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08 The Scoop on P3: Postive Parenting Program 11 Mosquito 101: Protection and Prevention 12 GUEST EDITOR FEATURE: How the Children's Board
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36 Whatâ€™s in Your Bag? with Alextherealhousemom.com 38 Spring Fashion Trends: Step Up Your Mom Style
20 Financial Literacy Month: Tackle the Subject of Money 22 Learning with Legos 24 Online Learning: Hillsborough County Virtual Schools 27 Choosing Summer Camp: Finding the Right One 28 SPECIAL SECTION: Your Guide To Area Summer Camps
HEALTH + WELLNESS 41 Racing: Tips to Get on the Right Path 43 Ask the Doctor: Dr. Jill Hechtman 44 Child Abuse Prevention: Taking Action 46 Successful Weight Loss: 5 Tips
WHAT'S HAPPENING 53 Around Town 57 Top Picks: Our favorite events for April 58 April Events Calendar
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49 Best Spring Day Trips for Families 50 SPECIAL SECTION: Events with the Bunny: Egg Hunts
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My life’s journey has taken me from a poverty-stricken area of west Alabama to an exciting life in New York. I moved to Tampa in 2013 and since then, have been welcomed and touched by some of the most gracious individuals to have ever entered my life. I love Tampa! The residents of Tampa Bay are passionate about this area being the number one place in the nation to raise children. Residents here know that there are some basic gifts that we can give our children to sustain them throughout life: the gift of empathy, effective communication skills and a love of reading. Children begin to develop empathy as early as six months of age. The way we look at each other, speak to our partners and treat those less fortunate all build on the development of empathy in children. Begin early talking to your children about emotional states of being— happiness, sadness, surprise, anger— and help your child to recognize these emotions in themselves and others. Find opportunities to talk to your child about the happy moments in life as well as the sad. We lived on a working farm during my child’s formative years so he was able to experience all of those emotions through the natural life-cycle of animals. It matters little if it is a butterfly or a calf; we can all find those opportunities.
at their own pace but being able to articulate their feelings in a meaningful way will reduce the frustration often associated with language development. I grew up in a very rural area of the Deep South and know firsthand that reading can create an escape that instills hope and builds dreams. Reading opens the world to all possibilities. My favorite book of all time is "The Grapes of Wrath” and the words in that novel helped shape my life today. You never know what will make the difference in the life of a child but these three tools will make it richer, deeper and easier to navigate. Did I say I love Tampa? KELLEY PARRIS Executive Director Children's Board of Hillsborough County chidrensboard.org
The gift of words, of developing communication skills and a strong vocabulary, will stay with children all the days of their lives. Being able to communicate one’s emotions, expectations, strengths and weaknesses are important to all of our relationships. Children develop communication skills
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Help Your Baby Sleep Safely Protect your baby from suffocation and SIDS with these safe sleep tips.
Always put your baby on BACK to sleep.
Baby should sleep ALONE in a safe crib or bassinet. Keep baby’s face uncovered for easy breathing. Use a one-piece sleeper instead of a blanket.
Do not let anyone smoke around your baby.
No pillows, blankets, stuffed animals or bumpers should be in your baby’s crib or bassinet.
Join Safe Baby Plus Online! Get your Ages & Stages developmental questionnaire ONLINE. Get ideas for fun, free activities to help your baby learn. Receive updates from Safe Baby on infant safety and development. Visit www.healthysafebaby.org or call 813-868-7384 to join.
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Life + Home | Positive Parenting
INTERNATIONAL P3 PROGRAM
helps parents with
relationship and financial skills
by Amanda Keating, PSYD, BCBA-D
hampions for Children has recently expanded its commitment to providing a range of education and support services to families who want to strengthen their skills as parents. Last year, the agency launched its Positive Parenting Partnership (P3) program, which serves families with children or teens of any age. P3 is a Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood federally grant-funded initiative designed to strengthen families by focusing on three areas of emphasis: parenting, relationships and finances. Using a public-health approach, the Positive Parenting Partnership program provides a range of evidence-based, scientifically evaluated services intended to enhance our entire community. The program is available to any parent or caregiver in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Manatee counties free of cost.
WHAT ARE THE PARENTING EDUCATION SERVICES? The P3 program uses the Positive Parenting Program (or “Triple P”)— the most widely evaluated parenting program in the world—to help parents and caregivers achieve their goals with their children. The internationally recognized program arms parents with skills to build strong family relationships, teach children new skills, manage misbehavior and prevent problems happening in the first place. The core international base of the Triple P research and practice is Queensland, Australia. Triple P is a system of interventions that can be highly individualized. Parents can opt for a brief consultation about just one area of concern such as toilet training, cooperation, developing a more positive relationship with your teen, or balancing work and home life. Parents may also take part in more comprehensive programs that hone multiple skills for multiple concerns. Specialized programs are available for parents of teens and children with developmental disabilities. Moreover, 8 TampaBayParenting.com | APR 2017
services may be delivered in groups or individually in a variety of locations. P3 currently has several Triple P initiatives under way at their offices in Temple Terrace as well as community locations such as the Children’s Board Family Resource Centers, local schools and the Glazer Children’s Museum.
WHAT ARE THE MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS SERVICES? You might be surprised to learn that Florida cities have some of the highest divorce rates in the country. In fact the greater Tampa Bay area is home to more than 280,000 divorcees. This new P3 program at Champions for Children helps local families improve relationship stability and satisfaction. P3 uses the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) to enrich partnerships with essential skills such as effective communication, working together as a team, solving problems, managing conflict and enhancing commitment and friendship. The Positive Parenting Partnership selected the PREP program, in part, because of lower divorce rates seen in couples that have participated in a PREP group and the reported higher satisfaction in their relationships. In addition to the programs offered for couples, P3 also offers PREP programs for those who are single but hoping to develop healthy partnerships in the future. One of our proudest accomplishments has been recruiting the skilled multidisciplinary team of professionals providing these interventions to the greater Tampa Bay area. They come from backgrounds in psychology, school psychology, marriage and family counseling,
AMANDA KEATING, PSYD, BCBA-D Amanda Keating PsyD, BCBA-D is clinical director for the Positive Parenting Partnership (P3) at Champions for Children, Inc. She is a licensed psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst specializing in parenting concerns. She provides mentorship and supervision to the P3 staff providing evidence-based supervision as well as monitoring program fidelity and implementation.
mental health counseling, social work, applied behavior analysis and child development.
WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL HEALTH SERVICES? P3 helps families to improve or plan for their financial health by connecting them to local services and supports such as tax preparation, financial wellness classes and career planning. Many offerings are provided through our agencyâ€™s partnership with United Way Suncoast. P3 also offers special financial services such as planning for your childâ€™s college education and developing special needs trusts for parents who have a child with a developmental disability.
GETTING CONNECTED Parents or caregivers interested in exploring the P3 services can contact us 813-673-4646 ext. 5101 or by emailing P3@cfctb.org. You can also find us on the web at http://cfctb.org or by searching for Positive Parenting Partnership and Champions on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We hope to hear from you. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age disability or religion. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
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Mosquito 101 | Life + Home
Protection and Prevention
Did you know mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon of water? That’s enough to fill a bottle cap! It seems we never quite catch a break from mosquitoes here in Florida and we’re already feeling the bites this spring, so we asked Hillsborough County Mosquito Control to share simple things
Protect Your Family • Cover exposed skin by wearing longsleeved shirts and long pants. • Use an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin. • Make sure window and door screens are bug-tight. Check your screen periodically to make sure there are no holes, and replace worn screens. • Try to stay indoors during prime mosquito times of dawn and dusk.
you can do right now to protect your family and your home from the bloodsucking insects as we head into the summer months.
Protect Your Home Routinely walk around your home. It is very likely you have standing water somewhere near your house where mosquitoes can easily breed. • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie pools and any other container where rainwater has collected. • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that may collect water. • Clean out rain gutters and downspouts regularly. • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week. • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water. • Keep swimming pools in good condition, and maintain chlorination. • Regularly rinse out any bromeliad plants in your yard with a garden hose; the average bromeliad can be expected to produce around a hundred mosquitoes per year.
If mosquitoes become a problem in your neighborhood, report it and submit a request for service. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL:
Call: 813-635-5400 Online request and to learn more: HCFLGov.net/Mosquitoes PINELLAS COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL REQUESTS:
Call: 727-464-7503 Online request: pinellascounty.org/ reportanissue Learn more pinellascounty.org/ mosquito
PASCO COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL:
Call: 727-376-4568 Online request and to learn more pascomosquito.org
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Life + Home | Guest Editor Feature
THE CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Working for You! BY APRIL GUEST EDITOR KELLEY PARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CHILDREN'S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
he Children’s Board of Hillsborough County has invested in children and families for 30 years. The mission of ensuring children are healthy, developmentally on track, ready to learn, and are in supported and supportive environments has been the cornerstone of its purpose in our community. This year, the Children’s Board will invest over $30 million in local non-profits that work diligently to meet the needs of the children and families in Hillsborough County. More than 190,000 children and families received services from Children’s Board-funded agencies last year. Forty thousand visitors held meetings and conferences at no cost to the community in the Children’s Board’s Ybor City Administrative Building, and six Children’s Board Family Resource Centers operated around the county to meet the needs of children and families in their neighborhoods and community. The Children’s Board recognizes the vast geography and diverse culture of Hillsborough County. In an effort to meet those needs, the Children’s Board held town hall meetings in six areas of the county in 2015. Demographic shifts in population(s) were analyzed and data evaluations conducted in an effort to support individualized programs that meet the needs of specific areas. As a result of these town hall meetings, Mobile Swim Lessons were developed to keep
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children safe from drowning, and community partnerships were formed to combat the drowning numbers head on. At the close of last year, drowning deaths had decreased by 50 percent. All six areas of the county indicated the need for highquality summer programming for children. The parents were surveyed to define quality. As a result, content experts developed program curriculum to include literacy, STEM, art, character education, safety and teamwork through sports. Each program had enough autonomy to appeal to the diverse cultural appetite of children across the county. The cross-cultural nature of these programs ran the gamut from lessons in Mandarin to dance instruction from the Tampa Ballet. This project was a joint effort of the Children’s Board and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and will return by popular demand. South County indicated the need for expanded capacity in high quality early learning opportunities for children. The Children’s Board contracted with Enterprising Latinas to expand capacity within the system. Today more than 20 individuals are pursuing their licensure to open high quality Early Learning Childcare homes in South County. Early Learning providers from across Hillsborough County were surveyed to identify barriers to
quality in the system. Discipline in the classroom and parental involvement came up as the top three barriers. The Children’s Board is bringing the concept of “Conscious Discipline” to the Early Learning Community through a partnership led by Hillsborough Community College with the CALM program, Conscious Awareness Learning Model.
As you can see, it takes everyone’s efforts to make Hillsborough County the very best place in America to raise children. It takes you and our partners in the community to make a true difference in the life of a child. The results of this dynamic, coordinated community response to supporting children and families produced the following outcome measures from 23,063 program participants evaluated over a 12-month cycle.
CHILDREN ARE HEALTHY: babies were born at HEALTHY BIRTH WEIGHTS
mothers initiated BREASTFEEDING
children attended WELL BABY/WELL CHILD visits
pregnant women attended PRENATAL CARE VISITS
CHILDREN ARE IN SUPPORTIVE AND SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENTS:
The three leading causes of child death in Hillsborough County are unsafe sleep, drowning and abusive head trauma. The Children’s Board, in partnership with the Department of Children and Families and Eckerd Community Alternatives, launched a public awareness campaign to end child death from the three leading causes in Hillsborough County. Check out preventneedlessdeaths.com. Help us as a community to keep all of our children safe.
parents increased their LITERACY SKILLS
parents were INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION or school
families indicated improved WELL-BEING
parents experienced increased SOCIAL SUPPORTS
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Local Chef Dishes | Food + Drink
THAI SALAD WITH SEARED AHI TUNA INGREDIENTS THAI SALAD
2 ounces Arcadian blend salad mix 1 ounce shredded green cabbage 1/4 cup mango pear salsa 1/4 cup of edamame, shelled 3 ounces Thai chili sauce 2 ounces carrots, julienned 3 ounces seared #1 ahi tuna MANGO PEAR SALSA
1/2 cup 3/8-inch diced mango 1/2 cup 3/8-diced Bartlett pear 1 roasted red pepper, 3/8-inch diced 1/2 grilled red onion 3/8-inch diced Juice of 1 lime 1/2 bunch of cilantro rough chopped 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper THAI CHILI SAUCE
4 cups Mae Ploy chili sauce 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 tablespoon puréed pickled ginger 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
One of Chef Garcia’s favorite recipes is this Thai Salad with seared ahi tuna. Don’t be intimidated by the beautiful picture! You can absolutely do this at home!
Local Chef DISHES with Chef Joe Garcia of Beach Bar & Restaurant
PREPARATION MANGO PEAR SALSA Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss lightly and refrigerate. THAI CHILI SAUCE Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until sesame oil is
SEARED AHI TUNA Sear a one pound block of fresh ahi tuna lightly seasoned with salt
and pepper in a sauté pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sear each side lightly, 45 seconds to 1 minute per side. Refrigerate until chilled. Slice ahi tuna into 1/8inch slices.
THAI SALAD Combine Arcadian blend, shredded cabbage, mango pear salsa, edamame and Thai chili sauce in a bowl and toss lightly. Mound salad mixture into the center of a chilled salad bowl. Top with carrots, and fan 3 ounces of sliced ahi tuna around salad.
The new Beach Bar/Restaurant at the Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa, formerly known as “Hogan’s Beach," has a new coastal-chic look and new executive chef, Joe Garcia, who is combining our favorite beach comfort foods with Latin and Caribbean flavors.
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* Simple ideas to Education | Financial Literacy
make the most of
Financial Literacy Month by Justin Pullaro
It is Financial Literacy Month, which is a great way to give us some much needed focus on a subject that often gets relegated to the end of the line in the “things-I-need-to-do-with-my-kids” pecking order. After all, school, sports and daily life are a non-stop affair. Who has time to tackle a subject like money? Money is central to everyday life. Unfortunately the neglect of financial awareness fostered by over-taxed schools and families has produced a generation of kids that doesn’t know how to “adult” with money. Good news, parents. You are still the ideal communicators of financial issues. You can turn the tide with these three simple ideas.
FOCUS ON KEYSTONE HABITS A
keystone habit is a behavior ripple effect that can spread and change other habits. It has transformative power. For young children, a keystone habit for them to learn is budgeting money into the categories of spend, share and save. The habit will form when this happens every time they receive money. Every time. Consistently. Learning this routine early is the beginning of grown-up budgeting, living beneath their means and making financial decisions. It is the gateway to bigger and more important financial conversations that happen later on in life.
IMMERSE YOUR FAMILY IN FINANCIAL CONVERSATIONS The most central and
important things you teach your children have no curriculum or workbook. Respecting others and acting with kindness are values you share all the time through quick and unplanned conversations. Your child's financial education should be the same. Be mindful of opportunities at a restaurant or the grocery store where you can ask a question or share a thought. You don't have to be an expert to do this. The parent-win is always in the conversation.
BE RESPONSIBLE TO YOUR CHILD'S FINANCIAL FUTURE You the parent are uniquely gifted
to model financial awareness. No financial guru can know and understand your child well enough to personalize their learning environment. Find resources like books or games that touch on the subject of money. Add them to what you are already doing with your child. You simply have to make it a priority and start small.
