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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!


Summer Art & Clay Camp | Through Aug. 9
Morean Arts’ unique Teen Camps are weekly intensive camps geared towards children 11-16. Each Teen Camp focuses on just ONE medium with their teaching artists in a small, intimate group setting allowing for more in-depth instruction. Offerings include Glass, Darkroom Photography, Digital Character Creation, Steampunk, Clay (including wheel throwing), Jewelry Intensive and so much more! moreanartscenter.org

Summer Nights | Through Aug. 11
Every night during summer, enjoy Summer Nights at Busch Gardens. Experience their new roller-coaster, Tigris, by night, and celebrate summer in Stanleyville and Cheetah Hunt Plaza with themed dance parties. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. buschgardens.com

Summer Classics Movie Series  | Through Sept. 1, Sundays at 3 p.m.
Every Sunday from June 2 to September 1, Tampa Theatre show classic movies ranging from silent shorts to modern classics. It’s the perfect way to expose your kids to the rich history of film making! tampatheatre.org


August

Women of Red | Aug. 1, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Female fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can purchase tickets ($10 for members, $20 for general admission) to watch a Bucs practice, take a behind the scenes look at the training program, sip on complementary cocktails and more. Fans will even get to meet some of their favorite players. buccaneers.com 

Rock the Park | August 1, 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Enjoy a free, family-friendly night out at Curtis Hixon Park with the Rock the Park concert series! All ages are welcome and you are free to listen to music as you please. Bring the kids or have a date night out because you deserve it! Brokenmoldentertainment.com

Puertorro Latin Fest | Aug. 2, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
This family-friendly event will celebrate the customs, traditions, and values of Puerto Rico with traditional music, dancing, food and much more. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite. eventbrite.es

Luke Bryan Concert | August 2, 7 p.m.
It might be a little last minute to get your tickets for this concert, but maybe you’re just feeling like seeing country heart-throb, Luke Bryan, in person! Bring your kids or make it a date night out and dance to your favorite songs the whole time! Find your tickets here. concerts1.livenation.com

Tampa Bay Comic-Con | Aug. 2- 4, Times Vary
Let your inner nerd take control and run wild at the Tampa Bay Comic-Con at the Tampa Convention Center. There will be comic books, toys, meet and greets, art and cosplay! Tickets are available online. tampagov.net

12th Annual Back to School Fair | Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get ready for back to school at Tampa’s largest back to school fair located in Westshore Plaza. Kids can take photos with the Lightning’s ThunderBug, listen to a story and sing with a princess, play with Gasparilla pirates, get a face painting, visit over 60 vendors and more. The first 500 children in line will receive a FREE backpack sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. backtoschoolfair.com

International Festival | Aug. 3, Noon to 3 p.m.
If you’re feeling a short road trip, go to the International Festival at Buenaventura Lakes Branch Library in Kissimmee. You and your family will be able to experience different parts of the world through activities and food. You’ll get to travel and experience new things, all while staying in Florida. Register online now! osceolalibrary.org

Chomp at the Trop | Aug. 3, 6:10 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Rays invite Gators to watch the Rays v. Miami Marlins in Lower Level specially priced seating! Groups of 10 or more will receive an additional discount, preferred seating and a scoreboard welcome. Tickets are on sale now! mlb.com

Week of Aug 4

Buccaneer’s Training Camp| Aug. 6-7, 12-14, Times vary
Watch the Tampa Bay Bucs up close and personal as they train on the field at Advent Health Training Center and in the indoor training facility for their upcoming season! Fans will also get to see new Head Coach Bruce Arlans! Tickets available online now and parking is free. buccaneers.com

Children’s Board Free Tuesday | Aug. 6, Noon to 6 p.m.
Join the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Glazer Museum for Free Tuesday on the first Tuesday of every month. Admission is free from noon to 6 p.m. The event promotes the well-being of children and families by uniting them with partners of the community. glazermuseum.org

Worldwide Wednesday: Japan | Aug. 7-28, Wednesdays at Noon
Learn about and celebrate Japan at the Glazer Children’s Museum. Kids will learn all about this beautiful country and its culture through stories, activities and more. glazermuseum.org

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Party | Aug. 8, 2:30-4 p.m.
Seminole Community Library has a great way to get you and your little one ready for kindergarten: Getting Ready for Kindergarten Party. Sign-up online! eventbrite.com

Patel Conservatory Presents Showstoppers: Hooray for Hollywood! | Aug. 8- 11, Times Vary
Enjoy some of the best moments of classic and new Hollywood performed by students 13 through college age at the Straz Center’s TECO Theater. strazcenter.org

Anime Festival | Aug. 9- 11, Times Vary
Calling all Anime lovers! Get ready for the Anime Festival in Orlando! There will be cosplay,  panels, vendors, voice actors and more. Tickets are on sale now. animefestivalorlando.com

Tampa Tarpons v. Charlotte Stone Crabs | Aug. 10, 6:30
Enjoy a night out at the ballpark and root, root, root for the Tarpons. It’s a special promotion night where kids 14 and under will receive a free backpack! After the show, enjoy a beautiful firework show! milb.com

Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour | Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Hold On! The Jonas Brothers are back and going on their first tour in six years! After reuniting this year and releasing their hit-song “Sucker,” they are hitting the road. Reminisce about your earlier years or introduce your kids to one of Disney’s favorite bands. Buy tickets now before they sell out and it becomes an S.O.S situation! amaliearena.com

