Blog Posts tagged in "Military Families"

Summer always seems to go to fast. Hard to believe it's time forBack To School Shopping. To help fellow Military Families save some money at the register we've put together a list of Best Back To School Military Discounts To Help You Save. Disclaimer: MB participates in affiliate programs therefore we may receive a small commission when you make purchases from some of our affiliate links, helping us continue to bring you awesome military deals! How do I receive my military discount? Many of the online retailers below use a military verification service to verify military service. Therefore, f... read more

APRIL IS DESIGNATED THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD ~A MONTH TO HONOR & CELEBRATE THE SACRIFICES, RESILIENCE AND COURAGE OF OUR MILITARY KIDDOS~ This year continues to be different than years past with social distancing and virtual learning. But, we can still celebrate our brave and resilient military kids. Learn more about Month of the Military Child below. History of Month of the Military Child (Via U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity ) April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Spon... read more

Great opportunity for Military Kids to showcase their artistic ability and enter the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest. 2021 ART & ESSAY CONTEST GUIDELINES & INFORMATION The 2021 annual contest submission period opens January 21, and runs through March 31. Winners will be announced at the end of April in honor of the Month of the Military Child. Entries may be submitted from military children living in the U.S. and abroad. 2021 Theme: “How has COVID-19 impacted me and my military family?” Winning entries have opportunity to win a Kindle Fire Art Contest The art contest promotes a... read more

The 2021-2022 program is open! Submit your application ONLINE no later than February 17, 2021. Now entering its 21st year, Fisher House Foundation's program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. The Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2021-22 school year application process is now open! For scholarship year 2021-22, Fisher House Foundation will award 500 scholarship grants of $2,000 each. The selection process will begin immediately foll... read more

Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government formally recognizing the occasion every year since. In 2009 proclamation, President Barack Obama called on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation during Military Family Month. Each November, the Armed Services YMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nations support and commitment to the families of military personnel. With so many service m... read more

Many families are turning to meal delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have always thought about giving a meal delivery service a try. The convenience and simplicity has really intrigued me. As I think back to what life used to be; busy with kids sports, work and homework. A meal delivery would have been a godsend. Now we are considering a meal delivery plan for an entirely different set of reasons, safety. Many are ordering food online so they don't have to go to the grocery stores. I don't know about you but the thought of not having to cook three meals a day sounds really good... read more

(News Release Exchange) Heroes come in all sizes, and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is celebrating the youngest among us throughout April, the Month of the Military Child. (Image courtesy of Exchange) With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Exchange has implemented new strategies to bring the fun to military children all over the world by taking the celebration online. The Exchange is leaning forward to salute military kids for their courage, resiliency and service—because they serve, too. “Sometimes the sacrifices of military kids aren’t as visible as those of their parents,” said Ai... read more

OPEN HOUSE JANUARY 26, 2020 It’s Admission Season at HRA! Join Hampton Roads Academy, an independent, college-prep school for students in Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through grade12, for an Open House on January 26 at 2 p.m. Tour HRA's new Lower School Wing and Dining Hall, meet faculty and students, visit classrooms and learn what it’s like to be part of the HRA community. HRA is proud to have many military families a part of their community. Is your child inspired every day? Check out Hampton Roads Academy during this Admission Season! Hampton Roads Academy is a "rolling admission" school and ... read more

In Collaboration with MilitaryBridge, Papa John's Pizza of Hampton Roads is Proud to Show their Appreciation of Military Families this Military Family Appreciation Month with a Massanutten Resort Vacation Giveaway! Papa John's Pizza of Hampton Roads Papa John's of HRVA is proud to show their support of the local military community in offering their generous military discount program . This November, Papa John's of HRVA would like to take their appreciation one step further in providing some much needed R&R to a local military family. Papa John's realizes the sacrifices that military members &... read more

This is such an amazing program! Below are the details from Operation Homefront: Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2019 Back-to-School Brigade events! Operation Homefront is honored to be able to provide school supplies to our military families and help in any way that they can. Please note that this event is for DEERS enrolled military dependent children only who will be in Kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year ABOUT THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL BRIGADE Back-to-School Brigade® is Operation Homefront's annual nationwide school supply collection and distribution campaign. Since in... read more

MilitaryBridge & Nixplay partner for the month of May in honor of Military Appreciation Month! Nixplay has announced several new military initiatives this Military Appreciation Month in effort to show support of the Military Community: Nixplay will be Giving Away (2) Nixplay 10.1 inch SEED frames (1-Black, 1-Wood) via MilitaryBridge to 2 lucky military members and/or military families. Enter below starting May 11th! Nixplay has also launched a significant Military Discount of 15% off the 10.1 Nixplay SEED Black/Wood Frames for the period May 10 - 31, 2019 by entering the discount promo code: ... read more

The 2-Park Preschool Pass is back for 2019 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA This is such a fantastic deal! Below check out all the details of the offer and be sure to register by May 31, 2019! Busch Gardens Williamsburg + Water Country USA 2-Park Preschool Pass Kids (ages 3 - 5) play free this summer with a Preschool Pass Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg and Water Country USA ® bring out the kid in all of us, so why not experience the fun with your little ones, too. The 2-Park Preschool Pass offers unlimited admission to both our theme park and water park in Williamsburg, Virgini... read more

Hampton Roads Academy is a top rated, private school located in Newport News, Virginia. HRA serves around 650 students in grades PK, K-12. If you have considered private school for your child/children now is the perfect time to see what HRA has to offer. HRA is also proud to serve many military families in Hampton Roads with many military families a part of the HRA community. Many military families have found that education has been a struggle when frequently PCSing to new military communities and new schools. They have found that private school offers them more consistency in teaching and co... read more

How are we surviving our latest PCS? Boy oh boy. It’s been the most interesting one for sure, but in a nutshell, we haven’t totally flipped our wigs yet. We’ve been close, but everyone is still alive and functioning. Every day I remind myself that we are just out here living and SURVIVING A PCS LIKE A BOSS! Let me start with Carlos. #TeamCarlos left the island before any of us. He flew the friendly skies with Delta Airlines and spent a month with my in-laws. Dude is still acting like he’s at his grandparents’ house. They allowed him to sit on the furniture or in their laps and do pretty much ... read more

Nauticus is one of our most favorite places to visit in Hampton Roads. There is no better time to check out Nauticus for the first time or stop back again for Holiday Fun! There are lots of great events upcoming. If your looking for something fun to do this holiday season with family and friends stop by for Dickens' Christmas Towne or one of the events below. December 26. Super Hero Day at Nauticus. Meet Marvel Super Heroes Captain America (11am-1pm) and Black Panther (2-4 pm). Nauticus admission fee includes entrance to Dickens’ Christmas Towne. December 27. Princess and Pirate Day. Free adm... read more

KADYN’S KAMP 2018 – AUGUST 11-18TH Kadyn’s Kamp is a place for kids to be kids and experience all that California has to offer, designed especially to meet the needs of children from military families. Kadyn’s Kamp is in partnership with East LA Rising with the support of Our Everlasting Friendship Foundation. This year’s kamp will take place from August 11-18th, giving kampers age 9-17 a full week of fun! Pick up and drop off will be at a secure location in the Greater Los Angeles area with kamp taking place in San Bernadino county. For the safety and security of our kampers, the exact addre... read more

Back-To-School Brigade-Operation Homefront School Supply Distribution Events For 2018! This is such an amazing program! Below are the details from Operation Homefront: Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2018 Back-to-School Brigade events! Operation Homefront is honored to be able to provide school supplies to our military families and help in any way that we can. Please note that this event is for DEERS enrolled military dependent children only who will be in Kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2018-2019 school year Register your K-12 military children here (This is ou... read more

Looking for Some Free Fun this Summer? The Blue Star Museums Program is back again for 2018! About Blue Star Museums: Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The 2018 Blue Star Museum Lineup has just been announced! Find A Participating Museum Near You ! The list of parti... read more

