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South Walton Summer Fun for Kids

July 10, 2013 by Teresa Lischka

South Walton is bursting at the seams with events for kids and families in the summer season! Our latest SoWal List has activities especially for kids, either on the beach or when they are taking a break from the beach and ready to try something new and exciting. We hope you find something they will really like and make some SoWal memories to last a lifetime.


Summer Surf Camp is a blast for kids all summer at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. TheXperience Surf Shop and Meyer Boarding Company host three day surf camps each week on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids receive practice surfing, skim boarding and stand up paddle boarding. Campers also enjoy park excursions and skim board art projects. Custom skim board and rash guard included. $200 per child. Call 850-460-7300 to reserve your spot!

Movies Under the Stars showing in Seaside, Rosemary Beach, WaterColor, and Alys Beach each week. Bring your blanket or chairs, kick back and enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars! Movies usually start after sunset around 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Check the SoWal Events Calendar for dates and titles running throughout the summer.

Camp Showtime with Seaside Repertory Theatre offers creative adventure on stage! Kids age eight and older will participate in storytelling, improv and team building. Camp takes place at Seaside's Meeting Hall Theater on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information click here.

Family Night at The Village of Baytowne Wharf offers fun and fireworks every Tuesday evening,  7-9:30 p.m. Challenge your friends to a variety of lawn games such as corn hole, ladder ball and even a giant, inflatable Twister game! Visit the Baytowne Live Stage for face painting with Abrakadoodle! Fireworks light up the sky at 9:15 p.m.!

Children's Outdoor Theater entertains the whole family with comical productions by Seaside Repertory Theatre. Catch James and The Giant Peach in the Seaside Amphitheater on Monday evenings (running through August 19). Then see The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King at Rosemary Beach in North Barrett Square on Wednesday nights (through August 7). All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring low back chairs or blanket. Free and open to the public.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf offers fun and adventure all week! Every day is a thrill for kids of all ages at Baytowne Adventure Zone where you can soar across the lagoon on the zipline. Then head over to the ropes course, coconut climb and eurobungy! Find more fun around the corner at Blast Arcade and Laser Maze. Cool off at Adventure Bay, the new floating water park located at Baytowne Marina.

YOLO Kids Camp is every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at YOLO Board Adventures at Baytowne Marina. Children ages 6-12 years will practice paddling safety basics. Activities include capture the flag, squirt gun wars, fishing, treasure hunts, and paddle board races.  Drop the kids off and instructors will take good care of them! Call 850-267-7877 to sign up, or visit the YOLO Board Adventures hut in Baytowne Marina. $65/person includes t-shirt, snacks and drinks.

Fired Up Paint Your Own Pottery is Seaside's fun, family friendly studio where you can paint your "art" out on unique pottery pieces. Just show up for painting fun during the day, or call and reserve a spot and drop off your kids for an evening of painting and a party with popcorn, pizza or cupcakes! You will love Jim, Stacy and the crew at Fired Up! Call 850-231-3211. $42 each ages 5-12 for all the fun!

Carmike Cinemas Boulevard 10 is now featuring Summer Kids Series on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Admission is $4 and includes a kid's tray with popcorn, drink and snack! Afterwards, the kids can have more fun and cool off in the dancing water fountain at the Grand Park located in the center of Grand Boulevard near Sandestin.

Miracle Strip is a small amusement park with big fun located at Pier Park in Panama City Beach featuring various rides and activities. See the gulf from the top of the Big Eli Ferris Wheel, one of several rides preserved from the original Miracle Strip park (1964-2004). Summer hours are 12-11 p.m. daily. Pay for rides with individual tickets or pick up an unlimited ride armband.

Find all South Walton area festivals and community-wide events listed on the SoWal Events Calendar. Free outdoor concerts in the evenings are very popular at the beach. So, check the SoWal Live Music Calendar for the latest scoop on line-ups and venues in Sandestin, Seaside, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Gulf Place, WaterColor, and Carillon Beach.

Leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite family pastimes at the beach. Visit SoWal Community Forums, where locals and visitors post, read and share their experiences every day.  


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A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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