The Ridge Cinema 8 2015 Free Summer Movie Series

 

Free summer movies

Summer vacation starts tomorrow!   I know with 2 little ones, I am always looking for fun things to do with them, and the FREE part makes it even better.  Add to that the lovely AC away from the heat, some delicious popcorn and a great movie and we are all set!

The Ridge Cinema 8 has published their 2015 Free Summer Movie Schedule   to their Facebook Page.

Movies are shown every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Doors open 9:30am and movies begin at 10am.

Like I have said before, don’t be late because they lock the doors once the theater is filled.

I will add the other movie theater schedules as we receive them.

Mark your calendars!

6/2 & 6/4  Big Hero 6 & Annie

6/9 & 6/11  Planes: Fire and Rescue & Night at the Museum 3

6/16 & 6/18 Rio 2 & Maleficent

6/23 & 6/25  Boxtrolls & Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day

6/30 & 7/2  Spngebob 2 & Strange Magic

7/7 & 7/9 Despicable Me 2 & Lego Movie

7/14 & 7/16  Penguins of Madegascar & Earth To Echo

7/21 & 7/23  Mr Peabody and Sherman  & Into the Woods

7/28 & 7/30  Book of Life & Paddington

8/4  & 8/6  How to Train Your Dragon 2 & Muppets Most Wanted

8/11 & 8/13 Frozen & Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

8/18 & 8/30  Dolphin Tale 2 & Alvin and the Chipmunks

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Head to the free summer movies with patience. These movies fill up quickly with day care field trips and families with kids. This is not a date night movie and there will be constant noise during the movie. It does quiet down to a reasonable level but remember that the movie is free and full of kids!
  • Doors open at 9:30 but a line begins closer to 9am.
  • Concessions will be open and often there is a deal on the Kid’s Pack.
  • You may want to go with a friend who can watch your seat if you have to get up for whatever reason

FREE Summer Fun in and around Pensacola

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I’ve spent quite a bit of time compiling lists of Summer camps and activities, festivals and fairs, and things to do in our area over the last few weeks.   I love sharing our weekly Round-Ups with our wonderful followers…and trust me, there is a LOT to do! But one question comes around more often than any other….”What about the FREE things to do?”   And trust me, I totally get it.  As a Mom of four…with one in college, one in high school and two starting school in the Fall, I am all about the FREE!  So, I decided to make a list of my favorite FREE activities that are happening this summer in our area.   They are in no particular order and there may be a cost for things like parking on the street or bringing along snacks….but the actual event or location is FREE.  Enjoy exploring our beautiful city on a budget and leave a comment if you have a favorite FREE thing to do that isn’t on my list.  ****As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes****

 

Bands on the Beach

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Just about every Tuesday you can grab a chair and head down to Pensacola Beach for some great live music.  Pack some snacks and watch the beautiful sunset with the whole family!  Click on the link above for this summer’s schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

The Butterfly House and The Navarre Splash Pad

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This is a favorite with my Littles!  Just down 98 at the base of the Navarre Bridge sits this free and fun  getaway, perfect for the hot summer days!   We pack our lunch and spend a few hours there.   In addition to the butterflies and splash pad, there are 2 wonderful parks.  The Butterfly house does accept donations, but it is not required.splashparknavarre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Experience the magic of flight at the National Naval Aviation Museum! See over 4,000 artifacts and 150 aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. Ride the flight simulators or catch all the drama and power of amazing IMAX films.  Spend a cool day inside the Museum and experience Hands-on-History!   And as a special treat, you can catch the Blue Angels practice most Tuesday and Wednesdays @ 11:30am CST. Click here for a link to the 2014 practice schedule.  A little side tip….leave plenty of time to get there and bring some form of shade if you can.  It gets HOT in the summer time.  You can’t bring coolers, but you can bring bottled water.

 

 

Evenings in Old Seville

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If Tuesday nights on Pensacola Beach is not enough live music for you, then here’s a Thursday night second chance to sit outside in a beautiful setting, spread out a blanket and enjoy live local bands in Seville Square.    The 25+ year old tradition goes from 7-9pm, but get there early as space on the lawn fills up quickly!

 

 

 

 

Free Summer Movie Series @ The Breeze Cinema and The Ridge CinemathPVTE01FF

We recently tried this out at The Breeze Cinema in Gulf Breeze and I have to say it was great!  We arrived extra early at 9 am and the line didn’t start to form until about 9:15.  This theater has a separate side for the day camps that attend and they start filing in at 9am.  The doors open for the general public at 9:30.  Since you have to wait outside and it is HOT….I wouldn’t recommend getting there earlier than 9:15.  The theater did not fill up for this showing and the manager says he has not sold out yet this summer….but every week is different.  I do recommend going with a friend, however, so one of you can take the kids and get your seats, while the other waits in the concession line.  It was LONG. The kids pack is offered for $5.  We may or may not have smuggled some snacks into the theater.  But we bought some popcorn and a drink, too.   The noise was minimal and the all of the kids were pretty well behaved.   I can not speak for The Ridge, but the Breeze manager shows both movies for the week on Tuesday and Thursday, so viewers have a choice, which I think it pretty awesome. You can click on the links above for the schedules.  We will do this again this summer for sure!

