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Places to Have a Child’s Birthday Party in Pensacola – Updated 7/16/2013

*This list was updated on 7/16/13.  If there is something that you think we missed, please leave us a note or send me an email at julie at pensacolawithkids dot com.

We have had birthday parties at a few of the places and have attended parties at a few of the places.  That being said, there are some on this list that I love, some that were ok, some I haven’t been to and some I might never step in again.  I am not going to give an opinion because that is what it is…merely a list of places you might want to look into if you are throwing a birthday for your child!

If you have a party location to add to this list, please comment or send me an email and I will add your suggestion.


Bounce House – Triple Play Breeze Bounce

Bowling Alley – Oops Alley, DeLuna LanesCordova Lanes

Bricks 4 Kidz


Chuck E. Cheese

Confetti Couture

DreamLand Roller Skating

Ellen’s Art Studio

Fast Eddies

Flip Factory

Gulf Breeze Fun Plex

Gulf Breeze Zoo


Kiln Time

Milestone Aquatic Club

Movie Theater – Rave Motion Pictures, The Ridge Pace, The BreezeSilver Screen

Naval Aviation Museum

Park – Escambia County Parks and Recreation and Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation (Optimist Park, Perdido Kid’s Park, and Bayview Park were mentioned over and over again!)

Pensacola Civic Center Ice Skating Party

Pensacola Fun Rentals

Plaza de Luna


Polka Dots

Pony Parties of Pensacola

Pricebusters Movies and Games

Quietwater Beach

Roger Scott Pool

Rolling Video Games

Sam’s Fun City

UWF pool

Victory Ballet

West Florida Railroad Museum

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss

In honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, here are some craft ideas.

Visit the Dr. Seuss website for games, video, coloring sheets, information about the stories and much more.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Groupon Deal – $30 for $60 Toward Birthday Parties, Classes, and Services from Abrakadoodle

The deal of the day brought to you by Groupon is $30 for $60 Toward Birthday Parties, Classes, and Services from Abrakadoodle.

Each day, Groupon will list deal from your city with a limited amount of time to purchase. Many times, the deal can sell out before the time is expired.

This Pensacola deal gives you $30 for $60 Toward Birthday Parties, Classes, and Services from Abrakadoodle.  Abrakadoodle offers art classes for children 20 months to 12 years old.  Classes take place at several places around town including Episcopal Day School and Sanders Beach Community Center.  Be sure to read the fine print before you purchase including (but not limited to): 

  • Expires in 1 year
  • Limit 1 per visit.
  • Schedule 
  • Reservation required.

As of this posting, there are 2 days and 15 hours left to purchase this deal!

To purchase, click on the link below.  Today’s deal is $59 for Your Choice of Three Dental Services at Summit Dental but if you look on the right hand side of the page you will see a small box with the Abrakadoodle deal. 

A deal a day great things to do, eat, see, & buy in your area. Shop today!

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Free Stuff for Your Birthday!

I don’t know about you, but we are always looking for a hot deal and if it is free that is even better!  Frugal Coupon Living is one of my favorite sites to explore for hot deals and coupon matchups.  Recently she posted a great list of places where you can get free or discounted meals or treats on your birthday.  You can also visit Free Birthday Treats!  Be sure to check out these sites well before your birthday because you must join their online clubs for many of the freebies.

Photo Courtesy of CleverCupcakes

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

 “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

March 2 marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss!  Stop by Seussville to play a game or print out an activity!

Places to Have a Kid’s Birthday Party in Pensacola

**See our newest birthday party list updated on January 26, 2011!**

We are celebrating Big S’s birthday in the house this week so in honor of his birthday, I have listed some places where you can have a birthday party around town.  This is in no way a comprehensive list and it is in alphabetical order.  I gathered the list from places we have been and various message boards.  We have had birthday parties at a few of the places and have attended parties at a few of the places.  That being said, there are some on this list that I love, some that were ok, some I haven’t been to and some I might never step in again.  I am not going to give an opinion because that is what it is…merely a list of places you might want to look into if you are throwing a birthday for your child!  If you have something to add to this list, please comment or send me an email and I will add your suggestion to the list.


