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I wanted to share a great way for your family to spend time together this summer with little to no cost. Being a military family, money can be tight, but we always seem to make do with what we have. In 2010, when my husband deployed on deployment number four, I took a leap and went back to school. Knowing that it was going to be difficult juggling a family, work, and school, I did it anyway. About six months into school it became clear that it was much harder than I anticipated. I talked it over with my husband, and because he is so supportive and pushes me to better myself, we agreed that I would quit my job. Quitting my job meant things would be tight, so a family vacation was definitely out of the question when he came home on his two-week leave—or so I thought. Blue Star museums became a saving grace for my family last year and it will be again this year as I am still in school. My family found a way to spend time together, have an educational summer, and spend little to no money doing it. My family couldn’t afford a beach vacation in big fancy hotels, but we could afford day trips to Blue Star museums and we never even had to leave our home state. My family would pick a Blue Star Museum and plan a day trip to the museum and a local park for a picnic lunch.

These one-day trips were cheap, since most of the time the only cost involved was gas. It gave my family some much-needed family time, and a family vacation. The best part was I got to go on more than one vacation last year as we did this multiple times throughout the summer. Thank you Blue Star Museums!

Looking for something to do on YOUR summer vacation? Visit our Blue Star Museums page to browse the list of participating museums!

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