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June is finally here! It’s the month of summer, water parks, u-pick events, festivals, and so much MORE!

We’re sharing some of our top ideas and things to do in Tampa Bay for the best month ever! Bring the face masks and hand sanitizer and have FUN!

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Minecraft Mania at MOSI | Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.

If your kids love Minecraft, they will think Minecraft Mania at MOSI is totally awesome! Your child can play Minecraft while learning new skills to become Minecraft Designer, Adventurer or even Master! While you’re there, stay and play at the beloved science museum! mosi.org  You can also arrive early or stay later to check out the Idea Zone and make your own Mars Lander.

Head to an outdoor Farmer’s Market in Tampa Bay | Various dates

It’s the season of the outdoor market and there are several throughout Tampa Bay! Tampa Bay Markets is one of the area’s largest event planners for markets, so head to their page for the latest updates to find a market near you!

Wild Kratts: Creature Power! at Glazer Children’s Museum | NOW OPEN

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! glazermuseum.org

Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida at the Tampa Bay History Center | NOW OPEN

Step back into time when furry mammoths roamed Florida and gigantic sharks swam our seas. This new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center is a must-see for anyone who is really into fossils! While you’re there, check out the Treasure Seekers exhibit to learn more about real life pirates and conquistadors and more about Florida and Tampa Bay’s fascinating history. TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

NEW to the Zoo Behind the Scenes Tour | Saturdays from 8:00 am-9:30 am

If you love the National Geographic series Secrets of the Zoo: ZooTampa, you’ll definitely want to add this 90-minute walking tour to your weekend line up! You’ll be guided by one of the stars of the show as you get to know all the new additions to the Zoo, including Gronk the baby rhino! The ticket includes coffee or juice before the tour and admission to the zoo after. Learn more here.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is NOW OPEN 

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is reopening daily on March 18 from 9am-5:30pm. The Mermaid Shows are also returning with limited assigned seating, so you’ll want to sign up when you arrive and make sure to bring your face mask since you’ll need to wear it. Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs is also reopening daily on March 21, however from March 22-29 the waterslides, kiddie pool and lazy river will only open on the weekends and then reopen full time on May 29. weekiwachee.com


June Events

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens | Through Sep. 6
For over 100 nights, guests can stay late and safely enjoy world-class coasters, electrifying entertainment throughout the park and more during extended hours at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. On weekends and select dates, guests can look to the sky to for the NEW “Spark! A Nighttime Spectacular” featuring an explosive array of fireworks and surprising NEW effects. Amidst an open-air block party atmosphere, park guests will also enjoy the safe return of live indoor shows, including the fan-favorite Turn it Up! Ice skating show and all-new Cirque: Electric. 

Paws for Literacy | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4 p.m.
Join the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for their Paws for Literacy Program which helps shelter animals feel more comfortable, making them more adoptable and children develop their reading skills and empathy for animals in a nurturing environment! Open to children ages 5-12. For questions contact the Humane Education Manager at 813-774-4311 or GianninaV@HumaneSocietyTampa.org.

Children’s Board Free Tuesday | June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Children’s Board presents Free Tuesdays held on the first Tuesday of every month, with Free Museum admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Movie in the Park | June 4, 7 p.m.
Head over to R E Olds Park in Oldsmar for a Family-friendly FREE movie featuring Disney’s ‘The Incredibles’. Max 8 people per group. Golf cart parking available.

Tampa Theatre Celebrates 30 Years of the Popular Summer Classics Movie Series |
June 4 – Sep. 2, Sundays at 3pm and Thursdays 7:30pm
Tampa film fans know that when it comes to beloved classics, there is no more authentic way to watch them than in a majestic movie palace. For 30 years, the community has flocked to Tampa Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to enjoy Summer Classics as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, with a bag of fresh popcorn and a cold drink in hand, as a shared, community experience. The series will kick off with a three-show “Wonderful Wizard Weekend,” and then each of the other films will be shown both Sunday at 3pm (as usual) and AGAIN at 7:30pm the following Thursday evening. Tickets are $7-$15. For details, visit tampatheatre.org

Secrets of the Zoo Backstage Encounter at ZooTampa | June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 8 a.m.
Are you a fan of the NatGeo WILD television series, Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa? Season 3 is still under production, but you can get your fix now of the behind-the-scenes adventures of the amazing animals that live at ZooTampa. Go on an tour with one of ZooTampas “stars” and get exclusive updates on the animals you love. From rhinos to manatees, find out ALL the secrets and spend your morning on an adventure to remember.

Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla Int’l Film Festival | June 10-13, Tampa Theatre and AMC Westshore
Take Two! GIFF is back in theaters with a full slate of in person and online screenings. Don’t miss the opening night Film Lady of the Manor accompanied by filmmakers Justin Long and Christian Long and the Closing Night Feature Midnight in the Switchgrass accompanied by a full cast and crew, Randall Emmett, Emile Hirsch, Lukas Has and more. For a full schedule of films and ticket information, visit GasparillaFilmFestival.com

Day of Discovery at MOSI | June 12, 8-10 a.m. *for families with sensory challenges
Come experience MOSI, offering unique programming, Idea Zone hands on projects, as well as lights and sounds for children with special needs. Your admission ticket from Day of Discovery enables you to stay for standard operating hours, which begin at 10:00 am, to continue exploring. CARD provided Distract-Packs are available at Guest Services.

Science After Dark Adult Night | June 25, 6-9 p.m.
Science After Dark meets gaming! While exploring MOSI’s summer exhibit: Video Game Revolution – From Pong to eSports, enjoy beer, wine and food samples throughout the museum. Challenge Ms. Pac-Man and the Oculus Rift Beat Saber all in one night. Top the night off with adult flavored Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. Yumm. Non-member: $14.95 | Member: $12.95

Sunshine Sunday at the Glazer Children’s Museum | June 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. *for families with special needs
Join Glazer Children’s Museum for a monthly event for children with special needs and their caregivers. The sounds and lights in the museum will be turned down and sensory adapted tools will be available. Special programs and community resources will be available.

Baby Shark Live | June 26, 2 p.m.
The viral, hit sensation, Baby Shark Live comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time ever! Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! Baby Shark Live is a state of the art enchanting kids spectacular. In this one of a kind concert experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and friends go on fun adventures to learn and meet new friends! Some of the hit songs include Baby Shark, Five Little Monkeys, Wheels On The Bus, Jungle Boogie, and Monkey Banana Dance! Purchase Tickets Here.


Save the Date!

YouTube sensation Blippi is bringing Blippi The Musical to Ruth Eckerd Hall this August! Blippi The Musical is set to bring the vivacious, energetic and educational children’s character from the screen to the stage for an all-ages extravaganza of fun, dancing, singing and meeting amazing new friends onstage. Blippi’s appeal lies in his wonder and in the way he looks at the world. He’s taught millions of kids how to count, colors, letters and much more. Tickets are $43.25, $53.25 and $63.25.


More Family-Friendly Things to Do in Tampa Bay

Sweetfields Farm u-pick Tampa Bay

Head to a U-Pick Farm in Tampa Bay | Days and times vary by farm

Strawberry u-pick season is coming to close, but that means blueberries, flowers, and peaches are ready for the picking in Tampa Bay! But, that’s not all–there are a variety of other u-pick opportunities and activities like HarvestMoon Fun Farm in Masaryktown for sunflowers starting in May if you’re in the mood for flowers or Keel & Curley in Plant City if you’re looking for an al fresco lunch and a u-pick blueberry outing.

Before you go, make sure to pack your face mask because some places require you to wear a mask in designated areas, but otherwise…the farm is the perfect place to social distance under the sun! Check each farm’s social pages or websites to ensure they are open as hours and dates change with weather and whether a crop is available for u-pick.

