National Aviation Day doesn’t get much fanfare. But it’s coming. It’s Wednesday, August 19th, 2015. For most of us, the kids are still out of school, so it’s up to parents to celebrate the holiday to help them learn more about the history of air travel. The day celebrates the birthday of Orville Wright, who was the first to accomplish controlled flight of a machine that was heavier than air. These frugal living tips will help you celebrate National Aviation Day with your kids for very little money:
A Trip to the Library: Free
Take the kids to the library to look up the history of those first flights that took place December 17, 1903 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Encyclopedias and aviation history books will allow them to see early airplane models and how they functioned.
Visit a Small Airport: Cost of Parking
A smaller airport is a great way for kids to get the feel for the majesty of air travel. They can watch planes take off and land, first-hand.
Visit an Aviation Museum: Free to $20
Prices will vary depending on the museum near you. The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, for example, charges $12 for children over 4 and $20 for adults. Frugal tip: Admission is free after 5 pm. The National Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL is free for all to visit. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is free to visit as well. Check for museums in your area that may be free or low cost to enrich your children’s understanding of flight.
Suggested reading: How to Save on Museum Admissions
Build Model Airplanes: $1 – $20
The local dollar or home improvement store is a great resource for affordable materials you can use to build model airplanes. This is fun and it teaches them about basic aerodynamics. Go online for plane building plans like those offered by TheScienceGuy.org. It’s an affordable and fun way to fill the afternoon while teaching kids about flight.
Final Thoughts about National Aviation Day Celebrations
National Aviation Day doesn’t get all the love it deserves. Take the time to celebrate with your kids and open up the wonders of flight. For just a few bucks, you can create a lasting interest in flight and build lasting memories. How will you celebrate this year?