20th Annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party on Dec 10th!

santa on beachWe invite you to warm your holiday spirits! On Tuesday, December 10th from 10:30am-12:30pm, the Sandbar Restaurant will host their 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party!

Let’s share in the true meaning of the season and bring holiday joy to the children who are little less fortunate than most. For those interested in contributing to this wonderful cause, cash donations are being accepted. This year, they are planning for at least 120 children from the Head Start program, Healthy Families Manatee and the Children’s Academy. The children will receive a pair of shoes, an outfit of clothing, an age appropriate toy and the family of the child will receive a complete turkey dinner. Each of these children and their families can celebrate with Christmas spirit!

The 2013 Kids Christmas Party will be located at the Sandbar Restaurant in the pavilion. This fun-filled lunchtime party will feature characters in costumes, games and of course, Santa Claus.  You are invited to come by to participate in bringing joy to the hearts of these children. The Sandbar is located at 100 Spring Ave, and their mailing address for contributions is P.O. Box 1478, Anna Maria, FL, 34216.

Privateers Pirate Invasion

Privateers Pirate Invasion Ad copyShiver me timbers! Tami here to tell you to get ready for the pirate invasion! November 1-3 is the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion. The Privateers are a non-profit group organized to support local youth, and they are partnering up with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Keep Manatee Beautiful, and Sandblast 2013 to host this event on Coquina Beach. There will be a parade, Pirates’ Ball, an island wide treasure hunt, arts and crafts, vendors, food, drink and live entertainment for landlubbers of all ages! This fundraiser will benefit local businesses as well as compile donations for the kids’ organizations and scholarship funds. Be sure to check it out, or walk the plank!

Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion

Nov 1 (12 pm-5 pm) Nov 2 (10 am-8 pm) Nov 3 (10 am-5 pm)

Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island

Contact: Anna Maria Island Privateers PO Box 1238 Holmes Beach, Florida 34217

Visiting during Independence Day or during Christmas?  Don’t miss the Privateers parade they host all along Anna Maria Island!

Top 5 Ice Cream Places on Anna Maria Island

Hey dudes and dude-ettes!!  You’re back with The Island Kid right here on Kids Corner, the best place to get the best news on Anna Maria Island.  I’m here today to tell you guys about the absolute best places on the island to get your ice cream fix. Now, here on Anna Maria Island, there are plenty of places you can go if you want a frozen treat to eat. But if you’re unsure of which places are best and which places to rule out. Read on for good info!coffee ice cream

            Best Places for Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island

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1: Two Scoops: This ice cream shop is a small shop nestled between Two Sides of Nature and across from the Anna Maria City Pier. With 32 rotating flavors, some as weird as blueberry pie and as normal as your classic vanilla, your pallet will always be pleased. They also have pastries, assorted lunch foods, and candy bars.

2: Dips: An ice cream shop near Three Island Monkeys and The Loft #5 in Anna Maria, this itty-bitty place packs the punch when it comes to ice cream. With thousands of flavors and topping variations, your experience will never be a bore.  Plus the classic candies and toys on the wall are great for a trip down memory lane.

3: Stir it Up: Recently opened on Pine Avenue, this is a frozen yogurt shop with some colorful walls. . . and toppings, too! Pick a flavor or two, or all of them, then add the topping(s) of your choice. This place charges frogurtby the ounce, so take as much as you desire. With many revolving flavors and 36 different garnishes, the possibilities are endless! 🙂

4: Joe’s Eats and Sweets: This place is the bomb.com. It’s got everything from chocolate to cotton candy & nerds and more! They also have pie on a stick-yes, on a stick- and various types of milkshakes and malts. This place is big colorful building right near Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, so climb the steps, and check it out!

5: Holy Cow: No, I’m not shocked, they just have really good ice cream!  This place has many different combos of flavors and toppings, plus much more. They include a little mini gift shop inside the shop, plus indoor and outdoor seating. So feel free to enjoy your ice cream while browsing the trinkets.

(Bonus Insider Tip:   One more for good measure- Tyler’s Ice Cream is just over the bridge in Cortez Village.  Well worth the jaunt to enjoy some delicious gourmet flavors-literally hundreds over the years!  They have locally themed, as well as delicious classic flavors…and finding out what their latest is, is always part of the fun.  Their ice cream sandwiches are delish!  But creating your own flavor of shake just can’t be beat!

Bonus Bonus tip – about 15 minutes off Anna Maria Island is a fantastic custard shop called Sweet Berries.  They mix all kinds of goodies in their custard ice cream and call it a concrete.  yum!

