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April 9, 2020

Tampa Bay Attractions Go Virtual to Keep You Connected During COVID-19 Outbreak

By Laura Byrne

In the age of pandemic parenting, every family, every business, and every attraction has had to find a way to pivot and adapt to our new normal.

And while we  practice social distancing and self imposed quarantines at home, (let’s flatten that curve!), we find ourselves more connected than ever thanks to social media and the World Wide Web (do we even really call it that anymore-haha)!

We’re so excited about all of the ways our beloved Tampa Bay attractions are bringing us into their worlds whether it is through a Facebook Live, Virtual tour, or fun experiments to try at home with the kids.

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The learning hasn’t stopped and the fun is only just beginning…even if it’s a whole new way!

The Florida Aquarium launched SEA-SPAN with a live chat with the Animal Care Team who take care of the lemurs and they’ve been at it every weekday with virtual tours, story times and more!

You can watch the Facebook Live videos on The Florida Aquarium’s Facebook page Monday through Friday at 10 am! Can’t make it at 10am? Join in on the fun on the Aquarium’s YouTube channel and on their website.

Here’s how you can go virtual with your favorite Tampa Bay attractions:

ZooTampa: ZooTampa has been hosting some fun Facebook Lives and they’ve been posting sweet videos of their animals along with fun facts about them! Their Facebook page is scroll worthy!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium: The CMA is taking us behind the scenes and dishing on fun facts about the animals who call CMA home. They’re even hosting a Virtual Sea Turtle Awareness Day on April 4!

Glazer Children’s Museum: Glazer Children’s Museum launched GCM at Home with a series of fun learning experiments and activities you can do at home with the kids!

MOSI: MOSI is not only hosting fun educational Facebook Lives, they have also put together an awesome website dedicated to coping with coronavirus that includes ways to talk to your middle schooler about the virus and STEM experiments and activities!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Busch gardens Tampa Bay launched this e-learning website for kids in K-12, their parents and teachers! Get to know the animals, learn fun facts and more! They are also doing Facebook Lives and video posts to check in on the animal care teams.

Tampa Bay History Center: Learn more about the amazing history of Florida and Tampa Bay as docents take us inside the exhibits during a Facebook Live chat!

Great Explorations Children’s Museum: Along with their Great Ex at Home kits, the museum is posting really great content for families and even weekly challenges for kids on their Facebook page!

Tampa Theatre: Tampa Theatre has launched Virtual Cinemas to allow you to to stream new, first-run independent films!

Even our local sports teams are pitching in by sharing some family-friendly fun!

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s ThunderBug is sharing daily activities for the kids here.

Your kids can also get moving with their favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers players via fun fitness videos. You can even download these cool coloring pages here for FREE!

Follow along all of our COVID-19/coronavirus related coverage in Tampa Bay here.

 

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