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January 2, 2018

January 2018: Our Top Picks of Family-Friendly Things to Do in Tampa Bay

By Tampa Bay Parenting

The Tampa Bay area has plenty to offer kids of all ages during the month of January! Check out our top picks of family-friendly things to do in Tampa Bay!

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume | Through April 1, 2018 View this popular temporary exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts as the Smithsonian traveling exhibition visits the St. Pete museum to showcase its iconic costumes from a galaxy far, far away. Get a closer look at costumes that shaped the identities of some of the film industry’s most famous characters. mfastpete.org Everyone 

Mutiny at the Museum | All Month Join the Glazer Children’s Museum throughout January as a pirate takeover delivers a month of fun, he-ARR-ty programs and pirate-themed décor for all mateys aboard in honor of Gasparilla. glazermuseum.org Everyone 

Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection | Through January 2018, various times See the Tampa Bay History Center’s current exhibit on display before it closes this month and learn about five centuries of connections and interaction between Florida and Cuba. Exhibition. The exhibit features rare and original maps, lithographs and other documents. tampabayhistorycenter.org Everyone 

Outback Bowl | Jan. 1, noon  Watch SEC and Big 10 college football teams take the field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Parking lots open at 8 a.m., gates at 10:30 a.m. and kickoff to follow at noon. outbackbowl.com Everyone 

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Free Tuesday | Jan. 2, noon to 7 p.m. Enjoy free admission at Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa as part of its partnership with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and its mission to promote the well-being of children and families. glazermuseum.org Everyone 

School’s Out Camp: Penguins, Polar Bears and the Arctic | Jan. 2-5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn how animals stay warm in cold climates with hands-on science experiments at Great Explorations in St. Petersburg. Campers get to create penguin and polar bear-themed works of art. Private museum play and visits to Sunken Gardens take place daily during camp. Advanced registration is required with daily registration as well as before and after care available. Daily camp cost is $35 members and $40 non-members. To register, email lleavine@greatex.org. 5-10 

Winter Camp: Arts + Bots | Jan. 2-5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Find where art and technology meet at Camp Imagination hosted by Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. Code an Ozobot, paint with Sphero the sphere-shaped robot and more. Full day camp is $50 members and $60 non-members. glazermuseum.org 5-10 

Winter Break Camps at MOSI | Jan. 2-5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up the kids for a fun, interactive camp experience at MOSI in Tampa. Campers in grades K-3 learn about Space Explorers; those in grades 4-8 focus on Celebrity Scientists. Cost is $168 for members and $224 for non-members. Extended care is available in the morning and afternoon for an additional fee. mosi.org 4-13 

Paint Me a Story at Color Me Mine Tampa | Jan. 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sign up for a fun Mommy & Me workshop hosted by Color Me Mine Tampa the first Wednesday of the month. Enjoy a story, a snack and paint something fun with your children with a different story featured each month. tampa.colormemine.com 2-5 

Marvel Universe Live | Jan. 5-7, various times Experience this action-packed stunt show at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Witness a live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil as The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join Doctor Strange in a race against time. Tickets start at $20. For shows and tickets, go to amaliearena.com 8 & Older 

Dilly Dally with Dali | Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Discover the creative world of Salvador Dali through games, puzzles and arts and crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction under the direction of The Dali’s Family Programs Coordinator. Parents are encouraged to stay and join in the fun. Free. thedali.org 5-12 

MFA Make & Take Saturdays | Jan. 6 and 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in art collections and special exhibits inside the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete every first and third Saturday monthly. Supplies are included. This month’s activity focuses on “Obis and Obi Wan Kenobi” as guests get to decorate and wear their own paper obi or Obi Wan Kenobi vest. Free with museum admission. Registration is not required. mfastpete.org 5 & Older 

Member Morning at Glazer Children’s Museum | Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members can visit the Glazer Children’s Museum the first Sunday each month for exclusive, private access to the museum and interact with other members before doors open to the public at 1 p.m. Invite family members to join in the fun. glazermuseum.org Everyone 

Hyde Park Fresh Market | Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Browse vendors at this market held the first Sunday of every month at Hyde Park Village in South Tampa. Check out locally produced and homemade take-home foods, plants, produce, ready-to-eat lunch bites, hand crafts, and eco-friendly and fair trade products. Listen to live music and stop by one of the village restaurants. Free admission and parking. hydeparkvillage.com Everyone 

Terrific Tots at Great Explorations | Jan. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31, 9:30-10 a.m. Bring the kids to Great Explorations for a free members-only program offered while school is in session. Children and their caregivers join museum staff for a fun morning of sing-a-longs that encourage movement and parent involvement, and explore art, music and language. greatex.org 1-3 

