I love that we have an entire month to honor our Military Children. They are brave, resilient, and deserve to be celebrated not only for the month of April but every day! Below are just some of the celebrations, events, and offers in Hampton Roads to celebrate our #MilKids!
Get out there and enjoy these fun events/offers, share them with military families you know, and tell your military kiddos how much you love them and appreciate all that they do!
(1) Great annual event full of fun for our military kids!! **EVENT WAS LAST WEEKEND**
(2) Virginia Living Museum Celebrates Our Military Children & Families With Their Military Appreciation Weekend April 16-17
In a salute to military families, the Virginia Living Museum offers half price admission for the children of those who give their all. Children (ages 3-12) will receive half price admission ($6.50) with a paying adult showing valid military ID the weekend of April 16-17. Military families purchasing a membership at the Museum will receive a 20% discount (double the usual 10% discount). These discounts are in recognition of Military Child Month.
Year-round the Museum offers both admission and membership discounts to military families. Learn more about The Virginia Living Museum and their #MilitaryDiscount on MilitaryBridge.
(3) The Children's Museum of Virginia~Military Big Kids Coupon-Kicks off April 9th, 2016
Military Big Kids Coupon April 9th – 30th
Beginning April 9th through April 30, the Children’s Museum of Virginia is offering a special Military Big Kids Coupon – one adult admitted free with each paid child admission. You must present a valid Military I.D.
“Being located in Hampton Roads we have a large number of Military family visitors” said Museum Director, Nancy Perry. “We’re proud to offer special recognition as a thank-you for their commitment and service to this country.”
Month of the Military Child Photo Contest – Win a Family Membership
We are also hosting a Month of the Military Child Photo Contest. Simply share a photo of your military photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us #cmvamomc. You can even send the photo via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post your photos here on our website and allow the general public to vote. The winner will get an Enthusiasts Membership and $25 Museum Shop gift certificate. The winner will be announced May 5th.
Learn more about Children's Museum of Virginia and their #MilitaryDiscount on MilitaryBridge!
(4) Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads Celebrates Month of the Military Child!
Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads is offering 1/2 price summer camp registration through the month of April for military kids in celebration of the month of the military child.
Learn more about ASYMCA on MilitaryBridge!
(5) Month of The Military Child Carnival Naval Weapons Station Yorktown April 23, 2016!
(6) Special way to celebrate our Military Daughters April 16th
(7) Month Full Of Activities at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in honor of our Military Children
(8) Family Fest- Norfolk Naval Shipyard April 16th, 2016!
Not only are these events great ways to celebrate our Military Children, there are also a couple other great opportunities to honor our #MilKids....
(1) National Military Family Association
Four FREE Printable Activities for Military Children: These activities, used frequently at our Operation Purple camps, help kids recognize their emotions, share their experience, and connect with other kids in the same boat. Learn more and Print these Activities here.
Also, visit their latest BLOG POST on 17 Ways To Celebrate The Month Of The Military Child for even more ideas.
(2) Blue Star Families Celebrates Our Military Children With Printable Certificates
Print A Certificate From Blue Star Families To Tell Your Military Child How Awesome They Are! Learn more and Print your certificate here.
(3) Wreathes Across America
April is the Month of the Military Child and to raise awareness, Wreaths Across America is hosting a Facebook contest asking its followers to submit photos of a military child(ren) or family they would like to recognize and support. Photos will be featured on the Official WAA facebook page.
Everyone who submits a photo and story will be entered into a random drawing to win 100 wreaths for a Wreaths Across America location of their choosing to be placed on Wreaths Across America Day 2016.
Follow this link to enter. You can also find the contest in the apps area on the Facebook page in the left hand column or under the “More” drop down on the top menu (near the "photos" tab).
**Commenting your photo story on the post does not count as an official contest entry**
(4) Get your Military Child a Subscription to Military Kids' Life~ A magazine just for our military kiddos
Chameleon Kids encourages kids to find the bright side of their military life. Instead of focusing on just the challenges of military life, we also focus on the fun. We are the publishers of Military Kids’ Life magazine, A 2016 Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner.
Learn more about Military Kids' Life on MilitaryBridge.
During the month of April be sure to give a big hug and thanks to your military child/children or any military child you may know.
Military children face unique challenges such as dealing with the emotions of frequent deployments while saying goodbye to their parent for months at a time, dealing with moving every couple years, and some even losing a parent during service to our country. It is not always an easy road for military children. This month we honor their bravery and sacrifices made every day.
*Please feel free to comment below on any other Month of the Military Child events or appreciation offers you may know and we will be sure to share them.
You might also find our BLOG POST on 25 Programs & Non-Profits For Military Kids From Scholarships To Support To Fun helpful in learning about different opportunities available today for our military kids.