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Tucker Dahlman loved exploring the Sandestin Marina with us. Photo: Marla and Shane Photographers


Crafts for the Non-Crafty 37 Huck & Lilly 39 Kid-Friendly Museums 41 Sandcastle Tips 45

In Every Issue Adventure Letter from the Publisher 5 Contributors + Team 6 Wall of Fame 9 Things We Love 10 The Poop Show Column 13


Ask Ali 14 Jet Set Gear 16 Home Office Tips 18 Mompreneur Lauren Cottrell Staggs 20 Mommy & Me Resort Wear 22


All About Sides 29 Smoothie-licious 32 You Gotta Try These Pops! 34

When I Grow Up... 46 Sandestin Summer Fun 48 Beach Like a Local 50 Softball 52

Wellness Dispelling Mythical Milestones 54 Beach & Bike Safety 56-57

Events Calendar Listings by Neighborhood 59

Last Look Patriotic Party 62

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elcome to the 6th issue of 30A Kids Club Magazine! It’s our 1-year anniversary issue. Before we dive into all of the fun and interesting things you’ll find inside, I’d like to thank you - truly - for reading. My goal when I started the magazine was, first and foremost, to help people. I want to help you know about the events offered along 30A and quick excursions you can take. I want you to know that healthy eating options aren’t impossibly hard or time consuming. I want to inform you about the fun sports programs and options for our local kids - both neurotypical and special needs. I want to help answer questions you have about where to go to eat or what resort to stay in. And for local parents, I want to create a sense of community so that you feel included. As we move forward into our second year of printing my team has lots of ideas on how to improve and engage even more with our readers. We are working hard to grow our online presence with unique content not found in the magazine and we’re posting lots of useful and inspiring information to our Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook accounts. The distribution of our magazine has grown with each issue. Thank you for requesting it. We already mail directly to

families in South Walton and Freeport and, with this issue, are now also mailing to Destin families! If there is information that you haven’t seen in the magazine that you wish was included, please send me an email or give me a call. It is wonderful to hear from readers and I appreciate the feedback. It helps us create a better product for you. Inside this issue you’ll find a packed events calendar, an inspiring resort wear photo spread and tips on how you can best play tourist this summer (tourists, you’re welcome to use this inside scoop too!). We have fun crafting ideas and some delicious and cool recipes to help you beat the summer heat. Have a great summer and thank you for supporting the magazine. Thank you,

Susan Vallée Editor + Publisher 850.217.7542

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Hello P U B L IS H ED BY Bennett Vallée Communications, LLC E DI TOR + P UB L IS H ER Susan Vallée 850-217-7542 M ARK E TI NG + ADV ERT IS IN G D IR EC TO R Ali Weil


AD R EP Sarah White 850-221-7982 P ROJEC T M A N AG ER Erin Bakker


ART D IR EC TO R Jami Ray REG U LAR CO N T R IBUTO R S Erin Bakker, Ali Weil, April Brookhart, Bess Pooler, Jami Ray, Molly Carter, Amber Hunter and Kevin Boyle MAGAZ I NE P H OTO G R A P H ER Jade Lott Photography


W R IT ER S Sarah Murphy Robertson, Ashley Smith


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wall of fame! What 30A Kids Are Up To!

1. Congratulations to Bay Elementary’s 3rd grade class! The kids ranked in the top 5.6%

in the state of Florida for English and Language Arts (on the 2017 Florida State Assessment test). Walton County School District ranked 6th and Okaloosa County School District ranked 2nd in the state of Florida for assessed student achievement.

2. Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast is hosting breastfeeding support groups and education series with the help of the La Leche League. Classes begin on July 5 at 10am and will be held the first Wednesday of each month. Classes are free. Call (850) 259-1105 for information. 3. Dr. Patsy Vargo (left) and Hillary Glenn are seeing patients each Wednesday from 7:30am - 1:30pm. The new Point Washington Medical Clinic does not charge for services (but donations are appreciated) and does not require documentation for services. Walk-ins are welcome. Located at the Point Washington United Methodist Church in Point Washington.

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4. Food for Thought received one of The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program grants of $50,000! Support from the community is needed more than ever. The local nonprofit expects to grow by more than 50% and add six new schools during the 2017-2018 school year. 5. The Walton County Special Needs Rodeo (4pm on July 15) & Open Rodeo (7pm


6. The Little Rascals Theatre Camp was


on July 15) will be held at the Fair Grounds in DeFuniak Springs. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Walton County Special Olympics program. Watch team roping, bull riding, open barrels and more at the Open Rodeo. The Special Needs Rodeo will have stick horse barrel racing, pony rides, Q&A with cowboys and face painting. Admission $10. Kids 6 and younger are free. a hit with the little ones this summer! Emerald Coast Theater taught ages 4-6 a choreographed song and added in art and time at the playground.

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Made in the USA

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We searched 30A for products made in the USA (and here in Santa Rosa Beach) and came up with this eclectic mix that’s sure to please. 1 The 30A Coloring Book We are crazy about this idea! The coloring book features 30A’s iconic architecture and provides a relaxing way to unwind while on vacation and at home. Duckies Shop of Fun, Sundog Books and The Hidden Lantern. 2 Fusion Art Glass A vacation to the Gulf deserves a souvenir that will stand the test of time. Fusion Art Glass in Seaside carries works by American glass blowers, like this iridescent cephalopod. Fusion Art Glass in Seaside. 3 Tummy Time The Pello Pillow is a great gift for a new parent. Perfect for tummy time, it also serves as a safe place for baby to play when out and about. Bump & Baby in Seaside. 4 Coastal Road The leathers that Coastal Road Leather Goods use in their designs are breathtaking. Custom embossed handbags, jewelry and accessories. These goods are designed here on 30A and cut and sewn here too! and the Alys Beach Shoppe. 5 Farm Fresh Finds Farmer Renee Savary owns and operates Twin Oaks Farms in Bonifay, Fl and the Twin Oaks Farm Stand in Grayton Beach. She grows the fruit, cans and even labels each delicious jar of her preserves and jellies. Twin Oaks Farm Stand in Grayton Beach. 10

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The POOPSHOW A New Father’s Journey By Kevin Boyle // Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images


ho else thinks that “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital” is just a big malpractice lawsuit waiting to happen? Stuffy is like the Meredith Grey of children’s television. Or what about Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse? I mean, I wish a creepy disk would come out of thin air to help solve all of my problems. Don’t get me started on how those PJ Mask kids stay out so late, that’s just lazy parenting! I talked about a shift of focus happening when Amelie was born through those first few months. You’re focused on keeping the little human alive. “How you doing, Kevin?” “How do you think I’m doing, Stan? I’m trying to keep a HUMAN ALIVE!” It was touch and go there for me. Little did we know a whole new shift was about to happen when, for the first time, she laughed at something I did. Baby Momma had gotten her to laugh a couple times when I wasn’t there, but this was different having it happen in person. I think I was playing around with Melissa & Doug’s Smoulder dragon puppet asking her in a silly voice what she thought of the recent Brexit vote when she cackled loudly. I mean, I know the idea of the UK leaving the EU is pretty funny, but I didn’t know the joke would land so well. Once I realized it was the cute dragon puppet making her laugh - I couldn’t stop. I tried out new things to get her to laugh, but I realized she had been watching me try to make her laugh the entire time. Voices and faces I had been making all the way to this point were finally getting a response. A cute, hilarious response. Her whole perspective had changed. Suddenly, I wasn’t just the silly bearded, non-Baby Momma figure. I was Dad. She wanted to me to make her laugh and be silly. When I would walk to the kitchen, she would peak

