Pensacola With Kids | Weekly Round Up | May 1 – May 22

Here is your Weekly Round Up! **** If you know of an event we should add to the list, please leave us a comment! Have a fun week exploring Pensacola with your family! More events will be added as they are found, created or updated. As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes.  **Updated May 4th, 2017, 8:00 am**

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

Story Sprouts, Ever’man Educational Center, 10 am – 12 pm

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Naval Aviation Museum, 11:30 am

Market in the Breeze, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 4 pm

Bands on the Beach, Crosstown, Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach, 7 pm – 9 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Storytime, Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Pensacola Lighthouse, 11 am

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Naval Aviation Museum, 11:30 am

After School Art Club (grades 2-5), Pensacola Museum of Art, 3:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, (Balloon Glow), Tanger Outlets, Foley, AL, 6 pm – 8 pm

Concerts at St. Christopher’s featuring Cross Town Band, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 6 pm – 8 pm

Pensacola Little Theater presents, Charlotte’s Web, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Friday, May 5, 2017

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley, AL, 2 pm – 10 pm

Relay for Life of Pensacola, Community Maritime Park, 6 pm – Midnight

Bands on the Blackwater, featuring the Modern Eldroados, South Willing Street in Downtown Milton, 7 pm – 9 pm

Tate High School FFA Rodeo, sponsored by Hill Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Little Theater presents, Charlotte’s Web, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents Showtime 2017, Saenger Theatre, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Paws on Palafox 3K Dog Walk, Plaza de Luna (Downtown Pensacola), 8 am – 11 am

20th Anniversary Panhandle Butterfly House, 8581 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, Florida

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley, AL, 9 am – 10 pm

FREE Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class, Blues Angel Music, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Burger Battle by the Bay presented by Pensacola Subwest Rotary, Community Maritime Park, 11 am – 2pm

Sam’s Fun City Kid Fest 2017, Sams Fun City, 11 am – 4 pm

Dragons Love Tacos 2, Storytime at Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Saturday Studio Club, Pensacola Museum of Art, 11:30 am – 4 pm

The Big Scoop, a benefit event for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Seville Square, 1 pm -4 pm

Pensacola Little Theater presents, Charlotte’s Web, 3:00 pm

Parent’s Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics, 6 pm – 10 pm

Tate High School FFA Rodeo, sponsored by Hill Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents Showtime 2017, Saenger Theatre, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Sunday, May 7, 2017

American Girl Club – Maryellen, Barnes & Noble, 2 pm

Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents Showtime 2017, Saenger Theatre, 2:30 pm

Pensacola Little Theater presents, Charlotte’s Web, 3:00 pm

Blues on the Bay featuring The Modern Eldorados , sponsored by Blues Angel Music, Community Maritime Park, 6 pm – 8 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 

Story Sprouts, Ever’man Educational Center, 10 am – 12 pm

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Pensacola Lighthouse, 11 am

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Naval Aviation Museum, 11:30 am

Market in the Breeze, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 4 pm

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Bands on the Beach – True Blue Band, Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach, 7 pm – 9 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Storytime, Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Naval Aviation Museum, 11:30 am

After School Art Club (grades 2-5), Pensacola Museum of Art, 3:30 pm

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Concerts at St. Christopher’s featuring The Blenders, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 6 pm – 8 pm

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley, AL, 2 pm – 10 pm

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Bands on the Blackwater, featuring The Blenders, South Willing Street in Downtown Milton, 7 pm – 9 pm

Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment, Pensacola Bay Center, 7 pm

Greetings from Wonder of the World, Pensacola Little Theatre, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Saturday, May 13, 2017 

FREE Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class, Blues Angel Music, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Jr. Chefs Mother’s Day Tea Class, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen at The Imogene Theatre, 10 am (kids arrive to cook); noon (mom’s arrive to eat and get served by kids)

Fiesta of Five Flags, Children’s Treasure Hunt, Bayview Park, Registration at Noon – 2, Hunt at 2:00 pm

Costume Character – Corduroy, Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Mother’s Day Storytime, Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Mother’s Day Tea Law Party (put on by the Pensacola Children’s Museum), Dorr House, 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday Studio Club, Pensacola Museum of Art, 11:30 am – 4 pm

Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment, Pensacola Bay Center, 6 pm

Parent’s Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics, 6 pm – 10 pm

Greetings from Wonder of the World, Pensacola Little Theatre, 7:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Purchase Tickets for Disney on Ice, Worlds of Enchantment Shows in Pensacola on May 12- 14

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment, Pensacola Bay Center, 2 pm

Greetings from Wonder of the World, Pensacola Little Theatre, 3:00 pm

Blues on the Bay featuring Still Standing: A Tribute to Elton John, sponsored by Blues Angel Music, Community Maritime Park, 6 pm – 8 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Naval Aviation Museum, 11:30 am

Bands on the Beach – Continuum, Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach, 7 pm – 9 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Storytime, Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Blue Angels Practice, Viewing from the Naval Aviation Museum, 11:30 am

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Concerts at St. Christopher’s featuring Infusion, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 6 pm – 8 pm

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Bands on the Blackwater, featuring  The Reunion Band, South Willing Street in Downtown Milton, 7 pm – 9 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Little Ree, Storytime at Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm – Fireworks Night

Bands on the Blackwater, featuring Chloe Channell, South Willing Street in Downtown Milton, 7 pm – 9 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 4:00 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Game,  Blue Wahoos Stadium, 6:30 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Hands on Animal Encounters

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Animal Encounters, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin

Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day

While the kids are outside playing in the gorgeous weather, I am going to whip up a Valentine’s Day treat for them…our favorite sugar cookies!  This is the recipe that my mother has used at Christmastime for as long as I can remember.  The picture below is from the test run I did last week!

