Pensacola With Kids | Weekly Roundup | March 20 – March 27

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.

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kids Day Out Cooking Class, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 9 am (ages 6 – 9) and 1 pm (ages 10 – 14)

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, March 21, 2017 

Kids Day Out Cooking Class, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 9 am (ages 6 – 9) and 1 pm (ages 10 – 14)

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

 

Market in the Breeze, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 4 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, March 22, 2017

Kids Day Out Cooking Class, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 9 am (ages 6 – 9) and 1 pm (ages 10 – 14)

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, March 23, 2017

Kids Day Out Cooking Class, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 9 am (ages 6 – 9) and 1 pm (ages 10 – 14)

Cooking with Kids, Ever’man Educational Center, Noon – 1 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, March 24, 2017

 

Kids Day Out Cooking Class, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 9 am (ages 6 – 9) and 1 pm (ages 10 – 14)

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, March 25, 2017

Ciclovia Pensacola Open Streets, Palafox & Main Streets – Downtown Pensacola, 9 am – 2 pm

Flora-Bama’s Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors, Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 7:30 am

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

Create Your Own Little Golden Book, Storytime at Barnes & Noble, 11 am

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

Ghost Hunt at the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum, 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 26, 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

Pensacola With Kids | Weekly Round Up | March 3 – March 12

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.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Preschool Art & Storytime, Pensacola Museum of Art, 10 am – 11 am

Hot Pink Weekend Kick Off Gala {Breast Cancer Research Foundation Pensacola}, Seville Quarter, 6 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

My Fair Lady, Pensacola Little Theater, Multiple Shows

Pensacola Ice Flyers Game, Pensacola Bay Center, 7:05 pm

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hot Pink Weekend Golf Tournament, Marcus Pointe Golf Club, 7 am

Bayou Hills Run (10K, 5K and Kids Run), Bayview Park, 7:30 am

Tinker Tots, Pensacola MESS Hall, 9 am

Science Discovery Workshop (Grades 1 – 3), Pensacola MESS Hall, 1 pm

Maker Studio, Pensacola MESS Hall, 3 pm

Riverwalk Arts Festival, Milton, 10 am – 5 pm

Pensacola Cooks Kitchen’s Cooking Demonstration Show and Youth Culinary Art Experience , The Imogene Theatre in Milton {during The 29th Annual Riverwalk Arts Festival}, 6 pm

Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair, Pensacola Interstate Fair, All Day

29th Annual Lumberjack Festival, Pensacola State College – Milton Campus, 8 am – 4 pm

Hot Pink Weekend Bowling Tournament, Deluna Lanes, 2 pm

Hot Pink Weekend Fashion Show, Pensacola Country Club, 7 pm

Relay for Life Food Rally (Pensacola Cooks Kitchen), Plaza de Luna, TBD

Barnes & Noble Storytime, Good Night, Good Night Construction Site, 11 am

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

AKC Dog Show, Equestrian Center, 8:30 am – 4 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

My Fair Lady, Pensacola Little Theater, Multiple Shows

Pensacola Ice Flyers Game, Pensacola Bay Center, 7:05 pm

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Run Pink 5K, Hot Pink Weekend, Seville Quarter (in front), 2 pm

Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair, Pensacola Interstate Fair, All Day

Annual Dr. Seuss Celebration with Read Across America, Barnes & Noble, 1 pm

Riverwalk Arts Festival, Milton, 10 am – 5 pm

AKC Dog Show, Equestrian Center, 8:30 am – 4 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

My Fair Lady, Pensacola Little Theater, Multiple Shows

Monday, March 6, 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

Auditions for Charlotte’s Web, Pensacola Little Theater, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 

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

Free Admission to the Pensacola Museum of Art, 10 am – 5 pm

Market in the Breeze, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 4 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

Auditions for Charlotte’s Web, Pensacola Little Theater, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, March 8, 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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gravedigger Meet & Greet, Harley – Davidson, 3 pm – 7 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, March 10, 2017

Monster Jam Meet & Greet, Central Credit Union – 9 mile Road, 4 pm – 7 pm

Pensacola Sports Junior College Tennis Event, Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 8 am – 5 pm

Preschool Art & Storytime, Pensacola Museum of Art, 10 am – 11 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

Saturday, March 11, 2017

MONSTER JAM, Pensacola Bay Center, 1 pm & 7 pm

Barnes & Noble Storytime, Dance, 11 am

Costume Character: Clifford, Barnes & Noble, 11 am

The LEGO Batman Movie Event (finale), Barnes & Noble, 2 pm

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

WSRE PBS Kids & Family Day, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, 10 am – 2 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, March 12, 2017

 

MONSTER JAM, Pensacola Bay Center, 1 pm

American Girl club: Kit, Barnes & Noble, 2 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

Pensacola With Kids | Weekly Round Up | February 23-March 5

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.

