Family Field Trips, Homeschool

Family Field Trip: Tennessee State Museum

Hey Wanderers,

Recently, we visited the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.  They were having a Tennessee Takes Flight: Homeschool Day.  Since my oldest is interested in becoming a pilot, we decided to check it out!
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When we arrived, the kids found a paper airplane making station and decided to make their best designs.  They had about an hour to create and test their models before everyone went to the 2nd floor balcony to launch their airplanes from a higher altitude. 

kids making paper airplanes

After crafting our airplanes, we had time to spare and decided to listen in on the talk “Learn to Fly” by Gary Piper.  He gave an excellent lecture about flying that entertained the entire audience, even the younger kids!

At 11:30, we headed to the 2nd floor to launch our airplanes off the balcony.  Unfortunately, they were never recovered, but it drew our attention to the Flight Simulators that were set up by the Children’s Area.

Once all the kids got to crash virtual airplanes experience virtual flight, we headed over to the Children’s Area for the little one to do an airplane craft and play games.

We made sure to stop by and talk to the vendors before leaving.  The kids got to try on some old flight helmets that a Civil Air Patrol Squadron had out on display. 

After visiting the museum, we walked to the other side of the parking lot and ate lunch at the Farmer’s Market with friends.  They have everything from Chinese, Korean, and brick-oven pizza to Cajun BBQ.  We opted for Chinese then had a Nutella and banana crepe for dessert!  It was wonderful!!

We walked off lunch by roaming around the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park grounds next to the museum.  The kids had a great time playing hide-and-go seek around the 95-Bell Carillon and pushing the giant marble globe at the WWII Memorial.

Overall, we had a great day!  I can’t wait to go back and visit the museum to explore the rest of it!

Have you ever been to the TN State Museum?  Tell me about it in the comments below!!

As always…


Here’s another Tennessee Family Field Trip you might be interested in:

Our trip to the Tennessee Safari Park!

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