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June 7, 2019

Family-Friendly Tampa Bay Events

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Looking for something to do with the family this month? Check out all the fun Tampa Bay Events happening right in our backyard. Updated weekly so continue to check back!


January

Free Farm Tour at Sweetwater Farm | 1-2:30 p.m., First Sunday of the month now through May 2020
Join Sweetwater for a family-friendly, informative, and free tour. This walking tour will include information on what’s in season, how their farm operates, permaculture and organic agriculture now and through the ages.The kids are sure to love meeting Sweetie Pig and the chickens! Come see how a picturesque farm in an urban center thrives, and supports the community. For more information go to sweetwater-organic.org.

Gingerbread Village | Through Jan. 31
Make your way to Glazer Children’s Museum for their Gingerbread village running now through the end of January. Build your own gingerbread house, ice skate in your socks, snap a family picture and more! This exhibit is back by popular demand and fun for all! glazermuseum.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare | Jan. 15 – Feb. 9, various times
Watch four young couples wander through an enchanted wood and suffer numerous (and humorous!) misadventures at the The Straz Center. strazcenter.org

Lliza Shelsinger | Jan 24, 7 p.m.
Don’t miss out on this on this night full of laughs from Lliza Shelsinger. This sold-out comedian is climbing the charts with five specials on Netflix and another one on its way. Come out for a night full of laughs and jokes that everyone can relate to. Tickets starting at $35.  strazcenter.org

Gasparilla Pirate Fest | Jan. 25
Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, an expanded Pirate Fest will feature stages along the Riverwalk in Tampa with live entertainment before and after the parade in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, The Sail Pavilion and Ferg’s Tampa. An Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center provides the best views of the Invasion with a full buffet brunch and cash bar. Following the invasion, enjoy the victory parade on Bayshore Boulevard and South Ashley Drive at 2 p.m. gasparillapiratefest.com

Star Wars Live in Concert: Empire Strikes Back | Jan. 25, 8 p.m.
Join Ruth Eckerd Hall for the very first performance of “Star Wars Live in Concert: Return of the Jedi.” The full-length film on the big screen will be accompanied by The Florida Orchestra performing the music of John Williams. rutheckerdhall.com

Nuclear Science Merit Badge Workshop | Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit MOSI to learn all about nuclear reactors and how they work, as well as how we create and use nuclear energy. Those in attendance will have the chance to build tools that measure and track radiation. mosi.org

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! | Jan 28, 6:30 p.m.
“Won’t you be my neighbor?”
 Daniel Tiger and all of his friends from the beloved PBS KIDS television series are hopping aboard Trolley to your town with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Along with “O” the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, Mom and Dad Tiger and many more, Daniel Tiger will take live audiences on an interactive musical adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with music, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations. themahaffey.com

STOMP | Jan. 31, 8 p.m.
STOMP takes over Ruth Eckerd Hall! Come out for a night full of rhythm, beats and ruckus! STOMP takes its audience on an adventure full of music and beats all while using household and other everyday tools like supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures to create some wicked beats.  rutheckerdhall.com

February

Busch Garden’s Real Music Real Masters | Through March 15
Check out Busch Gardens online for exclusive live music and all new entertainment throughout the coming months. This month, check out Classics Stones Live, Simply Queen, The Diamonds, Let’s Hang On: America’s #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show and Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band! All events are listed on their website with dates, times and further ticketing info. buschgardens.com

Sesame Street® Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends | Feb. 1-16, weekends at 11:30 a.m.
Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled party! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed story time, treasure scavenger hunts and dance parties for pirate-inspired fun. NEW this year (Feb. 1-2), families can meet Snuffy during the first ever Snuffy Weekend in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area of the park. buschgardens.com

Monster Jam | Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
Don’t miss February’s Monster Jam at Raymond James Stadium. Monster Jammers can expect to see Brodozer, Earthshaker, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger and so much more. The gates open at 5 p.m. There’s also an extended option (accompanied by a same-day ticket) for a Pit Party that begins at 2:30 p.m. and gives Pit Party-goers access to Monster Jam trucks and drivers with an opportunity for autographs. monsterjam.com

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Free Tuesday | Feb. 4, Noon to 6 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to 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

Toddler Tuesdays at ZooTampa | Feb. 4, 10-10:45 a.m.
Tuesdays are for toddlers! Bring your tiny tot(s) once a month for a morning full of stories, games, sing-a-longs, arts, crafts and even an animal mingle! *Toddler Tuesdays occur once a month and is a members-only event. zootampa.org

Be Mine 2020: Believe in the Impossible | Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m.
The Heart Gallery of Tampa’s signature event benefiting local foster children is BACK at Palma Ceia Country Club. Show up in your best costume for a silent auction, Mad Tea Party and inspiring program about adoption and more! Tickets are on sale and start at $125. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit heartgallerytampa.org/bemine.

