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Smithsonian Museum Day
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day Live

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Smithsonian Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. On Saturday, September 22, 2018, visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket at the Hiller Aviation Museum will gain free museum admission for two.

Kids’ Carnival
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids' Carnival

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, August 26, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, September 23, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, October 28, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, November 25, 10 AM – 12 PM

Event included with Museum admission.

Join the excitement with special activities just for kids!  Paint the Cessna Cardinal, check out in an airplane or helicopter, build a flying craft project and more in a morning of high-flying fun.

Kids’ Carnival Activities

September 23

  • Paint a Plane
  • Build a Glider
  • Scorpion Helicopter Open Cockpit
  • Rig-a-ma-Jig Construction

October 28 – Halloween!

  • Explore the Haunted Hangar!
  • Wear your costume!
  • Helicopter Pumpkin Drop!
  • Imagination Playground
  • Paint a Plane
  • Paper Copters
  • BD-5 Airplane

November 25

  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Paint a Plane
  • Glider Construction
  • Mini Imagination Playground

Sunday, October 28

Halloween Event and Helicopter Pumpkin Drop

Sponsored by

Water Rocket Rally
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Water Rocket Rally

Water Rocket Rally

Upcoming dates:

Sunday, September 30, 11 AM – 12 PM

Event included with Museum admission.

Discover the world of rockets!

Bring along a recycled 1- or 2-liter soda bottle or purchase a new water rocket body in the Museum’s Gift Shop ($1/bottle) and join the rocket workshop!  Use a variety of common craft materials to convert a bottle into a high performance rocket vehicle, then test fly it across the Museum’s Courtyard on a fountain of compressed air and water.

Event is included with Museum admission.

Participants must bring a clean, empty soda bottle (water bottles are not suitable for this activity), or may purchase one in the Museum’s Gift Shop on the day of the event.

Drone Rangers Workshop
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Drone Rangers Workshop

Drone Rangers

Half-Day Drone Programs Grades K-5

Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 6
Saturday, November 3

All Programs Meet 10:00 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.

Drone Rangers

Program Dates
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 6
Saturday, November 3

Space for all programs is limited to provide the best experience for all participants.

Nano Drone Workshop – PM
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Nano Drone Workshop

Drone workshops ages 10 – adult

presented in partnership with:

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Afternoon Programs 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Learn to fly a tiny, camera-equipped drone using First Person View (FPV) technology in a special workshop at the Hiller Aviation Museum!

Nano Drone Workshop ($199 – $179 Members)

Micro-scale drone racing is the fastest, easiest way to become a drone sports pilot.  This special 2.5 hour program presented by Aerial Sports League and the Hiller Aviation Museum features a tiny but powerful quad-rotor helicopter with integrated camera and FPV googles, a screen system that provides a drone’s eye view of flight to the pilot at the controls.  Each program features:

  • Introduction to drone operations
  • Nano drone systems and flight preparation
  • Flight training using drone flight simulators
  • Progressive flight training in the Museum’s Drone Plex
  • Complete FPV nano drone flight system, including aircraft, camera, radio, goggles and more

Students learn the basic by building their own micro-drone from scratch, with hands-on help and guidance from ASL’s professional pilot instructors.  Students then learn to fly, starting with basic hover-and-land skills to more advanced racing techniques.

Registration includes admission for the participant (minimum age 10) and one guest.  Pilots ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult.   All equipment needed to operate the nano drone including, battery and charging equipment, is included.

Nano Drone Workshop

Program Dates
Saturday, May 19
Saturday, June 30
Saturday, July 28
Saturday, August 25

Space for all programs is limited to provide the best experience for all participants.

Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Peninsula Oktoberfest


Saturday, October 13, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Get tickets now!

Beer Meister arrives at 6:10 pm!

Join the celebration!

Beer, food, and fun!

Bayern Maiden, The Rockin’ Oktoberfest Band plays at 9 PM!

Dancing to live music

Don't miss the best Octoberfest party on the Peninsula

Saturday, October 13
6 pm – 11 pm

Event is indoors at the Hiller Aviation Museum

Invite your friends and get your tickets now!

Over two hundred years after Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen wed, the Hiller Aviation Museum joins the celebration with a special Peninsula Oktoberfest beer, bands and brats event.


