Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fright Takes Flight as Air & Scare Takes Over at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

Photo: Dane Penland

From our friends at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum...

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host its annual “Air & Scare” family day from 2 to 7 PM, Saturday, October 24, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Visitors will enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating and spooky activities for all ages at this free event.

Designed with the whole family in mind, aerospace will come alive with fun activities, all with a Halloween twist. Participants will enjoy spooky crafts, trick-or-truth stations, science experiments and treat giveaways. The Tot Zone will feature space-themed activities and a dress-up corner. The Rainbow Puppets will perform their show “Take a Giant Leap,” and the Airbus IMAX Theater will offer free showings of Toy Story of Terror. Everyone’s favorite Star Wars and Ghostbusters characters will be on-hand for photo opportunities, including a 21-foot-tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. This year’s hottest new addition is a Fire Safety Escape Course. Returning favorites include Paper Scare-Plane Design Challenge, the Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch and Air & Scary Lego Creations.

Attendees are encouraged to come in their favorite space or flight-themed costume. For safety purposes, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age. Admission is free, but parking is $15 until 6 p.m. Public transportation is also available via the Silver Line Metro and Fairfax Connector bus. “Air & Scare” is made possible by Mars Chocolate North America LLC. For more information and a full list of activities, visit airandspace.si.edu/airandscare.

The National Air and Space Museum is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Regular daily hours for both facilities are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25).