her head up over the couch cushion to see what I was doing. When I came into a room, she would do this thing where her nose would crinkle and she would crumble into a ball laughing. I mean, guys, it was awesome. With her perspective changing, mine had to. Back when I would write stand up comedy, I always tried to think of the perspective of the audience. Whether they were happy, sad, or just needed a little boost - my goal was to entertain. With Amelie, I needed to start seeing the world through her eyes. Books, toys, cartoons, balloons, random pieces of lint, dog toys, sandpipers on the beach, water bottles - this is what got her attention. All of these are great, but c’mon, cartoons. While I enjoy the trivial fact that the “Hot Dog Dance” is performed by They Might Be Giants, one of my favorite bands, the show is pretty awful. Donald is barely understandable, Mickey seems like he sweeps a lot of emotions under the rug, and Goofy perpetuates a whole host of stereotypes. But Amelie doesn’t care about my weird opinions. She just loves the sounds, colors, and Mickey. So I watch it with her. And I dance with her. And I do my best Goofy impression. We were at the airport recently and Amelie started to get really fussy. Dad instinct kicked in. I put her on my shoulders and she freaking loved it. She laughed, pointed at strangers, and yelled “Da da da da” up and down D Terminal. It was the most fun I’ve had at the airport, becausev I saw the normal host of shy, busy travelers smiling back, waving, and laughing. Not a bad perspective, if you ask me. Kevin will be sharing tales of new fatherhood in each issue. He’ll also be adding his humor to every other week. When not parenting, Kevin runs an event and marketing agency, Poor Truman Creative.

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ask ali etiquette + advice + things to know

Certified etiquette expert Ali Weil shares tips & advice on parenting and how to enhance life's precious moments.


How can I help summer house guests feel at home? >>>>>>><<<<<<<

Even when you're on vacation, you want to feel comfortable and at home. Here are Ali's top tips for helping everyone feel cozy and loved:

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Make the beds comfy by having extra blankets and pillows available.

 Stock up on local foods and products from 30A. Coffee, tea, baked goods and snacks can be found and purchased at the farmers market.

If your guests bring kids, have activities available like coloring books and pencils to keep them entertained. Â Keep a list of suggested activities and fun spots in the area for food and entertainment. Stay in the loop with what's going on around town by checking out our 30A Kids Club events calendar. Don't forget to stock all the essentials like toothpaste, toilet paper, sunscreen, soap and towels.

Provide a place for guests to unpack, like a bench or chair, in the bedroom.

A night stand with a light, clock and a small flower or glass for water is a nice touch, too.


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orking from home is not easy. It can be difficult to keep items organized and together while maintaining the look of your home. Interior Designer bess pooler shares her top tips for designing a successful home office. 1. A bar height work station (or a standing desk)

helps keep curious little hands out of your good pen stash.

2. Set up a work area where your little ones can

“work” while you get a few things done. Crayons, sticky notes and a calculator are great supplies for their area.

3. Bulletin boards are an ideal home for school calendars and permission slips. It's easy to make one tailored to your home office space with supplies from your local craft store. 4. Different colored binders make it easy to keep up with each child’s health records, report cards and other important information. 5. Fun acrylic containers and bins are easy to pick up at different retailers. These corral all of that clutter that turns into pesky stacks on every surface. 6. Magnetic file folders and wall files are a great

way to avoid that dreaded stack of mail that always piles up on the coffee table or in the kitchen.

Bess Pooler, owner of Interiors by Bess, is a certified Interior Designer and new mom of twins! See her work at

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This Page: Lauren Cottrell Staggs and daughter Milly Opposite Page: Lauren has listed multi-million dollar properties and more affordable condos and single family homes. Property photos courtesy Scenic Sotheby's International Realty.


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it (real)tor

lauren cottrell staggs was named Rookie of the Year her very first year in real estate. In the eight years since, she's led Scenic Sotheby's International Realty in closed transactions and garnered a reputation for impeccable customer service. Plus, she's a mom to one-year-old Milly, and has another baby girl on the way. Here, she talks about the advice, support and drive it takes to suceed at home and work.


Story by Ashley Amason Smith, Photos by Jade Lott Photography

hen I spoke with Lauren, she was effortlessly charming and gracious. She, and her entire household, were also battling the flu, making her charm and grace more of a superhuman power. It became very clear, Lauren is a woman who gets things done and does them with heart. No wonder then, that she juggles two 24/7 careers: real estate and motherhood. What drew you to real estate?

I watched this area grow throughout my life, experiencing all that [it] has to offer, from the beaches to the bays and all the things in between. After graduating from the University of Alabama, I moved back to the Emerald Coast and it seemed like a natural fit for my personality and my passion for this beautiful area to pursue a career in real estate sales. What’s at the heart of your passion for being a Realtor?

I have formed hundreds of meaningful relationships in my relatively short time in this business. I truly enjoy nurturing those relationships and staying in touch with people long after any transaction is complete. As a mom, what challenges do you face in creating a work/life balance?

Juggling a real estate schedule with mommy duties. Being in real estate, I am on call all day, every day. You never know when the phone will ring, but you have to be ready at all times. How do you make that work?

It is a work in progress, but luckily my husband works with me and has done a great job picking up any slack so that I can also focus on being a mom. My home support system is key! I would not be able to do it without help. Has your career taught you anything that you apply to motherhood?

Consistency in performance, whether at work or at home, is truly a pillar to success. Vice versa, has motherhood taught you anything that you apply to your career?

Patience and more patience!

What was the best parenting advice you ever received?

Enjoy this time with your children as much as possible because time flies, the babies grow up and you will never get this time back. I truly try and take this to heart each day because it’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind. What advice would you give other working moms?

Every mother has to evaluate her own life and decide what works best for her. Be ready to make adjustments and be flexible, but overall, try to relax and enjoy the journey while embracing your number one job: being a mom! Enjoy it and don’t forget to take a little time for yourself.

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Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing


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By Amber Hunter | Photos by Jade Lott Photography

Summer is the best time to entertain. Have you been invited to a pool party or BBQ and been asked to bring a side? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry! These sides are sure to impress. These simple recipes pack a lot of flavor because of all the fresh ingredients. 30A Kids Club Magazine


Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad Ingredients:

4 cups whole wheat rotini (or favorite noodles) 1/2 cucumber, diced 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1/2 cup olives 1 small red onion 1/4 cup green onions 1/2 cup crumbled feta 3 tbsp Greek seasoning 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil How-To:

1. Cook noodles according

to package, drain

2. Add cucumber, cherry

tomatoes, and onion to pasta. 3. Mix olive oil and Greek seasoning. Add to pasta and veggies. 4. Add crumbled feta, green onions, olives and mix. Serve. Serves 8-10


Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing Ingredients:

2 cups kiwi, peeled and sliced 2 cups ruby red grapefruit, sectioned 2 cups blackberries 2 cups watermelon 2 cups pineapple 1/4 cup honey 2 limes, squeezed How-To:

1. Mix honey with squeezed limes. 2. Pour over fruit and serve. Serves 8-10

Black Bean Salsa Ingredients:

2 cans black beans, rinsed 1 can corn, rinsed 1/2 red onion 1/4 cup green onions 1 cup red bell pepper 1 1/2 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 2 limes

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1/4 cup olive oil 1.5 tbsp cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped How-To:

1. Mix black beans, corn,

onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes together.

