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Join the Fun at Winn-Dixie “Making Happy Happen with Kuddles” Event

Winn-Dixie Kuddles Product LineTime: 12-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Location: Winn-Dixie in Hyde Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 254-6800; Register for the Making Happy Happen With Kuddles event

What’s Doing?
Addicted to Savings blogger and new mom Liz is partnering with Winn-Dixie in Hyde Park for the Kuddles products re-launch. The first 20 moms to arrive will receive a FREE prize, and everyone who attends will have the chance to win FREE diapers for a year! There will also be:
– Ongoing raffles
– Refreshments and snacks
– Crafts table courtesy of Tampa Bay Moms Group
– Cooking demonstration and sampling by the Florida Cattlewomen

2100 West Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

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Winn-Dixie Kuddles Product Line image courtesy of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

Itty Bitty Splashtime & Itty Bitty Pool Parties

Itty Bitty Splashtime
9:35-10:35 a.m.
Date: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 9-August 15, 2014
Location: Highland Family Aquatic Center
Cost: $1.50/person; Vinyl reusable diapers will be available for $3 at the facility. (NOTE: Children who are not potty trained must wear a vinyl swim diaper under their bathing suit.)
Register/Info: (727) 518-3016; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 5 and younger) Meet other parents and caregivers while the children play together in a safe aquatic environment.

Itty Bitty Splashtime FlyerAddress:
Highland Family Aquatic Center
13120 Vonn Road
Largo, FL 33774


Itty Bitty Pool Parties
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Date: June 20, July 18 & August 15
Location: Highland Family Aquatic Center
Cost: $2.50/person; Vinyl reusable diapers will be available for $3 at the facility. (NOTE: Children who are not potty trained must wear a vinyl swim diaper under their bathing suit.)
Register/Info: (727) 518-3016; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 5 and younger) Parents and caregivers can enjoy some time to talk while the children play together in a safe aquatic environment, or at surrounding games and activities.

Highland Family Aquatic Center
13120 Vonn Road
Largo, FL 33774

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Itty Bitty Splashtime Flyer image courtesy of City of Largo Recreation, Parks, & Arts

See Spiderman at Escape Zone Fun Center TONIGHT!

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Location: Escape Zone Fun Center
Cost: $3.50/child (includes bounce houses, 2 slices of pizza per child, and 2 FREE slices for Mom or Dad.)
Register/Info: (727) 857-7886; Escape Zone Fun Center Port Richey Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Spiderman will be handing out FREE tickets that can be redeemed at the prize counter!

Even Better! Enjoy $3.50 passes on Saturday, May 24, and “Free All Day Play” passes this Sunday, May 25. Plus, don’t forget Escape Zone Fun Center offers a Pizza Party 7 days a week from 5-7 p.m. and Sundays from 12-2 p.m. where just $3.50 per child includes all of the bounce houses, and mom or dad eat FREE, too.

Escape Zone Fun Center
11920 US Highway 19
Port Richey, FL 34668

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Mr. Tommy + Yogurtology = A Cool Summer Concert for Kids!

The Mommy Spot Tampa's Concert for Kids with Mr. Tommy FlyerTime: 12:45-2:45 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Location: Yogurtology in Carrollwood
Cost: Tickets are required for this event: $12.50 for 1 adult/1 child, or $$6.25 for 1 adult OR 1 child (NOTE: A service fee will be added to your online ticket purchase.)
Register/Info: The Mommy Spot Tampa Facebook Page; Register for The Mommy Spot’s Summer Concert with Mr. Tommy

What’s Doing?
(Ages 2-6) Cool down with a frozen yogurt treat while rocking out to Mr.Tommy! at Yogurtology in Carrollwood. Each ticket includes a cup of Yogurtology and entrance to the concert. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. so come early and enjoy your yogurt before the show. The show will start at approximately 1:15 p.m. This special event is presented by The Mommy Spot Tampa.

