In the word’s of Olaf, “IN SUMMMMMMMMMAAAARRRRR.” We’re here. I realize technically summer doesn’t start until June 21st, but let’s be real. Summer started a few weeks ago with the hot, hot, heat and the amazing humidity that gives you that perfect “glow.” Yes, we’ll call it glow, not sweat. The good news is that there’s many fun indoor and outdoor activities to keep you and the little one’s busy this month.
As you start planning what you’re going to be doing this month, don’t forget that military families can receive FREE admission all summer long to the Cummer Museum, MOCA, and many more.
MONDAY, JUNE 1st
Fitly Fitness Class for Moms/Dads/Caregivers at Bay & Bee, 4pm-4:45pm. This is a fun and energizing, barefoot, body weight fitness class designed for those looking to burn fat and gain muscle tone. Fitly is centered on natural movement that can transfer into everyday activities, like playing with your kids or hiking a challenging trail. This class is made for parents but you’re welcome to bring the kids and let them play. Members are free; $12 for non members.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5th
Toddler Time at Sweet Pete’s, 11am. Toddler time is for toddlers ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. Each toddler will dip an all-natural cookie lollipop into chocolate and decorate the cookie. After making their sweet treat, they will enjoy a candy themed story time. Cost is $7.50
Summer Outdoor Movie: Planes, Fire & Rescue (PG), 9PM at Sea Otter Pavilion at NS Mayport. Bring your lawn chairs and/ or blankets, & bug spray. This is a free event.
Pogopalooza 2015 US Open in Hemming Park June 5th-6th: Pogopalooza is the annual World Championships of Xpogo and the biggest pogo stick event on the planet. Bringing together the top athletes for a wild set of days, Pogopalooza is both an action sports competition and a celebration of pogo sticks for the entire family. The Pogopalooza tour kicks off each summer with a USA Open event, and feeds into the World Finals. Events begin at 6am on the 5th, click the link above for full event schedule.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6th
MWR Presents The Royal Princess Breakfast at The Grove at Windy Harbor Golf Club. There will be two seatings at 9am and 11am. Tickets are $8, cash only, and must be purchased in advance at ITT. Open to all active duty families. Call 904-270-7196 to see if tickets are still available.
Never Quit Beach Fest, Jacksonville Beach: This annual event in Jacksonville is inspired by Capt. Gerard Petroni based on 5 Never Quit Principles, healthy living, family and honoring women, American values, support our Armed Forces and Constitution and a commitment to NEVER QUIT! The day begins with beach yoga, followed by a 5K, a 1 mile beach run (ALL AGES), a Trident, a Warrior and Jr. Warrior Challenge, and a Battle of the Beach! Check our their site to see what you and your family can get involved in. It’s a great day to be out at the beach.
Kid’s Day at Riverside Arts Market, 10am-4pm: Join Riverside Arts Market and Jax4Kids.com in celebrating being a kid! RAM is always full of kid-friendly entertainment and activities such as the Children’s Creativity Corner, balloon artists and face painters, but what better time to ramp things up than the start of summer vacation. Entertainment will be geared towards kids – making sure there’s plenty for them to do. Special booth spaces will be occupied by local businesses and organizations of interest to families with children. Afterwards, check out the Cummer Museum with your FREE admission.
Learn to Build a Load & Go Truck at Home Depot, 9am-12pm. Participating Home Depot’s around Jacksonville offer free hands on workshops for kids ages 5-12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register here
Michael’s Kids Club Father’s Day Craftstick Card, 10am-12pm. Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.
TUESDAY, JUNE 9th
$1 MOVIES BEGIN! Hop aboard the 2015 Summer Movie Express! Regal Cinemas brings you 9 weeks of great movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Admission is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Movies start at 10:00am and all are rated PG. Click here for movie titles
Regal Avenues Stadium 20
Regal Beach Boulevard Stadium 18
Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14
Jax Beach Art Walk: The 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5pm-9pm,. This family friendly event takes place in front of businesses along 1st St from Beach Blvd north to 5th Ave N. The Jax Beach Art Walk showcases the talent of great local artists and the businesses in the community. Many of the participating businesses will have live music and specials throughout the art walk.
FRIDAY, JUNE 12th
Parent’s Night out at Pump it Up, 6:30pm-10pm. Children ages 5-12 can jump, watch a movie, eat dinner and have a blast while you enjoy a night out. Parent’s Night out is actually EVERY FRIDAY night at Pump it Up. The cost is $25 for your first child and $20 for siblings. Price includes, snack, dinner, organized games, bouncing, crafts and more.
SATURDAY JUNE 13th
Lowe’s Build and Grow Kids Workshop, 10am: The Avengers are coming to Lowe’s! Bring in your child to build Iron Man’s Avenjet as part of our “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Summer series. This event is free. Register here.