With the recent changes to United Concordia many military families have been left with the task of finding a new dental provider. Many have been searching for recommendations on best dentists in their local area. We thought there was no better time to highlight some fantastic United Concordia Pediatric Dental Practices in Hampton Roads, Virginia. We have polled our MilitaryBridge community and included some vetted MilitaryBridge partners to help you in your search of finding a great pediatric dentist. If you have found a great dentist that is not on the list that accepts UC, please feel free ... read more

Hampton Roads Military Families, Don't Miss----Spring UP! For Military Kids Join the USO of HRCV for the newest USOHRCV event! Free fun for the entire family! Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 11AM to 4PM at the Holiday Trav-L Park in Virginia Beach, VA. Critter Cuddling Food Truck Vendors Inflatables & Bounce Houses Giveaways from our sponsors Music & Dancing Free for all active duty, reserve/national guard, retirees, & eligible dependents. Must show valid Military ID card to enter! Interested in having a table at this event? Contact us for more information! Spaces start at $300. Register to win... read more

Why Hiring a School Search Concierge is Perfect for Military Families You might need a School Search Concierge…and not even know it! Every day, my Facebook feed is flooded, and I mean overflowing, with one kind of question: “I’m moving to XYZ. Which school should I send my kids to?” It’s a totally valid question. Just not one that you should ever rely on Facebook to answer for you. If your kid has a rash, do you ask Facebook (your friends or a group) to diagnose it for you? No, you go to the doctor. They’ll prescribe some medicine and give you qualified advice. When your car is making funky s... read more

14 Things Every Military Fa mily Should Look for in a Sch ool “What do I look for in a school?” is what pretty much every military family is asking right now. Every parent I’ve ever worked with has asked me that question. It’s super tricky to pin down the things that make a great school. Is it location? Area demographics? Extras? Curriculum? Honestly, it’s all of those things, and so much more! Finding a great school can be hard, so let’s take a peek at the most important parts of a great school for military families. 1. Zoning: Every school system is zoned slightly differently. Some systems ... read more

I have been a proud Costco member for 15 years. I have always admired how Costco stands behind their products. They have always carried the highest in quality. I am excited to announce another reason to LOVE Costco! Costco is proud to show their support of the military community with their exclusive Military Special Offer found on MilitaryBridge (offer below). Plus, Costco just announced their exclusive military shopping event-----Military Hour. Don't miss it and please help spread the word! MILITARY HOUR: A MILITARY EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING EVENT COMING TO A PARTICIPATING COSTCO NEAR YOU! Costco i... read more

Why Every Military Family Should Have a School PCS Binder You probably already have one or two or a billion PCS binders kicking around your house. Somewhere. But did you know you should have a school PCS binder too? Instead of throwing even more papers into your already overcrowded PCS binder, make mini-binders to handle only the school stuff. Why Every Military Family Should Have a School PCS Binder First things first, you need a few things to make a school PCS binder: 1″ three ring binders with hard plastic covers and pockets (get a bigger binder if your child has extra education plans or m... read more

Father Daughter Royal Ball Presented By USAA April 13, 2018 Military Dads, looking for a special way to celebrate your daughter? Don't miss the annual Father Daughter Royal Ball, it's always a magical night. By royal proclamation, Military families are cordially invited to the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads Father Daughter Royal Ball presented by USAA. For every princess who has ever dreamt of attending a ball, this night will create lasting memories with her perfect escort. This enchanting evening will include a plated dinner, dessert, dancing, prizes and many special photo opportuniti... read more

Got Orders? PCS Proof Your Military Child’s School Transition Those PCS order just hit…cue the insanity. If you’re moving with school-aged children, the process just got a whole lot harder. School transitions are super hard! Not only are you moving all of your things and your family, you’re also going to be searching for schools. With so many options out there, it’s a lot to take in. Instead of freaking out, make your child’s school move as seamless as possible! PCS Proof Your Military Child’s School Transitions Now, just like regular PCSing, moving your child’s move easier is never a 100% gu... read more

When moving to a new military community, finding a quality school can sometimes pose a challenge. There are often new curriculums, different ways of teaching, different budgets and so on. Many military families have turned to private schools when moving to new military communitiesto streamline the process. Trinity Lutheran School located in Newport News, Virginia is our featured school of the week with a lot to offer. Learn more about their curriculum, sports, mission and upcoming open house below. TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL Overlooking the James River in the Huntington Heights Historic District... read more

Military Spouse Central has thought up a fantastic way to celebrate this spooky time of year- carve Military-themed pumpkins! Since a favorite fall activity is carving pumpkins, it is good to know there is a way to make even your Halloween decorations patriotic. Blogger Samantha Reeves shows the different options for carving military themes into pumpkins, whether it’s just with one of your drawings, or with some of the free stencils provided below. She also offers some tips for keeping your pumpkin looking great for as long as possible, including these: 1. Go big. The larger the pumpkin, the ... read more

The mission of the Military Family Festival is to provide our local military families with a day of appreciation and fun sponsored by our local business partners, while also staging the largest resource fair in the region geared toward the needs of military families. Each October the festival vibrates with the fun of a new kid-friendly theme while our vendors have as much Halloween candy and treats for the kids as their tables can hold. The event welcomes a crowd of thousands eager to have a fun, safe, and wholesome family day focused on their unique culture. The 2017 Military Family Festival... read more

Children’s Museum of Virginia to Host 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Day In celebration of the U.S. Navy in Hampton Roads, the Children’s Museum of Virginia will host their 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Day on October 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will offer a discounted $5 admission for active duty members, Department of Defense civilians, and their families (with valid I.D., children under 2 are free), as well offer a 20% discount in the museum gift shop during the event. They will extend a 15% discount on membership to military families. This offer is not valid with any other ... read more

We are proud to share the launch of Talk to the Teacher, a new ebook by our friendMeg Flanagan, the founder of MilKids Ed. Meg understands the struggles that military families often face when moving to new communities and schools every couple of years. She wanted to create this resource to help families achieve their best at every new duty station. What parents need to know when they talk to their child’s teacher New e-book is a resource for every school situation Military families move every 2.5 years on average. Every 2-3 years, military families walk into brand new schools across the world... read more

2018 Military Child of the Year® Award Honoring military kids! Operation Homefront's annual awards recognize six outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Each of them represent a branch of the armed forces for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. There is a seventh award for a young person age 13-18. This award is the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation® presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. With a new invention, improvement to existing technology, creation of a new nonprofit or... read more

Families decide to homeschool their children for so many different reasons: academics, extra-curricular activities, special needs, allergies, religion, and more all bring families to the decision to homeschool. Who homeschools? Homeschooling families are as diverse as our United States military families! According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2012, there were an estimated 1.8 million homeschooled students in the United States, and those numbers are increasing! Many families homeschool temporarily for various reasons and some families are in it for the long haul. ... read more

Story by: Senior Airman Krystal Wright (502nd Air Base Wing) To make PCS moves a smoother process for military families, the Department of Defense has launched a new website that allows them to submit an online request for child care before they even get to their next destination. This single online gateway provides access to comprehensive information on military-operated and military-subsidized child care options worldwide, according to the new Military Child Care website, . Through this system, military families are able to update their online profile, searc... read more

#TravelTuesdayDeals U.S. Military Spring Offer: Save Up to 40% on Weekday Stays of 1 to 3 Nights in Paradise Combine your "at ease" time with Disney magic at Aulani Resort and discover a tropical paradise with something for everyone in the family. We're proud to salute U.S. service members with special savings to say thank you for your service. MILITARY SPRING OFFER Stay most Sunday through Thursday nights March 26 through May 25, 2017, and save: 40% on Ocean View and Partial Ocean View Rooms and Deluxe Studios 25% on Poolside View, Island Garden and Standard View Rooms, Studios and Villas Ca... read more