12406 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618

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Blue Guitar image: Pixomar / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Concert for Kids with Mr. Tommy Flyer image courtesy of The Mommy Spot Tampa

Visiting Tampa Bay? 5 Ways to Enjoy Summer Like a Local!

Sun, water and lifesaverSummer vacation has finally arrived, and we’re glad your family chose to vacation in Tampa Bay. The Bay area has so much to offer! We have a myriad of first class attractions and miles of beautiful sandy beaches with shells just waiting to be added to your collection. I know Busch Gardens and the beach are on your list of Things to DO! However, if you want to enjoy Tampa Bay like a local, here are even more locations and activities you may want to consider adding onto your itinerary:

NOTE: This list is brief and by no means includes all the great places there are to visit in Tampa Bay. Please feel free to add your favorite place as a comment below.


Grab those bathing suits, towels and cans of sunscreen and head to a local splash park. Here are 6 of the best splash parks in Tampa Bay:
– Kiwanis Sprayground (Dunedin, FL): This splash area is FREE and open to the public daily from 9 a.m.-sunset. The interactive children’s water playground is filled with several colorful, action-packed features — spray, gush, dump and pour water from a variety of whimsical devices.

Kiwanis Sprayground
1937 Ed Eckert Drive
Dunedin FL 34698

– Del Homes Park (St. Petersburg, FL): The park features, among its many features (like a fishing pier that offers year-round fishing in Lake Maggiore), a splash Pad water playground. The splash area with its brightly decorated and various water sprayers and sprinklers, opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset (May 1-October 31). Motion sensors let kids set off the water themselves. The park is FREE for families to enjoy.

Del Homes Park
2741 22nd Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

– Cypress Forest Spray Park (Oldsmar, FL): Cypress Forest Spray Park is 1,500 square feet of splashtastic good times filled with shooting, squirting and cascading water fountains. The park is open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (April-November) and it’s FREE, but there is a $5.00 per day/per car parking fee.

Cypress Forest Park
650 Pine Avenue North
Oldsmar, FL

– Water Fountain in Anderson Park (Tampa, FL): Kate Jackson Community Center is located in beautiful Anderson Park, nestled in the heart of historic Hyde Park. Anderson Park features a large playground and picnic benches sheltered by shade trees, and a fountain that shoots up water from the ground. The park is open year-round, and the fountain runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. From there you can walk to restaurants and shopping in historic Hyde Park Village. FREE parking is available in any of Hyde Park Villages’ three parking garages.

Anderson Park
821 South Rome Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

– Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Tampa, FL): This park runs along Tampa’s waterfront and faces the icon Plant Hall at the University of Tampa. The park, which includes a playground and two interactive fountains, is the site for many local events. Along Ashley Street Drive, you will find the larger of the park’s two water fountains. A smaller Mist Fountain is located along the Riverwalk. This park is also ideally located adjacent to Glazer Children’s Museum, which features two floors of interactive fun for kids and families. On the first Tuesday of each month, admission to Glazer is FREE from 2-7 p.m.!

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

– WaterPlay at Zephyr Park (Zephyrhills, FL): Enjoy FREE admission to this City water play area featuring fountain jets, soaker cannons, falling buckets of water, and arches shooting water. The 34-acre interactive water park is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Closed December 15-March 1 for maintenance.)

Zephyr Park
5039 4th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542



– Fit Kids Playground & Target Tuesdays (Tampa, FL): The first Tuesday of each month is extra special here in Tampa, FL because it’s the day locals can both enjoy some FREE fun and healthy snacks in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (2-6 p.m.) and get FREE admission to Glazer Children’s Museum (2-7 p.m.)! Glazer Children’s Museum’s Target Tuesdays feature FREE ADMISSION from 2-7 p.m. for both kids and adults, and often include special character appearances as well (On June 3, 2014, see Arthur at 2:30 & 4:30 p.m.). Target Tuesdays take place on the first Tuesday of each month all year long. From April through August, Fit Kids Playground also takes place on the first Tuesday of the month.

