Outings: Celebrating Veterans Day With Kids

A fun (and meaningful) day at the Independence Seaport Museum Read more

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Don’t know about you guys, but to me, this particular moment of time in our world feels like an apt moment to consider and appreciate our freedoms — and to consider the people who have worked and are working to secure them. On this Veterans Day — November 11 — the Independence Seaport Museum is offering an excellent way to teach our kids about veterans and the reasons we celebrate them. In addition to hosting their annual Veterans Day Ceremony, the museum is also offering several family-friendly activities: Kids can make pinwheel poppies, write cards to veterans (which will later be distributed at the ceremony), and play board games that require military-like strategy.

The ceremony itself (geared toward adults, but certainly fine for families) will be held on Cruiser Olympia, the oldest steel warship afloat in the world. (The cruiser is best known for bringing home the body of the Unknown Soldier in 1921.) It begins at 2 p.m., and honors both our active military and veterans. The activities geared toward the kids will take place inside the museum starting at 10 a.m. If you know the Seaport Museum at all, then you know they do an awesome job with engaging little ones: In addition to the activities, you have the added bonus of being on the water, watching boats sail by — high-level entertainment for the toddler set.

Here, the details:
When: Saturday, November 11. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m., the more kid-friendly events start inside the museum at 10 a.m.
Where: The Independence Seaport Museum at 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: The ceremony itself is free to attend — though the space is limited. You’ll want to register here to guarantee a spot if you want to go. Meantime, for the kids’ stuff, it’s just a regular admission fee of $12 per kid, and $16 per adult. (Free for kids 2 and under.) Admission into the museum is free for military veterans and those on active duty, as well as museum members. Families of military members get a discounted rate.

Interested? Read more about the event here.