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By Matthew Winship, DVI Intern

Part four of our Downtown Itinerary series provides some fun ways to get the whole family acquainted with all Downtown’s amenities. 

Downtown Jacksonville is a happening place for kids! Check out this chronological itinerary, packed with kid-friendly activities available every day Downtown.

MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON

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Museum of Science and History (MOSH) visit (1025 Museum Circle)

Parking: Museum visitors can park for free in the parking lot across from the museum entrance at the opposite end from River City Brewing Company. Admission is only $6 for children and free for toddlers age two or younger with a $10 cost for accompanying adults. An annual family membership starts at only $80.

About the museum: The popular Museum of Science and History (MOSH) on the Southbank opens 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays at noon. The museum is packed with interactive exhibits just for kids, from the anatomy of a life-size blue whale replica in “Atlantic Tails” to experiencing a talkies movie theater in the “Currents of Time”. Included with admission are amazing MOSH science shows, where fun experiments are demonstrated with audience help! For “Creature Features” kids can interact up close with snakes, birds, turtles and more in the museum’s Naturalist Center.

The Brian Gooding Planetarium screens kid’s favorites daily. Each planetarium show is an additional $5 per person and lasts about 30 minutes. The first Friday of every month also brings Cosmic Concerts. At just $5 a person per show (and just $1 for laser glasses), you can enjoy a collection of laser lights and images. What better way to spend a Friday with your kids, especially with the $5 Friday admission and extended hours (10a.m. – 10:30p.m.)

When you’ve wrapped up your visit at the museum, head out back to the beautiful Friendship Fountain, which leads to the start of the new Southbank Riverwalk. If you stick around Downtown until nighttime, the fountain will glow in multiple colors for its music and lights program everyday from dusk to 11 p.m.

 

Ride a River Taxi to the Northbank

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Just past beautiful Friendship Fountain behind MOSH is the deck for the Jacksonville River Taxi, where you and the kids will get a kick out of riding across the St. Johns River to the Northbank. One-way fares will cost adults a mere $5 and the kids just $4. Rides begin daily at 11 a.m Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Mondays.

If you and the kids are tuckered out from the museum visit, stay on the river taxi and take it for the entire loop around the riverfront area for a fun water ride around Downtown, getting back off where you parked at MOSH. If you’re up for more Downtown fun, disembark at The Jacksonville Landing.

Hopping off the river taxi at The Jacksonville Landing will put you and the kids in the Northbank core of Downtown, ready to explore the stroller and pedestrian-friendly core for lunch.

Kid-friendly lunch Downtown

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Visit to The Jacksonville Landing (2 Independent Dr.)

Lunch at the Jacksonville Landing is easy. Choose from American GrillFionn MacCool’sChicago PizzaCinco de Mayo and even Hooters – all with kids menus and both indoor and outdoor seating.  Be sure to visit their website for a full listing of stores, dining, events and concerts.

Besides The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown is teeming with great places to grab a bite to eat. For the kids, don’t miss Burrito Gallery (21 E. Adams St.), Chamblin’s Uptown Café (215 N. Laura St.) or Candy Apple Café (400 N. Hogan St.)

Of course, after lunch comes dessert!

Downtown houses a number of places to grab something sweet. Start with Peterbrooke Chocolatier (100 W. Bay St.) , then work your way up to Mocha Misk’i (209 N. Laura St.). Then tour Sweet Pete’s (400 N. Hogan St.) and see where all the magic – erm..chocolate is made.

 

Things to do Downtown

Get educated at The Main Jacksonville Public Library (303 N. Laura St.)

Kids can get in touch with their inner scholar at the Main library, which is located right around the corner from Sweet Pete’s near Hemming Park. The library opens Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. It offers a children’s department packed with books and other activities as well as regularly programmed events. Their kids section is overflowing with awesomeness, right down to the aesthetics. There’s a lounge area that’s created to look like a pond, complete with an alligator couch. The fourth floor map room is also an amazing feature of the library, especially for those future world travelers.

View contemporary art at MOCA Jacksonville (333 N. Laura St.)

Located right next to the Jacksonville Public Library the MOCA Jacksonville is great fun for kids. In addition to multiple floors of contemporary art the fifth floor is dedicated to the Art Explorium and contains 16 different stations for kids to learn about contemporary art. The museum also houses NOLA MOCA. This contemporary restaurant serves seasonal entrees as well as hand crafted grilled cheese, flatbread and pasta. MOCA Jacksonville opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon on Sunday with an admission charge of $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for children age 2 and younger. NOLA MOCA is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and offers limited dining hours.

Get some fresh air in Hemming Park (303 N. Laura St.)

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The new and improved Hemming Park is a great place to have fun with the family while taking in the city.

Food trucks are available and the park features live music every weekday from 11a.m. to 2p.m.  The Imagination Playground Kids Station is open daily from 10a.m. to 6p.m. and offers a space for kids to explore and play.  Every Monday there is a chess meetup from 10:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. for newcomers and experts alike.

