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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 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 Nights at Busch Gardens

Tampa Tarpons | June 7-13, 28-30, Times vary

Every home game of the Tampa Tarpons from now until Sept. 1 has a cool promotion that you and your family can enjoy while you. Root, for the Tarpons and watch potential major leaguers get their start. milb.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

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

Worldwide Wednesdays – Cuba | Through June 26, Wednesdays at Noon

The country of the month at the Glazer Children’s Museum is Cuba! Learn all about Florida’s neighbor with projects, story time and other fun activities all related to Cuba. glazermuseum.org

Summer Stem Club at the Library | Through July 30, 2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Recommended for ages 5 and up, the Summer Stem Program at John F. Germany public library is sure to keep your kid’s mind sharp while they learn cool science things, like how to make a robot from household items and creating a slime that can be turned into a sun catcher. Check out hcplc.evanced.info for more information. hcplc.evanced.info/signup

Worldwide Wednesdays at Glazer Children’s Museum: Cuba | Through June 26, Wednesdays at Noon
The country of the month at the Glazer Children’s Museum is Cuba! Learn all about Florida’s neighboring country with projects, story time and other fun activities all related to Cuba. glazermuseum.org 

Rock the Park at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa | June 6, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy a free concert under the stars, with the family, at Curtis Hixon Park. The three music acts will be Kristopher James, Garden Club, and Claire Vandiver. Listen to some great music and have rockin’ night out! rockthepartktampa.com 

Moon Bay Grand Opening | June 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Head over to the Florida Aquarium on this World Oceans Day to be there for their new moon jelly touch experience. You and the kids can touch moon jellies, while also enjoying the ocean-themed activities through the whole weekend. There will be educational fun all weekend long! flaquarium.org

Camp Westfield: Happy Camper Events | June 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit the Westfield Mall in Citrus Park for a day of free camp-inspired crafts and play. There will be face painting, crafts, a musical performance, a photo booth, trivia with prizes, and much more! There’s a special treat for the first 200 kids in line, so head over soon! westfield.com

North Tampa Market | June 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get the kids out of the house for every second Saturday to shop around the market and support local vendors. Find some baked goods, crafts, live music, and more! tampabaymarkets.com

Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library Booksale | June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Every second Saturday of the month, pick up some summer reading at Grover’s Corner Bookstore in the John F. Germany library. It’s the perfect way to get some cheap books to keep you and your kids entertained during the summer and keep the kids reading while they’re not in school! hcplc.evanced.info/signup

Family Day: Capturing Color | June 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Come out to St. Pete to the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art as they unveil a new mural and you can even meet her! They have a children’s studio where the kids can create their very own suncatcher and be entertained by story times and a kid-friendly tour throughout the day. thejamesmuseum.org

Mommy & Me Summer Decorating Fun | June 8, 11 a.m.
If you have a young baker on your hands, bring them out to create some delicious treats! You and your child can decorate cupcakes, sugar cookies, and a special surprise. Get your ticket now! sweettoothtampa.com

SESH Ice Cream Social | June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Go out and beat the heat for some chilly ice cream with the kids. They’ll have hot dogs, snacks, prizes, water toys and more for you and the kids to enjoy and get out in the community! seseminoleheights.org

Party With Your Favorite Masked Heroes! | June 8, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Playgrounds of Tampa hosts an afternoon where you can play in bounce houses with some of your favorite superheroes, Owlette and Cat-boy! Make sure to get your tickets today! playgroundsoftampa.com

2019 Pigs in the Parking Lot | June 8, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Go out for a night of fun for the family with a free event with BBQ, Beer, and Blues. They have a kids market that the kids will enjoy and some cold beer for the parents. Entry is free, but make sure to bring some money for all your food and drinks to enjoy while listening to live music! summerfieldgc.com

Week of June 9th

School’s Out Summer Splash Party | June 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet Ariel and Gil at Kidz World of Play and dance the day away. Your kids can enjoy ice cream and All Day Play and have a fun day out! kidzworldofplay.com

