April vacation fun coming to the New England Air Museum

By New England Air Museum
Windsor Locks - posted Fri., Apr. 5, 2013
Learn to fly on the New England Air Museum’s newest exhibit, Flight Sim Spot, and build a Lego aircraft during its April vacation activities. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks has announced the following schedule of activities for the April school vacation break:

Monday, April 15 - Lego Contest.  Step into a room full of Legos and build your ideal aircraft. The theme is “Winged Flight.” The program is for ages 3-12 and will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12. Participants do not need to be present to win a prize.

Tuesday, April 16 - Open Cockpit Day. The museum will host an Open Cockpit program with up to eight aircraft to be open, including helicopters, an airliner, a jet fighter and a WWII aircraft. All cockpits will close at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17 - Scavenger Hunt Contest. The museum will offer a scavenger hunt to help visitors of all ages discover the museum’s treasures located in its three exhibit hangars. There will be prizes for all participants.

Thursday, April 18 - Aircraft Drawing Contest: “What I love about flight.” Participants between the ages of 3 and 15 can make a drawing or a collage. All materials will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 &12-15. Participants do not need to be present to win a prize.

Friday, April 19 - Theme-Based Tours. Three tours will be offered during the day: “Aviation Pioneers Amelia Earhart, Igor I. Sikorsky & Connecticut’s own Howard Bunce”; “Connecticut Aviation Landmarks and The New England Air Museum’s”; “Picking up the Pieces after the 1979 Tornado.” Also, visitors can participate in an Aero Modeling Workshop running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This activity takes about an hour and a half to complete. Children ages 8 to 14 can build and fly their own models. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 cost for the kit. Also to be featured will be Time Machine Hobby demonstrating R/C model flight.

During this week the museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators to virtually fly any aircraft using real cockpit controls. The cost is $3 for a half hour flight or $5 for an hour flight. Two people per simulator– pilot and copilot. Museum members free!

The New England Air Museum is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday, and is located in Windsor Locks, adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north.  Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $6.50 for children aged 4-12 (3 and under free).

The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959. Located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. This educational organization 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.

For additional information, call the museum at 860-623-3305 or visit www.neam.org.

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