Summer is just about half over and despite my best efforts to find fun and engaging things to help keep my kids entertained during their days off of school, those dreaded words have begun to creep back into our house – “Mom, I’m bored!”
We’ve taken trips to the park, gone swimming, and ventured out to the free movies at the theater, but after a while even I am beginning to get bored with the same old routine. And with the heat that we’ve had over the past few weeks, our summer fun options have become even more limited. So what’s a mom to do to ward off the summer time boredom? How about some fun, free museums?
If you’re looking to add some interesting outings to your summer, be sure to check out the Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Families, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, created Blue Star Museums in 2010 to offer military families (Active and Guard/Reserve) free admission to museums across the country. Free admission to the museums began on Memorial Day and lasts through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. Perfect for providing addition summertime family fun!
More than 1,800 museums offer free admission through Blue Star Museums, including everything from Art Museums to Science and History. My son and I recently visited an outdoor living history museum, which was part of the Blue Star Museum program. The museum happens to be one of our favorites, but due to the cost we do not visit very often. But with the generous Blue Star Museum program, my son and I were able to enjoy a day filled with fun and learning at this unique museum. With so many museums taking part, there is something for everyone and museums are located nationwide. Even in our state, which does not have a military installation nearby, there were multiple options for us to choose from.
It’s wonderful to see so many museums and attractions supporting military families by participating with Blue Star Museums. It has given our family opportunities to visit exciting places that otherwise might have been out of the budget, which we are incredibly grateful for. And it has certainly added to our list of summer places to visit, helping to alleviate that summertime boredom!
On our recent visit to a Blue Star Museum, as we waited at the admission desk for our tickets, the museum employee said to me, “Please tell your husband ‘thank you’ for his service” and then went on to thank my son for his service as well. The pride on my son’s face in hearing that comment was priceless. Thank you, Blue Star Families and to all of the Blue Star Museums, for your incredible support of military families!
To learn more about Blue Star Museums and to see a list of participating museums in your area, visit the Blue Star Museum website.