Little kids turn into pilots as soon as they step foot on the exhibits grey runway and are surrounded by the properties of flight, just waiting to be explored. In one corner of the room, children take turns stepping into a batters cage and facing two high-powered fans while wearing a pair of grey, foam wings. With hair and cheeks billowing out behind them, the kids get a first hand feel for what lift is really like. Once they are thoroughly disheveled, they can climb into the cockpit of a DC 9 and play with the toggles, switches, and levers. They can also sit at the controls of five different simulation stations and discover what its like to maneuver an actual airplane. If staying on the ground is more their style, kids also get to discover first hand how hectic an air traffic controllers job really is on a giant, streaming airplane radar. Its fun. Its sciencey. Its as close as you can get to flying without blowing a ton of dough on pilot school. Visit www.mods.org.
Starts: Oct. 7. Daily, 2006