Miracle Strip @ Pier Park-Panama City Beach

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The weekend began when “Popi'” gave his two beloved daughters some Moo-Lah for a little fun over the weekend.  So Ashley and I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to take the kids and do things that usually get the answer, “Oh sorry guys, that’s too expensive”.  So we headed to Pier Park in Panama City, stopped at Kilwin’s ice cream (click to read post) to get the kids some delicious ice cream, watched the sunset at The Boardwalk, and then, yes then, we passed THE FAIR at Pier Park!!Will-airplaneThe Fair (better known as Miracle Strip @ Pier Park) is something as a kid you pass and dream about only too be told it’s too expensive.  But we had some cash left-over and said, what the heck.  Let’s let our kids be kids and buy some smiles and fun and blow the rest of this money and have some fun!  We paid about $40 for a package deal and every kid had a chance to ride two rides each (we had 5 kids if you are doing the math).

So first up, was the might Sea Dragon!  This was your typical viking ship that rocks from up and down, higher and higher.  No one was brave enough to even dare step foot on this monster of a ride except for my courageous little nephew.  Ashley and son boarded the ride picking the tippy-top seat and off they went!  See them way up there by the dragons head?Sea-Dragon-rideI was on the ground with the little kids and you should have seen their faces!! (well you will, I am about to post a picture).  It was hilarious!  They were terrified and mesmerized by all the screaming fans and watching that ship go higher and higher!! With the exception of Meg…who was thrilled. surpriseThe worker asked if they wanted one more free round since it wasn’t very crowded, but Ashley said her stomach couldn’t take it.  You’re getting old girl!  Anywhoo, look at the thrilled faces of mother and son.  Is this a framer or what?  And I love that chocolate ice cream stain on Gray thanks to Kilwin’s ice cream.ash-grayI think the favorite was the Red Baron airplane ride.  The kids could pull the stick in the middle and fly the plane up or down.  Any sort of “control” for a kid is thrilling.  This ride was definitely a winner.beth-gid-planeNext up, my youngest niece opted for the classic carousel.  She was the only one who got to ride it and as the youngest of four, was delighted to be the one-and-only.  You go “B’!B-carrisolMeggers and I braved the huge ferris wheel.  Whew, we were high!meg-farris-wheelThe carnival also had a huge fun Sock Hop Bouncing Pillow which is just that….a huge pillow.Bouncy-Float There was also a cool Tilt-A-Whirl.Spinnin-chairsThe park is landscaped very nicely with neat vine-sculptures and little lights everywhere.horse-landscape  There was a Butterfly Pavillion as well where you can check out hundreds of butterflies emerging from cocoons.  The night was quite magical for me and the kids.  We had a great time at the little fair.  I would definitely do it again (when Pops hands us a few bills again….) Ya hear that Dad? ;)group-shot

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