This weekend, the new Aviation Pavilion opened at the Museum of Flight. The first 500 people on Saturday and Sunday received goodie bags with treats, aviator sunglasses, beach balls and more! We went Sunday morning and were thoroughly impressed!
They have a new play space in the Pavilion called Kid Port. It’s basically a miniature airport for kids to use their imagination. They have a security gate, check-in desk with pretend computers, a working luggage scale, a baggage carousel and actual rolling luggage! This was a hit with my toddler and his friend and they spent a lot of time loading up the baggage carousel and then returning the luggage back to the designated area. They did this over and over and over. Thankfully, there are benches set up all around the Kid Port so parents can take a breather while watching the kiddos.
Outside of the Kid Port, there are still many things attractive to little kids. On the FedEx airplane, there is a section that shows some potential packages that could be on board a FedEx airplane. This is interactive and our toddler loved opening up the doors and pulling out the drawers that revealed cargo from around the world, such as chocolate and shampoos. It was very cool to see how the boxes might be stacked.
Finally, there is yet another area dedicated to children set up in the middle of the Pavilion. This features a magnetic PVC pipe tubes where you can create your own path and send balls down. There is also a large-scale Jenga game and large foam blocks that build an archway. These will be set up all summer for kids to play with.
We spent 90 minutes just exploring the Aviation Pavilion. Currently, it is covered but not enclosed. According to a staff member, it will eventually have walls as part of the 5 year plan. Right now, it’s easily accessible to birds, so watch where you step. There is also a cafe inside the Pavilion with lots of seating. We had an absolute blast here and I envision many playdates here in the future!
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