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OUR BIGGEST ISSUE SO FAR! 10 // Bright and Early How preschool helps children develop emotional, social and behavioral skills 14 // Oh, Baby! It’s been a baby boom at WTSP 10 News in Tampa Bay. We’re introducing you to the bundles of joy! 16 // Mermaids in Tampa Bay: The Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Theater reopens this month. We’re learning more about this Tampa Bay treasure! 18 // Home Away from Home How Ronald McDonald House Charities is making a difference for local families and ways your family can help. 22 // Patel Youth Theater Goes SensoryFriendly How a local theater group is moving toward inclusion for all audience members. 25 // To Redshirt or Not? What it means and when you should consider it for your child.


The Mermaid Theater at Weeki Wachee Springs reopens this month after several months of renovations. Marisa Langford and her daughter Shelby got to meet with the mermaids for a magical morning! Langford shares their journey after a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.








40 // Got a First Time Camper? Corbett Prep shares five tips for a successful summer. 49 // A Global Education New flights at Tampa International Airport are making it easier than ever for families to travel abroad! 55 // It’s Okay to Be Different Glazer Children’s Museum’s focus on sensory-friendly experiences for kids with autism. 65 // Skip the Straw The Florida Aquarium encourages your family to take part in this new campaign to protect our oceans. 76 // Universe Of Good Stories Hillsborough County Libraries launch new summer program 78 // A New Normal Local blogger Marisa Langford shares her family’s journey after her daughter’s Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. 80 // On the Front Line Inside the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Emergency/ Trauma Center and its cutting edge care for your family. 83 // Straight Talk About Teeth BlueWave Dental Group explains the phases of orthodontic treatment and how it can benefit your child. 87 // Easter Events We’re sharing some of our favorite Easter events in Tampa Bay!



From the Guest Editor

GUEST EDITOR Marni Lebowitz Fuente, M.S., Ed.S. CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND EDITORIAL MANAGER Laura Byrne ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anu Varma Panchal EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sarah Stoulil CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Marni Lebowitz Fuente, M.S., ED.S. Anu Varma Panchal Jessica Salmond Maggie Rodriguez Marlowe Fairbanks Sherri Danyali, Ed.D. Courtney Cairns Pastor Kenneth Strickland Kristen Nieves Brian Gallaher Marisa Langford BlueWave Dental Group Jennifer Hodges Laura Byrne CALENDAR Sarah Stoulil ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins


comes from many sources when you can quiet the noise and listen. I am frequently asked, “What do you do for a living?” The simple answer is: For the past 15 years, I have managed early learning grant programs to meet the diverse educational needs of preschool children birth to age 5, their families and early childhood teachers. But there is so much more to that simple question. It is about my journey, and how I have secured the position of a lifetime, a job I was destined to hold but never knew existed. I'm sharing my story of how we are changing the landscape of early learning through strategic partnerships, innovative programs and a holistic approach.

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I am tremendously blessed. My career has been a gratifying gift and rewarding experience, and my husband, Jaret, has always been supportive of me in pursuit of my career goals. Family time is everything to us, especially with our greatest gift, our 8-year-old daughter, Maeva, who teaches us new things about life every day. She serves as my muse, reminding me that inspiration comes from many sources when you can quiet the noise and listen.




RIGHT: Marni with her husband Jaret and their daughter Maeva and dog Maxx.

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ABOVE: Marni Fuente works for the Hillsborough Community College as Program Director of Quality Early Education Systems.



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Meet our contributors

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ANU VARMA PANCHAL Anu Varma Panchal has written and edited for area publications for nearly 20 years. She’s ac­t ive on her children’s PTA boards, loves theatre, concerts, the local

Kristen Nieves is Chief

brewery scene and travel,

Operating Officer at

and spends way too much

Glazer Children's Museum

time schlepping her 10 and


13-year-olds around in her minivan. She never leaves


and has been with the organization since

Courtney Cairns Pastor is the communications coordinator

the days of Kid City.

for Corbett Prep, a PreK3-8th grade school in North Tampa.

home without her library

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She believes that ALL

Previously she covered parenting, features and education

card. You can find her at

former network news anchor

children deserve to play

for The Tampa Tribune.


who now lives in South

with purpose and leads

Tampa with her husband

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and their two children. She

inclusive and autism-

is best known as the host

friendly initiatives.


of the nationally-televised morning news program, The Early Show on CBS, as well as a substitute anchor on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Since relocating to Tampa Bay, Rodriguez has been busy rekindling her love Nicole Barolo is the print

for writing, volunteering,

designer for Tampa Bay

and enjoying weekend

Parenting Magazine. She owns





Kenneth Strickland is the

Marlowe Moore is Senior

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Director of Research & Air

Writer for the Straz Center

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for the Performing Arts.

her own design business, she

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Tampa International Airport,

A published author and

spent nearly ten years helping

of TampaMama.com, a blog that

leading the team in charge

playwright, Moore also

local schools create and

guides parents around the city

of going out and working

performs as a dancer and

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choreographer with Cannonball

husband share their home with

and things to do for kids and

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a 7-year-old ninja-in-training,

families. She is a working Mom

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of four, carefully juggling a full

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time career at GoGo squeeZ,

wife enjoy biking around

leading Girl Scouts and all the

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chaos that goes along with a

their twin 6-year-old sons.


family of 6.

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JESSICA SALMOND Jessica Salmond is the communications and outreach coordinator for the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. Before transitioning into communications, she was a print journalist and photojournalist with a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She has lived in Florida for almost five years. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs and cat in her home in St. Petersburg and exploring


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How to choose an early learning experience for your children

By Jessica Salmond

hether you’re a stay-at-home parent or seeking daycare options while you work, there are many benefits to enrolling your child in an early learning child care center or family child care home. For some, the financially viable choice is having Grandma babysit while you’re at work, but your child can benefit immensely from the daily routine of a day care based on early education. Kenya Dickinson-Rowe, a family services specialist at the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC), has two young children of her own. She sends her 20-monthold daughter, Kailynn, to a family child care home, and her 4-year-old son, William, to an early learning center. She also used to run her own center. Both as a parent and as a child care provider, she has seen the benefits children receive from enrollment. “We preach the social skills,” Dickinson-Rowe says. “If the child is at home all day, they’re not getting their social needs met.” But by spending even half a day at a child care center, children learn new social, emotional, behavioral and educational skills. At a center or a home, they get to spend time both with children their own age, as well as watch the skills and interactions of older children. “A center opens their eyes to the world. With the right social skills, it leads into education,” says Dickinson-Rowe, who explains that kids learn by doing. “If they’re socially prepared, they will do great experiencing new things and going into the kindergarten classroom.” She’s amazed by the skills her son knows when he comes back from his center. His teacher speaks Spanish, and even at his young age, her son has learned to speak with fluency. “At school, they know their schedule. Once kids know a routine, it can be productive,” says Dickinson-Rowe. “They look forward to knowing what’s next.” Jessica Salgado, professional development specialist for the ELCHC, says children who attend regular child care outside of their own home are shown to develop more quickly than children who don’t attend. Besides learning schoolpreparatory skills, like taking turns and completing assigned tasks, they’re also picking up emergent language and literacy skills and social skills. Continuing that learning from day care to Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and into kindergarten will help with children’s preparedness for school. If they haven’t been in a classroom setting by the time they’re entering kindergarten, they’re already going to be delayed, says Salgado. One of the most important things parents can do to help their children is to continue the lessons learned at day care in their home, Salgado says. Parents need to ask their child’s provider what their kids are working on at day care and make sure to continue those lessons at home, like potty-training or practicing word recognition. Consistency is the key. “Try to keep it up during the weekend,” Salgado suggests. “Try what they’re learning at home, so there is no regression.”



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Find the best child care provider for your location and situation. ELCHC provides a list of quality providers near your home or work. Call Child Care Resource and Referral at 813-906-5041 or visit elchc.org/child-careresource-referral.


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It’s not uncommon to have a co-worker announce a pregnancy, but it might be a little less often that you have multiple people in the same office simultaneously expecting new bundles of joy! At Tampa Bay's CBS affiliate WTSP 10 News, something must have been in the water because our local news station has experienced a baby boom! We recently met up with the new parents to find out how they’re navigating parenting on a busy news schedule and what they love most about parenting in Tampa Bay.

Courtney Robinson Early Evening News Anchor BABY’S NAME Vincent Robinson Shellgren NICKNAME Vince BIRTHDAY Dec. 3, 2018 HOSPITAL St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital FAMILY Brad, spouse, big sister, Harper, 3 WHAT’S YOUR NEW BABY LIKE? Vincent is my little man! He’s super snuggly, very alert and is constantly smiling. A lot of those smiles go to big sister. He adores her. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO/ PART OF YOUR DAY? It’s It’s not always my favorite thing, but I really enjoy our time together when he’s nursing. It’s special and time for just the two of us. BIGGEST CHALLENGE OR SURPRISE? Getting out of the house to work with two! HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR WORK SCHEDULE? I’m still trying to find the best routine. It feels like a fire drill. Suggestions welcome! My husband and I work together to organize the night before, so my morning isn’t super crazy. As all moms know, inevitably yogurt gets spilled everywhere or there’s a blowout on the way out the door. Thank goodness the dog is easy! WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING ABLE TO RAISE YOUR CHILD IN TAMPA BAY? The people. We have the most incredible friends and so do our children. It makes all the difference. Tampa is a big city, but it also has that wonderful small-town vibe. FAVORITE SPOT YOU LOVE TO GO AS A FAMILY? Checking out all of our great parks! TOP PARENTING TIP? I’m no parenting expert! Being surrounded by a great tribe of other moms is the best thing you can do. You’re reminded you aren’t alone, the questions you have are totally normal and you’ve got this!


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BABY’S NAME Ryland James NICKNAME RooRoo (or “Smiley”) BIRTHDAY October 2018 HOSPITAL St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital FAMILY Erica, spouse, big sister, Blakely (a.k.a. BooBoo), 2 1/2 WHAT’S YOUR NEW BABY LIKE? Ryland is such a good little boy, already sleeping through the night. Erica calls him “Smiley” because he is always smiling. He’s obsessed with his big sister! He can’t take his eyes off her and he’s curious about everything she is doing! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO/ PART OF YOUR DAY? We love being outside, and we try to go for a walk together almost every day around our neighborhood. BIGGEST CHALLENGE OR SURPRISE? I think my wife and I were so in love with our daughter that we didn’t know if our hearts had enough love for another baby. But Ryland was born, and that love just repeats itself all over again. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR WORK SCHEDULE? We have to be really disciplined with our scheule. Dinner during the week usually happens before 5 p.m. We have tubby time and Erica and I divide and conquer reading to the kids and getting them down, and it’s lights out by 7 p.m.! WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING ABLE TO RAISE YOUR CHILD IN TAMPA BAY? The weather, the people and the endless number of things to do as a family in the Bay Area. FAVORITE SPOT YOU LOVE TO GO AS A FAMILY? No question about it: the beach! TOP PARENTING TIP? Life is a balancing act and there is nothing wrong with having your child adapt to your schedule and routine. Remember to always make time for yourself and your partner.

