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tabEvent Overview 
Join us May 15-16, 2015 for a multitude of exciting space-related activities! The museum and a number of partner organizations will offer hands-on activities for all ages, including special appearances by astronauts, a 5K fun run/walk and 1-mile kids' race, a star-gaze with telescopes, a chance to see the museum's Space Shuttle Exhibit, model rocket building and launching, and much more. Admission to most activities is FREE!

Download an event flyer (pdf)
Watch a video about the 2015 event
View photos from past Space Fest events
tabEvent Schedule 
UPDATE: The star-gaze, scheduled for Friday, May 15, has been cancelled due to the cloud cover and weather forecast. Other Space Fest activities will continue as planned (outside activities are weather dependent). Please see below for details about other activities on May 15-16.

Friday, May 15

6 p.m.

1-mile kids' fun run ($)
   - Pre-registration entry fee is $15 per person (includes t-shirt)
   - Registration offered on day of event for $15 (t-shirt not guaranteed)
   - Participants receive ribbons
   - Parents may accompany young children

6:30 p.m.
5K Fun Run: Space Costume Edition ($)
   - Pre-registration entry fee is $20 per person (includes t-shirt; fee increases to $25 after April 25)
   - Registration offered on day of event for $30 (t-shirt not guaranteed)

Information for both races:
   - Click here to register online (forms also available at WPAFB Fitness Centers)
   - Races start with rocket launch
   - Emceed by WHIO meteorologists Carrieann Marit and Kirstie Zontini
   - Participants are encouraged to wear costumes (prizes will be awarded!)
   - Base access not required to participate

7:30 p.m.
Star Trek (2009) movie in AF Museum Theatre ($)
   - Leonard Nimoy's last major role in a Star Trek film
   - Former Astronaut Frederick Gregory will introduce the film
   - Reduced cost is $5 per person

Star-Gaze with telescopes
   - Activity cancelled due to cloud cover and weather forecast

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Saturday, May 16

10-11:30 a.m.
Astronaut autograph session at Space Shuttle Exhibit
   - Please bring one item per person

10-10:30 a.m.
New Carlisle Area Community Chorus performance at stage area near Korean War Gallery

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
"Project Blue Book: The Truth is Here" display - learn about UFOs in event area in second building

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ongoing space-related stories and crafts in event area in second building
   - Presented by Greene County Public Library

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ongoing indoor space-related activities in event area in second building and in Cold War Gallery
   - Indoor planetarium
   - Hands-on demonstration stations
   - Space-related make-it/take-it stations
   - Tours of Space Shuttle Exhibit
   - Space shuttle landing simulators
   - Special costumed characters
   - Working robots such as R2-D2 and BB-8
   - Be among first to tour new virtual science and engineering festival
   - Much, much more!

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ongoing outdoor space-related activities (weather permitting) 
   - Solar viewing
   - Rocket launches on front field
   - Explosive ordnance disposal demo
   - Space shuttle slide and Space Camp bounce houses

11-11:45 a.m.
Journey to Space in Air Force Museum Theater ($)
   - Click here for all show times and ticket prices

11:30 a.m.
Model rocket build and fly begins near Space Shuttle Exhibit (while supplies last)

Noon-2 p.m.
Facepainting in event area in second building

12:30-1 p.m.
Space trivia contest in Carney Auditorium
   - Winner receives gift basket valued at over $100

1-2 p.m.
Former Astronaut Frederick Gregory presentation in Carney Auditorium

2-2:45 p.m.
Journey to Space in Air Force Museum Theater ($)
   - Click here for all show times and ticket prices

2:30-3 p.m.
Space trivia contest in Carney Auditorium
   - Winner receives gift basket valued at $over $100

3-3:45 p.m.
"Project Blue Book: The Air Force and UFOs" presentation by museum curator Brett Stolle in Carney Auditorium

3:30-4 p.m.
Centerville Saxophone Quartet performance in museum lobby

4-4:45 p.m.
Journey to Space in Air Force Museum Theater ($)
   - Former Astronaut Frederick Gregory will speak before and after the film and will sign autographs immediately following
   - Click here for all show times and ticket prices

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Other Activities

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Museum galleries and National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center open

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Museum store, interactive simulators and Morphis MovieRide Simulator open ($)
  - Click here for simulator information

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Air Force Museum Theatre open ($)
- Click here for all show times and ticket prices

Space Attraction Package ($)
Purchase a theatre ticket + MovieRide simulator for just $11

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Food Options

10 a.m.-2 p.m. outdoors ($)

The following food trucks will be open in front of the museum: The Wicked 'Wich, DD Sandwiches and Subs and Kona Ice

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Valkyrie Cafe open on second floor ($)

Noon-4 p.m.
Refueling Cafe open in Cold War Gallery ($)

Event schedule subject to change
All activities free unless marked with ($)

Updated 5/15/15
tabSpace Fest News 
tabAstronaut Appearances 
The following astronaut will be participating in Space Fest.
Former Astronaut Frederick Gregory Col. (Ret.) Frederick D. Gregory, Former Astronaut

Free presentation at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 in Carney Auditorium
tabParticipating Organizations 
788th Explosive Ordnance Disposal
AFIT Center for Space Research and Assurance
AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Section
Air Force Museum Foundation
Air Force Research Laboratory Discovery Lab
Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Challenger Learning Center of Dayton
Cincinnati Observatory Center, Friends of the Observatory
Engineers Club of Dayton
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Greene County Public Library
Inventors Council (ICOD)
Mars Society - Ohio Chapter
Miami Valley Astronomical Society
NASA Glenn Research Center
National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC)
National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center
PowerStackers Robotics
R2-D2 Club
Team Ohio Rocketry Club
WPAFB Force Support Fitness

Special thanks to our costumed characters:
Ayn Wood (costume designer)
4Paws for Ability
501st Legion (Star Wars)
Rebel Legion (Star Wars)
WSU Public History Program

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tabEvent Sponsors 
Special thanks to the following organizations for sponsoring the Space Fest Fun Run:

Cox Media
Sam's Club

Note: Federal endorsement not implied.
tabArea Lodging 
For information on lodging in the area, please check with the local convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs):

Dayton/Montgomery County CVB
Greene County CVB
Butler County Visitors Bureau
Greater Springfield CVB
Miami County CVB
Warren County CVB
tabSecurity Notice 
Please note that for security reasons, all bags are subject to search, and backpacks, packages and large camera cases are not permitted within the museum. In addition, all adults may be asked to show their picture identification card upon entering the museum.

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