Navigate Sweetfields Farm’s Spring Harvest 2013 Sunflower Maze

Sweetfields Farm 2013 Spring Sunflower MazeTime: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Weekends beginning Saturday, May 4, 2013 through Sunday, June 2, 2013: May 4 & 5, May 11 & 12, May 18 & 19, May 25-27, June 1 & 2, June 8 & 9 (NOTE: Dates may be added or removed based on the condition of the fields.)
Location: Sweetfields Farm
Cost: $8.50/adult, $4.50/child age 3-11, FREE for children age 2 and younger (NOTE: The Farm accepts cash only! Tax is included in the price.); U-pick and freshly collected produce will be available for purchase, as well as food, ice cream and drinks; Veggie launcher is $2 for 3 shots; Animal feed is sometimes available for purchase
Info: (352) 279-0977; Sweetfields Farm Website; Sweetfields Farm Facebook Page
Distance: Sweetfields Farm is approximately 1 hour north of Downtown Tampa

What’s Doing?
Spend an afternoon outside with the kids navigating this 5-acre maze of sunflower. Plus, there will also be other fun activities for families to enjoy, including:
— Rubber Duck Race
— Hayride
— Veggie launcher
— Web maze
— Craft
— Farm animals
— Picnic area (Bring a picnic lunch)
— Digital Scavenger Hunt (12:30 p.m.; bring your digital camera)

What Should You Bring?
– Camera
— Sunscreen
— Bottled water
– Closed-toe walking shoes (not dress shoes, sandals or flip flops )
– Dress appropriate for the local weather (You will be outside)
– Cash (credit cards and checks will not be accepted, and there is no ATM)
— You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch, or purchase food, ice cream and drinks on-site

NOTE: Also, children 18 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for Farm rules.

Sweetfields Farm, Inc.
17250 Benes Roush Road
Masaryktown, FL 34604

1. FREE Comic Book Day 2013 & Epic Next Generation Gourmet Truck Festival
2. May the Fourth Be with You!
3. FREE — and Cheap — Crafts for Kids: May 2013
4. Mostly FREE Family Movies Happening in May 2013
5. Tampa’s Secret Places

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Get Lost in a Corn Maze at Sweetfields Farm

Sweetfields Farms Fall 2012 Corn Maze PosterTime: 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.

What’s Doing?
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
— Treehouse
— 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.

Sweetfield Farms
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

Explorations V Children’s Museum 31st Annual Children’s Festival

Explorations V Children's Museum Building Exterior FrontTime: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Location: Munn Park & Explorations V Children’s Museum
Cost: All activities in Munn Park included with admission to Explorations V; Admission: FREE admission for museum members and children under 2; $7/child & adult; $3.50/senior (65+) & military personnel with current ID (Family Memberships start at $70); Have AAA? Get a 10% discount!
Info: (863) 687-3869; Website
Distance: Explorations V Children’s Museum is approximately 40 minutes east of Downtown Tampa

Explorations V Children's Museum Facebook ImageWhat’s Doing?
Explorations V will be hosting its 31st Annual Children’s Festival in Munn Park, as well as throughout the three floors of the Museum. Volunteers from businesses, schools and organizations provide creative experiences for children. The whole family is invited to join in the art, science and music fun and hands-on exhibits, plus:
— Giant slide
— Shows
— Prizes
… and more!

Explorations V Children’s Museum
109 North Kentucky Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801

Enjoy a Country Christmas

Dakin Dairy Farms Country Christmas Event FlyerTime: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 16, 2011-Saturday, December 17, 2011 & Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Location: Dakin Dairy Farms
Cost: $10/adult, $3/child 1-3 years, FREE for babies 12 months and younger with parent; Corn Maze: $7 includes courtyard/playground, or add the Corn Maze to your Farm Tour for $5; Cow Train: $2; Food available for purchase
Info: (941) 322-2802; Website (You can download a flyer for this event on their website)
Distance: Myakka City, FL is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Tampa, FL

What’s Doing?
Take a day trip to enjoy a country Christmas with Santa and his elves at Dakin Dairy Farms. Festivities include:
— Hayrides
— Christmas carols
— Photo opportunity with Santa Claus
— Hot dogs and s’mores
— Cow Train rides
— A Manger scene with costumes for a special holiday photo opportunity (be sure to remember the camera!)

Plus, there’s a corn maze for some afternoon fun, or bring your flashlight and find your way through the maze at night!

Learn more about Dakin Dairy Farms, or visit the Dakin Dairy Farms website.

Dakin Dairy Farms
30771 Betts Road
Myakka City, FL 34251

The lead for this event came from Manasota Family Fun. Thanks!

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Plantation Christmas

Postcard of the Gamble MansionTime: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2011
Location: Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
Cost: FREE tours of the Gamble Mansion and Patton House, but donations are appreciated
Info: (941) 723-4536; Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy the lavish holiday decorations of a 19th century Christmas as your tour the Gamble Mansion and Patten House. Costumed volunteers will re-enact the days of the 1840s-1870s. The day will also include:
— Soldier’s camp
— Early craft demonstrations
— Live music
— Food

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
3708 Patten Avenue
Ellenton, FL 34222

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. Consequently, I highly recommend both calling ahead and having a back-up plan.