Weekly Roundup Oct 22nd-28th

Here is your October Weekly Roundup for October 22nd-28th

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 Oct 22nd

Bouncy Babies Story-time (every Monday) 10:30am at Pensacola Library

Pilates Mat Class (every Monday) 1:30pm at Ever’man Educational Center

Meatloaf Mondays $5 (every Monday) 4pm-9pm at Five Sisters Blues Cafe

Building Better Moms (every Monday) 9:30am at Cokesbury United Methodist Church

Dance Trance 5:30pm (first class is free) at Communio Health and Fitness

Passport to the World – Australia 4pm at Pensacola Library

Co-ed basketball Bootcamp 6pm-8pm at Fricker Resource Center 

Holland Farms Corn Maze 8am-6pm

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade 11am-8pm 

 

Tuesday Oct 23rd

Ever’man Story Sprouts 10am (every Tuesday) at Ever’man Cooperative Educational Center

Funky Flow Yoga 6-7pm (every Tuesday) at Ever’man Cooperative Educational Center

Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30pm (every Tuesday) at Seville Quarter

Gulf Breeze Farmers Market (every Tuesday) 4-8pm at Gulf Breeze Community Center

Bands on the Beach (every Tuesday) 7-9pm at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach

Kids Eat Free – Every Tuesday at Tanger Outlets Foley 4pm-7pm (every Tuesday)

Tryon Tuesday Game Night 4pm (every Tuesday) at Tryon Branch Library

Taco Tuesday – Coastal Ice Cream Style 11am-10pm (every Tuesday) at Coastal Ice Cream in Gulf Shorespm

Mommy & Me 10:30am at Tryon Branch Library

Preschool Storytime 10:30am at Southwest Library

Tryon Tuesday Story and Craft 4pm at Tyron Branch Library

LEGO Night 6pm at Pensacola Library

Youth Basketball Camp 3:30pm-5:30pm at E.S. Cobb Resource Center 

Boys/Girls Basketball Bootcamp 6-8pm at Fricker Resource Center 

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade 11am-8pm 

Holland Farms Corn Maze 8am-6pm

 

Wednesday Oct 24th

Preschool Storytime 10:30am at Molino Branch Library

Preschool Storytime 10:30am at Pensacola Library

Story Seedlings 2:45pm-4pm at Ever’man Cooperative Educational Center

Holland Farms Corn Maze 8am-6pm

Movie Under the Stars: Hocus Pocus 6:45pm-9pm at From the Ground Up Community Garden

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade 11am-8pm 

 

Thursday Oct 25th

Code Club for Kids (every Thursday) 3:30pm-5pm at Spanish Fort Library

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8pm (every Thursday) at Pensacola Athletic Center

Preschool Storytime 10:30am at Tryon Library

Haunting Halloween 5:30pm at Century Library

Preschool Storytime 4:30pm at Century Library

Let’s Make ART! – Family STEAM Night 6pm at Pensacola Library

Holland Farms Corn Maze 8am-6pm

Youth Basketball Camp 3:30-5:30pm at Fricker Resource Center 

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade 11am-8pm 

 

Friday Oct 26th

Dreamland Skate Center Tiny Tots (every Friday) 10am-12noon

Robotics and Coding Club for Home Schoolers 11am at Tryon Branch

Holland Farms Corn Maze 8am-6pm

Unlimited Go-Carts and Laser Tag, Sam’s Fun City, 4:30 pm until Close for $19.99

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade

UWF Historic Village, Including T.T. Wentworth, Pensacola Children’s Museum, Pensacola Museum of Art

Pensacola Little Theatre Field of Screams 5-7pm (family friendly) at Blue Wahoos Stadium

A Nightmare Before Christmas 7:30pm at Ballet Pensacola

Halloweekend – Pelican’s SnoBalls of Foley (click link for more details)

