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Commentary | April 1, 2021

National virtual event: "Bring Your Children to OUR Work Day"

The U.S. Coast Guard is inviting families to Bring Your Children to OUR Work Day on April 22.

Throughout that day, our Facebook page will feature 25+ virtual field trips to Coast Guard units around the world. Think of them as guided tours, with an active duty member welcoming children (grades K-12) onto our cutters, helicopters, airplanes and bases. The event is open to both Coast Guard families and the general public, in honor of the work America's parents are doing to help keep the country running throughout the pandemic.

We'll will use fun activities to highlight careers in Science, Technology, Art and Math (STEAM), such as:  

  • Learn to read the weather
  • Frost the perfect cupcake
  • Fix an airplane
  • Dive under water
  • Keep an airplane from blowing up
  • Become a rescue swimmer
  • Test a jet engine
  • Respond to a major incident

“Coast Guard families look forward to Bring Your Child to Work Day all year,” said Rear Admiral John Mauger, Assistant Commandant for Capability. “We didn’t want to cancel this popular event, so I asked my team to think outside the box. We realized that many parents were in the same boat, so to speak, so we decided to go big. We’re proud of the work Coast Guard men and women do to keep America safe, and can’t wait to welcome you aboard for the day.”

Videos will post throughout the day from 9am to 5pm Eastern Time on Thursday, April 22. Participation is free, and you don’t need to pre-register.

There are two ways to join in this fun event:

  • Interactive: Visit the Coast Guard Facebook page on April 22. Kids can interact with Coast Guard members during and after each video, by sharing their thoughts and questions in the comments section. We’ll do our best to respond to every question! 
  • All the videos: Visit the “Bring Your Child to OUR Work Day” website on April 22. The page will feature all the great videos, just without the interactive options available through Facebook. If you can't make the live event, you can check out the videos whenever you have time.

Get involved!

  • All Coast Guard members, civilians and family members are encouraged to help promote this national event. Please share this article on your social media pages, and share our flier with your local community groups, schools and teachers, and friends and family.
  • Visit the Bring Your Child to OUR Work Day page for more information as we get closer to the big day.
  • For questions, please e-mail