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Soar into Summer Fun with Airplanes — educational and fun day activities offered all summer long for CT kids at the New England Air Museum. Family fun activities to “aviate” minds all summer long! Hands-on day activities like straw rocket competition, LEGO contests, aero modeling workshop.
Daily activities include:
Open Cockpit Experiences 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Build & Fly Challenges 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
June 25-July 2: Kites in Flight
July 3-9: Straw Rockets
July 10-16: Rocket Balloons
July 17-23: Slingshot Gliders
July 24-30: Straw Gliders
July 31-August 6: Rotocopter Launch
August 7-13: Parachute Drop
August 14-20: Ring Gliders
Flight Science Demonstrations 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
New this year! Soaring Story Time 10:15 a.m. daily
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.