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Join the Fun at the 2nd Annual Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot

Time: 5K: 8 a.m.; 1-mile: 9 a.m.
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Location: Safety Harbor Marina
Cost: 5K: $30/participant, 1 mile: $20/participant, Virtual Race: $20/participant
Register/Info: (813) 758-4508; Race information, including packet pick-up: Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Join in the fun at the second annual Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot. 5K and 1-mile race day participants will receive finisher medals for each event, while the top 50 male and top 50 female 5K finishers will receive a box of their favorite Girl Scout cookies, compliments of FITniche! The awards ceremony for the top 3 male and female finishers will follow the 5K Thin Mint Sprint.

A post-race party with FREE Girl Scout Cookies will follow the conclusion of all races.

Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot Logo

Safety Harbor Marina
110 Veterans Memorial Lane
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

1. Largo’s Annual Pint-sized Pumpkin Patch Features a Trick-of-Treat Parade
2. New Port Richey Play Day 2014: Get Up, Get Out, and Go Play!
3. The 3rd Annual Chick-fil-A® Tampa Bay Fall Stampede is Coming Sept. 28

Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot Logo image courtesy of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Sweetfields Farm’s 2014 Corn Maze: Hayrides, Pumpkins & Lots of Fall Family Fun!

Sweetfields Farm Fall 2014 Corn MazeTime: Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Last admission will be sold at 4 p.m.); Mondays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Weekends beginning Saturday, September 27, 2014 through Sunday, November 2, 2014 PLUS! Monday, October 20 & Monday, October 27.
Location: Sweetfields Farm
Cost: Admission Cost: $9.50/person (age 12+), $5/child (age 3-11), and FREE for children age 2 years and younger (NOTE: tax is not included in these prices.)
Register/Info: (352) 279-0977; Sweetfields Farm Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) The Sweetfields Farm Fall Corn Maze is a 5+-acre life-sized labyrinth. Check points featuring questions or clues that will point you in the right direction will be located throughout the maze to assist you in successfully navigating through the maze. Don’t worry if you make a wrong turn, it’s all part of the fun. You won’t be rushed, but staff roaming the maze to assist if needed will make sure you are out by closing time.

In addition to the Corn Maze, you can also participate in Sweetfields Farm’s annual Scarecrow Contest (call the farm for details), and pick out your perfect pumpkin in their pumpkin patch. Other activities included in your admission price:
– Hay Ride
– Hay Maze
– Hay Play Area
– Duck Race
– Spider Web Maze
– Treehouse
– Story teller
– Free craft of the season
– Visit the Animals
… and more.

You will need additional cash for:
– Launcher
– Face Painter
– Pumpkin Painting
– Food and Drinks
– U-Pick or Gathered Produce

NOTE: Call before going because weather, visitors can affect the condition of the maze and may result in the maze being closed.

Sweetfields Farm
17250 Benes Roush Road
Masaryktown, FL 34604

Pumpkins image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Sweetfields Farm Fall 2014 Corn Maze image courtesy of Sweetfields Farm, Inc.

Spartacus Junior Tailgate Party Entertains Kids Before Friday Games

Types of Sports BallsTime: 6:15 p.m.
Date: Before Friday games beginning Friday, September 26, 2014
Location: University of Tampa
Cost: Join the Sparticus Junior (SJ) Kids Club for $15 registration fee. Tickets for baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball are $5/adults, senior citizens and coaches. Children under 12 will be admitted FREE. UT faculty, staff and their immediate families will be admitted FREE with a UT ID. (Tickets are available one hour before game time and 90 minutes prior to baseball games.)
Register/Info: (813) 253-3333

What’s Doing?
Athletic Marketing is premiering Spartacus Junior (SJ) Tailgate Party for Kids. Children will be entertained with sign making, playing games, learning cheers, and more during the 45 minutes before Friday games for the rest of the year. The Tailgate Party is open to kids age 3-12 years of age.

The first SJ Kids Club pre-game event will take place before the Friday, September 26 volleyball game vs. Saint Leo. Kids Club will begin at 6:15 in the lobby, and end when the game begins.

University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606

Types of balls image courtesy of digitalart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Mommy Spot Tampa’s Halloween Family Fun Night: Eat, Play and Bounce!

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location: Playgrounds of Tampa
Cost: Family bundles and add-on tickets are available for purchase online.
Tickets/Info: contact@mommyspottampa.com; The Mommy Spot Tampa Website; Purchase tickets online

What’s Doing?
Join The Mommy Spot Tampa for a Halloween Family Fun Night at Playgrounds of Tampa, South Tampa’s first state-of-the-art indoor bounce house where the kids can play and the parents can relax. PDQ South Tampa and Sweet Tooth Cakery will be at the event serving families food and dessert. Your ticket will include:
– Chicken tenders, apples and bottled water from PDQ
– Dessert from Sweet Tooth Cakery
– Juice from Good2Grow
– Digital professional family photo taken upon entrance
– One swag bag per family
– Admission for the children to bounce and babies can play in the soft block area

There is something for all ages at this event and children under 9 months of age are FREE! The bounce experience is intended for children ages 10 and under!

