Weekend Round- Up – December 7 – 9

Here is your weekend roundup! 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!

December 7, 2012

Winterfest

Pictures with Santa at Cordova Mall

Winter Wonderland at the Community Maritime Park/Blue Wahoos Stadium

Zoo Lights at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Cookies with Santa at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Pensacola Children’s Chorus “Christmas on the Coast”  at the Saenger Theater

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights

Pensacola Little Theater’s “A Christmas Story”

The Lighted Boat Parade on Pensacola Beach

“Christmas on the River”  Riverwalk in Milton

The Panhandle Community Theater’s “A Little Princess”

Pensacola Ice Flyers home game

University of West Florida presents “A Christmas Carol”

December 8, 2012

Gulf Coast Kid’s House “Pancakes with Santa”

Winterfest

PJ’s & Popcorn Spa Night – Confetti Coture Events

The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

The Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade

Pictures with Santa at Cordova Mall

Winter Wonderland at the Community Maritime Park/Blue Wahoos Stadium

Zoo Lights at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Cookies with Santa at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Pensacola Children’s Chorus “Christmas on the Coast”  at the Saenger Theater  7:30pm

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights

Pensacola Little Theater’s A Christmas Story”

Palafox Market

Pensacola Museum of Art Children’s workshop

The Panhandle Community Theater’s “A Little Princess”

Painting with a Twist Family Day “Neon Snowman”

University of West Florida presents “A Christmas Carol”

Boatyard Craft Fair @ Maritime Park

Guy Harvey personal appreance/autograph signing @ Bealls Department store

December 9, 2012

Winterfest

Surfing Santa Beach Parade Pensacola Beach 2pm

Pictures with Santa at Cordova Mall

Winter Wonderland at the Community Maritime Park/Blue Wahoos Stadium

Gingerbread Workshop – Drop & Shop – Confetti Coture Events

Zoo Lights at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Cookies with Santa at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Pensacola Children’s Chorus “Christmas on the Coast”  at the Saenger Theater  7:30pm

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights

Pensacola Little Theater’s A Christmas Story”

Palafox Market

The Panhandle Community Theater’s “A Little Princess”

University of West Florida presents “A Christmas Carol”

 

Weekend Round-Up – Things to Do in Pensacola – November 30 – December 2

Here is your weekend roundup! 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!

November 30, 2012

Pictures with Santa at Cordova Mall

Winterfest

Winter Wonderland at the Community Maritime Park/Blue Wahoos Stadium

Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway

Zoo Lights at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Cookies with Santa at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

December 1, 2012

Pictures with Santa at Cordova Mall

Penguin & Pinecone, Book Reading at Barnes & Nobles

Pictures with Santa Clause at The Coffee House

Gulf Breeze Christmas Parade

Pace Christmas Parade

Winterfest

Winter Wonderland at the Community Maritime Park/Blue Wahoos Stadium

Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway

Zoo Lights at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Cookies with Santa at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Milton Christmas Parade 

Pensacola Ice Flyers Home Game

December 2, 2012

Pictures with Santa at Cordova Mall

Winterfest

Winter Wonderland at the Community Maritime Park/Blue Wahoos Stadium

Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway

Zoo Lights at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

Cookies with Santa at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

12th Avenue Christmas Trolley

 

Saving Money at the Pensacola Interstate Fair

Here is a little confession.  I haven’t been to the Pensacola Interstate Fair since my youngest was still in a stroller.  It isn’t because we haven’t wanted to go.  We were out of town for one year and sick for one.  Another reason we haven’t been to the fair is that it can be a very costly adventure.  With several fall birthdays, Halloween and the holidays coming up, we usually don’t have a lot of extra money sitting around.

This year, I am determined to take the kids to the Pensacola Interstate Fair.  I think they are at the perfect age to enjoy it and are young enough that I can keep them off the rides that scare me (mainly because they can be packed up and moved to another location!).

I am also determined to make this visit to the fair as low cost as possible.  Here are a few things we plan to do to save money.

Pack a cooler.  This is my go-to money saving technique and I mention it often.  Although outside food won’t be allowed and you can’t carry your cooler in, it will be waiting for you in the car when you are finished with your fair visit.  Cold drinks and snacks that the kids don’t normally get will be a nice surprise after you have told them no one hundred times.

