Located at Pioneer Airport across from the AirVenture Museum, KidVenture allows young people to explore aviation from several different fronts.
They receive loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an A&P certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a wing on a computer then find out how well it flies, and even see what it's like to land on Mars - making it a out-of-this-world experience.
Highlights include eight A&P booths where kids learn basic building skills as well as Condor flight simulators and Kiddie Hawk flight trainers.
KidVenture is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shuttles run throughout the day between the Bus Park and Museum.
Check out these hands-on activities for aspiring aviators:
Electric R/C & Control Line Flying
Other activities and attractions include:
- Redbird flight simulators courtesy of Redbird.
- Kiddie Hawk Air Academy Airplane and Helicopter Trainers, as well as forums with several of their "Living Legends of Aviation"
- Through simulated Mars landings, the Dream Flight space bus/exhibit shows kids what flight outside the atmosphere is like.
- In "Area 51-1/2," kids build a balsa glider along with a wooden model of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast and the legendary P-51 Mustang of EAA Founder Paul Poberezny.
- Replica of the Mercury 7 space ship for the kids to sit in along with video of its flight into space.
- Talk on the KidVenture HAM radio station to other people around the country and the world.
- An entire fleet of F-14 pedal planes await the youngest of the future aviators.
- Real aircraft and gliders for kids to sit in and have pictures taken in the "cockpit climb" area.