Divas’ Day Out 2014: See our pics and make plans to come next year!

Thank you to EVERYONE who made this year's Divas' Day Out a huge success! See our pictures and read more about this benefit for Girl Power 2 Cure by clicking this photo.

The third annual Divas’ Day Out was a great success, attracting 100s of people and raising just under $3,000 in support of Girl Power 2 Cure’s mission to end Rett Syndrome. We had 30 vendor booths, tons of kids’ activities and awesome on-stage features at the event at the Atantic Rec Center in Fernandina Beach […]

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 […]

Our FREE French Naval Schooner Tour


  We toured this schooner for FREE Saturday morning in Fernandina. The French Naval Schooners Etoile and Belle Poule, translated “The Star” and “The Pretty Hen,” made their first stop on a tour of the East Coast right here in Fernandina. We took a free tour April 28. Don’t worry if you missed it: they’ll […]

Our Day at Disney’s Toy Story 3 on Ice

Woody tries to stop Buzz from being carried away by "The Claw" at Pizza Planet as the Aliens look on.

  My son had no idea what we were doing when we showed up to Veterans’ Memorial Arena in Jacksonville Friday to see Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3 on Ice. Then we saw a little boy in a Buzz Light Year costume stroll down the sidewalk. We stepped inside the building and saw girls in […]

Amelia Island’s Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns

Get holiday decorating ideas, delicious food and recipes at the Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns.

What kid wouldn’t want to spend the day tramping through town, eating cookies prepared specially by some of the best hosts and hostesses on Amelia Island? I have to admit, I didn’t take my kids when I went to Amelia Island’s Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns hosted by The Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association. […]

Can You Take Kids to Amelia Island’s Concours d’Elegance? Of course!

This 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan, left, and 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster were the Best in Show at the 2011 Concours de'Elegance. Amelia Island's 2015 show is March 12-15. / Photo Courtesy of Concours de Elegance

One of the fanciest car shows in the world is on Amelia Island every March, and children under 12 can visit it for FREE when they join a paying adult. We first attended Concours d’Elegance when our son was about to turn 2, and I was more than nervous that our little guy would be out […]

FREE Stockings, Food and Fun at Christmas in the Park in St. Marys

A Gingerbread House with free cookies and hot chocolate is one of the offerings at Christmas in the Park.

Each year St. Marys has a special day set aside where the spirit of giving is shown in a way we rarely see these days. It’s all thanks to the Dixon family, who decided one year to organize an event reminiscent of the “old days” in St. Marys, when the paper mill used to pass […]

“Build and Grow” Clinics Let Your Child Construct for FREE at Lowe’s

Lowe's Build and Grow Workshops are offered FREE of charge on Saturdays.

Holding a hammer, pounding nails, making a pile of wood pieces turn into a genuine toy… these are accomplishments a child will talk about for days. I know this to be true, because I took my son to build a castle at one of Lowe’s free “Build and Grow” clinics recently. When we were done with […]

FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Fort Clinch Offered Once Each Spring

The FREE Kids' Fishing Clinic will take place on Fort Clinch's Atlantic Pier.

Kids ages four to 16 are invited to Fort Clinch’s annual FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic once each spring. In 2012, the event fell on March 24. The first 500 children got a FREE rod and reel, and everyone received free tackle boxes, fishing books and a free hot dog lunch! My 4-year-old loved the event, […]