USS Midway Museum – San Diego, CA…

Guess what? Kids get in free tons of places in San Diego the month of October! This was such exciting news to us. It enables us to be able to do so much more than we’d have chosen to do otherwise.

Today we visited the USS Midway Museum. It’s an aircraft carrier, formerly of the United States Navy.

Many of the employees are retired Navy SEALs. The kindest men took us in and showed us around, told us stories and showed us how things worked. One even purchased our souvenir photos for us.

The flight deck was really awesome. It was full of aircrafts.

We all loved seeing the planes and especially checking out the interiors.

We got to see in person things I’ve only seen in movies.

After exploring the flight deck, we went to check out the living quarters on the ship.

The kids just loved getting a little glimpse of what it’d be like to be in the Navy.

We learned that there was far more laundry done on this ship than is done at our home.

Our kids thought the sleeping quarters were awesome and that the beds were comfortable. Coming from RV beds, I suppose they compare fairly well.

(Bravely had a diaper leak and ended up with wet pants. I am the mom of 10 that has never carried extra clothes in the diaper bag. You’d think I’d have learned by now. Ha!)

This ship is so huge, we could not imagine learning our way around it.

Each link in these chains attached to the ship’s anchors weigh 160 pounds. I don’t think I’d want to be in charge of letting those anchors down.

Our kids loved that they were given permission to touch and push buttons.

There are some places we take our kids knowing that it will be fun and interesting for them. I chose this museum thinking that it would be interesting to Ryan and our kids. Turns out that it was all around interesting to me as well. Bonus.

It is a bit pricey, but I’d say definitely worth the price for most families. We have to pick and choose our splurges as a large family. I am not sure we would have chosen this museum without the free tickets. Knowing what it’s like now, I think it’s worth a splurge.

We got there pretty late. If you go, plan to stay at least 3-4 hours. There is plenty to see and do. Some things we missed.

We now have kids very interested in the Navy. And we all learned so many new things.

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