The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park has been busy planning special spring events with every age group in mind. If you haven’t been to the museum recently, take advantage of one of the following offerings.
2nd Annual Paper Airplane Festival
The 2nd Annual Paper Airplane Festival will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Paper airplane enthusiasts of all ages are invited to assemble planes in the Pavilion of Flight.
The festival includes building stations and take-home materials. At 3:00 p.m., there will be an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest group paper airplane launch. Admission to the festival is free.
Business Leaders Breakfast with Linden Blue
The fourth installment of the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Business Leaders Breakfast is set for Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast will feature Linden Blue, vice chairman of General Atomics and chairman of Spectrum Aeronautical LLC, as the keynote speaker. Blue’s speech, “Technology will Triumph,” will focus on how America can thrive, not just survive in an era of $100 a barrel oil.
The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Pavilion of Flight. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $50 per person or $450 per table. RVSP no later than April 24 to Gail Brenner, 619-234-8291, ext. 19, or at the museum’s website.
Space Day and “Imagining the Future of Flight”
Representatives from space organizations and local industry will be on hand for Space Day 2007 on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will include hands-on activities and demonstrations as well as giveaways. Participants can touch a meteorite, drive a Mars Rover, build a paper rocket, design your own space patch, look through a telescope, launch a bottle rocket and color.
The 5th annual “Imagine the Future of Flight” exhibition is running concurrently. Design and build your own aerospace vehicle using creative materials, without using a kit. Then, bring your creation to the museum’s main entrance for registration on Wednesday, May 9, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All entries will be on display in the museum before results are announced at 2:00 p.m. on May 12.
Designated California’s official air and space museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is located in the historic Ford Building in Balboa Park, 2001 Pan American Plaza. For more information, visit [http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org].