The Heritage Family Day Series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Join us in commemorating these historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family.

Museum Explainer with Young Visitor

African American Pioneers

Each February, the Museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Visitors enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories, and may have the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. They also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through reenactments or story times

Astronomical Observing at the National Mall Building

Explore the Universe

This annual event takes place every April at the Museum in Washington, DC. Understand how different cultures see the sky. Learn about telescopes and do some daytime observations (weather permitting).

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk (Kittyhawk IA)

Hispanic Heritage Month

This annual event celebrates the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration. Learn about early aviators from the last century who took great risks flying the first planes and breaking records. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers. Many of the activities and presentations are available in English and Spanish.

Dragon Kite

Kites of Asia

This event takes place every March at the Museum in Washington, DC. Thrill to the beauty and artistry of kites on display and in the air. Visit our display of kites and discover the diversity of kites from across Asia. Find out more about how kites are made in one of our hands-on stations. Learn how kites helped the Wright brothers develop the first airplane. Marvel at the grace of kites being flown indoors.

Amelia Earhart

Women in Aviation and Space

Throughout the history of aviation and space exploration, women have fought to be on equal terms with their male counterparts. At this family day, enjoy learning about the significant contributions women have made despite the many challenges they faced. The day will feature presentations by women in the field, hands-on activities, and stories.