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April 2018 Events April 1 - 30 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL Fun is blooming at the 25th annual event bursting with brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment. The Festival is a fun-filled destination for guests of every age—and the perfect place for nearly every member of the family to dig up their sense of curiosity and discovery. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com April1, 3 & 6 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOME GAMES Catch the Tampa Bay Lightning as they close out the regular season and skate for the Cup! Bring the Thunder this April and come cheer on your hometown Bolts as they take on the Predators, the Bruins, and the Sabres! www.amaliearena.com April 1, 6-7, 14-15, 21-22, & 28-29 FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL - BUSCH GARDENS Weekends in April, a world of taste awaits at the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival. The festival features signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including 16 all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Eighteen of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend on Gwazi Field. All concerts are included with admission. www.buschgardens.com

April 1-8 REPTILEPALOOZA AT THE CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM Experience this special exhibit at CMA before its gone. Learn all about these coldblooded creatures with fun activities. Get up close and see live tortoises every day and meet snakes, skinks, alligators and other rescued reptiles on select dates. www.seewinter.com 42 • April 2018

April 1, 13-15, 16-18 & 20-22 RAYS GAMES AT THE TROP Baseball season is in full swing and here is your chance to cheer on your hometown Tampa Bay Rays! Dig out your baseball gloves and those cowbells and come out to the Trop this April and come cheer your Rays as they take on the Red Sox Phillies, Rangers and Twins! www.mlb.com/rays

docent-led tour of the Museum will begin at 5:15 PM. This event occurs on the first Friday of each month through November. Experience the magic of the Museum at dusk! www.plantmuseum.com

special events, demonstrations, lessons and other fun and games. These events are perfect for those looking to try something new or even those just looking for something fun to do with the whole family! www.tampabayice.com

April 6 RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA Cinderella is the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! www.rutheckerdhall.com

April 7, 14, 21 & 28 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. www.thedali.org

April 3 CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH FREE TUESDAY AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The Children’s Board of Hillsborough proudly presents a Free Admission Tuesday program held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 12-7pm. Join us for free, family fun at the GCM. www.glazermuseum.org April 4 DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around! www.rutheckerdhall.com April 5 THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA - FIESTA! AT THE STRAZ A concert with Latin flair, including music from Astor Piazzolla and more. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Includes a spirited mix of live symphonic music, drinks and snacks, and a meet-and-greet with Florida Orchestra musicians. www.strazcenter.org April 6 FIRST FRIDAY AT THE HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM The Museum will be open with free admission from 5 – 7 PM. Visitors are encouraged to explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort hotel museum, enjoy live music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at our tastings table. A

April 6-8 SOUTHEAST STREET ROD NATIONALS AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Although everyone will enjoy the spectacular vehicles there are other activities the family will enjoy as well. Here are a few: the Commercial Exhibitors, Swap Meet, Women’s World (exhibitors with items that will interest women as well as men and children) and even a model car show! www.floridastatefair.com April 7 & 21 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included. FREE with Museum admission. No registration necessary. Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate. www.mfastpete.org April 7, 14, 21 & 28 TAMPA BAY ICE Have you ever wanted to lace up a pair of skates and try to get on the ice? Now is your chance! This April the Tampa Bay Skating Club and Florida Suncoast Figure Skating Club in conjunction with TBSA and Clearwater Ice Arena will be holding

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April 7, 14, 21 & 28 CITY OF TAMPA PRESENTS MOVIES IN THE PARK Enjoy “Movies in the Park,” a free family outdoor movie event that has been a hit with families throughout the Tampa Bay area. The outdoor cinema will be featuring Ferris Bueller, Finding Dory, Guardians of the Galaxy and Lego Batman. Food trucks and concessions will also be available. www.tampagov.net April 12-15 SHRINER CIRCUS AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS Make plans to enjoy the best in family entertainment, the Shriner Circus at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Get up close and personal with friendly clowns, ride animals, and so much more! Relive your childhood memories with your family! www.floridastatefair.com

April 12 SONS OF SERENDIP AT THE STRAZ These America’s Got Talent finalists wowed audiences with their serene, ethereal interpretations of pop music using voice, harp, piano and cello. With the success of their self-titled debut album, Sons of Serendip launched an international tour to showcase the quartet in their best possible setting: live – where their soulful renderings lift audiences to a sublime experience. www.strazcenter.org www.gulfcoastfamily.org

Gulf Coast Family - April 2018  

Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...

Gulf Coast Family - April 2018  

Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...