Have you ever dreamt of blasting off into space as an astronaut, ready to explore the galaxy? Or perhaps pilot a fighter jet speeding through the sky? Yes? How exciting! Because the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is exactly what you need to inspire you!
This exciting center in Virginia is FILLED with thousands of fascinating artifacts all revolving around aviation and space. You've heard of the space shuttle Discovery? Well, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center you can see it for yourself in person! With two huge hangars filled with items, you certainly will have an exploratory family day out on your hands.
The center always have some incredible exhibitions on - covering a host of topics that will educate and fascinate. From ultralight aircraft of the 1920s, to WWII German Aviation and their technological advances, to human space flight (all together..."One small step for man...")
Kids can learn how to boost a rocket in the 20th century, or learn all about travel into the earths atmosphere, and how planetary observation works. There are exhibits on satellites, aerobic flight, and even a look into how commercial aviation grew to be such a modern part of life. After all - we do use it a lot these days - can you imagine a life without it!?
The Steven F. Udvar-Hay Center also has an IMAX theater where you can watch some amazing programs on the history of the war, or the universe, one a SUPER big screen! It's a pretty incredible experience - you might feel like you really are in space!
If you love the idea of airports and how they operate, kids can also check out the Observation Tower with a 360 degree birds eye view of the nearby airport, and they can watch planes lands and take off - and after their time in the museum they should know how that all works!
The great thing about this museum is it isn't just for kids and families with a specific interest in aviation and space. Anyone who goes will find something intriguing, and fascinating, and it's learning made fun!
Who knows...you might be inspired and find some little future astronauts in the family - to the final frontier and beyond!
Tickets for the simulators are available to buy at the IMAX box office. No reservations are required.
The IMAX theater is an extra cost - tickets are $9 for adults and $7.50 for youth.
From burgers, muffins, cakes and treats, there's a McDonalds at this center!
Healthy Eating McDonalds have salads and water, so there's always the healthy option!
What a great place to take the students! There is so much to learn and they have field trip options suitable by grade and age. Students on field trips can bring their own lunch
Save those pennies, there's a museum store! From postcards, books, keychains, videos, prints and clothing - there is plenty for you to pick from!
Everyone is able to experience this great museum! There are designated parking spots for those with disabilities, as well as wheelchair access around the exhibits, and interior elevators and wheelchairs are available at no charge to rent.
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