Attend a free or discount day.  Figure out which day saves you the most money and go then. *Confirm dates before heading to the fair!*

  • Kid’s Day – October 20 and 27 – “All kids 11 years and under will be admitted FREE to the Fairgounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular General Admission prices apply after 2 p.m.”
  • Ladies Day (October 23) or Men’s Day (October 25) – Ladies and Men of all ages “admitted FREE to the Fairgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m. General Admission applies from 6 p.m. to closing” on appropriate day.
  • Grand Opening Special – October 18 – “Adults and children admission will cost only $4.00! This price applies on this day only and is valid from opening to closing.”
  • Special Admission Family Day – October 28 – “There is a special $5 admission price for everyone and FREE to children 3 and under at all times. (Any Discounted admission tickets will count as ONE ADMISSION ONLY.)”
  • See other specials.

Do you and the kids ride the rides?  Check out the handstamp specials.

Set a dollar limit before you go.  My children aren’t big fans of the rides.  They much prefer the games which add up very quickly.  We will set a dollar limit before we leave and they will know exactly how much they are allowed to spend while we are there.

Eat before you go.  Eating before you go will fill you up so you only pick the fair food that you really want!

What are your money savings tips for the Pensacola Interstate Fair?

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center Open House 2012

What: Open House; Where: Roy Hyatt Environmental Center; When:  Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10am to 2pm; Cost: FREE

Head out to the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center to visit for their annual open house.  The event will be held on October 13, 2012 from 10am to 2pm.  The event will include nature hikes, animal encounter, information booths and crafts for kids.  There will be a silent auction and more.  Bring an item from the wish list to help out if you would like but the event is FREE!

The Roy Hyatt Environmental Center is located at 1300 Tobias Road in Cantonment.  See flyer for more details.

Fall Family Fun in Pensacola – October 2012

I started adding events to the calendar this afternoon and realized that there is so much Fall Family Fun happening in our area.  I decided to just create a post with the many different events, much like our Weekly Roundups.  If you know of an event that we should add to the list please let me know.

As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!

October 2

Bands on the Beach

Preschool Story Time @Southwest Branch and Century Branch

Preschool Story Time at Navarre Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 3

Preschool Story Time at Main Library

Preschool Story Time – Milton 

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 4

Preschool Story Time at Tryon Branch

Preschool Story Time – Gulf Breeze Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 5

Oktoberfest 2012 – Perdido Key

Haystackular

Milton Rodeo

Preschool Story Time Pace Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 6

Palafox Market

Peanut Festival

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

Milton Rodeo

Haystackular

6th Annual Blue Jeans & BBQ Family Festival

Santa Rosa County-Wide Healthy Start Baby Shower

Free Kid’s Fishing Tournament – Navarre Beach Pier

Coastal Encounters Open House at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

Home Depot Kids Clinic

Preschool Story Time at Westside Branch

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch Customer Appreciation Day

October 7

Peanut Festival

Haystackular

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 8

Preschool Story Time at Jay Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 9

Bands on the Beach

Preschool Story Time at Southwest Branch and Century Branch

Preschool Story Time at Navarre Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 10

Preschool Story Time at Main Library

Preschool Story Time – Milton

READ to Dogs – Navarre Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 11

Preschool Story Time at Tryon Branch

Preschool Story Time – Gulf Breeze Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 12

Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours Downtown

Greek Festival

Haystackular Friday Night Movie

St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival

5th Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival

Oktoberfest – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Preschool Story Time Pace Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 13

Historic Pensacola Fall Festival 2012

Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours Downtown

Haystackular

Palafox Market

Greek Festival

Latino Festival

Glass Pumpkin Patch

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival

5th Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival

Oktoberfest – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Depot Days at West Florida Railroad Museum

Munson Community Heritage Festival

Cambridge Farm’s Fall Fest

Lowes Build and Grow

Preschool Story Time at Westside Branch

READ to Dogs – Pace Library

Fall Festival – Gonzalez United Methodist

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 14

Greek Festival

Latino Festival

Haystackular

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival

Munson Community Heritage Festival

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 15

Preschool Story Time at Jay Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 16

Bands on the Beach

Preschool Story Time at Southwest and Century Branch

Preschool Story Time at Navarre Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 17

Blue Angels Practice

Preschool Story Time at Main Branch

Preschool Story Time – Milton

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 18

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Preschool Story Time at Tryon Branch

Preschool Story Time – Gulf Breeze Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 19

Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours Downtown

Star Gazing Event

Gallery Night

Haystackular Friday Night Movie

Oktoberfest – St. Paul

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

Preschool Story Time Pace Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 20

Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours Downtown

Haystackular

Star Gazing Event

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Palafox Market

Halloween Carnival – Ballet Pensacola

Oktoberfest – St. Paul

Boo at the Zoo

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

Preschool Story Time at Westside Branch

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 21

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Boo at the Zoo

Haystackular

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 22

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Preschool Story Time at Jay Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 23

