Blog Post--Updated 2019
April is Month of the Military Child! A month to celebrate the resilience and strength of our military kiddos.
During the month of April, there are many community events held nationwide to show appreciation of military children. Military life can often be full of challenges from frequent deployments to pcsing to new schools and new friends. It is not easy especially on military kids.
As adults, we can often gather our emotions but as children it is often difficult. I love that we have an entire month dedicated to celebrating military kids across the country. Their strength and resilience does not go unnoticed. It is important that we always remember as adults that military kids serve too. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and ways to celebrate HERE!
We've compiled a list of Top Military Discount Opportunities for our Military Kiddos to help you save some extra bucks in your celebrating month of the military child or summer break. Feel free to add any others you have found helpful for your family in the comments below.
(1) AMUSEMENT PARKS
Amusement parks get our number one spot because what kid doesn't love some fun! The majority of amusement parks offer some type of military discount program. Some of our favorites include:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg--Busch Gardens is a theme park located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Enjoy attractions for the whole family including rides, shows, animal encounters & more. Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers many wonderful Military Discount opportunities from Waves of Honor to their Military Pass ($99) offering unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Christmas Town and more. Learn all the details of their Military Offers HERE!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay--Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Florida's theme park will thrill the entire family with Florida's best roller coasters, attractions, live shows & is home to more than 12000 animals. Grab your Waves of Honor tickets with ID.me verification below. Learn all the details of their Military Offers HERE!
Sesame Place--Sesame Place® is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®. Military Enjoy Waves of Honor at Sesame Place! Grab your Waves of Honor tickets with ID.me verification HERE! Sesame Place also offers a special military discount--Save 50% on single day admission (limit 6 admissions tickets per eligible individual, per visit) Valid for qualified service members and veterans including active, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military (online only) Grab this military discount offer HERE!
SeaWorld San Antonio--Whether you're a Texas local or on a family vacation, SeaWorld San Antonio has it all. From interactive touch pools to live shows, there is an animal experience for everyone. Get your Waves of Honor online ticket with ID.me verification HERE!
SeaWorld San Diego--Waves of Honor complimentary admission permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. The offer is valid for one park and one visit only. Grab your Waves of Honor Pass HERE!
SeaWorld Orlando--Waves of Honor complimentary admission permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. The offer is valid for one park and one visit only. Grab your Waves of Honor Pass HERE!
Water Country USA--Opening day is May 18, 2019. There are several ways for Military members & their families to save in 2019. Plus, don't forget to grab your Preschool Pass offering FREE ADMISSION for children ages 3-5 to Water Country USA and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Must register and redeem by May 31, 2019. Details on the Preschool Pass Here. Learn more about their Military Offers Here!
DisneyWorld Florida and Disneyland California--Armed Forces Salute Offers Two Ticket Options: Choose between a Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket or a Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Ticket. The Park Hopper is included, so you can come and go as you please at all 4 theme parks each day of your ticket! Disney also offers Military Discounts at select Disney Resorts. You can find ALL the information you will need about Disney Military Discounts on MilitaryBridge. Click HERE to learn more.
Kings Dominion Virginia--It'll be a great season at Kings Dominion with awesome attractions and the second season of WinterFest. Kings Dominion has a very generous Military Discount Program which includes discounted admission and Military Days offering Free Admission. To learn more about Kings Dominion Military Discounts on admission and what's new for 2019 click HERE! To learn more about FREE ADMISSION and Kings Dominion Military Days (May) click HERE!
Knott's Berry Farm (California)--Knott’s Berry Farm is home to world-class rides, shows and attractions in four themed areas including Ghost Town and the Camp Snoopy children's area 2019 SINGLE DAY ADMISSION - Military Save as a member of the military! $54.00. Learn more about Knott's Berry Farm HERE!
Legoland Florida--U.S. Service Members receive FREE admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort & Water Park, no restrictions or blackout dates. This offer is not available online. To redeem this offer, please bring a valid military ID to any LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket window. NON-ACTIVE DUTY/FAMILY MEMBERS AND VETERANS: Deeply discounted tickets are available at each military base's Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office that include a 2nd day FREE! Check with your local office on base for pricing. AT THE GATE TICKETS: Save 10% on 1 and 2 day tickets with valid military ID. LEGOLAND Hotel Military Discounts*: Please click HERE to save up to 25% on your LEGOLAND Hotel reservation. Valid military ID is required at check-in, discount subject to availability. Learn more about Legoland HERE!
Legoland California--2019 Military Discounted Tickets for Legoland California Offering 3 Ways to Save! Details Here!
**For more Military Discounts on Amusement Parks, Visit the Amusement Park category under National Military Discounts**
(2) MUSEUMS, AQUARIUMS, ZOOS
Tons of nationwide Museums, Zoos and Aquariums offer a military discount program. Many also offer Free Admission during Veterans Day and/or Memorial Weekend. Below are a couple of our favorites. You can also visit MilitaryBridge and search a particular business or you can search under the particular category.
Blue Star Families---Blue Star Museums & Blue Star Theatres--Offering FREE ADMISSION to participating museums and theatres nationwide. Blue Star Museums is open Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend offering great opportunity for military families to visit local museums. The 2019 list of participating museums should be available soon and will be updated here. You can click HERE to learn more and see what museums participated last year as many participate every year.
San Diego Zoo--This Zoo is amazing! The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 668 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. One of the best Zoos in the world and they love to show their support of the military community. Complimentary admission is reserved exclusively for active duty service members upon presenting valid ID. Military spouses and eligible dependents receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass at both the Zoo and Safari Park and do not need to be accompanied by an active duty member of the Armed Forces. You can grab your tickets at your local MWR/ITT offices. Details about the San Diego Zoo HERE!
