Aviation Museum to open extra days during upcoming N.H. school vacation week

Museum adds days for families during Granite State’s winter school break; activities include Story Time on Wednesday, Feb. 28, plus two days of flight simulator action

Volunteer Frank Tocci, a retired American Airlines pilot, coaches a young visitor on the Aviation Museum of N.H.’s Elite Flight Simulator.

Looking for fun, indoor and family-friendly activities for the upcoming school vacation week? Then look no further than the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

During winter vacation, the museum will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 through Thursday, Feb. 29 in addition to its regular open hours of Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Aviation Museum of N.H. offers activities and exhibits for kids of all ages; from a real Embraer 110 cockpit which future pilots can play in, to scavenger hunts and a collection of aviation-themed toys that visitors are encouraged to interact and have fun with.

Knowledgeable volunteers, many of whom have years of experience in aviation-related fields, will be available to offer tours and answer questions from kids and adults alike.

The museum’s Elite Flight Simulator will operate on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. and again on Thursday, Feb. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., giving young pilots age 12 and up a chance to experience flying a single-engine plane.

Simulator operators will be on duty during these times; use of the simulator is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families with children age 12 and under are invited to Story Time on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy reading several aviation-themed stories as well as additional activities. Afterwards, families may visit the Aviation Museum.

Visitors can also see a display of the museum’s collection of vintage uniforms from Northeast Airlines, a Boston-based carrier that served the region until merging with Delta in 1972.

There’s also a display featuring the museum’s high school student plane-building program. Started in 2019 at the Manchester (N.H.) School of Technology, the program recently expanded to include plane-building programs at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H. and Farmington High School in Farmington, N.H.

In addition, the Aviation Museum’s parking lot is the closest the public can get to Runway 17-35 at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, making it a great location for plane-watching as the big jets come and go. The parking lot is free and open to the public daily until 8 p.m.

Museum admission for children under the age of 6 is free, kids ages 6 to 12 are $5. The museum also offers $5 admission for veterans and families. Standard admission for adults (age 13 and above) is $10.

Come see why the Aviation Museum of N.H. was named the ‘Best Place to Take Kids’ in Southern N.H. three years in a row in the annual Hippo Reader’s Poll.

The Aviation Museum, a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization based in the 1937 art deco passenger terminal at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is dedicated to preserving the Granite State’s rich aviation past, and also inspiring today’s students to become the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

The Aviation Museum is located at 27 Navigator Road, off Harvey Road, in Londonderry, N.H. For more information, call (603) 669-4820.

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