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February 18, 2021

TOP PICKS: March Family-Friendly Events in Tampa Bay

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Save the Date for These Upcoming Events! 


Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval at Universal Studios | Through March 28
Head to Universal Orlando Resort to experience an international food fest like no other. Celebrate Carnaval with the flavors of Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, New Orleans and more. Also enjoy floats on display, street performances, music and lots of beads!

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival | Through April 25
This spring, flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival starting Saturday, February 20! Guests are invited to take their taste buds on an adventure as they sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 NEW dishes. Serving guests every weekend from February 20 to April 25 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

Sunday Special at Imagine Museum | Sunday’s through April
Enjoy $5 admission to the Imagine Museum and enjoy innovative glass art and virtual reality.

Seven Seas Food Festival at Sea World Orlando | Through May 9
Experience a variety of global, local and seasonal craft brews and dishes at SeaWorld, Orlando. Enjoy live music while experiencing unique courses from all over the world. Event concerts will also return to the festival this year.

Wild Kratts: Creature Power! at Glazer Children’s Museum | Through May 16
This brand new temporary exhibit at Glazer Children’s Museum will take your kiddos on adventure to explore with their favorite Wild Kratts characters as they hone in on their STEM skills through play. They’ll learn about nature, animals and the relationship between animals and their habitats. It’s an interactive play experience you MUST check out! Keep in mind that the museum will be closing early on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

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Family-Friendly Top Picks


Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Free Tuesday at Glazer Children’s Museum | March 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa as part of its partnership with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and its mission to promote the well-being of children and families.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival | March 3-July 5
Experience spring through beautiful flowers, food, entertainment and more as a part of this annual springtime celebration at Disney’s EPCOT. Guests can check out over 100 Disney-themed topiaries, outdoor kitchens, vibrant gardens, flower towers, scavenger hunts and outdoor concerts.

HorsePower 4 Kids First Thursday | March 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HorsePower 4 Kids allows children and families to benefit from interaction with over 200 animals including horses, petting zoo and exotic animals, reptiles and birds. Visit the first Thursday of the month for $5 admission!

Florida Strawberry Festival | March 4-14
Eleven days of Music, Food & Fun for all ages! Free Entertainment, Shows, Contests, Pig Races, Livestock and Much More! Their Midway is packed with Games & over 80 Rides for the kids to enjoy! Or, try the Kiddie Korral for youngsters and Moonlight Magic for the night owls! Don’t forget the awesome festival foods including their famous Strawberry Shortcake! Admission & Ride Discounts also available. See INFO, Special Days & Discounts at FLstrawberryfestival.com for details. Masks Required.

Adventure Island ReopeningMarch 6
Come make a splash at Adventure Island’s opening day! Experience water thrills for the whole family. Tickets start as low as $42.99 with additional savings available during online purchase!

Junior Chefs of America Cooking Class | March 6, 9-11 a.m.
During this in-person class, kids ages 4-12 will learn how to make German Turkey Schnitzel with Mashed Cauliflower in a hands-on fun environment with a local professional chef.

Picnic in the ParkMarch 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy live entertainment on Center Stage all day, create an original masterpiece with Tampa Regional Artists’ plein air painting, and make a new friend with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. From 11am – 4pm, visitors are encouraged to bring their blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy the pleasures of a simpler time.

Monster JamMarch 12-14
Head to Raymond James stadium for an action-packed weekend! Witness 12,000-pound monster trucks go head-to-head in freestyle and skills challenges and racing competitions. If you love monster jam, check out the pit party where you can meet the drivers, get autographs, and take pictures. Tickets are on sale now.

The Reopening of the Tampa Theatre | March 11, Showtimes daily
Help welcome back the Tampa Theatre on March 11th as they reopen their doors exactly one year after closing them due to COVID-19. There will be twelve screenings of the new movie The Father available for in-person viewing. The Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ pre-show will also be making a return! Movie tickets must be purchased online and temperature checks and masks are required for entry.

Free Ice Cream Social | March 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
Join us for a free scoop (or a few!) at The Centre in Palm Harbor. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be encouraged.

Art Workshops for Children | March 13, 10 a.m., 1 or 4 p.m.
Little artists join the Great Explorations Children’s Museum for a one-hour art class this march to paint a STEAM-themed mural! These classes are designed to help children get creative and use their imagination. The class is $12 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Registration is required. Sign up at explorations-station.myshopify.com.

Free Family Movie Night at Centre Field | March 19, 5:30-8 p.m.
Enjoy a free outdoor movie with your family (just don’t forget the chairs and blankets). Watch this Facebook page for each month’s movie titles and special announcements!

Big & Little Chef Brunch | March 20, 10 a.m.
Join Publix Apron Cooking School of Citrus Park for a big chef (18+ years old) and little chef (5–12 years old) cooking class! On the menu are Egg, Muffin and Chicken Sausage Sandwiches, Peach & Raisin Stuffed Crepes topped with Vanilla Cream Sauce, Biscuits & Gravy and Cheese Grits with Chicken Tenders. Call (813) 926-4465 for more information or to make your reservation.

Driscoll’s Strawberry Classic 10K, 5K, or Fun Run | March 20
The Tampa Bay Runners, a non-profit fitness group, is hosting the 40th Annual Driscoll’s Strawberry Classic on March 20, 2021. Temple Terrace Elementary School will serve as the home base for the race as well as the finish line. Enjoy a scenic run around the Temple Terrace Golf Course with plenty of shade from all of the beautiful Oaks.

Bark in the Park 2021March 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You’re invited to the 34th annual family and dog-friendly festival, Bark in the Park! Enjoy live music, food trucks, beer, adoptable dogs, vendors, doggie costume contests and a beautiful 1-mile stroll along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.

Ongoing Family-Friendly Events: 

Children’s Board Family Resource Centers: The program provides parents and caregivers and their children an opportunity to participate in parent/child developmental playgroups, developmental screenings, and health and safety education classes at no cost. In addition, pediatric well-child visits, immunizations and hearing or vision screenings are provided for qualifying families. To sign up for programs and services, and to find your neighborhood Children’s Board Family Resource Center visit familysupporthc.org.

Learn & Play Tampa Bay: The program provides quality early learning experiences at no cost at the seven children’s Board Family Resource Centers and other designated Hillsborough County sites.  The program also delivers weekly in-person and online virtual developmental classes and provides take home activities that promote early learning and school readiness at no cost. Glazermuseum.org/learnplaytampabay

Family Cheap Skate Night | Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Have dinner with United Skates Tampa! Get a large 1-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda, plus 20 game tokens for just $20! Admission is $4 per-person and non-skating parents are admitted for free. unitedskates.com

Sky Zone Little Leapers | Saturdays, 9:30-11 a.m. Little Leapers is perfect for little ones to play, jump, and make friends in their age group. This time is open for 7 and under jumpers. A Little Leapers pass includes two hours of jumping with one parent who jumps for free. skyzone.com

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