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If you are preparing to move your family to Jacksonville, you’re likely beginning to research schools and school districts. The following is information on several different schools in Downtown Jacksonville, where they are located and what they have to offer to your child’s education.

Chappell Child Development Center: Located at 101 W. State Street, this school offers children in Pre-K a curriculum based on a multi-sensory development approach. Through well-trained staff members, children will learn skills that benefit them as a whole and have the opportunity to participate in activities that focus on language and non-verbal skills. Chappell Child Development Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

First Baptist Academy of Jacksonville: This private school is offered to children in Pre-k and K-8th grade and centers its teachings on the Bible. If you are moving to Jacksonville and looking for a school that focuses on helping students develop spiritually and intellectually, while instilling Christian beliefs, this may be the right school for your child. First Baptist Academy of Jacksonville is located at 124 W. Ashley Street.

LaVilla School of the Arts: Is your middle schooler interested in the performing arts? LaVilla School of the Arts is a magnet program that has been designed for students who are prepared to study theater, dance, instrumental art and visual art. Keep your child interested in the performing arts after moving to Jacksonville and contact this premier magnet program today. LaVilla School of the Arts is located at 501 N. Davis Street.


If you are moving to Jacksonville in the near future, it will be even easier for you and your family to get away on a relaxing vacation. Allegiant Travel Company, a leisure travel company that provides travel services and products, has announced they will be adding three new direct flights from Jacksonville International Airport to New Orleans, Richmond and Memphis.

Direct flights to New Orleans will begin on April 14, while flights directly to Richmond, Virginia and Memphis Tennessee will be offered on April 15.

All My Sons Moving & Storage of Jacksonville has learned that analysts at Allegiant Travel Company have been studying travel patterns of those flying out of Jacksonville International Airport and have determined that residents would benefit from these direct flights being added to the airport’s schedule.

“We had demand for those flights to New Orleans, Memphis and Richmond and we took the opportunity to fill that demand. With the economic climate as good as it is, we decided to launch them starting in spring,” said public relations specialist for Allegiant Travel Company, Stephanie Pilecki.

With the addition of the new direct flights, you may want to consider planning a fun, easy trip to New Orleans to unwind from your move to Jacksonville. Direct flights to New Orleans will be offered year-round and take place on Thursdays and Sundays, twice a day.

Pilecki said Allegiant Travel Company is doing everything they can to make these new routes as successful as possible, so they will have the opportunity to add even more direct flights from Jacksonville to various cities in the United States.

All My Sons Moving & Storage of Jacksonville is excited to hear that the city we call home is in the running to be featured on RFD-TV’s “Small Town Big Deal.”

The show, which is hosted by Rodney Miller and Jann Carl, highlights small towns in the United States while revealing what makes them unique and wonderful for residents and visitors alike.

Producers of Small Town Big Deal are currently planning an episode that will feature the best small-town shopping in America and due to what many believe to be social media boosterism, Jacksonville may be the town this show is spotlighting.

Locals have taken to social media platforms, such as Facebook, to encourage their friends to vote for Jacksonville as the next Small Town Big Deal online.

This is good news if you’re planning on moving to Jacksonville, as the popular show has the ability of shedding positive light on small towns and eventually bringing money into these areas.

As stated by executive director of the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, “All this brings money into the Jacksonville community and makes us a more thriving locale. By having attracted such events and venues, the quality of life in Jacksonville is improved and they bring tourists to the Jacksonville area who will visit our local shops, stay in our hotels and dine in our restaurants.”

Our local Jacksonville movers can’t wait to find out if our town will be featured on the hit show and will be even more thrilled when people decide to move to Jacksonville to live a better life!

Start your new year off right after moving to Jacksonville and get involved in a few of the local community events available this month. Here is a list of January events in Jacksonville that All My Sons Moving & Storage thinks are going to be huge hits with local residents.

SUPERNATURAL Official Convention on January 15th-17th – The popular television show, SUPERNATURAL, will be hosting a large convention at The Hyatt Jacksonville for a weekend full of special guest stars, panels, autograph signings and more. If you are a fan of the show and already made the move to Jacksonville, you won’t want to miss this opportunity! Tickets are $30 a day.

