55 Days of Summer in Pensacola

Escambia County School District is out of school for the summer next week and Santa Rosa County is not far behind. If I counted correctly, we have 11 weeks of summer before school starts back up again!  With the help of my kids (and my pal Lisa for the suggestion), we created this list of 55 things to do this summer. Why 55? This gives you one activity for each day of the week with the weekends off!  The list includes adventures around town, day trips, and things you can do at home.  Lots of the items on the list are free activities and many just cost a few dollars.

We will continue to share our adventures here, both from the list and some that we come up with as we go.  I am bringing back our Summer Road Trip Celebration and I will be sharing some recipes and crafty ideas that we try as well.  

There are three ways to print this list: 1) The easiest way to print out the list is to click on this 55 Days of Summer with PWK link. It will open a window with the link. Click on the second link and it will open the list in PDF format.  Print  2) Click on the photo below.  It will open a window with another photo.  Click again and print.  3) Print this post.

Here is our list! What should we add?  About halfway through the summer, we will try to compile another list for those of us who might work our way through this one quickly!

[  ]  Find a new playground. 

[  ]  Visit the public pool.

[  ]  Go bowling.

[  ]  Visit the splash pad downtown and have a picnic in the park.

[  ]  Visit the library, pick up a book to read and stay for story time.

[  ]  Grab your flashlight and explore a fort.

[  ]  Watch a movie under the stars at Friday Family Flicks.

[   ]  Go on a nature walk.

[  ]  Watch a free movie at the theater.

[  ]  Grab a snoball at Pensacola Snow.

[  ]  Learn about art with hands on activities at the Chagall for Children exhibit at the PMA.

[  ]  Head to the beach and look for shells.

[  ]  Cruise down Hwy 98.  Visit the Butterfly House, the Indian Temple Mound Museum, and the Emerald Coast Science Center.

[  ]  Fly the cockpit trainers at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

[  ]  Have a family slumber party in the living room.

[  ]  Pretend to be colonists at the TT Wentworth Discovery Gallery.

[  ]  Treat yourself to a cupcake from Oh Snap!, Cupcake Emporium, or Sweet Memories.

[  ]  Learn how to do something new.

[  ]  Take an art class at the PMA.

[  ]  Have a backyard campout.

[  ]  Learn how to snorkel at the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

[  ]  Attend the Seeing Sealife and see what you can catch at Johnson’s Beach.

[  ]  Attend Children’s Discovery at the Battery Worth Picnic Area and learn about a different park ecosystem each week.

[  ]  Learn about the Civil War through hands on activities at the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

[  ]  Float on the lazy river and see the fireworks at Sam’s Surf City.

[  ]  Go blueberry picking.

[  ]  Eat at a local restaurant you haven’t tried.

[  ]  Visit TCBY for Waffle Cone Wednesday.

[  ]  Play a boardgame.

[  ]  Dance to the music at Bands on the Beach or Evenings in Old Seville Square.

[  ]  Drive to Mobile and visit the Museum of Mobile, USS Alabama, the Exploreum, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Kangarooz, Fort Conde or Bass Pro Shops.

[  ]  Bring supplies to the Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the animals.

[  ]  Go on a scavenger hunt at the Palafox Market.

[  ]  Go stargazing on Pensacola Beach.

[  ]  Make your own playdough.

[  ]  Create art with sidewalk chalk outside.

[  ]  Tie dye or decorate t-shirts.

[  ]  Take a dolphin cruise.

[  ]  Dig through the dollar bins at the craft store and have a crafty afternoon.

[  ]  Drive the cars at Fast Eddie’s or Sam’s.

[  ]  Play mini golf.

[  ]  Attend a kid’s painting class at Painting with a Twist, Studio B, or another local studio.

[  ]  Visit a favorite state park or one you haven’t been to yet.

[  ]  Rent a tube or a canoe and float down the river.

[  ]  Write a letter to the grandparents or another family member.  Send it with pictures of your summer adventures.

[  ]  Try the rootbeer at the Pensacola Bay Brewery.

[  ]  Try something you have never done before.

[  ]  Spend the day in the kitchen baking treats or snacks.

