Extending summer a few more weeks
Thursday, 31 August 2017
By Jen Kennedy
Special to GUIDON

Friends, it is time.

Summer is almost over, but these last few weeks still have a lot of potential. So gather up the kids, and let’s do some fun things around town.

I am a huge believer in finding things that you and your Family can enjoy close to your duty station.

The one thing I see when a friend hates where they are stationed is they never do anything. Yes, going away on a vacation is fun, but it is not always feasible.

Here are four fun things for you and your Family to check out before summer’s official end.

Blue Star Museums

If you haven’t checked out the Blue Star Museum list yet, you need to. They have a comprehensive list of museums that are offering free admission to anyone with a valid military ID, from now through Labor Day. You can search by state and find some good ones to check out.

State and national parks

If you live close to a national park, military ID card holders always have free admission using the America the Beautiful pass. If none of the national parks are something you want to visit, you should check out one of your state parks.

Go swimming
Unless you live somewhere that is sunny all the time, the pools will be closing soon. Labor Day is usually when the pools and water parks close, so if you still have not made it out to the local water park, now is the time.

See if the pool is having an end of summer party or lock-in for teens. Many pools on base will have these activities as a final send-off before closing the pool for the season, and they are a great way to enjoy your pool one last time.

Local festivals
Pick up a local paper (or check out your local paper’s Facebook page) and see what festivals or events are going on.

The end of summer does not mean you have to sit around listening to your kids repeat over and over, “I’m bored!” There are still plenty of ways to stay active and engaged.

By checking out what your town has to offer, you will be able to explore your duty location and find out what non-military people do for fun.

You may even find a new activity that continues into the fall and winter. Who knows? Your next Family tradition may be waiting for you to find it.

(Editor’s note: Kennedy is a Reserve Soldier and Army wife who writes about different aspects of military life. You can find her commentaries at www.spousebuzz.com.)
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