A mom of three contacted me the other day asking me to share this information with all of you. Her youngest was born with Down Syndrome, and she and some friends in her support group have started a brand new Meetup group called the Down Syndrome Social Club. She would like to personally invite all families that have a loved one with Down Syndrome to join them. The Down Syndrome Social Club serves the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties.
Join the Down Syndrome Social Club on Meetup.
Image courtesy of the Down Syndrome Social Club
Thank you, Alicia S., for contacting me about your new Meetup group.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Date: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month (June 18, July 16, August August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19 & December 17)
Location: Gator Fred’s Fun & Party Center
Cost: $8/child age 2-12 (Mon.-Fri.); $6/child age 1 year to 23 months; FREE for parents and children under 1 with a paid general admission
Info: (813) 264-1700; Gator Fred’s Website
Gator Fred’s offers sessions especially for children on the Autism spectrum and their parents to enjoy some play time.
Gator Fred’s Fun & Party Center
5360 Erlich Road
Tampa, FL 33625
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Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Date: First Wednesday of every month
Location: Chick-fil-A at Park Place
Cost: FREE coffee for moms, discounted breakfast special for kids
Info: (727) 525-7171
Join other moms and children on the first Wednesday of each month. Moms will be treated to FREE coffee, and there will be a discounted breakfast special for the kids.
This is the perfect time to meet other moms, get the kids together to play, bring crafts to make with your kids, and just simply have fun together!
Chick-fil-A at Park Place
7020 US Highway 19 North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
1. Designed for Kids: Catch Kidding Around Yoga at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
2. Pinellas Park Kiwanis Club Children’s Fishing Derby
3. FREE Music With Mar. Class
Image courtesy of Jeanne Claire Maarbes / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Thanks to Chelsea L., Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A at Park Place and Chick-fil-A at Feathersound, for sending this event information!
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Date: 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month
Location: Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg
Cost: $5/person (bring a towel or yoga mat)
Info: (727) 896-2667; Museum of Fine Arts Website
Kidding Around Yoga offers classes specifically designed for kids age 3+ (and their families are welcome, too), which blend traditional yoga poses and asanas with games and activities, music, stories and more.
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Croc Encounters
Cost: $5/person ($3 with coupon)
Info: (813) 217-4400; Croc Encounters Website
Croc Encounters is currently under renovation. As each section of the park is completed, it will open to the public. You can get a sneak peek each Saturday during “Sneak Peek Saturdays,” which offers guests a special up-close, personal look at areas of the park as they are finished, as well as a preview of what’s coming.
Now open is the first phase, which includes tortoises, some small reptiles, and the Crocodilian Loop, where guests can see a variety of crocodiles and alligators up-close.
Future sections will feature lizards, large snakes, turtle ponds and more large alligator exhibits.
See pictures of the facility on the Croc Encounters Facebook page.
8703 Bowles Road
Tampa, FL 33637
1. More Ongoing Activities for Families to Enjoy in Tampa Bay
2. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids
3. FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies + AMC Sensory-Friendly Film
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My daughter painting a pony at the Pony Crazy Story Art story time.
11:30 a.m. & 4:15 p.m.
Pretty in Paint
Varies (Prices range from $5-$20 depending on that weeks project, and the fee includes both the studio fee and the piece)
(813) 528-8733; Pretty in Paint Website
Bring the kids to this paint-your-own-pottery studio for a weekly event that puts a fun twist on the usual story time. Each Thursday, kids will listen to a different story in the studio, then paint a piece that’s related to the theme of the book. Kids will have the opportunity to choose from a couple different pieces, pick their paint colors, and paint. The fee includes the story, the piece and the paint and painting supplies. This program is geared for children age For age 3-7.
Check the Pretty in Paint Facebook Page every Thursday to find out what the story will be, or call the studio.
Pretty in Paint
18841 State Road 54
Lutz, FL 33558
1. Find more kid-friendly family events on the WDTB calendar
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Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Date: Every Wednesday
Location: Buffalo Wild Wings in Clearwater, FL
Cost: Activities are FREE, you pay only for your food; $1.99 Kid’s Meals
Info: (727) 723-9100; Face Painting with Miss Marie Facebook Page
Head over to Buffalo Wild Wings with the kids on a Wednesday evening for Family Night. There will be face painting and balloon twisting with Miss Marie, as well as $1.99 Kid’s Meals.
Buffalo Wild Wings
21688 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33765
Tom & Beth Stephan selling local honey.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Every Saturday starting March 2, 2013
Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum
The Market is FREE to the public; Items are priced individually
(727) 365-4660; Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum Website
; Gulf Coast Center for Fishing Facebook Page
Beginning March 2, the Marine & Farmers Open Air Market at the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum will run every Saturday. The Market will have more than 50 vendors selling fishing equipment and marine supplies, household goods, sportswear and clothing, nautical jewelry, plants, produce and more.
Get up early and enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at 9 a.m. for just $5/person. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the non-profit Foundation and help to establish fishing clubs in all Pinellas County Schools.
Then, at 10 a.m. watch a Guy Harvey movie in the Guy Harvey Outpost Auditorium (Kids are FREE).
Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum
12211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33778
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Image courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing Foundation, Inc.
Thanks to Morgan V. from the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing Foundation, Inc. for sending us this information!
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Date: A number of interactive children’s theatre performances are held throughout the year (There is no performance scheduled for July 2013)
Location: Carrollwood Cultural Center
Cost: Tickets: $6/member, $7/non-member, $24/Family Four-Pack]
Info: (813) 269-1310; Carrollwood Cultural Center Children’s Theatre (Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Carrollwood Cultural Center Children’s Theatre page and clicking on the performance you’re interested in attending.)
Throughout the year, the Carrollwood Cultural Center offers a special Children’s Theatre Series featuring educational themes woven into entertaining, high-energy, kid-friendly shows. Check out what performances are planned through August 2013:
— Sunday, March 10: The Inflated Tales of Peter Rabbit — Join Mark Byrnes “The Balloon Guy” as he tells the classic tale of Peter Rabbit using balloons and audience members.
— Sunday, April 14: The Pied Bag-Piper of Hamelin — Scottish folk songs, comic characters and audience participation create a hilarious show. (Appropriate for children in grades K-5th; Presented by A.C.T. Theatre for Youth)
— Sunday, May 19: A World of Wonderful Tales — Folktales and songs from around the world are creatively presented in this multi-cultural performance. (Appropriate for children in grades K-5th; Presented by A.C.T. Theatre for Youth)
— Sunday, June 23: Betty Spaghetti Dreams Big — Denise Hall as the World Famous Chef Betty Spaghetti invites you into her kitchen for reading fun, singing, dancing, magic, physical comedy, and a Broadway musical ending.
— Sunday, August 18: Shana Banana’s Pajama Party — Dance and sing while brushing your teeth, taking a bath, putting on your jammies, telling stories, and singing songs. Shana Banana makes your bedtime routine totally fun!
Find out what’s coming up next! Visit the Carrollwood Cultural Center online.
Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road
Tampa, FL 33618
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Images courtesy of the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Find out how to become a Carrollwood Cultural Center Member.