Pensacola With Kids – Weekend Round UP – December 2 -December 11

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Here is your Weekend After 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, December 2, 2016

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

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

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

Pensacola MESS Hall Downtown Pensacola

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Historic Pensacola Tours, Downtown Pensacola

Polar Express Pajama Party, Naval Aviation Museum, 3 pm

Kid’s Night Out at Skyzone through Gull Point Resource Center, 5 pm – 10 pm, First 25 kids 6+, $25

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Zoo Lights, Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5 pm – 9 pm

Pensacola Winterfest, Visit Santa and Performance Trolley Tours, 5 pm – 9 pm

49th Annual Snowball Derby, Five Flags Speedway

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Imogene Theater (Dinner Available through Pensacola Cooks Kitchen), 7 pm

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

the Polar Express Pajama Time, Barnes & Noble, 7 pm

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Palafox Market, 9 am – 2 pm

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Storytime at Barnes & Noble, 11 am

USO Runway Run 5K, Pensacola International Airport, 10 am

Gulf Breeze Christmas Parade, Gulf Breeze 10 am

Navarre Garden Club Annual Santa’s Craft Fair,  9 am to 3 pm at the Navarre Conference Center.

Christmas in the Park & Navarre Community Christmas Parade, Navarre Park, 10 am – 530 pm

Navarre Jingle Bell Run & 5K, Navarre Main Firestation, 7 am

Holiday Fest with Santa at Virginia College – 9 am – Noon 

Polar Express Pajama Party, Naval Aviation Museum, 3 pm

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

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

Santa Rosa Farmers Market, Pace, 9 am – 1 pm

Coastal AL Farmer’s and Fisherman’s Market, 9 am – 2 pm

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Historic Pensacola Tours, Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Winterfest, Visit Santa and Performance Trolley Tours, 5 pm – 9 pm

Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks,  Pensacola Beach, 6:30 pm (Kids event starts at 4 pm at Shaggy’s)

Pensacola MESS Hall Saturday Night Science Glow Night, Pensacola MESS Hall, 6 pm

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Zoo Lights, Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5 pm – 9 pm

49th Annual Snowball Derby, Five Flags Speedway

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

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Imogene Theater (Dinner Available through Pensacola Cooks Kitchen), 7 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Relay for Life Family Day, Sanders Beach Corrine Jones Conference Center, 2 pm – 6 pm

Pensacola Winterfest, Downtown Pensacola, Visit Santa

Pensacola Village & Children’s Museum

Gulf Breeze Zoo “Meet a Keeper Animal Talks”

Animal Encounters AL. Gulf Coast Zoo

IMAX movies @ The Naval Aviation Museum

Historic Pensacola Tours, Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Beach Christmas Parade, 2 pm – 330 pm

Pensacola Winterfest, Visit Santa and Performance Trolley Tours, 5 pm – 9 pm

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Zoo Lights, Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5 pm – 9 pm

49th Annual Snowball Derby, Five Flags Speedway

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Imogene Theater (Dinner Available through Pensacola Cooks Kitchen), 7 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016

Historic Pensacola Tours, Downtown Pensacola

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Historic Pensacola Tours, Downtown Pensacola

Story Sprouts, Ever’man Educational Center, 10 am – noon

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Historic Pensacola Tours, Downtown Pensacola

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Merry Marketplace by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Pensacola Grand Hotel, 1 pm – 7 pm

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Friday, December 9, 2016

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

Pensacola Winterfest, Visit Santa

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Charlie Brown Christmas, Pensacola Little Theater, 730 pm

Pensacola MESS Hall Bear Super Science Elective, Pensacola MESS Hall, 6 pm

Zoo Lights, Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5 pm – 9 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pensacola MESS Hall Tinker Tots, Pensacola MESS Hall, 9 am – 945 am

Hall of Celebrities:  The Grinch with Santa and Frosty, Pensacola Children’s Museum, 11am and 2 pm

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, Storytime at Barnes & Noble, 11 am

Free Movie Saturday – A Christmas Carol, The Imogene Theater, 1030 am – Pensacola Cooks Kitchen on site with popcorn and snacks

