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June 20, 2019

Our 10+ Favorite Things to Do This Week in Tampa Bay

By Laura Byrne

We say it every week and we’ll say it again…the weekend is here and the forecast for FUN is 100% with this list of our favorite family-friendly Tampa bay things to do this weekend with the kids!


Tampa Bay Restaurant Week | Through June 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

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 

Summer Stem Club at the Library | Through July 30, 2:30 to 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 kids mind sharp while they learn cool science things, like how to make a robot from household items and creating slime that can be turned into a sun catcher. Check out hcplc.evanced.info for more information. hcplc.evanced.info/signup

3rd Thursday Tampa | June 20, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Downtown Tampa has an event for you and the whole family with their monthly street food fest. There will be live music, free food, free 2 hour parking, and dogs are welcome! tampabaymarkets.com

Stuffed Animal Sleepover | June 21, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bring your child over to Chick-Fil-A on Waters Ave. with their favorite stuffed animal for dinner and crafts with the Chick-Fil-A cow! Be sure to wear pajamas and come back between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. the next morning to see what adventures your stuffed animals went on last night. chick-fil-a.com

Safety Harbor 3rd Friday Music Series | June 21, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Show up to Main Street every 3rd Friday of the month for entertainment, shopping, and dining for the whole family. The entertainment changes every month and the proceeds from each event changes every month. cityofsafetyharbor.com

St. Pete Street Food & Craft Beer Fest | June 21, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Head over to St. Pete with the kids or just with your beau for tons of gourmet food trucks. The best part is that they have dessert food trucks too! It’s free to get in and they even have a playground for the kids, so set your calendar! gulftobayfta.org

Movie on the Beach | June 21, 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Take your older kids and treat them to a free night with a movie on the beach. They are showing Jaws, so get ready for some fin scary! madbeachfun.com

Go Skateboarding Day | June 21, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Take out your skateboard enthusiasts to the Skatepark of Tampa for a full day of fun. There will be free skating, BBQ, and cash for tricks! Make sure to bring any tricks you have up your sleeve! Skateparkoftampa.com

Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival | June 22-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get crafty this month with local and national crafters that make things only in the U.S.A.! There will be things for families to buy with any preference or price range, so be sure to come out! artfestival.com

Royal Tea with The Little Mermaid | June 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ever wanted to have tea with a princess? Head over to the Victorian Grace Tearoom and live out your biggest fairytale dreams! Your biggest princess fan gets to eat and have tea with Ariel herself. Make sure to RSVP before Ariel swims away! victoriangracetearoom.com

Family Field Day | June 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Head out to Pioneer Florida Museum & Village for a day full of family-friendly field day activities! There will be anything from sack races to relay races, all for free. RSVP fast! pioneerfloridamuseum.org

Summer Plant Festival | June 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grab the whole family and go to the USF Botanical Gardens for a day of fun for only $5 per person and kids under 12 years old are admitted for free! There will be tons of vendors with many plants and flowers where you can get secrets and hints on how to grow your plants. Check it out! gardens.usf.edu

Zephyrhills SummerFest | June 22, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Need something to do to get the family out of the house? Look no further! Go to Zephyr Park for an evening of family-friendly fun. There will be dance competitions, eating contests for all, and fireworks at the end! Don’t miss out! naa.edu

Night Out At The Ballpark | June 22, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Take them out to the Ballpark! Get a wristband to get food and soda, along with beer for a little extra.There will be fireworks after the game and awesome raffle prizes. Tickets help get backpacks for less fortunate kids, so hurry! Nationwide-appraisal.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

Roots Urban Market | June 22, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bring the whole family out to the Roots Urban Market of Carrollwood for a night out. There will be a huge organic market, great craft beer, and awesome live music! You won’t want to miss it. facebook.com/Roots-Urban-Market-of-Carrollwood

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

The Princess Par-Tea | June 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ride over to the Bellissimo Venue in Largo for a tea party straight out of a fairy tale! There will be music with tea, juices, and water, along with many fun snacks. After you’re done eating, go get your picture taken at the magical photo booth! Reserve your tickets fast, you won’t want to miss it. bellissimo-venue.ticketleap.com

Movie on the Lawn | June 24, 8:15 p.m to 10 p.m.
Head over to Armature Works for a first come, first serve free showing of the classic movie, Jumanji! Popcorn and drinks can be purchased there, along with any food from the vendors there. Don’t be late! Armatureworks.com