Hampton Roads Month of The Military Child Appreciation Events, Offers, and Resources 2017 (1) The Virginia Living Museum This weekend! The Virginia Living Museum Military Child Appreciation Weekend April 8-9, 2017 In a salute to military families, the Virginia Living Museum offers half price admission for the children of those who give their all. Children (ages 3-12) will receive half price admission ($7.50) with a paying adult showing valid military ID the weekend of April 8-9, 2017. Military families purchasing a membership at the Museum will receive a 20% discount (double the usual 10% dis... read more

Caregiving Resource to Continue at Reduced Military Fee By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 — The Defense Department’s contract with the Sittercity Corporate Program for military families’ caregiver needs will expire July 31, but the service will remain available at a discounted military fee, Pentagon officials said yesterday. DoD contracted with the database service in 2010 when U.S. service members were frequently deployed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Then a free service for military families, the database offered caregiver options from b... read more

One week left to take advantage of this Free Admission offer! In appreciation for their service, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is proud to offer FREE ADMISSION for Active-Duty Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their Families thanks to the sponsorship from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and Datron World Communications. The program starts on November 11, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017. To receive FREE ADMISSION, please show your valid affiliation ID at the Front Desk. * For this promotions, First Responders include Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emerg... read more

Operation Purple Family Retreats Operation Purple Family Retreats bring families from all uniformed services, including National Guard and Reserves, to beautiful outdoor locations to spend quality time reconnecting after a deployment. With other military families there to share the experience, it’s the perfect environment to meet and bond with others in the same phase of military life. Families take part in specially adapted communication activities developed by FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress ™), and build memories through fun family oriented activities like hiking, canoeing, and eve... read more

The 2-Park Preschool Pass is back for 2017 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA I am excited to announce that Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA have announced their 2-Park Preschool Pass is back for 2017! This is such a fantastic deal! Below check out all the details of the offer and be sure to redeem this by May 31, 2017. Busch Gardens Williamsburg + Water Country USA 2-Park Preschool Pass Enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA® for kids 3 - 5 years old, through Sept. 10, 2017. Proof of age is required for the child to be el... read more

Guest Post fromSoldier's Wife, Crazy Life What You Can Do When Your Spouse is Not Home For the Holidays Fall weather, pumpkins everywhere, sweaters, peppermint mochas and Christmas decorations appearing in the stores. Tis the season for the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Hannukah and New Years will be here soon and with them come a lot of memory making moments. Time with family, time together and a lot of love. However, if your spouse is deployed , the holidays take on a different tone, especially if they won’t be home until sometime in the new year. There is so much going ... read more

Back Again This Year.... The Military Big Kids Coupon. Don't Forget To Print It Out! Learn more about The Children's Museum of Virginia on MilitaryBridge. While You Are There....Leave Them A Review! ... read more

November is Military Family Month November 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016 Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government formally recognizing the occasion every year since. In 2009 proclamation, President Barack Obama called on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service f or the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation during Military Family Month. Each November, the Armed Services YMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and... read more

Members of the U.S. Military Enjoy Specially Priced Theme Park Tickets in 2017 At Walt Disney Worldin Orlando, Florida –Members of the U.S. Military: Enjoy Specially Priced Theme Park Tickets in 2017 **UPDATE 2/8/2017** When Disney World Announced the 2017Salute to the Armed Forces tickets in September 2016, it had blackout dates of April9-23, 2017. Those dates are no longer listed on their website as black out dates so it appears those blackout dates have been lifted which is great news! The website now reflects that valid admission days areJanuary 1, 2017 through December 19, 2017 to take a... read more

We are so excited to announce our newly designed website is LIVE! Want to know more about What You'll Find on the New Website? MB has broken down the site and added snapshots to give you a glimpse into all the New features. We also have information on HOW YOU can Be a Part of The MB Community. MB has added on several new features to better serve the military community in the PCS process. We realized that there was a huge VOID in resources for military members & families when PCSing to new military communities . Our mission is to help take the stress out of military moves by providing the oppo... read more

The Annual Military Appreciation Day At The Virginia Zoo Is October 9, 2016! UPDATED: DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW THIS EVENT IS RE-SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 13, 2016 Mark your calendars for this fantastic day offering FREE ADMISSION to the Virginia Zoo for active duty, guard, reserve, DOD civilians, and their families (with id) This Fun filled day is hosted by The USO of HRCV and includes free zoo admission, games, inflatables, face painting and more! Learn more about The Virginia Zoo and USO of HRCV on MilitaryBridge ... read more

UPDATED 2019 Whether you already live in Hampton Roads or it's your next duty station, the area has a lot to offer. There is a lot to love about Hampton Roads. First of all, there is a large military presence in the area where each branch of the armed forces is represented which really gives the area a sense of being a military community. Secondly, the area is surrounded by water which is perfect for the beach, fishing, and boating lovers. The climate is mild and there are four seasons which is wonderful. One of the greatest benefits to the Hampton Roads area is there is a ton to do here. Rem... read more

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families made its debut in July 2008 and is the longest running entertainment tour in USO history. The tour is designed to help military families deal with the unique challenges they face. Since the tour’s inception, it has taken its message to more than 540,000 troops and military families and performedmore than 1,000 shows on 149 military installations in 33 states and 11 countries . Additionally, the tour has logged more than 206,000 miles and distributed more than 2.6 million giveaways . L... read more

Military Appreciation Month at Virginia Aquarium – May 2016 Show your valid military ID – active, retired or dependent – and get half off general Aquarium admission on Sunday or Monday during the month of May, 2016 . (May not be combined with any other discount or offer.) Upcoming Dates: Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday, May 9, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday, May 16, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Contact: (757) 385-FISH (3474) Admission Learn more about Virginia Aquarium ... read more

Honoring Service to America Honoring the Dedication of Those Who Serve Military families are invited to enjoy FREE* Colonial Williamsburg admission, Friday, May 27–Monday, May 30, 2016 during our Honoring Service to America weekend. Celebrate with special events all weekend, culminating in a march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans at 10 a.m. on Memorial’s Day. Memorial Day Commemorative Program DATE May 30, 2016 TIME 10:00 am – 12:00 pm LOCATION Palace Green ADMISSION Open to Public TICKETING No Event Ticket Required Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while... read more

To thank those who have served and are currently serving, we are celebrating Military Appreciation Week from May 16-22 with special offers for members of the military and their families. A military ID (active duty, retiree, or dependent) or DD-214 must be shown in order to receive the offers below. Free Admission to Virginia Beach Recreation Centers Come in for a workout or bring the kids for a swim in our indoor pools! Visit any or all of our six recreation centers from Monday, May 16 to Sunday, May 22 at no charge. Buy One Hour, Get One Free on Kayak Rentals Explore t... read more

Via: Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads: We are proud to be a part of the memories created between military fathers and their daughters and invite you and your daughters to join us at the beautiful Westin Hotel in Town Center, Virginia Beach again this year for a MASQUERADE BALL “. The date is set for July 1st. This year’s theme promises surprises and intrigue for all in attendance and includes dinner, dancing and fabulous prizes.This event is for military dads only and daughters ages 3-18. Dress for the event is formal so that means dress uniform (summer) for the dad and a gown or fancy dress... read more

Honoring our military-connected children and their families PRESS RELEASE March 27th, 2016 by #cmovasmiles The Children’s Museum of Virginia is proud to join Governor McAuliffe this April for the Month of the Military Child . April has been designated a special time to celebrate and honor our military-connected children and their families. Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration following deployments can make school-, home-, and community-life challenging for military children. Yet, even in such circumstances, these students continually demonstrate resilience... read more

Don't Miss Out On This Great Annual Event To Celebrate Our Military Children In Honor Of Month Of The Military Child! It's Free and Tons of Fun for our Military Children and The Best Part is It's All About Them! Learn more about our partners McDonald's , Kroger , 1st Advantage FCU , and Hampton Roads Pediatric Dentistry our partners on MilitaryBridge and sponsors for this event. ... read more

MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM April 16-17, 2016! In a salute to military families, the Virginia Living Museum offers half price admission for the children of those who give their all. Children (ages 3-12) will receive half price admission ($6.50) with a paying adult showing valid military ID the weekend of April 16-17. Military families purchasing a membership at the Museum will receive a 20% discount (double the usual 10% discount). These discounts are in recognition of Military Child Month. Year-round the Museum offers both admission and membership discounts to... read more

Community Day for Hampton Roads Residents & Military Members Stationed In Hampton Roads at Mariners' Museum & Park February 6th, 2016! Take the family on a voyage of exploration to The Mariners’ Museum. Admission is only $5 per person for residents of Hampton Roads and kids 3 and under are free during The Mariners’ Community Day. The Community Day also includes Military Members and Families living in Hampton Roads on orders. (Must show proof of Hampton Roads residency for special admission price) Explore the USS Monitor Center, handcrafted ship models, maritime paintings, rare figureheads, sm... read more

TRICARE covers breast pumps and breast pump supplies at no cost for new mothers, including mothers who adopt an infant and plan to breastfeed. Via Website : You must have a prescription from a TRICARE-authorized physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife. The prescription will state which type of breast pump you need: Hospital-grade breast pump Manual breast pump Standard electric breast pump This coverage is retroactive to December 19, 2014. If you paid out-of-pocket, you can send a claim for reimbursement. Include the following with your claim: Your pre... read more

MB is so excited to share the launch of this new initiative for military families: Sesame Street for Military Families : Transitions offers support, digital resources, and ways to help make the transition from civilian to military life. It’s an adventure and affects the whole family. Luckily, we’re in this together. If you know someone that might benefit from these tools and resources, visit . SESAME STREET LAUNCHES NEWEST INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES Elmo and Rosita Report for Duty to Help Military Families Transition to Civilian Life New York, NY—(Januar... read more

The Thunderbirds Diamond formation performs the echelon pass in review maneuver during the Joint Base San Antonio Air Show, Oct. 31, 2015, at JBSA, TX. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rachel Maxwell) THE UNITED STATES THUNDERBIRDS: The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about. The sharply choreographed, d... read more

The 2-Park Preschool Pass is back for 2016 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA I am excited to announce that Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA have announced their 2-Park Preschool Pass is back for 2016! This is such a fantastic deal! Below check out all the details of the offer and be sure to redeem this by May 31, 2016. Busch Gardens Williamsburg + Water Country USA 2-Park Preschool Pass REGISTER YOUR CHILD: You must register online before you get to the park. Proof of age is required for the child to be eligible for the 2-Park Preschool Pass. You must present y... read more

Paragon Theaters is offering buy one, get one free popcorn this Tuesday, January 19th to celebrate National Popcorn Day . Plus, every Tuesday is $6 movies, making Tuesday, January 19th a great (and affordable!) day to see a movie at Paragon Theaters. This deal is valid at all Paragon Theaters. Learn more about Paragon Theaters , locations, their military discount, and other specials on MilitaryBridge! ... read more

BIG BUGS December 31 – April 17, 2016 The Virginia Living Museum is really gonna BUG you in 2016. Opening on Dec. 31 is BIG BUGS. This larger-than-life animatronic exhibit will feature six super-sized critters including the Madagascan Sunset Moth, the Bombardier Beetle, Dragonfly, Stag Beetle, Orb-Web Spider, Say’s Firefly. There will also be a caterpillar photo-op and a display of live insects, all designed to showcase a bug’s life and why insects are important. We need insects just as much as they need us.They are very important to our ecosystem. “This exhibit will encourage an appreciation... read more

Community Day for Hampton Roads Residents & Military Members Stationed In Hampton Roads at Mariners' Museum & Park December 5 Visit the #1 attraction in Newport News to see what all the rage is about! Check out the new underwater photography exhibition, Liquid Light , and the famous USS Monitor Center . Explore the International Small Craft Center , housing nearly 150 boats from 42 countries, and the jewel of the Museum, The Miniature Ships of August F. and Winnifred Crabtree for a fascinating look at the evolution of shipbuilding! Stick around for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a... read more

COMPASS Norfolk has a handful of seats available for our December session! All Navy, Marine Corps & Coast Guard spouses are invited to come learn from seasoned spouses (for FREE) all about the sea of benefits & resources at our disposal. It's an open discussion forum, and we keep the classes small in order to make sure everyone gets their needs met & questions answered. We'll fill you in on history/traditions (including etiquette & what to wear to certain command events), teach you how to read an LES & all about TSP (how you can save a boat load of money), dive into healthy communication, cha... read more

Disney announces special pricing for U.S. Military Disney Parks is saluting U.S. military personnel in 2016 by offering special ticket and room prices. ORLANDO -- Disney Parks is saluting U.S. military personnel in 2016 by offering special ticket and room prices. U.S. Military members, including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists or their spouses, can purchase the tickets and rooms. Walt Disney World Resort At Walt Disney World Resort – from September 25, 2015 through December 16, 2016, active and retired U.S. military personnel (includi... read more

KINGSMILL IS HONORING OUR MILITARY & VETERAN HEROES We’re #FreeBecause of our active military service members and veterans. America’s veterans and current military service members have done so much for all of us, and continue to serve our country every day. And this November, we at Kingsmill Resort wanted to say thanks. If you have a friend, family member, or neighbor who has bravely and selflessly served our country, we’d love to help you honor them this Veterans Day! We’re showing our gratitude for our active military and veterans by offering 25% off our regular nightly rates*. But that’s n... read more

Hampton Roads Free Wills For Veterans! For the month of November, 2015 Wilson Law PLC will be offering FREE SIMPLE WILLS ($500 value). Veterans active duty or retired service members and other local heroes such as firefighters and first responders are invited to visit the firm to legally document their end of life wishes and nominate an executor to oversee their final affairs. There are no obligations, strings attached, and zero requirements to purchase legal services. We simply want to offer our service to say "THANK YOU" for yours! BonusVeterans Day Gift: Upgrade to aLiving Trust and receiv... read more

Monticello Honoring American Veterans Monticello is proud to offer U.S. military veterans complimentary admission to Monticello for Veterans Day Weekend, November 8-11, 2015. Admission is for the regular daily House Tour and Grounds Tickets .The discount does not apply for special or after-hours tours, such as Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Evening Signature Tours. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Dominion Welcome Pavilion in Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center . ** Learn more about Monticello ... read more

October 30 - Military Appreciation Night presented by USAA, Zombie A-Hockey-Lypse, Post-Game Skate with the Admirals On the eve of Halloween, the Admirals thank our military for their service by offering $11 Red Level tickets. Military groups are also strongly encouraged to attend as groups will receive $9 Red Level tickets. Contact Charlie Colon (x23) or Sami Hamad (x24) at the Admirals' Administrative Office () to schedule your group today. The Zombie A-Hockey-Lypse returns to Scope once again! Kids 13 and under can arrive early to participate in trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on t... read more

MILITARY OFFER FOR VETERANS DAY 2015! Saturday, November 14 - MILITARY OFFER Free with Museum admission,$5 tickets to the Museum will be offered to military (active, retired, veterans) first responders, and their immediate family. "Honor our military with a Veterans Day event for the entire family! Step aboard the Newport News Department patrol boat, explore vessels of local military and rescue teams, learn about life at sea, make-and-take maritime crafts and more!" The Veteran's Day offer is $5 admission to military personnel (active/retired/veteran). FUN EXHIBITS AT THE MARINERS' MUSEUM NEW... read more

Honoring the Dedication of Those Who Serve Military families are invited to enjoy FREE* Colonial Williamsburg admission, Friday, November 6–Wednesday, November 11, 2015 during our Honoring Service to America weekend. Celebrate with special events all weekend, culminating in a march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans at 4 p.m. on Veteran’s Day. Veterans Day: A Military March Honoring America’s Veterans DATE November 11, 2015 TIME 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm LOCATION Market Square North ADMISSION Open to Public Join us on Veterans Day as we honor those who serve in the military. An afternoon march ... read more

