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A Scientific World of Discovery With Your Younger Grandchild

Program No. 22895RJ
Delve into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math with your grandchild during hands-on experiments and activities with scientists and art experts.

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Age 6 - 8
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At a Glance

Step into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) — where butterflies flutter freely and you can become an astronaut for the day. Explore a place where science and art experts use hands-on experiments and projects to discover 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, 2-3 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 13 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.
  • Experience the magic of 1,000 live tropical butterflies flying freely at Sachs Butterfly House.
  • Embrace your inner astronaut at the Challenger Learning Center’s simulated spacecraft before tackling hands-on projects that explore the possibility of life on Mars.

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).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Smithsonian Handbook: Butterflies and Moths
by David A. Carter
This photographic field guide to butterflies and moths is illustrated in the attractive Eyewitness style, and includes key identification features for each species.
Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide
by Linda Garrow
For young naturalists, this is the perfect introduction to the world of insects, caterpillars and butterflies. Includes handy identification information and fun facts.
Weird Missouri
by James Strait
Part of an award-winning series, Weird Missouri introduces tourists to the off-the-beaten path destinations, including ghostly sites and peculiar roadside attractions, as well as local legends and crazy characters. Heavily illustrated.
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book
by Tom Robinson
Using common household items, kids can recreate dozens of fun and educational science experiments, covering fields from biology to chemistry and physics to outer space. Experiments answer questions such as: can you blow up a balloon without blowing into it? What is inside a coin? Can a magnet ever be "turned off"?
Face to Face With Butterflies
by Darlyne Murawski
The wild and wonderful world of magnificent butterflies by the photographer and biologist author of Face to Face with Caterpillars.
St. Charles (Then and Now)
by Jessica Dreyer, Vicki Berger Erwin
Settled in 1769, St. Charles is an example of historic preservation -- though by the 1960s many of the buildings had deteriorated. Prompted by the restorations of the first state capitol property and the efforts of dedicated citizens the area underwent a period of revitalization and restoration. Through photos, both old and new, readers will see the city of St. Charles as it was and is now. In June of 1970 the Main Street Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics
by Jennifer Swanson
This heavily illustrated National Geographic book introduces kids to everything robotics, from the tiniest robo-bees to giant factory machines.
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly
by Laura Marsh
Aimed for young readers, this accessible, illustrated book perfectly introduces the four stages of a caterpillar’s life.
A World of Butterflies
by Brian Cassie, Robert Michael Pyle (Introduction)
Vivid color images and short descriptions of some the world's most beautiful butterflies fill this photographic celebration.
Images of America: St. Charles
by Don Graveman, Dianna Graveman
This Missouri city began humbly when a French Canadian fur trader built a cabin on the Missouri River in 1769. He named the settlement Les Petites Cotes (the little hills). St. Charles has seen much excitement over the years, including a visit by Lewis and Clark and a number of devastating natural disasters.
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Orientation, Dinner, Mad Science
St. Charles
D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the Breakfast Room off the main lobby to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID protocols and will adhere to applicable requirements and guidelines throughout the program. We will learn from a series of local experts who will give lectures and lead field trips. Program-related travel and transfers will be via private motorcoach (with restroom aboard) or bus (no restroom aboard) unless noted otherwise. Meals will feature mostly locally-owned restaurants and caterers. 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/current conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Mad Science! Members of the Mad Science team will lead us through an exciting, interactive, hands-on experiment. Mad Science is an educational enrichment source that uses fun approaches to getting kids excited about science. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
St. Louis Science Center Field Trip
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 50 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking during field trip at St. Louis Science Center, a 3-story facility with elevators. Extent of walking and other activities during independent time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board our bus for a field trip to the St. Louis Science Center (SLSC), one of the top five science centers in the nation. There, grandkids with help from grandparents will build our very own DIY robot — a Scribble Bot — using a low voltage DC motor, copper wire, batteries, markers, and a few household items. Then we’ll create art using our robot! After our directed learning session is over, we’ll have time to explore the Science Center on our own. The SLSC was recently named one of the Top 10 Science Centers for Families by “Parents” magazine. There are more than 700 hands-on exhibits from Amazing Science Demonstrations to a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex and much, much more.

