Dulles International Airport offers great opportunities for kids to get up close to aviation and enjoy hands-on experiences at the airport. The annual Dulles Day festivities kick off on September 17 with an early morning 5k/10k runway run followed by a huge outdoor airplaneopen house on the airfield from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free, and highlights include airplane displays, a kids play zone, food sales and views of teams competing to pull a jet airplane. Visit flydulles.com/dullesday for more details.

Kids traveling through Dulles have something new to get excited about before their flight. In partnership with NASA, the airport opened a Kids’ FunWay play area near gate B70. The enclosed area gives parents a chance to recharge and relax while kids release their preflight energy on airport-themed playground items like a replica control tower. All ticketed passengers can visit the FunWay by riding the AeroTrain to the B-gates station (post-security).

Don’t have travel plans but want to plan a memorable airport experience? Dulles now offers birthday parties for children on many Saturdays. Party options can be selected and reserved at flydulles.com/iad/birthday-parties.