Santa Monica Lookout
|Kids Enjoy a Day of Palpalooza at Santa Monica’s Pacific Park|
By Lookout Staff
August 7, 2015 -- More than 800 kids flocked to Pacific Park on the Santa Pier Wednesday to enjoy an afternoon and evening of free rides, food and games as part of the 11th Annual PALpalooza.
The event, which took place from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., offered members of Santa Monica’s Police Activities League (PAL), along with kids from 17 California Police Activities League (CAL-PAL) chapters a fun-filled back-to-school treat to remember, park officials said.
“Now in its eleventh year, we have provided thousands of kids the opportunity to spend a free afternoon at Pacific Park and enjoy the sun, fun and beach before heading back to school,” said Pacific Park Vice President Jeff Klocke.
“This is a fun-filled event for PAL kids from Santa Monica and throughout California that also has special meaning for Pacific Park’s employees to be able to host,” Klocke said.
Santa Monica PAL is Pacific Park’s primary charitable organization on the Westside, and every year, the two-acre amusement park donates all food, games and rides for PALpalooza, park officials said.
Santa Monica PAL provides 1,600 area kids each year free programs and “a safe and nurturing environment that offers kids the opportunity to grow under the sustained guidance of dedicated adults,” PAL officials said.
“PALpalooza at Pacific Park brings kids together from PAL organizations throughout the state for a terrific event before the kids go back to school,” said Eula Fritz, the director of Santa Monica PAL. “Our entire organization is grateful for the opportunity to treat the kids to a special time at Pacific Park.”
Serving more than 300,000 active participants, CAL-PAL is California’s largest juvenile crime prevention program and helps police and sheriff departments establish and develop PAL chapters in every community across the state.
On Wednesday, the kids enjoyed Pacific Park’s 12 exciting rides, including the Pacific Wheel, the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel; the West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above Santa Monica Bay, and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride for younger kids and their families.
PAL members also enjoyed 14 midway games and a variety of food selections from the Park’s oceanfront food court including hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries and soft drinks and juice, as well as a variety of desserts including cotton candy, popcorn and ice cream, park officials said.
The Santa Monica PAL Youth Center is located at 1401 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For additional information, please call (310) 458-8988.
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, is LA’s only admission free amusement park. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit www.pacpark.com, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Facebook: facebook.com/pacificpark.
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