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

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

Things to do with Kids on Pensacola Beach!

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We are so lucky to live where so many vacation!  And, Pensacola Beach is full of fun things to do with kids to keep them busy with fun, food and history, and of course plenty of places to put their toes {or bodies} in the sand!

Here is a list of fun and family friendly places, restaurants, adventures and much more that we have found.  Remember, this list is always subject to change and information was collected online and from the venues themselves.  But, if any inaccurate information is posted, please let us know immediately.  We do our best to provide up to date information.

Restaurants

Legend: (D) Dining (N) Nightlife (K) Kid Activities

The Boardwalk Café (D)

400 Quietwater Boardwalk • 850-934-1223

Cactus Flower Café (D)

Pensacola Beach Boardwalk • 850-934-5999

Caprio’s Kitchen (D)

49-A Via De Luna • 850-916-3102

Casino Beach Bar & Grille (D, N)

41A Fort Picken Rd. • 813-600-9332

Castaways Beachside Restaurant &

Raw Bar (D, N)

400 Quietwater Beach Rd. • 850-934-6447

Crabs – We Got Eem Restaurant

& Bar (D, N)

6 Casino Beach Boardwalk • 850-932-0700

The Dock at Pensacola Beach, Inc.
(D, N)

6 Casino Beach Boardwalk • 850-932-0700

Dog House Deli (D)

35 Via De Luna Dr. • 850-916-4993

Dr. Smoothie & Ice Cream World (D)

39 Via de Luna Dr. • 850-733-9668

Flounder’s Chowder House (D, N, K)

At the traffic light • 850-932-2003

Frank & Lola Love Pensacola – Margaritaville Beach Hotel (D, N)

At the traffic light • 850-934-8670

The Grand Marlin Restaurant (D, N)

400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-677-9153

H2O Cajun Asian Restaurant (D)

Inside Hilton • 850-916-6791 • 800-HILTONS

Hemingway’s Island Grill (D)

Pensacola Beach Boardwalk • 850-934-4747

JW’s Grille (N)

63 Via de Luna • 850-932-9011

Land Shark Landing (D, N, K)

165 Fort Pickens Road • 850-916-9755

Lillo’s Tuscan Grille (D)

5 Via De Luna Dr. • 850-934-LILO(5456)

Native Cafe (D)

45-A Via De Luna • 850-934-4848

Papa’s Pizza (D)

400 Quietwater Boardwalk • 850-934-1198

Paradise Bar and Grill (D, N)

21 Via De Luna • 850-916-5087

Peg Leg Pete’s (D, N)

1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. • 850-932-4139

Red Fish, Blue Fish (D, K)

5B Via de Luna Dr. • 850-677-8899

Riptides Sports Grill – Holiday Inn Resort (D, N, K)

14 Via de Luna Dr. • 850-932-5331

Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach (D)

701 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-934-4852

Shrimp Basket (D)

5 Via de Luna • 850-677-06460

Sidelines Sports Bar & Restaurant (D, N)

2 Via de Luna • 850-934-3660

The Stand (D)

3 Casino Beach Boardwalk • 850-733-9433

Subway (D)

711 Quietwater Beach Rd. • 850-934-4275

Fort Pickens

Fort Pickens has a lot of history and plenty of places to explore.  You can get there on foot, by bike and by vehicle.  Passes are weekly or yearly.  Visit HERE to find out more.  Camping, exploring (guided tours available), adventure, boating, watching the Blue Angels, and enjoying the sun are all available.  They also host Star Gazing on the first Friday of each month starting in May and through the summer.  Fort Pickens Website

Margaritaville

Margaritaville is not only a hotel but provides many family friendly activities all throughout the summer. These include dolphin sailing and sunset cruises, beach crafts and games, live music and Sunday Funday brunches.   They also host movies throughout the summer (more information to come).  Visit their calendar of events for dates and times.  Margaritaville Website

Portofino

Portofino has many family friendly activities all throughout the summer even if you don’t live there!

Kids’ Programs at Portofino

At Portofino Island Resort, kids are king! With a variety of adventures and activities designed to engage, entertain and educate, Portofino’s kids programs – High Tides Kids Club, Kids’ Korner or Kids’ Night Out – will leave a lasting impression with the younger set in your family.

