Learn about the space station during free Family Day at museum

November 19, 2013

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Commemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history - the International Space Station - during Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

November marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of the first module of the space station and the 13th anniversary of a continuous human presence on this fascinating human outpost in space.

Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Visitors will be able to learn about spaceflight, living in space, and rocketry through a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities, including building your own space station from recycling materials.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes and listen to space-related stories, followed by a hands-on activity.

The event is free, and visitors of all ages may participate in these aviation-related activities located throughout the museum galleries. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at 937-255-4646 for additional information.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission and parking are free.

For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.