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The New England Air Museum School Vacation Fun


February School Vacation Week, February 19-23, 2018

Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum this holiday season! The museum is offering an exciting array of family fun activities during February School Vacation Week, Monday February 19th through Friday February 23rd.  Explore three giant exhibit hangars filled with over sixty historic aircraft, and experience the wonders of flight through hands-on activities including daily hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demonstrations, computerized Flight Simulators, and Open Cockpit Experiences in historic aircraft.

Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke and pedal flight simulators. The Virtual Flight Center is open to visitors ages 10 and older and a $5.00 fee person fee applies for a 30 minute flight.

In addition to these daily activities, the following special events are scheduled: 

Monday, February 19: Balsa Wood Airplane Workshop
Build and fly a balsa wood model airplane with our expert aeromodelers! This workshop is for children ages 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is a $5.00 cost per model kit.

Tuesday, February 20: LEGO Flying Machine Contest
Children ages 3-13 can construct flying machines using the Museum's collection of LEGOs. Winners will be awarded prizes in three age categories, and participants need not be present to win.
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Wednesday, February 21: Parachute Drop
Learn the science of parachutes while building and launching a weight bearing parachute.

Thursday, February 22: Frisbee Fun
Discover the similarities between frisbees and airplane wings and create a paper plate frisbee to take home.

Friday, February 23: Straw Rocket Launch
Are you a rocket scientist? Test your skills by building and launching a straw rocket. How far will your rocket fly?

All events and activities are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Events and activities are subject to change.

The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England and is a private, non-profit educational institution that was organized in 1959. Three larger hangars and an outdoor display contain more than 80 aircraft with permanent exhibits that include the oldest surviving aircraft in the U.S. – the 1870 Silas M. Brooks Balloon Basket, as well as an S-39 Amphibian plane – the first aircraft built in Connecticut by aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky. Featured year-round are many historical aircraft and exhibits including a focus on World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen, and a display about Amelia Earhart alongside a Lockheed Model 10 Electra – the same type of plane flown by the female aviator. The Air Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs.

The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day; the museum is closed on Mondays during the winter season. Discounted admission is available for veterans and active duty military personnel.

The New England Air Museum is located on 36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) on the North end of the Bradley International Airport airfield in Windsor Locks, Conn. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day; the museum is closed on Mondays during the winter season. For more information, or (860) 623-3305 or Facebook at New England Air Museum.

Directions: Take I-91 North or South to Exit 40 (Route 20). Take second right exit off Route 20 and turn right onto Route 75 North. Continue for 2.8 miles. Take left at Museum sign onto Perimeter Rd for 1.7 miles. The Museum will be on the right.

If you are coming from Bradley International Airport, follow the signs to Route 75 and turn left and head east onto Schoephoester Rd. Turn left onto Route 75 North. Drive 2.2 miles and turn left onto Perimeter Rd. at the Museum sign.

FREE onsite parking and plenty of room for buses.

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NEAM Bus Trip - Saturday, May 19th

Journey through time from WWII to the Cold War as you trace the footsteps of the sailors aboard the Historic National Landmarks berthed at Battleship  Cove!  Discover the rich legacy of the brave men and women who served America in uniform, and the technology, firepower, and human sacrifice it took to preserve our freedoms! New this year, discover "The Story Behind the Steels and Sails - A Sailor's Life", at Battleship Cove and "Closing the Gap, The Role of the Azores during World War II," over at the Maritime Museum. Motor Coach will depart NEAM at 8:00am on Saturday, May 19th 

Members Adults/Seniors $85.00

Non - Members/Seniors $95.00

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