Place/Event: National Balloon Museum and U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame
Location: 1601 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125
Cost: (School Tour) ages 5-18 $1, adults $5 – bus driver and leader free – See website for general admission fees.
Grade/age range: K-12
Group size: large or small (they will split large groups)
Stroller friendly: Yes
The National Balloon Museum is staffed by very knowledgeable volunteers who are experienced in ballooning and have flown hot air balloons. The museum offers the history of ballooning and has over two dozen baskets on display. Our younger students had fun watching a film about a clown who flies in a hot air balloons and answering quiz questions at the end of the film.
There is a smaller children’s learning center with a few games, books, puzzles and a basket they can stand or play in. The library is across the children’s area and is filled with books, resources and information on ballooning and its history. This would be an idea for keeping little ones busy if an older student was researching in the library.
***If you have a budding pilot – sign them up for hot air balloon lessons. Students as young as 14 years old can apply for a learners permit. At 16 years old they can have their own pilot license and a commercial license at 18 years old.
Visiting the museum sparked my kid’s interest – so we came home and tried out a few science experiments. PBS Kids had a great little video that helped my kids remember what they learned on the field trip. I found this neat Science Experiment from Learng4Kids.net
The kids were AMAZED and we did this over and over again. We even just laid the bottle over the hot bowl or cold bowl and watched the change…then we decided to try some other ideas out…
***NOW we are excited and want to go to the The National Balloon Classic this summer! Stay tuned for an update! and more photos!