Black Bean Salsa

2. In a separate bowl, mix together olive oil, cumin, salt, and lime. Pour over bean mixture. 3. Garnish with cilantro and serve. Serves 8-10

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Blend your way to tastebud bliss.

By Amber Hunter, Owner of Nourish Meal Planning // Photos by jade lott photography


moothies are a great way to add extra fruit and vegetables into your diet while keeping you hydrated during our hot summer months! Smoothies can be served as a snack or added to a meal. Make it fun by getting the kids involved. They can choose their fruits and veggies for the smoothie and help by peeling bananas, cutting fruit (with supervision), and adding their selections into the blender (while it’s unplugged). Smoothie buffets can also be set up so everyone can make their own. Protein powder, greek yogurt and nuts can also be added to smoothies for a little extra nutrition. Making smoothies is a fun, creative process. Now go play with your food.

Pineapple Smoothie

1 handful fresh spinach 1 to 2 cups water 1 cup frozen pineapple  1 banana  Blend 

Orange-Coconut Smoothie

1 cup frozen pineapple 1 14-ounce can of coconut milk 1 banana 2 oranges, squeezed  Blend. Add more liquid for desired consistency.  

Dragonfruit Smoothie

1 cup frozen dragon fruit 1/2 cup blackberries  1 to 2 cups coconut water  1 lime, squeezed  1 cup fresh strawberries  Blend  Find more foodie ispiration from Amber at @nourishmealplanning


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POPS! Turn one simple popsicle recipe into five different kid-pleasing frozen treats! By molly carter, Blogger at // Courtesy Image

Basic Vanilla Yogurt Popsicle

Peanut Butter & Banana Popsicles

2 cups vanilla yogurt or Greek vanilla yogurt

3 bananas

6-8 popsicle molds

¾ cup peanut butter

Pour yogurt evenly into all of the popsicle molds and top each with a popsicle stick. Freeze at least 6 hours or overnight. When you are ready to eat your frozen treats, run the molds under water for a few seconds to loosen the popsicles.

2 tbsp. honey

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

1 lb fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and roughly chopped 1 packet cheesecake pudding mix 1 cup graham cracker crumbs Stir pudding mix and chopped strawberries into the yogurt. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, then sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over each popsicle before inserting sticks and freezing.

Blueberry Lemon Popsicles 2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and pulsed in a food processor Zest of one lemon

Puree bananas, peanut butter, and honey in a food processor until smooth. Stir banana mixture into yogurt, then spoon mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.

Poprocks POPsicles 6 packets of strawberry Poprocks Sprinkle a tablespoon of Poprocks into the bottom of each popsicle mold then top with ¼ cup vanilla yogurt. Repeat layers, then top with one more tablespoon of Poprocks, insert popsicle stick, then freeze.

Watermelon Lemonade Popsicles 3 cups cubed watermelon ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ lemon juice Puree watermelon, sugar, lemon juice and yogurt in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds, insert popsicle sticks and freeze.

Stir pulsed blueberries and lemon zest into yogurt. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert popsicle sticks and freeze.

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crafts Jasper Johns Inspired Flags

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By Erin Bakker

It’s the month to celebrate the land of the free! Be on the lookout for red, white and blue collage materials to create your own American Flag! Here are a few variations of a Jasper John-inspired flag collage. To learn more about American Artist Jasper Johns, visit

Materials: • Canvas board or white card stock • Painter’s tape • Glue • Scissors • Red, white and blue materials (Try using glitter, tissue paper, paint, star confetti, construction paper or painted newspaper.)

Step-by-step instructions: 1: Glue a blue rectangle on the top left corner of the canvas and tape off the

stripes with painter’s tape. 2: Paint the exposed space between the painters tape red. Let dry. 3: Pull off the painter’s tape to reveal white stripes. 4: Add stars and you are done!

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The dynamic duo of

Huck & Lilly P S S S T … T H EY ’ R E N OT RE AL LY N AM E D H U CK & L I L LY By Susan Vallee


he toe tapping tunes from Huck & Lilly seem to be everywhere this summer. If you haven’t heard “I Sat on a Porcupine” your life really isn’t complete. It’s a song that might seem silly at first (who sits on a porcupine?), and then you find yourself dancing with abandon like Snoopy in a Charlie Brown cartoon. Winning over parents with their music is a goal of the Ken Johnson and Andi Zack-Johnson - the talented songwriters and musicians who created Huck & Lilly. The band performs weekly in Seaside and has ongoing shows at The Hub 30A. Prior to moving to South Walton they worked and wrote in Nashville for 10 years. Ken and Andi’s first hit together was in 2010, “Beer on the Table,” with Josh Thompson. He also wrote (and got roped into singing it with him on his TV show) “Every Time I Fall in Love,” for Harry Connick, Jr. The two are cast members on the Ryan Seacrest produced show, “I Love Killie Pickler” on CMT and have bios that are long and incredibly impressive (feel free to read their full bios on They are true artists who prove that if you love what you do and you fully commit yourself to it - the sky is the limit. And to prove this point - breaking news! Huck & Lilly now has songs in rotation at Kids Place Live on Sirius XM radio! Now





questions in life, like how “The Fiddler Crab” came to be: “We were down in Seaside writing country music,” Andi said. “We were hanging out on the beach when I saw a fiddler crab and I thought it was an albino tarantula! (I’m from Canada). Ken said it was a fiddler crab so I asked him why it was called a fiddler crab and he said, ‘I don’t know. He don’t play a fiddle.’ And then the song practically wrote itself.” “Kids are smart and they deserve crafty lyrics,” Ken said. “We wanted the production to be high so we teamed up with Skidd Mills, who is a multi-Grammy and Dove award winner. He’s a world class musician on every instrument. He, Andi and I play all of the instruments on ‘There’s a Tree Growing in my Room’. He’s been an exceptional partner on it.” But the album was met with a bit of surprise. “The first thing I do is turn in what I write to my publisher,” Ken explained. “When I sent him ‘Fiddler Crab’ he said, ‘What are you doing at the beach and what do I do with this?’” “We wrote it for ourselves and our nieces and nephews,” Andi said. “Then we had other ideas and the songs kept coming.” Ken said one of his favorite stories about “I Sat on a Porcupine” involves a friend of his in Birmingham, Ala.

driving around Birmingham with his windows down, just belting out ‘I Sat on a Porcupine’ and beating on his steering wheel. He got a few looks at the stop light. “But that’s what we want. We describe our music as music for kids and the grownups that love them.” Huck & Lilly will be debuting new songs this summer and are launching in-house concerts and performances. That’s right! Your child’s next birthday party could feature a private concert with Huck & Lilly. How fun is that? The duo have also launched Hit Songwriter House Concerts. These are shows that are either performed at The Backyard of Love in Grayton Beach, or in private homes here or around the Southeast. Ken and Andi have teamed up with Grayton Beach Catering to provide dinner while major songwriters (like “Big Al” Anderson, Sarah Buxton and Kyle Johnson) provide the music. Limited tickets are available to the July 12, 26 and Aug. 9 and 23 shows and may be purchased at Private home concerts can also be reserved there. If you’re going to a Huck & Lilly show in Seaside or at The Hub 30A, don’t forget that CDs, T-shirts, dreamcatchers and sock puppets are all sold at the concerts, so be sure to have some cash with you. Seashells and photos are great, but a head filled with these songs is priceless.

