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7 Easy Ways

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Meals & Snacks By Alyssa Chirco

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Parents are always on the lookout for new ways to boost the nutritional content of the foods our children consume, but we often don’t have time to prepare elaborate meals and snacks. Fortunately, there are many quick fixes that will make our family’s meals healthier—and that don’t require us to spend hours in the kitchen.

Quick Fix #1: Sprinkle, Sprinkle Wheat germ and ground flaxseeds are nutritional powerhouses that will stay fresh in your fridge for months and can be easily incorporated into kid-friendly dishes. Store one or both in a salt or parmesan shaker and you’ll be able to sprinkle an extra dose of the essential vitamins and nutrients they provide into anything from meatloaf to cookie batter to Saturday morning pancakes. If you refer to them as “sprinkles,” you might even convince your kids to sprinkle extra nutrition on top of their favorite yogurts, cereals or desserts.

Quick Fix #2: Keep the Secret What your kids don’t know can actually make them healthier, especially if you’re hiding a fruit or vegetable they would not otherwise consume. Next time you serve burritos, mix a small amount of ripe, well-mashed avocado into refried beans, top the mixture with a generous helping of cheese and roll it all up in a

flour tortilla. Your family will be so busy devouring a delicious meal that they’ll never discover your secret ingredient. A word of caution: Be sure to hide ingredients that won’t be easily detected. “Your sneaky additions should be fairly bland tasting so they don’t impart an off flavor, and similar in color to the food they’re hiding in,” advises Missy Lapine, author of The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals.

Quick Fix #3: Go Half and Half We all know that whole grain bread is more nutritious than the processed white variety, but many kids don’t care for its heartier flavor. Solve this dilemma with the half white, half wheat

approach. Buy a loaf of white bread and a loaf of whole grain, and then make sandwiches using one slice of each. Your family will enjoy the familiar flavor of the white but gradually grow accustomed to the taste of the whole grain. You’ll feel better knowing they’re consuming at least some of the added fiber and protein the whole grain option provides.

Quick Fix #4: Sweeten the Deal Young children like to graze throughout the day, so snacks are an important part of their diet. But if your kids won’t touch the healthy snacks they need to fuel their active bodies, then it’s time to sweeten the deal. A few strategically placed chocolate chips can turn strawberry halves into “Chocolate Ladybugs.” Banana slices and chocolate syrup can transform a plain scoop of yogurt into a “Banana Split.” Even the humble carrot is more appealing when served with a simple, protein-packed dip made of peanut butter and honey. Mom-of-two Margaret Garcia likes to drizzle coconut milk on top of her kids’ favorite snacks. “A little of it goes a long way,” she says of this creamy and slightly sweet liquid. “It’s good for them and they love the taste.”

Quick Fix #5: Eat This, Not That Serve a handful of almonds as a snack instead of potato chips. Boost the nutrition in cakes and brownies by substituting canned pumpkin or other pureed fruits for some of the oil. Registered

dietician Debbi Heffern recommends replacing some of the sugar in baked goods with a healthier alternative. “For many baked products,” she says, “you can cut the sugar in half and replace it with powdered milk. The milk is sweet and adds protein and calcium.”

Quick Fix #6: Use Your Words Hannah Mayer has been known to take a few liberties when describing the healthy foods she wants her three daughters to eat. There may be nothing unusual about adding olive oil and steak seasoning to asparagus and roasting it in the oven until crispy. But not every parent thinks to tell her kids they are being served “green” French fries. “They devour them,” says Mayer, who has discovered that labels matter. Try it for yourself and you’ll marvel Continued on page 8

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as those “X-ray Vision Sticks,” otherwise known as carrots, rapidly disappear.

Quick Fix #7: Stress Less

RESOURCES FOR HEALTHY RECIPES The Speedy Sneaky Chef: Quick, Healthy Fixes for Your Family’s Favorite Packaged Foods by Missy Lapine. Boost nutrition in your family’s meals, even on nights when you have to rely on the convenience of packaged foods in order to get dinner on the table. Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord. Also visit McCord’s popular website www. weelicious.com. Super Baby Food: Your Complete Guide to What, When and How to Feed Your Baby and Toddler by Ruth Yaron. This comprehensive resource features healthy recipes for babies and toddlers, cooking techniques, money-saving tips, and more.

100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned and 100 Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love by Lisa Leake. Leake also chronicles her family’s journey and shares recipes at www.100daysofrealfood.com.

It’s normal to worry when your three-yearold only eats macaroni, but it isn’t helpful to force her to eat her broccoli. According to Lapine, we should never bribe our children to eat healthy foods. “The less you show them that you care about what they are eating,” she says, “the more likely they are to try the healthy foods you secretly want them to eat.” In her book The Sneaky Chef, she advocates hiding fruits and vegetables in dishes kids love because she believes this approach takes pressure off

parents, allowing us to teach and model healthy habits without feeling like we have to force the issue. “Serve those beautiful green veggies in their natural state, alongside the sneaky dishes,” Lapine suggests. “Now that the pressure is off and you have peace at the family table, the kids will be more receptive to learning and trying new foods.” Better nutrition for kids and less stress for parents? For most of us, that’s a definite recipe for success. v

Alyssa Chircois a freelance parenting journalist and mother of two elementary-aged children.

HEALTHY GRAB-AND-GO SNACKS FOR KIDS It’s no secret that kids love to snack. In fact, according to one 2010 study, snacks—mostly chips, candy and other junk foods—account for more than 27 percent of children’s daily caloric intake. But even if you have little time to cook and always seem to be headed out the door, you can still make good family nutrition a priority. Just grab some of these healthier snack options when you go.

• Hard-boiled eggs (wrap a slice of

prosciutto around one for an even tastier treat) Whole-grain pumpkin muffins Homemade trail mix (comprised of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and a few chocolate chips) A clementine (these are seedless and easy for kids to peel) Baby carrots or broccoli florets with a snack-sized container of hummus Grapes (freeze them ahead of time to keep them cold) Energy bars like ZBars (made especially for kids) or Larabars (which are sweetened with dates) A banana with a handful of almonds Reduced-fat string cheese (or chunks of another favorite cheese) Olives Roasted chickpeas Pumpkin seeds Pre-portioned bags of whole-grain breakfast cereal Brown rice cakes Freeze-dried strawberries or mango

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! N U F E M O S E V A lies, SO H Time FRING ING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH KIDS Each year I entertain visions of a fancy New Year’s Eve party. You know, me and the hubby decked out in formal wear, dancing the night away while a band plays and champagne flows endlessly in a fountain nearby. But then I wake up and realize that that kind of bash is not for my season of life. It’s not because I’m a mom; it’s just not practical with five growing mouths to feed. Not to mention that I couldn’t convince my husband to don a tux and uncomfortable shoes. Or that we don’t know anyone who would host such a shindig anyway.

SCRAP IT—As a family, create a scrapbook page of all the past year’s events. Reflect on how your family’s life is richer than it was twelve months ago. You don’t have to have pictures of each event. But list them and explain the lows and highs so that you’ll have a record for the future. Consult your calendar if you can’t think of what you did. You’ll be surprised at how much your family has accomplished over the last year.

Reflect on how your family’s life is richer than it was twelve months ago.

In the world of diapers, carpools, and missing school papers, the reality of New Year’s can be watching the ball drop on the television and hoping that the neighbors’ fireworks don’t wake the baby. Possibly, some friends will invite us out, but it can be tough to find a babysitter on the last night of the year. Many years have found us treating it like any other night and just heading to bed at the regular time.

Ringing in the new year doesn’t have to be blah or a repeat of years past. Ringing in the new year doesn’t have to be blah or a repeat of years past. New Year’s can be fun for the whole family! The minutes are ticking by and our kids will only be young for a little

while. Let’s help them celebrate and look at the passing of time with excitement and anticipation. Here are some suggestions for spending the last and first days of the year with your folks, big and little. Making the most of the season you’re in—now that has quite a ring to it!

GAME-ATHON—Invite some friends and their kids over for a game night. Set up as many tables and chairs as you can for different games to be going on simultaneously. Consider old time classics like Monopoly, Yahtzee, Candy Land, and Battleship, as well as some newer games, such as Blockus, Rush Hour, or Apples to Apples. Choose games for a widerange of ages and be prepared to take a few strolls through the Gumdrop Mountains if there aren’t enough takers to play with the little ones. Be sure to provide plenty of fun munchies and drinks. Continued on page 13

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By Jessica Fisher

HOLIDAYS Conquering the Chaos to Enjoy a Simpler Season No doubt you’ve heard the words to this traditional English carol: “Deck the halls with boughs of holly, falalalalalalalala.” Simple translation: “Decorate your house.” However, there has been many a December when it feels like Mom’s the one being decked—in the modern sense of the word. In the quest for the pictureperfect Christmas, women across the nation exhaust themselves baking cookies, searching every craft store in town for red ribbon, haunting the malls for the ideal gift, and generally driving their families crazy. Sound like anyone you know?

The wonder of the season is, did you really enjoy it? Or did it sweep past you while you were rummaging in a box looking for that special something to add to the experience? Were you so busy trying to make it “perfect” that you didn’t enjoy making memories with your kids? It’s enough to make anyone say, “Bah! Humbug!” If you’re haunted by some of these same ghosts of Craziness Past, look for ways to deck the holidays: cut out the complications, slow down, smell the apple cider, and enjoy your children. Here are some shortcuts that will lead you to a simpler season of good cheer.

Décor—Keep it straightforward. A pretty wreath on the front door and a few strings of lights will do wonders for your home’s curb appeal. While it might not win your neighborhood’s light display awards, it will be festive without wearing you out. Plus, it will be easier to include the kids in the project if it is not a major production. Inside, choose one color scheme, such as white, red or gold. Thread it throughout your home in the form of candles, bows,

fancy pillows, and sparkling lights. Allow the children a voice in the placement of different items. Resist the urge to redecorate. Incorporate into your décor any holiday projects or crafts your kids have made. They’ll love it and will feel part of the celebration.

