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About the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

If you are looking for things to do in Virginia with kids, check out the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It is located near the Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is a essentially a giant hangar packed with all sorts of planes and more. Check out the list of exhibitions on their website for more information.

You will see everything from planes used for aerobatic flying, satellites, commercial airplanes, World War II aviation, and more! Unless things have changed since we’ve been there, your kids should be able to sit in a plane as well. Best of all, other than parking, admission is free for everyone! Who doesn’t love finding free and educational things to do in Virginia?

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Check out the official website of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for more information.

About the Free Worksheets

The FREE worksheets for this field trip review the following concepts:

  • Silent E turns the vowel before it into a long vowel, which makes it say its name.
  • Double O (OO) makes the sound /OO/ that you hear in the word ZOO.
  • Sight words
  • Handwriting

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Suggested Follow-Up Activities for Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Here are some related follow-up activities or other items that may be helpful and/or fun before or after your field trip.

  1. Get in costume with a pilot hat.
    • A fun way to get your child excited to visit the Udvar-Hazy Center would be to get them in uniform! Kids love wearing costumes and they would probably have a blast wearing adorable children’s pilot hat this before, during, and after your trip. Recommended for ages 2 and up.
  2. Paint a wooden plane.
    • This plane craft is perfect for kids who love puzzles and painting. The unpainted puzzles pieces need to be both painted and assembled to create a unique wooden plane. Both fun and educational, this is the perfect art project before or after a field trip to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
  3. Build a LEGO space shuttle.
    • Another great pre- or post-field trip activity is to build LEGO! The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center doesn’t just let kids discover and explore aviation history, but also space science. I would definitely recommend incorporating this space shuttle into your field trip itinerary. I would personally choose to do this with my kids after the field trip otherwise I will very likely be picking up LEGO pieces during the field trip. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Fun fact: Did you know that the plural form of LEGO is just LEGO? We learned that on LEGO Masters!
  4. Look at beautiful illustrations of planes.
    • The illustrations in this airplane book are sure to capture any young child’s attention. This would make a great read-aloud book and would make a great precursor to your field trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center. My children are usually more excited about seeing something in person after they have already read about it in a book or seen it on a show or movie. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
  5. Flip through stunning photographs of planes.
    • If you are looking for an airplane book with photographs instead of illustrations, then this is the perfect airplane guide for your little ones. Even if you have a reluctant reader, your child may still enjoy looking at the striking images in the book. This book is the perfect companion book for a field trip to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Suggested Video for Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Here are some videos that you might find helpful before or after your field trip.

  1. Visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
    • This video can give you an idea of what the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center is like.
  2. Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum Quick Tour by Getawaymoments
    • If you want to see more, here is a video that gives you a quick walk-through of part of the museum.

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