Education Events

Pima Air and Space Museum

Check out our special events calendar and read information about upcoming events for the whole family.

Soarin' SaturdaysModel Airplane Make N’TakeImagine RocketsHow Things FlyFamily Events

Soarin’ Saturdays For Kids

Do your kids like to build model airplanes, experiment with rockets, learn about flight, or explore aviation and aerospace? If so we have the STEM program for you! If not, these STEM programs may inspire them!

Soarin’ Saturdays repeat monthly and are free with paid or member admission. All programs, approximately 90-minutes in length, are held in the Space Gallery Classroom and parent participation is required.

Model Airplane Make N’Take

Make N’Take

1st Saturday of the Month – for ages 5 and up, 1:00 PM. Introduce your young aviator to the hobby of model building with the Sonoran Desert Model Builders. Each child will be given a snap-together model airplane to assemble and take home.

Parent participation is required.

To confirm details, dates, and times check our events calendar. To make reservations, email us or call 520 618-4819.

Imagine Rockets

Children ages 6 and up are invited to attend this 45 minute program on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:15 a.m.

Introduce your young rocket scientist to the fundamentals of rocketry in this fun hands-on experiential program. Each child will build and test experiments while learning about the laws of motion.

Parent participation is required.

To confirm details, dates, and times check our events calendar. To make reservations, email us or call 520 618-4819.

How Things Fly

Children ages 6 and up are invited to attend this 45 minute program on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:15 a.m.
Introduce your young aeronautical engineer to the fundamentals of flight in this fun hands-on experiential program. Each child will build and test experiments that demonstrate the principles of aerodynamics.

Parent participation is required.

To confirm details, dates, and times check our events calendar. To make reservations, email us or call 520 618-4819.

Family Events

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The Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off

The Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off is our exclusive competition for kids ages 6 to 14 awarding a 60-minute introductory airplane flight over Tucson and a tablet for the longest throw for a paper airplane in each age group.

It is a fun-filled day featuring:

  • Paper airplane folding with tips and a demonstration from Ken Blackburn (a Guinness World Record holder for a paper airplane throw)
  • Pilot “training” including fun on an inflatable obstacle course
  • A NASCAR race car simulator, lunch, snacks, a prize wheel sponsored by Mars Chocolate North America, and more.

Entrants receive a FREE t-shirt and drawstring backpack. Each entrant can bring 4 guests. Everyone at the event is eligible for great door prizes including another Double Eagle Aviation introductory flight above Tucson; NASCAR race tickets; Mars Chocolate North America candies and more. Advanced registration is required (register early, it fills up!). More information and registration is available at http://greatpaperairplane.org/.


Kids! Costumes! Candy! Crafts!

This is “non-scary” Halloween carnival fun for the whole family. The admission price is $10 for ages 13 & older; members and children ages 12 & under are FREE. We encourage costumes and offer family-friendly Halloween activities.

In the past, activities included:

  • Trick or treating
  • Pony rides
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Twix & Wrigley’s gum stick bi-plane craft
  • Fishing for prizes
  • Baked goods walk
  • “Ghoulish” games:
  • Eyeball Mini Putt-Putt
  • Mummy Bowling
  • Halloween “Twister”
  • The Flight Grill restaurant transforms into the “Fright Grill” for the evening, offering Halloween-themed dinners.

Plus, the aircraft and exhibits in the Main Hangar are open for viewing under ghoulish lights. Night of Fright.


Santa’s Visit

Every year the museum invites Santa Claus to fly in by helicopter to greet the good little girls and boys in Tucson. Families can watch Santaland, sit on his lap, and participate in many other festivities.

In the past, holiday activities included:

  • Writing a letter to Santa and hand delivering it to him!
  • Storytime readings (about the “Candy Bomber”)
  • Ornament decorating
  • Petting zoo
  • Glider assembly
  • Temporary holiday tattoo

To the children’s delight Santa arrives by helicopter around 10:00am. Each family will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Be sure to bring your camera to take pictures of your child with Santa.

Don’t forget to look at the aircraft on display outside and in the Main Hangar, plus in Hangars 3 and 4. The Space Gallery is also a great place to learn about space exploration and see a real moon rock!

School and Youth Groups

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School and Youth Group Tours

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest Air and Space Museums in the country, with over 350 aircraft on display. The museum provides a wonderful opportunity for students to be immersed in the world of aviation and aerospace. Reservations for school and youth group tours must be booked a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. There is NO admission fee for students/chaperones for prearranged school and youth group tours.

Chaperone Ratios:

Groups must meet the minimum chaperon student ratio to visit the museum. If a group surpasses this ratio, the extra adults will be charged regular adult admission.

*Please note, the Pima Air & Space Museum limits the amount of school/youth group participants per day to 120.

Grades Pre-K to 3rd grade 1 Chaperone to every 5 students
Grades 4th to 12th grade 1 Chaperone to every 10 students
To book your school or youth group tour, please complete the below form

Box Lunches:

School/Youth Groups can purchase a box lunch through our restaurant, Flight Grill. All box lunch orders must be submitted at least 3 business days in advance. If the school/group cancels the visit or meal order less than 3 business days in advance the school/group is still responsible for the cost of the meals. To book your school or youth group box lunches, please complete the form below:

For questions on school/youth group tours please call 520-618-4819 or email [email protected]

School and Youth Groups Photo Gallery

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