Pensacola Ice Flyers Hero and Princess Game Night 7:35pm at Bay Center 

Boo Dash 0.5K 5:30-8:30pm at Community Maritime Park 

Creepy Crawl 0.5K 7:15-10:30pm at Community Maritime Park 

Historic Pensacola “Get Your Ghoul On” Walking Tours and Trolley Tours (click link for more details)

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade 11am-9pm 

 

Saturday Oct 27th

Dreamland Skate Center Family Night (every Saturday) 7:30-10pm

Palafox Market 9am-2pm (every Saturday) at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza

Orange Blossom Special 10am-2pm (every Saturday) at Pensacola Children’s Museum

Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9am-1pm (every Saturday) in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church

Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30am-11am (every Saturday) at Blue Angels Music. Call (850) 457-7557 for more info.

Pet Partners – Read with Me 10am at Tryon Branch Library

LEGO at the Library 10:30am at Pensacola Library

It Happened One Night at the Molino Library 6pm at Molino Branch

Pensacola Ice Flyers Away Game in Macon, Georgia 6:30pm 

Sweet Seasons Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch 9am-5pm

Holland Farms Corn Maze 8am-6pm

Sonshine Farms Horse and Pony Rides 10am-5pm

Sonshine Farms Pumpkin Patch 9am-9pm

Boo at the Zoo 10am-5pm at Gulf Breeze Zoo

Forty South Farm & Zoo Pumpkin Patch Festival 10am-4pm

Baker Corn Maze 9am-6pm

Halloweekend – Pelican’s SnoBalls of Foley (click link for more details)

Barktober Fest 10am-4pm at Community Maritime Park 

A Nightmare Before Christmas 7:30pm at Ballet Pensacola

Halloween Egg Haunt 5:30pm-8pm at Roger Scott 

Historic Pensacola “Get Your Ghoul On” Walking Tours and Trolley Tours (click link for more details)

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade 11am-9pm 

 

Sunday Oct 28th

Worship on the Water 9am-11am (every Sunday) at the Flora-Bama

First City Improv 2:3opm-3:30pm (every Sunday) at Pensacola Library

Wales West Pumpkin Patch Express 1-9pm

Sweet Seasons Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch 11am-5pm

Holland Farms Corn Maze 10am-6pm

Sonshine Farms Horse and Pony Rides 10am-5pm

Sonshine Farms Pumpkin Patch 9am-9pm

Boo at the Zoo 10am-5pm at Gulf Breeze Zoo

Forty South Farm & Zoo Pumpkin Patch Festival 10am-4pm

A Nightmare Before Christmas 2:30pm at Ballet Pensacola

Magnolia Corn Maze $10 12pm-5pm at 15275 County Rd 49 Summerdale, AL

Sam’s Fun City Amusement Park and Arcade 11am-8pm 

Pensacola Children’s Museum Open 12pm to 4pm 

Ten Things I Didn’t Know You Could Do at Callaway Gardens

 

Callaway Gardens is located about twenty minutes off of I-85 in Pine Mountain, Georgia so odds are that if you have driven to Atlanta from Pensacola, you have driven past signs telling you that Callaway Gardens is nearby.  It is just a short four hours north of Pensacola so it makes for a wonderful weekend getaway.

Did you know that Callaway Gardens is more than just a garden?  I didn’t until our recent visit.  I was expecting gardens much like Bellingrath in Theodore, Alabama or Alfred B. Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee where you wander through gardens, go for a walk, maybe ride a boat or see the home.  Boy, was I wrong!  When we started planning our trip, I was amazed at all of the different things that you can do at Callaway Gardens.

Stay on the grounds.  Little cottages, villas, rooms at the inn or the gorgeous lodge are a few of the lodging options available on the grounds of Callaway Gardens.  We stayed in a two bedroom unit in the Southern Pines Cottages.  These cute little cottages are hidden around the trees.  You are close to neighboring cottages but not close enough that it was too loud.  They are perfect for families, both large and small.  The two bedroom cottages have a small kitchen, dining area and living area as well as two bedrooms and two bathrooms.  There are decks off of both the living room and bedrooms where you watch the lightning bugs and stars light up the night.  Nearby is a pool, a Laundromat and a pizza parlor.

