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Smithsonian Air and Scare Draws Thousands

Thousands of goblins, ghosts, Obi-Wans and princesses swarmed to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center's sixth annual Air and Scare on Saturday.  The Center opens up to children and parents from across the region for an afternoon of inside trick-or treating, and activities ranging from face painting to exploring the sky through telescopes to posing with favorite life-size Star Wars characters for pictures.

Despite the long lines outside the building, once inside, children had much to do and were treated to plenty of eye-candy, including the M&M types (compliments of Mars Candy Co.), that no one minded the crowds.  Organizers have perfected simple yet creative ways to engage children -- be they through Discovery stations where children could explore space at their pace or through the "Trick or Truth" stations set up around the Museum where stories of the planes on display came alive through costumed storytellers. 

There are few places better suited for capturing childrens' imaginations, satiating their thirst for fun and learning some history lessons in the process. From the Enola Gay to the massive Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Udvar-Hazy center had kids and adults captivated.  These organizers know how to pull it all together in quintessential Smithsonian style.