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  • How to Stain or Seal a Swing Set

    Is your wooden swing set a few years old? If it is, and you have never stained or sealed it, it's probably in need of some tender loving care!

    Just like you cover your BBQ grill when it's not in use, and put your outdoor patio furniture away for winter, you should plan some maintenance for your swing set, too. With more than two decades' experience in the business, we recommend staining or sealing your wooden swing set once a year (if yours is in a shady location, you may be able to get away with once every two years). Doing so will protect the investment you made for your little ones.

    If you're wondering what the difference is between stain and sealer, stain offers a tint to restore the color of your swing set, while sealer is clear. If the color of the swing set looks good, opt for the sealer. If the color is faded, stain is the best option.

    You can stain or seal before or after the season starts, but we prefer before--sometime in the spring--because you'll want the structure to be protected against the strong summer sun. And even if your swing set is brand new, staining or sealing sooner than later is a good idea because it will get you on schedule for years to come.

    Here's a step-by-step guide to get your backyard playset looking like new again:

    1. To avoid any mishaps, remove everything but the wood! That means tent top canopies, swings and slides. You could also remove binoculars, telescopes, steering wheels and so on; or you could work around these toys (like you will do with step and rope ladders).
    2. Clean the swing set. Using a bleach and water solution (half and half), hose down the entire set. This will help to remove any mildew or dirt that may have built up since last season.
    3. After cleaning, allow the swing set 24 hours to dry.
    4. Inspect the swing set and look for rough spots or places where the grain is lifting. Sand wherever necessary. This is also a good time for an annual hardware/retightening check.
    5. Apply stain or sealer. You'll need one gallon for most basic, single clubhouse swing sets. For larger jungle gyms, or smaller ones that have multiple wooden components (wooden roof, gang plank ramp, monkey bars, etc.), purchase at least two gallons. You may want to pick up a pump sprayer from your local hardware store for the application, as this handy tool will allow you to get the job done a bit quicker.
    6. If you're using a sealer, you do not have to worry about the spray not being perfectly even because it's a clear coating. But if you opted for the stain, you'll need to brush it out so there is no excess and drip marks are minimal. You may want to have a small brush on hand to work around ladder rungs, monkey bars, etc.
    7. After staining or sealing, again allow 24 hours for drying.

    That's it! Staining and sealing a swing set is not a difficult task (easily a one-person job), just a bit time-consuming. It's a worthwhile chore though, and it will keep your swing set looking great for years to come.

  • What to Look for in Swing Set Accessories

    When it comes to your kids, you want only the best -- the safest, strongest, highest quality, and so on. Here at Eastern Jungle Gym, we share the same philosophy, which is why we make sure everything from our playsets to our hardware to our swing set accessories are top notch.

    With spring's arrival (and summer's not too far off), we wanted to share a few tips on what to look for in a swing set accessory, to ensure that the products you're buying are designed with your child's well-being in mind. Here's what we suggest:

    -- UV-protection: Swing set accessories that are equipped with built-in protection against ultraviolet rays won't heat up as quickly in the summer sun as accessories that lack UV protection. This feature also adds to the life of your playset, as the color of the items (tent top canopies, swings, slides and more) won't fade as quickly.

    -- Ladders with grab handles: If you're thinking about building a wooden step ladder or adding one to your backyard playground, be sure to include a set of safety grab handles. These aren't as necessary on ladders that have rungs, as the kids can use the rungs to hold onto. But with step ladders, they're a must! We suggest grab handles that have pebbles or grips to ensure the kids get a secure hold.

    -- Coated swing chains: To avoid pinched fingers, your swing chains should be of the straight-coil variety, with a soft coating (like plastisol) covering part of the chain to protect their little hands.  A coating will provide a soft surface for them to grip. We recommend the rings on your gym ring trapeze bar combo be coated in a soft plastic, too, for the same reasons.

    Bucket swing for baby This full bucket swing features plastisol coating, one of the things you should look for when buying swing set accessories.

    -- Avoid magnified binoculars or telescopes: Toy binoculars and telescopes are best for the swing set, as the children won't damage their eyes by looking up at the sun through a magnified view.

    --  Inspect different swings for safety: If you're purchasing a baby swing, make sure it's a full bucket with a high back, so your little one is properly supported. For the half bucket swings, which many people use for their toddlers, not only should there be a high back, but also a strong chain that secures in front of the child. This chain should always be latched when your youngster is swinging. And with a tire swing, it's best to use an actual tire rather than a hard, plastic one.

    -- Playground rope: The last thing you want is a rope that irritates your child's hand, or splinters and frays. For this reason we recommend playground rope (which is used on everything from gang plank ramps to Jacob's Ladders) be made of nylon, rather than polyester.

    -- Climbing holds for the rock wall: Whether you're constructing your own rock climbing wall for the kids, or buying a swing set that features one, it's a good idea to consider the number of rock holds. If your children are young, you may want to consider adding some additional holds, so they are gathered somewhat close together. Once your kids are a bit older and their skill level allows, you can remove a few to make the activity more challenging.

    We hope you've found this blog post informative. Please feel free to send any questions about swing set accessories (or anything else playset-related!) our way!

  • Contest Winner Thrilled with Playset

    As luck would have it, the winner of Eastern Jungle Gym's 2015 Springtime Swing Set Giveaway was just starting to look for a backyard playset for her kids. In fact, Molly Conetta and her husband Jason were planning to start shopping in the coming days -- until they got the good news, of course!

    "Thank you so very much," Molly wrote to Eastern Jungle Gym. "We are so thrilled and can't wait to play on our new swing set!!! My son and daughter will love this for years to come. You totally made our weekend, especially since we were going to be out shopping for a swing set for our family and now we are lucky to have this one."

    Molly, a first grade teacher, and Jason, a high school vice principal, live in Massachusetts with their two young children: Jack, who will be 3 in May, and Gabriella, who will be 1 in May. The family had their choice of a Classic Kids Swing Set, valued at $999, or a Classic Wooden Tire Swing, valued at $799. The Classic Kids Swing features a horse glider for two, a full bucket swing and a sling swing. The Classic Tire Swing comes with a three-chain tire swing designed for up to three children.

    Eastern Jungle Gym was happy to work with the Conettas, who had their hearts set on a playset with a platform play deck and a slide. So the family received a credit toward the purchase of another wooden swing set.

    "I think this is the best option for our family," Molly said.

    Molly and Jason were looking for a swing set the kids could grow into, so they are planning to order the Dreamscape 1. It features a clubhouse, a 10-foot wave slide, a rock climbing wall, a Jacob's Ladder and more.

    "There's nothing we love more than helping a family get the swing set of their dreams," said Rolf Zimmermann, the company's Vice President of Sales. "After all, our motto is creating childhood memories. It's something we've been doing for more than two decades."

    Eastern Jungle Gym regularly hosts contests and giveaways through its website and social media channels. The company is based in Carmel, New York and has been manufacturing wooden swing sets for 22 years.

  • Swing Set Contest Ends April 10

    Eastern Jungle Gym is excited to announce its Springtime Swing Set Giveaway contest, which is open for entry for about another week and a half.

    The winner of the swing set contest will choose between two prizes: the Classic Tire Swing and the Classic Kids Swing. The first features a three-chain tire swing with plastisol coating, and it is valued at $799. The latter features a horse glider swing designed for two children, a full bucket swing and infant swing, and it is valued at $999. Both of the sets are A-frame, freestanding styles made of 100-percent cedar wood. They also use Eastern Jungle Gym's exclusive two-piece thru-bolt construction, which is safer than solid wood and laminates.

    Entry to the contest is easy. Entrants are asked to fill out this form, which simply asks for an email address to enter to win. The contest is open to residents of the continental US who are at least 18 years of age. The giveaway will close at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 10, 2015.

    The Springtime Swing Set Giveaway is one of many promotions recently hosted by Eastern Jungle Gym and its retail branch Best in Backyards. The company holds similar giveaways and contests throughout the year, all posted on the Eastern Jungle Gym Facebook page. Past giveaways have featured prizes such as Amazon gift cards, swing set accessories and a variety of playsets.

    "There's nothing quite as exciting as contacting a family with the good news that they have won one of our high quality swing sets," said Rolf Zimmermann, Vice President of Sales for Eastern Jungle Gym. "It's a part of the business we really enjoy."

    Eastern Jungle Gym has been a leading manufacturer of wooden swing sets for more than 22 years. Based in Carmel, New York, Eastern Jungle Gym sells its backyard playgrounds online as well as through a network of dealers located in several states. The swing sets range from traditional A-frame styles to single tower sets to huge units with tree houses, connecting bridges, multiples slides and more.

  • Swing Sets Buying Guide

    5 Things to Consider When Shopping for an Outdoor Playset

    Spring has finally arrived here in the Northeast and across the rest of the country. With warm weather right around the corner, the kids will undoubtedly be spending more and more time outdoors. If this is the year you're planning to buy a swing set, now is the time to start browsing and planning your purchase.

    When it comes to investing in a backyard playground--and all the wonderful memories that will follow--there are a few factors to think about. Here is a list of considerations (in no particular order) that we recommend you mull over as you begin shopping for a swing set.

    • Family Size: The number of little ones you foresee using the swing set on a daily basis is something to account for as you decide what size unit would fit your family's needs. If your immediate family is still growing, plan accordingly. Similarly, take extended family members and friends into consideration, too. If you typically have brothers, sisters, cousins and their young children over on the weekends, you will want to make sure your playset is large enough to accommodate the group. You can judge this by looking at the swing set and all its activities. Ideally, you'll have at least two to three swing positions (say, two for sling swings or belt swings, and the third for a horse glider swing or a gym ring/trapeze bar combo), a slide, a clubhouse with a toy or two, a rock-climbing wall, maybe some monkey bars, and so on. Consider the types of activities, too -- ones that work the upper body, the legs and so on. Do make sure the clubhouse is roomy enough for the group, too. Beyond cousins and immediate family, don't forget about the friends your kids have over after school, or the neighborhood pals they spend time with in the summer.
    • Age of Children: While it may be tempting to focus on the current ages of your little ones, we encourage families to think ahead. When purchasing a swing set, you're making an investment that will last several years. It is best to look for a swing set that has activities the kids can grow into, even if it looks large for a toddler. Otherwise you could end up buying two swing sets, one that's small (say with a deck height of just four feet) and one that's on the larger side (with a deck height of at least five and a half feet).
    A swing set with a slide, gang plank ramp, swings, ladders and a rock-climbing wall provides plenty of activities. A swing set with a slide, gang plank ramp, swings, ladders and a rock-climbing wall provides plenty of activities.
    • Available space: Perhaps the first thing you should do when you decide to add a swing set to your home is identify an appropriate space. Ideally, you're looking for a spot that is somewhat level and free of obstructions. Certain swing sets can be installed on unlevel ground, so if your property is significantly sloped, you'll want to mention this as you are out browsing for a playset. If that's the case, a swing set with an angled base, rather than a straight base, would be best. And while the backyard is the most common place to find a swing set, you could also place yours on the side of the home or in the front yard. Just be sure mom or dad has access to a window close by, so keeping an eye on the kids from inside won't be a challenge.
    • Swing Set Material: When it comes to backyard swing sets and material, you have a few choices: Metal, wooden or vinyl. Your decision will likely depend on the style of your home and backyard, your personal preference, and your budget. With more than 22 years of experience in this industry, we always recommend wooden swing sets--specifically cedar--because of their strength, beauty and natural resistance to rot and insect damage. You can find more information about other types of swing set materials here. Whichever style you choose, be sure to inspect the quality of the material and the hardware. A safe wooden swing set, for example, should have smooth, sanded wood with rounded corners, solid or thru-bolt construction, and recessed hardware.
    • Price: Once you've done a little research online, you'll see that swing set prices range from about $500, for a small unit from a big box store, all the way up to $5,000 or more, for a large, high quality swing set with many, many activities. If you are the DIY type, you may be able to install the swing set yourself. However, if you're planning to opt for a professional to do the setup, remember to factor this into the cost. Also consider the cost of adding an appropriate play surface, such as rubber mulch (our favorite for safety reasons, and the fact that it never needs replenishing) or even wood mulch, to your swing set area. This is not a requirement for a backyard swing set, but it's a good idea if you can find room in your budget. Surfacing will tack on anywhere from a few hundred bucks to an additional $3,000 to your total cost.
  • Metal, Vinyl or Wooden Swing Sets

    When it comes to selecting a new playset for the family, one of the most important first questions to consider is the type of material you are selecting. From wooden swing sets to those made of vinyl or metal, there are plenty of options, each with pros and cons that are worth contemplating before making a purchase.

