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ESAM provides cure for mid-winter blues

Kids can break out of the mid-winter blues, munch French toast and sausage, sit in jets with open cockpits, and dream of taking flight at two special events this month at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM) in Glenville.

The first event, a pancake breakfast and presentation on fighter planes, takes place from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The tasty breakfast menu features pancakes or French toast, sausage, eggs, applesauce, juice and coffee, and is open to all members of the family. After breakfast, kids and adults alike can watch a presentation called Kings of the Sky! The Evolution of Fighter Planes Over the Years.

"We call this a multi-media presentation," said ESAM Education Director Bill Mahon. "It's a PowerPoint show, and we use models to show the changes in fighter planes from World War I to the present times. We tailor it to the specific audiences, and have shown it to everyone from college kids to 4-H children and their parents."

Kevin Millington, the museum's president and an expert on planes, will present the program. The price of the breakfast event is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages five to eight.

On Saturday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the museum invites families to "Cabin Fever Day with the Kids."

"This is a way for all family members to get out of the house and do something different," said Mahon.

Included with the museum admission will be a children's film at 1 p.m., and the chance to crawl inside two jets " the A-4 Skyhawk and a British Gnat. Kids can do a hands-on project to introduce them to aviation and rocketry by making their own stick rocket and then launching it outdoors with rubber band catapults. The educational program "Kings of the Sky! The Evolution of Fighter Planes Over the Years" will also be presented. Parents can also feed their kids' hungry bellies with refreshments on sale throughout the day.

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