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The Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off is our exclusive competition for kids ages 6 to 14 awarding a 60-minute introductory airplane flight over Tucson and a tablet for the longest throw for a paper airplane in each age group. It is a fun-filled day featuring:
- paper airplane folding with tips and a demonstration from Ken Blackburn (a Guinness World Record holder for a paper airplane throw),
- pilot “training” including fun on an inflatable obstacle course,
- a NASCAR race car simulator, lunch, snacks, a prize wheel sponsored by Mars Chocolate North America, and more.
Entrants receive a FREE t-shirt and drawstring backpack. Each entrant can bring 4 guests. Everyone at the event is eligible for great door prizes including another Double Eagle Aviation introductory flight above Tucson; NASCAR race tickets; Mars Chocolate North America candies and more. Advanced registration is required (register early, it fills up!). More information and registration is available at http://greatpaperairplane.org/.
Kids! Costumes! Candy! Crafts!
This is “non-scary” Halloween carnival fun for the whole family. The admission price is $10 for ages 13 & older; members and children ages 12 & under are FREE. We encourage costumes and offer family-friendly Halloween activities. In the past, activities included:
- Trick or treating
- Pony rides
- Temporary tattoos
- Twix & Wrigley’s gum stick bi-plane craft
- Fishing for prizes
- Baked goods walk
- “Ghoulish” games:
- Eyeball Mini Putt-Putt
- Mummy Bowling
- Halloween "Twister"
The Flight Grill restaurant transforms into the “Fright Grill” for the evening, offering Halloween-themed dinners.
Plus, the aircraft and exhibits in the Main Hangar are open for viewing under ghoulish lights. Night of Fright.
Every year the museum invites Santa Claus to fly in by helicopter to greet the good little girls and boys in Tucson. Families can watch Santa land, sit on his lap, and participate in many other festivities.
To the children’s delight Santa arrives by helicopter around 10:00am. Each family will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Be sure to bring your camera to take pictures of your child with Santa.
In the past, holiday activities included:
- Writing a letter to Santa and hand delivering it to him!
- Storytime readings (about the "Candy Bomber")
- Ornament decorating
- Petting zoo
- Glider assembly
- Temporary holiday tattoo
Don’t forget to look at the aircraft on display outside and in the Main Hangar, plus in Hangars 3 and 4. The Space Gallery is also a great place to learn about space exploration and see a real moon rock!