The Air & Space Museum in Chantilly (as opposed to the one in DC) is a family favorite, but for very different reasons.
Try this outing museum tips at the end.
Peppers loves to run around the wide open spaces. And boy are they wide.
Very, very wide.
Salty who is more of the curious, stop-and-point type had a great deal to say about the museum. 85% of it was “plane!” but it was still a lot to say.
Fluffy thinks of this museum as the place with the rides. The simulators are pretty cool, but beware the height requirement tantrum.
Kent is a huge fan of aviation, and now that he works at Lockheed Martin, his affinity for this particular museum has only increased.
We can’t go here too often because it makes Kent want to get a small craft pilot’s license, i.e. get himself killed. The ultralight exhibit makes him want to go up again (for the third time), too. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Try this outing:
Difficulty Level: Very easy. The whole thing is a giant airplane hanger with wide open spaces, good lighting and great visibility. It also doesn’t get very crowded, so it’s one of the few places I feel comfortable setting 3 peeps stroller-free.
- Although admission is free, $15 parking is mandatory. There’s just no getting around it.
- The giant hanger is too big to cool well, so it can get hot in there.
- The simulators are really fun. The prices are climbing though. Last time they were $6 and $7 per ticket.
- The stealth SR-71 Blackbird seems even cooler when you have watched the part of the Transformers sequel where it comes to life as a robot! They used to have that clip playing on a plasma beside the plane, but I didn’t see it this time. Maybe watch it before hand.
- The parking lot is an orchard of blooming pink trees in early April. It’s like two outings for the price of one.
Fluffy Fun Factor (Preschooler rating): Super fun! I love the plane with the teeth. The best part is the rides.