Bounce House – Triple Play

Bowling Alley – Oops Alley, DeLuna LanesCordova Lanes


Chuck E. Cheese


Fast Eddies

Flip Factory

Gulf Breeze Fun Plex


Movie Theater – Rave Motion Pictures, The Ridge Pace, The BreezeSilver Screen

Park – Escambia County Parks and Recreation and Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation


Purple Julia

Sam’s Fun City

UWF pool

West Florida Railroad Museum


Weekend Round-Up Things to do in Pensacola April 10-12

Children Holding HandsHere is your  Weekend Round-Up for this weekend!*** If you know of an event we should add to the list, please leave us a comment! Have a fun weekend exploring Pensacola with your family!As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Blue Wahoos VS Biloxi Shuckers  Bayfront Stadium

WSRE Imagination Station   Bayfront Stadium (1 hour prior to game time) 

Auto Racing   Five Flags Speedway

Youth Art Focus- Pensacola Museum of Art

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters  AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

IMAX  movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Blue Angels X4D Experience


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Palafox Market

Blue Wahoos VS Biloxi Shuckers  Bayfront Stadium

WSRE Imagination Station   Bayfront Stadium (1 hour prior to game time) 

Pensacola Jazz Fest   Seville Square

US Cheer Finals   Pensacola Bay Center

16th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic  Plaza DeLuna Park

“Singin’ in the Rain”  Celebrate the Saenger’s 90th birthday  Saenger Theater

Blue Angels X4D Experience

Mojo Elite Gymnastics Super Saturday Night

Coastal AL Farmer’s and Fisherman’s Market

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

IMAX  movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blue Wahoos VS Biloxi Shuckers  Bayfront Stadium

WSRE Imagination Station Celebrating Children’s Literacy Week   Bayfront Stadium

Pensacola Jazz Fest   Seville Square

US Cheer Finals   Pensacola Bay Center

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Repticon in Town This Weekend!


Repticon is in town this weekend through Sunday at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds.  If you didn’t get a chance to go yesterday, they are open from 10 am – 4 pm today.

Kids and adults are welcome to experience this wonderful and educational event.  Reptiles, including everything from snakes, spiders and lizards to alligators are there on display, some of which you can touch and feel.  If you have children, especially boys, they will love this experience.  Repticon focuses on the education of these creatures that do not always have the best reputation.

I had an up close and personal meeting with them on News Radio 1620 this past Friday.  Dylan and I were able to go to the station where the owners of Repticon and several of the starts of this weekend’s show were on the air with Branden Rathert.   Tim and Skip were there to promote the show this weekend and to explain a little more about what they do.  Repticon isn’t just about touring with the animals, it is more important for them to educate the public.  They do everything from birthday parties to public informational shows all the way to the big shows, such as the one at the fairgrounds this weekend.  Kids, and adults, are able to get hands on experience with some of the reptiles and learn about them.  The more you know, the better prepared you are if reptiles similar to these are seen in the wild.

Dylan was able to touch a Bearded Dragon, an Albino Burmese Python and a baby Alligator, all of which were controlled and very used to being touched by humans.  Tim and Skip also had a tarantula, chameleon and a larger alligator on hand that were a little too much for Dylan, but he looked from afar.

I would definitely suggest taking your kids today to see this amazing show.  They have over 80 reptiles that they bring to the shows and care for on a daily basis.  It is a great education for anyone that goes and an experience they will never forget.  $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.

Here is the schedule for today.

11 AM – Reno’s Reptiles Live Animal Presentation

12 PM – Top Hat Geckos – Leopard Geckos

1 PM – 480 Pythons – First Time Pet Selection

2 PM – Ready to Go Reptiles – Top 3 Snakes

3 PM – Reno’s Reptiles – Live Animal Presentation


 To contact Repticon about shows or birthday parties,

Team Phone: 850-393-3004
Team E-mail:

Disney on Ice at the Pensacola Bay Center

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win 4 tickets to tonight’s performance of Disney on Ice at the Pensacola Bay Center.  I was at a fundraiser for the LEAP Trail (which is a really neat thing for our city.  You can check out the details here and our very own Jennifer Harrison is a member of Pensacola LEAP 2013!) and had the winning bid on a great package that included the tickets.  My daughter’s 3rd birthday was yesterday and to say that she loves all the Disney Princesses would be the understatement of the year.  So, I figured what the heck?  LEAP Trail is a great thing to give money to and my baby girl would have a ball!


