Saturday, November 21, 2009

A fun field trip

We have been having horrible computer problems this last week, so I haven't been able to really update all the fun things happening around our house.

But now that we're back up and running, although in a somewhat limited capacity, I wanted to share some pictures from the really fun field trip we took this last week.

We live near one of the largest airports in the country, so of course there is an aviation museum close by. We had never taken the children there before and it ended up being a great experience for all of us.

We arrived just in time for terrific IMAX type film about the history of American Airlines. All the children were engrossed with it as it gives you this feeling that you are really flying over the Grand Canyon and The London Bridge, and all the other well-known sites they highlighted.
This film was only 15 minutes in length, which is especially helpful for the ADHD-ers!!!

We all LOVED the gorgeous DC-3 airplane that you could actually go into.

Then there were all the other interesting hands-on exhibits too.

Plus there were lots of other wonderful things to just look at.

The funniest thing happened to us while there at this exhibit explaining the "Kiwis Club." They had this kiwi bird in the display that explained this was the club for all the airline stewardesses. Apparently, as we learned that day, this is the native bird of New Zealand, and it has no wings so it does not fly. While we were standing there looking at this bird, my 8-year old son began asking me what it was. There was a gentleman standing next to us also looking at this exhibit and in his broken English was trying to explain to Grant what this was. He then all-of-a-sudden whipped a small stuffed toy kiwi bird out of his satchel and said, "See, like this one that I got when I was in New Zealand." Like, who carries one of these things around in a satchel, and then happens to be standing in front of an exhibit of that actual bird so he can whip it out at that moment????

As it happened, this young man was visiting the US from Brazil where he is training to be a Security Agent for American Airlines. He was here for some more training I guess, and decided to go to the museum that day too. He has traveled to lots of other places, and asked me if I knew where he could shop for a cowboy hat and boots.

Overall, we had such a fun trip and I would highly recommend a visit to the C.R. Smith Aviation Museum!!

1 comment:

Amy said...

A visit to TX isn't complete without boots and a cowboy hat....maybe he picked up a little pop gun, too!! :)
Love the photos...looks like a fun museum!