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Our Top Picks for Family Friendly Events in Tampa Bay April 20 – May 4!!

There are so many great things happening throughout Tampa Bay and even places that are just a short drive away! Check our our top picks of family-friendly events for April 20-May 4!


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival

Through April 30, various times

Sample culinary delights and a variety of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Festival concerts with 7 p.m. shows in April include Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, and Daya and Matt Nathanson, among others. Festival included with admission with food and beverage purchased separately.  buschgardenstampa.com  Moms, Dads


Seven Seas Food Festival

Through May 13, various times

Explore a range of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors at this new food festival at Sea World Orlando. For event details and tickets, visit seaworldorlando.com.  Moms, Dads


EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Through May 29, various times

Admire brilliant blooms, catch live entertainment, and savor flavorful dishes as part of this celebration of spring at EPCOT in Orlando. Check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, play areas, flower towers, exhibits, how-to-demos and outdoor concerts.  disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/epcot/  Everyone


Family Favorites Classic Movie Series

March 26 – April 30, 3 p.m.

Parents can share their favorite childhood films with their kids as they hit the big screen again as part of Tampa’s popular movie series returns to Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa. Discounted kids’ tickets are $8 for ages 12 and younger and adult tickets are $10. This month’s titles are Space Jam (April 2), Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (April 9), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (April 16), Pete’s Dragon (April 23) and The Princess Bride (April 30).  tampatheatre.org  8 & Older


Dinos Alive!

Open through August

Go back in time through the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras at this latest attraction at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Experience life size dinosaurs that move, roar and interact at this attraction open through August. Price is included with Annual Zoo Membership, “Pay for a Day” ticket and single day admission. Some blackout dates apply.  lowryparkzoo.com  6 & Older


Idea Zone: Robot Rescuers

All Month

Stop by MOSI and learn about the world of robots. Participants of all ages get to save the day with the help of mechanical minions in MOSI’s makerspace and creativity lab. Idea Zone activities are included with admission.  mosi.org  Everyone



April 19 – May 14, various times

Return to 1962 Baltimore based on the John Waters cult film classic when it comes to American Stage in St. Petersburg as this spring’s American Stage in the Park production. Sit under the stars and meet up with a lovable teen and her friends and family as she longs to fulfill her one lifelong dream: dance on her favorite TV show. Tickets start at $18.  americanstage.org  12 & Older


Olivia Newton-John

April 20, 8 p.m.

Sing along with the award-winning vocalist, actress and community activist when she returns to Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Enjoy classics from her successful pop and country recording career and the chart-topping GREASE film soundtrack, as well as newer tracks. Tickets are $75, $85, $99 and $150. For tickets, visit rutheckerdhall.com.  8 & Older


Patel Conservatory Presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

April 21-30, various time

Watch Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip come to life onstage at Straz Center, performed by Patel Conservatory students in grades 5-12. The whole gang is here from bossy Lucy hopelessly in love with oblivious piano prodigy Schroeder; perfectionist Sally mocking blanket-toting Linus; Snoopy in the doghouse and Charlie Brown himself. A sensory-friendly performance will be performed at 2 p.m. April 23. Tickets start at $15.  strazcenter.org  Everyone


All My Sons

April 21 – May 6

See a theater classic from legendary playwright Arthur Miller brought to the stage at Carrollwood Players Theater. Tickets are $23 general admission and $20 students, seniors and military. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.  carrollwoodplayers.org  Teen & Older


Annual Fiesta by the Bay for Autism

April 21, 6-10 p.m.

Support the Tampa Bay autism community through this annual fundraiser in the Ybor City Museum Garden. Evening features full dinner buffet, cash-only bar, children’s activities, dancing and an auction. Proceeds benefit autism programs at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF. Tickets are $25 advance adults and $10 students, and are available at usf.edu/ua/RSVP.  Everyone


Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour

April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Catch up with the entertaining television personality and science expert as he brings songs, multimedia presentations, talk show antics and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations to Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $55.  strazcenter.org  7 & Older


Earth Day at Great Explorations

April 22, all day

Take part in ongoing crafts and science activities throughout the day as part of Great Explorations’ celebration of the planet. The day will include recycled puzzles, oil spill science, and make and take earth art projects where kids can watch their earth drawings transform across the coffee filter canvas in a special, scientific art project.  greatex.org  Everyone


