Around The Bay – Kid Friendly Weekend Events {March 6-8}

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Each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival® rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. The fabric of American life is woven into the Festival through social events, contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands.

The Florida Strawberry Festival represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. It has continued to grow in popularity year after year through the preservation of this heritage. Central to its focus, the Festival continues to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry.

Hours: Regular Hours, Gates open at 10:00 a.m. daily and close at 10 p.m.

Midway Hours, Midway opens at 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 26, Tuesday, March 3, Wednesday, March 4, Thursday March 5 and Friday, March 6. Midway opens at 10:00 a.m. on weekends and on Monday, March 2.

Cost: Regular Admission At Gate
Adults (ages 13+): $10
Children (ages 6-12): $5
Children (ages 5 and under): FREE

Location: 303 North Lemon Street, Plant City, FL 33563

Friday, March 6

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60


Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.  Movie: The Muppet Movie: After a fateful meeting with a big-time talent agent, Kermit the Frog heads for Hollywood dreaming of showbiz. Along the way, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo, and the dazzling Miss Piggy join him in hopes of becoming film stars too. But all bets are off when Kermit falls into the clutches of Doc Hopper, a fast-food mogul seeking to promote his French-fried frog-leg franchise!

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Cost:  Free

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

 Saturday, March 7

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Join us as we wish a happy birthday to Dr. Seuss with Seuss-themed activities just for kids 5 and under!

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: regular admission

Location: Great Explorations, 1925 4th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33704

Curious George Bike Day at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park


This Saturday, March 7th, is Curious George Bike Day at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park! This free event encourages 3-6 year olds and their families to get active outdoors. Be sure to have your preschool aged children bring their tricycles, bicycles or big wheels to ride at the park. There will be free bicycle helmets while quantities last plus stories, a bicycle rodeo, healthy recipe demonstrations, bike raffles, photo opportunities, kid’s entertainment, free books, inflatable games, crafts and more! For more info please call (727) 861-3033.

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey, FL  34655

Saturday Morning Market  – St. Petersburg

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Entering it’s 13th season, the Saturday Morning Market boasts over 200 vendors and draws close to 10,000 people on any given Saturday.

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location:  230 1st. St. S.E. (at 1st Ave. S. & 1st St.), St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Michaels Kids Club


This week’s project: Windsock. Drop in. 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

Dr. Seuss Book Bash


Come enjoy a Seuss-tacular time with games, crafts, prizes, and more!

Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Mirror Lake Community Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg

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.

Time: 11  a. m– 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

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

Alligator Walk


Search through the wetlands for our state reptile and learn about their habitat, eating habits and other mysteries, on guided hike.

Time:  11:30 a.m.

Cost:  $3.00 Adult, $1.50 child

Location: 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Pete, FL 33705

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: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (Disney)

Time: 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

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

Movie in the Park


Bring your blankets & chairs to watch The Perfect Game on our new giant movie screen on Saturday, March 7th starting at 6:30 pm. The Movie in the Park event is free for all ages! Concessions will be available. For more info, please call (727) 942-7439.

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free

Location: J. Ben Harrill Rec Complex, 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd.

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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: Godzilla-The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Cost:  Free

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

Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8

The Gasparilla Music Festival


The Gasparilla Music Festival (“GMF”) is a community-funded festival celebrating the arts in Tampa Bay by showcasing diverse local acts alongside nationally recognized headliners. Check out the line up here. Our mission is to create a sustainable community event for the Tampa Bay region while promoting arts education and benefiting local organizations and businesses.We have a number of activities planned for children. Children under 12 years of age gain free admission.

Times: Saturday, March 7, starting at 11 a.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2015, starting at 10:15 a.m.

Cost: Free for children 12 and under

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park, Downtown Tampa, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

 Sunday, March 8

Sensitive Bunny for Families with Autism


This is a special time to visit Mr. Bunny, which is reserved just for children on the Autism spectrum.

Time: 9 a. m– 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Location: WestShore Plaza, 250 WestShore Plaza, Tampa, FL 33609

Great Connections at Great Explorations


Beginning in 2015, join us for Great Connections, an event just for children with special needs and their families. The second Sunday of the month, Great Explorations will close to the general public from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will modify lights and sounds, and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

Time: 10 a. m– 12 p.m.