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By Molly Carter

t’s not too late to squeeze in Summer adventure! While we love the beauty of the beach, it’s wonderful to get away and let the kids experience hands-on learning at one of these museums. LO U I S I ANA C HI LD R EN ’ S M US EUM > > > N EW ORLE ANS , L A The Louisiana Children’s Museum is located in the heart of Warehouse District of New Orleans and has been educating and entertaining families for more than 30 years. With fourteen interactive exhibits sprawling two floors of the building, kids of all ages will have tons of hands-on fun. In the Safety Zone, kids can dial 911, speak to a dispatcher, and even hop into an emergency vehicle to help someone in need. Young creatives can sculpt, paint, draw, and even try out screen-printing in the Art Trek center, while the tiniest tots can climb and crawl all over the place in First Adventure. In the Kids’ Café, kiddos can be servers and cooks in a restaurant while the Lil Grocery Store allows them to shop til they drop in a kid-size Winn-Dixie, complete with grocery carts and cash registers. Louisiana Children’s Museum | 420 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

M OSH >>> JACKSON VI L L E , F L Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH, as it’s called by locals) brings science, innovation, and North Florida history to life. The museum is open daily and the three levels of exhibits are primed for exploration. The award-winning Currents of Time exhibit takes visitors through 12,000 years of Northeast Florida history while Atlantic Tails brings the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean to life. Explore the body’s vast and complex systems in the Health in Motion exhibit or create your own electricity in Powerplay. Kidspace is a special, interactive exhibit designed exclusively for children 5 years and younger. Strollers are available for rent for only $2 (on a first come, first served basis) and all public areas are nursing-friendly. Jacksonville Museum of Science and History | 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 M CWAN E SCI E N CE C E N T E R >>> BI RM I N G H AM , AL McWane Science Center aims to change lives through science and wonder and inspire a life-long love of learning. Ever dreamed of petting sharks or laying on a bed of nails? Your wish comes true at McWane as you have the opportunity to touch sharks in a unique tank and learn why laying on a bed of nails is painless. The Alabama Dinosaurs exhibit displays actual dinosaur fossils discovered around the state (Alabama is the best place east of the Mississippi River to find dinosaur remains!). Come face-to-fin with creatures that once swam in the ancient oceans of Alabama some 80 million years ago including a 15-foot sea turtle and 17-foot fish. The 280-seat IMAX Dome theater has a rotating selection of feature films, all of which fill your entire field of vision and completely immerses viewers in sight and sound. Plan to spend the day at McWane, as these exhibits barely scratch the surface of what the museum has to offer! McWane Science Center | 200 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203 30A Kids Club Magazine


FLO RIDA HI S TOR I C CAPI TOL MU S E U M >>> TALLAHAS S E E , F L Calling future politicians! Florida’s Historic Capitol building has served as the symbol of The Sunshine State’s government since its construction in 1845. A new Capitol was built in the 1970s and ever since, the original building has been preserving Florida’s rich political history as a museum. On any given day, hundreds of school kids can be found touring the Governor’s Suite, Supreme Court, House of Representatives, and Senate Chambers, all of which have been restored to the glory of 1902. Kids can see where Governors of years-past entertained guests and learn how an idea becomes a law in Florida. History truly comes to life with age-based scavenger hunts that will take you on a journey through the museum and impressive exterior grounds (sit under the shade of a 120-year-old magnolia tree!). Florida Historic Capitol Museum 400 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 >> MOSH: (previous page) Kids will love the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit at MOSH (open through Sept. 10), and the permanent collections like the Atlantic Tails, Florida Naturalist’s Center and the Currents of Time. >> LOUISIANA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: It’s hands-on fun at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. From giant bubbles you can stand inside to pulley machines, architecture exhibits and miniature grocery stores, there is something to keep the tots busy here. >> MCWANE: A day spent at McWane Science Center is a fun way to beat the heat. Shark and ray touch tanks, World of Water aquariums and the Sea Monsters exhibit will keep you as entertained as the kids. >> FLORIDA HISTORIC CAPITAL: A wonderful way to teach children about our government is to tour the Florida Historic Capital building. Familyfriendly scavenger hunts for the Capital grounds are fun for younger kids and older children will benefit from the self-guided Civil Rights Tour.


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ave you noticed those 30A Trolley signs along 30A? You can now ride (for free) the entire length of County Road 30A!

Kids love the look of the 30A Trolley and parents love not having to fight for parking spaces. The Trolley picks up at each location every 30 minutes. Download a free app to your phone and you can

watch the 30A Trolley in real time - so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know if you have time for a last-minute potty break or not. The shuttles will run through Labor Day weekend every day from noon-10pm and stops at 16 locations. Go to to download the mobile app.

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FALL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Classes begin in August, final performances in November. For Teens:

And Flat Stanley for younger audiences!

560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs


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Tips for Building

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Select the spot for your castle. Clear away any debris and flatten out a base for the castle to be built upon.


Make sure you have a few tools on hand. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need a bucket and shovel. Spatulas and short sticks are great for creating smooth walls and ledges.


Either dig out and stack sand for the base of the castle, or create turrets and walls using the bucket.


Fill your bucket halfway with water and then add dry sand. It will mix more easily this way.


Quickly flip the bucket and place in the desired spot. Tap the sides of the bucket gently with a small shovel or the spatula. Gently lift the bucket to reveal the turret or walls.


Once the castle is built, it is time to go in and spend time on the details.


A small piece of driftwood or the sharp edge of a seashell are perfect for drawing the windows and doors of the castle.


Decorate the castle with shells and other found objects.

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Admire your creation.

Have fun knocking down your sandcastle before you leave the beach. While beautiful, it might prevent an endangered sea turtle from nesting on our beaches. Help a sea turtle out by keeping the beach flat and free of things that might scare her. -- SV

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When I Grow Up... I Wanna be an architect!

Do you know what an architect does? Architects figure out what buildings will look like. That could be a house by the beach, a skyscraper in a city… you get the idea. We spoke with Architect anthony vallée, with McWhorter Vallee Reese Design. Photo: Shelly Swanger Photography Why did you become an architect? Both of my parents

studied architecture in Cuba and when they came to the United States they continued to work in interior design and related fields in Miami, Fl. I remember drawing pictures underneath my dad’s desk when I was little and going to client’s houses with my mother. I was fascinated with the blueprints that I’d see and began to realize that putting a building together is not simply an engineering feat there is artistry and creativity that you can’t replicate in any other field.

What should I do if I want to become an architect? Play

with LEGOs. Seriously! We have several sets in our office. I’d also pay attention to the buildings around you. Here on 30A we are surrounded by unique and interesting architecture. Take a walk and see how the houses differ from each other. What do you like? Why? Go home and draw a picture of something you didn’t like and then change it. And carry a little sketchbook with you.


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Can I have a house shaped like a snow cone? I’ve never been

asked that before! Absolutely and that sounds like a lot of fun. People get paid a lot of money to do wild and interesting things - just like at Walt Disney World. They get paid to design all kinds of buildings like the Be My Guest restaurant or Cinderella’s Castle or even the classic dinosaur-shaped buildings on Route 66. The only thing you’d have to make sure of, is that if you want a snow cone as a house, you have to find a neighborhood where that would be appropriate and would allow that, and that’s part of what an architect does too. That’s why it’s helpful to have an architect on board before you even buy land.

