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Not So Lazy Days: Air Victory Museum flies guests into the wild blue yonder

Updated on September 5, 2011
E-2B Hawkeye
E-2B Hawkeye | Source

Field Trip

Airplanes are a big deal to the little one. One flies overhead and everyone in his vicinity will excitedly be made aware. You can imagine his excitement when I told him we were going to visit airplanes today.

We took a short trip to Lumberton where the Air Victory Museum is located at the South Jersey Regional Airport. Right away he saw the huge E-2B Hawkeye on display outside the museum and ran to it to check it out. We could have never gone into the museum and he would have been happy.

Once I convinced him to go inside, we met a friendly volunteer who noticed the little one's enthusiasm immediately. He became the little one's buddy for the day, even getting him to hold him at one point.

The boys were in awe when we entered the floor of the museum and saw all the planes on display. Everywhere we looked, even above our heads, there something new to see.

A highlight was getting to sit in the cockpit of a P-80A Shooting Star jet. The boys hesitated, since usually they aren't allowed to even touch things like this, but once they got in, it was hard getting them out. The volunteer even came over to explain some of the instruments and show how to fly a plane.

The little one was also very interested in learning about the F-14 jet on display. I'm sure it helped that small models of the plane were in a case beside the jet, as well as some classic GI Joe figures.

The boys loved playing with the hands-on exhibits, so much so, they cared little for the space aviation area just before it.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children, but I used a $2 off coupon. Both boys got a helicopter toy for a $1 each at the gift ship.

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!

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