Check out family activities for summer
Hello Military Families,
Are you looking for a few fun things to do this summer with your family? Military families have a great opportunity to explore many places, and there’s no better time than in the summer when you’re on leave and the kids are out of school. While travel to an exotic destination may not be in your budget, there are lots of great locations in the States that you may wish to visit. And don’t forget to look into the Patriot Express and other Space-A options.
You may already know about the discounts offered to military families at Disney World, but what about Legoland in nearby Winter Haven, Fla.? Active-duty military personnel receive one FREE day admission in 2013 by presenting their military ID at the ticket window.
For the fourth summer in the row, the Blue Star Museums program offers military families FREE admission to more than 2,000 art centers, museums and exhibits around the country. In North Carolina, there are almost 50 to check out www.bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museum.
In addition, a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass on the U.S. Geological Survey website offers FREE access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks. This includes Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. The five agencies that participate in the interagency Pass Program are:
- National Park Service: www.nps.gov/index.htm
- U.S. Forest Service: www.fs.fed.us/
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: www.fws.gov/
- Bureau of Land Management: www.blm.gov//wo/st/en.html
- Bureau of Reclamation: www.usbr.gov/
Horses4Heroes, is a non-profit organization that caters to the entire family and offers a temporary respite from the daily challenges that military families of deployed service members face by offering FREE supervised weekly riding sessions in a guided and controlled setting. For more information about this wonderful organization, membership and locations go to www.Horses4HeroesUSA.com. If you can’t find a facility listed in your area, email Sydney Knott at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll do her best to try and locate one in your vicinity.
Another program for military families to review and see if it can be of assistance is The Armed Forces Vacation Club. This wonderful program offers affordable military travel discounts for military personnel and their families. Just go to www.afvclub.com/military_mwr.
If you’re not traveling this summer, there are many different activities a military family can enjoy together on most bases. Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation provides a variety of programs, services and activities that are meant to enhance the lives of service members and their families, including recreational activities, crafts and book clubs.
Most of the major bases have a FMWR, however, each installation is unique in regards to what’s offered to military families. So if you happen to be in the States and are near a base, you can check out what that base has to offer.
And if you’re looking to give your children a memory of their own, there are many summer camps for military children. Just take a look at militaryfamily.about.com/od/familyandparenting/a/camps-For-Military-Kids.htm.
There’s plenty to do this summer, so enjoy yourself by making memories that will last a lifetime.
I would like to thank you all for the kind words and prayers for our family during this deployment, we greatly appreciate it.
Blessings from our family to yours,
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website at MilitaryResourceBooks.com for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.