Just outside Glazer Children’s Museum, in Curtis Hixon Park, families can enjoy some outdoors fun from 2-6 p.m. at monthly the Playin’ in the Park event! You will find Hula Hoops, jump ropes, bubbles and balls for all kids to play with and enjoy, as well as vendor booths with activities and giveaways, and a FREE healthy snack courtesy of Whole Foods Market Tampa. Your family can also enjoy water play in one of the parks two interactive water fountains, so be sure to bring bathing suits, towels and sunscreen, too.

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

asterikFollow What’s Doing Tampa Bay on Facebook and Twitter @WhatsDoingTampa to find more great, kid-friendly local events this summer! I post events generally within 2 weeks of the event date, so watch the site when it gets close to your vacation time to find events happening while your family will be visiting. You can also check the WDTB Calendar every day.



Lithia Springs Park (Lithia, FL)
Pack up the floaties, beach supplies and a picnic lunch and head south to Lithia Springs Park. The swimming hole opens at 10 a.m. Arrive early to stake out your space along the narrow strip of sand or grass that wraps around a portion of the springs within the swimming enclosure for chairs and blankets. The water is clear to the bottom, and the water temperature remains a constant, and refreshing, 72 degrees year round. Several lifeguards watch the crowd throughout the day, and periodically everyone is asked to exit the water for a 15-minute safety check. There is a $2/vehicle (up to 8 persons) park entrance fee which gives you access to the picnic tables and playground. An additional $2/person gets you all-day admission to the swimming area. Read about my visit to Lithia Springs Park with my daughter on Tampa Bay Moms Blog.

Lithia Springs Regional Park
3931 Lithia Springs Road
Lithia, FL 33547



– Sunsets at Pier 60 (Clearwater, FL):
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a FREE family event featuring artisans and crafters, street performers, and musical entertainment. The event, which celebrates the end of the day, take place nightly from 6-10 p.m., weather permitting. On Friday and Saturday nights at dusk, guests are also treated to a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low beach chair, and tuck in for a movie on the jumbo screen. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available. Find out what films are showing this month.

Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

– Ruskin Family Drive-in Theatre (Ruskin, FL): The Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, with over 50 years of continuous service to the Ruskin and South Hillsborough County, has been a community gathering place since its first movie, “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952. The Box Office opens at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights (earlier if a line starts forming), and at 7:45 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday. Admission is just $6/person and $1/child age 5-8 (FREE for children age 4 and younger with their own parents), and includes BOTH movies. (Remember, this place is CASH ONLY!) Visit the Snack Bar for affordable concessions. (A large popcorn is just $4.25, and a Pulled Pork Sandwich is just $3.50!) The only money that supports this family drive-in comes from concessions, so it is appreciated if you buy your snacks.

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre
5011 US Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

– Island Nights at Adventure Island (Tampa, FL)
Adventure Island® heats up when the sun goes down all summer long with Island Nights®. From June 12-August 9, Busch Gardens® Tampa’s waterpark keeps this family-friendly sunset celebration going every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5-9 p.m. with live music, eclectic entertainment, sand sculptures, street performers, stilt walkers, and a steel drum band. Plus, partygoers can satisfy their taste buds with the all-new Island Nights Food Truck!Admission to Island Nights is included with any daily park admission or Adventure Island Pass.

Adventure Island
10001 North McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

– Busch Gardens SUMMER NIGHTS (Tampa, FL)
Want to add a trip to Busch Gardens theme park to your vacation agenda? How about enjoying the park during the cooler evening hours. Busch Gardens SUMMER NIGHTS runs from June 28 through August 17, 2014, when you can experience Florida’s best thrills after dark! When the sun goes down, climb aboard some of the most exciting coasters and thrill rides out there, including Falcon’s Fury™, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower. Plus, the park’s award-winning Kinetix show returns with nightly performances of its rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics. Kinetix’s energizing performances include live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. Their thrilling performance – along with modern music and pyrotechnic effects – will pump up the crowd every night in Gwazi Park at 9 p.m.