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BABYʼS NAME Maris Abraham Titus BIRTHDAY Jan. 30, 2019 HOSPITAL Mease Countryside Hospital FAMILY Matthew Titus, spouse, big brother, Mauer, 3

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WHAT IS YOUR NEW BABY LIKE? Perfect at only a week old! He’s a pound and half bigger than his brother was, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. He is eating and sleeping great. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO/ PART OF YOUR DAY? The snuggles after a good bottle! WHATʼS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OR SURPRISE? Being he’s our 2nd, no big surprises yet. I think having an older sibling, we are trying to make sure both feel equally special. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR WORK SCHEDULE WITH THE NEW BABY? I am still on maternity leave. But when I get back to work, I do work full time. Maris will be in daycare where his older brother attends. I have an amazing husband that takes care of pick up and dinner if I am running late at work! WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING ABLE TO RAISE YOUR CHILD IN TAMPA BAY? Tampa Bay is my


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FAVORITE SPOT YOU LOVE TO GO AS A FAMILY? The beach! It’s the reason why we live here, right? From Clearwater Beach to Anna Maria, we make sure to find time to go since I think if you don’t plan for it, you just don’t go. We go right when babies wake up, so we’re out the door by 8 or 8:30, at the beach by 9. You miss all the traffic and when you’re ready to go at 11-11:30, there’s no traffic heading home and you’re back to put your kids down for their afternoon nap!

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TOP PARENTING TIP? Routine. Routine. ROUTINE. We did this for Mauer and Maris is already on one. By 8 p.m., we are bathing him, giving him a bottle and laying him in his crib with lights out so he knows that’s bedtime.

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BABY NAME Finley Grace Gilmore NICKNAME Fins, Fin BIRTHDAY September 2018 HOSPITAL Bayfront Baby Place, St. Pete WHAT’S YOUR NEW BABY LIKE? Expressive, happy, curious and silly! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO/ PART OF YOUR DAY? Finley has totally rocked our world! She is the new center of our lives. Coming home to her is easily the best part of the day. Grant gets more time with Finley during the week and they especially love taking afternoon walks that often turn into afternoon naps. BIGGEST CHALLENGE OR SURPRISE? Our little girl wants our undivided attention! That means hands-on play-time, eye contact and lots of snuggles. It's forced us to lose the phones and put off the housework—a brand new beautiful struggle. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR WORK SCHEDULE? Fortunately, Grant is home in the afternoon, so he gets a lot of quality time with Finley. I’m there with Finley for those precious morning smiles when she wakes up and put her to bed every night.

Baby Blue Glass Nail File babybluegiraffe.com WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING ABLE TO RAISE YOUR CHILD IN TAMPA BAY? The weather allows for year-round outdoor fun and there are endless options for family activities. Favorite spot in TB you love to go as a family? North Shore Park in St. Petersburg. We take family walks there along the water almost every weekend. TOP PARENTING TIP? In our six months as parents, we've learned to trust our judgement. With so many parenting opinions out there, it's important to trust our instincts and be confident in our family choices.

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Story and photos by Laura Byrne

Weeki Wachee Springs is one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions, entertaining generations of families before there was Disney World and Busch Gardens. Today, families continue to flock to the state park north of Tampa where real mermaids swim. The Mermaid Theater has been undergoing renovations since Thanksgiving and is scheduled to re-open June 15. We spoke with John Athanason, the man behind the uber popular Weeki Wachee Springs social media pages (a must- follow on Facebook and Instagram) and marketing to learn more


about this Florida treasure.

Weeki Wachee Springs just announced the re-opening of the Mermaid Theater has been delayed until June 15.


ATHANASON: Founder Newton Perry had a vision of taking the concept of synchronized swimming and implementing it underwater. When he discovered the spring at Weeki Wachee, he realized it was next to U.S. 19, a major thoroughfare back in the day, and he knew he had the location. He recruited a group of synchronized swimmers from St. Pete called the Aquabelles. As a Navy diver trainer, he developed the air-hose we still use to this day and taught the ladies how to breathe underwater using this apparatus. After choreographing underwater ballet maneuvers and building a small, 22-seat theater, Perry opened the park on Oct. 13, 1947. Perry’s underwater show became an instant hit, making it a must-see when vacationers traveled to Florida. With a now larger theater, Weeki Wachee remains a popular destination. The underwater theater at Weeki Wachee is the only theater in the world of its kind. John Athanson

WHEN DID THE MERMAIDS START PERFORMING AT THE PARK? ATHANASON: The “mermaid” began performing on opening day in 1947. But the concept of “mermaids” did not come about till the mid-60’s. Before then, the ladies did not wear “tails”, but were still considered mermaids.

Buccaneer Bay water park at Weeki Wachee Springs. Learn more at weekiwachee.com


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LEFT TO RIGHT Mermaids Amanda Luter and Cheyenne Bragg. Bragg is mom to a 9-month old. You go, girl!



ATHANASON: Most of the renovations address safety improvements. Guests will see new sidewalks, walking bridge, and a facelift inside the underwater theater.

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ATHANASON: We have approximately 20 mermaids on staff, six of whom are mothers.


ATHANASON: Thank you! For me, this park represents “old Florida,” a time where things were simpler. I think what really makes this park so special is two-fold. It’s the only theater in the world where guests can view this magnificent first-magnitude spring from under the surface of the water. This is magical in its own right. But when you add beautiful mermaids performing in the spring, that is when the real magic happens. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park offers guests not only the entertainment value with the mermaid performances, but guests also enjoy the natural resources the park offers with swimming in the spring at Buccaneer Bay, wildlife program, river boat ride and kayaking. No special effects needed.

Seminole Indian for ‘winding river.’

Springs is one of the deepest naturallyformed underwater caverns in the United States. It is so deep, the bottom has never been found! More than 117 million gallons of water flows up from the caverns EACH DAY! The spring is the start of the Weeki Wachee River which flows 12 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Family finds hope at the Ronald McDonald House

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By Maggie Rodriguez

string of lights and heart cut-outs surround Luna Zapata’s bed. On the wall hangs a bright pink sign with her name and more hearts. The 4-month-old wakes up from a nap and smiles, her eyes dancing with joy as her mom tickles her cheek. It would be an ordinary scene except for the beeps, hums and tubes coming from the machines keeping Luna alive in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Luna has been in the NICU since she was born with congenital heart disease and digestive and respiratory problems. She has already had several in a series of planned surgeries to repair her heart function, relocate her stomach and help her breathe. Doctors attached a feeding tube through her abdomen and a tracheal tube to her neck, both of which she will need for several years. “This is all she knows,” says her mother, Hope Zapata. “She doesn’t know anything any different. But when I see her smiling and trying to coo, I know she’s ok. She’s going to be a strong little girl.” Zapata spends every day at Luna’s side, talking to her, holding her hand, and learning how to work the equipment that Luna will still need when she goes home. Home is a two-hour drive away, in Lehigh Acres, but it is not where Hope returns at the end of each long day at the hospital. Zapata’s home away from home in Tampa Bay is The Ronald McDonald House on Davis Islands, where she says she receives everything she needs— a room, meals, support from staff and volunteers, and a shared bond with other families in similar situations. Having a nearby place to stay allows her to keep Luna at the best hospital for her needs, and be with her daily. “I don’t have to worry about anything. All I have to focus on is Luna.” Zapata’s husband, David, and older daughter, Isabella, spend weekdays back home, but join Hope at the house on weekends. “It has been a true blessing for us not to worry about where the money is going to come from to have a room here,” David Zapata says while watching Isabella run in the backyard of her weekend home with other children whose siblings are also in the hospital. RONALD MCDONALD In the future, it will HOUSE CHARITIES be Luna playing with Isabella, their mother OPERATES FOUR says, envisioning a HOMES IN THE perfect day when big TAMPA BAY sister will be pushing AREA. LOCAL her healthy little sister RESIDENTS ARE on a swing. The Zapatas ENCOURAGED TO will remember their VOLUNTEER, DROP time in Tampa Bay OFF DONATIONS, with gratitude for the OR COOK DINNER strangers who became FOR RESIDENT family. “It means FAMILIES. VISIT everything to know we are not alone during this RMHCTAMPABAY.ORG struggle,” she says.



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If we are Conscious (mindfu l of ourselves), we can provide Awareness to those around us as we are Learning to Model and reflect the change we want to see in the world—CALM! I pursued a graduate degree that inspired me to consider the impact I could have on early learners, their adult teachers, families and possibly early education policy. This experience solidified my decision to apply for and ultimately earn a teaching position in the Early Childhood Program at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). At HCC, I finally found my career niche and honed my passion for blending community-informed education and innovative early educational programs and initiatives in the service of children. My latest project is the Quality Early Education System (QEES) initiative. Funded by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County in partnership with HCC, QEES takes a holistic approach to early education professional development. Trained professionals offer teachers continuing education and training in preschool management, literacy intervention and social-emotional education, positive psychology, mindfulness and developmentally appropriate practice. CALM (Conscious Awareness Learning Model) is a critical component of QEES, focusing specifically on early childhood social-emotional development as we integrate child-centered literacy academic programs. The goal is to engage everyone involved in the child’s life in the acquisition of positive socialemotional strategies so the child can become a successful early learner. Over a decade of research in early childhood has demonstrated that young children are better learners if they have strong self-regulation skills. The stronger their "emotional intelligence," the higher their academic achievement. CALM is centered on the Conscious Discipline® approach of Dr. Becky Bailey. CALM has been built on a community foundation that comprises the Hillsborough County early learning community, the School District of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough


By Marni Fuente

ooking back, I guess you could say early childhood found me. I was raised by a single father who was my everything. When he passed away shortly after my college graduation, I was devastated. I found myself reconnecting with my inner and less secure 5-year-old self, full of vulnerabilities I hadn't experienced since early childhood. I felt anxious and worried—what was I going to be when I grew up? There was so much I didn’t know. Would I make the right decisions? I had surviving supportive family members, but had lost my "rock," my dad who loved and guided me. Now, when I reflect on the path that brought me where I am today, I have concluded that my own early childhood experiences shaped my life's direction, establishing my beliefs, values and mindset regarding what is needed to nourish critical developmental foundations in early childhood. A few years (and many different positions) after my father died, I was trying to find level ground and discover my purpose when I landed in a preschool classroom by chance. The first day was indescribable. The children were eager to learn and embraced every learning opportunity with fascination and enthusiasm. I was helping them explore and solve problems and understand their worlds. Seeing the world through children’s eyes is pretty special. At day's end, each child gave me a heartfelt hug. I made a connection and formed bonds, and I quickly realized I needed them as much as they needed me.  Children taught me what was at the core of teaching—forming and maintaining meaningful relationships while learning through play.



