Top Kids’ Events in the Amelia Island Area: Jan. 12-19

This week kids can honor the history of Martin Luther King at special events, feast on goodies and enter a coloring contest at Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, make a project at a mini camp at Crafty Kids Amelia Island or see the story of The Secret Garden come to life in St. Marys.

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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All your favorite super heroes will be a part of Marvel Universe LIVE! / All photos courtesy of Feld Entertainment

All your favorite superheroes will be a part of Marvel Universe LIVE! / All photos courtesy of Feld Entertainment

  • You could win 4 tickets to Marvel Universe LIVE! This exciting show is coming to Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Arena next weekend with six showtimes to choose from on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 19-21). This show includes all the Marvel favorites, including Spider-Man, the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. There will be fantastic stunts and nonstop action. You can get $5 off PER TICKET using our discount code, MULBLG. PLUS we’re giving away a pack of four tickets to one lucky reader! Learn more about the event and enter to win here. You must enter by Monday night.
  • A new bookstore is coming soon to Amelia Island, and they have plans to offer a weekly kids’ story hour on Saturdays! Stay tuned for more info on Story & Song, which has lined up Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, for their grand opening March 5! The new store will soon be open near the intersection of 14th Street and Park Avenue.
  • The Yulee High School Cheerleading Squad is hosting a first-ever Father-Daughter Dance in the high school cafeteria 6-9 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 20. The fee is $30 per-father-daughter pair and $10 for each additional daughter one father brings. Light refreshments will be served. Daughters are encouraged to dress as Disney Princesses.
  • Plan Ahead: Camp Nana — the kids’ cooking events at Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop — always sell out FAST. They’re having a Disney-themed desserts camp 12-5 p.m. Jan. 21 (a Saturday). Get the details here.

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Mamamelia’s Top 10 Event Picks for the Week Ahead

1) 10 a.m. Monday: Martin Luther King Day Grand Parade / Jacksonville

This 37th annual large parade on Union Street honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. includes a number of floats, performers, marching bands, and impressive vehicles in downtown Jacksonville. Post-Parade Festival at Hemming Park, Downtown Jacksonville.

Monkey-Barrel-Ad2) Today through Sunday: The Secret Garden / St. Marys

If you loved the book, you’ll love to see it come to life. This live musical performance of the beloved book set in the early 20th century shows how a little girl and her friend discover a special, secret garden on her uncle’s estate. The show takes place at St. Marys Theatre by the Trax. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Performances are tonight at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Learn more here.

3) All Day Saturday: Kids’ Day at Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop / Fernandina Beach

It’s all about the kids at Nana Teresa’s today, where they are baking up and decorating favorite childhood treats, including cookies, cupcakes, confetti rice krispy treats on a stick, s’mores pops, twinkies, dirt cups and fudge brownies. There will also be face painting and a coloring contest. RSVP and learn more on the Facebook event page.

Two Sisters Travel4) 3 p.m. Saturday: Story & Craft Time at Crooked River State Park Nature Center / St. Marys

Learn about the snakes that can be found in Crooked River State Park and make a replica craft to take home. $1 per person (pay at the Park Office). All vehicles must purchase a ParkPass when on park property.

5) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: Saturday Art Camp at Crafty Kids Amelia Island / Amelia Island

Crafty Kids Amelia Island Saturday Art Camp is back! Today, kids will make sponge-painted seat turtle bottle art.  Cost is $30 per-camper, all ages welcome (as long as they’re potty trained). The fee includes breakfast, lunch and all supplies. Located at 910 South 8th Street, Suite 142. Please reserve your child by email: or text: 912-424-2113.

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6) 6-9 p.m. Saturday: Callahan Speedway Racing / Callahan

Description:Did you know Callahan has one of the biggest go cart tracks in the country? Come out any Saturday night at 6 p.m. to see them race at their location across from the Northeast Florida Fairgrounds! Sometimes there are more than 100 carts on the track! Admission is $10 per person (ages 6 and under free). For more information, call 904-254-7085.

7) All Day Monday: 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 on special days of the year, including Martin Luther King 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.

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8) 9:30 a.m. Saturday: Martin Luther King Day Celebration / Hilliard

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. beginning at the former Hilliard Town Hall on County Road 108, travel to US 1 and turn north and travel to Mt. Charity Baptist Church, where a celebration service will be held.

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9) Now through June 17: MOSH Nano Exhibit / Jacksonville

This interactive exhibition at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History focuses on nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications. The exhibit runs now through June 17. Learn more at

10) Weekly: Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tours and Night Feedings / Jacksonville

Enjoy a guided tour of all of this sanctuary’s majestic residents (Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, black leopards, a bobcat, 4 coatimundis and 2 foxes). Learn more at Below are hours and fees:

  • Day Tours begin most Thursdays at 1 p.m. and leave every 30 minutes, lasting about 45 minutes, with a viewing of all residents, as time allows, along with facts about the animals. (Note: They’re open until 4 but stop admitting people at 3:15). Cost: Adults: $10; Children (3-11): $5; 2 & Under: Always Free.
  • Night Tours — which include seeing feedings — are offered most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, with gates open at 6 p.m. To be sure you see the feedings, arrive at the ranch by 7:15 p.m. to allow for adequate time for check-in and walking to the feeding point. At 7:30 p.m., you will get to watch over 450 pounds of meat distributed throughout the sanctuary. Get ready to see the animals’ “wild” side – there’s sure to be plenty of roaring. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-11) and free for kids ages 2 and under.

If you’ve never been to Catty Shack Ranch, read our review and see lots of pics here.


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, 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 to talk about your real estate needs in the Fernandina Beach area.
  • Villa Villekulla Toy Store: This toy store, owned by three generations of a local family, is committed to providing fun, educational, and unique toys for kids of all ages.

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