JUSTIN PULLARO Justin Pullaro, CFP™ is dad to four boys and founder of Small Change. Small Change is a Tampa-based company dedicated to inspiring parents to see great things in the small moments. Small Change provides interactive financial education to help busy families. growsmallchange.com
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April will come and go, but you can have a lasting impact on your child's financial future now. You can be the catalyst to help form better financial habits that will serve your kids for the rest of their life.
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Education | Learning with Legos
Ways LEGOS Can Help Your Child LEARN by Mandy Gandhi
ADD VISUALS TO MATH LESSONS
Math is fun especially when you are playing with Legos. Use Lego bricks to teach math functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. Legos offer a unique opportunity to actually see the concept behind the math. Try using two Lego bricks to create an addition equation. Challenge your little mathematician to count the pegs on each brick to answer the equation. Learning fractions is also a “snap” when using Legos. Line up Legos of various lengths to demonstrate the concept of whole, 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4. Visualizing how each piece contributes to the whole brick will help more advanced concepts to “click.”
The possibilities are endless when it comes to using Lego® bricks for learning. These unassuming little blocks provide so many opportunities for little (and big) learners to practice matching, sorting, math, language and social skills. Here are three ways you can use Legos to introduce and reinforce a variety of educational skills. BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION
Children begin to organize and categorize information at a very early age. Challenge your little Lego lover to sort Lego bricks by color, size and shape. Consider using Duplo Legos for younger builders. They are easy for little hands to grasp. In addition to sorting and matching colors, use multi-colored bricks to reinforce numbers and counting. There are many resources online that provide free printable templates to use with your child. Printable templates can help build confidence with number order and matching. Give your child a pile of mixed Legos and encourage them to build a tower or train of one to 10 similarly colored Legos. Simple activities like these can help lay the foundation they will need in years to come. MANDY GANDHI Mandy Gandhi is the mom of two Lego-loving boys. She is always looking for ways to use Legos for learning. In addition to being a mom, she is a physical therapist and the mom-owner of BrickSmarts, LLC. BrickSmarts is a Tampa-based business that refurbishes used Lego sets and sells them online for a fraction of the cost! Learn more at BrickSmarts.com 22 TampaBayParenting.com | APR 2017
DESCRIBE FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS
Use Lego Minifigures to role-play and encourage your master builder to talk about emotions and build social skills. You can recreate an environment like a school or playground using Lego bricks and then model behaviors using the Minifigures. Use a variety of Lego heads to help your child identify their moods and emotions. Encourage building with loose Legos and have your child create a story that goes along with their masterpiece. Use open-ended questions like “What type of bricks did you use to build this?” or “What special features does it have?” Open-ended questions will give the builder an opportunity to use descriptive words and details. There are so many ways to use Legos for learning. By adding in a little creativity and a lot of fun, your Lego enthusiast will be eager to learn too.
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*What’s Hillsborough Virtual School Education | Online Learning
and how do we sign up? with Hillsborough County Public Schools
FULL-TIME Full-time students take all courses with HVS at home. Students are considered HCPS students and must participate in all state mandated testing, and can take advantage of field trip opportunities at all levels also. Enrollment for the full-time program opens prior to the start of the school year in August, and again before second semester in January. Families can apply for August enrollment starting April 4. The online application can be found online at http://virtual.mysdhc.org
CO-ENROLLED Students can co-enroll with HVS at their school and take one or more virtual courses. These courses can be a part of their school schedule or taken above and beyond their school day. The school counselor at your student’s school will approve all course requests. For Home Education students who would like to co-enroll with HVS, the online courses are used for, or in conjunction with, the chosen program of study.
ELEMENTARY GIFTED Hillsborough Virtual School (HVS) is the K-12 virtual program for Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS). HVS serves students throughout the district at all grade levels. It offers core academics for elementary students and more than 100 middle and high school courses, including regular and honors, along with 15 AP courses. HVS’s school grade is an A for the 2016-17 school year. HVS is a franchise of FLVS which means students log in to an FLVS account to access their coursework and use the same virtual platform as FLVS students. HVS students follow the same district calendar as friends and neighbors and are taught by a Hillsborough County School District teacher who is familiar with district policies and 24 TampaBayParenting.com | APR 2017
procedures. The grade earned for your online course is automatically entered into the district system upon completion.
HVS partners with the school district to provide online gifted education services at some schools. Students access their gifted course while at school during the day.
At the elementary level, students follow the same course guidelines as all other students in Hillsborough County Schools. Elementary coursework is built and delivered via virtual platform utilizing district provided curriculum, and additional online resources.
HVS offers students a variety of options as they continue on the path to graduation. Virtual classes allow students to pursue academic courses anytime as they prepare for life. For more information, visit: Website: http://virtual.mysdhc.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HillsVS Twitter: @hvsonline Instagram: @hillsboroughvirtualschool
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Skyland Camp For Girls, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, offers traditional summer camp programs for girls ages 6-15.
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We created a place where girls can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, build new friendships and feel more confident.
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Camps for Children Entering PreK-3 through 8th Grade
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Rogers Behavioral Healthâ€“Tampa Bay just made it easier to find help for your child. New programs are now open for treating: - Anxiety and mood disorders for children and teens on the autism spectrum - Depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders for teens Services also available for treatment of OCD and anxiety, and eating disorders. Call 844-220-4411 or visit rogersbh.org to request a confidential screening. 2002 North Lois Ave., Suite 400 | Tampa, FL 33607
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Choosing Summer Camp | Education
How to choose the right summer camp
FOR YOUR CHILD
by Carmyn Samuel and Stephen Shoe
Your kids can spend their summer on stage, singing like Broadway stars. They can canoe in the morning and code in the afternoon. They can try new sports, learn a language, make a movie or stop the summer academic slide. With so many choices, how do you start looking for summer camp? Here are some tips to help you find the best fit for your child.
THINK ABOUT THE KIND OF SUMMER YOU WANT FOR YOUR CHILD. Are you looking for outdoor activities and field trips or do you have academic goals in mind? Do you want a specialty camp where your child can immerse himself in his favorite topic or a general camp with a little bit of everything? Overnight or day? Do you want a camp that cultivates your child’s talent in sports or performing arts? Identify your priorities to narrow down a list of camps to consider. Some camps offer open houses or personal tours where you can meet directors, see the facility and ask questions. ASK ABOUT THE COUNSELORS.
They are the teachers and supervisors caring for the campers, so you’ll want to know your kids are in good hands. Ask what kind of experience or training they have to prepare. Many CAMP IDS counselors attended the camp themselves when they were younger, and newer staff are grouped with seasoned teachers. Certain camps, such as engineering, are designed and taught by professionals in those fields. Coaches, athletes and trainers offer sportspecific skill development in their areas of expertise.
for your child with a recreational program you know he or she will love. Balance a favorite camp from last year with one that challenges kids to go outside their comfort zone. Let them work up a sweat in the mornings on the golf course or tennis court and spend their afternoons cooling off as they build worlds in Minecraft or design keychains on a 3D printer. On the other hand, you might want a program that goes more in-depth. CAMP IDS has a popular full-day musical theatre camp that lasts for two weeks. Staging, choreography, costumes and sets all come together during that time, culminating in amazing performances. REMEMBER THE LITTLE CAMPERS.
Although many camps start with kindergarten and older students, camp can be a wonderful
experience for 3- and 4-yearolds. Camps spark curiosity and introduce academic concepts, providing plenty of time to play and explore. The PreK3 and PreK4 camps at CAMP IDS include sessions that emphasize reading and math basics. Children sing songs connecting letters and sounds, make crafts and do activities that help them practice counting and number recognition. Attending camp at this age can also help ease the transition in the fall for students entering school for the first time. WATCH YOUR HOURS.
If camp also serves as your child care during the summer, be sure to check the camp hours. Many camps mirror the school day, and you’ll need to sign up for extended care (if offered) or make other plans for after 3 p.m. Some camps offer morning care before the first camp starts. Ask about drop-off procedures so you know how early you can arrive, where kids go before camp begins and if there are additional charges. You might need to create a spreadsheet to figure out how to fit in all the fun, but there’s something for everyone at summer camp. A little planning now is sure to pay off in June and July when your child is busy and engaged making lots of summer memories.
Many camps offer half-day sessions, which is great for mixing and matching. Pair the reading review camp you want
They can canoe in the morning and code in the afternoon. They can try new sports, learn a language, make a movie or stop the summer academic slide.
CARMYN SAMUEL AND STEPHEN SHOE
Carmyn Samuel and Stephen Shoe are the directors of CAMP IDS, which offers more than 100 camps for students in PreK3 through high school. Corbett Preparatory School of IDS founded the camp two decades ago and hosts about 1,000 students each summer on its lakeside campus in North Tampa. APR 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 27
Education | Summer Camp Guide
BERKELEY SUMMER PROGRAMS 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa 813-885-1673; berkeleyprep.org/summer
Mod design, app design, video game development, equestrian, archery, fine arts, Rock & Roll Camp, Lego, basketball, baseball, band, debate, football, swimming, golf, rock climbing, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, chess, driver’s ed, Financial Literacy for Teenagers, woodworking, math camp, and so much more – there’s something for everyone at Berkeley Summer Programs! Pre-K to Grade 12. Register online. Over 100 camps and classes, including high school credit courses. Before and after care. Lunch options available.
BUSCH GARDENS CAMPS 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa 813-884-4FUN;
Campers ages 3-14 can choose from many activities, including sports, arts, recreation, science, technology and academic review. Academy also offers Summer School for both noncredit and for-credit courses for students Grade 12.
buschgardens.com/camps Camps include resident camps that marry the best of the park’s offerings into multiday, sleep-away programs for students in grades five through college. Day camps are weeklong and provide campers in kindergarten through eighth grade with hands-on, educational experiences with animals and the outdoors, as well as Counselor-In-Training programs for grades 9-12.
ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES 3319 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa 813-839-5371; holynamestpa.org/summer
CAMP BAYSHORE 3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa 813-839-4297, Ext. 344;
HILLSBOROUGH ACADEMY AT THE LAKES 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes 813-948-7600; academyatthelakes.org
Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, technology, sports and enrichment camps at the Academy of the Holy Names’ ever-popular Summer on Bayshore! From Legos to lacrosse and cooking to cartooning, Summer on Bayshore has something for everyone. Complete session information and online registration is available at www.holynamestpa.org/summer. Full and half-day weekly sessions run from June 5 - July 21.
AQUACAMPS AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM 701 Channelside Drive, Downtown Tampa 813-273-4015; flaquarium.org
Choose from endless Summer AquaCamps that take fun and learning to all new depths for kids from 3 to 18 years old. Check out our Aquarium Careers Camp or Advanced SCUBA/Underwater Ecologist Camp (ages 14-18). Dive into our SCUBA Camp (ages 12-15). Participate in Travel Camps (ages 10-14) and On Location Camps (ages 6-9). We even have options for AquaKids (ages 5-6) and AquaTots (ages 3-4). Get discounts for members and for booking multiple camps.
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bayshorechristianschool.org This day camp for 3-year-olds to rising sixth graders is a fun, safe, Christian camp full of field trips, swimming, sports, the arts, music, shows and various activities. Visit the website to learn more information, see photos from past summers, explore camp calendars and schedules, and to register for this summer.
CAMP DOVEWOOD: SLEEP –AWAY CHRISTIAN CAMP FOR GIRLS IN NORTH FLORIDA 23221 101st Road, O’Brien 386-935-0863; firstname.lastname@example.org campdovewood.org This year Camp Dovewood celebrates 40 years of dynamic, fun-filled camping in North Florida. Dovewood is a traditional interdenominational Christian camp for girls 7-16 offering one-, two-, and threeweek sessions from June until the end of July. We have an outstanding equestrian program as well as many more activities like: archery, drama, dance, swimming, river rafting, cheerleading, cooking, art, music, softball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, Bible, soccer, baton, water ballet, basketball, Christian leadership and more. Accredited : American
Camping Association, Camp Horsemanship Association and member of Christian Camp and Conference Center.
CAMP IDS 12015 Orange Grove Dr., Tampa 813-961-3087; corbettprep.com
Campers can try archery or video game design in the morning and dabble in painting or French cooking in the afternoon. More than 60 half- and full-day camps! Academic camps include math, science, reading, writing and technology. Lego Robotics, performing arts, sports and more ensure everyone has a great time! Camps run June 12-July 28. Free morning drop-off at 7:15 am. After-care (3-6 pm) and transportation available for a fee.
CAMP IMAGINATION AT GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813-443-3861; glazermuseum.org/camp
Calling all kids! The Glazer Children’s Museum’s New Camp Imagination is the place to be this summer break. Discover new ways to learn and play all summer long with: Imaginative weekly themes, exclusive SMALLab experiences, museum playtime and more! Camps run June 5- Aug. 4 for ages 5-10. Register now!
CAMP JCC AT THE BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCC 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa 813-769-4797;
BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/Camp June 12 – Aug. 14, 2017 Are you looking for a weekly specialty summer camp for your child? Camp JCC offers an interactive day-camp experience with flexible weekly program offerings in dance, the arts, musical theatre, iMovie, swimming, indoor hockey, volleyball and basketball. Register online starting Feb. 12!
CAMP JCC ON THE COHN CAMPUS 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa 813-769-4748; jewishtampa.com/camp
June 5 – Aug. 4 Are you looking for a full summer or 3-week session day-camp offering for your child? Situated on a scenic 21-acre property, Camp JCC promises to deliver an engaging and active experience for children entering grades 1 – 8 with a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities. Is your child interested in the arts, swimming, sports, nature, canoeing, music, archery, obstacle courses, creative production, climbing, zip lining, field trips and more?
Then Camp JCC is the summer camp experience for your family! Register online today!
CAMP SEAL 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz 813-229-7946; sealswimschool.com
Seal Swim School now provides a fantastic aquatic camp program for children 4-10. Each camp week will center on a theme where your child will enjoy a variety of activities such as swim lessons, recreational swim, outdoor sports, indoor games, archery, arts and crafts, field trips and much more!
CDS TURN IT UP SUMMER CAMP 2017 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa 813-920-2288;
CarrollwoodDaySchool.org CDS Summer Day Camps offer all-day themed camps running from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for students entering grades 1 through 8. These camps provide opportunities for children to explore their imagination and develop skills during the summer weeks. Each week of camp the campers will attend one field trip and visit an off-site pool. Before and after care is also available.
CITY OF TAMPA PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAMS Various Locations 813-274-3345;
tampagov.net/summercamp Choose from a variety of one-week specialty camps or the 10-week Recreate, Educate, Create (R.E.C.) Summer Camps. Specialty camps are designed for your child’s individual interests in sports, arts, aquatics, theater and nature. R.E.C. Camps will engage your child with various activities and fieldtrips. Camps are located throughout Tampa’s city limits and are open to city and non-city residents. Programs are geared for toddlers to teens. Early care and after care are also available.
COLOR ME MINE 1609 W. Snow Circle, Tampa 813-258-8368; tampa.colormemine.com
Everyone’s favorite pottery studio is now offering summer day camps for a wide range of ages. Kids will explore pottery, painting, glazing and more.