Polar Express Pajama Party, Naval Aviation Museum, 3 pm

Charlie Brown Christmas, Pensacola Little Theater, 1030 am & 3 pm

Zoo Lights, Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5 pm – 9 pm

Pensacola Christmas Parade, Downtown Pensacola, 515 pm

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

Pensacola Winterfest, Visit Santa

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Polar Express Pajama Party, Naval Aviation Museum, 3 pm

Pensacola Winterfest, Visit Santa

Charlie Brown Christmas, Pensacola Little Theater, 3 pm

Zoo Lights, Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5 pm – 9 pm

Christmas at the Depot, West Florida Railroad Museum, Milton, 6 pm {runs through December 23}

2016 Easter Egg Hunt RoundUp

2016 Easter Egg Hunts

When are you going to post the Easter Egg Hunts?” This is the number one question I have been asked for the past three weeks!  There are still several details missing from this list and a few of them are unconfirmed!  I will update the list as the information comes available. Check, double check and triple check the information by following the links before you go to the egg hunt.  Also, read to the end of the post for our tips for attending a community egg hunt. **Updated March 17 at 10:33 am***

Egga-Wahooza

  • Where:  Community Maritime Park
  • Where: March 26, 2pm
  • Egg Hunt Info:  Registration begins at 1pm  Ages 0-5th grade  Over 50,000 eggs!
  • Cost:  Free
  • Sponsor:  Marcus Pointe Baptist Church and Pensacola With Kids will be there with activities, games and prizes

GBUMC Egg Hunts

  • Where:  Sunset Kid’s Park on Shoreline Dr in Gulf Breeze
  • When: March 26, 10 am
  • Egg Hunt Info:  Bring your  family and invite your friends for an EGGciting morning at one of  two Easter Egg Hunts. One will take place at Sunset Kid’s Park at Shoreline Park.  Egg Hunt will start at 10 am so grab your Easter Basket and don’t miss some EGGcellent family fun.
  • Sponsor: GB Methodist Church

Play Pensacola Easter Egg Hunt

  • Where:  Roger Scott Athletic Complex
  • When: March 19th 10am-1pm
  • Egg Hunt Info:  Mark your calendars because the Easter Bunny is coming to town! Join us for a day of FUN with Easter Egg Hunts, music, carnival games, face painting, bubble stations, inflatable bouncers, and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Easter Egg Hunt Schedule: 10:30AM Stroller-2YR Olds 10:50AM 3-4 YR Olds 11:10AM 5-6 YR Olds 11:30AM 7-9 YR Olds 11:50AM 10-12 YR Olds
  • Cost: Free
  • Additional Activities:  The Easter bunny and friends, games, bounces houses, a giant inflatable slide, a bubble station, face painting and much more!
  • Sponsor:  City of Pensacola and Play Pensacola

Pine Forest United Methodist Church Easter Eggstravaganza

  • Where: Pine Forest United Methodist Church, 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32526
  • When: March 26, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Egg Hunt Info: Free with food, games, crafts, bounce house, egg hunt and more at Pine Forest United Methodist Church, 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32526
  • Sponsor:  Pine First United Methodist Church

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Easter Egg Hunt @ Bellingrath Gardens

  • Where: The Great Lawn
  • When: March 19, 9 am
    • Age 3 and under: A continuous Easter Egg Hunt from 9 – 10:30 AM.
    • Ages 4 – 6: Easter Egg Hunt from 10 – 10:15 AM.
    • Ages 7 – 11: Easter Egg Hunt from 10:15 – 10:30 AM.
  • Egg Hunt Info: Join us for some “eggstra” special Easter fun! On March 19, Bellingrath will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn. Thousands of Easter eggs will decorate the luxurious lawn for children to scurry and collect. There will be special hunts for different age groups as well as prizes, candy and activities, which makes this a perfect event for your entire family.
  • Cost:  The Easter Egg Hunt is open to the public. Admission is free for members. Regular Gardens admission of $13.00 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12 will be charged. Children ages 4 and under are always admitted free.
  • Families are also invited to join us for the 3rd Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café from 8 – 9 AM. Make your reservations to join us for pancakes, sausages, fruit and beverages. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be visiting guests at their tables throughout the breakfast. Breakfast will be $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children ages 5-12 and $5.00 for children 4 and under. Be sure to make your reservations early as seating is limited.
  • Sponsor: Bellingrath Gardens

