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On The Cover Maryann and Brianna Rademacher (5), daughters of Korey and Sharon Rademacher and sisters to Jameson and Michael. Proud grandparents are Jim and Mary Jayne Oberto, and Clem and Jean Rademacher. The sisters love playing with their cousins, baby dolls, and going to school. Fun Fact: There is actually a viral video about the reactions of friends and family when they found out the surprise of twins on YouTube. It’s called Best Kept Secret Ever and has over 25 million views!


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Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source

What a difference a day makes, right? I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the elephant in the room, but quickly want to address some changes this month that you may notice. Only a couple of days before our April issue was to print, schools were closed, events were postponing (including our summer camp expo) and we were all entering a new phase that was a bit surreal. I’ll admit I did take a moment where I just stared at the computer and thought “Oh Man,” as the calendar of events began to dwindle and some material we were including was no longer timely. BUT we all took a deep breath and immediately jumped right into brainstorming to figure out what our readers would want and need during this time. So, instead of the calendar of events, we hope you will enjoy the Online and Virtual Resources for Home Learning and Entertainment you will find on page 38. A huge thank you to Lucy Green, Christa Weinberg and Wendy McCollum for jumping in at the 9th hour and pulling such a fabulous list together! I found myself mesmerized with all the amazing sites and playing some of the educational games. Next, we thought, when people think about social distancing we have to remember, we are not required to stay inside. There are some great benefits to being outside. Kids can run off energy, we can get some much needed natural vitamin D, and playing outdoors can help reduce stress and anxiety. I encourage you to turn to page 40 where you will find Advice for Getting Your Kids to Play Outdoors, which explains the many benefits of outdoor play and some ideas for activities. Some of the group fun will have to wait a while until it is safe again, but there are plenty of things to do as a family! If the kiddos are still feeling a little restless, turn to page 22 where you will find 10 Ways to Keep Your Kids Occupied & Keep Your Sanity. In her article Dolores Smyth shares activities that you and your family can enjoy indoors or out. She has so many fun ideas, you will have a hard time deciding what to try first! Speaking of activities, I am sure all of us are looking forward a couple of months toward summer. In keeping with the fun theme, we have also included an expanded our Summer Camp Guide. If you missed last month’s or you are looking for even more opportunities, please check it out. I hope you and your family have a very special April bonding and making fond family memories together.

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TherapeuticParenting by Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

You Are a Craftsman, Parent There is currently a house under construction across the street from where I live. It has been incredibly fun to watch the progress. Well, in truth, I could do without the 7am Saturday sounds of saws and nail guns, but other than that it has been fun to witness that neglected piece of property go from being a field of thorns and thistles to being the ground upon which a family will soon call home. Having watched this build unfold over the last two months, and because I am a social worker and not a builder, it never ceases to amaze me how many steps are involved in a build of such magnitude. First, that ground had to be prepared and leveled, then the walls started to go up, the roof pitched at just the right angle, the front porch built and ready for a swing... it has all happened at such a rapid rate. That is until a few days ago when I happened to notice that all observable progress has been halted. After weeks of such rapid progress it now looks exactly the same day after day.

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But what I realized today is that isn’t actually the case at all. The last couple of days have actually had enormous progress because the guts of the house are being taken care of. The electrical lines are being installed, the plumbing lines are being connected and the all-important data and Wi-Fi lines are being adjusted. But no one would know that if they were only looking from the outside – it is all happening on the inside. Through careful tweaking and knowledgeable manipulation at the hands of a skilled craftsman, the lines all begin to come online. And that got me thinking… It got me thinking about how much of our parenting corrections and tweaks and adjustments aren’t ever even going to be visible. For that matter, how much love and care and concern we pour in will not always be visible. Soon enough the drywall will go up in this home and cover up all that careful wiring and installation. The work of those craftsman forever hidden – no praise, no admiration of their work will be had – it will


just be expected that the lights will come on when someone flips a switch and it will just be expected that water will flow from that sink. But somehow the house knows. It will work and serve the family well because those anonymous craftsmen took such care and attention to detail in what they were building. You, my parenting friends, are those same anonymous craftsman. You are working and wiring and tweaking and encouraging and building a tiny human who will one day be grown. All of that love you pour in will be sealed within their skin, they will carry it in their bones, they will hold it in their hearts. So be encouraged. Small moments matter. Your very presence matters. You may not be able to keep that house from storms for the rest of its life, but the work you do – the work you’ve done – will help make it stronger.

Sonia is a licensed social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to mitigate negative behaviors. She is the Director of Central Alabama for Lifeline Children’s Services and is a mother to 7 sons, 3 of which were internationally adopted and she is a foster parent.


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PBS Offers Programming and Online Content to Support Families

***At press time, many local events were being cancelled, postponed or rescheduled due to concerns about the COVID-19. Before making plans to attend one of these listed events, please use the contact information provided to confirm that the scheduled event is still taking place. ***

As many families and teachers face school closures, PBS KIDS and PBS LearningMedia are offering a variety of tools to help support learning at home, including educational videos and games from favorite series, and related skill-building offline activities. PBS local stations will continue to serve as resources for viewers to understand what is happening in their local communities and support families and teachers. PBS KIDS Video: Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices, PBS KIDS offers on-demand educational videos and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription is required. PBS KIDS Games App: Includes nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and PBS KIDS’ other apps at PBS KIDS for Parents: A robust website with information, activities and tips for parents, including resources for talking with kids about coronavirus, encouraging healthy habits, managing worried feelings and supporting playful learning at home. PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter: A new weekday newsletter with videos, games, related offline activities and tips parents can use to keep their children playing and learning at home.



St. Christopher’s Concerts 2020

Thursdays 6-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and beverages and join us for a free, family-friendly concert series with concessions and food vendors available! Enjoy the best local bands as they play classic rock, jazz, and pop on the grounds of St. Christopher’s Church. May 7 - Al Martin (Jazz Piano) with food vendor: Belly Busters Food Wagon May 14 - Platinum Premier (Motown, Jazz, Blues, Pop) with food vendor: Jordan Valley May 21 - Infusion (Jazz) with food vendor: Hip Pocket Deli May 28 - Cross Town Band (Classic Rock and Variety) with food vendor: Who Cut the Grilled Cheese June 4 - Not Quite Fab (Beatles group) with food vendor: Rolling Embers Pizza June 11 - Make up in the event of a cancellation For more info, call (850) 433-0074 or visit christophers-concerts.html.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents Showtime

May 8-10 * 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place A Broadway-style extravaganza featuring music from nearly every genre, ranging from classical to contemporary, pop to musical theatre, and so much more! For tickets or more info, call (850) 434-7760 or visit

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Delays Opening Day

As you may be aware, Major and Minor League Baseball have both announced that the beginning of the 2020 season will be delayed due to ongoing public health concerns posed by the COVID-19 virus. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos fully support these preventative measures for the health of our community. We understand that our fans have many questions about the 2020 season. We will work continuously with Minor League Baseball, the Southern League, and our Major League affiliate to provide answers to your questions as quickly as possible. We will update fans as frequently as we can through and our social media channels.The Blue Wahoos wish their best to you and your family during this difficult time. We’re excited to say “Play Ball!” as soon as it’s safe to do so. For more info, visit or call (850) 934-8444.

Manna Helps Feed Community

At Manna, we have made it our mission for more than 37 years to offer emergency food assistance to our neighbors in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. We are local, and we are dedicated to fighting hunger right here in our own community. In the coming days and weeks, we will work, in the safest way possible, to ensure that school children are fed and families do not struggle. Due to increased need for social distancing, our food distribution schedule and procedures may change. You can find updates at, or you can follow our social media to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. Manna will continue to follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and state and local Health Department guidelines. Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2020

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Downtown Restaurants Offer Curbside Pick-Up in Addition to Regular Dine-In Service Amid COVID-19 Concerns At press time, restaurants offering curbside pick-up include: Jordan Valley - (850) 607-2780 O’Riley’s Irish Pub - (850) 912-4001 Doghouse Deli - (850) 432-3104 The Fish House - (850) 470-0003 Fosko Coffee Barre - (850) 332-7737 Global Grill - (850) 469-9966 Graffiti Pizza - (850) 972-1960 Taco Agave - (850) 332-7952 Bodacious Brew-Thru - (850) 434-6300 5 Sisters Blues Café - (850) 912-4856 Bluejay’s Bakery - (850) 982-9731 Bubba’s Sweet Spot - (850) 332-6696 End of the Line Café - (850) 429-0336 Jackson’s Steakhouse - (850) 469-9898 Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille - (850) 432-5226 Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano - (850) 542-8398 Carmen’s Lunch Bar & Tapas - (850) 542-4334 The Wine Bar on Palafox (850) 607-2089 Sabai Thai on Jefferson (850) 741-4618 Pineapple Express Rice Bowls (850) 332-6478 For more info and and an updated list, visit https://downtownpensacola. com/news/.

