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Celebrate the start of baseball season during Family Day

DAYTON, Ohio -- Children and their families can celebrate the opening of baseball season during Family Day on April 15 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

During the day, participants can learn the science behind baseball's curve ball by throwing a curving ping pong ball. The activity takes place in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery.

Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several aviation-related experiences. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a guided tour featuring a fast-paced overview of aviation history. The tour is designed to appeal to all ages.

"Storytime" follows at 11:30 a.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children (through third grade) are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes and listen to thrilling stories about aviation and space.

This month's Aerospace Adventure allows participants to make and fly a Styrofoam glider. The activity is for visitors of all ages and takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery.

In addition to those programs, visitors can take part in demonstration stations spread throughout the museum galleries from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Museum admission and Family Day activities are free. No advanced reservations are necessary. For more information, contact the museum's Education Division at (937) 255-8048, ext. 461, 462 or 463.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.

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