3 Free Summer Programs Exclusively for MilFams

June 18, 2019

Say hello to the dog days of summer. Days that beg for cooling off while floating on the water, reading a good book under the patio umbrella, and plenty of stops at the local ice cream shop for a sweet treat.

Okay, maybe that’s not quite the scene your military family is experiencing. Instead, there’s a greater chance you’re enduring a PCS, lengthy separation, or just trying to make the most of your current duty station.

But just because you’re busy juggling all things military life keeps throwing your way doesn’t mean the fun of the season has to come to a screeching halt. In fact, we could all use a little reminder to enjoy the ride. (Yes, even if it’s one that’s 24-hours long where the kiddos’ favorite saying is, “Are we there yet?” Oh, those cross-country excursions are great, aren’t they?)

So here at Blue Star Families, because we always have youour military familiesin mind, we created a few summer programs we thought you’d enjoy. Check them out!

Blue Star Bingo

Summer BINGO card

Are you looking for a fun way to keep your family busy this summerwhether at home or while traveling? Join Blue Star Families’ summer Bingo! It’s easy and fun. The best part is, to complete five squares in a row, all you need to do is read, visit parks and museums, and be a good neighbor…or some combination of all three to shout B-I-N-G-O before time’s up on September 2, 2019.

Rally the troopsyour spouse, milkids, neighbors, download our free printable Bingo board (found here), and get ready to play to win a $25 American Express gift card. Good luck!

Blue Star Parks

These next two programs will help you get a jumpstart on winning Bingo! And first up is our Blue Star Parks program. If your milfam needs a serious change of scenery from the cramped car or never-ending pile of moving boxes, escape to one of the more than 2,000 national and federal recreation sites for free with the America the Beautiful pass!

And thanks to our collaboration with National Park Trust, and the support of the National Park Service, finding your nearest park is easier (and more fun) than ever before with the ParkPassport app for iPhone and Android.

ParkPassport app

Use it as a family so you can keep track of the parks you visit and outdoor activities enjoyed, collect badges for your virtual passport, connect with friends near and far to compare adventures, and much more!

Blue Star Museums

Dinosaur museum

Let’s cross off that fifth and final Bingo square of yours, shall we? Now through Labor Day, you’ll have a chance to do exactly that by visiting a Blue Star Museum! Our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, and thousands of participating museums across the country gives active duty military families free museum admission. So go ahead and take a break from the summer sun to expand your knowledge and enjoy storytimes, crafts, and kid-friendly exhibits.

BONUS: Nature Scavenger Hunt + PCS (or Travel) Activity Sheets

kids binoculars

Keep your kiddos engaged on your next outdoor adventureno matter if it’s in your backyard or at a nearby parkwith a ready-made Nature Scavenger Hunt! It’ll challenge them to be observant and creative as they scout out things to cross off the list.

And if you’re hoping to save your sanity while in the car on the way to your next duty station or family vacation, we’ve got your back. Print off these activity sheets, and you’ll press the pause button on those screen time distractions to entertain them in a fun, yet educational way. There’s even an adlib to complete after visiting a Blue Star Museum!

Cheers to a #BlueStarSummer for Your MilFam

No matter where you may find yourself this season, these #BlueStarSummer programs are guaranteed to help you take the guesswork out of creating a fun and memorable summer with your milfam. For all the details you need while at home or on-the-go, click here.