Busch Gardens Tampa
10165 North McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612



– Parksdale Farm Market (Plant City, FL): Get a taste of old Florida at this kitchy Farm Market, the largest family-operated Strawberry & Citrus Market in Florida. Take a vacation photo of the kids sitting in the Strawberry Throne. There are even capes, crowns and roses to wear and hold! The market sells delicious milkshakes, ice cream and more, which you can enjoy at one of the picnic tables under the huge Ficus tree that shelters the luau-themed café. Then pick some fresh Florida produce to enjoy later at your hotel. Read more about my adventure with my daughter at Parksdale Farm Market.

Parkesdale Farm Market
3702 West Baker Street
Plant City, FL 33563

– FREE Water Ski Shows (Oldsmar, FL): The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team presents a FREE water ski show every weekend? These shows feature barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio, pyramid acts and more. The shows start at 6 p.m., with pre-show entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Parking is FREE.

Tower Lake
130 Burbank Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677

– Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (St. Petersburg, FL): Boyd Hill is a 245-acre award-winning nature park featuring 6 miles of trails and boardwalks showcasing 6 unique ecosystems — hardwood hammocks, sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, willow marsh, swamp woodlands, and lake shore. The preserve is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

– Pinellas Pioneer Settlement (St. Petersburg, FL): The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement authentically recreates the life styles of Pinellas County pioneers with period buildings, and is located adjacent to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. The Settlement is a living history museum experience where visitors can observe and take part in the skills, crafts and social customs of late 19th century life in west central Florida.

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement
2900 31st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

– Croc Encounters Reptile Park and Wildlife Center (Tampa, FL): Croc Encounters is currently under renovation, but you can get a sneak peek every Saturday during their “Sneak Peek Saturdays.” From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sneak Peek Saturdays offers a special up-close and personal look at areas of the park as they are completed, including big alligator ponds, tortoises, some small reptiles, the Crocodilian Loop, a live alligator show, and a hands-on live animal encounter. Best of all, admission to Sneak Peek Saturdays is only $5, or $4 with a printed coupon.

Croc Encounters Reptile Park and Wildlife Center
8703 Bowles Road
Tampa, FL 33637

— Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida (Tampa, FL): Enjoy Sunday Brunch along the Palm River at Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida, a Thai Buddhist Temple located in the heart of Tampa. Authentic Thai food prepared by Temple volunteers can be purchased (CASH ONLY) at stations along the porch. Choose from a wide variety of Thai deserts, salads, tempura battered vegetables and fruits, noodle bowl, curry dishes, and more. If you go, you’ll want to get there before 10:30 a.m. The noodle line in particular gets long, and picnic tables can become scarce later in the morning. Read more.

Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida
5306 Palm River Road
Tampa, FL 33619

– Tampa Bay History Center (Tampa, FL): Learn all about Tampa’s unique history as kids play with tiny Tampa trains, jump into the saddle and ride with the cattle ranchers, and dress up like a pioneer and play house in the Cracker Cabin. And there are tables near the Cracker Cabin that have drawers filled with things for kids to build and create with (this was my daughter’s favorite part!). You can even design your own produce label and e-mail it home as a souvenir. Make your visit an interactive learning experience for the kids by printing out this Gallery Scavenger Hunt. FREE Parking with paid admission in Forum Blue Lot.

Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street (formerly St. Pete Times Forum Drive)
Tampa, Fl 33602

– Henry B. Plant Museum (Tampa, FL): Plant Hall, currently home to the University of Tampa, was originally the Tampa Bay Hotel built by railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant. The Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and spectacular tropical gardens made it one of the most astonishingly magnificent hotel of its day. Today guests can visit the Henry B. Plant Museum and the authentically restored rooms of the Tampa Bay Hotel. Guided tours (included with admission) are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m., and last approximately 30 minutes. The Henry B. Plant Museum is participating in Blue Star Museums, which offers FREE admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Parking is FREE.

