Top 5 Tips for Maximizing Munchkins’ Museum Visits

Children of all ages love visiting the Navy Museum! Many parents find that they enjoy the Museum more when they can keep the kids enchanted and engrossed throughout the visit.

We’ve complied our top tips for parents to make the most of the day.

1. Give the kids a camera. With a camera in their hands, kids pay more attention and enjoy a more hands-on adventure. When the film is developed, you get to see the Museum through a child’s eyes, adding depth to your own experience and giving you a great new perspective to share. (The grandparents will love it!) You can purchase an inexpensive, disposable point-and-shoot camera for the little ones beforehand or pick one up in the Museum’s Flight Deck Store.

2. Make the visit interactive by taking advantage of the Museum’s free Scavenger Hunt. Designed for grades 6 through 12, it will keep the kids moving so they don’t get bored, and it’s a great way to explore Naval Aviation’s rich history, from early pioneers to space explorers. Download the Scavenger Hunt key here.

3. Don’t push it too much, though. There are more than 150 aircraft and 350,000 square feet of exhibits and attractions to discover. Download a map here or grab one from the Information Desk at the main entrance, and pick a few of the most important areas you and the kids want to see.

4. When it’s time to take a break, you can head outside for some fresh air at the National Naval Aviation Museum’s Centennial Square or stay indoors and visit the Kitty Hawk Play Area, where kids can “take the helm” of their own interactive adventures with aircraft carrier-inspired mock controls, periscopes and more.

Kiddie Hawk

5. Before you leave, visit the Flight Deck Store and shop our large inventory of souvenirs and gift items, such as propellers, flight suits, keychains, clothing, games, books and children’s toys. It’s a terrific way to take home the spirit of Naval Aviation and treasure all the good memories you made here together.

Flight Deck Store

If you are on vacation or school break and can devote more than one day to the Museum, all the better. Admission and parking are free, so you and the kids can come back as often as you like. We also offer many affordable ways to enhance any child’s Museum experience, including thrilling flight simulators, immersive movies on the giant screen, and a Cubi Bar kids’ menu specially designed to tickle the taste buds of junior aviators.

If you have questions before your Museum visit, please contact us, and afterward, we’d love for you to post photos and/or a review on our Facebook page.

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