Why should people hire an architect? Some buildings

l I love making models of homes for clients. Sketches and floor plans are great, but nothing lets someone “see” their future home like a model.

l A client needed an addition to a home in Blue Mountain Beach, but couldn’t ruin the views from a second floor porch and wanted lots of natural light.

and neighborhoods require an architect, but the better reason is because you like what they do and you like the way the buildings they design make you feel. Architects create beauty in this world, and that should be supported. -SV

l Our renovation used bright yellow garage doors to provide Gulf breezes and lots of light.

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sandestin Summer Fun!

By Susan Vallee, Photos by Marla & Shane Photography


andestin Golf and Beach Resort is one of South Walton’s best family destinations. We were so excited to feature the Dahlman family for our cover shoot. Lauren, Matt and their three little redheads had fun exploring the Sandestin Marina with us.

breeze coming off the Bay while the kids scamper and play.

Being locals, they love to “escape” to Sandestin because it allows you to feel like you’re on vacation, even if you only spent 15 minutes in the car driving. While there, we decided to check out a few of Avery and Tucker’s top picks for a day out at Sandestin:


BAY TOWNE CA RO U S EL It doesn’t matter how old you are, there is something magical about riding a carousel, especially at night.

BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE Test your resolve by climbing a rope maze or seeing the lagoon from high above on the zip line!

B L AST A RC A D E & LAS ER MA Z E Blast arcade features the latest arcade games. It’s fun to get a little competitive and see who will earn the most points (and score the best prize!).

THE TREEHOUSE BY THE MARINA Off the little pathway leading from the Marina to Baytowne Wharf is a treehouse. Enjoy the cool


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MARY ANN THE MACAW Say hello to Mary Ann! This colorful Macaw loves greeting guests at the Marina Bar and Grill. You don’t have to be a guest at Sandestin to explore the Choctawhatchee Bay. Light Tackle Fishing Charters has two boats, the Ceviche and Lil’ Lucky. Fun for catch-and-release or for more serious fishing, this is a fun way to explore the water with older kids. (850) 699-2286

CLUBKZ DAY PROGRAMS Sandestin offers a great day program for kids ages 4-12. Non-resort guests pay $65 per child (includes lunch) for a camp that lasts from 9am2pm. The Parent’s Night out is from 5-9pm, ages 4-12, and is $50 per child (includes dinner). This is a great way to treat the kids to a day full of fun or a night of adventure while the parents enjoy some time to themselves, eat dinner in Baytowne Wharf, or maybe even take a cruise on the Solaris? (850) 267-7000 or email clubkz@ Thanks to Matt, Lauren, Avery, Tucker and little McCarver for playing dress-up with us. Thanks to Island Clothiers, Barefoot Princess, Sandestin Clothing Company and Coconut Kidz.

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Like a Local

s wonderful as summer is here along 30A, it is also hectic. Locals know a few hacks to make life a little easier. Take it from us! Here are a few businesses that will take the stress out of your day so you can slow down, relax and enjoy your time here.

A NG E LF I S H BA BYS IT T IN G There’s no need to worry about finding a safe and reliable babysitter. Angelfish Babysitting is celebrating 10 years of success and service to locals and vacationing families. With over 60 amazing professionals, Angel Sitters are handpicked, most are college educated available 24-hours a day, 365-days a year for nights, weekends, week days and on short-notice for that unexpected thing that just came up. Payment is taken via credit card, so the only cash that is needed is for the tip. All sitters have had background checks, are CPR and First Aid Certified and if you have a child with special needs, (or another issue that requires special attention) they have sitters with  experience with those issues. So go ahead - give yourself a break, relax and go on a date.  (See website for sitter profiles and photos). 


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T WI N OAKS FARM STAN D Are you hungry for delicious, farm-fresh eggs? Pancakes? Frittatas? Farmer Renee Savary raises the food she serves at Twin Oaks Farm Stand in Grayton Beach. On her farm in Bonifay, heritage chickens, ducks, lambs and pigs all roam on pasture (the oldfashioned way) and are fed high-quality feed (no soy). She also prepares a line of artisanal food using only organic or local ingredients. It’s a great place to stop in for a healthy meal prepared with care, chat with a friend, meet the farmer herself and take food home to cook for dinner. The coffee and selection of organic teas is delicious too, and is served in lovely china sets. Stop by today and see why Twin Oaks is a local favorite. (850) 547-5636 | 7am-5pm M-F (4pm on Sunday) L I VE WE L L 3 0 A Live Well 30A’s motto is “Live Well. Love Much. Vacation Often” and they mean it. The company will basically help you with almost anything you need. We all know how stressful it can be to plan and organize a vacation – Live Well can make it easy! Bike, golf cart and beach chair rentals, beach bonfire setups, baby cribs and highchairs, fishing charters … they’ll even pick you up from the airport

and stock your refrigerator and pantry for you! So go ahead, let Live Well 30A book your half-day Gulf fishing trip, send them your grocery needs and then go ahead and book a beach bonfire for your last night along 30A. Who wants to cook and clean up the kitchen? One of Live Well’s newest service is their in-home catering service. They’ve teamed up with some of the best chefs on 30A so you can enjoy a Chefprepared dining experience with zero fuss, drama or mess!  There’s no easier way to vacation. 

R ENT 30A Looking for an epic place to stay on 30A? There’s almost an overwhelming amount of homes and beach towns to choose from. Is Seaside the right fit? Or maybe Dune Allen beach is more to the pace of your family? What is WaterSound Beach like? The friendly folks at Rent 30A use their wealth of local knowledge to help you find the ultimate beach rental. From last minute vacation deals to planning by neighborhood, Rent 30A breaks down each area so you have a solid feel for the vibe and pace of the place that you’ll be calling home while visiting 30A. And if you have questions, or need a little extra help deciding, they are there to help match you with a luxurious place to hang your beach towel.

PI ZZA BY THE S E A We almost don’t want to tell you about Pizza by the Sea because it’s such a beloved local destination. After a busy day out in the Florida heat, there is nothing easier than a slice of pizza. And - here’s a great local tip - you can pack slices in your cooler for a perfect beach snack. Big hits include the new chipotle bread with Romano ranch sauce and the Kickin’ Chicken pizza (basil pesto, grilled chicken, feta, bacon and red onions). Located in WaterColor Crossings, Seacrest Beach and Gulf Place, Pizza by the Sea offers dine-in and take-out. The locallyowned restaurant also regularly fundraises for local schools and charities. It’s a pizza joint with a heart, so you can feel great dining there. And it doesn’t hurt that the pizza, salads, baked spaghetti, sandwiches and low carb Yum Bowls taste wonderful too. | Open 11am-9pm (850) 231-3030 (WaterColor Crossings)

N O U RI SH M E AL P L AN N I N G It’s a known fact: no one enjoys cooking while on vacation. Much less parents of kids with fickle appetites. Who has time to prepare snacks for the beach, snacks for post-beach and then figure out what to make the whole crew for dinner? Meet your beach savior - Amber Hunter. Amber, owner of Nourish Meal Planning, customizes your food for your entire stay. She’ll grocery shop for you and then cook and prep all of the meals and snacks before labeling them and organizing the refrigerator for you. If your little ones are old enough to read, they’ll be able to help themselves to a healthy array of freshly prepared foods and snacks all week long. Amber is even able to customize for kids with food allergies, or for those with on restricted diets.