*Listings updated on April 15, 2021

Keel & Curley in Plant City

5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City 33565
keelfarms.com
Keel & Curley is has transitioned from strawberry u-pick to blueberry u-pick! They’re open daily starting from 10:00 am-8:00 pm on weekdays, Saturdays from 9:00 am-8:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am-7:00 pm for blueberry u-pick. The farm is right near Dinosaur World, so it’s a great day trip for families. We also love grabbing lunch under the covered patio, so make some time in your day for that too! Check their Facebook page here for updates.

Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics in Thonotosassa

11780 Tom Folsom Rd, Thonotosassa 33592
Visit Facebook Page
Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics says their strawberry U-Picks will be offered Friday, April 9 and Saturday April 10 from 9 am – 4 pm. Check their Facebook page for updates. They also have a fresh market to purchase other fruits and veggies. (No updates posted as of Thursday, April 14, but continue to check their Facebook page.)

Florida Sweeties  U-Pick Peaches in Dade City

Various orchard locations in Dade City
www.youpickpeaches.com
The friendly owners of Florida Sweeties will begin rotating between four orchards in the Dade City area staring in April and they’re offering u-pick peaches this weekend by appointment only at their Peachy Keen Orchard located at 15701 Jessamine Road in Dade City. Bags of peaches are $15 each. Look for the Sign Up Genius links on their latest Facebook post here. Soon– they’ll be rotating orchards which allows the pickers the best opportunity to go home with plenty of perfectly ripe peaches.  One of their orchards, Florida Sweeties Naturals Orchard, is considered organically grown. The orchard updates its Facebook page weekly with location, price and time.

Hunsader Farms Wildflower, Sunflower and Zinnia U-Pick in Bradenton

5500 County Road 675, Bradenton 34211
www.hunsaderfarms.com
Hunsader Farms has the prettiest zinnias and wildflowers for u-pick (and Insta-worthy pics!), along with a petting zoo with more than 30 species of animals! They’re open daily right now, (Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm) so it’s a good day trip for littles. The sunflowers should be ready, too! Learn more here.

A Land of Delight Natural Farm and Nursery in Plant City

2514 Learning Pine Ln, Plant City 33565
www.alandofdelight.com
A Land of Delight Natural Farm hosts a regular farmers market and u-pick. Only on select days those which have been on Thursdays through Saturdays. U-picks are mostly greens which are great for smoothies and salads! The market has plenty of fresh produce, honey, and soooo much more. Check their Facebook page here for updates.

Upicktopia in Masaryktown

19125 Phillips Rd, Masaryktown 34605
www.upicktopia.com
Upicktopia has a variety of veggies available for u-pick. You’ll want to check their Facebook pagebefore you go to see what’s picking, but we’ve recently seen blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and soooo much more! They’re hosting a family-friendly blueberry festival April 16-18 9am-7pm!

Wish Farms Blueberry U-Pick in Plant City

1301 Frontage Road S, Plant City 33563
www.wishfarms.com
Wish Farms is offering blueberry u-pick on select days, Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Blueberries are $7 per pound. You can check their events page here to stay up to date.

5K Farms in Plant City

6302 S County Road 39, Plant City 33567

Organic u-pick strawberries for $2 per pound will be ready for u-pick on April 17 and 18 from 9 am-5:30 pm. They’ll also have strawberry onions for $1 each. They also have a field of sunflowers still growing, so stand by for info on sunflower u-pick soon! Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Starkey Blueberry Farm in New Port Richey

10730 Lake Blanche Drive, Trinity 34655
www.starkeyblueberryfarm.com
Starkey Blueberry Farm is offering strawberry u-pick Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check their Facebook page for daily updates.

Nadler’s U Pick Blueberry Farm in Hudson

12834 Kitten Trail, Hudson 34669
www.upickblueberryfarm.com
Nadler’s U-pick is opening for the blueberry season on Saturday, April 17 from 8am-4pm and Sunday, April 18 from 8am-6pm. Blueberries are $4 per pound. At Nadler’s enjoy a 1.5-acre family friendly blueberry farm with tons of berries to pick. Located in Hudson, the farm uses organic practices and pest control to keep berries healthy and safe. Nadler’s offers 7 different blueberry varieties from 6, 00 different berry bushes on the farm. Check the farm’s Facebook page for u-pick updates.

