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Topic: Just for Kids


Become a Junior Park Ranger during recreation and parks month this July!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 07/15/2014 at 08:48PM

Florida’s Recreation and Parks Month is easily celebrated—you can enjoy a day on the beach, explore historic sites or discover the state’s natural treasures. Kids can join in on the fun, too, by becoming Junior Rangers.

"Exploring Florida’s beaches, springs and forests is the perfect activity for a Junior Ranger,“ said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “Young people and their families can make lasting memories while enjoying beaches and springs for swimming, trails for hiking, campgrounds and cabins for overnight trips, and a variety of locations for picnicking.”

Junior Rangers complete six core activities to learn about natural and cultural resources, recreation, and service. The participants review their activities with a park ranger and earn a certificate, member ID card and the Official Junior Ranger Passport. From there, Junior Rangers can complete more activities to earn stamps for their passport to receive the Official Junior Ranger badge, patch or pin. The program is open to kids of all ages, but aimed for those in elementary and middle school.

To join the Junior Ranger program, visit the website to find a nearby participating park.


Topics: Parks and Nature, Just for Kids


Animal Planet's 'Tanked' Brings Custom Aquarium To Perdido Key

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 06/23/2014 at 02:46PM

Perdido Key’s Visitors Information Center now plays home to a 403-gallon pirate-themed aquarium, designed by the team of Animal Planet’s hit show, ‘Tanked.’

After more than a year of planning, the new aquarium features local aquatic life indigenous to the Gulf of Mexico, showcased in the theme of a buccaneer party complete with sails and treasure chest. The exhibit will include an interactive component for residents and tourists alike.

“We’re basically creating a new tourist attraction,” said Tina Morrison, executive director of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, which operates the Visitors Information Center at 15500 Perdido Key Drive.

The aquarium project was funded by a grant received from BP after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and will be expected to feature on an episode of ‘Tanked’ in September.

Wayde King and Brett Raymer create over-the-top aquariums for fish enthusiasts, using unique methods of display for function and form. They have created tanks from cars, pinball machines, instruments and more. The show airs on Animal Planet at 10 p.m. on Fridays.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature, Art and Culture, Day Trips, Just for Kids, Perdido Snowbirds


Reel good fishing—two tournaments this weekend

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 06/30/2014 at 10:26PM

Flora Bama Fishing Rodeo in Perdido Key

Father's Day weekend will be especially auspicious for anglers because they have a choice of two great fishing tournaments in Perdido Key!

Both the Bill Hargreaves Fishing Tournament and the Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo offer free admission for children 12 and under, plus plenty of prizes in numerous categories.

The Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo is the new kid on the block. This is its first year and it promises to be "the funnest" tournament on the Gulf Coast. Anglers will compete in 30 categories, with more than $130,000 in prizes. The tournament will be based at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club, 17350 Perdido Key Drive.

Grand Lagoon Yacht Club is holding the Hargreaves Fishing Tournament, a longtime tradition for many Pensacolians. More than 200 junior anglers will compete for dozens of prizes.

For more information, please call Grand Lagoon Yacht Club at (850) 607-7569 or visit www.billhargreavesfishingrodeo.com.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature, Extreme Perdido, Day Trips, Just for Kids


Perdido Key is Now Home to an awesome 403-gallon aquarium designed by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of 'Animal Planet's' hit show, 'Tanked'

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 06/17/2014 at 09:36PM

Perdido Key will soon get an awesome 403-gallon aquarium designed by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of ‘Animal Planet’s’ hit show, ‘Tanked’

Click on the Photo Above to View the Tank being Installed. 

Our Exclusive 2 Minute Time-Lapse Video Provided by Barnes West

 

Tourists, local residents and swashbucklers alike will find the ultimate treasure in the new, pirate-themed aquarium built for Perdido Key by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet’s hit show, “Tanked.”
 
The bickering brothers-in-law designed a 403-gallon aquarium  which has been installed in the new Perdido Key Visitors Information Center. The aquarium features fish and an ecosystem native to the Gulf of Mexico, with some Pacific species as well.  Of course it will be filled with all the elements of a buccaneer party, including a pirate’s ship, treasure chest, gold coins, and a few other surprises to pay homage to Perdido Key’s annual Pirate Festival.
 
The Chamber is using a BP grant received after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to include an interactive component for school children and other visitors.
 
“We’re basically creating a new tourist attraction,” said Tina Morrison, executive director of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, which operates the Visitors Information Center at 15500 Perdido Key Drive.
 
The “Tanked” crew visited Perdido Key in June to film the installation for an upcoming episode of the Animal Planet series.
 
King and Raymer travel the world to create fish enthusiasts’ dreams of having their own piece of the ocean. They have installed tanks in everything from cars and phone booths to pinball machines and jukeboxes.
 
The show is sure to boost Perdido Key’s visibility to potential visitors. “Tanked” airs at 10 p.m. Fridays on Animal Planet, which is available in more than 95 million homes in the United States.
 
Morrison said Alabama Credit Union already has agreed to pay for educational materials to accompany the exhibit and an anonymous Perdido Key business has offered to take care of the tank’s maintenance. Both sponsors made three-year commitments.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature, Day Trips, Just for Kids, Perdido Snowbirds


Dozens of teams play fast-paced soccer here June 14

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/13/2014 at 03:24PM

Perdido Key 3v3 Soccer Challenge

A faster-paced, higher-scoring form of soccer will be on display June 14 at the Perdido Key Sportsplex, where numerous teams will compete in the 2014 Pensacola 3v3 Challenge.

The game, rapidly growing in popularity, allows only three players per team on the field at a time; the field in “small-sided” soccer is usually 30 yards wide by 40 yards long and the goal is much smaller. All players on the field are involved, with frequent substitutions, and the game borrows tactics from both hockey and basketball.

Several dozen youth teams from Florida and surrounding states will participate in the tournament, bringing a jolt of tourism spending to the Perdido Key area. The participants are boys and girls soccer teams, ages 9-16. Some 1,000-1,500 people are expected to attend.

The tournament, now in its third year, is a qualifier for the prestigious Disney 3 v 3 Classic in Orlando later this summer. The top three teams in each division will qualify for the Disney tourney.

Join the Facebook event today!

Click here for additional details about the tournament.

For information about lodging and attractions on Perdido Key, please see www.visitperdido.com/events.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Extreme Perdido, Day Trips, Just for Kids