Gone Fishin’….

One of Boo’s fave places to visit around town is Bass Pro Shop. We pass it every week on our way to music therapy and he gets so excited when I tell him we can stop…  More than a place to buy camping and boating supplies,  Bass Pro Shop is a fun place to to just walk around and look at everything!

Boo loves looking at all the animals and telling me stories about each one. Then he likes to take my hand and enjoy the huge aquarium they have inside the store! Coming inside doesn’t cost anything, and on a hot , summer day… it’s an awesome place to hang out and look around with your kiddos!

Exploring Bass Pro Shop!

Boo loves not just the animals, but climbing inside the tents they have set up and looking at all the fun items such as boats and ATV’s!  They even  have a place inside that makes fresh, homemade, fudge!!!! My kids have always loved this and they knew if mom had to go into Bass Pro Shop to buy something they would get to each pick a piece of fudge!

Today we came here for one of their awesome family events!! Bass Pro Shop is one of the most family friendly stores around…  They often have  free events for children! (At Christmas, they have the most BEAUTIFUL display set up throughout their store AND you can see Santa and get a pic for FREE!!!!) Anyhow, back to today… The event is called “Gone Fishin'” and Boo was super excited!

Boo brought his Pokemon to fish with him 🙂

A huge aquarium was set up and kiddos could fish in a catch and release pond.  No charge, and kids got a Gone Fishin’ sign for their bedroom doors, a coloring book that teaches them about fishing, an award with their name that says they caught a fish, a free kids meal coupon  AND parents were emailed a cute pic of their kiddos that looks like they are on the cover of a fishing magazine! Awesomeness!!!!

Gone Fishin’!


Boo was super excited for the event to start! While waiting we met Jess. She was  the sweetest employee and so kind to Boo.  He  asked her all sorts of questions about fishing and she was so patient and kind to him. She was busy getting ready for the event , yet made time for my little boy and made him feel important…

Our new friend Jess!

I strongly suggest all parents look into Bass Pro Shop events near them, but especially special needs families…. Jess knew immediately that my son  had special needs and went out of her way to make him comfortable and feel incredibly important! She took the time to listen him carefully ( his expressive speech is impaired) and I can’t tell you how much that meant to me….

As the line behind us grew, Boo was getting more and more excited. His eyes lit up when he saw professional fishermen coming out to help! 8 kiddos at a time got to fish. Boo was smiling ear to ear as one of the professionals showed him how to cast out his line… From across the way we heard cheering and glanced up to see a little girl proudly holding her fish up for all to see. Each child got 10 min to fish and as they announced 1 minute left, Boo looked at his pole and said , “Mama… what if I don’t get one?” I was just about to take the opportunity to have a mom moment, where I would explain that sometimes the fun in something is the experience even if we don’t have the outcome we want…. but….. he suddenly cheered!!! His pole bent slightly and the man helping us used a net to help Boo scoop up his fish! Boo was SO proud!!

Boo’s 1st fish!!!
BPS emailed me this cute photo after the event!

The look on my little boys face when he caught his first fish is priceless….  I can not thank Bass Pro Shop enough for putting  on this event… As a single mom, it would be difficult for me to take my little boy fishing and so this experience really was special for us.

As we walked thru the store after our time was up , Boo proudly clutched his Gone Fishin’ award to him with one hand while  holding tightly to me with his other hand… “Mama!!!!! I DID it!!!!” Again, I have to say thank you so much to those who planned this event…. you have made my mamas heart smile with joy to see my little boy so happy!!

Fishing Award!

Boo worked up quite an appetite while fishing so we made our way across the store to their restaurant! If we thought the store was awesome…. well, the restaurant was also amazing!! Boo’s eyes got big as we walked in and he pointed out  life-sized sharks, swordfish and more! We were sat right next to a huge aquarium and we giggled and laughed watching all the fish darting around right in front of us!


Boo was super excited to order Alligator for an appetizer and had shrimp (his fave meal) and fries for lunch… I went simpler and had a burger but this was the biggest burger I’ve ever been served! It was delicious but I had to take half home for later… They are very generous in their servings and it would have been perfect size for sharing.  I was stuffed , but Boo is like a never ending pit of hunger and he was grinning when the waitress brought  him out a Bucket of Bait…. pudding with crushed Oreos and gummy worms!!

Boo loved eating this treat!

