March 15, 2014
Visitors of all ages can learn about balloon travel and the properties of air during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at the museum.
"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 where they can listen to stories about aviation and do a craft project.
Special on-going demonstrations on rocket guidance systems take place from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node next to the Space Shuttle Exhibit in the Cold War Gallery. Each demonstration lasts about 20 minutes and will be repeated continuously during these times.
During another activity, participants can watch launches of tissue-paper model hot air balloons in the museum's second building. This demonstration is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
These activities complement the interactive Red Bull Stratos exhibit, which is on display at the museum through March 16. Just over a year ago, Felix Baumgartner ascended to 127,852 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a freefall jump, rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. This amazing mission broke world records and holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers. The exhibit gives visitors the chance to learn first-hand about the Stratos project and get an up-close look at the actual capsule and space suit used in Baumgartner's record-setting mission.
All Family Day activities are free! No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.
Photo credit: The balloon lifts up during the second manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M., on July 25, 2012. Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space to an altitude of 37.000 meters to break several records, including the sound of speed in freefall. (Photo courtesy of Red Bull Stratos)
Upcoming Family Days
April 19, 2014
Celebrate Spring through fun demos and hands-on activities. Watch fascinating demonstrations of the incredible art of indoor kite flying and build and fly your own kite!
May 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!