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Take Your Kids to See Live Theatre, ‘A Mark Twain Storybook’

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents “A Mark Twain Storybook,” the second Professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production of its 5th anniversary season. A troupe of actors re-tell some of Mark Twain’s most popular stories in the quarto-centennial edition of America’s most loved traveling show. Audiences will “meet” Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Legend of Sagenfeld, Adam and Eve and The Interviewer. “Literature coming to life on stage, what could be more exciting, inspiration, and wonderful?” asks Emerald Coast Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Nathanael Fisher. “A Mark Twain Storybook” will be staged on Fridays and Saturdays at...

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks on 30A

10, 9, 8, 7 … are you ready to countdown to a new year? See fireworks? I am, but not at 11:58PM with an exhausted toddler and an excited middle schooler. Both The Village at Baytowne Wharf and Pier Park offer kid-friendly countdowns at 8PM. If your kids are able to stay up late, Seaside has a fabulous night planned with a fireworks show at the stroke of midnight. The Village of Baytowne Wharf The fun starts at Sandestin’s The Village of Baytowne Wharf at 6PM with face painting, crafts and music by DJ 30A. A fireworks show at...

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Allergy-Friendly Holiday Sides

Are you trying to think of a delicious allergen-free holiday side dish to make? One of the hardest things to let go of when you’re the parent of a child with a food allergy are those treasured Christmas recipes from your own childhood. When I was growing up in Georgia, sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole were staples on our Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. Those were the flavors and smells that I associated with the excitement of Christmas presents and seeing extended family. Those were memories I was excited about sharing with my own children one day. But...

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Celebrate Chanukah on the Emerald Coast

Does your family celebrate the Festival of Lights? December 12th marks the beginning of this year’s Chanukah celebration, when, for 8 nights, Jewish families light a candle to honor a miracle of light that occurred in the 2nd Century BCE. EVENTS The Chabad of the Emerald Coast is hosting a (free) Grand Menorah Lighting at HarborWalk Village at 5:30PM on the Stage. Latkes and donuts will be served and families can enjoy live music. Everyone also receives a Menorah. On 30A, Rosemary Beach has a Menorah on North Barrett Square that will be lit each night. Families are encouraged...

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Join the Teal Pumpkin Movement

1 in every 13 Kids Has a Food Allergy or Food Color Sensitivity I have a child with food allergies, and after saying the obligatory “trick-or-treat!” he often asks if they have allergen-free candy. We usually get a confused look and then an apology, while I’m hurriedly reminding him that we’re swapping out his candy once we get home. If you love handing out candy, why not make it fun and safe for ALL? It’s super easy to buy allergen-free candy nowadays.  And if you can’t find safe candy, you can always buy fun little Halloween-themed toys to give...

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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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