The Virginia Living Museum is one of my favorite places to visit in Hampton Roads. Not only does it offer a very educational experience for adults and children, they also have wonderful events throughout the year such as their Night of the Living Museum event. Below find a press release on this upcoming popular event. Don't miss out on the FUN! Press Release: Are you ready for a “wild” night of scary animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving and myth busters? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 16th year on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. This is a non-s... read more

SAM'S CLUB NORFOLK GRAND OPENING NOVEMBER 5, 2015 & Special Military Membership Offer! Here is Sam's Club Norfolk's Military Membership Offer Details: Sam's Club Norfolk Special Military Offer: $20 for the $45 Sam's Savings Membership. $75 for the $100 Plus Membership (this offer is not available with any other offers). To receive this offer either go to one of the locations below or once the store is open simply bring your military id to the membership center at the Norfolk location. Places to get your membership before the store opens in November: All military Families can take advantage of... read more

Don't Miss Out On This Great Event! Under The Big Top - Come one, come all! Open to all active duty military and dependents, retired military, national guard and reserves of all branches. Learn more about this fantastic event here ! ... read more

Disney Salutes U.S. Military with Special Ticket and Room Rates for 2016 Press Release Via Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks: Today, we’re announcing new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort . Here’s a look at the details: At Walt Disney World Resort – from September 25, 2015 through December 16, 2016, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can pu... read more

JUNIOR ENLISTED MILITARY FAMILIES TO BE HONORED FOR VOLUNTEERISM The Armed Services YMCA will host the 21st Annual Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon on Friday, November 6th at the Westin Town Center. Several Hampton Roads businesses and community supporters generously contribute to this event each year. November is National Military Family Month and the Armed Services YMCA honors one Hampton Roads junior enlisted family from each of the five military branches of service that best represents a commitment to serving others through volunteerism . Each family is formally honored at t... read more

JOIN RITA'S ITALIAN ICE FOR A NIGHT OF FAMILY FUN AT THEIR UPCOMING FALL FAMILY KICK OFF There will be an Ice Guy there for pictures, plenty of free samples, face painting, balloons, specials, prizes, and more! More about Rita's Italian Ice of Hampton and Newport News: The owners of Rita's Italian Ice in Hampton and Newport News are a retired Military Family and they are proud to offer a 10% EVERYDAY MILITARY DISCOUNT to active duty, retired, and dependents in appreciation of your service! Learn more about their locations, menu of treats, and more on MilitaryBridge . ... read more

This Labor Day Weekend, 633 active and retired military members will participate in the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, 5K and Mile in the Sand races. As the weekend draws near, I wanted to share the number of ways supporters can provide encouragement for all participants. Humana is offering activities such as the Humana Vitality Cheer Squad website, where fans and families can submit words of encouragement and cheers for anyone running the half marathon. Additionally, Humana will have an in-person Cheer Squad lining the last mile of the race to provide walkers and runners ... read more

September is filled with tons of events both on base and off base in Hampton Roads from the NAS Oceana Air Show to Military Appreciation Events to Commissary Case Lot Sales to Hiring Events and More! Here is a list of 20 eventsyou don't want to miss out on this September in Hampton Roads! (1) NAS Oceana Air Show September 19-20, 2015 (2) T he Boys & Girls Club Kids Day, Fall Festival on Saturday, 19 September from 1-4pm at Fort Eustis Youth Programs. Enjoy FREE bounce houses, crafts, games, treats, prizes, and more! What a FUN day for kiddos. (3) Commissary Case Lot Sales for September (4) Bl... read more

#FREEQUESOROCKS on September 17th at all Moe's Southwest Grill locations in Hampton Roads! Plus FREE t-shirts to the first 100 customers at each of our Hampton Roads locations ! Other great specials at Moe's Hampton Roads AND Kids eat FREE SUNDAYS!Kids eat free ALL-DAY with purchase of any adult entrée. Learn more about Moe's Southwest Grill Hampton Roads , find a location, and check out their menu on MilitaryBridge! ... read more

The men and women of Naval Air Station Oceana are busily planning 2015 NAS Oceana Air Show and are very excited to once again open their base up to the public on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th & 20th, 2015. This year the NAS Oceana Air Show is pleased to present the United States Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team along with a host of thrilling military and civilian performances. Our fans won’t want to miss the aerial artistry of soloist Gary Ward, the GEICO Skytypers, Greg Shelton’s FM-2 Wildcat, Dan Buchanan’s hang glider, Bill Leff’s T-6 Texan and Paul Woods remarkable A-4 S... read more

Liquid Light opens this Saturday at the Mariners' Museum! Public opening on Saturday, August 22 Join us for the public opening of our newest exhibition Liquid Light: Photography Beneath the Sea . Noted artists Chuck Davis (pictured to the right) and Robin Robinson will host gallery talks at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Talks are free with Museum admission. Liquid Light showcases a world beneath the sea unlike anything seen on land. The black-and-white photos capture a quality of light that exists only underwater. Visitors will be amazed by the wildlife portrayed in its natural habitat. Manta rays... read more

KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil Recognizing the significance of the milita ry community in #‎ VirginiaBeach , they have added a new show exclusively for military service members and their families, on Thursday, Aug. 13 - 4:30PM. All tickets are at $40! PURCHASE YOUR MILITARY TICKETS HERE ! Learn more about Cirque du Soleil-Kooza This will be an incredible show, thank you Kooza for supporting the military community. ... read more

August 8th is Navy Night. There will be a pre-game ceremony honoring our brave men and woman of the US Navy as well as ticket discounts for active and retired Navy personnel. Then after the game will be a post game fireworks extravaganza presented by Navy Mutual. It'll be an awesome night and a great night for some baseball! Learn more here ! ... read more

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY AT THE VIRGINIAZOO With The USO of HRCV! Event Date: September 27, 2015 - RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER! From 10am-4pm This includes all Active Duty Military, Retirees, Reserve/National Guard, DoD Civilians and their eligible dependents with valid ID card. Learn more about the Virginia Zoo and The USO of HRCV ... read more

Welcome to DeCA's Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale~The September Schedule Is Out! Click on your local commissary to be linked to the store's web page where you can find additional store information including phone numbers, contact information, local store information and other upcoming events. Always check with your commissary for date changes or cancellations before you go. Case lot sales may be cancelled due to weather or other events beyond our control. Commissaries are not responsible for early sell out of items during case lot sales due to high customer volume or limited product avail... read more

I just returned from a long trip visiting family. I returned exhausted and longing to sleep in my own bed. We visited family from both my side and my husband's side of the family. We spent sleepless nights on couches and deflated air mats. Don't get me wrong, it was wonderful to visit with so much family and long over due but I was tired and ready to be home. A little cranky from a long and tiring vacation, I noticed something sitting at my door front. I suddenly found myself transitioning from irritable to giddy. It was a package in the mail and it was for me!! I rarely receive a package in ... read more

If you are stationed in Hampton Roads, I highly recommend you visit The Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, Virginia. The VASC is also thevisitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base, VASC features hands-on aviation & space exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, space flight artifacts and a giant-screen 3D IMAX Theater. What's new at The VASC? Virginia Air & Space Center OpensTwo New Permanent Exhibits, Robots 3D and the Robotics Lab! The Virginia Air & Space Center is pleased to announce theopening of the new permanent exhibit... read more

Yankee Candle Celebrates America’s Heroes with New Homefront Girl® Collection Press Release: MEET GABY JUERGENS ARTIST FOR HOMEFRONT GIRL® July 4, 2015 | 11am-3pm At Yankee Candle Village, Williamsburg “A ‘homefront girl’ is someone who exemplifies the courage and strength of a nation,” said Gaby Juergens, artist and creator of the Homefront Girl® brand. “I created this collection to pay tribute to the families who are sharing their hero with the world and to the incredible sisterhood of women who support our men and women in uniform every day.” One dollar from every candle sold will benefit ... read more