Bands on the Beach

Blue Angels Practice

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Preschool Story Time at Southwest and Century Branch

Preschool Story Time at Navarre Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 24

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Downtown Milton Haunted House

Preschool Story Time at Main Branch

Preschool Story Time – Milton

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 25

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Blue Angels Practice

Madagascar 3 at Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Downtown Milton Haunted House

Preschool Story Time at Tryon Branch

Preschool Story Time – Gulf Breeze Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 26

Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours Downtown

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Haystackular Friday Night Movie

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

Downtown Milton Haunted House

Preschool Story Time Pace Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 27

Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours Downtown

Elberta German Sausage Festival

Boo at the Zoo

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Palafox Market

Spooktacular

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

Downtown Milton Haunted House

Ghost of Milton Walking Tour

Lowes Build and Grow

Preschool Story Time at Westside Branch

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 28

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Boo at the Zoo

Haystackular

Ghost of Milton Walking Tour

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 29

Preschool Story Time at Jay Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 30

Bands on the Beach

Blue Angels Practice

Downtown Milton Haunted House

Preschool Story Time at Southwest and Century Branch

Preschool Story Time at Navarre Library

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 31

Sam’s Spooky City

Downtown Milton Haunted House

Preschool Story Time at Main Library

Preschool Story Time – Milton

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

Pensacola Seafood Festival

This weekend is the Pensacola Seafood Festival.  The festival will be September 29-30.  If I had to pick only one festival to attend during the year, it would probably be this one.  I love wandering through the arts and crafts booths, eating great snacks, and then letting the kids visit the Children’s Festival.

Children can visit the children’s area in Bartram Park to enjoy fun-filled activities designed with them in mind. Fiesta will host the children’s area in Bartram Park, and will be open and will be open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Express your artistic side with hands-on crafts including sand art and and marble painting. Activities such as a rock climbing wall and jump houses will be on-site. Face painting will be available in Bartram Park and Seville Square.

2012 Corn and Hay Mazes in Pensacola and Surrounding Area

This week there has been just a hint of what is to come in the air.  September is here and fall will soon be here to stay.  I absolutely love the fall on the Gulf Coast.  When our northern neighbors are breaking out their winter coats and boots, we are enjoying the outdoors in a sweatshirt and jeans.  It is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore as a family.  One of our favorite activities is to visit a corn or hay maze each weekend until we have seen them all.  My kids could spend hours running around the maze trying to find their way out.

*As always, we recommend that you follow the links or call ahead as dates and times can change.

Haystackular

  • Address:  Located in the field across the street from Dixon Primary School in Pace, FL
  • Open September 28 to October 26
  • Dates and Times: Fridays from 4pm to 9pm; Saturdays 12pm to 9pm; Sunday 12pm to 6pm
  • Admission:  Cost and activities unavailable as of posting
  • Other:  Check website for various events like movies, a run and more during the month.
  • Connect with Haystackular on Facebook.
  • Address:  15275 County Road 49, Summerdale, AL 36580
  • Open September 29th to November 3, 2012
  • Dates and Times:  Mon-Thurs – Appointment Only; Friday 5pm to 8pm; Saturday 11am to 9pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm
  • Admission: $10 per person or unlimited activity ticket for $15; Children 2 and under are free;  Admission includes corn maze, hayride, petting zoo, pig race, play area, hay jump and three activities (cow train, corn cannons, rubber duck races, hop-a-long rodeo)
  • Other:  Pony Rides for $5; Pumpkin launcher; Pumpkin patch; No credit cards, Cash and Check only.
  • Connect with Magnolia Corn Maze on Facebook.
  • Address:
  • Open Saturdays, September 22 to November 3
  • Dates and Times:  Saturdays 10am to 9pm; Group field trips by reservation
  • Admission:  General admission (ages 3 and up) $12, includes corn maze, all play areas and three activities (cow train, jumping pillow, hay ride, hop-a-long rodeo, corn cannons); All day pass (ages 3 and up) $15, includes corn maze, all play areas and all activities, multiple times
  • Other:  Pony rides, Military discount with ID, Fright Nights
  • Connect with Seward Farms on Facebook
  • Address:  6270 Oglesby Road, Milton, FL
  • Open September 22 to November 24th
  • Dates and Times:  Saturdays from 11am to 6pm; Sundays 12:30pm to 6pm
  • Admission:  Ages 2 and under Free; Ages 3 to 12 $6; Ages 13 and up $8
  • Other:  Concessions, pony rides
  • Connect with Sonshine Farms on Facebook.

