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Upcoming Home School Day

Home School DaySpring Home School Day
April 4, 2016

The next Home School Day is scheduled for Monday, April 4. All programs are free! There is no advance registration.

Please click here for tips for a successful Home School Day visit and click here for a map of activity locations.

  • Auditorium-style Presentations

    There will be three separate auditorium-style presentations in the museum’s Carney Auditorium.

    Subject matter is targeted mostly towards students in grades 5 and above, as well as adults. However, the entire family is welcome to attend.

    In some cases, take-home, hands-on extension projects will be distributed to those in attendance.

    Seating in the auditorium will open no earlier than 15 minutes before each program begins.

    Click on the following topics for more information.

  • X-Planes: Pushing the Limits of Aviation
  • A Tour of the Universe: From Atoms to Galaxies
  • Boomerangs are Coming Back
  • Hands-on Classes

    There will be four separate hands-on classes in the museum’s Learning Center (second floor).

    This room has a limited seating capacity, so participation is limited to youngsters of the correct age level only (no siblings or parents). Line numbers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. on April 4 in Kettering Hall.

    Seating in the classroom will begin 15 minutes before the class starting time. If space allows, those on a “stand-by” basis will be allowed into the classroom beginning five minutes before the class begins.

    Click on the following topics for more information.
  • Into the Air: Exploring Flight
  • Modular Electronics: Fuel Your Imagination
  • Make_a_Motor
  • Science Fiction vs. Science Fact: The Battle for Physics

Guided Tours

There are two choices for guided tours: 10:15-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Tours begin in Kettering Hall and are appropriate for the entire family (all ages)!  The tour covers all areas of the museum, from the Early Years to the Missile and Space Gallery.


There are three choices: 9:30-10:15 a.m., 11:15-noon, or 1:15-2 p.m.  Storytimes take place at the entrance to the Early Years Gallery next to the 1909 Wright Flyer.

Storytime is for youngsters from 3 to 5 years old. One adult must stay with the child.

Seating is limited, so each child may attend only one session (all three sessions are the same).

The theme for each session is "Astronaut Adventures." Youngsters will explore and learn about life in space with stories about astronauts. Sessions include making a paper astronaut to take home.

Scavenger Hunts

There are several different scavenger hunts available (for ages 5-18). These are self-guided family activities. Materials may be picked up at tables near the entrance to the Early Years Gallery from 9-a.m.-4 p.m.

Aerospace Demo Stations

Science, technology and engineering principles will be demonstrated at various stations in the center of the museum’s second building. Stop by any of the stations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for a quick and informative demo/activity.