Lunch: At the Science Center, we’ll have box lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our field trip at the Science Center with an interactive science-themed story followed by a hands-on activity related to the book’s themes. We’ll then ride back to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We’ll remain where we are and watch “Monument to the Dream,” a short movie about the creation of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch that stands today as the nation's tallest arch and national monument. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure for a swim in the pool (with grandparents present), spending time with new Road Scholar friends, or just relaxing.

DAY
3
Sachs Butterfly House, Lewis & Clark Boathouse & Museum
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 25 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour total riding time. Walking up to 3 miles.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll take a field trip to the Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park, a component of the Missouri Botanical Garden. More than 1,000 live butterflies representing more than 60 species fly freely in the glass conservatory building. A docent will lead us in a hands-on, student driven investigation examining the world of arthropods up close — designed to foster a greater understanding of their importance to the balance of life on Earth. We’ll use living animals and real specimens, not easily obtained for classroom use. After the study sessions, we will visit with the butterflies.

Lunch: On the grounds of the Butterfly House, we will have box lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll return to St. Charles. At the Lewis & Clark Boat House & Museum, we will gather around the indoor campfire and hear stories about the Native American people encountered during Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition. One of the stories will be a pictograph — a story written with drawings. Kids will have an opportunity to create their own pictographs before exploring in the museum. While in the Museum, we will see animals the Corps of Discovery would have seen and take part in a scavenger hunt.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to swim in the pool (with grandparents present), spend time with new Road Scholar friends, or just relax.

DAY
4
Challenger Learning Center Field Trip, Free Time
St. Charles
B
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 25 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking and standing at field trip site.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll set out for a day of space adventures at the Challenger Learning Center. We will take on the roles of astronauts in the simulated spacecraft and work as a team to keep the crew safe and launch a scientific probe. We’ll think like planetary scientists as we complete hands-on projects to explore the possibility of life on Mars. We’ll ride back to the hotel after our field trip.

Lunch: The bus will return to the hotel after the Challenger Learning Center. Lunch has been excluded from the program costs and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to make suggestions. There are many choices on Main Street in St. Charles.

Afternoon: Free time. This period 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. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration. You might like to take this opportunity to explore the historic St. Charles area. To mix a bit of history into our science experiences, walk in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark in the river town where their expedition began, visit Frontier Park, or do whatever appeals to you.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are numerous choices on Main Street in St. Charles.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
St. Louis Arch, Aquarium at Union Station
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 50 miles throughout the day, approximately 1.5 hours total driving time. Walking up to 3 miles and standing during field trips.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out on a field trip to explore the Gateway to the West at the St. Louis Arch. We’ll learn more — remember “Monument to the Dream”? — about the engineering marvel of this iconic structure. We’ll take a tram ride to the top for panoramic views of the Mississippi River, Busch Stadium, and the St. Louis Courthouse. We will have a Park Ranger-led presentation and discussion about the history of westward expansion and confront some of the same choices early pioneers faced while traveling west from St. Louis to Oregon.

Lunch: In the café at the Arch, we’ll have box lunches.

Afternoon: Next, we will take the bus to the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. We’ll learn about aquatic life in the 120,000-square foot aquarium, packed to the gills with more than 13,000 animals across 44 exhibits. In a classroom setting, we’ll learn about St. Louis’ closest water system: the Mississippi River and how the river has been impacted by human habitation and come up with our own solutions to reduce pollution. We will then have an expert-led exploration of the aquarium, followed by some independent time to see what interests each of us most at Union Station. Optional activities are available at additional cost.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Share favorite experiences and enjoy camaraderie with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure for a swim in the pool (with grandparents present), spending time with new Road Scholar friends, or just relaxing. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
St. Charles
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel. 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!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.