Cost: $5; Free for Great Exploration members

Location: Great Explorations, 1925 4th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33704

Picnic in the Park


Join us for a day of old-fashioned fun and games on Sunday, March 8th. The festivities start at 10:30 am and continue through mid-afternoon. Enjoy music and live theater at center stage, or challenge your friends and family to Victorian field games throughout Plant Park. We have all the equipment you need for badminton, hoops & sticks, or croquet. If you find yourself worn out, sit down for a game of jacks, tiddlywinks or dominoes. As you peruse your gaming options, be sure to meet some new friends with the Animal Ambassadors from Lowry Park Zoo and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

A picnic would not be complete without food! Feel free to bring your own basket or enjoy hot dogs, popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Blue Bell Creameries will be serving complimentary ice cream.

Time: 10:30 am and continue through mid-afternoon

Cost: Free

Location: Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Fl 33616.

Military Appreciation Day – Tampa Museum of Art & Gasparilla Music Festival to Celebrate Heroes

The Tampa Museum of Art, in partnership with the Gasparilla Music Festival and with the support of Booz Allen Hamilton, is pleased to announce a special Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, March 8, 2015, as part of the series of special events throughout the year that recognize commitment to our country. COH_logoSmall

On March 8, 2015, the Museum will offer free admission to all military, veterans, and their families. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, docent-led tours, design challenge activities, access to the Museum’s new exhibition, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, and free Sono Café samplings. Families with children can also participate in Art Spot, the Museum’s hands-on art program.   Military Appreciation Day will include: Art Spot: 11a-2p, Design challenge activity 12-3p, Docent-led tours: 12p, 1p, and 2p, Live music and more!

The Gasparilla Music Festival will offer complimentary tickets* to the first fifty military guests at the Museum’s Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, March 8* and will debut their Military discount ticket program* throughout the run of the festivalMarch 7 & 8, for other military guests.

Cost: The military discount is as follows:

2-Day General admission: $40 (Normally $60)

Saturday 3/7 Only- General Admission: $30 (Normally $40)

Sunday 3/8 Only-General Admission:  $20 (Normally $30)

*First free fifty GMF tickets will be distributed to military guests visiting the Museum onMarch 8 only. Tickets can be collected at the front desk of the Tampa Museum of Art.

 **Discount tickets will be sold with proof of Military ID at the GMF box office “will call” booth March 7 & 8. Children under 12 are free with purchase of adult tickets.

FREE Yoga In The Park – Ongoing

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, FL 33602

Through March 8



Enjoy the annual celebration all things Seuss! Partake in activities like storytimes, Ooblek, Green Eggs and Ham demonstrations, and much more.

Time: regular hours, Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 1 pm-6 pm

Cost: Members included | General Admission Children Under Age 1 Free, Children Ages 1-12 $9.50, Adults $15, Military, Teachers, and Seniors $12.50

LocationGlazer Children’s Museum110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

March 9-12

Splash Week-Free Water Safety Classes


During the week of March 9-12, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCAs will be offering free water safety classes for beginning swimmers and nonswimmers between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. The classes are free and will be taught by certified swim instructors.

Tampa YMCA Aquatics Director Amanda Walker emphasized the need to take advantage of the program, which is available to members and nonmembers alike.

Time: class times vary by location

Cost: Free, call to register


Northwest Hills Family YMCA (813) 249-8510

Bob Sierra Family YMCA (813) 962-3220

Campo Family YMCA (813) 684-1371

Bob Gilbertson Central City YMCA (813) 229-9962

North Brandon Family YMCA (813) 685-5402

East Pasco Family YMCA (813) 780-9622

Plant City Family YMCA (813) 839-0210

South Tampa Family YMCA (813) 839-0210

New Tampa Family YMCA (813) 866-9622

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.


  1. Also check out Zoominations A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Not only are the lanterns and lights stunningly beautiful – it’s also a fun way to introduce kids to a new culture! And the kids play area has been updated and is cute, clean and fun!

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