The Museum of Flight in Tukwila has a number of special events and programs planned throughout February.
Events and programs are free with paid admission to the museum (unless otherwise noted). Admission for adults is $23 onsite and $21 online. Youth ages 5 through 17 pay $14 onsite and $13 online, and children age 4 and under are free. The price of admission for seniors 65 and older is $19 onsite and $18 online. Groups of ten or more pay $21 per adult and $13 per youth.
For the month of February, visitors staying at participating hotels will receive half-price admission.
The museum is at 9404 E. Marginal Way S. For more information, call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org.
• Lunar New Year Celebration, 5-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2
The museum celebrates the Year of the Rooster with fun family activities, music and dance performed by the Seattle Chinese Chorus, and an exclusive panel presentation about the Taiwan Air Force secret “Black Bat” and “Black Cat” reconnaissance flights during the Cold War. Admission to the museum is free the first Thursday of the month.
• Presentation with NASA Astronaut Michael R. Barratt, 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4
Astronaut Dr. Michael R. Barratt will deliver an inspiring and family-friendly presentation. Barratt was a flight engineer for Expedition 19/20 to the International Space Station in 2009, and returned to orbit in 2011 as a mission specialist during the last flight of space shuttle Discovery. Barratt now serves in NASA’s International Space Station Operations and Integration branches to handle medical issues and on-orbit support.
• Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m, Saturday, Feb. 4
Teams of high school students from around Puget Sound compete to have their dreams shattered in front of a large audience of parents and peers. Competitors design and build small bridges that are strong and aesthetically pleasing while using only popsicle sticks and white glue. The winners have the most original structures that last the longest under the tortures of a mechanical press.
• Engineering Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
The universal span of engineering is shared and demoed at The Puget Sound Engineering Council’s annual Engineering Fair. Youth interested in engineering can learn all about exciting career opportunities by talking to pros from NASA, Boeing and several universities. Student clubs will be in force, along with hands-on activities for children.
• New Exhibit: The Pratt-Read Glider, Friday, Feb. 10
After years of restoration, the museum’s rare, vintage Pratt-Read PR-G1 glider will be on display. The bulbous, two-seat flying machine was originally made for the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Pratt-Read is the same type that held the absolute altitude record (44,255 feet) for a two-place glider from 1952 to 2006, when the museum’s Perlan glider broke the record with a flight to 50,727 feet.
• InFlight InSight: For Future Generations, The History of the Museum of Flight, Lecture and book signing with Howard Lovering, 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
Former Museum of Flight executive director Howard Lovering mined a wealth of previously unpublished photos and insider stories to write a new, comprehensive history of the Museum, “For Future Generations.”
• NW Scale Modelers Show, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19
Explore the world in miniature at the 2017 NorthWest Scale Modelers Show. See hundreds of detailed scale models of all types at the largest model show in the Northwest. Features modeling seminars and free make-and-take activities for families.