By Savannah Vasquez | 315-4412 | @destinlogsav | Svasquez@thedestinlog.com

  1. Bounce Party Playzone: Is the rainy day making your cooped up kids stir-crazy? The
    BounceHouse5 (Medium)perfect place to escape the weather and let the kids burn off some energy is the Bounce Party Playzone located in the Santa Rosa Mall.

The Playzone features five inflatable bounce houses, a free arcade, a gated toddler play area, plastic playgrounds and rock walls, air hockey and foosball tables, and educational learning stations filled with hands-on activities for youngsters of all ages.

Want to Go?

Bounce Party Playzone is located in the Santa Rosa Mall at 300 Mary Esther Blvd. in Mary Esther. For more information visit www.bouncepartyplayzone.com visit them on Facebook or call 850-865-3191. Hours of operation are weekdays and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12-6 p.m.

 

2. Science Center: You may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean the kids can’t have fun ECSC1while learning. The Emerald Coast Science Center is just the place to get hands-on with science and try something new. Current exhibits include robotics, wind tunnels, little critters and more.

Want to Go?

The Emerald Coast Science Center is located at 31 SW Memorial Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. The center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $7 for Children and $9 for adults. For more information visit http://www.ecscience.org/ or call 850-664-1261.

 

3. Gulfarium: Part aquarium, part live educational experience, The Gulfarium offers the

Dolphins swim with one another at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Visitors can view the underwater happenings through a window at the park. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
Dolphins swim with one another at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Visitors can view the underwater happenings through a window at the park. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
chance to get up close and personal with marine life. From dolphins and sea lions to penguins and sea turtles, there are so many amazing animals to see, touch and encounter that a rainy day here will feel like the best day yet!

Want to Go?

Open daily at 9 a.m., rain or shine. For more information, to purchase admission, or reserve your animal encounter, visit www.gulfarium.com and make a splash!

 

4. Power Alley: Want to practice your batting skills? Or maybe your pitching skills? Check out Power Alley, an indoor baseball and softball facility on Racetrack Road.

Want to Go?

Power Alley is located at 418 NE Racetrack Rd. Price for the batting cage is $30 an hour or $20 for 30 minutes. For more information visit www.panhandlepoweralley.com or call 850-737-2221.

 

White Sands Bowling is one way to stay out of the rain in Fort Walton Beach. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
White Sands Bowling is one way to stay out of the rain in Fort Walton Beach. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
5. Bowling Alleys: When you want to go old-school and just take the kids bowling, look no further than these two classic bowling alleys in Fort Walton Beach.

Want to Go?

White Sands Bowling Center: This 32-lane bowling alley also features a game room with pinball machines and pool tables among others. Located at 653 Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. For more information visit www.wsbcbowl.com or call 850-200-0646.

Fort Walton Beach Bowl: This is a 24-lane bowling alley complete with an eatery serving up burgers and pizza. Located at 745 N Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. For more information visit www.facebook.com/fwbbowl or call 850-863-5603.

 

Strap on your skates if you want to roll 'old-school' at Fort Walton Beach Skating Center. FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
Strap on your skates if you want to roll ‘old-school’ at Fort Walton Beach Skating Center. FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]

6. Skating Rink: Where is the ultimate throw-back place to take the kids? Fort Walton Beach Skating Center. This has been a local staple since 1976, and with special events happing almost everyday, you can’t go wrong with the classic skating rink experience.

Want to Go?

Fort Walton Beach Skating Center is located at 202 Racetrack Road NW. For more information visit www.fortwaltonskate.com or call 850-863-1223.

 

7. Gymnastics: Want the kids to burn off steam and try something new? Check out Emerald City Gymnastics open gym days.

Preschool open gym, for ages 5 and under allows children to try out wedges, balls and a Tumble Trak. Coaches are available to help, but parents must stay to supervise. The program is open on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30-11 a.m. Price is $2.50 for crawlers and $5 for walkers.

Big Kid open gym, for ages 6 and up is available on Fridays from 7:30-9 p.m. This program allows kids to try the Tumble Trak, parallel bars, vault, spring floor, bars, beams and more! Cost is $10 per child.

Want to Go?

Emerald City Gymnastics is located at 340 Eglin Parkway NE. For more information visit www.emeraldcitygymnastics.com or call 850-863-3991.

 

8. Arcades:

Fat Daddy’s: Step into Fat Daddy’s Arcade and the atmosphere will inspire the child inside Indoors1of you to come out and play. With carnival music, countless prizes and about 100 games to choose from, Fat Daddy’s has something for everyone.

Want to Go?

Located at Fudpucker’s on Okaloosa Island; 1318 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. For more information visit http://www.fatdaddysarcadedestin.com/ or call 850-226-6924.

William Carmichael, 11, right, and Jaden Schilling, 12, play air hockey at Wild Willy's Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
William Carmichael, 11, right, and Jaden Schilling, 12, play air hockey at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone: There is tons to do indoors at Wild Willy’s including an arcade, 4D movie experience, inflatable zone and pizza and frozen yogurt bars.

Located at 1306 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. For more information visit www.wwazone.com or call 850-400-3300.

Hours are Monday-Thursday 12-9 p.m., Friday 12-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Game Time: Check out the arcade in the heart of the Santa Rosa Mall for fun the whole family can enjoy.

Located at 300 Mary Esther Blvd. For more information visit https://www.gametimeplayers.com/locations/mary-esther/ or call 850-855-4145.

 

9. Escape Zone 60: Get ready for an experience like no other at Escape Zone 60. Grab 1009691239 FL_FWB_NavarreEscapeRoom (1)your family or a group of friends and attempt to solve riddles and puzzles to escape a themed room in 60 minutes. With locations in Destin, Pensacola, Okaloosa Island and Panama City, each location has rooms with a different theme — from crime scenes, mummy tombs and even a zombie apocalypse.

Want to Go?

Escape Zone 60 on Okaloosa Island is located within Fudpucker’s at 1318 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. For more information visit https://escapezone60.com/ or call 850-863-9663.

 

Cinema Plus in downtown Fort Walton Beach has charm, food and beer for anyone looking to watch a movie when its raining. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
Cinema Plus in downtown Fort Walton Beach has charm, food and beer for anyone looking to watch a movie when its raining. [FILE PHOTO/DAILY NEWS]
10. Theaters: There’s nothing like catching a movie on the big screen during those dark rainy days. Here are three places in the Fort Walton Beach area to catch a flick.

Regal Sun Plaza Staduim 8: Located at 427 Mary Esther Cut Off NW. For more information call 1-844-462-7342 X1745.

Regal Santa Rosa 10: Located at 300 Mary Esther Blvd. For more information call 1-844-462-7342.

Cinema Plus: This is an historic weekly one-show theatre with dining table seating and a menu offering sandwiches and pizza during the show.  Located at 174 Miracle Strip Pkwy. For more information call 850-200-4707.