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January 29, 2018

Family Fun in Tampa Bay: Our April Top Picks

By Tampa Bay Parenting

April Top Picks: Family-Friendly Fun in Tampa Bay!
Tampa Bay History Center Treasure Seekers


Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks
various dates and times
Set sail with conquistadors, prowl the coast with privateers and pirates and dive to the ocean floor in search of lost treasure in the Tampa Bay History Center’s all-new Treasure Seekers gallery. This brand-new permanent addition to the History Center features a nearly full-scale replica of an 18th-century sailing sloop, the interactive Pirates Fate Theater and rare, 300-year-old artifacts recovered from Florida waters. tampabayhistorycenter.org

Seven Seas Food Festival
Through Apr. 15, Saturdays and Sundays
Sample a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors at this new festival at Sea World Orlando. seaworld.com

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival
Through Apr. 29, weekends
Savor culinary delights and sample an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. buschgardens.com

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Through May 28, various times
Experience spring through brilliant blooms, live entertainment, flavorful dishes, interactive playgrounds and more as part of this annual springtime celebration at EPCOT in Orlando. This year, guests can check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, play areas, flower towers, exhibits, how-to demos and outdoor concerts. disneyworld.com

Memory Monday
Apr. 2, 10 a.m.
Great Explorations hosts an event endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association for adults with memory loss. Participants will enjoy quality time with others as well focus on art, music and movement. greatex.org

Positive Parenting Program: A Five-Part Series
Apr. 2, 9 & 16, various times
Join the Glazer Children’s Museum as they partner with Champions for Children to present a series for parents of children ages 0-12 to learn from a clinician about how to encourage positive behavior through confident parenting styles. The Rapid Toilet Training portion of this series takes place in March. glazermuseum.org

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Free Tuesday
Apr. 3, 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

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
Apr. 5, 6 p.m.
Journey into a new prehistoric dimension where you’ll meet the creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Presented by Erth Visual and Physical, Inc. and Red Tail Entertainment, this show will feature 19 life-sized dinosaurs that kids can interact and learn from. Don’t miss this show at the Tampa Theatre! tampatheatre.org

Opera Gala
Apr. 7, 7 p.m.
Dubbed the “fete on the set,” this gala supports the arts. Gala guests will enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, live auction and live entertainment from world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. Guests will also be treated to a sumptuous dinner on the Ferguson Hall stage before the show. Get your tickets now! strazcenter.org

21st Annual Festa Italiana
Apr 7-8, various times
Visit Centennial Park in historic Ybor City for the biggest Festa Italiana to date! This event will include live entertainment, Italian food, culture and heritage. Proceeds will benefit the Italian Club of Tampa Restoration Fund so don’t forget to purchase your ticket! yborcityonline.com

7th Annual Bubbles and Butterflies Gala
Apr. 7, 7–11 p.m.
Join Redefining Refuge for their annual gala benefitting victims of human trafficking and raising awareness. The event will raise funds for the Redefining Refuge Safe house, which caters to victims. Attendees can expect a black tie optional event with food and refreshments as well as guest performances, a silent auction, and much more. Come out and support a great cause. redefiningrefuge.org

Florida Conversations – Finding Our Fabric: Old Glory
Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Peter J. Keim has been building his collection of flags since 1974. Possibly the most comprehensive flag collection, Keim has been exhibiting this collection across the country. tampahistorycenter.org

Parents’ Night Out at Great Explorations
Apr. 13, 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

Sugar Sand Festival
Apr. 13-22
Visit the white sands of Clearwater beach to see 11 world class artists craft elaborate sand sculptures to the theme of “Sea America: A Celebration of America’s Treasures.” Tickets (including VIP) are available for purchase online. Come enjoy this “sandtastic” journey through America’s treasures! sugarsandfestival.com

Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story
Apr. 14, 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

Week of the Young Child
Apr. 16–20, various times
Join the national initiative started by The National Association for the Education of Young Children that celebrates high-quality early childhood development at cultural institutions across the country. A new daily theme will teach how to play and learn with your young child. glazermuseum.org