Bob’s Blueberry Farm and U-Pick in Hudson

14000 Edwards Road, Hudson 34669

Bob’s in Hudson offers u-pick blueberries around April, followed by peaches, plums, and blackberries later in the season. The farm is home to plenty of other produce products. Check Facebook for updates on the 2021 season, but it looks like they’re aiming to open on April 16.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm Sunflower U-Pick in Masaryktown

15950 Stur Street, Masaryktown 34604
www.harvestmoonfunfarm.com
Visit HarvestMoon Fun Farm for their Sunflower U-Pick event and pick flowers through the maze-like paths and bring home a beautiful bouquet for yourself or a loved one! There is a $10 minimum flower purchase per person ages 16 & up. This is a CASH ONLY event! We will be open Saturday’s and Sunday’s May 1st-30th 10am-3pm and select evenings during the week. For more information for farm activities and to make a reservation please visit their website. They also have petting zoo, play area and more! You can also visit their Facebook page here for updates.

Oponay Farm in Lakeland

5129 Hancock Lake Road, 33812
www.oponayfarmsllc.com
The Lakeland family owned farm is opening its u-pick season of blueberries and peaches Easter weekend. Peaches are $3 per pound and blueberries are $4 per pound. The farm is open from 9am-4pm. You can visit their Facebook page for updates before you head out the door.

JG Ranch in Brooksville

17200 Wiscon Rd, Brooksville 34601
www.jgranch.com
JG Ranch has been promoting u-pick strawberries while they last and other fresh vegetables like broccoli and lettuce. Again, you’ll want to check in on their Facebook page to see if they are open for u-pick before you head out. They are offering buy two get one for strawberry buckets and fresh jalapeños right now!

Fancy Farms in Plant City

3524 Futch Loop, Plant City 33566
www.fancyfarms.com
Fancy Farms last offered U-pick strawberries Sunday, March 24 from 9am-4pm, but check their Facebook page for future potential dates. They do have a regular market where you can pick up farm fresh food like strawberries, onions and blueberries. Visit Facebook page for updates.

Church Lake Farm in Odessa

16321 McGlamery Rd, Odessa, FL 33556
www.churchlakefarms.com
Church Lake Farm is offering blueberry u-pick this season, but make sure to check their Facebook page for picking updates. This week’s hours are Tuesday (April 6) and Thursday (April 8) from 8am-12pm and Saturday (April 10) and Sunday (April 11) from 8am-2pm.

Favorite Farms in Dover

10070 McIntosh Rd, Dover 33527
www.favoritefarms.net
Favorite Farms hasn’t opened up the fields this year for u-pick, but you can pick up fresh from the field strawberries and strawberry onions from 10:00 am-6:00 pm.  Visit their Facebook page to stay up to date.

Dooley Groves in Ruskin

1651 Stephens Rd, Ruskin 33570
www.dooleygroves.com
Dooley Groves has closed its citrus u-pick season until November, so visit their website here to learn more details as we get closer to fall.

Pappy’s Patch U-Pick Strawberries 

501 Florida Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765
Visit Facebook Page
Pappy’s Patch was offering u-pick strawberries up until Easter weekend, but the season has come to a close. You can check their Facebook page for updates.

Want to add your favorite u-pick farm? Email us and let us know so we can share: editor@tbparenting.com

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U-Pick Farms with events COMING SOON:

The Southern Peach Company  in Lithia

13231 State Road 674, Lithia 33547

This fifth generation family farm in Lithia has all the charm peach picking has to offer, including a photo opportunity with an old fashioned truck as you enter the orchard. The century old farm offers plenty of peaches to go around for everyone starting in late April.  After picking, stop by Alafia River State Park which is just minutes away for some relaxation and fun under the trees. Visit their Facebook page here.


Keep Your Cool at the Water Park!