Easter Egg Egg-StravaganZoo

  • Where:  Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park.
  • When: Saturday, March 19th, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Egg Hunt Info:  The 2nd annual Easter Extravaganzoo will be presented on Saturday, March 28, at the ECWR Zoological Park. Celebrate the season and enjoy a spring day of fun from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with arts and crafts, flower planting, a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and more! Guests will be able to decorate eggs for some of their favorite zoo animals, and there will be Easter egg hunts at 11:00 AM (ages 8-12), 11:15 AM (ages 0-3), and 11:40 (ages 4-7)! Visitors are encouraged to bring their own baskets and cameras.
  • Cost: Activities are free (while supplies last) with a regular-priced zoo admission. Adults – $8, Children ages 2-10 – $5, Children under 2 – Free
  • Additional Activities: Easter Egg Hunts, Create a Craft, Plant a Flower, Decorate and egg for a zoo animal, Meet the Easter Bunny, Bring your own baskets and cameras!
  • Sponsor: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park

Easter Buffet and Egg Hunt

  • Where: Perdido Beach Resort
  • When:  March 28th,  11:30-2:30
  • Egg Hunt Schedule:  Easter Bunny will visit  from 11:30- 2:30 and Egg hunt @ 12:30
  • Cost:  Buffet starts @ The Easter Buffet is $32.95/adult in the Grand Ballroom or $39.95/adult in Voyagers Restaurant. 5&under Free
  • Additional Activities: N/A
  • Sponsor:  Perdido Beach Resort

Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach

  • Where: Lu Lu’s Beach, Orange Beach
  • When:  March 28th, 2 pm (Easter Sunday)
  • Egg Hunt Info:  LuLu’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter day at 2:00pm. Come meet the Easter Bunny and have fun looking for Easter Eggs filled with surprises on LuLu’s Beach! Easter Egg Hunt is separated by ages for fair hunting for all!
  • Cost: Free
  • Additional Activities: Meet the Easter Bunny
  • Sponsored by: Lu Lu’s

The Wharf in Orange Beach

  • Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach
  • When:  March 27th, 11 am
  • Egg Hunt Info: The Wharf in Orange Beach is hosting an Easter egg hunt, with over 2,500 eggs, at 11 a.m. Saturday for children ages 10 and under. Activities on the marina lawn will include a bouncy houses, and giant color sheets, among other things. The entertainment complex is located at the base of the Foley Beach Express at Canal Road. For more information, call 251-224-1000
  • Cost: Free
  • Additional Activities: Activities on the marina lawn will include a bouncy houses, and giant color sheets, among other things
  • Sponsored by: The Wharf
  • Where: Sam’s Fun City
  • When: March 26, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Additional Activities: Hop on down to Sam’s Fun City for the 15th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza event, Pensacola’s most FUN Easter Celebration! General Admission for this gated event is just $15.00 plus tax per person. Come and enjoy a morning of unlimited Park Rides and Special Attractions, Easter Eggs Hunts, our signature All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Pizza Buffet, and more!
  • Host: Sam’s Fun City
  • Where: Wales West
  • When: Through March 26…Closed Easter Sunday
  • Cost: $15 per person
  • Additional Activities: Steam train ride, Easter Bunny visit, egg hunts, free snacks, bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo and more
  • Host: Wales West Light Railway

Easter Eggstravaganza

  • Where: Crown Church  9600 N Palafox
  • When: March 26, 10 am
  • Egg Hunt Info: On March 26th Crown Church will be having our annual Easter Eggstravaganza! This event holds fun for the entire family. There will be an egg hunt with 15,000 candy filled eggs, free hotdogs, ice-cream, pizza, and popcorn. In addition there will also be inflatables, games  for all ages and a dunking booth. The event is totally FREE, so bring the whole family and enjoy! The fun begins at 10:00!
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Activities: Food, games, bounce houses, face painting
  • Host: Crown Church