Repticon Tampa Reptile Show | June 8-9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take your reptile-loving kids to the coolest reptile convention Tampa has ever seen! You can come face to face with animals from all over the world and buy the pets right then and there. You can also become more educated about the different slithery creatures at the live seminars and demonstrates. Get your tickets now! repticon.com

Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market | June 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second Sunday of each month from May through September holds a fun market with over 50 local vendors! You can shop for anything ranging from fresh fruit and veggies all the way to local art and handmade crafts. Bring your kids and even your dog out for this fun morning! tampabaymarkets.com

Family Day! | June 9, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Come out for an afternoon full of fun for the whole family every Sunday this summer. They will have food, movies, and outdoor activities for free. Head out this Sunday! fun4tampakids.com

History Adventure Camp: Swashbuckling Summer | June 10-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open to kids ages 7-11, Tampa Bay History Center is hosting a week-long adventure camp for your favorite history buff! The camp will focus on Florida and Tampa history with a focus on pirates and explorers, with some mermaid legends thrown in too. They will have a whole week of fun and games and more! tampabayhistorycenter.org

Kids’ Week at Painting with a Twist | June 10-14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Take your blossoming artists over to Painting with a Twist in Brandon for classes. They have different animal-themed paintings every day and you can sign up for one day or the whole week for a special surprise! paintingwithatwist.com

Toddler Tuesdays | June 11, 10-10:45 a.m.
Zoo members can visit ZooTampa at Lowry Park for story time, a sing-along, a craft time, games and even an animal encounter! zootampa.org

Father’s Day Gift Making | June 11, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Go and make some fun Father’s Day gifts for the great person in your life. The kids will love the different crafts and they get to choose two that they would like to make for free! The gifts will even be packaged for the kids. centcom.mil

Cosmic Pizza Skate Night! | June 11, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Get your glow on and lace up your skates every Tuesday night this Summer. The kids will love the All-You-Can-Eat Cheese Pizza and will be able to skate their hearts out for the night! unitedskates.com

Angie 4 Mayor Movie Night | June 11, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
If you need a night out or want to bring the kids out for a movie, head over to see Aladdin at the movie theater. Your ticket includes the movie, a drink, popcorn, and a comfy recliner! The doors open at 7 p.m. so you can participate in the raffles and traveling auction. Tickets will go fast so be quick! eventbrite.com

Cooking with SaltBlock | June 12, Noon-12:45 p.m.
Take your child to the Glazer Children’s Museum and learn how to make one of the perfect summer drinks – orange juice. It’ll be a sweet time! glazermuseum.org

Heights Night Market | June 12, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Every second Wednesday of the month, come down to 7th Ave in front of Armature Works for a night of homemade goods, art, woodwork, and live music. It’s free to attend and fun for the whole family! armatureworks.com

Tampa Bay Restaurant Week | June 13-23
Visit participating restaurants in the Tampa Bay area for multiple-course prix fixe menus and other menu offerings at exclusive prices! It’s the perfect time to check out all the restaurants you have wanted to try in the area, and kids will enjoy trying all the new food! tampabayrestaurantweek.com

Eye See You | June 14, 10 a.m. to noon
Kids ages 7 and up can learn to paint on canvas. Snack will be provided. Sign up and reserve your spot online! paintingwithatwist.com

Parent’s Night Out | June 14, 6-10 p.m.
Have a fun adult night out on the second Friday of every month when you drop the kids off at Great Explorations for pizza, snacks, museum playtime, and a movie! Ages 4-10 are welcome. greatex.org

Family Fun Night | June 14, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hyde Park has a night full of fun for you and the family filled with fun and games for everyone. Eat some free popcorn while playing air hockey and ping-pong, along with some inflatable bowling. The kids can also make a heartfelt craft for their dad’s on Father’s Day for free. More surprises are in store! hydeparkvillage.com

Taste of Downtown Clearwater | June 14, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Take the whole family out to experience live music and showcases from local restaurants and local vendors in the area. Enjoy the various food and drinks and pay only a small amount for five different sample dishes from the best restaurants in the area, as well as chances to win door prizes! allevents.in/florida/