Outside, you can stroll through Plant Park that fronts the Hillsborough River. A short walk into Downtown will take you to Glazer Children’s Museum.

Henry B. Plant Museum
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33616



So, do we locals really spend much time visiting our popular tourist attractions? YES! It’s one of the many reasons we love living here! Here is a look at some of the attractions I’m sure you will enjoy as much as we do:

– Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (Tampa, FL): One of my favorite things about this Zoo is that it has rides, and those rides are included with your regular admission. (It saves a lot of “Why can’t I ride the Carousel again,” conversations with you kids.) In the summer, for those with kids who meet the height requirement (min. 42″), the Gator Falls Flume Ride is a great diversion. But it is also fun to stand at the end of the ride waiting for the big splashes every time a flume drops! The areas we spend the most time in during the summer, however, is the Billabong Fountains water play area in Wallaroo Station and the Manatee Fountains. Bring bathing suits, towels and sunscreen and enjoy some cooling off time at the Zoo.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

– The Florida Aquarium (Tampa, FL): The most popular exhibit during the summer for locals is the Explore A Shore water play area, which features a pirate ship, water slide, climbing rope, and jet sprays. There are a variety of interactive water elements in this aquatic discovery zone. Just for toddlers, there is Shipwreck Shore with animal figures to climb and pirate ship replica. And there is a sand play area as well, with misters to cool off relaxing parents. Finally, there is a Caribbean-themed, full service, sit-down restaurant in the Explore A Shore area — The Caribbean Cantina — where parents can just sit back and relax while the kids play. Explore A Shore closes at 4:45 p.m. each day.

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

– Great Explorations & Sunken Gardens (St. Petersburg, FL): Great Explorations is an indoor children’s discovery museum, and it is adjacent to Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum featuring a 100-year-old garden filled with some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. In fact, these two museums share a lobby and parking lot. (parking is FREE!) At Sunken Gardens, kids can also join a hoop dancing class on Tuesdays from 4-4:45 p.m. ($10/class). Call for more information: (727) 551-3102. After a walk through the garden, head inside for some interactive, hands-on fun. Get creative in the Express Yourself Art Studio, crawl through the Touch Tunnel, dig-up some sandy fun at Beth’s Beach, and much more!

Great Explorations & Sunken Gardens
1825 & 1925 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

– Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure & Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Clearwater, FL): Park at Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure (your ticket includes both attractions, and parking is FREE) and relive the magic of Dolphin Tale. Then enjoy a FREE Trolley or Boat Ride to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA). At the Aquarium, there are a variety of animal and education presentations throughout the day for you and your family to enjoy, as well as a Behind the Scenes Tour, where your family can experience an interactive journey demonstrating our commitment to “rescue, rehab and release” marine animals.

Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure
320 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL

– Museum of Science & Industry (Tampa, FL): Explore the exhibits, catch an IMAX show, or challenge yourself on the Ropes Course. MOSI also has their new Idea Zone, a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) “do-it-yourself” laboratory you can develop robots, produce animated movies, create inventions and products, and solve science mysteries. Programs are available throughout the week and weekend. Parents and kids (ages 4-8) can join the Young Makers Studio every Sunday (12-4 p.m.) to learn new skills and let your artistic side run wild by making something special to take home. Drop by anytime between noon and 4 p.m. There is a program fee of $7/project (MOSI member: $6/project). Learn more about MOSI’s Idea Zone and find more family Idea Zone Workshops.

