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Tampa Bay Parenting’s Top Picks: Our Favorite August Events

Close Up Critters tour at The Florida Aquarium: Daily, 11:30 am & 2:30 pm   Get an up-close encounter with three of the animal residents. Find out about their unique adaptations and abilities and how we can care for them at The Florida Aquarium. The tour costs $8 in addition to admission price.  Everyone

Cardboard Space Adventures at MOSI: Through Aug. 13, various times  Stop by MOSI to explore the galaxy or jump into a cardboard spaceship at Tampa’s MOSI. Help create a huge cardboard outpost in outer space using hands-on creativity, engineering and art.  Everyone

Dinos Alive! at Lowry Park Zoo: Open through August  Head to the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras at this unique exhibit at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. See life-size dinosaurs that move, roar and interact at this attraction scheduled to close this month. Price is included with Annual Zoo Membership, “Pay for a Day” ticket and single day admission. Some blackout dates apply.  6 & Older

Pop Art Studio at Glazer Children’s Museum: Through Aug. 13   Learn about and experiment with Pop Art techniques at Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. Visitors will be introduced to silkscreen, rubber stamping and more. Turn everyday objects into art and create comic strip masterpieces.  Everyone

Art of the Brick Tampa: Through Sept. 4  Check out what has been deemed the world’s largest display of LEGO art when the touring exhibit by Nathan Sawaya comes to Tampa Bay courtesy of the Vinik Family Foundation and available for viewing at 802 E. Whiting St. in downtown Tampa. The exhibit is accompanied by an interactive build space for guests of all ages. Free admission and parking.  Everyone

Blue Star Museums Collaboration: Through Sept. 4, various times  Active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families can take part in a free admission promotion Memorial Day through Labor Day at more than 2,000 U.S. museums including Tampa Bay History Center, Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Museum of Art and others. See participating museums at Military

Children’s Board Free Tuesday at Glazer Children’s Museum: Aug. 1, noon to 7 p.m.  Take advantage of a free admission promotion at Glazer Children’s Museum. The event aligns with the Children’s Board’s mission to promote the well-being of children and families. Guests can join the museum with partners including WEDU PBS for free family fun monthly.  Everyone

See One Last IMAX Movie at MOSI: Aug. 1-13, various times  Experience a giant immersive movie inside MOSI’s Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre one last time before the museum closes the theatre permanently Aug. 13. One film is included with MOSI general admission.  Everyone

Let it Snow Block Party: Hyde Park VillageAugust 3, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.  Celebrate the grand opening of Snow Avenue and Snow Circle during Hyde Park Village’s Let it Snow Block Party! There will be live entertainment, in-store events, giveaways, games and more!  Everyone

Baby and Toddler Yoga at Jan Kaminis Platt Lirbary: Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25 11:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Introduce babies or toddlers to fun interactive song and movement as part of this special weekly activity led by Lucky Cat Yoga at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library in Tampa. Children will learn basic postures and yoga breathing. For information, call 813-273-3652.  6 months – 5

Back to School Health Fair: Aug. 5, various times  Bring your children to one of three free health fairs offered through Hillsborough County Schools. Fairs take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Leto High School in Tampa; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blake High School in Tampa; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9455 Harney Road in Thonotosassa. Free physicals are available for kids in grades K-12 and free immunizations for Medicaid or uninsured children. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child, and an immunization record is required to receive shots. Register online at back2schoolfair.org5-17

Tampa Bay Parenting’s 10th Annual Back to School Fair: Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Stop by this fun and informative Tampa Bay Parenting event at WestShore Plaza in Tampa and get the information you need to prepare your kids for another fun year of learning. First 500 kids to arrive will receive a free back to school book bag. Day includes live entertainment, hands-on activities, workshops, speakers and more.  Everyone


MOSI’s All-American Eclipse Festival: Aug. 5-6 and 12-13, various times  Learn about a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse viewing opportunity to arrive Aug. 21 at this informative event at MOSI in Tampa. Get ready to safely watch the spectacle by building a pinhole projector.  Everyone

Summer Classics Movie Series at Tampa Theatre: Aug. 6, 12-13, 20 and 26-27, 3 p.m.  Relive cinematic classics at Tampa Theatre as its popular summer film series comes to a close. This month, guests can see “Reservoir Dogs” (Aug. 6), “The Wizard of Oz” (Aug. 12-13), a sing-along screening of “Grease” (Aug. 20), and “Casablanca” (Aug. 26-27). Tickets are $10 adults and $7 for Theatre Members.  Everyone

Fresh Market at Hyde Park VillageAug. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Shop locally produced foods and handcrafted items at this monthly South Tampa outdoor market. Browse nearby stores while listening to live music and try one of the many neighborhood restaurants for lunch. Admission and parking are free. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Everyone

