No matter your interest or hobby, we have a number of ways to compete! Check out these awesome, new competitions and challenges made just for kids age 5 to 17. From photography and art to fashion and gardening, there’s something for every kid!
Each challenge is free to participate.
Dates are subject to change due to the changing environment in response to COVID-19. Please check each challenge for updates.
Now kids can show their spirit of flight!
Young photographers are invited to submit their original photos for our first-ever Spirit of Flight Junior Competition. “Flight” is not just planes and birds—show us your unique perspectives on the "spirit of flight" and your photo may be selected and featured in the Junior exhibition!
Our Winners have been announced!
Since we are unable to display these great photos in our Museum at the moment, please enjoy our virtual presentation of our winners!
Presented in part with the Museum's annual Spirit of Flight 2020 Juried Photography Exhibition featuring photographers from around the country.
We are excited to announce Spacesuit Design Challenge: What Would Yuri Wear?
This year’s Fashion Show is during Yuri’s Day, a celebration of space past, present, and future inspired by Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space! As tribute to Yuri and the beginning of space travel, we are asking all designers to take inspiration from retro spacesuit design, as well as current spacesuit technology.
The Top 15 Spacesuit designs will be showcased in a Fashion Show at The Museum of Flight during a celebration of Yuri Gagarin. A panel of judges will decide the top three designs, one for each age category. The three winning Spacesuits will be displayed in the Museum’s Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center.
Open to ages 5 to 17.
Please submit the 3 images of your spacesuit design along with your completed entry packet to ESimmons@museumofflight.org.
March 31, 2020
Entry deadline has been extended! Keep working on your spacesuits and a new date will be announced soon.
Top 15 Fashion Show:
April 11, 2020
Fashion Show has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
During World War I and World War II, people were encouraged to plant “Victory Gardens” to supplement food rations and boost morale. Civilians planted vegetable gardens in their yards and unused spaces around their neighborhoods as a way to free up industrial food production for the war effort. Planting guides and stories about victory gardens were published by the government and in magazines like Popular Mechanics, the Saturday Evening Post, and Life to assist inexperienced gardeners.
In the United States, one fourth of the country’s food production was used to feed servicemen and women fighting in the war. In 1943, the Department of Agriculture estimated 18 million Victory Gardens would be needed to help feed the civilian population at home.
To honor this effort and the end of the war, The Museum of Flight is planting its own Victory Garden and throwing a Homefront Extravaganza! The culmination of the hard work put into growing your produce will take place during Homefront Day in the Victory Garden Produce Fair. Participants will each set up a booth with the information they learned from growing and the produce they are entering into the weight competition. Once all produce is weighed, there will be a ribbon ceremony.
Open to ages 5 to 17.
Please submit completed entry packet to ESimmons@museumofflight.org.
April 11, 2020
Entry deadline has been extended, please check back for a new date.
Challenge Kit Pick-up:
April 18, 2020
Challenge Kit Pick-up has been postponed, please check back for a new date.
Victory Garden Produce Fair: August 22, 2020
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II; a war historians dubbed “The Good War” because it was a war that had to be fought and won. Untold Stories: World War II at 75, pays tribute to this important anniversary with new exhibits, special programs and events featuring a diverse array of some of the lesser known heroes and their stories.