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Community College, diverse community cultural institutions and Tampa's business community. One of CALM's main goals is for the greater community and its subcultures to understand that raising our youngest citizens is a task that involves all of us and goes beyond the education children receive in school. No matter your role (teacher, parent, grandparent, citizen), you can have a profound impact on a child. Everyone has the ability to help build a child’s foundational character and his or her positive view of the world. What we say and how we say it as teachers, parents and mentors matters. How we treat each other and the world around us matters. And if we focus on the positive, we get more of the positive in return. At the core of this program is the belief that the potential of children is limitless if we believe in them and support them in safe, caring and respectful environments. Teachable moments are everywhere; we can shape and impact tomorrow's community in a positive direction. If we are Conscious (mindful of ourselves), we can provide Awareness to those around us as we are Learning to Model and reflect the change we want to see in the world—CALM! Every day I feel so fortunate to have inspiration all around me— from those whom I mentor to those who mentor me. My dedicated team provides unwavering support in the pursuit of our mission to build strong preschoolers with a love of learning. We begin each school year with the premise that building relationships with the children, families and teachers we serve is the most critical path. As emotional beings, we must expose and share our own missteps and vulnerabilities in order to build trust and help teachers and students alike. If we all pursue meaningful, kind and helpful relationships, we can all be at our best to learn and be successful.

CALM FOCUSES ON •Full immersion of Conscious Discipline®, as outlined by Dr. Becky Bailey, through participant training, on-site coaching and family support initiatives. •Offering monthly HCC continuing education trainings to early childhood teachers and administrators, and delivering mentoring and coaching to teachers in early childhood classrooms. •Providing training to families complete with support materials and activities to strengthen the home-school connection. •Introducing mindful techniques and growth mindset practices while also building awareness county-wide through community programming.

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ABOVE: A commitment to the CALM method during a group session at teacher trainig. Teachers gather at an Hillsborough Community College training event.

No matter your role (teacher, parent, grandparent, citizen) you can have a profound impact on a child.

Socia l-emotiona l children's books to read with little ones and bu ild connections. ⊲ What Does It Mean To Be Present? by Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler ⊲ The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates ⊲ Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld ⊲ How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham ⊲ Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen, illustrated by Kristina Swarner ⊲ The Invisible String by Patrice Karst


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Encourage all family members to take 5 minutes for themselves daily. Encourage everyone to develop through positive self-messages and a positive mindset. Forgive yourself and others. Practice being present with your family—it costs nothing. Enjoy playtime with one another—everyone learns and everyone wins!

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e’ve created a judgmentfree zone for audience members of any age to enjoy a show, be who they are and not bear the disapproval of breaking with traditional theater etiquette,” explains Patel Conservatory Lead Theater Teacher Matt Belopavlovich. “Our sensory-friendly experience includes floor seating on textured cushions, a break room with stim objects, and the ability to borrow sound-canceling headphones.” Belopavlovich began a graduate certificate program to study the autism spectrum after noticing an increase in differently-abled students and students on the spectrum. “We had an opportunity to respond to people who experience life in a particular way whose needs weren’t quite being met here,” he says. “I was heavily involved in the Straz Access initiative about accessibility and The Straz when Suzanne Livesay, Vice President of Education, approached me with an interest in offering a sensory-friendly performance. Things came together. We thought, ‘What a great way to combine resources with information and be advocates for our students.’ We have produced five sensory-friendly productions and are consistently making adjustments to the experience based on audience feedback.” Belopavlovich and Livesay followed similar programs launched by The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Orland Rep, always with the notion of tailoring a sensory-friendly production specific to The Straz and their students and audiences. After one hugely successful sensory-friendly test performance, in partnership with Lakeland Community Theatre that included modifications in lighting and sound and offered only one lighting cue, the Patel Conservatory team moved forward with plans to offer one sensory-friendly performance each season, starting in 2017 with "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Prior to the show, audience members could download or print out a “social story” from the Patel Facebook page and The Straz website. Belopavlovich created this picture-book-style document to familiarize guests with what to expect at the Straz Center and before, during and after the show. The social story included specific instructions for permission to use the break room, a space set apart from the show that included crafts and the ability to have quiet time. Although the need for sensory-friendly shows emerged as theater professionals began to understand patrons on the autism spectrum were being left out, Belopavlovich realized that modified performances benefit anyone who may have sensory issues such as sensitivities to light or loud noises. “Essentially, it’s the same show with different options,” he said. Typical kids and families are encouraged to attend sensory-friendly shows as they are designed for the enjoyment of anyone with sensory sensitivities. “We’re very excited about it because sensory-friendly is a new frontier, not just for audiences but for the actors, who are learning a new depth to their skills as they shape their craft to a unique audience. Moving in this direction benefits all.”





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DANCE • THEATER • MUSIC patelconservatory.org 813.222.1040

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Summer Programs at Shorecrest


Camps for students of all ages, from preschool to 12th grade, including: • Drones & Robotics • STEAM Options • Video Game Creation • Musical Theatre Training • Specialty Sports Clinics • Academic Enrichment/ College Prep

And so much more! View catalog and register NOW at

www.shorecrest.org/summer Summer is coming soon!

at Shorecrest

5101 First St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 | 727-409-1668

Summer at Shorecrest offers academic enrichment camps, recreational camps, athletic camps—and so much more! Affordable full and half day camp options for students in preschool through 12th grade. OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY. 24

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By Sherri Danyali, Ed.D., Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay

hen parents research schools and begin to dream about their child’s future success, they sometimes worry about how their child will measure up to their peers. Height and age relative to the class weigh heavily on parents when considering whether to redshirt children with spring and summer birthdays and those short in stature, especially boys. "Redshirting" in preschool refers to the practice of strategically delaying a child's entry into kindergarten to allow the child more time to mature or develop, with an eye toward securing an advantage in academics. Parents may intentionally strategize a redshirt option for their child by delaying their start to preschool or arrange with the school upon admission to repeat a year. Some parents redshirt their child expecting the child will lead instead of follow, excel academically, and be selfassured rather than shy. There are no conclusive studies evaluating outcomes of redshirted students, but some research on immediate effects of redshirting suggests


A highquality early childhood program like that offered by The Experiential School of Tampa Bay help ensure students are ready for kindergarten.

improvement in a child’s confidence in social interactions and behavior and increased academic performance at the same level or at a level superior to younger classmates. Other research shows the benefit of older peers as role models for younger students, but also suggests that parents keep in mind whether delaying a grade appropriately challenges their child. Researchers also caution parents to note the child’s suitability for relationships, possible fit and acceptance. How can anxious parents feel assured that their child will reach their potential and be successful in comparison to classmates in kindergarten and beyond? More than timing of the start of school, enrolling your child in a high-quality preschool program that aligns with your family's philosophy of education is critical. See the school first-hand, tour the campus and have your child spend a morning in a classroom with their potential peers to get feedback from teachers. Once the child is in school, parents should trust the homeschool partnership and maintain open communication with teachers. As Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, the 3, 4, and 5-year-old program at Shorecrest Preparatory School, I believe that school-based determinations to provide a student

an extra year in a grade are best made on a case-by-case basis. Each child’s unique needs and circumstances must be considered carefully by their teachers, parents, school administrators and support service specialists as a team. Most students advance from preschool to prekindergarten and then to kindergarten with their chronological age peers. However, in some rare instances, the optimal path forward is to offer a child another year in their present grade level to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Cases of trauma, developmental delays, executive function, self-regulation challenges and other factors may raise concerns that merit deliberation. High-quality early childhood programs, like The Experiential School of Tampa Bay at Shorecrest Preparatory School, meet students where they are and encourage them to “Be More” by building strong relationships, differentiating teaching and learning experiences, and working as partners with families. Knowledgeable teachers thoughtfully communicate grade level and program goals and meet with parents to discuss children’s unique development and progress. An early childhood classroom setting with a low student-teacher ratio and individualized instruction ensures that families have access to information and experts to work alongside them and determine the best next step for their child. APRIL 2019 TampaBayParenting.com



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LaFleur’s Gymnastics and Little Flipper Swim School offer daily and week-long camps that are available when ever Hillsborough County schools are out. Children ages 4-12 can participate in our ½ day or full day camps for one day or all week. All students receive age and skill appropriate gymnastic lessons but also get to participate in swimming, ball skills and arts and crafts. We emphasize a fitness style camp where the kids get LOTS of TURNS (maximum participation) in a FUN-Learning environment. We divide our kids up by age and ability and maintain groups of 8 students or less! LaFleur’s Gymnastics has been in the Tampa Bay Area for 39 years and is considered one of the top clubs in the country. The LaFleur’s have gone to great lengths to provide top notch instruction in gymnastics and learn-to-swim with low student-teacher ratios and caring, fun-loving, knowledgeable instructors.

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Summer will never be the

SAME! Summer is coming, and Jr. Adventure Camp is the place to be. Join us for a summer of crazy games, fun field trips, awesome crafts and our annual food fight! Our weekly camps offer a fun and exciting alternative for summer. Energetic camp counselors will keep your child active during our fun-filled weeks. Join us for a summer adventure!

“Mom, I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” If you’ve ever heard your child say that, then we have an adventure for you! “Bored” is never heard at a Soul Adventures summer camp. Your 10-15 year old can choose from 11 weeks of outdoor adventure camps, including kayaking,

paddle boarding, sailing, fishing and much more.

Combine these exploits with a powerful daily devotion time, and you have the recipe for an adventure that might just last a lifetime.

REGISTER TODAY AT www.souladventures.us

129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765 727-797-1186

Soul Adventures is an adventure summer camp for 10-15 year olds. If you are looking for something exciting for your child to do this summer, then Soul Adventure is the right choice. When we say that summer will never be the same, we mean it. Each day will be a different adventure for campers. Adventure days will include kayaking, sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, paint ball, snorkeling, rope courses, frisbee golf, archery - just to name a few. Each new day will bring a new adventure. Soul Adventures is for all kids. You don’t have to be an expert in any of the activities to participate. In fact, learning a new skill is all part of the adventure! Trying something new, may require campers to step out of their comfort zone, but it will allow an opportunity to experience something amazing along the way. We want to make summer memorable. Soul Adventures also offers a Jr. Adventure Camp for 5-9 year olds. Energetic camp counselors will keep your child active during our fun-filled weeks. Campers will experience 2-3 off campus activities each week. While on campus, campers will participate in activities such as rock climbing, bounce houses, sports, crafts and much more.