Thursday, February 23, 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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Preschool Art & Storytime, Pensacola Museum of Art, 10 am – 11 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

Girls Night Lock In, Gull Point Resource Center, 6 pm (must register and pay before February 21)

Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Pensacola, 7 pm

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Storytime at Barnes and Noble, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! , Barnes and Noble, 11 am

The Lego Batman Movie Event (#2), Barnes and Noble, 2 pm

Teen Cuisine, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 5 pm – 7 pm

Pensacola Grande Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Pensacola, 2 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

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

Saturday Night Science Night (family night, must pre-register by 2/22), Pensacola MESS Hall, 6 pm

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Krewe of Wrecks Parade, Pensacola Beach, 1 pm

Pensacola Children’s Chorus, One World, Many Voices, Saenger Theatre, 2:30 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

 

Monday, February 27, 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, February 28, 2017 

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

 

Free Admission to the Pensacola Museum of Art, 10 am – 5 pm

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

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Priscus Celebration, Downtown Pensacola, 5 pm

Shoe Box Float Competition, Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach, 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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

National Pig Day, Gulf Breeze Zoo

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, March 2, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters, Pensacola Bay Center, 7 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, March 3, 2017

Preschool Art & Storytime, Pensacola Museum of Art, 10 am – 11 am

Hot Pink Weekend Kick Off Gala {Breast Cancer Research Foundation Pensacola}, Seville Quarter, 6 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, March 4, 2017

Hot Pink Weekend Golf Tournament, Marcus Pointe Golf Club, 7 am

Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair, Pensacola Interstate Fair, All Day

Hot Pink Weekend Bowling Tournament, Deluna Lanes, 2 pm

Hot Pink Weekend Fashion Show, Pensacola Country Club, 7 pm

Relay for Life Food Rally (Pensacola Cooks Kitchen), Plaza de Luna, TBD

Barnes & Noble Storytime, Good Night, Good Night Construction Site, 11 am

Annual Dr. Seuss Celebration with Read Across America, Barnes & Noble, 1 pm

Parent’s Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics, 6 pm – 10 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, March 5, 2017

Run Pink 5K, Hot Pink Weekend, Seville Quarter (in front), 2 pm

Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair, Pensacola Interstate Fair, All Day

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

Olin Marler Dolphin Cruises – Destin, Florida

What: Dolphin cruise; Where: Destin, Florida; When: Cruises run daily; reservations recommended; Cost: Adult : $25.00; Seniors (60+): $20.00; Child (4-12): $13.50; Child (3 and under): Free

Today, I am welcoming my pal Jay to Pensacola with Kids as a guest poster.  Jay and his family had the opportunity to check out the Olin Marler Dolphin Cruise a few months ago and I was so excited when he offered to do a write-up about his experience.  We haven’t had a chance to do a dolphin cruise and after reading his account and seeing the pictures, I can’t wait to schedule a tour!

We got a great deal through Groupon to drive over to Destin for the Dolphin Cruise on the Olin Marler. We called ahead and made our reservations for a morning cruise which left at 11:30 and stayed out for about two hours. The drive over was easy enough. We arrived 30 minutes early, as suggested by the staff at Olin Marler. We had enough time to find a potty for our 3-year-old and check out a guy cleaning shark jaws on the pier and then it was time to board the “Hannah Marie.”

The boat was not too crowded; plenty of places to sit/stand/lean as we headed out. There is even an indoor cabin for folks who want to stay out of the wind. As we left the harbor, the Captain introduced himself and his 3 man crew and began the narrated tour of Destin Harbor.

Olin Marler advertises its cruises as “family friendly,” and it really was. There was plenty of shade, a snack bar ($1 for chips, sodas, crackers, etc.), and the Captain and crew were very personable and answered all of our 6-year-old’s many questions. As we got out into more open water, the crew came to the back of the boat and showed the kids how they could feed popcorn to the seagulls; one took a piece right out of my hand.