Go for a hike or ride a bike.  The expansive property of Callaway Gardens is full of places to hike or go for a bike ride.  A great way to get around Callaway Gardens is by bike but be prepared because it is very hilly and attractions are not as close to each other as they appear to be!  There are many different trails with varying levels of difficulty and length.  Our favorite walk was the walk from the Discovery Center to the Butterfly Center.  We were able to wander through the woods, walk over bridges, and spy turtles sunbathing in the water.

Spend time on a lake.  There are lots of ways to become one with nature at Callaway Gardens but my kids will tell you that their swimming time was their favorite activity.  There is swimming, kayaking, boating, water skiing, tubing, and so much more to keep you occupied and out in the sun all day long!

Zip line through the trees.  One of the newest additions at Callaway Gardens is the Treetop Adventure.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try it out due partly to the fact that my children are too short and that the time slots filled up so quickly that they weren’t taking anymore signups for the day.  We did, however, spend some time watching other visitors shimmy from tree to tree over rickety bridges and zip across the path into the woods.  We were very impressed by the Treetop Adventure staff.  As one little girl slowly began to panic, we watched a staff member quickly calm her down, hook her up to a rope, and slowly lower her to the ground all the while telling her what he was doing and how it worked.  She was able to calm down enough to get to terra firma without completely freaking out!   It was nice to know that if you had any issues with the heights of the aeriel challenges that there was a plan in place to get you down!

Find your inner peace in the Butterfly House.  One of my favorite activities was visiting the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center.  We loved to watch the butterflies float through the air and land gracefully on the trees and flowers throughout the center.

Get your exercise on Aqua Island.  Aqua Island is an inflatable island at Robin Lake Beach.  You can visit the island for an hour at a time where you can climb, slip, slide and jump around and into the water.  Children under seven (if I am remembering correctly) must be accompanied by an adult and all visitors must wear a lifejacket, which are provided for you.  About halfway through our hour on aqua island we were beginning to think we should have signed up for two hours…until we finally finished our hour.  We were all exhausted after running around the different obstacles, jumping into the water and getting back out again.

Watch birds and students soar through the sky!  When you are ready to stop moving and rest for awhile, check out the Birds of Prey show.  Held inside to keep you out of the heat during the day and outside in the evening, these birds swoop and fly while you learn about the mighty raptors.  You can also watch students fly through the air.  Yes, students!  The Florida State University Flying High Circus performs through August 12th every summer.  Unfortunately, they are almost done with their summer session but they do put on occasional public shows at FSU.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was thoroughly impressed.  The kids couldn’t take their eyes off of the acrobatics happening above their heads.  If you visit in the summertime, be sure to catch the show.

Eat some Southern soul food.  There are many restaurant choices on the grounds of Callaway Gardens and for the most part they are reasonably priced.  We had dinner at the pizza parlor in the Southern Pine Cottage area the first night.  The pizza was tasty but I do recommend calling ahead.  We waited almost exactly an hour for our pizza due to the crowds.  The group next to us had called their order in earlier so they got their pizza only just a few minutes after they grabbed a table.  But nothing topped our delicious meal at the Country Kitchen.  Located just a few minutes outside of the entrance, the Country Kitchen serves up yummy southern dishes.  We ate perfectly fried chicken, baked apples and seasoned French fries until we couldn’t stomach it anymore.

Practice your swing.  If you prefer to pick up a tennis racket or a golf club, there is ample opportunity at the tennis courts or the golf course.  The golf course offers different packages and offers an academy as well.