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e into Summ c n a D


One Week Dance Camps

Musical Theatre Camp Learn from professional singers, dancers, and actors and perform in an ending showcase.

July 8 - 19, 2019 Monday - Friday • 9am-3pm Ages 8-11 & 12-16 $

350 for 2 weeks

(Before and After Care Available)

At On The Edge our one-week camps are a great way for kids to learn about dance while having fun and making new friends and summertime memories. Select 1 week or up to 10! Ballet • Jazz • Hip Hop • Tap • Contemporary Breakdancing • Cheer & Tumble • Crafts & Movies

June 3 - August 9, 2019 Mondays - Fridays • 9am-4pm Ages 6-12


150 per week

(Before and After Care and Multi-week Discounts Available)

Call today to register and secure your spot for Summer Dance Fun! 813-933-9321 4802 Gunn Highway | Suite 158 | Tampa, FL 33624 | Located in the Plantation Town Center


Camp Illahaw is the BEST horse and adventure camp in Florida, and the lowest priced sleep away camp around! We have 3 camps to choose from; Base, Wild West and Extreme Outdoor. Base campers experience kayaking, ropes course, archery, basic .22 rifle target shooting, water activities & more! Wild West campers learn to groom, handle and ride. Extreme Outdoor camp ties in all of our Extreme activities into one all-inclusive camp including our new CLIMBING WALL! All specialty activities can be added ala carte to Base Camp! Included FREE valuable life lessons and friends for life, mopping and dishwashing skills extra! APRIL 2019 TampaBayParenting.com



ACADEMY AT THE LAKES | SUMMER AT THE LAKES PROGRAM 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, 34639 813-948-7600; summeratthelakes.com Summer at the Lakes is a safe, fun and caring environment where your child will broaden their horizons and learn something. New camps this year: 1st Responders Academy, CSI Camp and Girls Volleyball. Noncredit K-8th classes: STEM, Spanish and Kindergarten 101. New for-credit high school courses: Chinese, government and French. COST: Half and full day options DATES: June 3-July 26, AGES/GRADES: PreK3-9, Coed $150 to $375 times vary ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES SUMMER ON BAYSHORE 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, 33629 813-839-5371; holynamestpa.org/summer Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, STEM, technology, sports and enrichment camps at the Academy of the Holy Names’ ever-popular Summer on Bayshore! From Lego to lacrosse and cooking to cartooning, Summer on Bayshore has something for everyone. Complete session information and online registration is available at holynamestpa.org/summer. COST: Half and full day options $150 to $325, weekly

DATES: June 3-July 26, times vary

AGES/GRADES: PreK3-8, Coed

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, 33710 727-384-5500; farragut.org/summer At Farragut, summer means jump right in! Check out the awesome that happens here all year long by attending our fun and educational summer boarding or day camps. All camps are open to the public, include a hot lunch, and are held at our campus with a private pool and waterfront. COST: Day camp $125 to $300 Boarding camp $2,250 to $5,000

DATES: June - August, times vary

AGES/GRADES: PreK-8 Day camp, 8-12 Boarding camp, Coed

AMERICAN STAGE 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, 33710 727-823-1600; americanstage.org/summer Ignite your child’s creative voice! American Stage provides quality theatre training in a positive and inspiring environment that gives young people the tools to be fearless, focused, and flexible on stage and in life. Studying theatre helps students become accomplished, confident performers and empowers creative, intellectual and emotional growth. COST: $225 to $610 DATES: June 3 - Aug. 10, AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-18, Coed weekly 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ART CAMP 2019 AT THE JAMES MUSEUM 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701 727.892.4200 x1010; thejamesmuseum.org/summercamp Let your imagination soar at art camp! The James Museum’s week-long summer day camps encourage children to get messy as they explore a variety of art making processes. With inspiration from our collection of paintings and sculptures, campers will bring their own ideas to life in our children’s art studio. Art camp offers opportunities for hands-on learning, creative thinking and collaboration. Campers enjoy a week full of art experiences inspired by the American West through fun and engaging activities, such as storytelling, sketching, close observation of our art collection – and lots of art making in our studio space! COST: Day camp $160 to $180 weekly


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DATES: June and July, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-11, Coed



junior docent art camp a surreal summer experience

Ages 9-14 | June & July The Dalí Museum invites adventurous kids to Junior Docent Art Camp, where award-winning instructors lead surrealist-inspired activities that help build self-esteem, enhance speaking skills and provide opportunities for personal expression. Parents say

“…a great hands-on experience with the arts.” “…nothing like it around.”

learn more at TheDali.org/camp

Junior Docent Art Camp, The Dalí Museum’s week-long summer program for students ages 9-11 and 12-14, offers an ideal environment for inspiration, learning and creativity. Working with award-winning art teachers and having full access to the Museum’s unparalleled art collection, gardens and facilities, campers have unique opportunities to create and interact with art, build self-confidence, exercise selfexpression and nurture communication skills. Campers become “art detectives,” decoding Salvador Dalí’s artworks, which are acclaimed as among the world’s most important. Finding inspiration in Dalí’s mysteries, campers make their own art each day and investigate the meanings behind Dalí’s symbols, decipher double images and answer riddles like What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening? In addition to interacting with great art, Junior Docents become empowered to think independently, to verbalize personal choices, and to enhance their writing and speaking skills. In a 3-year study published by the USFSP Department of Psychiatry, Junior Docent Art Camp was shown to assist in the development of children’s selfesteem and their ability to learn. Parents who have enjoyed The Dalí’s other family programs like


StoryTime, Little Surrealists, Mini Melodies and DillyDally with Dalí can find meaningful – as well as enjoyable – summer activities for kids in June and July during the museum’s Junior Docent Art Camp. Learn more at TheDali.org.

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BACH TO ROCK 17463 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz, 33548 (in Van Dyke Commons plaza) 813.398.ROCK (813.398.7625); lutz.bachtorock.com Bach to Rock offers half and full day music camps for kids ages 4-17. No previous musical training is required. Bands or group ensembles learn current pop or classic rock songs, and will record a track in our state of the art studio. All campers will perform (including DJs in Beat Refinery) at the end of the week. COST: Half and full day options $225 to $295

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 various times

AGES/GRADES: Ages 4-17, Coed

BAYSIDE SPORTS ACADEMY 4400 34th St. N., Suite E, St. Petersburg, 33714 727-258-4981; baysidesportsacademy.org/camps Bayside's Limitless Summer Camp provides fun and challenging experiences while encouraging children to love to be active. Enjoy our 28,000 square-foot air-conditioned facility and a variety of camps including: gymnastics, ninja, circus arts, and trampoline and tumbling. Full- and half-day camps and early bird pricing are available! COST: Half and full day options DATES: May 30 to Aug. 13 AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-13, Coed $35 to $320 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. BERKELEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa, 33615 813-885-1673; berkeleyprep.org/summer Over 120 camps and classes on our beautiful 80-acre campus. We have an enormous catalogue: volleyball, swim lessons, tech camps, fine arts, driver’s ed., chess, baseball, football, musical theatre, LEGO, basketball, rock climbing, debate, financial literacy, archery, and so much more. There’s something for everyone at Berkeley Summer Programs. COST: Varies by camp DATES: June 3 to July 26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 4-17, Coed and various times non-coed options BULLSEYE LEARNING'S CAMP EXPLORATION & ADVENTURE: INTERACTIVE SUMMER EDITION Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale, 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, 33511 813-413-4998 or 1-844-430-1645; bullseyelearning.com/camp Your Interactive Summer Edition is being a TV news reporter, making food alongside a chef, telling jokes with a comedian, catching "bad guys" alongside a police officer with a 4-legged partner, playing sports with professional athletes and interacting and learning from more than 50 guest speakers. Campers learn by doing with the pros in the business of roller coasters, firefighting, inventing, karate, dancing, drawing, clothing design, painting and animal rescue. Don't forget our weekly scavenger hunts, obstacle course races, water day, pizza Friday and much much more. COST: One time materials fee $30 DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-12, Coed per student; single student 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekly tuition $130; siblings $115 per student CAMP DOVEWOOD 23221 101st Road, O’Brien, 32071 386-935-0863; campdovewood.org Camp Dovewood celebrates 42 years of dynamic Christian camping for girls 7-16 in north Florida with an exceptional equestrian program: English & Western riding, dressage, trail rides, horseshows and grooming/stable management. Campers can also enjoy cheerleading, gymnastics, art, music, archery, tennis, swimming, drama, volleyball, soccer, softball, cooking, leadership, Bible, ballet and river rafting. 1,2 and 3-week sessions. COST: $625 to $1,025

DATES: June 9 to July 20

AGES/GRADES: Ages 7-16, girls

BUSCH GARDENS 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612 813-884-4FUN; buschgardens.com/tampa/summer-camps Home to more than 12,000 animals and world-class coasters, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay has camps for both animal lovers and thrill seekers alike. Kids grade 5 – college can enroll in one-ofa-kind camps. Book today and start counting down to the best summer ever. COST: Varies


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DATES: June 9 to Aug. 7, resident camps June 8 to Aug. 15

AGES/GRADES: Day camp, K-12, Resident camp, 5-college

The Tampa Tarpons offer family, fun, affordable entertainment April through September! Located at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Tarpons provide a variety of fun during their 70 Home Games season and kids get to be a part of the fun all summer! Join the Tiny Tarps Kids Club for exclusive Tarpons experiences. Let them take the field with the Tarpons with Field of Dreams Game day Experience and learn to play like the pros with the Tarpons players at the Summer Baseball Camp. Steinbrenner Field lets children make memories that will last a lifetime! Tiny Tarps Kids Club - Receive Lower Reserved seats to 5 exclusive Saturday games, member only discounts, premium gifts and more! Field of Dreams Game Day Experience - Gives kids the opportunity to meet the team, get some autographs, and join a Tampa Tarpons player on the field for the National Anthem! Tampa Tarpons Summer Baseball Camp – July 24, 25, 26 - is available for all children ages 6-13. Campers will receive professional instruction from Tarpons Minor League coaches, players, and staff. For more information call 813-673-3055 or visit tarponsbaseball.com.




