Get ready to blast off and explore your inner astronaut during EAA’s Space Day, launching October 7, at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh. Kids and adults of all ages are invited to join us as we celebrate World Space Week 2017 with a series of out-of-this-world activities, interactive exhibits, and special events.
Space Discovery for Kids
(Lunch will be available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of space-themed activities that will educate and spark their curiosity in flight. Those who attend can participate in these activities:
- NEW! — Meet EAA Young Eagles superhero, Aviore, during the event! He's flying in for photo opportunities, activities for the kids, and more!
- “Houston, We May Have an Omelet” — Build your very own “eggstronaut” space capsule. After you are finished with construction, you will have a chance to launch it off a balcony and see if it has a successful landing.
- Straw Rockets — Learn about the parts of a rocket and forces of flight as you build and fly your own straw rocket.
- Fizzy Rockets — What do you get when you mix Alka-Seltzer and water? Come experiment with us to see how high your fizzy rocket can go!
- Mercury Capsule Replica — Climb inside a full-scale replica of a Mercury space capsule and experience outer space with a launch simulation.
- Space-themed Flight Simulators — Here is your chance to train just like the astronauts do and pilot a spacecraft to a faraway world.
- Coloring Station — Pick your favorite space shuttle to color and take home with you.
- Scavenger Hunt — Cruise around the museum galaxy and locate space stamps for your scavenger hunt.
Apollo Exhibit | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | EAA Aviation Museum
The Apollo exhibit features actual items that have flown in space during Apollo program flights including a real moon rock that was brought back on the Apollo 15 mission. It is a tribute to all who worked on the mission to land a man on the moon.
Apollo Reunion Video | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Skyscape Theater Royale
The Apollo Reunion Video is a recording of the astronauts we had here during AirVenture. Here, the astronauts themselves share their thoughts on the program, their missions, and where the space program is going next.
Chris Henry | 3 p.m. | Eagle Hangar
Join EAA Staffer Chris Henry as he takes on a trip through the history of the space program. Learn about our space pioneers and what it took to get the high ground in space.
Dr. Jennifer Levasseur | 5 p.m. | Eagle Hangar
Jennifer is the curator of space history at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. During her nearly 15 years at the museum, Jennifer has worked on programs including artifact loans, the museum’s annual Mutual Concerns conference, and as a representative for the department on digital and other exhibition projects. Most recently, she curated the exhibit Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity and currently serves as exhibition curator for the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition.
All Space Day activities are included with regular admission unless noted (EAA Members, FREE; adults, $12.50; seniors age 62+, $10.50; students age 6-17, $9.50; children age 5 and under, free; family rate of two adults plus children, $31).
For more information, please call Bob Campbell, EAA’s museum director, at 920-426-4815.