We recently took a trip to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. We have been before but it’s been a few years so Big Red didn’t remember it and Lil’ Red was not born yet. This museum features lots of visual as well as hands-on exhibits that are great for kids of all ages.
The museum is owned by the State of Ohio, is part of the Ohio History Connection’s statewide system of historic sites and museums, and is operated by the local Armstrong Air and Space Museum Association. Neil Armstrong was never involved in the management of the museum nor benefited from it in any way.
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum even offers educational resources to print and use before or after your visit. If you are in the area you can check out the museum for yourself.
Eldest is pictured by a sign that sated the requirements to be an astronaut in 1959. Height along with education were all listed on this display.
I liked see the small size of The Gemini Spacecraft. I was totally amazed how two adult men were supposed to fit inside. I think it would be very stressful to be in such a tiny area and have to focus on a special mission.
This is one of the Apollo space suits used in the Apollo Shuttle mission. It was really neat to see what a spacesuit looked like way back then.
Big Red got to pretend he was an astronaut and posed for his picture in this smaller astronaut suit. This was one of the many newer displays at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum which made the museum more fun for younger students who can’t read or read well.
This picture show the display of personal hygiene items that were used in space. Since space doesn’t have the same amount of gravity I am sure that using the bathroom could prove challenging.
This display held some of the ground suits and equipment used by NASA employees. It was very interesting to see the bright orange colored jumpsuit, boots, gloves, and helmet.
Princess is standing by a Space Shuttle tire to show how big it is. I believe Lil’ Red was small enough to sit inside of the tire without any difficulty!
Big Red and Lil’ Red’s favorite thing to do was the Space Shuttle Landing Simulator. Since it’s like a video game they were all in. It was much harder then they thought but Big Red didn’t give up trying to land accurately on the runway and not crash into the ocean.
Astronauts, Moon & Space Free Unit Study:
10 Fun Children’s Books about Space from Crafty Mama in ME
Learning about the Solar System for Kids from Look! We’re Learning!
Children’s Astronaut Books from The Jenny Evolution
Melted Bead Planet Mobile from Schooling a Monkey
Stargazing Apps for Kids from iGameMom
Space sensory salt tray activities from The Usual Mayhem
How to Spot Meteors When Camping from FrogMom
Galaxy Art & Science from Preschool Powol Packets
International Space Station Unit from Bambini Travel
Night Sky Printable Activity from CraftCreateCalm
Outer Space Coloring Pages from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
Kids’ Books about Mars from Books and Giggles
Outer Space Word Search from The Letters of Literacy
Astronaut Ten Frame Matching Game from The Kindergarten Connection
Armstrong Air and Space Museum Wapakoneta, OH from Something 2 Offer
Moon Word Search from Tales of Education at Home
Astronomy for Kids: The Moon from Planet Smarty Pants