I was reading a story this morning about Pirate's Cove in Bradenton closing it's doors down for good after 23 years, and thought how sad this was. This was only one of two family fun centers that were still open in the area between Tampa and Cape Coral. Now there is only one in Sarasota still open. All the other's have closed down, been bull dozed over and new businesses built in their place.
Pirate's Cove sold out to developers and a gas station and self-storage are expected to replace it.
I was sad to hear this news because I remember going to places like this when I was a kid. We always had so much fun playing miniature golf (or Put-Put as I would call it), ride the go-karts, play arcade games to try and win tickets and trade them in for prizes, eat pizza and play in the batting cages. I guess these days, the thrill is gone for this type of entertainment. With so many things available at home for kids, why should they even leave their bedrooms? Kids use to go outside and ride their bikes or skateboards and play with friends in the neighborhood outdoors. Now-a-days, they play video games in their rooms or text message one another instead of calling them. How many of you have kids that are upstairs or in another room in the house and instead of coming to talk to you, they send you an instant message on the computer, text message you or call you from their phone? If you've done this before, then I'm sure you're laughing right now to yourself? Are we really that busy or lazy that we can't even get up out of a chair to go talk to someone in another room in the same house we are in anymore?
Kids have so many things available to them these days, that many of them just hibernate in their rooms and the only time you see them is when they are coming and going from home or looking for something to eat. I mean really --- Xbox, Playstation, Wii, cell phones, Ipods, computers, TV's, DVD players, PSP, Gameboy and every kind of game you could imagine to play on any of those systems...why should they leave their bedrooms?
I, myself don't have kids, but I would guess that with all the child predators out there these days, the rising cost of gas and the rising cost of entertainment, that would have to be a large reasoning for places like this closing. Not to mention that people in general are just busier than they use to be. Kids that play sports, play several at once. So they get out of school, go to practice for this sport, then leave there and go to practice for another sport. By the time they get home, eat dinner and do their homework, it's time to go to bed. Heck, I guess if I was doing that much running as a kid, I'd probably want to hibernate in my room on the weekend too!
Anyhow, if you're interested, they are auctioning off everything on Saturday at Pirate's Cove. Everything is up for bids including the arcade games, go-karts, Air hockey, ticket shredders, bar stools, a chili/cheese warmer, the lights and even the water fountain.
When: Preview today from 1 to 4 p.m.; auction is Saturday at 1 p.m.
Where: Pirate's Cove, 5410 14th St. W., Bradenton.
ONLINE: A list of items, and a link to the eBay live auction, can be found here.