*** NOTE: The July run online registration page indicates that this run is now CLOSED. ***
Time: Fit Kids Playground: 2-6 p.m.; Fit Kids Unplugged Fun Run: 5 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 (Deadline for online registration is 6/30/13) & Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Cost: Fit kids Playground is FREE; Registration for the run is only $5/runner; Paid parking is available in the Poe Parking Garage
Info: If you have any questions about this event, please contact Fit Kids Playground using their contact form; Fit Kids Playground Website; Fit Kids Unplugged Fun Run Facebook Event Page; Register online for the Fit Kids Unplugged Fun Run (July 2)
Fit Kids Playground will be hosting its first Fit Kids Unplugged Fun Run this summer. Bring the kids down to Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa for an afternoon of healthy activities and snacks, and a cool kid’s run. Distances will vary according to age, and all runners wear #1. Participants will also receive a Fit Kids Unplugged T-Shirt and a Fit Kid Fun Bag, and will be presented with an official Finisher’s Medal after crossing the finish line.
Even Better! Cool off in the park’s interactive water fountains (don’t forget a bathing suit, towel and sunscreen), or inside Glazer Children’s Museum, which will be offering $2/person admission from 2-7 p.m.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
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Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Location: Franciscan Center
Cost: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family of 4+ (Registration is requested by June 5)
Info: To register, call (813) 229-2695 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; The Franciscan Center of Tampa Facebook Page
Bring the whole family for an end-of-the-school-year celebration playing BINGO, winning prizes, eating pizza, a making a delicious treat at the sundae bar.
3010 North Perry Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603
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Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy
Cost: $35/child and one parent eats FREE; $25/additional parent or guest ($5 from each ticket will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation); Registration is required
Info: Call the Banquet Office at (813) 288-0066 to reserve your child’s spot (Seating is limited, and fills up quickly); View the e-mail blast
Maggiano’s is hosting a Kids’ Cooking Class for children age 5-12. The kids will prepare, which will be served to the adults during the class. Children will get to eat after the class, plus they will receive a chef hat and goody bag.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
203 Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609
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
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Thanks to WDTB reader Ashley S. for forwarding this information!
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; The walk for St. Jude’s will take place at 11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Location: WestShore Plaza
Cost: FREE; Get a connect!kids t-shirt with a $5 donation to St. Jude’s (limit first 100)
Info: (813) 286-0790; WestShore Plaza Website; View a larger version of the Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After Party Poster
WestShore Plaza will be the place for little princesses and princes to hang out this weekend as the mall kicks-off their new kids club – connect!kids.
You and your children are invited to the Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After event at WestShore Plaza on May 11. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Disney princess, prince or pirate for a magical parade through WestShore Plaza to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Children will get to decorate wands and eye patches for the princess and pirate walk. There will be a balloon twister and games with Radio Disney and WQYK. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win one of 50 family four-packs to Disney on Ice!
250 WestShore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609
1. Join the Celebration on National Train Day 2013 at Tampa Union Station
2. Mother’s Day 2013 Events & Freebies
3. SPCA Tampa Bay FREE Mega Adoption Event: Paw-jama Party
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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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Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Location: Equestrian, Inc. Horse Rescue Farm
Cost: $10/person (All money raised goes directly to buy hay for their horses); Food and beverages will be available for purchase
Info: (813) 407-6805; Equestrian, Inc. Website (You can also download the flyer from this page. Just scroll down to this event under “Upcoming Events”)
A fun day full of kid-friendly games and activities is being planned, including:
— Horse and pony rides
— Horse grooming
— Face painting
— Beauty salon station
— Ping Pong toss and bean bag toss
… and more!
Equestrian, Inc. Horse Rescue Farm
4902 Timberlan Street
Tampa, FL 33624
1. Largo Presents their 2nd Annual Playing! Unplugged
2. Pony Tails Farm Girl’s Night Out
3. FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Happening in April 2013 + AMC Sensory-Friendly Film
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Time: 4-11 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Friday, April 5, 2013; Saturday, April 6, 2013 & Sunday, April 7, 2013
Location: Bayanihan Center Grounds
Cost: Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the gate; FREE for children age 5 and younger
Info: (813) 925-1232; PhilFest Tampa Facebook Page; Philippine Cultural Foundation Website
The Philippine Cultural Foundation Board of Directors, with help and volunteers from the community, try their best to provide the 12-13,000 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who attend PhilFest a feeling of nostalgia for the motherland, and non-Filipinos an impressive glimpse of Philippine culture through cultural dances, songs, foods, exhibits, fashion shows, colorful parades and processions. The Philippine Village will come alive with a festival atmosphere and vendors booths will be decorated with colorful Philippine motifs. Bring the family for non-stop entertainment, cultural exhibits, Philippine art and cuisine, and more during this immersive three-day event.