Happy, relaxed and full, we gathered up our stuff and headed home… This was a perfect day….

I’d love to hear from my readers– What is your first fishing memory?

Be sure to check out a Bass Pro Shop near you and see what their next family event will be!

Boo had such a fun day!





  1. M

    You all had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing Some great activities to do with my kids!

    1. Your welcome! We had a great time here!

  2. Soydul

    Great! Looks like fun!

  3. He looks so proud!! I think I will have to look this place up and take my children. Also, what does alligator taste like? I am an NY native and always looking to try new things when I get a chance.

    1. Thanks Lizzie! He was so proud of himself when he caught that fish 🙂 … and alligator tastes like… chicken LOL!!!

  4. How fun! He looks so happy in there! We’ve never been but I’m sure even my 2.5 year old would love it!

    1. Hi Kristi! I bet your son would love it here! 🙂

  5. I love this! He looks like he was having the time of his life. I had no idea that Bass pro had events for the community.

    1. Hi Sierra! They have all kinds of fun events! 🙂

  6. Wow. Yay, for him catching his fish!
    Bass Pro Shop is like a field trip in and of itself! 😀
    I remember I was four the first time I went fishing. And for years, I’d keep count of how many fish I had caught in my life. The # rarely changed. lol And we always used the $3 cane poles from Kmart or Walmart, and bread balls. One summer we moved into a house and we have a lake (a canal, really) behind the houses. And all the neighborhood kids had fishin’ poles. It was such fun.

    1. Hi Melly! Thanks for sharing your first fishing experience !! 🙂

  7. I am sure he had a great time. I just loved the innocence on his face lots of blessings and love. And thanks for sharing.

    1. Aww.. thank you Jiya!! 🙂

  8. Krystal

    We love Bass Pro. They offer so many great event for all ages!

    1. Hi Krystal!!! It really is awesome how much they do for the community!! 🙂

  9. Mary

    Fun, fun all the way. Great recommendation on activities that would be great for our kids.

    1. Your welcome Mary!

  10. That’s a nice place and that pic that they have sent is so thoughtful and I love boo’s smile it spreads happiness God bless you guys would love to read more about you guys keep posting

    1. Aww… Thank you so much for your kind words!! 🙂

  11. Thanks Zoey! I wasn’t sure what the alligator would taste like but… tasted like chicken! 🙂

  12. looks like boo had a blast! my son loves fish too

    1. Hi Jasmine! He had such a great time!! 🙂

  13. I have never been fishing before, but it looks like you guys had such a great day!

    1. Hi Elizabeth! It was so much fun! 🙂

  14. Looks like a good time! We love to just go and walk around and look at the animals! 🙂

    1. Hi Brittany! It is fun isn’t it? 🙂

  15. It’s really nice store and wish one just like was near my place…

    1. Hi! Maybe they will build one soon!

  16. My baby isn’t old enough to fish, haha, but when she is I am sure my husband will take her on some fun trips!

    1. Hi Diana! I’m sure she will have lots of good fishing memories with her daddy! 🙂

  17. Fishing is on our summer bucket list and I can only hope to have half as much fun as you. Non outdoorsy mom here! LOL.

    1. Hi Kanani! It was sure nice to do an indoor fishing event LOL! 🙂

  18. This seems fun!

    1. Hi Aesha! It really was a blast! 🙂

  19. Moe

    What a great experience! I’m so glad you all were able to have a blast & feel supported. It is wonderful to see major stores/corporations being inclusive when it comes to events they host. Great article!

    1. Thanks Moe! 🙂

  20. sherry

    Bass Pro Shop sounds like a wonderful place to visit for both adults as well as children. I love the fact that they have so many extras to entertain the little ones and still have everything the adult fisherman needs. The fact that there is also a restaurant right in the store is just amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing such an interesting place!

    1. Hi!! This really is a fun place to shop and visit!! I love how much there is for kiddos here!

  21. So cute! You can tell how proud he is of that fish. My husband is taking our kids fishing for the first time this week, can’t wait to see their faces!

    1. Hi Heather! Sounds like your boys will have a fun time!! 🙂

  22. What a great spot. Shows you don’t need to spend a lot (or anything, in this case) to entertain the kids!

    1. Hi! This is definitely a great spot to visit!

  23. I love how much he loves it! So, so sweet! My husband loves Bass Pro Shops.

    1. Aww…thank you Shannon! 🙂

  24. jhilmil

    Your son looks so contented & happy with this visit. Guess most of the kids gonna love this spot to have some fun time.