Whether you’re looking for just one spot or want try them all, these places are the best on the island.  So next time you’re visiting, go check ’em out! Let us know what you thought, and check back with us here on Kid’s Corner.

Christmas Parade on Anna Maria Island

Christmas parade on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade

CHRISTMAS PARADE on Anna Maria Island

Christmas Parade & Santa Open House
December 08,2012 at 10am

As another holiday season rapidly approaches, the Anna Maria Island Privateers would like to invite you to participate in their 2012 Christmas Parade on December 8th, followed by our Santa Open House at Coquina Beach; where the man in red will be handing out gifts to the youngsters. This much anticipated annual event brings great joy to children and adults, islanders and visitors alike.

We hope you will celebrate this special kick-off to the Holiday Festivities by enjoying the parade, which begins at Bayfront Park then travels south along Anna Maria Island, through the three island cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. We hope everyone can come out and enjoy the experience and spread the joy to others!

More information and online registration visit the Anna Maria Island Privateers website at CHRISTMAS PARADE.

Home Depot Workshops for Kids

Kids' Workshop near Anna Maria IslandThe Home Depot offers Kids’ Workshop near Anna Maria Island on the first Saturday of every month.

Designed for children ages 5-12, the kids can enjoy making a FREE craft project from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of each month.  They receive hands on instruction, a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement, not to mention, their very own Home Depot workshop apron.

Check with their website each month to see what they will be making.

Check out Island Real Estate’s top ten things to do information pages that make your visit to Anna Maria Island a breeze.  Visit our top ten things to do as a family.  Top ten things to do if you are a kid on Anna Maria Island.  AND lots more top ten lists of things to do!

Cortez Schoolhouse Centennial Celebration

Uh oh! Looks like these events are just fun memories now.

But don’t worry! There are tons of exciting activities and events taking place on Anna Maria Island all year long, every year!

Take a look at some of my favorites below:
Cortez Fishing Festival Blog
Halloween Events Blog
Local Art Events
Local Festivals 

 

 

Kid’s Corner – Anna Maria Island for Kids

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Kid’s Corner

Welcome to Kid’s Corner!  Looking for information about stuff for us kids to do on Anna Maria Island?  Well, this is the place to find it!  For kids, by kids…this info will help give you ideas while you are staying on our awesome island!  Have an idea to share?  Please leave us a comment!  We want to help you guys learn all the fun that is available on the island…with some insider tips, too!  Hope you enjoy your stay on the Gulf Coast, and we hope we can help make it even more fun!

Kid’s Korner on Anna Maria Island – Top things to do

Welcome to Kid’s Korner, the best place to stop by & see the latest happenings for us kids on Anna Maria. Hey Anna Maria Island kids, do you have any fun activities planned for this summer while visiting Anna Maria Island? If not, I’ve got plenty of exciting things for you to do. With a diverse choice of activities always going on, summer on A.M.I. – Anna Maria Island Kid’s corner is never a bore.

So, let’s start with some fun summer lessons.

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  • To begin, there is a surf camp run by Eternal Summer Surf Camp that occurs on White Avenue beach every Sunday from early July to the middle of August.  Instructors will give instructions & demonstrations on how to surf & let you surf tons yourself.
  • Also, there are sailing lessons by Bimini Bay Sailing happening right now. They offer 6-hour teaching courses by experienced sailors. You can choose your boat that best fits you, & go out into the water as they teach you the basics on sailing.  You’re sure to learn some new skills during this summer.

Next are the camps.

  • Anna Maria Island Community Center offers a youth & teen program called “Summer My Way”  that involves sports, arts & crafts, field trips, specialty camps, & much, much more. You can pick & choose your activities & join many others as you enjoy your summer, your way. Find out about the specialty camps, or choose a camp. You could choose one week or every week, just a specialty camp, or just the field trips.
  • Also, Crosspointe Fellowship Baptist Church runs a Vacation Bible School for K-5th graders for one week in the summer, July 16th-20th from 9 a.m. to noon. They plan to go on many adventures & uncover mysteries. Find out more at at www.CrosspointeFellowship.com. Your summer is sure to be a blast no matter which way you toss the dice.

Looking for something fun to play with?  Here on Anna Maria Island, we have equipment rental shops. These rental stores have a great variety of merchandise – you can rent anything from golf carts to sail boats & everything in between.

