Flight school for kids this Friday

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center offers holiday cheer throughout the season beginning with Flight School Friday on Friday, Nov. 25, and ending with an O-gauge train display through New Year’s.

Two exciting workshops for children ages 6 through 12 occur on Friday, Nov. 25. The first, “Why Things Fly,” from 9 a.m. until noon, is a hands-on workshop that explores the four forces of flight through interactive presentations and demonstrations. Then, from 1 to 4 pm, “Drones in the Sky” explores the fascinating world of drones during which students have the chance to pilot these amazing vehicles. Register today via the website at https://americanhelicopter.museum/events/flight-school-friday/

AHMEC’s Museum Store will participate in Museum Store Sunday, an annual holiday shopping day supporting cultural institutions and their stores on Sunday, Nov. 27. Find many great gifts for the helicopter enthusiast and receive discounts on items, including one free adult admission to the Museum with the purchase of any store gift for Toys for Tots. See https://americanhelicopter.museum/museum-store-sunday-at-ahmec/ for more information.

Additionally, the “Star Trek Screen-Used Props and Costumes” exhibit that opened in early September closes on Sunday, November 27. This unique collection of screen-used and production-made artifacts spans decades and encompasses costumes, weapons, communicators, and even pieces of the starship Enterprise! A delight for hard-core Trekkies and casual fans alike, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit is a chance to peer behind the curtain and see some of the most iconic props from the Star Trek universe.

The wonderful world of trains opens on Saturday, Dec. 3, through New Year’s with the Museum’s new functioning O-gauge train display run by its volunteers, who will be available to answer questions. Read more https://americanhelicopter.museum/holiday-trains-at-ahmec/

More trains follow on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, when the East Penn Traction Cluba group of 300 enthusiasts throughout the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia region, displays and operates some of its O-gauge (1:48 scale) and HO-gauge traveling layouts of trolleys in the Museum Model Room and answers questions.

AHMEC’s annual Santa Fest happens on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at 11 a.m. Crafts, activities, movies, and other holiday cheer abound. Therapy pets from Paws for People help create a fun, festive day for all ages. Find more information on the website at https://americanhelicopter.museum/events/santafest/

Another day of trains chugs into the Museum’s Model Room on Saturday, Dec. 17, as the Train Collectors Association Atlantic Division, a national organization of model railroad enthusiasts dedicated to collecting, preserving, and operating model trains, displays and operates one of its many layouts and answers questions

Call 610-436-9600 or visit the website at https://americanhelicopter.museum/ for more information

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores, and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogyros, and convertiplanes.



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