Best Buddies Tampa Bay Friendship Walk

April 22, 8 a.m. – noon

Sign up the family to take part in this fundraiser walk being held at Cotanchobee Park in downtown Tampa. Morning includes light breakfast before walk and light lunch following it. The post-walk party features a DJ and a bounce house, face painting and kids’ entertainment. Event will benefit Best Buddies Tampa Bay programs to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is no cost to participate but walkers must be registered and are encouraged to raise or donate.  bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/tampabay/  Everyone

8th Annual EcoFest

April 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day and the many individuals, businesses and other organizations in the Bay area dedicated to sustainability principles at this community event at the Lowry Park bandshell. Event is organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. Free admission.  learninggate.org/ecofest  Everyone


Earth Day at Moccasin Lake

April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to do things better as a community with sustainable energy as part of this event at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. Take part in workshops, see presentations and enjoy music, food and more. Learn about native plants, meet the Center’s birds of prey and take a walk along the scenic trail to Moccasin Lake. Event and parking are free.  pinellascountyparks.org/p/moccasin-park.html  Everyone


My Doll and Me: Julie

April 22, 10 a.m. – noon

Encourage the kids to travel back in time by way of their favorite dolls as part of this fun and educational monthly event based on the American Girl© book series at Tampa Bay History Center. Guests explore the past with activities based on the doll series’ historic characters and themes. This month, celebrate Earth Day with Julie. Pre-registration is required; program fee is $20.  tampabayhistorycenter.org  6-12


“It’s a Family Affair” REACHUP Annual Health Fair

April 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Central location in Tampa for a day of free, helpful health resources for families. Event includes health screenings, food, refreshments, games, prizes and more. Admission is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 813-712-6300.  Everyone


Safe Kids Day at WestShore Plaza

April 22, noon – 4 p.m.

Learn about safety and the prevention of childhood injury at this fun-filled day of games and activities for kids of all ages!  Safe Kids Greater Tampa will provide information and activities on Water Safety, Child Passenger Safety, Home Safety and Bike and Pedestrian Safety! And don’t forget to stop by the Tampa Fire Rescue and Tampa Police Department tables for face painting, plastic fire helmets, sticker badges and a 911 simulator.

Touch-A-Truck Area will be located outside Grimaldi’s for children to explore emergency vehicles, and USF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) will be here to pass out fitted bicycle helmets to the first 100 guests, so don’t be late!


Taste of Brandon

April 22, noon – 6 p.m.

Spend the afternoon sampling the many flavors of Brandon area restaurants at this music, food and drink festival from the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Hillsborough County Fairgrounds off Highway 60 just east of Dover Road. Children can explore the Kids Zone. Free admission, $5 parking. For more information, call 813-689-1221.  Everyone


6th Annual Bubbles and Butterflies Gala

April 22, 7-10 p.m.

Attend this special event hosted by Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa to benefit Redefining Refuge safe house and schooling projects. Black-tie optional evening includes open bar, complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and desserts, guest performances, a featured presentation and silent auction. For additional details and tickets, visit glazermuseum.org.  Moms, Dads


St. Anthony’s Triathlon

April 22-24 and 29-30, various times

Sign up for various events comprising this popular race series or come out to show support for participants at venues throughout the downtown St. Petersburg area including Straub Park, North Shore Pool and Vinoy Park. Other events taking place during the series are a Sports Fitness Expo (April 22, noon to 6 p.m., and April 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Straub Park) and triathlon clinics for athletes of all ages held throughout both weekends.  satriathlon.com  Everyone


Florida Orchestra Spring Program

April 22, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Join Anna Kate Mackle on harp and John Shaw on percussion for a concert exploring rhythm and melody, especially for young children in preschool through second grade, at this Florida Orchestra musical event hosted by Dunedin Fine Art Center. Admission is pay what you can.  floridaorchestra.org  Everyone


Florida West Ballet – La Bayadere

April 23, 3 p.m.