Bayanihan Center Grounds
14301 9 Eagles Drive
Tampa, FL 33626
1. Have Fun and Play Games at “Healthy! That’s Me!” Kids Health Day at UT
2. Walmart Steak-over Challenge: Cheer On Your Local Firefighters
3. Truck ‘N Play Day
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Thanks to PhilFest volunteer Carlos H. for sending us this event information!
Time: 5K: 8 a.m., 1-Mile: 8:45 a.m. & Fun Runs: 9:15 a.m
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Location: University of South Florida (Track & Field Stadium)
Cost: Advance registration fees: $15/individual 5K ($20 after March 27), $10/individual 1-mile ($15 after 3/27), $7 for Fun Run (ages 6 and younger); Group registration is also available *** Please refer to the event site for the most accurate fee information ***
Info: Epilepsy Services Foundation Website; To register, download the 2013 Hare Racing Experience Registration Form (PDF) and send it back to the Epilepsy Services Foundation. You can also register at Feet First in Tampa and St. Petersburg; or at FITniche in Wesley Chapel, Clearwater or Lakeland. Online registration is also available at www.active.com (credit cards are accepted at this site).
The 2013 event will feature 5K and 1 mile races and fun runs for kids 6 and under. In addition to the races, event day activities will include:
— Food and beverages provided by Sam’s Club, Panera Bread, Sweet Tomatoes and Einstein Bagels
— Children’s activities
— Health and fitness booths
— The Easter Bunny and Ronald McDonald
Even Better! Each participant will receive a goody bag and t-shirt.
University of South Florida
Track & Field Stadium
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
1. Preschool Science: Enjoy Some Quality Time With Your Preschooler at MOSI
2. 3rd Annual Planes, Trains & Automobiles Rolls into Plant City
3. 3rd Annual Tampa Children’s Expo
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Time: 10-11 a.m.
Date: See schedule below
Cost: Non-member: $10 per parent/child team, Member: $6 per parent/child team (Registration is required) NOTE: A $2.50 processing fee will be applied to the final transaction when you register online
Info: (813) 987-6000; MOSI Camp Fun Web Page; Register online by clicking on the class link in the schedule below
Spend a morning with your little one. During MOSI’s early education programs for parents and their preschoolers, you can learn some kitchen science, explore the life-cycle of butterflies, and discover the mysteries of space.
Preschool Science class schedule:
— March 19 or 23: Nutritious & Delicious — Create a cold vegetable pizza, make a fruit work of art, or design and name your own trail mix. Take recipes home to make delicious nutritious snacks for your family when they get the munchies.
— April 16 or 20: Measure & Mix — Make predictions about your ingredients and test them out when you put them together.
— May 7 or 11: Flutter by, Butterfly — Get transformed from egg to caterpillar to butterfly, try to drink nectar like a butterfly, and visit the butterfly garden. You’ll even take home your own caterpillar, and watch it become a butterfly.
— May 21: Starry Skies — Learn the difference between planets and stars and listen to the stories behind constellations.
4801 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33617
1. Parents As Teachers March/April 2013 Events: Springtime Art and a Teddy Bear Picnic
2. California Pizza Kitchen Will Host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
3. Carrollwood Cultural Center’s Children’s Theatre Series Offers High-Energy, Kid-Friendly Fun
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Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Location: The Florida Aquarium
Cost: FREE for Florida Aquarium Members or included with paid Aquarium admission
Info: (813) 273-4000; The Florida Aquarium website; View The Florida Aquarium E-mail Blast
The Dinosaur Discovery Tour will be making a stop at The Florida Aquarium this Sunday, bringing your friends at PBS Kids’ Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train to Tampa for a day of hands-on educational activities and a special meet-and-greet with Buddy the Dinosaur. Learn more about the tour by visiting The Florida Aquarium website.
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
1. Carrollwood Cultural Center’s Children’s Theatre Series Offers High-Energy, Kid-Friendly Fun
2. Craft Bazaar to Support the Radebaugh’s Adoption
3. Explore the World of Health and Safety at Pinellas County Council PTA’s 4th Annual Health and Safety Fair
4. 10th Annual Flan Fest … Come Celebrate Flan!
5. The 66th Annual Fiesta Day is a FREE, Family-Oriented Street Festival in Ybor City
Image courtesy of The Jim Henson Company
Image courtesy of The Florida Aquarium