CAMP IDLEWILD 7602 Henry Drive, Land O' Lakes, 34638 813-996-1226; campidlewildofflorida.com Camp Idlewild is for campers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our low staff-to-camper ratio (1:2) allows flexible, choice-based activities. We offer classic camp activities that campers can access at a level where they feel comfortable. Our staff knows how to adjust activities to be accessible for all kids! COST: Varies, scholarships DATES: Summer AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-17, Coed available Various times CAMP IDS 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, 33618 813-961-3087; corbettprep.com community/camp-ids Campers can try their hand at archery in the morning and dabble in French cooking in the afternoon. 100+ half- and full-day camps. Engineering, performing and visual arts, music, sports, STEM, academic, field trips, Chinese, Spanish, outdoor activities and more. Free drop-off at 7:15 a.m. Bus transportation and after-care till 6 p.m. available for a fee. COST: $100 to $125 per week DATES: June 10 to July 26 Various times

AGES/GRADES: PreK3-12, Coed

CAMP ILLAHAW AT FOREVER FLORIDA 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, 34773 407-957-9794; foreverflorida.com The best horse and adventure camp in Florida! A wildlife sanctuary on 4,700 acres of conservation land. With three camps to choose from; Base, Wild West and Extreme Outdoor Camp, we have campers interests covered. Included free; valuable life lessons and memories to last a lifetime. Dish-washing and mopping skills included: free. COST: Starts at $699 per week DATES: June 9 to July 28 AGES/GRADES: Ages 9-15, Coed Sleep away CAMP INVENTION Multiple locations throughout the Tampa Bay area 800-968-4332; invent.org/camp Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged™, where children transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will code robots and use collaboration and creative problem solving during handson STEM activities. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10). COST: Starts at $230

DATES: June 10-14, AGES/GRADES: K-6, coed 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

CAMP OSPREY 18050 US 301 S., Wimauma, 33598 941-928-6860; camposprey.com Camp Osprey is a kids’ day/overnight adventure camp, challenging kids to push themselves, to try new things, to help build confidence in themselves. Horseback riding, high ropes challenge course, zip line, archery, paintball, kayaking, fishing, BB gun arcade, giant swing, games and more all-inclusive. Day camp Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with breakfast and lunch included. Week overnight Sun. to Sat. Come to camp strangers; leave as friends. A lifetime of memories in just one summer. COST: $195 day camp DATES: June 2 to July 29 AGES/GRADES: Ages 7-15, coed with $450 overnight various times single sex cabins CAMP WOODMONT 381 Moonlight Drive on Lookout Mountain, Cloudland, GA 30731 423-472-6070; campwoodmont.com Imagine a home away from home where your child feels secure, welcome and reassured — that’s Camp Woodmont! Just 2½ hours from Atlanta. ACA accredited overnight camp for boys and girls 6 to 14. Activities include archery, climbing, horseback riding, crafts, games, sports and more! Open house Sunday, May 19, 2-5 p.m. COST: $910 one-week session DATES: May 26 to July 26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-14, coed $1,445 two-week sessions CANTERBURY SUMMER PROGRAM 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33702 727-521-5933; canterburyflorida.org/summer Canterbury's Summer Programs will provide your camper with a variety of exciting options to promote adventure, a love of learning, and a playful spirit! This summer will not only be fun for your camper but also provide an inspiring environment where they will grow intellectually and socially. COST: $165 weekly, half-day $330 weekly, full day


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DATES: June 3 to July 26

AGES/GRADES: K-12, coed

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CARROLLWOOD CULTURAL CENTER 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33618 813-922-8167; carrollwoodcenter.org/camp-activities At the Carrollwood Cultural Center, artistic expression, belting it out, busting a move and getting into character are all encouraged! Through art, music, dance and drama, campers 4-10 will explore a different theme each week, while campers ages 11 to 13 use the theme to create an original staged production. COST: $150 to $350 weekly DATES: June 3 to Aug. 29 AGES/GRADES: Ages 4-13, coed 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL "TURN IT UP" Bearss Avenue Campus 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, 33613 Early Childhood Campus 12606 Casey Road, Tampa, 33618 Bearss 813-920-2288, ECC 813-963-2388; carrollwooddayschool.org/summercamp Lets "TURN IT UP" as we extend our academic learning, follow our passions and explore new horizons. CDS’s very own faculty and year-round staff, along with other professionals, lead our summer programs and encourage your child to achieve their goals with strong problem-solving skills in a fun and safe environment. COST: $150-$250 half and full day

DATES: June 3 to July 19 or July 27

AGES/GRADES: PreK3-12, coed

CENTER ICE 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel, 33544 813-803-7372; ahcenterice.com Learn to Skate Camp is designed for the beginner to intermediate skater who just wants to have fun and learn how to skate. Our team of skating counselors will introduce new skating skills in a safe and supervised setting. The camp includes off-ice games, on-ice lessons, and more. COST: $275; before May 1 $245

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 1

AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-13, coed

CIRCLE C RANCH ACADEMY, INC. 6204 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, 33611 813-831-8429; circlecranchacademy.com Circle C Ranch has been around for over 30 years! Join us for a fun ranch experience this summer. You can ride horses and swim every day. Other activities include sports, archery, art and more. COST: $100 to $220, Varies by age

DATES: June 3 to July 29 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 1-13, coed

CITRUS PARK DAY SCHOOL 11112 Henderson Road, Tampa, 33625 813-264-3500 Citrus Park Day School is a private, co-ed school providing exceptional care and enrichment opportunities to children. We prioritize each child's growth and safety while cultivating their intellectual, physical, and emotional development in an academically rich environment where caring comes first. COST: varies DATES: June 3 to July 26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-10, coed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CITY OF CLEARWATER SUMMER CAMPS Multiple Locations myclearwaterparks.com/camps Looking for a fun and safe summer camp that your kids will love? Clearwater Summer Camps are the place to be! Each week campers will enjoy a variety of fun activities including field trips, sports and games, positive character development, crafts and more. Don't be left out of the fun! COST: $90 to $100, weekly

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Grades 1-8, coed

CLEARWATER COMMUNITY SAILING 1001 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 33767 727-517-7776; clearwatercommunitysailing.org Clearwater Community Sailing Center is the place to spend summer on the water! We have put together a great program this year – sign up and join the fun! All experience levels are welcome. For the safety of your camper, he/she must be the correct age for the camp group you are registering for. All registrations are subject to approval. COST: $175 to $295


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DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-17, coed

Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, STEM, 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 3 - July 26.


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Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, STEM, technology, sports and enrichment camps at the Academy of the Holy Names’ ever-popular Summer on Bayshore! With more than 80 sessions ranging from Legos to lacrosse and cooking to cartooning, Summer on Bayshore has something for everyone. Camp Jaguar, our themed day camp, is a great introduction to camp and the classroom. Children learn what circle time includes, how to make and treat new friends, sing songs, visit centers one might see in a preschool classroom, get accustomed to a schedule, and create amazing crafts throughout each week that are sure to be a keepsake. Older campers venture out on weekly field trips around Tampa Bay. STEM and technology sessions include coding, geocaching, drone, Lego and engineering camps. Athletic offerings include dance, tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, flag football and softball. Does your child need to review academic skills? Our engaging teachers make half-day academic courses fun! Full and half-day weekly sessions run from June 3 - July 26, and extended hours are included at no extra charge. Complete session information and online registration is available at holynamestpa.org/summer.

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From coding and game dev to robotics and design, your child will develop in-demand skills and ignite lifelong passions—all in a fun, inclusive environment. Choose from 50+ innovative courses and join our community of over 400,000 alumni. Get ready for the best summer ever!

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iD Tech—#1 summer STEM camp Build in-demand skills and discover a passion for technology! At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 kickstart their futures with courses in coding, Fortnite, Roblox, robotics engineering, AI, VR, 3D printing, photography, and more. In each weeklong session, students explore a top campus with new friends, learn from world-class instructors, and create impressive projects for their portfolios. Small class sizes are guaranteed (no more than 10 students per instructor) to ensure proper pacing for all skill levels. iD Tech summer programs are held at 150 prestigious campuses worldwide, including the University of South Florida, University of Miami, Stanford, and NYU. While most programs are weeklong (with optional overnight stays at many locations), teens can enroll in two-week, pre-collegiate Academies for an extra immersive experience. Join us and see firsthand why over 400,000 camp alumni are raving about our programs. Visit iDTech.com for more information, or call our Camp Specialists at 1-888-709-8324 for a personalized course recommendation.

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for a 5 tips FIRST TIME CAMPER? By Courtney Cairns Pastor, Corbett Prep

our kids can spend their summer painting masterpieces, designing apps, learning languages, singing on stage, conducting experiments or trying new sports. With so many options, is it any wonder you are overwhelmed when trying to select a summer camp? Parents have many factors to consider when choosing a summer camp, and the planning and registration process can seem especially complicated to families who are new to the camp scene. Here are some tips to make your children’s first time at summer camp so fun that you’ll look forward to signing them up again next year.



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Are you looking for academic challenges or does your student need physical activity to balance out screen time? Do you have a little one you want to prepare for prekindergarten or kindergarten? Is your child considering a sport but unsure about committing to a team? Once you know the type of camp you need, you can begin researching what is available. You may prefer a half-day option that gives families more variety. At CAMP IDS, parents can mix and match morning and afternoon camps to design a day that suits their children. You can choose a reading camp in the morning and pair it with archery in the afternoon, for instance, to satisfy a need for academic review and outdoor activity. CAMP IDS offers more than 100 camps during seven weeks of sessions. Full-day camps also have advantages. Field trip camps for all ages span a full day, allowing time to visit fun locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Other camps choose the full-day format to give students time to pursue their interests in depth. CAMP IDS musical theatre camps for third through 12th graders require a two-week commitment because the students need the time to rehearse a play they perform when the camp ends.


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Be aware when you look at camp descriptions that the grade level often refers to the grade the child will enter in the fall. Check with your camp to confirm.


Many parents rely on summer camp for child care when school is out. Make sure camp hours align with your work schedule. CAMP IDS offers free morning care before sessions begin from 7:15-8:30 a.m. to make dropoff less stressful. Extended care from 3-6 p.m. is available at a small cost. Bus transportation is an option in several neighborhoods to help save parents a trip.


If your child is going to spend the better part of a summer somewhere, it only makes sense that you’d want to learn a little about the facility and its programs. Ask the camp directors if you can visit for a tour. It’s especially nice for parents of preschoolaged children who may be new to a school setting entirely. Camp directors can show families the classrooms children will use, the playground, the lunch area and more. Seeing first hand where you check in, where you drop off your child and where you pick them up also helps soothe first-day jitters for parents and kids at a new camp. You can have your questions about lunches, supervision, dress codes and the daily routine answered in person.


Campers at CAMP IDS come from many different schools, making it an easy environment for meeting new friends. But some kids need the security of exploring a new camp with a buddy. Share your camp plans with other parents and try to coordinate weeks or activities that will make the transition to a new setting a little easier.


