Edit: Well, bummer! Readers wrote in to let me know this event is already full. Let’s all make a note of it for next year. Sorry about that!
This has to be the area’s most unique freebie for kids.
Saturday, June 25th, kids 8 and up can get a free plane ride at Thun field thanks to volunteer pilots from the experimental aviation association.
Kids get a “ground school,” session first followed by the plane ride. Adults must sign a release and be on hand. The planes are all FAA certified and flow by licensed pilots. The event is part of the Young Eagles program, which has given free rides to 1.6 million young aviators and counting! Spots are limited, and you do want to register. Now, I’ll be honest, I’m not sure my nerves could handle this, so make sure you feel good about it before you go, too! I will say my friend did this with her boys last year, and she said it was one of the thrills of their young lives so far.