Greetings—Rather than purchasing elaborate and expensive greeting cards and photos, combine them into one easy mailing: a postcard. Not only will this save time in writing shorter notes and not stuffing envelopes, but also your postage costs will be significantly lower. Companies like www.winkflash. com or www.mpix.com can take your custom design and produce dozens of great cards for a low price. Let the kids help by sticking on stamps and signing their names. Matching Gifts—Buy the same

item for everyone on your list, at least those outside of your immediate family. Buying one thing in bulk will give you fewer details to keep track of. A cool new board game (let the kids help choose!) and a few fancy snacks make a fun present for anyone: families, college students, singles, and grandparents alike. Gift cards to restaurants are also a simple and fun treat. The amount doesn’t have to be huge, especially if you choose a casual place like Panera or Starbucks.


Wrappings—Don’t feel like you need to have an assortment of boxes, bags, and bows. Choose one style, such as red bags with white paper, or even brown paper packages tied with white string. Both are easy for children to help in the wrapping. Plan ahead and have white index cards and colored markers handy for the kids to craft cute yet simple tags. Authentic kid-print will bring a smile to almost any recipient’s face. Continued on page 12

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Shop Online—Remember last year when you hauled tired children around the mall? Avoid the crowds, the canned music, and the endless marketing. You know you’ll see something that “you just have to get” and find out weeks later that it really wasn’t necessary. Instead, shop in your pajamas from the comfort of your own home. Food—Plan a month of meals ahead of time. Include menus that can be made in the crockpot, pre-made and stored in the freezer, or made with convenience items such as rotisserie chicken and bagged salad mixes. If the budget allows (or Santa brings an early gift), try a visit to a mealprep kitchen, such as Dream Dinners or Super Suppers. There you can assemble several weeks of meals at one time, without the hassle of shopping or chopping. VISIT TO A MEAL-PREP KITCHEN, SUCH AS DREAM DINNERS OR SUPER SUPPERS.

Effortless Entertaining—  ather than planning elaborate dinner R

parties, assemble an appetizer pantry. Purchase an abundance of olives, cheeses, chips, crackers, dips, and frozen hors d’oevres as well as a few bottles of bubbly juices and waters. Stock a supply of festive napkins and cups. You’ll be ready for a fun cocktail party or drop-in visits from neighbors and friends.

Just Desserts—Purchase several

varieties of cake mixes (white, vanilla, spice, chocolate) and a bundt pan. Stock up on the basic ingredients (eggs and oil) as well as powdered sugar for dusting the finished product. In less than an hour you can prepare a yummy yet elegant dessert. Bundt cakes are easy and quick and so accessible for the kid-size bakers in your home to help in the process. For variety, serve cake slices with flavored whipped creams, warmed pie filling, or hot fudge sauce.

Watch a Festive Flick—  repare a stash of holiday movies to watch P with friends and family. Don’t depend on the local TV station to provide you with

seasonal entertainment or try to work your schedule around theirs. You get to set the tone for the season. Stock up on movies that fit your preferences. Purchase them, order them from Netflix, or reserve them from your local library ahead of time for the best selection. Some favorites include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, and of course Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol. Remember to watch them with your kids. They will enjoy making memories as you take the time to sit and cuddle for a while. With a little planning, a few deep breaths, and a small degree of self-control, you too can have a Merry little Christmas. Make this year the one to relax a little more, laugh a little longer, and enjoy making memories with friends and family. May God bless you, everyone! v Jessica Fisher is a wife, mother of six, and freelance writer simplifying the season in her new home near San Diego. She regularly writes about family fun, frugality, and the pursuit of a clean house at LifeasMom.com.


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THANK-YOUS FOR THE YEAR—  ather the kids around the table with G blank note cards, envelopes, stamps, markers and stickers. Together brainstorm a list of all the people you can thank for services and care given over the past twelve months. These might include grandparents, teachers, coaches, doctors, and friends. Don’t forget those who’ve given Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. Enjoy an evening of crafting creative cards and heartfelt sentiments. Make sure everyone signs each card. Then address and stamp the envelopes, all ready to be mailed on January 2nd.

Pop some corn and pass the night away taking in some fun flicks and laughing. A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS—Host a dinner party for young and old alike, asking friends to bring their favorite food as well as their favorite movie. Never mind if you have twenty desserts. Live it up! You’ll only do it once a year—maybe. Scan the movies for what would be appropriate for all ages and send a ballot around. Pop some corn and pass the night away taking in some fun flicks and laughing together. EXTREME CLOSET MAKEOVER— Chances are, stuff is just bursting out of dressers and closets thanks to the recent

holiday gift-giving. Turn on some tunes and whistle while you work with each child, sorting out unwanted or unused clothing with the purpose of donating them to a local shelter or thrift store. The kids may balk at the prospect, but you’ll all feel better knowing that someone less fortunate is benefiting from the activity. You’ll also enjoy the freedom to put something away easily. Afterward, take advantage of New Year’s sales and leftover gift cards to add one new item to the kids’ newly cleaned closets. Seize the opportunity to discuss clothing care and how different items match. For some kids, creating coordinating outfits is a natural gift; for others, it definitely takes some instruction. HAPPY NEW YEAR’S CAKE—Each year is the birth of a fresh start. Celebrate with a special “birthday” cake. Bake up a boxed mix and let the kids help with the frosting and sprinkles. Top it off with number candles that read “2018.” Make sure you take a picture of the family blowing out the candles together. GOALS/DREAMS—Sit down as a family and think and dream of all the things you would like to do, individually and as a family, in the new year. Consider it a life list for 2018. What trips would you like to take? What skill would you like to learn? Perhaps there’s a new sport or adventure activity, such as snowboarding or canyoneering, that you can try together. Are there movies you’d like to see? Books to read? What character traits would you like to grow in, or see your kids grow in? Make a list of goals and dreams for the next year and place the list where all can see. Be deliberate in planning ways to execute these goals. If your son dreams

of sword fighting, research your local fencing club for available lessons. Help your kids see their goals through to completion. Check them off as you go. Learning to set goals and accomplish them is a valuable skill, no matter the age.

Choose one way for your family to serve others in the coming year. PLAN TO SERVE—Choose one way for your family to serve others in the coming year. Whether it is delivering meals on wheels or visiting folks in the local rest home, there is bound to be something that will fit your family’s interests and season of life. Contact your local church, synagogue, soup kitchen, food pantry, or Red Cross for volunteer ideas. What better way to enter the new year than to purpose to make life a little easier for someone else. Times does fly. So have some fun as a family. There’ll be plenty of time for ball gowns later. v Jessica Fisher is a wife, mother of six, and freelance writer in San Diego. She regularly writes about finding joy in motherhood at www.lifeasmom.com.

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Are holiday traditions, parties, volunteer commitments and shopping turning you into a frenzied ringmaster of a runaway circus train? For your sanity and for your health, put the brakes on the holiday rush. Here’s how. 1. Make a not-to-do list. C  onsciously leave a few

4. Choreograph the chaos. O  rganize your shopping trips. Ask for help from your significant other. When possible, buy gifts whenever you’re already out running errands. Make shipping presents a breeze by purchasing some online. After pounding the pavement, reward yourself with dinner out, pizza delivery, or a glass of wine by a cozy fire.

2. End a tradition. L et go of rituals that are more work

5. Clown around. During the holiday rush, try not to schedule every free moment. “ By pursuing

activities off the program this year. Ellie Griffin, a feminine vitality coach, says this is one of her favorite ways to reduce holiday stress. “I love having my clients do this exercise because it makes them realize how much of what they do doesn’t have an effect on the big picture of their lives,” she says. than fun or are no longer meaningful. Attempting to turn the holiday season into the greatest show on earth could put your health at risk. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress can weaken your immune system, making it harder to recover from illness, and can cause heart disease, obesity and depression.

3. Catch your Zs. Y ou perform better when you’re wellrested. Strive for seven to eight hours of sleep, which can help you cope better with stress. “Poor sleep habits keep you jittery, irritable and feeling like you’re just dragging yourself around,” says Rosalie Moscoe, author of Frazzled, Hurried Woman! Your Stress Relief Guide to Thriving...Not Merely Surviving.

pleasure in her life, a woman can not only enjoy a more fulfilling life, but in the process increase production of oxytocin, a hormone crucial to lowering stress hormones,” Griffin says. Go through your calendar and block out 15 to 30 minutes each day to do something just for your personal enjoyment, like a manicure, lunch with a friend, yoga, a nap, or reading a book. Continued on page 16

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illuminating the streets. Allow the movement to calm your mind without further stressing your body.

9. Feed yourself right. H  unger and exhaustion can bring out the tiger in anyone. Eat wholesome, good-mood foods with protein for energy. “Don’t bring extra cookies or chocolate into the house in advance of the holidays,” Moscoe says. “This will make you cranky, tired and cause fluctuations in blood sugar.”

10. Plan for surprises. K  eep tricks up your sleeve for

managing those last-minute gift exchanges. While running errands, purchase small gifts that you can stash. And go ahead and store those extra cookies in the freezer for drop-in visitors.

6. Juggle less. P lanning, cooking, cleaning and entertaining

can test even the most talented acrobat. Host a lighthearted appetizer party instead of a serious dinner soiree. Choose menu items that can be prepared ahead of time or have the event catered to make it easier for you to enjoy the festivities along with your guests.

11. Simplify decor. I f holiday decor makes you sweat, swap time-consuming and expensive lights and ornaments for homemade decorations. Try making luminaries with your kids. Draw a star or tree on a paper lunch bag. Punch holes into the design and fill the bag with sand. Place battery-charged tea lights inside the bags and line them up on your porch or driveway.

Planning, cooking, cleaning and entertaining can test even the most talented acrobat. 7. Rely on your safety net. “Ask for help! Get your

family to help with cleaning up at home. Or, if you can, hire a cleaning person,” Moscoe says. “Take a break, be kind to yourself. There will always be something to finish––that’s life!” For casual parties, prepare the main dish and ask your friends if they can bring side items or desserts.