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Travel Softball Teams and Indoor Training by Sarah Murphy Robertson


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outh Walton has a new travel softball opportunity for girls 10 and under. Head Coach Bob McDonald established the team to challenge and cultivate young players here in South Walton and prepare them for middle school softball. You see, fast pitch softball is similar to baseball with one major exception; it uses a completely different pitching motion. Fast Pitch softball pitchers use a windmill windup as compared to a baseball pitcher that uses a more traditional overhand delivery. Little League Recreational Softball does not allow girls to pitch until they are over the age of 10. This meant that Coach Bob’s daughter and many other girls in our area would not be exposed to “live” pitching until they enter middle school, which would delay their development. “My intent was to level the playing field for our South Walton girls and give them opportunities that can only come from travel softball,” he shared. The South Walton Hawks 10U Softball team is all about building a foundation for the future. They’ve started with a young group and are providing them a valuable fast pitch softball experience. The team began practicing in late winter and will play tournaments into early summer and is now on a brief break until their fall season begins. Tryouts will be held in August and Coach Bob encourages any area girls born in 2006 or later to try out for Fall Ball.

“I run my tryouts more like a clinic,” he explained. The girls will go through drills, but they will also learn a lot and have a ton of fun. Parents should note, playing Fall Ball is a great way to prepare new players for the Spring season. As South Walton’s softball and baseball programs continue to grow and attract more young players, the Hawks 10U Softball’s Assistant Coach Tracy Wilmes, has himself created even more training opportunities for area kids. This past Spring he opened a new 2,500-square-foot facility on the south end of Highway 83, near the intersection of Highway 98. Coach Tracy is knowledgeable in the fundamental skills of softball and baseball. His contribution and the use of his facility is a huge asset to the Hawks Softball team. The focus of the Hawks is to build athletes, not just softball players. South Walton Athletics and Training Center boasts indoor netting, which means open field space to train for baseball, softball, football, soccer, and volleyball. They provide team, individual, and private training as well as a variety of clinics throughout the year to help kids hone skills in their specific sport. This summer, camps have been offered for baseball, softball, and volleyball and they also host 90 minute birthday parties that are athletically inspired and designed to make kids sweat! This facility is a new amenity for the South Walton area. Visit for more information on all their upcoming clinics and programming.

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Mythical Milestones By Ashley Smith

remember when my son started Kindergarten, his Elmer Fudd speech impediment in tow. His Rs were rounded like Ws, and suffice it to say, I was weally, weally concerned. The speech impediment wasn’t my only worry, however. Every morning was like a parenting spoof of Groundhog Day, the same thing over and over: “Where are your shoes? You wore them, you took them off, where are they?” Forget knowing how to tie shoes, I was thrilled if he had any on.

Speech disorders vary, but the two most common are rooted in articulation and phonological awareness. The former relates to the inability to produce a specific sound (the R/W exchange, for example). A phonological disorder has to do with where the letter sound is formed within the mouth. A general rule of thumb according to the American Speech Language Hearing Association is that by age three, a child should produce single letter sounds, and by eight, produce letter blends.

Yet, I had heard stories of children walking into Kindergarten, their lisps and lazy tongues forgotten in the yesteryear of preschool, their shoestrings self-tied, and halos balanced carefully above their tangle-free hair.

Myth: Kids should know how to tie their shoes before Kindergarten.

What made these kids so advanced? What did their parents do to ensure they met or surpassed the milestone markers?

Tying shoes requires a great deal of practice, as well as fine motor skills. Showing your child how to make those bunny ears a couple of times may not be enough. They need repetition. Search YouTube for “new ways to teach kids to tie shoes” and you’ll find a dozen videos to get your child one step closer to being velcro-free.

After all, I’d read to my child since the day I found out I was expecting. Counted, sang, taught him the alphabet— each of these in four different languages. I breastfed, pureed homemade organic baby food, used golden thread spun by vegan woodland fairies to knit his clothes. At this point, you may have guessed he was my only child. As such, I didn’t have a comparison for his development, and even if I had, any parent can tell you comparing two children, related or not, is useless. As for measuring your child against those developmental charts in the lobby of the pediatrician’s office, take it from parenting blogger Madeline Holler, “[M]ilestone charts are not there to compete against (unless your kid is winning).” Then, a few months later, I met some of Atticus’ peers on playdates, and they too had lisps and velcro sneakers (oh, sweet, merciful universe)! Turns out those stories I’d heard about classrooms full of kindergartners who were reading novels by age three were, for the most part, a bunch of myths. The fact is, children develop at the rate that is realistic for them, and measuring them against charts (or other children) is not an indicator of future success. Here is a more realistic look at post-infant milestones to set the record straight:

Myth: Kids with a speech disorder will carry it into adulthood.


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Myth: Kids should sleep through the night without bedwetting once potty-trained. M I L E STON E FOR N I G H T T I M E D RYN E SS: AG E 7 +

Nighttime dryness is not something children can achieve through will power. It’s about their bodies’ ability to recognize signals that they have to go to the bathroom. Bedwetting affects boys more often than girls. Most children outgrow bedwetting by age seven, but for some it can last to age 10. Arming yourself with knowledge, a mattress protector, and a sense of humor is the best way to approach bedwetting. Discipline should never be a factor in treating bedwetting; simply put, kids can’t control it.

Myth: Kids should know how to read in pre-school M I L E STON E FOR RE AD I N G : AG E 6 -7

Because children begin to recognize phonemes at age four, there is a perpetual misconception that this is the age at which they should be reading. The fact that a child can recognize words, as opposed to shapes, scribbles, or numbers, does not mean he/she has the ability to produce sounds or connect meaning. Fluency is built between the age of six to seven. Reading to your child to model sounds and inflection is a great way to increase fluency.

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bi ke saf ely

It’s hard not to smile when you’re riding a bike. Here on 30A it’s great fun to ride on the bike path bordering County Road 30A. (fun trivia fact, the path is actually called the Timpoochee Trail). Since a lot of people love to ride on this path, a few safety rules are good to remember: Y IEL D TO P ED ES T RI AN S People who are walking always have the right of way. K EEP R IG H T & PA S S ON L E F T The trail is like a roadway. Tell your pre-teen they are practicing driving skills. A N N O UN C E YO UR S E L F W H EN PA S S IN G Call out a quick “On your left!” or ring the bicycle bell. IF YO U S TO P, G ET OF F T H E T R A IL Move over to the right so people can pass you safely.


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KE E P T H E T RAI L CL E AN Please don’t litter. Trash will end up in our beautiful coastal dune lakes. STOP AT I N T E RSECT I ON S Just because you’re on a bike, doesn’t mean you don’t need to obey stop signs. KE E P AN I M AL S U N D E R CON T ROL Keep pets on a short leash, walk pets on the right-hand shoulder and scoop up the poop. WE AR H E L M E TS Helmets are cool. It’s also the law that any bicycle rider or passenger younger than 16 wear a helmet. Bicyclists are not allowed to wear headphones at any time. BE SAF E AT N I G H T Cyclists must use head and tail lights after dark. It’s hard to see people crossing 30A at night. Wear a light and reflective gear.

Thanks to Visit South Walton for these tips!


For a complete guide on South Walton’s beach rules, Leave No Trace policy & beach safety guidance, go to

Vehicles, dogs, and bonfires require permits Permits may be obtained through the Walton County Clerk of Courts. For more information call (850) 267-3066.

