April: Month of The Military Child

As a military spouse and mother of two military brats, we love to take advantage of discounts that are offered to the military because, let’s face it, we’re only here for so long and we want to see everything!  Read on to find discounts during the month of April: Month of the Military Child as well as all year long.

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Kid’s Rank Ball: Saturday, April 8, 2017. This annual ball is hosted at Key Lime Cove this year. Enjoy dinner, dancing and prizes! Cost is $15 and attire is cocktail/service dress.

DoDEA offers a monthly Artist Spotlight and April is Cause/Effect. DoDEA students can enter original works of art including photographs, digital artwork, 2D artwork, or 3D artwork relating to the category. Navigate to the site to read the rules and ways to enter.

Check out USO of Illinois for Tickets for Troops, where you can get tickets to local events and venues every month.  You can request tickets once per month, so feel free to check back every month!

The Chicago Botanic Garden and Garfield Park Conservatory are free for military all year long. Check out the beautiful grounds and selection of gorgeous regional and non-regional plants!

If your kids prefer to shop till they drop, head over to Gurnee Mills and click here to print off coupons beforehand, and make sure to flash your Military ID when you’re there to get discounts not advertised. Gurnee Mills celebrates Month of the Military Child with a month-long initiative to recognize the significant role children play in the Armed Forces community. From Saturday, April 1, through Sunday, April 30, participating retailers will have a decal in their store window that signals special military discounts on purchases.

The Marcus/Gurnee Mills Cinema also offers military pricing for movies.

Country Springs Water Park in Milwaukee offers military discounts all year long, so keep it in mind when you need a break from the cold winter with an indoor water park hotel!

Lambs Farm opens April 1st and offers a 20% Military discount, which means that you can take the kids for a great experience that you’ll all remember for years to come!

@ Kari Alford | Little Lake County.com | 2017

The Kohl Children’s Museum offers BOGO tickets for military families year round, and the Chicago Children’s MuseumMuseum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago and Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (in Milwaukee) all offer free or reduced prices for military.

© K. Alford | Little Lake County.com | 2017

If you’re looking to book a trip this summer, make sure to check out Legoland (locations in Schaumburg, California and Florida) for a deep discount, and Disneyland and Disney World also offer a sweet discount for military families. Many hotels also offer military discount.

Chick-fil-A in Vernon Hills offers a 20% discount off of the entire check with military ID, so save a cow, eat a chicken! (This is an ongoing discount.)
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Culver’s has many locations in Lake County and offers a 10% discount all year with Military ID.

MainStreet Libertyville establishments also offer a Military discount. Check the website for a list of businesses and details.

Where do you use your Military discount the most? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Kari is a military wife who gets to travel the globe with her favorite people: her family! She has a husband who is funnier than she lets on, a daughter who is more creative than anyone she’s ever met, and a son who is always up for an adventure (especially if it involves a sword fight!) Kari hails from Michigan, but thanks to joining the Navy when she was 19, she has lived in California and Japan until returning to the Midwest in 2015. Kari loves to experience what cities have to offer but also loves to kayak with her family, or explore the wilderness. Every day is a different one since she’s on her children’s school’s PTO board, the AYLL board, and goes to college part time. Kari hates being bored, so you’ll often find her with her crochet bag, working on an afghan while she’s waiting for her children during practice.


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