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Check, recheck and triple check the dates and times to make sure they are still correct when the egg hunt gets closer.  As I always say, this information comes from word of mouth, press releases and flyers I see around town.  The information is not always correct and I am human and make mistakes sometimes (although I try not to do it very often!).  Follow the link and be sure to contact the number available to confirm the time.
  • Bring a basket or bag of your own.
  • Arrive early.  A friend of mine went to a hunt two years ago at the John R. Jones park.  The egg hunt was over in less than 3 minutes.  There were hundreds (probably thousands) of eggs picked up and her two children got a whopping 3 eggs between the two of them.  They were young and were just thrilled with the excitement of it all so luckily they weren’t disappointed.  However, if they had arrived 30 seconds later we would have missed the whole thing.
  • Just in case your little one doesn’t get too many eggs:  Hide a couple of prefilled eggs in your car before you go.  Now that my son is a year older, I foresee some serious disappointment if he only gets one egg.  I would throw a couple in the car and have them hunt for them when we were all finished.  Of course, in my car every day is an egg hunt except you never know what you might find!  HA!

Do you know of any other egg hunts that the community is invited to?  If so, leave a comment in this post with the information.  Any names or numbers not in an official capacity will be deleted for safety reasons.

Holiday Round-Up 2013 Things to do in (and around) Pensacola for the Holidays!

holidaysHere is your Holiday roundup! This is a special Holiday edition, with fun things to do starting this weekend through the entire month of December.  I will continue to add events and dates and hope to have it finished by Friday.   *** If you know of an event we should add to the list, please leave us a comment! Have a fun weekend exploring Pensacola with your family! As always, I recommend that you follow the links for more information and call ahead to confirm. Event information often changes!Surfing-Santa-Eager-Beaver-Swim-School-Fort-Collins-Colorado-224x300

 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Pensacola Ice Flyers VS Mississippi River Kings  Pensacola Bay Center

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

45th Annual Snoball Derby- Five Flags Speedway

Winterfest – Downtown Pensacola

Winterfest Reindeer Games

Winterfest Carriage Rides

Christmas Caravan @ St Christopher’s Episcopal Church

Gulf Breeze Fun Plex All Day Play

Historic Tour of St Michael’s Cemetary

Pensacola Children’s Museum

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Palafox Market

Gulf Breeze Christmas Parade

Flomaton Christmas Parade

Molino Christmas Parade

Meet “Miss Rosa” and “Hooper” from PBS Kids @ WSRE Studios

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

“Train-fest” @ the Pensacola Museum of Art with Santa and his elves

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Pensacola Ice Flyers VS Huntsville Havoc  Pensacola Bay Center

Pensacola Light House Christmas Gala with Santa

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

45th Annual Snoball Derby- Five Flags Speedway

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Handel’s Messiah presented by the Pensacola Choral Society @ St Paul Catholic Church

Pensacola Children’s Museum

Festival of the Trees Kids Day @ Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Surfing Santa Beach Parade- Pensacola Beach

FREE picture with Santa @ Wal Mart 10-2

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Pensacola Ice Flyers VS Louisiana Ice Gators Pensacola Bay Center

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

45th Annual Snoball Derby- Five Flags Speedway

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 12-6

 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Century Land to Lake Christmas Parade

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Pensacola Cooks Kids- Reindeer Muffins

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pensacola Little Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents “Christmas on the Coast” @ The Saenger

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Disney Live! presents “Three Classic Fairytales” @ Pensacola Bay Center

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

Winterfest – Trolley Tour Downtown Pensacola

Winterfest Reindeer Games

Winterfest Carriage Rides

Gulf Breeze Fun Plex All Day Play

Historic Tour of St Michael’s Cemetary

Poarch Christmas Parade

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Palafox Market

Pensacola Little Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Christmas Lights @ St. Ann’s

Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents “Christmas on the Coast” @ The Saenger

Pensacola Cooks Kids “Baking with Mrs Claus- Edible Gifts”

Lowe’s Build and Grow Kid’s Workshop “Train Engine”

Brewton Christmas Parade

Atmore Christmas Parade

Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade

Pensacola Christmas Parade

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Visit Santa Claus @ Lads and Lassies