The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is partnering with downtown restaurants to implement a curbside pick-up service following the most recent guidance from Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding COVID-19 that orders all restaurants in Florida to cut down their crowd capacity by 50 percent for the next 30 days. This service is being offered in addition to regular dining at downtown restaurants and will be available at select restaurants throughout the downtown district. To place a curbside order, customers must: 1. Call ahead to place a restaurant order. 2. Be prepared to give your name, make/color of car and payment method. 3. Park nearby chosen restaurant and call again to confirm arrival. 4. Wait for a restaurant employee to bring your food to you! Note: Customers choosing the curbside pick-up service can park in the space for up to 25 minutes. “The health and safety of our community is a top priority for us as well as the economic health of our downtown businesses,” said Executive Director Lissa Dees. “We encourage people to continue supporting their favorite local restaurants safely by using the curbside pick-up option.”

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Autauga County Schools St. John School 8th-Graders vs. Faculty Kickball Game

It was a beautiful day at St. John School for a kickball game—after being postponed because of rain during Catholic School Week. Eighth-grade students were matched against members of the faculty and their parents in our annual kickball game. Both teams put up a great effort, but in a surprise twist— the faculty kicked the ball to victory! Great job to both the 8th-grade students and St. John School teachers and parents.

Treasures of the Church Exhibition @ St. Paul

St. Paul Catholic School was blessed in February to have a special traveling exhibit of more than 150 Sacred Relics, including pieces of the True Cross, Mary’s Veil and the Crown of Thorns. Fr. Martins from Treasures of the Church gave students a presentation explaining the relics and how to find a special personal saint, then students spent time in veneration with the relics. That evening there was a public presentation and veneration.


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Little Flower Holds Annual Mardi Gras Parade

To celebrate Mardi Gras, Little Flower Catholic School held its annual parade. Primary students were in the parade, tossing beads to Middle School students as they walked. Later, roles were reversed, and middle school students tossed the beads.

Missionary Visits East Hill Christian School’s Elementary Chapel

East Hill Christian School’s elementary classes enjoyed hearing from missionary Sandra Britnell from Globe International right here in Pensacola. She spoke to the students about the orphanage that she serves in Nicaragua and gave them a glimpse into their everyday lives. East Hill students were impressed to learn that the children at the orphanage plant, tend to and harvest their own food from their garden. EHCS students have been collecting seeds to send back to Nicaragua to help them during their planting season. We love that our East Hill students have compassionate and tender hearts.

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Beulah AgriScience Students Make Presentation for Escambia County School Board

Students, and baby ducks, from the Beulah Middle School AgriScience Technology Academy presented to the Escambia County School Board recently ... and they did their families and teacher proud!

Blessed Star Students Study Chivalry and Coats of Arms

Blessed Star Montessori School students were taught about the Knights’ Code of Chivalry and Coat of Arms from medieval times and how theytranslate to modern day. They paired up in teams of two and created skits to illustrate examples of chivalry. Then student wrote their own Code of Chivalry to use in the classroom and at home. The students completed research so that they could create their own Coat of Arms. Their research included learning what the different colors, animals, plants and symbols represent. This picture shows their finished Coats of Arms.

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St. Paul Enjoys Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week was filled with fun at St. Paul Catholic School. On Monday, students packed and donated 150 sack lunches to the Waterfront Rescue Mission. Each lunch included a PB&J made by students, chips, a cookie and water bottle. Students, parent volunteers and faculty prayed over the lunches to ask blessings for those who receive them. Later that afternoon, our staff and 8th-graders battled it out in an intense volleyball match for the Hanley Cup. It ended up as a 2-2 tie! We wrapped up Catholic Schools Week with Decades Day. It was a blast... from the past!

SJS Holds SOUP-er STEAM Night

St. John School hosted a Family SOUP-er STEAM Night, coordinated by teachers and volunteers. Families gathered together to explore and experiment with science, technology, engineering, art and math. Delicious soups were also provided by teachers and school families. It was absolutely SOUP-er!

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St. Paul Knights Help Gulf Coast Kids House

In December, the Knights of St. Joseph at St. Paul Catholic School organized a bake sale benefitting the Gulf Coast Kids House. Recently, we were able to give Gulf Coast Kids House a check for $485. We are so proud of our students for working to make an impact in our community. Well done, Knights of St. Joseph!


Blessed Star Creates Mindfulness Comic Book


After our mindfulness lessons, Blessed Star Montessori students were able to pick an activity such as: creating, drawing and describing characters for a comic book. Research shows that practicing mindfulness can help kids learn to focus, manage stress, regulate emotions, and develop a positive outlook. One student is shown creating his own comic book.

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ECSD Provides Supplemental Meals

Escambia County School District’s (ECSD) Food Service Department began providing supplemental school meals on March 23, Monday through Friday, at the following locations: Bratt Elementary School, 5721 North Hwy. 99, Century, FL 32535 Bellview Elementary School, 4425 Bellview Ave., Pensacola, FL 32526 Warrington Middle School, 459 South Old Corry Field Rd., Pensacola, FL 32507 C.A. Weis Elementary School, 2701 North Q St., Pensacola, FL 32505 Booker T. Washington High School, 6000 College Pkwy., Pensacola, FL 32504 ECSD will be adding 33 school sites on Monday, March 30th. The list will be updated this time, next week. According to the USDA’s policy, the child or children must be present to receive meals. They must be 18 and younger; and meals are designed to be carried away and consumed off campus (cafeteria/dining rooms will not be open). Each child will receive breakfast and lunch in the same visit and service will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children do not have to be a student at that school in order to pick up meals there. Meals will be distributed in a curbside pick-up operation. Food items will be in to-go containers and will consist of ready-to-eat food items that should be consumed when received or should be quickly refrigerated for consumption at a later time. Additional sites: If families need to locate a source that is closer to them, they can go to: For anyone without internet service, call 211, the United Way of West Florida, for assistance.


National Wildlife Federation Offers Free Access to Ranger Rick, Digital Magazines

The National Wildlife Federation will offer free, complimentary access to Ranger Rick online and the digital editions of its magazines during the COVID-19 shutdown of schools and daycare centers. The access will only require an email address for access online. “We understand that this may be a scary, uncertain time for families,” said Hannah Schardt, editor of Ranger Rick for the National Wildlife Federation. “The most important thing right now is to stay healthy and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here at Ranger Rick, we also want to help families stay engaged with wildlife and the natural world, so we are removing the paywall from and making all the digital editions of our magazines free to the public through the end of June.” Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds. We will keep them both updated with fresh ideas and activities. Visit the National Wildlife Federation Media Center at

St. Paul Student Excels in Science Fair

SJS Student Council Raises Funds for Water Bottle Filling Station St. John School’s Student Council hosted a bake sale to raise funds for a new water bottle filling station at the school. Fourththrough eight-grade Student Council officers and representatives baked tasty treats and raised funds for the new water station, under the advisement of faculty moderator Abigail Swan Jones. Students enjoyed the lunchtime treats!

Escambia County Takes Stock in Children

Four amazing Take Stock in Children students were featured speakers at Escambia County’s annual scholarship luncheon, expressing to current and potential donors what the scholarships mean to them. From left are Danielle Djuric (BS, BSBA & MBA from UWF), Landon G (Bailey Middle School 7thgrader), Stephanie Le (PSC student) and Ben P (West Florida High senior). Thanks to Beach Community Bank for sponsoring this event.

This impressive 8th-grader from St. Paul Catholic School, a student of science teacher Colin Frank, competed at the Regional Science Fair in early February and won three special awards. She won the Joan Daughdrill Memorial Award for $50, a Thompson and Briggs Engineering Award for $50, and the Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs Award for $25. She placed second in her category and was selected for the State Team!

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Little Flower Science Project Teaches Photosynthesis

Students in Ms. Mohsenian’s 7th-grade science class at Little Flower Catholic School observed photosynthesis in action by exposing Elodea canadensis to light. Once exposed to a source of light, this unique plant releases oxygen and produces bubbles to observe. Using the students’ scientific skills, they carefully extracted, transported and manipulated this subaquatic plant to watch their science unit come to life.

Blessed Star Uses Snap Circuits

Blessed Star Montessori students had a blast using Snap Circuits kits recently, where they were introduced to the basic properties of electricity and electronics. They will learn the fundamentals behind circuitry and how circuits are used in all of the technological devices we use today. An overview of a simple circuit, followed by paired students’ testing of the kits, provides insight into the types of circuits and compares the differing properties of series circuits and parallel circuits. Blessed Star students are able to manipulate these circuits and create their own circuits using the components provided in the kit. 15

Autauga County Schools Beulah Wins Escambia County School District’s Middle School Women’s Volleyball Games

Beulah Academy of Science played against Brown Barge Middle School in both junior varsity and varsity games. Beulah Academy won both, and their winning teams are pictured below.

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East Hill Christian School Enjoys the Pensacola Opera

East Hill Christian’s elementary classes had a great time seeing “The Enchanted Forest” presented by the artists in residence from the Pensacola Opera. The students were able to choose the lead vocal characters and heard a fun story sung to actual opera music. All turned out well by the end when the characters learned they could befriend each other. A time of Q&A wrapped up their visit and our school day!

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Happy 100th Birthday, Brentwood Elementary!