Saturday Matinee: Wonder | June 15, 2-4 p.m.
Hang out on your lazy Saturday at the West Tampa Public Library watching “Wonder,” a movie starring Julie Roberts about a 10-year-old with facial deformities navigating fifth grade. Refreshments will be provided! hcplc.evanced.info

Uptown Music Festival: An Evening of Sax Therapy | June 15, 4-10 p.m.
Bring your outdoor chairs, blankets, ears, and family to enjoy this musical night in the park. The night benefits programs and services of the University Area CDC. Sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to artists who have toured with Prince and Bruno Mars! It’s sure to be a swinging night. uacdc.org

7th Annual Gelatin Plunge | June 15, 7-10 p.m.
Make a difference in children’s lives by attending the Annual Gelatin Plunge at the Children’s Cancer Center. Since 2013, the Gelatin Plunge has raised over $650,000 to assist families in programs provided by the CCC. Slide into a pool filled with 2,000 gallons of orange gelatin in support of the families with children battling cancer. childrenscancercenter.org

Week of June 16th

Tampa Great Father’s Day Race | June 16, 7-10 a.m.
You’re sure to win Father’s Day by signing the family up for Tampa’s 7th annual Great Father’s Day Race!  You’ll get to run a 5K and receive free pictures, a t-shirt, and a goodie bag. There are only 900 spots, so sign up now to be a part of this exciting event! greatfathersdayrace.com

Father’s Day AYCE Crawfish and Shrimp Boil | June 16, 1-4 p.m.
Celebrate Father’s Day at Caddy’s Treasure Island where Dad can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of crawfish, shrimp, and jambalaya! Visit caddys.com for more information. Tickets are available online through their Facebook page. caddys.com

Father’s Day! Dads Play Free! | June 16, 1-6 p.m.
Enjoy the air conditioning while you play inside on Father’s Day at Glazer Children’s Museum, when dads can play for free this day. Be a kid with your kid(s) and celebrate! glazermuseum.org

Father’s Day at Glazer Children’s Museum

Zoo University | June 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Join Anthony Campanello, ZooTampa’s Horticulture Manager, and see what it takes to keep the zoo looking lush and healthy! Members will leave with their own plant. Space is limited so RSVP online at zootampa.org to ensure you are a part of this learning experience. zootampa.org

Bats Meet ‘N Greet with Tampa Bay Bats | June 21, Noon
Attend an educational meet and greet and become an expert on bats. Host Francine Prager will discuss different species of bats from around the world, answer questions during a Q&A and show five bats! glazermuseum.org

St. Pete Street Food & Craft Beer Fest  | June 21, 6-11 p.m.
Enjoy a night of beer, sodas for the kids, live music and gourmet food trucks with everything from lobster to gyros and pizza to tacos at Albert Whitted Park. Free admission. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com

Noche de San Juan Celebration | June 22, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Celebrate Noche de San Juan at Adventure Island! There will be DJs from Rumba 106.5 to help celebrate, along with traditional celebration! Tickets are on sale now starting at $25. The earlier you buy, the more you save! adventureisland.com

Night Out at The Ballpark | June 22, 5-9 p.m.
Join nonprofit Backpacks 4 Kids at their fundraiser with Clearwater Threshers Baseball. For $20 you can see the Clearwater Threshers go head-to-head with the Daytona Tortugas and enjoy free food, soda and a postgame fireworks show. bp4k.com

Blacklight Run | June 22, 8:45 p.m.
At the Blacklight 5k, where the point of the race is to have fun, you won’t even remember you’re running while you’re throwing color palates and wearing glow jewelry. It’s also a great way to get your kids into running. blacklightrun.com

Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival | June 22-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walk along Dunedin’s Main Street during the 17th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival this June to meet fine U.S. crafters selling homemade products. You can find hotplates, ceramic planters, pottery, hair accessories and more! artfestival.com

