Here is a list of things to do with the kids on Memorial Day, as well as ceremonies that we think should be reasonably family friendly.
Updated for 2019
Memorial Day Observances and Ceremonies
Note that these are events specific to Memorial Day and/or Monday. If you’d like to see the rest of the weekend list for family fun Saturday and Sunday, that list is here!
Sunday, the 26th
Monday, Memorial Day, the 27th
I can’t speak to how kid friendly any of these are, but they’re all local and open to the public, and I think any child who can be attentive for reasonable stretches of time would be very welcome. Let me know if you’ve been to any of these, and if you know about one we should add, please let me know about that, too!
Honor veterans who fought and have died with this formal service at the Sumner Cemetery. Followed by a free community lunch at the Sumner VFW Post on Willow Street. Sumner Cemetery 12324 Valley Avenue East Puyallup, WA 98372
Ceremony at Mountain View Funeral Home at 2PM in the Garden of Honor
2019 Memorial Day Celebration
Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council and Mountain View Memorial Park invite you to the official 2019 Joint Services Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday May 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM.
Join us in the Garden of Honor at Mountain View as we pay tribute to the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country.
NEW THIS YEAR — Come see the Buffalo Soldiers. Learn about their history, watch the riderless tribute. Enjoy their interactive historical display. Horseback rides will be available.
The Memorial Park will be open all weekend long. Free flags are available at our main entrance. Stop by and pick one up and place it on your loved one’s grave. Flowers will be available for purchase on Monday. Free hot dogs on Monday following the ceremony
Memorial Day ceremony in Tacoma at War Memorial Park We heard from readers that their kids did well at this one last year.
Other area Memorial Day observances-The largest in the area is the one at Tahoma National Cemetery *Link opens pdf
Family and Kids’ Events on Memorial Day
Free BBQ at the Old Cannery in Sumner Free hotdogs, soda, and family fun. Pro tip: If you buy a couch this is no longer a frugal outing.
Half price admission for military families at the Hands-on Children’s Museum in Olympia. Lots of fun activities for all!
Opening weekend for the new Ice Bumper Cars at Sprinker. You are encouraged to reserve in advance. Open skating and refreshments available as well.
Family members are not free but can receive a discount
If you’d like to do something significant with your kiddos, but you aren’t sure how they’d handle a ceremony, reader CoreyAnn found this some thoughtful suggestions for things to do with kids on Memorial Day over at Interest-Led Learning.
You might also want to use this time to explore the menu bar. I’ve got 100s (literally) of fun ideas for your South Sound family.
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