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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!

For Holiday Themed Events Check out Our Favorite Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Tampa Bay and Beyond!


December (non-holiday events)

*For Holiday Events Read: Our Favorite Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Tampa Bay and Beyond!

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.

Sensory Overload | Dec. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg is hosting a celebration of the senses that includes food and drink sampling, taste tripping, touch tours, sound gardens, aromatherapy, pop up performances and more! sensoryoverloadtampabay.com

Science After Dark – Kind of Cool: The science of cold, art and music  | Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m.
MOSI’s adult night returns with the science of everything that’s cool! Liquid nitrogen, frozen art, Virtual Reality and DJ school are just some of the fun you can experience at Science After Dark! Ticket includes: Light appetizers, beer and wine samplings, MOSI exhibits and hands-on activities. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance visit mosi.org. 

Recycled Tunes: Music Instrument Drive  | Dec. 7, noon-4 p.m.
Recycled Tunes is having a Music Instrument Drive that will be benefitting bay area schools who are in need of music equipment. Recycled Tunes will be accepting new or slightly used instruments in return you will receive free 2 day tickets to Gasparilla Music Festival. There will also be a free concert going on during the event so head out to Sparkman Wraf for a day filled with music and helping out fo a good cause.

Harlem Globetrotters | Dec. 7, 4 p.m.
The famous Harlem Globetrotters have made their way to the sunshine state to show you their new skills and tricks! Bring the whole family to the Yuengling Center for a night that you will never forget! There will be multiple opportunities for the kids to interact with the players before and after the show! yuenglingcenter.com

Science of Tailgating | Dec. 7-8, 14-15, and Dec. 21 – Jan. 5
Join MOSI for some high-energy fun as they celebrate the Science of Tailgating in MOSI’s Science Park. Add physics to your corn hole throws, engineering to your wooden block towers, and track the technology to your passes as you play your way through a field of games. MOSI is the official tailgating venue of the 2020 Outback Bowl in Tampa. mosi.org

The Hungry Caterpillar  | Dec. 11, 10:45 a.m.
The Hungry Caterpillar has made its way to the Straz Center! This literary classic of a small caterpillar eating its way through a plethora of foods to become a beautiful butterfly is a beloved children’s story perfect for your little ones. strazcenter.org

Beautiful: Carole King Musical | Dec 12, 8 p.m.
Grammy and Tony-award winning musical “Beautiful!” is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall. The show is based on a true story of a woman’s adventure from a girl writing songs in her room to a singer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. rutheckerdhall.com

Free Family Movie Night: Dora and the Lost City of Gold | Dec. 13, 6 p.m.
Bring the whole family out to the University Area Community for a fun and free family movie night! Presenting a free screening of Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Drinks and popcorn will be served free of charge and there will be prizes given away! Come out and bring the little ones for a fun movie night. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6 p.m. www.uacdc.org.

Heights Morning Market | Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Every third Sunday of the month is the Heights Morning Market at Armature Works. This free, family-friendly, outdoor market features live music and multiple vendors selling produce, sauces, artisanal food items and much more! armatureworks.com

An Old Florida Christmas at Manatee Village
Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
This family-friendly festival celebrates heritage and old-fashioned holiday traditions with musical entertainment, food vendors, a special Christmas exhibit in the Stephens House, vintage silent films in the Courthouse, and “make-and-take” seasonal crafts for adults and youth—something to delight every age! Every corner of Manatee Village will be decorated in colorful and exquisite Victorian-inspired holiday décor. Shop local and buy your Christmas gifts from local artists selling their wares throughout the Village. $5 for adults, 12 and under are free. manateevillage.org 

Disney’s ALADDIN | Dec. 19-Jan. 5, various times
Discover a whole new world with Disney’s “Aladdin!” This Broadway show has dazzled in New York and is making its way to Tampa. Join Aladdin and Jasmine on their many adventures and witness some magic and wishes from everyone’s favorite genie! strazcenter.org

Worldwide Wednesdays | Dec 4, 11 and 18, Noon to 1 p.m.
Travel the globe during Worldwide Wednesday! Meet at Glazer Children’s Museum’s Global Cafe exhibit for special programming on a different country each month. Learn about a different culture through activities, story-time, and endless fun! December’s programming is all about Estonia! glazermuseum.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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