Monday, July 27, 2009

Activities for Children on Sanibel

Shelling is lots of fun for little ones - good idea to buy beach shoes and beach toys. You can visit She Sells Sea Shells and buy crafts - little mirrors, frames and jewelry boxes - glue the collected shells on and you have a very special souvenir.

Tarpon Bay Explorers has a nature and sealife cruise which includes Touch Tank Exploration. You can do the Touch Tank without the cruise - just call for a reservation. My Grandkids love it - ages 5, 6 and 3.
The Sealife & Nature Cruise, aboard a handicap-accessible pontoon boat, is the perfect way to see Tarpon Bay with no paddling required. Great for all ages to see and learn about the creatures that live above, at, and below the bay surface. You will observe the Rookery islands, home to pelicans, egrets, herons, ibis and cormorants - dolphins and manatees. They also offer a Tram Tour.

Sanibel Thriller Adventures
Cruise the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound - enjoy the wildlife such as dolphins, exotic birdlife and the historic Sanibel lighthouse.

Island Cinema - 239 472 1701 . First run movies. Matinees - call for show times.

Video Scene 239 472 1158
Full line of DVD - Large selection - located corner of Periwinkle and Tarpon Bay Road.

Sanibel Public Library
The atmosphere of the library's youth area is happy and relaxed with appropriately-sized furniture and book shelves, a special storybook doll house and even a row boat, the S.L.Readmore, to further stimulate a child's imagination. They have youth
Programs - call for days and time.
770 Dunlop Road
239 472 2483

Sanibel has a beautiful new playground located on Periwinkle right across from the Bean. It has new canvas awnings installed over the equipment. It offers facilities and covered picnic tables.

Sanibel Fit 4 Life has a Pool with waterslide play area and water features. Daily and weekly passes available. 239 472 0345

Biking is great - Billy's or Fennimore’s has all size bikes, trailers, trail a bike, scooters and joggers. Sanibel has 22 miles of paved bicycle paths.

Yolo Water sports offers Waverunner rentals, hobie sailboat, skate shop and beach toys. 239 472 Yolo (9656)

Dolphin Cruises or Crow mentioned by others are great things to do with kids as well.

Ding Darling Education Center – free admission.

Kids’ hands-on activities 239 472 1100

Sanibel Island Bookshop
Children’s room - best sellers, local section, greeting cards and gifts.


Head to Toes by Tina located in the Village 239 395 2400 offers nice services for Mom. Manicure, Pedicure, facials – She is fantastic with kids – If you have a rain day or little girls have had too much sun take them to get nails done – Tina paints daisies and uses sparkly polish.


Most Restaurants do not take a reservation unless you have a large party but you
can phone in for “call ahead seating” about 30 minutes prior to your arrival. Your wait will not be as long.

Kid friendly Restaurants – (almost all) my fav’s are…

Doc Ford’s (good kid menu) try to sit near the big fish tank in the back. Keeps them busy until the food comes.

Biddles Bucket
only game room on Sanibel Island - Frog Terrarium

Cheeburger Cheeburger 239 472 6111 offers much more than Cheeseburgers!! They are now offering a great Lenten selection - they also have wraps, salads and chicken or fish sandwiches. Great deserts, shakes and malts.

Gramma Dot’s located on Sanibel Marina – Beautiful setting – kids menu Screened in but not air conditioned

Island Pizza – eat in or take out. 239 472 1581

Island Cow
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Can’t beat this menu. Fun place. frozen smoothies and Starbucks coffee!! Kids menu for 10 and younger - $5.99

Matzaluna – Italian
wood fired pizza and classic Italian dishes - create you own pasta - pick any pasta and with any sauce - add meatballs or sausage. daily specials (fresh fish) while it lasts and Pizza of the Week.

Over Easy Café
great kids selections. I love this place.
Open for breakfast, lunch dinner served seasonally – great fresh food – patio dining

And of Course - Pinocchio's for Ice cream. Famous flavors are Sanibel Krunch and Dirty Sand Dollar. open every day 11am to 9pm. Kids love this place.

Sanibel Bean has a nice selection of Ice Cream or Lemonade - light lunch or Bagels and ,of course, awesome coffee for Mom and Dad.


Toys Ahoy - Unique toy shop locate in Periwinkle Place - Small playground on location.

Jerry's of Sanibel - more than a supermarket and restaurant - beautiful tropical garden which houses colorful tropical birds - great one stop shopping for all island vacation needs. many shops - beach supplies, toys and much more.

Mango Bay

Mango Bay is located on Periwinkle Way across from Jerry’s Grocery Store. It has everything you might need and not need – Beach equipment, bathing suits, t shirts, souvenirs and everything that says Sanibel or Captiva on it. Lots of little trinkets and toys for kids. Fun Shopping event.

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