Solar Vortex Adventure Island

Adventure Island in Tampa | NOW OPEN

Keep your cool as the temps heat up at Adventure Island in Tampa! Like last season, they’re operating at limited capacity, so you’ll need to book a reservation in advance along with having your ticket or annual pass. If you haven’t experienced the new Solar Vortex, plan on a ride down!! It’s a perfect water slide for the entire family (must be 42 inches or taller to ride) with rafts that take up to 4 riders. It’s America’s first dual tail spin waterslide with super cool effects from the Aqualucents! adventureisland.com

Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World | NOW OPEN

Blizzard Beach is about an hour’s drive from the Tampa area, so it’s earning a spot on our list! There are plenty of shaded spots to park your beach towels and all your stuff so you can check out the waterslides, one of America’s longest lazy rivers, Florida’s only ‘ski’ lift, and even the fastest waterslide where you can reach speeds up to 65 miles per hour as you slide on down. The kiddie area called Tike’s Peak is adorable for littles who want to safely splash in a wading pool and head down a mini waterslide that’s just their size. It’s Disney, so there’s something for everyone in the family! DisneyWorld.com


ZooTampa Rhino Feeding Things to Do in Tampa BayUpgrade your day at ZooTampa with an animal encounter! 

If you’re planning a day at ZooTampa, we love upgrading our experience with the kids with an animal encounter like feeding the giraffes or rhinos. We recently booked a time to feed a Jamie the Indian White Rhino with our 5 year old and he had a great time. Baby rhino Gronk even hung out for snacks! You do have to wear a face mask during the encounter, but you can remove it for a photo. Learn more here.


Van Gogh Alive at the Dali Starry Night things to do in Tampa BayImmerse yourself in the world and works of Vincent Van Gogh at the Dali Museum in St. Pete.

Music, floor to ceiling screens with projections of Van Gogh’s works along with his words and photos from his time fully immerse you in a unique art exhibit you’ve never experienced before. See our write up here so you know what to expect if you go.


Glazer Vision Foundation

Snap a mural selfie and help provide a free eye exam and glasses for a local child!

Head over to Armature Works to check out the NEW mural on the north end of the property created to promote the Glazer Vision Foundation’s “Glasses For All Children” campaign. All you have to do is share a photo of the mural, a selfie in front of the mural, or selfie wearing any type of glasses, tag @glazervisionfdn, hashtag #OneShareOnePair and the foundation will give a local child a free eye exam and pair of glasses! Easy peasy! Learn more.


playground at st Pete PierCheck out the NEW St. Pete Pier

Eat, drink, shop and play at the new St. Pete Pier. The new playground area is quickly becoming a family favorite in Tampa Bay, just make sure to bring plenty of hand sanitizer and/or hand sanitizing wipes with you. Stay late and look up to see the Bending Arc light up in a spectacular display. You will need to wear a mask inside the stores, restaurants and Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center. The Glazer Vision Foundation just announced it is contributing $1.5 million to the Glazer Family Playground at the Pier to support the space for years to come!  Learn more.


 Spring Festivals in Orlando

Spring Festival

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival | Through 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.DisneyWorld.com


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

Tusks to TailsThrough January 16, 2022
Enjoy and learn at the Tampa Bay History Center. This exhibit features fossils of animals like saber-toothed tigers, whales, giant sloths and more! tampabayhistorycenter.org


More Fun Things to Do with the Kids in Tampa Bay

Head to a U-Pick Farm in Tampa Bay | Days and times vary by farm

It’s not quite u-pick season in Tampa Bay, but a few place are offering u-pick opportunities like Dooley Groves in Ruskin if you’re in the mood for citrus or Keel & Curley if you’re looking for lunch and a u-pick strawberry outing.

Before you go, make sure to pack your face mask because some do require you to wear a mask in some areas, but otherwise…the farm is the perfect place to social distance under the sun! Check each farm’s social pages or websites to ensure they are open as hours and dates change with weather and whether a crop is available for u-pick.

