Planes haven’t been on your radar since Maverick and Top Gun, but your little captain loves flying the friendly skies. Take her up, up and away at 11 awesome aviation centers perfect for petite pilots. From interactive exhibits to real-life aircrafts, you’re now boarding for the next family adventure.

Museum of Flight – Seattle, Wa

Between the new Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center, the Kid’s Flight Zone, the family workshops every weekend, free first Thursdays, live theater programs and the new Connections programs (school age kids and one parent are granted access to the museum for free until age 18), this first-class institution gives petite pilots plenty of chances to get a lesson in aviation. Don’t miss the Flight Tower at Boeing Field exhibit, with its panoramic views of King County International Airport (KCIA)/Boeing Field, or Air Force One, the first presidential jet plane

Good to know: The Kid’s Flight Zone will be closed from Apr. 4 - May 6 for renovations.

Online: museumofflight.org

photo: Museum of Flight

Which one of these high-flying places would your little maverick enjoy? Share with us in a comment below. 

—Gabby Cullen