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 egg

1 t. cream of tartar

1 cup margarine, softened

1/2 t. almond extract

2 1/2 cup flour

1 t. baking soda

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, almond extract, and egg.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  I usually start with my Kitchenaid mixer and then finish mixing the dough by hand.  Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.  When it comes out of the refrigerator, it may seem crumbly.  Mix it up and knead the dough by hand.  Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. 

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Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes.  The longer they cook, the crispier they will be.  Cool on a baking rack. 

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Once completely cool, frost with your favorite frosting.

I usually use a buttercream frosting, but this time I am going to use a powdered sugar frosting pictured above.

Ingredients

2 cups powdered sugar

2 T. vanilla

2 T. milk

food coloring if desired

Mix the vanilla and milk and add powdered sugar.  Continue to mix until it is almost a pourable consistency but not quite. 

I also made a chocolate powdered sugar recipe.  Following the above directions, I just added 2 T. of cocoa powder to the powdered sugar before combining with the liquid. 

Once you cover the cookies with frosting (it will be messy!!), allow to dry for at least an hour.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

Distinctive Kitchens Kid’s Club Cooking Classes

Distinctive Kitchens holds cooking classes of all kinds but I especially want to share the Kid’s Club classes with you.  I am so bummed that my kids aren’t old enough for these classes yet!  The classes are open for children who are in 4th to 8th grade.  Seating is limited to 15 people and registration is required.  Each student will get to make and taste recipes and they will get a recipe booklet! 

The next Kid’s Club Cooking Class is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2011.  Each class is from 11am-2pm and the cost is $39.95.  For more information, visit the Reservation Page.

Snickerdoodles – The easiest recipe ever!

Are you looking for a fun treat for your Valentine?  I made these with the kids the other day for the first time and they loved them!  This cookie is definitely not your traditional snickerdoodle, but they are so easy and the kids will think they are great!  The recipe is from the Gooseberry Patch Quick and Easy

Ingredients:

1 18 1/4 oz pkg yellow cake mix

2 eggs

1/4c oil

1 1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 c sugar

Mix the cake mix, the eggs, and oil together.  I mixed in my Kitchen-Aid mixer, but I think you could probably just mix it by hand.  It will not look like cake batter…it will be more doughy.  Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and dip in cinnamon and sugar mixture.  This would make a great Valentine’s treat if you had pink or purple colored sugar!  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 

 The recipe makes 2.5-3.5 dozen depending on the size of the cookie.

It is no secret we love to cook together as a family.  As soon as I head to the kitchen my kids grab the dining room chairs to join me!  See another one of our favorite recipes to make together, Chex Caramel Corn.  Do you have a favorite recipe to make with your kids?

Rainy Day Baking

We love a good rain storm, but we were disappointed that they had to cancel so many outside activities yesterday because of it.  At Pensacola with Kids, we promote exploring Pensacola and the surrounding areas with your family but we also want to be a resource that promotes family time in general. 

When we realized that the rain was not going to let up, we decided to declare the day “Christmas Baking Day” and headed to the grocery store to pick up some ingredients.  My kids and I love to cook together.  As soon as I move to the kitchen, one of them will inevitably move a dining room chair into the kitchen so they can help! 

If your kids haven’t spent much time in the kitchen, be sure to go over the important ground rules before you get started (what they are allowed to touch, what is hot, etc).  I really like this Kraft website because it has a good list of top 10 safety rules for kids, but it also has a list of cooking skills by age if you aren’t sure where to get started. 

One of the recipes that we made yesterday was Chex® Caramel Corn from the Chex® Mix Recipe website.  Did you know that there were so very many different Chex® mix recipes?  Both of my children love the Caramel Corn recipe so we make it about once a month.  It stores well in an airtight container so it makes for a good treat throughout a busy week!

You can find the recipe for Chex® Caramel Corn here.  There are both oven and microwavable directions.  I prefer the oven directions.  My kids help pop the popcorn (we have an air popper and they love to watch the popcorn pop) and they measure and mix up the cereal and the popcorn.  I do everything else because it involves the stove top and the oven:  I cook the mixture, pour it over the cereal, and stir the mix while it is baking.  One of the new things that we tried this time, was to add food coloring to the mixture to give it a more festive look before it was poured on the Chex® mix. 

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This Chex® Mix recipe only needs to cook for 45 minutes.  You have to take it out of the oven every fifteen minutes to stir.  Make sure the kids are not near the oven when you open it!  We made one batch of green mix and one batch of red mix. 

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Once the mix comes out of the oven, you are supposed to stir often so that it doesn’t all stick together.  This step is very important.  If you skip this step, you will have bars rather than Chex® Mix! 

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Once the Chex® Mix was cooled down, we mixed the red and green batches together, added M&M candies, and bagged them up to give to the family as gifts!  My kids like to add in the extras (M&Ms, pretzels, etc) and stir it all up once it has cooled down a bit.

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