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The New England Air Museum School Vacation Fun

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February School Vacation Week Activities at New England Air Museum

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 20th through Friday February 24th.  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 being scheduled.  Visit our website for updated information. 

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

  • Monday, February 20: Delta Dart Model Workshop
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Build a balsa Delta Dart airplane model with help from our team of experts! Ages 8 and older, all children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is a $5.00 cost per model kit.
  • Tuesday, February 21: LEGO Flying Machine Contest
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Children ages 3-12 will construct a futuristic flying machine using the New England Air Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, and winners need not be present to win.
  • Wednesday, February 22: Airplane Nose Art
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Learn the fascinating history of airplane nose art and create your own nose art design to take home.
  • Thursday, February 23: The Great Paper Airplane Challenge
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Use your imagination to construct a far flying paper plane from a variety of materials. Will your creation go the distance?
  • Friday, February 24: Straw Rocket Launch
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Are you a rocket scientist? Find out by building and launching a straw rocket using our specialized NEAM rocket launchers.

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Activities are included with the price of admission on the day of your visit except where noted.

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. It is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, with four full-time employees, 18 part-time employees, and more than 175 volunteers.

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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, and features a large gift shop. For more information, www.neam.org or (860) 623-3305 or Facebook at New England Air Museum.

Admission is $12.50 for ages 12 and up, $11.50 for seniors 65 and up and $7.00 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free.

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