Mon - Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We will also feature games, activities and documentary clips from some of our cool partner organizations, like NASA! Check back daily to see what new and exciting educational resources for kids and families we have added. You can also join the conversation on social media, which is linked at the bottom of the page.
What exactly is Launchpad to Learning? Well let our innovative leader, Troy Thrash, tell you all about it. We look forward to seeing you (digitally speaking) each day as we post new educational activities and videos for you to enjoy during your time at home!
Did you know that dry ice is a solid gas... and that it forms at −109.3 °F?!? Want to see some cool things you can do with it at home? Well, check this out!
Join Michael as he shares some interesting facts about our co-founder's aircraft!
Check out one of Troy's favorite artifacts as he and Christy reveal the significance of the Air Zoo's Moon map!
Ever wondered what DNA looks like, or what it actually does for a living thing? Join Karn and see it for yourself!
We are excited to launch our first story-time video! You are sure to love this engaging story of Ada, a young budding scientist, narrated by the Air Zoo's President & CEO, Troy Thrash.
Looking for something fun to do? Follow along with Erin, as she shows you a unique way to defy the laws of nature - at home!
Did you know historic Kalamazoo icons like Gibson Guitar and Shakespeares played a role in building this glider in WWII? David will share the story with you and the role it played on D-Day.
Hey kiddos! Prepare for take off with Troy as he reads "Airplane Flight! A Lift-the-Flap-Adventure" from the cockpit of our T-28 Trojan.
Need something fun and educational to do today? Kathy will teach you how to make lava lamps with household ingredients!
Have you heard of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo? Learn more about the raid, and local hero Jack Sims with Quinton.
Learn how the Air Zoo gets aircraft to restore and what some of the process looks like!
Join Jada as she takes you on an exciting adventure. This novel written by Steve Breen is sure to fly right into your heart.
Join Air Zoo educator, Natalie, as she shows you how to do coffee filter ink chromatography at home, using simple supplies!
Join Katie and Emmett as they narrate one of their favorite books in celebration of International Children's Book Day!
Michael shares some cool facts and history about our F-14 Tomcat!
We have an out-of-this-world project for you today. Make your own rockets at home with Alex!
Go outside and listen for native Michigan bird calls with Air Zoo science educator, Karn. These are some of the songs and calls in each bird’s musical vocabulary.
Do you know the history behind the German Lutwaffe's V-1 Flying Bomb? And how did it navigate without a pilot?
Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Let's see as Troy takes us through the handbook in front of the Air Zoo's ISS training exhibit.
Did you know this aircraft made its Hollywood debut in 1969?
Natalie will help you build your own unique mazes with materials you have lying around! How creative can you get?
Fun Easter Activities and fun for families from our friends at Gift of Curiosity. Check them out and get ready for Sunday!
Join Jada as she takes you on a journey. A cow's journey - of flight!?!
Meet a local Allegan hero and Tuskegee Airmen. Objects, on loan from his granddaughter, help to tell his fascinating story.
What do the Statue of Liberty, the planet Mars, and a penny have in common?
Join us to discover how the Air Zoo's talented restoration team tackles this complex restoration, it spent 68 years on the bottom of Lake Michigan, with their one-of-a-kind invention.
5-4-3-2-1...Blast off! What is it like to be an astronaut going to the moon? Join Troy as he reads a story called, "On the Moon". It is an out-of-this-world adventure!
Well, maybe not a master, but let Air Zoo Educator and yo-yo guru, Alex, show you the basics to work on at home.
Get the scoop on how the only remaining, and experimental, XP-55 Ascender "landed" at the Air Zoo.
Celebrate Earth Day this year with an informative story told by our very own Air Zoo Education Manager, Kathy! Let's work hard to care for our planet!
Learn about this high-flying Disney gremlin Fifinella and her ties to the Air Zoo's co-founder, Sue Parish!
Want to watch Erin do some fun tricks with dry ice? We thought so, enjoy!
Ever wondered why your shadow is a shape shifter, or why it is night time here when it is daytime somewhere else? Karn has some shadow science basics for you.
Our story starts with me [Brandon Gonzales] standing in a hangar. A really big hangar. Actually, it’s more like a movie set. A movie set, with rides, and an F-14 and an SR-71, but they’re not props though, they’re real…
One of 11,000 BT-13 Valiants produced in WWII made a very special journey for one of our Air Zoo Families for their 1951 Christmas. Let's hear Dolly's story now.
Explore solar/shadow science with us and learn how you can use the sun to tell time.
Let's spread some love and beauty. Join us as we celebrate community, it is easy (and fun) to get involved! #AirZooArt
More than 100 years of flight depicted in the world's largest indoor, hand-painted mural - at the Air Zoo!
Do you know the science behind making music? Let's join Air Zoo educator Matt, and learn what makes music!
Andrew Woodstock's watercolor and graphite artwork was inspired by the brave Tuskegee Airmen. Learn the story behind the art.
Let's join Natalie as she takes us step by step through making our own kites for high-flying fun this spring!
Feeling a bit stuck and wanting to plan your next adventure? Well if you decide to go to the moon we have you covered.
This versatile and affordable helicopter design was sought after the U.S. Military during the late 40's and early 50s.
Explore space, all from your own backyard! Join Erin as she walks you through a free app that will let you explore the stars and beyond!
Have you seen the 1970 film "Tora! Tora! Tora!"? One of our docents got to see it from a different point of view during his time in Pearl Harbor.
Check out this in-air refueling of an SR-71 being flown by one of our friends, SR pilot, BC Thomas. Can you imagine refueling in the air?
Follow along with Air Zoo educator Karn, as she shows you some cool chemistry using everyday things like iodine and apple juice!
This 1954 futuristic rocket once traveled the country promoting the popular sci-fi tv show! Now it's at the Air Zoo.
Always wanted to know more about the aircraft that grace the front the Air Zoo? Then this 60 second, scenic, outdoor Air Zoo tour is for you!
Did you know we have new airplanes to visit between our two centers? Stop by and say hello if you are out and about!
This Gemini boilerplate aided Nasa scientist in their race to space during the 1950s. How did we get it?
A database of at-home learning activities uploaded by hundreds of museums and science centers around the world.
Online STEAM activities students can do at home.
Fun and easy at-home science experiment videos and instructions.
West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA)
Brings you digital jigsaw puzzles to keep you busy, with images from our West Michigan attractions, including the Air Zoo!
Grand Rapids Kids (GRKids.com)
Check out their Michigan Family Travel Guide - Armchair Edition, for fun online activities for families to keep your minds wandering while your bodies can't.
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Earth Science - Answer Key
Anatomy of the Eye - Answer Key
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Insect Biology - Answer Key
Mathematics Drill Ninja
Aerospace Counting Sheets
Exploring Your Five Senses
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