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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!

Halloween Spooktacular | Through Oct. 27
Enjoy a fun, non-scary Halloween Celebration that’s perfect for younger kids. Kids will be surrounded by an underwater Halloween with trick-or-treating, characters, and more! seaworld.com

Halloween Horror Nights | Through Nov. 2
Universal Studios brings back one of the most popular Halloween events with 10 haunted houses, including a new Ghostbusters haunted house, five creepy scare zones, and fun live entertainment. orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com

Scream-A-Geddon | Through Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
It’s officially that time of year! Scream-A-Geddon is returning to Dade City to terrify guests once again with haunted house attractions and creepy crawlies wandering the grounds to give you your first frights of the season. *Please don’t bring kiddos to this—it’s quite intense. screamageddon.com

Howl-O-Scream | Through Nov. 2

Get ready to howl and scream at Busch Gardens! Wonder through the haunted houses and scare zones to see what horror awaits. Go on rides in the dark and maybe end up next to a spooky guest. buschgardens.com


9th Annual Tampa Pig Jig | Oct. 19, 1-10 p.m.
The Tampa Pig Jig is back at Curtis Hixon Park. Enjoy live music by Jake Owen, LANCO, Dr. Dog and more, plus great food, a barbecue competition, drinks and games. The event benefits NephCure Kidney International, the only nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for the debilitating kidney disease, FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. Tickets start at $25. tampapigjig.com

Livefor24 5K/Mile Relay | Oct. 19, 8 a.m.
The University of Tampa’s campus is the setting for the second annual Livefor24 5K/Mile Relay, hosted by The Live for 24 Foundation and The University of Tampa Athletic Department. Proceeds will go towards life-enriching opportunities to deserving youth in Tampa Bay. Runners can do a 5K or a four-member team mile relay. A family-friendly pre-race party, with food, music and more, will take place at Pepin Field at 6:30 a.m. livefor24.org

Free Pops in the Park | Oct. 19-20, 7 p.m.
In need of a date night or a family night? Free Pops in the Park is just the right night out for you and your family, or your significant other—a night full of music featuring film scores, Broadway hits and of course, some symphonic goodies. floridaorchestra.org

Week of Oct. 20

North Tampa Christian Academy Fall Festival | Oct. 20 4-7 p.m.
Join North Tampa Christian Academy for a trunk or treat maze, bounce house, obstacle course, games, dunk tank and silent auction. There will be food, dessert trucks and more! Food and game tickets will be sold at the event. northtampachristian.org/fall-festival

Cat and Nat #MOMTRUTHS Live! | Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
This is a night out for you moms! Leave the kiddos with dad tonight to watch the comical best friend duo Cat and Nat. They are in town with their live show #MOMTRUTHS to tell their gnarly stories of being a mother. Whether you’re with your girls or alone, you will leave with a sense of community of women who are all in the same shoes as you. rutheckerdhall.com

Bill Engvall | Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
Bill Engvall, known for his self-titled sitcom which ran for three seasons and as the host of television game shows and awards shows, makes his 10th appearance at the Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets start at $50.50. rutheckerdhall.com

Week of Oct. 27

19th Annual Bolt Run | Oct. 27, various start times
Presented by AdventHealth, The 19th Annual Bolt Run will be held at Amalie Arena and include the 5 Mile, 5K, a Family Fun Run/Walk and family-friendly activities. The race will finish inside Amalie Arena. runsignup.com

So You Think You Can Dance Live! | Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
See your favorite “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants live on tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall, featuring the show’s Top 10 Finalists, including season 16’s winner, America’s favorite dancers and All-Star Guests. rutheckerdhall.com

Cirque du Soleil AXEL | Oct. 31- Nov. 3, Times Vary
Cirque du Soleil is back on ice with AXEL, an electrifying new experience fusing world-class ice skating with breathtaking acrobatics and astonishing projections. Follow AXEL and his dynamic group of friends in an exhilarating adventure that reminds us that our dreams are always within reach. Tickets are on sale now. amaliearena.com

Terry Fator | Nov. 7, 7:30pm
It’s a long journey from Corsicana Texas to the Las Vegas stage, but Terry Fator made it to the top as the headliner at the Mirage Hotel in Vegas for over 10 years. Terry can impersonate over 100 voices with favorites being Karen Carpenter, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake, Elvis, Meghan Trainor and Bruno Mars. His cast of characters includes: Winston the Impersonating Turtle; the World’s Greatest Elvis Impersonator; Elton John; Michael Jackson; Vicki the Cougar; President Donald Trump and annoying neighbor Duggie. But even with all his time performing, he always finds time to enjoy life with his beautiful wife Angie and to give of his time to the cause he passionately believes in, helping America’s veterans. tickets.themahaffey.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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