Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-5 p.m. (Sun.); Last admission sold at 3 p.m. each day.
Date: Open Saturdays and Sundays through December 16, 2012; The farm will also be open to the general public on the Wednesday before and Friday after Thanksgiving (November 21 & 23).
Location: Long and Scott Farms
Cost: $11/adult (age 17+), $9/child (age 3-16), and FREE for children under 3 years
Under 3 years: Free; Weekend Hayrides: $4/person, FREE for children under 3; “Fishing for Kids”: $2 extra per child (weekends only); Food available for purchase from vendors
Info: (352) 383-6900; Scott’s Maze Adventures Website; Purchase Maze Tickets Online
Directions: Long and Scott Farms is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes northeast of Downtown Tampa.
Bring the family out to the farm for some fall fun. Your admission will include:
— Large and small Corn Maze
— Tree Maze
— Rock Maze
— Mist Maze
— Super slide
— Jumping pillow
— Zip line for kids
— Picnic area and access to food vendors
Maze Adventures Special Weekends:
— October 27 & 28: FALL-O-WEEN — Purchase a Maze ticket in your costume and receive $1 off at the register.
— November 10 & 11: Veteran’s Day Salute — In honor of all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, there will be a Flag ceremony at 10 a.m. and all veterans with valid I.D. will receive FREE admission.
— November 24 & 25: Santa arrives and the farm will have Christmas trees for sale.
Long and Scott Farms
26216 County Road 448A
Mount Dora, FL 32757
1. Find more Fall Corn Mazes taking place around the Tampa Bay area.
2. Holiday Craft Fair and Pumpkin Patch
3. 2012 Wesley Chapel Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch Pageant
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: October 13-14, 2012; October 20-21, 2012 & October 27-28, 2012
Location: Hunsader Farms
Cost: $8/person, FREE for children age 12 and younger; Corn Maze: $2/person; Additional attractions, fresh produce and food provided by outside vendors have their own pricing; Parking is $5/car
Info: (941) 322-2168; Hunsader Farms Website
Distance: Hunsader Farms is approximately 1 hours south of Downtown Tampa
Every day family will get to enjoy lots of kid-friendly fun included with your admission:
— 100+ craft booths
— Live music and shows
— Pioneer Trades Village
— Chainsaw Sculptor
— Scarecrow Displays
— Petting Zoo
— Barnyard Playground
— Frog Jumping Championship
There will also be food and fresh produce available for purchase, and even more activities to be enjoyed, but pricing for these will be additional:
— Charity Pumpkin Games
— Pony Rides
— Corn Maze
— Rock Climbing Wall and Power Jump
— Face Painting
— Children’s Train Ride
— Butterfly Experience
5500 County Road 675
Bradenton, FL 34211
1. Find more Fall Corn Mazes taking place around Tampa Bay in 2012.
2. Temple Terrace Reads! 2012 Family Festival
3. Trick-or-Treat events taking place at Tampa Bay area malls, stores and shopping areas.
Pumpkin Image: by Francesco ‘Architetto’ Rollandin, Open Clipart Library
Image: Hunsader Farms, Inc.
Maze Design Cancer Awarness-John Wayne/Chris LeDoux
This MAiZE owned and operated by The Smith Family Ranch LLC
2 p.m.-Dusk (Fri.), 9 a.m.-Dusk (Sat.) & 12 p.m.-Dusk (Sun.)
October 19, 2012 through November 25, 2012
$10/person age 11+, $8/child (age 5-10), FREE for children under 4 (Includes all attractions except for those run by outside vendors.); The Branding Iron Grill will have food and beverages for sale
(863) 859-6472; The MAiZE Website
Lakeland, FL is approximately 1 hour NE of Downtown Tampa
This corn maze is created by the MAiZE Inc., the world’s largest cornfield maze consulting/design company, and Lakeland, FL is just one of many corn mazes they offer throughout the country. In addition to the chance to get lost — and found — in a field of corn, attractions will include:
— Corn box
— Corn cannon
— Country Store
— Cow train
— Mini mazes
— Pumpkin patch
— Jumping pillow
— Pony ride
NOTE: Since this activity can be affected by weather, please check weather reports before you visit. Closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather are recommended, as well as sun screen.
13444 Moore Road
Lakeland, FL 33809
1. Get Lost in a Corn Maze at Sweetfields Farm
2. Find Fall Festivals taking place around the Tampa Bay area in 2012.
3. Browse Halloween 2012 events in Tampa Bay
Image and Logo: The MAiZE, Inc.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Last admission will be at 4 p.m.)
Date: September 29 & 30; October 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28; November 3 & 4
Cost: $8.50/person age 12+, $4.50/child age 3-11, FREE/child age 2 and younger; What to bring extra cash for: Launcher, face painting and pumpkin painting, food, beverages, U-Pick and gathered produce (Visit the Sweetfields Farm website to see what crops are currently available.)
Info: (352) 279-0977; Sweetfields Farm Website
Distance: Masaryktown, FL is approximately 1 hour north of Downtown Tampa.
Don’t miss an opportunity to get lost is a maze of corn! Plus, there will be fun activities for the family to enjoy. In addition to the corn maze, your admission will include:
— Hay ride
— Hay maze
— Hay play area
— Duck race
— Spider web maze
— Story teller
— FREE craft of the season
— Visit the animals
… and more!
There is a picnic area for families to enjoy, as well.
What to Bring: Water, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes (no dress shoes, sandals or flip flops please), your camera and some cash (there is NO ATM on the farm, and credit/check is not accepted). Also, be sure to wear clothes appropriate to the weather, and keep in mind that this is a working farm, so there is lots of dirt and uneven ground. Be sure to check out their Farm Rules before you go.
