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February 3, 2018

Family-Friendly Weekend Top Picks | February 3 & 4

By Tampa Bay Parenting

The weekend is here and the forecast for FUN is very likely! Here are our top picks of family-friendly things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend:

Busch Gardens Sesame Street Pirate Party Weekends, Feb. 3 & 4, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Pirate Party weekends won’t disappoint! There will be ARRRGHsome character parades, themed story time, treasure scavenger hunts, crafts like color your own bandana and of course…the super fun dance parties! buschgardens.com

Related: The wait is over! The Busch Gardens Preschool Card is BACK!

Kidding Around Yoga at Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete, Feb. 3, 10:00 a.m. | Bring your yoga mat, towel and your kiddos for a morning of stretching and yoga! This class is designed especially for kids and their families. It’s best for kids ages 3 and older. Cost is $5 and includes admission to the Museum of Fine Arts galleries. mfastpete.org

Ready, Set, Go! at Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Pete, Feb. 3, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Don’t miss out on the chance to see a real Grand Prix race car which will be parked outside the museum and then head inside for race car themed activities like sensory-friendly toy car shaving cream car wash, DIY cardboard cars, matchbox car drawings, race car relays and more! Included with membership/museum admission.  greatex.org

Make & Take Saturdays at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete, Feb. 3, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Head to the MFA with your kids for a morning of crafts! The event is Star Wars themed, so check it out and stay for the Star Wars Power of Costume exhibit. Make & Take Saturdays are offered the first and third Saturdays of each month. It is FREE with museum admission. mfastpete.org

Dilly Dally with Dali, Feb. 3, 11:45 am to 4:30 pm |  Discover the creative world of Salvador Dali through games, puzzles and arts and crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction under the direction of The Dali’s Family Programs Coordinator. Parents are encouraged to stay and join in the fun. Free. thedali.org 5-12

Monster Jam , Feb. 3, 7 p.m. This year’s adrenaline-charged, high-flying event will feature some of motorsports’ most popular drivers/trucks including Bounty Hunter driven by Jimmy Creten, Grave Digger with Charlie Pauken, Scarlet Bandit by Dawn Creten, and more. Passes are available for a Pit Party 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. when fans can see the trucks up close, meet drivers, take photos and get autographs. Gates open to all at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $15.  raymondjamesstadium.com 

St. Pete Beach Seafood Festival, Feb. 3 & 4, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Head to Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach for a day of food, music and FUN! There will be plenty of live entertainment and a market to discover a new favorite artist! This event is FREE to attend! seafoodfestivals.com

Member Morning at Glazer Children’s Museum, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Members can visit the Glazer Children’s Museum the first Sunday each month for exclusive, private access to the museum and interact with other members before doors open to the public at 1 p.m. While you are there, check out the new Light Cloud scuplture and play a life sized game of Candy Land-both are located on the first floor! Invite family members to join in the fun. glazermuseum.org Everyone

Sweetwater Sunday Farmer’s Market in Tampa, Feb. 4, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | We love Sweetwater Organic Community Farm’s farmer’s market! Explore artisans while picking up locally grown organic vegetables for the week! This is a great way to introduce your kids to where their food comes from. There’s even a free farm tour at 2pm!

Hyde Park Fresh Market, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Browse vendors at this market held the first Sunday of every month at Hyde Park Village in South Tampa. Check out locally produced and homemade take-home foods, plants, produce, ready-to-eat lunch bites, hand crafts, and eco-friendly and fair trade products. Listen to live music and stop by one of the village restaurants. Free admission and parking. hydeparkvillage.com Everyone

Ongoing events to discover:

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, Through April 1 | View this popular temporary exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts as the Smithsonian traveling exhibition visits the St. Pete museum to showcase its iconic costumes from a galaxy far, far away. Get a closer look at costumes that shaped the identities of some of the film industry’s most famous characters. mfastpete.org Everyone

Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition , Through March 4 |  Explore the history of Tampa Bay’s most beloved community festival. Learn about the early Gasparilla parades through vintage photographs and Ann Lowe-designed Gasparilla gowns to see how they compare to the way we celebrate today.  plantmuseum.com 

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