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April 19, 2014

Welcome spring with kite stories, kite building and kite flying during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the museum.

Visitors can observe the incredible sport of indoor kite flying by watching members of local kite clubs fly their kites indoors with no wind! This activity takes place in the event area next to the Korean War Gallery from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Other demonstration stations throughout the day will teach visitors about the properties of air and flying.

"Storytime" begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes to hear stories about kites and do a craft project.

Participants can make their own kites during this month's Aerospace Adventure from 1:30-3 p.m. in the event area next to the Korean War Gallery. Paper kites are free, but there is a $2.50 charge for plastic sled kites. Outdoor kite flying will be available (weather permitting).

The event is free, and visitors of all ages may participate in these aviation-related activities located throughout the museum galleries. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.

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Upcoming Family Days

May 16-17, 2014 - Space Fest
Join us for a multitude of exciting space-related activities! The museum, Dayton Challenger Learning Center and other partner organizations will offer hands-on activities for all ages. Click here for event details.

June 21, 2014
Celebrate the anniversary of the first flight of the world's first practical helicopter by learning about the aircraft that can go backwards, forwards, spin and even hover in place through fun demos and hands-on activities.

July 19, 2014
Commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing by learning about rocketry and space flight through fun demos and hands-on activities.

Aug. 16, 2014
Commemorate National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright's birthday) by learning about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2014 and beyond through fun demos and hands-on activities.

Sept. 27, 2014
This month's Family Day will be held in conjunction with the three-day World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in Europe. Dawn Patrol is one of the nation's premier historical aviation events as it brings the excitement and adrenaline of early air power to Ohio. The event features vintage original and reproduction WWI aircraft, radio-controlled models, era automobiles, period re-enactors and a collector's show. Click here for more information about this event.

Oct. 18, 2014
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities. Come dressed in your favorite costume!

Nov. 15, 2014
Commemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history: the International Space Station. Learn about the station and spaceflight through fun demos and hands-on activities. Build your own space station from recycling materials!

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