Month of the Military Child Spring Fling

Community members enjoy a train ride during Fort Lee’s Month of the Military Child Spring Fling April 5 on the Child and Youth Services Campus. Children and families enjoyed a variety of activities, including several bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, a petting zoo, a train ride, popcorn and snow cones, and a several games. (Photo by Amy Perry Fort Lee Public Affairs)

FORT LEE, Va. -- Held each year in April since 1986, the Month of the Military Child observance is an opportunity to focus national attention on the trials and triumphs of young individuals within the U.S. Armed Forces family.

This year’s observance theme – “Military Kids Can!” – pays homage to the strength and personal successes of children in the uniformed services community, and it acknowledges their role in strengthening the military family.

“The Month of the Military Child celebration is our opportunity to recognize the youngest members of the Team Lee community,” said Darrell Clay, director of Family and MWR here. “This year, the main events at Fort Lee will be held during Spring Break so everyone can participate. We hope our military community can find time to enjoy the festivities.”

Aside from the events open to the public, individual care centers are hosting a variety of activities for their young patrons.

“The CYS staff has arranged a bunch of fun things to do like drive-in movies with cardboard cars or creating military art for the centers,” Clay said. “Parents can check with their center to see what kind of exciting activities are in store.”

Events open to the Fort Lee community include the following:

• Kick-Off celebration and parade set for April 1, 2:30 p.m., starting from the Youth Center parking lot. After the opening ceremony, there will be a parade around the Child and Youth Service Campus.

• MOMC Spring Fling set for April 5, 2:30-5 p.m. on the CYS Campus. There will be inflatables, community resource tables, refreshments, giveaways and more. Additionally, Smart Beginnings – part of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation – will be offering Ages and Stages screenings for children six and under to assess developmental and social-emotional levels.

• Young Lives, Big Stories contest sponsored by IMCOM G9 Family and MWR (see details in article below).

For more information about Month of the Military Child, visit www.armymwr.com/momc.