‘Play Ball!’ During Free Familay Day at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio — “Play ball!” is a phrase most often heard on a baseball field. But from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will have the chance to learn about the science behind baseball and other sports with free interactive programs during Family Day.

Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Demonstration stations are located in the museum’s second building and the STEM Learning Nodes in the fourth building and teach fun and simple aerospace principles. For example, this month learn how a baseball curves, how a skater spins so fast, how to bend a soccer ball, and see the Magnus Effect in action as you “throw” a curve ball.

At 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., there will be a special presentation and demo on the art of flying drones. This will be located in the STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery.

In addition, several area student robotic teams will be on hand to demonstrate their robots and what they do for robotics competitions. These teams will be located in the center of the museum’s second building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We will also have special 15-minute “Presidential Aircraft Briefings” providing background information on the museum’s remarkable collection of Presidential Aircraft, including four Presidential Aircraft that visitors can walk through! These briefings will take place in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery at 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to listen to stories and create their own craft project.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit or call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

Some materials for the program are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit