We celebrate November as the Month of the Military Family to honor the military families at Joint Base Lewis McChord and those all over Pierce County who dedicated their lives in service to our country.

We’d like to take this opportunity to show our support by sharing a few of our and community resources that are available to active-duty and veteran families in our community! Each resource below is free for active-duty veterans and their families, located on post or Pierce County.

Resources

The Children’s Museum at JBLM

Greentrike is proud to power the Children’s Museum at JBLM, which was determined to be needed after military leadership identified gaps in enrichment opportunities and support for young families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the largest family base in the United States with the highest concentration of children experiencing special needs on a U.S. military base at 22%.

Greentrike’s mission is to address these gaps in enrichment opportunities by providing support for families and expanding access to playful and educational experiences for all families, regardless of how much they can pay. The Children’s Museum at JBLM was built to serve children and their families, with an emphasis on early learners, those experiencing special needs, and the reintegration of our military into family life.

To this end, the Museum operates through Pay As You Will admission. This means that it is entirely donation-based, with each donation helping to fund playful experiences for all of our guests and museum operations.As a reminder, to visit the Children’s Museum at JBLM, you must have a valid base access pass. Admission to the Children’s Museum at JBLM does not include base access. Please contact the JBLM Visitor Center for questions about accessing JBLM.

Play to Learn

Play to Learn is a free program for families with children below the age of six. It serves several locations all across Pierce County, with one class per week taking place on post at the Children’s Museum at JBLM. Adults are encouraged to be involved in the learning and playing process to strengthen bonds and attachment. Teachers are trained in early childhood development, so parents are invited to ask any questions about child behavior and development.

Other JBLM Resources

Blue Star Families of Puget Sound

Blue Star Families is an organization dedicated to connecting military families with their neighbors in order to help military families overcome the isolation and alienation caused by frequent moves, deployments, and other challenges that they face.

Rachel Carpenter, the Puget Sound Region Program Manager, shares supportive resources and programming that are available to active-duty and veteran families as they explore and get to know their community.

JBLM Libraries

Libraries at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are more than just places to read and borrow books. Each month, the libraries hold family-friendly events, storytimes, playgroups, workshops, and more!

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Families may already be familiar with the Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, a program for families with members who have special needs.

The Children’s Museum at JBLM hosts a weekly get-together on Mondays at 10 a.m. for families enrolled in EFMP. Each meeting is child-friendly and held in a low-sensory environment, with information readily available about the program.