8. Revel in the moment. D  uck out of the buzzing

fluorescent lights and long lines. Take an evening stroll to breathe in the cool December air and admire the holiday lights

12. Focus on the magic. C  arefully consider what makes the holidays special for you and your family. Ask your kids, too. Their answers may surprise you. Perhaps they’d like to try building gingerbread houses this year, or maybe they want to spend a toasty evening in their pajamas drinking hot chocolate and watching seasonal movies. Most of all, resolve to bring your holidays from over the big top to just right for you. Even one small change can make all the difference between anxiously counting the days until the show is over to living in the moment while celebrating more peace and joy with your family this season. v

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life. Her circus includes her strongman husband, two children who love to clown around, and a pair of entertaining mutts. 16 • November+December 2017 • EC Parent Magazine • ItsYourMagazine.com


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inflammation of the middle ear—but they occur much more often in children than in adults. In fact, more than 80 percent of children will experience at least one ear infection by the time they are 3 years old, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Furthermore, ear infections in children are one of the most common reasons to visit the doctor. Children get more ear infections than adults do because their Eustachian tubes—the tubes that connect the inner ear to the throat—are smaller and get blocked easily, which can allow fluid to pool in the tube. Because children’s immune systems are still developing, they’re more prone to infections. Any time your little one has a cold, sore throat or an upper-respiratory infection, you should always be on the lookout for a bacterial or viral ear infection that can sometimes accompany these illnesses. Your child’s risk for ear infections is increased if she is in group childcare or is exposed to secondhand smoke.

While bothersome, ear infections fortunately aren’t difficult to treat. Many doctors will prescribe an antibiotic, such as amoxicillin, if the culprit is a bacterial infection. However, if a virus caused the ear infection, your doctor will probably suggest a waitand-see approach to see if the infection clears up on its own. Your doctor may also recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to help reduce your little one’s fever and ease his ear pain. Your tiny tot should start to feel better within a few days so that he can get back to doing what he does best: exploring and absorbing the world.

The Path to Prevention There are steps you can take to help prevent your child from developing an ear infection. Make sure your child:

• Gets the flu and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines • Washes hands frequently to curb the spread of germs

Spotting the Signs

• Has limited or no exposure to smoke

Because most ear infections occur before children are old enough to tell their parents their ear hurts, parents have a harder task in detecting an ear infection in their little ones. Clues to look for include the following:

• Isn’t allowed to play with sick children, including sick siblings

• Balance problems or clumsiness

• Isn’t put to bed with a bottle

The key to ear infection prevention lies in reducing your child’s risk factors, like the ones listed above. v

• Crying and/or fussiness • Difficulty sleeping • Fever • Fluid drainage from the ear • Pulling or tugging at the ear


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Spend a little time talking to each other every day—take our Family Chatter challenge. Have some messy fun in the kitchen or at a craft table making some of our featured Snacks & Crafts. Teach your children to be social-media safe with our Teach Your Kids Something New. Discover how to make bag lunches more exciting in That’s Good to Know. ENJOY LIFE—TOGETHER!

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Our FamilyChatter Challenge is simple— just do your best. Here are some simple questions that will hopefully inspire your family to enjoy great conversations whenever, however, you can. Enjoy!

Live, Laugh, Love, and TALK TOGETHER! What are some nice things you can do during the holidays for others?

What are some things you and your class are doing in school to help celebrate the holidays?

special meals are you looking forward to during the holidays?

o If you could celebrate the holidays anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

o What’s your favorite holiday tradition? What new traditions can your family start?

What are some of your favorite holiday stories or books you like to tell or read during the holiday seasons?

o What is your favorite Christmas carol? What is your least favorite Christmas carol?

o If you could change anything about the holidays, what would you change and why?

o Why is

Christmas a special time of year for you? And what are you looking forward to the most? o What


How do you show people you care about them during the holidays?



What was the best gift you have ever been given during the holidays? What made that gift so important to you? Do you still have it?


o What’s your earliest memory of Thanksgiving and Christmas? How old were you?

Should fruitcake be outlawed? What are your favorite holiday treats?


o What are some Thanksgiving and Christmas smells? Do you have a favorite?


Keep the Conversation Going with Follow-up Questions:

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Interesting. What else can you tell me about that? o Now what are you going to do? o No way! Can you tell me more? o Seriously? Then what happened? o How do feel about what happened? o How does this make you feel? o What’s your next step? o

VETERAN’S DAY ny k H in es By Ch ris ta M el

11 Ways Families Can Salute a Veteran During this month of Thanksgiving, don’t forget our military service members. Many organizations and veterans groups offer ways to help support and show gratitude to members of the armed forces. Help a veteran, a deployed service member, and military families know that you appreciate their sacrifices. Here’s how. 1. Help an expectant military mom. N  othing relieves a soldier’s worries than knowing his family is supported back home. Operation Top Knot, an organization started by college student Audri Cid in 2003, is a nationwide network of individuals who sew, knit and create gift baskets to support new and expectant mothers whose husbands are deployed. To donate baby blankets, diapers, bottles, clothing and other items, visit http://soldiersangels.org/OperationTop-Knot-Team.html.

2. Write a letter. R  emind veterans and their families that you’re thinking about them and appreciate their commitment to our nation. Write a letter to a deployed soldier, a wounded warrior, or a veteran who has served in past wars through OperationGratitude.com, or a military family through Operation Appreciation, sponsored by Blue Star Families, www.bluestarfam.org.

3. Support their furry friends. R  aise money to go toward fostering pets of active-duty service members, wounded warriors and homeless veterans. Guardian

Angels for Soldier’s Pet is a non-profit organization that finds qualified foster families to care for pets while soldiers are deployed or when military families transfer overseas. The foster families also care for pets whose warriors have died. www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

4. Contribute to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Th  is organization supports veterans who suffer from a spinal cord injury. Participate in one of the organization’s sporting Continued on page 27

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Cut out this page. Then cut it down the middle. He takes his half, she takes hers. Keep it simple. Don’t keep score. Just enjoy life and each other— as often as you remember!

Let’s face it, most of us could use a little jump start now and then when it comes to relationships. That’s why we’ve included this section. Simple acts of kindness are a great way to say, “I care about you.” Date nights are great, but when life gets busy, sometimes all that’s necessary are little reminders!

10 WAYS to sh w

R E H y u care Be a good listener. Show her you value what she says. Take her out to breakfast or make her breakfast. Encourage her to relax in some way while you clean up after dinner. Be an involved partner in helping with the children and spending time together. Be careful to choose your words, especially when angry. Tell her (and show her) you love her often. Learn to enjoy what she enjoys. Hold her hand in public.

Challenge yourself to complete all 10 ideas in each issue. Don’t just focus on the easy ones!

Call her when you’re going to be late. Rub her back or feet after a hard day.

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Cut out this page. Then cut it down the middle. He takes his half, she takes hers. Keep it simple. Don’t keep score. Just enjoy life and each other— as often as you remember!

Let’s face it, most of us could use a little jump start now and then when it comes to relationships. That’s why we’ve included this section. Simple acts of kindness are a great way to say, “I care about you.” Date nights are great, but when life gets busy, sometimes all that’s necessary are little reminders!

10 WAYS to sh w

M I H y u care Prepare a surprise for him. Kiss and hug him for no reason. Inspire and empower him by reminding him about past successes. Follow your dreams and involve him to help you. Give him a shoulder rub after a long work day. Don’t sweat him with the small stuff. Apologize when you know you were wrong. Focus on the positive; focus on what you have already!

Challenge yourself to complete all 10 ideas in each issue. Don’t just focus on the easy ones!

Never throw away his stuff without asking—always check with him first. Buy something nice and useful for his hobby.

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5. Assist disabled and wounded veterans. V  olunteer at your local Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital or help disabled veterans with running errands, doing yard work, or assisting with transportation. Contact www.dav.org for more information. Also, check out the Wounded Warrior Project for other ways to help injured service members.

8. Clip coupons. D  on’t toss your expired coupons! Military families stationed overseas can use coupons for up to six months past the expiration dates. Visit www.coupsfortroops.com for drop-off sites or to find out where to mail your coupons.

9. Donate DVDs. D  VDS4Vets is a non-profit organization started by Dr. Richard Landis, an orthopedic surgeon who helped build clinics in Afghanistan, and James F. Nicholson, who served as an Air Force pilot in Korea between 1950 and 1953. Landis and Nicholson saw a need to provide basic entertainment for veterans who returned home with traumatic brain injuries and other serious wounds and were undergoing long-term rehabilitation. To donate used or new DVDs to veterans, visit www.dvds4vets.org.

VETERANS DAY QUIZ Veterans Day originated after which of the following wars: A. WWII B. Revolutionary War C. WWI Answer (C): Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, to mark the one-year anniversary when Germany signed the Armistice to formally end WWI.

events or fundraisers, make a monetary donation, or collect and donate bags of clothing, shoes, belts, hats, books, CDs and small household goods. For more information, visit www.pva.org.

What year did Veterans Day become a national holiday? A. 1919 B. 1938 C. 1945 Answer (B): Veterans Day became a national holiday in 1938.

of Foreign Wars (VFW) supports and assists military veterans and their families through a variety of programs, including Operation Uplink. The program enables service members and hospitalized veterans to make free calls back home to loved ones for three days each month. Go to www.VFW.com to find out how you can make a donation.

10. Send a care package. S oldiers who are serving far from home look forward to receiving mail. Visit Anysoldier.com to learn how to send a letter and what is appropriate for care packages. If you’d like to help support a veteran who does not have family to assist in the transition to home and civilian life, check out the Adopt a Veteran program through www. soldierangels.org. Those who volunteer to be an Adopting Angel make a 12-month commitment to send a letter each week and a small gift once a month.

Which U.S. president changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day? A. Dwight D. Eisenhower B. John F. Kennedy C. Franklin D. Roosevelt Answer (A): In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name of the holiday to Veterans Day, to honor all those who served in American wars.

6. Help them call home. V  eterans

7. Aid service dogs. P atriotPaws trains dogs to serve disabled veterans. You can volunteer to help the organization by bathing and walking dogs, running errands, or fundraising. For more information, visit www.patriotpaws.org.

11. Say thank you. I f you see a soldier in uniform or a veteran, a simple “Thank you for your service” is a considerate way to express your gratitude. For more ways to thank a vet, visit www. kidsthankavet.com.

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines, daughter of retired USAF SMSgt. Walter Melnyk, is thankful for all of our veterans and their families for their sacrifices and service.

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How to Stay Cold-Free This Winter The person before you at the grocery checkout coughs, then sneezes before swiping their credit card. You pay cash to avoid touching a contaminated card reader. You have no desire to catch what they have. With more than 200 viruses known to cause it, the common cold can seem unavoidable, especially if you have kids. But there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of being infected.

