Like most holidays calling into memory those who have given a great sacrifice, Veterans Day can be a hard day to explain to young kids. Through the parades, fireworks and days off school, the meaning of the day can become lost unless parents force the point home.
Eastern Europe has come a long way in the last 25 years, and Belgrade is emblematic of the youthful optimism and energy that helped completely transform the formerly industrial and war-torn Eastern Bloc city into a colorful destination guaranteed to appeal to children and teens, from landmarks restored to their past historic glories to impressive museums, and a host of welcoming shops and restaurants with an emphasis on local products.
Visiting historic sights, those places where an important event happened or places significant to America’s story, can be more for kids than a day’s diversion. There are teaching moments in these places, opportunities for even young children to find connections to the past. When they do connect, these experiences stick with them and enrich their understanding of their heritage.
If you’re the family that’s already listening to holiday music, finding gingerbread recipes, planning seasonally themed festivities and excitedly talking about Christmas — you’re in luck, Disneyland is also one of “those” families.