Do you have to force… bribe… your kids to get some culture in their lives?
I use persuasive coercion on my son, He’s 16, He’s not one for most museums.
We traveled from Olympia, WA to Seattle on many occasions so that my son could see specialist doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital. When we would go to the city, my boy would complain about being in the city, he would say he wanted to go to his hospital appointment and then go straight back home.
I don’t know if you have ever been to Seattle, but we aren’t talking about some huge metropolis with endless cars and streets, we aren’t talking Manhattan here. Seattle is a small city, with the feel of being quaint, and with around 700,000 people, it’s not too big. However, that’s not how my youngest son sees it. My son thinks I’m trying to torture him with city life.
You see, my youngest son is a cowboy-boot-wearing country boy, after a bad experience with crowds in London, he now compares all cities to the fast pace of catching the tube during rush hour. That said, it didn’t stop this momma from telling her son we were going to do something, ANYTHING, and that he needed to pick a Museum or tell me somewhere he wanted to go. After a sound refusal, I let his sister decide. My daughter is obsessed with airplanes and has mentioned wanting to go to the flight museum on more than one occasion.
16 year old continued to complain.
16 year old insists he will wait in the car.
When we arrived and my son started to see that this place wasn’t just about airplanes, when he saw NASA and a 3D space movie offered. He was elated. Isn’t it just funny, mom knows best. I knew that if I physically GOT him to the museum, he would go in, there was no way that kid was going to sit in the car for hours while we look around a museum.
I can only think of one word to describe this place… “Cool“, I mean really really cool! The flight museum covers all aspect of flying, from Space Ships to Airplanes to Droids.
I really enjoyed reading about the first woman in space and loved that my daughter was able to connect with this history, especially since she talks non-stop about being a pilot. I am so grateful that my daughter has been born in a day and age, where so many incredible women from history have paved the way for girls to live out their dreams of today.
Keeping in pace with many museums, this one is not different in keeping to a time line. From the very start of air travel to today’s jumbo jets and space station, there are endless opportunities to explore flight. As you can imagine, in order to exhibit aircraft, you need a ginormous building, this museum has two. The first and main part of the exhibit features flight simulators. My teens loved riding in these-metal-boxes-made-to-feel-like-you’re-flying contraptions.
The simulator cost $9 a person, and $7 for a 2nd ride. Beware that your children will emerge thinking there is no need for training, believing flying a fighter jet is as easy as controlling a joystick!
For me, it was very surreal seeing a real helicopter from The Vietnam War, I can’t imagine hanging off of the side of it as you see in the movies. It’s easy to forget our past wars until you’re reminded with such a fierce realism glaring at you.
As mentioned previously, the museum is actually 2 MASSIVE buildings, they are opposite each other off of East Marginal Way S. There is a skyway that makes for easy access and connects both buildings. It’s in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery that houses some of the most amazing large Airplanes, I get all giddy thinking about it. I love flight, and the idea of it… watching planes fly, flying on planes, reading about planes, being on planes– You get my drift.
Entrance free for the Museum is $22 a person (18-64), $19 (65+), $14 (5-17), Under 4 is free.
Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Expect to spend 4-5 hours at the Museum to see everything, more if you see a movie. There is free parking and the Museum is opened 7 days a week, 10am-5pm. There is free admission in the evening of the first Thursday of every month from 5pm-9pm
Needless to say, my 16 year old son that refused to go to a Museum, had the best time and asked to go back! My 13 year old daughter also wanted a 2nd trip. We have since moved to Texas, but we still have family in Washington, so I see another visit in our future. It was THAT much fun, not a museum that kids only want to visit once.