2020 Florida State Fair | Feb. 6-17
Enjoy 12 days of nonstop fun with rides, games, live music, agricultural exhibits and, of course, food! Hillsborough County students get in free on Family Day, Friday, Feb. 7. To enter, students must show a student ticket or student I.D. at the gate. All students must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 with a government–issued ID after 6 p.m. floridastatefair.com

Rock the Park | Feb. 6, 6:30-9:45 p.m.
Rock the Park is a free monthly outdoor music series. This month’s rock the park will feature The Urbane Cowboys, Riley Moore and Redlight Stare. Admission is free. rocktheparktampa.com

Winefest 2020: Cabbyshack | Feb 7-8, 7-10 p.m.
Tampa Theatre is teeing up for its 18th annual WineFest, hoping to hit a hole in one with Cabbyshack, featuring an exclusive wine pairing dinner and auction on Friday and an exciting wine tasting with small plates from Tampa’s premiere independent restaurants on Saturday. And though the theme may be silly, WineFest’s purpose is most serious: The theatre’s biggest annual fundraiser supports the historic landmark’s preservation and artistic and educational programming. tampatheatre.org

Lippo the Clown | Feb. 8, 11 a.m.
Get your little ones out of the house and giggle your way through this big-top show with Lippo the Clown at the Straz Center. Tickets are only $7.50. strazcenter.org 

2020 Hillsborough County Line Dancing Celebration | Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Boot scoot and boogie on over to the Northdale Recreation Center to celebrate country line dancing. Doors open at 9 a.m. and include classes of all levels, as well as open dancing. Lunch is included in cost of the $25 ticket. eventbrite.com

Week of Feb. 9

Blippi Live!  | Feb. 9, 3 p.m.
Blippi Live brings the energetic and loveable character Blippi off the screen and onto the stage with world-class production, audience engagement and amazing music. In the Live show they will continue to learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along. Tickets start at $25. VIP meet-and-greet upgrades are also available. strazcenter.org

Mutts Gone Nuts  | Feb. 9, 1 p.m.
Got a little one who is obsessed with dogs? Take them to see the unexpected as these mutts jump, catch, flip and soar through the air. These trickster dogs are some of the best four-legged performers you will meet! And they are cute to boot! Tickets start at $18. rutheckerdhall.com 

The Jungle Book | Feb 13-16, various times
Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his friends, Bagheera and Baloo must rally their fellow animal friends into battle to restore peace throughout the jungle. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film and performed by students ages 7-10, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS  features a host of colorful characters and all your favorite songs from the movie. www.strazcenter.org

The Spouse Whisperer | Feb 14-16, various times
Award-winning comedian Mark Cordes delivers his critically acclaimed one-man show, The Spouse Whisperer, a comedic journey that starts with ‘love at first sight,’ continues ‘til death do us part’ and includes all of the funny stuff in between. The Spouse Whisperer is cool, it’s hilarious and there is never a dull moment. “It’s the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day … enjoy a hilarious peek into the real world of relationships, a decidedly positive view of ‘sweet togetherness.’” (Denver Post). www.strazcenter.org

Andrea Bocelli | Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m.
Andrea Bocelli will be joined by Opera Tampa for a special Valentine’s day performance at Amalie Arena. Andrea sold out Amalie in 2018 and is back again with his world famous voice to bring us soaring arias and music perfect for celebrating love. Tickets start at $132. strazcenter.org 

PAW Patrol: Adventure Play *Requested a photo | Feb. 15-May 25
Head over to Glazer Children’s Museum to explore Adventure Bay with Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker. “There’s no job too big, no pup too small!” The museum will be closed Feb. 10-11 for the installation of this exhibit. glazermuseum.org

Publix Too Good for Drugs Jr. Gasparilla Distance Classic | Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Get your littles on the run! Ages 2-10 are welcomed to Jefferson High School Stadium for a day full of fun. Races range from 30 yards to 1 mile depending on age. Registration is free until Feb. 12. Race day registration is available at Jefferson High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. for $5. More details at rungasparilla.com/jr-classic.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival | Feb. 15, Noon to 6 p.m.
Curtis Hixon Park will host the 6th Annual “pork-out” of this beloved festival. Expect to find beer, bourbon, barbeque, bacon, biscuits, bluegrass and more. DJ’s will be jamming all day long. General admission is $29 and valid from 2 p.m. VIP are $79 and start at noon. tampa.beerandbourbon.com

Deep Fried Dash 5K & Fun Run!  | Feb. 15, race starts at 7 a.m.
This race will take runners through the fairgrounds complete with sights and smells. All proceeds from the Deep Fried Dash will benefit the Florida State Fair Foundation. Register at bit.ly/deepfrieddash .

