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Night Wings at Pima Air & Space Museum takes flight



Aviation will soar at an all time high this Saturday at the Pima Air & Space Museum. The museum will be hosting its annual Night Wings event, a family-friendly gathering that allows attendees to tour the facility and engage in a variety of educational activities.

Night Wings is an event produced by the Pima Air & Space Museum to promote a scientific interest among children and families. Engaging activities in previous years have included coloring contests, flight simulations, puzzles and games. This year’s headlining activities for June’s event will be a Radio Disney “Rockin’ Road Crew” dance party and a “Planes” animated film scavenger hunt.

Saturday’s event will also feature NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, which gives children an opportunity to send their name into space as a virtual crew member on the famous Orion EFT-1. The majority of educational activities will occur inside the hangars while the “bone yard,” the outside grounds that consists of over 150 aircraft, will be available for viewing until dark.

“It’s an opportunity for local families to come out in the evening and enjoy themselves, and expose everyone to a little bit of science in a fun way,” said Mina Stafford, the Pima Air & Space Museum curator of education. “Some of them [the activities] are very airplane-based such as paper airplanes, gliders and kite activities. Some are a little space related — we have impact craters and some astronaut food tasting, as well as air rockets and a variety of all kinds of things.”

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Courtesy of Mary E. Emich / A local family enjoys a STEM activity during the Pima Air & Space Museum's summer Saturday evening event, Night Wings.

Night Wings is a great way to spend an evening out with the family, and an opportunity to see the museum in a different light. Despite Night Wings’ attraction to children, the event will also hold a strong interest to adults. The Pima Air and Space Museum maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of aircraft and is a historic and artistic record of flight. The collection will inspire and stretch your imagination of what is possible.

Night Wings will occur every fourth Saturday this summer (June 28, July 26 and August 23). The event will take place from 5-9 p.m., and last admission is at 8 p.m. The museum is expecting over 1,000 attendees this Saturday, so be sure to get there early. Saturday’s admission will be $10 for everyone ages 12 and up, and children younger than that will be admitted for free.


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