We had asked, in the phone call beforehand, how certain it was that we would see dolphins and were informed that every cruise this season had seen some. Sure enough, we were soon spotting dolphins at a distance and the Captain adjusted our course to get closer. We did not just see a few isolated dolphins, we were treated to a show as 10 – 15 dolphins played and jumped around the boat for better than 30 minutes straight. The Captain continually adjusted course to keep us within a few short feet of the action and stayed on the microphone making sure we missed nothing. The kids loved it!

After a solid hour of non-stop dolphin sightings, we began heading back toward harbor. The Captain announced that the wheelhouse was open for kids to come in and steer the boat and take pictures, which we did, and once again the kids were thrilled.

The only thing I could say that would be a negative is regarding the Glass Bottom Viewing area.  The boat did have a portion that was glass-bottomed, but it did not provide any interesting viewing. Between the glass itself being thick and somewhat opaque and the water beneath it churning as the boat moved, you couldn’t really see anything at all. This did not bother me or the kids at all; however, because there was so much to see up top that we wouldn’t have wanted to be down below anyway.

Olin Marler is pretty easy to get to, but it is easy to miss the final turn-off to the harbor if you aren’t looking carefully. The harbor itself is end to end fishing charters and dolphin cruise boats. There are several seafood restaurants flanking the boats and a shopping area which looked like mostly stores that were out of our price range. We did notice; however, that almost every restaurant there advertised “Kids Eat Free” specials after 4 P.M.  

Jay McElroy is a Pensacola native who recently moved back to his home town after spending the last 15 years in California. He returned with his wife Amber, whom he met while living in Fresno, CA, and their two children: J.T. (age 6) and Jillian (age 3 ½). Jay is, happily, a stay at home dad during the summer but will be returning to work in August as a 6th grade ESE reading teacher at Workman Middle School.

A Day Trip to Seaside, Florida

About a month ago we had an event to attend in Panama City, and on our way there we decided to veer off of Highway 98 and take a drive on 30A.  We had such a great time wandering around the pretty little streets and eating sweet treats from an airstream trailer! 

When you arrive in Seaside, the homes might look familiar because they were used in the Truman Show, that movie where Jim Carrey thinks he lives in the perfect community with the perfect life.  Seaside offers many family friendly activities throughout the summer.  There are free sand sculpting lessons, theater performances and music in the ampitheater, and First Friday Artwalks. 

There are movies under the stars and a farmer’s market.  Throw your bikes in the car or rent them from any number of bike rental places because Seaside is best explored on foot or bike.  One of the things I love the most about Seaside was the little row of Airstreams that serve up grilled cheese, snowcones and BBQ. 

The drive from Pensacola to Seaside will take you approximately two hours on Highway 98.  Along the way, you will pass several state parks, a Fresh Market (my favorite stop along the way!), the Gulfarium, and more.

If you want to make your visit to Seaside more than just a day trip, there are cottages available for rent.  If that is not in the budget but you want to make a weekend of it, Grayton Beach State Park has both cabins and full facility campsites.  You can also drive another 30 minutes or so to Panama City Beach and spend the night in one of the many hotels there. 

Along 30A, you will also find Watercolor, Grayton Beach State Park, Alys Beach and so much more.  My pal at Mommy Travels, wrote a little bit about her family friendly favorite spots on 30A over at Traveling Mom.  She has also written about biking along 30A and a weekend along 30A.   

My husband and I fell in love with Seaside in those few hours and we can’t wait to return!  Have you been to Seaside? What is your favorite thing to do on 30A?

Snow in the South – Foley, Alabama – Let it Snow

On December 4th, it will snow in Foley, Alabama!  Well, it won’t really snow but it will be the next best thing!  Let it Snow is a holiday celebration at Foley Heritage Park held on December 4th from 11 to 3.    Admission is free.  There will be snow, games, prizes, food, and entertainment.

We went to this event last year and had so much fun.  The snow is actually big ice blocks that they blow into a fenced off area.  Last year they had separate play times for the different age groups.  The little children got to go first and then they gradually let older children play.  It was pretty icy and once it became a free for all the snow area was pretty chaotic.   

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Wear tennis shoes or shoes with some sort of grip on them.  After a little while, the ice gets muddy (especially if it stays as warm as it has been!) and slippery.
  • Throw an extra set of clothes in the car so the ride home won’t be a soggy and uncomfortable one.
  • Make a day of it!  The trip from Pensacola to Foley will take a little while so make a day trip of it.  Visit the Train Depot Museum (which is located adjacent to the Let it Snow event), stop at the Tanger Outlets, or watch the Foley Christmas Parade which is the same day.
Foley Family Vacation on raveable

Tree Farms in and around Pensacola, Florida

When do you put up your Christmas tree?  Do you put up a fake tree or a real tree?  Does your family head out to a Christmas tree farm to cut down your own?

