We had a fun-filled weekend this past weekend. We actually had a break from going to birthday parties - so we took advantage of a free Saturday and decided to make the trek down to the Wings Over Houston Air Show at Ellington Field. We had decided a couple weeks back that it would be a fun (and different) outing to make with the kids - and since this time of year is (supposedly) much nicer to spend outdoors - we figured it would be perfect. So the night before we headed to Academy and stocked up on the safety ear muffs to protect our little ones' ears....so cute!
We didn't get a pic of Andrew at this point with his ear muffs - he wasn't having any pics at this point of the morning - ha!
I was so impressed with how organized everything was with getting in and parking at this event. There were so many cars everywhere - and we got down there around 9am but they had it all mapped out and had cones and police directing traffic and cars were in lines patiently waiting to get a spot. It only took about 20 mins to make our way through the line before we parked and walked to the gates. Considering how long the lines were, we were really surprised how fast & effectively it moved. I can imagine the chaos that would have happened had they not had it so organized...and we are so thankful for that. A lot of times we skip going to different things around town b/c of the hassles of getting in and out...not worth it.
Anyway....there were so many planes and displays set up - tons to see. They also had a kids area with inflatables and rock climbing and a bungee swing type thing. Then of course all the shows with the planes - incredible! I love planes and its just crazy to think that they can do all these stunts and still be able to fly. I do have to say that I think I watch those 'caught on video' shows too much b/c I just kept seeing bad things happening....oops! Thankfully everything went as planned and it was great. We found a pretty good spot and sat and watched the different shows...amazing how close you are to these huge planes.
This was the neatest thing - they did a small re-enactment of Pearl Harbor - Tora! Tora! Tora! - they had the bombs and explosions and everything - it was pretty surreal to know that this really happened.
After we watched a bunch of the different shows, we walked around and ended up at the kids area to let the kids burn off some energy. Andrew had a blast jumping up and down and doing flips on the bungee swing thing and then climbed up the rock wall like it was nothing.
Meanwhile, Brookie was busy doing the obstacle course and climbing up the huge slides...
After we were done in the kids area, we started walking back towards the gate. They had one of the NASA planes that carries the space shuttle from California to Florida on display. So we waited in line to go up in it and check it out...pretty neat. Poor Brookie was a little confused - she thought she was getting to go on an airplane to go visit Grandma...lol - poor girl!
Andy ended up having to skip this tour of the NASA plane since Cannon was taking a snooze...
That was of course until the F-16's came roaring through and woke him up in a second! These are my favorite - I have always wanted to fly in one of these...of course I would probably be sick in under 2 seconds flat...hahahaha! The ear muffs came in handy for these ones - they are soooo loud! I could have just watched these all day.