Freestyle Park ready to rock

Aided by members of the Boys and Girls Club, Freestyle Music Park unveiled it's official park logo and introduced the 'Kids In America' children's area last month at the park in Myrtle Beach.

MYRTLE BEACH — The new owners of Freestyle Music Park, the former Hard Rock Park, continued working toward their May 23 reopening on Friday, unveiling a new kids' show and putting up a Freestyle Music Park sign near the entrance to the attraction.

The kids' show, called Flip 5 Live, will feature 11 performers between 16 and 19 years old who will dance, tumble and sing. At a media demonstration Friday, the dancers were dressed in brightly colored costumes and wigs.

"It was great to see everyone tapping their feet and moving with the music during the presentation," said John Stine, the park's sales and marketing director.

FPI MB Entertainment, the company that now owns the park, purchased the $400 million facility out of bankruptcy in February. The park first opened in April 2008 but closed in September because of a lackluster first season.

Stine said the performance group, which will encourage the audience to dance and sing along, was put

together specially for Freestyle Music Park. He said the performers were from all over the country.

"Kids want interactivity," said Robbie Mackey, the park's senior show director. ''They don't want to just sit and watch a show, they want to be part of a show."

The park also announced that active firefighters, emergency medical technicians and members of the military would get free admission through May 31.

The park's normal ticket price is $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids. Residents of the Carolinas can get $10 off the price through June 14 with a valid state ID card.

The park will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the opening weekend. On weekdays through June 5 the park will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. and offer a special ticket price of $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids. Locals still can take $10 off the admission price.