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Summer Field Trips

Great activities for students, teachers, and camp leaders

Summer Field Trip Programs

Visit the museum with your class, summer camp, Scout troop, or youth development program.

For groups of 10 or more students (plus chaperones), the Balloon Museum offers Learning Activities each year in June and July. These programs will engage students in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight. 

Below is more information about each Learning Activity, all of which last approximately 30-40 minutes, and the dates they are offered.

The Learning Activities do not include a guided tour; a Search and Find brochure and other tools will be provided to help groups explore the museum independently during their visit.

The Flying Bus

The Flying Bus Program is a subsidized field trip program. Free transportation and admission is provided to qualifying groups including Title I and charter schools in the Albuquerque metro area. The program is sponsored by the Balloon Museum's Foundation. During the field trip reservation process, you will be able to request Flying Bus accommodation. For questions, please email Amanda Lujan, Curator of Exhibitions, at [email protected].

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Stories in the Sky

Come to the Balloon Museum for Stories in the Sky (year round, including summer) on Wednesdays. Sessions are offered at two separate times -- at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Ideal for pre-school ages.

Stories, songs, games, and crafts. A different story and activity is offered every week. Free admission! 

If bringing 10 or more students to Stories in the Sky please email Lauren Coons, at [email protected].

Summer 2018 Program Offerings and Schedule

June

June 5 (5th is Sold Out), 19 – Ballooning  Basics. Radio-controlled balloon will fly (weather permitting) between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m., and your museum visit follows.

Watch a hot air balloon launch! Students will learn how a hot air balloon works and explore its construction as veteran balloon pilots demonstrate by launching 1/8th scale model radio-controlled balloon and gondola. Then, explore the history and science of ballooning through interactive demonstrations, crafts, and activities. Students will learn about what it means to be lighter than air, how the technology is used, and how balloonists have contributed to science throughout history. The balloon launch is outdoors and is subject to existing weather conditions. Flight cancellation possible due to weather. Please dress accordingly.

June 14 (14th is Sold Out), 28 (28th is Sold Out) – Weather Watchers. Weather Balloon launch and weather related crafts/activities. 10:00 a.m.

Investigate the science, power, and beauty of weather in our exhibition, The Weather Lab. Students will explore the different Earth systems that interact to make the world’s weather and the tools and technology meteorologists use to predict storms, precipitation, wind, and heat. Students will learn the recipe for weather and how the changes in each ingredient changes the weather around them in interactive demonstrations. As Weather Watchers students will learn about simple tools that can help us predict and record weather.

July

July 6th First Friday – Exploring the Arctic. 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Free Admission. 

Discover the intriguing tale of S.A. Andrée and his attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon in our exhibition Arctic Air. Students will learn about the Age of Exploration and how this era influenced this unique expedition, from its inception to the homecoming of its crew. Students will learn about the experience of our daring aeronauts and the animals, weather, and other of their voyage as well as they science and technology developed in an effort to make this a successful balloon and scientific expedition.

July 5 (5th is Sold Out), 19 – Weather Watchers. Weather Balloon launch and weather related crafts/activities. 10:00 a.m.

Investigate the science, power, and beauty of weather in our exhibition, The Weather Lab. Students will explore the different Earth systems that interact to make the world’s weather and the tools and technology meteorologists use to predict storms, precipitation, wind, and heat. Students will learn the recipe for weather and how the changes in each ingredient changes the weather around them in interactive demonstrations. As Weather Watchers students will learn about simple tools that can help us predict and record weather. 

July 10, 24 – Radio-controlled balloon will fly (weather permitting) between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m., and your museum visit follows.

Watch a hot air balloon launch! Students will learn how a hot air balloon works and explore its construction as veteran balloon pilots demonstrate by launching 1/8th scale model radio-controlled balloon and gondola. Explore the history and science of ballooning through interactive demonstrations, crafts, and activities. Students will learn about what it means to be lighter than air, how the technology is used, and how balloonists have contributed to science throughout history. The balloon launch is outdoors and is subject to existing weather conditions. Flight cancellation possible due to weather. Please dress accordingly.

August

August 3- First Friday – Fantastic Flights. Radio-controlled balloon will fly (weather permitting) between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m., and your museum visit follows. Free Admission.

Learn about the great discoveries and achievements in aeronautic history from the first flight in a balloon to the recent epic flights across the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and around the world. Science demonstrations, arts, and crafts, and an RC balloon demonstration will share the developments of lighter than air technology and its contributions to aviation and many other field of science.

For questions, please email Amanda Lujan, Curator of Exhibitions, at [email protected].

 

Balloons take flight above the Balloon Museum.