Surprising your Kids Who Love Planes and Helicopters

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We love to surprise Aidan these days. I would bring home surprise pasalubongs (cupcakes…) , or treat him to surprise restaurants (Haagen Dazs, Kozui…) or (our favorite) bring him to surprise places he would enjoy (Global Fun Carnival, etc.). He loves airplanes and helicopters, and we bought him helicopter / airplane toys to play with. Occasionally, we would go sunset airplane watching at the Heritage Park: Sunset Air Plane Watching | Heritage Park Sunset Airplane Watching.

The ultimate surprise for any kid who loves Airplanes / Helicopters is to bring him in close encounter with the real thing! Of course, you need to set it up as a surprise and bring him to the Aerospace Museum of the Philippine Air Force in Villamor Air Base!

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The world class Aerospace Museum opened its doors on the 60th founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force last June 29, 2007. It was a long awaited opening after 10 years of planning, design and construction. The first floor has interactive displays of modern aerospace science. The second floor houses the Air Force heritage and the history of Aviation in the Philippines. The third floor has a view deck to see excellent views of the air base and its surroundings. Our favorite part of the museum is the display of the 18 kinds of military aircraft permanently towed in the museum for public viewing! The museum is located in the intersection of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 and Villamor air base complex. For P20 per person, you can enjoy this museum with your kids! They are open on weekdays and halfday on Saturdays.

b Ways to enjoy the Aerospace Museum by the Philippine Air Force

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1. Touch one of the modern planes on display in the first floor of the museum. Aidan got scared at first because the plane lit up when you go near it.

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2. Ride and see what’s inside an actual helicopter. I can see the surprised happiness in Aidan’s face when he climbed into the helicopter.

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3. Sit in the cockpit of one of the jet fighter planes.

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4. Be amazed with the different airplane models on display like the airport model above.

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5. Get inside one of the big commercial airplanes donated by the Philippine Airlines. This is air-conditioned plane.

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6. See what it feels like to peak into a night vision goggle.

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7. Further explore a total of 18 military aircrafts on display in the aerospace museum.

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8. Introduce your kid to different kinds of military guns. (maybe this is not a good idea)

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9. See this vintage 8mm movie camera and an old military phone.

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10. Enjoy dirty ice cream with your kid!

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Aerospace Museum of the Philippine Air Force
Intersection of Villamor Airbase Complex and NAIA Terminal 3
P20 Entrance Fee | Mon-Friday 8am to 5pm and 8am-12nn on Saturday

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22 thoughts on “Surprising your Kids Who Love Planes and Helicopters

  1. Anton, I have to thank you for writing about all these cool places to take kids, like this aerospace museum, the Global Fun Carnival, and the Science Center. We’re excited to take my pamangkins to these places, as well as the soon-to-open Manila Ocean Park. I love all these great, educational, fun destinations they’ve been creating for children like US! 😉

  2. Hello Anton, thanks for the info on the aerospace museum, will definitely take my son there soon. Have you tried taking aidan to the La Mesa Eco Park?? love to hear your experience on this.

  3. Would appreciate anyone with a 1/72 scale SIAI Marchetti SF 260. Our class is completing a diorama of all the aircraft in the outdoor aircraft display and this is the only model we are missing out of 18.
    All other 17 models were painstakingly assembled, handcrafted and meticulously and authentically hand painted by Brig. Gen. Edgar Calvo (Ret.).
    When completed, the diorama will be donated to the museum with the proper acknowledgement of all the donors.
    Thank you
    FS Adriano
    PMA 70 & PAFFS 72-A

  4. Would appreciate anyone with a 1/72 scale SIAI Marchetti SF 260. Our class is completing a diorama of all the aircraft in the outdoor aircraft display and this is the only model we are missing out of 18.
    All other 17 models were painstakingly assembled, handcrafted and meticulously and authentically hand painted by Brig. Gen. Edgar Calvo (Ret.).
    When completed, the diorama will be donated to the museum with the proper acknowledgement of all the donors.
    Thank you
    FS Adriano
    PMA 70 & PAFFS 72-A