Cupcake Decorating Family Night | June 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Chick-fil-A of Clearwater has the perfect event for your cupcake-loving family members! Join them as they gear up for Cow Appreciation Day by making cow themed cupcakes! There will even be a craft for the kiddos. You don’t want to miss this! Chick-fil-a.com

Family Summer Event | June 27, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Bait your kids to go with you to have some fun at Bass Pro Shops in Brandon! There will be fishing, camping, and hiking seminars, along with some awesome crafts! The crafts and some cool backpack clips are only available to the first 40 kids participating, so act quick on this oppor-tuna-ty! Basspro.com

Plant City Food Truck Rally | June 28, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Adventure to Plant City on the last Friday of every month for some food truck fun! There will be a DJ and many different options for gourmet food truck cuisine. Make sure to pack a blanket or lawn chairs, and you can even bring your dog! Plantcitygov.com

Unicorn Festival | June 28, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Ready to check out some fluffy unicorns? Take a day trip to Lakeland and play with a real pony, get your face painted, and jump in a bounce house all before the Lakeland Flying Tigers baseball game. Get your tickets soon! Milb.com

Camp Westfield Movie Nights | June 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Westfield Citrus Park is the place to be if you want to watch some awesome family movies for free! This week, they’re showing the 1998 version of The Parent Trap. There will be popcorn and refreshments while supplies last, so get there early! You can even bring blankets and chairs to sit on the turf during the movie. Don’t miss it! westfield.com

Don’t forget date night!

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens | Through Aug 11
Every night during summer you can join Busch Gardens for their Summer Nights. You’ll get a chance to experience their new roller-coaster, Tigris, at night. There will be themed dance parties where you can celebrate summer in Stanleyville and Cheetah Hunt Plaza. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights end your night with their exciting fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. buschgardens.com

*Our partners at Tampa Bay Date Night Guide are sharing some of their favorite things to do around Tampa Bay too!

Find a Summer Camp in Tampa Bay!

Our 2019 Summer Camp Directory is jam packed full of awesome summer camps in Tampa Bay and beyond. It’s still not too late to book a camp as many camps still have a few spots open, but not every many!

Ongoing Family-Friendly Tampa Bay FUN to try!

mosi one small step

NEW EXHIBIT AT MOSI: One Small Step, The Exhibition
MOSI is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with a new interactive exhibit this summer! This will be a hands on way for you and the kids to learn and explore and maybe even inspire a future generation of astronauts! mosi.org


For those who dare…and who happen to be 54 inches or taller…ride TIGRIS, the new rollercoaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! Read all about it.


Dinovations Lab is NOW OPEN at MOSI!!
Be among the first to go back in time at our favorite science museum to learn about our planet Earth and the creatures and plants that lived here millions of years ago! The Dinovations Lab key feature is the Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton, a cast molding made from real dinosaur bones discovered in the USA! There’s also a Paleo Lab where you can examine fossils under a microscope! mosi.org


COOL OFF AT OUR FAVORITE WATER PARKS! Local water parks are now OPEN for the season like Adventure Island in Tampa and Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs! Here are our favorite water parks in Tampa Bay!


U-Pick Farms: A must-do spring bucket list item for every family: There are so many local farms to choose from with a variety of fruits and veggies ready for you to freshly pick! While we’re in the height of strawberry u-pick season, don’t forget about the other delicious treats from Mother Nature! We’re sharing some of our favorite u-pick farms in the Tampa Bay Area to try!

ZooTampa Manatee
Photo by @zootampa

Go check out the newly renovated David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center at ZooTampa where four rescued manatees are being cared for. Just like before, you’ll be able to view the beautiful sea cows from the underwater observation window. zootampa.org


Discover one of 7 Local Museums Kids Love in Tampa Bay! 
If the temps are a bit too cold for outdoor fun, why not go and play at one of our favorite 7 museums for kiddos in Tampa Bay!

American Legion Park

Discover a NEW Place to Play | All weekend, all day, everyday
Why not discover a new park or playground in the Tampa Bay Area? There are so many great parks for families which is why we’ve put together a list of our favorites with the help of our Family Fun contributor Heather DeManche! Check it out here!


Go to the beach! 
We’ve put together a list of our favorite family-friendly Tampa Bay beaches that are not huge tourist spots, but equally as beautiful!