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

September 21, 2019

Remember when we shared a behind the scenes look at Blue Star Parks meet-ups just last month? (If you missed it, check it out here.)

Well, today is the second and final part of our behind-the-scenes series! A big THANK YOU to our meet-up volunteers who united military families, and even civilian families, to spend quality time together and establish connectedness within communities across the country.

It was indeed a summer for the books. But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself through these recaps of only a few of many Blue Star Parks and Museums meet-ups from August!

Location: Children’s Museum of Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington 

Right in the heart of downtown is where you’ll find this place of playscapesfrom Woods to Water, Voyager, Invention, and Becka’s Studio. Blue Star Families members even enjoyed hopping on the Link Light Rail at the nearby Tacoma Dome Station for a free train ride to the meet-up at the museum!

children's museum

Location: Petersburg National Battlefield near Fort Lee, Virginia 

Next up, Blue Star Families members near Fort Lee, Virginia, gathered for a midweek exploration of Civil War history. The Petersburg National Battlefield provided adults and children with the opportunity to take in many preserved stories found throughout the home of this national treasure.

Petersburg National Battlefield

Location: Honolulu Museum of Art

Considered to be one of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art welcomed military families for a fun summer day while amongst the impressive collection of more than 60,000 works. Best of all, the museum staff was so helpful and loved that we were there. 

honolulu museum of art

Location: Cutter Park in Norfolk, Virginia

Nestled on 40 acres, Cutter Park is home to Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSAHR). And it proved to be a great host for our Blue Star Families meet-up in Norfolk, Virginia. Forty attendees enjoyed making new friends, and the kids loved the Army paratroopers. Though they joked that we needed Navy divers!

Location: Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu, Hawaii

Who wouldn’t want the chance to have a picnic on part of 200 acres of tropical rainforest in Manoa Valley? Military family members got to enjoy exactly that, in addition to a guided tour that included an extra hour! Hawaii’s Blue Star Families got their money’s worth, and it’s evident they had a fantastic time.

lyon arboretum

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!