Kings Island Amusement Park is one of Warren County’s biggest tourist attractions. SOURCE: WARREN COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

5 special events at Kings Island to get on your calendar now

Kings Island begins daily operations this weekend.

It’s time to enjoy Kings Island seven days a week.

Kings Island will begin daily operations May 13 through Aug. 21, when it will return to weekend-only operations.

The park will have several special events over the next few months that are worth marking down on your calendars — in addition to two free military weekends to celebrate those who have served our country proudly.

Here’s a taste of several upcoming events that are worth a look:

1. FREE MILITARY WEEKENDS

May 27-30 and July 2-4

Kings Island is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S military during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. A valid military ID must be presented at Kings Island to take advantage of this offer.

Military personnel can also buy admission at a special price of $29.99 for up to six family members.

2. CIRQUE EXPERIENCE

Opening May 28: Let It Rock and Origins – A Cirque Experience

An all-new musical revue featuring tunes by rockers Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and more will be featured on the Festhaus stage this year. “Origins – A Cirque Experience,” showcasing strength, balance and athleticism will open at Kings Island Theater.

3. COASTER CAMPOUT

June 11-12: Coaster Campout

The Coaster Campout offers a rare opportunity to camp for one night in the park.

Tickets for this event are available online at visitkingsisland.com and are $200 per campsite for up to four campers. Additional campers are $50 per person.

Changes cannot be made after purchase, so organize your group prior to purchasing. Campsites can accommodate a tent up to 20-feet by 20-feet in size. Only 500 campsites are available. No coolers or alcohol are allowed.

Check in starts at 8 p.m. June 11 and exclusive night rides on the Racer, Zephyr, Scrambler, Dodgem and Carousel will take place from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. The fee includes an evening snack, breakfast and admission into the park on June 12.

4. ROLLER COASTER DAY

Aug. 16: National Roller Coaster Day

Mark your calendar for National Roller Coaster Day, which celebrates the king of the thrill rides. To celebrate, Kings Island is offering card-carrying members of approved roller coaster clubs behind-the-scenes tours and photo opportunities of some of the park’s most popular roller coasters and exclusive night rides on The Beast. Whether you’re a card carrying member or not, it’s a great day to celebrate with a ride.

5. RUN AND RIDE

Oct. 21 and 23: Run and Ride

Guests can turn the thrill of the ride into the thrill of the run. The second annual Run and Ride series offers three races to choose from: Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K Glow Run. Runandriderace.com for more information.

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