    If you are leaning toward one of the many types of wooden swing sets, you have several choices: cedar, pressure-treated pine or redwood.

    Redwood, which grows on the coast of California, is the most expensive. Like cedar, it is naturally resistant to decay and rot, as well as to damage from insects. Experts consider this wood very durable, and easy to work with. It offers minimal shrinking and swelling when compared to other wood, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. As its name suggests, this wood is naturally red. This is a look many people feel adds tremendously to the aesthetics of their backyard playground.

    Still, redwood is not maintenance free. Sealing and staining a redwood swing set is a smart move, as it will lengthen its lifespan.

    Wooden swing sets that are made of cedar are naturally resistant to insect damage, rot and decay.

    Cedar wooden swing sets are typically a bit more affordable than redwood swing sets. They, too, are naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect damage -- plus, they have a beautiful aroma. They are also less prone to twisting and warping when compared to pressured-treated swing sets. Most cedar swing sets today are made from either Western red cedar, Northern white cedar or China-Fir.

    • Northern white cedar is the lightest of all commercial wood in the country, according to the US Forest Service Department of Agriculture. It glues and holds paint well and offers little dimensional change, the department states. But this wood is rather soft, so it does not hold fasteners as well as other materials. On the plus side, Northern white cedar is naturally resistant to splintering.
    • Western red cedar, which comes from the Pacific Northwest, is also known for its durability and lightness. This material has been used for decades on fencing, outdoor furniture and playgrounds.
    • China-Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) is very resistant to decay, pest infestations and fungus. It has been used abroad for centuries because it is a terrific all-around, versatile material. This wood is typically a warm yellow or light white color, with hints of red.

    Pressure-treated swing sets contain preservatives, which are applied in an effort to make the material last. And last it does! This material can hold up for years and years, although the quality (swing sets are not all created equally) can affect tendency to warp and twist. The process for pressure-treating wood allows the preservatives to be forced deep in the wood so that the material becomes resistant (which it is not naturally) to decay, insects and rot.

    Before 2003--when the Environmental Protection Agency stepped in--this type of lumber often contained a composite that used arsenic. Today's pressure-treated wood has safer preservatives, but it is wise to look into the specific type of preservative your swing set contains before making a purchase. Pressure-treated swing sets are usually the least expensive when it comes to wooden playsets.

    Another option is metal. These are the swing sets most adults remember having as a kid. They use thin gauge steel pipes that are painted or powder-coated, and anchored in concrete. Maintenance may include applying an oil or grease to fight off corrosion, depending on the type of metal. These swing sets are strong and affordable, but definitely give a backyard a different feel than that of a wooden swing set. Again, the quality of the swing set can make a big difference, so look at plenty of reviews and be prepared with questions.

    Vinyl swing sets use pressure-treated pine wrapped in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for the structural components. They use composite decking (wood-alternatives made of recycled materials, such as plastics and lumber) for the walls and decks of the playset. There is no need to stain or seal these swing sets, but they should be cleaned annually. There is also no risk of splinters (which should be nearly non-existent with a quality wood playset that is sanded and has properly rounded edges). These swing sets are typically on the expensive side. One thing to keep in mind is that the moisture trapped in the pressured-treated pine has no place to go when it is encapsulated. That means rot is likely inevitable at some point in the life of a vinyl swing set. When that occurs, and to what degree, varies.

    One more important factor in your decision of a swing set material is the construction of the support posts and beams. Some wooden play sets use solid pieces of woods, such as 4-by-4s, which can sometimes lead to increased cracking because of the constant swelling from rain and shrinking from the heat. Other jungle gyms use a two-piece construction--where the wood is bolted together without glue. This reduces the frequency of checking and cracking. Another possibility is laminated wood, meaning multiple pieces of wood are glued together. Although often hard to detect, this type of post is prone to de-lamination and failure. Painting or sealing would only slow down the process.

    No matter the swing set style and design you are leaning toward, it is important to be educated and do your research when making this purchase. After all, this is an item your family will enjoy for years to come! We would love to hear about your experience with wooden swing sets, metal swing sets and vinyl swing sets.