Hand washing. Th  e most effective method for preventing infection by a cold virus is to scrub your hands with soap and water frequently––especially when you have been out in public or in proximity to another person suffering from symptoms. In a pinch use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t touch. A  void touching areas of your body that absorb the virus into your system––your eyes, nose and mouth. It can be difficult to remember, especially if you are seized with a sudden itchy eye––which underscores the importance of hand washing.

Sleep well. R  esearchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that those who slept more than seven hours each night were less likely to succumb to colds.Their sleepy counterparts saw a threefold increase in colds over those who got enough Zs. Give your body the immunity boost of a good night’s rest. Exercise regularly. S tudies show that exercise does more than make you strong. It can also reduce the occurrence (and intensity) of colds. Dr. David Nieman, a professor of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University, says that his study recorded a 43 percent reduction in sick days due to colds and a reported 40 percent drop in symptoms experienced among those who walked briskly for 35-45 minutes, 5 days a week. Cold season is here. But there are ways to keep viruses at bay. v

Wipe down. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases notes that “rhinoviruses can survive up to three hours outside the nasal passages on inanimate objects and skin.” They suggest cleaning surfaces in your home or office space with a disinfectant when someone is sick with a cold to prevent the spread of infection.

Lara Krupicka is an internationally published parenting journalist and author who encourages parents to make the most of the years while raising their children by setting out on the adventures that matter most to them.

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Spiced Cran-Apple Cider YOU NEED 3 cups apple cider 1 cup cranberry juice 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon allspice Saucepan Ladle

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• Granny Smith apples cut

into circles and then quartered into triangles Coffee filter Cotton string Mugs or hot beverage cups

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DIRECTIONS Pour the cider and juice into the saucepan. Place the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in the center of the coffee filter. Gather the filter around the spices and tie it closed with string. Drop the spice packet into the cider. Heat the cider and spices to a low simmer. Taste it to determine if it has reached the desired spiciness. Simmer longer if desired. Remove the pan from the heat and ladle it into mugs or hot beverage cups. Garnish with several slices of apple. Optional— sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

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Hot, delicious and fun to make!

Penguin Cakes YOU NEED 1 Little Debbie® brand Swiss roll 2 medium candy eyes (about 2 cm) 2 mini Tootsie Rolls® 3 inches of sour belt candy 1 vanilla candy melt Chocolate frosting

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• 4-cup glass mixing bowl • Reclosable sandwich bag • Hot water (not boiling, but hot bath temperature) • Clean scissors

DIRECTIONS Use scissors to cut the sour belt into two feet (about 1 inch long with pointed toes) and a triangle beak. Use frosting to glue the feet to the bottom (small round end) of the Swiss roll and the beak to the face area of the penguin. Use the knife and frosting to apply the vanilla candy melt to make a tummy and to glue the candy eyes just above the beak. Half fill the mixing bowl with hot water. Place 2 wrapped Tootsie Rolls® into the reclosable bag, remove the air, seal, and place in the water for 30-60 seconds (just until the candy begins to soften). Remove the candy from the bag and untwist the ends of the wrapper. Squeeze and press each candy with your fingers until you have two flat, oval, wing shapes (about 2 inches long). Peel off the wrappers. Use frosting and the knife to apply the wings to each side of the Swiss roll.

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Cookie Pops INGREDIENTS 100 grams chocolate and/ or vanilla candy melts (about 1 cup) 10 star mints (or small candy canes) Sandwich cookies, such as mint or red velvet Oreos® 6-inch lollipop sticks

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• reclosable sandwich bag • hammer • 1 or 2 mugs and 1 shallow bowl • cutting board • waxed paper-lined cookie sheet • spoons for stirring melted candy

DIRECTIONS Push a lollipop stick into the frosting center of 12 sandwich cookies. Lay the cookies on the waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Remove any wrapper from the mints and place them in the reclosable sandwich bag. Place the bag of mints on the cutting board and tap the mints with the hammer, breaking them into pieces no larger than a pea. Pour the pieces into a shallow bowl. Put the candy melts in a mug (one flavor in each mug) and melt according to package directions, stirring every 20-30 seconds (just until melted). Holding the cookie pops by the stick, dip half of the cookie into the melted candy and then sprinkle crushed mints onto the dipped part of the cookie pop. Place the pop, flat side down, on the waxed paper. Repeat with additional pops. Let the candy harden. Arrange the pops in a holiday mug to serve.

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Marshmallow Snowman YOU NEED 1 giant marshmallow 1 regular marshmallow 2 stick pretzels ½ of a candy corn (cut candy corn lengthwise) 1 10-inch length of sour

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belt candy

• 7 mini chocolate chips • White frosting • Toothpick • Table knife

DIRECTIONS Use the toothpick to make a hole in the center of the side of the regular marshmallow. Insert the large end of the candy corn into the hole to make a nose. Use the toothpick to apply a dab of frosting to the bottom of mini chocolate chips to make two eyes and three chips to make a mouth. Two more chips can be applied to the giant marshmallow to make buttons. Use the toothpick to make two holes in the sides of the giant marshmallow. Insert the ends of the two pretzel sticks into the holes to make two arms. Use the knife to apply frosting to the bottom of the marshmallow head and press it onto the top of the giant marshmallow body. Wrap the sour belt candy around the neck of the snowman to make a scarf. Place a dab of frosting between the layers of sour belt where they overlap to hold the scarf in place.

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Cookie Mix MATERIALS 4-cup wide-mouth canning jar (1 quart) with seal and ring 1 cup measuring cup 1 cup flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup oatmeal ½ cup chocolate chips ½ cup peanut butter chips ½ cup brown sugar

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• ¼ cup white sugar • 7-inch circle of holiday print fabric • 25-inch length of ¼-inch wide ribbon • Rubber band • Holiday-themed recipe card and pen • Hole punch

INSTRUCTIONS Combine the flour, soda and salt. Layer the ingredients of the mix in the jar with the flour mixture on the bottom, followed by the oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, brown sugar, and the white sugar on top. Close the jar with the seal and ring. On the recipe card, write these directions for making the cookies: “Add ½ cup soft butter, 1 egg, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla and mix thoroughly. Drop spoonfuls on a baking sheet. Bake at 325º F for 15-17 minutes. Enjoy!” Optional—write the complete recipe on the card using the quantities of ingredients listed above. Punch a hole in the corner of the card. Use the rubber band to secure the circle of fabric over the lid of the jar. Wrap the ribbon over the rubber band and tie with a knot. Thread the ribbon through the hole in the recipe card and secure with a bow. You now have a gift to share with a friend, neighbor, or hostess who invites you over!

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Ring of Thanks MATERIALS 6-foot long garland of silk fall leaves 18-inch straw wreath 1½-inch wide x 4-yards green ribbon Fine-point permanent marker—green or black Scissors Optional—hot glue gun and glue sticks

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INSTRUCTIONS Wrap the straw wreath with green ribbon, tying the ends in a bow. Trim as needed. Use the permanent marker to write on the silk leaves things for which your family is thankful. Ideas include material possessions, family members, activities, health, talents and abilities, memories and experiences. Wrap the leaf garland around the wreath and tie the ends together. Optional: hot glue the ends of the garland to the back of the wreath. Hang the wreath where your family can see it daily and be reminded of all the reasons they can be thankful.

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12 Days of Christmas MATERIALS 12 small party-favor boxes Number stickers 1-12 Curling ribbon in a holiday color 12 groups of items or notes

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describing a holiday activity to share as a family Optional—wire ornament hangers or wired holiday ribbon

INSTRUCTIONS Plan what days you want to enjoy each item or activity. If the box contents are a surprise, wrap them in tissue paper or fold and tape the notes to hide the contents (remember to number them so they get in the correct box). One at a time, place an item in a box, tie it closed with curling ribbon, and affix the appropriate number sticker to the box. Repeat until all 12 boxes are filled and tied. Optional—use scissors to curl ribbon ends on each box, attach a wire ornament hanger to the ribbon, and hang the boxes together on your tree or on a length of garland. Or you can tie the ends of the curling ribbon to a length of wired ribbon and then curl the ends. Hang the wired ribbon and boxes in an area where your family can gather. Each day you have planned, open a box and enjoy its contents.

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Christmas T-shirts MATERIALS Solid-color cotton T-shirt Heat ’n Bond™ iron-on adhesive Scrap paper Cotton quilting fabric to coordinate with your design

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• 3-dimensional paint • Iron and ironing board • Cardboard for inside the T-shirt • Pencil, paper scissors, waxed paper, fabric scissors and tape

INSTRUCTIONS Prewash and dry the T-shirt and quilting fabric. Press with the iron. On the scrap paper, draw a holiday design for your shirt. Keep it simple, using basic shapes approximately 1 to 4 or 6 inches long. Cut out each piece of your design from scrap paper and lay it out on the shirt (shapes can overlap if the colors don’t show through). Make any necessary adjustments to fit it on the top 2/3 of the shirt. Label each shape and indicate the fabric you want it to be cut from. Trace your shapes face-down on the paper side of the Heat ’n Bond. Cut around each shape ¼ inch outside the lines drawn on the adhesive. Follow the package instructions to iron the shapes onto the backside of the appropriate color fabric. Do not remove the paper backing. Cut each shape from the fabric, then peal off the paper backing. Place the shirt on the ironing board and arrange the shapes to create your design. Follow the package instructions to iron the shapes onto the shirt. Let cool. Cover one side of the cardboard with waxed paper, taping down edges, and then slide the board inside the shirt with the waxed side backing the front of the shirt. Use 3-dimensional paint to outline each shape and seal the edge to the shirt, and add any desired details. Let the paint dry overnight. To wash, turn the shirt inside out and wash in cold water on the gentle cycle. Hang dry.

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Ideas for items include: small candies, coins, small toys. Activity ideas include: bake cookies, visit a friend, call grandparents, play holiday music, read a holiday story, dress in holiday colors, bring a gift to a neighbor/friend/worker, help someone in need.

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TR AV E L It’s that time of year again when the weather is getting colder, the leaves are falling, and excitement is in the air as we approach the holidays. College students who live away from home will often travel back to be with their families for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. This little travel guide will provide you with some useful tips and tricks for all of your holiday travels.

