Below are just some of the activities that kids and families can enjoy together.


Family Days

2010 Become a Pilot Day

Have fun and be inspired! Our Family Days offer a wide variety of hands-on activities, presentations, and opportunities to meet pilots, astronauts, and scientists. 

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Meet the Experts

Astronaut Ed White during the First American Spacewalk

We provide many opportunities to talk to an expert or meet a true aviation or space pioneer. Find out what's happening during your visit. 

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Young Children (2 - 8)

Story Time

Staff read stories for children every week. Each session includes one story and a hands-on activity. 

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Watch Airplanes

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Watch planes take off and land at Washington Dulles International Airport from the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower at the Udvar-Hazy Center. 

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Smithsonian TechQuest: Flying Circus


Smithsonian TechQuest: Race to the Moon
Logo for Smithsonian TechQuest: Race to the Moon with a Saturn V rocket launching

Race to the Moon is an alternate reality game set in the thrilling era of early spaceflight and explores the exciting race to space by the first American astronauts.

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Larger Than Life

\"One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure\" Planetarium Show

See a movie on our five-story-high IMAX theater screen or explore the cosmos with a planetarium show. The little ones will love One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure in the Einstein Planetarium, with free showings every month. 

Shows in DC >
Shows at the Udvar-Hazy Center in VA >

Get Hands On

How Thing Fly Explainer Assists Visitors with Gyro Chair Interactive

From Discovery Stations to science demonstrations, we offer plenty of hands-on activities at both locations. We have many objects you can climb inside or touch and interactive exhibits at each Museum.

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Public Observatory

Image of people at the Public Observatory

Observe craters on the Moon, the phases of Venus, and sunspots on the Sun from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory at the Museum in DC.

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Visiting Tips

A Preschooler Enjoys the National Air and Space Museum

Find out everything you need to know before you go. 

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Be Your Own Guide

Close up of Visit Guide

Download and print floor plans & guides before your visit.

Guides for the Museum in DC >
Guides for the Udvar-Hazy Center >