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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. Don't forget to bring your name tags which are included with this information packet! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. 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. Periods in the 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, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner with coffee, tea, water included.
Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, relax, settle in, get a good night’s rest for the day ahead, and have fun!
Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 40 miles roundtrip; about 1.5 hours total. Walking dependent on personal preference at the Kennedy Space Center; seating areas to rest throughout facility.
Breakfast: At the hotel each morning, we’ll be provided with vouchers to use in exchange for a delicious buffet breakfast including choices like an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, assorted breads and pastries, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: After transferring via motorcoach, we’ll start off our exciting adventures with an independent exploration of the Kennedy Space Center. Be sure to check out the Heroes & Legends exhibit, which is an amazing new addition to Kennedy Space Center that celebrates pioneers of NASA's early space programs.
Lunch: At the Kennedy Space Center, we’ll enjoy a tasty buffet lunch with an astronaut! With a group of fellow space enthusiasts as we eat, an astronaut will offer tales of their experiences in space and working with NASA. There is a different astronaut each time so you never know which one will be joining us, but they are all terrific and very interesting. There will be photo opportunities. Soft drinks and water included.
Afternoon: Our Kennedy Space Center field trip will continue with more self-led exploration. If you have not been yet, a trip to the Apollo/Saturn V Center is in order to explore the exhibits surrounding these two series of missions. Most notably, the giant F1 thruster engines of the Saturn V moon rockets that took the first humans to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s are showcased here along with command modules from Apollo XIV, space suits, and even real lunar samples that you can touch. Also on site to view is the monumental 363-foot rocket, which was launched 13 times from the Kennedy Space Center.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy plated meals with soft drinks and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: You may wish to take the evening to watch a movie with your fellow Road Scholars, use the pool, which will be open until 11:00 p.m., or just relax. Please remember, a grandparent must be with their grandchild at all times.
Activity note: Surfing lesson will be approximately 2 hours and will include swimming and paddling. Be sure to bring your own water and sun protection. Surfing activity waiver is required for participation; please sign it and return it to Road Scholar prior to the start of the program.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Grab your swimwear and we’ll walk across the street to meet on the beach for our group surf lesson. Our instructors will provide a water safety lesson before we learn the basics of surfing. By the end you will be amazed at how well you are doing. Grandparents are welcome to join the grandchildren in this activity if they would like to participate, or you may just wish to take pictures of your loved ones learning while relaxing in the Florida sun.
Lunch: On the beach, we’ll have boxed lunches featuring a sandwich, chips, fruit, and water.
Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to continue practicing your surfing skills. Grandparents must supervise children wishing to continue practicing surfing.
Dinner: Hotel buffet.
Evening: Gathering at the hotel with our fellow Road Scholar surfers, we’ll hear from our expert instructors through an exclusive presentation about their experiences riding the waves and tales of hanging ten.
Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 81 miles throughout the day; about 2 hours total, with stops for field trips. Walking up to 1 mile at Merritt Island and lagoon; periods of standing up to 1 hour at a time; standing in water during seining activity; refuge is equipped with running water, picnic tables and restrooms. Be sure to bring closed toed water shoes, change of clothes, swim attire, towel, bug spray, and sunscreen. Walking at space center is dependent on personal preference.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Boarding our motorcoach, we’ll transfer to explore Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on a field trip. Upon arrival at the visitor center, we’ll settle in for a talk given by a park ranger to introduce us to the park, its wonderfully varied habitats, and animal inhabitants. Afterwards, we’ll go drive to the lagoon at Sendler Educational Outpost for hands-on experience of sample collection, or seining, of fish, plants, and invertebrates. In groups with a chaperone using seines, a sort of dragnet, we’ll capture animal species found in the Indian River Lagoon. Captured animals will be studied, identified and placed back in the lagoon. We will get wet up to our upper legs!
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy plated meals with soft drinks and water included.
Afternoon: We’ll then transfer and return to Kennedy Space Center with our multi-day passes to experience the things we might have missed last time. During independent exploration, you may want to catch the IMAX movies, try out the Shuttle Launch Experience, and pilot the Astronaut Training Simulators if you haven't already. We’ll then return to the hotel.
Dinner: Hotel buffet.
Evening: Back at the hotel, we’ll spend the evening with our fellow participants and show off all of our newfound space knowledge with a trivia game about outer space.
Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 65 miles throughout the day; about 2 hours total, with stops for field trips. Walking up to 2 miles total throughout the day; up to 2 hours during mini golf activity. Getting in/out of tandem kayaks; paddling about 2 miles; approx. 2 hours; all grandchildren ride tandem with a grandparent. Be sure to bring a towel, bug spray, water, and sun protection.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Boarding our shuttle, we will head to our launch point and set out on a morning kayaking field trip around the harbor islands. Upon arrival, our kayaking leaders will provide a presentation on safety and proper technique before we grab paddles. Aboard tandem kayaks with your grandchild, we’ll have the opportunity to hopefully see wildlife like manatees and various species of birds! Our expert kayaking leaders will do their best at adjusting course to give us the best experience. We’ll then return to the hotel.
Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet meal with coffee, tea, water included.
Afternoon: Then take some time to enjoy the afternoon on your own to do what you like. You may want to take advantage of the stretch of Cocoa Beach across from the hotel, enjoy the great outdoors, or just relax. We’ll then rendezvous at a predetermined time and place for transfer from the hotel to Golf N Gator for a live animal show! Getting up close to the various animals that a staff expert will have for us to see during our own private show, we’ll learn about the particular characteristics of each species.
Dinner: At Golf N Gator, we’ll enjoy a farewell BBQ buffet with soft drinks and water included. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: Fore! We’ll enjoy our last evening with our new friends as we wind down with 18 holes of mini golf at Golf N Gator. We’ll return to the hotel afterwards for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll say goodbye to our fellow participants and prepare for independent departures. Be sure to get your certificate of completion at the end of the program and have a safe trip home! This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!