Memorial Day Family Fun
Memorial Day Weekend is a time to honor members of the armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country. It also means an extra day to spend time with family—but how? Try one of these family friendly and kid-approved ways to enjoy your time.
Visit an Historic Site
Memorial Day traces its roots back to the Civil War. Today, hundreds of historic sites dating back to this significant era have been preserved and some of them host formal Memorial Day event. It’s the perfect way to honor fallen soldiers, as well as help make history come alive for your kids. The National Parks Service has a list of Civil War-related sites on its website, stretching from one coast to the other. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, so give your local historical site some extra love.
Prepare a Family Picnic
Of course, it’s fun to dine alfresco and toss around a Frisbee outside. Picnic prep can be an activity in and of itself. Give your kids age-appropriate jobs to pull everything together. Older kids can cut up fruit and gather drinks, while younger ones can fold up the blanket and pack the basket. Everyone can participate in making a take-away dish.
Try These Delicious Dishes!
Watermelon Feta Salad
Watermelon + cucumbers are one of the most refreshing combos of all time. Throw in some mint, red onion, and feta and toss it all with a very simple vinaigrette, and you’ve got yourself a mean summer salad.
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3 c. cubed seedless watermelon
1 c. medium cucumber, chopped
1 c. crumbled feta
1/2 c. red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 c. coarsely chopped mint
Flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt.
- In a large serving bowl, combine watermelon, cucumber, feta, red onion, and mint. Pour over dressing, toss to combine.
- Garnish with more mint and flaky sea salt.
Italian Pasta Salad
Don’t show up to a summer hangout without the pasta salad.
FOR THE PASTA
fusilli pasta, cooked according to package instructions
8 oz. mozzarella balls, halved
4 oz. salami, quartered
2 cup baby spinach
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
1/2 cup pitted black olives, sliced
FOR THE DRESSING
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
Pinch red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, toss together pasta, mozzarella, salami, spinach, tomatoes, artichokes, and olives.
- To make the dressing, add olive oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, parsley, and red pepper flakes to a jar and secure with a lid then shake to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Dress pasta with dressing and serve.
Make a Poppy Craft
As the old poem goes, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row.” Poppies are the official flower of Memorial Day, and the distinctive red bloom with the black center makes for a fitting DIY craft. If you’re not crafty enough to do these free-hand, you can find online tutorials that create poppies out of paper plates (skill level: very easy), coffee filters (skill level: easy), cupcake liners (skill level: medium) or glassline paper and floral wire (skill level: advanced).
*Portions of article reprinted from: https://www.workingmother.com/5-family-activities-for-memorial-day-weekend
**Portions of article reprinted from: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19601468/easy-pasta-salad-recipe/