The night before your trip:

• Set aside the clothes you will be wearing to the airport. • Gather your plane ticket, photo ID, money, carry-on items and luggage in one place. • Make a list of last-minute to-dos or needed items that you can refer to before leaving so that you don’t forget (phone, chargers, medication, feed the fish, etc.). • Choose a wake-up time and set your alarm. Give yourself plenty of time— running late can turn your travel day into a holiday nightmare.

What to pack:

• Organize toiletries into small transparent pouches so that you can see all of your products, which helps to ensure you don’t forget anything. • If you decide to bring any sort of liquids in your carry-on bag, be sure they are under 3.4 fl ounces or they will not

be allowed on the plane with you. • Lay out different outfits on your bed before packing and then determine which are the most practical and which ones you can mix and match to save space. • Bring a small laundry bag to place your dirty clothes in in case you don’t have the time or opportunity to wash them before your return flight.


• It’s pricey to travel and the last thing you want to do is pay extra for additional luggage, so do what you can to limit the number of bags you take. • If possible, try to fit everything you need into two carry-on bags, since you do not have to pay extra fees to have those (every airline has their own specifics on measurements and weight for bags, so be sure to check them before packing).

Travel Essentials: • Wallet • Headphones • Phone and laptop chargers • Toothbrush and toothpaste

• Deodorant • Small laundry bag • Gum • Snacks • Water bottle

Tips & Tricks: • Pack neutral-colored clothing so it is easier to mix and match. • Roll your clothes up tightly. • Pack underwear or socks inside your shoes to save space.

• Wrap glass items such as perfume or cologne bottles in fuzzy socks or some other fluffy clothing item. • Consider substituting glass or otherwise large containers with small travel-size containers. • Chewing gum can help your ears adjust to changes in altitude during the flight. • Airplane food can be expensive, so bring your own snacks to hold you over. • Bring an empty water bottle so you can fill it with your choice of drink for the flight after passing security. • If you bring make-up, place cotton pads on top of your powders to keep them from cracking. • If you bring bobby pins, store them in a Tic Tac container. • When bringing your razor, place a binder clip over the blade to avoid accidentally cutting yourself. • Wrap your headphones and place a binder clip on them so they do not tangle in your bag. • Some older planes do not have TVs, so to make your own, bring a ziplock bag to put your phone inside (poke a hole for your headphones to fit through) and hang the bag on the snack tray. • Take screenshots of any important documents, IDs, passports, or paperwork that you may need that you may not have easy access to. v



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Looking for fun, adventure, and great food? Experience life to the fullest by discovering new tastes and fun-filled experiences—the Emerald Coast has it all. Enjoy! Crestview | Destin | FWB | Gulf Breeze | Navarre | Niceville/Valparaiso | Pensacola GULFARIUM MARINE ADVENTURE PARK 1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB, 243-9046 Delight in watching dolphins leap and sea lions play during spectacular shows! Enjoy educational exhibits and beautiful gulf views.


Local Attractions Tickets BIG KAHUNA’S WATER PARK 1007 Hwy 98 E, Destin, 837-4061 With more than 40 water attractions and an adventure park, Big Kahuna’s offers something for everyone. Big Kahuna’s has been Destin’s one and only water park for more than 25 years!

GATOR BEACH AT FUDPUCKER’S 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 654-4200 Gator Beach gives you the chance to see more than 80 live alligators in an up-close and personal environment. You’ll not only be able to see the gators but feed them as well!

1125 Hwy 98 E, Destin, 654-4668 The Track Family Fun Park features the southeast’s premier go-carting and family fun centers including The Track Family Fun Parks in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Destin, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as Fat Daddy’s Arcades in Destin, Florida; FWB, Florida; and Orange Beach, Alabama. Each of our five parks features The Track’s signature three-and-a-half-story elevated go-cart ride along with a vibrant lineup of family attractions ranging from family go-cart tracks, Fat Daddy’s Arcades, and thrill rides to miniature golf courses, kids’ country rides, and more.

Five Flags Speedway 7451 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, 944-8400 Five Flags Speedway is a paved half-mile (0.8 km) auto-racing oval. It opened in 1953 and is located on Pine Forest Road. It is christened after Pensacola’s

nickname, “City of Five Flags.” The speedway runs several local classes during the regular racing season (March–October). These classes include Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Super Stocks, Sportsman, and Bombers. The races are usually held on Friday nights bi-weekly. The track also hosts many regional touring series.

Gulf Breeze Zoo 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, 932-2229 The Gulf Coast area’s awardwinning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 900 native and exotic animals. The zoo offers many hands-on animal encounters and kids activities perfect for field trips, family day trips, and exciting birthday parties.

Maximum Magic Dinner Show 1318 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB, 424-5125 Illusionist of the year Noah Wells presents Maximum Magic, Destin’s only magic show, with mind-blowing illusions, hilarious comedy, special effects, unbelievable mentalism, and more!

National Naval Aviation Museum 1750 Radford Blvd, Ste C, Pensacola, 452-3604 The National Naval Aviation Museum, formerly known as the National Museum of Naval

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Aviation and the Naval Aviation Museum, is a military and aerospace museum located at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The museum was established December 14, 1962, with the initial facility located in a cramped 8,500-square-foot building on the air station that had been erected during World War II, and it was dedicated in June 1963.

Pensacola Ice Flyers 201 E Gregory St, Pensacola, 466-3111 The Pensacola Ice Flyers are a professional ice-hockey team of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The team played their first season in 2009–2010. Home games are played at the Pensacola Bay Center, previously home to the ECHL’s Pensacola Ice Pilots from 1996 until their folding in 2008.

Pensacola Lighthouse 2081 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, 393-1561 Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola lighthouse for one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is located onboard the NAS Pensacola. The top of the tower offers stunning views of Pensacola Pass (where Pensacola Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico), three historic forts, the Pensacola skyline, and the

E M E R A L D COA S T PA R E N T • L O C A L AT T R AC T I O N S historic Navy Yard. The fully restored Keepers’ Quarters, built in 1869, is home to the Richard C. Callaway museum, which houses numerous exhibits on local history and the lighthouse itself.

in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. Enjoy exhibits that you will find extraordinary, unusual, shocking, and possibly true to life!

Pensacola Museum of Art

6709 Pensacola Blvd, Pensacola, 505-0800 Sam’s Fun City is family owned and operated by Richard and Terry Sanfilippo. The park is named after the Sanfilippo’s daughter, Samantha. In 1996, after a successful career in environmental science and engineering, Richard redirected his energy toward creating a family-focused business in Pensacola, Florida. After a significant planning period, the first phase of the park opened in September 2000. The park has continued to grow over the years by adding bumper boats and mini golf in 2001, phase one of an arcade in 2003, a water park in 2005, and an expanded arcade in 2008. With more than 40 rides, slides, and attractions, Sam’s Fun City is the largest fun park on the central Gulf Coast.

407 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, 432-6247 The Pensacola Museum of Art is the only art museum in the city of Pensacola, Florida. It was founded in 1954 by a group of women from the American Association of University Women. These determined women combined their efforts to create an art center that would exhibit traveling shows, offer art classes for both children and adults, and provide meeting space for members of the community as well as create a forum for lectures, films, and other cultural presentations. They joined forces with others in the community who shared this same vision and formed the Pensacola Art Association.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 9907 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, 230-6113 Explore the odd and unusual at this family friendly attraction

Sam’s Fun City

SKYZONE 5007 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, 500-1663 We’re always working to invent epic new ways to play, gather, and compete. Even though we’re the originators of wall-to-wall aerial action, we never stand still. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” We’re dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes from flying. We are sky lovers, thrill seekers, and people who believe that jumping is freedom. We believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. We are healthy and bursting with energy. We fly high and keep it safe. We are Sky Zone.

Wild Willy’s Adventure Park

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1306 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB, 400-3300 Wild Willy’s has a number of different attractions sure to make everyone’s day!

WonderWorks 9910 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, 249-7000 WonderWorks is an amazing attraction where scientific principles and fun come together to provide an unrivaled educational experience!

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Outdoors Adventures Unlimited 8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd, Milton, 623-6197 Discover the fun of outdoor adventure at Northwest Florida’s premier recreation center! Situated along the secluded Coldwater Creek, experience nature’s beauty. Relax with us— you’ll be glad you did!

Coldwater Gardens Glamping Experience 7009 Creek Stone Rd, Milton, 426-1300 Situated on a gentle slope overlooking a pine savanna, our tents are outfitted with amenities that make your experience relaxing. Each tent is equipped with top glamping amenities including a queen-size bed, minifridge, coffee maker, outdoor shower, and charcoal grill.

DESTIN HELICOPTER BEACH TOURS 34859 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 424-5125 View the beautiful Emerald Coast from above on a thrilling helicopter tour!

Horseback Trail Rides 613 S County Hwy 393, Destin, 208-3114 Located close to the Destin beaches, this stable offers trail rides and RV space. With 13,800 acres of state forest, there is plenty of riding to fill up your day.

Panama City Beach Helicopter Tours 15726 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, 230-2080 View the beautiful Panama City Beach coastline from above on an amazing helicopter tour!

Pensacola Aerial Beach Tour

Deep Sea Fishing Party Boat

4145 Jerry Maygarden Rd, Pensacola, 346-4230 Our Piper Saratoga has six seats— plenty of room for the entire family! Choose from a romantic Sunset Champagne Beach Tour or an adventurous Shark Patrol, and make some wonderful memories.

102 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 837-7095 Come fish with one of the oldest and largest fishing fleets on the Emerald Coast, and fish the beautiful unspoiled waters of the Gulf of Mexico!

Zipline Canopy Tour

7 Calhoun Ave, Destin, 978-3060 Your adventure starts out at the Destin Marina as an experienced guide takes you to the dolphin “hangout.” After exploring, the guide will allow you to adventure out on your own as well!

8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd, Milton, 889-2180 Fly through the air on a series of up to 14 ziplines topped off by a flyover of Coldwater Creek on a 900-foot stretch of cables!

Watersports Big Kahuna’s Water Park Aquatic Adventures Pontoon Rental 5915 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 235-8051 Captain your own boat from the still waters of Grand Lagoon just minutes from Shell Island, where you can pull up on the beach!

Blackwater River Tubing Trip 6974 Deaton Bridge Rd, Milton, 623-0235 Enjoy one of the last true wilderness getaways in Florida while tubing the Blackwater River! One of the purest sandbottom rivers in the nation, this river boasts clear, spring-fed water with a walking-speed current that is safe and fun for all ages!

