Summer is here which means the days are long, the weather is warm and the kids are out of school – looking to fill their days with fun! Well, this summer you can give them out-of-this-world excitement when you take them to Kennedy Space Center’s Summer of Mars!

With thrilling events, shows and special guests, NASA’s Summer of Mars will give you a first look into NASA’s plans to explore the red planet. And, it celebrates the place where, one day, men and women will be the first in the world to launch the mission to Mars!

Discover Mars

Not only does this give your children something fun to do this summer, it also gives them a chance to learn all about Mars, space travel and what it takes to get astronauts into outer space. They’ll discover fascinating facts about Mars, such as:

  • It would take more than six of Mars to fill the volume of Earth
  • If you weighed 100 pounds on Earth, you’d only weigh 38 pounds on Mars
  • A year on Mars is almost twice the length of a year on Earth

Head to Summer of Mars for FREE!

There are a couple different ways to get your family there this summer with little to no cost at all! With the Summer of Mars Sweepstakes, you can win a trip for four to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (including Lunch With An Astronaut!). Not to mention, you’ll have the chance to be part of the grand opening class of the new Astronaut Training Experience opening Fall 2017! Or, if you have a fifth grader, they can download their boarding pass to Mars and experience the summer event completely free!

More Summer Fun

Once you’ve explored all there is to offer at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, such as the Rocket Garden, the Shuttle Launch Experience and Space Shuttle Atlantis, you can check out Florida’s Space Coast and all the fun things to do nearby.

With plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from such as the Cape Canaveral National Seashore, Cocoa Beach or Jetty Park, you and your family can add some sea adventure to your space adventure! Have some fun in the sun and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Or, immerse yourselves in nature with a guided tour or scenic hike at any of the beautiful wildlife refuges or parks. There are more than 17,000 acres of environmentally endangered lands, sanctuaries and conservation areas on the Space Coast for your family to explore.

Click here to get ready for liftoff and learn more about NASA’s incredible Summer of Mars event!