Field Trip: Carolinas Aviation Museum
Location: A mere 15 minutes from home. It only takes living somewhere for five years before you realize there is a museum of fun in (almost) your backyard.Participants: Two overly-excited little boys and one didn't-have-a-clue-but-was-along-for-the-ride little girl.
Chaperone: Yours truly. But thankfully, there were several well-educated gentlemen with lots of stories and insights to answer the "What is this plane called?" and "What does this button do" and "How fast does this one fly?" kind of questions.Exhibits: Military, civil, and commercial planes and helicopters. Both big and small aircraft; some to climb on and others to only look.
"If you touch the plane an alarm will sound and we'll need to ask you to leave." This kept me on my toes since my boys are prone to quickly forget the no touching rule. Thankfully we were there for over an hour and left with no alarms wailing as we exited.
Micah was mesmerized and jumped into a full action-fighting pilot role right away. Grady Lee was more cautious and instead more interested to know what various buttons and dials and levers did. Micah is the jump in and play kind of kid; Grady Lee is the learn and understand the details kind of kid.
Oh yes, and Annalyse? She was at this point still happy to eat a snack in her stroller and just watch her brothers.
A girl has to do what a girl has to do. No such thing as boys having all the fun!
Consensus: The aviation museum was fun and informative, and even my young boys learned a thing or two. Kids under six are free and that made the morning there all the more enjoyable because, yes, I would be that mom that would insist on reading every sign and watching every informational movie if I had to pay for everyone's admission.
Look at that. They had fun this morning and they learned something.