So I thought maybe I should start by telling you about some of the things we've been up to so far in 2016.
One of the first places we visited this year was RAF Hendon, Royal Airforce Museum which is in London. Its easy to find, being just off of the M1 and well signed. There is a small charge for parking so make sure you have change.
The museum has 3 main buildings. We headed to the main entrance first to find out about the history of flight and early aircraft, up to the aircraft around today. The museum is interactive and has a play area and discovery area which I would say was suitable from toddlers up to about aged 11. Some of the hands on stuff was being repaired or replaced when we visited but there was enough for them to do. Also all round the museum are touchscreens which tell you about the various aircraft which the boys enjoyed looking at as they also show you little videos of them flying.
Inside the main building there are two motion simulators, One of which our eldest son aged 8 tried with his Dad. They both really enjoyed it but it did chuck them around a lot and they felt quite nauseous when they came out. Also in this area is a 4D cinema which has different short films on throughout the day all along the theme of Aircraft. We saw one which was a dogfight between Spitfires and German planes. It was very good with 3d imagery, smoke, moving seats, wind and various other effects. Both the Simulator and the 4D Cinema are at extra charge but as my husband is really into military history for us it was well worth doing.
Once you have seen everything in this building you exit via a shop back to the car park and we headed to the Battle of Britain section of the museum. This again had interactive elements to it and a very impressive and large bronze statue !
There is also a WW1 exhibition which I had pre conceptions about. Wrongly I thought it might not be so interesting for the kids but they loved it. There were computer games you could play against the "Red Baron", huts you could hide in, interactive maps, role play areas where you could pretend to be a gunner, send a morse code messages and lots of other things.
Overall a good day. The museum is free although as stated the car park is not and the simulators and 4D cinema are at extra cost but a good value day out and very friendly staff.