Best Kids’ Events in the Amelia Island Area: Nov. 10-16

This week, your family can see reenactors of the American military through the ages at Fort Clinch, cannon and musket demonstrations at Fort Caroline and Veteran’s Day Parade. This week is also the final event of the season at Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres, a fun toy store day at Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store, northeast Florida’s largest fair and a festival full of kids’ fun at MOCA in Jax.

Learn about all these and more fun events in our Top 10 list below. You can also check out our larger calendars using these buttons:


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Mamamelia’s Top 10 Event Picks for the Week Ahead

1) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: History of the American Soldier at Fort Clinch State Park / Fernandina Beach

Fort Clinch State Park honors American soldiers today with displays from the Revolutionary War to present day; live reenactors at the fort from major U.S. military conflicts; and patriotic music performances. Entry to Fort Clinch State Park is free today in honor of Veterans Day, and entry into the fort is free with one nonperishable food donation for the Barnabas food pantry. Veterans and active duty military are invited to come dressed in uniform.

Monkey-Barrel-Ad2) 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday: Fernandina Beach Annual Veterans Day Parade / Fernandina Beach

This annual parade honoring our veterans is hosted by American Legion Post 54. The parade steps off from Veterans Park and continues through downtown Fernandina Beach. Following the parade, the Nassau Community Band will perform patriotic songs live at Central Park.

3) 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday: Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Villa Villekulla / Fernandina Beach

Everyone is invited to come celebrate play at downtown Fernandina’s Neighborhood Toy Store, Villa Villekulla. Among fun activities offered throughout the day, there will be games, raffles and giveaways, glitter tattoos, facepainting from 10:30-12:30 and a chance meet a mermaid from 12:30-2. Fill out your Holiday Wish List and have some fun! Learn more on the Facebook event page.

4) 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday: Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres Praise in the Maze Youth Rally / Hilliard

The final event of the season at Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres, the Praise in the Maze Youth Rally features some fun on the farm followed by a live praise and worship music performance. Admission is $10 per-person. Activities from 6 to 7 p.m. include pedal cart racing, tumble bugs, corn hole, volleyball and more. Brother Justin Griffis will deliver a message at 7 p.m., followed by praise and worship music featuring Scarlet Fade. Nighttime activities will then be offered from 8:30 to 10 p.m., including the corn maze by flashlight! (Be sure to bring your own flashlight). Snacks will be served, and people are welcome to bring fixings for s’mores. To RSVP, call 904-879-5453 or e-mail conner.farm.info@gmail.com. For more info, including a pic of this year’s Autism-awareness-themed maze, visit their website here. You can also see our review from a visit to Conner’s a few years back here.

Piano-Lessons5) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: MOCA Fall Family Day / Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville hosts its Fall Family Day and celebrates Veterans Day with patriotic-themed art activities. They’re also adding special Blue Star designations on artwork in the galleries by veteran artists. Fall Family Day is free to the public. There will be a wide variety of activities for families to enjoy throughout the day including origami and sketchbook-making, sidewalk chalk and live music by the Ortega Steel Drum Band. The UNF Print Guild is hosting a screenprinting project for guests. The Hemming Park Magician and Hemming Park Balloon Artist will provide entertainment and fun for visitors. The Jacksonville Zoo, My Gym and Sweet Pete’s will be onsite with entertaining activities for children, too. This event is free to the public. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

6) 11 a.m. Saturday: Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade / Jacksonville

Join the City of Jacksonville as it honors true American heroes – our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 4,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more! Parade route will begin at EverBank Field. The route will continue down Bay Street to Newnan Street, follow to Independent Street (which turns in to Water Street) and will end at the Prime Osborn Convention Center

7) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday: Thunder on the River Living History Day at Fort Caroline National Memorial / Jacksonville

History comes to life during special programs held throughout the day at Fort Caroline. This free event allows guests to experience what life was like during the American Civil War in military camps and on the home front by participating in a variety of interactive activities, such as sewing and playing historic games. Civil War civilian reenactors will prepare food over an open fire, and park rangers dressed as members of the Union Navy will perform weapons demonstrations. Cannon firings will take place on the hour beginning at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Musket demonstrations will occur on the half-hour beginning at 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 904.641.7155.

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8) 10 a.m. Saturday: Kingsland Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony / Kingsland

Each Veterans Day Kingsland hosts its downtown Veterans Day Parade. Sponsored by VFW Post #8385, the parade honors veterans of wartime and peacetime and is a moving tribute to the heroes of our time. Following the parade there will be a ceremony at the Kingsland Veterans Memorial Park starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the VFW Post #8285 at 912-729-7933.

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9) Now through Sunday: Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair / Jacksonville

The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair, the largest annual fair in northeast Florida, has something for everyone. There are special events every day and ongoing exhibits including agricultural, arts, commercial and historical exhibits. There are also cooking contests, rides every day and entertainment. The fair takes place through Nov. 12. Prices vary. Get the details, pricing and schedule of events at jacksonvillefair.com.

Two-Sisters-Ad10) Saturday and Sunday: National Parks FREE Entrance Day / Nationwide

“America’s Best Idea” — the national parks — is even better when it’s free, and they’re free to enter this weekend in honor of Veterans Day. Local national parks include Cumberland Island in St. marys; Fort Caroline in Jax; Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island; and Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine.

Don’t forget this is just a roundup of our top 10 local family-friendly events. There are many more events listed in our special events calendar. Thanks for reading! ~ Mamamelia

Do you know about an event that should be on Mamamelia’s calendar? Tell us about it! This website is managed by busy moms on a bare-bones budget, so it’s a huge help when folks drop us a note about an event when it’s not already on the calendar. If you hear about a great local family-friendly event, send us an email at info@mamamelia.com, message us on Facebook or use the “Submit an Event” link on the website to make sure it gets added to the calendar.

A special thank you to all of the sponsors who help keep Mamamelia going! Please consider using these great local businesses, including:

  • Two Sisters Travel Agency: Whether you’re planning the trip of a lifetime or a quick family getaway, Ginger Joiner can help you find the deals and details that will make it spectacular.
  • Monkey Barrel: This charming shop found in the Spa and Shoppes area of Omni Amelia Island Plantation features babies’ and children’s clothes, toys and gifts.
  • Surf Asylum: This fantastic Amelia Island-based business empowers boys and girls to learn to surf and understand water safety, as the two must go hand-in-hand. Offerings include lessons, summer camp, birthday parties and more!
  • Krisit Garber, Licensed Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Homesource Chaplin Williams Realty. Call 904-335-7512 or visit kristi.chaplinwilliams.com to talk about your real estate needs in the Fernandina Beach area.
  • Dr. Anita Renfroe, an accomplished music professor, with lessons open to all ages and levels in the Fernandina-Yulee area. Learn more about the Fernandina piano lessons here.

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