See a passionate story of two lovers unfold as part of this special performance otherwise known as “The Temple Dancer” performed onstage by Florida West Ballet in celebration of International Dance Day at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 members and $15 students.  tarponarts.org  Everyone


Patel Conservatory Presents Spring Into Dance

April 23, noon

Show your support for young students enrolled in Beginning Dance 2, Beginning Dance 3 and Primary Dance programs at Patel Conservatory for their spring recital at Tampa’s Straz Center. Students will get to demonstrate skills learned during their year in ballet and have their first experience on a professional stage. Tickets start at $15.  strazcenter.org  Everyone


37th Annual Garden Party

April 23, 5-8 p.m.

Travel back to the roaring 20s at this annual fundraiser for the Dunedin Fine Art Center being held on the grounds of the historic Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. Evening includes delicious dishes, refreshing cocktails, live music, and both art and non-art auction items.  dfac.org  Moms, Dads


Week of the Young Child

April 24-28, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the little ones by taking part in the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual week honoring them with a full week of activities at Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Pete. Kids can participate in a variety of engaging activities at designated times that involve music, arts and crafts, health and wellness, building and more.  greatex.org  2-5


Carrollwood Day School Preschool & Kindergarten Open House

April 25, 3:30 p.m.

Get questions answered and learn about the programs being offered at this admissions event at Carrollwood Day Schools Early Childhood Campus. See the campus and meet up with faculty and staff while there. Open house is designed for those students who will be ages 2-5 by Sept. 1, 2017.   carrollwooddayschool.org  Moms, Dads


Homeschool Classes at MOSI

April 25 or 27

Sign up the kids for one of two classes offered twice in April designed for homeschooled students by age group. Children ages 3-5 can take the Growth Spurt class and become a botanist, examining plants and learning how they grow. Students ages 6-7 can enroll in the Tall Trees class, exploring the world of plants, experimenting with seeds and discovering the different parts of a plant. For program fees and additional information, go to mosi.org.  3-7


Education Is Key Breakfast

April 27 7:30-9 a.m.

Take part in this yearly Glazer Children’s Museum fundraiser honoring a special educator and student in the Tampa Bay community held at the Museum. This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Rich, The Mediatrician. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s Youth Access Programs making the Museum accessible to all kids.  glazermuseum.org  Moms, Dads


Dunedin Fine Art Center Open House

April 28, 6-8 p.m.

Stop by Dunedin Fine Art Center and learn about its Summer Art Academy summer camp program with camps available for ages 4 1/2 to 16. Art Academy runs from May 30 through Aug. 4 and features different weekly themes with aftercare available. Registration information is available online. For more information, go to dfac.org/tbp.  Moms, Dads


Tampa Firefighters Pediatric Burn Survivor 5K Run

April 29, 8 a.m.

Be part of this annual 5K Run/1-Mile Fun Run to raise funds for Tampa Firefighters Charity Fund Inc. Race begins in front of the Tampa Firefighters Museum in downtown Tampa. Morning includes post-race party with music and raffles. Proceeds benefit Camp Hopetake, a summer camp for kids ages 5-17 that have been victims of serious burns during their lives. facebook.com/TampaFirefightersPediatricBurnSurvivorRun/.  Everyone


4th Annual Tampa Bay Walk for Wishes

April 29, 9:30 a.m.

Hit the pavement for a good cause and join Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida at this year’s benefit walk at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa. Help the organization celebrate more than 270,000 wishes already granted and raise additional funds for future wishes. Registration starts at 8 a.m.  wishcentral.org  Everyone


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – Bowl for Kids’ Sake

April 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Take to the lanes at Royal Lanes in Lutz to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay raise critical dollars to support its mentoring programs. Fundraising goal is $500 per lane with a $50 minimum per person. Get two Rays tickets for every $200 in paid pledges.  bbbstampabay.org  Moms, Dads

10th Annual Art Hops

April 29, 6-10 p.m.

Take part in this annual foundation fundraiser at the Largo Library to benefit the library’s purchase of a new bookmobile. The evening’s theme is Art, Crafts and Brew and will feature a mix of music, art, food and drink. Night includes a cash bar, silent auction and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Tickets are $25 general admission and $35 to include Craft Brew Garden.  gllf.org  Date Night, Girls Night Out


Best of Tampa Bay

April 29, 7 p.m.