High Tide Kids Club

As one of Pensacola’s best kid-friendly resorts, Portofino Island Resort offers a wide array of experiences for our younger visitors. At the High Tide Kids Club, kids ages 5 to 12 will enjoy a full day of adventure. From exploring the Gulf Islands National Seashore and playing games at Adventure Cove Water Park to kayak excursions, scavenger hunts and fun themed crafts, each day the Club offers something new and exciting.

Full day and half day programs are available. Advance reservations must be made by 5pm the day prior, so if you’re planning to use the Kids Club on the first day of your visit, please call our Concierge at 866.849.0223 before you arrive. Lunch is provided for the 9-12pm session and a snack is provided from 12-3pm session. Cost is $35/ half days and $60 for full days and is included in the Spring Sensation and Summer Extreme Adventure Packages.

Kids’ Korner

Calling all kids for creative fun! Kids can create their own craft masterpiece or enjoy face painting and other fun activities at Kids’ Korner. Offered during Spring Break, summer season and most holidays, the cost for Kids’ Korner is included for families with the Spring Sensation and Summer Extreme Adventure Packages. Please see kids flyer for current schedule and pricing.

Kids’ Night Out

Kids ages 5 to 12 can enjoy a break from Mom and Dad at Portofino’s Kids’ Night Out. Go wild with beach games, treasure hunts, Wii battles, pool play, crafts and a pizza party. Kids’ Night Out is offered from 5pm to 8pm during spring and from 5:30 to 9pm on Tuesdays and Fridays during summer season. . Reservations are required and must be made by 4pm the same day. Call the Concierge at 866.849.0223 to reserve your spot. Cost is $30 per child and is included in the Spring Sensation or Summer Extreme Adventure Package.

Scavenger Hunts, fun crafts, creative glitter tattoo designing, tie-dye fun, mermaid swim training and more for the best island vacation a kid can have!

Visit their website for more information.  Portofino Website

Holiday Inn Resort Gulf Front

The Holiday Inn on Pensacola Beach is best known for the fun 250 foot lazy river pool.  Kids and adults can lounge around the river on intertubes, floats or walking!  There is also beach access right from the gate. Holiday Inn Gulf Front Website 

Flounders Chowder House

The perfect place for lunch or dinner with kids.  They have a large playground area, near the dining area, as well as volleyball and beach access to the Sound Side.  Safe, fun and great to enjoy some time while the kids play, but close enough to watch them.  Flounders Website 

Red Fish Blue Fish

They are perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner with the family.  Dining in the open air, right on the water with direct access to the beach.  But most important; fun, jumbo size games to be played by the kids or the family!  Perfect for watching while relaxing in the gulf air!  Red Fish Blue Fish Website

Peg Leg Pete’s

Peg Leg Pete’s is a signature place to go if you live here and especially if you visit.  They have great prices, great food, a play area, boat access and beach access just across the street.  Live music downstairs that allows for plenty of dancing by kids and adults of all ages. Peg Leg Pete’s Website

Swimming, fishing, snorkeling, diving, sailing…

Spending time on Pensacola Beach is not limited to swimming! From fishing off one of our two piers to floating above the water while parasailing, Pensacola Beach has plenty of activities to choose from. Swimming, surfing, diving, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, mini golf – you name it, Pensacola Beach has it all.

Aquatic Charters

655 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-492-6337

Bonifay Water Sports, Inc.

460 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-932-0633.

Chulamar, Inc. Fishing Charters

701 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-934-8037

Dolphin Express Charters

701 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-619-8738

Floridaze Sailing

715 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-293-2895

Entertainer Charters

655 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-232-8252 or 850-932-4166

Fitness Onboard

360 Ft. Pickens Rd. • 850-912-8089

The Fun Store

5 Via De Luna Dr. • 850-916-4386

Island Palms Miniature Golf

460 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-932-0633

Horizon Beach Service

Larry Porto • 850-232-5282

Jolly Sailing

Pensacola Beach Marina, 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Slip 4 • 850-723-6142

Key Sailing

400 Quietwater Beach Rd. #14 • 850-932-5520 • 877-932-PARA

Lazy Days Beach Rentals – Hampton, Hilton, Days Inn, Beach Club, Emerald Isles and Marriott

850-261-2256

Maverick Board Riding Company

69 Via de Luna Dr. • 850-375-2921

Pensacola Beach Sailing Tours

850-525-8808

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier

41 Ft. Pickens Rd., Casino Beach • 850-934-7200

Premier Adventures at Beach Hut

735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-677-1557

Radical Rides, Inc.