Costumes and Halloween attire for the kids are welcome, but due to the nature of the venue there will be no masks allowed. Please also refrain from tight-fitting or restrictive-fitting costumes.

Halloween Family Fun Night Flyer

NOTE: A legal guardian is required to be with their child at this event and a waiver form will be provided for you to fill out before entering the event space.

Playgrounds of Tampa
4535 South Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33611

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Halloween Night – Fear – Tradition – Recurrence image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Halloween Family Fun Night Flyer image courtesy of The Mommy Spot Tampa

Glazer Children’s Museum 4th Birthday Bash + FREE Admission

Time: 1-6 p.m.
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Glazer Children’s Museum
Cost: FREE admission
Info: (813) 443-3861; Glazer Children’s Museum Website

What’s Doing?
The Glazer Children’s Museum is turning 4 years old and you’re invited to the celebration with family-fun games and activities all day long:
– Petting Zoo (Old McMicky’s Farm)
– Giveaways and balloon animals (GTE Financial)
– Make bracelets with Happy Family Puffs (Happy Family Brands)
– Pinwheels (Hillsborough Association for the Education of Young Children)
– Special community quilt project (Hillsborough Community College Early Literacy Matters)
– FREE health screens using an SEMG system that tests the nervous system (Maximized Living Health Center)
– Mobile Learning Adventure (PNC Bank)
– Tampa Bay Lightning games and giveaways
– Instruments for kids to try and explore how they make sounds (The Florida Orchestra)
… and more activities lead by the Museum Program Team.

Event Highlights:
– First 200 children receive birthday party favors provided by Tampa Bay Times.
– Get creative with the indoor sidewalk chalk floor.
– Annual birthday cake cutting with FREE birthday cake, while supplies last.

Glazer Children's Museum 4th Annual Birthday Bash

Glazer Children’s Museum
110 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

Bunch of balloons image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
4th Annual Birthday Bash image courtesy of Glazer Children’s Musuem

Movie Under the Stars: Catch a FREE Showing of “The Lego Movie”

Time: 7-10 p.m. (Movie starts after dark)
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Location: Avalon Park West
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Register/Info: (813) 783-1515; Avalon Park West Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family to watch “The Lego Movie” under the night sky! Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy FREE popcorn, visit with local vendors, and see a fun family movie.

Movie Under the Stars Flyer

Avalon Park West
5216 Autumn Ridge Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Night Sky Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Movie Under the Stars Flyer image courtesy of Avalon Park West

New Port Richey Play Day 2014: Get Up, Get Out, and Go Play!

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Location: James E. Grey Preserve
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 841-4560; New Port Richey, FL Website

What’s Doing?
There will be games, refreshments, and the first 150 children will receive a goody bag! The purpose is to encourage play in the parks, which in turn creates a healthier lifestyle.

New Port Richey Parks & Recreation Worldwide Day of Play Flyer

James E. Grey Preserve
6938 Plathe Road
New Port Richey, FL 34653

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Worldwide Day of Play Flyer image courtesy of New Port Richey Parks & Recreation

What’s Happening for Families in the Bay Area? Weekend Roundup for Sept. 19-21

Don’t miss any of these fun family events taking place around the Tampa Bay area this weekend! Below is a brief overview of the events mentioned on WDTB with links to more event details:

Krispy Kreme Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014 FlyerFriday, September 19, 2014:
– All Day, while supplies last. Rrrr, Matey! Get Your FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnut on Talk Like a Pirate Day. More info.

– 3-4:30 p.m. Talk Like A Pirate Day Fun. (All ages; FREE) More info.

– 4:30-5:30 p.m. Frozen Panini Sticker Trading Party at Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park. (All ages; FREE) More info.

– 7-9 p.m. Drop-in Open Tumbling at Dance Extreme Academy. (Ages 9+; $10) More info.

Saturday, September 20, 2014:
– 10 a.m. FREE Jr. Chef Class: Fresh Pasta at Williams-Sonoma: The Best of Breakfast (Ages 9-13; FREE Reg. Req.) More info.

– 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Truck-N-Play Day: Safety Harbor Celebrates Their Playful City! (All ages; FREE) More info.

– 10 a.m.-2 p.m. National Gymnastics Day Open House at the NEW Bob Sierra Family YMCA and Gymnastics Center. (Ages 3-16; FREE) More info.

– 10:30-11:30 a.m. Talk Like a Pirate Day Story Time. (Ages 5-12; FREE) More info.

Julius Jr. Image– 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Julius Jr. Event at Tyrone Square. (All ages; FREE) More info.

– 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Be Inspired! Make-and-Take Saturday Art Activities at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Free with Museum admission.) More info.

– 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Regency Park Library Hosts a Back 2 School Bash with Crafts, Games and Activities. (Grades K-5; FREE) More info.

– 2-3 p.m. Kids Story & Crafts: Teddy Bear Tea Party! at Land O’Lakes Library. (Grades K-5; FREE) More info.

– 2-4 p.m. Good vs. Evil: Celebrate Comic Book Heroes & Villains with Crafts and Activities at South Holiday Branch Library. (All ages; FREE) More info.

– 3-5 p.m. Spook Your Style! Halloween Carnival at Pottery Barn Kids Stores. (All ages; FREE) More info.

– 3-4 p.m. (swap) or 4-5 p.m. (buy) Macaroni Kid “Do Something Great” Day: Costume Swap/Sale & Donation Drive. (FREE w/costume swap or $5 to buy a costume) More info.

– 4 p.m. Bowl2Enroll With FLVA: Learn About Enrollment with Florida Virtual Academies & Have Fun Bowling. (All ages; FREE, but registration is required.) More info.

Sunday, September 21, 2014:
– 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tampa Museum of Art Celebrates Heroes with Military Appreciation Family Days. More Info.

– 1-4 p.m. FREE Admission Sunday at SpinNations Skating Center. More info.

– 1-6 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum 4th Birthday Bash + FREE Admission. More info.


– Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park 1-Year Birthday Extravaganza & Character Visits. More info.

– Swaptember 2014. More info.

– McDonald’s Perks Up Tampa Bay with FREE McCafé Coffee. More info.

– McDonald’s of Tampa Bay Classroom FUNds Contest: Local Teachers Have a Chance to Win $1,000 in Funds for Their Classroom. More info.

– Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Offers 10 Days, $10 Tickets for FL Residents. More info.


– Kid’s Corner Story Time at Chick-fil-A in Tyrone Mall (Friday; Activity is FREE, you pay only for your food) More info.

– Sunsets at Pier 60: Sunset Theatre (Friday & Saturday; FREE) More info.
– Friday, Sept. 19: “The Muppet Movie” (G)
– Saturday, Sept. 20: “For the Love of the Game” (PG-13)

– Michaels Kids Club Craft: Chenille Stem Picture Frame & FREE Face Painting (Saturday; $2 sign up req.) More info.

– The Art Spot at the Tampa Museum of Art (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– Lakeshore Learning Store In-Store Craft: Keep the Beat Den Den Drum (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– Dillydally with Dali (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– FREE Tampa Bay Water Ski Show at Tower Lake: Saturday the 13th – Superstitions (Saturday; FREE) More info.

– FREE Sensory Jump Nights for Kids on the Autism Spectrum at Pump It Up of Westchase. (Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m.) More info.


These special events require tickets or registration to participate. Don’t miss out!

– Tuesday, Sept. 23 (2-3 p.m.): The Mommy Spot Tampa Donut Playdate at Perk’s Donut Bar. More info.

– Tuesday, Sept. 23 (4:30-5:30 p.m.): KIDS CLUB: B-I-N-G-O, the Veggie Edition at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood. More info.

– Saturday, Sept. 27 (10 a.m.): Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic: Fire Truck with Ladder More info. (NOTE: You MUST register for this event. Registration opens 2 weeks before the event, and spaces fill up quickly!)

– Saturday, Sept. 27 (8 a.m.): The 3rd Annual Chick-fil-A® Tampa Bay Fall Stampede is Coming. More info.

– Saturday, Sept. 27 (5-9 p.m.): FOR THE MOMS: TBMG Moms Night Out at Creative Canvas. More info.

– Monday, Sept. 29 (6-9 p.m.): Jump for Epilepsy: A Danny Did Foundation FUNdraising Night at Airheads Tampa. More info.

– Saturday, Oct. 11 (6-7:30 p.m.): Largo’s Annual Pint-sized Pumpkin Patch Features a Trick-of-Treat Parade. More info.


Calendar image courtesy of BrandonSigma / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

FOR THE PARENTS: Whole Foods Market Clearwater Grand Opening Event

Balloons and a bowTime: 9-10 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Location: Whole Foods Market Clearwater (located by Sears in Westfield Countryside Mall)
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 724-7100; Westfield Countryside Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Festivities will begin with the traditional Bread Breaking Ceremony around 8:30 a.m. The first 500 shoppers will receive a gift card with a mystery value between $5 & $500, and customers can take advantage of Grand Opening Specials store-wide.

Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

Balloons and red ribbon image courtesy of nirots / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Largo’s Annual Pint-sized Pumpkin Patch Features a Trick-of-Treat Parade

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Southwest Recreation Complex
Cost: Tickets: $5 in advance; $8 day of registration (Space is limited.)
Tickets/Info: (727) 518-3125; City of Largo Website; City of Largo Recreation, Parks & Arts Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
(Ages 6 & under) Bring your little ones to this fun-filled fall annual event with games, food and crafts! Enjoy a visit from scarecrow, and come dressed in costume for a trick-or-treat parade.

Pint-sized Pumpkin Patch Flyer

Southwest Recreation Complex
13120 Vonn Road
Largo, FL 33774

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Halloween Night – Fear – Tradition – Recurrence image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Pint-sized Pumpkin Patch Flyer image courtesy of City of Largo Recreation, Parks & Art



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