  • Swing Sets Make Memories

    (Updated post): Think back to when you were a child, and what your favorite memories were. For many, it may have been a favorite stuffed animal that we went to sleep with every night, or for the lucky ones, it was a cherished swing set our father built with love, spare time and some carpentry skill!

    Did you love spending hours as a child on your tire swing, or in your tree house?

    This time around with your own children to care for, why not bring in an already built and assembled swing set? It will leave you with more time to make memories with your children, and a bond that will never fade!

    The fact is, the best things for children are often the simplest, and when you bring in a swing set, you bring in memories for them that make them feel loved, give them something that lasts for years,  and something special that makes them feel like the king (or queen) of their domain. You'll share in the joy, too, as you watch your little ones having the time of their lives swooshing down the slide, swinging through the air, climbing, imagining and much more. Swing sets are  a wonderful part of childhood for children and parents alike.

    It Strengthens Sibling Love and Affection

    Whether you have two children close in age, or four children far apart in milestone development, one thing in the same—sibling rivalry happens. And when multiple children are cooped inside for hours at a time, it happens a lot! So, kill two birds with one stone—get your children outdoors in their swing set, and encourage activity and cooperation! They won’t just enjoy the fresh air; they’ll learn how to communicate, talk to one another and improve their social skills by leaps and bounds—something that reruns of their favorite cartoons could never provide!

    It Gives the Kids a Space to Have Fun with Friends

    If you love the idea of your children and their friends spending hours playing outside at your home, a backyard swing set is a no-brainer. Your house will become a popular after-school spot with the neighborhood kids, which means strong friendships that could very well last beyond childhood. Plus, they'll continue to develop great social skills while learning how to entertain themselves.

    Wooden cedar swing set

    It Helps Prevent Childhood Obesity

    No matter where in the country you live, no one is safe from pre-diabetes or obesity, and that especially includes children. While you can’t totally control what your children eat at lunchtime during school hours, you can control how much activity they get at home, which is one of the reasons encouraging swing set activity is so great! You can help them decrease their mindset of, “There’s nothing to do. I’m bored,” when they stay in motion swinging, climbing or sliding down for an hour or more; thus, eliminating their risk of childhood obesity in the process!

    It Allows Kids a Place to be Kids

    Life moves at a super speed these days, and not even young children are immune to it. From cyber bullying to exposure to overly sexual images on TV, why not give your kids the best gift of all—an opportunity to just be a kid?  Swing sets allow children to jump, run, climb and swing without a care in the world.

    Swing sets make beautiful memories for your children, and for your entire family. It allows them to learn how to treat their siblings, increases their daily exercise and activity and best of all, allows them to just be kids having fun, and enjoy the moment of what being a kid is all about. Childhood will pass them by fast enough, so make these memories last while you can!

    Wooden swing set with double canopy

  • Swing Set Appears on Kardashians

    An Eastern Jungle Gym wooden swing set was spotted on a recent episode of Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons.

    Learn more about the show by visiting E! Online.

    Check out the photos below!

    The picures show Eastern Jungle Gym's Fantasy cedar backyard playground, which features a large rock-climbing wall, a wave slide, a spiral slide, a tire swing, a bottom playhouse and more.

    With a total of three clubhouses (two covered with canopy tent tops and the other an uncovered bridge), the Fantasy is a dream-come-true for youngsters of all ages. The rock-climbing wall is eight feet high, and the swing beam is eight-and-a-half feet high. The overall height of the swing set is 13-and-a-half feet.

    One of Eastern Jungle Gym's Multi-Deck Series playsets, the Fantasy also offers an access ladder and a built-in tire swing. With multiple swing positions, the swing set can accommodate traditional sling swings, high back half bucket swings, high back full bucket swings, horse glider swings and gym ring/trapeze bar combo swings.

    Like all Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets, the Fantasy features engineered thru-bolt construction (that means that all beams use two-piece timbers that bolted together) for maximum safety. It also features heavy duty hardware and accessories.

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    Kardashians on their Eastern Jungle Gym swing set Kardashians on their Eastern Jungle Gym swing set
    Eastern Jungle Gym swing set on the Kardahshians Eastern Jungle Gym swing set on the Kardashians
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    Eastern Jungle Gym playset on the Kardahsians Eastern Jungle Gym playset on the Kardashians

    The Fantasy is just one of many wooden cedar swing sets manufactured by Eastern Jungle Gym. With four series, 14 playsets, dozens of models to choose from and endless customization options, there's something for every family at Eastern Jungle Gym.