Obey all beach flag warnings

Keep off the dunes Removal of sand, water or vegetation is strictly prohibited


All visitors who are fishing in either salt or fresh water are required by the state to have a Fishing License, unless they are participating in a fishing charter. Licenses can be obtained by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission —

BEWARE OF RIP CURRENTS • Don’t panic or swim against the current • Float with the current until it subsides • Swim parallel to shore and then back in

VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES • ADA accessible walkovers at eight beach access points including Inlet Beach, Santa Clara, Van Ness Butler Jr., Ed Walline, Dune Allen, Gulf View Heights, Blue Mountain Beach and Miramar Beach. • Beach wheelchairs are administered through the South Walton Fire District at Santa Clara, Ed Walline and Miramar Beach accesses — 850-267-1298.

• Call 911, give accurate landmarks (beach safety flag poles are numbered) • Do not enter the water • Throw them a flotation device • Try not to lose sight of the victim

Violations of the beach rules may result in civil fines and/or other penalties.

South Walton’s 26 miles of beaches are a beautiful, scenic, and refreshing getaway — and to keep them that way, we all must respect our fellow visitors and the natural environment. These beach ordinances and state statutes ensure the best experience for everyone.

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award winning artists uplifting books

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Creative classes for kids and adults Check out our online calendar for details. bluegiraffe30a



Local Events







DESTIN Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

9:30am, 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30pm Hop aboard mates! Get ready to have a rollicking good time on this pirate cruise. There’s cannon fire, a treasure is hoisted from the bottom of the Gulf, and a secret treasure room is revealed. $34 for adults, $30 for seniors, $19.50 for kids ages 4-14, kids younger than 4 are free. Call (850) 269-0896 or book at

Harborwalk Village The Stoked Show

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday through Oct. 29 6-8pm Watch legendary comedy hypnotist, Terry Stokes, and special guest hypnotist, Terry Stokes, Jr., on the main stage. This family-friendly performance is interactive and mesmerizing. Free.

LuLu’s Destin

Live music nightly at 6pm. The popular, Bay-front restaurant has also added jellyfish jumpers (trampolines), seahorse slides and fun on Lulu’s beach.

GRAND BOULEVARD Farmers Market 9am-1pm

Every Saturday, year-round, find fresh, locally prepared foods on the green next to the fountains. A great way for kids to get involved in their local food community.

Theatre Thursdays

Through Aug. 3, show begins at 8pm, face painting begins at 7pm Watch a fun-for-all-ages adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” performed by talented Emerald Coast Theatre Company actors. Bring a low chair or blanket to sit on.

SANDESTIN Sandestin Luau

Every Tuesday through Aug. 8 6-8:30pm Baytowne Marina Every Tuesday through Aug. 8 come to Baytowne Marina for an evening of fun for the whole family at the Sandestin Luau! Enjoy delicious Hawaiian cuisine from 6-8 pm, live music, bonfire, limbo contest, magic show, face painting, bounce house, parrot meet and greet, and much more! Cap off the evening with a fireworks display over the Choctawhatchee Bay. Tickets available at eventgrid. com/Events/29299/2017sandestin-luau

Baytowne LIVE

Stevie Hall: July 1, 4, 11,

15, 18 & 25. Aug. 1, 8 & 12. Sept. 23 Bryan Bludworth: July 7, 14, 21 & 28. Aug. 4 & 11 The Village of Baytowne Wharf 7-10pm Local artists Stevie Hall and Byran Bludworth perform on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Concerts are free. Bring a blanket or low chair and enjoy the beauty of Baytowne at night.

Sunday Cinema

Every Sunday through Aug. 6 8pm Events Plaza Lawn, The Village at Baytowne Wharf Grab a lawn chair and blanket and cozy up for a featured film. July 2 Sing July 9 Storks July 16 Finding Dory July 23 Inside Out July 30 Wall-E Aug. 6 The Incredibles

HydroFlight Monday

Baytowne, Sandestin Enjoy lawn games and inflatables in the Events Plaza. Then put your eyes on the sky as it lights up with a breathtaking fireworks show over the Lagoon at 9:15pm.

Wednesday Night Concerts at Baytowne

Every Monday, through Aug. 7, 6:30 & 8:30pm Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Set your eyes on the sky as you enjoy fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the Baytowne Lagoon. Watch as he soars to the sky and makes waves at Baytowne Wharf.

Boomin’ Tuesday

Every Tuesday, through Aug. 1, 7-9:30pm Events Plaza,

Every Wednesday Night through Sept. 27 7pm Event Plaza Lawn, Baytowne, Sandestin Come out for a free concert in the Baytowne Events Plaza and enjoy the talents of local and regional artists every week throughout the year. Free and open to the public.

Magical Thursday at Baytowne Every Thursday through Aug. 10 7 & 8pm Events Plaza Lawn, Baytowne, Sandestin Enjoy two magic shows with featured pirate Captain Davy and watch as he takes center stage!

Throwback Thursday 7pm Events Plaza Lawn Aug. 31 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Sept. 28 Mary Poppins

SunQuest Cruises 7-10pm

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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill for a full service breakfast where visitors will learn about the history and wildlife of the park and ask the rangers all the questions they have been dying to ask. To cover the cost of food, please bring a donation which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park ($5/ adult and $3/child).

Geocaching Around Topsail


Sunset and firework cruises available year-round. Enjoy live music by MoTown while dining on a 3-course, Chef prepared menu. Board the ship at the Baytowne Marina. Children’s menu available (or book a babysitter and enjoy a night out). Cost is $74.50 for adults, $38 for children.

Every Wednesday, through August 9am to 2pm Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Get outdoors with this fun geocache program. Visitors check in at the Camp Store and pick up a geocache packet. This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store. You will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS. Park entrance fee applies.

Family Challenge Saturdays

Every Saturday, through August 9am-2pm Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Come and participate in our “Geocache Topsail & Topsail Photo Scavenger Hunt” programs. Choose one or both programs and return to the camp store to pick up a surprise at the end of your visit. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the camp store to pick up your program packets, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable of GPS as well as a camera or smart phone for pictures.

Breakfast with a Ranger

Saturday, July 8 & Aug. 12 9am


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Grayton Beach 4th of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4 (Line up at 8 am) 8:30am The Red Bar Come join in the fun for the annual July 4th parade in the wonderful and funky town of Grayton Beach. Line up at The Red Bar starts at 8am, with the parade starting at 8:30 am. Decorate your cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, etc. No registration needed and everyone is welcome! Get your popsicles, watermelon and lemonade at the end of the parade.

GULF PLACE Gulfplace Sunday Concert Series

Every Sunday, through August 5-8pm Gulf Place Lawn Each week features a different local or regional band. Performances are appropriate for attendees of all ages. Concerts are free and open to the public. Chairs and blankets welcome to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn.

WATERCOLOR Easy on 30A Concert

Monday, July 3 6-10pm Marina Park at Watercolor Stop by Marina Park to celebrate July 4th with music and dancing for a great cause. This year’s concert benefits Alaqua Animal Refuge, Lighthouse Family Ministries and the Muscogee Nation in


Fourth of July Fireworks at Watercolor

Tuesday, July 4th 9pm Watercolor Beach Make your way down to WaterColor Beach to see a fantastic July 4th Fireworks show. Fireworks will be shot off over the Gulf of Mexico, and will last approximately 20 minutes.