Indulge yourself in an all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza at Straz Center in Tampa. Event offers more than 40 of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and caterers, full open bars, specialty wine tastings, local craft microbrews and live music. Tickets start at $75. Proceeds benefit the Center’s arts education programs.  strazcenter.org  Girls Night Out, Date Night


Children’s Gala at MOSI

April 30

Dress up yourself and your fundraising piggy bank chock full of coins and head to MOSI for a special gala full of science fun. Raise a glass of milk for a toast, then enjoy a banquet where guests enjoy dessert first. Money raised goes toward funding 600 kids to attend MOSI’s summer camps.  mosi.org  4 & Older


5th Annual Day of Discovery

April 29, 8-10 a.m.

Explore The Florida Aquarium with other families affected by autism and other spectrum disorders in collaboration with CARD USF and Autism Speaks. Admission to the event is $5 in advance online or $8 at the door. Following the events, guests are welcome to stay for regular Aquarium operating hours.  flaquarium.org  Everyone


Sheryl Crow

April 30, 8 p.m.

Hear the singer-songwriter perform selections from her eight studio albums including her most recent album Feels Like Home when she returns to Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $52.75-$175.  rutheckerdhall.com  8 & Older


Teen Talk for Boys

April 30, 2-4:30 p.m.

Sign up your tween or teen son for this informative class to encourage open and honest dialogue between children and parents held at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa. Class addresses puberty’s physical and emotional changes and covers conception, sexuality and abstinence for older teens. Cost is $35 and covers one child and one adult as a parent or guardian must attend with the child. For more information, call 877-692-2922.  baycareevents.org   10-14


4th Annual Give Day Tampa Bay

May 2, all day

Show support by learning about the hundreds of local nonprofits in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties registered during this 24-hour community-wide fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. To search a directory of participating nonprofits and to donate online to your favorites, visit givedaytampabay.org  Everyone


Children’s Board Free Tuesday

May 2, noon – 7 p.m.

Take advantage of a free admission promotion offered by Glazer Children’s Museum in partnership with The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County the first Tuesday monthly. Adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa.  glazermuseum.org  Everyone


Big Ideas

May 2 and 4, 2-4 p.m.

Think outside the box by brainstorming as part of this fun, creative activity hosted by MOSI in Tampa. Develop the ‘next big thing’ using 3D modeling software and design a virtual model of your invention in MOSI’s Idea Zone®. Fee is $16 members and $21 non-members.  mosi.org  8 & Older


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I

May 2-7, various times

Catch this beloved musical when it is brought to the stage at Tampa’s Straz Center. Hear classics like “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance.” Check out Kids’ Night on Broadway on Wednesday, May 3 and enjoy free activities and entertainment before the show plus stay late for a talk-back with the company members. Plus, kids 12 and younger save 50 percent on their ticket when purchased with a full-priced ticket. Tickets start at $58.  strazcenter.org  8 & Older


Spring Music Spectacular: A Concert for Peace

May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Hear performance groups and ensembles from Patel Conservatory join for a special evening of music at Ferguson Hall in Tampa’s Straz Center. Groups to take part include chamber strings groups, vocal arts choirs, Suzuki violin students, the Young Children’s Chorus and Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $15  strazcenter.org  Everyone


Wiregrass Ranchers Kids Club

May 3, 10-11 a.m.

Bring the little ones to Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel the first Wednesday each month for fun courtesy of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Kids meet children’s entertainer Mr. Tommy for face painting, balloon art and other activities.  shopsatwiregrass.com  4-7


May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Make today about all things Star Wars as part of this annual tribute to the classic sci-fi film hosted by Thonotosassa Branch Library in Tampa. Young guests can make, play, and show and tell their stories from a galaxy far, far away.  hcplc.org  5-12


#GCMParents Series

May 4, 6-9 p.m.

Hear from top experts about various parenting topics at this helpful series offered through Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. This month’s theme is The First Five Fun Years and focuses on the elements of brain development that occur in a child. Kerry Falwell, the Museum’s director of education and partnerships, will offer fun ways to engage little brains and things to be on the lookout for in a child’s development. Tickets are $12 per person or $20 per couple for premium and super premium members and $15 per person or $25 per couple for general admission.  glazermuseum.org  Moms, Dads


Eric Church

May 4, 8 p.m.

Sing along with the country superstar as he brings his Holdin’ My Own tour to Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. This is the first time Church and his band will have no supporting act and instead play two full sets with an intermission between sets. Tickets are $21.25-$85.25.  amaliearena.com  10 & Older



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