[  ]  Make a scrapbook of your adventures.

[  ]  Watch the sunset.

[  ]  Have a family movie night in. 

[  ]  Paint some pottery.

[  ]  Have a dance party in your living room.

[  ]  See a movie at the Silver Screen.

[  ]  Take a drive to Gulf Shores and visit The Wharf, the zoo, and more.


  1. I love lists! Thank you for taking the time to put this together. Your site has become regular reading for me. I’m learning to always follow your advice on what to bring and where to go for fun with the kiddos. Thanks again!

  2. Butterfly House
    Navarre Splash Pad
    TT Wentworth 3rd Floor
    NAS Musuem preschool battleship
    Plaza de Luna Splash pad 12pm
    Blue Angels Practice 17, 18, 31 8:30am

    FREE on Tuesday Chagall for Children Pensacola Musuem
    Tuesday Funplex preschool Bounce 11am $8 (may change)
    Tuesday Ever’mann story time craft and healthy snack 10-12pm $2 or free for members
    Tuesday and Thursday FREE kids movie Gulf Breeze Cinema 8

    Wednesday and Saturday Barnes and Noble Story time 11am
    Wednesday Funplex Open Gym 9am $8 (may change)

    Thursday preschool Mommy and me class 11am Dancin For Fun $5 till June 8

    Bands on the Beach:
    May 17 The Reunion Band
    60s & 70s Hits, British Invasion, Motown
    May 24 The Astronauts
    80s Rock and Pop
    May 31 Southern Breeze
    Country, Acoustic, Southern Rock
    June 7 Touch of Gray
    50s, 60s, 70s, Country, Current
    June 14 Not Quite Fab
    Beatles Cover Band
    June 21 Rain date
    June 28 Modern Eldorados
    Honky Tonk, Classic Country, Rockabilly
    July 5 The Song Byrds
    Variety, Blues, Rock, Country, Swing

    Sunsets at Plaza de Luna Park
    May 19, 2011
    5:30 until the sunsets over Pensacola Bay.
    Palafox Pier
    Pensacola, FL 32521
    A costumed character will be in attendance to entertain the children each week. Arts and crafts activities and works of local artists will also be offered from time to time during the season.

    Friday Family Flicks
    May 20, 2011 7:30pm
    Downtown Pensacola
    South Palafox Pensacola, FL 32501
    City of Pensacola- The Community Redevelopment Agency invites you to come downtown every third Friday during the months of May to August for a night of free, big-screen entertainment in Commendencia Slip (between the Port of Pensacola and Plaza de Luna). Friday Family Flicks is a seasonal event that brings families together for a premier movie experience in beautiful downtown Pensacola. Family- oriented activities begin at and the movie starts at dusk (8:00 p.m.). Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and non alcoholic beverages. There will also be concessions available for purchase. Accommodations will be made for guest with disabilities. 850-435-1695 phone

  3. I will definitely share this… I love the suggestions — and the checklist, totally my style! 🙂 I do have a question tho — where is “Pensacola Snow” (and… is the “snoball” the kind with ice cream inside?) As always… thanks for all your hard work!! 🙂

  4. Katie-I don’t know if they have the option to put ice cream in it but the New Orleans style snoball is the super fine shaved ice…so good!! They are located in the Wing Zone parking lot on 9th Ave. I have a review to post but haven’t finished it up. Hopefully will post by next week!

  5. Cheryl-Thanks for the kind words! Rona-Thanks!

  6. I appreciate all your hard work. You make our life so much easier. It is so nice to be able to come on your site and just see in one place what’s going on in town that’s family friendly. Your site is so informative and helpful. I love the check list. I’ll be sharing this on both my FB accounts. Thanks again! 🙂

  7. I LOVE IT! You did an amazing job on the lists!
    There are a few more I am going to add to my list!!
    As always Jennifer, you rock!! Now if we could only make one of these days correlate to both of our schedules! LOL!

  8. Thank you for this list. I’ve lived here all my life, and have never done a few of these things myself. I’m looking forward to using it this summer. I’m a regular follower here, and I appreciate your time!

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