School’s Out: Fun Things to do with Kids in Downtown Jacksonville This Summer

Author: Laken Chaney, Downtown Vision Marketing and Events Intern

Featured Photo Creds: @foreverthefrancoms

School’s out and it is officially summer! If you’re looking for some fun activities for you and your kiddos, you have come to the right place. From now until the beginning of August, there are tons of activities, events and classes happening all over Downtown Jacksonville that are family-friendly and tons of fun! We’ll make sure to update this post this summer as more events and classes are announced, so make sure to check back all summer long!


Explore MOSH (Museum of Science and History)

 Open Thursday thru Sunday, the MOSH is a great place to take your inquisitive kiddos! The museum has a ton of things to do and is a great place to visit. The museum offers daily programs fit for every child. From extreme science to animal shows to planetarium experiences, the MOSH has something for everyone! 

MOSH is also a great option if you are looking for a unique summer camp choice for your science-loving children. This year, MOSH is offering summer camps from now until the first week of August.

Click here to learn more about their Summer Discovery Camp! 

Visit MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)

Photo Creds: @mocajax

Open Tuesday thru Sunday, MOCA is a great museum to take your children if you are looking to explore some contemporary art in Downtown. MOCA is extremely family-friendly and offers an Art Explorium program that invites children and their families to explore sixteen fun and interactive stations throughout the museum. For more information on their Art Explorium stations you can visit their website here.

MOCA is a great choice for children if you are looking for another option for summer camp. From now until July 30th, the museum will be offering weekly art camps that are perfect for your creative kiddos!

Sign up for camp today with MOCA! Click here for more information.

Events and Classes:

Catch a Show at The Florida Theatre

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If you are looking for something exciting and free to do with you kids this summer, The Florida Theatre and Theatreworks will be putting on live shows geared towards children all summer long. These are shows you will not want to miss!

Don’t miss out! Visit their website here for more information and to reserve your family’s spot for one of their upcoming shows! 

Make Candy at Sweet Pete’s Candy Co.

Photo Creds: @sweetpetescandy

When it comes to child-friendly places in #DTJax, Sweet Pete’s is one of the first places that comes to mind! Sweet Pete’s is open Tuesday thru Sunday. Sweet Pete’s offers tons of candy making classes and tours daily.

Click here to learn more about their class offerings and to book a tour! 

Kid-Friendly Activities: 

Summer Reading with Jacksonville Public Library

Photo Creds: @jaxlibrary

The Main Public Library is one of the best places in downtown to take your children. This summer, the Jacksonville Public Library is offering its Annual Summer Reading Program. If you have not yet checked out this year’s program, we highly recommend doing so! Additionally, the library will also be offering daily events and activities for children of all ages all summer long.

Click here to learn more about the summer reading program. Or, click here to view their monthly events schedule!

Stroll The Riverwalk

Photo Creds: @amina_and_anaya

Let some energy out and take a walk down the Riverwalk! If you have yet to see the art that has been recently installed on the Northbank Riverwalk, we recommend making an effort to go check it out.  Artist, David Nackashi, painted the segment of the Northbank Riverwalk on the ramp near Corkscrew Park and it is definitely worth seeing! 

Grab Lunch in James Weldon Johnson Park

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If you happen to be near the Main Library or MOCA, James Weldon Johnson Park is a place you most definitely should visit. The park is the oldest in our city and is a great spot to grab a quick lunch. There are several food trucks and stands that can be found there daily. Also, it is also a great area for your kids to let some energy out! 

Don’t miss out on all of the events going on in the park this month!
View the schedule!