By Micaela Williamson
The National Museum of the United States Marine Corps is filled with state of the art exhibits, artifacts from our nation’s military past, historical replications and interactive displays. It’s a great place for families to come and learn about the past, present and future of the United States Marine Corps. A free copy of the “Young Visitor’s Gallery Hunt” is available at the front desk and on the museum’s website. This guide is targeted towards children ages 4-10. Plus, Family Days are held the second Saturday of each month that include performances, crafts, train displays and interactive activities. Much of the museum is geared towards all ages, but due to the graphic nature of war, signs are posted at specific exhibits to warn that the content may not be suitable for children. Consider visiting the museum on one of their upcoming Family Days listed below:
Saturday, Jan. 12, noon-3 p.m.
Family Day — The President’s Own
Come to the Museum to learn about the history of The President’s Own and make a musical instrument of your own.
Saturday, Feb. 9, noon-3 p.m.
Family Day — Montford Point Marines at Iwo Jima
The Museum will focus on the Montford Point Marines and their role at Iwo Jima.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Special Event — Model Trains
The National Capital Trackers Railroad Club will have their trains set up in Leatherneck Gallery.
Saturday, March 9, noon-3 p.m.
Family Day — Model Making
The National Capital Modelers will show off their models and talk about model making. Children will also have the opportunity to make a model of their own to take home.
Saturday, April 13, noon-3 p.m.
Family Day — Appreciation of the Military Child
Join the Museum for crafts, games, puppets and book readings as along with Marine Corps Base Quantico family organizations in showing appreciation for children of our military families.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle
800-397-7585 / usmcmuseum.com
Micaela Williamson is the creator of www.supernovamommy.com, a popular, local blog that focuses on Northern Virginia families and events. Her website was recently voted “Best Blog 2012” in Northern Virginia Magazine. Micaela enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.