledge, patience and humor.
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