Not only is it the official dress up month but the National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC) Education Department and NMMC Kids held their inaugural Semper Force Day this weekend. The mission of the NMMC Education Department and NMMC Kids is “to develop engaging, age-appropriate social media content for students, educators, families, and visitors to promote an awareness and understanding of the many aspects of the United States Marine Corps.” Combining that mission with a theme that’s very popular and topical, such as Star Wars, would ensure a great turnout. Brilliant idea!
My husbands favorite movie series is Star Wars and my daughter’s favorite dress up theme is princesses (or anything with a tutu really). Put those two together and we have a perfect costume mash-up…Star Wars Princess. Combine that with my love for the unexpected and we’ve got, my daughter as Princess Darth Vader.
Although we live near the NMMC, this weekend was only the second time I’ve been able to visit. We pass by the prominently displayed museum, all the time, while traveling up and down I-95.
There was a costume contest (full disclosure, Princess Darth Vader was one of the winners in her age range), puppet making, mini light saber crafting, light saber demo’s, Star Wars props tables, and much more. My husband was in awe of the 501st Legion, an all volunteer organization whose members build their detailed costume replicas of Star Wars villains. Hubby’s favorite happens to be Boba Fett who made an appearance and was nice enough to socialize with my Husband.
Semper Force was such a great event and my family had an amazing time. The babies had so much fun and we learned a lot about, not only Star Wars, but about Marine Corps history as well. Thank you to NMMC and NMMC Kids for holding such an amazing event. If you’re ever in the area, please visit them as they’ll surely be hosting another great event while you’re there.
Pics of the event are available at https://www.facebook.com/NMMCKids/
Future events at NMMC are listed here.
To learn more about the 501st Legion look here.