Image of the Air Force wings with the museum name underneath

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
FREE Admission & Parking

Spring Home School Day set for April 7

  • Published
  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Home school children, ages 3-18, can participate in a number of educational activities during Spring Home School Day on April 7 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Admission to the museum and activities are free, and there is no advance registration. However, there is limited seating capacity for some programs.

There will be four auditorium-style presentations in the museum's Carney Auditorium:
  • "Fundamentals of Flight" from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • "Boomerangs Keep Coming Back" from 11 a.m.-noon
  • "The SR-71 Blackbird" from 1:15-2:15 p.m.
  • "It's Science, Not Magic" from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Subject matter for these programs is targeted mostly towards students in grades 5 and above. Take-home, hands-on extension projects will be distributed to those in attendance. Seating in the auditorium will open no earlier than 20 minutes before each program begins.

In addition, four hands-on classes will be offered in the museum's Learning Center:
  • "Modular Robotics" from 9:15-10:15 a.m. (grades 1, 2 and 3)
  • "Lasers and Optics" from 10:45-11:45 a.m. (grades 3 and 4)
  • "Cryptology" from 1-2 p.m. (grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • "Orbital Mechanics" from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
The Learning Center has a limited seating capacity, so participation will be limited to youngsters of the correct age level only (no siblings or parents). Line numbers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. on April 7.

Guided tours, storytimes, scavenger hunts and aerospace demonstration stations also are available for the entire family. Those who are interested may come for a full day or just one activity. Visitors may also visit the new Space Shuttle Exhibit, choose to watch a movie in the digital 3D theatre or ride the interactive simulators. More information is available at

If you wish to pack your lunch, a picnic area is available outside the museum. Food, snacks and drinks (including water) may not be brought into the building. A café is available on the second floor if you prefer to purchase your food at the museum. Be advised that the outside picnic area is a considerable walking distance away from the activities. Be sure to adjust your timing accordingly.

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

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.