I have to say that I was seriously impressed with the show.  Having really young kids, this was my first time and this type of show that is clearly geared toward the younger set.  I expected something much more cheesy and frankly, with a lot less talent.  I was wrong!  This is a wonderful production with seriously talented ice skaters, beautiful sets and costumes, and great production value.  There are 3 performances left and I highly recommend it, if you have young kids who are big fans of Disney.  Tickets range from $17-$52 and all the info is here.  I think we were in the $30 seats and they were just fine.  Honestly, for this type of show, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.


They open things with a cute “cast warm-up” that encourages the audience to get up and move around and it’s led by The Incredibles.   It was fun and very cute, although we opted to stay seated since we both had kids in our laps.  Next comes Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, who tell you that this night is about looking for “Treasures” that are the Disney characters.   First we have a big, fun number with the entire cast of “Alice in Wonderland”.   The dancing cards that are hearts one side and clubs on the other are really cool.  And the Queen of Hearts is sufficiently mean.  But, Alice keeps her head and all is well.   The first act ends with a second full cast number that is almost the whole story of Peter Pan.  Captain Hook and Mr Smee are actually really cute bad guys.  The Lost Boys are adorable, Wendy and her brothers and great but Peter Pan steals this number.  He’s an excellent skater and after an epic battle between the pirates and lost boys, he saves the day, but not without the help of a flying (and skating) Tinkerbell.  My kids LOVED this part.  Also, Captain hook gets eaten by the biggest crocodile puppet in history!  Hooray!

Intermission is quick and Act II is all about the Disney Princesses!  (which is good because Samantha kept asking me, “Mama, when are the princesses coming?”)  But before we get our princess fix, we are treated to a visually stunning number from The Lion King.   From the opening with a beautiful set piece depicting “Pride Rock” and Rafiki to the gorgeously skated ending with Simba and Nala to “Can you Feel the Love Tonight”, this was probably my favorite large cast number.  I thought the neatest part was the way they portrayed the stampede in the canyon that results in the death of Mufasa.  It was so cool and incredibly inventive.  I am always so impressed with stuff like that.  It reminded me of the amazing way Animal Kingdom does the “Finding Nemo” show with puppets.  Way cool.


Finally, it is Princess Time!  Mickey and the gang re-appear to tell us that coming up the first feature film that Walt Disney produced and out come 7 cute little guys to give us a quick version of Snow White.  The manage to touch on the whole story in about 8 minutes.  Snow White is another very talented skater and her part with her Prince is very pretty.   The big Act II number is from Aladdin and it’s great!   The Genie is fun, Aladdin rides in on an elephant and the Magic Carpet flies!  Aladdin, just like most of the other leads, is immensely talented.  He does a spin at the end that made my kids squeal and clap.   A  great number.  After that, we were treated to Ariel and Sebastian and some under-the-sea creatures that were fun.  Then a very cute and really beautiful skate with Rapunzel and Flynn.  (she’s my favorite Princess and “I See the Light” is so pretty!)  They even had the floating lanterns.  I loved this one.  Then Tiana and Naveen did a bit to “Dig a Little Deeper” that was upbeat and again, very fun.  (I need better adjectives besides ‘cute’ and ‘fun’…but you get the picture.)  Finally, we see Mickey and company again and then the pinnacle for all the little girls in the house….every Disney princess and her prince!!  I can’t for the life of me remember what they skated to, but it was big and flashy and gave ample time for everyone to skate all over the ice.    Let me put it this way…my daughter pointed to all her favorites that were not featured several times over.   “Mama!  Belle!  Cinderella!  Sleeping Beauty! Mulan!”   She was thrilled.   I should mention that my 4 year old son had a ball, too.  And even my husband was impressed.



A few things to know before you go-

  • Parking at the Bay Center is FREE, but the front fills up fast.  So, if you don’t want to walk up the giant ramp, I’d get there at least 30 minutes early.
  • The Bay Center is so proud of their snacks.  We tell the kids they can pick one thing to share and a drink to share as well.  (after the circus last year) This time it was popcorn.  I think the cotton candy (with the Mickey ears, that frankly I could do without) was $15.  Wha?  Anyway, I make sure the kids eat a decent dinner and stick some goldfish in my purse.
  • Holy Over-Priced Souvenirs, Batman!  My daughter, God bless her, is not one to ask for anything, anywhere. She didn’t even notice the scads of Princess-y, sparkly crap that was $20 and up.  ( I love her slightly more for this particular trait.)   My son whined about getting a sword all night and in fact, we are going to Wal-Mart in the morning to purchase a reasonably priced plastic one.  You’ve been warned.
  • If you have a little girl, by all means let her dress up.  Sam wore her tiara with a sundress, because she doesn’t have a Disney princess costume just yet, but we saw so many girls dressed up.  Very cute.

