Around The Bay – Kid Friendly Weekend Events, {July 31- August 2}

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Now-Saturday, August 1

Glazer Children’s Museum Offer


All library card holders get in FREE through August 1. Bring your Hillsborough library card
and up to 3 guests. If you live or pay property tax in Hillsborough County, you may apply for a free library card by visiting any branch or by beginning the application process online.

Time: daily from July 26 – August 1.

Cost: Free with Hillsborough County Library Card

LocationGlazer Children’s Museum110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL

Wednesday, July 29

Celebrate Summer at Westshore Plaza


Join us for crafts, prizes and giveaways celebrating summer!

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: WestShore Plaza, Center Court, 250 WestShore Plaza, Tampa

Thursday, July 30

Park Hopping with Tampa Bay Moms Blog


Our next Park Hop Event is Thursday, July 30 at 10:00 am to Vinoy Park in St. Pete. Baby Boot Camp: St Petersburg will be on hand to lead us in a fun mini workout!

Join us as we hop over to another park! We’ll have plenty of activities to keep your kiddos of all ages entertained!  Fun snacks provided by GoGo squeeZ and Litl’ Squirts!

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Cost: Free

LocationVinoy Park in St. Pete


 Friday, July 31

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60sunset pierBring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.  Movie: Finding NemoTime: Live music starts at 5:30, sunset is 7:50Cost:  Free

Location: 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

MOMs Friday Night Market on Main11391781_1120209361329001_2976069876771289986_nDetails: M.O.M’s Friday Night Market was created to enhance the downtown New Port Richey community and to add shopping and entertainment options on Friday evenings. The majority of the vendor fee proceeds will be donated to Pasco Pet Fest, and Guardian ad Litem Foundation. The Market is held weekly on Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m., 12 months out of the year.

Time: 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: 5546 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Dive In Moviediveweb-300x200Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to lounge by the pool while watching a movie on our inflatable screen out under the stars. Snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold. No outside coolers or food allowed. Event will be cancelled in inclement weather. This week’s movie: Happy Feet

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $4.00 per person

Location: 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach 33706

Saturday, August 1

Going Coastal: Open Classroom Marine Investigations


How many arms to starfish have? Why does a horseshoe crab have a tail? How tiny are plankton? Why does a hermit crab live in a shell? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this “open classroom” program.  Youth and their parents are invited to explore marine investigation stations in the Weedon Island classroom.  Each station will be interactive and allow kids to explore microscopes, live animals, and more! Come and go as you please anytime between 10am and 12pm.  This program is intended for youth ages 4-12 years old and their families.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Cost: Free (register)

Location: Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

Michaels Kids Clubse752This week’s project: rain stick. Sign up. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Cost: $2

3 Locations:  3804 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Ste A, Tampa, FL 33611-1402, Phone: (813) 835-0005; 2564 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511-4719, Phone: (813) 653-9700; 14829 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Carrollwood, FL 33618-2027, Phone: (813) 960-3002

The Shops at Wiregrass Back to School Bash


Meet Primrose Everdeen! Willow Shields, the actor from the Hunger Games series, will be at The Shops at Wiregrass on Saturday during the mall’s Back to School Bash from noon to 3 p.m. The first 500 guests in line, which opens in Center Court at 10 a.m., will get a free Macy’s BTS Style Guide featuring a photo of Shields and get her autograph. Macy’s will also have a mini fashion show. The first 1,500 in line will receive a colored wristband to meet Willow Shields.

Time: noon to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Center Court, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Art Spot for Children


Every Saturday the Museum offers a free drop-in art program from 11a – 2p. Come and let your children explore their creativity by creating an art project. No registration required.  Our projects will vary week to week to tie into the exhibition on view at the museum.

This week, we will make a Smudgy Silhouette – an oil pastel negative space silhouettes.

Time: 11  a. m– 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602

Fun at Fossil Park PoolpoolFeatures include: Flume Slide, Wading Pool, Low Dive, Handicap Access, Swim Lessons, Diving Lessons, Shaded Picnic Area, Zero Slope Entry

Time: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: admission is $3 (adult), $2 (Kids, ages 3 to 12), Kids 2 and under are free.

Location: 6739 DR. MLK Jr. ST. N, St. Petersburg

Dillydally with Dali


Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. Saturday activities are supported by Jeeves Law Group, P.A.

Time: 11:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg 33701

Dali & Beyond Film Series

The Dali + Beyond Film Series features unusual movies, art films, and films about art that share a common enthusiasm for fantasy, dreams, creativity and the imagination.

This week’s movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2005). The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring?

Time: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg 33701

Family Movie Matinee

Join us for a family movie and enjoy free popcorn and soda provided by the Friends of the Seminole Community Library! This week’s movie: Home! (20th Century Fox)

Time: 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N, Seminole 33772

Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team

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This week’s theme: Beach Party Show. Come see our new skiers. Concessions are Available at the Site.

Time: Pre-show Starts at 5:30pm; Regular Show Starts at 6:00pm

Cost: Free

Location: 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60

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Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.  Movie: Cinderella (1950)

Time:  Live music starts at 5:30, sunset is 7:50

Cost:  Free

Location: 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Sunday, August 2

Members Morning at The Glazer Children’s Museum


Member Mornings feature special hours with exclusive members-only access to the Museum. Come and experience the benefits of Museum membership.

Invite your friends! As an added Member bonus, invite an additional family to join you at the Museum. Up to five guests will be admitted at no charge.  Guest family must include one adult. Guest family will be able to purchase a membership for 20% off regular membership price (that day only). The referring family also receives an extra month on their membership for free!

Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free for Members

LocationGlazer Children’s Museum110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL

Gone With the Wind at Tampa Theatrefeatured_gone

This American epic romance adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, it is a tale of one woman’s fall from luxury to poverty and her journey from innocence to an understanding of life’s harsh realities. 3h 58m/Rated G/Drama

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $10

Location: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602

FREE Yoga In The Park
Yoga Downtown Tampa and Tampa Downtown Partnership offer a one-hour FREE Yoga class in Curtis Hixon Park each week. This class is designed for all levels and is offered every Sunday at 5:00pm (at 6pm in winter months during daylight savings time change). If you have a mat or towel please bring it along with your water bottle to the north terraces. Come out and experience Yoga while watching the sunset over the city skyline in the beautiful Curtis Hixon Park!
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location:  Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa 33602


Tuesday, August 11

VIP Shopping Night OutapricotlaneJoin Tampa Bay Moms Blog and Apricot Lane Westshore Plaza for an evening of discounts, shopping with wine, great food, giveaways, and more at our next Mom’s Night Out!Date: Tuesday, August 11h
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Apricot Lane in WestShore PlazaGet ticket informationJoin us for a sip and shop at Apricot Lane beginning at 6pm! Enjoy apps, wine, shopping discounts and giveaways! Then we’ll hand you your Mom’s Night Out VIP Shopping Pass good for that night only to enjoy our partners at Westshore Plaza. Registration closes at 6:30 pm.


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Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband of 14 years, Matt and their two very active children: Calvin, a gifted and quirky 11-year-old boy, and Kadison, a creative and strong-willed 8-year-old girl. Debbie attended the University of South Florida for both her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. With 20 years of experience, she's a National Board Certified Teacher in literacy and currently teaches 1st graders. Debbie's mission is to get kids to love learning! In her spare time, Debbie loves to read, enjoy the beach, and find the perfect cup of coffee. She is always on the look-out for a great local restaurant or fun place to go to relax! Follow Debbie on Twitter and Pinterest.