Fly Me to the Food!
11 am – 2 pm
The parking lot of the museum turns into a food court every Wednesday. Several food trucks serve their fresh eats at this gourmet event. The trucks rotate weekly so come for your favorite truck or try something new!
The event is rain or shine. We have indoor seating when it’s a little cold or outdoor seating under our shaded porte-cochere when the weather is just right.
Schedule of Food Trucks
Food trucks are scheduled for the following dates. Schedule is subject to change due to trucks breaking, scheduling conflicts and yes even traffic.
Wednesday, May 11
Wednesday, May 18
Wednesday, May 25
Half-Day Drone Programs Grades K-5
Saturday, September 16
Saturday, October 21
Saturday, November 11
Saturday, December 16
All Programs 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Discover the world of drones with flight simulation, real flight training in the Museum’s Drone Plex, exploration of historical aircraft and more!
Drone Rangers ($69 – $59 Members)
Launch an adventure into multi-rotor flight accessible for the youngest aspiring drone aces! Drone Rangers is designed for children ages 5-10 and includes a range of explorations into remotely operated vehicles. Each 2.5-hour program includes:
- Introduction to robotic flight
- Examination of remotely pilot aircraft in Museum’s collection
- Hands-on experiments in vertical flight
- Introductory flight training using drone flight simulators
- Dual flight instruction and free flight in Drone Plex flight center
- Complete entry-level drone system including aircraft, radio, battery and charger
Each participant masters the basics of vertical flight with a simple hand-powered helicopter before learning to fly multi-rotor aircraft on the simulators and in the Drone Plex. All participants will take home a working quadcopter and all support equipment required to fly it. Aircraft used may vary between programs, but all models used in Drone Rangers are below the weight threshold for FAA certification.
Children are checked in to instructional staff for the duration of each program. Please complete a Student Information and Medical Form and have ready to provide directly to your child’s instructor at the time of check-in. Parents are welcome to observe but need not be present during the program.
Every Saturday & Sunday
10:30 am – 12 pm (demonstration / simulation – no additional ticket required)
1 pm – 3 pm (Flight Experience – additional ticket required)
Flight Experience for Ages 8 and up
Purchase Flight Experience tickets at Museum gift shop:
$5 for 25-minute experience.
$4 for museum Members.
Available 10:30 am – 11 am and 1:30 pm – 3 pm on May 13
Drones are one of the most significant advances in aviation of the 21st century. Get a “taste” of flying them in a safe arena with an instructor who will show you techniques for safe drone piloting, including rules, regulations and “do’s and dont’s” practices for responsible drone flight.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm Included with Museum Admission
Use tools of science to explore aviation, aerodynamics, engineering, assembly and design. Perfect for older children and adults.
Current Invention Lab Activities
Through October 1, 2017
Vertical Wind Tunnels (Ages 3+)
Investigate air resistance! Construct an “aircraft” using simple craft materials able to fly in a working wind tunnel.
Program is included with museum admission and no advance registration is required. Facilitators will be available to help throughout the process. Recommended for ages as indicated for the activities above.
Flight Sim Zone
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 2 pm
Take a virtual flight across the Bay and see the world from the unique perspective of a pilot.
- $3 per Pass (in addition to museum admission).
- Pass is free for Members.
- Two people can fly on one Pass (pilot and co-pilot).
- Obtain Passes at museum Gift Shop.
- Each Pass good for up to 30 minutes of flight time.
- Seating is limited.
Flight Sim Zone workstations consist of the following:
- 3-screen, 3,840 x 1,024 pixel display
- Saitek flight yoke and throttle quadrant
- Saitek or PFC rudder pedals
- Microsoft Flight Simulator (v9 and FSX)
How Sessions Operate
We follow a flight instruction model. Our instructors are real pilots and they will show you how to properly control a Cessna 172 airplane, including the all-important landing procedure. Once proficiency has been achieved in basic procedures, the instructor will help you implement a more advanced real-world flying scenario based on your interests including: cross-country flight, multi-engine and airline procedures, bad-weather flying, instrument procedures and flight plans, among many other possibilities.
The Flight Sim Zone is wheelchair accessible.