Here are a few U-pick Christmas tree farms in our surrounding area.  Even if you already have a tree or put up a fake tree, a visit to the farm can be fun for the family.  If there are any farms to add to the list or if any of these are no longer operating, please let us know!  As always, make sure to call ahead before you go.

Fish River Trees – Located in Summerdale, AL; This is the only farm on the list that we have visited.  We had such a great time and we didn’t even go to pick out a tree!  There is a ride around the farm, hot chocolate to purchase, Santa and reindeer to visit.

Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Located north of Milton; They have staff to help you with your tree purchase.

Country Pine Christmas Tree Farm – Located near Bratt; Enjoy the pond, free cookies and candy canes for the kids, and run around while looking for your tree.

The Christmas Tree Forest – Located in Pensacola; They have both choose and cut and potted trees.

The Arrival of Santa Claus

I know…shame on me for even putting a Christmas post up before we have Thanksgiving.  I almost didn’t post this but I decided that since Santa is already on his way to our area, there is no point in putting it off!  Here are some of the places that you might spy Santa.  As always, confirm the dates and times before you go.

Bass Pro Shops – Eek!  Santa has already arrived!  He arrived November 6th and can be visited until Dec. 24th.  Check the schedule before you go because there will be lots of crafts and activities available at different times throughout the next two months.

Cordova Mall – Arrives November 12th at 7pm with an event

Eastern Shore Center – Arrives November 13th

Destin Commons – Santa arrival and tree lighting on November 20

Do you know of any other places where Santa is stopping by?  As it gets closer to December, I will post more of the holiday activities!

Halloween Activities Around Pensacola

Here is a list of Halloween activities that are happening around Pensacola.  I will re-post this information with the weekend roundups as it gets closer to the dates, but I have been getting some emails about Halloween activities so I wanted to post it now.  I will continue to add to the list as we get announcements.  If you know of a family friendly activity in or around Pensacola, please leave a comment in this post, use the contact form or send me an email at jennifer (at) pensacolawithkids (com).  Follow the links to confirm details.        

October 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31 – Boo at the Zoo 

October 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 – Pensacola Lighthouse Haunted House

October 22 – Escambia Equestrian Center Barn Bash and Haunted Hayride

October 23 – Fall Festival – Let the history of Halloween spook you (Historic Pensacola)!

October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 – Pensacola Historical Society Ghost Tours

Friday, October 29 – Downtown Trick or Treat – Go trick or treating at participating businesses downtown.

Friday, October 29 – Haystackular at Night – Bring your flashlights and try to find your way out of the maze.

Friday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat at the Fricker Community Center – Candy, prizes, costume contests and more.

Saturday, October 30 – Pensacola Interstate Fair – With admission to the Fair, you will be able to participate in the Family Friendly Trick or Treat.  See the website for details and rules.

Saturday, October 30 – Halloween Egg Haunt at Roger Scott Community Center – Bring a flashlight for an egg haunt. hay ride, and more.

Saturday, October 30 – American Legion Children’s Halloween Party

Saturday, October 30 – Sam’s Spooky City – Spooky train ride, trick or treating, costume contest and more.

 Activities Outside of Pensacola Area

October 28 – 31 – Haunted Corn Maze at Maizing Family Farm – Elberta, AL

October 23 and 30 – Trick or Treat in the Magnolia Corn Maze

October 29, 30, and 31 – Haunted Corn Maze and Forest at Magnolia Corn Maze

Sunday, October 31 – Trick or Treat at Baytown Wharf

Sunday, October 31 – Trick or Treat TangerStyle

Sunday, October 31 – Silver Sands Store-to-Store Trick-or-Treating

Weekend Roundup – October 8, 9, and 10

Here is your weekend roundup!  If you know of a family friendly event going on this weekend, please leave a comment!  As always, be sure to follow the links to confirm times and dates.

Friday, October 8

Monarch Madness

Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival

Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show

Saturday, October 9

Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival

Ronald McDonald House Firetruck Pull

Belmost Arts and Culture

200th Anniversary Celebration of the Quina House

Monarch Madness

Palafox Market

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic

Storytime at Barnes and Noble

Sunday, October 10

Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival

Nancy Drew Book Club

American Girls Book Club

200th Anniversary Celebration of the Quina House