There are also other weekly and monthly activities. The first Wednesday of every month artists fill up the park for Art Walk from 5p.m. to 9p.m. Every third Thursday is Jaxson’s Night Market; featuring local farmers, local art and crafts, local beer and food trucks. Make sure to check out the events calendar to stay up to date on everything Hemming Park has to offer.

During the week take the free Skyway back to San Marco Station or hop back on the river taxi to return to the Southbank any day of the week.

REMEMBER:

  • Parking meters are free every weekday after 6 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. Or if you prefer, check out the parking garage and lot options here.
  • The Skyway, free, operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and during special weekend events. For more information, click here.
  • The Jacksonville River Taxi hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; closed on Mondays. For a one-way ticket, fares are $5/adult and $4/children ages 3-12. Children younger than age 3 ride free. For more information and special events fare, click here.
  • If you need assistance Downtown, our Downtown Ambassadors are here to help. Look for them in their orange polo shirts and pith helmets or call 904-465-7980.

For more information on Downtown destinations, check out our online directory. Many Downtown destinations also hold various special events throughout the year. Be sure to check our events calendar often, or sign up for our weekly events e-newsletter.

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by Zahni Thuzar, DVI Intern

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“Space painting” and spray paint art have recently become Internet sensations, showcasing the artistic talents of individuals all over the world. The results of the process leave you in awe, trying to fathom how exactly these artists are able to create their masterpieces. But instead of going online to see these incredible outcomes, you can find one of these spray paint artists right in your backyard.

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by Zahni Thuzar, DVI intern

Lemoree

A six-year vendor of Downtown Jacksonville’s Art WalkLemoree remains a popular hot spot every first Wednesday. Named after her childhood imaginary friend, Meredith Arceneaux’s brand “Lemoree” was at first just a creative, fun way to make gifts for her friends and family. However, after a friend suggested she try selling her creations to the public at Art Walk, Lemoree was an instant success.

Vintage-inspired “fun and fancy” jewelry cover the tables of Arceneaux’s shop, creating a warm and rustic atmosphere to draw in the crowds. From cameos to gemstones, button earrings to hair bows, there’s sure to be something to suit anyone’s taste for any occasion or everyday wear.

Art Walk has provided Lemoree with the opportunity to grow from a hobby to a full-time business. “I’ve also made so many connections, which have enriched my business as well as my personal life,” said Arceneaux.

Over the course of her six years as an Art Walk artist, Arceneaux has seen Art Walk – and Downtown – evolve. “Seeing more people come Downtown and embrace the cultural richness our city possesses is so awesome”, she exclaims. “It makes me more proud of Jacksonville every month.”


 

This month, Art Walk brings a Valentine-filled event. With a beer garden ($4/beer for those of age), a hugging booth, “The Art Walk Cabaret”, and much, much more, there’s something for everyone to do Downtown. There are also many artists and vendors, as well as Lemoree, who feature great gift ideas for your special someone (or show some self-love and treat yourself).

“More than most other markets, Art Walk welcomes a great representation of our diverse community here in Jacksonville,” said Arceneaux. “I feel lucky to be able to participate in Art Walk and look forward to what this year brings.”

So do we! Be sure to check out Meredith’s shop on Wednesday, but for those of you who can’t make it to this Art Walk (boo), you can also check out her stuff on Etsy and Facebook until next month!

 

 

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By Amy E. Pittman, DVI Intern

One Spark 2014

It’s been six months since Downtown Jacksonville was flooded with hundreds of excited Creators presenting more than 600 projects during One Spark. The spark has grown, the energy has continued, and the 2014 One Spark winners have been busy. DVI caught up the 2014 winners to see where they are now and how their projects are progressing:

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Oct
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By Amy E. Pittman, DVI Intern

Annie 10.21.14Yesterday evening in Downtown Jacksonville following the opening night of ANNIE: The Musical, smiling kids from 2 to 92 flooded the sidewalks in front of the Times-Union Center holding plush red-headed dolls and singing their favorite tunes like “Tomorrow” and “Easy Street.” The FSCJ Artist Series hosted an hour of face painting, games, crafts, and other kids activities before the show, and then the extraordinarily talented and lovable cast, directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, delivered an exciting performance to hundreds of Jacksonville families.

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DVI, you, your friends and thousands of other locals aren’t the only ones roaming around Art Walk – so is The Florida Times-Union‘s Matt Pittman. Check out his latest video below, featuring a cameo by our very own Angela Bruno:

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Finished last week, the murals on the Yates parking garage brighten up Downtown with more whimsical public art.

The first two murals, best seen by drivers entering Downtown from the Hart Bridge Expressway, are abstract designs by Felicia Asteinza and Joey Fillasre of Milagros Art Collective. The remaining two murals, featuring symbolic Origami paper cranes, were created by Sean Mahan of Neptune Beach.

If you haven’t seen the murals yet, check out the photos below but we promise you, that it will be worth your time to visit the murals and see them for yourself.

For more information on the City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places collection, administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and other art initiatives Downtown, read our previous blog post.