Blue Angels Practice Cruise 400 Quietwater Beach Rd, Pensacola, 898-9002 Watch true American heroes blaze across the skies with their amazing maneuvers and fearless speed. Enjoy the air-show maneuvers from the comfort of a 63-foot catamaran at the center of the show!

Destin Crab Island Waverunner Dolphin Tour

Destin Sailing Cruise Aboard the Daniel Webster Clements 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 837-2222 The Daniel Webster Clements is great for a day or evening sailing cruise and is equipped with two bathrooms and a deck that holds 37 guests. See dolphins and beautiful sights along the East Pass and Destin Harbor. Each cruise offers complimentary beer, wine, and sodas.

Destin X Jet Ski & Waverunner Rentals 214 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 866-359-3114 Customers are launched from the harbor, where all the equipment is in great condition!

DESTIN X PARASAILING 214 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 866-359-3114 Parasailing is one of Destin’s top activities and offers family fun for all ages. Daily departures are available during the spring and summer, weather permitting.

Destin X Pontoon Boat Rental 214 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 866-359-3114 Our pontoon rentals offer great prices and include fuel!

Discover Scuba Diving in Panama City Beach, 106 Thomas Dr, Panama City, 230-8006 The class includes classroom instruction followed by a fun beach dive!

Dolphin and Snorkel Excursion Aboard the Sea Screamer 2 3605 Thomas Dr, Panama City, 235-3000 This is one of the best ways to see beautiful Shell Island under and over water! Snorkel gear

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and instruction are included in your trip.

Dolphin Cruise Aboard the Original Sea Blaster 34 Harbor Blvd, Kiosk 60G, Destin, 654-6888 Join the fun, and come search the Emerald Green waters of the Gulf of Mexico along the sugar-white sand beaches of Destin, Florida, for playful dolphins!

Dolphin Sail Aboard the Privateer Catamaran 3901 Thomas Dr, Panama City, 769-3866 Listen to tropical music as you enjoy a complimentary wine, sangria, cold beer, or non-alcoholic beverage onboard Panama City Beach’s best sunset cruise!

Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise Aboard the Original Sea Screamer 3605 Thomas Dr, Panama City, 235-3000 The Sea Screamer offers exciting day cruises and breathtaking sunset cruises to enjoy. Journey by beautiful Shell Island and the State Park jetties, then go for a refreshing ride alongside the world’s most beautiful beaches and resorts.

Dolphin Watch and Destin History Cruise 102 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 837-7095 Family owned and operated, the Dolphin Watch and Destin History Cruise is an ideal way to enjoy a relaxing one-anda-half-hour narrated cruise watching dolphins play in their natural habitat. The boat features a glass-bottom viewing area, snack bar, restrooms, and an airconditioned/heated cabin.

Fine Dining Dinner and Dancing Cruise 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 650-2519 The Solaris is the area’s only fine dining entertainment yacht. The yacht features fresh gulf seafood, prime beef, and much more, all prepared in a full-service galley. Live entertainment and a full bar are available to enhance the experience.

The Hydrojet—the World’s Largest Jet Ski! 102 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 865-3557 Known as the worlds largest jet ski, the Hydrojet can really move!

E M E R A L D COA S T PA R E N T • L O C A L AT T R AC T I O N S Come get wet and have a blast with your friends and family!

Pontoon Boat Rental with Luther’s Watersports


200 & 202 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 650-8733 Pontoon boats are an easy way to enjoy the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin. All the boats are in great shape, reliable, and clean. Cruise around the bay, or just relax at crab island—it’s up to you!

105 Hogtown Bayou Ln, Destin, 699-1694 No trip to Santa Rosa Beach is complete without an inshore fishing trip. The Choctawhatchee Bay hosts a number of different species of fish. Trips in the bay are great for everyone from children and first-timers to the avid fisherman.

Offshore Fishing with Fish Now Charters 5325 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 235-8051 Enjoy the scenic beauty of Panama City Beach as you and your group travel out to open water. Feel the heart-pounding thrill and awesome power of pulling a gigantic catch up from the depths.

Panama City Beach Pirate Cruise Aboard the Sea Dragon 5325 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 234-7400 Come aboard Panama City Beach’s only pirate adventure cruise. Cruise away into the fantasy world of friendly swashbucklers and spirited pirates aboard an 85-foot pirate ship.

Pensacola Beach Dolphin Cruise 400 Quietwater Beach Rd, #16, Pensacola, 898-9002 Cruise aboard the 63-foot openair covered catamaran Portofino I, and spy dolphins, birds, and the other marine life playing in their natural habitat along the protected Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Private Six-Pack Deep-Sea Fishing with Reel Deal Charters 210 E Highway 98, Destin, 424-5125 Come aboard a charter that offers more than 15 years of experience fishing off the Florida Coast.

SeaQuest Dolphin Sightseeing Tour 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 837-2222 Climb aboard AJ’s SeaQuest, and experience affordable family fun as you cruise the emerald waters along the sugar-white sand beaches of Destin. The 53-foot boat carries up to 89 passengers and offers an array of excitement and fun for the entire family. Also receive complimentary drinks!

SHELL ISLAND DOLPHIN TOUR ON WAVERUNNERS 5325 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 235-8051 A popular way to see the dolphins and enjoy two hours of wave-runner riding on a guided tour to nearby Shell Island.

Shell Island Eco Sea-fari Tour and Dolphin Encounter 5550 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 234-3435 We begin the journey in the historic Grand Lagoon, then collect sea shells at Shell Island! The boat will remain at the dock while you explore the island. You will have an hour at your leisure to swim, go shelling, explore, picnic, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful and pristine uninhabited island!

Small-Group Dolphin and Snorkel Tour

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5325 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 235-8051 Take a cruise around Shell Island in search of wild bottlenose dolphins. This is a guided twohour cruise and a fun trip for the entire family. Not only do you get an exciting dolphin-tour experience, but free snorkel gear is included in case you want to park the boat and cool off.

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Snorkel and Dolphin Excursion on Destin’s Original Sea Blaster

2 Harbor Blvd, #100, Destin, 424-7695

34 Harbor Blvd, Kiosk 60G, Destin, 654-6888 Jump in and have some fun snorkeling! Then take a cruise and look for dolphins and other marine life along the coast. Snorkeling equipment is included.

A one-of-a-kind full-service burger bar. Choose from one of 18 different burgers, or get creative and build your own. Pick the bun, type of meat, cheese, and sides.

Sunset Dolphin Encounter Aboard Captain Anderson III

Multiple locations throughout area

5550 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 234-3435 Travel through the historic Grand Lagoon into St. Andrews Bay, then move up through the channel known as “the Pass” out to the edge of the gulf to watch dolphins play.

Swimming with Dolphins at Shell Island 5709 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, 238-0909 Spend the day with a professional team of instructors who will teach the proper way to interact with dolphins. The tour is capped off with several live swim-ins at Shell Island for potential dolphin encounters.


Restaurants American BONEHEADS FIRE GRILLED 10015 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, 477-4002 We like to say adventure is the spice of life. We also like to say if you’ve perfected the spice of life, why fry it? At Boneheads, we serve freshly grilled food for a healthy dining experience that everyone can enjoy. We also offer full-service event catering. We can prepare and deliver food that tastes great to business meetings, training events, and more.

Hungry? We specialize in hot subs and submarine sandwiches made with premium meats and cheeses, steamed to perfection, then piled high on a toasted private-recipe sub roll. Our menu will surely satisfy your appetite! Founded by firemen. Catering available.


Multiple locations throughout area Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu boasts bold, flavorful food and smoothies with a healthy appeal, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. We find that superior, simple ingredients, including real fruit and veggies, set our smoothies apart from others.

Uncle Bill’s Family Restaurant 252 N Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, 689-0099

ASIAGO’S SKILLET 300 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 424-4160

The Breakfast Table Cafe 385 Hwy 98 E, Destin, 460-7322

Buffalo Wild Wings 99 Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 301-9464, buffalowildwings.com

Corner Cafe 692 Bob Sikes Blvd, FWB, 803-0263

KC’s Sandbar and Grille 190 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB, 244-1087

Props Craft Brewery and Grill 255 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB, 586-7117

Slick Mick’s Deli and Grille 19 Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 864-5577

All American Heroes 8544 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-9797

TC’s Front Porch 8552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-1601

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery 4458 Hwy 87, Navarre, 684-1495

Hurricane Grill and Wings 4597 Hwy 20 E, Niceville, 932-1075

One20, a Modern Bistro 120 Partin Dr, Niceville, 729-2120

Toast Wine Bar & Small Plate 4550 Hwy 20 E, Niceville, 279-6665

Carmelina’s Cafe 9400 University Pkwy, Pensacola, 208-6211


Chicken Salad Chick

7173 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, 484-5203

36150 Emerald Coast Pkwy, #111, Destin, 460-2888

CJ’s Kitchen and Grille 

Donut Hole Bakery & Café

2100 W Garden St, Pensacola, 435-9543

635 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 837-8824

Flora-Bama Lounge

Johnny Rockets

17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, 492-0611 

4348 Legendary Dr, Destin, 837-0005

Grover’s Fingers and Wings


9418 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, 477-7172

300 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 424-6743

Jackson’s Steakhouse

The Pancakery 960 Hwy 98 E, Destin, 269-0791

Shakes Frozen Custard

400 S Palafox St, Pensacola, 469-9898


1065 Hwy 98, Destin, 269-1111

2907 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, 912-6196 


O’Briens Bistro

4283 Legendary Dr, Destin, 424-7600

4350 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola, 477-9120 


Saltgrass Steak House

16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste 111, Destin, 837-5333

905 E Gregory St, Pensacola, 434-3600 

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Asian Bamboo Sushi Bar and Hibachi 2511 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, 689-1391

THAI SIAM CUISINE 396 E Cedar Ave, Crestview, 423-4510

Yumi Buffet



Buck’s Smoke House

790 on the Gulf

303 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 837-3600

2996 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, 650-4853

Smoke on the Water

4260 Legendary Dr, Destin, 424-5795

Mary’s Kitchen

314 Bayshore Dr, Niceville, 678-2233

Mellow Mushroom

99 Eglin Pkwy, #42, FWB, 863-1141

Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ

French Quarter Grill

2680 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, 683-8886

The Tipsy Pig Bar and Grill


138 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB, 301-0515

Louisiana Lunchbox

34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 650-1288

Dirt Road Cookers 6900 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 384-8839