 

 

Free Bowling 

thIC7887ZMSelect bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.  Click on the link for more information and to find the local lanes.

 

 

 

Hill-Kelly Drive in Movie Series @ Community Maritime Park

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This is another outstanding FREE Summertime event in our area.   Click on the link for info.  I know that the Sept date is the rescheduling of “Frozen” that was cancelled due to weather earlier this month.  You can also visit their Facebook page for more info!

 

 

 

 

 

Naval Live Oaks

IMG_0210You can click on the link above and read my full feature on why we love to take our kids to this “beach” area over the actual Pensacola Beach….especially on days when it is really crowded.   AND, you don’t even have to pay the $1 toll, so it’s truly FREE!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching the Fireworks at Palafox Pier after a Saturday night Blue Wahoos Gameth2ZCY33LA

Our founder, Jenn, talks above about her family watching the awesome fireworks show that happens after the Wahoos games.  There’s even a video.  Timing the end of the game can be tricky, but she gives you some tips.   This is a fun way to end a Saturday evening with the kids.

 

 

 

 

Fort Barancas 

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The Fort Barrancas Area is on Taylor Road approximately a half mile east from the Museum of Naval Aviation. The area includes the historic Water Battery, Fort Barrancas, trails, visitor center, picnic areas, and the Advanced Redoubt.   Admission is free and there are tours every Saturday at 2pm for the fort and 11am for the Advanced Redoubt.   Another wonderful opportunity to pack a picnic and have an adventure!

 

 

I am sure I am missing other wonderful FREE things to do in our fair city.  Leave a comment if you know of something I should add.  And let us know if you take your kids on any of these and how it is for you and yours.  As always, Make It Great!  xoxo Julie

2014 Pensacola Summer Round-Up

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Tomorrow is the last day of school and Summer is here!!  The warm weather is most definitely already here too, and we are committed to providing our readers with tons of wonderful Summer activities.   When we post a new Summer activity, we will add it to this list, so be sure and check back often!

 

Summer Movies

 

 

Summer Camps and VBS

 

 

Summer Reading Programs

 

Family Fun Activities

 

 

77 Days of Summer with Pensacola with Kids

This is a list that our founder, Jenn, made last year with her kids.  It’s such a neat list, we decided to include it this Summer, and are looking forward to trying as many things as we can.  Let us know what you try with your kids! -Julie

2014 Bands On the Beach Schedule

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We are getting a late start publishing this list, but with summer here, we wanted to give you the remaining schedule for 2014!  Grab your beach chair, a towel and throw together a picnic dinner and enjoy  Bands on the Beach 2014 season.  Bands on the Beach is a fun way to spend an evening together as a family in the midst of the craziness of the week.

Dates and times are schedule to change so be sure to check Visit Pensacola Beach before heading out there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 3 – Modern Eldorados
June 10 – Posi-Tones
June 17 – The Reunion Band
June 24 – Robert Wayne
July 1 – Johnny Earthquake and The Moondogs
July 8 – Touch of Gray
July 15 – The Astronauts
July 22 – Chloe Channell
July 29 – Erma Granat and The Shades
August 5 – Déjà vu
August 12 – CrossTown
August 19 – The Chris Martin Band & Not Quite Fab
August 26 – 13th Hourglass
September 2 – Southern Breeze
September 9 – The Groovinators
September 16 – Dr. Breeze
September 23 – Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters
September 30 – Hot Sauce Band
October 7 – Mass Kunfuzion
October 14 – Kyle Parker Band
October 21 – Holly Shelton
October 28 – Petty Cash

 

The Breeze Cinema 8 2014 FREE Summer Movie Schedule

Free summer moviesSummer officially begins next week!   I know with 2 little ones, I am always looking for fun things to do with them, and the FREE part makes it even better.  Add to that the lovely AC away from the heat, some delicious popcorn and a great movie and we are all set!

The Breeze Cinema 8 has published their  2014 Free Summer Movie Schedule  to their Facebook Page.

Movies are shown every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Doors open 9:30am and movies begin at 10am.

Like I have said before, don’t be late because they lock the doors once the theater is filled.

I will add the other movie theater schedules as we receive them.

Mark your calendars!