    1. Hi! He was so happy to be here and all the kiddos had a fun time! 🙂

  25. Carmel

    This place looks so cool, glad you all had fun!

    1. Thanks Carmel!! 🙂

  26. that looks like a lot of fun! thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Hi Lupwai! My son had such fun!

  27. It looks like you guys had a great time. I have yet to go there but have heard great things about it.

    1. Hi Jalisa! If you ever get the chance to visit a BPS I highly recommend it! 🙂

  28. That sounds as if it was a great event. I love how much Bass Pro Shop gave for the experience.

    1. Hi Elise! It really was a wonderful event! 🙂

  29. What a fun event!! Bass Pro is always such a fun time.

    1. Hi Lo! It really is a fun place!!

  30. Just being able to feel the excitement on his face is amazing! What a great event they put on! I didnt know they did anything like this. I will have to check my local BPS to see if they do it as well! Great post <3

    1. Thanks Renee! I hope your local store has these awesome activities too! 🙂

  31. That looks like such a fun event! Sounds like your son had a blast!

    1. Thanks Emily!!

  32. This looks like so much fun! I’m glad that there are places like this to take your kids!

  33. I used to love going to outdoor stores as a kid (and to be honest I still do). There’s always so much to do!

    1. Hi Jen! They are really fun to visit!

  34. Sounds like you had an awesome time at Bass Pro. One of my kids favorite things to do was to watch the fish feeding that they have scheduled a couple of times a week.

    1. Hi Jody! We love doing that too! 🙂

  35. I had no idea that Bass Pro had community events but this is awesome! And he looks so happy!

    1. Hi Nonee! He really was super happy!

  36. Such a fun day! I remember the first time I took my daughter to Bass Pro – she was enthralled! A perfect place to spend an afternoon for sure!

    1. Hi Corey! I’m so glad you got to visit a BPS with your daughter 🙂

  37. Fishing sounds like a great way to spend the day! Glad you had fun.

    1. Thanks Katie!

  38. I hate fishing to be honest but your son looks quite happy:)

    1. Hi! 🙂 He was so happy 🙂

  39. Looks like such a great time! This is awesome. 🙂

    1. Thank you Lisa!! 🙂

  40. Unfortunately we don’t have a Bass Pro shop where I live and it’s about a 3 hour drive to the closest one 🙁

    1. That’s so far LeeAnn… maybe they will build one closer to you one of these days…

  41. This looks like a fun event! I like to walk my kids through this store but I didn’t realize they had cool events! Thank you for the tips! I’m glad Boo loved it!

    1. Thanks Sarah!! 🙂

  42. I’m so glad Boo had a great time! He seems so happy in all of these pictures. Our boys love fishing too. It’s a huge deal in our family! ❤️❤️

    1. Thanks Corinne!! 🙂

  43. Jen

    I never realized that Bass Pro Shops did so much for kids! Unfortunately, we don’t have any nearby but when we are traveling this summer, I’m going to keep my eyes open for one. It looks like you all had such a good time!

    1. Hi Jen! I hope you come across one on your travels this summer! 🙂

  44. Your son looks adorable! Aww, this is such a great post. Good luck and have fun!

    1. Thanks so much Charlotte!! 🙂

  45. Sounds like quite an adventure was had! I also still love climbing into the tents!

    1. Hi Lauren! Me too LOL!! 🙂

  46. Melanie

    I’m much more likely to shop in stores that are good to my family, kids included. I’m glad you and your sweet son had such a great experience at Bass Pro!

    1. Thanks Melanie!! 🙂

  47. I’d never heard of that store before, but I’m so glad you had so much fun there! I teach special needs teenagers and it always make my heart swell when I hear about businesses or people making sure kids like Boo have as much fun as everyone! Great post!

