Topic: Just for Kids
Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 12/05/2013 at 12:12AM
Pensacola will once again be engulfed by a sea of kids this weekend as hundreds of boys and girls ages 7-17 compete in the Pensacola 3v3 Challenge.
This tournament is a qualifying event for the Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex, at Walt Disney World® Resort, Jan. 18-20th. The top 4 teams in each division qualify for the Disney Cup.
The inaugural Pensacola 3v3 Challenge took place last June with 62 teams attending from as far away as Memphis and Atlanta. Organizers are hoping this tourney will attract even more teams to Pensacola's Maritime Park.
"The weather can still be outstanding in Pensacola in December," said tournament director, Gerald Praylow. "We're hoping that teams will come down to enjoy our beaches as well as the incredible ambiance downtown Pensacola offers."
The 3v3 format creates an extremely fast-paced game on a 30-by-40 yard field with three players per team on the field. Each game lasts only 24 minutes (two 12-minute halves). It's not uncommon for teams to score more than 10 goals per game.
"We expect about 1,500 to 2,000 people to come to town for the tourney," Praylow said. "Each team usually carries a roster of six players, a couple of coaches and a bunch of parents. One great aspect of having the event in Pensacola is that families come to qualify for the Disney Cup but also have a great family vacation too."
Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 12/04/2013 at 05:14AM
There’s nothing like a nautical theme to add life to Christmas on the Gulf Coast.
Check out the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, a spectacular exhibit of lights by land and by sea.
It’s Dec. 14.
The parade will begin at Lulu’s at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores at 5:30 p.m. and will travel down the Intracoastal Canal. It will pass the Wharf, round Bear Point and head toward Ono Island. It will then make a westward turn toward Perdido Pass.
The Parade will then head north circling Terry Cove and back southward to the Perdido Pass Bridge where it will make a turn to the west and end at Zeke’s Landing Marina at approximately 8:30 p.m.
For more details on the parade route and for tips on the best viewing stations, see www.mygulfcoastchamber.com.
This is the 28th year for the parade, organized by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.
Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 11/27/2013 at 05:32PM
A lighted boat parade, a parachuting Santa Claus, train sets, vibrant lights and a whole lot more headline the list of public happenings for visitors to Perdido Key in December.
At the lighthouse at Pensacola Naval Air Station, the annual gala Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. features choirs, hayrides, bands, hot chocolate, cookies, and Pensacola's tallest Christmas tree light display.
On Dec. 14, Santa Claus will “drop” into the Flora-Bama Lounge via parachute. The event begins at noon with a tree-trimming party, free eats, hot drinks and a kids' Christmas music sing-a-long. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Manna Food Bank or an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive a free drink!
At 5:30 p.m. that same day, Dec. 14, the Lighted Boat Parade offers a spectacular exhibit of lights by land and by sea. It starts in Gulf Shores, Ala. For more details on the parade route and for tips on the best viewing stations, see www.mygulfcoastchamber.com.
Enjoy vibrant lights and crafts for children, all part of a free, family-friendly event to be held 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at Big Lagoon State Park near Perdido Key. The gathering, complete with a visit for Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, will be at the Governor’s Pavilion at the park.
Details: call the Ranger Station at (850) 492-1595.
Visitors also can blend entertainment and education with numerous activities. One choice is a train exhibit in downtown Pensacola, another is the aquarium on Dauphin Island.
The Pensacola Museum of Art will be a wonderland of model trains, including two detailed railroad systems in operation.
The dates are: Saturday, Dec. 7: noon – 5 p.m. (Santa and his elves arrive that day at 2 p.m. outside the Museum); Dec. 14: noon – 5 p.m.; Dec. 19: noon – 5 p.m.; Dec. 20: noon – 5 p.m., and Dec. 21: noon – 5 p.m.
Or visit the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
This exciting educational facility highlights four key habitats: The northern Gulf of Mexico, barrier islands, the Mobile Tensaw River Delta and Mobile Bay. It’s a showcase of plants and animals found in the area. The Estuarium also features the Miss May May, an interactive boat exhibit, and a real-time weather station.
Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 11/08/2013 at 03:46PM
Look for Blue Angels streaking over the skies near Perdido Key about 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
That's when pilots assigned to the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron will perform a flyover of Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.
It will mark the conclusion of the team’s 2013 season, which was dramatically shortened by government budget cutbacks, and signal the beginning of the 2014 air show season.
Fans of aerobatics will be glad to hear the flyover will include the world-renowned Blue Angel Delta Flat Pass and Pitch-up Break maneuvers.
Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 10/17/2013 at 07:41PM
You can learn about the stars by going to Big Lagoon State Park on the evening of Oct. 25.
The Escambia Amateur Astronomers will set up telescopes and explain the skies to the curious from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., as long as the weather cooperates.
The association provides several of these free sessions each year, although attendees must pay the price of admission to the park.