Week of June 23rd

Tampa Bay Yoga Festival | June 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Have a fun, relaxing day at Water Works Park on International Yoga Day. Classes will be offered all day and there will be music, and local healthy food vendors and trucks. It’s the perfect calming way to spend a Sunday before Monday hits! www.tampasdowntown.com

Tarpon Arts Film Festival | June 27-29, times vary
Tampa Arts will host their first international film festival in Tarpon Springs with submissions from many countries including Morocco and Italy. There will be 16 shorts and five feature films so no matter what your kids’ attention span, there will be something for them! Visit online at tarponarts.org/filmfestival for showtimes and tickets. tarponarts.org

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresher Tour | June 29, 8 p.m.
See actor, producer, and funny guy Adam Sandler live on his tour based on his “100% Fresh” comedy special on Netflix, Sandler’s first comedy special in 20 years. Surprise guest to appear as well. amaliearena.com


Summer Stem Club | Through July 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Recommended for ages 5 and up, the Summer Stem Program at John F. Germany public library is sure to keep your kid’s mind sharp while they learn cool science, like how to make a robot from household items and creating a slime that can be turned into a sun catcher. hcplc.evanced.info/signup

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 Aug. 25, Tampa Theatre will 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

 Reptile Meet ‘N Greet with Reptile Discovery | July 1, 3 p.m.
Meet Bruce Shwedick from Reptile Discovery, at the Glazer Children’s Museum, as he brings in some reptile creatures for kids to get a close-up look. Animals will include tortoises, chameleons, snakes and more! glazermuseum.org

Cooking with SaltBlock | July 3, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Learn how to make Fruit Pizza Pie this month in a 45-minute demonstration from SaltBlock at the Glazer Children’s Museum. It’ll be a tasty time! glazermuseum.org

Worldwide Wednesday: France | July 3-31, Wednesdays, Noon
This month’s Worldwide Wednesday country is France! Head to the Glazer Children’s Museum to learn all about this European country with projects, story time and other fun activities! glazermuseum.org

Rock the Park at Curtis Hixon | July 4, 6:30- 10 p.m.
This month’s rock the park will feature The Reality, Omari Dillard and Ivy Alex. Admission is free. If you feel like doing something other than watching fireworks, head to Rock the Park. tampasdowntown.com

Hugh Jackman World Tour | July 5, 7 p.m.
Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony-winning actor and singer Hugh Jackman will be participating in his first world tour. Watch Jackman “come alive” as he performs songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and more at Amalie Arena! amaliearena.com

Zipper Zapper KidZ Sewing | July 6, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn to sew in this beginner’s workshop at Seminole Heights Branch Library. Kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, cutting instruments and thread. Register online with free admission. Supplies are included. hcplc.org

Patel Conservatory presents Newsies | July 6-7, Times vary
The Patel Conservatory presents “Newsies,” a musical based on the 1992 Disney film. The play is set in New York City and follows Jack Kelly, a newsboy, as he rallies his fellow newsboys to fight unfair working conditions. Students aged 13 through college will perform in this high-energy musical. strazcenter.org

Week of July 7th

Train, Goo Goo Dolls, and Allen Stone: Summer Concert | July 7, 7 p.m.
Jam out to Grammy-winning band Train on their summer tour with Grammy-nominated band the Goo Goo Dolls and special guest Allen Stone, in the Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This summer tour will celebrate Train’s Greatest Hits album and over 20-years of hits! floridastatefair.com

Oxford Exchange Book Club | July 9, 6:30 p.m.
This month’s book is “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. If you want a night out for yourself, this is the event! Tickets are $28 and will include beer, wine and light fare. oxfordexchange.com

 The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical | July 9-14, Times Vary
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, discovers he has new powers and sets off to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to stop an upcoming war between the gods, all while monsters chase him. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, it’s sure to be electrifying! Tickets are available online at strazcenter.org.