4801 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33617

— Dinosaur World (Plant City, FL): Just a short drive east on I-4 towards Orlando, you’ll find Dinosaur World, where you can discover more than 20 life-size dinosaur replicas! Wander through the 20-acre park in search of these prehistoric predators, explore the interactive boneyard and the giant skeletal playground, and visit the Prehistoric museum. The part my daughter loves the most is the Fossil Dig, which is included in the child admission price for ages 3-12. (Anyone over 12 or under 3 who wants to dig can do so for just $2.) If you choose the Excavation Pass, you can also do the Dino Gem Excavation and feed the fish. Bring a picnic lunch with you because they don’t serve food here, and there isn’t much nearby; they do have nice picnic tables by the playground. Parking is FREE!

Dinosaur World
5145 Harvey Tew Road
Plant City, FL 33565


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Get Creative! LEGO Block Party with Master Builder Rebecca & Contest

LEGO Block Party FlyerTime: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Register/Info: Call (813) 926-9380 to register; Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park Website

What’s Doing?
Sign the kids up to get creative at Learning Express Toys’ LEGO Block Party with Master Builder Rebecca! Participants will be provided with a bucket of LEGO blocks and challenged to create their most unique design. Prizes will be awarded for:
– Most Creative Builder
– Junior Master Builder

Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
Westfield Citrus Park
7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

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LEGO Brick image courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
LEGO Block Party Flyer image courtesy of Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park

New Rod and Reel for Kids at Annual Kids Fishing Challenge

Greater Palm Harbor YMCA Kids Fishing Challenge Presented by Cadence Bank
Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (Fishing Time available: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. with 60 open slots per time period. Times are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Location: Wall Springs Park
Cost: Kids Fishing Angler: $15 (Includes tournament entry, rod and reel, bait, T-shirt, raffle ticket and lunch. Participants will fish for 45 minutes.) or Kids Fishing Non-Angler: $10 (Includes lunch, T-shirt, and a raffle ticket.)
Register/Info: (727) 787-9622 or e-mail bwilson@suncoastymca.org; YMCA of the Suncoast Website

What’s Doing?
Greater Palm Harbor YMCA is hosting a Catch-and-Release Tournament, presented by Cadence Bank, for up to 250 children kids age 12 and younger. Children can choose to fish or not, and both entry categories will include arts and crafts, activities, and a bounce house. Little anglers will receive a new fishing rod and reel, T-shirt, raffle ticket and lunch, and have 45 minutes of fishing time. Non-anglers will receive lunch, a T-shirt and raffle ticket.

NOTE: Registration is open through Friday, June 6. Onsite registration may be available the day of the event.

Wall Springs Park
3725 Desoto Boulevard
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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Kids Fishing Challenge Presented by Cadence Bank image courtesy of Greater Palm Harbor YMCA

Worth the Trip: 2nd Annual Dairy Day Festival at Dakin Dairy Farms

Dairy Day at Dakin Dairy Farms
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Location: Dakin Dairy Farms
Cost: $15/adult, $10/child age 10 and younger, and FREE for children under 2 years. Parking is FREE!
Register/Info: (941) 322-2802; Dakin Dairy Farms Website; Dakin Dairy Farms Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Dakin Dairy Farms “Dairy Day” season finale is honoring National Dairy Month (June) with a festival. Get your farm fun on with:
– Keiser Culin-Dairy Cooking Experience
– Live music
– WaterSlides (12″ & 30″)
– Rock Climbing Wall
– Mechanical Bull (all ages)
– “Farm Fun” Zone
– Calf Scrambles
– Pig Races
– Cow Train Rides
– Pony Rides
– Taste testing and demonstration
… and lots moooore!

There will also be farm fresh food being served as well. Some favorites include:
– “Florida Country Quisine” by a Myakka Local Caterer: Swamp Cabbage, Frog Legs, Gator Bites, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried CHEESE Curds
– EXTREME grilled cheese experience
– Fresh roasted corn with homemade Dakin butter
– Pizza handmade by Harvest House Ministries
– Pulled pork
– Milk shakes

Dakin Dairy Farms
30771 Betts Road
Myakka City, FL 34251

Cow illustration image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
2nd Annual Dairy Days flyer image courtesy of Dakin Dairy Farms

Make a Splash at Bayou, Boats and BBQ! National Trails Day Event

Camp Bayou — Canoeing

Canoeing the Little Manatee River. Photo © Camp Bayou.

Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Location: Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
Cost: FREE admission and parking; Canoe rentals: $10/1 hour (first come, first served); Lunch: $5 (includes cheeseburger, hot dog or chili cheese dog and a drink)
Register/Info: (813) 641-8545; Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center Website; Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Camp Bayou will host a National Trails Day event — Bayou, Boats and BBQ. This FREE event will be water-themed with fish casting, water games, splash ball, and critter netting in the river to name just a few. Participating organizations will include SWFWMD, Florida Aquarium, Little Manatee River State Park, AmeriCorps, League of Environmental Educators in Florida, Florida Master Naturalists, and Camp Bayou volunteers. Take a ‘Water’s Journey” while visiting each of the display tables to be entered into a raffle to win a Summer Fun Bag (winner to be announced at noon).

It’s also Butterfly Education and Awareness Day (BEAD) and Camp Bayou is celebrating in the butterfly habitat with kid- friendly butterfly activities.

Canoe rentals will be available for a special event price of just $10 (First come, first served) that will allow you paddle around the oxbow island for up to 1 hour. If you have your own canoe or kayak, feel free to bring it and join the paddle around the oxbow for FREE. If bringing your own boat, please launch at the end of 24th Street or bring a caddy, as cars will not be allowed near the dock during this event due to safety concerns.

Heather Nikole Photography, a local business that specializes in themed, natural light photography, will be set up at the fishing cabins for some ‘Old Florida’ photos. The fishing cabins will be open with exhibits that highlight the historical uses of the river.

Finally, a lunch time fundraiser (made possible by the Plant City Lion’s Club and Walden Lake Car Wash and Service Center) will begin at 11 a.m. Choose from cheeseburgers, hot dogs or chili cheese dogs for just $5/person including a beverage. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
4140 24th Street SE
Ruskin, FL 33570

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4. The Mommy Spot Tampa Fun Fitness Play Date with Stroller Strides & My Gym

Canoe image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Photo courtesy of Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center.

Hurricane Expo 2014 … Are You Ready, Tampa Bay?

Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo Flyer
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Location: MOSI
Cost: FREE Expo Admission. Discounted Admission to MOSI for event attendees ($8/person includes MOSI exhibits and one standard IMAX® Dome Theatre show). Parking is FREE. Food will be available for purchase. ($4 Disaster dogs and $5 Hurricane Hamburgers come with chips and a drink.)
Register/Info: (813) 987-6080; Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo Website

What’s Doing?
The Hurricane Expo is an educational event for the entire family with plenty of children activities to enjoy, as well as exhibits and more! This year’s theme, “Are You Ready Tampa Bay,” will focus on the importance of taking actions before a major disaster to ensure you can recover successfully after a storm. While our local emergency responders are ready for any disaster, they still look to residents to help.

In addition to guest speakers, activities will include safety demonstrations, emergency vehicle displays, and vendor booths. Residents will also be able to look up their evacuation zone and visit the 72-hour emergency supply display, which will show the quantity of supplies needed for a family to survive the first 72 hours following a disaster.

A panel of meteorologists from local news stations and experts from the National Weather Service and local emergency management offices will address questions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A business disaster toolkit workshop will be held at 12 p.m., where business owners can learn how to make plans to ensure that their businesses will stay afloat after a disaster. And a resiliency/survivor’s panel will be held at 10 a.m., where you can hear real stories from people who experienced and recovered from a disaster.

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
4801 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33617

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4. $5 Admission Day at MOSI on May 17!

Eye of the Hurricane image courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo Flyer image courtesy of Hillsborough County & City of Tampa and MOSI Tampa.



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