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  1. kathy meeks says:

    do you also have a sunflower maze?

  2. Anna says:

    Free Bush Gardens and Sea World pass for children 5 years and younger. Florida residents only.

  3. Marie Keeney says:

    Mother’s Day Weekend at the Zoo
    May 12-13 • 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Bring mom to the Zoo for Mother’s Day and she gets in for free! On Saturday, May 12 or Sunday, May 13, moms receive free admission with the purchase of their son’s or daughter’s full-priced admission ticket (paid ticket can be child or adult admission, as applicable).

    For moms to receive free ticket offer, the paid ticket must be purchased on May 12 or 13 only. Offer not combinable with other discounts.
    Mummie’s Day at MOSI – Mothers Get Free Entry
    13 May
    Sunday, May 13, 2012, 9:00 am

    4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL | FREE

    Bring your “mummy” to MOSI on this special day and she gets in for FREE. Enjoy a fun-filled day with themed activities and much more! Limit one (1) offer per household. Mother and child(ren) must be present at time of ticket purchase. May not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Excludes special engagement films, events and Sky Trail Ropes Course. Other restrictions may apply.

  4. SirPass Events is excited to announce “Ambitious Elements of Style Fashion Event” to be held on July 29th, 2012 at Embassy Suites Tampa USF. We are combining various elements within the fashion world represented by the most ambitious entities to bring to you a sophisticated and excitement filled event. The afternoon will kick start with a meet-and-greet networking hour accompanied by music for entertainment and vender tables as guests mingle. Following the networking hour there will be a display of unique fashion designs as our models take the runway.

  5. Marie Keeney says:

    We just went to Airheads in Largo today for the first time and they FINALLY have a great offer for the little ones (they didn’t offer this when my child was younger)
    * They have a “Junior Jumpers” program Monday – Friday from 10am – Noon and children 5 and younger jump for FREE. Or it’s 6.95 per hour if parents don’t want to jump with them. They have a separate area just for the little ones.

    Cool right? For all the local mom’s groups :)

  6. Victoria says:

    The Imagination Movers are coming to Clearwater and it’s a great family concert chock full of kids’ music, fun little references to songs the parents will appreciate, dancing, confetti and the Movers even make an effort to high five as many people as they can in the crowds. Tickets start at $22.00, and children under 1yr are free. Tickets can be purchased at

  7. NOPE’s 6th ANNUAL NATIONAL CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL will be held nationwide on October 25, 2012 in memory of those who have lost their lives due to addiction and for the many survivors who live life in their honor. The Candle Light Vigil is a reminder of how important our prevention, education and treatment efforts are. Keynote speakers, Attorney General Pam Bondi & Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin Beckner. 10/25/2012 @ 7:00 pm. Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Corner of Morgan, Kennedy, Pierce, and Madison, Downtown Tampa.

  8. armando gort says:

    5 annual fall festival fundraiser .pony rides,train rides,hayrides,face painting,farm animals and exotics,live entertainment,reptile show,games,pumpkin patch,bonfire,Hot dog and a drink all included. Children $10 adults $8 addmission includeds all .Pumpkin purchase extra. Best deal in tampabay all for a good cause .October 6 to october 28 11 am to 5 pm Horse Power for 8005 race track rd tampa fl 813 855 8992 Enter our scarecrow contest $300 cash price to winner . Also enter our just sing contest $1000 price

  9. Michelle V says:

    Found out about this today and thought it might be useful to someone closer to the holiday season.

  10. Holly says:

    Will there be a 3rd Annual Winterfest at Winthrop in Riverview this year?

    • whatsdo2 says:

      Hi Holly,

      I’m not sure yet. We are just beginning to look for Nov./Dec. events, but if there is, we’ll find out about it and let everyone know. You can always contact them directly.