6:00 PM Museum opens for the event
6:10 PM Tapping of the first keg
6:15 PM San Mateo Elks Oktoberfest Band
9:00 PM Bayern Maiden, The Rockin’ Oktoberfest Band!
10:30 PM Last Call for Beer
11:00 PM Museum closes


German food will be available for separate purchase. Plenty of sausages, bratwurst, sauerkraut and other fine fare.

Food vendors include:

Little Red Riding Truck
Flamin’ Dogs
Boneyard BBQ

German Beers:
Dinkelacker marzen oktoberfest
Weltenburger anno 1050 marzen
Weltenburger Barock hell
Andechs Doppelbock
Früh Kölsch
Stiegl Weißbier
Stiegl Radler

Great Microbrews and Seasonal Beers from:
Devil’s Canyon
Uncommon Brewers
Seismic Brewing

2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
2015 Sangiovese, Amador Valley


Traditional Bavarian music from the San Mateo Elks Oktoberfest Band and Bayern Maiden, the Rockin’ Oktoberfest Band playing hits directly from the tents in Munich.

Adults $18
Youth (5-17) & Seniors (65+) $11
Children 4 and under FREE
Museum Members free admission

Beer tickets: $5 per pour
Beer Steins: $5 (you may bring your own stein, pours are 16 oz)
Wine: $7 a glass (glass included)

Must be 21 years old to purchase and consume alcohol.

Advanced discount tickets available on Eventbrite

Parking is limited.

If you drive your car or Messerschmidt Motor Scooter please designate a driver. We strongly recommend Uber or Lyft as great options!

Drone Meet
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Drone Meet

Drone Meet

Event Schedule

Sunday, September 16, 1 PM – 4 PM
Precision Landing

Sunday, October 28, 1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, November 18, 1 PM – 4 PM
Relay Race

All competitors must be at least 8 years old to fly at the Drone Meet.

Fly a multi-rotor drone in one of several different skill-specific competitions held in the Hiller Aviation Museum Drone Plex.

Join a Drone Competition!

Fly with the best of the best in a thrilling series of multirotor competitions.  Each Drone Meet event focuses on a different skill in quadcopter flight, and utilizes the Hiller Aviation Museum’s Drone Plex facility.  Drone Meet events include:

  • Preflight briefing
  • Practice with a drone flight simulator
  • Competition using a Museum-provided Drone appropriate for the event

Each Drone Meet features rounds at 1, 2 and 3 PM.  Events are included with Museum admission, but space for each round is limited.  Competitors must register at the Invention Lab (10 AM – 1 PM) or Drone Plex (1 PM – 4 PM) on the day of competition.

Event Descriptions

Precision Landing:  Master low-speed hovering and precise multirotor flight.  Practice landing on a designated target, then complete by flying to and landing within the smallest possible distance from the target in the time available!

Loop-the-Hoop:  Take on the challenge of flying up to, around and through an obstacle!  Learn the maneuvering needed to pass safely through a target loop, then race the clock to cleanly fly a loop routine in the shortest possible time!

Relay Race:  Fly like the air racers of old, completing a circuit around pylons spaced around the Drone Plex.  Fly in teams to complete the race without crashing ahead of the competition!


20th Anniversary Bold Dreams, New Frontiers Benefit Gala @ Hiller Aviation Museum
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
20th Anniversary Bold Dreams, New Frontiers Benefit Gala @ Hiller Aviation Museum

20th Anniversary Benefit Gala

BOLD Dreams NEW Frontiers

Click here for tickets, sponsorships, and donations.

Featuring keynote by San Francisco International Airport Director Ivar Satero, who will share his behind-the-scenes insight into the seventh busiest and one of the world’s fastest growing airports in North America

With ABC 7 News Meteorologist Sandhya Patel as Master of Ceremonies

Aviation and science make progress through the personal efforts of those who dream boldly. Celebrate Hiller Aviation Museum’s 20th Anniversary and help nurture the bold visions that inspire youth to pursue their own dreams of aviation, science and engineering.

Join us for a dazzling evening of interactive Museum activities, fabulous food and drink, and exciting auctions!

All proceeds benefit the Museum’s aviation and STEM education programs.