The Minnesota Zoo--I love this Zoo and it's perfect for children. The Minnesota Zoo salutes current, former, and retired members and family members of the US Military, National Guard, and Reserve in the United States with special discounts and promotions throughout the year. Learn more about The Minnesota Zoo HERE!
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado)--Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is about sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and providing memories for a lifetime. Here, you do more than just look. Explore newly renovated and award-winning exhibits. Discover more than 30 species of endangered animals. Interact with our giraffes and don’t miss the chance to hand-feed them! Soar over your favorite animal exhibits and take in breathtaking views of the city below on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. We look forward to providing you an experience of a lifetime with your visit to America’s only mountain zoo! Military Discount--Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers a military discount off single day admission, membership and they salute the military community with Military Appreciation Week in September. Learn all the details HERE!
**For more Military Discounts on Zoos & Aquariums, Visit the Zoos & Aquariums category under National Military Discounts**
(3) ARTS & CRAFTS
Michaels Arts& Crafts--You are sure to find something creative for your military child to work on at Michaels. From art supplies to crafts to shadow boxes and picture frames, Michaels has you covered. Michaels also announced their everyday Military Discount program a couple years back. Military members and family with id enjoy a 15% Military Discount in-store, everyday (some exclusions may apply). Learn more about Michaels, their military discount and find a store on MilitaryBridge.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores--Find great craft ideas and art supplies at Jo-Ann Fabric and enjoy a 10% military discount. You can learn more about Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and what they have to offer on MilitaryBridge.
(4) SUMMER CAMPS
National Military Family Association-- offers several different resources for military children. NMFA is proud to offer their Operation Purple Program which includes Operation Purple Camp (offering a free week of camp for military kids to connect), Operation Purple Healing Adventures (A Free 3-day experience to celebrate rediscovering family-fun and togetherness after an injury), Operation Purple Family Retreats (brings families from all uniformed services to beautiful outdoor locations to spend quality time reconnecting after a deployment) Learn more about this amazing opportunity for our Military Kiddos HERE!
Military Teen Adventure Camps--Would you like to spend time whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing, winter camping, backpacking, exploring the environment, running ropes courses, or practicing wilderness skills? What if you could do these activities with other military youth just like you? Military teens (14-18 years old of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Retired personnel) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps at little to no cost. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Washington to New York and the states in between. This is the perfect chance for you to experience the outdoors as you never have before! Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow you to build your leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while engaging with the outdoors. Camps have funding available to assist with transportation costs. There is something for everyone! Learn about other Camp opportunities for Military Kiddos on MilitaryBridge
(5) SCHOOL HELP
Tutor.com--Educational Support for Military Children funded by the DoD MWR Library Program, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, and Navy General Library Program. Get homework and studying help from a professional tutor any time you need it. FREE for students in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Reserve families. Expert tutors are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects, including test prep, proofreading, Math, Science, English and Social Studies. Learn more about Tutor.com on MilitaryBridge.
Back-to-School Brigade Operation Homefront--a nationwide school supply collection campaign. Operation Homefront is happy to announce the start of their Back-to-School Brigade where they provide backpacks and free school supplies to military families. There are over 50 locations for official events. Learn about last year's events on MilitaryBridge and stay tuned for 2019 this summer.
(6) CLOTHING & RETAIL
There are a ton of military discounts for clothing. You can visit our Online Military Discount section to check them all out. Some of our favorites include Fanatics, Roxy, Buckle, MLB.com Shop, Carhartt, Ful backpacks and luggage, Columbia, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teens, Quicksilver, NFLShop.com, Shindigz for all your parties to name a few.
My entire family is obsessed with our Tervis! The kids use theirs for school, sports and just about anywhere we go. They have tons of military themed designs along with many cool and colorful designs for children. You can learn all about Tervis Military Discount Program and Product Line HERE!
One of my most favorite gifts ever! Nixplay is an amazing way for families afar to stay connected to one another's day to day life through pictures. Nixplay is a new age, connected, digital photo frame. A Nixplay digital photo frame allows you to upload photos directly from facebook, instagram, picasa, dropbox, email and your mobile phones onto your frame. Nixplay is revolutionizing the way you manage, share and view your photos, ensuring you the best photo experience in today's digitally connected age. Nixplay Cloud Frames aims to connect you to your loved ones. It is also wonderful for family's as our military kiddos grow up so quickly and it's a great way to keep connected to your families memories on a day to day basis. Nixplay offers specials throughout the year. There is currently not a specific military discount but I had to share this as it has been one of our favorite gifts for our family.
You can learn more about Nixplay HERE!
Bring the kiddos out for a special celebration this month in honor of Military Child Appreciation month. Many restaurants offer fantastic military discounts. You can also grab free kids meals from many restaurants nationwide on kids eat free days. To find Military Discounts at restaurants simply find your military base on MilitaryBridge and select the Food/Dining category. Or, check out National Military Discount Food/Dining section.
(10) RECREATION & FUN
If you live near a military installation or large military community many companies offer a military discount. Some suggestions of fun things to do with your kiddos include Mini Putt, Top Golf, Jumping Rooms, Indoor Trampoline Parks (Rebounderz) and (Skyzone--Offer below!), iFLY, Tourist Attractions, Go Carts, The movies (Cinemark offers military discounts), hiking (National Park Service offers Free Annual Passes for Military). To find recreation fun select your military base and the category recreation and entertainment.
April is a month to Celebrate our Military Kids for their service too. It is not always easy living a military lifestyle but it always amazes me how our military children adapt. It teaches you a lot as a person--resilience, strength, courage. Celebrate and thank your military child(ren) this month and let them know how amazing they are. Hopefully these suggestions will help you in celebrating and saving a little always helps too :)
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