Museum open extra days for N.H. April school vacation week

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

Looking for fun 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!

The museum will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25 during vacation week. (This is 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 our real Embraer cockpit which future pilots love to 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, April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 25 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; 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, April 24 at 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy reading of several aviation-themed stories as well as additional activities. Afterwards, families may visit the Aviation Museum.

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. four 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, visit www.aviationmuseumofnh.org or call (603) 669-4820.

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