Brentwood Elementary celebrated the school reaching its 100th year on March 12, 2020. Guests were treated to a unique presentation about the history of the school and to a delicious anniversary cake. Then they took tours and told stories and they hugged... often! What would be easier, singing the Happy Birthday song 100 times OR finding 100+ people whose lives included days, weeks and years spent inside those brick walls? The answer is easy!

Montessori Students Visit Summer Vista

Montessori School of Pensacola’s Lower Elementary students had the rewarding experience of reading to residents from Summer Vista Assisted Living facility. The facility is directly next door to the MSP Montessori Drive campus. Over the years, MSP has visited Summer Vista to sing, deliver cards, read, and at times, residents have visited the school for gardening projects, tennis on specialized smaller courts, and for more reading.

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4 Skills -- from Empathy to Manners-That Tech Might Be Eroding

on your phone. Explain that it can be very difficult to put down your phone when you’re in the middle of a game or chat, but you believe it’s important to pay special respect to people like grandparents and elders. And of course, respect breeds respect, so put your phone down when your kid talks to you (unless it’s about how much redstone they need to build a castle in Minecraft, in which case it’s totally OK to ignore them!).

(and What to Do About It) You started with the best intentions. Your kid needed a laptop for homework. Your tween needed a phone to text you after school. You wanted a Fitbit to lose a few extra pounds. But now, you look around and devices are plugged into every nook and cranny in your home. Everyone’s staring, tapping, tracking. While you’re grateful for things like Google Maps and Netflix that make your life easier and more fun, something feels off. It’s the basics that are missing: courtesy, conversation, being bored, and appreciating simple pleasures. But all hope is not lost. Here are four ways tech has nibbled away at valuable life skills and experiences, and what you can do about it.

Internet vs. Value of Boredom

When a phone full of cute cat videos and funny memes is only a swipe away, it’s easy to forget what it was like to be truly bored. But science tells us that boredom is actually useful -- for kids and adults. Not only can boredom lead to deep thinking, it can help kids practice perseverance, or pushing through uncomfortable moments without stimulation or distraction. And without boredom, kids might not take the time to explore their surroundings -- dig in the dirt, wonder how a house is built, bake cookies without a recipe -- and they might not stumble on something they really love to do. What to do: Create opportunities for boredom by setting up times and places where devices are off-limits. And make sure kids have unstructured time -- even a little bit -- where they can roam the house or the neighborhood without a schedule. Keep a list of activities that kids say they like to do -- from drawing to hammering to bouncing a ball -- and point them toward it when they complain.

Home Assistants vs. Manners

If you are one of the millions of households in the United States with Alexa or Google Home, you may have noticed an unfortunate side effect of using the device: a lack of enforced courtesy. Kids (and adults) shout commands at the device: “Play Beyoncé!” or “What’s the weather?!” The devices do not require a “please” or “thank you,” and the more lifelike these devices become, the weirder it is to hear your child rudely demanding something from a humanlike voice. What to do: Model the behavior you want to see. It might feel strange to say “please” to a machine, but if that’s what you expect from your kid, you should do it too. It might help explain to kids that even though you know Alexa doesn’t have feelings, using polite voices and words makes it nicer for the real people in the house who do have feelings. You can talk about how it can feel bad to be around someone who’s yelling or angry, even if they’re not yelling at you.

Devices vs. Empathy

The mere presence of a phone on the table between two people having a discussion has been shown to decrease feelings of empathy. Whether this is because the phone owner is distracted by the possibility of an incoming message or the promise of something more interesting on the device is unclear. But it makes sense that if someone isn’t giving you their full attention, they’re less likely to understand or empathize with you, and ultimately that can affect the quality of the relationship. What to do: Prioritize face-to-face conversation over devices by putting phones and tablets out of site during meals. Recognize your thought pattern during conversations, and if you find yourself wondering about a missed call or guessing how many people liked your most recent Instagram post, refocus your concentration on your friend, spouse, or kid. And acknowledge how difficult digital distraction can be to manage yourself so that your kids understand that you think it’s an important challenge to wrestle with.

Phones vs. Respect for Elders

How many of us have witnessed a teacher, coach, or grandparent try to make conversation with kids who can’t unglue their eyes from a screen? Of course it’s only polite to put down your phone when anyone is talking to you, but it can be especially embarrassing for parents who were raised to defer to the older generation. What to do: Make your expectations very clear. Talk to your kids about how important it is to use good manners when you’re Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2020


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Q. My husband and I had our first child in December. We bought a house not long before the baby was born, and since then we’ve been getting mail and phone calls about buying mortgage protection insurance. We’re both 27, we have good jobs, and our mortgage is $105,000. Would it be a good idea to get this insurance?

A. Mortgage insurance is really nothing more than a life insurance policy with the word “mortgage” stuck on the front. They make it sound like a specialized product, and they jack the price up. The truth is it’s just a big rip-off in most cases. If you two are healthy, you both could easily get $250,000 on 20-year level term life insurance policies, for around $12 a month. Then, if something happened to one of you,

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the other could pay off the house with the insurance money and still have a nice chunk left over. However, I recommend going a little further. My advice is for each of you to get good, level term life insurance—not just to cover your mortgage—but for 10 to 12 times your annual incomes. Both of you should have sensible plans in place to take care of your family now, and in the future, should something unfortunate happen.

Protecting Your Assets

Q. My wife is a teacher, and I’m a nurse. We make around $180,000 a year combined, and we’re set to pay off our home next month. We also have two teenagers who are both driving, so we were wondering about the best way to protect everything if one of them has an accident


and we get sued, or something else tragic happens.

A. With your income, and the stage you’re in when it comes to wealth building, I think it’s time to add an umbrella policy. This is a liability policy, and you could probably buy an extra million in liability coverage for around $250 a year. It attaches to the liability policy that’s already part of your homeowners and car insurance. With a couple of teenage drivers in the house it might run a little more than $250, but I wouldn’t think it would be much more, if any. It would just add an extra million to the mix, just in case someone decided they were going to come after you because of a bad situation. As you continue building wealth later, like if you get into real estate and start buying rental properties, make sure you put those in a limited liability company (LLC). You’re not there quite yet, but it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and do whatever you can to keep the size of the target on your back relatively small.


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The growing number of COVID-19 cases has triggered a wave of alarm and preemptive action across the globe and, closer to home, schools, libraries, and even churches have closed their doors. While social distancing is a necessary—albeit overwhelming—way to stem the coronavirus outbreak, many parents have been left floundering for ways to keep their kids occupied at home as they count the minutes for their day-to-day routine to go back to normal.

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Although some schools are providing their students with online classes, this may not be a viable option for your household and, even if it is, you still have to fill up the rest of the day as you hunker down at home with the kids. For many parents, letting their children play video games or watch TV for a reasonable amount of time is fun for the kids and gives you a much-needed opportunity to get things done. However, if none of that screen time offers any educational value or family bonding time, you may want to explore other solutions to help keep your kids and yourself from going stircrazy. Moreover, if your child is experiencing depression and/or anxiety because of the coronavirus pandemic, engaging in activities that promote family bonding can help reduce the incidence of depression and anxiety in children. Here are 10 fun (and cheap!) activities you can do at home with kids of all ages.

1. Set up an indoor campground. Bring the sleeping bags and tents down from the attic and turn your family room or backyard into a campground. No sleeping bags or tents? No problem. Create a campground by arranging chairs in rows of two in the family room, draping a bedsheet over the chairs to create the tent, and piling pillows and blankets underneath to create a sleeping area.

You can make your campground as elaborate as you’d like with items you already have in your home. String Christmas lights across the top of the tent to create a starry night scene. Enjoy the glow of a campground “fire” made with paper towel tubes, tissue paper, and LED candles. Set up lawn chairs outside the tent and serve hot dogs, chips, and trail mix, play cards and board games, or do an easy “camping” craft like making beaded necklaces or braided bracelets. Add to the camping aura by having the kids help you make s’mores in the microwave, oven or skillet.

2. Host Olympic games. If you look in your kids’ toy boxes and closets, you’ll probably find that you have enough games and activities at home to arrange back-to-back and create a challenging obstacle course for your kids to compete in, tantamount to a kiddie indoor Olympic course! You can kick off the “Olympic games” with an opening ceremony where each child gets to parade onto the course to a theme song of his or her choosing. Depending on your child’s age, your child may want to grab a favorite teddy bear to serve as his or her Olympic mascot. At the close of the opening ceremonies, get your stopwatch and scorecard ready and time your little Olympians as


they compete in consecutive games of skill and physical fitness such as: • a ring or beanbag toss, a mini golf course competition (a broom, a ping pong ball, and a plastic cup can be used in place of a golf club, golf ball, and golf hole), or a ball throwing competition into boxes of decreasing sizes, with a point given per successful shot for each of these activities; • a sack race or a boiled egg and spoon race with a marked-off finish line and points given to the first person over the finish line; • a hula hoop competition with a point given for each second the competitors can hold up their hula hoop; • a pyramid cup-stacking race with points given to the first person to successfully stack his or her cups into a stable pyramid; • a physical endurance competition where points are given for the number of jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups the child can do in three 30-second intervals; and • a mad dash crabwalk to the final finish line to close out the indoor Olympic games. At the end of the games, be sure to hand out prizes to each child, whether the prizes be stickers, dollar bills, or, if planned ahead, inexpensive pre-ordered gold medals.

