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Monthly Family Days

The museum’s Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month (excluding December).  These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations are located throughout the museum's galleries to teach fun aerospace principles.  Each month features a new theme; such themes include engineering, meteorology, gravity, and space.

 

Some materials for educational programs are provided by the Air Force Museum

Foundation, Inc.  (Federal endorsement is not implied).

Upcoming Family Day


Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
National Aviation Day

Celebrate National Aviation Day with free educational activities at Family Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

What is National Aviation Day?  It is a celebration of all things related to aviation and is held on the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday (147 years ago on Aug. 19 in Dayton, Ohio).   

During Family Day, museum visitors will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the Wright brothers' first flight to modern Air Force technology.  Activities include hands-on demonstrations, a make it-take it workshop and Storytime.

The hands-on aviation and space demonstrations are appropriate for all ages and take place throughout the event.  A variety of activities showcasing Air Force technology past, present and future will take place in the STEM Learning Node located in the Space and Research & Development Gallery.

 

  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.           Hands-on Aviation and Space Demonstrations

                                      Locations:  Building 2 and Building 4

 

  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.           Build and Fly Balsa Gliders (while supplies last)

                                      Location:  Building 2

 

  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.            Virtual Reality trip through the history of flight                                                                                          Location:  Building 2

 

  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.           Nuclear Powered Aircraft Information Station

                                      Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Space Gallery

 

  10:45 a.m.                   Presidential Aircraft Briefing
                                     
A special 15-minute “Presidential Aircraft Briefings” providing background information on the 
                                      museum’s remarkable collection of Presidential Aircraft, including four Presidential Aircraft
                                      that visitors can walk through!
                                     Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery

 

  11:00 – 11:45 a.m.     “Eyes in Space” Presentation
       A special presentation about spy satellites.
       Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery


  11:30 a.m.                   Storytime

                                      This activity will feature stories of flight and a hands-on craft project.

                                      Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery

 

  12:30 p.m.                   Presidential Aircraft Briefing
                                     
A special 15-minute “Presidential Aircraft Briefings” providing background information on the
                                      museum’s remarkable collection of Presidential Aircraft, including four Presidential Aircraft 
                                      that visitors can walk through!
                                      Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery


  12:45 – 1:30 p.m.       "Air Refueling” Presentation

      Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery

 

  1:15 p.m.                     Storytime

                                      This activity will feature stories of flight and a hands-on craft project.

                                      Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery

 

  2 p.m.                          Presidential Aircraft Briefing
                                     
A special 15-minute “Presidential Aircraft Briefings” providing background information on the
                                      museum’s remarkable collection of Presidential Aircraft, including four Presidential Aircraft
                                      that visitors can walk through!
                                     Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery

  2:15 – 3 p.m.               “X-Planes: Pushing the Limits of Aviation” Presentation

       Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery 

 

  2:30 p.m.                     Presidential Aircraft Briefing
                                     
A special 15-minute “Presidential Aircraft Briefings” providing background information on the
                                      museum’s remarkable collection of Presidential Aircraft, including four Presidential Aircraft
                                      that visitors can walk through!
                                     Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery

 

  3 p.m.                          Presidential Aircraft Briefing
                                     
A special 15-minute “Presidential Aircraft Briefings” providing background information on the
                                     museum’s remarkable collection of Presidential Aircraft, including four Presidential Aircraft
                                     that visitors can walk through!
                                     Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery


  3:15 – 4 p.m.             "The Memphis Belle” Presentation

     Location:  Building 4, STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery


Click here for more information provided in the News Release.

Future Family Days


September 29, 2018 – Fall with Gravity
Celebrate the fall season while learning how we can overcome and cope with the force that causes falling!  Activities will include sitting in an actual B-2 ejection seat and trying on a parachute.

October 27, 2018 – Spooktacular Halloween Fun
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun science principles through Halloween-themed activities! Come dressed in your favorite costume!

November 17, 2018 – Exploring Engineering
Learn about engineering through fun demos and hands-on activities.

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