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Feb
5
Sun
2023
Straw Rocket Workshop
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Straw Rocket Workshop

Upcoming dates:

All Launches 11 am – 12 pm

Sunday, January 8, 2023
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Sunday, March 19, 2023

Event included with Museum admission. No charge for Museum Members.

 

Advanced tickets available on VBO Tickets

Explore the world of rocketry!

Each Air Rocket Blastoff features an introduction to rocketry and Newton’s Third Law of Motion, including an exploration of a real JPL rocket on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum.  Following a demonstration, participants construct a high-performance straw rocket, then launch it across the museum with a calibrated burst of air.

Event is included with Museum admission.

Feb
12
Sun
2023
Flying Football Fun Fest
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Super Bowl Sunday, February 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Event included with Museum admission.

Join the excitement of the big game as the Hiller Aviation Museum explores the combination of football and flight in a family-friendly extravaganza!  Join the Robo Bowl and take a turn commanding programmable robots to run plays in the Hiller Aviation Museum’s own robotic stadium!  Fly a drone through football uprights, and explore gridiron aerodynamics while folding, flicking and flying a paper football! 

Outdoors the adventure continues with a fun bouncy obstacle course and football-inspired training parachutes.  Then, at twelve noon, make a play to see a real helicopter drop hundreds of fun foam footballs!   

Wear your favorite team jersey and get a prize!

Come “Tailgate” party in our newly renovated courtyard. Hot dogs and pizza will be available for purchase.

 

Schedule of Events:

Robo Bowl 10-12pm

Inflatable Obstacle Course 10 am – 11:45 am

Drone Plex 11 am – 3 pm

Helicopter Football Drop 12 pm

Invention Lab 10:30-3 pm

Advanced tickets available HERE

 

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Kids’ Carnival
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, January 15, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, February 12, 10 AM – 12 PM (Football Fun Fest Day)
Sunday, March 12, 10 AM – 12 PM (Leprechaun Leap Day)
Sunday, April 23, 10 AM – 12 PM

Event included with Museum admission. No charge for Museum Members.

 

Join the excitement with special activities just for kids!  Aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction and more are just some of the activities available at each Kids’ Carnival.

Advance tickets available on VBO Tickets

Kids’ Carnival Activities

Outdoor Kids’ Carnival
March – November 2023 (February 2023 Weather Permitting)

 

  • Paint-a-Plane Cessna Cardinal
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Paper Helicopter Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Open Cockpit Aircraft

Indoor Kids’ Carnival
December 2022 – February 2023

 

  • Vertical Wind Tunnels
  • Paper Helicopters
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Glider Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Rig-a-ma-Jig Construction

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Feb
18
Sat
2023
Aero Design Challenge Gliders
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Aero Design Challenge Gliders

Aero Design Challenge

Grades 4-8

School Groups
Field Trip Dates by Reservation Only, October 2022 – May 2023 – Groups of 30 or More

General Public
Saturday, February 18, 2023

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

 

Aero Design Challenge is an exploration into design and engineering.   Each 2.5-hour program explores concepts in aeronautics that challenges participants to construct a working prototype.

Each student in the Aero Design Challenge participates in a series of discovery experiences in the Hiller Aviation Museum’s main gallery, including:

  • Invention Lab glider experiments
  • Examination of full-scale aircraft
  • Flight simulation
  • Exploration of Museum Gallery

Following the exploration period, students join a small team to construct, test, improve and present a model glider able to satisfy the design requirements.

Held annually since 2013, the Aero Design Challenge is part of the Bay Area Science Festival and celebrates the design thinking process in the world of flight. Offered at no cost to participants through the generous support of sponsors and the engagement of scores of volunteers from local technology businesses and universities,  the Aero Design Challenge has engaged over 3,500 participants since its inception.

Aero Design Challenge generously sponsored by:

Glider Challenge

For this year’s Aero Design Challenge, participants investigate the four forces of flight while designing, building and flying an elastic powered glider capable of flying the maximum possible distance with a calibrated amount of thrust.

Aero Design Challenge participants work in small groups to explore glider flight.  Discovery stations include the Invention Lab and Flight Simulator Lab, and the Museum’s collection of historic air and spacecraft.

How to Register

Aero Design Challenge programs are provided to students at no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. One adult is admitted at no charge for every eight students, with additional adults admitted at $10.00/adult. School groups may complete a field trip reservation request using the Museum’s convenient online request system.  Individuals and small groups may enroll using the Aero Design Challenge registration portal.

All Aero Design Challenge participants will receive a confirmation email and additional information regarding the program approximately one week prior to program date.  Make your plans now to join an exceptional hands-on aerospace engineering experience.

Exciting News!

The California Association of Museums and State Superintendent’s Office of Public Instruction have awarded the Hiller Aviation Museum the Excellence in Museum Education Award for its Aero Design Challenge.

Click here for more information.

Feb
19
Sun
2023
Glider Discovery Day
Feb 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Glider Discovery Day

Upcoming dates:

Wednesday, January 18, 3 PM – 4 PM
Sunday, January 22, 11 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, February 19, 11 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, March 26, 11 AM – 12 PM
Wednesday, July 12, 11 AM – 12 PM

 

Event included with Museum admission. Free for Museum Members.

Event dates and/or format subject to change if required by public health orders.

Advanced tickets available on VBO Tickets

Discover the world of flight in a special outdoor family event!

Learn the names of the different parts of the airplane, then join in the fun the help build a full-size Penguin airplane!  Then, assemble a balsa wood glider and join a fun festival of flight outdoors in the museum’s Courtyard.  Each child receives a glider to take home!