3. Send the kids on an indoor scavenger hunt. Staying indoors can be a blast when the kids are set off on a scavenger hunt to seek and collect common household items. The scavenger hunt can be subject to a time-limit where each child competes alone or as part of a team to see which team collects the most items first. Go online for free, printable indoor scavenger hunt checklists listing everyday household items for seekers to find.

4. Throw a costume party. Let your kids raid your closet for hats, scarves, and costume jewelry to throw a costume party. Add snacks and a tea set to make it a tea party-themed ball! Clear a space for a catwalk and let your little models parade their fashion choices for you.

5. Put on an airshow with popsicle stick airplanes. All you’ll need for this creative craft is popsicle sticks, a cutting tool, craft glue or a hot glue gun, and paint if you’re not already using colored popsicle sticks. Find age-appropriate tutorials online to guide your child as she cuts and glues popsicle sticks to create toy airplanes. You can add a propeller to the airplane by twisting pipe cleaner around

the nose of the aircraft. For added fun, create a runway by taping sheets of construction paper together along a table or floor or by laying down a section of cardboard complete with runway markings.

6. Hold an art show. Grab smocks for your kids and spread out watercolors and brushes, crayons, markers, or colored pencils on a table along with poster board or construction paper. Provide glue sticks and safety scissors to allow for added artistic touches. Once your little artists have created their masterpieces, hang up the artwork and host an art show complete with glasses of apple juice “champagne” and hor d’oeuvres.

7. Make Play-Doh come to life. Kids will enjoy following any of the numerous YouTube tutorials showing them how to make Play-Doh animal creations such as turtles, crocodiles, and unicorns, and a PlayDoh park scene featuring trees, flowers, and a duck pond.

8. Bring out your child’s inner chef. Give your child an apron and set up a toppings bar to make homemade pizza or your own ice cream sundaes. Other kidfriendly foods you can easily find recipes for online to make together or let your older child

make alone are Emoji-inspired rice cakes, berry parfaits with yogurt and granola, and no bake cookies.

9. Expand your child’s knowledge with easy science experiments. Amaze your children while having them brush up on their science skills with these easy science experiments that you can do in your own home and with products you likely already have. Click on the “Experiments” section of to learn how to do simple scientific experiments.

10. Relax with low-key, familybonding activities. If your days at home are better-suited for more low-key family activities, consider starting a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that you and your child can work on and frame once completed. Older children may be interested in starting a scrapbook or smash book with you. Other ideas for low-key fun for children of all ages are playing Mad Libs as a family, building a Lego village together, or playing tried-and-true family-friendly board. GPP

Dolores Smyth is a parenting writer and mother of three kids ranging in age from preschool to junior high. You can follow more of her work on Twitter @LolaWordSmyth.

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Whether it’s the first time an infant steadies their head upright or the breakthrough moment when our toddler stands unassisted, we celebrate balance-driven milestones in our kids. Children learn balance through experimenting with body movements, coordinating their physical behavior with sensory signals to keep things in line. Building this equilibrium helps kids move toward milestones like walking, stacking objects, feeding themselves and more. Good balance not only protects them against falls and injuries, but also allows them to improve their response to changing forces, surfaces and elements. Give your kids a steady boost with the following products and encourage the exploration of balance through play.

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Simply-designed and easy to use, how children play with the versatile Teeter Popper balance toy is entirely up to them. While kids balance, twist and turn on the Teeter Popper, its suction cups grip and release against hard surfaces, generating a hilarious popping accompaniment to their play. Every play option fosters improved core strength, stability, balance, coordination, and gross motor skills. The sturdy plastic body holds up to 110 pounds and the durable silicone suction cups stand up to hours of play. The handle grips on each end also ensure stability and safe play. Stand, sit, rock, tilt, wobble, wiggle, and spin... kids’ balance benefits from the wild moves that emerge with the Fat Brain Teeter Popper!

Skipping training wheels, balance bikes are perfect preparation for children with their eyes on the prize of pedal bicycling. The Y Velo Balance Bike allows kids to practice with a stable double-width wheel before switching to a single wheel as they build confidence. Larger wheels and higher ground clearance are designed for safer play and easier riding on uneven surfaces. The dual rear wheel (three-wheel design) guarantees more stability for beginners with unrefined balance. Ensuring a best fit for a growing child, the seat height and handlebar height can be adjusted to ‘evolve’ with your rider. Available in vibrant colors of red and blue (and two child sizes), Yvolution’s Y Velo Bike is the best balanced choice for beginning bikers.

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Walkaroo Beginner Stilts

Heavy Duty Swivel Seesaw

Giving little ones a leg up in the balance game is fast and fun with Walkaroo Beginner Stilts. Combining whole body effort with a simple step up, stilt walking is a great physical confidence booster. With footrest and handle positions that can be adjusted for a custom fit, these stilts grow with kids as they get taller. When children gain confidence and improve their skills, the foot rests can be raised from the very lowest level to more challenging heights. Constructed from strong tubular steel, the ergonomic handle design and grippy foot pads offer a quick and safe step up into stilt walking. Ideal for training core and extremity muscles, the Walkaroo Beginner Stilts lift kids’ balance to new heights.

The Heavy Duty Swivel Seesaw adds a twist to the regular up and down with a swivel function that takes riders full circle. The durable double steel frame, soft, easy-grip handles and comfortable molded plastic seats make this rotating seesaw a backyard favorite for kids. This heavy-duty version of Pure Fun’s seesaw features double-steel tubing that can support up to 175 pounds per seat, making it the best choice for kids of all shapes and sizes. A secure stopper with rubber bottom is attached under each seat for added safety. Its durable powder coat finish ensures this seesaw will stand up to the elements to provide years of outdoor fun. In addition to fostering physical development, playing on the Heavy Duty Swivel Seesaw turns a balancing act into pure fun!


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Google’s 8K Virtual Tour of the Space Shuttle

Explore the Georgia Aqaurium and watch live web cams.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

National Aquarium

National Aquarium Virtual Tour

Polar Bears and the Tundra

Learn about the Royal Family and tour the Palace!

@ Washington, D.C. Go inside the Space Shuttle Discover with a special immersive film, 15 digital exhibits, virtual tours and over 200 online artifacts.

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International Space Station

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“Learn From Home” website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, and Grades 1-6+.

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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Art Online free video art lessons for kids.

Join Mo Willems everyday at noon to learn how to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing.


Free Art Lesson offered while schools are out.

Educational Girls Get STEM

Tune in to transport students to the STEM Center of Excellence where STEM will come to life in new and unexpected ways.

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

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Free Virtual Experience Gymnastics. Live 1 p.m. Central time.


Josh Gad (Olaf) Story time

Actor Josh Gad, who played Olaf in Disney’s Frozen movies, is reading to kids every evening off of his Twitter page.

The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum

View free livestreams of science labs, behind-thescenes tours, live animal encounters, lectures, etc.

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Streamed videos of actors reading children’s books with creatively produced illustrations.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum @ Los Angeles

Van Gogh Museum

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@ Pennsylvania A 3-D virtual tour of the Liberty Bell with historical information.

Boston Children’s Museum

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@ Washington, D.C. The White House - Get even more up close to this magnificent building than in-person tourists with a virtual tour of the White House.

Great Wall of China

This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.

U.S. Space and Rocket Museum

History View Virtual Tours

@ Alabama U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, AL-See the Saturn 5 Rocket on YouTube and more on this tour, thanks to a real father-son outing.

Choose a place on the map and see options for virtual tours and information.

Johnson Space Center

Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with an exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Manufacturing Hub

Take a virtual tour of Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Alcoe, Tennessee and learn about the exciting ways robotics and digital technology impact the skills needed to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing.

Mount Rushmore

@ South Dakota Tour the memorial, navigate 3D “point cloud” models, laser scanners and a large collection of videos and photographs.

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The Louvre

Zoos Atlanta Zoo

Facebook livestream offered every weekday at 3 p.m. (eastern time) showcasing an activity in their exhibit with an activity for kids to follow along with at home.

@ Wyoming Yellowstone National Park-Ready to explore Yellowstone? You don’t have to wait for your trip out here. You can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park.

Cincinnati Zoo

Facebook at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Houston Zoo

@ Texas Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals!

Ouwehand Park Polar Bear

@ Montana Webcams are located throughout the park to provide views of the vast diversity of landscapes found in Glacier.

@ Arizona Grand Canyon National Park’s Webcam (at the Yavapai Museum of Geology on the South Rim) offers a window into the sights, weather, air quality and seasonal changes that the park is experiencing.

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Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon

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Glacier National Park

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Eagles nests, animal sanctuaries, bird feeders, manatees underwater, Fox dens, honey bee hive and more! View in reat time.

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The Louvre-Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual trip.

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Welcome to the Ouwehand Zoo’s tundra exhibit in Rehen, Netherlands, where two polar bear cubs play under the watchful eye of their mother.

