PBS’s “Family Travels with Colleen Kelly” visits Amelia Island

Colleen Kelly introduces Amelia Island to her audience from the balcony of her beachfront lodging, Katie's Light. / All photos courtesy of Family Travels with Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly introduces Amelia Island to her audience from the balcony of her beachfront lodging, Katie’s Light. / All photos courtesy of Family Travels with Colleen Kelly

Traveling with kids can be tricky when you don’t know where to go and what locations are truly “kid friendly.”

Enter Colleen Kelly, a mama who loves to travel and who happens to also be very comfortable in front of a camera. Her show, Family Travels with Colleen Kelly, has become a hit as she highlights awesome destinations and shows how to enjoy them with kids. The show airs throughout the United States on multiple stations, including our local PBS Station. They’ve been all over the U.S. and even featured trips to the Carribbean and Ireland. Next spring – around May 2016 – you’ll be seeing a very familiar place on screen: Amelia Island!

Colleen plays with some children at Pirate Playground.

Colleen plays with some children at Pirate Playground.

The show came to the island in late October to film for an episode highlighting great family activities to enjoy with your kids. They hit some of the major local faves, like Pirate Playground and the beach, but they also enjoyed some lesser-known kid-friendly activities like a petanque lesson and a class at the relatively new Amelia Island Culinary Academy.

Colleen and a local family get ready to embark on a shrimping charter.

Colleen and a local family get ready to embark on a shrimping charter.

Rather than hiring actors, Colleen either brings her own daughters or asks locals to join her in the activities.

Mamamelia was fortunate to be invited to participate. My son and I chose the cooking class and had a ball chopping tomatoes, prepping grit cakes and basting shrimp with Colleen. (Don’t worry, a review about the fantastic Culinary Academy, itself, will be coming soon!). Colleen was as kind as could be and genuinely as excited as the kids about the interesting things we were learning.

Taking a water break at Amelia Island Culinary Academy. Colleen took a cooking class with Mamamelia's Tiffany Wilson and her son, Scott, center, and a traveling father and daughter from Canada, whom she met on her airplane ride here.

Taking a water break at Amelia Island Culinary Academy. Colleen took a cooking class with Mamamelia’s Tiffany Wilson and her son, Scott, center, and a traveling father and daughter from Canada, whom she met on her airplane ride here.

In all, the show shot eight segments, including:

  • A visit to Fort Clinch
  • A shrimping charter on the intercoastal
  • A petanque lesson
  • The Amelia Island Culinary Academy cooking class
  • Playing at Pirate Playground
  • A sea turtle nest excavation
  • A visit to the American Beach Museum
  • Amelia Island History Museum (The Discovery Ship Exhibit)
Colleen gets a history lesson at Fort Clinch.

Colleen gets a history lesson at Fort Clinch.

We’re so thrilled that Colleen and her crew chose to come to our beautiful island to highlight a handful of the many ways families can come enjoy it. When tourism is one of the biggest industries in your community, getting featured on a national show like hers is fantastic exposure. I have to give a shout out to the awesome Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, which does an amazing job marketing our community to the world.

And how very blessed are all of us who are fortunate enough to call this area home? I can say, as Mamamelia, I never run out of wonderful places and activities to write about. In fact, it’s really hard to keep up with it all – and that’s a great problem to have!

To learn more about Family Travels with Colleen Kelly and view past episodes, go to http://familytravelck.com. You can also keep up with the show on Facebook at this link. We’ll be sure to let you know when we find out when the Amelia Island episode will air next spring.

 

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