Rib Shack of Navarre

821 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 650-3945

9532 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-4244

Lotus Thai

Five Sisters Blues Cafe

Thai Delights Restaurant

550 Mary Esther Cut-Off, FWB, 243-3744

421 W Belmont St, Pensacola, 912-4856 

Siam Garden Café


334 N Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 862-7426

Thaiger Thai Restaurant 99 Eglin Pkwy, #34, FWB, 581-7600

11117 Lillian Hwy, Pensacola, 417-2965

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q

364 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, 932-6882

6702 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, 476-7618
 630 N Navy Blvd, Pensacola, 456-2000

Makong Thai Restaurant

Voodoo BBQ and Grill

Shang Hai Restaurant

1935 Ortega St, Navarre, 939-6950

Peking House 8224 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-9898

Philippine Market and Café 144 S John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, 729-0811

Thai International Restaurant 481 S John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, 389-2146

Bangkok Garden
 1708 W Fairfield Dr, Pensacola, 432-5511

Sake Cafe
 4795 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, 494-9999 

Shanghai Buffet
 1741 E 9 Mile Rd, Pensacola, 857-8891

Tu-Do Vietnamese Restaurant
 7130 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, 473-8877

La Famiglia Ristorante Italiano and Pizza

Café Bienville

714 Howell Rd, Niceville, 678-2604

New Dragon Mongolian Grill and Buffet

104 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 460-2990

302 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 797-8252

925 Beal Pkwy, FWB, 314-0717

56 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 424-3507

Crust Pizzeria

1741 E 9 Mile Rd, Pensacola, 912-8111

Cajun Tonie’s Gumbo House 8600 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 428-3864

Bayou Cajun Seafood, Po’boys and Pho 6705 Pine Forest Rd, #500, Pensacola, 435-4200

CUBS CRAWFISH 11125 Lillian Hwy, Pensacola, 456-7551

Rodizio Grill
 605 E Gregory St, Pensacola, 466-2113

The Ruby Slipper Cafe (Brazilian) 509 S Palafox Ave, Pensacola, 792-4834


7000 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, 361-1130

French Zesty Baguette Bistro 4418 Commons Dr, Ste C, Destin, 460-8797

Bay Café 233 Alconese Ave SE, FWB, 244-3550

Bon Appétit Bakery and Café 420 Mary Esther Cut-Off NW, FWB, 244-2848

Heavenly Croissant 722 N Beal Pkwy, FWB, 862-6790

German Schnitzel Brew House 98 Eglin Pkwy, Ste 8, FWB, 226-4796

The Schnitzel Lodge 4504 E Hwy 20, Niceville, 279-4485


960 Hwy 98 E, Destin, 650-6420

Mimmo’s 979 Hwy 98, #5, Destin, 460-7353

Vinny McGuire’s Pizza 29 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 650-0116

Ali’s Bistro 171 Brooks St SE, FWB, 226-4708

Clemenza’s 75 Eglin Pkwy Ste 126, FWB, 243-0707

Niki’s Pizza 2843 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, 934-4228

Papa’s Pizza 37551 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, 934-3334

NEW YORK PIZZA DEPOT 8207 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-6973

Sal’s Pizzeria and Grill 6903 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-8240

CIAO BELLA PIZZA 4400 E Hwy 20E, Niceville, 729-0066

 7210 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, 473-9585 

Passage to India

Franco’s Italian Restaurant

3102 E Cervantes, Pensacola, 433-8887

523 E Gregory St, Pensacola, 433-9200

Taste of India

Georgio’s Pizza

810 E Gregory St, Pensacola, 439-3005

3000 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, 432-5996

Irish Beef O’Brady’s 2509 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, 682-9588

Santino’s Pizza and Grinders
 4771 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola, 474-0400


Johnny O’Quigley’s

4801 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, 484-6836 

1025 Industrial Dr, Crestview, 306-1012

Dominic’s Pizzeria

McGuire’s Irish Pub 33 Hwy 98E, Destin, 650-0000


177 John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, 389-2131


Yum’s Chinese

The Caribbean Pot

Mia’s Italian Restaurant

Bamboo’s Jamaican Restaurant

1620 Airport Blvd, Pensacola, 477-2999

481 S John Sims Pkwy, Ste B, Valparaiso, 389-2270

2203 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, 682-8333

236 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, FWB, 226-6464

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Lana’s Jamaican House Cafe

La Paz Restaurante and Cantina

Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant


7700 W Fairfield Dr, Pensacola, 453-2144

950 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, 837-2247

530 Hwy 98 E, Destin, 650-4400

600 S Barracks St, Pensacola, 470-0003 


Ricon Boriqua


538 Eglin Pkwy NE, FWB, 863-3323

4607 Legendary Marina Dr, Destin, 710-5858 (LULU)

Zoe’s Kitchen

Sabor A Mexico

4357 Legendary Dr, Destin, 650-6525

El Paso Navarre

Aegean Breeze Deli 913 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, #20, Gulf Breeze, 916-0430

YIOTA’S GREEK DELI 130 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Mary Esther, 302-0691

Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Cafe
 236 W Garden St, Pensacola, 438-5650

13 Eglin Pkwy SE, FWB, 243-3331 9500 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-4994

El Patron Mexican Grill 8137 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 936-0950

Old Mexico Restaurant 1177 E John Sims Pkwy, Niceville, 729-1127

Taco Town


113 Partin Dr, Niceville, 729-8646

3012 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, 332-6709

Miguel’s Mexican Food

Jordan Valley Cafe

2 E 9 Mile Rd, Pensacola, 607-7121

201 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, 607-2780
 4550 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, 466-5901
 201 S New Warrington, Pensacola, 466-2342

The Aegean Restaurant 1259 Eglin Pkwy, Shalimar, 613-6120

Mexican/Cuban/ Puerto Rican CRAB ISLAND CANTINA 2 Harborwalk Blvd #100, Destin, 424-7417 We offer a large selection of seafood, Latin-inspired cuisine, award-winning fusion, and Black Angus steaks all served in a casual waterfront-dining atmosphere.

Rio Bravo
 596 E 9 Mile Rd, Pensacola, 466-2468 

Cafe Amapola 481 S John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, 678-6767

East Gate Cafe 481 S John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, 389-2271

Seafood Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House 414 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 424-7406

Tailfins Seafood, Alehouse and Oyster Bar 172 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 650-1200

Joe Patti’s
 524 South B St, Pensacola, 4323313

L & L Fresh Seafood
 1611 N Pace Blvd, Pensacola, 432-0234

AJ’s on the Bayou


200 Eglin Pkwy, NE, FWB, 864-4694

1000 S Pace Blvd, Pensacola, 549-4444

Anglers Beachside Grill 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB, 796-0260

Sam’s Seafood and Steaks

Old Bay Steamer

The Fishing Hole

102 Santa Rosa Blvd, FWB, 664-2795

15 Brent Ln, Pensacola, 912-6664

Rick’s Crab Trap

303 Glen Ave, Valparaiso, 7290406

178 Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 664-0110

Stewby’s Seafood Shanty 427 Racetrack Rd NW, FWB, 586-7001

Dave’s Oyster Bar 4584 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, 934-1789

420 S A St, Pensacola, 432-6626

Doc’s Oyster Bar

VEGAN End of the Line Cafe
 610 E Wright St, Pensacola, 429-0336

EAST BAY CRAB HOUSE 9250 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, 939-5543

The Gulf 1284 Marler Ave, Okaloosa Island, 387-1300

Dockside Oyster Bar & Café 821 Bayshore Dr, Niceville, 678-1241

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

L J Schooner’s Dockside Restaurant and Oyster Bar

14059 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 650-1881

290 Yacht Club Dr, Niceville, 8975400

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Dewey Destin

Atlas Oyster House

789 N Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, 682-8206

9 Calhoun Ave, Destin, 837-7575 202 Harbor Blvd, Destin, 837-7525

600 S Barracks St, Pensacola, 437-1961

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Making the Most of Life on the Coast! We live on a beautiful coast that has so much to offer, and we’re here to make sure you know what’s going on in your own backyard. Enjoy!


every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 to December 17 from 12:00p.m.–4:00p.m. For more information, please visit www.emeraldgrande.com/events.

Baytowne on Ice

Sat, Oct 28 – Sat, Feb 3 – Baytowne Wharf

Here Comes Santa Claus

Time to dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at the Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. This seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions. For more information, please visit www.baytownewharf.com.

Sat, Nov 25 – Baytowne Wharf (6:00p.m.) Get in the winter spirit at Baytowne Wharf during their Here Comes Santa event on November 25! Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he lights the Village tree. Enjoy face-painting, kids’ crafts, and a beautiful firework display at 8:00p.m. For more information, please visit www.baytownewharf.com.

Christmas Market at De’France Antiques Sat, Nov 11 – Fort Walton Beach (9:00a.m.)

De’France is hosting their annual Holiday Market, where you can enjoy vendors with Christmas décor, jewelry, Christmas gift ideas, holiday wreaths, and more! For more information, please visit www.fwbchamber.org.

Santa’s Arrival and Fireworks at Destin Commons Fri, Nov 17 – Destin (6:00p.m.)

Santa Claus is headed to the Destin Commons! Enjoy a festive holiday celebration parade down the main street and watch the official lighting of the center’s spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree. There will be music, fireworks, kids’ crafts, and free photos with Santa at Bass Pro Shops. For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

Caring Santa

Sun, Nov 19 – Pensacola (9:00a.m.) For those who need a little quiet time with Santa, head to Pensacola and visit Santa before hours. Held prior to opening, the mall turns down the music and the staff pays extra special attention to details in providing a calming environment. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit www.pensacolachamber.com.

31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Thurs, Nov 30 – Destin Community Center (6:00p.m.)

Grande Vista Thanksgiving

Thurs, Nov 23 – Destin (11:00a.m.) Enjoy family moments together this Thanksgiving and let Grande Vista Bar and Grill cook your Thanksgiving feast for you! Relax on the Destin Harbor and enjoy a 4-course meal served from 11:00a.m. until closing. For reservations or for more information, please call 850-424-0621.