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Do you remember playing outside as a kid? It was a time to run around and let loose, use your imagination, and explore. As a child growing up in the eighties, I remember walking to school, riding my bike to the swim club or just around the neighborhood to see friends, and making up all kinds of imaginative games in the woods behind my house. Well, that doesn’t happen much anymore. Today, children suffer from nature-deficit disorder. This term was coined by Richard Louv, author of the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN). It refers to children having less experience with and connection to nature over the last couple of decades. Here are some facts: Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2020



• Only 6 percent of American children ages 9-13 play outside unsupervised, according to Frances Moore Lappe. • In a 2004 survey of 800 American mothers, 71 percent said they played outdoors every day as children but only 26 percent of them said their kids played outdoors daily. • The Outdoor Foundation surveyed 40,000 people and found an overall decrease in the amount of time children participated in outdoor activities. • A 2005 study indicated that 71 percent of adults reported that they walked or biked to school when they were children but only about 20 percent of children did in 2005. This is very true for my family. We live five minutes from my children’s schools, yet I spend about 2 hours each week in carpool lines.

Why This Is A Problem

Children spending less time outdoors has been linked to decreased appreciation of our environment, health problems including childhood obesity and vitamin D deficiency, diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of emotional illnesses like anxiety

and depression. If children are no longer outside playing and enjoying themselves, then how will they naturally calm down and relax? Well, the statistics are frightening. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), it is estimated that 1 in 8 children suffers from an anxiety disorder. More worrisome, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that 25 percent of teens ages 13-18 will experience some form of anxiety. Additionally, the use of anti-anxiety medications is exploding. It increased by almost 50 percent for children ages 10-19 between 2001-2010, explained Scott Shannon, author of Mental Health for the Whole Child: Moving Young Clients from Disease & Disorder to Balance & Wellness.

with all creatures and plants in the natural world that we subconsciously seek. • Nature provides a sense of wellbeing. • The natural world offers solace and comfort unlike what we find in any manmade environment. • Spending time in nature reduces the level of human response to stress and allows us to recover from stressful situations more quickly. • Having contact with nature promotes healing. A breakthrough study in 2001 in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that a healing garden at a children’s hospital in California had positive effects on users—about 85 percent reported feeling more relaxed, refreshed, or better able to cope after spending only 5 minutes in the garden.

How Nature Helps Reduce Stress

How Did We Get Here?

A growing number of studies from around the world show the importance of nature in our life such as improving mental health. Examples include recreation activities in the wilderness, community gardens, views of nature and/or gardens at hospitals, and contact with animals. Why is this the case? • Humans have a nature instinct known as biophilia—an innate bond we share

Five key changes over the last 30+ years have impacted our relationship with nature: 1. How Society Developed. We are increasingly living in urban areas. According to the United Nations, almost 50 percent of all people in the world now live in urban areas, and this is projected to increase to 65 percent by the year 2030. Also, poorly

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designed outdoor spaces make it more difficult for children to play outside. 2. Fear. Richard Louv wrote: “Fear is the emotion that separates a developing child from the full, essential benefits of nature.” Since the 1980s, we live in a more fearful society hyped up by 24/7 media reporting, which was intensified after 9/11. Parents worry about many safety concerns that impact the time their children spend outside, such as traffic, crime, strangers, injury, and nature itself (e.g. skin cancer due to sun exposure, bug bites, and harmful animals.) A 1991 study of 3 generations of 9 year olds showed that between 19701990, the radius around home where children were allowed to roam on their own shrunk to 1/9 of what it was in 1970. Imagine what that statistic is today! 3. Technology. Children spend more and more time focused on screens instead of nature scenes. According to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study, daily media use among children and teens has risen dramatically. Today, 8- to 18-yearolds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours

a week!). Common Sense Media reports a huge increase in the use of mobile media by young children in the past couple of years. Finally, in his book, Richard Louv sadly quotes a fourth grader: “I Like to play indoors better because that’s where all the electric outlets are.” 4. Time pressures. Children are living an overly structured lifestyle involving sports teams, indoor play centers, homework, extracurricular activities, etc., that prevent them from simply enjoying free play outdoors. 5. Education trends. Unfortunately, outdoor education is not a priority, and recess time and physical education classes are being threatened in many schools.

How Can You Help?

We are all struggling to balance a million priorities and to make the best decisions for our family. Now that you know how critical it is to our children’s wellbeing for them to spend time outside in nature, you may want to take some steps: • Spend more time outside as a family. Don’t overthink this. Keep your children’s outdoor time unstructured–go for a walk,

visit a local park, garden, bike ride, or have a healthy meal in your backyard. • Plan day trips and vacations based on National Parks or other outdoor experiences. • Register your children for outdoor sports and summer camp. • Teach children to “stop and smell the roses”. In other words, be mindful of nature around you. • Lobby for your school to keep physical education and recess on your child’s schedule. • Start a nature group at your child’s school. • Get involved in a community garden or local environmental group. • Examine ways to minimize technology use in your house. Common Sense Media is a fabulous resource to explore. GPP Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer/blogger and mother of two. She has written extensively about parenting, wellness, and environmental issues. You can find her at and Get her free course on raising happy, balanced kids at


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Whether you want them to experience day or overnight camp, sports or fine arts, our listing has details on these and many more. It’s time to get your campers ready for summer fun!










Art Camps

Dance Camps

Day Camps

Creatisphere - First City Art Center Art Camp

Bernice’s Starrstep Dance Studio

Falbo’s Family Karate

1060 North Guillemard St, Pensacola, FL 32501 May 26-August 7, 2020 (6-11 years); June 8-July 31, 2020 (12-16 years). 9:00am-4:00pm. Painting, glass blowing & fusing, drawing, stained glass, pottery, mixed-media, sculpture, photography, printmaking, yoga, and more! On select weeks, camp days are split between FCAC and the Mess Hall. Extended care offered. $210-$260/week. Early bird discount if registered by March 15th.

2895 W Scott Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Call or visit our website for updates.

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8253 Chellie Road, Pensacola, FL 32526 Please visit our website for our summer intensive information coming soon.

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Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 March 16-20, 2020. Ages 5 - 9 and 10 - 14; 9:00am - 3:00pm. After care available. Inspired by our Spring exhibition, STEAM2020, campers will explore various materials and processes tied to STEAM fields. Artists will explore the galleries for inspiration for their art projects.

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Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 2020 Dates: June 8-12 (Playing with Paper); June 15-19 (Fun with Fiber); June 22-26 (Museum Bootcamp for High School Teens); July 6-10 (Alternative Materials); July 13-17 (Wearable Art). Youth camps serving ages 5-14. Teen camp for ages 14-18. 9:00am - 3:00pm. After care available. 850-473-7468

Ellen’s Art

1265 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 850-934-8538

Little Prodigies Music and Arts Center

1308 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534 850-332-6462

Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 850-432-9546

Five Flags Dance Academy

8084 North Davis Highway (Suite F-1), Pensacola, FL 32514 850-484-0648

Five Star Dance Centre

5636 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571 850-748-2383

In His Steps Christian Dance Studio

6231 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 850-474-4922

Pensacola School of Ballet

4806G Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 850-572-4712

Time to Shine

4375 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571 850-994-5678


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3031 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Family Karate Summer Camp. June 1 – July 24, Aug 3-7, 2020. Opening at 7:30am (extended hours 6:30am), pick up after karate class or by 6:00pm. Choose daily or weekly. Daily field trips: Mondaysswimming, Tuesdays-movie, Wednesdays-varies, Thursdays-skating including CiCi’s. Fridays–See Schedule. Space is limited! Reserve your spot and see Wednesday & Friday field trip schedule online. 850-934-7977

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Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 May 26 - August 7, 2020, Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:45pm for ages 6 - 12 years. Over 50 different classes offered. Subway lunches optional. Follow us on Facebook for updates @ Kids College Pensacola State College. 850-484-1797

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Marcus Pointe Christian School, 6205 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 May 26th through July 31, 2020 for ages 4 years (by June 1st) - 5th grade. Camp is from 8:00am 3:00pm. Doors open at 7:00am. Extended hours are available from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. 850-479-1605

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Vickerey Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 June 1 - August 7, 2020, Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 6:00pm. Ages 5 - 12 years or K - 5th grades (Must have completed Kindergarten to enroll in this camp). Arts & crafts, camp songs and games, sports, field trips, local outings, special events, STEAM, cooking, swimming and more! Registration opens April 1st. See our listing for Teen leadership Camps in this Directory. 850-478-1222

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Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 July 6 - July 10, 2020. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 5 - 12 years. This week long camp will include learning several dances, making beach party crafts and costumes, and concludes with a mini performance and family party to display all that is learned. Please bring a snack each day. $60 City Resident/$70 Non Resident. Register online beginning April 1, 2020. Only 15 spots available! 850-494-7360

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Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 June 22 - June 26, 2020. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 3-8 years. This week long camp will include learning several dances, making mermaid crafts and costumes, and conclude with a mini performance and family party to display all that is learned. Please bring a snack each day. $60 City Resident/$70 Non-Resident. Register online only beginning April 1, 2020. 850-494-7360

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Fricker Resource Center, 900 North F Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 850-436-5195

Woodland Heights Resource Center, 111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503 850-435-1750

E.S. Cobb Resource Center, 601 East Mallory Street, Pensacola, FL 32503 850-436-5192

May 26 - August 7, 2020. 7:00am-6:00pm. Ages 5 - 12 years. Register online only beginning April 1, 2020. Receive 10% off when you register online through April 30, 2020. Field Trips, Swimming and tons of outdoor fun!