  • For example, at Beach Bums on Pine Avenue, you can rent different types of bikes & boards, kayaks, golf carts, & more. My family & I have rented a golf cart previously, & they’re pretty cool. On Anna Maria Island, they let you drive your golf cart on the street, so it’s pretty awesome.  (Not on all streets.  Be sure to Contact Island Real Estate for more information)  But because they allow you to ride them on the street, your parents will be the ones doing the driving, while us kids get to ride in style. These golf carts vary in size, color, & designs, & you could have one for just 2 people, or one for you & your entire family. They offer the free use of helmets & life jackets with rental. Their bike types include regular two-wheelers, quad-bikes, cruisers, tricycles, tandems, electric & surrey bikes, along with bike seats for babies & toddlers. They have nature hikes & other kids activities you’re sure to love, as well.
  • What’s more, Bimini Bay Sailing offers rental sailboats for a small fee. You can choose your sailboat & how long you wish to rent it. They  offer Sunfish, Lasers, Zumi, & everything in between. They go from an hour to a month, & delivery is optional. More facts can be found on the same site as their sailing lessons. These rentals are a unique way to get around the island.  Need a vacation rental that accommodates a sailboat?  No problem, Island Real Estate has many boat friendly vacation rentals to choose from.

So no matter what you do or when you do it,  at Anna Maria Island Kid’s corner it’s certain you’ll have a great summer here on Anna Maria Island.

9TH Annual Trail of Treats on Anna Maria Island

Happy Halloween From Island Real Estate
Happy Halloween From Island Real Estate

Trail of treats on Anna Maria IslandMonday October 31st is the 9TH Annual Trail of Treats 2010.  The Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats on Anna Maria Island is a safe alternative for children of all ages to trick or treat. The Trail of Treats will take you on a Halloween adventure through Anna Maria Island, stopping at participating businesses in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and The City of Anna Maria.

The Trail of Treats kicks off at 3:30 with a kiddie costume contest at The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, located at 5313 Gulf Drive North, Holmes Beach. After the costume contest it’s time to hit the trail, visiting Merchants and Merchant communities throughout the Island for this special and safe event.

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
5313 Gulf Drive North
Holmes Beach FL 34217

Alive With Outdoor Activities This Spring

May Event List
Events This Spring!

Anna Maria Island and Manatee County are alive with outdoor activities this spring. Concerts, festivals, and celebrations for everyone to enjoy.  Take a look at some of the upcoming events for the rest of May and the beginning of June.

The Anna Maria City Pier is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend; you will not want to miss this event and the surprises that are in store for your entertainment!  If you would like more information on other events in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island, contact Island Real Estate today (941)-778-6066.

Friday May 13th 5:30pm

Friday Nights with music by Mike Sales
AMI Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach
Music by Mike Sales and Scott Blum will host a drum circle beginning 30 minutes before sunset.

Friday May 13th 6pm

Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Parade
Parade departs from Crosspointe Fellowship Church
The Privateers will host the parade leaving Crosspointe Fellowship Church to the City Pier.

Saturday May 14th 10am – 9pm

Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration
Historic Anna Maria City Pier
Enjoy food and wine on Pine, local artists, and a firework display to celebrate the City Piers 100th birthday!

Sunday May 15th 9am – 11am

Native Plant Tour
Robinson Preserve
Enjoy a guided native plant tour at Robinson Preserve call for more details (941)-722-4524.

Wednesday May 18th 11:30am – 1:30pm

Courthouse Concert
Manatee County Courthouse downtown Bradenton
Courthouse Concert featuring Henry Lawrence, please bring a non-perishable food donation.

Friday May 20th

Unveiling of the Privateers Ice-cream
Tyler’s Ice Cream
Join in on the fun at Tyler’s as they unveil there new Ice Cream!

Saturday May 21st 7pm – 11pm

Music In The Plaza
Parking plaza of Fist Bank downtown Bradenton.
Experience an outdoor evening with libations, food, dancing, demonstrations, and live music from Have Gun Will Travel.

Saturday, June 4th 4pm – 7pm

Museum Night at Art Center Manatee- Artifacts!
South Florida Museum, downtown Bradenton
This month’s museum night will be held across the street at ArtCenter Manatee.

Saturday June 4th & Sunday 5th 9am – 4pm

Wildlife Inc. Blood Drive
St. Bernard’s Church in Holmes Beach
A private donor will contribute $100.00 to Wildlife Inc. for each person who donates a pint of blood in the name of Wildlife, Inc. You can provide much needed blood and help us to fulfill our mission at the same time.