Author: Susan

Schools Say No to Solar Eclipse

Story updated on Aug. 17 The solar eclipse happens on Aug. 21. In Walton County we’ll be able to view the partial eclipse (approximately 86% of the total eclipse) between the hours of 12-3 PM, with the maximum viewing time being reported as 1:37 PM. Schools Are Not Allowing Outdoor Viewing of the Eclipse UPDATE: No Walton County school is allowing students to go outdoors during the time of the eclipse. However, if you would like to check your child out to view the eclipse, or keep them home that day, the absence is excused.  Walton County district has...

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When I Grow Up .. I wanna be an Architect!

Do you know what an architect does? Architects figure out what buildings will look like. That could be a house by the beach, a skyscraper in a city, a farm in the country, a church in the desert … you get the idea. We spoke with Architect Anthony Vallee, with McWhorter Vallee Reese Design to find out what it’s like to be an architect. Why did you become an architect? Both of my parents studied architecture in Cuba and when they came to the United States they continued to work in interior design and related fields in Miami, Fl....

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When I grow up … I wanna be a Park Ranger!

Meet Christopher Whittle, a Park Services Specialist at Topsail State Park Photos: Faith Whalen What is the coolest thing you have done as a park ranger? I’d have to say releasing loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings. We simulated typical hatching conditions by releasing them at night near the base of the dunes. This allowed the hatchlings to crawl towards the Gulf of Mexico, stimulating their blood flow and preparing their flippers for swimming. What do I need to do if I want to be a ranger? If you want to become a park ranger, you need a love for park visitor’s,...

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When I grow up … I wanna be a Firefighter!

Do you know a child who is not fascinated by firefighters? We don’t! Why are firefighters so exciting to kids? Because they help people? Or is that great big fire engine with all the hoses and sirens? The potential danger? We spoke with Firefighter Kate Christenson to get her inside take on what it’s like: When did you decided to become a firefighter? I became interested in becoming a firefighter in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew. I lived in Miami when the Hurricane hit. The devastation was terrible, but I was able to see how the different public service jobs came together to...

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Our Top to-do List in (and Around) 30A

There are so many fun things to do on (and around) 30A that it’s hard to choose favorites, but we tried really hard. Here are a few kid-approved things for your “30A must-do list.” Dance and play among the lights in the Alys Beach splash pad while an outdoor movie or concert plays on the green. Fly a kite on the beach. Pick a really cool one that you can keep and display once you get home.    3. Become a certified Florida State Parks Junior Ranger! Stop by Eden State Gardens, Topsail State Park or Grayton Beach State...

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Amici 30A’s Meatball Recipe

Have you had the meatballs from Amici 30A yet? They are delicious. Made from scratch, with fresh, real ingredients (you can watch Chef Lock cook while you dine) these are easy to prepare and well worth the effort. All photos by Paul Johnson Photography Ingredients: 1/2 pound pork/1/2 pound beef. (80/20 blend) 8 cloves of garlic.  Peropini macchiato w/a rough chop. 8 grams. Flat leaf parsley. 1 egg Salt/pepper Day old bread. (Baguette is ideal) Tear out pieces of baguette and soak in milk.  Mix all other ingredients together (don’t overwork). Form meatballs. Place on parchment paper. Do not...

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Kid-Friendly Museums

Louisiana Children’s Museum- New Orleans, LA The Louisiana Children’s Museum is located in the heart of Warehouse District of New Orleans and has been educating and entertaining families for more than 30 years. With fourteen interactive exhibits sprawling two floors of the building, kids of all ages will have tons of hands-on fun. In the Safety Zone, kids can dial 911, speak to a dispatcher, and even hop into an emergency vehicle to help someone in need. Young creatives can sculpt, paint, draw, and even try out screen-printing in the Art Trek center, while the tiniest tots can climb...

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Occupational therapy

    . Occupational therapy. What exactly does that mean? Why is it needed? What do the therapists do? Occupational therapy is nothing to be frightened of. It is typically an option for children (or adults) who need help in a particular area that effects their day-to-day life. In our school system, OT is offered to children who might display problems with handwriting. But oftentimes, that isn’t enough and the whole body needs to be addressed. That’s where private practice OT comes into play. Ten years ago there were no options for pediatric occupational therapy in South Walton. But now,...

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New Places to Grub Looking for something new and different to eat tonight?

Mi Casita Mexican Grill Have you noticed that bright yellow building in Seagrove Beach? Step inside and order Mexican classics like enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. Everything is cooked fresh and is full of flavor. They have a great kids menu. Even better? Grab the food to go and eat a taco on the beach. Tip: Sign up for the VIP program. Get 20% off by texting CASITA to 57711. Freshii This cute little restaurant in 30Avenue makes it easy for everyone to eat healthy. Kids love the food bowls that are filled with yumminess like rice noodles, broccoli, crispy...

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The dynamic duo of Huck & Lilly pssst … they’re not really named Huck & Lilly

The toe tapping tunes from Huck & Lilly seem to be everywhere this summer. If you haven’t heard “I Sat on a Porcupine” your life really isn’t complete. It’s a song that might seem silly at first (who sits on a porcupine?), and then you find yourself dancing with abandon like Snoopy in a Charlie Brown cartoon. Winning over parents with their music is a goal of the Ken Johnson and Andi Zack-Johnson – the talented songwriters and musicians who created Huck & Lilly. The band performs weekly in Seaside and has ongoing shows at The Hub 30A. Prior...

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The family that vacations together, upcycles together

  Have you ever gone on vacation and bought a souvenir to remember the experience? Maybe a T-shirt that the kids outgrew within a few months or a Christmas ornament that you only get to see once a year? Here’s an idea: make art together. For the past three years Moore Family Folk Art assembles a work area in front of The Blue Giraffe art gallery and invites kids and families to make their own art using recycled materials. Called “upcycled folk art,” the Moore’s encourage kids to peruse a vast collection of tiles, vintage bottle caps, buttons, scrabble pieces, slices of soda cans (and other materials) and think about how they can use those colors and shapes to create guitars, turtles or, maybe even a bouquet of flowers. The experience may make you look at the things you discard a little differently. Alan works in construction when he’s not busy crafting works of art. It’s a true family business, with his two daughters, Emma and Isabella, often creating and selling works of their own. “The boys help more with sorting items by color and getting the supplies together. The girls though … wherever I sell, they are also selling.” The busy family of seven has had a presence on 30A for the last 5-6 years. The family recently had to move to Denver, Co. but Alan said he...

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