19 April to 5 June 2022

Drop in, 10am – 3pm

IWM Duxford

Families

Free event with general admission

Checkout the family fun to be had at IWM Duxford.

Put your paper plane making skills to the test as you try to beat the world record with Flight Academy, travel back in time to D-Day 1944 with our Family Mission. Head to the American Air Museum and build your very own bespoke cockpit in Cockpit Control.

 

Take part in our extra Half Term activities! Daily, 28 May – 5 June.

Immerse yourself in our museum collections and stories with special themed editions of Story Seekers: Chocolate Edition and We Were There: Stories of Chocolate.

All activities are free, drop in and are recommended for families with children aged 7+. Daily activities can vary, we recommend checking details at the Visit Planning Point upon arrival.

Flight Academy

Boy throwing a paper aircraft inside AirSpace
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Flight Academy

Every weekend, 19 April to 27 May, 2022

Half Term, Daily 28 May – 5 June, 2022

Join our Flight Academy and discover the forces of flight.

You and your family will be equipped with everything your need to make the world’s best paper plane – including a special code name!

Pick up one of our specially prepared paper plane flight packs and you'll have all you need to make your own Avro Vulcan, Lockheed Blackbird and also the World Record breaking design that has flown for 69 metres.

Test out your constructions on our Flight Academy research runways in the Conservation Hall in Air Space.

Family Mission: D-Day Edition

Family enjoying Family Mission: D-Day edition at IWM Duxford
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Family Mission: D-Day Edition

Every weekend, 19 April to 27 May, 2022

Half Term, Daily 28 May – 5 June, 2022

Prepare for the big jump.

It’s 1944 and the most important day of the war so far is looming. You and your family are needed as the latest recruits of paratroopers.

As a team use your Jump Bag to spot a Spitfire from just its sound, perfect how to land safely and be assigned your rank.

Learn about the biggest invasion in history as you explore IWM Duxford. This interactive storytelling experience is based on personal stories from those who served on D-Day.

You'll need to collect your Jump Bag from admissions to begin. This activity directs you around different areas of IWM Duxford. For the best experience we recommend setting aside an hour for this activity.

Created by KIT Theatre and Kirsty Harris.

Cockpit Control

Girl taking part in Cockpit control at IWM Duxford
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Cockpit Control

Every weekend, 19 April to 27 May, 2022

Half Term, Daily 28 May – 5 June, 2022

Welcome to the United States Air Force at IWM Duxford.

Before you can take control of the cockpit yourselves, we need you to investigate why so many Air Force pilots are crashing. Report to the Captain in the American Air Museum to get your action report, understand the facts and find out what is going wrong.

Measure up against fellow pilots of all shapes and sizes, and work as a team to engineer your very own cockpit.

This fun and interactive family game is based on the technological developments seen in the American Air Force in the late 1940s. Through this activity, learn how engineering and maths helped cockpit designers improve flight safety and open opportunities for future pilots.

Developed with TV Presenter Ben Shires, host of Officially Amazing and Match of the Day: Kick About.

IWM Family Membership

Be part of it. Join IWM with a family membership and you'll get unlimited free entry to all of our charging sites. Other benefits include fast track entry, 10% discount on Duxford Air Shows tickets, free entry to IWM Duxford Flying Days and much more!