Monday, May 26, 2014

A Museum packed with Memorial Day meaning

The holiday weekend afforded us a trip to visit with my parents in Turlock. We had not been down in awhile and decided at the last minute (that being Friday) that we would head south. While down in the warm and toasty Central Valley, we took a drive 20 minutes south to the old Castle Air Force Base in Atwater. The base is the home of the Castle Air Museum. Like many little boys, airplanes are super cool. The museum  was holding their "Cockpit Day" which affords all who visit the chance to step into many of the nearly 60 restored planes on display. And who doesn't love a museum that lets you touch things? This is important when you have kids. 

Our boys are 4 and 2 so we spent most of our time just marveling at the mass of each of the planes rather than discussing the history and significance of the aircraft. Nonetheless, the boys had a great time and their mom and dad had a chance to reflect on the history and spirit that surrounded us on this Memorial Day Weekend. And like a good blogging mom, I took a few pictures along the way.

These boys were serious about getting behind the wheel of this plane. They had to turn their caps around!

I'm already looking forward to our next trip. The museum is also home to a Presidential Air Force One plane that was used during five administrations. They were offering tours but we were getting close to lunch and nap time and knew we would be pushing our luck if we opted for the additional tour so we decided to wait. This now gives us a good reason to go back. If you are in the area, I highly recommend making the trip to Atwater to visit the outdoor museum. And if your kids are under 5, they get in free! This leaves you a few bucks for trinkets in the gift shop. Which by the way is loaded with books and toy planes too. 

Do you have a favorite museum that is kid friendly? Thanks for reading. ~mrs. c

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