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Tampa’s 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: “A Day On, Not A Day Off”

Time: 12 p.m.
Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Location: Click here to view the Parade Route.
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 886-1375; MLK Jr. Parade Website

What’s Doing?
The Tampa, Florida parade will once again move down the east Tampa route on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Participants include civic walking units, marching bands and numerous floats.

MLK Day "A Day On, Not A Day Off"

Address:
MLK Parade Start Point
15th Street and MLK Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602

MLK Day Parade Logo image courtesy of the MLK Jr Parade Tampa

Kid Time Series: “Fly Guy and Other Stories” at The Straz Center

Kid Time Series: Fly Guy and Other Stories FlyerTime: 2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: The Straz Center
Cost: Tickets are $10.50 – $12.50.
Tickets/Info: (813) 229.STAR (7827); Straz Center Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 5-8) Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed, and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet?

Other titles in this fun new musical revue based on favorite curriculum children’s books include “Horace & Morris but Mostly Dolores,” “Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig,” and “Paper Bag Princess,” among others.

Address:
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 SW Macinnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602

RELATED LINKS:
1. “Paddington”-themed Kids Night Out at Color Me Mine Tampa
2. 2015 Gasparilla Children’s Extravaganza
3. Story Time at Chick-fil-A, Westshore Plaza

Theater Curtain image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Kid Time Series: Fly Guy and Other Stories Flyer image courtesy of The Straz Center

20th Annual City of Largo Touch-a-Truck

City of Largo Tough-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day 2012Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE admission. Wristbands: $5 (includes inflatable activities and the rocketship car ride). Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Food Court. Limited on-site parking will be available; park and walk will be offered from Largo Middle and Everest University.
Register/Info: (727)587-6740, ext. 5014; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family to climb, honk and play around in every vehicle you can imagine – fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses and more! Kids of all ages will enjoy inflatables, train rides along Largo Central Railroad, and Rocketship Car rides.

The train ride, bucket truck and more are FREE to all participants. Plus, there will be face painting, balloon animals, and more provided.

Address:
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

RELATED LINKS:
1. Enter the 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival “Fairy House” Competition for 2 FREE Admission Tickets
2. Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. is Serving Up Family Night Fun in January & February 2015
3. FREE Webinars: Teach Music Together’s Early Childhood Music Program to Families

Touch-a-Truck image courtesy of the City of Largo Recreation, Parks & Art.

Lennar’s Trinity Lakes Model Grand Opening: Frozen Family Event

Time: 12-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: The Villages of Trinity Lakes Welcome Home Center
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (888) 212-7878; Lennar Tampa Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy a Food Truck Rally with three food trucks and view the Trinity Lakes Model. The kids will love the face painting, balloon animals, frozen yogurt, giveaways, and family fun games.

Guests will also have the opportunity to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to a family entertainment show.

Lennar's Trinity Lakes Model Grand Opening Ad

Address:
The Villages of Trinity Lakes
12010 Lake Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL 34655

RELATED LINKS:
1. 3rd Saturday Market Family Fun Day
2. FREE Family Health Fair at Land O’Lakes Library
3. Story Time, Music and a Craft at Nature’s Food Patch

Jolly Family image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Enter the 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival “Fairy House” Competition for 2 FREE Admission Tickets

Time: Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Date: House Drop Off: January 26, 2015 – February 6, 2015
Location: Bay Area Renaissance Festival Office
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 983-0111; 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Website; Download a Registration Form (PDF)

What’s Doing?
The 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival wants you help them build a bigger, better fairy community. It’s time to get creative!

Build a fairy house and drop it off between January 26 and February 6. Houses must be a minimum of 1 ft x 1 ft, and a maximum of 3 ft x 3 ft. In addition, your Fairy House should be durable and able to withstand the weather in the Fairy Forest. (For complete details, restrictions and construction tips, please visit the 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival website, where you will also find a downloadable Registration Form.) Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Even Better! Every submitted Fairy House competitor will receive two FREE admission tickets!

2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Fairy House Competition Flyer

2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival
The 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival will be held at MOSI every weekend (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) from Saturday, February 14, 2015 through Sunday, March 29, 2015, and on Festival Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain or Shine! Parking is FREE.

Address:
Bay Area Renaissance Festival
11315 North 46th Street
Tampa, FL 33617

Fairy House Competition Flyer and Fairy House image courtesy of the 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Story Time at Chick-fil-A, Westshore Plaza

Girl with BooksTime: 10-11 a.m.
Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 & Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza (in the Food Court)
Cost: The activities are FREE. Regular menu prices apply.
Register/Info: (813) 286-0534; Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the little ones for a story reading and activity.

Address:
Chick-fil-A
WestShore Plaza
241-A Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

Happy Pupils image courtesy of africa / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Girl with Books image courtesy of africa / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Monster Jam Meet & Greet with War Wizard at Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel

Time: 2-6 p.m.
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Location: Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 907-7800; Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Stop by to meet one of the stars of Monster Jam and their truck. Meet War Wizard and a FREE signed autograph and picture. There will be Pit Pass giveaways and an opportunity to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Monster Jam.

