The Air Force Museum Store is open once again! The store, which is located inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., started shipping online orders this past Friday, May 1.
Curbside pick-up and in-store shopping are still unavailable, but the opening of the online store makes it easy to support the local institution while purchasing desired items.
“With all of the turmoil caused by COVID-19, we’re very excited to be back up online,” said Melinda Lawrence, chief of Retail Operations for the Air Force Museum Foundation, in a press release. “Now is the time to order the items you’ve been adding to your wish list or just for fun!”
While the store sells t-shirts, books, coins, pins and home accessories, it also has plenty of games and puzzles to keep the family entertained while staying at home. Here are five family-friendly games, puzzles and more sold by the museum that will bring the fun of the museum into your house.
1. You can’t visit the museum to see the more than 360 planes and missiles on display, but you can build your own version at home. The store sells metal, wood and plastic models of a variety of planes. This includes a model kit of the B-17F Memphis Belle, which is part of the museum’s collection.
2. If your family isn’t ready for a historically accurate model, the Air Force Museum Store also has a large collection of COBI construction sets. Similar to LEGOs, the COBI kits are ideal for younger children. For example, the COBI P-39 Airacobra Construction Set is recommended for ages 6 and older.
3. The store also sells a variety of kites and gliders for those who want to enjoy the outdoors. The Blue Angels Kite is designed to look like a U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet and can handle wind speeds of 5 to 15 miles per hour.
4. Everyone in the family can work on puzzles, and the U.S. Air Force Museum Store has about 40 available for purchase online. The store has everything from beginner 30-piece puzzles to 1,000-piece ones. There’s even a 500-piece National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Puzzle that features the museum’s own Curtiss P-40E Warhawk.
5. The store also has plenty of games, from card games and chess sets to Risk and Monopoly. For something that’s fun for everyone and nostalgic for the parents, Battleship may be worth a play.