Today’s adventure was a total audible by Mom upon learning that the Fire Museum of Maryland wouldn’t be open to walk-in visitors like ourselves until the end of April. So… what’s just as exciting as fire trucks? Airplanes! I’m not quite brave enough to take all three to the Air and Space Museum by myself, so a quick Google search led me to the College Park Aviation Museum, a relaxing 25-minute drive from the house (and there’s a drive-through Starbucks on the way, so bonus for me).
Henry and Eli LOVED it (Sam was just happy I’d packed the Goldfish crackers). As soon as we walked into the main exhibit area — with planes suspended from the two-story ceiling — Henry threw up his arms with joy and Eli hopped up and down pointing at everything he saw. It was worth the price of admission right there ($8 total for the three of us; Sam was free).
The kids dressed up as pilots, learned how planes stay in the air, flew flight simulators, did crayon rubbings and climbed all over the “Imagination Plane” — a 1939 Taylorcraft BL-65 — that let them push buttons, pull throttles, play with rudders and steer the control wheel. A fenced-in outdoor area had wooden plane riding toys (much like Cozy Coupes) for them to pilot, and it was all situated next to the College Park Airport — so we got to see planes take off and land while enjoying the fresh air.
We came home for some quiet time and snacks, went on a bike ride, chowed down on sweet potato and black bean burritos for supper, relaxed with some “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and the kids are now all snoozing peacefully.
Time to find tomorrow’s adventure…