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Sam’s Fun City, 6709 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32505 A traditional camp with outdoor & off-site activities and educational programs from our Science of Fun Program. Ages: rising 1st grade-rising 7th grade, divided by ages. Monday-Friday 8:30am5:00pm with extended hours 7:30am-6:00pm. Lunch included. Register online.


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Pensacola Christian College, 250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 June 1 - August 14, 2020. Monday - Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm with extended care available until 5:30pm for ages 6 – 12 years and 5 year olds who have completed K5. Bowling, swimming, ice skating and more! Enroll for a week, a month, or the entire summer!



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Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 May 26 – August 7, 2020, for ages 5 - 7 years. Monday - Friday, 7:00am – 5:30pm. Space is limited to 55 spots. Contact Tina Isaacson. 850-484-1524

Wild and Wise Camp ad on page 27

Camp Fire Clubhouse - Milton, 5590 Byrom Street, Milton, FL 32570 May 26 – Aug 7, 2020, Ages 8 - 12 years. Monday - Friday 7:00am – 5:30pm. Space is limited to 35 spots. Limited transportation from Pensacola. Please call for more information. 850-476-1760

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Century Child Development Center, 6031 Industrial Boulevard, Century, FL 32535 May 26 – Aug 7, 2020, for ages 5-12. MondayFriday, 7:00am – 5:30pm. Space is limited to 20 spots. Contact Misty Lambeth. 850-256-0953

YMCA Summer Teen Leadership Camp (TLC) ad on page 36

Ensley Church of Nazarene, 8300 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32504 June 1 - August 7, 2020, Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm. Ages 12 - 16 years (Must have

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completed 6th grade to enroll in this camp). Low/ High rope course, rock wall climb, camp experiences, sports, field trips, STEAM, mission/service projects, swimming and more! Registration begins April 1st. 850-478-1222

Argo Adventure Kids Camp

University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy (Building 72, Room 282A), Pensacola, FL 32514 May 26 - July 31, 2020. Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm. Completed Kindergarten up to completed 5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Register for individual weeks or the whole summer. 850-474-2539

Berryhill Summer Camp

5900 Berryhill Road, Milton, FL 32570 Our center has an indoor swimming pool, movie screen and 4,000 sqft activity area. Weekly field trips include skating rink, bowling alley, parks and more. Please call or check online for updates. 850-623-4509

Blessed Star Montessori Christian School

9151 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL 32514 Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm. Ages 4 - 12 years. Please call or email the school office for camp registration. 850-476-9208

City of Gulf Breeze Community Center

800 Shoreline Drive , Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 June 1 - August 7, 2020 for ages 5 - 13. Camp

times are from 7:30am - 5:30pm.


Cub Scout Day Camp - Pensacola Bay

Pine Forest United Methodist Church, 2800 Wilde Lake Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32526 June 8-12, 2020. For rising 1st - 5th grade. Camp times are Monday - Thursday from 8:00am - 4:00pm, Friday from 8:00am - 2pm.

Episcopal Day School, South Campus

223 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 June 1 - July 24, 2020. Rising 2nd grade 8th grade. 7:00am-5:30pm. Extended Care available. Full-day $215/week, Half-day $140/ week. 850-434-6474


Greater Little Rock Preschool

Early Childhood Summer Camp


Montessori School of Pensacola, 1010 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501 There are 9 weeks of summer camp and open to MSP and non-MSP students ages PreK, Kindergarten and Lower Elementary. 8:00am - 11:30am; 8:00am - 2:30pm, or 7:00am - 5:30pm. 850-469-8138 summer-camp

Emerald Coast Science Center

31 Memorial Parkway SW, Fort Walton, FL 32548 Summer STEAM Workshops Tuesday’s from June 2 - July 28, 2020 for ages 5 - 12. Workshop times are from 9:00am - 1:00pm. 850-664-1261

Episcopal Day School, Hilton Green Campus

601 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 June 1 - July 24, 2020. Rising Pre K2 - 1st grade. 7:00am-5:30pm. Extended Care available. Fullday $215/week, Half-day $140/week. 850-466-2060


901 North A Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Please visit our website or call for information.


2000 Toni Street, Pensacola, FL 32504 Open Monday-Friday 6:30am-5:45pm. We accept ages 6 weeks-11 years. Please call or visit our website for camp registration. 850-477-7080

Malena’s Mini School

9318 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32534 Camp for ages 4 years - 5th grade. Swimming, cooking, crafts, movies, and field trips. Enrollment includes breakfast, lunch, and snack. Please call for pricing and availability. 850-478-5733

Miss Kathy’s Day Camp

2275 East Johnson Ave, Pensacola, FL 32514 Summer Camp runs from May 26 - August 7, 2020. Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm for ages 5 - 12 years. 850-479-6031

PTSDA Karate Summer Camp

2500 Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534 Camp runs Monday - Friday 7:00am–6:00pm. Ages 5–12 years. 850-478-0680

Pullum Family YMCA

2379 Pawnee Drive, Navarre, FL 32566 Call for Summer Camp programs and registration.

Aubrey Hill Summer Riding Camp 2729 Ten Mile Road, Pace, FL 32571 850-396-3102

Salvation Army Summer Day Camp

Florida Community Center, 1501 North Q Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 May 26 – August 7, 2020. Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. $20/week (1st child) + $15/week (2nd child) + $10/week (3 or more children each).


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Winshape Camp for Communities Gulf Breeze

Educational & Misc.

Coastline Calvary Chapel, 1122 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 July 27 - 31, 2020 for completed K - 8th grade. Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm and Friday 8:00am-12:00pm. Register online. 844-WS-CAMPS (972-2677)

Gonzalez United Methodist Church Summer Camp

2026 Pauline Street, Cantonment, FL 32533 Our summer program runs from May - August. Monday - Friday from 6:30am - 6:00pm. Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade.

Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp ad on page 35

Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard (Suite B), Pensacola, FL 32508 Camps run June 1–July 31, 2020. Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. Rising 5th & 6th grade. Launch rockets, build gliders, watch a Blue Angels practice, Giant Screen Movies, F-35 flight simulators and more! 850-308-8957


National Flight Academy

Kids 4 Fun Summer Day Camp

Naval Air Station, 1 Fetterman Way, Pensacola, FL 32508 The National Flight Academy is a premier STEM institution that provides students in grades 7th - 12th with a fully immersive, aviation-themed, learning adventure of a lifetime. Six-day overnight Deployment programs run May – August.

2258 Highway 87 South, Navarre, FL 32566 4050 Avalon Boulevard, Milton, FL 32583 5642 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32583 Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm. Ages 5 - 12 years. Swimming, pizza making, Skyzone, Sweet Season Farms, movies, Planetarium, bowling and more! Call to register. 850-530-6078

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Pensacola Cooks Jr. Chef Cooking and Baking Camps ad on page 37

PCK Cooking Classroom, 3624 Barrancas Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32507 June 1-5 & June 15-19, 2020: Jr. Pastry Chef Baking Basics; June 8-12 & June 22-26: Jr. Pastry Chef Advanced Baking; July 20-24, 2020: Flavors of the Pensacola Culinary Scene. Meet & Greet local chefs!; July 27-31, 2020: Taste of the Olympics Global Food. Practice cooking food from countries taking part in the 2020 Summer Olympics! 9am12pm(ages 6-9) and 2pm-5pm(ages 10-14). $200/ camper per camp. Campers receive a recipe booklet, certificate of participation, and a chef hat at “PCKids Jr. Chef Graduation”. 850-456-0743

Pensacola MESS Hall ad on page 35

116 North Tarragona St, Pensacola, FL 32502 Ignite scientific curiosity! Camp sessions May 26, 2020 - July 31, 2020, offering weeklong, half day & full day exploration of topics in science. More info & registration available online.


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American Autism & Rehabilitation Center 8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 Please visit our website for additional camp information. 251- 210-1632 (Ext. 104)

Escambia County 4-H Day Camps

3730 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL 32533 Camp sessions run from June 1 - August 14. 850-475-5233

Explore Summer Camps

University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514 June 1 - August 7, 2020 for K - 12th. Camp times are from 9am - 3pm with before and after care. 850-473-7468

Kids for Camp - Autism Pensacola

10001 North Davis Highway, (Building 1) Pensacola, FL 32514 June 10 – July 14, 2020, Monday - Thursday. A program that uses Applied Behavior Analysis.


Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 See more details under Overnight Camps. 800-637-7223

Gymnastics & Cheer

Salute Gymnastics Academy

Play Pensacola Jojo Big Bow! Mini Hip-Hop/Tumbling Camp

The Little Gym of Pensacola

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Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 June 8-June 12, 2020. 9:00am-11:30am. Ages 4-8 years. This week long camp will incorporate hip-hop and tumbling. We will learn the basics of hip-hop dance and tumbling, make big bows and costumes and will end the week with a mini performance! Please bring a snack each day. $55 City Resident/$65 Non-Resident. Register online only beginning April 1, 2020. 850-494-7360

First City No Bummer Summer Gymnastics Camp

65 East Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514

9245 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32534 850-969-9111

10437 Sorrento Rd (#206), Pensacola, FL 32507 850-495-1734

Horseback Riding Riverview Camp for Girls ad on page 7

757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 See listing details under Overnight Camps in this directory. 800-882-0722

Aubrey Hill Equestrian Center


2729 Ten Mile Road, Pace, FL 32571

Gulf Breeze Funplex

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3123 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Gulf Coast Elite All - Star Cheer

4607 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, FL 32526


3030 Highway 97, Molino, FL 32577

Music and Theater


Musical Theatre with PenArts

Gulf Coast Gymnastics

The Gordon Community Arts Center, 306 North DeVilliers, Pensacola , FL 32501 For the first time ever, PenArts presents a Musical Theatre Camp! June 8 - June 19, 2020.

1844 Cowen Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 850-934-3990

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May through July

Ignite your child’s curiosity through science-themed summer exploration. Week-long, half & full-day options available for experiencing topics in invention, architecture, coding, & more!

Grades 1st - 7th. Dates & details available online.

Register Online Today!

Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp for rising 5th and 6th grade students. Weekly sessions run from June 1 – July 31, 2020, Monday – Friday

from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost is $175 per camper. Discounted rate of $140 for military families.

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Working entertainment professionals from around the country will be teaching incoming 3rd-12th grade students. 850-565-9508

Play Pensacola Musical Theatre Camp ad on Inside Back Cover

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 July 13 - July 17, 2020. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 5 - 12 years. An introductory/beginner camp for students interested in the basic concepts of Musical Theater; singing, acting and dancing. We will end the week with a mini performance and family party to display all that is learned! Please bring a snack each day. $60 City Resident/$70 Non-Resident. Register online Beginning April 1, 2020. 850-494-7360

Play Pensacola Princess Camp ad on Inside Back Cover

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 June 1 - June 5, 2020. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 3-8 years. This week long camp will include learning several dances, making princess party crafts and costumes, and concludes with a mini recital. Please bring a snack each day. $60 City Resident /$70 Non-Resident. Register online only beginning April 1, 2020. 850-494-7360

Blues Angel Music

657 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32505 Have fun for free, every Saturday morning at

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9:30, with our weekly ukulele classes.


Gulf Breeze High School Drama Camp

675 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 June 8 - 12, 2020 ($225); June 15 - 19, 2020 ($225). Discounts if registered before May 1st and if both weeks are chosen. 9:00am - 3:00pm. 850-384-2070

Gulf Breeze School of Music

5 Center Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561


Ms. Tammy’s Music Treehouse

NE Pensacola Licensed Let’s Play Music Teacher offering quality piano-based music classes for beginners Pre K through Middle School. Also offering Sound Beginnings Family Music classes for ages 1 - 4 with an adult partner. 850-308-1905

Pensacola Children’s Chorus

46 East Chase Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 June 8-19, 2020 Musical Theatre Academy: theatre, singing, dance; July 27-August 1, 2020 Summer Festival: Choral music in group settings, music theory, world music, and movement. 850-434-7760

Pensacola Home School Band & Strings

McIlwain Presbyterian Church, 1220 East Blount Street, Pensacola, FL 32503 June 22nd - 26th from 9 am until 12 pm. Ages 8 18. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced camps.


Pensacola Little Theatre

400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 June 8 - 25, 2020, Monday - Friday 10:00am 3:00pm. Open to ages 6 - 14 years. All skill levels welcome. Six full weeks of imagination and character building! Theatre games, scavenger hunt, lessons in stage makeup and costumes, end of camp performance and more! 850-432-2042

Pensacola Opera Summer Camp

75 South Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 850-433-6737

Overnight Camp Riverview Camp for Girls ad on page 7

757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 2020 Camps run from May-August. An all girls overnight camp with one and two-week summer sessions. Ages 6-16 years. Horseback riding, swimming, nature trails, arts and crafts, and much more! Also offering weekend retreats for mother-daughter adventures. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 800-882-0722

Teen Extreme Youth Camp ad on page 34

Pensacola Christian College, 250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 June 8 - July 24, 2020. Several sessions to choose from. Ages 12-18 yrs or 7th - 12th grade (including

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Bazooka Soccer Camp

Residential Session Camp 1: July 5 - 9, 2020 Ages 10 - 18 years; Residential Session Camp 2: July 10 - 14, 2020. Ages 10 - 18 years. 850-356-2996

Camp ASCCA Easter Seals

5278 Camp Ascca Dr, Jacksons Gap, AL 36861 Summer sessions begin June 28, 2020 with a new session beginning each Sunday. 256-825-9226

Camp Marymount

1318 Fairview Boulevard, Fairview, TN 37062 Ages 6-16. Girls: May 31- June 12 and June 14July 3; Boys: July 12- July 17 and July 19 – July 31, 2020. 615-799-0410

Camp O’ the Pines

250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 Week-long overnight camp sessions run June 14-July 24, 2020. For boys and girls ages 8–12 years. Zip lining, team competitions, arts/crafts, archery, swimming (water slides), and more! 850-479-6555

Camp Seale Harris

Various locations in Pensacola, FL and Alabama, Camp Seale Harris is for kids & teens with diabe-

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Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 From hiking and paddling to caving and climbing, The Walkabout Experience brings a new adventure every day. Ages 8-16. 423-267-8506 (Ext. 827)

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Summer Residential Camp

101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Barrier Island Explorers: Rising 5th-6th graders June 14-17, July 12-15, July 19-22; Marine DeTECHtives: Rising 7th-8th grade June 29-July 1; Gulf Island Journey: Rising 7th-9th grades May 31-June 5, June 21-26, July 12-17, July 19-24; Bay Voyager: Rising 9th-12th grade June 7-12, July 26-31; Coastal Fisheries Camp: Rising 9th12th graders May 31- June 5. 251-861-2141 (Ext. 7515)

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Science Course

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Marine Science High School Course: June 14July 10. An intense 4-week academic class which introduces high school students to a better understanding of the various fields in marine science. 251-861-2141 (Ext 7515)

Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics

One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 Camp sessions run March - August. Ages 9 - 18


years. Visit our website for session options, dates and registration. 800-637-7223

Wyldlife Camp

18115 SE 95th Street Rd, Ocklawaha, FL 32179 Mobile Trip-May 30-June 3; 6th-8th grade; Come experience a place filled with fun, adventure, and plenty of surprises. A place where you can enjoy relaxing with your friends. 251-473-1703

Sports Camps

Challenger International Soccer Camps ad on Inside Back Cover

Roger Scott Tennis Center , 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Play Pensacola’s NEW 2020 Program! June 8-12, 2020. Tiny Tikes (ages 3-5) 8:00am9:00am is ($102); Half Day: (9:00am-12:00pm) or (5:30pm-8:30pm) for Ages 6-14 ($138). The new Challenger International Soccer Camp has combined the most popular elements from British Soccer and TetraBrazil to provide young players with a well rounded skill set and multi-faceted on and off-field coaching experience. Registration available online.

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Malcolm Yonge Community Center, 925 East Jackson Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 June 1-5, June 15-19 and July 13-17, 2020.

Group & individual instruction, league and tournament play with age appropriate goals and balls. Each camper receives a basketball, camp shirt and ice cream party. Three exciting sessions with four-time Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year Chip Boes! Camp is for Boys and Girls ages 7-14 years from 9:00am - 12:30pm. $95/camper Sibling discounts. 850-968 9299

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Malcolm Yonge Gym, 925 East Jackson Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 June 8 - 12, 2020. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 9-14 years. Don’t miss this great camp conducted by Pensacola State College Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Belarmino. Registration forms can be downloaded online and mailed to Exchange Park. Onsite registration available on the first day. $90 per camper. Please make checks payable to: Jennifer Belarmino. 850-968-9299 Volleyball

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Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 July 13 - 16, 2020 Ages 6 - 7 years from 8:30am10:30am($50); Ages 8 - 15 years from 8:30am11:30am ($75). Don’t miss this great camp for Boys and Girls conducted by University of West Florida Women’s Soccer Head Coach and Players! Registration available May 15, 2019 - July 10, 2020. 850-396-2998

Pins & Pals Bowling Camp ad on page 9

Cordova Lanes, 2111 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 June 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 2020; July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31, 2020. Monday - Friday 10:00am - 1:00pm. Ages 5 - 18 years. $130 per session, per camper. Includes lessons, rental shoes, lunch, bowling ball, custom fitted in your

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choice of weight and color. Please call to reserve your spot.

our website for dates and registration.

Summer Camp at Roger Scott Tennis Center

Play Racquet Round-up

2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 June 1 - Aug 7, 2020 (no camp June 28 - July 3). Monday-Friday 9:00am-2:00pm. $150 per camper, per week (sibling discounts available). A fun tennis-based day camp with arts and crafts, outdoor games, tennis instruction, fun tennis games, and swimming at Roger Scott Pool. Lunch is included. Online registration coming soon!



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Various Pensacola locations Racquet Round-Up exists to introduce area youth to the game of tennis.

University of West Florida Volleyball Summer Camps

11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514 Several Camp options and registration available on our website.



