A Scientific World of Discovery With Your Younger Grandchild

Delve into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with your grandchild during hands-on experiments and activities with zany scientists and experts.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22895RJ
6 days
Starts at
949 / ADULT
699 / CHILD

At a Glance

Step into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) — where butterflies flutter freely and abandoned planes and construction cranes become your playground. Explore a place where zany scientists use hands-on experiments and water-bottle rockets to uncover chemistry and physics lessons your grandchildren will love. Put on your lab coat and become a scientist, engineer and artist, and inspire discovery in the eyes of your grandchild in the exciting city of St. Louis and its charming, historic neighbor, St. Charles.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Considerable standing, 1-2 miles of walking per day and boarding buses.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Head to the famous St. Louis Science Center where you’ll work together with your grandchild to create a “Scribble Bot” robot, and learn to program a robot using a LEGO WeDo kit.
  • Experience the magic of 1,000 live tropical butterflies flying freely at Sachs Butterfly House, and gather around the campfire to hear Native American stories.
  • Soar above the city at the top of the Gateway Arch, and crawl and climb through chimneys, bridges and airplanes at the amazing City Museum.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 6-8. For a program for older grandchildren (ages 9-11), check out "To Missouri & Beyond: Space & Robots With Your Grandchild" (#21935).
Featured Expert
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Page Jackson
Page Jackson is the Instructional Technology Coordinator, STEM Teacher and FIRST Lego League coach at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles. She has a background in aeronautics and is passionate about getting people excited about Science and Technology. Page is an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time exploring with her husband and their four children as she can.

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

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