Explore the past, present, and future of flight and space exploration at the Milestones in Aviation and Space family day. Celebrate the amazing accomplishments in aviation and aerospace, from jets making Hawaii a more accessible vacation destination to the CST-100 taking astronauts into space. With presentations and hands-on activities, this family day will have something to offer everyone! 


Live Planetarium Show: NASA News from Mars & More
Free! First come, first served
In the Albert Einstein Planetarium
10:30 am

Meet an Astronaut
Hear from NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik about his experiences in space and the future of space exploration. 
In Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)
11:00 am and 1:30 pm

Experience the Music and Dance of Hawaii
Watch a performance by the Hawai’i State Society of Washington, DC, and then explore the Hawaii by Air gallery to discover how the jet brought Hawaii closer to the mainland.
In American by Air (Gallery 102)
11:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm

Book Signing: The First Flight Around the World
Meet the author, Tim Grove, Chief of Museum Learning at the National Air and Space Museum.
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

Flights of Fancy Story Time
Hear Space Boy by Leo Landry and participate in a hands-on activity. 
In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
11:00 am and 1:30 pm



Spacecraft Conservation
Talk to conservators about their work on Pioneer 10 and Mariner 2.
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall (Gallery 100) 

Washington Metro Area LEGO Users Group
See WAMALUG’s LEGO interpretations of past, present, and future spacecraft.
In the South Lobby (Gallery 108) 

CST-100 Test Airbag
See a test airbag designed for the CST-100 (the Crew Space Transportation vehicle).
In Space Race (Gallery 114)

First Flight Around the World Display
View a display by the National Air and Space Museum Archives of sources used by Museum educator Tim Grove for his children’s book First Flight Around the World.
In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)



Forces of Flight Demo and Fun in Design Hangar
In How Things Fly (Gallery 109)

Make a Lei and Design a Luggage Tag
In America by Air (Gallery 102) and Hawaii by Air (Gallery 104)

Design Build Test: Satellites
In Looking at Earth (Gallery 110)

Create an Astronaut Mission Patch 
In Space Race (Gallery 114)

Engineer an Air-Powered Spinning Machine and Build a Parachute Inspired by the CST-100

Build a “Jetpack” (Ages 3-6)
In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)

Explore the New Above and Beyond Interactive Exhibition and Complete an Above and Beyond Passport
In Above and Beyond (Gallery 212)
Above and Beyond is a traveling exhibition that highlights, through immersive simulations and interactive design challenges, the iconic historic milestones, visionary concepts for the future, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present. Complete three of the suggested activities on your Above and Beyond Passport and earn a prize. 

This program is made possible through the generous support of Boeing.

How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560