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THINGS TO DO with the kids: Winter break FUN in Tampa Bay

Don’t let boredom get the best of your family the remainder of this holiday season! Take advantage of the time off to connect with your children and explore the place we call home…Tampa Bay! Here are some of our favorite ideas of things to do with the kids this winter break:

Related: Check out our growing list of family-friendly holiday fun in Tampa Bay!


Explore a local museum!

Check out our list of 7 Tampa Bay Museums your kids will love here!

Related: Book a holiday camp in Tampa Bay for your kids to play while you get errands done!

The Florida Aquarium Snow Days Things to do with the kids

Play in the SNOW!

Snow Days at Florida Aquarium | December 26-December 31  Extend the holiday celebration at The Florida Aquarium with a play area featuring real snow for the kids. All habitats will be open late for guests to enjoy. For details and a complete event schedule, visit Everyone

Legoland Florida Things to do with the kids

Celebrate the New Year early

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party at LEGOLAND Florida Resort | December 26-31  Stop by LEGOLAND® Florida Resort for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at the Winter Haven attraction. The giant LEGO brick drops at 7 p.m. Go to a dance party and stay for the LEGO-inspired fireworks, all before midnight. Everyone


Celebrate NOON Year’s Eve 

There are several different places to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve like Glazer Children’s Museum, Armature Works and more! We’ve listed all of our favorite family-friendly new year’s events in Tampa Bay here.

things to do with the kids during winter break in tampa bay

Lace up your ice skates for these holiday only special events:

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa | Now through January 5, 2019  Stop by Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa and get lost in a winter wonderland. Go ice skating on real ice, nibble on seasonal treats like cookies and candies and indulge in classic wintertime drinks from cocoa and hot toddy to cider and more. Everyone

Ice Skate in St. Petersburg waterside at Albert Whitted Park | Through January 7, 2019
This is such a cool experience as you and the kids skate on real ice alongside sailboats! Only in Florida! It costs $10 to skate, which includes your skate rental! Learn more here.

things to do on winter break in tampa bay

Go see beautiful holiday light displays in Tampa Bay:

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites like Largo Central Park, the Florida Botanical Gardens and even a local Chick-fil-A! Our complete list is here!

Christmas Town
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Check out some of these amazing annual holiday events in Tampa Bay:

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens | Now through December 31, 9am-10pm  Indulge in one of Tampa newest family traditions at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as the park becomes a holiday wonderland for 25 select dates in November and December. Nibble on festive treats, check out special holiday shows and twinkling lights and do some holiday shopping. Plus, visit Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola® and Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland featuring the beloved characters from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ television special. Everyone

Related: Busch Gardens Christmas Town: A must do this holiday season

Santa’s Workshop at MOSI | Now through December 31 Join MOSI in Tampa as it celebrates the holiday spirit of imagination and invention with Santa’s Workshop to take place in the Idea Zone all month. For more event details and admission information, go to Everyone

Related: Create and build at MOSI’s Santa’s Workshop

Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa | December 26-30, After 4:00 pm  Enjoy a special festival of lights to launch the holiday season at ZooTampa. Indulge yourself with stunning lights, seasonal smells of holiday treats and the excitement of festive entertainment as you enjoy the magic of wildlife at night. 

Christmas in the Wild ZooTampa

Check out our favorite holiday events in Tampa Bay!

From live performances, boat parades and more…we’ve got all sorts of family-friendly fun here!


Go on a day trip to some our favorite stops in the Tampa Bay area:

Hang out with the mermaids at Weeki Wachee, pose with dinosaurs at Dinosaur World, explore on the Wilderness Safari or connect with nature at Bok Tower Gardens! Learn more about these amazing places here.

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