ELITE ANIMATION ACADEMY 9634 West Linebaugh Ave., Westchase Town Center – 2nd Floor, Tampa 813-321-3939; eliteanimationacademy.com
June 5 - Aug. 11 Offering Courses & 10 weeks of Animation Summer Camp. Learn from former
Disney, Warner Brothers and other industry professionals! Our camps are in small groups with engaging subjects. Ages 8 to 17. We accept all skill levels. Not sure which camp is right for you? Call or chat with us online; hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all supplies provided. Lunch break from 1 to 2 p.m. (Lunch not provided)
experience a "Trip Around the World." First through sixth graders will have an all-new program featuring outdoor adventures, drama, music, messy science, and other exciting theme-based weeks with well-trained staff, field trips, crafts, and daily theme sessions weekly. Please call or visit our website for registration information.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF TAMPA- FREE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 302 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813-251-2425; fbctampa.org
KIDS’ COLLEGE SUMMER CAMPS AT HCC 39 Columbia Dr., Tampa 813-259-6010;
VBS 2017 turns kids into Galactic Starveyors! As kids focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator, they will discover the wonder among all wonders-that the God who created everything there is-the knowable, the visible and the invisible-wants a personal relationship with them! VBS runs June 5-9 from 8:45 a.m.-noon for children ages 3 (by Sept. 1, 2016 and potty trained) through fifth grade.
FLORIDA ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon 813-490-2787; faopa.org
Florida Academy of the Performing Arts camp offers acting, crafts, games, singing, drums, musical theatre, beginner guitar, beginner violin, fun activities and more. This camp is for kids ages 5 and up and offer your child the opportunity to learn and grow their talent.
FOCUS ACADEMY SUMMER ARTS CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace 813.443.5558 focusacademytampa.org/summer-arts-camp
June 26-30, 2017
Join Focus Academy faculty and staff for a fun weeklong summer arts camp designed specifically for students with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities, entering 7th through 9th grade. Attendees can experience the arts in a playful, non-judgmental environment emphasizing self-expression, creative problem solving, social competence and relationship building. The program culminates in a performance conceived and created by the participants – and attended by parents and families! Space is limited; apply now!
HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 813-884-8250; hcatampa.org
Get your camper ready for a summer of learning and adventure! Two- and young 3-year-olds will enjoy Birds, Bugs & Bubbles Galore!, while 3- and 4-year-olds will
tampatraining.com/kids-college Empowering today’s youth for tomorrow’s SUCCESS! Not just another play camp, Kids’ College at Hillsborough Community College offers a unique balance of learning and fun that keeps our campers growing during the summer. Topics including video game design, fashion, architecture, acting, entrepreneurship, police & fire, STEM, dance and many more. Our philosophy is simple: to provide your child with engaging activities that challenge them intellectually, physically and creatively.
KUMON MATH AND READING CENTERS 1-800-ABC-MATH; kumon.com
Kumon can give your child a lifetime of advantages. The Kumon Program is designed to advance your child’s math and reading skills and love for learning – providing an academic advantage throughout school. Kumon sparks critical thinking, establishes a pattern of success, and builds confidence that can lead to accelerated learning throughout life. Parents are encouraged to attend a free orientation at any of our Kumon Math and Reading Centers in the local community.
MONTESSORI ACADEMIES/PREPARATORY SCHOOLS Tampa, Temple Terrace and New Tampa locations 813-899-2345; montessoriacademies.com Montessori’s summer curriculum includes math, language, science, social studies, Chinese, Spanish and more! (12 months - 5th Grade)
PATEL CONSERVATORY 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813-222-1040; patelconservatory.org
Offering more than 50 camps and classes in dance, theater and music for all ages and experience levels for ages 3 through college. These camps will give your child the confidence and creativity that they love and that will last a lifetime.
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SUMMER TIME COOKING SCHOOL FOR KIDS & TEENS 5224 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 813-408-1078;
JuniorChefsOfAmerica.org Do you have a budding chef at home? We have the perfect summer program for them! Sign them up today to join with professional chefs from Tampa to bring them the best hands-on learning experience they can have this summer. This is a 2-week program that will begin in July. Don't forget to register them for our 2nd annual cook-off on Sept. 3. Early registration suggested, classes fill up quickly!
TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER ADVENTURE CAMPS 801 Old Water St., Tampa 813-228-0097;
TampaBayHistoryCenter.org Spend your summer with one-eyed pirates, mysterious mermaids and wooly mammoths during the History Center's History Adventure Camps. Step back into Florida's past with unique games and projects, themed field trips, outdoor fun, and hands-on interactions with real historians and experts. Camps are open to children ages 7 – 11 and led by experienced educators dedicated to providing unique, educational and engaging experiences campers won't forget.
TAMPA PREPARATORY SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS AND CAMP TERRAPIN 727 W. Cass St., Tampa 813-251-8481; tampaprep.org/summer
Camp Terrapin is Tampa Prep’s wellknown coeducational, sports and fine arts camp for students entering first through eighth grades. Structured activities and theme days provide friendship and fun in downtown Tampa. Additional summer programs include a variety of sports camps and courses in robotics, academics and enrichment. This summertime extension of our award-winning day school program offers something for everyone!
TAMPA THEATRE 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa 813-274-8286; tampatheatre.org
Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen. Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of live and stop-motion animation filmmaking, from storyboarding and scriptwriting to filming and editing. All necessary equipment is provided so that by the end of the week-
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long session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to debut on the big screen.
THIS SUMMER AT MARY JO’S 15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa 813-969-0240; mjpaa.com/summer
At Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy, your child will explore the wonderful world of the performing arts while encountering an educational, fun-filled experience. Students will be introduced to various paths of the arts and given opportunities to act, sing, dance and be creative. They will develop friendships and a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Our goal is to provide a safe and stimulating environment promoting the emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth of your child.
ZOO CAMPS AT TAMPA’S LOWRY PARK ZOO 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa 813-935-8552, Ext. 268; LowryParkZoo.org
May 22 – Aug. 9
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is thrilled to be the first in Tampa Bay to offer an all-inclusive camp program with extended care, a healthy daily lunch, a cool t-shirt and a ticket to come back to the Zoo and show off what they’ve learned – all free with registration! Kids and teens can learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the Zoo and exploring behind the scenes.
PINELLAS ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY SUMMER DAY CAMPS & BOARDING PROGRAM 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg 727-384-5500, Ext. 230;
farragut.org/summer June-August 2017. Camps are open to the public, include a hot lunch, and are held on our campus with a private pool and waterfront! The day camps include STEM, Little Captains, Little Explorers, sports and writing. The summer boarding program for rising eighth-12th graders is a two-, four-, or six-week college prep experience where attendees live on campus and can earn an academic high school credit or take electives like marine science, aviation and engineering.
AMERICAN STAGE SUMMER CAMP AND TEEN SUMMER INSTITUTE 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg 727-823-1600 ext 204; email@example.com
americanstage.org/summer Choose from one- to three-week sessions for grades K-12. Experience quality the-
atre training in a positive environment, giving young people the tools to be bolder, wiser and more compassionate on stage and in life. Studying theatre not only helps students become accomplished and confident performers, it also empowers creative, intellectual and emotional growth. All experience levels welcome! Staff is comprised of working theatre professionals with a passion for teaching.
CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAMS Various Locations 727-893-7441; StPeteParksRec.org/camps
Summer camp programs offered at 11 sites throughout St. Petersburg. Camps will engage your child with various activities, arts and crafts and field trips. Camps are offered for children entering grades 1-6 or 7-9 for as low as $244 for the ten-week program for qualifying city-residents. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available. A variety of ½-day specialty camps also available. Addditional info online.
CLEARWATER SUMMER CAMPS 2017 “THE PLACE TO BE!” Various Locations 727-562-4800;
myclearwaterparks.com Clearwater Camps are the place to be for fun! For $100 or less per week, campers receive all field trips, supplies, a t-shirt and 50 hours of fun activities. Each week, campers will enjoy a wide variety of fun activities including field trips, games, guest speakers, craft projects and other awesome activities. Additionally, each week a different positive character trait will be discussed and celebrated. Campers will build friendships and create life-long memories. Each camp counselor is carefully selected based on their experience and love of children. Call the recreation center of your choice to set up an interview.
CROSSFIT BLACKBEARD KIDS SUMMER CAMP 4400 34th St. N. Unit K, St. Petersburg firstname.lastname@example.org;
crossfitblackbeard.com/summer-camp/ Experience fitness-focused fun at CrossFit Blackbeard this summer! Campers will learn coordination, sports preparation and teamwork with fun daily activities, sports, games and more! Supplement your child's sports or play activities during the summer months, or provide them with an opportunity to explore their fitness interests and build self-esteem.
DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 727-298-3322; dfac.org/tbp
DFAC’s Summer Art Academy’s
seven separate age-appropriate camps offer fun, creative, cognitive summer enrichment experiences for kids and teens from 4 1/2 to 16 years old. Activities include drawing painting, sculpture, photography, clay, and digital arts as well as Arts in Motion curriculum. This year, individually themed weeks include Shark Week, Wild West, Kooky Carnivals and a Mars Masters’ Mash Up.
ECKERD COLLEGE SUMMER WATERSPORTS CAMP 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 727-864-8288;
eckerd.edu/waterfront/camp Weekly classes, June 5-Aug. 4. The Eckerd College Waterfront Program, one of the largest collegiate programs in the United States, offers classes in exploring watersports, sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, saltwater fishing, Little Mariners, and exploring marine life for students ages 5-17. Located on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, the school provides the perfect environment for learning watersports! Classes at the Waterfront Program have been in existence for more than 45 years. Through those years we have introduced thousands of children and adults to the wonderful world of watersports. We look forward to meeting you or your children and providing you with an exciting and unforgettable experience!
GREAT EXPLORATIONS SUMMER CAMP 1925 4th St. N., St. Petersburg 727-821-8992; greatex.org
Great Explorations summer camps are a fantastic way to have fun while school is out! Our camps stimulate learning and imagination with themes ranging from Out of this World to Full STEAM Ahead. Days are filled with experiments, arts, field trips, guest presentations and museum play time! Our week-long camps are designed for students entering VPK through third grade with a new and exciting theme starting each Monday.
ICE SKATING CAMPS tampabayice.com Have a cool time on the ice this summer at one or more of our ice skating camps designed for beginner through advanced level ice skaters ages 5 through 12. Each camp features daily on and off ice instruction, supervised on-ice “free time”, lunch, arts/crafts and games. Camps are offered at Clearwater Ice Arena and TBSA – Countryside and Oldsmar locations Camps are offered at all three locations for recreational, figure and hockey skaters. TampaBayIce.com for details and to register.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CAMP 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater 727-530-3223;
jewishcommunitycamp.org Join us for our inaugural year at the beautiful camp facilities on the Temple B’nai Israel property. This facility gives our camp an abundance of space for small and large group activities. All swimming is held at neighboring community pools and transportation for all field trips will be provided. We welcome all children, regardless of religious affiliation or observance, to participate in our camp experience and to share in our rich Jewish heritage.
PALM HARBOR MONTESSORI ACADEMY 2355 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor 727-786-1854;
palmharbormontessori.com Full-day themed camp sessions for ages 3-12 featuring outside play and swimming! Outdoor environments include state-of-the-art pool facilities, soccer field, basketball court, hydroponics garden, and four spacious and secured playgrounds for fun, learning and meeting new friends. Camp themes include music, drama, Spanish, exploring the world, America the beautiful and more.
SAINT PAUL’S SCHOOL 1600 St. Paul’s Drive, Clearwater 727-536-2756;
June 5 – Aug. 4
Robotics, marine science, baseball, cheerleading, cooking, fine arts, field trips, recreation and activities, and classic day camps! With the variety of camps being offered this summer, making fun, long-lasting memories won't be hard to do! Camps for 3-year-olds through rising eighth graders. Camp hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Before and after care is available. Our full day camps will accommodate your working schedule as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. It’s a Saint Paul’s summer; come be a part of the fun!
SUMMER CAMP AT CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 727-441-1790; seewinter.com
Pre-K to 10th Grade. Week long camps (June through August) taught by experts like marine biologists, rescue team members, animal caregivers and more! Camps focus on hands-on learning in a safe, fun, and friendly environment. Snorkeling, kayaking and boating are just some of the activities offered. Learn about our resident animals and the work we do every day at a working marine animal hospital. Seasonal camps are also offered during the spring, fall and winter!
SUMMER AT SHORECREST 5101 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg 727-522-2111; shorecrest.org/summer
From an adventure-themed day camp for preschoolers to sixth-grade academic enrichment, all the way to a professional theatre bootcamp for serious thespians, there’s something for everyone this summer at Shorecrest. An auxiliary program of Shorecrest Preparatory School, Summer at Shorecrest offers nearly 100 different camp sessions, serving students from 3 years to those rising into grade 12. Programs run May 29-Aug. 11.
TAMPA BAY WATCH 3000 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde 727-867-8166 ext. 246; tampabaywatch.org/summer-camps Does your child have an interest in marine science? If so, this is their chance to learn more about it! Send them to Tampa Bay Watch this summer for some fun in the sun with Estuary EDventures summer camps where they will learn about amazing Tampa Bay, the ocean, and its inhabitants!
TAMPA BAY TURNERS GYMNASTICS AND SWIMMING ACADEMY 2301 26th St. N., St. Petersburg 727-328-8500; tampabayturners.com
Kids can participate in gymnastics and tumbling classes, swim lessons starting at six months in our indoor pool, birthday parties, summer day camps, toddler tumbling open play, and join a licensed preschool. Come join the fun!
THE CLUB AT TREASURE ISLAND SUMMER CAMP 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island 727-367-4511; theclubti.com
For children ages 6-12, sail along Boca Ciega Bay, participate in group tennis lessons taught by Club TI’s Director and elite Pro, enjoy swimming in the biggest pool on Treasure Island and learn how to make delectable dishes from our professional culinary team. Don’t miss Rowdies soccer week, including a field trip to downtown St. Pete stadium and an hour long soccer clinic taught by a Rowdies player, exclusively for Club TI summer campers. Camp is open to members and nonmembers.
THE MARCIA P. HOFFMAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 727-791-7400; HoffmanSchooloftheArts.com Providing arts education and outreach efforts reaching more than 35,000 students annually and providing over 80,000 hours of high-caliber arts experiences with divisions encompassing perfor-
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Education | Summer Camp Guide
mances; community engagement and outreach; and instruction in jazz, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, voice and technical theater. Each division reaches students of all ages and abilities on the Ruth Eckerd Hall campus and off-site in schools, hospitals and more throughout the Tampa Bay area and the State of Florida.
THE SCIENCE CENTER 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 727-384-0027;
sciencecenterofpinellas.org/eic/ Make the most out of summer through discovery and fun! Themed camps are available for grades K-8, featuring handson activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math! Your child can sharpen their academic skills in a fun, supportive learning environment free of stress and pressure. In addition to fun learning experiences, our camps also offer before and after care hours for your convenience (camps go from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and provide free lunch for our campers. Contact us and discover all that our camps have to offer. Camp prices: $180-$240 per camp/per child.
YMCA OF THE SUNCOAST ymcasuncoast.org/summercamp Count on the best summer ever for your kids. Select one week or the whole summer, indoors and out. On their own or in a group, from archery to arts to canoeing to cannonballs, your kids will have an amazing experience in a safe, inclusive, nurturing environment from Largo to Crystal River. Register online.