  5. Would appreciate anyone with a 1/72 scale SIAI Marchetti SF 260. Our class is completing a diorama of all the aircraft in the outdoor aircraft display and this is the only model we are missing out of 18.
    All other 17 models were painstakingly assembled, handcrafted and meticulously and authentically hand painted by Brig. Gen. Edgar Calvo (Ret.).
    When completed, the diorama will be donated to the museum with the proper acknowledgement of all the donors.
    Thank you
    FS Adriano
    PMA 70 & PAFFS 72-A

  6. Would appreciate anyone with a 1/72 scale SIAI Marchetti SF 260. Our class is completing a diorama of all the aircraft in the outdoor aircraft display and this is the only model we are missing out of 18.
    Models are all assembled, handcrafted and meticulously hand painted by B.Gen. Edgar Calvo (Ret.).
    Thank you

  7. Would appreciate anyone with a 1/72 scale SIAI Marchetti SF 260. Our class is completing a diorama of all the aircraft in the outdoor aircraft display and this is the only model we are missing out of 18.
    Models are all assembled, handcrafted and meticulously hand painted by B.Gen. Edgar Calvo (Ret.).
    Thank you

  8. Would appreciate anyone with a 1/72 scale SIAI Marchetti SF 260. Our class is completing a diorama of all the aircraft in the outdoor aircraft display and this is the only model we are missing out of 18.
    Models are all assembled, handcrafted and meticulously hand painted by B.Gen. Edgar Calvo (Ret.).
    Thank you

  9. Pardon my ignorance in this area, but how exactly do I get there? Coming from Roxas Blvd, you turn left as going to the airport? Then what? Thank you!

  10. ….i am agaisnt any form of violences including verbal maybe reason why i prefer to laugh if things doesnt make sense to me….so anything about wars gives me chilling effects….except if it is museum…it is good if children or anyone see how ‘real’ things{inoperateable} really look like{remove ignorances}so they are not overwhelmed just in case they might come across operateable ones in the future….

  11. hey the air-conditioned aircraft that you were mentioning was the air force one of Marcos which means that it is the presidential plane of Marcos when he was still alive. I once got there but the modern museum was still under construction. … the Philippine Air Force constructed that museum because they have realized that all of their planes were getting tilted during flight. Airbases aren’t needed nowadays instead, museums because the airplanes of PAF are good only for display because all of them could never fly. gosh…. They have transferred all of the guns in that new museum eh?

  12. good afternoon.
    sir paano magpunta ng paf museum from makati? birthday kasi ng brother ko and he’s turning 15 sa jan 26 gusto ko sana siya ipasyal sa paf museum. paano magpunta from makati? magco-commute lang kami kasi wala akong kotse. salamat. thanks sa info na prinovide mo sa website.

  13. Леле!Това е невероятно!Аз се казвам Атанас.На 11 години съм,и съм от България.Аз мога да правя модели и обикновенио се занимавам с това. 🙂

  14. hi do you have any phone numbers for this cute location i am quite excited to bring my con here and im sure my husband will like it too.

  15. great photos!
    my husband and i had our pre-nuptial photo sessions at the PAF museum in February 2007(when the museum building was still being constructed. The airplanes provided breathtaking backdrop for the photo sessions.
    let me share with you some or our photos (work of henry villanueva)

  16. I’d love to bring our church-school students to this kind of field trip venues such as Aerospace Museum of the Philippine Air Force. Would you send me information as to how I could arrange a group tour to this place. We are planning to have a tour by February.
    I would greatly appreciate any info and contacts that you could give me.
    Lhynn

  17. The sights of the Aerospace Museum are truly spectacles to behold. It has long been a wish of mine though that the government improve our aviation machines. Most of what we have are obsolete and date back to World War 2.

  18. Hi, I’m Ptr. Sander Laqueo, Executive Director of Still Waters Kid’s Home. We are a Child Caring Agency (Orphanage) catering disadvantage children and we are located here in Majayjay, province of Laguna. We are now looking for a good venue for an Educational field trip for our kids. I just wanted to ask how can we avail tickets, how much and or perhaps there is something you can offer us like promos that we can avail for these kids in our care. Your responds will be appreciated and will glad to visit these amazing Museum for the benefits of these children.

    Thank you and God bless you all!!

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