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April 23, 2019

Our 10+ favorite things to do this weekend 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 things to do in Tampa Bay with the kids!

Fun Idea: Go peach picking! U-pick farms in Tampa Bay are ready for the picking right now!


Healthy Kids Day with the YMCA! | Saturday, April 27, Times and locations throughout Tampa Bay
Don’t miss this FREE EXTRAVAGANZA to promote healthy kids and families while introducing your child to the amazing activities and camps this summer at your local YMCA. 20 YMCA locations throughout the area will be hosting events, so be sure to find one near you! It’s a not to miss! Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA & YMCA of the Suncoast

Great American Clean Up with The Florida Aquarium and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at Picnic Island Park in Tampa | Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am-11:00 am (registration starts at 8:30am)
More than 75 volunteers will be cleaning up Picnic Island Park with even more expected to join in on the day of restoration. Volunteers will also get the chance to plant mangroves. Bring your closed toed shoes, hat, sunglasses and water. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. flaquarium.org

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater Beach | April 12-28, times vary
Enjoy Florida’s famous sugar sands and golden sunsets at the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater Beach. This 17-day festival is sure to have something for everyone, from a children’s play area to street performer, concerts, fireworks and of course sand sculpting. Check it out at sugarsandfestival.com.

Patel Conservatory presents Seussical, Jr. | Dates through April 28, times vary
Performed by students age 5-8, follow Horton on his journey through the world of Dr. Seuss as he encounters the Who’s. Fun for all ages! Tickets start at $15. strazcenter.org

Tampa International Dragon Boat Festival in Tampa | Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Head to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in Tampa or grab a seat anywhere along the Riverwalk to take in the action of this annual event. This is one of the newest fundraising events hosted by The Junior League of Tampa which aims to raise promote health and wellness across Tampa Bay. There will be live music, food trucks, activities and more! It is FREE to attend. www.jltampa.org/dragonboat

Frozen Sing-A-Long at Tampa Theatre | Saturday, April 27 at 3:00 pm
Tampa Theatre’s kid-centric movie series is wrapping up with a bang. Belt along with Elsa and Anna as they discover the meaning of true love in “Frozen.” Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for kids, and $10 for Members. tampatheatre.org

Art Spot at the Tampa Museum of Art | Saturday, April 27 from 11 am-2 pm
Kids can attend this free workshop to create a masterpiece of their very own under the guidance of a professional art instructor.  tampamuseum.org

Dilly Dally with Dali | Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 pm-2:30 pm
Bring the whole family to the Dali Museum in St. Pete! Children can participate in the Little Surrealist Tour at 11:00am and then create their own masterpieces during Dilly Dally with Dali at 12:00pm thedali.org

Let’s Roll -Skating Rink Pop-Up at Armature Works | Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
The Gathering event space will be transformed into a mobile skating rink where you’ll be able to rent some skates and roll along to live music, arcade games, a full bar, popcorn and MORE! This is a family-friendly event, so why not introduce the kids to an old-fashioned past time! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This fee includes skate rentals and one hour of skate time.

Tea for Tots at Oxford Exchange in Tampa | Sunday, April 28 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm
Enjoy tea and a story every last Sunday of the month. Best suited for children between the ages of 2-7, but children of all ages are welcome. April’s story is “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff. oxfordexchange.com

Special Needs:

Day of Discovery at ZooTampa | Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 am-9:30 am
ZooTampa is teaming up with MOSI and The Florida Aquarium to offer a morning of sensory-friendly activities for children and their families during the month of April. The Zoo will be open to participants only during this special event, however a families are invited to stay and play after. Learn more here.

Sunshine Sunday at Glazer Children’s Museum | Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm$5
Sunshine Sunday is a special morning on the last Sunday of every month. This program is a limited-engagement event for children with special needs and their caregivers. Children can explore the Museum with lights and sounds turned down and sensory adapted tools, special programs, and community resources at their fingertips. It’s during this time that children and their families can experience the Museum and unite with others on a similar journey. Free for members. $5 for non-members. glazermuseum.org


Date Night:


MOSI Science After Dark | Friday, April 26 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Don’t let the kids have all of the fun at MOSI! Your favorite science center is hosting adults 18+ for a night of science, fun, and hands on experiences! Activities include robotics, rockets, DNA, astronomy and MORE! It’ll be OUT OF THIS WORLD! You’ll also be able to sample light appetizers and beer and wine. Tickets: Adult – $10.95 • Member – $8.95 • Couple – $20 • Member Couple $16.00   mosi.org


Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival | Now through April 28
Savor culinary delights and sample an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. There will also be some of the biggest acts in the musical entertainment which will be taking place every weekend! buschgardens.com 

Discover the best of Tampa Bay with our media partners at Tampa Bay Date Night Guide, from restaurants, special events and more, there is something for everyone!

Find a Summer Camp in Tampa Bay!

Our 2019 Summer Camp Directory is here! The listings continue to grow, so be sure to check back often as you search for the perfect summer camp for your child!

Ongoing FUN in Tampa Bay to try!



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


The Pigeon Comes to Tampa

A Pigeon Comes to Tampa! A Mo Willems Exhibit at Glazer Children’s Museum, all weekend through May 12, 2019
This is such a sweet exhibit for little ones as they step into the world of children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems! Join Glazer Children’s Museum for the grand opening weekend this Saturday and Sunday to be among the first to play in the interactive exhibits featuring your child’s favorite characters like Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie!  See our INSIDE LOOK here



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 beaches in Tampa Bay that are not huge tourist spots, but equally as beautiful!








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