PASCO NEW PORT RICHEY RECREATION & AQUATIC CENTER SUMMER CAMP 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey 727-841-4560; citynpr.org
This Camp offers eight weeks of fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities, arts & crafts, games, field trips, special events, guest speakers, swimming, movies and various other activities. Camp dates and times are June 5 -July 28, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fee: $480 for 8 weeks/$60 per week (per child). Registration begins April 17. Resident Discount: $400 for 8 weeks/$50 per week (per child). Registration begins April 10. Ages 5-13 are welcome.
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OTHER LOCATIONS CAMP INVENTION Multiple locations throughout West Central Florida 800-968-4332; campinvention.org
Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through sixth grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Discounts available!
CIRCLE F DUDE RANCH CAMP 5301 Dude Ranch Road, Lake Wales, 863-676-4113;
circlefduderanchcamp.com Nestled in 500 acres of wilderness, this traditional sleep-away camp for ages 6-16 offers two- and three-week and 10-day sessions packed with exciting programs that focus on providing young people the opportunity to just be kids. Campers build lifelong friendships as they participate in horseback riding, archery, sports, photography, arts and more in a safe environment.
GIRL SCOUT SUMMER CAMPS Tampa, Palm Harbor & Wildwood locations 800-881-GIRL; gswcf.org/summercamp
This summer, every girl can camp like a Girl Scout! We welcome all girls entering grades 1 – 12 to experience the outdoors in a safe, supervised and encouraging environment. We have day camps, fulland half-week overnight camps, and STEM camps. She’ll have the time of her life discovering the wonders of the great outdoors, playing games, and making friends while boosting her confidence and courage. Not currently a Girl Scout? No problem! Current non-members can attend camp with an additional $15 registration fee.
RIVERVIEW CAMP FOR GIRLS 757 County Road 614 Mentone, AL 35984 riverviewcamp.com, 800-882-0722
Atop breathtaking Lookout Mountain two hours from Atlanta, fun, friends and adventure awaits girls 6-16. Campers will love Riverview’s 15+ quality activity programs. We offer riding, swimming, ropes course, tennis, canoeing, golf, archery, rifle range, basketball, climbing tower, CIT
program, chorus, drama, flag twirling, voice and music. One- and two-week, as well as longer sessions available. Each cabin has its own bathrooms and showers.
SKYLAND CAMP FOR GIRLS 317 Spencer Street, Clyde, NC 828-627-2470; skylandcamp.com
Through traditional and overnight camp programs, Skyland Camp for Girls inspires girls in rising grades 1-10 to be curious, creative, confident and connected to each other, and to the world. Experience horseback riding along mountain trails. Swimming and relaxing by the pool. Camping getaways. Tennis and volleyball matches. Cooking recipes. Arts and crafts. Drama and musicals. Join us for our 100th year on Skyland Hill: discover your best self and forge lifelong friendships.
STEMTASTIC™ DAY CAMP & AVIATION SUMMER CAMP 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland 863-644-2431; flysnf.org/educational-programs/
Week- long camps June- August. STEMtastic™ day camp offers daily
themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEM-based schools. Aviation Summer Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics and flight simulators. (Day and residential options available)
VALLEY VIEW RANCH EQUESTRIAN CAMP 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 706-832-2231; valleyviewranch.com
Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! Atop Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, ages 8-17. One to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend up to 6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third-generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls dreams come true.
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Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, technology, sports, and enrichment camps at the Academy of the Holy Names’ ever-popular Summer on Bayshore! For additional information or to register online, visit holynamestpa.org/summer. Weekly sessions run from June 5 - July 21.
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REGISTER ONLINE berkeleyprep.org/2017summerprograms
With over 100 unique camps and classes, Berkeley Summer Programs has something for everyone, and we can cater to a childâ€™s diverse interests or singular passion. We offer full-day sessions in a variety of areas such as sports, academics, and fine arts, or you can opt for our one, two, and three-hour selections.
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Beauty + Style | What’s in your bag?
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Beauty + Style | Spring Fashion Trends
STEP UP YOUR TIPS FROM MICHELLE OF RUNWAYTRANSLATOR.COM
Whether you’re out shopping the local boutiques or pulling looks from your own closet, it’s all about making stylish choices! Have fun with fashion, take risks and don’t be afraid to step up your “Mom Style!
Michelle is wearing: Jersey slip dress $42, from Don Me Now Chambray bomber jacket, $95 from Kit’s Well-Dressed Quilted cross-body bag, $27 from Kit’s Well-Dressed Snake skin loafers, $110 from Kit’s Well-Dressed
MICHELLE BREMER Michelle is a busy full-time working wife and mother of two active children. She owns Runway Translator, a full-service fashion styling firm. She also volunteers in the community with The Junior League of Tampa and Dress for Success Tampa Bay. RunwayTranslator.com 38 TampaBayParenting.com | APR 2017
Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography
Off-the-shoulder maxi dress, $225 from Kit’s Well-Dressed Beaded sandals, $109 from Kit’s Well-Dressed Large tote bag, $48 from Kit’s Well-Dressed Long gold necklace, from Premier Designs Statement ring, from Don Me Now Sunglasses, $45 from Don Me Now
When you’re a busy mom with one kid pulling on your hair while another’s about to tumble out of the shopping cart, it can be difficult to look stylish. You need to be dressed for comfort and function and if it happens to come together in a stylish way, well, that’s a bonus! For those of us who want to look fashionable while still being able to fulfill our duties as Super Mom, here are some tips on how to step up your mom style. These days the go-to mom uniform is workout clothes, but why not substitute those yoga pants for a comfy boyfriend jean, then pair them with a graphic tee and a lightweight cardigan? Load up on the dresses: maxis and shifts are great because they tend to be less constricting around the waistline. We’re all familiar with the flip-flops here in Florida, but how about replacing them with a stylish metallic sandal that goes with everything? The perfect pair of sunnies is essential for a cool daytime look! The key is to find a style that fits the shape of your face. A statement necklace or ring can really make an outfit pop, but be sure the pieces are substantial. You wouldn’t want the baby pulling on your delicate chain necklace or dangly earrings. Don’t forget about your face! I always wear a little color on my lips and mascara on my lashes before I leave the house. Those two components alone can elevate your look.
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So You Want to Race?
Running Tips | Health + Wellness
Tips to get on the right path—and stay there! by Nicole Geller
It’s the chance to create a stronger mind and soul and body. Sometimes the takeaway is more spiritual than physical: I’ve seen some of the best that Mother Nature has to offer on a morning run, bike or swim. This is what motivates me; this is what clears my mind.
e are well into 2017, so this may be a good time to ask yourself: When was the last time you selfishly cleared your mind? Because you—yes YOU—have earned the right to clear your mind by exercising your body!
• You are in charge of your own hands and feet. If your hands turn off your alarm clock, and your feet do not touch the ground, chances are, you are not going to exercise (this is also true for the evening exercise athletes). Trust me, we all lose motivation. However, some of my best trainings and races have been the ones that I did not want to do. I just picture how great I feel after. Nothing compares to crossing over that finish line no matter what the race or distance is.
Exercise and endurance training is truly a matter of mind over matter. If you want to make a change, your mind will set the priorities to find the time to do so. I did my first sprint triathlon in 2006. I had participated in 5K and 15K races before trying my first spring triathlon in 2006. I loved every second of it, so much so that I signed up for my second one two weeks later. Since then, I have participated in over 100 races including marathons, half-marathons, sprint/Olympic/70.3 and 140.6 triathlon distances. I’ve become a member of The Kennedy Law Triathlon Racing Team. Being involved in racing is wonderful in Florida because of the amazing climate that allows us to race every weekend. Staying involved, however, can be a challenge as injuries and schedules can consume any athlete. Here are some tips that worked for me, and I hope to motivate you enough to pay it forward to someone who deserves the chance to clear their mind. • Figure out how you can get to sleep earlier to get up earlier to exercise. I make my training time (4:30 a.m.) my personal time as my entire family is sleeping. Find your personal time! You can even go to sleep in your work out gear. • Find a training partner or a team to hold you accountable. The friendships that develop from exercise are incredibly powerful. Passions become talking points, your minds are cleared together and nothing beats the shared endorphins that come from a great round of exercise. • Start small but mighty, and work up to a bucket list item. We are all at different levels of athleticism. Do not discount the foundation you might have built from your younger years. Leverage what you enjoy. Exercise is not about the scale.
• I ask my children before each race what I should focus on. My youngest always tells me to race with a clear mind. The older one says to think about getting home faster to make him breakfast. In my running races, I have a special focus: I love to name my miles after people who have made a true difference in my life. For that mile, I only hear their voice, and think about their motivational words to me. However, I have found that it is hard to breathe and cry at the same so I caution you on the emotional aspect of naming your miles. • Identify your goals. If you are ready to participate in your first 5K, your first marathon or even your first Ironman, please ask yourself what your end result goal is. Do you want to have fun and feel accomplished? Do you want to complete the race with your child or pet coming across the finish line with you? Do you want to get on the podium? All are realistic ways to finish a race. • You should never change anything on race day including your nutrition, time expectations or finisher goals. You will always have another race. You should always have a chance to clear your mind. • Try and stay local for your first race. More than likely, you will not get a lot of sleep the night before your race (studies show the two nights before the race is most important). Creature comforts are a huge boost to your already altered state of mind so try and sleep in your own bed. So don’t wait; get out there! You owe it to yourself! I cannot imagine a better way than running to clear my mind.
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Start Your Engines! Car Show Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00AM - 1:00PM - Education Stations 10:00AM - 4:00PM - Car Show Join us for a time of amazing engines and fun, featuring education stations, interactive activities and more! • Car Show (over 200 entries expected) • •
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Ask the Doctor | Health + Wellness
with Dr. Jill Hechtman, M.D. FACOG, Medical Director Tampa Obstetrics however, about 40 percent of women who deliver early are first time moms! Fortunately, a new blood test has recently become available for all singleton (carrying one baby) pregnant women that can help identify the individual risk of delivering early. The PreTRM test is a prenatal blood test, ordered by your doctor, taken during the 19th or 20th weeks of pregnancy that predicts an asymptomatic woman’s risk of delivering early. The PreTRM test measures and analyzes specific proteins in the blood that have been shown to be highly predictive of premature birth.
Q: I want to understand the risks of premature birth. What causes it and how can I prepare? The joys of pregnancy are often coupled with feelings of anxiety or stress about factors that may impact a growing baby, like nutrition/diet, physical activity or the fear of miscarriage. However, one critical piece of information that is frequently overlooked is the possibility of delivering the baby early, or premature.
and delivery costs, extended hospital and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stays, and the medical care associated with a child who is born prematurely.
Common risk factors for premature birth include: shortened cervical length or a history of surgery on the cervix, infection or problems with the uterus or placenta, carrying more than one child (for example, twins or tripAlthough your doctor will explain the lets), advanced maternal age (over risk factors and symptoms associated 35 years old), conceiving through with delivering early, approximately 50 in-vitro fertilization (IVF), poor percent of women who go on to have diet, smoking, drug or alcohol use, being underweight or short intera premature birth will not have any vals between pregnancies.
known risk factors.
Premature birth, defined as delivering between 20 and 37 weeks, is a global problem that affects millions of families worldwide. One in 10 babies is born prematurely in the United States every year. Delivering early can have significant physical and developmental impacts to a baby, as well as emotional consequences for the parents. From a financial perspective, the first-year costs related to a premature birth are approximately 10 times higher than the costs related to a baby born at term due to labor
There is a significant benefit to knowing your premature birth risk early. If you’re at increased risk, there are interventions that you and your doctor can consider to help prolong your pregnancy. This information also gives you the opportunity to plan and prepare for a potential early delivery. On the other hand, a woman with known risk factors who receives a PreTRM test result that shows a low risk for premature birth will have peace of mind and reassurance about her current pregnancy. When a baby is in gestation, every day is a positive step toward development and physical growth. As I always tell my patients, every 24 hours is a miracle, so if we identify a woman at risk for premature birth and we can do something to prolong the pregnancy – even one day – that can make a huge impact. Premature birth can happen to anyone. But it is possible to understand your risk early, so you and your doctor can take the appropriate steps to take action and help give your baby the best start in life.
Although your doctor will explain the risk factors and symptoms associated with delivering early, approximately 50 percent of women who go on to have a premature birth will not have any known risk factors. The best predictor of delivering early is having a previous premature birth;
WITH DR. JILL HECHTMAN Dr. Jill Hechtman is medical director of Tampa Obstetrics, board certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, former Board of Trustees member at HCA Hospital Brandon and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. Dr. Jill is a frequent medical contributor on News Channel 8. She lives in Tampa with her husband Jason, a breast surgeon, and their daughter, Emma. Dr. Jill and her daughter share a love of horses. APR 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 43
* Taking Action Health + Wellness | Child Abuse Prevention
FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH by Anu Varma Panchal
pril may signal spring, Easter bunnies and the beginning of Florida’s hot season, but there’s something far more serious we should all think about this month: Child Abuse Prevention. April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, and for local leaders who have devoted their career to taking care of our most vulnerable, this is an issue that cannot be highlighted enough.
The issue of keeping children safe is everybody’s— parents, grandparents, teachers, preachers, neighbors, business people. A healthy community is healthy children. The community needs to operate as a unit and be involved.”
“Everyone has an obligation to make sure children are safe,” says Kelley Parris, executive director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. “The issue of keeping children safe is everybody’s—parents, grandparents, teachers, preachers, neighbors, business people. A healthy community is healthy children. The community needs to operate as a unit and be involved.” According to the 2015 study from the Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau, Child Protection Service agencies across America received about 4 million referrals involving about 7.2 million children during Fiscal Year 2015. These are just the ones we know about; a majority of cases are not even known by the system, says Parris. Children suffer not just from direct abuse and neglect, but also by being a witness or being exposed to abuse in the home of another family member—a broad category often referred to as household dysfunction that can include factors such as an incarcerated relative or living in a home where someone suffers from mental illness or a mother is treated violently. Such exposure can cause psychological damage to a child’s health and social and emotional well-being. This in turn affects their ability to learn and carry on a productive life. Parris explains that the Children’s Board’s goal is to strategically stay the ANU VARMA PANCHAL When Anu isn’t writing, editing or volunteering on the board of her kids' PTA, she’s usually in her minivan driving her two daughters (11 and 8) around Tampa to school and their activities. Although her idea of the ultimate good time is usually found between the pages of a book, Anu also enjoys yoga, her book club, travel, theater and area food and music festivals.
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SOBERING STATISTICS • Who’s reporting child abuse? Three fifths of reports come from professionals, or those who learned about these children through their work. This group mostly consists of teachers, police officers and social services staff. A remaining 1/5 reports came in from friends, neighbors and relatives and another 1/5 is from unclassified or anonymous sources. • The youngest are the most at risk. Children in their first year of life suffered the highest rate of victimization compared to their counterparts in the community at about 24 per 1,000. • About ¾ of the children suffered from neglect while about 17 percent were abused. • More than 1,600 children died as a result of abuse and neglect; nearly ¾ of this number was under 3 years old. • Four fifths of child fatalities involved at least one parent. • More than 17 percent of perpetrators maltreated three or more victims.
course for child safety, to which end it supports local nonprofits that help make sure children are safe, healthy and developmentally on track. Just in the 2016 fiscal year, the organization invested $29.9 million in more than 90 local nonprofits. That multipronged approach is one that every community member can take to improve children’s welfare in general, Parris says. For example, the business owner who displays a crib can ensure that she doesn’t fill it with stuffed animals because those are unsafe for babies to sleep with. It’s a tiny action with big repercussions. A priest can step out of his comfort zone in a conference with a family or even address the topic of child abuse in a sermon. “Have a community discussion about it: What have you done today to keep a child safe?” says Parris. Ordinary people can address the issue in church, on blogs and in social groups. Everyone has skin in the game, she says, because healthy children in healthy families lead to healthy communities. “Ordinary people can do really great things every day,” says Parris. Most importantly, pay attention. If you encounter a potentially disturbing family situation and if something feels odd, it probably is odd, says Parris. “Children tell the truth,” she says. “Always follow your gut instinct.” Anyone who becomes aware of a situation in which a child is in harm can anonymously report it to the Florida Child Abuse hotline at 800-962-2873. “We have to move beyond awareness to action,” says Parris. “Children are our most precious resource of all.” If you know of a situation but are hesitant to take action, Parris says to ask yourself: Could you sleep at night if something happened to that child? “If you don’t even confront it, that child will remain in the shadows forever.”
FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: The Florida Abuse Hotline accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. There are four ways to make a report: • Online https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/ • By calling 800-962-2873 • Florida Relay 711 or TTY 800-453-5145 • By faxing your report to 800-914-0004 If the child you are worried about is in immediate danger, call 911.
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Weight loss success is dependent on many factors such as diet and exercise regimens and predisposed genetic tendencies. More specifically, the ability to lose weight safely and effectively must include healing the GI tract by reducing highly inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy and sugar. Also, an alkaline diet high in green foods and complex carbohydrates such as vegetables will allow for a healthier environment and more stable glucose levels. A healthy weight loss program should also include supporting the belly with probiotics, digestive enzymes and doing intestinal lining repair with bone broth or glutamine. It is imperative to detoxify the body of pathogens like candida, bacteria, viruses and parasites and to remove chemicals and heavy metals to prevent rebound weight gain. Toxicity that is stored in fat cells is not automatically removed when there is weight loss. Drinking enough fluids and clearing the elimination pathways in the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and colon by doing periodic flushes can significantly improve the ability of an individual to lose weight and keep it off.
Most of all, be patient with yourself and set realistic successful goals!
Eat a well-balanced diet that is approximately 80 percent alkaline and 20 percent acidic. The most alkaline foods are vegetables, especially greens like kale, spirulina and chlorella. The most acidic foods are carbonated sodas and white sugar.
Drink half of your body weight in water daily in ounces.
Practice carbohydrate cycling to lower glucose levels and improve insulin resistance. By alternating low calorie complex carbohydrate days with higher calorie complex carbohydrate days, glucose and insulin levels will favor weight loss versus weight retention.
Do intermittent detoxification programs for the major organs of elimination such as the kidneys, liver, colon and lymphatic system under the advisement of a knowledgeable physician.
Consider fasting one day per week to allow cellular repair and rest.
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Family Day Trips | Family Fun
DAY TRIP 2: DINOSAUR WORLD
BEST SPRING DAY TRIPS by Anna Tataris de Jesus
Spring time is here and this mommy is jumping for joy! The weather is perfect (not too hot like summer) and there are lots of places within driving distance to take the kids on a day trip, most of which are doable in a few hours. Here are a few ideas to get you started. If you don't have enough time to do them all, I suggest writing each idea on a piece of paper, putting them in a jar and letting the kids pick the idea for the day. It’s a fun way to get them excited about the day trip and you can save the unused ideas for the future! DAY TRIP 1: WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS STATE PARK
If you have a little one who absolutely loves mermaids like we do, this is a great stop. It’s been around for decades and still draws crowds young and old. During two different shows in a submerged 400-seat auditorium, you can watch “mermaids” displaying their beautiful moves in the crystal clear spring. One disclaimer: Just like in the movie “The Little Mermaid,” some of the shows do feature an evil sea witch who can be a little scary for younger ones. (Check the website to see the different shows and times.) The shows are definitely what most people drive to see, but make sure you pack bathing suits to enjoy Buccaneer Bay, the kiddie pool, the lazy river and some pretty big slides that drop you into the crystal clear waters of Weeki Wachee Springs. If you want more of an adventure, rent a kayak or canoe and take 3-hour trip in the clear Weeki Wachee River where you can enjoy wildlife up close. If you live in Tampa, this trip is a little more than an hour away.
Get ready to hear your kids ROAR because this place is filled with life-sized dinosaurs that kids can encounter simply by roaming through the park. Dino-themed playgrounds, interactive exhibits such as the Dino Gem Excavation and a fossil dig where kids can dig for items like shark teeth or Mosasaur teeth will keep the young ones busy. You can bring your own cooler and picnic with your kids, and friendly dogs on leashes are also welcome. The attraction even has a Prehistoric Museum that includes Animatronics, motion activated displays that make dinosaurs come to life. And if you are looking for any dinosaur toys for your kids, the 7,000-square-foot gift shop has it all. This attraction in Plant City is only about 20 minutes from downtown Tampa.
DAY TRIP 3: WILDERNESS SAFARI Give the kids a unique experience when you take them on a vehicle safari to see more than 450 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. If the vehicle isn’t adventurous enough, opt to animal gaze on camel or horseback or even by kayaking through freshwater areas while viewing the animals on land. Kids will love hand-feeding lemurs on Lemur Island or taking llamas on a trek. While the experience may not cost as much as a trip to Africa, be aware that the entry fees will set you back about $90 dollars per person for the Vehicle Safari. Wilderness Safari is located in Lakeland and a little less than an hour drive from Tampa.
DAY TRIP 4: BOK TOWER GARDENS
If you need a beautiful place to just relax with the kids, then Bok Tower Gardens, founded in 1929, is the venue. It's known for 50 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens designed by the creator of Central Park in Manhattan. The Gardens’ 205foot art deco, neo-Gothic Singing Tower Carillon still performs concerts daily. The Hammock Hollow Children's Garden is a place for kids to learn through power of the natural world and experience art in a tactile, meaningful way. Bok Tower Gardens is an ideal perfect spot; just bring blankets and baskets. It's a place I still remember going to as a kid, so make memories with your kiddos by taking them to this gem. A typical visit here takes about four hours. It's located in Lake Wales which is a little more than an hour drive from downtown Tampa.
ANNA TATARIS DE JESUS Anna is an Emmy-nominated television journalist with a passion for traveling with her family. After spending 15 years on camera, Anna decided to give up hard news for travel reporting. In 2012, De Jesus and husband Roy, also an Emmy-nominated television journalist, created “The Great Escape Plan” to travel Europe with their daughter Sophia and son Nikolas. Together they create videos for social media and their website The Great Escape Plan.com in the hope of inspiring other families to travel “family style.”
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Family Fun | Events with the Bunny
Easter Events in Tampa Bay We've joined forces with our friends at the Tampa Bay Moms Blog to gather the best Easter-themed events and egg hunts in Tampa Bay to help you find the best fit for your family.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SENSITIVE BUNNY AT WESTSHORE PLAZA:
April 2, 9-11 a.m. WestShore Plaza, 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa WestShore Plaza is making adjustments to the area near the Easter Bunny for this private, sensory-friendly event designed for families touched by autism. Each family will receive one free photo and a gift from the Easter Bunny. Families may purchase additional photos.
EASTER MOM & ME EVENT:
April 2, 2–4 p.m. River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico 813-363-6721; mysocialspa.ticketspice.com Create lifelong memories during this exclusive Easter-themed event. You and your child will learn how to make Easter egg bath bombs. The $44.95 adult-and-child combo ticket includes instruction, tools and containers. Mimosas for mom are included.
BUNNY BREAKFAST IN TAMPA:
April 8, 8:30–10 a.m. Palma Ceia Methodist, Corner of Bay to Bay Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa Help Palma Ceia Methodist celebrate their first Bunny Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child, with a maximum of $15 per family. The egg hunts will take place on the playground at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
FAMILY FUN FEST IN TAMPA:
April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Memorial Highway, Tampa email@example.com; wesleymemorial.net This family-friendly event is open to the entire community. There will be games, pony rides, door prices, bounce houses, corn hole, food, egg hunts, cookie decorating and live music.
WELLSPRING UMC COMMUNITY EASTER CELEBRATION:
April 8, 10 a.m. to noon. Wellspring United Methodist Church, 10701 Sheldon Road, Tampa 813- 926-5006, firstname.lastname@example.org This FREE community Easter celebration will feature food, crafts, an egg hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny.
9TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT WITH VICTORIOUS LIFE CHURCH: April 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Grove of Wesley Chapel, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel Egg hunts will be held at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Children with special needs will also have an opportunity to hunt for eggs in an area designed just for them from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This FREE event includes expanded hunt areas, bounce houses, prizes, pony rides and more! Everyone is welcome.
EASTER EGG HUNT AT BRANDON REGIONAL HOSPITAL: April 8, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon This free event will feature an egg hunt, activities and games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and much more! Kids ages 0-6 will hunt for eggs at 10 a.m. and 7 and older will hunt at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held on the lower level of the North Parking Garage, near the Women's Center Entrance off Oakfield Drive.
MOVIES IN THE PARK IN TAMPA –"HOP":
April 8, 8-10 p.m. Water Works Park, Tampa, 1710 N. Highland Ave., Tampa 813-966-5505
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Bring your lawn chair or blanket and gather in Water Works Park for this FREE, fun family-friendly outdoor screening of "Hop."
WESTCHASE EASTER EGG HUNT:
April 9, 1-4 p.m. Westchase Recreation Center, 9791 Westchase Drive, Tampa The 7th Annual Westchase Easter Egg Hunt will feature a ton of activities for the kids to take part in when they are not busy hunting for eggs! The annual even benefits the American Cancer Society, so this is a win-win. Be sure to bring your own basket.
RADIANT CHURCH EGG DROP-75,000 EGGS!:
April 15, 9-11 a.m. Robinson High School, 6311 S. Lois Ave., Tampa 813-992-7765; RadiantTampa.org Radiant Church will drop 75,000 Easter eggs on the Robinson High School football field. This is a FREE family oriented event for ALL ages. There will be giveaways, games, bounce houses and an egg drop from 9–11 a.m. Guests can receive giveaways, play games, enjoy bounce houses and get Easter Eggs.
COTTONTAIL EXPRESS IN PARRISH:
April 15, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish Take a 2.5-hour diesel powered train ride to an egg hunt with Mr. Bunny in Willow. Bring your camera because the Easter Bunny will greet each child. Departs at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Price is $14.50-$32.50.
PLANT CITY EASTER EGG HUNT:
April 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1810 E. Plant Road, Plant City Head to Plant City Stadium for a free Easter egg hunt sponsored by area churches and businesses. Kids can bring their own basket and join their age group for the search for hidden eggs. Day includes huge giveaways and live music from 7th Surrender and recording rap artist Mynista. plantcity.org 2-12
KERBY'S 8TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT:
April 15, 10-11 a.m. Kerby’s Nursery and Landscaping, 2311 S. Parsons Ave., Seffner 813-685-3265 Hunt for eggs among beautiful flowers and foliage! The hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Don’t forget your baskets!
DOGGIE EASTER EGG HUNT AND PHOTOS WITH THE BUNNY:
April 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa The Easter Bunny is ready to strike a pose with your favorite pup and your kids too! Doggie hunts begin every half hour from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Kids will also get to take part in their own egg hunt and enjoy fun crafts and lunch. The Egg Hunt is $5 (includes basket and admission to one hunt). Photos are $10 or pay $12 for both hunt and photo.
EASTER EGG HUNT AT A LAND OF NATURAL DELIGHT FARM:
April 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8005 S. Racetrack Road, Tampa. Horsepowerforkids.com This annual fundraising event will feature an egg hunt as well as pony, hay and train rides, farm animals face painting, and a free hot dog and drinks. Price is $10 children and adults; 12 months and younger are free.
April 15, 2-5 p.m. A Land of Delight Natural Farm & Co-op, 2514 Leaning Pine Lane, Plant City Are you ready for LOTS of family fun, great pictures with baby chicks, goats, bunnies, cows and more? You're invited to the A Land of Delight Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. (ages 3-12). Plus, join us for the Organic Farmers Market.
TEMPLE TERRACE EASTER EGG HUNT:
EASTER BRUNCH AT MAESTRO'S RESTAURANT:
EASTER WEEKEND AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM:
SKATE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY IN TAMPA:
GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EGG HUNT:
HELICOPTER EASTER EGG DROP-10,000 EGGS!:
HORSE POWER FOR KIDS SPRING FEST:
April 15, 9:30-11 a.m. Riverhills Park; 329 S. Riverhills Drive, Temple Terrace Pack the Easter basket for a fun Egg Hunt sponsored by the Temple Terrace Juniorettes at Riverhills Park in Temple Terrace. Morning includes face painting, crafts, snacks, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per child. For more information, call 813-985-3533. April 15 & 16, time TBD 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa Event features underwater egg scavenger hunt in exhibits and along guest pathway; a diving Easter Bunny and Easter Bunny photo opportunities in the second floor lobby (additional cost).
April 15, 8-10 a.m. 110 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa Glazer Children’s Museum’s Egg Hunt will include an egg hunt, crafts, activities, pictures with the Easter Bunny and adoptable pets from the Humane Society. The event is free for members and $12 for non-members.
April 16, time TBD. 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa strazcenter.org An Easter extravaganza beyond compare! Enjoy an assortment of delectable breakfast offerings including chef-attended omelet and carving stations, a bountiful salad bar, hot buffet and beautiful dessert display. Mimosas and champagne are included in the price. For the kids, the Easter Bunny will be on hand with goodies! $45.95 adults; $16.95 children 5-12; no charge for children 4 and under.
April 16, 2–8 p.m. Skateworld Tampa, 7510 Paula Drive, Tampa This year’s event is the biggest Easter skate party yet. Your $13 ticket will include skate rental, admission and egg hunt! There will also be prizes and giveaways along with free face painting. April 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brave Church; 12810 Interlaken Road, Trinity Don’t miss this Easter Egg Drop where 10,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys will fall from the sky onto a grass field. Children will be divided into groups based on age for their safety.
PINELLAS THE KIND MOUSE 5TH ANNUAL EASTER FOOD DRIVE:
Now through April 10 thekindmouse.org; 727-518-5575 Take part in this annual campaign to collect food donations for area first graders dedicated this year in loving memory to Tampa Bay pediatrician Karen B. Schick MD. Contact The Kind Mouse to drop off empty bins and then fill them with donated snack size food items to be picked up again afterward.
OLDSMAR EASTER EGG HUNT:
April 1, 9 a.m. Bring your little ones to tackle over 5,000 candyand toy-filled eggs scattered throughout R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar. Guests will be treated to a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. An egg hunt for all age groups will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and last five to 10 minutes. Free. For more information, call 813-749-1260. 2-12
SPRING FAIR AT SHOPS AT WIREGRASS:
April 5-16, various times shopsatwiregrass.com Spend an evening at Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel for rides, games, and other fun family activities at this popular spring event. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
JUNIOR LEAGUE JELLY BEAN FLING:
April 8, 9 a.m.–noon. Great Explorations; 1925 4th St. N., St. Petersburg Join The Junior League of St Petersburg and Great Explorations for their 13th Annual Jelly Bean Fling. Tickets are $35 for a family of up to four. Tickets include egg hunt, crafts, food, bunny and admission to the museum. Funds raised will benefit the Junior League of St Petersburg's projects and programs.
