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 […]

Villa Villekulla Toy Store opens on downtown Fernandina’s 2nd Street

The shop's first shipment of these Big Belly Banks sold out in a matter of days.

Downtown Fernandina Beach has a brand new toy store. Villa Villekulla neighborhood toy store  is Amelia Island’s newest and only specialty toy store. “This family-owned business is operated by three generations, including the ten-year-old ‘director of Toy Purchasing,’ so you can be assured that every toy in the store is kid-tested and mother and grandparent […]

Blueberries ripe for the picking at Harriett’s Bluff Organic Blueberries Farm


One of my favorite childhood memories is going blueberry picking with my grandfather. He was an old Italian man who had to wear a brace because of a bout with polio when he was a child. But that didn’t stop him from getting every last berry on every bush we passed when we went picking […]

Fernandina Beach’s New Pirate Playground: Like no playground you’ve seen!


After 5 long years of planning and fundraising, Pirate Playground officially opened “for business” May 10, 2014. This playground, built to accommodate children and parents of all abilities, is like nothing our region has seen before. It’s set in a breezy, shaded area among the trees behind the Atlantic Rec Center Auditorium and next to Egan’s Creek at […]

All Aboard Amelia Island Museum of History’s Kids’ Discovery Ship

Amelia Island Museum of History Discovery Ship Kids Exhibit

My son modeled a beard and captain’s suit, steered a ship and practiced saying “Anchors Aweigh” in five languages during our recent visit to the Amelia Island Museum of History’s kids’ discovery ship exhibit. The “ship” is actually a room within the museum that is designed to look like the deck of a ship. Kids […]

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 […]

Day Trip! The Kids will LOVE St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park

Maximo, the 1250-lb. crocodile, swims in his pool while two little guys watch from an underwater viewing area.

There is only one place on this earth where you can see a 15-foot crocodile underwater, look into the pink eyes of an albino alligator and zip line above a park full of wild reptiles. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park is well worth the trip from the Amelia Island area, offering your […]

Out of the History Books: Kingsley Plantation a Moving Witness to Slave Life

The tabby slave cabins at Kingsley Plantation varied in size because some slaves were given more responsibility, and therefore the status of a bigger house. Other larger buildings were used as common areas for tasks like cooking.

The real-life stories of Jacksonville’s Kingsley Plantation will change the way you think of America’s history with slavery forever. If you had asked me what I knew about slavery before I visited the plantation, I would have thought back to books I read in school and made-for-TV movies I’d seen. Now, I think of the […]

Healthy Choices and Lots to See at Fernandina’s Farmers Markets

Fernandina Farmers' Market

My 4-year-old and I often spend our Saturday mornings on “mother-son dates,” and they always include a stop at one of the Fernandina area Farmers Markets. There is just something about the natural, healthy foods and the lively, festive atmosphere that we love. It also doesn’t hurt that the Spouses booth sells spectacular chocolate chip cookies. […]