Museum of Science and Industry

Fly a Hot-Air Balloon

Step 9 of 10: Inflate

Use a hot air gun to inflate the balloon. (Hair dryers don't usually get hot enough.) As the balloon is inflating, look for and glue any gaps that may appear in the seams. Clear tape can also be used to patch small holes.

Safety note: Use care when using the heat gun.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
More Information

Museum Location
Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
Getting Here

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