Checks may also be mailed to:

Hiller Aviation Museum
Attn: Development
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070

                 Highlights from last year’s Benefit Gala


For more information, contact: Rebecca Duran, VP of Development, at 650-654-0200 ext. 203 or

Fly for Fun Days
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fly for Fun Days

Fly for Fun Days

Paper Airplane Workshops

Recommended Ages 7 and Up

Future Dates:

Sunday, October 21 – Distance Flight

Sunday, November 11 – Assisted Lift

Join the excitement of the National Paper Airplane Contest at the Hiller Aviation Museum!  Each Fly for Fun date investigates the science of flight with paper airplanes using curriculum content developed by author and record-setting paper airplane ace John Collins, frequent presenter at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

In the distance competition, participants explore the science of aerodynamics and techniques for constructing gliders with minimal drag to boost the chances of producing spectacular distance flights.  In the assisted flight competition, high lift is the key as each glider is designed to have maximum loft.

Each Fly for Fun event is included with Museum admission.


Sunday, October 21, 1 PM – 4 PM

Go long with a power-assisted paper plane launch! Explore the role of drag in aircraft flight and construct a long-distance paper glider able to be launched with a blast of air, then launch it across the great indoors of the Museum’s Atrium!

Assisted Lift

Sunday, November 11, 1 PM – 4 PM

The wing’s the thing in a contest to construct a paper plane with minimum sink rate—and maximum flight time! Learn how the force forces of flight combine in a simple glider, and then build and test your own design under the guidance of Hiller Aviation Museum staff and volunteers!

Fly for Fun Days programs are included with admission to the Hiller Aviation Museum (no charge for Members).

All program participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Check in at the Museum Gift Shop on the day of the program to register.  Adults and children are welcome to join, but participants should be able to fold paper confidently.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the world of paper-light flight at the Hiller Aviation Museum!

John’s creative designs include planes so light that simply holding it above your hand and walking makes it fly. He has planes that perform unique aerobatics and even planes that become two when thrown in the air.

Halloween Haunted Hangar
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Halloween Haunted Hangar

Haunted Hangar Party

Saturday, October 27, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Get tickets now!

Q102's DJ Billy Vidal get's the party started

Dare to enter the Haunted Hangar

Fun surprises await all

Wear your best costume

Saturday, October 27 6 pm – 11 pm

Grab your friends and a costume and come to the best Halloween Party on the Peninsula. Get your tickets now!

Night at the museum takes on a new meaning around Halloween. When darkness falls, the museum comes alive on Saturday, October 27. Join ghosts, skeletons, witches, and warlocks for fun and surprises at the Hiller Haunted Hangar Halloween party. Grab a drink, eat some Bone Yard BBQ, dance to Q102.1’s DJ Billy Vidal and wonder the creepy museum gallery. Whether you dress spooky or sexy, dorky or dreadfully come party the night away. This event is adult focused, but little goblins are welcome too. The museum gallery has plenty of activities to keep the little ones spellbound.

6 PM Museum opens for the event
6 PM – 8 PM Halloween craft activities
7:00 PM DJ Billy Vidal get the party rockin
10:00 PM Halloween costume review and witch salute
11:00 PM Museum closes
Food Bone Yard BBQ & Flamin’ Dogs available for purchase
Drinks: Non-Hosted Full Bar
Music Dance to Q102.1’s DJ Billy Vidal in the creepy museum gallery.

Adults $18
Youth (5-17) & Seniors (65+) $11
Children 4 and under FREE
Museum Members free admission.

Must be 21 years old to purchase and consume alcohol.
Advanced tickets available on Eventbrite

Parking is limited. If you drive your car please designate a driver. We strongly recommend Uber or Lyft as great options!

Kids’ Carnival and Helicopter Pumpkin Drop

Sunday October 28

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Schedule of Activities: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Halloween craft activities, witch’s reception and pumpkin signing. 11:45 AM Halloween costume review and witch salute. 12:00 PM Helicopter take-off and pumpkin drop

Halloween crafts, Haunted Hangar and pumpkin drop are included with Museum admission. Age 4 and under admitted at no charge. Come in costume for a festive experience. For more info click here. We’ll see you there!