Field Trip to Hiller Aviation Museum

Having a school-age child is pretty awesome. Everyday after school, Bridgette and I would spend some time together sharing and recapping on our days. She tells me funny stories of her friends, cool (or crazy) projects that she did in school, new learning, and an array of other stuff. When she knows I have been out for work, she loves hearing all the details of my job and asks really specific questions like

“Why did you pick that item for her wedding menu?”

“What are the names of the clients you met today and how did they meet each other?”

“What flowers are going to be in season for their wedding?”

I can never help but smile at her genuine interest in her mommy’s day, and I truly hope that our open, candid conversations will carry forward even during her teenage years!

Since I volunteer regularly in Bridgette’s class, I have had the pleasure of getting to know her classmates and friends as well. Even though I am thoroughly exhausted after each volunteering opportunity, I’m always glad I did it because it gave me a glimpse into the life she leads at school every day.

Last week, I chaperoned for the second grade field trip where we took them to the nearby Hiller Aviation Museum. Despite it being just a few miles from our home, it was our first time there, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it!

Bridgette with her classmates, Anita and Bryce, who were in my group.
Bridgette with her classmates, Anita and Bryce, who were in my group.

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Our docent was super patient with our group of excited second graders, and took her time answering their questions.

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Left: Bridgette with one of her best friends Helen | Right: The kids got to go on Observation Deck to view planes that were taking off and landing
Left: Bridgette with one of her best friends Helen | Right: The kids got to go on Observation Deck to view planes that were taking off and landing
The kids were thrilled to sit inside a real cockpit, and in the pilot's seat no less!
The kids were thrilled to sit inside a real cockpit, and in the pilot’s seat no less!

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Making wooden airplanes
Making wooden airplanes
Their favorite part...getting to fly their wooden planes!
Their favorite part…getting to fly their wooden planes!

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There’s a lot to learn about aviation in this museum, and I do think Bridgette will probably enjoy it more in a few years’ time. For now, her favorite parts were the more hands-on parts where she got to simulate the navigation of an airplane, sit inside a real cockpit, and design her own wooden airplane.

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