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Sun Splash to host After Hours Event this Friday

By Staff | Jun 23, 2015

Sun Splash Family Waterpark will host its first After Hours Event of the season on Friday.

Held on the fourth Friday of the month during the summer, June’s event is an Aqua Theatre Night, featuring the movie “Paddington.” The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m., with the movie playing on a giant inflatable movie screen at dusk. Attendees can enjoy the film while floating on an inner tube.

“I asked kids what they thought was a good movie, and this movie kept coming up,” Sandie Greiner, the park manager of Sun Splash Family Waterpark, said. “It’s about a bear coming from Peru.”

“Paddington” is the story of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home, according to the movie’s website. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize city life is not all he imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who offers him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed, until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

The After Hours Event admission is $8 for Cape residents or $10 for non-Cape residents. Same-day park guests can hang around for $5, while Sun Splash season pass holders are admitted for free.

“It’s a discount rate for you to come in and enjoy the park for four hours, but also get to watch a movie,” she said, adding that all of the attractions will be open. “Just like a normal operating day.”

The food venues at the park will also be operational, as well as the gift shop.

“That will all be open,” Greiner said.

An estimated 600 to 700 people have been attending the Aqua Theatre Nights in recent years, a noticeably fewer number than when the After Hours Events were first initiated at the park.

“That’s one of the reasons I’ve kind of curtailed doing three a year,” she said. “This will be our only Aqua Theatre Night this year.”

The second After Hours Event, to be held in July, will be called “Rock Under the Stars” and will feature a band with live music. The following month, the After Hours Event will be “Back to School Bash.” It will feature deejays and interactive games specifically aimed at the community’s youth.

“Just kind of geared more toward fun things before you go back to school,” Greiner said.

On Friday, the weather will have a play in how the night turns out.

“As long as it’s not raining or lightning, the movie will go on,” she said.

Last year, Greiner tried to play “Frozen” three times with no luck.

“I never got to show it,” she said, adding that each show was rained out.

Officials welcome families to stop by on Friday.

“Come on out, grab an inner tube and watch the movie,” Greiner said.

For more information, call (239) 574-0558 or visit: sunsplashwaterpark.com.

Sun Splash Family Water Park is at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd.