FREE Sign Language Classes for Kids and Adults

What’s the Freebie?
The Deaf Literacy Center offers a variety of American Sign Language (ASL) classes for children and adults through the Pinellas Public Libraries. Fall 2013 ASL courses begin as soon as September 5. Check the Fall 2013 American Sign Language Courses schedule to see which classes are being offered at local library branches in Pinellas County.

NOTE: Registration is required for these classes. Please contact the library branch directly for more information and to register.

The Deaf Literacy Center has four library locations:
— Safety Harbor Public Library
— Palm Harbor Public Library
— Pinellas Park Public Library
— St. Petersburg South Branch Library

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Thank you to WDTB reader Jaimie R. for passing along this information!

Special Glow Wars Playtimes at Pump It Up Westchase

Time: 6-8:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Friday, August 30, 2013 & Sunday, September 1, 2013
Location: Pump It Up-Westchase
Cost: $8/child (Includes open jump time and one glow necklace per paying child) or $12.95/child (Includes open jump time and one glow necklace and Glow Gun per paying child; glow guns can be used at any future Glow Wars event)
Info: Call (813) 854-2222 to reserve your spot; Pump It Up-Westchase Calendar; Pump It Up-Westchase Glow Wars Playtime Details

What’s Doing?
Pump It Up has combined their glow playtime with these new glow-in-the-dark pong ball guns. So, everyone will be blasting away in their laser lit arena while bouncing, sliding and navigating the obstacle courses.

Even Better! Beginning August 30, Pump it Up-Westchase will be scheduling this Glow Wars Playtime from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Friday night. (NOTE: The regular Friday night time is different from the time set for August 30, 2013.)

Don’t worry, though. Your child can enjoy traditional bouncing and sliding in Arena A.

NOTE: Children must be 34″ tall to play on the inflatables. A signed waiver and socks are always required to play at Pump It Up.

Pump It Up of Westchase
12878 Commodity Place
Tampa, FL 33626

1. Swaptember 2013 Begins for Zoo, Aquarium & MOSI Members
2. Where Can You Find Music With Mar.?

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Music With Mar.

Music with Mar. LogoTime: Varies by event
Date: Varies
Location: See schedule below
Cost: FREE
Info: Follow Music With Mar. on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Does your child love Music With Mar.? Here’s where you can join in the fun:
— Chick-fil-A of Oldsmar Family Fun Night (5:30-7:30 p.m.) — Join Music With Mar. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
— Chick-fil-A of Clearwater Family Fun Night (6-7:30 p.m.) — Catch Music With Mar. on the 1st Tuesday of each month.
— Clearwater Countryside Library (4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2013) — Join Music With Mar. on October 10 for an October-themed event.
Cuban Breezes 10 year Anniversary (October 12, 2013) — Music With Mar. will be at Cuban Breezes to help celebrate their 10th anniversary on October 12. Miss Karen will most likely likely perform in the afternoon from 5-7 p.m., but contact the restaurant closer to the event to confirm. Cuban Breezes will have a tent and specials throughout the day. (I’m told that if you go to eat, you’ve got to try their “white dip.”)

Chick-fil-A of Oldsmar
3740 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(813) 925-0117

Chick-fil-A of Clearwater
2516 Gulf to Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 723-1992

Clearwater Countryside Library
2741 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 562-4970

Cuban Breezes
in County Line Plaza
13980 Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33635
(813) 814-9939

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono /
Image courtesy of Music with Mar.

Thank you to Karen Gliddon (Miss Karen) from Music With Mar. for sending this information!

Bay Area Families are Invited to Join the Down Syndrome Social Club

What’s Doing?
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.

Gator Fred’s Offers Special Sessions for Autism Spectrum

Gator Fred's Autism SessionsTime: 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

What’s Doing?
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

Images courtesy of Gator Fred’s Fun & Party Center

Monthly Mommy and Me Play Dates at Chick-fil-A at Park Place

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

What’s Doing?
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 /

Thanks to Chelsea L., Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A at Park Place and Chick-fil-A at Feathersound, for sending this event information!

Designed for Kids: Catch Kidding Around Yoga at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete

Yoga kids
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

What’s Doing?
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

Image courtesy of Kidding Around Yoga

Sneak Peek Saturdays at Croc Encounters

Crocodile with open mouthTime: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturdays
Location: Croc Encounters
Cost: $5/person ($3 with coupon)
Info: (813) 217-4400; Croc Encounters Website

What’s Doing?
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.

Croc Encounters
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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Pretty in Paint Puts a Twist on Story Time with Their Weekly Story Art

Story Art at Pretty In Paint

My daughter painting a pony at the Pony Crazy Story Art story time.

Time: 11:30 a.m. & 4:15 p.m.
Date: Every Thursday
Location: Pretty in Paint
Cost: Varies (Prices range from $5-$20 depending on that weeks project, and the fee includes both the studio fee and the piece)
Info: (813) 528-8733; Pretty in Paint Website

What’s Doing?
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

Images © 2013 Nicole Doyle / What’s Doing? Tampa Bay

Balloon Twisting and Face Painting with Miss Marie at Buffalo Wild Wings Family Nights

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

What’s Doing?
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

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