Gulf Breeze Fun Plex All Day Play

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pensacola Little Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Christmas Lights @ St. Ann’s

Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents “Christmas on the Coast” @ The Saenger

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 12-6

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pensacola Little Theater presents “Holiday Cabaret”

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Winterfest- Santa’s Holiday Express

Winterfest Carriage Rides

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pensacola Little Theater presents “Holiday Cabaret”

Pensacola Ice Flyers VS Mississippi Surge- Pensacola Bay Center

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Winterfest- Santa’s Holiday Express

Winterfest Carriage Rides

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pensacola Little Theater presents “Holiday Cabaret”

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Winterfest- Santa’s Holiday Express

Winterfest Carriage Rides

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pensacola Little Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Winterfest- Santa’s Holiday Express

Winterfest Carriage Rides

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Christmas Lights @ St. Ann’s

Pensacola with Kids Toy Trade Drop Off @ St Francis, Gulf Breeze

Sam’s Fun City “Christmas in the Park”

Pensacola Little Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ballet Pensacola presents “The Nutcracker” @ The Saenger

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Winterfest – Trolley Tour Downtown Pensacola

Winterfest Reindeer Games

Winterfest Carriage Rides

“Train-fest” @ the Pensacola Museum of Art with Santa and his elves

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers VS Fayetteville Fire Antz

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

“Holiday in the Park” @ Big Lagoon State Park

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Saturday. December 21, 2013

Palafox Market

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Christmas Lights @ St. Ann’s

Sam’s Fun City “Christmas in the Park”

Pensacola with Kids Toy Trade Drop Off (AM) and Trade Event (PM) @ St Francis Gulf Breeze

Pensacola Little Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ballet Pensacola presents “The Nutcracker” @ The Saenger

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Kidsnasium Holiday Open House

Winterfest – Trolley Tour Downtown Pensacola

Winterfest Reindeer Games

Winterfest Carriage Rides

“Train-fest” @ the Pensacola Museum of Art with Santa and his elves

“Holiday in the Park” @ Big Lagoon State Park

Pensacola Ice Flyers VS Fayetteville Fire Antz

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pensacola Little Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Drive-in Movies @ Community Maritime Park

Sam’s Fun City “Christmas in the Park”

Ballet Pensacola presents “The Nutcracker” @ The Saenger

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Winterfest – Trolley Tour Downtown Pensacola

Winterfest Reindeer Games

Winterfest Carriage Rides

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

Resurrection Lutheran Church’s Live Nativity

 

Monday, December, 23 2013

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

Sam’s Fun City “Christmas in the Park”

Winterfest- Santa’s Holiday Express

Winterfest Carriage Rides

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Lights @ St. Ann’s

Pictures with Santa- Cordova Mall 11-8

FREE picture with Santa @Bass Pro Shop- Destin

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

“Pensacola Lights” @ Downtown Pensacola

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Pensacola MESS Hall  Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Children’s Museum

“The Light Before Christmas” in IMAX  Naval Aviation Museum

Wales West Light Railway “Artic Express” and Lights Display

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

merry christmas

 

 

Celebrate Mom with These Local Activities

Celebrating mom can be done with a smile, a big bear hug or a hand-drawn card this Mother’s Day. Here are some other ways in Pensacola that you can celebrate mom.

Brunch Locations

There are a number of restaurants in the area holding a Mother’s Day Brunch. Most require reservations and many have fixed prices. Follow the links or call the restaurant for more information.

Angus Steakhouse – May 13 from 10:30-3pm

Dharma Blue – May 13

The Fish House – May 13 from 11am to 2pm

Frank and Lola Loves Pensacola Cafe-May 13 from 11am to 2pm.

Hilton Beachfront Hotel-May 13 from 10am to 3pm

Jackson’s Steakhouse-May 13 from 10am to 3pm

Events and Activities

There are also a number of events and activities celebrating mom or held on Mother’s Day.

Art in the Park – Wander the park and look at the art displays with mom.

Chik-Fil-A Mother Son Date Knight – May 10 at various times – Call for reservations

Distinctive Kitchens Mother’s Day Lunch Class – May 12 at 11am – Drop the kids off to learn how to make you lunch and then dine together. Must register.

