6 Ways to Celebrate Veteran’s Day With the Kids

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Most schools throughout the area are out of school Tuesday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day. Spend the day commemorating those that have served or are serving our country with these free or low-cost options in and around town.

1. Everybody loves a parade. Head uptown for the US Airways Salute to Veterans Parade at 11 a.m. Middle- and high-school bands will march as well as JROTC and active military groups.

2. If you live in the Lake Norman area, there is also a Veteran’s Day Parade happening in downtown Mooresville. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and will travel north along main street to the Town Hall lawn for a community celebration.

3. Veterans and active duty military get free admission to Discovery Place and the IMAX movie theater, as well as the Charlotte Nature Museum. The current IMAX film is “D-Day: Normandy 1944.” Family members of veterans or active duty military receive a $2 discount at Discovery Place and the Charlotte Nature Museum.

4. Take a quick daytrip to Kings Mountain National Military Park to learn about the battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. It was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. National Park Service entrance fees will be waived to commemorate the service of U.S. Armed Forces veterans.

5. And because we all need to eat, head to IHOP for red, white and blue pancakes tomorrow. Veteran’s and active duty military eat free. Starbucks is also offering a free, tall brewed coffee on Tuesday to all U.S. military veterans and active duty service members – and their spouses.

6. Chuck E. Cheese is recognizing military personnel by offering 20 free tokens to military vets and active-duty military through Saturday, Nov. 15.

For more ideas on how to spend the day, check out our full calendar of events for families.