Quack to School!: Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Watch thousands of rubber ducks race down the Hillsborough River as part of the Kiwanis Incredible Duck Race by Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. Adopt a duck for the race at the museum Visitor Services desk then drift into the museum for a duck-themed day of play.  Ducks are available for advance purchase online at Event admission is $5.  Everyone

Solar Eclipse Fun at Temple Terrace Library: Aug. 12, 2-3 p.m.  Meet astronomer Tanja Diederich for a talk about how to view the sun safely during an actual solar eclipse that day at this event hosted by Temple Terrace Public Library in Tampa. Florida will experience a partial solar eclipse while other parts will experience a total solar eclipse. Free solar glasses will be provided. For more information, call 813-506-6770.  Everyone

Totally Tots at Great Explorations: Aug. 14-18 and 21-25, various times  Take the little ones to Great Explorations in St. Petersburg for two weeks of activities designed just for toddlers and preschoolers. The program includes special guests from the community to share information, resources and fun activities. Each day at 10:30 a.m., kids take part in music and/or movement activities with science or math activities to follow at 11:30 a.m. and art, literacy or sensory activities at 3:30 p.m. Music and Me, LLC also will offer a FREE Music Together class Aug. 15 and Aug. 21.  1-5

Saturdays at the Morean: Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Bring the littlest Picassos in the family for free art activities at this family drop-in art studio hosted by The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. Classes are held in the Children’s Learning Center, and parents and/or guardians must remain with children.  5-10

Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest – 100th Birthday Party!: Aug. 19, noon to 3 p.m.  Indulge in the sweet return of a popular St. Petersburg tradition at Morean Center for Clay. Catch 100 bakers as they compete for the trophy marking the area’s greatest cupcake. This year’s contest includes a new Youth/Teen category for ages 10-16.  Everyone

HCPS Spirit Night at the Tampa Bay Rowdies: Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.  Cheer on Tampa Bay’s own Major League Soccer team the Tampa Bay Rowdies and support local schools at the same time when the Rowdies host a special Spirit Night in Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete. General admission is $12. Tickets are available at Use promo code HCPS when ordering. Proceeds benefit basic needs of students in Hillsborough County Public Schools.  Everyone

Toddler Takeover at Glazer Children’s Museum: Aug. 20, 1-6 p.m.  Bring the toddlers to Glazer Children’s Museum for two weeks of specialized programming designed just for them as part of the Museum’s partnership with Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County and Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Little ones can take part in activities focused on yoga, music, gross motor skill development, social learning, Pre-K readiness and more.  1-3

Peaceful & Powerful Parenting Class: Aug. 24 and 31, 9-11 a.m.  Take part in a six-week program offered through Great Explorations and Suncoast Center designed to help parents with children of all ages build peaceful and powerful family relationships. Meet other parents and share ideas, better understand how children learn and develop, and discover and practice peaceful and powerful communication skills and discipline strategies. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Juliana Menke, LMHC, 727-327-7656 ext. 4160. Fee for complete course is $40 or free for Great Explorations members and TFS families.  Moms

Tea for Tots at Oxford Exchange:  Aug. 27, 2:00 p.m.   Let the wild rumpus begin! Spend the afternoon with your child at Oxford Exchange for tea and a story. The August story will be the beloved Where the Wild Things Are. This monthly event usually sells out, so pre-purchase your ticket today.  Adults $18 and Children $10. Includes tea and light fare. Visit to purchase your tickets.

Special Needs:

Warriors for Autism – Sensory Warriors Program: Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 11 a.m. – noon  Learn about adaptive martial arts training at Warrior Fitness & Sensory in Tampa with programming designed for children on the autism spectrum and their siblings in a safe and supportive learning environment. Classes include kickboxing, martial arts, flexibility, anti-bullying, speed and agility drills, discipline, self-defense and more. Cost is $15 per class.  5 & Older

Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese’s: Aug. 6, 9-11 a.m.  Spend a fun morning at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Wesley Chapel for a sensory-friendly environment that includes reduced lighting and noise, food and games for everyone and a trained staff. For more information, call 813-979-6200.  Everyone

Emoji Movie Sensory Screening at AMC Veterans 24: Aug. 8, 7 p.m.  Check out a sensory-friendly screening of this new release at AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa. Screening is shown with reduced lights and lowered volume.  Everyone

Great Connections at Great Explorations: Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to noon  Wander through Great Explorations during special early access hours made available to children with special needs and their families. Guests can enjoy sensory-friendly activities and crafts the second Sunday of the month. The museum presents this event in partnership with Family Network on Disabilities.  6 & Older

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