After two years of limited virtual offerings and on-site visits, the Alberta Aviation Museum is excited to once again offer summer camps. With a focus on showcasing and preserving the region’s rich aviation history, these camps truly allow the imagination of school-aged children to take flight.
“Rather than day camps, we offer one week campssays Nicholas Mather, Marketing and Advancement Coordinator. “These camps will combine all the popular activities from our previously enjoyed PD day trips and add some exciting new adventures. Parents drop off their kids every day and the kids will spend hours learning new things, taking on challenges and enjoying events. Included are trips on the flight simulator as well as seats in rare and historic aircraft.
Alberta Aviation Museum camps are for children ages 6-12. Camps are held July 4-8, July 25-29, and August 15-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The cost is $300 for the week; museum members get a 5% discount.
Things are opening up to the public again, but the museum recognizes that not everyone is ready for in-person interactions just yet. Therefore, the online lecture series will continue until further notice.
“In our series of lectures, Curator Ryan covers various topics on Edmonton’s aviation history,” says Mather. This series takes place on the last Wednesday of each month and each lecture lasts approximately one hour. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the evolution of Blatchford Field and how it has changed over the years.
The series is free for membership cardholders and $7.50 per session for guests. Sign up and learn more by clicking here.
The good news doesn’t end with the return of summer camps and the continuation of the online lecture series. Starting in June, the Alberta Aviation Museum will relaunch its partnership with YEG honeycomb.
“This worthwhile partnership is a three-year pilot program where bee colonies are housed in historic sites around Edmonton,” says Mather. “Did you know that the location of the hive affects the taste of honey? Bees generally collect pollen within three miles, so the taste is influenced by the flora and fauna of the general area. Urban honey has a very unique taste!
Everyone is invited to come down to check the hives; and if museum guests on the spectrum are concerted about sensory overload, be aware that accommodations are made for that as well.
In conjunction with the Servus Credit Union, the Alberta Aviation Museum is working to establish a paid monthly sensory event accessible to individuals and families on the spectrum. This will involve working with local autism groups to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy a worry-free visit to the museum. Stay tuned to the museum website for more details as this program evolves.
There’s plenty to see, do and experience at the Alberta Aviation Museum. Familiar favorites like the Discovery backpacks with ever-changing exhibits and the arrival of new aviation facilities, it is clear that the first 30 years of the museum’s service are just the beginning.
“We’re taking off and growing,” concludes Mather.
The Alberta Aviation Museum is the perfect outing for visitors of all ages. No two visits are the same. Visit in person, on line and on Facebook to learn more. The museum is also active on Twitter, instagram, Youtube and ICT Tac.