Hot Glass, Cold Brew – Belmont Arts and Cultural Center celebrates mom.

Joanne’s Make and Take – May 12 from 11am to noon – Create a special gift for mom

Michael’s Make and Take – May 4, 5, 9, 11, 12 at various times and costs

Mom’s Night Out – May 10 from 5pm to 8pm – Shopping incentives, mini-massages, and more

Moms Matter – May 5th from 12noon to 4pm – Learn about agencies and services available to families. Hosted by DWC

Mother’s Day Cruises – May 13th – Sail from the docks at the Fish House with Condor Sailing Adventures

Pensacola Pamper Mom and Me Spa Day and Expo – May 5th from 10am to 7pm – massages, vendors, facials, entertainment and more

Publix (Saw sign at University Pkwy Publix. Call other stores to see if they are holding event) – May 12 and 13 from 10am to 4pm – Purchase a $7.99 cake and decorate it for mom (while supplies last)

Symphony by the Sea – Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert – May 13th at 7pm

Take Mom Out to the Ballgame – Blue Wahoos Game – May 13th

Wales West Day Out with Thomas – Save $2 per ticket for Mother’s Day train times

Do you know of a brunch or activity that we missed? Leave us a comment!

Christmas in the Park at Sam’s Fun City

What: Christmas in the Park; Where: Sam’s Fun City; When: December 16-30 (not valid the 24th and 25th) from 5pm to 9pm; Cost: $15+tax per person

Sam’s Fun City is having a nightly holiday event called Christmas in the Park.  The cost of $15+tax per person includes all park rides and special attractions, real snow sledding hill, Christmas karaoke, Ferris wheel, and a Christmas Tree Light Show.

Check out Sam’s Fun City’s Special Events page for other specials available like unlimited go-karts or day passes.

Tree Farms in and around Pensacola – 2011

We are giving away tickets to the December 3 Winterfest Performance Tour. See details and how to enter.

The turkey is all put away and I am all ready to decorate our house this weekend.  We are hoping to put up the Christmas tree tomorrow and get it decorated.  I love watching the kids decorate the tree.  They go through each ornament and ask to hear stories about how we got them.  They like to claim the ornaments we have bought for each of them throughout the years.  We travel a lot and we always pick up an ornament in each city to remember our travels.  The kids play “remember when” with each ornament they take out of the box.

For the past few years, we have been putting up a fake tree.  I fought it for as long as I could but my husband finally talked me into it.  I am not going to lie…I love the convenience but I miss the excitement of picking out the perfect tree.  To compromise, we make a trip to a tree farm each year to visit, wander around the trees, and more.  Here are a few Christmas tree farms in the area.  If I missed one, please leave me a note or send me an email and I will update the list!

As always, confirm the hours of operations, price, etc because things might change.  Before you go, check the website because many tree farms only accept cash or check.

Fish River Trees (Summerdale, Alabama) – We visit Fish River Trees every year and it is one of our favorite holiday family outings.  It is not just a place to cut down your Christmas tree but you can visit Santa and his reindeer, get a cup of hot chocolate, and tour the farm.  New to the farm this year is a manger scene complete with live animals!  Open daily from 8am to 5pm until December 24th.  See the website for activity schedule.

The Christmas Forest (Pensacola, Florida) – Christmas trees range from 5 to 10 feet tall and they each cost $30 no matter what size.  They have potted Christmas trees for those of you that want to plant your tree after the holiday season is over.   They are open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm until December 20.

Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm (Milton, Florida) – Christmas tree prices run $2-3 a foot.  There are staff members to assist you if you need help.  They are open Monday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm until December 18th.

 

Winterfest 2011 and a Ticket Giveaway

 

*Be sure to read through the whole post to learn how to enter to win a family four pack of tickets to the Winterfest Performance Tour!

This is one of my favorite times of the year in Pensacola.  Things have settled down from all of the great fall festivals and it is time to get ready to bring in the holidays.  Winterfest is a wonderful family friendly activity to help get you in the mood for the holidays.

