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Train show, STEM program, rec department offer fun activities

Children watch the model trains pass at the Trains and Planes exhibition at the Museum of Aviation last year.
Children watch the model trains pass at the Trains and Planes exhibition at the Museum of Aviation last year.

The Museum of Aviation will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but starting Nov. 19 the Planes and Trains Model Train Show will be on display in the Eagle Building Rotunda from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout Thanksgiving week. Sponsored by the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club, the show is a festive family event for all ages.

This year a train set will be raffled as a fund raiser. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Tickets will be available at the show from “The Man in the Yellow Shirt” in the rotunda. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. For further information call 478-923-6600.

Now is the time to book a reservation for your child to participate in the 2016-17 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and History Field Trips at the Museum of Aviation Education Center, which offers workshops and themed camps throughout the year for all ages.

The schedule includes Saturdays, school holidays and summer, and it covers programs such as Georgia Kid’s STEM Day, STEM labs, Young Astronauts, birthday parties and more.

Mission Quest also is available to be booked for team building, and it teaches teamwork, flight skills and the fundamentals of cartography. Participants learn through a virtual experience. Visit the museum’s website at for details.

The Warner Robins Senior Activity Center at 152 Maple St. continues to be a haven for those 50 years old and older interested in classes and activities. Low impact aerobics is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m.

Ceramics classes are on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is no charge for firing or paint, but there is a fee for greenware, lights, music boxes, etc.

Ikebana Japanese flower arranging is offered from 2-4 p.m. on Mondays. The contact person to learn more about the floral arranging class is Yuko Hancock at 923-7312 or Dee Boren at 987-0493.

The Woodshop at the Senior Activity Center is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for wood workers to learn and complete projects. Quilters meet Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are asked to bring their own scissors and thimble. Also, quilts are sold in the Gift Shop at the Senior Activity Center.

Self defense classes are offered Monday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m. Additional information is available by calling Art O’Reilly at 786-423-5303. Yoga is offered Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3 p.m. for a cost of $5 per class. Sessions offer gentle stretching, balance and breathing exercises to assist in daily activities, improve posture and to lower blood pressure. All levels of ability are welcome.

AARP offers driver safety classes at the Senior Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For complete details and specific dates, contact Don Tate at 478-396-9705 or email

Finally, water aerobics classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Fountain Park, 614 Kimberly Road, Warner Robins.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or