My husband and I stopped here with two boys ages 9 & 11. We all like science and space. My husband and I liked the "Top Gun" plane and the great collection of WWII items more than the boys. The boys got to launch the space shuttle---discussing the multi-stage rocket that one son had just covered in his science class. They got to use a robotic arm to simulate using one at the space station. The memory exhibit on the second level was great for all of us with lots of hands-on activities. The planetarium and movie were worthwhile as well---a great review of the planets, moons, why there are rings of Saturn, which planets are the rocky midgets vs those that are the gas giants. The exhibit that we were most excited about seeing was out-of-order, but the rest of it was educational and fun.
We were trying to leave when we found the flight simulation area (probably 15-20 computers set up with throttle and controller). You could pick what kind of plane that you wanted to fly, what kind of weather, etc... A pilot would do much better than we did!!! However, with a little practice it was exciting to get the plane in the air and not crash!!
Overall, this was a great experience!! I would highly recommend!!
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