SEASIDE Seaside Farmers Market

Every Tuesday (through August) and Saturday 8am-12pm Seaside Amphitheater Enjoy every Saturday rain or shine! Live music takes place in the middle of it all and everyone enjoys strolling Central Square in the morning hours with a coffee or mimosa.

Seaside Children’s Theater Performance

Every Monday through Aug. 14, 6:30pm Seaside Amphitheater Join the REP for a magical children’s theater performance. Educational and entertaining for kids of all ages!

Summer Concert Series at Seaside

Every Wednesday through July 26, 7pm Seaside Amphitheater Celebrate the summer season with your friends and neighbors as we welcome the sounds of some of the region’s top musical acts to Seaside. Music will fill Central Square and entertain guests of all ages.

Central Square Cinema

Every Friday through Aug. 25, 8pm Seaside Amphitheater Grab your blankets and head to the Amphitheater for a family movie under the stars. Enjoy a variety of films during this series.

Stories By The Sea

Every Monday through Aug. 14, 4pm

Solomon Square, Seaside Join The REP Actors as they present a free, one-of-a-kind storytelling experience for children of all ages. Each day will offer a new story and there might even be opportunities for your participation.

Huck & Lilly Concert

Every Tuesday through Aug. 29, 6pm Seaside Amphitheater You’ve never heard kids music performed quite like this! The talented duo behind Huck & Lilly perform original songs that are fun and memorable.

Patriotic Pops Concert

Monday, July 3 7:30pm Seaside Amphitheater Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra for a Stars & Stripes music performance on the Amphitheater stage!

South Walton 4th of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 8am Seagrove Plaza to Seaside Join friends and neighbors for the annual July 4th Parade down 30A. The parade begins in Seagrove Beach and travels down 30A, ending in Seaside. After the parade, stick around for the awards presentation, face painting and other fun all around this favorite beach town. It is the perfect way to kick off your Independence Day!

4th of July Celebration at Seaside Tuesday, July 4 7pm Fireworks at 8:30pm Seaside Amphitheater Make sure to grab your spot on the lawn for a festive performance followed by an unbelievable fireworks finale! Space fills up quickly for this festive event.

SANTA ROSA BEACH Reading with a Ranger

Thursday, July 6 & Aug. 3 10-11:00am Coastal Branch Library A park ranger from Topsail Hill

Events Preserve State Park visits the library, answers questions and reads to kids.



Rosemary Beach Farmers Market

Huck & Lilly Children’s Show Wednesday, July 19 5:30-6:30pm Don’t miss this fun duo. They perform original songs for kids, but parents will enjoy them too.

Family Movie Night at the Hub

Every Wednesday through Sept. 27 6:30-10pm The Hub 30A Every Wednesday throughout the summer, bring the whole family out to Movie Night at The Hub. Movies are shown on the jumbotron on the events stage. Free and open to everyone. Come sit outdoors on comfy chairs and enjoy.

ALYS BEACH Alys Beach 4th of July Concert Tuesday, July 4 6–9pm Alys Beach Amphitheater Join us for a night of live music by Bucktown Allstars. Fireworks show to follow. Food and drink available for purchase.

Summer Reels

Every Tuesday at 8pm (and once on Wednesday July 5) Bring a blanket or low chair. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. July 5 Frozen July 11 Charlotte’s Web July 18 Happy Feet July 25 Lilo & Stitch Aug. 1 Pete’s Dragon Aug. 8 The Good Dinosaur

Summer Concerts

Every Wednesday 7-9pm July 12 Bo Spring Band July 19 Cadillace Willy July 26 The Boiled Peanuts Aug. 2 Boubou Groove Aug. 9 Heritage

Every Sunday 8am-1pm North Barrett Square Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A. Stroll under the trees in this beautiful park setting and visit with farmers, makers and bakers.

Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt

July 1 – 31, Town Center Visit The Hidden Lantern Bookstore or the front desk at the Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company to pick up your scavenger map, then wander around the Town Center to participating merchants to find Waldo in each location. Weekly winners announced every Thursday before the start of the movie.

Fourth of July Celebration

North Barrett Square & Western Green 7:30am - 8:45pm Start early with a bike decorating contest and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the bike parade throughout Town Center at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy family field day on Western Green with sack races, water balloon toss, games, prizes and more at 9 a.m. Rock to the different decades with the band the “Like Totally” Hep Cats on the Western Green at 6 p.m. Enjoy a fireworks display from the beach courtesy of the Rosemary Beach Property Owners Association at 8:45 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.

Kids’ Rock the Block Party!

July 11, Western Green, Main Street & Gigi’s 6-8pm Bring the family for a rockin’ night of fun! DJ, moonwalks, face painting, color hairspray, tattoos, arts and crafts with Gigi’s hula hoop contest, games, prizes and more!

Caravan Jazz Band Live Musical Performance

Join Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, and Lancelot in this sword and sorcery comedy adventure sure to royally entertain audiences of all ages. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6 Town Center 6-8pm, Sundays Caravan brings the sound and atmosphere of 1930’s Paris and adds a touch of Disney! Close your eyes and picture the swinging dance halls of the Champs-Élysées or the sound stage of a Walt Disney cartoon. A must see performance and fun for all ages!

Moonlight Movies & Face Painting

Here Comes the SunSummer Concert Series

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & Aug. 7 East Long Green 7-9pm, Mondays Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of entertaining musical performances. Each week is a different show. July 3 Clark Barrios & the Rosemary Beach Big Band (Swing & Jive) July 10 Dancing Queen Tribute to ABBA July 17 The Krickets July 24 British Invasion (Beatles, Stones) July 31 Like Totally Awesome 80s! Aug. 7 Forrest Williams Band

Art on the Green

July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8 Western Green 3-6 p.m., Tuesdays Enjoy a variety of different art forms on Western Green. Create a colorful sand art keepsake, spin art masterpiece or let our talented artists transform your hair into a live canvas to paint upon. With music and karaoke, let your creativity run wild!

Children’s Theatre: The Tales of King Arthur

July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 & 9 North Barrett Square 6 p.m., Wednesdays A troupe of traveling players revels in creating onstage merriment by presenting The Tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Young Arthur is a squire who dreams of becoming a knight, but a great wizard named Merlin has greater plans for Arthur.

July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 Western Green Face Painting starts at 6pm, movie at 8:15pm Bring the family for a wholesome and fun movie night under the stars! Come early and get your face painted and enjoy popcorn and the best hot dogs on the beach from DogManDu! July 6 Sing July 13 The Lego Batman Movie July 20 Finding Dory July 27 Moana Aug. 3 Power Rangers Aug. 10 Sing

The Amazing Rosemary Race

July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 Registration is at 10:30am. Award ceremony at 2pm Adventure is calling! Partner up and explore Rosemary Beach. You will be given a series of clues, tasks and instructions that will take you through an “amazing” race around town. It's a scavenger hunt with a few twists and turns thrown into the mix. Winning team gets $100 to spend in their favorite shops and eateries in Rosemary Beach!

INLET BEACH 30Avenue Thursday Night Concert Series

Every Thursday, May 4 - June 29 6-9pm 30Avenue Join the fun at 30Avenue with live music.

PIER PARK Summer Concert Series at Pier Park

Every Thursday through Aug. 10 Aaron Bessant Park, Pier Park Free concert in the park every Thursday. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the sounds of summer! Coolers, food and pets are welcome.

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