The night before camp starts, pack a small backpack for camp essentials. A refillable water bottle is a necessity in the hot summer. You may also need sunscreen and mosquito repellent as well as snacks and a packed lunch or cash to buy food. Certain camps, such as sports or dance, may require special shoes. Art camps suggest bringing oversized paint shirts. The backpack is also nice for students to have to bring home all their treasures – science experiments, crafts, worksheets and other projects. Enrolling students in summer camp provides them with opportunities to pursue their interests, make new friends and prepare for the upcoming school year in a relaxed but engaging environment. With a little planning, it can be a successful experience for parents as well.

Where everyone has a great time! 7 Weeks of Options: June 10 - July 26, 2019 Over 100 full- and half-day camps Ages PreK3 - high school Before- and after-care

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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 33767 727-441-1790 x 270; seewinter.com Join Winter and all her rescued friends at Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Summer Camp. Camp options feature snorkeling in sea grass beds and sand flats, kayaking through local estuaries, visiting our rescued residents, and discovering fascinating marine creatures in their natural habitat. Learn about marine life from sea turtle biologists, rescue team members, dolphin researchers, our veterinarian staff and animal care team—all at a working marine animal hospital. COST: $110 to $185, Varies by session

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 16 AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-18, coed 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m.

CODE NINJAS 11909 Sheldon Road, Tampa, 33626 813-708-8598; codeninjas.com/camps/fl-tampa-westchase Code Ninjas camps offer an immersive environment for children to explore technology, develop new skills, and have a great time with friends. It’s an unforgettably fun learning experience! Each week of summer we offer engaging topics like game building, website building, Minecraft and Roblox Create, robotics, Javascript and codable drones. COST: $239 to $339

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9

AGES/GRADES: Ages 7-13, coed

COLOR ME MINE 730 S. Village Circle, Tampa, 33606 813-258-8368; tampa.colormemine.com Seven weeks packed full of FUN projects! Each week will include ceramic projects and painting techniques (including actually making a piece), a variety of craft projects and games, and an ice cream or pizza party to finish the week on Friday! COST: $175 per child, weekly DATES: June 10 to Aug. 2 AGES/GRADES: Ages 6+, coed 10% off for siblings 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

DALI MUSEUM JUNIOR DOCENT CAMP One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 33701 727-823-3767; thedali.org/camp Learn about the art and life of Salvador Dalí; lead docent tours of The Dalí’s collection; create art in new ways, enjoy imaginative games and activities, and explore the Museum galleries and Avant-garden. COST: $200 to $250 DATES: June 10 to July 26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 9-14, coed weekly various times

DELPHI ACADEMY 1831 Drew St., Clearwater, 33765 727-447-6385; delphifl.org Delphi Academy offers a summer camp filled with fun and balanced with learning. We have six weeks that are available for flexible enrollment. We offer field trips, in-house arts and crafts programs, cooking classes, team games and academic camps. We have an adventure for all your summer needs. COST: $1,040 4 weeks, DATES: June 17 to July 26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 2-17, coed $1,560 6 weeks 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 34698 727-298-3322; dfac.org/kids-corner/summer-camp DFAC’s Summer Art Academy proudly offers over 30 years of Summer Art Enrichment fun. Todd Still, Director of Youth Education, heads up his 21st year of a premier summer program in the Tampa Bay area. Seven different art camps feature the best artists and art educators in the region – multi-media experts with skills from painting to clay to drawing to dreamin’! COST: $170 to $200 DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 AGES/GRADES: Ages 41/2 - 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. coed ECKERD COLLEGE SUMMER WATERSPORTS CAMP 4200 54th St. S., St. Petersburg, 33711-4744 727-864-8288; eckerd.edu/waterfront/camp The Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp offers classes in exploring watersports, sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, paddlesports, saltwater fishing, little mariners and exploring marine life and more for students ages 5-17. This camp is taught in the perfect environment for learning watersports and gives campers exciting and unforgettable experiences! COST: $175 to $295 DATES: June 3 – Aug. 2, 9 a.m to AGES/GRADES: Ages 5 to 17, weekly noon and/or 1 - 4 p.m. coed


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Summer Camp Build confidence and develop camaraderie with other campers while enjoying bowling. Our campers receive a personalized bowling ball, camp t-shirt, bowling ball water bottle, daily snacks and lunch! Enjoy bowling competitions, indoor and outdoor activities, movies, arts and crafts, arcade games and an end-of-camp party!


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Pin Chasers, serving fun to the Tampa Bay community for more than 60 years, has three locations: Pin Chasers MIDTOWN

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PIN CHASERS SUMMER BOWLING CAMP—KEEPING KIDS (AND MOMS!) HAPPY! For working parents, summer camp is a necessity. And even for kids who can stay home with a parent all summer, camp is an excellent way to sharpen social skills and learn a new sport or hobby. Work-at-home mom Laura DeLise’s sons enjoy making new friends, staying active, bowling and learning new things. They love Pin Chasers Camp because the counselors allow them to choose indoor and outdoor activities that change every day. Maria Mora, a working, single mom of two, said “Pin Chasers keeps kids active. With two kids who love video games, I love the opportunity to get them moving without worrying about the weather, bugs or needing sunscreen.” And, Maria said, bowling works well for nonathletic and kids with special needs, enabling everyone to develop sportsmanship and teamwork. Since Pin Chasers was built to entertain families and already hosts kids’ birthday parties every day, showing campers a great time comes naturally. “When I drop them off, I know they’ll be safe, busy and happy all day,” said DeLise. “Pin Chasers’ camp does it all!” To learn more and register for Pin Chasers Summer Bowling Camp, visit pinchasers.net.

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YOUR SEARCH FOR SUMMER PLANS IS OVER Home to more than 12,000 animals and world-class coasters, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay has camps for both animal lovers and thrill seekers alike.

Kids grade 5 – college can enroll in one-of-a-kind camps. Day Camp: K-12th • Resident Camp: 5th -College Book today and start counting down to the best summer ever. Day Camps run June 3rd – Aug. 7th Resident Camps run June 8th – Aug. 15th


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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION THE FLORIDA ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, 33511 813-490-2787; faopa.org Musical Theatre camps meet from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for two weeks. Musicals include Frozen Junior, Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz Junior, Lion King Junior, and many more. Music and More full day camp is offered weekly with activities focusing on musical instruments, acting, singing, art, and much more. Register online. COST: $100 to $200 weekly Full and half day

DATES: June 3-Aug. 2, times vary

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5+, coed

THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 33602 813-273-4000; flaquarium.org Since 1995, The Florida Aquarium has been opening eyes to the world outside to encourage conservation of the ocean and natural environment. Our camps are fun and engaging while also fostering the creativity and critical thinking that builds science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills in young children and youth. Each week offers a different theme, early drop-off and late pick-up at no extra cost, lunch options, and guaranteed fun! Join us, and let our camps be the best part of your summer. COST: Varies

Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind Do More. Be More. Achieve More.

DATES: June-Aug.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 3-18, coed

FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND 207 N. San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 32084 800-344-3732; fsdbk12.org FSDB will host two Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) Summer Academies during June 2019 at its St. Augustine campus – at no cost to blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students with transportation and boarding/meal opportunities. Note: Not available to currently enrolled FSDB students. fsdbk12.org/summer-programs COST: Free

DATES: June 9 -28, times vary

AGES/GRADES: Ages 9-16, coed

FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF TAMPA BAY 2100 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33702 727-800-2159; fastb.org The French American School of Tampa Bay presents Camp FASTB, a French immersion camp, where the language of the camp and all activities is French. Campers learn the language naturally through play, art and music, and enjoy nature and swim days. too. Please call 727-800-2159 or email admission@fastb.org to sign up today! COST: $200 to $300 weekly

DATES: June 10 – July 16, 9 a.m. to noon or 3 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5+, coed

GIRLS RULE THE WORLD SUMMER CAMP 6919 N. Dixon Ave., Tampa, 33604 813-300-2891; girlsrgems.org Join GEMS summer camp for an experience of a lifetime! RULE THE FIELD -sports training daily. I AM HER-DIY art projects to create healthy spaces. Xpress Yourself -journaling activities. IMAGINE YOU -character development / cooking classes. CODING AROUND and CANDLE MAKING -STEM Training. OUR SAFTEY ZONE- cyber safety predator alert. COST: $150 weekly DATES: June 10 – Aug. 9, AGES/GRADES: Ages 8 to 14, 8 a.m to 4 p.m. girls GIRL SCOUTS OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA Palm Harbor, Riverview and Wildwood 813-281-GIRL (4475); gswcf.org/summercamp Let her spend her summer days exploring the great outdoors, trying new things, building her problem-solving skills, making lifelong friends and becoming a leader. Our program is centered around outdoor activities and traditional camp experiences in a supportive environment which allows campers to discover their courage and build their confidence. COST: Starts at $230 DATES: June 9 to Aug. 3 AGES/GRADES: Rising grades Day and overnight options 1-12, girls GIRLS WITH CONFIDENCE Various locations 813-571-2002; girlswithconfidence.com Girls With Confidence offers several unique, creative and fun camps for girls in K-8 grades. Every day we focus on a new "confidence building" theme where we have discussions, activities, games and work on different creative art projects and crafts. All girls love our camps and will benefit from attending. COST: $119 half day, DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-14, girls $300 full day Varied times


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CAMP INVENTION Her exact words were ‘this was the best day of my life'.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR SUMMER AT CAMP INVENTION! The Camp Invention® program is the only nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment program for kindergarteners through 6th graders that is inspired by the brightest thinkers around — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention program, Supercharged™, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers entering grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills as they team up to rebuild ships and design underwater equipment in Deep Sea Mystery™. In DIY Orbot™, participants explore circuit boards, motors and gears as they design a remote control bot to take on obstacles from sports to dance. Students collaborate with inventor superheroes and take on roles of engineers, fabricators and innovators to conquer villains in Innovation Force®. Campers become successful entrepreneurs in Farm Tech™, as they code bots to turn a polluted wasteland into a money-making machine and create devices to save animals. Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching young innovators to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure!


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This is what one parent had to say about her daughter’s experience at Camp Invention last summer: “From the first day of camp our daughter was so excited about Camp Invention. We picked her up and she couldn't wait to tell us about her first day. Her exact words were ‘this was the best day of my life.’ She loved getting to create and come up with ideas with her peers.” Camp Invention locations are nationwide! Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to find your nearest location. Use promo code PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10). Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention T-shirt.



Korbin and Keegan Strickland, both 6, are ready to see the world through Tampa International Airport.

