The Cradle of Aviation is getting into the "Pokemon Go" spirit on Saturday — to accommodate players who might want to search for Pokemon outdoors on the Garden City museum’s grounds, it’s offering free use of its bathrooms, parking lot and electrical outlets for phone charging, and will also open the cafeteria to hungry or thirsty players.
The staff has counted nine PokeStops as well as two Pokemon gyms outside between the museum and Nunley’s carousel, says Catherine Bingham, education manager. Players won’t have to wander onto Charles Lindbergh Boulevard to capture Pokemon, she says.
The museum will have a tent outside from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. manned by a staff member where players can check in, and if they post photos of themselves on the museum’s grounds playing on social media, they’ll also be eligible for a deep discount if they choose to enter inside to see “The Arcade Age” exhibit and museum galleries as well, Bingham says. Player entry to the arcade and gallery will cost $10 per adult and $8 per child for players; it normally costs $24 and $20 respectively, she says.
“In the game, there are gyms where Pokemon can battle and there are Pokemon stops where you can collect items. At the Pokemon stop, you can also install a lure, which will attract Pokemon. We’re going to supply those lures,” says Rod Leonhard, creative manager. There might be Pokemon inside the museum as well. “I caught a Drowzee in the atrium right under our Blue Angel F-11 Navy fighter jet,” Leonhard says.
Leonhard says he is expecting many millennials to show up, because their generation grew up when Pokemon was at its height of popularity. Getting millennials interested in museums is a “constant issue,” he says, so he welcomes this opportunity to “lure” them to the area as well.
How many players is he expecting on Saturday? “It could be anywhere from a couple of dozen to a couple of hundred,” he says. “If we got 1,000, that would be a nice problem to have.”
The museum plans to live-stream the event on Facebook, Leonhard says. For more information, call the museum, which is located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, at 516-572-4111.