Summer is usually financially pretty tight for us. We went and had three kids in June and July, and in July two kids on the same day! Birthdays pretty much tap us out. Having said that, I am not about to sacrifice amazing summer adventures and experiences because money's tight. My motto is go big or go home, and that applies to pretty much every aspect of my life (just ask anyone who knows me). My plan is to have a once a week adventure, that has a low or better yet, no cost. That is the goal that I have set for myself this summer, lofty I know, but completely do-able.
Last week my nephew came to visit us and enjoy our Canada Day craziness. As I mentioned yesterday, Jacob LOVES planes. We are most fortunate to live 45 minutes away from one of the largest air force base in Canada, Trenton, Ontario. In Trenton, on the air base they have Canada's National Air Force Museum. The best part, admission is .... FREE! That's right admission is free because they believe that everyone has the right to learn about Canada's air force history, amazing.
As we entered the museum, we were greeted by this friendly volunteer named Reg Cofield. Mr. Cofield told us about some areas that we may find interesting, and told us that if we had any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. It was a really nice way to be greeted. Not only was this experience free, we had this really nice, friendly, helpful gentleman greet us.
Mr. Cofield was right, it was a massive undertaking and something that we were all glad to have seen and known about. As we approached the plane, it's size was most striking. We walked around it, looking at all of the angles. This was not a model, a plaything for grown ups, this was a death machine. This was something that men, many as young as Jacob's big brother gave their lives for. There was a great gravity to this plane.
Hands down the most favourite part of the museum for all of the kids were the flight simulators. They all raced to get into them. Each calling out a preferred seat. Jacob, our airplane enthusiest was in his absolute glory. He was calling out the different parts of the plane, by the dreamy look on his face I could see that he was imagining how it would feel to fly in one of these.
The second favourite part of the museum for the kids was the dress up area. They loved trying on the different uniforms and the hats (I took a deep breath and tried to forget about head lice as they took great joy in the hats).
We enjoyed a really nice, educational afternoon, not far from home. The National Air Force Museum is a true Canadian treasure.
It is a treasure that should be celebrated and everyone should visit.