TBHC Book Group: “Brutal Journey”
Apr. 19, 10 a.m.-noon
This free event will discuss the story of an army of would-be conquerors who landed in Florida in 1528. The Narvaez expedition lost many of their men but came home with an incredible story. tampahistorycenter.org

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races
Apr. 28, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Junior League of Tampa, in partnership with Pan Am Dragon Boat Association, is hosting the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races. The race will take place along Garrison Channel while the vendor/athlete village and event will be at Cotanchobee Park and along the Riverwalk. The first race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last race begins at 5 p.m. Enjoy delicious food, refreshing beverages and a DJ throughout the day and live entertainment provided by Southern Train in the afternoon. jltampa.org/featured-events/dragon-boat

Walk Tampa: Tampa Bay Black History Tour
Apr. 28, 10 a.m.–noon
Led by local historian Fred Hearns, the walk will take place in Tampa’s Central Avenue District. This outdoor trek begins at the new Robert Saunders Public Library and explores the social, political, musical and religious traditions of black life in Tampa. tampahistorycenter.org

Apr. 21, 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. No ticket or purchase required. mosi.org

Best of Tampa Bay
Apr. 21, 7 p.m.
This all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza features Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and caterers. Attendees can enjoy five live bands and wine, liquor and beer tastings. Funds from this event will support arts education programs. strazcenter.org

9th Annual EcoFest
Apr. 22, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with a free event at the Lowry Park bandshell area featuring live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. Green business owners and artists will also be in attendance to teach about ecology, equity and economy. learninggate.org

Grown Up Night at Glazer Children’s Museum
Apr. 27, 5:30-8 p.m.
It’s the adults’ turn to play as they take over the Glazer Children’s Museum. Explore exhibits, run, jump and play like a kid. Snacks and beer provided and cash bar available. glazermuseum.org
MOSI Driverless Vehicle



Sensory Sensitive Sundays
Apr. 1, 9-11 a.m.
Stop by Chuck E. Cheese’s at both the Wesley Chapel and Brandon locations for a morning of sensory-friendly fun. Restaurants provide families an environment featuring reduced lighting and noise, food and games for everyone and a trained staff. chuckecheese.com

9th Annual Cycling for Autism Event
Apr. 7, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join Tampa Interbay Rotary for an event supporting special needs. Registration, lunch and activities will take place at Whiskey Joe’s where the race will start. Rides will be 32, 16, 12, and 6 miles at various times during the event. Don’t forget to register! interbayrotary.org

Trampoline Park Sensory Saturdays
Apr. 7 and 21, 9-10 a.m.
Take the family to Altitude Trampoline Park in Tampa for a morning of sensory-friendly trampoline fun. Enjoy a less crowded environment and reduced music volume. One accompanying parent jumps for free! altitudetampa.com

Warriors for Autism – Sensory Warriors Program
Apr. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11 a.m.-noon
Get an up-close look at adaptive martial arts training at Warrior Fitness & Sensory Center 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

Great Connections
Apr. 8, 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

Fiesta by the Bay for Autism
Apr. 20, 6 p.m.
Enjoy activities, dancing, food and an auction in support of local families. Proceeds will be donated to families in the community. This event will take place at the Glazer Children’s Museum. card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu/fiesta

MOSI Day of Discovery
Apr. 21, 8-10 a.m.
MOSI will open its doors for families with special needs. The museum will be without loud exhibit noises and the stress of large crowds. Admission during those two hours, and those hours only, will be $5 for all family members. For more information, please call 813 263-7165.


Movies in the Park at Water Works Park in Tampa
Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, 8 p.m.
Enjoy “Ferris Bueller,” “Finding Dory,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Lego Batman” outside. Food trucks and concessions will also be available. Don’t forget to bring a chair! tampagov.net


“This Is Us” Star Chrissy Metz
Apr. 2, 8 p.m.
Join Chrissy Metz for a night of honest conversation about life and its lessons. Metz will be giving advice, telling her own life stories and giving some tough love. Each ticket will include a copy of her memoir. rutheckerdhall.com

