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A Guide to Virtual Learning Experience for Little Ones

The big kids aren’t the only ones with plentiful resources online to take their learning to the next level! There are some pretty amazing programs designed just for our littlest ones in Tampa Bay. 

Learn & Play Tampa Bay:

We know that play is so important for the development of our children. It is how they learn to build relationships with others and how they explore and get to know their world. Play sets the foundation for lifelong learning. 

Learn & Play Tampa Bay was created by Glazer Children’s Museum with the support of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County to give families no-cost access to play sessions and classes at Children’s Board Family Resource Centers around the county.

There is a weekly lottery to attend the 90-minute in-person classes to help keep class sizes small, but you can also attend the 30-minute Virtual Zoom Play sessions each week. If you need something a little more flexible on time, there is also a YouTube channel featuring songs, activities, crafts and more!
Instagram: @learnplaytampabay
Designed for ages 5 and younger.

Champions for Children and Baby Bungalow:

Just like our schools, the educational playgroups and classes offered by Champions for Children and Baby Bungalow went virtual after the pandemic hit and they continue to provide those services for families who aren’t quite ready to venture out yet.

There are also in-person classes, educational playgroups and workshops with additional health and safety measures put into place. Some favorites among local moms: Baby and Me and Little S.T.E.A.M.ers. For a full list of in-person and virtual classes and playgroups, visit
Designed for children ages birth to 5 years old.

WEDU EdConnect

For the PreK student in your house, WEDU EdConnect opens the virtual doors to an online curriculum of lesson plans, games, activities and more. If there are older siblings in the house, they can take advantage of the virtual learning too. EdConnect offers a virtual learning experience for kids ages PreK through high school.
Designed for PreK through high school.


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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