Visit the vegetable garden.  When we arrived at the gardens on a Friday evening, the sun was still out but some of the activities had closed up already.  We weren’t ready to check out the lake so we took a drive around.  I saw the sign for the vegetable garden so we decided to take a look.  This is no backyard veggie garden!  This vegetable garden is huge!  Rows and rows of corn, watermelon, grapes, and so much more are spread throughout the garden.  We saw how okra looks before it is fried up (really…I had no idea what it looked like because I am not a huge fan!) and we saw beautiful sunflowers blooming.  On Friday nights, you can visit the Farmer’s Market and purchase veggies that have just been picked right out of the garden!  As we were walking around, I almost expected to see Peter Rabbit come bounding through the rows!

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • When you arrive and get settled in your accommodations, read up on the height, age and weight limits.  There were a couple of things that we were unable to do (like laser tag and the treetop adventure) due to the limits.
  • If you really want to do something, head to Square One located at Robin Lake Beach to sign up early.  If you don’t, you might miss out.  We went to sign up for the Blaster Boats at 11 in the morning and they were already booked until 7pm that night.
  • Although biking is a wonderful way to get around the gardens, if you have smaller children this might not be an option.  We almost threw the bikes into our car but at the last minute we didn’t bring them.  I was glad because when I saw the hills and how far apart some of the stuff was, I knew my kids wouldn’t have made it very far without complaining.   We used our car to travel around the gardens.
  • If available, consider purchasing the Ultimate Summer Fun Pass which includes admission into the Treetop Adventure, Light Striker Laser Tag, Aqua Island, Blaster Boats, Golf on Lake View Golf Course, Bicycling, Boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, and Tennis.  If you are planning on participating in several of these activities, you will pay off the pass quickly.
  • If you are looking to get away before school starts, Callaway Gardens has a great special going on.  Rates at the Mountain Creek Inn begin at $99 a night and you can purchase the Ultimate Summer Fun Pass for only $48 a person per night.

Have you been to Callaway Gardens?  What was your favorite activity?

*Disclosure: Callaway Gardens hosted our stay and provided us with Ultimate Summer Fun Passes.  We paid for our gas, all meals, and additional activities while we were there.  As always, my opinions are my own and are not influenced by others (except for maybe my kids!).

Summer Road Trip Celebration – 10 Things To Do in Atlanta, Georgia with Kids

This week for our Summer Road Trip Celebration we are thinking about Atlanta, Georgia.  All of your guesses for Mystery Photo Monday were correct!  It is about a 6 hour drive from Pensacola and is great for a weekend getaway.  Suzanne commented yesterday with some great suggestions and you can check out my buddy’s website, Atlanta with Kid (today she posted 10 free or cheap things to do in Atlanta this summer).  Here are our top ten picks for Atlanta with your kids:

  • See the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium.  You will not be able to get over the size of these whale sharks.
  • Let the kids get some imaginative play at the Imagine It! Children’s Museum.
  • Take a walk on the new Canopy Walk and check out the Children’s Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
  • If you like Coca-Cola, visit World of Coca-Cola and try colas from all over the world in the tasting room.
  • Watch the Fountain of Rings show and let the kids splash around to cool off in Centennial Olympic Park.
  • My little girl is just old enough that she would love to have tea at the American Girl Place!
  • See a Braves baseball game or tour Turner Field.
  • If you have a roller coaster fan in your family, visit Six Flags over Georgia.
  • Get outside and visit Stone Mountain.  See the laser light show, go camping, hiking or ride the Ducks!
  • The art lovers in your family will enjoy the High Museum of Art.  Before you go, see if there are family activities going on that day!

Atlanta Family Vacation

A Shameless Plug for Atlanta with Kids!

We are so lucky to be living where we are…in just a few hours we can be in several different major cities in different states!  Some of our favorites include New Orleans, Biloxi, Montgomery, Savannah, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Atlanta.  One of my Twitter buddies has started a new website called Atlanta with Kid!  She lists some great things to do around Atlanta with your kids.  Did you know there is an American Girl Store there?  I am really excited about this site because we love Atlanta.  Be sure to stop by the website if you are making the six hour trip up!