Supercross | Feb. 15, Noon to 6 p.m.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series on the planet, attracting the world’s top professional riders. These incredible athletes will achieve the impossible as they attempt daring stunts and tricks. Your adrenaline will surely be pumping at this event! Tickets start at $15. supercrosslive.com

Bay Area Renaissance Festival | Feb. 15-Mar. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fair maidens and merciful gents are invited out to the Tampa Bay Renaissance Festival that takes guests back to the 16th century. With over 100 artisans, enjoy a truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience and go back 400 years when you view live action jousting. bayarearenfest.com

Week of Feb. 16

Mean Girls | Feb. 18-23, various times
The beloved teen show “Mean Girls” is coming to the Straz Center. Follow the hilariously entertaining journey of Cady as she becomes the new girl in school and works to make her way into the ‘it’ crowd. But it’s not as easy as she may have thought! Tickets start at $44. strazcenter.org

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic | Feb. 22-23, various times
There is a race for everyone with your choice of 5K, 8K, 15K, or half-marathon. The 5K and 15K will take place on Saturday and the 8K and half-marathon on Sunday. rungasparilla.com 

Mardi Gras Weekend at Busch Gardens | Feb. 22-23
New this year at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is Mardi Gras. Guests can enjoy limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music all Mardi Gras style at the Moroccan Palace Plaza. buschgardens.com

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival | Feb. 22-23
This two-day open-air seafood festival is becoming well known in the Tampa Bay area for its fresh food and live music. Located in Coachman park, this festival is free to the public with VIP and reserved seating options. myclearwaterevents.com

Week of Feb. 23

Florida Strawberry Festival | Feb. 27-March 8
Celebrate the strawberry harvest of Hillsborough County with entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, commercial exhibits, and of course, delicious fair-style food—including the famous strawberry shortcake. flstrawberryfestival.com

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 50th Anniversary | Feb. 29-March 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park will host over 250 visual artists for the 50th anniversary of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Enjoy children’s activities, live entertainment, local food and beverages, pay-as-you-will admission to the Tampa Museum of Art and more. Complementary shuttle service from the Poe Garage will be provided. gasparillaarts.com

Kid Time Series: Cinderella | Feb. 29, Noon and 4 p.m.
Every little princess dreams of meeting her prince charming one day, and the tale of Cinderella is as classic as it gets! However, The Panto Company USA has put their own twist on this classic tale to keep your toes tapping and audiences entertained. Tickets start at $12.50. strazcenter.org

Tampa Taco Fest 2020 | Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Make your way to Al Lopez Park for sunshine and tacos! Enjoy 30+ food trucks and beverage stations, live bands, traditional mariachi and DJs throughout the day. $5 entry, kids 12 and under are free. 813tacofest.com

Sleeping Beauty | Feb. 29, 8 p.m.
The Russian National Ballet is one of the top touring companies in the world and is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall to perform this classic fairytale. Experience the story in a whole new way as the dancers speak without words through graceful and powerful movement. rutheckerdhall.com

Busch Garden’s Food and Wine Festival | Feb. 29-April 26, weekends
Savor culinary delights and sample an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend. buschgardens.com

Dinos Alive! | Feb. 29 – May 31
Head over to ZooTampa to discover species that haven’t been seen for millions of years! Enjoy fossil digs, life-size animatronic dinosaurs and fun for the whole family! zootampa.org


Special Needs Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

Sensory Sensitive Sundays | 9-11 a.m.

Stop by your local Chuck E. Cheese two hours before regular operating hours on the first Sunday of the month for a morning of sensory-friendly fun in a safe environment with reduced lighting and noise, food, games and fun for everyone. Trained staff members will be on site. chuckecheese.com

Sensory-Friendly Saturdays | 9-10 a.m.

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday, children with sensory needs are invited to come out to Altitude Trampoline Park in Tampa and jump in a safe, sensory-friendly environment with low music and no crowded parties. One accompanying parent to a sensory-friendly child jumps for free. All others can jump for a lowered cost of $11.95 per person. altitudetampa.com

Sunshine Sunday | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The last Sunday of every month, Glazer Children’s Museum hosts a special morning with lowered sensory activities. This Sunday is geared towards children with special needs and their caregivers. Explore the museum with reduced light and sound. Admission is $5; free for GCM members. glazermuseum.org


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