The city of Nampa offers several ways to enjoy a winter day. First is the Warhawk Air Museum located at the Nampa airport. One could spend days at the Warhawk, examining the well-displayed military items and reading life stories of the men and women who served the U.S. armed forces during the 20th century. For those with less time to invest, there are larger items: airplanes from World War I to 1950s jet fighters, antique automobiles with World War II gas ration stickers in the windows, even a Sidewinder missile. The museum operates on an honor system; you can walk right up to many of the displays, just don’t touch.
School-age children and adults will especially enjoy the Warhawk. Pre-school kids may find the “no touch” rule to be a challenge. Girls will like the story of the early airline stewardesses, who were trained as nurses. In case of a crash the air hostesses were expected to pull passengers from the wreckage and treat their wounds. When World War II began, many airline personnel went into military service. Stewardesses were needed at field hospitals as nurses for the wards and operating rooms.
Movie fans may see the Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk with Royal Air Force insignia and remember its heart-stopping performance in the movie “Valkyrie.” And a Red Baron  style plane is there, in excellent condition—it’s a full-size working replica—and suitable for the German ace to fly to a meeting with Snoopy for steins of root beer.
Nampa also has trains, large and small. The Canyon County Historical Society museum downtown is housed in a 1903 train depot. The museum has a railroad theme: there are two model train layouts in the museum, and   train cars pass close by the back door of the depot. The museum is small and doesn’t take long to see but among other things visitors will discover how Victorian-era men with luxuriant mustaches could sip beverages without having coffee or tea drip from their whiskers.
Finally, there are two more activities within walking distance of the train depot: the Nampa Public Library and the 1948 Rollerdrome roller-skating rink. To avoid disappointment, it helps to know that the Rollerdrome opens for sessions that last 2 to 2½ hours each. The admission price pays for one session so it is most economical to arrive when a session starts.
Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport—Open 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 4 on Sundays. Closed on major holidays. Adult admission $10; Kids ages 5 to 12 $4; Veterans, active military personnel and seniors $8.
Canyon County Historical Society Museum, 1200 Front Street, Nampa—Open Thursdays and Fridays 11 to 4; Saturdays (winter hours) 11 to 2. Adult admission $3, Kids ages 6 to 12 $1, Seniors and Teens $2, Family (4 people) $7.
Nampa’s Rollerdrome, 19 10th Ave South, Nampa (one block west of the underpass, just south of the railroad)—Open Mon, Tue, Thur 6 to 8; Wednesdays 4 to 6 and 6 to 8; Fridays 3:30 to 5:30, 7 to 9:30 and 9:30 to midnight; Saturdays 1 PM to 3:30, 3:30 to 6, 6 to 8:30 and 8:30 to 11; Sundays 1 PM to 3:30, 3:30 to 6 and 6 to 8:30. All-night skate party starting New Years Eve. Admission for all ages is $5 Monday through Thursday as well as Friday matinee and $7 on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. Skate rental is $2, an extra session is $3.

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