444 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-934-9743

Reel Eazy Charters

1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. • 850-932-8824

The Scooter Hut

4 Casino Beach Boardwalk • 850-450-6289

Speedy John’s Go-Carts

460 Pensacola Beach Blvd. • 850-932-0633

Tiki Island Golf and Games

2 Via de Luna Dr. • 850-932-1550

Pensacola Beach Trolley

Free beach trolley service is provided by the Santa Rosa Island Authority.  It’s fun to take the trolley with the kids and enjoy the view! 

Trolleys run May 27 through Labor Day, from 4 p.m. to midnight.

There is even a trolley tracker to find out where it’s at and how far it is to you!  Trolley Tracker

Bands on the Beach

Bands on the Beach is held at Casino Beach every Tuesday from April 5th through October 25th.  Different bands play at the amphitheater on the sand and entertain families from the area.  Watch the sunset and enjoy fantastic local entertainment!  Band on the Beach Website

Other things that our parents love to do with kids on the beach…

Snorkeling, shell collecting, building sand castles, exploring, kayaking, boating, picnicking, adventuring to parking lot beaches past portofino, walking and fishing on the pier,
riding/renting bikes, renting golf carts, playing volleyball and other games in the sand and of course, just enjoying the place we live that is like being on vacation!

Information found on VisitPensacolaBeach.com, VisitPensacola.com, and websites that are all linked above in the post.

360 Pensacola Beach Wheel

After much controversy (much like most anything new around here), the 360 Pensacola Beach Wheel opened to the public.  I asked on Facebook whether or not our readers were going to check it out and you all shared some great thoughts.  

I was thrilled when Crystal mentioned she was going to visit opening week and would write a review for PWK!  Please help me welcome Crystal to the website!  She runs a beautiful photography business and is sharing some great pictures from her visit. 

My family and I had the chance to experience the 360 Observation Wheel on Pensacola Beach. I was very excited about this addition to Pensacola Beach. We were watching it “grow” for some time on their facebook fan page and when the opening day arrived we hit the floor running! I had many questions about the wheel that were not answered on the fan page or website, so I am happy to answer a few in my review.

PRICE

The price for our family is very reasonable. Adults (anyone over 48 inches tall) are $15 and children (under 48 inches) are $5. Babies under 2 are free. For two adults and two children over two, but under 48 inches, it was $40. I feel this was a fair price for the experience. This is not something to do every weekend; this is a special event for our family, a chance to spend a few hours together at the beach enjoying the evening.

Is there a discount for locals or military? So far, I am not seeing a discount for locals or military. We did not receive a military discount when we rode the wheel. All in all, I have no doubt they will offer a local coupon in the coming months, but for now, while the tourist season is upon us, the price point keeps the lines down and the speed up!

LINES

Opening night, the lines were quick moving. The staff was well trained and from the purchase of the tickets, which occurs at a faux gondola, to the managing of the loading/unloading everything was smooth. We waited approximately 15-20 minutes for our turn to load. The wait in line starts with a photo opportunity in front of a green screen. In line there are fans to keep you cool as well as lights to repel the bugs of summer. It was nice to be able to watch the movement of the wheel from below before our chance to board.

THE GONDOLAS

We rode the common Gondolas and I can only comment on that experience. The seats are regular stadium type benches, think soccer or football bleachers. They were not the most comfortable seating, but well designed. We have to assume people will be sandy and some will be from the beach and to keep the chairs dry and clean, they chose the perfect material. I believe the VIP Gondola seating is geared for a more comfortable experience. Each unit has separate controls for comfort. There are several AC vents, which can be opened or closed, as well as music inside the cabin. The glass is easily viewed from every angle, there are no “bad seats” each view is unobstructed at some point on the wheel.