It's back... The BIG KIDS COUPON offering great savings to The Children's Museum of Virginia! PRINT YOUR COUPON AND USE BY JUNE 19th! Big Kids Coupon for May 26 - June 19, 2015 Visit The Children's Museum to learn more about what you will see during your visit! ... read more

Rebounderz of Newport News is proud to honor military members and their family for the entire month of May in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month with a special military discount. For the month of May military members and families can JUMP for only $8/hour. If you have not visited Rebounderz yet now is your chance to enjoy jumping at a great deal. Rebounderz offers FUN for everyone kids to adults. Be sure to visit Rebounderz on MilitaryBridge to learn about their Everyday Military Discount offers. About Rebounderz: Our mission at Rebounderz is to explore the creation of unique... read more

ARMED FORCES NIGHT AT THE NORFOLK TIDES! May 9 vs. Buffalo Bisons Presented by Navy Mutual Join the Norfolk Tides in honoring all the brave men and women that serve in the Armed Forces. Active duty and retired military personnel as well as dependents can show their ID at the Harbor Park box office to get box seat tickets for $8.50 each and reserved seat tickets for $7.50 each. Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza Stay after the game for a fireworks extravaganza presented by Navy Mutual. This will be a great night you don't want to miss. Mark your calendars and grab some friends for a great night ... read more

MILITARY APPRECIATION FOR THE MONTH OF MAY AT THE VIRGINIA AQUARIUM Military Sundays and Mondays Since May is National Military Appreciation Month the Virginia Aquarium will honor active duty military personnel, immediate family members, and retired military with half priced admission on Sundays and Mondays in May. A valid military ID must be presented. Everyday Military Discount The Virginia Aquarium offers a $2 off Aquarium admission to active duty and retired military personnel and their dependent family members with valid military ID.Discounted tickets for the whole family are available a... read more

Celebration of the Military Child EVENT INFORMATION: As April is the official “month of the military child”. The Little Heroes at Home celebration will honor our local military children who serve along with their families. This event honors their service, sacrifices, leadership and strength of character. This fun and free event will include family activities, entertainment, face painting, rock wall, bounce house, crafts, D.J., giveaways and more! FREE to all service members (active duty, retired, guard and reserve) and their family members and friends. FREE parking at the Hampton Convention C... read more

THE FIRST ARMY YMCA IN THE COUNTRY RE-OPENS AS A YMCA FORT MONROE, VIRGINIA – The YMCA is reopening at Fort Monroe, reviving a history of one hundred and twenty-six years. This development is considered a significant indicator of the community’s progress in its redevelopment efforts. The Fort Monroe Authority has reached an agreement with the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA to reopen the fitness center facility, which has been closed for nearly four years. The YMCA will serve residents and businesses of Fort Monroe and the surrounding area, as well as the visiting boaters that dock at the Old Poi... read more

PARAGON CITY CENTER 12 TO HOST ‘CINDERELLA’ PRINCESS PARTY IN CELEBRATION OF THE DISNEY CLASSIC FILM REMAKE OPENING 3/13 Free Fun Festivities Include a Visit from WVEC Channel 13 Reporters Janet Roach and Ashley Smith (Newport News, VA; March 6, 2015) - Paragon City Center 12 is rolling out the red carpet for a princess extravaganza in celebration of the upcoming March 13th wide release of CINDERELLA, a PG rated live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince. In addition, to the delight of FROZEN fans everywhere, Princesses Elsa an... read more

The Virginia Living Museum Presents Reptiles! Bizarre and Beautiful February 14-16, 2015! Great event coming up at The Virginia Living Museum and you don't even have to like snakes and lizards to enjoy it. I have a horrible fear of reptiles but actually found a new appreciation for them through this show. And, if you are a reptile lover than you will absolutely love this annual event. Reptiles! Bizarre and Beautiful at the Virginia Living Museum Feb. 14-16 Enjoy three days of native and exotic reptiles at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, Feb. 14-16. See exotic reptiles from around th... read more

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA once again will offer the FUN CARD for 2015! Celebrate fun with unlimited admission to Busch Gardens® & Water Country USA® through Sept. 7, 2015 on regularly scheduled operating days and get two parks for the price of one. Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA are offering its discount two-park pass, offering unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for the price of a single-day admission ticket which is $75. This is an ONLINE ONLY offer available through March 31, 2015. Preschool Pass 2015 Also, B... read more

Whether you already live in Hampton Roads or it's your next duty station, the area has a lot to offer. There is a lot to love about Hampton Roads. First of all, there is a large military presence in the area where each branch of the armed forces is represented which really gives the area a sense of being a military community. Secondly, the area is surrounded by water which is perfect for the beach, fishing, and boating lovers. The climate is mild and there are four seasons which is wonderful. One of the greatest benefits to the Hampton Roads area is there is a ton to do here. Remember, every ... read more

HOOTS FOR TROOPS I just love meeting people who have a passion and desire to make the world we live in a better place. To selflessly take their time, commitment, and even money to do something to make another person smile. I just learned about Crystal Lea Cawley and her mission to do just that, put a smile on a military member or veterans face. She wants military members and veterans to know that we are thinking of them and that we care. Crystal reminds us all to be a better person. She does that through her mission with Hoots for Troops . Crystal started Hoots For Troops as seen above as a w... read more

For those of you who are looking for a FUN way to see the Christmas lights this year near Fort Lee inRichmond, Virginia, The Tacky LightTour is a MUST and a Richmond tradition. What is the Tacky Lights Tour? Information from : Richmond houses light up for the season with over-the-top displays all over town. There are multiple ways to see the Tacky Lights. You can do-it-yourself. Pick out a house on 's Tacky Lights List and drive over to check it out. If you have a smartphone, we recommend using our Tacky Lights Guide which will give you door-to-door driving direction... read more

5 WAYS TO REMEMBER MILITARY MEMBERS DEPLOYED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON It is so important that while we are enjoying our families this holiday season that we remember those that cannot be home for the holidays with family. If you have a deployed service member, know someone deployed, or don't know anyone deployed but just want to show your support this holiday season MB has come up with 5 suggestions to put a smileon a service member'sface. (1) Holiday Mail For Heroes Program: The Red Cross offers a great way to reach out to military members overseas and show your support during the holiday season ... read more

Winter is right around the corner and with that so is SKI SEASON! There are many resorts around the country that have a Military Discount Program for the ski season. MB has compiled a list of the TOP 5 Military Discounts around the country so you can start planning your winter getaway. 1) WINTER PARK (includes other ski resorts) PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Winter Park Resort 85 Parsenn Road Winter Park, Colorado 80482 #303-316-1564 HERE'S THE DEAL: Winter Park proudly salutes our military and gives overwhelming support to military service members. As a "Thank You," we are offering discount season passe... read more

Do you live in Williamsburg, Virginia? If you do here is a great local resource you should follow to keep up to date with all things Williamsburg! shares Events, Activities, Discounts and Promotions in and around Williamsburg, VA on Williamsburg Families has put together a fantastic post just in time for the holidays! The Holiday Highlights Post shares things to do this Holiday Season in the Williamsburg Area. Check it out and please be sure to SHARE! ... read more

The Mariners' Museum and Park is proud to support the military community year round with fantastic military discounts and military related appreciation events. This Veterans Day The Mariners' Museum would like to honor our military members and veterans through a special military appreciation offer. Military Appreciation Weekend November 8-November 11th from 9:00am- 5:00 PM In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month and Veteran’s Day, The Mariners’ Museum is offering our Armed Service members and their families a special admission price Saturday, November 8 – Tuesday, November 11. $5 admis... read more

Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the United States Military. We are most grateful for the sacrifices made for our freedom. On Veterans Day many businesses honor our military members past and present with Free Admission, Free Meals, and other freebies. Colonial Williamsburg has always been a big supporter of the military community. This Veterans Day Weekend, Colonial Williamsburg is proud to offer Military Members FREE ADMISSION as a way to say "Thank You" for your service to our country. Veterans Day Weekend Free Admission for Military* Veterans Day Weekend Active duty... read more

