Boardwalk junior: Kids Zone complete with waterballs, trampolines, and hurricane simulator
Destin harbor isn’t just a playground for adults looking to catch that big fish. There’s plenty of fun for the little ones too.
HarborWalk Village’s Kids Zone launched in spring of this year, and plans for more attractions are in the works.
Director of public relations at HarborWalk Village, Jamie Marie Hall, said that the inspiration for bringing the Kids Zone to HarborWalk was to provide “a fun, safe, family activity surrounded by the charming fishing village.”
When walking east from the Emerald Grande, Kids Zone is located just past the HarborWalk Village overpass bridge on the left.
The first attraction of the bunch is Magic Dancing, where “anyone can be a star.”
The company digitally imposes a person’s head onto a dancing body and all the person has to do is move their head to the beat of the song that they’ve chosen.
A video clip of the dancing is available on DVD.
Magic Dancing is only open on weekends from about 6-10 p.m., and during festivals. Prices start at $25 for a group of 1-2 people. For 3-4 people, the price is $30. Extra copies of the DVD can be purchased for an additional cost.
A few strides to the right of Magic Dancing is the Hurricane Simulator.
This attraction entails someone stepping into a small cylindrical-type contraption, closing the door and preparing to experience what it’s like to be caught in the middle of a hurricane. For just $2, you can experience wind speeds of 78 mph in the simulator.
For more information, visit hurricanesimulator.com.
Even further into Kids Zone, lie the USA Watersports Inflatable Waterballs and Bungy Trampoline, both allowing its customers to enjoy them for a price of $10.
“It’s family fun for everyone,” said Christopher Cristiani, owner. “Parents participate with their children — they don’t just stick them in a ride and walk away.”
There are three water spheres and four trampolines. The two begin operating around 3-4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in the off season. The average amount of time one is allotted in the waterballs is approximately 6-7 minutes, and for the trampoline, it’s 5 minutes.
For more information, visit the welcome center at HarborWalk for brochures on the waterballs and bungy trampolines, or visit amusementusa.com.
Located on the far west side of HarborWalk Village near Crab Island Cantina is HarborWalk Mining Company, owned by Cristiani’s wife, Zina Lukin. This hands-on area allows people of all ages and abilities to explore for gemstones, arrowheads, fossils and other buried treasures.
The mining company, with costs ranging between $10 and $30, operates during the off season from around 3-4 p.m. until 9 p.m. everyday.
“The main purpose is educational,” said Lukin. “It’s for the kids to learn about gemstones and puzzles … take advantage of learning how the old-time miners worked and have some ideas — the gemstones doesn’t come shiny and sparkly, you have to take some work to make them that way.”
For more information, find HarborWalk Mining Co. on Facebook.
Plans for additional attractions in the Kids Zone at HarborWalk Village include a zip line and educational camps like Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s SummerWILD Children’s Camp.
“We continue to add more unique activities and fun family safe attractions to enhance the experience for locals and visitors,” said Hall.