Memorial Day weekend was my oldest daughters last weekend with us for the summer so we let her choose what activity she wanted to do before leaving for seven weeks, she chose to go to the Pima Air and Space Museum, here in Tucson, which seemed very fitting for Memorial weekend.
We loaded up the 3 kids and spent most of the morning there. The Pima Air and Space museum was affordable to get in for our family of 5 because we were given a local resident discount and kids under the age of 4 are FREE 🙌🏻. Tickets do range in prices and are based on age; youth is $10 and ages 13 and up are $16.50 each, while over the age of 65 or active military members get a discounted prices as well. Local residents get a discount too, like I mentioned above.
Keep life simple tip: It’s always great to explore museums in your local area, so be sure to check for ANY discounts and bring your identification to prove you are local for a discount!
There are so many different aircrafts to see, mostly military related. Our oldest is interested in joining the Navy when she gets older, so she got a kick out of us pointing out the Navy related aircrafts.
There is so much to see here, we couldn’t fit it all in before the kids got tired and hungry!
If you plan on visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle because it’s HOT, your dog is welcome to join you if they are on a leash, (they even have water dishes down for your furry friend ❤️), very stroller friendly (even with our huge jogging stroller). Bathrooms are an important factor for me when we go anywhere, 2 hangers have bathrooms in them and honestly I don’t recall if they have changing stations for babies 🤦🏼♀️ because we didn’t change ours there. I assume they do, I did call to ask but nobody answered.
Of the 4 hangers we visited, they are cooled down with forced air, which is great because this is Arizona after all. We also noticed a few vending machines with water around a couple hangers.
The museum offers guided tours and a Tram tour as well. You can go about your own pace as well without a tour, that’s what we did since having 3 kids can be unpredictable at times.
Near the first hanger is a restaurant and it smelt amazing, however we didn’t dine there this time. (Our family had plans to eat somewhere else that day, tacos at our favorite taco joint BK Tacos).
The museum has fun activities for kids in the main hanger to participate in (games and simulators) as well as in the Space museum.
The staff was incredibly nice and so informative about different air crafts and even offered to take our pictures at the space museum. Just a warning to those on a budget beware of the gift shop if you have kids they will want everything in it! It was a wonderful gift shop and again great staff but I’m thankful we left not spending a penny there, which was hard because the space costume was the coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile!
My favorite part of the museum visit was the airplane Orbis. We were able to aboard Orbis, which a Flying Eye Hospital and view everything from the controls in the cockpit, sit in the seats, view their stacks of medical books and even see where an optometrist performs eye checks and then surgery if needed. I was truly amazed by this!! I will definitely look at airplanes a bit differently next time I travel on one!
We had a great trip to the museum followed by lunch and ice cream (dairy free) with our kids. It was a great way to kick off the start of Summer vacation!
Have you gone to the Pima Air and Space museum? Drop a comment below to let me know!