South Sound Veterans Day Events and Things to Do With Kids

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Schools, libraries, post offices, and federal offices, will be closed on Monday the 12th.

Most ceremonies are taking place on Sunday, but there are also some on Monday.

If you’d like to observe this day with your children, here are a few suggestions.

Please note that I haven’t been to most of these, or even verified them, so I can’t speak to how kid friendly they are. You may want to call first-or do chime in, if you’ve attended one with your kiddos. You’re also most welcome to share any others you know about!


Most Elementary Schools-If you are looking for a kid friendly Veteran’s Day event, most area schools will be holding some kind of assembly Friday and would likely welcome you and your younger children. Do call first, to find out what the procedure is for visitors.

South Seattle Area-Flight Museum Veterans Recognition and free admission for members of the military  Sunday beginning at 11AM

Kent area-Tahoma National Cemetery 11AM Sunday

Auburn-Veteran’s Day parade One of the largest parades in the country. Saturday. Parade begins at 11.  Some more detailed info. is in my post from last year.

Puyallup-November 12th 1PM at the Pioneer Park Pavillion Music, speaker, wreath laying

Tacoma-Tacoma’s War Memorial Park near the Narrow’s Bridge. More information here. Sunday, November 11th at 2PM

Gig Harbor-Ceremony at Skansie Brothers Park


Everyone can enjoy free admission to National Parks and Washington State Parks all weekend. Note: Fees are still required at Washington state DNR lands and Fish and Wildlife sites.

Veterans and active duty military can enjoy free admission to Northwest Trek and Pt.Defiance Zoo and the Washington State History Museum on Sunday, November 11th.

Free Car Washes for members of the military from Brown Bear

There are also  quite a few restaurant freebies for Veterans. The team at ThriftyNWMom has a whole round up of those and other deals.

Other Stuff

Because school is out Monday, many kid friendly spots will be having special events or open hours. I’ll include those in my regular weekly list up Sunday night.

If none of these quite suit your fancy, but you’d like to do something, you might enjoy doing a Veterans’ Day themed craft. Consider calling your local retirement community to see if there are veteran residents who might appreciate the thought.

The library also has lots of good titles to help you talk about this holiday with your children.

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