Do you like to get outdoors? Explore Outdoor Gulf Coast!

I just wanted to point out a great site that I have found recently called Outdoor Gulf Coast.  The site is all about exploring our backyard and Shawn, the author, often writes about exploring the Gulf Coast’s backyard with his family.  There are articles about Ft. Pickens and Blackwater River, biking and hiking.  You will find fishing and hiking maps as well as information about camping and kayaking.  If you like to get outside with (or without!) your children, check out this site for some new places to explore!

Sunday Show and Tell – Sunsets at the Plaza and Olde Seville Square

I met Amy on the Pensacola Moms Like Me site…her post caught my eye because she had so many great ideas for activities in and around Pensacola.  Of course, I thought that she would be perfect for our Sunday Show and Tell!  This is the second of two different articles that Amy has written for us.

The Fountain Courtyard At Plaza De Luna at Palafox Pier

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Every Thursday afternoon the City of Pensacola is going to turn on the fountains so the kids can play. We were out there for an 1 hour and 15 minutes, which as you know is a very long time for an 18 month old. It was great. All the kids were running, jumping, and playing in the water. There is a nice wall for parents to sit and monitor the kids just a few feet from the “splash zone.”  When we were out there, a band came and started playing which just added to the fun. There is also an open grassy area that kids can run and play in, it would be perfect for flying a kite or a picnic. From the fountains, we did a quick outfit change and then off to Music in the Park at Seville Square. The key to this is to get there early enough to get a seat near the stage so you can see all the dancers and join in with the fun. Make sure to bring Bug Spray and an umbrella and lawn chairs. Music starts every Thursday night at 7 but people start arriving around 5. I’m looking forward to attending as many Thursdays as my schedule will allow this summer.

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Amy-Your little Miss is just the cutest!!

Check out other Sunday Show and Tell features here or choose one of the articles below:

Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum

Evenings in Olde Seville Square

First Friday Nights in Downtown Milton

If you would like to write about your favorite place to take the kiddies, please use the Contact Form or send me an email at jennifer (at) pensacolawithkids (dot) com.

Sunday Show and Tell – First Friday Nights in Downtown Milton

I met Amy on the Pensacola Moms Like Me site…her post caught my eye because she had so many great ideas for activities in and around Pensacola.  Of course, I thought that she would be perfect for our Sunday Show and Tell!  This is the first of two different articles that Amy has written for us.  I hadn’t heard of First Friday Nights so we are going to add this to our list! It looks like First Friday Nights are on the first Friday of every month except for December.  Thanks so much for sharing, Amy!

We went to First Friday Nights in downtown Milton. Milton has SO much potential, we just need to show some love and show up! First Friday Nights are put on by the Mainstreet Milton group. All of the shops downtown stay open late, there are street vendors, tons of food options, old cars showing off, drawings for prizes. This week there was a sidewalk chalk drawing contest and usually there is live music. The Liberty is our ABSOLUTE FAVORITE place to eat! Most every meal is under $6.50 and made to order. You’ll be welcomed by the sweetest women and reminded of simple Americana. If you go, tell them Lilli sent you to get a cookie 🙂 They’ll know exactly who you are friends with. We ended the evening with feeding the ducks at Carpenters park just up the road. If you don’t know about Carpenter’s park then it is worth the drive, bring some bread, your fishing pole, lunch and sunscreen. (there aren’t any trees near the playground equipment). It is peaceful. My best advice is go early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

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For more information, visit Main Street Milton.

The Liberty Cafe is located at 5231 Willing Street in Milton.   Call 850.623.3331 for more information.  Carpenter’s Park can be found located off of Munson Highway.  I have not visited any of these spots, but am adding them to my list!

Sunday Show and Tell – Evenings in Olde Seville Square, Concerts in the Park

Every Sunday, we will have Show and Tell! This will give you the chance to share your favorite things to do in Pensacola! If you would like to participate, email your submission to me at jennifer (at) pensacolawithkids (dot) com. Be sure to include links and pictures if you would like!  Don’t worry if your favorite place has already been written about…we welcome all submissions.  You might be able to teach us something new about a favorite place! Thanks to Marissa for this week’s Sunday Show and Tell.  This is a timely discussion because the concerts start next week! Marissa is mom to two kids.

