The Flying Machine exhibit has been transformed into the Space Station where kids can build their own rockets and explore through space. They can dress up as engineers, pilots, or astronauts and play around in front of a blue screen as they pretend to walk around in space or fly their very own rocket ships. Astronauts-in-training can also practice their skills at the Mission Control Board as each lever produces a different space-aged effect!
Your children are sure to be stimulated by the many hands-on activities in the Space Station and might never want to leave. There are many different ways they can explore the workings of space ships and outer space including an 18-foot steel sculpture called the RING TOWER that kids can attempt to shoot their space ships through. In this exhibit you will also find space-themed toys from the museums contemporary toy collection including Star Wars and Clone Wars action figures.
Here are some great books to read at home with your children related to space traveling:
- Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
- I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton
- There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
- If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
- Stars! Stars! Stars! by Bob Barner
- Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith