If you have ever been to Washington D.C., there is a good chance you visited the Air and Space museum on the mall. But you probably missed the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is another branch of the Air and Space Museum that opened several years ago in Chantilly, Virginia, which considering that my hometown is "the Northern Virginia suburbs" is in my hometown.
The museum itself is great, full of fascinating things like a space shuttle and a stealth bomber and the Enola Gay and ultra-lights and helicopters and on and on and on. But every year around Halloween, they have an event called Air and Scare. And if you are ever near Washington D.C. near Halloween and travelling with children and/or Star Wars fans, you should check it out.
They basically turn the entire museum over to the kids, with trick or treating and face painting and crafts and lots and lots and lots of Star Wars fans decked out in costumes. The place is always packed, but it is also always incredibly well staffed so there isn't much waiting for anything other than pictures with the most popular Star Wars characters.
Definitely one of the best events in my hometown.
(Lousy cell phone photo credit: me)