Blue Star Families Blog

You Can Never Be Too Prepared…Our Crazy National Park Experience

July 24, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Thanks to the Blue Star Parks program, my husband Rob and I had the opportunity to explore the picturesque state of Washington this summer using the America the Beautiful pass. This pass is free for military families! It allows you to explore over 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national […]

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Be Mindful With BSF and Headspace!

July 24, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

How many of you remember the relaxing days of childhood, those late summer evenings out playing with friends or taking time to just relax and think, hoping your parents wouldn’t notice the late hour and call you in? I miss those simpler days. Like many of you, I’m busy, feeling overwhelmed, and trying to maintain […]

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science

July 19, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Hello, I’m Cameron and I want to share my awesome trip to a Blue Star Museum. My family and I went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with my Nana (who I haven’t seen in 2 years!). The trip was super fun with lots of things to explore. The first exhibit we saw […]

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Whole Foods and Blue Star Families Join Forces to Support Military Families

July 18, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Free Pantry Starter Kits will help families after a military move   Select Whole Foods Market locations have partnered with Blue Star Families to fill the cabinets of recently moved families. To alleviate the financial cost of restocking the pantry,  individual Whole Foods stores have pledged thousands of complimentary Pantry Starter Kits for military families […]

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Blue Star Museums Art Talk with Kathy Roth-Douquet

July 14, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

When Kathy Roth-Douquet, the CEO of Blue Star Families, first approached the NEA about partnering on a program to show appreciation for military families, she expected that the program would take place over one weekend each summer. What she didn’t expect was that the proposed program, Blue Star Museums, would run from Memorial Day to Labor […]

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Etiquette Bootcamp for Kids & Families

July 14, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

With summer vacation in full swing, our schedules may not have more free time, but there may be a bit more flexibility. With the diminishing of wake-up alarms, homework and after-school events and activities, life takes on a different pace. This may allow for some time to take on common sense family etiquette/protocol that will […]

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Hello from your new SD Regional Director

July 11, 2017 by Crystal Gates

July 2017 Hello San Diego Blue Star Families Community! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I am sure I spoke to you at some point during an event you may have attended when you signed up to be a member of our wonderful community here in San Diego, if not, I hope […]

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Congratulations to our first quarter Salute to Distinction Winner!

June 30, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Blue Star Families is an organization built on the strength of its volunteer network. These volunteers, who provide vital links to local military communities, give selflessly of their time,talent and resources. The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes our outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the Blue Star Families mission […]

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Gillibrand, Cotton Bill Would Help Military Families

June 27, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced new bipartisan legislation that would give military families with children better support and more flexibility when they use child care facilities on military installations or seek child care from community providers. The bipartisan ACCESS Act underscores the […]

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Explore Utah with Blue Star Parks!

June 15, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

For those wishing to take a longer road trip this summer, consider taking a swing through southern Utah. Utah has extensive incredible public lands and famous national parks. Below we list places that are off the beaten path, where peace is as prevalent as beauty. Just 75 miles south of Moab lies the new Bears […]

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