By Kenneth Strickland

t’s natural for many parents to cringe at the thought of travelling abroad with their young children, and as the father of twin 6-year-old sons, I can admit that my initial reaction was much the same. Even for those of us who regularly travel to the far corners of the earth for our jobs, the idea of bringing our children along with us ushers in a high degree of uncertainty. How will they react being so far out of their element? Will they be old enough to form lasting memories? Will we come back feeling as though we’ve exhausted our sanity, along with our bank accounts? In my role at Tampa International Airport, I have the pleasure of being able to work with airlines to introduce new non-stop service to our community – a job that keeps me on the road much of the year making the case for TPA. For a self-described homebody, the transition to this role was challenging, though the unintentional rewards have been robust. As someone who never travelled abroad until well into his adult years, I have come to recognize the developmental benefits I missed out on as a child by not having

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the opportunity to see the world – benefits my wife and I have committed to providing to our own children. While it’s one thing to idealize walking the streets of a European city hand in hand with your child, watching him or her take in the sights, sounds and smells of a whole new world, you first have to get there. Up until recently, this was a challenge for Tampa Bay area residents. As recently as 2010, TPA’s connectivity to Europe was limited to a single flight into Gatwick operating five days a week. Today, TPA has five carriers serving six separate European markets with non-stop flights, and 19 total international destinations. Service from Tampa to Frankfurt on Lufthansa is provided six days a week this summer, and premium Swiss carrier Edelweiss flies twice a week into its hub in Zurich, with both providing tremendous access to continental Europe. British Airways provides daily service to London’s Gatwick Airport, while TPA’s newest carrier, Norwegian Air, recently began similar service on Wednesdays and Saturdays,

providing low cost fares and consumer friendly competition for Tampa’s largest transcontinental market. Additionally, Icelandair provides seasonal non-stop service to its hub in Reykjavik, and features a unique business model allowing passengers to stay in Iceland up to seven days at no additional charge before connecting to other destinations. TPA’s newest announced route is Amsterdam, with Delta Airlines beginning service from Tampa on May 23. Daily flights throughout the summer will provide easy access to families looking to expose their children to the history, cuisine and culture of this cosmopolitan destination – a mere nine-hour trip from Tampa. For parents looking to instill empathy and a broad worldview in their children, there is simply no substitute for direct exposure. For my wife and me, travelling abroad with our children became less of a chore and more of an opportunity once we began seeing it as an essential part of their psychological and educational development, which is why they will be joining me on this summer’s inaugural Amsterdam flight. The world is more in reach for Tampa Bay area families than ever before, making now the perfect time to give your children the gift of global exploration, and all of the benefits that come from it.

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With over 100 unique camps and classes, Berkeley Summer Programs has something for everyone, and we can cater to a child’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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Camp FASTB French Immersion Camp Language, Culture, Art & Fun! Begins June 10 for Ages 5 & Up Visit fastb.org/camp-fastb and enroll today! No prior French language education required.

MARY JO'S PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY Do you remember when you met your best friend? 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. Performing Arts Sampler Camps, Classical Ballet Workshops, Intensive Dance Camps, a Musical Production Camp that culminates in the show, Robinhood, a Rock Band Camp and more…come spend the summer with us and discover the difference!


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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION GREAT EXPLORATIONS 1925 4th St. N., St Petersburg, 33704 727-821-8992; greatex.org/programs/summer-camp At Great Ex, safety is our top priority, so we offer small ratios and a licensed childcare program. Children learn through play with hands-on STEAM activities, gross motor games and museum exploration. Themes change weekly and include field trips for grades 1-3. Discounts are available for multiple weeks of registration. COST: $230, members $210

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Rising grades K-3, coed

HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, 33625 813-884-8250; hcatampa.org/academics/summer-camp When school ends, adventure begins! Hillsdale Christian Academy’s Summer Camp provides kids with a fun, safe and adventurous place to spend their time this summer. There are daily outdoor activities, water days, crafts, camp t shirt, and 1st-6th grade field trips twice a week. Join us this summer for an epic adventure! COST: $180 weekly DATES: June 3 to Aug. 2 AGES/GRADES: PreK3-6, coed 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ID TECH Held at 150 prestigious campus locations 888-709-8324; idtech.com iD Tech is the world leader in STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999. Summer programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses including Stanford, NYU, HKU and Imperial College London. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics and design. Visit iDTech.com. COST: Starting at $929 weekly


DATES: June 17 - July 26

AGES/GRADES: Ages 7-19, coed

IN THE BREEZE RANCH 7539 Gardner Road, Tampa, 33625 813-264-1919; inthebreezeranch.com Any day there is no school is camp day at In The Breeze! We cater to ages 5 and up. Harness your child’s love of horses and “stirr-up” a lifelong passion with horsey camp. Safety is our main concern. Each child is assigned their very own horse daily. With up to two rides per day as well as a lesson, your child will have a blast. We trail ride on our exclusive 300 acres full of lakes, streams and creeks. Spots are limited. Reserve yours now! Our camp offers a 2 to 1 ratio. COST: Starting at $49 per day

DATES: June to Aug.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5+, coed

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 13009 Community Campus Dr., Tampa, 33625 813-264-9000; jcccohncampus.com/programs/camp-jcc Camp J offers a summer camp experience for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Choose from 15 different specialty camps at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC or a traditional day camp experience nestled on 20+ acres at the JCC on the Cohn Campus. All based on our four core values: respect, community, spirit and kindness. COST: Varies DATES: June 11 to Aug. 2 AGES/GRADES: K-8, coed LA FLEURS GYMNASTICS TAMPA 10205 Anderson Road, Tampa, 33624 813-264-5000; lafleurstampa.com LaFleur's Summer Camp is fun for boys and girls ages 4 - 12. Our curriculum is full of gymnastics instruction, games, ball skills, swimming and more. All of our fun-filled activities take place in our fully padded and air-conditioned facility. For your convenience we offer half-days and full-days along with before and after care. This camp offers kids a real fitness boost. It's a blast! COST: $27 to $225 full and half day options

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 4-12, coed

LAKE AURORA CHRISTIAN CAMP 237 Golden Bough Road, Lake Wales, 33898 863-696-1102; lakeaurora.org Lake Aurora Christian Camp is a place to experience God’s creation and see lives changed! Since 1947 we have specialized in summer camp programs. Located in central Florida on a springfed, clear lake, we offer a wide variety of activities like target sports, boating and waterfront options. Focused on the whole development of young people, our programs include Bible teaching, social issues and life application of values in a Christ-centered atmosphere. We offer program tracks, including leadership development and wilderness camping along with traditional camp experiences. We are a 501(c)3 organization owned by 78 independent Christian churches. COST: $99 to $397


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DATES: June 4 to Aug. 2

AGES/GRADES: Rising 1-12 grades, coed


Friendship and fun in downtown Tampa!

Camp Terrapin





A co-educational, sports and fine arts camp for students entering 1st 8th grades. Campers will experience a variety of activities in a fun and safe environment.

Full credit courses are 6 weeks and count as a full year course. Half credit courses are 3 weeks and count as a half year course. Course are taught at the Honors level.

Robotics Courses teach children various techniques from basic building to advanced programming.

Sports Camps are active programs designed for beginning and advanced players. Campers will be given indiviualized and group instruction to enhance their skills.

Enrichment courses for students entering 1st - 9th grades. Students have the opportunity to learn new skills or prepare for an upcoming school year.

2019 Dates: May 28- July 19 | Register Online! www.tampaprep.org/summer


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TEACHING INCLUSION AND RAISING AWARENESS Kristen Nieves, Chief Operating Officer at Glazer Children's Museum

n the autism comunity, we have a saying: “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” It’s called Spectrum Disorder because it is just that, a spectrum of By Kristen Nieves, Chief OperatingAutism Officer at Glazer Children’s Museum a wide variety of characteristics and differences. With the prevalence of autism diagnosis rates, chances are that you are connected to someone with autism. In April, we celebrate Autism Awareness Month, which is a great time to teach kids about inclusion. Invisible disabilities are always harder to explain to children, but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try. Awareness is a powerful gift and the more our children know, the more the stigma around disabilities are reduced. Although no kid comes with a manual, I believe parents and caregivers of children and adults with autism are a very special breed. We have needed support and been supportive; we have self-educated and we have advocated; and we have our own language with those we love, which is not always verbal. All children deserve to have experiences and resources that will support, enrich and grow them. Tampa Bay is making great strides in accessibility and inclusivity for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to make sure that all its residents feel included. Sensory friendly park equipment, specially trained members of law enforcement, Autism Friendly Business initiatives and cultural attractions with sensory friendly events are becoming more readily available to those who need it. At Glazer Children’s Museum, inclusion for those on the autism spectrum is a core value. We employ staff members with autism. We have members of the leadership team who have children on the spectrum. We hold sensory friendly events geared towards those with autism. We partner the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida to evaluate all our new exhibits and to train our staff. These are just a few small examples of what we do very purposefully so that children with autism can have a successful experience here. Sunshine Sunday is a special event at the Museum designed as a sensory friendly engagement. We turn down lights and sounds, offer adapted programming, and bring in community resource partners for children with autism and their families. Even if it isn’t successful the first time you try Sunshine Sunday, there will be caregivers around you who get it and will not judge you or your child for having that meltdown or stimming loudly. It is a safe space and our loved ones sometimes need that. Glazer Children’s Museum is honored to provide it.




Glazer Children’s Museum believes so strongly in the need for Sunshine Sunday that we are proud to announce that we will now be offering this experience monthly; the last Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It was important to us to give parents and caregivers a lengthy window of time; as you know, if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism, and their needs are all a bit different.

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New Location at Admiral Farragut Academy 501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, 33710 727-823-1600 x 204; americanstage.org/summer Ignite your child’s creative voice! American Stage provides quality theatre training in a positive and inspiring environment that gives young people the tools to be fearless, focused, and flexible on stage and in life. Studying theatre helps students become accomplished, confident performers, and empowers creative, intellectual, and emotional growth. Our staff is comprised of professional theatre artists and educators who have a passion for teaching. Some of this summer’s session titles include: Dare to Dream Disney, Shakespeare…In Space!, Songs from The Greatest Showman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr., and more! All experience levels are welcome! Summer Camp for rising K-2 and 3-5 grades. Summer Institute for rising 6-8 and 9-12 grades. Runs June 3 to August 2.





