Kayak Amelia, Catty Shack Ranch, Jax Zoo and more offer free entry to kids during Kids Free November!

When November hits in our area, the fun really begins for local families looking for great activities to enjoy with their kids at an affordable price.

We are soooo excited that Kayak Amelia has joined the ranks of local businesses participating in #KidsFreeNovember, a program in which businesses in the Jacksonville region offer free or cheap entry to kids with paying adults.

Here are the details on some Mamamelia favorites that are offering deals:

Kayak Amelia

Kayak Amelia boat launch site on Simpson Creek

Preparing to set out from the launch site at Kayak Amelia, which sits on Simpson Creek.

Kayak Amelia, a kayak rental and tours business in one of the prettiest places on earth in Talbot Islands State Park, is offering a free ticket for up to 5 kids under age 12 with a paying adult. How fun is it to kayak with kids? Check out our story, when Mamamelia owner Tiffany Wilson went kayaking at Kayak Amelia with her little guy. He may have held the map upside down, but it was nevertheless a fantastic adventure.

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Nokia, a white Siberian Tiger, and the lion, King Freddie, at the Catty Shack Ranch in Jacksonville.

Two of Catty Shack Ranch’s beautiful residents. / Photo Courtesy of Catty Shack Ranch

Catty Shack, just east of U.S. 17 near River City Marketplace, rescues and loves on big cats including lions, beautiful tigers (including a stunning white tiger) and other big cats. They’re offering free entry to up to 5 children with a paying adult. You can read about our tour of Catty Shack Ranch and see lots of pics at this link.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Giraffe Overlook allows visitors to feed giraffes and see them up-close.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Giraffe Overlook allows visitors to feed giraffes and see them up-close.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville’s beloved, family-friendly zoo, is offering to let up to 5 kids under age 13 into the zoo free of charge with a paying adult. Take a look at our review and pics of the zoo here.


Kids love MOSH's big, indoor tree house playground.

Kids love MOSH’s big, indoor tree house playground.

Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History has fascinating, interactive science exhibits and educational displays about local history. They’re offering free admission for up to 5 kids with a paying adult. Check out our review and pics of MOSH here. (Some exhibits have changed, but permanent features — like the cool playground shown above — are awesome!).

Sweet Pete’s

Exploring the sweets selection at Sweet Pete's.

Exploring the sweets selection at Sweet Pete’s.

Sweet Pete’s is a locally-owned, eccentric candy store that would make Willy Wonka proud. Check out the cool photos and review local mom Anna Battista wrote about Sweet Pete’s here. They offer low-price kids’ candy-making classes all the time, but this month you can get a special deal: Up to 3 kids (ages 3-12) can create their own candy skewer any time from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in November only.  Kids will get to pick from Sweet Pete’s exclusive variety of gummies to assemble their skewer. You can get the coupon to cash in on this deal here.


The full list of businesses offering freebies for the month include:

  • Adventure Landing
  • Adventure Kayak Florida
  • Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  • Durkeeville Historical Society
  • Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex
  • Jacksonville Symphony
  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
  • Jax Helicopter Tours
  • Kayak Amelia
  • King Pins Bowling Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville
  • Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
  • Ritz Theatre and Museum
  • Space Base
  • Sweet Pete’s

To get the details on specific deals each business is offering, check out the Visit Jacksonville website here.

And remember, folks, these businesses are being incredibly generous, but they’re still businesses that have to make money to keep their doors open, so these deals are geared toward families, not large school groups and organizations.

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