Justin Bieber Concert on January 29th – What better way to get your teenager excited about moving to Jacksonville than bringing them to a local concert starring Justin Bieber? The concert will be held at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50.

Jaxsons Night Market on January 21st – Take a break from all the unpacking after moving to Jacksonville and head to Hemming Park off Monroe Street for a night full of food, music, art and fashion. This event commences every Thursday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey on January 23rd – Bring your whole family for an exciting night at the circus at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The show will feature talented trapeze artists, lion tamers, hilarious clowns and more! The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 to $60.50.

Are you moving during winter? Are you using your winter break to relocate to Jacksonville or move out of Jacksonville? If you are using the interim between Christmas and New Year’s in order to move, the good news is that no matter whether or not you are moving to or from Jacksonville this year, there are so many New Year’s Eve events taking place that you will not have to miss out on ringing in 2016.

Don’t let moving stop you from celebrating the New Year, check out local Jacksonville movers list of 2015-2016 New Year’s Eve parties:

  1. Hollywood Glam New Year’s Eve at the Finn – For ages 21 and up, get dressed up and enjoy complimentary party favors and champagne for only $15 at Blackfinn Ameripub.
  2. New Year’s Eve Brew House Bash – For ages 21 and up, taking place at River City Brewing Company, tickets are $65-$85 and the venue has the perks of a prime view of the downtown fireworks at midnight.
  3. Adventure Landing New Year’s Eve Celebration – Let your kids take a break from moving to Jacksonville and take them to Adventure Landing for a New Year’s celebration and Annual Balloon Drop as the clock strikes midnight. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can enjoy unlimited mini golf, laser tag, go-karts, and is only $10-$15 per person. Kids ages three and younger are free.

If you are moving to Jacksonville and will be needing some assistance getting settled in before New Year’s, the local movers at All My Sons Moving & Storage would be happy to help you ring in the New Year in a new home!

If you moved to Jacksonville earlier this year and will be celebrating Christmas for the first time in your new city, the following events will certainly ‘WOW’ you, your family, friends, and kids.

‘WOW’ Christmas events in Jacksonville are a local tradition, so in order to help your family spend their “Winter On the Water,” the local Jacksonville movers at All My Sons Moving & Storage have a list of the best WOW events this holiday season.

  1. Johns Town Center Holiday Shopping – St. Johns Town Center is arguably the best shopping center in town and is buy year-round. With over 100 retail stores, there is no way that you cannot find a gift for even your pickiest family members. While there, take the kids to get a picture with Santa through Christmas Eve Day, and view the 32-foot Christmas tree.
  2. WinterFEST – WinterFEST is the one ‘WOW’ Christmas event in Jacksonville that will leave your children begging for more. Taking place annually at Adventure Landing, families can enjoy a variety of winter activities like ice slides, snow, outdoor ice skating, s’mores, and an alpine village.
  3. Christmas on the St. Johns at Jacksonville Landing – This is the one annual ‘WOW’ Christmas event in town where you can expect to see everyone from your new neighbors to your Jacksonville movers at, as the 2015 holiday season marks the 28th year for this celebration. The 28th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 7:00 pm. in The Jacksonville Landing Courtyard, with a 56-foot tall Christmas tree lit by 78,000 L.E.D., energy-efficient bulbs and over 100 ornaments. There are nightly tree shows through New Year’s Eve, so you don’t have to worry about missing one single tree lighting event after moving to Jacksonville.

The Omnibus Appropriations bill for the 2016 fiscal year is set to be voted on this month and includes three military construction projects for Jacksonville bases.

As far as local Jacksonville moving companies have learned from Congressman Ander Crenshaw of the House of Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the proposed fiscal bill will help support the military projects for Littoral Combat Ships. If it is passed, the projects will receive $16.1 million for the construction of support facilities.

Leader of the LCS Squadron at Mayport Naval Station, Captain Paul Young, says the construction is expected to begin early in 2016 and be completed a little over a year later. However, Mayport Naval Station is not the only Jacksonville military base that is said to receive additional funding for the 2016 fiscal year.

The Omnibus Appropriations bill has also set aside $8.2 million to go to Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX) for the construction of a facility to support the MQ-4 Triton unmanned aerial surveillance system.

Apparently, surveillance is a top priority for 2016, as the bill also set aside another $8.4 million for the Fleet Support Facility to install the Littoral Surveillance Radar System at their air station.

