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

Pensacola With Kids | Weekly Round Up | February 16 – February 26

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 16, 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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pensacon, Various Locations in Pensacola, see site for times

Pensacola Westgate Mardi Gras Parade, Westgate School, 930 am

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

Gallery Night, Downtown Pensacola, 5 pm

Junior Girl Scout Entertainment Tech, Pensacola MESS Hall, 6 pm (must register)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I Pink I Can Run 5K, Flora-Bama, 9 am

Girl Scouts Run for the Cookies 5K, UWF, 730 am

Pensacon, Various Locations in Pensacola, see site for times

Storytime at Barnes and Noble, “Mighty Mighty Construction Site“, Barnes and Noble, 11 am

Kids Cooking Class (ages 4-5), Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 9 am

Kids Cooking Class (ages 6-9), Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 11 am

Kids Cooking Class (ages 10-12), Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 2 pm

Saturday Studio Club (ages 6 – 9), Pensacola Museum of Art, 11:30 AM – 1:30 pm

Saturday Studio Club (ages 10 – 13), Pensacola Museum of Art, 3 pm – 5 pm

Kids & Kritters Parade, Casino Beach Parking Lot, Pensacola Beach, Registration 1 pm, Parade 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

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pensacon, Various Locations in Pensacola, see site for times – MORE KID FRIENDLY EVENTS ON SUNDAY

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

Monday, February 20, 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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

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

Pensacola Museum of Art, NEXT Generation: Home School Art Program, 1 pm – 3 pm

Pensacola Museum of Art, Afterschool Art Club, (K-1), 3:30 pm – 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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pensacola Museum of Art, Afterschool Art Club, (2-5), 3:30 pm – 5 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

2011 Free Summer Movies at the Destin Commons 14

We had several requests for the free summer movie schedule at the Destin Commons 14 Rave theater.  I came across the information on the Abrakadoodle Facebook page so I wanted to share it here.  We are still looking for the Ridge schedule and the Gulf Breeze schedule (if either are participating in free movies this summer).  If you come across the schedule before us, we would appreciate it if you email it to us using the Contact Form!

Abrakadoodle, a mobile art educaton program, will be holding DC Kids Artful Play every Wednesday before the movie.  Join Abrakadoodle at 9am for an art project in the Destin Commons 14 Rave lobby!  I am not sure if there is a cost associated with the project.

The Destin Commons 14 Rave Free Family Film Festival schedule is as follows:

May 24th and 25th – Megamind

May 31st and June 1st – Yogi Bear

June 7th and 8th – Diary of a Wimpy Kid

June 13th and 14th – Marmaduke

June 21st and 22nd – Ramona and Beezus

June 28th and 29th – Percy Jackson

July 5th and 6th – Chronicles of Narnia 3

July 12th and 13th – Gulliver’s Travels

 *Please note that the Abrakadoodle flyer only lists the Wednesday dates because that is when the Artful Play is.  According to the main Rave Motion Pictures website, the Free Family Film Festival will occur on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  As always, we advise calling ahead if you aren’t sure!

*Photo courtesy of NightRPStar via Flickr

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

Cooling off in the Panhandle – Trekaroo Guest Post

It is hot. 

Miserable hot. 

I have lived in Pensacola since 1996 and I still am not used to the heat and humidity that hits about this time (I am enjoying the small reprieve today!!).  Check out my guest post at Trekaroo, Cooling off in the Panhandle.  I have written before about how much I love Trekaroo and I was honored to be asked to write a guest post about a month ago.  Originally, the topic was going to be about favorite beach spots, but with news of the oil spill we switched gears and I wrote about different places you can cool off in the Panhandle: rivers and lakes, splash pads, and water parks. 

I would love for you to make a stop at the article on Trekaroo and leave a comment with your favorite place!  Better yet, after you leave a comment, join Trekaroo and write some reviews to your favorite Panhandle spots.

Bass Pro Shop Family Activities

This weekend, the Bass Pro Shop is celebrating the next generation with tons of family activities!  On March 13 and 14 from noon to 5pm, participate in the following activities: casting game, fishing basics class, shooting gallery, and sailboat races.  You can get your picture taken and put on a Field and Stream cover.  If you complete all the activities, you get a free Bass Pro Next Generation DVD.  Best part?  Everything is free!

There is a Bass Pro Shop located in Spanish Fort, Alabama at 20000 Bass Pro Drive and the contact number is 251.607.5900.  There is also one located in Destin, Florida at 4301 Legendary Drive and the contact number is 850.269.6200.

Destin Commons Pop Fountains (Splash Pad) – Destin, Florida

This weekend we celebrated 4th of July in Panama City, Florida.  On the way there, we stopped at the Destin Commons to let the kids run through the Pop Fountains and give us a break from the “Are we there yet?” whining!  The Pop Fountains-they “pop” from the ground- are right in the middle of the Commons.  There is a small playground next to the fountains.  It is a great place to cool off or to take a break from your shopping.  The kids loved the fact that the Pop Fountains kept them guessing…they couldn’t quite figure out the pattern of how the water popped out of the ground.  Every time they thought that they had it figured out, the pattern changed! Make sure you bring the kids’ swimsuits or a change of clothes.  There were many a parent trying to convince their children that they really didn’t want to run through the fountains!

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Destin Commons has a kids program called DC Kids.  If you join this free program, they will keep you informed of special events and you will receive an online newsletter.   Other activities/stores for kids include the playground, Build-a-Bear, a small train that goes through the Commons, a Rave theater that is showing free movies this summer, and Bass Pro Shops (check out the huge fish tank!).

Fourth of July Activities in Pensacola, Florida and surrounding areas

In past years, we have attended several different July 4th activities:  Pensacola Beach and the fireworks show downtown.  Here are a few links to some of the Fourth of July activities going on around our area:

Sertoma’s Fourth of July Celebration – Held in Old Seville Square, there are lots of great kid’s activities going on all day!  The fireworks will be held over Pensacola Bay.

Kaboom on Pensacola Beach – A three day even with concerts and fireworks!

Riverfest – I have heard nothing but great things about this activity and hope to make it someday!

Red, White, and Baytowne – Looking for a little roadtrip?  Head to Baytowne Wharf for their fireworks show.

Fireworks at Ft. Walton Beach Landing – Children’s activities, food and fireworks!

Fireworks at Destin Commons – Get some shopping done, let the kids play in the fountains and watch the fireworks!

Are there any other activities going on around town?  Please share the links in the comment section!