The shows tomorrow are at 2:00 and 6:00 and then again at 2:00 on Sunday.  Tickets are available here.  Let us know if you go and what you and your kids thought about it.  We always love to hear from our readers.   xoxo Jules

Guest Blogger- “The Five Things I’ve Learned from Having Special Needs Kids”


    I remember during both my pregnancies, I worried so much and prayed that my kids would be healthy.  I think every pregnant woman does.  When we lived in St. Louis, one of our best friends became pregnant a few months after I did.  My son was born in Dec and hers in April, so we got to be preggers for a while together.  We shared in the fun and the worry.  We complained to each other about all the crazy changes our bodies were going through.  We attended each others baby showers and after Spencer was born a healthy baby boy, she’d come over and observe how completely sleep deprived I was and laugh nervously knowing what she was in for.  I Thank God every day and feel so lucky that both my kids were born without any imminent problems.  Her son was born with Cerebral Palsy.  I’ve never told her this, but I felt guilty for the longest time that my son was healthy and Quinn was going to have such a rough road ahead.  Today, he’s 4 and is an absolute light and joy.  And she’ll tell you that she’s the lucky one. 

Since taking over this website in January, I’ve talked with her about things we could do to include the Moms of kids with special needs.  So, I asked her to tell her story.  It’s the first time she’s put it into words and I’m honored to share it with our readers.  If you are the Mom of a kid(s) with special needs and know about activities that are designed for or would be great for other kids like yours, please email me at  And Thanks Amanda for sharing your story. ~Julie

“The Five Things I’ve Learned from Having Special Needs Kids” By Amanda Geraghty

I didn’t think it was going to happen for me.   No fairytales here.  And I’d made my peace with it….sort of.  By 31 I had one bad marriage and no kids.  And then by some miracle at 33 I met  the love my life and the man who would become my husband and father of my children. We are a perfect match.   He is laid back where I am Type A, he likes to win but is not competitive like me, he’s patient where I am not, and we are a great balance.  Today we are a family of 5 with two special needs children.  When I fell in love with Todd, I also fell in love with his son Joey.   Joey is mid functioning Autistic who was nonverbal until about 3 years ago. He was 5 then. He’s now a healthy and happy 11 year old who is communicating more and more.  Joe has taught me the value of a routine, helped me begin to work on patience and teaches me every day that what is shown is just as important as what is said.  We also have a son Tyson, who is 2 and developing like a normal 2 year old should.  And then there is our “Quinnie”.  This is our story.

At almost 35 I unexpectedly got pregnant. To say I was surprised would be an understatement.  It was August of 2008. We had just built our new house and we were engaged to be married in April 2009.

What unfolded next would change our lives forever.  We went to the doctor in September and the first shocker was we were pregnant with Dichromatic Identical Twins. I was speechless, scared, and not sure that I wanted two babies at once!   Then the doctor told me that Baby A’s heartbeat was slow and it might be a “Disappearing Twin”.  A Disappearing Twin is a twin who doesn’t live past the first couple of weeks and “disappears” back into the placenta. The doctor said we would know within a week.   I prayed with all my might that week that both babies would survive. When I went back a week later both babies had strong heartbeats and were growing. We were so excited!!! We got married a couple of weeks after that since the babies were due in April.  We were officially a family and growing fast!

For the next 20 weeks I went to the doctor each week and saw ultrasounds of my babies and heard their heartbeats. I became very attached to them and overwhelmed by the miracle of being the mother of Identical twins.  It was beginning to look like everything was going to be fine.

At 22 weeks I went for my Anatomy/ Anomaly ultrasound.  The one where they really look at the babies and see if there’s anything amiss.  That whole week I had been having dreams about the moment we found out the sex of the babies. I just KNEW they would be girls and I had their names all picked out.  I was so excited about the sex and we were feeling so great about the pregnancy that I’d forgotten to worry about anything being wrong.    We got settled into the room and waited for the technician. The tech came in and started the process. She took a few measurements and looked at me.  “I’m sorry”, she said . “One of the babies’ hearts has stopped beating.  One of the babies has died”.

I was in shock.  She then told me that the babies were boys.  I laid there on that table completely numb, fighting back tears while the technician finished up. She told me to come back in a week to finish.

