If you’re looking for summer activities your kids will remember for a lifetime, mark your calendars for one or more of the special events planned this month at Houston’s Lone Star Flight Museum. From paper airplane launches to hangar movie screenings, you’ll find plenty of fun to educate, inspire, and bring flight to life! *All activities are FREE with paid admission unless noted.
NON-STOP EVENTS: Summer Passport, B-17 aircraft hunt, and the Museum’s live action simulators in the Aviation Learning Center (additional fee).
June 9 – FIRST ROBOTICS – Join the award-winning Spectrum 3847 team for exciting robotics demonstrations featuring their 120lb competing robot, Infrared. Plus try your hand at operating a VEX IQ robot yourself! 11a.m. – 2p.m.
June 8 & 22- AV8R EXPERIMENTS – Mathematician and scientist Daniel Bernoulli cracked the code on what makes flight possible in the 1700s when he observed that air moved like water. Conduct your own Bernoulli-inspired experiments using simple materials such as balloons, string and even a deck of cards to learn what makes aircraft lift off and stay aloft. 11a.m. – 2p.m.
June 15- HANGAR MOVIE FEATURE Top Gun – What could be better than watching your favorite flight flick in an actual airplane hangar! Get ready to fly high and stay cool as Maverick, Goose and Iceman take the highway to the danger zone. Seating provided or spread out on the hangar floor. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $5/person; Children 3 and Under Free. General admission is not required for Hangar Movie features. Popcorn and Snacks available for purchase; no alcohol or outside food and beverages allowed.
**Don’t miss Disney’s Planes July 20th and Airplane! August 17th.
Wednesdays– HANGAR TALK – Every week (June 6, 13, 20 and 27) this summer we make one of our aircraft the star of the show! Get “behind the chains” with our docents, learn exclusive aircraft history, and you may even see them start up on our ramp! 11a.m. – 2p.m. Hangar talk aircraft spotlights in June include:
June 6: SBD Dauntless
June 13: Bell TAH-1P Cobra
June 20: Boeing PT-17 Stearman
June 27: Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
Saturdays- WATCH US FLY! Our flying vintage collection take to the skies every Saturday (weather permitting) Visitors can access our ramp and watch planes taxi, take-off and soar! Meet the pilots and crew chiefs who maintain and fly our collection. Interested in taking a flight yourself? Rides can be purchased at lonestarflight.org/rides
Saturdays & Sundays– SIMULATOR BAY – Want to know what it takes to become a pilot? Take the controls in one of the museum’s Redbird Simulators and explore the skies like a real pilot! Pilots must be age 10+. $5/pilot on Saturday; FREE on Sunday!
NEW SUMMER HOURS: Memorial Day – Labor Day, open 7 days a week. Monday – Saturday open 9a.m. – 5p.m.b; Sundays open 12p.m. – 5p.m.
WHERE: Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport, 11551 Aerospace Avenue, Houston, TX 77034
ADMISSION: Adults (18 – 64): $20.00; Youth (12 – 17): $18.00; Seniors (65+): $16.00; Children (4-11): $16.00; Children under 4: Free. Additional discounts available when purchasing online and for groups of 10+, active & retired military, and veterans.) All activities are free with general admission to the museum unless otherwise noted.
**LSFM is a 501(c)(3) aviation museum and STEM learning center with a mission to preserve, educate and inspire. Led by CEO Lt. Gen. (ret) Douglas H. Owens, LSFM’s new $38 million state-of-the-art facility at Houston’s Ellington Airport opened September 16, 2017. In addition to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, the 130,000-square foot facility will house the Museum’s renowned flying collection of historic aircraft, a $1 million, high-tech Aviation Learning Center and dynamic hands-on exhibits. LSFM’s vision is to be a world-class educational museum linking an understanding of the past with inspiration for the future. For more information visit www.lonestarflight.org