If you are moving to Jacksonville for military job opportunities or reassignment/relocation, All My Sons Moving & Storage can help make your move seamless. Now is the perfect time to move to Jacksonville to live at NAS JAX or Mayport, as the bases receive an increase of funds, an increase in equipment and air support, and more technologically advanced systems.

The year 2015 is coming to a close, and the primary talking point of Governor Rick Scott has been the Florida job numbers. Although the State of Florida has announced the addition of one million jobs since 2010, the Jacksonville area has seen 16,000 jobs created in just 2015 alone. The tremendous amount of job growth in Northeast Florida has made the state more appealing for people to move to. In fact, if you are moving for a job, then moving to Jacksonville and its surrounding areas could be a great decision.

Jacksonville movers have learned that according to a release from the Governor’s office and press, the state’s greatest success has been adding jobs in recession-proof sectors. Local Jacksonville moving companies have seen how much of an impact these recession-proof job sectors have had on the numbers of people moving into the state.

According to the release, the industries with the largest job gains in 2015 were, “education and health services with 5,000 new jobs; leisure and hospitality with 4,700 jobs; and trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,300 new jobs. In November, the Jacksonville MSA had 21,847 job openings and had 5,155 openings for high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs.”

If you are moving to Jacksonville, All My Sons wants your move to be the best decision you have ever made, so if you are moving to Jacksonville for work, but do not yet have a job, look into one of the aforementioned industries, as numbers are expected to continue to rise throughout 2016.

The third Saturday in November marks the annual game that everyone in northern Florida will be tuning into – the Gators vs. Seminoles game.

If you have recently relocated to Jacksonville, you may not know about the epic grudge match that takes place between the University of Florida Gators and the Florida State University Seminoles each year. November 28th will mark the 60th annual grudge match between the rival universities and will be the most epic tailgating, barbecuing, and football event in north Florida this holiday season.

The Jacksonville movers at All My Sons Moving & Storage urge new residents to catch a football party a new neighbors’ house, throw your own, or purchase tickets and tailgate to really get in on all of the action following Thanksgiving.

The Seminoles have won the last two meetings and four of five under coach Him Fisher, but the last time that both teams had been having such a great year as they have this season, the Gators took victory over the Seminoles, winning 37-20 in Tallahassee.

Gators coach Jim McElwain says that he keeps his team focused on being able to figure out what is going on and how to maneuver through everything that comes in their path.

“The art of winning is hard, guys,’’ he said after the game. “It is hard. I don’t care who you are. You understand how hard winning is and figuring out how to win. And that’s really what I like about our guys. There is never any panic. They play in the moment.”

The art of winning is not difficult for Jacksonville movers, as they have been moving families in and out of the area for over 25 years, perfecting moving with each maneuver that has been thrown their way as well. If you are moving to Jacksonville, this is one college football game that you will not want to miss, as the epic 60 year grudge match is the talk of the town every year.

Moving during the holiday season is tough, even if you moved three months ago before the fall season began, you could still have a lot on your plate in order to make your move complete. If you didn’t hire a full service Jacksonville mover to completely unpack and assemble your furniture for you, you may not have time to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal. Give yourself and your family a break, and dine out in Jacksonville this Thanksgiving.

The following restaurants are located in Jacksonville and nearby St. Augustine, Florida and will be open for Thanksgiving dinner:

1. La Pentola – Special Thanksgiving menu available. Call for reservations. Jacksonville movers recommend La Pentola for more of an elegant venue and intimate Thanksgiving dinner.

2. Raintree Restaurant – Limited regular menu and traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served. Call for reservations.

3. Old City House Inn Restaurant – Regular menu available or Thanksgiving special. Call for reservations.

4. Reef Restaurant – Buffet Brunch is $45 and comes with unlimited champagne. Reservations are required, so call 907-824-8008. They are only open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reef Restaurant is located right on the beach, for Thanksgiving dinner with a view – your Jacksonville movers favorite restaurant venue.

5. Holiday Isles Café – The Thanksgiving buffet is $18.95 for adults, $9.50 for kids ages 4-10; children 3 and under are free. Call for reservations. Holiday Isles Café is also located on the water, so preference between this location and the Reef Restaurant is up to you.