GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Grafenwoehr Exchange will give young Padawans the chance to battle the Dark Side with a Disney-approved Star Wars experience on Oct. 13.


Jedi at the Exchange gives children 4-12 the chance to get free Jedi training, similar to what is offered at Disney theme parks. During each 10-minute session, participants will learn to wield a lightsaber and receive an official certificate stating they have completed the training. Robes and lightsabers will be provided, though young Padawans may bring their own costumes.


During the event, Jedis in training will also go up against the Galactic Empire in the all-new “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” experience. Participants will be provided Nerf Blasters to battle their way through a 24-foot-long cage to capture plans for the Death Star—just like the Rebels in “Rogue One.”


Fully-costumed Star Wars characters will also appear courtesy of the 501st Legion, an international Star Wars costuming organization.


The event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tower Barracks Main Store Garden Center. Pre-registration is requested at the main store customer service. Parents may also register their children the day of the event in the toy department if there are still time slots available.


“For many military families, Star Wars is more than a movie franchise — it’s a shared passion,” said Exchange Main Store Manager Denise Lundie. “The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is happy to bring this action-packed entertainment event to our youngest military family members.”


Parents may bring cameras to photograph their junior Jedis.

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