You can reserve the Flights of Fancy Story Time experience and request the platform, whether Zoom, Teams, or other (TBD). The reserved program will include a read-aloud with the museum educator, a video chat about an image or other museum resources related to the topic, and a craft activity led by the museum educator. Each session will last 30 minutes.
Each online field trip for early childhood will also have associated resources in SI Learning Lab and an online Story Time (Flights of Fancy or Pilot Pals) that will enhance and expand the theme so that teachers can use them before and after the program for a more complete learning experience.
These experiences are available for groups of 10 or more. If your group is less than 10, please register for the May 12 10:30am (EST) Rocket Race Story Time which will be a shared story time.
Please note, the Virtual Flights of Fancy Story Time Program schedule is in accordance with the Eastern Time Zone. If you are in a different time zone and would like to inquire about an alternate program start time please contact the Tours and Reservations Office at NASMTours@si.edu.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. It also is home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
One Museum, Two Locations
The Museum’s two buildings house thousands of artifacts showcased in exhibitions on aviation, space exploration, and planetary science. At both of its locations, the Museum presents programs, educational activities, lectures, and performances that reflect the American spirit, and the innovation, courage, and optimism that have led to triumphs in the history, science and technology of flight. At the Museum in Washington, DC, which opened in 1976 and is located in the heart of the Smithsonian complex in Washington, DC, some of the most awe-inspiring icons of flight are on display. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, is a massive structure with open, hangar-like settings that accommodate large aircraft and spacecraft, as well as entire collections of aviation and space artifacts.
Mission: “Commemorate, Educate, Inspire”
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collects, preserves, studies, and exhibits artifacts, archival materials, and works of art related to the history, culture, and science of aviation and spaceflight and the study of the universe. Its research and outreach activities serve all audiences, within and beyond its walls. The Museum commemorates the past and is committed to educating and inspiring people to foster appreciation for the importance of flight to humanity.