A grandfather shoved quarters into the boy's hand, demanding he try a game of skee-ball.
"I don't want to play," the boy, about 10, whined to his father, who held his hand and blocked an escape to the video games. "I don't know what it is."
Three generations stood in front of the archaic arcade game, and the oldest was clearly the most excited.
After each roll, the boy jumped nervously, waiting to see which hole the ball reached. But as soon as the wooden balls ran out, he squirmed away for flashier machines. His grandpa popped in another quarter for himself. One more, for old-time's sake.
So went the story of the Fun Zone's 75th anniversary Saturday.
It was a celebration of the mini-amusement area, but it was also a point of departure. The Fun Zone's largest landowner evicted the merry-go-round earlier this month, and has revealed plans to demolish its surrounding buildings. Instead, plans call for a $35-million high-tech entertainment complex with a maritime educational theme.