Disney Junior Dance Party
Apr. 4, 6 p.m.
Join your favorite Disney characters at Ruth Eckerd Hall for a show that will include classic Disney songs to sing along to, games and a dance party for the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy this all-new interactive live concert experience presented by Pull-Ups Training Pants. rutheckerdhall.com

Apr. 6-7, various times
Come enjoy Roger and Hammerstein’s beloved, Tony-award winning tale of magic, romance and dreaming big. Be transported back to your childhood but delight in this show’s contemporary take at Ruth Eckerd hall. rutheckerdhall.com

Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth
Apr. 13, 15, various times
With towering arias and a compelling storyline, this sumptuously scored adaptation is sure to please. strazcenter.org

A Chorus Line
Apr. 21, 8 p.m.
This stunning musical tells the story of professional Broadway gypsies and their audition for a Broadway musical under the direction and choreography of Michael Bennett. This musical was also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. rutheckerdhall.com

Kinky Boots
Apr. 23, 8 p.m.
Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography, this musical will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall with songs by award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Celebrate friendship and the belief that if you change your mind, you can change the world. rutheckerdhall.com

Apr. 24-29, various times
Backed by an all-female creative team, this new hit features music from Sara Bareilles, direction from Diane Paulus and a script from screenwriter Jessie Nelson. Enjoy this empowering musical about dreaming big. strazcenter.org

Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr.
Apr. 26-29, various times
This timeless musical will take you to a dream world where anything is possible. The classic story will be performed by Patel Conservatory students in grades three through eight and includes classic songs from the Disney story. strazcenter.org


Pod Tours America
Apr. 5, 8 p.m.
Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor and special guests will bring their podcasts and their wit to the stage in this live conversation about politics, the press and the Trump presidency. rutheckerdhall.com

Green Day’s American Idiot
Apr. 5–15, various times
Based on the Grammy-winning multi-platinum album “American Idiot,” this musical will include every song from the band’s multi-platinum Grammy-award winning album, “American Idiot,” as well as follow up releases from “21st Century Breakdown.” strazcenter.org

Michael Amante in Concert
Apr. 7, 8 p.m.
This celebrated Italian singer and stage actor, whose repertoire ranges from Broadway, American standards, gospel, jazz and Opera is sure to captivate. rutheckerdhall.com

Sons of Serendip
Apr. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Ever wonder what happened to some of those “America’s Got Talent” finalists? One group, Sons of Serendip, will treat audiences to voice, harp, piano and cello. strazcenter.org

The Florida Orchestra Presents Verdi’s Requiem
Apr. 20, 8 p.m.
The Florida Orchestra hasn’t performed Verdi’s massive masterpiece since 2002, but on this day, Morsani Hall will be filled with the drama, passion and deep faith of this music with help from the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and Conductor Michael Francis. strazcenter.org

ABBA The Concert
Apr. 20, 8 p.m.
Sing along to the songs you know and love when this show brings one of the world’s biggest pop phenomenons to glorious life. rutheckerdhall.com

Megan Hilty
Apr. 22, 7 p.m.
Quirky, lovable and talented Broadway musical star Hilty will perform one intimate evening of song. strazcenter.org

The Florida Orchestra presents Celebrate Broadway
Apr. 27, 8 p.m.
Broadway star Daniel Narducci and the Master Chorale of Tampa team up to perform Broadway showstoppers from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Camelot” and more. strazcenter.org


MFA Make and Take Saturdays
Apr. 7, 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
At this family event, participants can create artwork inspired by works exhibited at the museum and enjoy treasure hunts. A docent tour will also be offered at the start. mfastpete.org

Art Classes at Dunedin Fine Art Center
Apr. 9–May 20, various times
It’s time to get creative with art classes at Dunedin Fine Art Center. Daytime, evening, and weekend classes are available for participants of all ages. Classes will include painting, sculpting, digital media, metalworking and much more. Call or visit Dunedin Fine Art center to register for classes.

11th Annual Painting in the Park
Apr. 29, Noon – 4 p.m.
Join the Museum of Fine Arts on the North Lawn for a day of fun! Families are welcome to enjoy activities like kite making, face painting and group painting. The event is free for everyone and food and beverage will be available for purchase. mfastpete.org































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