What To Do With Kids on Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island and the towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher have plenty to offer kids of all ages. It's an ideal destination for a family vacation, weekend getaway, as well as a great place to live year round!

Of course the beach itself provides hour after hour of entertainment, but here are a few more ideas of what to do with kids on Pleasure Island:

Hike the trails in Carolina Beach State Park. Play tennis, basketball, or skateboard at Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach. Test your volleyball or disc golf skills at Joe Eakes Park in Kure Beach. Both Mike Chappell Park and Joe Eakes Park have playgrounds where the little ones can swing, slide, and play.

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Learn about the creatures that live in and near the varied aquatic habitats on and near Pleasure Island at the aquarium. Kids from 2 - 12 will love the newly opened Adventure Reef outdoor play area.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Step back in time with a trip to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Pose for a family photo at the Carolina Beach Crescent Moon, and surprise the kids with a sweet treat such as ice cream, water ice, fudge, or donuts. During the summer season check out the amusement park rides, Family Night on Tuesdays, and live music each Thursday evening.

During the summer season you can enjoy a fireworks display every week! The pyrotechnics are launched from the beach in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk at 9:00 pm.

Free Outdoor Movies
Catch family friendly flicks on the big screen at the Carolina Beach Lake each Sunday evening. Show time is at dusk - around 8:45. 2012 Lineup.

Need some grown up time? Take the kiddos to Island Time Drop-N-Play, where they can play while you enjoy a dinner out, a little adult conversation, or maybe a nap!


Farmers Market at the Carolina Beach Lake

Now in it's third season the Carolina Beach Farmer's Market is the place to find a wide selection of local produce, food, wine, sweet treats, and arts and crafts. Strolling through the market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and you're sure to enjoy the dishes you'll whip up with your fresh finds.

This time of year you're likely to find sweet potatoes, herbs, corn on the cob, blueberries, blackberries, and those wonderful summer tomatoes we dream about all winter...as well as much much more!

The Carolina Beach Farmers Market is held each Saturday at the Carolina Beach Lake from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.


Adventure Reef Outdoor Play Area at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Get outside and play more. That’s the message from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, as the
attraction opens a new outdoor play area,
Adventure Reef.

Adventure Reef dares children ages 2 to 12 to climb, crawl, wiggle, leap, balance, swing and slide their way to fun in a safe and engaging way. Adventure Reef features unique components—springy climbing cables, spinning bars, wobble pods—to flex children’s mental and physical muscles. In addition to the play structure, families can explore together to find fossilized shark teeth and other treasures in a new fossil dig area shaped like a spiraling nautilus shell.

“This is not an average play ground,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Adventure Reef begs to be enthusiastically explored and conquered. The only limit to the fun is the child’s imagination.”
A ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 11, officially opens the new play area.
Generous donations from the North Carolina Aquarium Society and corporate partners Time Warner Cable, Inc.; PotashCorp-Aurora; Pizza Hut, Inc.; and the Weston Foundation funded the construction of Adventure Reef.

The Aquarium developed the play set’s innovative design with Landscape Structures Inc., a manufacturer committed to using U.S. vendors and offsetting their CO2 foot-print.

Learn more: http://www.ncaquariums.com/archives/11910


Spotlight On Business - ABC Lock & Key LLC

ABC Lock & Key LLC Is locally owned and operated by Randy Everette. I have been a locksmith on the Island for over a year with Island Lock & Key and now have my own business for service of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach as well as coverage up to Monkey Junction. I have 5 years experience in the field and continue to receive additional training from the North Carolina Locksmith Association as well as other manufacturers who offer training. I am licensed (#1224) with the state and a member of the NC Locksmith Association. My wife and I along with our daughter and two dogs live on the island since our wedding a year ago and we just love it.

My goal is to serve the people and businesses on the island and surrounding area with professional, courteous, timely and pricing that is very reasonable. I am on call for emergencies as well as for appointments and do a wide range of services, lockout of home, auto and commercial along with auto key made from scratch for most vehicles, boats, ATV, mopeds, motorcycles and commercial equipment. People tend to have accidents and loose their keys and the sand on the beach eats them regularly!

The security of your property is a priority to you and I can inspect and make suggestions or even resolve the issue for you, such as rekeying, adding keyless entry, repairing or replacing locks on your property. Even replacing doors and hinges due to corrosion or misuse. Property management companies and multi unit owners would really benefit from this. I am completely mobile and can meet you at a central location for the “DO IT YOUR SELF” home and business owner. I accept all forms of payment, cash, credit cards, debit, checks and billing.

My family and I have found a home here on the island and plan to work, live and enjoy all it has to offer for a very long time. The people I have meet thus far are good hearted, friendly and down to earth. I look forward to getting to know more people and creating many new friends as time goes on.

ABC Lock & Key, LLC


June 2012 Live Music on Pleasure Island

Summer beach breezes and music are in the air! Here are some of your chances to hear live music this month on Pleasure Island.

Eastbound - June 8th
Classic Rocking Country
Spare Change - June 22
Beach, Country, & Classic R&B

Machine Gun - June 7
Classic Rock & Roll
Blivet - June 14
Mako Band - June 21

40 East - June 28
Country Cross-Over & R&B


June 2012 - Free Movies at the Lake

Here's the lineup for the Free Movies at the Lake for the month of June 2012. Whether these are family favorites or you're catching them for the first time you'll have a great time enjoying these great films under the stars at the beautiful Carolina Beach Lake.

June 10th

June 17th

June 24th

July 1st

More Info: Free Outdoor Movies


Spotlight on Business - LTCA Legacy Planning

I believe in helping “maximize what ‘wealth’ you have, no matter how little or how much”. I also have a passion to help others; oftentimes without compensation. I enjoy gathering and organizing your important papers and documents in order to “make it easier for those loved ones left behind”. I am familiar with estate administration and how to navigate the maze of the probate process while you are emotionally drained.

The insurance products that bring commissions to my “bottom line” include:

  • Long Term Care Insurance – exploring benefits and options that fit your pocketbook (21 years)
  • Medicare Supplements – Taking the confusion out of turning 65 years old
  • Fixed Index Annuities - Offering many guarantees and safety of your principal without the worry of stock market ups and downs
  • Life Insurance – Reviewing policies you already own and analyzing the need to keep or supplement

Judy C. Shaw, CSA (Certified Senior Advisor)
LTCA Legacy Planning
(910) 794-9160 Home Office
(910) 262-4299 Cell Phone
631 The Cape Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28412


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