SAFETY HARBOR DAY AT THE PARK WITH BUNNY:
April 8, 9:30-11 a.m. Meet up with the Easter Bunny at Safety Harbor City Park for games and other fun, followed by a healthy brunch. Families should bring their camera for photo opportunities with the Rabbit of the Hour. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to register early. Cost is $6 per child and $3 per adult. cityofsafetyharbor.com Everyone
TARPON SPRINGS EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA:
April 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tarpon Springs Sports Complex, 150 N. Jasmine Ave., Tarpon Springs This annual egg hunt features a spectacular egg hunt, family-friendly activities, crafts, bounce houses and more! Free to attend.
SPRINGTIME BUNNY HAND PRINT KEEPSAKE:
April 8, 10:30 a.m. and April 9, 12:30 p.m. Growing Up; 689 Dr MLK Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg Hop on down and make an adorable keepsake bunny hand print canvas! These are perfect Easter gifts for family and friends.
BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY IN OLDSMAR: April 8, 9-10 a.m.
FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT:
April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 727-738-2920 Grab a flashlight and basket to hunt for eggs under the night sky at Dunedin’s MLK Jr. Recreation Center. Kids can take part in games, crafts and a hot dog picnic with free children's meals and $2 adult meals. Cost: $8 through April 5; $12 after. 4-10
UNDERWATER EGG HUNT WITH LARGO PARKS AND RECREATION:
PASCO, POLK AND MORE DADE CITY JELLY BEAN FLING:
April 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. pioneerfloridamuseum.org Take part in a new Easter event hosted by the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. Enjoy an Easter Bonnet Parade, egg hunts and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Guests will also have a chance to explore the museum’s exhibits.
SPRING FEST 2017 IN NEW PORT RICHEY:
April 14, noon-2 p.m. Southwest Aquatics Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo LargoPools.com; 727-518-3126 Children 2-10 are invited to help the Easter Bunny find hundreds of colorful eggs in the Southwest Pool. Some are floating and others have sunk to the bottom. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for guests.
April 8, 10 a.m. to noon. 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey 813-493-4872 The 2nd Annual Spring Fest 2017 includes a FREE Easter Egg Hunt and FREE pictures with the Easter Bunny for all the little ones. Vendor space available.
THE GREAT EGGS-PLORATION:
EGG HUNT AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF LAKELAND:
April 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Great Explorations in St. Petersburg for an egg-citing day of activities at the hands-on museum. Activities include Crack the Egg painting, an egg hunt craft, Magnetic Eggs-ploration, the Egg Carton Catapult, a Humpty Dumpty Puzzle, science demonstrations and more. Plus, take the family challenge Pre-egg-cious Cargo, during which materials are provided to use to protect an egg dropped from different heights. greatex.org
UNDERWATER EGG HUNT AND SPRING FESTIVAL:
April 15, 10 a.m. to noon Aquatic Complex & Horan Park; 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach Dive for eggs in the pool and stay and play afterwards. Be sure to walk to the park next door for the free Spring Festival. Egg hunt is $4. spbrec.com
SPRING BUNNY HOP AT HIGHLAND'S SPRING EVENT:
April 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highland Recreation Complex; 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo Children under 12 will enjoy this twist on the traditional egg hunt and hop along the bunny trail to search for eggs. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, food and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Wristbands went on sale March 6 at the Highland Recreation Complex. Space is limited. $8 per child.
CLEARWATER COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT:
April 16, 11 a.m. Coachman Park; 301 Drew St., Clearwater Thousands of eggs will be strewn on the grounds for children to grab starting at 12:30 p.m. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, a slide and live entertainment. Hosted by the Clearwater Community Volunteers, a Scientology volunteer group in the city of Clearwater.
April 8, 10 a.m. to noon 72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland Bring your own basket to this annual free celebration that will feature Bible stories, games, age-appropriate egg hunts and of course, the Easter Bunny. Families are asked to bring a donation of crayons, Play-Doh, blocks, soccer balls and new or gently used sports shoes in children’s sizes 4-10 for the Beacon of Hope Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.
SARASOTA CHILDREN'S GARDEN ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT:
April 8, 5-8:30 p.m. 1670 10th Way, Sarasota Don’t miss the fundraiser for The Children’s Garden and Art Center. Tickets are $45 for Garden members and $50 for non-members. Tickets available at sarasotachildrensgarden.com
EGGS IN THE PARK IN BUSHNELL:
April 15, 10 a.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park; 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell Event includes an egg hunt for children up to age 12, prizes, games and relays.
EASTER EGG HUNT AT WEEKI WACHEE:
April 15, 11 a.m. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill The annual Water Egg Hunt will take place at Buccaneer Bay, so pack your bathing suits and a basket! Egg Hunt times are: Ages 0-3, 11 a.m. at the Kiddie Pool; ages 4-6, noon at the Kiddie Pool; ages 7-10, 1 p.m. at the beach; and ages 11-13, 2 p.m. at the beach. Prices are $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6-10 and free for ages 5 and under. www. friendsofweekiwachee.com
HOP N' GLOW EASTER EGG HUNT AND CELEBRATION IN SPRING HILL:
April 15, 5:30 p.m. Anderson Snow Park; 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill Everything glows at this black-light bunny hop dance party with black-light face painting, age-specific egg hunts, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, games, giveaways, entertainment and activities. Price is$3 advance and $5 at the gate.
Join the Easter Bunny for breakfast at the Oldsmar Chick-Fil-A. Children must purchase a meal ticket to include a kid’s meal, picture with the Easter Bunny and a goody bag. Adults must purchase a meal ticket or admission ticket. Purchase tickets in advance at any area rec center for $2 admission and $6 food/photo package. Tickets at the door will be $4 admission and $8 food/photo package (cash only). For more information, call 813-749-1260.
BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY IN CLEARWATER: April 8, 9 a.m. and April 9, 10:30 a.m.
Clearwater YMCA; 1005 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater Bring your friends and family to the Clearwater YMCA for a hoppin’ good time with an Easter egg hunt, games, tasty treats from IHOP and even get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Proceeds benefit YMCA Teen Leaders. APR 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 51
After 65 million years, dinosaurs take over Tampa Bay and roam the Zoo for a limited time! Watch history come alive as they roar, move and interact with you. Dinos Alive! is included with admission or membership.
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Around Town GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL KIDS FEST This spectac-
ular 'fest within a fest' dedicated to kids celebrated music, creativity and more! Kids played their own tunes in the Instrument Petting Zoo and even got to see a live performance by Grammy Award winners Agent 23 Skidoo at Glazer Children's Museum.
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FAMILY DAY Families celebrated this annual event
at Centennial Park in Ybor City with meet and greets with animals from Lowry Park Zoo, live performances by Mr. Tommy and even a free screening of the Academy Award winning film, Zootopia. Images courtesy Gasparilla International Film Festival.
GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM CELEBRATES NATIONAL PI DAY Kids and kids at heart celebrated
national Pi Day with the museum's first ever Pie Throwing Party in Curtis Hixon Park!
CHILDRENâ€™S BOARD DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, Paula Scott worked with local children
Angela, Madalynn and Quentin at the CBS Television Station to create the new conference center welcome video.
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the new ELCHC Institute for Early Childhood Professionals (IECP), a space dedicated to growing and developing early childhood care and education professionals.
Bay Parenting Magazine social mom Lisa Leihy got a behind the scenes tour of the new Dino's Alive exhibit, went nose to horn with a rhino at the Rhino Encounter and even got a special tasting of prehistoric delights at the new Dino Grille.
EARLY LEARNING COALITION DAY OF PLAY
The ELC celebrated its first Day of Play at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, inviting families from across the area to celebrate PLAY with special activities and live music presented by local businesses and organizations. APR 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 53
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BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Through April 30, various times
Sample culinary delights and a variety of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Festival concerts with 7 p.m. shows in April include Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, and Daya and Matt Nathanson, among others. Festival included with admission with food and beverage purchased separately. buschgardenstampa.com Moms, Dads
SUN N’ FUN INTERNATIONAL FLY-IN AND EXPO
April 4-9, various times Check out Florida aviation’s season opening event at SUN’ n FUN in Lakeland. Catch special guests performing air shows including the French National Team, Patrouille de France, and the world-renowned Blue Angels. Event is SUN’ n FUN’s largest fundraiser for the Aerospace Center for Excellence, dedicated to aerospace and STEM education. flynsnf.org Everyone
April 6-9, various times
Embrace all things Italian as part of this 20th anniversary celebration held in various Ybor City locations including The Italian Club and Centennial Park. This year’s event also features a krewe bocce tournament, homemade vino competition, Ybor City’s Got Talent competition and children’s area. For full schedule and tickets, go to festaitalianatampa.com. Everyone
THE PIER 60 SUGAR AND SAND FESTIVAL
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April 14-23, various times
Check out this popular Clearwater Beach event showcasing 11 of the world’s most talented sand sculptors. This year’s theme is FantaSEA, A Magical Adventure Above and Below the Sea. Admission Meet the Easter Bunny, to the sculpture exhibit is $10 for adults, $6 for students ages 6-17 and $8 for those 55 and older, military personnel, police officers, search for eggs, and firefighters and teachers (with proper I.D.) Children five and younger cuddle adorable admitted free with adult purchase. sugarsandfestival.com Everyone
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animals at GCM’s annual Egg Hunt. Admission includes all day play.
GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EGG HUNT April 15, 8 – 10 a.m. 110 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
Glazer Children’s Museum’s Egg Hunt will include an egg hunt, crafts, activities, pictures with the Easter Bunny and adoptable pets from the Humane Society. The event is free for members and $12 for non-members.
EARTH DAY AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS
All Members Free | General Admission $12 April 22, all day Registration Required GlazerMuseum.org Take part in ongoing crafts and science activities throughout the day as part
of Great Explorations’ celebration of the planet. The day will include recycled puzzles, oil spill science, and make-and-take earth art projects where kids can watch their earth drawings transform across the coffee filter canvas in a special, scientific art project. greatex.org Everyone
WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
April 24-28, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate the little ones by taking part in the National Association for the Education of Young Children's annual week honoring them with a full week of activities at Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Pete. Kids can participate in a variety of engaging activities at designated times that involve music, arts and crafts, health and wellness, building and more. greatex.org 2-5
2017 TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES
April 29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Junior League of Tampa is partnering with Pan Am Dragon Boat Association for the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races. This new fundraiser brings the community together, promotes health and wellness and highlights the beautiful Tampa Bay area. Be there as the Garrison Channel comes alive with dragon boat racing and fun for the entire family. Admission is free for spectators. APR 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 57
What’s Happening | April Calendar NORTHDALE FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL AND PARADE April 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids for a fun day of free games, entertainment and food hosted by the Northdale Civic Association and Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation at Northdale Park. Sample food from area restaurants and stop by vendor booths. northdale.org Everyone
MOSI SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP DISCOUNT DAY April 1
EVENTS & FESTIVALS CHILDREN’S GALA PIGGY BANK PICK UP Through April 18, various times
Join MOSI in sending 300 kids to science camp one coin at a time by picking up a piggy bank at the Tampa museum. Kids can raise funds by collecting change to make change happen. mosi.org 4 & Older
BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Through April 30, various times
Sample culinary delights and a variety of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Festival concerts with 7 p.m. shows in April include Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, and Daya and Matt Nathanson, among others. Festival included with admission with food and beverage purchased separately. buschgardenstampa. com Moms, Dads
SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL Through May 13, various times
Explore a range of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors at this new food festival at Sea World Orlando. For event details and tickets, visit seaworldorlando.com. Moms, Dads
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL Through May 29, various times Admire brilliant blooms, catch live entertainment, and savor flavorful dishes as part of this celebration of spring at EPCOT in Orlando. Check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, play areas, flower towers, exhibits, how-to-demos and outdoor concerts. disneyworld. disney.go.com/destinations/epcot/ Everyone
DINOS ALIVE! Open through August
Go back in time through the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras at this latest attraction at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Experience life size dinosaurs that move, roar and interact at this attraction open through August. Price is included with Annual Zoo Membership, “Pay for a Day” ticket and single day admission. Some blackout dates apply. lowryparkzoo. com 6 & Older
IDEA ZONE: ROBOT RESCUERS All Month
Stop by MOSI and learn about the world of robots. Participants of all ages get to save the day with the help of mechanical minions in MOSI’s makerspace and creativity lab. Idea Zone activities are included with admission. mosi.org Everyone
ROAR THROUGH YBOR – RACE FOR SIGHT April 1, 7:30 a.m.
Grab your sneakers and take part in this 5K race and one-mile fun walk at Centennial Park in Ybor City. Participate individually or on a team and celebrate afterward with music and prizes. Proceeds benefit sight-saving projects of the Lions Eye Institute Foundation. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. lionseyeinstitute.org
HEALTHY ST. PETE FIT CITY CELEBRATION April 1, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bring the family, friends and neighbors for a fun day of fitness at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg. Celebration includes a 5K, 1-mile run/walk, fitness demos, an interactive kids’ play zone, and community health, food, wellness and social service vendors. For registration and race information, go to healthystpetefl.com Everyone 58 TampaBayParenting.com | APR 2017
April 1 is the last day for families to sign up for MOSI's Summer Science Camps and get a 15 percent discount. Choose from more than 100 camp options for kids ages preschool to 8th grade. Sign up at mosi.org 4-12
VIP AUCTION 2017: BELIEVE IN MAGIC FOR ALL CHILDREN April 1, 6-10 p.m.
Attend this special VIP auction at The Vinoy Renaissance Report in St. Petersburg to support the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation. Items available for bidding include Super Bowl tickets, exclusive experiences and more. hopkinsallchildrens. org Moms, Dads
MEMBER MORNING April 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Members can visit Glazer Children’s Museum the first Sunday every month for exclusive museum access. Bring family, mingle with other members and meet special guests. Check out programs and activities created just for members and use #GCMKIDS to share your experience. glazermuseum.org Everyone
TASTE OF CARROLLWOOD April 2, noon – 5 p.m.
Eat local and try samples from more than 30 area restaurants with beverages available for purchase at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Take part in family activities, meet neighborhood vendors and run the bases of Steinbrenner Field. Free admission and food samplings. facebook.com/TasteOfCarrollwood/ Everyone
LOS VINOS DE DALI April 2, 4-7 p.m.
Show support for the Dali Museum’s educational program at this annual benefit taking place in the plaza between the Museum and the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Delight in exploring a variety of fine wines plus tastings from top restaurants and live music. Guests can view the galleries including its current Frida Kahlo exhibition and bid in an auction. Tickets are $75 members and $90 non-members. thedali.org Moms, Dads
THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE™ April 3-4, 7:30 p.m.
Come on down as part of this live interactive version of the popular game show when it hits the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Participants will get a chance to win prizes including appliances, vacations and possibly a new car playing favorite game segments such as Plinko™, Cliffhangers™ or spinning The Big Wheel ™. Live show will not be broadcast on television or include TV host Drew Carey. Tickets start at $25.75. themahaffey.com Moms, Dads
SUN N’ FUN INTERNATIONAL FLY-IN AND EXPO April 4-9, various times
Check out Florida aviation’s season opening event at SUN’ n FUN in Lakeland. Catch special guests performing air shows including the French National Team, Patrouille de France, and the world-renowned Blue Angels. Event is SUN’ n FUN’s largest fundraiser for the Aerospace Center for Excellence, dedicated to aerospace and STEM education. flynsnf.org Everyone
CHILDREN’S BOARD FREE TUESDAY April 4, noon – 7 p.m.
