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11 Best Kid Friendly Museums in Tampa and St. Pete

Kids Museums in Tampa and St. Pete

Tampa Bay is home to some pretty awesome museums, and some incredible kids’ museums! Some are just for children, but even the ones you think are for adults have some great kid museum activities.  So if you ruled out places like The Dali until the kids are older, think again. Try visiting some of these great museums for some summer fun and re-visit the museums you already know because the kids will love them too.

The BEST Kid-Friendly Museums in Tampa Bay:

 

 
 

 

The BEST Kid-Friendly Museums in Tampa Bay:

Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa

110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
www.glazermuseum.org

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Can you identify the sounds the body makes? Or give a monster a CT scan? How do you create a balanced meal? Kids will learn the answers to these questions and more at this kids’ museum, which is all about the kiddos. Whether it’s pretending to care for animals in the vet clinic, shopping for groceries at a pint-sized Publix or using bed sheets and pillows to make their own forts, children will have hours of fun, imaginative play at this first class Tampa museum. The UnMonsters hospital exhibit at Glazer Children’s Museum exposes children to medical wonders and there’s a new ice-cream exhibit themed after an iconic South Tampa ice-cream shop, Dairy Joy. But, that’s not all! This summer, be sure the check out the Storytime exhibit at the museum that brings your child’s favorite story books into an exhibit they can experience hands on!

MOSI in Tampa

4801 E Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida
www.Mosi.org

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MOSI – the Museum of Arts and Science in Tampa, has many favorites for all of your STEAM interests from the Bed of Nails, Cargo, Loading, the Hurricane Machine, IdeaZone, Mission Moon Base, Dinovations, and to Slippery Science, the Tampa Bay Lightning themed and sponsored exhibit at this incredible kids’ museum. Over at CONNECTUS, guests can see and feel the future with many state-of-art displays and technologies. But, that’s not all! This summer, experience Dinosaurs Around the World and come face to snout with animatronic dinos. There will be themed events throughout the summer as well to coincide with this exhibit, so be on the lookout.

The Tampa Bay History Center

801 Water Street, Tampa, Florida
www.tampabayhistorycenter.org

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Children can learn about 12,000 years of Florida History here not just by immersing themselves in the exhibits, but also by jumping in the saddle and riding with cattle ranchers or playing with tiny Tampa trains.The Tampa Bay History Center offers a variety of family-friendly days throughout the year. One of our favorite areas to play is the Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks. It’s located on the 3rd floor and even features several little kid friendly hands on activities!

While you’re there, be sure to stop for lunch or an early dinner at the Columbia Cafe at the museum!

Tampa Firefighters Museum

720 E Zack Street
TampaFireFightersMuseum.org

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This FREE museum is a must-visit with the kids, especially if they are into fire trucks. The Tampa Firefighters Museum is located inside one of downtown’s original fire houses and inside, you’ll find old fire trucks and learn about how firefighters have protected our city over the years. There is a children’s area as well where they can try on fire gear, climb through a ‘smoke’ filled hallway, and explore a kitchen area where they can learn about fire hazards.

The Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa

120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida
www.TampaMuseum.org

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If you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday morning, drop by The Tampa Museum of Art for a program called Art Spot, a free drop-in program that lets children make art projects inspired by works of art on display in the galleries. There is a different facilitator-guided project each week designed by art instructors. The museum also holds several Family Days each year with activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions. On Family Days, you can enjoy drop-in docent-led tours, pay-as-you-will admission to the galleries and more.

St Pete’s Kid-Friendly Museums

Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Pete

1925 4th St North, St. Pete
www.Greatex.org

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Featuring more than 8000 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits, this kids’ museum stimulates learning through creativity, play, and exploration!  Kids become firefighters, news anchors, scientists, artists and more as they engage in opportunities to build physical, social and emotional skills all through creative play! Great Ex is more than a museum providing summer camps, after-school care, birthday parties, Parents’ Night Out and programming for children with special needs.  The museum is located next to the historic Sunken Gardens on 4th Street in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Museum of History

335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Pete
www.Spmoh.com

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Do you have a baseball fanatic in your home? If so, this is the kids’ museum to visit this summer. The St. Petersburg Museum of History located on the downtown waterfront has the largest collection of baseballs of its kind certified by Guinness World Records. The Schrader’s Little Cooperstown exhibit has nearly 5,000 baseballs. You’ll find stories and artifacts from baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Joe DiMaggio and learn about more than 100 years of Tampa Bay’s own history as a spring training destination.

The Dali in St. Pete

1 Dali Blvd, St. Pete
www.TheDali.org

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Want to explore the famous work of Salvador Dali? The Dali museum offers a free event called DillyDally with Dali which takes place on Saturdays at the museum and online and teaches children about Dali’s creative world through arts and crafts, games and puzzles. Although not specifically a kids museum, be sure to check out the children and families section on the website.

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Pete

150 Central Avenue, St. Pete
www.thejamesmuseum.org

james museum kid friendly st pete

The museum itself is a work of art, but don’t stop at the front door and make your way inside to see more than 400 pieces of artwork that connect you to the American West. You’ll see jewelry, sculptures and paintings on display through the exhibits. The museum is also very kid-friendly, with James Playdates for littles and Family Days on schedule throughout the year.

American Museum of Arts and Crafts in St. Pete

355 4th Street North, St. Pete
www.museumaacm.org

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Here’s a pretty cool fact: The American Museum of Arts and Crafts is the only museum dedicated to the arts and crafts movement in the WORLD. How cool is that? If your kiddos are into crafting, we think they’ll enjoy a visit to this museum. The museum is huge, standing at 4 stories tall and covering 137,000 square feet.

You’ll walk through the history of the arts and crafts movement and see beautiful creations of today as well. The museum will also host Family Day events, so be sure to check their calendar for the next one.

More Museums to Experience with the Kids in Tampa Bay:

Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete: 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida

Tampa Baseball Museum in Ybor City: 2003 N 19th Street, Tampa, Florida

Henry B Plant Museum in Tampa: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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