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#OptOutside with BSF This Black Friday… and Win!

Thanksgiving leaves you feeling full (and honestly, kind of gross) after a day of turkey, stuffing, all the trimmings, and pie. (Lots of pie!) Solution: Get moving outside instead of heading to the mall! Take the dog for a walk. Enjoy a hike. Pump up the bike tires and explore your neighborhood. You’ll immediately feel…

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Here’s How to Visit Philadelphia’s ‘Castle on a Hill’

Wharton Esherick was born in Philadelphia on July 15, 1887 and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an artist. His mother recalled turning over any piece of paper in their home and finding an illustration by Wharton – a habit that continued throughout his life. After attending the Central Manual…

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What You Should Know About This Orlando Blue Star Museum

Thanks to Jessi VanPelt, Communications Manager of Art & History Museums – Maitland for this Blue Star Museums guest post The original founder of the Art & History Museums – Maitland’s campus, Jules André Smith, was born in 1880 to American parents in Hong Kong, raised in New York and Connecticut, and educated at Cornell University.…

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Make It a #BlueStarSummer with Your Family… and Win!

There’s nothing like a day on the beach. . . or a road trip. . . or a weekend in the mountains. . . or a little time by the community pool. . . or some time catching up on your book list. . . or. . . Summer means something for everyone. And for…

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Free Admission to Museums Nationwide for Military This Summer

For immediate release: May 16, 2018 Contacts: Liz Auclair (NEA), [email protected], 202-682-5744 Bana Miller (Blue Star Families), [email protected], 910-578-4841 Free Admission to Museums Nationwide for Military This Summer More Than 2,000 Museums Nationwide Participate in Blue Star Museums Washington, DC—For the ninth year, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce that…

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5 Red, White, and Blue Ways to Spruce Up Your Summer

There’s just something about seeing an American flag waving from a porch on a summer’s day. As we head into the season with four patriotic observances– Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed Forces Day, and Independence Day–you might just be itching to add a little (more!) red, white, and blue to your life. Whether you decorate…

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5 Ways Military Families Can Complete Audacious Travel Goals

By Erica Glass, Alaska Chapter Director We all have goals for our children. We want them to be healthy, kind, mindful… But do you have any goals some may consider quirky? I do! I want my milkids to visit all 50 states before they reach age eighteen. After stumbling onto websites such as All Fifty…

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Salute to Distinction Award Winner: Amse Heck

The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the Blue Star Families mission within their respective communities. It is our pleasure to announce the 2017 Salute to Distinction Quarter 3 Award Winner: Amse Heck, Chapter Director, Washington DC. Amse’s nominators repeatedly commented…

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Year Round Fun at NYC Children’s Museum

Looking for something fun to do in NYC with your family? Stop by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY, 212-721-1223). Admission is free for Blue Star Families all year round! The Museum delights visitors with five floors of excitement and learning. Our PlayWorks™ exhibit is designed…

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