Thursday is Veterans Day, and your children will be home from school. While every store in the area would like you to use this day to kick off your holiday shopping, I hope you’ll consider taking a bit of time to talk with your children about the real meaning of the day.
There are also some special deals for members of the military and their families, as well as free admission to public lands for all of us! A special Sounds Fun Mom thank-you to all veterans and their families, who make so many sacrifices all year round. Unless otherwise noted, the events in this list are all happening on Thursday the 11th.
Freebies for All
Free Admission to National Parks, Public Lands, and Forest Service Areas. Think about taking a day trip to Mt. Rainier or the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.
I’ll have a post later this week about some of my favorite hikes with kids if you want to take advantage of this deal. This is the last free parks admission for 2010!
Freebies for Members of the Military
Family members get 3.00 off admission
Free museum admissions Free entry to the Tacoma Art Museum, The Washington State History Museum, and The Glass Museum for current or retired members of the military and veterans. Children and spouses of active duty personnel also receive free admission. It’s harder to get a free deal to the glass museum, so I’d see that one, if you need to pick. Watching them make the glass is truly riveting. More good news: You won’t have to pay for street parking in Tacoma on Veteran’s Day.
ThriftyNWmom has compiled a great list of restaurant and store freebies and deals both locally and nationally. I would call the one closest to you to verify participation, and do prepare for a crowd. Btw, if you go over to ThriftyNWmom, be sure to check out the great Papa Murphy’s coupon. If you love a good deal, consider following Jen. She’s one of my fav. bargain bloggers.
Veteran’s Day Observances and Ceremonies
Puyallup-Musical tribute at 7:00 PM at the Pioneer Pavillion Free
Here is a link to area Veteran’s Day observances. Note that the Auburn parade has already occured. Some of these events are on Thursday, but many are being held other days.
I would call the contact number for the event you’re considering attending first to confirm details and get a sense of how child friendly the ceremony will be.
Most area schools also hold special assemblies in honor of Veteran’s Day. Many would be glad to have members of the public attend. Consider calling the elementary school nearest you to ask.
Have your kids make cards for the veterans they love. Don’t know any personally? Take them to your nearest retirement center and ask the volunteer coordinator to give them to seniors who served.
Collect items for care packages for men and women overseas. Here is information on one local drive taking place early next month.
And Now for Something Totally Different
Pump it Up! in Tacoma has a special Veteran’s Day jump event. You can drop your 4-12 year olds off between 10:00-12:00 for jumping, pizza, and a craft (let’s hope the pizza is after the jumping)! It’s 10.00 per child and reservations are required. Children who bring a story about Veterans Day receive a special gift.
If you’re here for Museum Monday, I’ll have your dose of culture in just a bit!
I’ve also got some quick and easy giveaways planned. You’ll want to like SFM on Facebook to get in on them.