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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

College Park Aviation Museum

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A rainy day like today is the perfect day to check out the College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, MD. Did you know that this little airport is the oldest continuously operating airport in the world? Or, that Wilbur Wright taught the very first military aviators on its grounds? It's true!

We first visited the Aviation Museum when Lucas was about 18mos old and now that he's 3 1/2 it's still a favorite destination. Toddlers and preschoolers will love climbing into the cockpit, dressing up as an aviator, or playing with the fun crafts and puzzles available. (Be sure to decorate a craft bag and take it to the front desk on your way out--the lovely volunteers will fill it with small prizes!) Older kids (and moms and dads!) can learn all the specs on the many original and reproduction airplanes on display and will love the hands-on activities which demonstrate how airplanes actually fly.

In addition to the regular exhibits, lots of great events take place each month. Check out the calendar of events for all the details.

Other than recently running into a school group at the museum, we've found that there are usually just a handful of visitors at once. That, combined with the fact that most of the museum is one large open area, means that it is especially easy to keep track of one or more active preschoolers at this museum. If the day is nice, be sure to play with the ride-on airplanes outside of the gift shop and consider packing a picnic lunch to eat outside by the airport runways.

Additional details:

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, Maryland 20740

Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except major holidays) for self-guided tours.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children and students (children under 2 are free)

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1 comment:

  1. We love the CP Aviation Museum! It is such a great destination since it is always empty and once we were invited to a birthday party which was fabulous!


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