Fire Safety Weekend | Aug. 10-11, All Day
If you visit Legoland this weekend, you and your kids will get to participate in special, entertaining activities around the park that teach kids about fire safety. The event is hosted by the National Fire Prevention Association and activities are included with general admission. legoland.com

Week of Aug 11

Preseason Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers v. Miami Dolphins | Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.
It’s officially football season! Watch the Bucs take on a Florida rival, the Dolphins, at Raymond James Stadium, in their second preseason game of the 2019 season! buccaneers.com

Tater Tot Throwdown | Aug. 16, 6-11 p.m.
Visit Albert Whitted Park, in Clearwater, for food trucks featuring dishes with one of America’s favorite breakfast foods: tater tots! Admission is free. There will be live music, craft vendors and tons of food trucks. The throwdown is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your adorable four-legged family members. gulftobayfta.org

Bolts Brew Fest | Aug. 16, 7-10 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be throwing the Bolts Brew Fest at Amalie Arena. The event will feature craft beers from local breweries, oversized games, Lightning Personalities and more. Tickets are available now. amaliearena.com 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party | Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to midnight
Celebrate Halloween and spooky times starting this August with Mickey and other members of the Disney gang. Events from years past will be returning, as well as a brand-new firework show specifically for Halloween! BOO-k your tickets now and wear your costume to help Mickey Celebrate! disneyworld.disney.go.com

Cadillac 5K and Kid’s Pizza Dash | Aug. 17, 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
There is a race for every member of the family! The youngest ones can participate in a short pizza dash while the older ones can participate in a 5K along the beach in beautiful Treasure Island. The race is capped at 500 participants so sign up now! active.com

Florida Kids and Family Expo | Aug. 17-18, Times Vary
Spend a fun day, or days, with the family at what is basically a family comic-con! Tickets are $6 online and $10 at the door. There will be 150+ interactive exhibits, including dozens of fun zones, arts and crafts, touch-a-truck and more! mycentralfloridafamily.com

Bier Fest | Aug. 17-Sept. 8, Weekends
Busch Gardens will host a Bier fest from August to September that will allow adults to try beers from around the world and beers from local Tampa Bay craft brewers. There will be live music and food as well. buschgardens.com

Week of Aug 18

Royal Tea with Tinkerbell | Aug. 18, 4 p.m.
Join Tinkerbell for a full English-style tea lunch at the Victorian Grace Tearoom! Every guest will get a meet and greet, and there will be an interactive story time, and a sing- and dance-along. RSVP now before it fills up! eventbrite.com

Annual Gourmet Festival | Aug. 22, 6-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy some of the most mouthwatering foods from some of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors at the Gourmet Festival at Armature Works. There will be a silent auction filled with unique items and lively entertainment. All the proceeds will go to The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, a nonprofit that helps girls and women in the Tampa Bay community reach their potential! Check online for tickets! eventbrite.com

Fairy Festival | Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m.
Walk through the Harry P. Leu Gardens to find fairy doors and visit different spots to participate in different activities. Activities include making a fairy garden, learning about plants and animals in the garden and more. Tickets are available online. leugardens.org

The Incredible Duck Race | Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join the Kiwanis Club of Tampa and Centerstate as they present the Incredible Duck Race at Curtis Hixon Park. More than 15,000 rubber ducks will race down the Hillsborough River and the first ten ducks to cross the finish line will win amazing prizes! Proceeds of duck sales will benefit the Tampa Kiwanis Foundation and go towards helping kids in the local community. Visit TampaDuckRace.com for more details.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series | Aug. 24, 1-7 p.m.
What’s better than seeing regular cars do tricks? Monster Trucks doing tricks! Have a family fun day, or night, watching Monster Trucks race, freestyle and do tricks while they compete for a chance to go to the Monster Jam World Final. amaliearena.com

Week of Aug 25

Tea for Tots | Aug. 25, 2 p.m.
This month’s afternoon Tea for Tots at the Oxford Exchange will feature a read-along of Shel Silverstein stories. Tickets are available online now and will include the read-along, tea and light snacks. oxfordexchange.com

Flow with the Fishes | Aug. 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Enjoy a relaxing morning with the family while doing yoga at the Florida Aquarium before it opens! All levels are welcome. Do yoga in front of the Coral Reef or Heart of the Sea. Sign up online now. Tickets include all-day admission into the Aquarium! flaquarium.org

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening | Aug. 29
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open the new Star Wars section this summer! Guests will be transported to Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. The new shops, rides, restaurants and more are sure to be out of this world! disneyworld.disney.go.com

Florida Georgia Line: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour | Aug. 30, 7 p.m.
Jam out to award-winning band Florida Georgia Line, along with Dan + Shay and Morgan Wallen, as they perform many of their hit songs at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Cruise online and buy tickets now! livenation.com

MommyCon and DaddyCon Orlando | Aug. 30-31, Times Vary
Join other new, expectant, or experienced parents for a day or two of fun, interactive ways to learn and practice parenting skills and learn more about parenting! It’s like Comic-Con for parents. General and VIP tickets are available. mommycon.com

Hope Fun Run and 5K | Aug. 31, 8 a.m.
Run either the one-mile Fun Run with water balloons, color and sprays or race in the 5K. Either way you’ll be helping children and educators in the Tampa Bay public schools! Sign up online now! The sooner you sign up, the cheaper it is! raceroster.com

GeckoFest | Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Head over to Gulfport for their annual GeckoFest. Pursue art, listen to live music and watch exciting street performers! Admission is free! Celebrate Labor Day at this unique festival that’s sure to be a fun time! visitstpeteclearwater.com


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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