Sweet Seasons Farm

  • Address:  2260 Horn Road, Milton, FL 32570
  • Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 29th to November 4th, 2012
  • Dates and Times: Fridays (during October only) 6pm to 10pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 1pm to 5pm; Last ticket sold at 4:15pm each day
  • Admission:  (Ages 3 and up) Friday (during October only) – $10 (+ tax) per person.  Admission includes the 7 acre Flashlight Maze, Nighttime Hayride and Corn Popper.  Bring your own flashlight;  Saturdays and Sundays – $10 (+ tax) per person for the Whole Cob admission which includes unlimited access to the corn maze, hayride, children’s playground,  corn popper, cow train and more; $7 (+ tax) for the Half Cob admission which includes corn maze, hayride, children’s playground, picnic area and hay bale maze; $21 (+ tax) for a season pass
  • Other: Concessions available, horse rides, T-shirts, Scout patches, corn cannon and more; Purchase tickets online if you wish.
  • Connect with Sweet Seasons Farm on Facebook.

 Things to Know Before You Go

Wear close-toed shoes.  You will be wandering through the corn fields so you should make sure you leave the flip flops at home!

Bring cash.  Most farms only take cash.  Some take checks but the majority of them do not take credit cards.  Many of the farms are off the beaten path and an ATM is not nearby!

Wear sunscreen.  You will be outside the whole time.

Pack a cooler to leave in the car.  Most farms won’t allow the coolers or outside food and many of them offer concessions.  We like to make our outings budget friendly so we make sure that we have a cooler packed with bottled water and snacks waiting for us in the car when we are finished.

Don’t forget your camera.

Did we miss any fall mazes?  Leave us a comment with the details or send us an email.

Weekend Roundup – Things to Do in Pensacola with Kids – September 14, 15 and 16

Here is your weekend roundup! 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!

September 14, 2012

Gallery Night

Stargazing at Fort Pickens

September 15, 2012

BRACE Youth Emergency Preparedness Expo

Blast from the Past Concert Series

The Wizard of Oz showing at The Saenger

Remo’s Reptiles @ Southwest Branch

Meet Kazoo at WFPL Westside Branch

Preschool Story Time @ Westside Branch

2012 Pensacola Kids Marathon Kick-Off

September 16, 2012

Gone with the Wind at the Saenger

BRACE Youth Emergency Preparedness Expo

What: BRACE Youth Emergency Preparedness Expo; Where: Booker T Washington High School; When: September 15, 2012 10am to 2pm; Cost: FREE

Saturday, September 15, 2012, join BRACE, the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, at their third annual YEP! Youth Emergency Preparedness Expo. The expo will be held from 10am to 2pm at Booker T. Washington High School.

The even is FREE and open to the public.

There will be a number of activities that will help children and their families learn more about the importance of preparing for disasters and how to respond during an emergency. Activities include recognition to our local first responders, military, and law enforcement heroes, the McGuire’s Irish Pipe Band; a scavenger hunt, games and contests. There will also be Sesame Street “Let’s Get Ready” and Early Learning Coalition activities, Klaas Kids search and rescue demonstrations and fingerprinting, car seat safety checks and more.

Learning Time – Activities to do with your Preschooler at Home

This year, my youngest child is in Kindergarten but two years ago, she missed the cut-off for VPK because of her age.  We are always learning new things but I wanted a more structured learning environment.  We spent about 15 to 20 minutes each day learning new things by studying the letters of the alphabet and I shared those activities here.  When Little S was in VPK last year, I recycled the activities and posted them weekly.  This year, though, we are in school full-time and I am focusing on some other things but I wanted to share those activities with you.

I set the activities up so that we would cover one letter each week with some holiday weeks in between.  If you click the links below it will take you to a loose plan.  If you find a link that no longer works, please let me know.

Happy Learning!

Holidays and Other

Dr. Seuss

Celebrating Fall

Halloween

Thanksgiving

Hanukkah

Christmas

Groundhog Day

Valentine’s Day

The Letters

The Letter A

The Letter B

The Letter C

The Letter D

Review of Letters A – D

The Letter E

The Letter F

The Letter G

The Letter H

The Letter I

The Letter J

The Letter K

The Letter L

The Letter M

The Letter N

The Letter O

The Letter P

The Letter Q

The Letter R

The Letter S

The Letter T

The Letter U

The Letter V

The Letter W

The Letter X

The Letter Y

The Letter Z