Pucks for Paws | Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.  Show your support for Bay area animals up for adoption at this special admission promotion from The Tampa Bay Lightning with all $45 terrace level tickets at Amalie Arena scoring more than just action on the ice. Hockey fans also get a Bolts & Barks 14-month calendar featuring the NHL team’s players, and a portion of the proceeds from all tickets that night will directly benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. To buy tickets, go to tampabaylightning.com/pucksforpaws. Everyone 

2018 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival | Jan. 11-20, various times  Celebrate the influences and contributions on African Americans at this year’s family-friendly festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. For this year’s full schedule and Music Fest entertainment lineup, visit tampablackheritage.org. Everyone 

Parents’ Night Out at Great Explorations | Jan. 12, 6-10 p.m. Drop the kids off for a night of fun at Great Explorations in St. Pete while you take some well-deserved time for yourself. On the second Friday each month, children can play in the museum, explore the Touch Tunnel, watch science shows and enjoy a G or light PG-rated movie. Pizza, snacks and juice are included. Cost is $25 per member child and $35 per non-member child. Advance registration is required. greatex.org 4-10 

Yoga at the Glazer Children’s Museum | Jan. 13, 9-10 a.m.  Embrace the energizing qualities of nature by taking part in outdoor yoga at Glazer Children’s Museum, part of the Mindfulness program with Evolve Personal Health. Using a combination of movement and mindfulness, students develop balance, flexibility and purposefulness through this unique activity designed for students of all ages and abilities. glazermuseum.org Everyone 

SkyWatch at MOSI | Jan. 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Join the space experts at MOSI for an evening of space exploration as seen through the museum’s telescopes. SkyWatch stargazing events take place in the parking lot by the new MOSI entrance. This month, the winter sky bears its usual suspects including Orion Nebula, Sirius, Pleiades, Hyades and others. No ticket or purchase required. mosi.org Everyone 

Stageworks Theatre Gala 18 — NEON | Jan. 13, 6:30-10:30 p.m.  Attend Stageworks Theatre’s annual fundraiser being held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. This year’s theme is Neon, a Night of Illumination. For tickets and additional information, visit stageworkstheatre.org. Moms, Dads 

Monster Jam | Jan. 13, 7 p.m.  Cheer your favorite male and female world-class drivers as they deliver adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. This year’s event will feature some of motorsports’ most popular drivers/trucks including Bounty Hunter driven by Jimmy Creten, Grave Digger with Charlie Pauken, Scarlet Bandit by Dawn Creten, and more. Passes are available for a Pit Party 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. when fans can see the trucks up close, meet drivers, take photos and get autographs. Gates open to all at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $15. raymondjamesstadium.com Everyone 

Shark Days at The Florida Aquarium | Jan. 13-14, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn about the ocean’s top predators and see how The Florida Aquarium is working to preserve these intriguing animals. Guests will be treated to fun shark-related activities for all ages. flaquarium.org Everyone 

Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Youth America Grand Prix Gala | Jan. 13, 8 p.m. See performances onstage at Straz Center by international ballet stars and young talented dancers from the Center’s Next Generation Ballet and Youth America Grand Prix. The show has been described as the “Gala of Galas.” Tickets start at $35. strazcenter.org Everyone 

MLK, Jr. Day at Great Explorations Children’s Museum | Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Visit the St. Petersburg children’s museum for Martin Luther King Jr.-themed activities throughout the day focused on making a positive impact in the community and world. Activities are designed to empower children to be proud of what makes them unique and are included with general admission/membership. greatex.org Everyone 

MLK Day Parade in Tampa | Jan. 15, noon to 4 p.m. March or join a participating float, or find your own spot to settle in along the parade route at this year’s event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Parade travels along 15th Street and 21st Avenue. For more information, go to mlkjrparade.com/parade-foundation. Everyone 

MLK Family Fun Day in St. Pete | Jan. 15, 2:30-8 p.m. Enjoy a day of family fun as part of a celebration of MLK, Jr. Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Event will include live entertainment, kids’ zone, an education drive, service programs, vendors and more. stpete.org Everyone 

Evening Tide Talks at Florida Aquarium | Jan. 17, 5:45 p.m.  Attend the Florida Aquarium’s free lecture series that features top scientists and researchers. Reception begins at 5:45 p.m. with featured presentation at 6:15 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Dr. Philip Motta of University of South Florida who will discuss “Feeding Biology of Sharks and Other Predators.” To register, go to flaquarium.org/eveningtidetalks. flaquarium.org 12 & Older 

Parents Night Out at Bryan Glazer Family JCC | Jan. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring the kids to Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa for a night of fun. The event may include crafts, games, gymnasium and outdoor activities. Cost is $15 per child for members and $25 per child for non-members for first child and $5 per child thereafter. bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com 2-12 