  11. History Center Offers Archaeology Adventure Camp

    A new spring break camp at the Tampa Bay History Center explores Florida’s pre-historic past

    (Tampa) – Become a junior archaeologist and dig in to Florida’s past during the Tampa Bay History Center’s Spring Break Camp, Archaeology Adventure, March 11-15.
    Children ages 7 – 11 will work with experts from the Florida Public Archaeology Network during the week-long camp, where they’ll learn about underwater archaeology techniques and learn how to dig up clues about what life was like for Florida’s first people.
    Campers will explore the History Center’s galleries, make pottery, study paleo-indian hunting tools, and participate in outdoor activities as they learn about a time when giant sloths and saber-toothed tigers roamed free.

    Space for the History Center’s spring break camp is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $175 for the week. Members of the History Center receive a $25 discount. Classes run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended care available for an additional fee.

    For more information or to register, contact the Tampa Bay History Center Education Department at
    813-675-8960 or

  12. Carmen says:

    I really love this website! One recommendation I’m thinking about trying is the Food Truck Rally at MOSI in May. It seems inexpensive and like a cool experience for the entire family.

  13. Michelle V says:

    I just saw this garden today driving by it. Pretty cool resource if you lived close enough but they have an Earth Day event in April so thought I’d share.

  14. Dee Nasr PTA President Cypress Woods Elementary Palm Harbor says:

    On April 5th starting at 5:00pm, Cypress Woods PTA will be hosting our annual Family Fun Night, open to the public. It is located at Cypress Woods Elementary School, 4900 Cypress Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor Fl 34685. There will be bouncies, mini golf, carnival games, rock climbing wall, silent auction, dunk tank, pie baking contest, tons of food, facepainting, fair hair, Dj’s and Knuckleheadz will be performing. Wristbands are available at the door. 100% of proceeds filter back into the classrooms at Cypress Woods Elementary

  15. Marie Keeney says:

    Pinellas Park Library – they have a Lego club too but, not over the summer…. here is the link for all of the children’s programs they are offering though… including Origami!

  16. Marie Keeney says:

    Did you hear about this also?

    Busch Gardens has announced a three-park “Summer Sizzler” deal for Florida residents that gives you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and weekday admission to both Adventure Island water park and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark in Orlando for $99. The deal is good through Labor Day for Florida residents only (photo ID required). Get it online at or, by calling (888) 800-5447, or at the front gates at Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and Aquatica.

  17. NOPE’s 7th ANNUAL NATIONAL CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL will be held nationwide on October 24, 2013 in memory of those who have lost their lives due to addiction and for the many survivors who live life in their honor. The Candle Light Vigil is a reminder of how important our prevention, education and treatment efforts are.

    October, 24, 3013 @ 6:30 pm
    Barksdale Community Center
    1801 N Lincoln Avenue, Tampa FL 33606

  18. First Annual Foodscape Competition

    You don’t want to miss the First Annual Foodscape Competition on Sunday, July 20th, from 1-5Pm at the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club at 40 Snell Isla Blvd. N.E.
    A foodscape is a landscape made completely from food. No entry fee, two categories: Business & Hobby . Chefs, caterers, food services, supermarkets, hospitality schools, etc. Free onsite advertising. Individuals, families- anyone who wants to have fun & create. A great way to promote good nutrition & summer fun. Now it’s okay to play with your food! Most of all -Bragging rights & Winner Trophy.
    Judges: the public – $3.00 admission fee to adults, children 12 & under free.A portion of the proceeds will benefit the “ Mr Strong Foundation” – helping special needs children who cannot help themselves . For entry forms & questions : .

  19. Kelly Sedlak says:

    Baton Twirling classes for children and teens ages 6-18 beginning in Hudson on Fridays (Hudson Rec Center) 6-7pm and in Tarpon Springs on Tuesdays (Tarpon Springs Rec Center) 5:30-6:30pm $7/class + a one time $30 fee for your very own baton! if any adults are interested in this sport that builds coordination, fine motor skills and strength I can also add adult classes!- check out the Gulf Coast Spinners Face Book page for more info!