Take part in a free admission promotion offered by Glazer Children’s Museum in partnership with The Children's Board of Hillsborough County the first Tuesday monthly. Adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa. glazermuseum.org Everyone
ANDROID ANIMALS HOMESCHOOL CLASS April 4 or 6
Combine engineering, programming and creativity for this unique homeschool class offered on two dates at Tampa’s MOSI. Participants learn how to build working robots, compete in a bugbot race and take home their project, leaving with a better understanding of how robots will fit into their future. For more details and program fee information, visit mosi. org. 8 & Older
FESTA ITALIANA April 6-9, various times
Embrace all things Italian as part of this 20th anniversary celebration held in various Ybor City locations including The Italian Club and Centennial Park. This year’s event also features a krewe bocce tournament, homemade vino competition, Ybor City’s Got Talent competition and children’s area. For full schedule and tickets, go to festaitalianatampa.com. Everyone
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP 2017 FOR CASA April 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Attend this benefit dessert luncheon for CASA at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. Celebrity Emcee Wendy Ryan of ABC Action news hosts this 40th anniversary celebration of the nonprofit’s work to bring ‘sweet dreams’ to families building a life free from domestic violence. Luncheon includes a salad and wide assortment of desserts. Tickets are $75. casa-stpete.org Moms, Dads
JDRF WALK TO CURE DIABETES April 8, 9 a.m.
Assemble a team of friends, family and co-workers to take part in this benefit walk for the JDRF Diabetes Foundation hosted by Amalie Arena in Tampa. For registration and schedule information, visit jdrf.org. Everyone
FAMILY-FRIENDLY SUMMER CAMP EXPO April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn about Tampa Bay area summer camps, summer activities and health and wellness resources at this free family event hosted by Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel. Attendees will be treated to a buy-one-get-one-free ice skating pass, and the first 250 families get a swag bag. Day includes educational workshops, a kids’ fun zone, mini sports clinics, live entertainment, character visits and giveaways. For information, call 813-331-5579. Everyone
KARAMU XXIX April 8, 6:30-10 p.m.
Experience an unforgettable evening at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to recognize the Zoo’s conservation efforts as part of this annual signature gala. This year’s theme is The Ripple Effect. Enjoy cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m., and help create a ripple effect of positive change in the natural world by showing support to the team of rescue and rehabilitation experts at the Zoo. lowryparkzoo.com Moms, Dads
SKYWATCH April 8, 7-9:30 p.m.
Spend the evening under the stars for space exploration through the museum’s telescopes with MOSI space experts in the staff parking lot. Admission is free and parking is $5. mosi.org Everyone
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK CELEBRATION April 10, 3-5 p.m.
Celebrate this national observance sponsored by the American Library Association at Ruskin Branch Library. This year’s theme is ‘Libraries Transform’ and will feature fun activities, trivia and a slideshow about how the Ruskin Library has transformed the community. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 813-273-3652. Everyone
NATIONAL ROBOTICS WEEK AT MOSI April 10-14, various times
Stop by MOSI in Tampa and celebrate National Robotics Week. Create machine mayhem with fun activities and experiences that involve building and controlling real robots. mosi.org Everyone
ZENTANGLE DRAWING HOMESCHOOL CLASS April 11
Bring the kids for this innovative approach to drawing offered to homeschool families through MOSI. Kids learn how this drawing technique can improve focus and artistic skills, and find out why everyone is caught up in Tangles. For program fee information, visit mosi.org. 5-7
EVENING TIDE TALKS April 12, 5:45 p.m.
Check out this free lecture series offered through The Florida Aquarium in Tampa that features renowned scientists, photographers and researchers. Enjoy a complimentary 5:45 p.m. reception in the Vinik Room. Stay for the 6:15 p.m. featured speaker. This month’s guest is Cristian Dimitrius, Brazilian Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, photographer and biologist. Register at flaquarium.org. 12 & Older
WEE-TIME AT WEEDON April 13 and 27, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Register the little ones for a chance to explore the natural and cultural world as part of this monthly children’s program at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Pete. Kids experience storytelling and hands-on activities connecting them to their environment. Free with advance registration required at weedonislandpreserve.eventbrite.com. 3-5
11TH ANNUAL LARGO TEEN IDOL COMPETITION April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Root for your favorite talented teen as they compete in this popular Largo competition at Central Park Performing Arts Center. See the Top 10 finalists as the audience and a panel of judges picks the winner. Tickets are $6.50 advance and $11.50 at the door. Call the box office at 727-587-6793. Everyone
SCHOOL’S OUT CAMP AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS: HAWAIIAN ADVENTURES April 14, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sign up the kids for a fun camp showcasing treasures of the 50th state at Great Explorations in St. Petersburg. Campers will explore what makes Hawaii unique, from volcanoes and pineapples to hula dancing and coffee. Cost is $35 members per day and $40 per day for not-yet members. Before and after-care is available for an additional charge. greatex.org 4-8
SCHOOL’S OUT CAMP AT MOSI: ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERIES April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enroll the kids at MOSI while school’s out where they can learn about great inventions that resulted from accidental discoveries, some gadgets even created by kids. Extended hours are available. For more details and program fee information, visit mosi.org. 4-10
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT April 14, 6-10 p.m.
Drop off the kids with the team at Great Explorations in St. Pete for a night of museum fun while enjoying date night or an errand run. Children can play, explore the Touch Tunnel, see science shows and watch G-rated movies. Pizza, snacks and juice are included. Advance registration is required. Cost is $25 members; $35 non-members. Preregistration is required. greatex.org 4-10
THE PIER 60 SUGAR AND SAND FESTIVAL April 14-23, various times
Check out this popular Clearwater Beach event showcasing 11 of the world’s most talented sand sculptors. This year’s theme is FantaSEA, A Magical Adventure Above and Below the Sea. Admission to the sculpture exhibit is $10 for adults, $6 for students ages 6-17 and $8 for those 55 and older, military personnel, police officers, firefighters and teachers (with proper I.D.) Children five and younger admitted free with adult purchase. sugarsandfestival.com Everyone
CW44’S KIDS ROCK SCIENCE PRESENTED BY TAMPA BAY WATER April 15 Explore MOSI and discover careers in STEM (Sci-
ence, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Leading STEM companies and groups from across the Tampa Bay Area are participating in this year’s event. mosi.org Everyone
PINELLAS PARK DADDY & DAUGHTER DANCE April 15, 6-8 p.m.
Sign up Daddy and his little girl for a special annual event at Pinellas Park Auditorium. This year’s dance is an 80’s themed affair complete with DJ, photo booth and food. Cost is $15 per pair and $10 per additional person. For more information, call 727369-5684. Dads
HOME SCHOOL DAYS: LEGO CHALLENGE DAY April 19, 2-5 p.m.
Glazer Children’s Museum invites homeschool families to participate in a hands-on event to develop and advance students’ social skills. For April, the Museum celebrates LEGO® designs and their ability to help kids build, create, explore and expand the imagination. The Museum partners with Bricks for Kids for the event. Admission is $6. glazermuseum.org Everyone
ALTON BROWN LIVE: EAT YOUR SCIENCE TOUR April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Catch up with the entertaining television personality and science expert as he brings songs, multimedia presentations, talk show antics and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations to Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $55. strazcenter.org 7 & Older
EARTH DAY AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS April 22, all day
Take part in ongoing crafts and science activities throughout the day as part of Great Explorations’ celebration of the planet. The day will include recycled puzzles, oil spill science, and make and take earth art projects where kids can watch their earth drawings transform across the coffee filter canvas in a special, scientific art project. greatex.org Everyone
BEST BUDDIES TAMPA BAY FRIENDSHIP WALK April 22, 8 a.m to noon
“IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR” REACHUP ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stop by Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Central location in Tampa for a day of free, helpful health resources for families. Event includes health screenings, food, refreshments, games, prizes and more. Admission is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 813-712-6300. Everyone
TASTE OF BRANDON April 22, noon – 6 p.m.
Spend the afternoon sampling the many flavors of Brandon area restaurants at this music, food and drink festival from the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Hillsborough County Fairgrounds off Highway 60 just east of Dover Road. Children can explore the Kids Zone. Free admission, $5 parking. For more information, call 813-689-1221. Everyone
6TH ANNUAL BUBBLES AND BUTTERFLIES GALA April 22, 7-10 p.m.
Attend this special event hosted by Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa to benefit Redefining Refuge safe house and schooling projects. Black-tie optional evening includes open bar, complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and desserts, guest performances, a featured presentation and silent auction. For additional details and tickets, visit glazermuseum. org. Moms, Dads
ST. ANTHONY’S TRIATHLON April 22-24 and 29-30, various times
Sign up for various events comprising this popular race series or come out to show support for participants at venues throughout the downtown St. Petersburg area including Straub Park, North Shore Pool and Vinoy Park. Other events taking place during the series are a Sports Fitness Expo (April 22, noon to 6 p.m., and April 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Straub Park) and triathlon clinics for athletes of all ages held throughout both weekends. satriathlon.com Everyone
Sign up the family to take part in this fundraiser walk being held at Cotanchobee Park in downtown Tampa. Morning includes light breakfast before walk and light lunch following it. The post-walk party features a DJ and a bounce house, face painting and kids’ entertainment. Event will benefit Best Buddies Tampa Bay programs to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is no cost to participate but walkers must be registered and are encouraged to raise or donate. bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/tampabay/ Everyone
PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS SPRING INTO DANCE April 23, noon
8TH ANNUAL ECOFEST April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
37TH ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY April 23, 5-8 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day and the many individuals, businesses and other organizations in the Bay area dedicated to sustainability principles at this community event at the Lowry Park bandshell. Event is organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. Free admission. learninggate.org/ecofest Everyone
EARTH DAY AT MOCCASIN LAKE April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to do things better as a community with sustainable energy as part of this event at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. Take part in workshops, see presentations and enjoy music, food and more. Learn about native plants, meet the Center’s birds of prey and take a walk along the scenic trail to Moccasin Lake. Event and parking are free. pinellascountyparks.org/p/ moccasin-park.html Everyone
MY DOLL AND ME: JULIE April 22, 10 a.m. to noon
Encourage the kids to travel back in time by way of their favorite dolls as part of this fun and educational monthly event based on the American Girl© book series at Tampa Bay History Center. Guests explore the past with activities based on the doll series' historic characters and themes. This month, celebrate Earth Day with Julie. Pre-registration is required; program fee is $20. tampabayhistorycenter.org 6-12
Show your support for young students enrolled in Beginning Dance 2, Beginning Dance 3 and Primary Dance programs at Patel Conservatory for their spring recital at Tampa’s Straz Center. Students will get to demonstrate skills learned during their year in ballet and have their first experience on a professional stage. Tickets start at $15. strazcenter.org Everyone
Travel back to the roaring 20s at this annual fundraiser for the Dunedin Fine Art Center being held on the grounds of the historic Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. Evening includes delicious dishes, refreshing cocktails, live music, and both art and non-art auction items. dfac.org Moms, Dads
WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD April 24-28, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate the little ones by taking part in the National Association for the Education of Young Children's annual week honoring them with a full week of activities at Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Pete. Kids can participate in a variety of engaging activities at designated times that involve music, arts and crafts, health and wellness, building and more. greatex.org 2-5
HOMESCHOOL CLASSES AT MOSI April 25 or 27
Sign up the kids for one of two classes offered twice in April designed for homeschooled students by age group. Children ages 3-5 can take the Growth Spurt class and become a botanist, examining plants and learning how they grow. Students ages 6-7 can enroll in the Tall Trees class, exploring the world of plants, experimenting with seeds and discovering the different parts of a plant. For program fees and additional information, go to mosi.org. 3-7 APR 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 59
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EDUCATION IS KEY BREAKFAST April 27 7:30-9 a.m.
Take part in this yearly Glazer Children's Museum fundraiser honoring a special educator and student in the Tampa Bay community held at the Museum. This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Rich, The Mediatrician. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s Youth Access Programs making the Museum accessible to all kids. glazermuseum.org Moms, Dads
TAMPA FIREFIGHTERS PEDIATRIC BURN SURVIVOR 5K RUN April 29, 8 a.m.
Be part of this annual 5K Run/1-Mile Fun Run to raise funds for Tampa Firefighters Charity Fund Inc. Race begins in front of the Tampa Firefighters Museum in downtown Tampa. Morning includes post-race party with music and raffles. Proceeds benefit Camp Hopetake, a summer camp for kids ages 5-17 that have been victims of serious burns during their lives. facebook.com/TampaFirefightersPediatricBurnSurvivorRun/. Everyone
4TH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY WALK FOR WISHES April 29, 9:30 a.m.
Hit the pavement for a good cause and join MakeA-Wish Central and Northern Florida at this year’s benefit walk at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa. Help the organization celebrate more than 270,000 wishes already granted and raise additional funds for future wishes. Registration starts at 8 a.m. wishcentral.org Everyone
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TAMPA BAY – BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE
April 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Take to the lanes at Royal Lanes in Lutz to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay raise critical dollars to support its mentoring programs. Fundraising goal is $500 per lane with a $50 minimum per person. Get two Rays tickets for every $200 in paid pledges. bbbstampabay.org Moms, Dads
10TH ANNUAL ART HOPS April 29, 6-10 p.m.
Take part in this annual foundation fundraiser at the Largo Library to benefit the library’s purchase of a new bookmobile. The evening’s theme is Art, Crafts and Brew and will feature a mix of music, art, food and drink. Night includes a cash bar, silent auction and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Tickets are $25 general admission and $35 to include Craft Brew Garden. gllf.org Date Night, Girls Night Out
BEST OF TAMPA BAY April 29, 7 p.m.
Indulge yourself in an all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza at Straz Center in Tampa. Event offers more than 40 of Tampa Bay's finest restaurants and caterers, full open bars, specialty wine tastings, local craft microbrews and live music. Tickets start at $75. Proceeds benefit the Center's arts education programs. strazcenter.org Girls Night Out, Date Night
CHILDREN’S GALA AT MOSI April 30
Dress up yourself and your fundraising piggy bank chock full of coins and head to MOSI for a special gala full of science fun. Raise a glass of milk for a toast, then enjoy a banquet where guests enjoy dessert first. Money raised goes toward funding 600 kids to attend MOSI’s summer camps. mosi.org 4 & Older
Sponsored by Early Autism Project EAPTampa.com FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP April 4, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Interact with other parents of children with special needs at this monthly support group hosted by Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Child Development and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. RSVP at 727-767-2885. Moms, Dads
SPRING FLING DANCE April 7, 6-9 p.m.
Enjoy a special evening at The Regent in Riverview while raising money for an important cause, the Autism Speaks Walk. Dress up kids grades K-5 and attend as daddy/daughter and mother/son couples for a night of dancing, desserts, photos, a raffle and an auction. Tickets available at amazingkidztherapy.com. 4-9
SENSORY-FRIENDLY FILMS AT COBB THEATERS April 8, 10 a.m.
