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Breakfast with Santa

Santa will be returning for breakfast at the New England Air Museum on Saturday, Dec. 1. Breakfast with Santa is an exclusive opportunity to meet Santa and his elves prior to the opening of the museum. Breakfast will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m. with Santa inviting guests to join him inside the museum and on board his transportation for the day, a Sikorsky Seaguard Helicopter.

Breakfast is open to the first 100 registering and pre-paying for the event. Various activities for children will continue throughout the day with Arts and Crafts (ornament making) and a station for signing Holiday Cards for veterans. To register, visit and click on the “Breakfast with Santa” icon. The cost for non-members is $25 for adults, $20 for children age 4 – 14, children 3 and under are free. Members of museum $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The event is sponsored by CPTV.

Vacation Week Activities

The museum is offering an exciting array of family fun activities during School Vacation Week, Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. Explore three giant exhibit hangars filled with over 60 historic aircraft and experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on build and fly challenges, interactive flight science demonstrations, computerized flight simulators, scavenger hunts, and open cockpit experiences in historic aircraft. In addition to these daily activities, the following special events are scheduled.

Wednesday, Dec. 26: Straw Rocket Challenge, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out if you are a rocket scientist by building and launching a straw rocket using our specialized NEAM rocket launchers.

Thursday, Dec. 27: LEGO Flying Machine Contest, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Children ages 3-13 are invited to construct a flying machine using the museum’s collection of LEGOs to enter the contest. Winners will be awarded prizes in three age categories; participants need not be present to win.

Friday, Dec. 28: Model Airplane Workshop, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Build and fly balsa wood airplanes with help from our team of expert builders. This workshop is for ages 3 and older, and there is a $5 cost per model kit.

Saturday, Dec. 29: Paper Plane Contest, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Use your imagination to construct a far-flying plane from a variety of materials. Will your creation go the distance?

Sunday, Dec. 30: Parachute Drop Challenge, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn the science of parachutes while building and launching a weight-bearing parachute.

All events and activities are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Events and activities are subject to change. Please note the museum will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 31.

The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum is closed on Mondays during the winter season except for holidays and during school vacation weeks. Admission is $15 for ages 15 and up, $14 for seniors 65 and up and $10 for ages 4 to 14. Members and children under 3 are admitted free. For more information and directions to the museum, please visit or call 860-623-3305.