17250 Benes Roush Road
Masaryktown, FL 34604
1. Halloween Costume Swap
2. Hydro Harvest Farms 2012 Pumpkin Patch & Boofest: The Patch Opens October 5!
3. St. James United Methodist Church Fall Festival 2012
Images: Sweetfields Farms
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Location: Polk Museum of Art
Cost: All FREE, All Day!
Info: (863) 688-5423; Polk Museum of Art Events
Distance: The Polk Museum of Art is approximately 40 minutes east of Downtown Tampa.
The Museum is celebrating their newest exhibit, “Invisible Elephant: New Works by Theo Wujcik and and Kirk Ke Wang,” during this FREE open house and art carnival. Bring the whole family to explore Asian culture through:
— Art projects
— Live entertainment
— Face painting
… and more!
Even Better! The first 725 children (age 3+) through the door will receive a FREE goody bag filled with back-to-school art supplies!
Entertainment schedule for the day will include:
— A-1 Magic Show
— Lion/Dragon Dance
— Storytelling with live painting by Rick Olivo
— Stilt walkers
— Balloon twisting
Polk Museum of Art
800 East Palmetto Street
Lakeland, FL 33801
1. Give Kids the World Pancake Day 2012: Get FREE Pancakes + a FREE Perkins Gift Card!
2. Talk Like a Pirate Day 2012 Events
3. Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Will Open Their Doors for FREE Every Weekend in September!
4. See all the FREE (or really cheap) children’s crafts your kids can make this month.
5. Check the WDTB Calendar for more family-friendly, kid-friendly events coming up.
Colors Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Empty Paint Palette Image: nuchylee / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Time: 6:30-9 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Location: Hernando County Branch YMCA
Cost: FREE and open to the community (Registration required; Download a PDF Registration Form); Run to Remember T-shirts are $5 each at the Member Services Desk
Info: (352) 688-9622; YMCA of the Suncoast Event Calendar
This 5k run/1-mile walk commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 disaster. Bring family and friends and Run to Remember. A continental breakfast will follow the run.
Hernando County YMCA
1300 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Operation Homefront of Florida 2-Mile Freedom Walk & Run 2012
Browse September 2012 events
More 9/11 commemorative events
What’s the Freebie?
Does your child have a valid Preschool Pass for Busch Gardens & Sea World? Take advantage of this special offer exclusively for Preschool Pass holders. Simply show your child’s Preschool Pass at Aquatica Orlando‘s front gate to receive one FREE visit to Aquatica for your child before December 31, 2012.
NOTE: Adult admission ticket is required.
According to the e-mail from SeaWorld Orlando, Mom and Dad can save $20 on their single day Aquatica tickets if the visit takes place before June 30, 2012. But, this offer is only valid at the front gate, and adults must be accompanied by preschool pass child.
For more information about this special offer, please contact Aquatica by SeaWorld or call (888) 800-5447 or (407) 351-3600.
5800 Water Play Way
Orlando, FL 32821
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Are you looking for fun and unique ways you and your kids (age 12+) can volunteer together and give back to the community? If so, Golden Rainbow Ranch needs you!
Golden Rainbow Ranch is hosting a Family Fun Day event for children with special needs and their families. The purpose of the event is to help raise funds for summer camp for special needs kids. They are in need of volunteers for the event to run carnival games, help with parking, and more. If you and your family would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Ali Baylor at goldenrainbowranch @gmail.com.
DETAILS OF THE EVENT:
Family Fun Day
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Location: Golden Rainbow Ranch
Cost: $5/family suggested donation; Space is very limited; RSVP to Ali at goldenrainbowranch @gmail.com if you would like to attend. You MUST be on the list in order to attend.
Info: RSVP to goldenrainbowranch @gmail.com; Website; Facebook Page
Distance: Golden Rainbow Ranch is located approximately 1 hr. 15 min. north of Downtown Tampa
Golden Rainbow Ranch (a non-profit 501c3 organization), in partnership with UNIFIED by A.U.T.I.S.M (a support group for family of children with special needs), is holding a Family Fun-draiser Day to help children with special needs attend summer camp. Bring the Family and enjoy a family fun filled event to help some very special kids! This fun event will feature:
— Hay rides
— Feed the cows, goats, horse and donkey
— Hold a chicken and pet the bunny
— Carnival games
— Bake sale
— Hair feather extensions
— Push Cart Pauly will be selling hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos and more
NOTE: Jeans and close-toed shoes are strongly suggested (NO flip flops or sandals).
Golden Rainbow Ranch
14412 Snow Memorial Highway
Brooksville, FL 34601
Thanks Debbie K. and Nicole P. for sending us the information on this event!
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Location: Withlacoochee State Forest (All participants meet near the caves north of Brooksville; Directions will be provided with your confirmation letter)
Cost: Members: $50/parent-child team; $25/additional family member; MOSI members; Non-members: $67/parent-child team and $33/additional family member (Registration is required!)
Info: (813) 987-6000; Website
Explore underground caverns in the Withlacoochee State Forest. See stalactites, stalagmites and other geological treasures, and look out for bats as you crawl through the twisting underground caverns.
What to Bring:
— Wear comfortable shoes
— Wear long pants
— Wear a long-sleeved shirt you don’t mind getting dirty
— Plenty of water
NOTE: This program involves walking and crawling, and is designed for adults with children age 8 and older.
Directions to the meet-up location in the Withlacoochee State Forest will be provided with your confirmation letter.