FRIDA KAHLO AT THE DALI Through April 17, various times
See The Dali’s latest exhibit of the acclaimed 20th century artist before it wraps up this month in St. Pete. View paintings, drawings and personal photographs from the celebrated female artist and influential icon. thedali.org 8 & Older
THE OPEN ROAD: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE AMERICAN ROAD TRIP Through June 4, various times
Journey through time and a wide array of photographs representing the joy of travel in this exhibit on display at The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Photographers capture the freedom, discovery and escape of the wide, open road. mfastpete.org Everyone
ISTHMIAN GAMES FAMILY DAY AT TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART April 1, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
See film screenings that provide viewers with varying abilities a chance to enjoy a family-friendly film in a safe, sensory-sensitive environment at Bay area Cobb Theaters. This month’s film is “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” rated PG. For participating theaters, visit cobbtheaters.com Everyone
Relive the spirit of competition once demonstrated by the ancients at this special family-friendly event at Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa. Join the Museum as it explores sports and festivals in antiquity. Enjoy performances, art making, SONO Café samplings and free gallery admission. tampamuseum.org Everyone
GREAT CONNECTIONS 3RD ANNUAL SPRING FLING April 9, 10 a.m. – noon
SATURDAYS @ THE MOREAN April 1 and 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take part in a special spring-themed Great Connections at Great Explorations Children’s Museum in partnership with LiFT Academy and Capture the Moment photography. Explore exhibit rooms and experience the museum with modified lights and sound and a “cool down” room for families who need a break. This month, enjoy free professional photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, spring crafts and a live bunny interaction. greatex.org 6 & Older
AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP April 13, 7-8 p.m.
Join a group designed for parents and caregivers of loved ones with autism that meets up at Medical Center of Trinity. Register online at medicalcentertrinity.com or call 727-834-5630. Walk-ins are also welcome. Moms, Dads
ANNUAL FIESTA BY THE BAY FOR AUTISM April 21, 6-10 p.m.
Support the Tampa Bay autism community through this annual fundraiser in the Ybor City Museum Garden. Evening features full dinner buffet, cash-only bar, children’s activities, dancing and an auction. Proceeds benefit autism programs at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF. Tickets are $25 advance adults and $10 students, and are available at usf.edu/ua/RSVP. Everyone
5TH ANNUAL DAY OF DISCOVERY April 29, 8-10 a.m.
Explore The Florida Aquarium with other families affected by autism and other spectrum disorders in collaboration with CARD USF and Autism Speaks. Admission to the event is $5 in advance online or $8 at the door. Following the events, guests are welcome to stay for regular Aquarium operating hours. flaquarium.org Everyone
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Bring the littlest Picassos in the family for free art activities at this family drop-in art studio hosted by The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. Classes are held in the Children's Learning Center, and parents and/or guardians must remain with children. This month’s activities include Bubble Wrap Printing (April 1) and Paper Bag Aliens (April 8). moreanartscenter.org 5-10
DILLYDALLY WITH DALI April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Encourage the kids to discover the creative world of artist Salvador Dali as part of this weekly offering at The Dali in St. Pete. Kids try their hand at games, puzzles, arts and crafts. Families are encouraged to stay and join in the fun. Free. thedali.org 5-12
LEAP INTO ART AT LEEPA-RATTNER! April 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Take part in this partnership program between Palm Harbor Library and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College. Kids listen to stories about art read aloud followed by a related art activity at the Tarpon Springs museum. April’s theme is Leap Into Art Goes GREEN! Challenge of Modern Art Gallery is included with admission. leeparattner.org 4-8
10TH ANNUAL PAINTING IN THE PARK April 30, noon – 4 p.m.
Spend a fun afternoon with the whole family on the North Lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. The Museum and Local Buds Artisan Collective offer lots of activities for kids and parents to play, eat, drink and create. Free entry. mfastpete.org
FILM EVERYONE A BEAUTIFUL PLANET All Month
See Earth from space and join astronauts aboard the International Space in this IMAX film co-produced with Disney in cooperation with NASA and showing at Tampa’s MOSI. One IMAX® film is included with MOSI general admission. mosi.org Everyone
GREAT WHITE SHARK All Month
Learn about the iconic predator humans love to fear in this IMAX film playing at MOSI. The film explores the great white shark's place in our imaginations, fears and the reality of our world with its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. Meet shark researchers and people whose lives have been changed by the great white. mosi.org 8 & Older
NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE All Month
Soar over red rock canyons and scale steep mountain peaks among America’s most legendary outdoor places in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre at MOSI. The film celebrates 100 years of National Park Service. mosi.org Everyone
WILD AFRICA All Month
Traverse the highest snow-covered mountains in Kenya and cross great rivers to the steamy rainforests and wide-open savannahs in this mesmerizing IMAX film at MOSI. mosi.org Everyone
FAMILY FAVORITES CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES March 26 – April 30, 3 p.m.
Parents can share their favorite childhood films with their kids as they hit the big screen again as part of Tampa’s popular movie series returns to Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa. Discounted kids’ tickets are $8 for ages 12 and younger and adult tickets are $10. This month’s titles are "Space Jam" (April 2), "Pee Wee’s Big Adventure" (April 9), "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (April 16)," Pete’s Dragon" (April 23) and "The Princess Bride" (April 30). tampatheatre.org 8 & Older
(April 21) and “Jungle Book” (April 28). Free to attend with concessions available for purchase. For more information, call Dunedin Parks & Recreation at 727-812-4530. Everyone
day and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28. jobsitetheater. org Teen & Older
MEET A MINION AND SEE THE MINIONS MOVIE April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Spend quality time with faithful friends Piglet, Tigger, Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh in this tender adaptation of the A.A. Milne classic onstage at Tampa’s Straz Center. Production is part of the Center’s Kid Time Series. Tickets start at $12.50. strazcenter.org 5-8
Come out to Temple Terrace Public Library and meet a lovable representative from the “Despicable Me” film series. Guests get to make their own minion bookmark and door decoration and see the film “The Minions” (rated PG) featuring the voice talents of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm. templeterrace.com 6 & Older
LOOK TO THE SKY April 8, 2 p.m.
Attend the world premiere of an inspiring new documentary from local filmmaker Bret Culp at Tampa Theatre. Explore the power of hope through uplifting true stories of young people who have demonstrated the spirit of Superman. Event includes interactive family activities, kids’ costume parade onstage before show and post-film Q&A with Culp. Proceeds benefit Starting Right, Now, a non-profit seeking to end homelessness for youth. tampatheatre.org 7 & Older
MOVIES IN THE PARK April 8, 15, 22 and 29, 8 p.m.
Enjoy a film with the family under the stars at this special outdoor screening at downtown Tampa's Water Works Park. This month, catch “Hop” (April 8), “Blindside” (April 15), “The Lorax” (April 22) and “The Wizard of Oz” (April 29). Food truck fare and concessions will be available for purchase. tampagov.net 8 & Older
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT PRESENTS DISNEY’S MOANA April 8, 8 p.m.
Bring a chair or a blanket (but leave the pets at home) as part of this outdoor film screening each month at Sims Park in New Port Richey. This month’s feature is Disney’s “Moana,” running time 107 minutes. Free admission. For more information, call 727-841-4560. Everyone
SPARK: A SPACE TAIL Opens April 14
Meet Spark, a teenage monkey as he and his buddies go on a mission to take back their kingdom taken by an evil overlord in this new animated flick. Film features voice talents of Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon and Hilary Swank. Running time 90 minutes. See local listings for movie times. 8 & Older
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Opens April 7
Catch up with the Smurfs in this new fully animated adventure featuring the voice talents of Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Julia Roberts and Ellie Kemper. Rated PG, running time 89 minutes. Check your local theaters for showtimes. 8 & Older
FILMS IN THE PARK April 7, 14, 21 and 28, at dusk
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head downtown to watch a movie under the stars in Pioneer Park in Dunedin. This month, see “Free Willy” (April 7), “Zootopia” (April 14), “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
THE TORTOISE & THE HARE April 4-5, various times
Catch up with Bunni Hare and Thomas Tortoise in this fun, updated twist on Aesop’s fable presented by A.C.T. for Youth onstage at Carrollwood Cultural Center. Tickets are $7 members and $8 general admission with a $28 family 4-pack available. carrollwoodcenter.org 4 & Older
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS April 8, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Meet tired and hungry Goldilocks as she spots an empty cottage and pops inside for a closer look at this show created especially for pre-school and elementary students and their families being performed at Jimmy B. Keel Regional Library in Tampa. Free admission. For more information, call 813-2733652. 3 & Older
CHARLOTTE’S WEB April 8, 11 a.m.
See a best-selling children’s book come to life as the E.B. White classic comes to Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo. Follow the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with an exceptional barn spider Charlotte. Tickets are $8.50 adults and $7.50 children with a $26 family 4-pack also available. For more information, call 727-587-6793. 4 & Older
ROLL THE CREDITS April 8-9, various times
Sing along as this song and dance revue celebrates the glamour of Hollywood at Carrollwood Cultural Center. Guests will walk the red carpet and be whisked away to the rooftops of London and a well-known jewelry story of New York among other locales in this tribute to music and American film. Tickets are $12-$18. carrollwoodcenter.org Everyone
KINKY BOOTS April 11-16, various times
Join in the fun as this huge-hearted musical celebration from pop icon Cyndi Lauper as its tour brings the production to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. For tickets and showtimes, visit rutheckerdhall.com 12 & Older
HAIRSPRAY April 19 – May 14, various times
Return to 1962 Baltimore based on the John Waters cult film classic when it comes to American Stage in St. Petersburg as this spring’s American Stage in the Park production. Sit under the stars and meet up with a lovable teen and her friends and family as she longs to fulfill her one lifelong dream: dance on her favorite TV show. Tickets start at $18. americanstage.org 12 & Older
MONDAY MOVIE MADNESS April 3, 7-9 p.m.
Stop by Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa and catch a flick as part of The Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” series of past festival movies. This month, see “Nicky’s Family,” running time 96 minutes. Admission is $5 members and $7 non-members. Concessions will be available for purchase. Films are of adult content. bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com Moms, Dads
THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER April 2, 2 p.m.
THEATER & DANCE INFORMED CONSENT Through April 9, various times
Experience a powerful drama about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life inspired by a landmark court case at American Stage in St. Petersburg. Catch this production that asks the question: is your DNA your destiny? For tickets and showtimes, visit americanstage.org. Teen & Older
PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN April 21-30, various time
Watch Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip come to life onstage at Straz Center, performed by Patel Conservatory students in grades 5-12. The whole gang is here from bossy Lucy hopelessly in love with oblivious piano prodigy Schroeder; perfectionist Sally mocking blanket-toting Linus; Snoopy in the doghouse and Charlie Brown himself. A sensory-friendly performance will be performed at 2 p.m. April 23. Tickets start at $15. strazcenter.org Everyone
A SKULL IN CONNEMARA Through April 9, various times
Catch a blasphemously funny whodunit from Jobsite Theater complete with flying skulls and bloody hatchets at the Shimberg Playhouse at Straz Center in Tampa. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday through Satur-
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ALL MY SONS April 21 – May 6
See a theater classic from legendary playwright Arthur Miller brought to the stage at Carrollwood Players Theater. Tickets are $23 general admission and $20 students, seniors and military. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. carrollwoodplayers.org Teen & Older
FLORIDA WEST BALLET – LA BAYADERE April 23, 3 p.m.
See a passionate story of two lovers unfold as part of this special performance otherwise known as “The Temple Dancer” performed onstage by Florida West Ballet in celebration of International Dance Day at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 members and $15 students. tarponarts.org Everyone
EDUCATION & CLASSES INFANT AND CHILD CPR April 2, 2-5 p.m.
Learn to perform lifesaving CPR and choking rescue methods on infants and children based on American Heart Association guidelines at St. Joseph’s Hospital South in Riverview. Class is information, not certification. Cost is $40. baycareevents.com. Moms, Dads
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SPRING APPLICATION PERIOD April 4-14
MUSIC & COMEDY
Get kids enrolled in their desired magnet programs across elementary, middle and high schools during this important application timeframe. From arts and sciences, gifted and International Baccalaureate (IB) to career-specific professional programs, parents can get questions answered and learn more about Hillsborough’s school choice program by calling the Choice Information Line at 813-272-4692 or visiting choice.mysdc.org. Moms, Dads
MATTYB FEATURING THE HASCHAK SISTERS April 1, 7 p.m.
MUSIC MAKERS April 8, 9:30-11 a.m.
See this pop/rap YouTube singing sensation from Atlanta in action when he takes to the stage at Straz Center. Tickets start at $25. VIP tickets and Meet and Greet events also available. strazcenter.org 8 & Older
FRIDAY CONCERTS IN THE PARK April 7, 7-9 p.m.
End the work week on a musical note and gather with friends and family for an outdoor concert at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa. This month’s performer is Bully for You. Free admission. tampagov.net Everyone
CHRIS ROCK – TOTAL BLACKOUT THE TOUR 2017 April 14-15, various times
Catch this Grammy® and Emmy® Award winner live as he brings his signature brand of comedy to Tampa’s Straz Center as part of his all-new tour. Tickets start at $49.50. strazcenter.org Moms, Dads
Sign up your young aspiring musician for a free workshop designed to introduce the sounds of various musical instruments at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts located onsite at Music Showcase in Brandon. Students can strum a guitar or sound the trumpet in this interactive class. faopa.org 3 & Older
FAMILY FISHING WORKSHOP April 12 and 15, various times
Pair up with your child for an educational and fun experience in this 2-session program led by Cypress Forest Recreation Center in Oldsmar. Workshop includes instruction on fishing basics, casting practice and a rod and reel to take home. Program is designed for a parent/guardian and their child to attend together. Cost is $20 with recreation card and $30 without, and covers both sessions. For more information, call 813-749-1273. 7 & Older
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN April 20, 8 p.m.
CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE April 25, 3:30 p.m.
Sing along with the award-winning vocalist, actress and community activist when she returns to Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Enjoy classics from her successful pop and country recording career and the chart-topping GREASE film soundtrack, as well as newer tracks. Tickets are $75, $85, $99 and $150. For tickets, visit rutheckerdhall.com. 8 & Older
Get questions answered and learn about the programs being offered at this admissions event at Carrollwood Day Schools Early Childhood Campus. See the campus and meet up with faculty and staff while there. Open house is designed for those students who will be ages 2-5 by Sept. 1, 2017. carrollwooddayschool.org Moms, Dads
FLORIDA ORCHESTRA SPRING PROGRAM April 22, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER OPEN HOUSE April 28, 6-8 p.m.
Join Anna Kate Mackle on harp and John Shaw on percussion for a concert exploring rhythm and melody, especially for young children in preschool through second grade, at this Florida Orchestra musical event hosted by Dunedin Fine Art Center. Admission is pay what you can. floridaorchestra.org Everyone
Stop by Dunedin Fine Art Center and learn about its Summer Art Academy summer camp program with camps available for ages 4 1/2 to 16. Art Academy runs from May 30 through Aug. 4 and features different weekly themes with aftercare available. Registration information is available online. For more information, go to dfac.org/tbp. Moms, Dads
SHERYL CROW April 30, 8 p.m.
TEEN TALK FOR BOYS April 30, 2-4:30 p.m.
Hear the singer-songwriter perform selections from her eight studio albums including her most recent album Feels Like Home when she returns to Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $52.75-$175. rutheckerdhall.com 8 & Older
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Sign up your tween or teen son for this informative class to encourage open and honest dialogue between children and parents held at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa. Class addresses puberty’s physical and emotional changes and covers conception, sexuality and abstinence for older teens. Cost is $35 and covers one child and one adult as a parent or guardian must attend with the child. For more information, call 877-692-2922. baycareevents.org 10-14
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