We drove home in silence. To this day I don’t remember the ride. I cried for days.  I couldn’t understand how this could happen. To this day I don’t have words to accurately describe how I felt.

I went back to the doctor a week later to finish my anatomy/anomaly on the son I had left in the womb. When I got into the room they told me that they had wanted me to come back in a week because they had seen an abnormal amount of fluid on the surviving baby’s  brain and didn’t want to tell me the last time because of all I had  been through.   They quickly did another ultrasound and determined the fluid had not gone away. 10 minutes later I was sitting in a perinatal office being told all of the potential things that could be wrong with the surviving baby, asking me about termination, and recommending an amniocentesis. We did the amnio that day and the next couple months I went to the perinatal Dr. once a week for more ultrasounds.  I had every test they could think of and it all came back fine. At 32 weeks they released me as a high risk patient and told me that as much as they could tell any mother their child will be born normal they could say that to me.  Basically there were no guarantees, but everything seemed fine.  Once again, we breathed a small sigh of relief.

The rest of my pregnancy went off without a hitch and I was induced at 41 weeks. I gave birth to a beautiful 8 pound 7 ounce baby boy that we named Quinn Daniel.  It was the happiest day of my life. In the back of my mind I thought about the baby who did not survive and what it would have been like to welcome two babies, but I pushed the thought away and focused on the miracle of Quinn.

The next day the pediatrician came in and examined Quinn. He told me that the nurse was concerned about the smallness of Quinn’s head and they wanted to do an ultrasound. The doctors were concerned that he was missing the middle part of his Brain. People live normal lives with this condition so I wasn’t too stressed about it. The doctor came back that evening and said they couldn’t find anything but wanted to do an ultrasound just to be sure. I agreed and never thought about it again until that evening when the doctor came in and told us that he had had a stroke in Utero, has brain damage, and would develop Quad Spastic Cerebral Palsy.   In that moment, everything changed.

I wanted to tell you this story so you could understand where I was and where I am today. For the first year of Quinn’s life I mourned. I still mourn today. There’s not a birthday of his that goes by that I don’t wonder what Quinn would be like if this hadn’t happened. As I watch his brother Tyson develop, I mourn the fact that we may never hear Quinn say the words “I love you” or any words for that matter. We may never see him take his first steps unsupported. We may never see him play sports or pick an object up.  I went through all of the guilt and being mad at God and the world. I felt like I failed my husband. He already had one handicapped son. This was his chance at experiencing “normal”.  I isolated myself from my friends and family.  All I thought about was building the strength to deal with being a working mom to two handicapped children and figuring out the financials of it all. To say that I was overwhelmed would be an understatement.

When Quinn was one, I met a gentleman whose youngest child had CP. He gave me the best advice and it completely changed my outlook. Quinn just turned 4 and from that advice I have derived these 5 important lessons that I hope to pass on to you. Most of these can actually apply whether your child is handicapped or not:

1. Your reality is not your child’s reality. While I often feel sad when Quinn cannot participate in normal kid activities, he doesn’t. Quinn is loved by many people and is a very happy boy. That’s his reality. And it is okay!


2. The reality of your situation is what it is.  And it’s okay to show emotion. It’s important to let people know how you’re feeling instead of expecting them to know. No one I know can read minds.


3. You will lose some “friends” through a time like this. The ones who stick around and give you some leeway are the ones you will Thank God for every day.  I know that I do.


4. Don’t take it personally. Your friends and family will do their best to support you, but they are nervous and scared for you and don’t know how to handle all of the high needs of a special child. They may not tell you this and they may not offer to help out too much. Try not to take it personally, they don’t mean it personally.


5. If you’re a person of Faith instead of asking God what you did to deserve this, Thank him for choosing you to be the mommy of your Special Child. I realize this one sounds somewhat glib. This didn’t happen for me overnight. It’s taken me 4 years of reconnecting with God to get to this.  And it helps me get through most days.


These 5 lessons don’t solve everything. I still worry about Quinn and Joe and how we are going to save money for retirement and for them so that if something happens to my husband and I they aren’t institutionalized. I worry about how his brothers high needs will affect their little brother Tyson. I’m often extremely stressed. When I have the time, even if it takes me 7 days (like it did to write this) I reflect on these 5 lessons and use them to help me keep going.

Thank you so much for reading this. This is the first time I have ever written my story. I hope I reached one or two new mothers of a special Needs Child.  I want you to know that no matter how bad things seem, you WILL be ok.

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