  • Keel & Curley in Plant City is offering u-pick organically grown strawberries while they last on Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm for $5 per pound. Check their Facebook page here for updates.
  • Fancy Farms in Plant City: U-pick strawberries this weekend, February 27-28 from 9am-4pm for two days only! The U-Pick location is NOT AT THE MARKET! The U-Pick location is at our farm at 3524 Futch Loop Plant City, FL 33566. Containers will be provided. CASH ONLY. Price is $1 per quart. No admission fee. Visit Facebook page for updates.
  • JG Ranch in Brooksville has been promoting some u-pick opportunities of strawberries while they last and other fresh vegetables like broccoli and lettuce. Again, you’ll want to check in on their Facebook page to see if they are open for u-pick before you head out.
  • Dooley Groves in Ruskin is offering citrus u-pick of honeybelles from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Visit their website here to learn more details about what to expect–you will need a face mask when inside their market area where you get the sanitized basket.
  • Hunsader Farms in Bradenton says it has strawberries and tomatoes for u-pick, along with a petting zoo! Learn more here.
  • Upicktopia in Masaryktown has a variety of veggies available for u-pick. You’ll want to check their Facebook page before you go to see what’s picking, but we’ve recently seen strawberries, broccoli, collard greens, and soooo much more!
  • Starkey Market in Odessa is offering strawberry u-pick by reservation only. You can sign up through a Sign Up Genius link on a recent post on their Facebook page.
  • A Land of Delight Natural Farm and Nursery in Plant City hosts a regular farmers market and u-pick. Only on select days those which have been on Fridays and Saturdays. U-picks are mostly greens which are great for smoothies and salads! The market has plenty of fresh produce, honey, and soooo much more. Check their Facebook page here for updates.
  • Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics in Thonotosassa has tomatoes and red bell peppers available for U-Pick. 
    Friday 10 am – 4 pm | Saturday 9 am – 2 pm | Sunday 9 am – 2 pm Check their Facebook page for updates. They also have a fresh market to purchase other fruits and veggies.

*Want to add your favorite u-pick farm? Email us and let us know so we can share: editor@tbparenting.com


ZooTampa Rhino Feeding Things to Do in Tampa BayUpgrade your day at ZooTampa with an animal encounter! 

If you’re planning a day at ZooTampa, we love upgrading our experience with the kids with an animal encounter like feeding the giraffes or rhinos. We recently booked a time to feed a Jamie the Indian White Rhino with our 5 year old and he had a great time. Baby rhino Gronk even hung out for snacks! You do have to wear a face mask during the encounter, but you can remove it for a photo. Learn more here.


Van Gogh Alive at the Dali Starry Night things to do in Tampa BayImmerse yourself in the world and works of Vincent Van Gogh at the Dali Museum in St. Pete.

Music, floor to ceiling screens with projections of Van Gogh’s works along with his words and photos from his time fully immerse you in a unique art exhibit you’ve never experienced before. See our write up here so you know what to expect if you go.


Glazer Vision Foundation

Snap a mural selfie and help provide a free eye exam and glasses for a local child!

Head over to Armature Works to check out the NEW mural on the north end of the property created to promote the Glazer Vision Foundation’s “Glasses For All Children” campaign. All you have to do is share a photo of the mural, a selfie in front of the mural, or selfie wearing any type of glasses, tag @glazervisionfdn, hashtag #OneShareOnePair and the foundation will give a local child a free eye exam and pair of glasses! Easy peasy! Learn more.


playground at st Pete PierCheck out the NEW St. Pete Pier

Eat, drink, shop and play at the new St. Pete Pier. The new playground area is quickly becoming a family favorite in Tampa Bay, just make sure to bring plenty of hand sanitizer and/or hand sanitizing wipes with you. Stay late and look up to see the Bending Arc light up in a spectacular display. You will need to wear a mask inside the stores, restaurants and Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center. The Glazer Vision Foundation just announced it is contributing $1.5 million to the Glazer Family Playground at the Pier to support the space for years to come!  Learn more.


FREE Resources to Explore!

