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Awesome NEW Exhibits OPENING in February in Tampa Bay!

INSIDE LOOK: New family-friendly adventures opening in February in Tampa Bay!

February is going to be awesome for local families with so many new ways to play! Paw Patrol is coming to Glazer Children’s Museum, ZooTampa is going prehistoric with dinosaurs and the Florida State Fair has some new shows for you!

Get those calendars ready and let’s get to it!

PAW Patrol: Adventure Play at Glazer Children’s Museum

Dates: Feb.15-May 25

Paw Patrol Glazer Children's Museum

What to expect:
You will step into Adventure Bay and lend a paw to help the eight pups save the day! If your child is really into Paw Patrol, you know that each pup is inspired by a real-world job like Marshall the fire dog, Chase the police officer, and pilot Skye. Your kids will put on their pup packs and make their way through Adventure Bay, board the Paw Patroller, and even try to win the Tallest Cake Competition by stacking cake layers at Porter’s Café. The exhibit not only sparks imagination but teaches our children about the importance of teamwork and different jobs in our community.

This is the first exhibit on tour to feature the Paw Patrol. It was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon.

Paw Patrol Glazer Children's Museum



DINOS Alive at ZooTampa

Dates: Feb 29-May 31

Dinos Alive ZooTampa

What to expect:
This popular exhibit returns to ZooTampa this month and we’re are RAWRing with excitement! Stroll through prehistoric times where you’ll come face to face with your favorite dinosaurs, including the infamous T-Rex. There is also a fossil dig and other hands on activities. Keep those cameras ready. Just like the rest of the Zoo, this area will be stroller and little-kid friendly.

Dinos Alive ZooTampa

Florida State Fair at the Florida State Fairgrounds:

Dates: Feb. 6-17

Florida State Fair Sea Lion Splash
Sea Lion Splash


What to expect:
The Florida State Fair is obviously not something NEW, but there are some NEW exhibits and shows to experience during this year’s Fair!

Celebrity chef and radio personality Dianne Linderman’s show ‘Kids Can Cook’ will teach your children how to create fresh-from-the-farm masterpieces. Two new sports entertainment groups are being added to the line-up: Xpogo with thrilling pogo stick action and Team Big Air which will take basketball to new heights!

Team Big Air Florida State Fair
Team Big Air


Some of our favorite things for little ones are the Giraffe Menagerie, the Great American Petting Zoo and the Little Farm Hands exhibit.

Florida State Fair Giraffic Menagerie
Giraffic Menagerie

And for MOM and DAD…

Something NEW and UNIQUE at the Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

Leap with the Fishes on Leap Day

February 29-March 1 from 6:30 pm-9:30 am

This is the first time the Florida Aquarium has hosted a 21+ only slumber party and it’s going to be a SHELLebration like no other! The Aquarium is turning 25 this year and to celebrate, they decided to open up for a one of a kind night for adults like you! There will be fun activities planned all night long like Up Close Animal Encounters, Behind the Scenes Tours, a 90’s Karaoke Party and so much more! Your kids will be soooo jelly!

Tickets are $190 for Aquarium Members and $200 for Non-Members. Learn more here.


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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