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Fun 4 First Coast Kids, the premiere resource of information of places to go and things to do with kids in the Jacksonville, Florida area.


Terri is a second generation Jacksonville native and work from home mompreneur. She loves hiking and competitive sports along with managing Florida's natural areas with prescribed fire. Now, in her next career as a mamma, you can find her, kids in tote, in and around Jacksonville and the Beaches, researching free and fun things to do with kids throughout Florida's First Coast.

Hurricane Preparedness :: A Florida Native Mom's Guide

Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, the closest I came to a hurricane when I was little was Hurricane Andrew in 1992. My grandparents were in Miami and my stubborn grandfather refused to evacuate. They didn't put tape on their windows because in Miami they were doing it so often without storms, and the tape was so difficult to take off, that ...
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25 Activities for Kids During a Hurricane

25 Activities for Kids During a Hurricane
This blog was created during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and now we're using it again for Hurricane Irma less than a year later! During hurricanes, you can be indoors due to rain bands days before the storm hits. That means you'll need plenty of activities, even with the power on, because you can't go outside and you can't escape to a bounce ...
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Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Links: St. Johns and Duval Counties

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Links: St. Johns and Duval Counties
When preparing for storms and other emergencies heading towards the first coast, its track, families need to prepare early for the storm. We've compiled a list of emergency websites and links for you to follow when an emergency strikes as well as a list of links for family fun. Scroll down below for important links to help you be, "Jax Ready."...
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33 Hurricane Hacks From Florida Locals

33 Hurricane Hacks From Florida Locals
There are plenty of emergency preparedness websites to prepare you for for 25 year, 100 year, or in the case of Houston, 500 year storm events. But with stores running out of items as families prepare early for Hurricane Irma, nothing compares to Hurricane Hacks from locals. We've shared, with permission, these local hacks from our moms group and a...
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Hurricane Evacuation Guide for Families

Hurricane Evacuation Guide for Families
​Jacksonville families went through Hurricane Matthew last year, we've watched and helped the families of Houston and other areas of Texas go through Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and now, again, we are preparing for Hurricane Irma and the possibility of her heading north and coming our way. Families must watch storm tracking and determine what is best...
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5 Questions With The Amazing Mompreneurs From Finders Keepers

5 Questions With The Amazing Mompreneurs From Finders Keepers
*We are thrilled to promote the Finders Keepers Children's Consignment Sale this Fall! Having them as a sponsor has not affected our opinions in this blog.We all know: its not easy to be a mom. Add in a full time job, owning your own business, setting aside time to enjoy husband and wife time and what do you have? You have Kim and Margaret, ow...
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Top Halloween Costumes 2017

Top Halloween Costumes 2017
Kids are back in school, which means it's fun to start thinking about Halloween costumes! If you're like me, you tend to wait until the last minute to make your costume. Or if you have kids, they change what they want to be every other day. But regardless of whether you plan ahead or wait until the last minute for costumes, its fun to look for idea...
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Halloween and Fall Family Fun in Jacksonville :: A Family Guide

Halloween and Fall Family Fun in Jacksonville :: A Family Guide
​It's time for back to school and that means pumpkin spice lattes, fall festivals, corn mazes, and Halloween fun are right around the corner! Oh, and we hope we get some cooler weather, too! Halloween is our FAVORITE time of year and we've got all the scoop on fall family fun on the First Coast! Scroll down for all the events around town and c...
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20 Back to School Healthy Recipes

20 Back to School Healthy Recipes
School starts in just two weeks and that means we have to figure out what to eat! Summer snacking is over and we need to get into a healthier, and organized, rhythm. Don't get me wrong, we've made and attempt at meal planning!  Our kids come up with things like Macaroni Monday, Taco Tuesday, Waffle Wednesday and then we start thinkin...
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Back to School :: How to Cure The Morning Situation

Back to School :: How to Cure The Morning Situation
If school mornings are anything like summer camp mornings...then we have a situation. In fact, I might be looking into hiring someone to get my kids ready for school because I. Just. Can't. The situation is this: mornings are so stressful that I age a year each morning and feel like I've worked 8 hours by the time we get out of the door! Thing...
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Best of the First Coast...For Kids 2017 with Fun4FirstCoastKids.com

