SUN 'n FUN / Aerospace Center for Excellence to Host Aerospace Discovery Weekend

LAKELAND, FL – SUN ‘n FUN and the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) are hosting the campus’ annual Aerospace Discovery Weekend, a three day aerospace adventure complete with a flight opportunity from October 21-23, 2016.

This year, ACE will offer $10 admission to Saturday, October 22, 2016 participants. Activities throughout the day include, but aren’t limited to:

  • A flight opportunity to anyone ages 8-17 who registers for the event before October 14th
  • Design and launch a rocket
  • Flight simulator experience
  • Solar and Stellar Exploration
  • Admission to the Official Aviation Museum in the State of Florida- Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum
  • Food Trucks will be available during the event

On Saturday evening at 7 P.M., guests will receive the opportunity to hear Astronaut, Greg Johnson speak. Johnson graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1984, and flew in 34 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. Johnson served as the pilot on Space Shuttle Endeavor in the STS-123 mission to space. He also piloted the shuttles last mission in May of 2011. Among his numerous awards, Johnson received the 2012 NASA Exceptional Service Medal as well as the award for the Top U.S. Air Force Test Pilot.

Richele Floyd, Educational Director at ACE believes the experiences children and young adults will receive during this event are exceptional.

“Aerospace Discovery Weekend is an educational event full of activities that introduce kids to all aspects of aviation,” Floyd says. “Activities including wing rib building (engineering), rocketry, meeting an astronaut, and receiving that first flight opportunity.”

To register for the event please visit our website at

For more information on Aerospace Discovery Weekend, please contact Richele Floyd at 863-644-2431 or email her at

About SUN ‘n FUN: The SUN ‘n FUN mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. The SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus offers an experience for all ages year-round. Proceeds from any event at SUN ‘n FUN, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, are returned to education programs and activities and help support the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Aerospace Center for Excellence. For more information on SUN ‘n FUN visit