7 fun and educational things to do with kids on Memorial Day Weekend

What? Memorial Day is just a few days away and you have no idea what you’re going to do with your kids? The weather is finally warm and the kids have so much time, ugh, how will you occupy their busy minds? Here’s a few ideas I’ve found:

1. Write a letter to a solider or send a care package, they love those. You can usually get addresses of currently deployed soldiers from your local Veteran’s Support Organizations like the American Legion, VFW, or DAV.

2. Go to or join in a parade. There are many local communities that organize Memorial Day parades. If your kids are overly ambitious, volunteer to help with the float or hand out candy (my personal fav).

-Goshen, IN Memorial Day Parade will take place at 10:15 am, Monday, May 26th. Start location: 5th and Jefferson. You can find other local parades at: http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Memorial_Day_Parades_and_Activities_122653749.html

3. Attend a Memorial Day ceremony at a local cemetery. If you have never been to one, I highly suggest it. It is a solemn event but worth the experience. If you are not sure of where or when you can always contact your local American Legion or VFW, they can point you in the right direction.

-Millersburg American Legion Post #484 will be performing a memorial ceremony at Brown Cemetery in Millersburg at 2pm on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

4, Have a cookout. Invite friends and family over for some corn hole, board games, scavenger hunts, whatever you’re into. Ask everyone to bring a dish and then you don’t have to do all the work and you get a good variety of food, always a favorite of mine. You could even make a Memorial Day themed dessert. Here are some cook out ideas and scavenger hunts I found online to help you plan:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Memorial-Day-Scavenger-Hunt-636547

http://www.examiner.com/article/memorial-day-byok-bbq-and-scavenger-hunt-family-fun

5. Visit a museum. If you are fortunate enough to live where there is an abundance of history you’ll likely find a military/war themed museum in town.

6. Visit a state park and have a picnic. This would be a cool place to do those scavenger hunts from above.

7. Teach them a patriotic song and make a flag. Whether it be out of construction paper or cloth, let the kids put their spin on the red, white and blue, then wave them proudly.

I hope this helps. In true photography form here’s some photos in honor of a few of my favorite past and present soldiers.

 

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