FANTASTIC MILITARY DISCOUNT OFFER FOR ACTIVE DUTY, VETERANS, AND RETIRED MILITARY MEMBERS! Military Tribute Days Knott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its 25th annual Military Tribute. The free-admission offer applies to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and one guest. Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $24 each from November 2 through 21 and for $29 each from November 22 through January 4. Military... read more

Great Annual Event Coming Up At The Virginia Living Museum! Night of the Living Museum Saturday, October 18, 5-8pm Are you ready for a “wild” night of spooky animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving and Mad Scientists? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 15th year on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a non-scary Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. Come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal. Enjoy live animal shows featuring fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters. Discover pumpkin carving secrets in the Pumpkin P... read more

FANTASTIC MILITARY DISCOUNTS OFFERED AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT AND DISNEYLAND RESORT! BLOG POST BY: Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks Today, we’re announcing new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort . Here’s a look at the details: At Walt Disney World Resort – from August 25, 2014, through September 30, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spous... read more

Colonial Williamsburg: The Wall that Heals Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission to its art museums to active duty military, retired military members and veterans from Oct. 9 to 13 in honor of a special exhibition honoring Vietnam veterans. According to a press release from Colonial Williamsburg, "The Wall that Heals" is a 250-foot half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Etched onto the somber black granite walls of the memorial are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. . Opening ceremonies for the repli... read more

Exciting News From The Virginia Zoo and Virginia Aquarium~ Member Partner Swap For The Month Of October! Below is the Press Release and Details: The Virginia Zoo, in Norfolk, Va., and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, in Virginia Beach, Va., are participating in a member swap during the month of October. “We are excited to be involved in this partnership that really shows how dynamic the world of wildlife is and demonstrates a shared interest of the two cities, its wildlife conservation institutions and its members. And what a great deal for all,” said Greg Bockheim the Zoo’s E... read more

2014 Virginia State Fair Has A Great Line Up Of Events Plus A Military Discount! There’s so much to do and see with your family and friends at the State Fair. You’ll find information about all of it here—so bookmark this page, and check back as opening day gets closer! Your General Admission ticket purchase covers all concerts, attractions and exhibits . Plan your visit to the State Fair of Virginia! Attractions This year’s State Fair will have loads of family entertainment—and surprises around every corner! Read More Festival Stage Concerts We’ll be bringing you country, rock, R&B and some m... read more

Celebrating the Navy's 239th Birthday! The Hampton Roads Navy Ball is October 4th~Have you purchased your tickets yet? Last year sold out quickly, you can purchase tickets at the link below. Due to Ballroom capacity, tickets are limited to the first 900 applicants. Purchase early to guarantee your attendance! Location: Norfolk Waterside Marriott Cocktail Reception – 1800 - 1900 (Cash bar for those 21 and older). Dinner and Official Program – 1900 - 2100 Dancing – 2100 - 2400 Directions to: Norfolk Waterside Marriott 235 E Main Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 Entertainment: The U.S. Fleet Force... read more

Great opportunity for local Hampton Roads residents! The Carnival Splendor is due to set sail from Norfolk, VA in May 2015 for sailings in May and Oct. 2015! With 2, 5, 6 and 7 day cruises to the Bahamas! Rates starting at $3 39 pp with great deals for Virginia residents and military members! No added stress and expense of flying or driving anywhere! Bookings have already opened up so contactour partner Robyn Cockrell with Cupcake Castles Travel Company for more information on these local sailings! Information on Cupcake Castles Travel Company~Robyn Cockrell: I am a Navy wife and a mother to ... read more

Mark your calendar to attend Naval Station Norfolk's "Fleet Fest” Saturday, October 18. Norfolk, VA – In celebration of Fleet Week Hampton Roads and the Navy’s 239th Birthday, Naval Station Norfolk will host Fleet Fest from 9 a.m. – 4 p m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The event is open to the public and includes ship tours , static displays , live entertainment , car show and chili cook-off . Headlining this year’s Fleet Fest will be the aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) and guided-missile destroyer, USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). The ships will... read more

I am very excited to announce a brand new MILITARY DISCOUNT for Military Groups from our partners at Busch Gardens Williamsburg! This is a phenominal offer so please be sure to spread the word! Military Group Discounts Other Great Offers For Military Members and Their Families Busch Gardens Military Appreciation Days $29 off Single -Day tickets Busch Gardens® offers fun for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling roller coasters, animal encounters, great dining, and shows, including the debut of London Rocks™, a new production in the park's Globe Theatre that explores the powerful role that music p... read more

The 2014 Southern Fried Festival is coming to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on August 23rd and 24th . **Update: The Southern Fried Music Festival has been cancelled. Anyone who purchased tickets for the show can seek refunds at the original point of purchase. The Good News,The BBQ Championships and The Virginia Hot Rod and Car Show will still take place! The festival has three signature events you don't want to miss! The Southern Fried Music Fest , The Official Virginia BBQ Championships and The Virginia Hot Rod and Custom Car Show . This 2-day festival offers something for the entire f... read more

If you're looking for some FUN events going on this 4th of July around Hampton Roads that are indoors, here is a list of opportunities around town. Virginia Living Museum: LOOKING FOR FIREWORKS? Rain in the forecast? Can't stand the mosquitoes? All the good viewing spots taken? No worries! Come enjoy the most amazing 4th of July laser displays in the cool comfort of the museums Abbitt Planetarium! "Spirit of ... America" is a laser show full of great patriotic music and more! Showings at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9pm on JULY 4th. Cost is an incredibly low $3 for members and $6 for non-members! Don't mis... read more

Summer Concert Series FREE EVENT - Weekly on Thursday nights June 5 through September 25, 2014 •6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bring a blanket or favorite chair & enjoy live music by some of the area's hottest bands on the banks of Lake Maury. Adult beverages, soft drinks, and a variety of summer foods will be available for sale. No outside alcohol is permitted. Take a look at our line-up and make your plans to be at The Mariners' Park every Thursday, all summer long. Forecast is for rain? Don't despair! Thursdays by the Lake will move inside. You can still enjoy the music, beverages and food when we move ... read more

The 4th of July is a great time to enjoyfamily, friends, BBQ's, parades, fire works, and celebrations! It doesn't get much better than celebrating our nations birthday herein Hampton Roads where many battles were foughtand Independence was won. We are surrounded by historywhich allows foramazing venues to enjoy parades,celebrations, music, reenactment, and of course Fireworks! Enjoy, be safe, and please share this list of4th of July celebrations in Hampton Roads with others! There are many celebrations and fireworksaround town and if we miss any please feel free to add to the list in the comm... read more

ZOO GROOVES RETURNS! Norfolk, Va. - Get ready for a roarin' good time with today's top 40 hits at the Virginia Zoo's Event Field Saturday, June 28 . The Virginia Zoo and Monarch Bank kick off the 2014 Zoo Grooves summer concert series with Cover This; a band featuring current hit songs from artists like Adele, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Neon Trees and more! " Concerts at the Zoo are crazy fun ," said Greg Bockheim, the Zoo's executive director. " It's a family-friendly evening to enjoy some music, your favorite summer foods and a splash in the water fountains." Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and performa... read more

There are so many exciting things going on at The Virginia Living Museum this Summer that I thought I would put together a blog post to share all of them so you don't miss out on any of the fun! The Really BIG Dinosaur Puppet Show May 24- June 22 Weekends only - Last Weekend Saturday, June 21and Sunday, June 22 with shows at noon, 1 and 2pm in the lobby of the Wason Ed Center! Imagine if the bones and fossils of ancient dinosaurs could come back to life, what stories they might tell! No need to imagine any more, as Rainbow Puppet Productions presents “The Really BIG Dinosaur Show.” Through or... read more