 

6/3 & 6/5  The Croods & Turbo

 

6/10 & 6/12  How to Train Your Dragon & Percy Jackson 2

 

6/17 & 6/19  Montsers University & The Wizard of Oz

 

6/24 & 6/26  Frozen & Walking with Dinosaurs

 

7/1 & 7/3  Nut Job & Rise of the Guardians

 

7/8 & 7/10 Despicable Me 2 & Parental Guidance

 

7/15 & 7/17  Planes & Wreck it Ralph

 

7/22 & 7/24 Lego Movie & Hotel Transylvania

 

7/29 & 7/31  Free Birds & Smurfs 2

 

8/5  & 8/7  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) & Epic

 

8/12 & 8/14 Dolphin Tale & Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

 

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Head to the free summer movies with patience. These movies fill up quickly with day care field trips and families with kids. This is not a date night movie and there will be constant noise during the movie. It does quiet down to a reasonable level but remember that the movie is free and full of kids!
  • Doors open at 9:30 but a line begins closer to 9am.
  • Concessions will be open and often there is a deal on the Kid’s Pack.
  • You may want to go with a friend who can watch your seat if you have to get up for whatever reason.

The Ridge Cinema 8 2014 Free Summer Movies

Free summer movies

Summer officially begins next week!   I know with 2 little ones, I am always looking for fun things to do with them, and the FREE part makes it even better.  Add to that the lovely AC away from the heat, some delicious popcorn and a great movie and we are all set!

The Ridge Cinema 8 has published their 2014 Free Summer Movie Schedule   to their Facebook Page.

Movies are shown every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Doors open 9:30am and movies begin at 10am.

Like I have said before, don’t be late because they lock the doors once the theater is filled.

I will add the other movie theater schedules as we receive them.

Mark your calendars!

 

6/3 & 6/5  The Croods & Turbo

 

6/10 & 6/12  How to Train Your Dragon & Percy Jackson 2

 

6/17 & 6/19  Montsers University & The Wizard of Oz

 

6/24 & 6/26  Frozen & Walking with Dinosaurs

 

7/1 & 7/3  Nut Job & Rise of the Guardians

 

7/8 & 7/10 Despicable Me 2 & Parental Guidance

 

7/15 & 7/17  Planes & Wreck it Ralph

 

7/22 & 7/24 Lego Movie & Hotel Transylvania

 

7/29 & 7/31  Free Birds & Smurfs 2

 

8/5  & 8/7  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) & Epic

 

8/12 & 8/14 Dolphin Tale & Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

 

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Head to the free summer movies with patience. These movies fill up quickly with day care field trips and families with kids. This is not a date night movie and there will be constant noise during the movie. It does quiet down to a reasonable level but remember that the movie is free and full of kids!
  • Doors open at 9:30 but a line begins closer to 9am.
  • Concessions will be open and often there is a deal on the Kid’s Pack.
  • You may want to go with a friend who can watch your seat if you have to get up for whatever reason.

Pensacola with Kids is a proud partner for “Play on Palafox” this Friday!!

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In honor of Palafox Street being named one of America’s Top Ten Streets by the American Planning Association, the Blue Wahoos are hosting a “Play on Palafox” party for our young fans and those who are young at heart.

 

Starting at 5pm on Friday, October 18th, bring the kids or grandkids and join Kazoo, the Blue Wahoos, and our great partners for a fun-filled evening at Gallery Night on the corner of Palafox and Main Street. (map)
We’ll have arts, crafts, sidewalk chalk drawings, the Blue Wahoos’ inflatable Speed Pitch, and a bounce house courtesy of Patriot Party Rentals, patriot sponsored by Pensacola with Kids!

 

The Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida will be on hand with information and a free puppet show, and our friends at Pensacola with Kids will have fun activities to enjoy as well.

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So come Play on Palafox this Friday, beginning at 5pm, for a family-friendly Gallery Night celebrating Pensacola’s thriving downtown!

 

Toys R Us and Babies R Us Grand Opening In Pensacola

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Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, will soon offer Pensacola-area moms and dads a convenient, one-stop shopping experience, as Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® get ready to celebrate a grand opening. Families are invited to visit the “R”Us® store throughout its grand opening weekend – Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29 – for great savings, giveaways, kid-friendly activities and visits from popular costumed characters, such as Strawberry Shortcake and Spider-Man.

 

With two trusted brands now under one roof, Pensacola-area families will enjoy the unbeatable selection of toys, games, juvenile products and babiesrus“best-in-class” Babies“R”Us Registry, along with quality customer service and great values to fit any budget.

