April: Celebrate the Month of the Military Child
Military Child Month is April, Here Are Ways to Celebrate
April is the Month of the Military Child! Back in 1986, Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger established the Month of the Military Child in April and the military community has celebrated it ever since.
In normal years, you might find all types of events going on near your duty station or in your local community. Unfortunately, in 2021, this might not be the case. However, you can still celebrate, and here are a few things we have found to do so around the military world.
Purple Up Day!
Purple Up! For Military Kids is April 15th and a day for DoDEA communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for what they do, their strengths, and their sacrifices. The DoDEA encourages schools to plan special events to honor military children.
Why the color purple? Purple means that all military branches are represented. Purple is a mix of the blue of the Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, the green of the Army, and the red of the Marine Corps.
Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families has a special program this year where families who sign up and are chosen to participate will receive copies of the book, Beloved and the Pepper Tree, as well as seed packets. Families will then choose five people in their community who have supported their military kids to gift these items to. You can sign up on their website.
Fort Drum, NY
At Fort Drum, they are having celebrations all month long, including a kick-off event on April 1st with superheroes, DIY crafts, treats, and more.
Wright – Patterson Air Force Base
At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base they will be celebrating all month, with spirit week beginning April 19th. They will have different themed days during the week. Starting off with Camo Day, then on to Silly Sock Day, Purple Up Day, Crazy Hat Day, and Red, White, and Blue Day.
MCAS Cherry Point
At MCAS Cherry Point, they are having a month-long celebration including a touch-a-truck event on April 14th, and a Military Kids Rock at the Movies event on April 21st.
Fort Eustis, VA
At Fort Eustis, they are having a socially distant egg hunt on April 3rd. There will also be a Fort Eustis bunny hopping around for photos. You must reserve your spot.
The USO Stuttgart is having a fun day on April 8th with crafting and games outside the USO.
In Coronado, they are offering a Month of the Military Child Fun Bundle, available for pickup on April 2nd. The kit includes a jokebook, paint-by-number sticker book, sidewalk chalk, and more. You will need to register to pick it up.
Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID
At Mountain Home Air Force Base, they are having a Month of the Military Child Egg Hunt on April 3rd. You will need to reserve a time slot for each child that will be participating.
At Fort Campbell, they are having the Month of the Military Child Global Trot, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. This will be on April 10th, at 10:00 am. You will need to register for your time slot.
The Month of the Military Child T-Shirts
Check at your duty station to see if they are offering any special Month of the Military Child t-shirts to wear during the month of April. For example, Fort Campbell offers these t-shirts you can order or you or your child.
Look for Military Discounts
There are quite a few military discounts just for kids, from clothing stores to toy stores! Here is our Military Discounts Your Kids Will Love article to find out where you can get a military discount for your kids.
Celebrate at Home
As a military family, you can celebrate your own military children at home. Talk to your kids about their experiences as a military child, look at photo albums of your years as a military family, host a fun “Military Kids” photoshoot to remember the year.
Although we can’t celebrate the Month of the Military Child as we normally do, there are still many things to do to have a fun April celebrating your military kids.
- Resources for Parents and Military Families
- Financial Assistance for Your Military Child’s Remote Learning
- Organizations That Help Military Kids and Families
- National Veteran and Military Families Month
- Childcare Options for Military Families
- Military Gets Free Assistance Finding Child Care
- Resiliency Programs for Military Children
- VA Benefits for Family Members, Survivors, and Family Caregivers