Event is included with Museum admission.

 

Feb
25
Sat
2023
America’s Few
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
America's Few

America’s Few – Marine Aces of the South Pacific

Saturday, Feb 25, 11:00 am

Presentation and Book Signing by Bill Yenne

Event included with Museum admission.

They were America’s Few, this handful of US Marine Corps aviators.

The term “Few” is, of course, borrowed from Winston Churchill’s iconic characterization of the outnumbered fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force who saved Britain from the Germans in 1940. Like Britain’s Few, America’s Few were in the right place at the right time to curb the invincibility of an Axis foe. For the American Few in the fall of 1942, the right place was a small, obscure South Pacific island called Guadalcanal which no one could have predicted would be the venue of a turning point in world history.

This is not a story of grand strategy. These have been written, some of them magnificently. These are stories of individual battles, one-on-one battles, battles of the most personal kind. These are the stories of individual lives of a unique group of men. Many of the stories are told in their own words, in after-action reports written on the day that battles happened!

There are the stories of the Marines with the highest tally of aerial victories. This includes a study in contrasts between Medal of Honor recipients Gregory Boyington and Joseph Jacob Foss. Boyington was a bad boy who could do nothing right—except in combat—while Foss went on to a postwar career as the Governor of South Dakota.

These stories include those of Robert Murray Hanson, born in India, who may well have been the second highest scoring Marine Ace. How? We’ll tell the story.

These include stories of Marion Carl, the first Marine ace; of Joe Bauer, arguably the best Marine ace, who disappeared without a trace; of Jim Swett, who shot down seven enemy aircraft in about an hour; and of Harold “Murderous Manny” Segal, who was shot down at sea only to find that hid life raft had no paddles. Adrift and homeless, he wound up like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner—and then he killed an albatross, ensuring bad luck!

These are just a few of the stories.

Author Bio:

A prolific author, Bill Yenne has written more than three dozen books on historical topics, as well as several novels. He has contributed to encyclopedias of both world wars, and has been featured in documentaries on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel and ARD German Television. The “Wall Street Journal” notes that Yenne writes “with a cinematic vividness,” and Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, called Yenne’s recent biography of Alexander the Great, the “best yet.” Yenne, whose books have been included in Amazon’s “100 Best Books of the Year,” currently lives in San Francisco, CA.

Feb
26
Sun
2023
Helicopter Adventure
Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Helicopter Adventure

Upcoming dates:

Sunday, December 18, 11 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, January 29, 11 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, February 26, 11 AM – 12 PM

Event included with Museum admission. Free for Museum Members.

 

Advanced tickets available on VBO Tickets

Discover the world of vertical flight!

Each Helicopter Adventure starts with an introduction to the development of rotary-wing aircraft and explanation of the parts of the helicopter using a real Scorpion aircraft.  Then, participants build and fly their own paper helicopters and climb aboard the cockpit of the Scorpion for themselves!

Event is included with Museum admission.

 

Mar
12
Sun
2023
Flying Leprechaun Skydive!
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flying Leprechaun Skydive!

Flying Leprechaun Skydive!

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 10 am – 12 pm.

Skydiving “Leaping Leprechaun” at 12 PM

The Luck o’ the Irish meets the Hiller Aviation Museum for a special aerial celebration in honor of St. Patrick himself! Join the morning festivities, including free face painting and paint-a-plane GREEN. Scour the Museum’s Gallery for hidden Leprechauns and earn a treat from his pot o’ gold!

Advance on-line tickets available Click Here

Event will be held rain or shine!

At 12 pm watch a bit of Leprechaun magic and aeronautical skill as the Museum’s own Leprechaun leaps from a helicopter high overhead and descends to San Carlos Airport via parachute.

Children wearing green receive a special toy to commemorate the occasion!

Make your plans to join us for an annual tradition at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Event included with museum admission.

Video Below From 2018 Event 

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Kids’ Carnival
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, January 15, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, February 12, 10 AM – 12 PM (Football Fun Fest Day)
Sunday, March 12, 10 AM – 12 PM (Leprechaun Leap Day)
Sunday, April 23, 10 AM – 12 PM

Event included with Museum admission. No charge for Museum Members.

 

Join the excitement with special activities just for kids!  Aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction and more are just some of the activities available at each Kids’ Carnival.

Advance tickets available on VBO Tickets

Kids’ Carnival Activities

Outdoor Kids’ Carnival
March – November 2023 (February 2023 Weather Permitting)

 

  • Paint-a-Plane Cessna Cardinal
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Paper Helicopter Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Open Cockpit Aircraft

Indoor Kids’ Carnival
December 2022 – February 2023

 

  • Vertical Wind Tunnels
  • Paper Helicopters
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Glider Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Rig-a-ma-Jig Construction

Sponsored by

Mar
19
Sun
2023
Straw Rocket Workshop
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Straw Rocket Workshop

Upcoming dates:

All Launches 11 am – 12 pm

Sunday, January 8, 2023
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Sunday, March 19, 2023

Event included with Museum admission. No charge for Museum Members.

 

Advanced tickets available on VBO Tickets

Explore the world of rocketry!

Each Air Rocket Blastoff features an introduction to rocketry and Newton’s Third Law of Motion, including an exploration of a real JPL rocket on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum.  Following a demonstration, participants construct a high-performance straw rocket, then launch it across the museum with a calibrated burst of air.

Event is included with Museum admission.