Where do you go on a cold wet supposedly Spring day when you really can't afford to spend any money but the children are on their Easter holidays and have exhausted the craft cupboard and are beginning to drive each other balmy? After googling nearby places to go and take them out for a bit I stumbled on The Gloucester Jet Age Museum, not that far from us and totally free (though donations are appreciated).
I had no idea that Gloucester had such an aviation history, as the name Jet Age Museum suggests the museum tells of the famous Glosters and the history of the county and Jet age in general, the centre of the hanger had a couple of full size planes, lots of smaller model ones and things like propellor systems and engines on show too, they were fascinating to look at and the Little Ones marvelled at the size of the engines, as tall as I was (though that's not difficult)!
The museum wouldn't work without all of the keen volunteers who work there and I have to say they were very keen and knowledgeable on what they knew and answered our questions, talked to the Little Ones and made us feel very welcome.
There were a couple of planes the children were allowed to get in and have a little play, seeing all the dials and buttons in a fighter plane certainly was an eyeopener, the men (and women) who flew these must have been so skilled.
A little toddler only model plane to sit in was perfect for Little 3 who quite enjoyed making his own little flying sound effects while he was sat there! There was an area out the back where you could go in the cockpit of a larger passenger plane and watch a 20 minute video on passenger travel through time but it only seated 8 at a time as was ticketed, they couldn't fit us all in for over an hour (and Little 3 was too short for the safety height limit for the steps anyway) so we gave that one a miss this time.
Little 3 loved seeing the planes and I was interested in what I did get to read, we will have to go back again sometime.