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May 10, 2018

Family-Friendly Top Picks | Mother’s Day Weekend in Tampa Bay

By Tampa Bay Parenting

This weekend is Mother’s Day and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than getting out together as  a family to connect and play! Here are some of our top picks of things to do on Mother’s Day Weekend in Tampa Bay!

MacDill AirFest | May 12 & 13
Don’t miss this action packed weekend! The the F-22 demonstration team and the A-10 demonstration team will join the headlining U.S. Navy Blue Angels this year at MacDill May 12-13. As the two time “Best Military Air Show” winner, our AirFest planning team has set the bar higher this year in planning the best Tampa Bay AirFest ever. This is a FREE event (including FREE parking) open to the public. Details including show schedule and what to bring can be found at http://www.macdill.af.mil/AirFest-2018/.

Tampa Bay Airfest Blue Angels Cruises | May 12 & 13
Yacht StarShip’s lunch and sightseeing cruises offer the best views of the Tampa Bay AirFest!  Enjoy the fantastic aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels aboard Yacht StarShip. Cruise tickets include a cruise right near the action, gourmet lunch buffet, and a fantastic view of the Airshow. We recommend comfortable attire appropriate for being outside on the top deck for best viewing. www.yachtstarship.com

Riverfront Rock! at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park | May 12 & 13
Celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the revamped 25-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park this weekend! Explore the park, the playground, splash pad, check out the food trucks, live music including a Saturday evening concert by Third Eye Blind followed by fireworks. The weekend is jam packed with family friendly events. Check out our 10 Favorite Things about this awesome new place to play in Tampa Bay! Discover the line up of events here.

Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens Safari of Fun: Rubber Duckie Weekend | May 12 & 13
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is at it again! This year’s Kids’ Weekends have been expanded to include even more FUN featuring your child’s favorite Sesame Street characters! Go to discover the flower maze, dance with your favorite Sesame Street friends, join in on the parade and take part in crafts and a scavenger hunt! This weekend’s theme is Rubber Duckie Weekend! Don’t forget–there’s still time to get your child’s FREE Preschool Card! Learn more buschgardens.com.

Sea Turtle Awareness Day | May 12, 8 a.m.
Join the Clearwater Aquarium Sea Turtle Team at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach to learn about sea turtle nesting and conservation. Participants will learn what they can do to help protect endangered marine animals and take part in activities that the whole family can enjoy. These activities include beach cleanup, Sea turtle nesting stake painting, and more! seewinter.com

Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story | May 12, 10 a.m.–noon
This 90-minute guided tour of Ybor City walks history buffs through key landmarks to educate about the people, social life and work culture of early Ybor. tampahistorycenter.org 

Out of this World event | May 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Great Explorations is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. This exciting event provides an opportunity to connect with current NASA science research and explore Earth and space phenomena. The Out of this World event will include exciting science, take-home materials, and engaging discussion about science and society. www.greatex.org

6th Annual Madeira Beach Craft Festival | May 12-13, 10 a.m.
Browse art from crafters across the country as part of this free Madeira Beach event. Check out and shop for art including ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and more. artfestival.com

The Sandi Sylver Puppet Show | May 12, 11 a.m.
Sandi Sylver brings to life a whole cast of enchanting characters in this performance. Sandi will keep kids giggling with friends you forget are puppets!

Darci Lynne and Friends Live | May 12, 7 p.m.
Singing ventriloquist Darci Lynn and her puppet Petunia stole the hearts of millions on America’s Got Talent and now they’re coming to Morsani hall to dazzle once again. As the youngest person to ever win America’s Got Talent, 13 year old Darci will bring her eclectic and endearing performance around the country. Be sure not to miss it! strazcenter.org strazcenter.org

Free Pops in the Park Concert | May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family along for a picnic and free concert at Curtis Hixon Park. Sit under the stars and enjoy pop tunes, film scores, Broadway hits and more. floridaorchestra.org

Mother’s Day Themed Events:

Mothers Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium | May 12 – 13, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This Mother’s Day treat mom to an unforgettable sea of memories! Moms enjoy FREE admission to The Florida Aquarium on saturday and sunday with the purchase of any full paid admission. flaquarium.org

Yoga in the Wild at ZooTampa| May 12, 8:30 a.m.
Relax and rejuvenate with mom at Yoga in the Wild! Located at ZooTampa, beginner, intermediate and advanced Yogis are welcome to pose like your favorite animals. The class will be led by instructor Tina Tidwell from Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation. Save your spot so you can enjoy inner piece in support of the Zoo’s Animal Care and Conservation Program. Ypga is $15 for members and $40 for non-mmbers. Moms get in FREE on Sunday, May 13 with a full price paid single day admission.

Mothers Day at Harvestmoon | May 12th– 27th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Explore a 5 acre sunflower maze at Harvestmoon Farm! While you are there pick some sunflowers, jump on the jumping pillow, plunge down the mineshaft, ride the cow train, take a spin on the Wizzer and visit the petting farm. On mothers day weekend, moms get in free with the purchase of an additional ticket. harvestmoonfl.comzootampa.org

Beach, Brunch and Spa at Opal Sands Resort | May 13
A relaxed mom is a happy mom. Treat the special woman in your life to a day of pampering at The Opal Spa at Opal Sands Resort in sunny Clearwater Beach, Florida. Only available on May 13th, Opal Spa is offering guests an exclusive $99 Mother’s Day rate for one of the three following treatments: Traditional Swedish Massage, Custom Facial, and a Classic Manicure & Pedicure. Opal Sands’ signature restaurant, Sea-Guini, will also be offering a coastal-inspired Mother’s Day Brunch from 11a.m. until 3p.m. opalsands.com

Mother’s Day at Great Explorations | May 13, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Great Explorations will be open from 12:00-4:30 on Mother’s Day, May 13th. Spend the day at Great Ex making memories with mom. Card crafting will be available throughout the day. Stage shows and table top programs will take place throughout the day. All activities are included in membership/admission. greatex.org 

Mother’s Day: Moms Play Free at Glazer Children’s Museum | May 13
Moms get in free on this day in celebration of Mother’s Day. Bring the whole family out to celebrate mom! glazermuseum.org

Mother’s Day Brunch at FarmTable Cucina | May 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Treat mom to a delicious mother’s day brunch at FarmTable Cucina. The brunch will include local delicacies including a carving station, seafood, seasonal salads, and locale breakfaste pastries. Every mom will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly! farmtablecucina




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