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A Day of Flight

Spend a day diving into exciting topics during our special events — from insects to wind power to outer space!

Celebrate the power of air!

Can it float? Does it glide? Will it fly?

We’ll explore the concepts behind our Air Works exhibition and build a variety of contraptions that can soar through the museum.


Time Activity Description Location
10am–12pm Hot Air Balloons Work together to make your own paper hot air balloon. See how high it can go when you launch it! Community Room (drop-in family activities)
11am Parachutes Make your own toy parachute using everyday objects. Learn how to keep your parachute aloft and test it out on the Museum floor. Science Discovery Lab, 2nd Floor (scheduled activities)
1pm Hoopster Gliders Create your own miniature glider and see how far it can soar through the air. Science Discovery Lab, 2nd Floor (scheduled activities)
2–4pm Wind Vehicles Build a wind-powered toy car. Make it move using different types of sails. Community Room (drop-in family activities)
3pm Stomp Rockets Use air pressure (and the force of your stomp!) to launch a paper rocket into the air above. Science Discovery Lab, 2nd Floor (scheduled activities)