Best of the First Coast...For Kids 2017 with Fun4FirstCoastKids.com
We're so excited and proud to announce our Fun4FirstCoastKids.com Best of the First Coast...For Kids 2017 survey winners! Each year we ask our Jacksonville, Florida followers to vote for their favorite baby and kids resources and events. This year we have added some categories, we have businesses that have won their first year in business, and...
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7 Birthday Party Goody Bag Ideas

7 Birthday Party Goody Bag Ideas
Originally Posted Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the Ponte Vedra RecorderBy Terri Mashour Special to the Recorder Goody bags are a classic part of birthday parties. You bring a gift to the party, you enjoy and eat cake and you leave with a gift or bag of treats as a thank you when you head out the door. Some say goody bags are not necessary anymore, ov...
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Water Based Summer Birthday Ideas

Water Based Summer Birthday Ideas
Originally Posted Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the Ponte Vedra RecorderBy Terri MashourSpecial to the RecorderEveryone knows summer birthdays are hard. Friends are gone for the summer so it can be challenging to find people to attend. It's hot outside so the traditional park parties or backyard parties are limited. However, you can beat the heat and ...
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St. Francis Inn St. Augustine :: Relaxation, Exploration, and Ghosts

St. Francis Inn St. Augustine :: Relaxation, Exploration, and Ghosts
Thank you to St. Francis Inn for partnering with us on this post.If you're like my husband and I, you'd do anything for a brief respite from the kids! We're only 30 minutes north of the nation's oldest city so we can go any time we'd like for a day trip and just head back at the end of the day. It had never occurred to us to stay the night.&nb...
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4 Questions with a Florida Fire Ecologist and Jacksonville Mom

4 Questions with a Florida Fire Ecologist and Jacksonville Mom
Being a second generation Florida native and a Florida fire ecologist by trade, I thought it would be helpful to shed some light on the #WestMimsFire and why there is so much fire in Florida. The #WestMimsFire started in Georgia by lightning strike on April 6 in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and has spread into Florida and onto ...
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5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Swim

5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Swim
Swimming season starts EARLY in Jacksonville with children getting in the water as early as March! If you're like us and have young kids who are extremely nervous about swimming lessons and don't even like to get a drop of water in their eyes or anywhere near their face, the idea of swimming lessons can be a nightmare. My daughter becomes anxious a...
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Experience Science Summer Camp with Dinosaurs!

Experience Science Summer Camp with Dinosaurs!
STEM summer camps (science, technology, engineering, and math) are hugely popular in Jacksonville! There are now many unique ways to teach science that are fun and challenging, but also incorporate summer activities like field trips, water play, and more. Well, one local camp is taking STEM fun to the next level! Museum of Science an...
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Florida Springs: Day Trips From Jacksonville

Florida Springs: Day Trips From Jacksonville
We love heading out for a day trip to the springs! Pack a picnic lunch, bring your swim suits, and head out for an all natural, "Old Florida," adventure. Florida's springs are a magnificent display of our beautiful nature with trails, a spring hole, sometimes a river run or even a sink hole. The clear water allows you to see down into the open...
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6 Ideas for a Pirate Party on the First Coast

6 Ideas for a Pirate Party on the First Coast
This article was originally contributed to the Ponte Vedra Recorder by Terri Mashour. You can find the article HERE. The other day we went to a pirate birthday party. We thought it was going to be just visiting the Palencia Park Pirate Playground and then having cake. But it was more of an organized party and so much fun!After playing on the p...
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Parents Become a King and Queen at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Parents Become a King and Queen at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
We are proud to partner with King & Prince Beach & Resort for a hosted stay at the hotel and ECHO restaurant, however our opinions in this blog are all our own.We were the typical parents that had kids and never celebrated anniversaries or birthdays ever again because we were TIRED! But we were asked to visit the King and Pri...
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