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 Playgroups

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


Tampa Bay Attractions You Can Safely Explore with the Family:

Visit a local aquarium! 

The Florida Aquarium and Clearwater Marine Aquarium are both open, but require you to make an online reservation. Capacity will be limited to 50%. Guests over the age of 2 will be asked to wear a mask at the Florida Aquarium. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided for you. Masks are encouraged at CMA.

Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are OPEN by reservation only! 

This is a great weekend to cool off with dad and check out the NEW Solar Vortex waterslide at Adventure Island! Learn more here.

MOSI: Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa 

Capacity will be at 50% and you’ll notice a few changes like staff wearing masks, doors propped open to reduce touch points, more frequent cleaning of exhibits, and more. Learn more here. You can also see what it’s like during this new normal! Be sure to check out the new Space for Art exhibit, too!

ZooTampa AT Lowry Park 

The Zoo is ready to welcome guests back at 50% capacity, so you’ll want to make an online reservation or purchase your tickets online to make sure you secure your spot. We got an INSIDE LOOK to show you what you can expect! The Dinos Alive exhibit will still be on display, so be sure to check it out! Book here.

The Tampa Bay History Center

The museum is ready to welcome you back, but you’ll want to make sure you have pre-purchased your ticket online. You can also book your timed reservation online. Because some hands on exhibits will be hands off for now, the museum is reducing admission prices by $2. Book your ticket and learn more about the plans to reopen here.

LEGOLAND Florida

The theme park and its hotels, including the new Pirate Island Hotel are ready to welcome back guests, also at a reduced capacity of 50%. Cash will no longer be accepted and also expect to have your temperature taken. Social distancing will be encouraged with brick themed markers and signage. You’ll also see more hand sanitizing stations-there are more than 200 of them throughout the park! Legoland staff will be wearing face coverings and all guests ages 8 and older will need to wear a mask in compliance with the city of Winter Haven mask mandate. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided for you. The reopening plan included guidance from AdventHealth. Learn more here.  

Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa

Like most attractions and keeping in line with CDC guidance, Glazer Children’s Museum will be taking it one step further by keeping capacity at 25% at first. You will need to purchase a timed entry ticket or if you are a member, book your time slot. Adult guests will be required to wear a face mask. Difficult to clean exhibits will be closed while others will be sanitized more frequently throughout the day. glazermuseum.org

Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Pete

Great Ex reopened to families with new exhibits and a phased reopening plan that includes a face mask requirement for all guests ages 5 and older. A ticketed reservation is also strongly encouraged to make sure you have time to play. Learn more here.

The James Museum in St. Pete

Check out their Family Program events this December.

  • Art In Motion Sculptures (In person: Dec. 12, 11 a.m. to Noon) Create a playful sculpture that conveys movement, color, and sound.
  • Chalk Landscapes (In person: Dec. 12, 2-3 p.m.) Experiment with color blending and texture as you make chalk pastel drawings inspired by the West.
  • Art Look & Book (Virtual: Dec. 16, 10-10:20 a.m.) This month’s book is Thanks to the Animals, by Allen Sockabasin and Rebekah Raye. Learn about winter wildlife and hear about a young boy who is sheltered from the cold by forest animals.
  • Mini Maker Space | Wintery Scenes (Virtual: Dec. 18, 10-10:20 a.m.) This month we make wintery scenes using puffy snow paint. Gather these materials in advance: shaving foam, mixing bowl, Elmer’s glue, stir stick, glitter, colored construction paper, and scissors.

Outdoors and Socially Distant Things to Do in Tampa Bay


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Head to the beach! The beaches are open, but you’ll see plenty of reminders about social distancing. You’ll also want to pack some extras in your beach bag like hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Cloth masks are also a good idea in case you decide to visit an establishment that requires them. We’re sharing some of our favorite family-friendly beaches in Tampa Bay here.

Go for a hike! Lace up the hiking shoes and spend the day in nature with the kids! Many preserves and conservation parks are now open in Tampa Bay. Find a park near you or discover a new one:

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