Metrocon | July 11-14
Metrocon is Florida’s largest anime convention. The event will feature stage-shows, vendors, celebrity panelists and interactive activities, including the Human Chess Match. The event will be located at the Tampa Convention Center. tampagov.net

Grown Up Night | July 12, 5:30- 8 p.m.
Who says kids get to have all the fun? Be an adult, but act like a kid, during Grown Up Night at the Glazer Children’s Museum! Tickets will be $20 presale and $25 at the door. Admission includes playtime, snacks and beer by Florida Avenue Brewing. glazermuseum.org

A Very Merry Frozen Christmas in July! | July 13, 9:30- 11 a.m.
Sky Zone Clearwater is having a Frozen themed Christmas Party in July! Tickets are $14 per child and adult are free. You won’t want to miss this cool event. skyzone.com

Splash’s Treasure Hunt | July 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Highland Family Aquatic Center in Largo is hosting a treasure hunt with hidden treasures all around for children to find! Children will be divided into age groups. Tickets are $6 per person for members or $9 for non-members. playlargo.com

Night Nation Run | July 13, 8:30 p.m.
Night Nation run is the world’s first running musical festival. Held at Raymond James Stadium, the course will include music, a selfie-station, bubble world, light show and more! There will be a pre-party and an after-party with a surprise headliner DJ. Register online now! nightnationrun.com

 Downtown Block Party | July 13, 5- 10 p.m.
Free admission for this family-friendly block party on Cleveland Street in Clearwater where you’ll find live entertainment, food, games, lots of children’s activities and more! myclearwater.com

SharkCon | July 13-14
SharkCon is the Comic-Con for Sharks! There will be different shark-related activities, including games, trivia, slides, touch-tank and more! There will be speakers from National Geographic and Animal Planet, as well as some of the cast from SpongeBob Squarepants. With over 100 booths, there will be something for everyone! Located at the Florida State Fairgrounds. floridastatefair.com

Week of July 14th

RumFish Beach Resort Rays Watch Party | July 14, 1:05 p.m.
Come out and support the Rays while they take on the Baltimore Orioles! The game will broadcast on a massive screen while viewers get to sit back and relax in the sand. There will be free giveaways, live music, drink specials and s’mores! visitstpeteclearwater.com

The Little Mermaid | July 14, 3 p.m.
Enjoy a viewing of the Disney classic The Little Mermaid on the big screen at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available at 727-791-7400 or the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre box office. rutheckerdhall.com

Messy Monday | July 15, 3:30- 4:40 p.m.
At this month’s Messy Monday at the John F. Germany public library, kids will make their own rockets out of film canisters and blast them off! hcplc.evanced.info/signup

Global Rocket Launch | July 16, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, MOSI will take part in the Global Rocket Launch, an international event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. Guests are invited to take part in launching high-pressure rockets at MOSI from 10 am until 4:30 pm as part of this world-record celebration of human space exploration. mosi.org

Mommy & Me Art | July 17, 10:30- 11:30 a.m.
Get creative with your child at John F. Germany Public Library! Kids ages 2-5 and their caregiver can participate in this event. Kids handprints will be used to make a keepsake. Register now before the class fills up! hcplc.evanced.info/signup

Patel Conservatory presents Annie, Jr. | July 18-28, Times Vary
Children age 8-14 will perform in what is sure to be an adorable junior version of the award-winning musical “Annie.” Join Annie as she leaves an orphanage to live with a billionaire and foils Miss Hannigan’s, the woman who runs the orphanage, evil plots! strazcenter.org

Thirty on Thursday- The Influence of Abstract Impressionism | July 18, 6- 7:30 p.m.
Join Walter Matthews, an artist and USF professor, and Taylor Wellman, an MFA candidate, for a 30-minute talk at the Tampa Museum of Art. They will discuss the influence of abstraction in their work. Admission is free for the discussion with regular museum admission. tampamuseum.org

NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future | July 19, 1 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 1 pm, MOSI will broadcast NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future – Celebrating Apollo 50th as we Go Forward to the Moon. This broadcast will feature a live broadcast featuring NASA experts and learning experiences from NASA sites. In addition to the live broadcast, MOSI will engage guests with hands-on space science and engineering activities and shows in the One Small Step exhibition. mosi.org