Monster Jam Meet & Greet Flyer

Address:
Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel
28739 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Tire Rolling image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Monster Jam Meet & Greet Flyer image courtesy of Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel

Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. is Serving Up Family Night Fun in January & February 2015

Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. Ballet & Hero Night CraftsBallet & Hero Night
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd.
Cost: The activities are FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Meet a hero from the movies and make an official belt just like he wears. Maybe he will even tell you some of his secrets! Talented Ballerina and future contestant on one of TVs biggest talent competitions, Larissa Walker will make tiaras and tutus with the girls and show off some of her talents.

Address:
Chick-fil-A
2471 Tyrone Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Anti-Bullying Night
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd.
Cost: The activities are FREE. Free IceDream™ for all crafters. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Each crafter will decorate a shirt to take home. Former Rays Pitcher Seth McClung, will be the guest of the night and speak to the children about this really important topic. Let’s have fun and learn about how to handle bullying.

Address:
Chick-fil-A
2471 Tyrone Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. Jan/Feb 2015 Special Events

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Valentine Night
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd.
Cost: The activities are FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Make and take home a box to put your Valentines in. Valentines will be available to exchange with Special Valentine Sundae Bar.

Address:
Chick-fil-A
2471 Tyrone Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Kite Night
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd.
Cost: The activities are FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Make and decorate a kite that you can take home and fly.

Address:
Chick-fil-A
2471 Tyrone Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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SPECIAL EVENT!
Winter Princess Night Crafts
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd.
Cost: The activities are FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd. Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family for Winter Princess Night crafts and guest appearances by some well known characters. Step into the world of Ice Princesses and Snowmen. Special frozen treats!

Address:
Chick-fil-A
2471 Tyrone Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids in Tampa Bay
2. Tampa Bay Area FREE (Or Really Cheap) Family Movie Events

Happy Family With Kid image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Jan/Feb 2015 Family Nights & Special Events flyer image courtesy of Chick-fil-A Tyrone Blvd.

3rd Saturday Market Family Fun Day

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: On the grounds of First Baptist Church of Jasmine Lakes
Cost: FREE admission
Register/Info: (727) 238-6552; Jason Lowe Marketing, Events & Promotions Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Stroll the market, browse vendor booths, and enjoy lunch at The Tasty Tortilla Food Truck, plus:
– Tampa Conservation Society booth will feature exotic animals
– Face painting
– Family Photo Booth
– FREE Children IDs made on-site

3rd Saturday Market Flyer

Address:
First Baptist Church of Jasmine Lakes
6835 Jasmine Boulevard
Port Richey, FL 34668

Bunch of balloons image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
3rd Saturday Market Flyer courtesy of Jason Lowe Marketing, Events and Promotions

FREE Introductory Webinars: Learn How You Can Teach Music Together’s Early Childhood Music Program to Families

Do you love music and children? Learn how you can teach Music Together’s early childhood music program to families in Tampa. Join a FREE introductory webinar in late January or early February, led by an experienced Music Together educator. This session will introduce you to Music Together’s approach to early childhood music education, and review the nuts and bolts of offering classes in here in the Tampa Bay area community.

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DISCLAIMER: The following is a guest post sponsored by Music Together LLC.

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Music Together Family ClassesDISCOVER MUSIC TOGETHER®
A business opportunity for those who love music and children

FREE Introductory Webinars:
– Monday, January 26 @ 12:30 p.m.
– Friday, January 30 @ 5 p.m.
– Monday, February 2 @ 5:30 p.m.
– Friday, February 6 @ 12 p.m.
– Monday, February 9 @ 2 p.m.
– Friday, February 13 @ 6 p.m.

Imagine a job where you get to sing, dance, and play every day! A career in Music Together is both joyful and satisfying. You help children learn music skills in a playful, organic way, setting them on a path toward a lifelong love of music-making. And you help parents and caregivers connect with their children in a new way, while gaining confidence in their own abilities to be musically playful. Our teachers range from those who have substantial backgrounds in music or education to parents who have only recently rediscovered their playfulness and natural musicality. Anyone with an engaging presence and a love of children, who can sing in tune and lead participatory activities with confidence, has the potential to be a successful Music Together teacher. We’re bringing our teacher training workshop to Kansas City October 11–13. If you love music and children, you won’t want to miss it!

Music Together Family ClassesMusic Together® has been introducing the joy of music-making to families since 1987. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, millions of parents, children, caregivers, and teachers have come to love our award-winning music and innovative, research-based curriculum. Today, our classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners can be found in more than 2500 communities around the world.

Join us for one of our introductory webinars in late January and early February and find out how our educational and business support has helped thousands of music lovers, parents, and educators find a path to meaningful work as Music Together business owners and teachers. Learn how you can open up the world of music to young children in Kansas City.

Teach WorkshopsFree Introductory Webinars
Join us for a free introductory webinar led by an experienced Music Together educator. The session will introduce you to Music Together’s approach to early childhood music education and review the nuts and bolts of offering classes in your community.

– Learn how you can support early childhood music development

– Watch a video of inside a Music Together parent-child class

– See the Music Together curriculum materials and listen to our award-winning music

– Review the process for starting your own Music Together small business, including an overview of our educational and business support services

– Learn what you can expect from the upcoming Tampa, Florida Teacher Training (March 20–22)

Sign up for a FREE Introductory Webinar.

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