The Blue Star Parks Meet-Ups Around the Country You Need to See (Part I)

August 24, 2019

Military families around the country have been taking full advantage of our Blue Star Parks program with the support of the National Park Trustespecially during the past few months of sweet, sweet summertime. 

And to celebrate, we’ve been hosting a variety of meet-ups across the country (and beyond). Check out the ones that have happened so far, and stay tuned for part two of this behind-the-scenes series! 


Location: Near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Imagine a pool party with 100+ military family members in your community! Well, that’s exactly what happened here. Families in attendance weren’t shy about expressing their extreme gratitude for this event, which brought everyone together to play and create some special memories. 


Location: Carrollton Nike Park near Norfolk, Virginia 

Next up, we’re taking you to Isle of Wight in none other than Old Dominion! It’s where you’ll find Carrollton Nike Park. More than fifteen military family members came out to join us for some fun. Plus, they had the chance to launch kayaks out on the water and enjoy various activities developed by Blue Star Families. 

nike park norfolk

Carrollton Nike Park near Norfolk, Virginia

Location: Near MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

After PCSing during the summer months, making a house a home and building community and friendships comes in at the top of the to-do list. This meet-up event genuinely offered military family members in attendance the opportunity to break the ice! Not to mention, nine milkids spoke up and shared their PCS experiencethe difficult moments and the celebratory moments.  Deployments and time spent apart from loved ones was also a topic of conversation. It was a great time to get to know one another and recognize we’re all in this journey together.

Location: Okinawa, Japan

We take advantage of every chance we have to show our OCONUS milfams some love! And we did just that for those in Okinawa, Japan, for this Blue Star Parks meet-up in particular. 

Okinawa Japan

Okinawa, Japan

Location: Hickam Beach in Hawaii

Nothing beats time spent at the beach. On the island of Oahu, local military families enjoyed a fun evening out with beach toys, bubbles, and take-home surprises for the kiddos. Oh, and we can’t forget about that incredible sunset!

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Hickam Beach in Hawaii

Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Maricopa County, Arizona

With nearly 30,000 acres to cover in the Sonoran Desert, this Blue Star Park served as the host for families to enjoy a cool summertime hike by moonlight. What a unique, yet refreshing experience this was!

white tank sonoran desert hike

White Tank Mountains night hike in the Sonoran Desert

Want to explore a park near you & stay in the loop on future events like these? 

Download the ParkPassport app (for both iPhone and Android) as soon as you get your hands on your free annual pass! It was created as part of our collaboration with National Park Trust, and the support of the National Park Service, making it easier (and more fun) to explore new parks, discover a range of outdoor activities, and connect with friends and family near or far who share a love of the great outdoors. 

Then, become a member of Blue Star Families today! You’ll get up-to-date information on our programs and partnerships available to our nation’s military families around the world. We can’t wait to welcome you!