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Kids' rocket-building contest on Saturday in Garden City

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Does your child fancy becoming a rocket scientist?

Give him or her a headstart at the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s rocket-building competition at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City.

Kids in grades three to eight will start with a bottle and add a parachute, streamers, wings or fins to keep the rocket aloft. Then, the rockets will be filled partially with water, attached to an air compressor, and launched with the guidance of museum staff.

The goal of the contest is to keep the bottle rocket in the air for as long as possible. Kids compete to win a trophy.

The rocket launch is weather-dependent.

The event is free with museum admission of $12 per child younger than 12 and $14 for adults. But participants must register by Friday at 516-572-4028, cradleofaviation.org.

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