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June 6, 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!


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

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 

Tampa Bay Restaurant Week | June 13-23
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

Eye See You | June 14, 10 a.m. to noon
Kids ages 7 and up can learn to paint on canvas. Snack will be provided. Sign up and reserve your spot online! paintingwithatwist.com

Family Fun Night | June 14, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hyde Park has a night full of fun for you and the family filled with fun and games for everyone. Eat some free popcorn while playing air hockey and ping-pong, along with some inflatable bowling. The kids can also make a heartfelt craft for their dad’s on Father’s Day for free. More surprises are in store! hydeparkvillage.com

Taste of Downtown Clearwater | June 14, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Take the whole family out to experience live music and showcases from local restaurants and local vendors in the area. Enjoy the various food and drinks and pay only a small amount for five different sample dishes from the best restaurants in the area, as well as chances to win door prizes! allevents.in/florida/

Father’s Day Weekend | June 15-16, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Been wanting to go to the aquarium, but on a budget? Then this weekend will be perfect for you! Dads get free admission to the Florida aquarium this Friday and Saturday with the purchase of any full price paid admission! Go swim over for a great time this weekend! www.flaquarium.org

SPCA Fee-Waived Adoption Event | June 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Looking for a furry friend? Head over to SPCA to look for your new best friend because all of the adoption fees will be waived for pets 6 months or older! It will be a pawsitivly fabulous time! spcatampabay.org

Beniot Fest Crawfish Boil | June 15, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Come on down and bring the seafood lovers in your life for huge amounts of crawfish, giveaways, live music, and beer for the adults! flyingboatbrewing.com

Father Son/Daughter Golf Outing | June 15, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Head on over to Rogers Park Golf Course with your son and/or daughter for nine holes of golf! You can grab a golf cart and take some mini lessons for some great family bonding time for Father’s Day weekend. Get up and go! www.rogersparkgolf.net

Dad’s Donuts: Father’s Day Open Play | June 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Head over to We Rock the Spectrum, an autism-focused indoor playground, for a day of open play! Bring dad and enjoy donuts and coffee, included with your open play visit. werockthespectrumtampa.com

Mommy & Me Canvas Painting | June 15, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Take your preschool aged kids to paint a canvas for free! All the materials are supplied to you for free and it will be a wonderful keepsake for you. www.hcplc.org

2019 Uptown Music Festival | June 15, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Take the whole family out for an evening of sax therapy with some wonderful music and art. It’s an outdoor event that plans to go on in rain or shine, so make sure to check out the weather and pack an umbrella just in case! uacdc.org

7th Annual Gelatin Plunge | June 15, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Come on out to have some fun while supporting the Children’s Cancer Center! You and your kids can have some fun getting messy and sliding into a pool filled with 2,000 gallons of orange gelatin if you help fund raise. For spectators, there will also be live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and much more! childrenscancercenter.org

Great Father’s Day Race 2019 5k Run/Walk | June 16, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Make this Father’s Day a memorable one with a wonderful way to get the family out and moving. You will get free race pictures, a dry-fit T-shirt, and a goodie bag when you register. There will even be music and snacks when you cross the finish line, so sign up now! greatfathersdayrace.com

Father’s Day at Splash Harbour Water Park | June 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Looking for something to do for Father’s Day without breaking the bank? Go have some fun in the sun at the water park and dads get in free with a regular paid admission! Dive right into family fun! splashharbourwaterpark.com

Tampa Indie Flea | July 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Head over to Armitage Works for the monthly Indie Flea Market featuring over 100 local Artisans, crafters, and makers. There will be coffee and breakfast you can buy to munch on while you look around. It’s an indoor event, so it will be on rain or shine! theindieflea.com

Father’s Day Family Cooking: Easy Weeknight Dinners | June 16, 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Take the whole family out to learn how to cook easy and amazing meals! You’ll be making yummy things like marshmallow fruit salad, lemon garlic chicken, and more! Professional instructors will teach you in a hands-on environment to learn new recipes and awesome cooking techniques. You have to pre-register to attend the class, so chop, chop! ajskitchendrawer.com

Father’s Day at the Museum | June 16, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Been wanting to get a historical experience at the Henry B. Plant Museum but didn’t have the money? They are doing free admission for dads even if you do not bring your kids with you. plantmuseum.com

Dads Play Free | June 16, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Dads get free admission over at Glazer Children’s Museum this Sunday, so bring your kids out for a fun and free day out with the family. glazermuseum.org

Toddler Time | June 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saddle on up and head over to Sky Zone Tampa for Toy Story themed activities and crafts for your little one. They can bounce under the supervision of you without interference from the older kids. Jump right on over to this fun time! www.skyzone.com

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

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

Parent’s Night Out | June 14, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Have a fun adult night out on the second Friday of every month when you drop the kids off at Great Explorations for pizza, snacks, museum playtime and a movie! Ages 4-10 are welcome. greatex.org

*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!