My favorite place to go/thing to do in Pensacola with my kids and family rolls around every summer time. “Evenings in Olde Seville Square” is a weekly concert series that takes place in downtown Pensacola at the Gazebo in Seville Square, showcasing local musical talent. The concerts are every Thursday in the summer and start at 7:00pm; however, as the years have gone by the popularity of the concerts has GREATLY increased! I recommend you arrive at 6:00pm to get a parking spot, a good seat and get yourself set up. The concerts are free, however I ALWAYS join the membership club which is only $15.00 for the entire summer. For this low fee, you are entered into the weekly raffle for free dinners, prizes like wine and cheese baskets, mailing list, and more. You do not have to be present to win the prizes. This money helps pay for the sound and lighting, insurance, rentals, and more, and is vital to help keep this terrific Pensacola event going. This is not just a concert, but an awesome family experience! We love to sit and listen to the excellent music each week. Everyone hangs out and gets to know the regulars who all sit in their same general areas. We also use this time to celebrate events such as birthdays, taking friends out from out-of-town; we have even had a couple bachelor/bachelorette parties there! The music is terrific and we all have our favorites. I always make sure to see the Swinging Dick Tracy’s and the Steel Drums.

As seasoned veterans of the concerts in the park, let me give you a list of things I do NOT leave home without!

·We stop somewhere along the way to buy Subway or something for dinner and throw it in a bag, however they have several vendors selling hotdogs and such

· Backpack style picnic bag that will carry a wine bottle – I carry only plastic wine glasses though and don’t forget the bottle opener

· Shin-height roll-up table· Umbrella-fold-up chairs (easiest to carry) including kid sized because they carry their own!

· Roll out blanket or bamboo mat for kids to sit and play on

· Bug spray and mini picnic style citronella candle

· Kids carry a back pack with books and action figures

· Hats/sunglasses

· Rolling cooler/bag to carry drinks and snacks for the kids especially – also helps to have as an extra table top

· Napkins, forks/spoons, and wet wipes and any other picnic ware

There is no website that I have found that lists the calendar, so here is the 2009, 22nd season line-up:

May 21: McGuires Pipe Band, Bobby Van Dusen and Pensacola Civic Band with Singer Antonio Guiliano

May 28: Kaiso Steel Drums

June 4: Tim Jackson, Mr. Big

June 11: Kit Lough

June 18: Swingin’ Dick Tracys

June 25: Dueling Pianos and Modern Eldorados

July 2: Reunion Band and Palafox Horns

July 9: Don Snowden Big Band and Holley Shelton

July 16: Zydeco Zoo

July 23: Perdido Brass and Jones & Company

July 30: Sawmill Band

August 6: Mass Konfusion

August 13: Clark & Company

August 27: Rain Date

On a side note, they also do an annual Christmas concert, so pack your picnic baskets and enjoy!

Sunday Show and Tell – Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum

Every day I hear about a great new place or activity for kids around Pensacola. Every Sunday, we will have Show and Tell! This will give you the chance to share your favorite things to do in Pensacola! If you would like to participate, email your submission to me at jennifer (at) pensacolawithkids (dot) com. Be sure to include links and pictures if you would like!  Don’t worry if your favorite place has already been written about…we welcome all submissions.  You might be able to teach us something new about a favorite place!  Thanks, Christy, for being our first participant!  Christy is mom to two boys!

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One of my favorite places to take my sons for a fun time is the Pensacola Naval Air Museum. The 300,000 square foot museum is open seven days a week and is also free! There are hands-on planes, helicopters, models of ships, and many other exhibits that span the history of Naval aviation for kids and adults to explore. The museum also has a great collection of aircraft cockpits which kids can climb into and let their imagination run wild. Young and old will enjoy what the museum has to offer.

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After exploring the museum, take in an IMAX movie. Our favorite is The Magic of Flight which highlights the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. If you plan your trip on the right day, you may even catch the Blue Angels practice show. Another hands-on activity includes two types of flight simulators which are great for older kids and adults. After your day of exploring, don’t forget to grab a souvenir and a snack at the Cubi Bar Café, which has great sandwiches and dessert.

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