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary | July 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 20th, MOSI will celebrate the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the Moon in an exciting array of STEAM activities from 10 am to 5 pm. Hands-on activities include rocket building and launching in the MOSI Science Park, space origami, space rover challenges, and meteoroid challenges. The day will also feature special guest presentations (NASA is scheduled to have staff on site), space-themed shows, and pop-up demonstrations. MOSI will also re-broadcast the original Moon landing as seen by millions on television. Guests are also invited to experience One Small Step, MOSI’s Apollo exhibition. mosi.org

Mini Garden Make It and Take It | Jul 20, 10- 11:30 a.m.
Kids aged 6-12 can join this workshop to create a mini garden. They can let their imagination run wild and create a garden with plants, rivers and figurines of animals or dinosaurs. The class is $5 to reserve a seat. There are only 15 seats available so sign up soon. For more details and registration, visit sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu.

Orchid Mania – A Mounting “Make and Take” Workshop | July 20, 10- 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to attach an orchid to wood for better support. Participants will learn all about orchids and leave with a beautiful creation to put in their home. Event is $20 and registration (online) ends July 15th. sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu

Week of July 21st

Teens for Trees Summer Program | July 22-24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sign up teens 14-18 for this three-day program, put on by Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, where teens will get hands-on experience and meet with professionals in the field. Register at eventbrite.com.

John Cusack plus a screening of “Say Anything” | July 24, 7:30 p.m.
“Say Anything” gave the world the iconic boombox outside the window and was ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest modern movie romances. John Cusack, who played the romantic male-lead, Lloyd Dobler, will be at the Straz Center for a showing of “Say Anything” and a live conversation! strazcenter.org

Christmas in July | July 26, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help children in need at St. Joe’s Hospital for Christmas in July. Bring your donation and help Santa and his elves as they collect toys. There will also be presentations, treats and lots of smiles from the kids at St. Joe’s. give2stjoeskids.org

Storybook Walk | July 26, 10:30- 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy an interactive storytime, for preschool to 1st-grade kids at Seminole Community Library. Kids will go on a walk where every stop will have a reading-related activity. After the walk, there will be a themed craft and snack. Register online at eventbrite.com. webapps.spcollege.edu

St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Fest | July 26, 6- 11 p.m
Visit this free-admission event at Albert Whitted Park for grouper, craft beer and food trucks. All food trucks, in addition to their regular food, will serve a grouper or seafood inspired dish. There will be live music. gulftobayfta.org

 Margarita Wars | July 26, 7- 10 p.m.
TPepin’s Hospitality Centre will host the perfect date night event for your night out. Margarita Wars allows guests to sample more than 15 margaritas with live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and more. Tickets are available at tampabayeventtickets.com. margaritawarstampabay.com

Family Fun 5K and Pool Party | July 27, 8- 10 a.m.
Go for a run and cool down after with the Family Fun 5K and Pool Party! Tickets are available online for $10 per person or $20 for a family of four and will include the race, a t-shirt, after-race snacks, and all-day admission to the Hillsborough Family Aquatic Center! playlargo.com

Tampa Mini Maker Faire | July 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hosted at the Glazer Children’s Museum, Maker Faire is a family-friendly event to let engineers, scientists and artists show off their hobbies, projects and experiments. It’ll be a great way to talk to people and learn about invention and creativity. tampamakerfaire.org

Crystal River Scallop Festival  | July 27-28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Enjoy some delicious seafood at Kings Bay Park in Crystal River. Entrance is only $5 and free for those under 12. There will be bouncy houses, pony rides, contests with money prizes, scavenger hunts, food trucks, live music and more. bestfloridafest.com

Paw Patrol | July 27-28, Times Vary
Join Chase, Marshal, Skye and the other members of Patrol in their quest to find Mayor Goodway when he goes missing from Adventure Bay. It’s sure to be full of action as these heroic dogs try to save the day! Live at the Straz Center. strazcenter.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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