9 Military Discounts to Celebrate Month of the Military Child

Guests observe the static displays at the 2018 Yuma Airshow hosted by Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sabrina Candiaflores)
Guests observe the static displays at the 2018 Yuma Airshow hosted by Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sabrina Candiaflores)

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child. Throughout the month, "military brats" are recognized for the sacrifices they make because they have a parent in the military. In honor of the Month of the Military Child, here are 9 military discounts for kids and their families.

1. Disney

Disney World is the happiest place on earth! It's even better because of Disney's Armed Forces Salute program. Military personnel can get discounted tickets to Disney theme parks, as well as discounts off select rooms at Disney Resort hotels. These deals are good for military spouses of eligible service members even without the member being present.

2. Amusement parks

Disney isn't the only amusement park that offers military discounts. Other fun parks like LEGOLAND and Universal Studios help military families out with deals as well. If you have an amusement park in your area, call ahead, check the park’s website, or visit your local ITT office on base to ask what kinds of military discounts they offer and what you need to do to take advantage of them.

3. Movies

Movie theaters like Regal and Cinemark offer discounted tickets for the military. Keep in mind the discount may vary by location and time of day. For instance, some theaters may not offer a discount on matinees, but do offer one at an evening showing.

4. Crafts

Whether art supplies are needed for fun craft projects or for school assignments and supplies, military families can stock up using military discounts at A.C. Moore, Jo-Ann Fabric, and Michaels.

5. Zoos and Aquariums

Many zoos throughout the country, like the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Virginia and the San Diego Zoo in California, offer military discounts on admission prices. You can also find deals for military families at aquariums like the New York Aquarium and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.

6. Chuck E. Cheese's

The cool hangout for kids Chuck E. Cheese's salutes the military by offering a choice of two different package deals for pizza, drinks and play points.

7. Blue Star Theatres

Blue Star Theatres is a collaboration between Theatre Communications Group and Blue Star Families. Through this initiative, more than 170 theatres and playhouses around the country offer free or discounted admission to the military, their families, and veterans.

8. National Parks

Most national parks don't have an entrance fee, but for those that do, fees are waived on designated free entrance days. Service members and their families are also eligible for the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass for free, a pass that's normally $80. The pass allows free admission for a year at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

9. Academic Help

Military families are eligible for free access to the Department of Defense online tutoring program with Tutor.com. Students needing a little extra help with homework and studying can ask a professional tutor anytime they need it.

And for those older military brats getting ready to take the SAT or ACT, eKnowledge donates SAT and ACT Test Prep Programs to military families that are worth $350. (The participant pays a nominal student-fee between $19.99 and $39.99 to offset some of the streaming and support expenses.)

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