Each Winterfest tour begins at Plaza Wonderland, which is at the Courthouse Plaza.  Here, you can visit Santa Claus and see Rudolph’s Revue.  Rudolph’s Revue is a musical show that is shown twice nightly.  Even if you aren’t going to take one of the paid tours, Rudolphs’s Revue is a free show.  Grab a  cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the show!

There are three Winterfest tours available: Performance Tour, Rudolph’s Holiday Stroll, and Santa’s Holiday Express Tour.  The Performance Tour is a sixty minute ride that makes 12 stops for performances along the way.  The performances all feature scenes that you will recognize from Grinch, The Polar Express and more.

Performance Tours run November 25, and December 3, 9, 16, 17, and 18th.  Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 10 and under.

Rudolph’s Holiday Stroll is a one hour guided walking tour through the downtown area.  The tour makes stops to see Scrooge, Elvis, Polar Express, the Gingerbread House and more.

Rudolph’s Holiday Stroll runs the same nights as the Performance Tours: November 25, and December 3, 9, 16, 17, and 18th.  Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under making this an inexpensive holiday activity for your family.

Santa’s Holiday Express Tour is a good choice if you have younger children.  The tour ride is only thirty minutes long but you will still get to see many of your favorite characters.

Santa’s Holiday Express tour is available every night from December 20th to the 22nd.  Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.

There are also 20 minute carriage rides available but they do not include Winterfest performances.  Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-10.

Tours are already selling out, so be sure to purchase your tickets if you would like to go!  Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at Winterfest.  It can get busy so I highly recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time to avoid waiting in line and to make sure that you get the scheduled time you would like.  There is a small processing fee associated with the tickets and there is an additional fee if tickets are purchased at the event.  

I am so excited to announce that we are giving away a family four pack of tickets to the December 3rd Performance Tour!  Before entering, please make sure you can attend on December 3rd!

How to Enter

If you would like a chance to win, leave one comment in this post before 5:59pm CST on Sunday, November 27, and tell us what your favorite holiday activity is.  Don’t worry about being creative with your comment, the winner will be chosen by a random number generator.  Please make sure that you fill out the required fields by putting your first name (you don’t need to put your last name) in the name field and your email address in the email address field.  I do not share email addresses and you will not receive mail from Pensacola with Kids unless you win.   

Winners

We will choose ONE winner randomly and announce the results here on Pensacola with Kids after Sunday, November 27th.  Tickets will be emailed to the winner.

Rules

One comment per person per giveaway post.  Duplicate comments and anonymous comments will be discarded.  Please make sure that the email address in your comment form is valid so that we can contact you (email addresses are never made public).  Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize.  We will disqualify any entries that we believe are generated by scripts and other automated technology.  No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that Pensacola with Kids reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.  Relatives of Pensacola with Kids are not eligible to win.

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Celebrate Mom!

My mother used to joke that everyday was Mother’s Day in our house and I tend to agree with her now that I am a mother myself!  Celebrating mom and saying thank you can be done with a simple hand drawn card from the kids are an elaborate spa gift certificate after breakfast in bed.  Here are a couple of places around Pensacola that we think are great for celebrating mom!

There are lots of restaurants making a Mother’s Day Brunch available.  Frank and Lola Love Pensacola Cafe (at Margaritaville Beach Hotel) is celebrating with a Mother’s Day Grand Buffet on Sunday that sounds absolutely delicious!  Call the restaurant for reservations.

Take mom to the Chagall for Kids exhibit’s opening weekend at the Pensacola Museum of Art.  Mom can relax for a few while the kids run out some energy.

Give mom the night off on May 5th and tell her about Mom’s Night Out at Cordova Mall where she can meet with vendors who specialize in pampering moms!

Moms will receive $5 off their admission to Belmont’s Hot Glass Cold Brew event on May 6th. 

Make a Mother’s Day craft with your kids!

What do you do for your mom?  If you are a mom, what does your family do for you for Mother’s Day?

Hanukkah Crafts and Activities

Here are some craft and activity links for Hanukkah!  If you have any Hanukkah activities to share, please leave a comment!

All About Hanukkah

Paper Menorah

Paper Plate Menorah

Word Searches and Crossword Puzzles

Coloring Pages

Activities for Preschoolers