Deep Water Martial Arts

Watersports – Surf, Swim, Fishing, Boating

440 E Heinberg Street, Pensacola, FL 32503 June 1- July 31, 2020 850-380-1085

FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinic with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Blue Wahoos Stadium, 251 West Cedar Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2020. Clinics are for Boys & Girls. Visit our website for programs and registration information. The Password to register is playball. 770-401-9083

Gulf Breeze Futbol Academy

4901 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 850-602-7540

ICE Soccer Camps at University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway , Pensacola, FL 32514 July 18-19, 2020 for High School grades and July 20-24, 2020 for 8th grade and under. 850-474-3226

Kickstart Soccer

Brent Football Fields, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 A free soccer clinic for children of all skill levels ages 5-12 years. Introducing the sport of soccer in a fun and casual learning environment. Visit


British Swim School Pensacola ad on page 30

1431 West Nine Mile Rd (Unit 6306), Pensacola FL 32534 Water Safety Camp! Teaching survival in the water and swim safety training. Skilled instructors to teach confidence and no fear. We have fun while learning importance of water survival. 850-220-1619

Pensacola Yacht Club Summer Sailing ad on page 14

1897 Cypress Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 June 1-5, June 8-12, June 15-19, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7, 2020. Half day: 9:00am-12:30pm; Full day: 9:00am-3:30pm. “Next Mark Course” is a weekend program for sailors who have completed a Summer Camp and want to keep sailing. Multi week 10% discount offered. 850-723-1278

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Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 June 8-12 & June 15-19, 2020. Monday Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm & Friday 8:00am1:00pm(Fish Fry 12pm-1pm). Ages: 8 -15 years. $130 City resident/$140 Non-resident. Register online only beginning April 1, 2202. Campers who already know how to fish will learn places around town to fish! Participants receive a tackle box and fishing pole after camp. 850-516-9382

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Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 July 6-10, July 13-17, July 27-31, 2020. Ages 8-15 years. Monday - Thursday 8:00am–4:00pm, Friday 8:00am–1:00pm. $130 City residents/$140 Non-residents. Register online only beginning April 1, 2020. This is one of those camps your child will talk about for years! They will have fun learning about kayaking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, archery and environmental stewardship. 850-516-9382

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Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 May 26 - 29 and June 1 - 5, 2020. Ages: 7-14

years. Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm & Friday 8:00am 1:00pm(Fish Fry 12pm-1pm). $130 City resident/$140 Non-resident. Register online only beginning April 1, 2020. Learn to fish, identify species, and enjoy the outdoors. Campers receive a tackle box and fishing pole at the end of camp.


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Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 June 22 - 26, 2020. Ages 9-15 years. MondayThursday 8:00am-4:00pm, Friday 8:00am1:00pm. $130 City resident/$140 Non-resident. Register online April 1, 2020. Your child will learn the fundamentals of Stand-Up paddleboard (SUP) and kayaking, first in a pool then out on the open water. River Trip on Thursday. 850-516-9382

Waterboyz Surf, Skate & Skimboard Camps ad on page 4

Pensacola Beach (Surf Camp and Skimboard Camp), Waterboyz skatepark (Skate Camp), 380 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501 Action-packed camps all summer long! Our instructors represent some of Pensacola’s top surfers, skimboarders, and skaters. For further information, visit our website and check out our social media accounts. 850-433-2929

Greater Pensacola Aquatics Club Summer League Swimming

Pensacola State College, University of West Florida and Santa Rosa Christian School Summer swim programs will be held at Pensacola State College, University of West Florida & Santa Rosa Christian School. Visit our website for dates, times and other specific information. 850-484-1312 summer-league

Innerlight Surf Camp

6 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Sessions run June 1-August 5, 2020. Camps are from 9:00am to 1:00pm for ages 7 - Adult. Visit the link provided for the 2020 schedule and various camp options. 850- 932-5134

Junior Lifeguard Pensacola Beach Lifeguards

Quietwater Beach Pavilions Please visit our website for dates, times and additional camp information. 850-916-5232

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

8638 Blue Heron Court, Navarre, FL 32566 2020 Summer Camps run June 1 - July 3, 2020 for students in 1st - 8th grade. 850-261-2141 GPP







Timmy Failure

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B+ Violence: A Sexual Content: A Profanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: AAfter his father’s death, Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) and his mom (Darby Stanchfield) move to Mica, Arizona for a fresh start. Following a traumatic bullying incident, Leo decides that it is easier to blend in with the crowd and not draw any attention to himself. On his sixteenth birthday he meets Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), a quirky girl who is unapologetically herself. As they get to know each other, Leo learns what it means to be yourself and not care what other people think of you. Stargirl is based on a bestselling novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli published in 2000. Though the movie adaptation does try to modernize in some ways, it still feels its age. I doubt that today’s teens will be able to relate fully to the characters and situations, as high school has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Much of the plot is unrealistic and the teenage characters make choices and interact in ways that don’t feel authentic. It’s worth noting that the film’s overall theme is figuring out who you are and learning to be ok with standing out from the crowd - which is a message we’re all happy to share with young people. Seeing actual teenagers play teens is also refreshing, instead of the 20-somethings who are often cast in these roles. The musical elements are well done, especially Grace VanderWaal’s singing and ukulele playing. Overall, Stargirl is a sweet, family-friendly coming of age story, though it does show its age in the depictions of teenagers and especially in its main female lead.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: A Violence: B Sexual Content: A Profanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: A Timmy Failure (Winslow Fegley) is an 11-year-old who runs his own detective agency along with his business partner, an imaginary 1,200-pound polar bear named Total. Together they try to protect Portland from backpack thieves, homework, and Russian operatives. Family comedies have to toe the line between humor for children and humor for adults. Many lean too far one way or the other, but Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a perfect balance. I laughed through the entire run time. The jokes are well written, which will appeal to adults, while also adding in some silly moments that children will love. Timmy is perfectly deadpan almost the whole time, making the absurd situations he finds himself in even more comical. His imagination runs away from him a lot, which leads to some entertaining “what if?” scenarios. Along with being hilarious, this film also has a lot of heart. Timmy is struggling with school and relating to his peers. Timmy’s mom, Patty (Ophelia Lovibond), is trying to provide for her son as a single parent, while also endeavoring to figure out his eccentricities. She is not a perfect parent, but she is making an effort, and she is willing to admit when she makes a mistake, which makes her a dynamic and relatable character. I highly recommend this film not just for kids, but for all ages. It’s a funny, earnest story about an eccentric young boy and the people trying to understand him. It has very few content concerns, making it a great option for family viewing.

A Hidden Life

Jumanji: The Next Level

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: A+ Violence: BSexual Content: A Profanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: AFranz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), has spent his life as a simple peasant farmer in the beautiful Austrian village of St. Radegund. Working the land alongside his wife Franziska (Valerie Pachner), their young children, and his friends and neighbors, he doesn’t expect the larger troubles of the world to come crashing down upon him. But war has broken out, and Franz is conscripted by the Nazis. Unwilling to swear the required oath of allegiance to Hitler, he is imprisoned, threatened, humiliated, and beaten - all in an attempt to force him to join the Wehrmacht (Nazi armed forces). If you’re familiar with any of Terrence Malick’s work, you will be unsurprised that the style of this film has little in common with conventional Hollywood productions. Despite the quirks of Malick’s unique style, this is a beautiful film and well worth the absurdly long three hours it takes to watch. A Hidden Life has a terribly prescient message about standing up to authoritarianism and evil, whatever the cost. Even more impressively, these powerful positive messages come with hardly any objectionable content. There’s no profanity (in English, at any rate; if there are German curses I couldn’t understand them), no sex, little on-screen violence, and no major substance abuse. A Hidden Life earns its “PG-13” rating from its difficult adult themes and allusions to violence. That said, this is not a suitable movie for children or young teens, simply because it’s filled with mature themes and is long and challenging, which tends to make for restless kids.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Profanity: BAlcohol / Drug Use: A After escaping from Jumanji, a game that comes to terrifying life, Spencer (Alex Wolff), Martha (Morgan Turner), Anthony (Ser’Darius Blain), and Bethany (Madison Iseman) agreed to destroy the game to prevent anyone else from being sucked in. Secretly, Spencer decided to keep the pieces, and reassembled the game for another chance to be the muscular Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) in a virtual world. When his friends try to rescue him, they accidentally bring along Spencer’s grandfather Eddie (Danny DeVito) and his old friend Milo (Danny Glover). With such an unlikely cast of heroes, what hope do they have of rescuing Spencer? I seem to recall the comedy being a little stronger in the first film, but this doesn’t reach failed-comedy levels of aggravating. About three-quarters of the jokes landed, which is better than most dumb action comedies I’ve seen. The content is cleaner than most as well, with almost no sexual content (barring Ruby Roundhouse’s silly outfit), little profanity more significant than “hell” or “damn”, and violence that is firmly in the “slapstick” category. If you saw the last entry in this franchise, you’ll have a good idea what to expect here. Another case of “second verse, same as the first”, Jumanji: The Next Level still manages to be a reasonably entertaining way to kill two hours. I was actually expecting to be frustrated with this movie, since my sequel fatigue is approaching terminal levels, but the film is sufficiently sincere and well intentioned.

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