  20. The Lighthouse Student Ministry at Heritage United Methodist at Countryside will be holding our annual Pumpkin Patch. This local tradition features a variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale and a Fall themed picture backdrop. Bring the kids and your camera! The Patch will be open from October 11 – October 31. Hours are: Sundays 12-9, Mon-Thurs 9-8 and Fri-Sat 9-9.

    Student Ministries @ HUMC
    2680 Landmark Dr, Clearwater, FL 33761

  21. Kristine says:

    Not sure if you saw it but Lil Hands Play N’ Party (formerly Monkey Business) closed their doors for good as of Sunday, Oct 12th. It was very, very sudden. It was posted on their facebook page this weekend. It looks like both their facebook page and website have been taken down. Very sad – I was planning to have my son’s birthday party there in February!

  22. The Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) is partnering with Take Stock in Children to raise scholarship dollars for students in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS). This is the 3rd Annual Strides for Education 5K at the new Water Works Park, located at 1710 N. Highland Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602.

    100% of the funds raised by students will be placed in the designated school’s scholarship fund managed by the Hillsborough Education Foundation and will be used to award scholarships at the end of this school year. School Administrators will take part in the selection process. All schools (elementary, middle, and high schools) are encouraged to form one or multiple teams to raise funds for scholarships. HCPS employees and student registration is FREE.

  23. Special Olympics 5K Fun Run – Chasco Fiesta

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 5k starts at 8:00am and 1 mile walk at 8:45 am

    New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center • 6630 Van Buren St. New Port Richey, FL 34653

    Mark you calendar for the 2nd Annual Special Olympics 5K Fun Run/Walk to Benefit Special Olympics Florida – Pasco County. Proceeds from the race will be used to provide year round competition for persons with intellectual disabilities.

    The run will be held in New Port Richey, FL during the last weekend of Chasco Fiesta™. Come and join in the fun!

    Chip Timed, Award Ceremony, Finisher Medals, Shirt and Goody Bag for all 5k Participant’s.

  24. Krissy says:

    When will you be posting this years Valentines Day themed events/activities? I just looked through all of them but then thankfully realized I was looking at 2014. Thank you!

  25. There is a Family Festival happening in the N. Tampa area on Saturday April 4th! from 12-4 pm at the field between Turner Bartels K8 school 9190 Imperial Oak Blvd, Tampa. Event details through link below.

    We all have busy schedules that sometimes limit the time we take to create lasting memories with the people that matter the most; family. The “Be Together” Spring Family Festival is a great opportunity for families to come out and have a great time playing games, eating good food, music, winning PRIZES and supporting a great cause (The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) together as family! Like our Facebook page, to stay up to date on the event details as they unfold!

  26. Jeff Blakley says:

    Would you change your entry for the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City to its correct name? There is a Florida Pioneer Museum in Florida City, Florida and this mis-naming leads to a lot of confusion. We just went live with our new website last week and discovered this issue.


    Webmaster, Florida Pioneer Museum

    • whatsdo2 says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for bringing to attention my error. I have corrected the name to Pioneer Florida Museum, and will be more careful in the future, when re-posting an event for this location. Best of luck in Florida City, FL.


  27. melody says:

    How do I find out how to post to your website for my daycare.

    • whatsdo2 says:

      Hi Melody,

      If you have a community event for families with activities to entertain the children, just e-mail whatsdoingtampabay@ and I will post your event.

      Thank you,

  28. Justin Padilla says:

    4D Studios will be hosting a fun family-friendly movie night Friday April 24th! The film screening will be The Penguins of Madagascar.

  29. sue noble says:

    I have already got a confirmation number for my grandkids passes but at the time couldn’t print them now my printer is working and would like to print them up how ca I do this? the confirmation number is any help would be appreciated. Thank YOu Sue N.

    • whatsdo2 says:

      Sue … Whichever company/attraction you are buying the passes from, that’s the company you need to contact regarding any difficulty printing them. Thank you, WDTB

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