The Polar Express

Fri, Nov 24 – Baytowne Wharf (6:00p.m.) Head to the Events Plaza Lawn for a special showing of The Polar Express on the big screen! The movie starts at 6:00p.m. For more information, please visit www.baytownewharf.com.

Visit with Santa

Sat, Nov 25–Sun, Dec 17 – Destin (12:00p.m.) Bring the kids to HarborWalk Village, and make sure they bring their Christmas wish list with them to see Santa Claus! All of Santa’s guests receive a special treat! This will take place

This outdoor event for the whole family will include a visit from Santa! There will be music and refreshments served after the lighting of the tree. Donations of canned food will be collected for families in need. For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

12 Nights of Lights

Wed, Dec 6–Sat, Dec 30 – Baytowne Wharf (6:00p.m.) This December, enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas. This sparkling event will also be featured during Baytowne’s special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6:00p.m., 7:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. For more information, please visit www.baytownewharf.com.

Christmas Parade

Sat, Dec 9 – Destin (10:00a.m.) Floats will start at Downtown Destin Shopping Center and will travel west down Harbor Boulevard. For more information, please call 850-654-5184.

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and dinner, reserved seating, live music, and a champagne toast at midnight. You will enjoy the ultimate view of the ball drop and fireworks at 8:00p.m. and midnight. Dress to impress in formal attire, and listen to live music by Cool Rayz. For more information, please visit www. emeraldgrande.com/events.

Marion Meadows at the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are available exclusively through the Arts Center’s Box Office at 850-729-6000 or online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

Runs, Walks & More Emerald Coast Honor Games Sat, Nov 11 – Destin (5:30a.m.)

The Emerald Coast Honor Games is a day of competition, honor, community and fun! The day will begin with the Ruck 22 event, where the community has the opportunity to engage in, interact with, and join area soldiers in an honorary 22 full laps around Destin Middle School’s track. Following, there will be an opening ceremony, Honor Breakfast, and then finally the Emerald Coast Honor Games. This will feature four major workout events that will be completed in teams of two. There will be a silent auction, music, food, kid’s areas, and more! For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

Tuba Christmas

Sat, Dec 9 – Baytowne Wharf (5:00p.m.) Head to Baytowne Wharf for some of your favorite holiday classics with Tuba Christmas! This event is free, unique and a fun night out for the whole family. For more information, please visit www.baytownewharf.com.

Santa Pet Photo Night

Sun, Dec 10 – Pensacola (6:00p.m.) Head to the mall in Pensacola and bring your fur babies to meet Santa! Photo packages are available, and reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit www.pensacolachamber.com.

31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade Sun, Dec 10 – Destin (6:00p.m.)

The Destin Harbor will be lit with holiday lights and cheer during the 31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade! The Boat Parade will light up the harbor with fireworks beginning at 6:00p.m. following the parade and fire spinning on HarborWalk Village’s main stage with Just Add Fire. For more information, please visit www.emeraldgrande.com/events.

HarborWalk Village New Year’s Eve Street Party Sun, Dec 10 – Destin (6:00p.m.)

Bring in the New Year at HarborWalk Village and enjoy live music, two firework shows and the 10th Annual Ball Drop descending over the Harbor! For more information, please visit www. emeraldgrande.com/events.

Baytowne Countdown | NYE

Sun, Dec 31 – Baytowne Wharf (6:00p.m.) Head to Baytowne Wharf to ring in the New Year! Enjoy family-friendly activities from 6:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. There will be face painting, kids’ activities, live music and fireworks! There will be another firework show at midnight, along with dancing and music until 1:00a.m. For more information, please visit www.baytownewharf.com.

Grande Gala New Year’s Eve Celebration Sun, Dec 31 – Destin (8:00p.m.)

Dine and dance into the New Year at this elegant extravaganza in the Emerald Grande Ballroom! Tickets include a chef-selected menu

The Arts The Nutcracker

Fri, Nov 17–Sun, Nov 19 – Mattie Kelly Arts Center (7:30p.m.) Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” Northwest Florida Ballet produces the area’s only full-length production with professional dancers of the classic holiday ballet. All public performances will feature live music performed by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra led by David Ott. For ticket prices and show times, please visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast Golf Tournament Sat, Nov 11 – Destin (8:00a.m.)

Head to the Emerald Bay Golf Club for a fun day of golf, prizes and awards! All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. For prices and more information, please visit www.pensacolachamber.com.

The Christmas Carol

Thurs, Nov 30–Sat, Dec 2 – Mattie Kelly Arts Center This classic Charles Dickens tale takes a delightful twist in this original adaptation by Northwest Florida State College. This drama combines vibrant song and dance along with period costumes to bring to life the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the spirits of Christmas. Tickets include Victorian-style desserts and beverages. For more information, please visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

NFSO 31st Season Concert - “Holiday Pops” Fri, Dec 8 – Mattie Kelly Arts Center (7:30p.m.)

NFSO’s 31st season as the Emerald Coast’s premier professional orchestra continues on the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville with the popular annual “Holiday Pops” concert. This concert will help ring in the season and include popular carols and sing-a-longs. For more information, please visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas

Sat, Dec 9 – Mattie Kelly Arts Center (7:30p.m.) Seabreeze Radio presents Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and

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Pensacola Marathon

Sun, Nov 12 – Pensacola (6:30a.m.) Combine Veteran’s Day weekend, downtown Pensacola, sugar-white sandy beaches, and a route overlooking Escambia Bay where runners greet the sunrise and you have the perfect recipe for the 13th Annual Pensacola Marathon! For prices and more information, please visit www.pensacolachamber.com.

38th Annual Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Run Sun, Nov 12 – Destin (8:30a.m.)

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little neck clams all boiled together in seasoned broth and served hot! For more information, please visit www.emeraldgrande.com/events.

Holiday Craft Show

Fri, Nov 17 – Destin (11:00a.m.) Head to the Destin Community Center for the City of Destin’s 11th Annual Holiday Craft Show. There will be handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, and more! For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

GulfWind Paddle & Surf Wednesday Night BOTE Board Demo Event

Every Wednesday – Santa Rosa Beach (6:00p.m.) Socialize with other paddleboard enthusiasts every Wednesday evening and take time to demo ride the entire fleet of BOTE boards! For more information, call Steve with GulfWind Paddle & Surf at 850-200-8375.

Home School Friday—Heritage Museum Fri, Nov 17 – Valparaiso (1:00p.m.)

38th Annual Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Run. All motorcyclists are welcome to participate in the Run. Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Children in Crisis. Parade and festivities at the Mullet Festival site will begin at 11:00a.m. and include music, food, games, motorcycle contests, and more. For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

Walk for Alzheimer’s

Sat, Nov 18 – Pensacola (8:00a.m.) Head to downtown Pensacola for the threemile Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s! Anyone participating will walk to support those living with Alzheimer’s. Registration is at 8:00a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00a.m. For more information, please call 850-438-9714.

Sounds Fun 1st Annual Flounder Pounder Tournament Wed, Nov 1 – Thurs, Nov 30 – Destin

Presented by HarborWalk Village, this monthlong event has daily weigh-ins and cash prizes. The tournament provides anglers with a unique fishing experience, where competitors will be able to weigh fish daily at HarborWalk Marina from 7:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. For more information, please visit www.emeraldgrande.com/events.

Bourbon Dinner

Thurs, Nov 9 – Destin (6:30p.m.) Enjoy a special Bourbon dinner featuring 5 gourmet courses specially selected by Jimmy McManus and paired with Bourbon presented by Jim Beam. For prices and more information, please visit www.emeraldgrande.com/events.

Sport Clips Help a Hero Tailgate Fundraiser Sat, Nov 11 – Fort Walton Beach (9:00a.m.)

There will be food, giveaways and more at this fun, football-themed tailgate. Proceeds will help send a military veteran back to school and get back into the workforce. For more information, please call 850-862-3814.

A Coastal Boil, a Culinary Celebration Sat, Nov 11 – Destin (11:00a.m.)

Chefs from all across the region will be cooking up fresh, delicious seafood full of jumbo gulf shrimp, andouille sausage, and Cedar Key

Home-schoolers will enjoy a day of socializing at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida and explore the lives of Northwest Florida’s earliest Native Americans and Panhandle Pioneers. Students will discover the way they lived by examining and touching artifacts, and participating in hands-on activities. For more information, please call 850-678-2615.

Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights

Sat, Nov 18 – Baytowne Wharf (4:00p.m.) Head to Baytowne Wharf for the 5th Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights! This sparkling event will feature more than 30 champagnes and delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Guests can enjoy live music and a sneak peek of their first tree lighting of the season. For more information, please visit www.baytownewharf.com.

Reoccurring Local Poetry & Music Jam

Every second Tuesday of each month – Crestview (6:00p.m.) Poets and musicians are invited to bring their work and instruments to a free-form, open-mic poetry reading and jam session. For more information, please call 850-682-4432.

Maximum Magic Dinner Theater Featuring Noah & Heather Wells Every Wednesday – Fort Walton Beach

Head to Fudpuckers on Okaloosa Island for some family fun! Illusionist of the year Noah Wells presents Maximum Magic, with mindblowing illusions, hilarious comedy, special effects, unbelievable mentalism, and more! This family-friendly show is a fast-paced 60-minute show with audience participation for all ages. For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

Farmer’s Market at Grand Boulevard

Every Saturday – Miramar Beach (9:00a.m.) Start your Saturday at Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market. There will be fresh-from-thefarm produce, local seafood, homemade dips and salsas, organic juices, homemade soaps, and more. There will even be organic pet treats for your furry friends! For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

Festival of Trees

Daily through Christmas – Miramar Beach (4:00p.m.) The Festival of Trees held annually in Grand Park showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profits. The trees debut the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and remain in the park through Christmas for the public to enjoy and learn more about the missions of these organizations. For more information, please visit www.destinchamber.com.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Every Wednesday in December – Baytowne Wharf (6:00p.m.) Get in the holiday spirit and listen to some of your favorite holiday classics! Every Wednesday this December enjoy Baytowne’s holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Each Concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa. For more information, please visit www. baytownewharf.com.


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Emerald Coast residents truly enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of the rest of our country. Our beautiful, clean and uncluttered beaches ar...