    1. Thank you Elaine! And thank you so much for being a teacher for these amazing kiddos! 🙂

  48. LOVE LOVE LOVE Bass Pro Shops at Christmas!

    1. Hi Christie! We do too!! 🙂

    2. Hi Christie! We do to!! 🙂

  49. That’s awesome! We are so Bass Pro fans. Most of them are dog-friendly, so it makes a great adventure. The people at Bass Pro are always so nice and helpful. Loved your post. 🙂

    1. Hi Tonya! I’m so glad you love BPS as much as we do! 🙂

  50. Seems like a fun day out

    1. Hi Meghna! It definitely was! 🙂

  51. He looks so happy, looks like you had a great time. I think it’s a great idea to have a place where they can fish and then release them

    1. Thanks Nicki! He was so happy and excited to be there! 🙂

  52. There’s nothing more precious than seeing our kids happy. I love to take my baby daughter to events and activities here in Utah. Fortunately, Utah has lots of free events when the summer comes and I am taking advantage of those , a lot.

    1. Hi Lana! That’s fantastic your area has so many activities for kiddos! 🙂

  53. It looks like you two has such a great time! I love going to Bass Pro Shop, too. There are so many outdoor goodies!

    1. Hi Helene! We had a blast! 🙂

  54. Places Like this are amazing, I am so glad you and boo got to experience it!

    1. Hi Audria! It really was a wonderful day!

  55. It looks like he had a great time! My son loves visiting Bass Pro Shop too. We always go there to visit the Easter Bunny. Free photos at Bass Pro definitely beat the the $30 photo at the mall! 🙂

    1. Hi Tricia! We always go to see Santa there but now we will have to keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny too! 🙂

  56. I’ve seen Bass Pro shops around, but I’ve never been in one. They sound pretty cool! My first fishing memory was when I was in middle school and I was part of the Hiking & Adventure Club. One of our activities was fishing. I held my pole in the water for I don’t even know how long, and I didn’t catch a fish. Other members of the group though caught some fish, so that was neat!

    1. Hi Larissa! Thanks so much for sharing your fishing memory! That sounds like a fun club you were a part of!

  57. What a great event! I had no idea they did this. Your son looks so proud, what a great day.

    1. Thanks Yolanda! He was just all smiles that day!! 🙂

  58. How awesome for Boo! Did he really catch that fish?
    I hope to go fishing and actually catch something someday 😁

    1. Hi Dilraz! Yep that was the fish he caught and he was so proud! 🙂

  59. Love it there! Great description!!!

    1. Thanks Ashley! 🙂

  60. Awesome! I had no idea they had all that!

    1. Hi Sarah! My little boy had a blast there! 🙂

  61. Love me some Bass Pro Shop! Looks like a great time

    1. Hi Ryan! Bass Pro Shop definitely rocks!!!

  62. Interesting. Love this! Look so fun

  63. So much fun! enjoy!

  64. This is so cool! Sounds like a fun day!

  65. How sweet of you to choose such a place and make it a memorable day for the kid.. great parenting

    1. Thanks so much Prasna!

  66. This is a good idea to do with older kids. He seems like he had a blast.

  67. How fun! Looks like your son had a great time! I didn’t know they would have so much fun stuff there.

  68. Wow it sounds lile you had an amazing time. What a special place to be able to take your son and I am sure he is going to treasure this memory for a long long time! Well done momma for taking the time to make your boys day extra special – he looks super happy!!!

    1. Thanks so much Chandelene! 🙂

  69. Aya

    Sounds like it so much fun! I still haven’t gotten any fishing experience with my any of my kids (my daughter is still 3 years old and my son is 3 months) but I would definitely bring them to one someday!

    The first time I tried fishing, I got all excited and just put into the bucket about any fish I could catch. Then later on I knew we had to pay for all the fish we caught. XD

  70. I have one so close to home and I have never gone inside.I had no idea they had so many cool things and my baby loves animals. I will definitely check out events at my local store and take her out!

    1. Hi Karen! I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to check them out!! 🙂

  71. He looks so Happy!! I am glad someone enjoys camping and all that stuff. I personally don’t like the outsides too much, so camping isn’t really my thing. But again, do what makes you happy right? 😉

    1. Hi Carolina… the nice thing about this event is if you don’t like camping or are unable to take your child camping…. they could still have the experience of fishing and catching their first fish… all within the air-conditioned store 🙂

  72. I never knew they actually held events like this! I have seen the fishing poles by the aquarium but thought it was just for fun! I bet he was so excited! The restaurant in our Bass Pro serves a cookie in a frying pan with ice cream and it is AMAZING!

    1. Hi Shelbi! My little boy would love to eat that! I’ll have to see if ours has it too 🙂

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