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MOSI, ZooTampa and The Florida Aquarium to host Day of Discovery Events


TAMPA, Fla. (October 1, 2018)– For the second time this year, MOSI, The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park will combine efforts to raise awareness for autism in the Tampa Bay community through Day of Discovery Halloween events.

Day of Discovery events in Tampa will provide special needs families with unique programming, special animal encounters, enrichment and hands-on activities.  Every event will make unique modifications regarding the environment setting, to ensure surroundings have been adapted for those individuals with sensory differences.

Sensory Creatures of the Night is the first of these Tampa Day of Discovery events at ZooTampa at Lowry Park on Saturday October 6th from 8:00am – 9:30am.  Guests will explore Halloween themed areas through scavenger hunts that will take you through the zoo. In addition, families can download social stories and parent tips prior to the event.

MOSI hosts the second Day of Discovery event on Saturday October 20th from 8:00am – 10:00am for a sensory –friendly Trick or Treat.  Working with Believe It and Achieve It Therapy Services of Tampa (  MOSI will set up a low stress environment of lights and sounds and invite guests to trick or treat throughout the museum.  The event will also allow children to meet our astronaut.  Moonbase Mike, as well as enjoy some treats that are organic, gluten free and dye free.

Sensory Friendly Guppyween at the Florida Aquarium closes the trio of events on Saturday October 27thfrom 8:00am – 9:30am. This special Guppyween welcomes families to trick or treat throughout the Florida Aquarium in a low stress environment and includes a meet and greet opportunity with Tango, the Aquarium’s sea turtle mascot.  The 501st Legion and Rebel Forces will also join us for the morning for photo ops and fun.

The three attractions are already planning holiday Day of Discovery events for December to continue to support and positively impact children and families of all abilities, and celebrate the spirit of inclusion in the Tampa Bay community.

“We are very excited to collaborate with our friends from The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa”, said MOSI Chief Operating Officer Rob Lamke. “These events are a great example of how our community works and helps to support each other. With Mayor Buckhorn’s vision of Autism Friendly Tampa, this type of collaboration not only makes sense here, it also potentially provides the collaborative example for other attraction venues in other cities to follow. ”


Laura Byrne
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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