Each Night Wings evening features one “main attraction.” Main attractions in the past have been radio-controlled jets, LEGO® Robotics, and a fan favorite, the Physics Factory. Refer to our website’s online event calendar for the special attractions of upcoming Night Wings events close to the event.
There are also 12 to 15 different aviation-related activity stations that will engage children as they learn about flight. Some offer small prizes and others award a prize at the end of the night! Programs in the past have included:
- Coloring/drawing contests (a great way to win a family membership)
- Aviation-themed puzzles and games
- Impact craters exploration
- Space food samplings (including ice cream, YUM!)
- Photo ops in the cockpit of the T-33 Shooting Star high-speed jet trainer
- Plane spotting (just like during WWII!)
- Memory game, large scale and aviation-style
- Paper airplanes
- Kite building
- Seltzer-rocket launching
- Straw-rocket creation and launch
Complete the activity sheet and enter a contest to win a "crew"/family membership with unlimited entry into 2 museums (Pima Air & Space and Titan Missile Museums) for an entire year!
The Flight Grill restaurant is open until 8:30pm offering dinner specials, such as burgers, salads, pizza and ice cream.
This is also a great opportunity to see some of the museum’s fantastic planes against a sunset backdrop. It’s a majestic sight that provides unique photo opportunities. For only $4 more you can ride the tram and breeze around the 150 outdoor planes. Night Wings.
Night of Fright
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. Night of Fright takes place on the Friday before Halloween from 5 to 9pm. We encourage costumes and offer family-friendly Halloween activities. In the past, activities included:
- Trick or treating
- Pony rides
- Magic show
- Face painting
- Temporary tattoos
- Twix & Wrigley’s gum stick bi-plane craft
- Fishing for prizes
- Baked goods walk
- “Ghoulish” games:
- Eyeball Mini Putt-Putt
- Ghost Bowling
- Bone Toss
Plus, the aircraft and exhibits in the Main Hangar are open for viewing under ghoulish lights. Night of Fright.
The museum opens at 8:30am with lots of fun activities and the first 1,000 children through the door will receive a commemorative jingle-bell ornament. Flight Grill, the in-house restaurant, offers a spectacular breakfast buffet for a nominal fee.
To the children’s delight Santa arrives by helicopter at 10:45am. Each family will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Assigned entry times to line up for Santa allow you to maximize your visit to the museum and partake in the other activites. Members can enter the Santa line at any time. Be sure to bring your camera to take pictures of your child with Santa.
Some of the holiday activities that children can partake in are:
- Writing a letter to Santa and hand delivering it to him!
- Storytime readings
- 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!
For more educational fun, on the first Saturday of each month at 1pm, kids of certain ages can join the "Soarin’ Saturday" program. Kids will learn about flight through hands-on activities and have fun doing so. Visit the "Soarin’ Saturdays" page for more information and age requirements.
Great Paper Airplane Fly Off
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 and opens mid-November (register early, it fills up!). More information and registration is available at http://greatpaperairplane.org/.