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May 21, 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 this weekend in Tampa Bay with the kids!

OUR TOP PICKS OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO:

Sunflower Maze & U-Pick at HarvestMoon in Masaryktown | Saturday & Sunday, May 25 and 26 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Explore the stunning 5 acre Sunflower Maze, pick some beautiful flowers and then head on over to jump and play on the jumping pillow! There’s a mineshaft slide, cow train and petting farm too! Admission $11.95 +tax ages 3 & up, 2 & under are free. U-Pick Sunflowers are $2 per flower. harvestmoonfunfarm.com.

Dairy Joy’s Dapper Doo-Wop Night in South Tampa | Saturday, May 25 from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Head to South Tampa’s favorite ice-cream store that has treated generations of families to a sweet scoop of ice-cream while enjoying some family-friendly entertainment from the Dairy Joy Doo Woppers! Wear your 50’s best! Performances will run every 30 minutes.

ICYMI | What’s New in Tampa Bay:

Octonauts: Amazon Adventure 4D at Florida Aquarium | Starting Sunday, May 19
The Florida Aquarium’s 4-Dimension Theater will premiere Octonauts: Amazon Adventure 4D –your child can experience an amazing journey down the Amazon River with their favorite Octonauts characters as they search for a city full of treasure. This innovative and exciting experience is the latest addition to the Aquarium’s 4 Ducks Theater, which was designed by SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment in close collaboration with The Florida Aquarium. flaquarium.org

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

Memorial Day Weekend Discounts for Military Members:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Now through July 15
U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the country as part of the Waves of Honor program. Learn more: www.wavesofhonor.com

The Florida Aquarium: May 24-May 27, 9:30 am-5:00pm
Join The Florida Aquarium in honoring those who have served or are serving with two free general admission tickets. Four additional guests may receive a special 50% off Aquarium General Admission. The offer extends to any active duty, veteran, retired or drilling reservist or National Guardsmen. Military guests must have valid Military ID for the ticket specials.

ZooTampa: May 25-May 27 
The Zoo will be open from 9:30am to 5pm this weekend and Monday (May 27, 2019)! All veterans get in FREE with the purchase of one full-priced, single-day admission from May 25-27, 2019.

Glazer Children’s Museum: May 27, 10:00am-5:00 pm
Active military and veterans get in for free on Memorial Day as a salute to your service.

More Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay:

Fourth Friday Drop-Off Camp at Glazer Children’s Museum | Friday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 
Drop off your kiddos for an evening of fun at Glazer Children’s Museum’s new camp and head off to enjoy all that Fourth Fridays in Downtown Tampa has to offer. Pre-register or pay at the door. glazermuseum.org

Ice Cream 5K at Al Lopez Park in Tampa | Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to Noon 
Get your running shoes on and head to Al Lopez park for a 5k to Benefit Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Offering a baby/toddler crawl/run, a kids 1 mile run and a 5K for a full day of family-fun. Don’t forget there will be loads of yummy ice cream to go around! icecreamrun5k.com

Toddlerdega at Pro Karting Experience in St. Petersburg | Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 am
Bring your pint-sized tot for some high speed fun…or at least as fast as their Power Wheels will let them go! This is a chance for your little one, ages 2-6, to take their Power Wheels size cars on the race track. Passes are $5. You can also rent a Power Wheel and get a Pit Pass for $20. Learn more here.

Dilly Dally with Dali | Saturday, May 25 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

Memorial Day Craft at Learning Express in South Tampa | Saturday, May 25 from 4:00 pm-4:30 pm
This is a free event that requires no registration. Just drop in with your little one to create a Memorial Day craft to take home!


Don’t forget date night!

Rascal Flatts | Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. 
Rascal Flatts is heading to Tampa for a one night only show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Tickets start at just $28. midflorida.com

Tampa Margarita & Music Festival | Saturday, May 25 from Noon to 11 p.m. 
Margarita Fest is back in an all new location – Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. Celebrate Memorial weekend the right way with live music by Nelly, Soul Asylum and more, great food, games, shopping and of course endless margaritas. To top it all off, end the night with largest fireworks show in the area! Tickets can be purchased at tampamargaritafest.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 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!

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!