Memorial Day marks an important annual celebration, the day America honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While many of our favorite family festivals have been postponed, that does not mean we can’t celebrate! If your go-to, kid-friendly Memorial Day plans aren’t an option this year, try out one of these fun, out-of-the-box things to do with kids as a way to honor our fallen soldiers.
Here are six things to do with kids this Memorial Day:
Pay it forward.
Write letters to soldiers. Operation Gratitude connects families with a variety of ways to support deployed troops, first responders and emergency medical personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out their virtual volunteerism page and honor a fallen soldier by paying it forward to those serving our country today.
Explore Oklahoma’s impact on military history at the 45th Infantry Museum.
The museum houses an extensive collection of military artifacts recounting events from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm as well as fascinating objects narrating Oklahoma’s own Thunderbirds, the 45th Infantry Division of the National Guard.
The museum is open with social distancing precautions, and has artifacts both indoors and outdoors. Some of the larger pieces include tanks, aircraft and large guns.
Take a virtual tour of a memorial.
Since many of us are not able to visit the hallowed grounds of the nation’s most famous war memorials, Google Arts & Culture lets you take a 360-degree tour of the National Mall in Washington D.C. highlighting the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
Attend a local memorial service.
Each year the City of Moore honors a fallen soldier that has passed in the last year. The wreath laying ceremony takes place at Veterans Memorial Park and this year they will honor Moore HS graduate Former Marine Taylor Lewis.
Bring the party home!
Connect with family outside.
Meet up for a socially distance picnic at a local park and enjoy an afternoon playing yard games, tossing a Frisbee or a friendly game of bocce ball. Midtown has a community gathering space dedicated to the game and the lawn at Kerr Park is perfect for a bring-your-own round. Check out this article highlighting outdoor urban adventures.
Looking for even more summer-time things to do with kids? Check out our dozens of resources to help you plan your perfect summer including our 100 Days of Summer feature filled with at-home activities and safe adventures away from home!