McDonald’s® Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza | Jan. 20, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Dress as a swashbuckler and head to Bayshore Boulevard for a full day of pirate activities. Day includes Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Rodeo (11 a.m.), the Preschooler’s Stroll (1:30 p.m.), Air Invasion and Socom Day Jump (2:45 p.m.), Children’s Parade (3:30 p.m.), Air Invasion and Socom Night Jump (6:15 p.m.) and Piratetechnic Extravaganza fireworks display to end the day at 7 p.m. Shuttle is available throughout day. gasparillapiratefest.com/childrens-fest/ Everyone 

Light Up the Night Presented by David Maus Foundation |Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m. Join Pasco Sheriff’s Office in raising awareness to end human trafficking at a set of Wesley Chapel events. Take part in a 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run at 4:30 p.m. hosted by Pasco Hernando State College Porter Campus followed by a 6 p.m. awards ceremony and concert at The Shops at Wiregrass upper level parking structure. Evening festivities include educational materials, food vendors, a candlelight ceremony and a Kids Zone. Proceeds benefit Bridging Freedom, Healing Root, Justice Restoration Center, Loving You Where You Are At and Redefining Refuge. lightupthenighttampabay.com Everyone 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Annual Gala |Jan. 20, 6:30-11 p.m. Mark your calendar for this at the Hilton Carillon in St. Pete. This year’s theme is “Around the World, Help Kids Take Flight,” and guests will enjoy an evening of dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment as they support area youth. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. For tickets, go to bgcsun.org. Moms, Dads 

Foundation for Early Learning’s 2nd Annual CARnival | Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Show your support for the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. at this unique event for the family at Component General in Odessa. Enjoy the train, pony and wagon rides while exploring the Cook Family’s antique car and truck museum. Free admission. phelc.org Everyone 

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at the Straz | Jan. 21, 2 p.m. Come along as Sally, her brother and cautious and outspoken pet Fish spend a whirlwind afternoon in the uninvited company of Dr. Seuss’s cat in the red-and-white-striped hat when he shows up at Tampa’s Straz Center. Audiences of all ages are in for a rhyming, rambunctious ride. Tickets start at $12.50. 5 & Older 

Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Parade of the Pirates | Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Prepare to be dazzled by colorful beads and costumes as this yearly pirate tradition returns. Check out this year’s floats in the parade which starts at 2 p.m. with marching bands and krewes strolling a 4.5-mile parade route along Bayshore Boulevard and into Downtown Tampa. gasparillapiratefest.com/main-festival/ Moms & Dads 

21st Annual Kumquat Festival | Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore Historic Dade City as this popular, family-friendly event drawing over 40,000 returns to the downtown streets. Browse unique items at over 450 vendors, sample Kumquat dishes including Kumquat Pie, visit the Kid’s Corral and stop by the Health &Wellness section. Free entry. For more info, call 352-567-3769. Everyone 

Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible | Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Prepare to be mesmerized as America’s largest touring magic show returns with its latest production at The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. Watch grand illusions, levitation, escapes and vanishes, sleight of hand and more. Tickets start at $29.50. themahaffey.com 10 & Older 

The Illusionists Present Adam Trent | Jan. 29, 8 p.m. See the breakout star of the best-selling magic show The Illusionists as he brings his signature brand of magic to the stage at Straz Center in Tampa. Production offers audiences of all ages a night of magic, comedy and music. Tickets start at $45. strazcenter.org 7 & Older 


Special Needs Top Picks:

Warriors for Autism – Sensory Warriors Program | Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 11 a.m. – noon  Get an up-close look at adaptive martial arts training at Warrior Fitness & Sensory in Tampa with programming designed for kids on the autism spectrum and their siblings in a safe and supportive learning environment. Classes include kickboxing, martial arts, flexibility, anti-bullying, speed and agility drills, discipline, self-defense and more. warriorsensory.com 5 & Older 

25th Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders | Jan. 12-14, various times  Register for this annual event hosted by USF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete. Attend presentations from this year’s lineup of speakers and learn what the future holds for those with autism and related disabilities. card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu/cardconference/ Moms, Dads 

Great Connections at Great Explorations | Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to noon  Experience Great Explorations and its exhibits with special early access hours made available to children with special needs and their families. Take part in sensory-friendly activities and crafts. This month, the museum partners with Blossom Therapies, an at-home therapy service for Alternative & Augmentative Communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder, general speech and language and IEP assistance. Cost is $5 per person for general admission and free to Museum members. greatex.org Infant & Older 

Sunshine Sunday | Jan. 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Explore Glazer Children’s Museum with lights and sounds lowered and special programming available for those with special needs to enjoy the museum exclusively. Free for members and $5 nonmembers. glazermuseum.org Everyone 

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