Flight themed family fun planned for half term

Published on: 18 May 2018

May half term is almost upon us and during this school break the Royal Air Force Museum Midlands has planned a week of wartime nostalgia to keep the younger members of the family entertained.

Taking place from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June, visitors are invited to take part in a number of fun flight themed activities, including donning wartime clothing and getting up close to two First World War aircraft, participating in a wartime virtual reality session and taking part in a Spot the Slang trail.

Aircraft Viewing and Uniforms
Date: 29 May – 1 June 2018 / Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm / Cost: FREE

Families will be given an insight into life as an RAF pilot during the First World War with a rare chance to get a closer look inside the Sopwith Pup and Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter. Not only can families get up close to these wartime aircraft, they will also be able to look at and try on clothing and uniform from the era – perfect for an unusual family photo, so don’t forget to bring your camera! This aircraft viewing and uniform experience will take place from Tuesday 29 May until Friday 1 June between 10.30am and 2.30pm and is FREE of charge.

Families can try on uniforms Families can try on uniforms

Virtual Reality Sessions
Date: 29 May and 31 May 2018 / Time: 11.00am – 2.30pm / Cost: FREE

A First World War virtual reality experience being delivered by Tablet Academy will enable visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves into the early days of the RAF through an augmented world. These free drop in sessions last approximately five minutes and are packed with First World War aircraft and content, guaranteed to ignite the imagination of not just the youngsters, but all generations of the family! Sessions will take place in the Museum’s War in the Air hangar on 29 and 31 May between 11.00am and 2.30pm.

Virtual Reality Sessions

Spot the Slang Trail
Date: 26 May – 3 June / Time: 10am – 5pm / Cost: £1.00

Spot the Slang Trail Sticking with the First World War theme, children will be challenged to find all of the hidden wartime slang words, concealed in and around the Museum’s First World War in the Air exhibition. The First World War brought together service personnel from different countries and backgrounds and slang words were often used to help people describe their experiences. By following the ‘Spot the Slang’ trail, youngsters will discover the meanings behind a selection of First World War slang terms including ‘Ace’, ‘Basket Case’ and ‘Whizzbang’, some of which are still used today. So, if you have any eagle-eyed children in your family and are up for the challenge, pick up your trail from the Visitor Centre on arrival at the Museum for just £1.00.

Children taking part in the trail can also enter into a competition to WIN a First World War prize bundle from the RAF Museum shop worth over £35! To enter the competition all you need to do is hit ‘Like’ on the RAF Museum Midlands Facebook page and follow the instructions on the back page of your trail sheet. Entry into the competition is free and the winner will be announced on Facebook in June.

Plus, there’s plenty more to keep families entertained during the half term week – learn if you have what it takes to be a pilot in Fun ‘n’ Flight which is packed with hands on excitement. Whether you’re learning how to fly a Spitfire, investigating air flow with ‘The Blower’ or guiding a Hercules to a drop zone you will be learning and having fun. Or, why not let your imagination take flight on board the Museum’s 4D Experience which combines cutting-edge 3D computer animation with the added fourth dimension of special environmental effects. Experience the thrill of flying in formation with the world famous aerobatic display team the Red Arrows in the new 4D ride.

Fun n Flight 4D Experience

PLUS…in addition to the half term activities, visitors will also have the exciting opportunity to climb on board the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod R.1 XV249 during daily tours running from 26-31 May. Tickets are available to purchase online CLICK HERE or on the day, subject to availability.

The Museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm and entry is FREE.

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