Jr. Jazzercise Classes Offered in Fernandina Beach

Jr. superheroes show off how tough they are at a recent Jazzercise kids' camp.

There’s just something about fun, peppy music and choreographed “dance” moves that can make just about anyone have so much fun, they forget they’re exercising. That’s the reason Jazzercise, a fitness program featuring choreographed routines set to popular music, is such a hit. It’s been offered to adults for years and has been a hit […]

Baby News!! Angolan Colobus Monkey born at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens


Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating a brand new baby in its population: an Angolan colobus monkey. The little sweetie was born on Friday, May 27, the first child to proud mama Moshi and the first-ever Angolan colobus monkey to be born at the zoo. These monkeys hail from the Congo rainforest, known for their […]

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Amelia Island offers yummy chocolatier classes

Bunny Rice Krispie treat complete! And, yes, that's chocolate on her cheek.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier on Amelia Island is truly a special place that offers exceptional chocolate treats, and we’re so fortunate that our kids can experience the life of a chocolatier firsthand in their classes, camps and birthday parties. I signed my children up to get in on the fun of their Easter Eggstravaganza class recently, joining […]

Jax Riverside Arts Market, Hemming Park and The Landing provide family fun

Paul and Anna Battista check out the St. Johns River with their kids. / All photos courtesy of the Battistas

Fernandina Beach mom Anna Battista – a great researcher and “explorer” who helps keep Mamamelia going – shares her experience after taking her children to downtown Jacksonville for a visit to the Riverside Arts Market and Hemming Park, home to the city’s newest playground. Thanks, Anna! ~ Mamamelia On a recent Saturday morning, our family decided […]

Eek! Our Face-to-Face with the Dinosaurs at Jacksonville Zoo’s DinoTrek

T-Rex was the most ferocious dinosaur in the display. Our little guy wouldn't get near it for a picture.

I never would have expected life-sized dinosaurs to be able to hide in the scenery, especially when I was looking for them. But the dinosaurs at Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s DinoTrek blend into their “habitat” so well, my family often didn’t spot them until they were just a few feet away as we toured the […]

Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Marches Through Fernandina Every Spring

To locals, the fantastic Thursday night Pirate Parade marks the official start to Fernandina Beach's Shrimp Festival weekend.

It’s incredible how many ways people can dress themselves up as giant shrimp. I marvel at this every year at the Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade, a longtime tradition that the whole town — and many out of towners — turn out to watch. The only costumes to rival the shrimp are the many, […]

EXTREME Christmas Lights in Hilliard, St. Marys, and Fernandina

Synchronized Christmas Lights at a house on 9th Avenue in Hilliard, Fla.

There is a house in Hilliard that literally appears to dance during the holidays as its 60,000 lights move to Christmas music. We took the drive to the house, set on a quiet dead end street near Hilliard Elementary School, and soon we were parked in a line of at least a dozen cars watching […]

Lights, Snow and Fun at ZOOLights at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Lion light display at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is just gorgeous at night this month for its first-ever ZOOLights, a celebration of the holidays in which visitors can visit the zoo at night and admire the lights. In addition to Christmas lights throughout the zoo, there is also a nightly snowfall (at 8 p.m.), Santa and Mrs. Claus, bounce […]

Learn, Play and Discover at Jacksonville’s MOSH with Your Kids

The MOSH in Jacksonville is a perfect family fun destination, regardless of the weather.

It’s fitting that the first exhibit you see when you walk into Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History is a giant, gaping human mouth, because visitors’ mouths will often be dropping open in the same way as they make new discoveries throughout this fabulous museum. The MOSH fascinates every age group, from the preschoolers who come […]

Kayaking with a child? Kayak Amelia makes it easy!

Kayak Amelia Little Talbot Island beach

The first time my husband and I went kayaking together, we took a romantic tour of the bay in the Outer Banks. That went down as my favorite kayak adventure — until a recent Sunday, when we set out from Little Talbot Island with a third person — our 4-year-old — sitting between us. I […]