New summer exhibit at The Virginia Air & Space Center! Space Racers: Adventures in Space Exploration opens upJuly 12! This brand new exhibit for preschoolers age 3-6is being created in partnership with the new animated children’s series Space Racers.I had the honor of doing a sneak peak tour before the kick off celebration July 12th and I was so impressed! Kids are going to LOVE this new exhibit and all of the hands on activities it has to offer. Below you'll find some details on the new exhibit and about the events for Saturday's kick off celebration. You'll also get to see an inside look at... read more

Come Join in the Fun at the Peninsula's Premier Roller Skating Rink! For over 35 years, we have been a family-owned, family friendly roller skating facility that has something for everyone. Whether you are a beginner, an expert, or just want to watch your kids, the Peninsula Family Skating Center is the place to be! As the premier skating rink on the Peninsula, we want to be the place you think of first when it comes to entertainment. We offer several skating sessions throughout the week, and all without putting a strain on your wallet. Let us handle your birthday party or any other group out... read more

Spotlight on Local Mom: Nicole Mansfield Posted on June 10, 2014 by Tidewater Parent Staff in Baby , Baby Products , Highlights , Lifestyle , Moms + Dads , Slideshow , Top Stories , Trends , Work + Money When Nicole Mansfield first looped an elastic band through her son’s toy, it was an attempt to defeat the “uh-oh” game that he had recently learned to love. She did not realize at the time that her effort to keep germs out of her son’s mouth would turn into her own successful business: Toys Don’t Drop . Since she first started having her “Necklace Nanny” produced in 2010, Nicole has created a... read more

Nauticus has two great offers available which are listed below! If you have not visited Nauticus it is definitely a must see in Hampton Roads. Here is what you'll learn about during your visit: Nauticus is an exciting interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin , Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin -related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more! Nauticus offers Changing Exhibits Guns, Sweat,... read more

Looking for a great restaurant in Hampton Roads for Father's Day to treat that special Dad in your life? Tucanos Brazilian Grill has a great Father's Day offer available Friday or Saturday Night just for Father's Day (closed Sunday). If you have not experienced a meal at Tucanos before, you will not be disappointed! It offers something for everyone. Tucanosoffers CHURRASCO (shoe-HAS-ko) style dining , where fresh meats and vegetables are grilled and brought directly to your table by our meat servers. While your Tucanos Cue remains green side up, our meat servers will continue to bring fresh s... read more

MILITARY APPRECIATION OFFER FROM THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA! If you have not visited the Children's Museum in Portsmouth with your children, it is highly recommended! The museum went through a huge remodel several years ago and I have to sayit is one of the best Children's Museums I have been in! The kids absolutely love it there! Here's what you'll find at the Children's Museum of Virginia ....Step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than you are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark the imagination, where you can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, a star gazer. Come t... read more

There are many great Events Coming to The Mariners' Museum this summer and it all kicks off May 24th with the launch of Savage Ancient Seas!! About Savage Ancient Seas : Dinosaurs of the Deep May 24, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Enter the deep, dark prehistoric world of carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived. Bring the entire family for a Dinosaur exhibition like no other! Dive into the ocean depths to discover over 20 large-scale, magnificent skeletons and replicas of ancient marine reptiles. See th... read more

2014 Memorial Day Weekend Family Events Posted on May 21, 2014 by Tidewater Parent Staff in Around Town , Things To Do Thursday Virginia Aquarium 5th Annual Sensible Seafood Fest Thursday Virginia Aquarium Friday Virginia Memorial Day Cluster All-Breed Dog Show Friday – Monday Hampton Roads Convention Center 24th Annual UMOJA Festival Friday – Sunday nTelos Wireless Pavilion Saturday Strawberry Picking at Hickory Ridge Farm Every day until 5/31 Hickory Ridge Farm Hot Rods, Classic Cars and Bikes Cruise In Saturday River Oak Church Sunday 35th Annual Elizabeth River Run Sunday nTelos Wireless ... read more

Every year from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend nationwide Museums participate in the Blue Star Museum Initiative. Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowmentfor the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, Metlife Foundation, and hundreds of museums across the country. The NEW 2014 Participating Blue Star Museums is out! Hope you are able to take advantage of this great opportunity to visit local musuems this summer! Click the image below to find a participating Museum across the country. ... read more

Dinos Live! May 24-September 1, 2014 A new gang of dinosaurs is coming to town this summer at the Virginia Living Museum! Roaring, stomping robotic prehistoric creatures have been a popular attraction every time they’ve been featured at the museum. But this year, for the first time, the VLM will feature the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North America’s leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs. The summer exhibit, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, will take visitors back more than 65 million years to the Cretaceous period, the heyday of dinosaurs when Tyrannosaurus rex ruled North... read more

Press Release : Paragon Theaters To Open 12 Screens In City Center At Oyster Point The Paragon City Center movie theater will open in May 2014 in Oyster Point Area of Newport News, Virginia and feature: New Luxury Leather VIP Reclining Seats With Tray Tables and Footrests Ample Legroom with seven foot row spacing Convenient online Reserved Seating Two Extreme Theaters, Each With 65' Wall-To-Wall, Floor-To-Ceiling Screens and Amazing Sound and Projection For a Fully Immersive Movie-Going Experience Two Restaurant Concepts—NEO Kitchen + Bar featuring Craft Beers, Fine Wines, and Cocktails, and ... read more

Great offer from Virginia Zoo and Children's Museum of Virginia for a limited time-May 1-May 31st! Let your imagination! For the entire month of May, use your Virginia Zoo membership card (and valid photo ID) to receive FREE admission to the Children's Museum of Virginia , in Portsmouth. You must present your membership card and valid photo ID. Admissions are limited to your level of Zoo/Museum memberships. The Virginia Zoo has so much to offer if you do not currently have a membership you may want to consider one. Make today your day of adventure at the Virginia Zoo! Journey to m... read more

Saturday, May 17 at 7:05 PM vs. Charlotte Knights Armed Forces Night Join the Norfolk Tides in honoring all the brave men and women that serve in the Armed Forces. Active duty and retired military personnel as well as dependents can show their ID at the Harbor Park box office to get box seat tickets for $8.50 each and reserved seat tickets for $7.50 each. Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza Stay after the game for a fireworks extravaganza presented by Navy Mutual. ... read more

Take flight to the Virginia Air & Space Center the official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center! The Virginia Air & Space Museum features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight , more than 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and more! Your imagination will soar as you launcha rocket, pilot a space shuttle, program Mars rovers for a mission, become an air traffic controller,fly an airplane, and climb aboard a WWII bomber! Come face to face with the Apollo12 Command Module that went to the moon, a Mars meteorite, a three... read more

In correlation with National Military Appreciation Month , for the entire month of May, all local Hampton Roads McDonald’s® restaurants will donate a portion of all sales of Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meals to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program . The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program is a legislatively mandated program dedicated to helping Virginia veterans of all branches cope with the challenges posed from stress-related injury or traumatic brain injury. Hampton Roads McDonald’s® restaurants are a proud supporter of the United States Armed Forces. Tidewater residen... read more

April 24, 2014 | 1:30 pm Press Release from Virginia Aquarium & Marine ScienceCenter Virginia Beach, VA – As the May 9 Military Spouse Appreciation Day approaches, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is pleased to announce that active duty military dependents are now eligible for admission discounts on a routine basis. The new discount also extends to retired military and their dependents. Active duty military member discounts remain in effect. All discounts are honored by showing the appropriate military ID card to Aquarium admissions staff. Virginia Aquarium Deputy Director Cynthi... read more

2014 FATHER-DAUGHTER MILITARY BALL Event Details: June 12, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Father-Daughter Ball is a special annual fundraising event for military dads from all branches of service and their daughters. The ball includes dinner, dancing, photos, a makeover contest, and door prizes but the best part of the evening is spending time together. Tickets go on sale May 1st and sell out quickly. This is a very popular event and is expected to sell out quickly. If you live in Lincoln Military Housing, you have a chance to win tickets during the month of April. Be sure to check your community... read more