PARKING

This was the main issue, as always in the mid summer at Pensacola Beach. I also went during the 4th of July week. I had no problem finding parking in the main parking lot under the ball. A short walk across the street and we were there. However, for those with strollers I do recall having to walk on the grassy areas of the median with no sidewalk. That could be an issue, however minor. We also went at night and on our return to our car, the hotel had their sprinkler system on, making the walkway unusable unless you wanted to get a little wet. I think this issue needs to be addressed and maybe the hotel can wait a few hours and turn on their system a bit later after the Wheel has closed for the evening.

LENGTH OF FLIGHT

Their website states the length of flight is 10-12 minutes with 4 Revolutions. We were pleased to get 5 or 6 revolutions and the flight lasted approximately 15 minutes. Boarding and Unloading time not included. My favorite part was during the boarding process where we sat on top of the wheel and were able to overlook the entire beach.

VIEW

I went at night. I would love to go back during daylight/sunset hours to experience the full view the wheel has to offer. I was picturing the nighttime view a bit differently in my head, but the evening view was not as I expected. It was still gorgeous and I enjoyed every minute, I would recommend going when the view has more to offer. I choose a night flight to escape of the heat during the day, but now that I have experience the Gondolas first hand, I believe the heat would not be an issue for a daytime flight.

SAFETY

I felt very safe in the Gondolas. I was worried my younger child would be scared of the height from the wheel, but since the feeling of the car surrounding you, it was very comforting. My daughter is extremely timid and not once did she express any hint of being scared. Again, the staff gives the impression they are very well trained.

*All photographs are property of CrystalBelle Photography.

Crystal is a military spouse and mom of 3. She is from Hampton Roads, Va and has lived in the Pensacola area for 4 years.   Connect with CrystalBelle Photography on Facebook.

Free Entrance to National Parks – January 14 – 16th

What: Free admission to national parks: When: January 14th to the 16th; Where: all national parks (including Gulf Islands National Seashore); Cost: FREE

Several days a year, the National Park Service offers free entrance to all 397 national parks around the United States.  We are so lucky to live near the Gulf Islands Seashore, one of only ten national seashores.  Gulf Islands Seashore is not only home to beautful beaches but also to Ft. Picken’s where your family can explore the fort and all of its nooks and crannies.  This weekend, entrance admission will be waived for January 14th, 15th, and 16th.

Free Stargazing Event at Gulfside Pavillion

The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association is offering free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavillion.  Volunteers will set up approximately twenty telescopes ranging in strength and size.  You just might get to see Jupiter, the Milky Way, or more!  Video cameras will also be used with some of the telescopes to display images.  The stargazing events will be held on  September 2 & 3, September 30 & October 1, 2011.

Photo courtesy of davedehetre via Flickr.

Jamaican Fest 2011

While not an inherently kid friendly festival because there is a lot of partying going on, we took the kids two years ago to watch the bathtub races and they loved it.  The Jamaican Fest is sponsored by Bamboo Willie’s on the beach.  There is live music, a sidewalk sale and a  Kid’s Zone (according to the listing on Visit Pensacola).  The “Anything That Floats” race is absolutely hilarious!  We saw floating bathtubs and other bizarre floating contraptions.  The festival is held September 2, 3, and 4th.  According to the Bamboo Willie’s calendar, the bathtub races begin September 4 at 2:00pm.

Bands on the Beach 2011 Season

Even though school has started and summer activities are officially over, don’t forget that the 2011 Bands on the Beach season is still happening!  After a long Tuesday of work and school, Bands on the Beach might be a good way to unwind.  Grab a lawn chair, your beach towels and a picnic dinner and spend an evening together as a family.  The concerts are every Tuesday from 7-9pm and the schedule is as follows:

August 30  Wildwood

September 6  Dr. Breeze

September 13  Big Muddy

September 20  The 133th Hourglass

September 27  Petty Cash

October 4  Crosstown

October 18  The Sawmill Band

October 25  Modern Eldorados

Endless Summer Pool Party

What: Pool party; Where: Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel; When: August 28 3pm to 7pm; Cost: FREE

The Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel is having an Endless Summer Pool Party on August 28, 2011 from 3pm to 7pm.  Entrance is free and you don’t have to be a hotel guest to go!  There will be a hula hoop contest, volleyball tournament, and pool games.  Hotel guests will be given first use of beach chairs so bring your own chair with you. 

For more information visit the Toes in the Sand blog!