Weekend activities include:

  • Arts and Crafts time will be held on Friday at 10am and 10:30am
  • Story time will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
  • Costumed characters and special guests, including Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba!, Strawberry Shortcake and Geoffrey the Giraffe, will make appearances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm; additionally, on Saturday from 10am to 2pm, Spider-Man visits the store as well

 

*Giveaways include Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us-branded lunch bags, coloring books and crayons, while supplies last

 

WHEN:          Weekend store hours:

Friday, September 27 from 10am – 10pm

Saturday, September 28 from 9am – 10pm

Sunday, September 29 from 10am – 8pm

 

WHERE:       Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us at 7171 N. Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL 32504

Create Quality Time with your Kids, Even on Busy School Days!

 

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Now that we are well into the first half of the school year, today we have a favorite guest writer on Pensacola with Kids.  Mandy B. Fernandez is a fan, a writer and most importantly a parent of two children trying to create quality time with her kids, even when it seems impossible!   Mandy has some great tips for how busy parents (like us) with school age kids can create meaningful moments with our children while still maintaining the hectic schedules that back to school brings!  Thanks Mandy!  Be sure to read the full story and to check out her site, www.writtenbymandy.com too.

By:  Mandy B. Fernandez

Now that school has been back in session for several weeks, are you finding yourself short on quality time with the kids?  Days and nights are hectic with homework, extracurricular activities and chores.  As a busy parent, I found myself missing valuable moments with my children.  I felt guilty until I realized that even when I cannot give my family quantity, I can still offer them quality.  I can create fun memories even in the hustle and bustle of our school year in several, easy ways:

1. Keep mealtimes simple during the week and prep with kids on weekends – I regularly ask my oldest child to help me meal plan and prep food ahead of time so I’m not rushing around in the mornings for breakfast or in the evenings for dinner.  Together we spend an hour or two each weekend making pancakes, muffins, packing lunches and making other foods.  I give my daughter a list of options and let her select one or two for the week.  This makes our meal times go smoother and we can instead spend time chatting about our days.  I track our meals so I can rotate the recipes every few weeks.

2. Go for a walk in the evening or at night – Unless the weather is awful, my family and I go for a stroll almost every evening after dinner.  My oldest daughter loves to walk our dog.  The time varies as to when we walk – at dusk or under the night stars.  We have even walked the street in our pajamas!  Whether you walk five minutes, twenty minutes or an hour, it does not matter.  Take in the scenery.  Point out nature.  Discuss vocabulary words or just share stories.

3. Play a game – Even on chaotic days, I find time to play one game with my children.  If my kids happen to rise earlier than usual instead of me waking them, we play a board game like Trouble or a card game such as Go Fish!  While my children are getting dressed, I disappear for a few moments to play Hide and Seek.  When we’re in the car driving to and from school, we play I Spy, Wacky Wednesday or read signs on the roads.  I have to be more creative but I still manage to incorporate a game into our busy schedule.

4. Combine a chore with a fun activity – My kids must complete daily chores – take baths and brush their teeth.  However those duties are more enjoyable if I add something fun to the mix.  We read books or eat dessert in the bath.  I let my girls color on the tub walls with washable crayons.  My oldest daughter and I will sing silly songs while she brushes her teeth or dresses herself.  We see who can climb into the car fastest and buckle in.  We add a unique twist to our routine while managing to bring smiles to all our faces.

5. Put on music and dance – If all of the above fails, then I put on music and dance around with my children for a few minutes.  I find tunes that we all like.  We shake our bodies and act silly.  Sometimes we put on costumes.  If dancing doesn’t feel right on a certain day, then we choose another physical activity such as tossing a ball around, jumping rope or having a quick race in the yard.   By moving around to start and end our day we all better.

These are the memories that children will remember as they grow older.  If time is short, then offer your family more worthwhile, unforgettable moments for as long as it is possible.

 
Mandy B. Fernandez is a freelance writer living in Pensacola with her husband and two children.  She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Technical Writing.  Mandy has contributed articles to Gulf Coast Parent News, Natural Child magazine and other publications.  She has written professionally for several companies, organizations and groups.  Mandy is an active member of the Write On! Pensacola writers group. Learn more about her or see samples of her wit and work at http://www.writtenbymandy.com

Don’t Miss the 2nd Annual “Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play” at Maritime Park!

Pensacola with Kids is thrilled to be a vendor for the incredible local and FREE event, designed to get your kids off the couch, away from the video games and outside to play! This event takes place at  Community Maritime Park from 10am-2pm on September 28, 2013.  Hosted by City of Pensacola Neighborhood Services and United Healthcare’s Activate 4 Kids there will be lots of fun activities focusing on Turning OFF the TV and getting out and PLAYING.  With more than 25 vendors, here will be fishing, soccer, kite flying, lacrosse, jump roping and many more activities.  Come ride the Blender Bike and get a yummy fruit smoothie.  PWK will be there with a Bounce House from Patriot Party Rentals!   What a great way to spend a Saturday with your kids.  See you there!!

 

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