Amelia Island Area Kids’ Events: Feb. 9-15

This week you and your little one can dress up like divas, get your pics in a diva photo booth and have a blast at Divas’ Day Out. You can also board the Wild West Express Train, attend a family-friendly Mardi Gras in St. Marys, or watch The Lion King performed in a live musical in Jacksonville.

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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Divas' Day Out is this SATURDAY!!

Divas’ Day Out is this SATURDAY!! Learn about this high-energy, exciting event that is full of kid-friendly fun here. You can also RSVP and invite your friends on the Facebook event page.

  • See your favorite Disney characters LIVE and on ice on beautiful sets in a choreographed show that will fascinate kids and their grown-ups! Disney on Ice is in Jacksonville for just three days, March 16-18. Details here.
  • 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.

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Mamamelia’s Top 10 Event Picks for the Week Ahead

1) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. DIVAS’ DAY OUT / Fernandina Beach is your source for information about family fun in the Amelia Island region, so you can only imagine how incredibly fun an event hosted by Mamamelia can be! We will have tons of kid-friendly fun at the biggest girly party of the year, Divas’ Day Out, which benefits a local nonprofit called Girl Power 2 Cure. “GP2C” is on a mission to end Rett Syndrome, the most severe form of autism, which strikes in little girls and takes away their motor skills for life. What better way to support these girls than having a girly party in their honor? Divas’ Day Out includes 30 vendors of kids’ and ladies’ products, entertainment on stage all day, and yummy treats like gourmet cupcakes. There’s a Diva Dress Up Zone for kids, fancy face painting, and a Diva photo booth. On stage, dance along with Jazzercise, cheer for Royal Amelia Dance Academy, and be amazed by the aerial dance of Bodyworks of Northeast Florida. You can also enter to win valuable prizes in the raffle, with 100% of those funds going to Girl Power 2 Cure. Entry is a $3 donation per person. Kids 5 and under free. Learn more at and RSVP on the Divas’ Day Out Event Page on Facebook.

Monkey-Barrel-Ad2) Mardi Gras and the Wild West Express / St. Marys

The St. Marys Mardi Gras Festival, designated a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, is a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration with a themed parade, vendors, 5K race and a Spring Praise in the Park. Tentative schedule includes:

  • 9am – 6pm: Food, Boutique and Arts & Crafts Booths Open.
  • 10am: Mardi Gras Parade.
  • Free concerts will begin at 4pm on the St. Marys Waterfront Park stage with James Otto followed by Craig Campbell.
  • You also can ride the Wild West Express open air train at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. in St. Marys, riding through frontier town and seeing some cowboys in action while you’re on board this train pulled by a genuine steam engine. Details here.

For more information on Mardi Gras, visit

3) Now through Sunday: Disney Presents The Lion King / Jacksonville

Disney’s The Lion King returns to the Times-Union Center now through Synday. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Learn more and get tickets here.

Performance Schedule Includes:

  • Friday, February 9 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 11 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Two Sisters Travel4) 10 a.m. Saturday: Valentine’s Day Baking at Williams-Sonoma / Jacksonville

Want to learn how to make yummy Valentine’s Day treats to share with your friends and family? This is the class for you! Williams-Sooma will work with kids whip up some delicious Valentine’s Day desserts and then enjoy they can enjoy their heart-shaped creations! Suitable for ages 5-13.

5) 6 p.m. Fridays: Ghost Tours / Fernandina Beach

Guests on this tour will learn Amelia Island ghost stories as they tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the footsteps of a bygone era as the past comes alive through the skillful storytelling of your guide. Meet your guide in the cemetary behind St. Peters Episcopal church located at 801 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum for $10/adults and $5/students (or from the guide before the tour, by check or cash only). Ghost tours are offered every Friday at 6.

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6) 10 a.m. Friday: Toddler Time at Sweet Pete’s / Jacksonville

Toddler Time is a sweet outing for little ones ages 2-4 years old. Each toddler will learn how chocolate is made, enjoy a story and create a sweet treat based on the story! Toddler Time happens every Friday at 10 a.m. for approximately 45 minutes. $7.50 per-person. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Have a group? Give them a call at 1-855-SWT-PETE or email for private Toddler Times.

7) 6-9 p.m. Saturday: Callahan Speedway Racing / Callahan

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.

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8) Now through Saturday, Feb. 10: Venardos Circus / St. Augustine

Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, this traveling circus has been called The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show. Set in a big top tent, the circus is in St. Augustine Amphitheater Jan. 24-Feb. 10, with 17 performances scheduled. Acts include aerialists, acrobatics, comedy, juggling, daredevilry, and performers from around the world, all wrapped up in a musical that will keep your whole family captivated!

An interactive pre-show party takes place one hour before show time with opportunities to meet the cast, snap selfies and play games. The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission. Shows run Wednesday thru Sunday for the entire engagement, with multiple showtimes on weekends.

Tickets are $25 for adult General Admission, $15 for youth and seniors, with a $35 V.I.P. experience available which includes special front row seating. Groups of 15 or more may call (323) 790-4827 to take advantage of special discounts.  Learn more on the Facebook event page,

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9) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 40th Annual Jacksonville Model Train and Railroadiana Show / Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s oldest and largest model train and railroadiana show. See operating layouts and thousands of model railroad and railroadiana items for sale. This event might not be for tiny railroad fans (it’s geared largely toward serious collectors, BUT there will be lots of Thomas the Tank Engine memorabilia), but bigger kids who are into collecting and building railroads would love it. General Admission is $8, children under 12 get in FREE. Learn more here.

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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