Trick or Treat at the Beach

Halloween Weekend is here!  Panama City Beach is full of events to help you celebrate the holiday weekend right.

Scarecrow Festival

October 28-29th, 2011- Oaks by the Bay Park

Scarecrows will be decorating the streets of St. Andrews State Park for the 3rd Annual Scarecrow Festival.  Many places compete based on pumpkin carving, but St. Andrews competes with Scarecrow customizing- make sure you check out this unique festival!  There will also be trick-or-treating and events for the whole family! Detailed information is available at the St. Andrews website.

Boo at the Beach

October 28-29th,2011- Pier Park

Pier Park will be hosting family friendly Halloween fun from 10am-12pm, with face painting, pumpkin carving, spooky stories, and a children’s costume contest!  Take your kids to the promo area across from Starbucks and enjoy the kid-friendly fun!

Halloween at Schooners

October 28th, 2011- Schooners

Enter to win a costume contest, with a first place prize of $300.  A total of $600 in cash and prizes will be given out at the 2011 Halloween Bash!  Costume pre-judging starts at 8pm with the contest and awards at midnight.  Phar Fletcher will performing during the party.  The outside of Schooners will be decked out in full spookiness, but the inside promises to be even scarier for this Halloween party!

ZooBoo

October 29th, 2011- ZooWorld

Dress up and bring a big candy bag to ZooWorld this weekend for trick-or-treating. From 5pm-8pm there will be trick-or-treating throughout the park and costume contests for children under age 15.

Toys for Kids Annual Halloween Bash

October 29th, 2011- Spinnaker Beach Club

Spinnaker will be hosting the Annual Toys for Kids Annual Halloween Bash, raising money for the Toys for Kids Foundation. This year’s theme is “Scary Tales.”  Doors will open at 8pm, with at $10 cover for those 21 and up and a $20 cover for those under age 21.  Over $1500 in cash and prizes will be given away and recipients including those participating in the costume contest.  Judging for the contest will begin at 11:45pm and finals will be at 12:45am.  Celebrating Halloween and raising money for local children, sounds like fun for a great cause!

Young Frankenstein

October 31st, 2011- Marina Civic Center

For $50 you can see the re-imagining of Dr. Frankenstein, buy tickets here!  Directed by award-winning director MelBrooks in 1974 this black and white film ranks in the top 50 comedies of all time.  Don’t miss your chance to see this film in theaters!

 

No matter how you choose to celebrate this Halloween, be safe and enjoy the holiday!

 

A Zoobilee Time of Year

Looking for inexpensive family fun this weekend? Celebrating Zoobilee 2011, Zoo World admission will only be $1.00 on September 24th and 25th.  Zoobilee is to show appreciation for the community for their continued support, and to serve as a fundraiser for the care of the animals at Zoo World.  Gates will be open at 9:30am, last admittance at 4:30pm, and the Zoo will close at 5:00pm.  There is $3.00 parking at Zoo World, but if you park at Wal-Mart there is free parking and a shuttle.

In addition to enjoying the animals at Zoo World there will be:

  • Pony Rides
  • Picture with a real bull
  • Feed the petting zoo
  • Dunk booth
  • Bungee race
  • Drawings
  • Half price animal photos
  • Snack Bar

Zoo World has been operating in Panama City Beach for nineteen years.  Bring your family out to Zoo World this weekend for family friendly fun at an affordable price!

 

Zoobilee at Zoo World

The drop in humidity and the diminished crowds make early Fall one of the best times of the year to experience the Emerald Coast‘s festivals and other special events. A perennial favorite of children and adults alike, Zoo World’s Zoobilee 2008 is coming up on September 27 and 28. Zoo World has staged the event for over a decade, with last year’s attendance counts coming in at over 8,000 visitors for the weekend. With admission for the event set a mere one dollar per visitor once again, Zoobilee promises to be a hit this year as well.

As in years past, a visit to Zoobilee promises to be a day of fun for the whole family. Visitors will find numerous special attractions, including a dunking booth, and prize giveaways throughout the day. Visitors may also purchase raffle tickets in drawings for various valuable prizes donated by local businesses. Although its famous animal shows will not take place during Zoobilee, the park has promised that many of the animals will be available throughout the event for posing with visitors for photographs.

Now in its sixteenth year of operation, Zoo World is a zoological and botanical conservatory housing over 200 exotic and, in many cases, endangered animals on over seven acres of lush vegetation. ZooWorld is an active member of the (UZA) United Zoological Association, and is also an active participant in the (SSP) species survival plan program. It is perhaps best known for its big cats and delightful shows featuring talented exotic birds. However, Zoo World is also home to a large variety of animals, including primates, giraffes, reptiles, and amphibians. Those visitors in search of a closer encounter can enjoy a petting zoo as well.

Zoo World is open year round and is always in need of both donations and volunteers. Interested parties who choose to donate their time can work as either Animal Keeper Volunteers or Gardener Volunteers, but in either case must be at least eighteen years old and in good physical condition. In order to participate, volunteers need to contact the park at least twenty-four hours in advance in order to be matched up for training with the correct Zoo World professionals.

One of the best things about a visit to Zoo World is that it offers parents a unique opportunity to help their children make connections between what they see on their favorite television shows like Nickelodeon’s “Go, Diego Go!” and their own lives. Over twenty million viewers a month tune in to watch Diego and his sister, Alicia, rescue various exotic animals, many of which can be found at our own Zoo World. The Spectacled Bear, Kinkajou, and Scarlet Macaw are just a few. Furthermore, an interest in exotic animals and their environments can have ramifications far beyond childhood.

In July 2008 Science Daily published an articled discussing a scientific study of children’s perceptions of tropical rain forest environments. “Turner and colleagues found that children’s awareness of rainforest biodiversity is highly developed, with the majority of the children depicting a rainforest with a diverse animal fauna, even though most have presumably never visited a rainforest. This knowledge of the natural world is crucial for inspiring and recruiting the next generation of naturalists and conservationists.” Children seem to have a natural affinity for animals and parks like Zoo World allow them to connect to nature by being in the presence of animals normally only seen in the wild.

As captivating as photographs and videotaped encounters can be, they cannot compare to the experience of being in close proximity to such fascinating creatures. It is often difficult in today’s high tech world for parents and caregivers to compete with television and videogames for their children’s attention, but special events like Zoobilee can at least help to level the playing field by providing a vibrant and memorable experience to treasure for years to come.

Zoo World is located at 9008 Front Beach Road. The gates open at 9:00 AM with the last admission at 4:30 PM. The park will close at 5:00. Free parking is available at the Super Walmart parking lot and free shuttle service will be provided from nine until five. Zoo World will provide free parking for handicapped drivers, all other drivers must pay a three dollar charge.

More can be learned about Zoo World at www.ZooWorldPCB.net.