By Jordan Kiefler | DFW Newsflash | December 2018
Several families participated in the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s annual Santa Day Celebration presented on Sunday, Dec. 16. Children of all ages engaged in holiday-themed festivities and met Kris Kringle.
Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, president and CEO of Frontiers of Flight Museum, spoke about the importance of the event.
“We’ve been holding this event for over ten years,” Sutterfield-Jones said. “It is a really popular event for families and kids. It exposes kids to aviation, which of course, is the goal.”
Youngsters could build their own Space Snow Globe and create Texas tree ornaments, cut out paper helicopters and watch them fly, and eat cookies and drink punch. Some visitors viewed “The Stars at Night” SPOC planetarium show and took pictures with Santa in front of Frontier Flyer. The visitors received a musical surprise in the form of a flash mob that sang famous Christmas carols.
“We try to make it different every year” Sutterfield-Jones said. “We like to have various types of aircraft come in.”
In the past, Father Christmas has arrived to the celebration either by hovering in a helicopter or rolling up in a red Cadillac. On Sunday, the Jolly Old St. Nick flew in on a Columbia 350 plane.
“Luckily, everything’s been planned for us,” Rosalie Wade, manager of school programs, explains. “We think of ways to update it. We can take our ideas and make something more out of it.”
Knick Curtis, chairmen of the Volunteer Support Committee, explained the museum uses volunteers to help make an event like the Santa Day Celebration happen.
“Volunteers help with answering questions from visitors, act as crowd control, giving tours, putting together materials for the Santa Day Celebration, and organizing the crafts and activities that are available to families,” Curtis said.
“We’re hoping [children leave] with knowledge and get excited about airplanes, helicopters, and spacecraft,” he said.