Art for Two: It’s Greek to Me at the Cummer Museum: Make art with your little one, open to children ages 3 through 5 with their favorite adult. Students will study examples of the Cummer Museum’s Greek pottery collection and then create still life collages showing depth and balance. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904.355.0630. Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair
FRIDAY, JUNE 19th
Summer Outdoor Movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG-13), 9PM at Sea Otter Pavilion at NS Mayport. Bring your lawn chairs and/ or blankets, & bug spray. This is a free event.
Parents Night out at TNT Gymnastics, 6pm-10pm. Need a night off? Let TNT play with your tiny tumblers while you take a night on the town! Event Includes: fitness, obstacle courses, gymnastics, games, snacks, pizza, & drinks. $30 for non-members; $25 for members.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20th
Art Adventures at the Cummer Museum, 10:30am-12:30pm: Check out the museum on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes in painting, printmaking, collage, and construction with changing themes. Projects will be completed within one class period. Open to children ages 6 through 12. $10 for Members, $15 for Non-Members. Register here
Zoom at the Zoo: Celebrate the dads we love with a car show, BBQ and music on the Great Lawn. Kids can create a Father’s Day card, have their face painted and get fun giveaways compliments of Chase in the Trout River Plaza Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21st HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Father’s Day at the Jacksonville Zoo-Dad’s get in FREE!
Father’s Day at the World Golf Hall of Fame-Complimentary admission to the museum and dads receive a free round on the putting course. Golf themed movies will be playing free all day in the IMAX Theater. Museum will be open from 12pm-6pm.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd
Little Gardener Class at Bay & Bee, 3pm-3:45pm. Kelly Johnson from Wings, Worms and Wonder will be leading a class with songs and stories about plants. The children will smell and taste herbs, explore seeds, and learn how to engage in fun sensory activities, inspired by Montessori education principles.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th
Suessical the Musical begins at the Alhambra Theatre. This program will run June 24th-August 2nd.Experience this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Based on the Dr. Seuss books, Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other characters from the whimsical imagination of Dr. Seuss come together in this musical. Seussical is fun for the whole family!
FRIDAY, JUNE 26th
Dive In Movies at NAS JAX: Go to the Outdoor Pool to watch “Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb” on the inflatable screen! The movie begins at dusk but you are welcome to come at 7 pm to enjoy the pool. Popcorn will be provided, the snack bar will be open or you can enjoy the $2 meal deal (hot dog, chips & a drink). Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets OR a float!
Summer Outdoor Movies: FROZEN (PG), 9PM at the Sea Otter Pavilion at NS Mayport. Bring your lawn chairs and/ or blankets, & bug spray. This is a free event.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27th
Lowe’s Build and Grow Kids Workshop, 10am: The Avengers are back this week with Captain America! Register your child and they can build a motorcycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!”
Dozin’ with the Dinosaurs at MOSH. Spend the night in MOSH’s summer exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, or under Fermata, the museum’s life-sized whale. Dozing with Dinos also includes an animal program, dino crafts, a self-guided flashlight tour, and a movie. The camp-in begins at 6 p.m. and ends the next morning at 7 a.m. Cost is $35 per person (adult required) and includes a late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast. Members receive a 20% discount. Special souvenir packs are available for $10 at the camp-in.
TUESDAY, JUNE 30th
Painting with a Twist in San Marco is painting “Anchored in With Love” from 7pm-10pm. Grab a friend or two and reserve your seat!
Ongoing offers and events:
Take full advantage of FREE ADMISSION for MILITARY all summer long to Cummer Museum, MOCA and more. Check out this link for all the details.
Disney on Ice Tickets for “FROZEN” on sale now, a year before the big event!!! Purchase now at the Mayport ITT Main Office before all shows are sold out!!!
Friday April 8, 2016 @ 730pm
Saturday April 9,2016 @ 1130am
Saturday April 9, 2016 @730pm
Sunday April 10, 2016 @5pm
Tickets are $44.50 (Gate price $65.00)
For more information, please call the ITT office at (904) 270-5145
Universal Orlando Military Offer: Dates have been extended for the Universal Orlando Military offer until Dec 4, 2015. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, 3 Day park to park is the price of a 1 Day park to park ticket. Adult $147.75 Child $142.75. Check with ITT office on base for black out dates.
Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long at Beach Bowl. Details here
Beat the summer heat at the Sunshine Playground Splash Park for FREE! Located in South Jax Beach at Osceola St. and South Beach Parkway.
Storytime at the Jacksonville Public Library. Click here for times.
Barnes & Noble Storytimes
Have a great JUNE!