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There’s nothing like a day on the beach. . . or a road trip. . . or a weekend in the mountains. . . or a little time by the community pool. . . or some time catching up on your book list. . . or. . .

Summer means something for everyone. And for military families, it means Blue Star Summer.

Back for another year, Blue Star Summer makes your season a little bit more affordable and a lot more adventurous, no matter if you’re PCSing, waiting for a deployment to end (or starting on a deployment), vacationing, or visiting family. There’s a way to get involved and participate for everyone! Here’s how you can really enjoy Blue Star Summer 2018 (including a way to win prizes!):

Check out Blue Star Museums

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Our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Department of Defense brings this exclusive opportunity to you. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, enjoy free admission to over 2,000 museums across the nation. They include art and history museums, children’s museums, zoos, nature centers, and so much more. And yes, the price of admission is $0. Just visit a participating Blue Star Museum and show your military ID. Find out more about this program–including which Blue Star Museums are close to you!

Explore a park

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Did you know that the average American lives within two hours of at least one federally managed park? Grab your free America the Beautiful Pass (which gets military families into more than 2,000 parks free of charge) and start exploring the beauty and majesty of our national treasures! Learn more about Blue Star Parks here.

Grab a deal or two (or ten)

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Blue Star Families offers exclusive deals to our members from legitimate, nationally recognized brands who want to honor military families’ service. These deals are great for the summer–or any time–and include discounts on movie tickets, admission prices, and many other categories. Didn’t know that? (That’s okay! Now you do!) Sign up for Blue Star Deals here.

Yell “BINGO!”

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This summer, play along with our Blue Star Summer bingo game, where you can win real prizes for creating lasting memories with your family. Members can play along (and if you’re not a member now, you can sign up! It’s completely free!) and then submit their bingo cards for chances to win one of 11 $25 American Express gift cards. The game begins May 28 and runs until September 7. Read all of the details here and sign up to get your free bingo cards.