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Pacific Park Celebrates 15th Annual PALpalooza With Hundreds of California PAL Kids During Back-To-School Outing

Published on September 14, 2019

Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) and the state-wide California Police Activities League (CalPAL) kids enjoy a free evening of fun and games.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (September 13, 2019) — Pacific Park celebrated 15 years of PALpalooza by treating California PAL kids to its annual back-to-school outing on Friday, September 13 from 5-11 p.m. To date, Pacific Park has hosted over 5,000 kids since beginning the PAL program on the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica PAL is Pacific Park’s primary charitable organization on the Westside. The two-acre amusement park donated all food, drinks, games and rides for PALpalooza.

California Police Activities League (CalPAL) chapters, from Santa Barbara to Victorville, joined the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) to receive a free, fun-filled back-to-school treat featuring exciting rides, midway games and meals from the Park’s oceanfront food court.

“We are delighted to be celebrating our 15 year partnership with Santa Monica PAL. The success of PALpalooza grew from a simple idea to host local PAL kids for a fun day at the Park to now include PALs from throughout California for a fun back-to-school treat including rides, games and excitement at the beach,” said Nathan Smithson, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “While the kids have a great time, PALpalooza has a special meaning for Pacific Park’s employees too. They enjoy seeing the smiles and pleasure for so many kids during the back-to-school event.”

“Pacific Park has been a terrific partner for PAL since the inception of PALpalooza. Not only do we work with the Park on this event but we enjoy their support for other activities throughout the year,” says Eula Fritz, Director of the Santa Monica Police Activities League. “PALpalooza provides the kids with a once-a-year opportunity to play the games, ride the attractions and enjoy delicious refreshments all compliments of Pacific Park. We are grateful for their caring, passion and generosity.”

About Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)

Santa Monica PAL is a City of Santa Monica-operated nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe and supervised place for young people ages 6 through 17. PAL teaches skills, promotes self-respect and respect for others, and helps kids reach out to their peers and to adults. PAL provides free academic and cultural programs and a wide variety of recreational activities. Each year hundreds of youth learn to work and play in groups, with individual attention available whenever it is needed. The Santa Monica PAL Youth Center is located at 1401 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For additional information or to donate, please call 310-458-8988 or visit

About California-PAL

CalPAL’s primary goal is to assist police and sheriff departments in establishing and developing PAL chapters in every community in California; thereby ensuring that all California youth have the opportunity to participate in California PAL programs. CAL-PAL is California’s largest juvenile crime prevention program with an active participation of over 300,000 youth.

About Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission-free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 14 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and beachside retail shops. Signature rides include the Pacific Wheel, the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel; The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-share kids ride. For additional information and hours of operation, please call 310-260-8744, visit, and go to, or