Museum brings winter activities to life

awoolen@macon.comFebruary 7, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- If the snow last week wasn’t enough, the Museum of Aviation is hosting Winter Wonderfest this weekend.

And with it? More snow.

A 10-foot high, 65-foot long slide will feature snow for riders to slide down in an inner tube both Saturday and Sunday. A smaller slide will be available for younger riders, ages 3-8.

Armbands are good for two hours for unlimited tubing for $10.

“In Middle Georgia, there usually isn’t a lot of snow activity,” said Jenny Maas, financial manager of the Museum of Aviation Foundation.

The event is part of a fundraiser for the Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. The idea was to give the community something different to do during the winter, Maas said.

Weekend activities start Friday with a “Night at the Museum,” which will be like the movie it’s named after.

Characters such as Betsy Ross and Amelia Earnhardt will come to life from 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Also, for two consecutive weekends, the museum will host a “Murder at the Deadwood Saloon” murder mystery dinner theater.

Actors from Robins Air Force Base and Warner Robins Little Theatre will be a part of the show, and audience members will have the chance to determine “who done it” at the end of the night.

Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple, including a dinner catered by Shane’s Rib Shack. Shows are Friday and Saturday and Feb. 14-15.

Wonderfest events Saturday start at 8 a.m. with a 5K run and pancake breakfast.

There will be obstacle courses, a basketball hoop shoot and a hay ride with fake snow available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A chili cook-off will take place at noon. Inside the Eagle Building, vendors will have an assortment of arts and crafts for sale.

Sunday’s activities start at noon for the outside activities.

A Zumba class will take place at 2 p.m., and Mark Ballard will perform a cooking and decorating demonstration at 3 p.m. in the auditorium.

Maas hopes to draw at least a thousand people per day to the museum.

“We wanted to have a full schedule of activities both days,” she said.

“Night at the Museum”

When: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7-8

Where: Museum of Aviation, Ga. 247 at Russell Parkway, Warner Robins

Cost: $8 per person

Information: www.museumofaviation.org. 478-926-6870

“Deadwood Saloon”

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 7-8 and 14-15

Where: Museum of Aviation, Ga. 247 at Russell Parkway, Warner Robins

Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple

Information: www.museumofaviation.org. 478-926-6870.

Winter Wonderfest

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8 and noon-5 p.m. Feb. 9

Where: Museum of Aviation, Ga. 247 at Russell Parkway, Warner Robins

Cost: $10 armband for activities

Information: www.museumofaviation.org/wonderfest.php

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