  • 5 Ideas for Father's Day

    Father's Day (Sunday, June 15) is just a few days away, but there is still plenty of time to snag dear old dad a great gift! Here are a few ideas worth considering:

    • A new storage shed: If dad spends a lot of his free time sprucing up the property by gardening, mowing and taking care of odd jobs, he would definitely benefit from a new storage shed. Keep in mind his tastes when you select colors and style. If you want to go the extra mile, start moving all of his supplies in there and get organizing! Imagine how surprised he would be to wake up to a new building that makes it easier to get all of his chores done.

     

    • An outdoor kitchen: Outdoor kitchens are all the rage this year, especially among those who enjoy cooking. If dad loves being behind the barbecue, upgrade his working space! Consider a new grill cart if his is starting to show signs of age, or go with an outdoor kitchen island that's stocked with a refrigerator and finished with a handsome tile surface. Truly an extension of the living space, the outdoor kitchen is guaranteed to be enjoyed by the whole family. And don't forget that grill accessories--from a spatula and tongs to a pizza stone) are always fun gifts.

     

    • Exercise equipment: There is no shortage of gift possibilities for a dad who loves being active. If he is into sports, think about getting him something that will enhance his enjoyment, maybe a basketball hoop, a punching bag, or even a new baseball glove. Another idea is a calorie counter or fitness gadget, like the FitBit or the BodyBugg.

     

    • A gift card: Maybe you've given an unsuccessful gift or two over the years, and now you are thinking something simple would be best. If this is the case, try a gift card to one of Dad's favorite stores so he can pick out exactly what suits him.

     

    • Something from the heart: We saved the best for last. Nothing says "Thanks for being a great dad" like a handmade gift (or meal!). No matter your age, this photo-heavy piece is a great craft that dad could keep on his desk for years to come. You can find tons of other craft ideas on sites like Pinterest. Just be sure to start thinking about your project sooner than later, as certain DIY creations can take some time.
  • Five Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day with Kids

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    The three-day weekend is here, and for many people, that means the start of summer -- complete with barbecues and visits to the beach. With all the fun and excitement that Memorial Day Weekend brings, it is important to look past the sales and celebrations and keep in mind the meaning of this American holiday. If you are looking for a way to commemorate the day with the kids, here are some ideas you may want to try:

    Share the facts: Many youngsters may not be aware of the significance of Memorial Day. Explain the facts--that it is a federal holiday, so banks, government offices and schools are closed; that it is celebrated on the last Monday in May; that it was initially established to honor those who passed during the Civil War; and so on. You could even pick a few wars and give the kids a mini history lesson (if it's a rainy day, think about incorporating an age-appropriate film that deals with a major battle in American history). Check out this CNN article for more information that could be relevant to the conversation.

    Attend a parade: Get out the red, white and blue and take the kids to the town parade for some community fun. There will be plenty of veterans there, so this could be a great time to encourage the kids to show their appreciation. Don't forget to pick up a few small American flags to wave!

    Visit a local monument or cemetery: Find a war memorial in the area and take the youngsters to see it. Read up beforehand and come up with a suitable way to explain the significance of the conflict. You can even talk to the kids about some of the more famous monuments found in Washington DC and other parts of our country by pulling up images online (visit a site like this one for more information). If you are having difficulty finding a monument or memorial, you have another option. Some local organizations place flags on the gravestones of veterans each year around this time. Ask around and see if this is the case in your neighborhood. If so, this could be a meaningful trip for the kids. It could also be the start of an important tradition for your family.

    Reach out to an active military member: Sit down with your son or daughter and go through an organization such as AnySoldier.com to send a care package to a member of our armed forces.  Another great organization is Adopt a US Soldier. Guide your child through crafting a letter that shows support and warmth.

    Enjoy the day: After you have spent some time talking about Memorial Day and what it means, continue the quality time with a meal. Incorporate a summertime dessert (here are some patriotic recipes to try!) and some time outdoors, with the kids on the swing set or the family taking a bike ride.

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