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Located at Pioneer Airport directly north of the EAA Aviation Museum, KidVenture encourages youth to explore aviation through many fun activities including getting hands-on with building projects, learning how to fly radio-control and control-line airplanes, experiencing flight simulators, learning aviation and space history, and so much more!

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. Buses run throughout the day between the Bus Park and KidVenture and the Museum.

Youths who complete a set of required activities will receive a Future Pilot pin or a Future A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) pin. The first 1,500 kids to complete the required skills will also receive a free toolkit sponsored by Wing.

Aviation Tech/Mech Area Activities Include:

  • Aircraft Engines – EAA Chapter supported
  • Aircraft Riveting – sponsored by Van’s Aircraft
  • Aircraft Wheels and Brakes – sponsored by KAMAN
  • Composites Construction – sponsored by Embry-Riddle University
  • Electric Power Generation – sponsored by Collins Aerospace
  • Electronic Troubleshooting – sponsored by Bombardier
  • Propeller Shaping – EAA Chapter supported
  • Wooden Wing Rib Building – sponsored by Restored Aircraft / Siemens

Flight Education Area Activities Include:

  • Air Traffic Control – sponsored by NATCA
  • Airport Design Challenge – sponsored by FAA
  • Build a Radio (listen to tower talk) – EAA Chapter supported
  • Control-Line Flying – sponsored by Circle Masters Flying Club
  • Flight Simulators – sponsored by USAF Detachment 1
  • RC Aircraft Flying – sponsored by Northern Aces Air Show Team
  • Smart Skies Flight Safety – sponsored by FAA
  • Wood Model Airplane Assembly – EAA Chapter supported

NOTE: Electric RC and Control-Line flying is geared to more mature youths, but any age level is allowed to fly once they have mastered the basics. Members of the Northern Aces Air Show Team allow youths to fly their powered model airplanes under their guidance.

Youths can also try their hand at flying both gas-powered and electric-powered airplane control line models with help from Circle Masters Flying Club experts. And you don’t want to miss the daily demonstration air shows as performed by the Circle Masters Flying Club. You have to see it to believe it!

Space Education Area Activities Include:

  • Area 51 – EAA Chapter supported
  • Compressed Air Rocket Build and Launch – sponsored by Boeing
  • Mercury Space Capsule Climb – EAA Chapter supported
  • NASA Daily Activity – sponsored by NASA
  • Rocket Coloring – EAA Chapter supported with Estes Rockets

Other KidVenture Activities and Attractions Include:

  • Artist Booth: Release your inner aviation artist and designer talents! - (EAA Chapter supported and sponsored by Extreme Airshows).

  • Cold War Museum: Learn about spies and spy planes during the so-called “Cold War” years (sponsored by Gary Powers Jr.).

  • HAM Radio: Talk on the KidVenture HAM radio station to other people around the country and the world – EAA Chapter supported.

  • Rise Above Traveling Exhibit: Be inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen in this panoramic movie theater presentation (sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force, Red Tail Squadron).
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