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A M E R I C A N S TA G E . O RG / S U M M E R Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes)

Once again this summer, the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall will offer students of all ages and experience levels the opportunity to explore their talents, discover new friends and learn from professional arts instructors through a variety of classes in musical theatre, drama, music, dance, on-camera acting and more! Students ages 5-10 can join us for week-long camps like Camp Catch ‘Em All, Princesses and Dragons and returning favorites, Calling All Superheroes and Wizards and Wands, now a two-week camp by popular demand! Students ages 11-14 will have the opportunity to develop stage combat techniques in Light Saber Combat, or join in on a spectacular glow-in-the-dark journey with Puppet Party: Under The Sea. The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts is proud to announce its summer musical. Students ages 14-20 will take the main stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall this summer, performing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! Classes are now enrolling! For more information, a complete list of camps and to register, call our Education Associates at 727.712.2706 or visit HoffmanSchoolOfTheArts.com. Tuition assistance is available


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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION MARCIA P. HOFFMAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759 727-712-2706; hoffmanschoolofthearts.com This summer, the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall will offer students of all ages and experience levels the opportunity to explore their talents, discover new friends and learn from professional arts instructors through a variety of classes in musical theatre, drama, music, dance, on-camera acting and more! COST: $250 - $575 DATES: June AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-18, coed MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS SUMMER CAMP 6400 E. Chelsea St., Tampa, 33610 813-626-6191; mhctampa.org Camp Mary Help is all about faith and fun becoming one! Our camp is modeled to be a home, school, church, and playground for all, providing a traditional camp experience with extraordinary activities. Our 140-acre campus includes a gymnasium, an Olympic-sized pool, lakefront property, and barn to explore. COST: $175 weekly DATES: June 10 to July 26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-15, coed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MARY JO’S PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY 15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa, 33624 813-969-0240; mjpaa.com/summer The arts are a perfect avenue to allow your children to explore their creativity, tap their imagination and discover their potential. Students will develop self-expression, build confidence, learn to work with peers, foster problem solving skills and stimulate curiosity. From classics to pop culture, your children will unfold the wonderful world of the performing arts. COST: $125 to $225

DATES: Weekly, 9 a.m to noon, 3 or 4 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 3-12, coed

MINOR ACHIEVEMENTS 113 South Disston Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689 727-934-0924; minorachievements.com Check out amazing inclusive summer camps at Minor Achievements. Leaders are highly qualified therapists and teachers who have developed quality programs to embed targeted skills in fun and engaging activities. See what we have for you! COST: $180 weekly DATES: June 3 to July 26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 4-9 and 12-17, 9:30 a.m. to noon coed

MOREAN ARTS CENTER 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701 and 420 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, 33712 727-822-7872; moreanartscenter.org Unique summer camp offerings for children 4-16 years old. All campers will enjoy a week of artfilled experiences using selected weekly themes. Teen offerings include glass, animation, jewelry, photography, clay and more. All campers will work on take home projects, collaborative pieces and community art projects. We have something for every budding artist. COST: $65 to $330 DATES: Various AGES/GRADES: Ages 4-16, coed weekly 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ON THE EDGE AT FRANK REY DANCE STUDIO 4802 Gunn Highway, Suite 158, Tampa, 33624 813-933-9321; frankreydancestudio.com Our 1-week dance camps are great for girls and boys to learn about dance, try out different styles and make new friends and summertime memories. Dance styles will include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, cheer and tumble, and salsa. Registration begins Monday, March 4. Space is limited. COST: $150 weekly

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PATEL CONSERVATORY 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602 813-222-1040; patelconservatory.org At the Patel Conservatory, every student deserves the opportunity to discover their creative potential. Our summer programs provide training in dance, theater and music. Camps and classes vary by length, age and skill level. Patel Conservatory summer camps require active learning participation by campers and result in a performance. COST: Varies, DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9, scholarships available times vary


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All facets of the arts including painting, theater, and dancer

Science & Technology

Hands on Science Projects and Computer Research


​Physical Fitness & Technique Development

Culinary Studies

Chef’s in training learning cooking skills through cultivating fun colorful meals

International Language Studies

Immersing students into the language through learning social activities

11112 Henderson Rd. Tampa, FL 33625 • Summer Hours: 8AM- 4PM • Children 5-10 Years of Age

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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PEACE WORKS DAY CAMP 2019 Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 Swann Ave., Tampa, 33606 813-253-0069; hydeparkpres.com/vbs Join us for five days of lively, fun activities, engaging Bible studies and more. Each day, campers will focus on peace and peacemaking to encourage change, growth and unity. Peace isn’t always easy, but we discover it is always worth the effort. Peace works! COST: $100, includes lunch and healthy snacks

DATES: July 15-19, M-F 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: K-5, coed

PIN CHASERS Midtown, Veterans, and East Pasco 813-871-2695; pinchasers.net Build confidence and develop camaraderie with other campers while enjoying bowling. Our campers receive a personalized bowling ball, camp t-shirt, bowling ball water bottle, daily snacks, and lunch! Enjoy bowling competitions, indoor and outdoor activities, movies, arts and crafts, arcade games and an end of camp party! COST: $199 weekly

DATES: June 10 to July 15, varies by location, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-15, coed

SAFETY HARBOR MONTESSORI ACADEMY 2669 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 33761 727-724-1767; shma.us We invite children, ages 2 through rising eighth graders, to join us all summer or for a week at a time. Themes encompass exciting activities, in-house enrichment, field trips, science experiments, and opportunities to learn new skills and sports. Each week will include fun and games and new friendships! COST: $150-$190 DATES: May 28 to Aug. 2 AGES/GRADES: PreK2-8, coed weekly SKY ZONE 10137 E. Adamo Drive, #800b, Tampa, 33619 813-833-1740; skyzone.com/tampa Fly high this summer at Sky Zone! Kids can have fun while staying active, with instructor-led activities like Dodgeball, SkySlam and our New Warrior Course. With different themes each week, your kids will never be bored! It's easy and hassle-free for parents: Drop 'em off and we'll make sure they have the best experience ever. COST: $139.99 to $179.99 DATES: All summer AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-13, coed weekly, 20 percent Full and half day sibling discount SHORECREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL 5101 1st St., N.E., St. Petersburg, 33703 727-409-1668; shorecrest.org/summer Summer at Shorecrest offers affordable, educational and FUN summer programs for students in PreK-12. Featuring drones and robotics, STEAM options, musical theatre training, specialty sports clinics, academic enrichment/college prep and so much more! View the full catalog and register at shorecrest.org/summer. COST: $140-$600 DATES: June 3 to Aug. 2, full and half AGES/GRADES: PreK-12, coed weekly day options THE SKILLS CENTER 6919 N. Dixon Ave., Tampa, 33604 813-703-1324; theskillscenter.org Brains for Sports Weekly Camps- This full day sport-based youth development camp intentionally infuses sports, life skills and math. For ages 6-14. Weekly sports: basketball, tennis, street hockey, volleyball and soccer. Centrally located in Seminole Heights. Lunch, early/late drop off and sibling discounts. COST: $150-$190 DATES: June 3, 10, July 1, 8, 22 AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-14, coed weekly 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SOUL ADVENTURES 129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, 33765 727-797-1186; souladventures.us Soul Adventures is an adventure summer camp for 10-15 year olds. If you are looking for something exciting for your child to do this summer, then Soul Adventure is the right choice. When we say that summer will never be the same, we mean it. Each day will be a different adventure for campers. Adventure days will include kayaking, sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, paint ball, snorkeling, rope courses, frisbee golf, archery - Â just to name a few. Each new day will bring a new adventure! We also offer a Jr. Adventure day camp for 5-9 year olds.


COST: $160-275 weekly DATES: May 20 to Aug. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-15, coed

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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER 801 Old Water St., Downtown Tampa 813-228-0097; tampabayhistorycenter.org Spend your summer with American Girl© characters from three different periods in history or, unmask the myths behind pirates and explorers at the Tampa Bay History Center! Our camps, American Girl© and Swashbuckling Summer, feature hands on experiences including games, crafts, outdoor activities, gallery time and guest speakers. Each camp is led by experienced educators who provide fun and engaging educational activities. COST: $215, weekly

DATES: June 10 to July 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

AGES/GRADES: Ages 7-11, coed

TAMPA BAY ICE Various locations in Clearwater, Oldsmar and Countryside tampabayice.com Stay cool this summer at Learn to Ice Skate Camps. We offer weekly camps at all three locations for beginner through intermediate level hockey and figure skaters. No skating experience required.Check out tampabayice.com for details on times and costs. COST: Varies by location

DATES: July 3 to Aug. 9 AGES/GRADES: Ages 5+, coed times vary

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Various Locations 813-301-6500; tampabaylightning.com Join the Tampa Bay Lightning for one of their exclusive Summer Camps! With offerings for all ages, camps range from Lightning Girl Cheer Camp to Lightning Made Ice Hockey Camps. Visit TampaBayLightning.com/LGSummerCamp or TampaBayLightning.com/LMSummerCamp for more information! COST: $225 - $450 DATES: July 3 to Aug. 9 AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-12, coed pricing subject to change

TAMPA BAY TURNERS 2301 26th St. N., St. Petersburg, 33713 727-328-8500; tampabayturners.com Gymnastics classes, competitive USAG Teams, current levels 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 state team champions, indoor heated pool for swimming lessons starting at 6 months, toddler tumbling, second Sunday family day, birthday parties, Tiny Turners preschool (lic 52-51-04744), day camps. COST: $39 per day and $164 per week

DATES: June 3, weekly 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-12, coed

TAMPA ELITE SOCCER University of Tampa, Pepin Stadium 417 North Blvd., Tampa, 33606 813-323-3933; tampaelitesa.com Summer soccer day camps for boys and girls ages 5-13 years old. Camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Camp weeks will be in June and July. Campers will do various activities along with soccer. Lunch is provided. COST: $285 weekly

DATES: June and July various times

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-13, coed

TAMPA PREPARATORY SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS AND CAMP TERRAPIN 727 West Cass St., Tampa, 33606 813-251-8481; tampaprep.org/summer Camp Terrapin is Tampa Prep’s well-known coeducational, sports and fine arts camp for students entering grades 1-8. 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! COST: Varies

DATES: Varies


TAMPA TARPONS SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP George M. Steinbrenner Field; 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, 33614 813-673-3102; milb.com/tampa/tickets/baseballcamp Receive professional instruction from the Tampa Tarpons, the Single-A Advanced Affiliate of the New York Yankees! The Tampa Tarpons Summer Baseball Camp is available for all children ages 6-13. Campers will receive a Tarpons hat, camp t-shirt and access to a pre-game cookout, followed by a Tarpons Game on Friday, July 26. COST: $120 weekly before July 1 DATES: July 24-26 AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-13, coed $140 weekly after July 1 9 a.m. to noon Registration ends July 5 at 5 p.m.


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TECHPLAYZONE 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive, Tampa 33619 813-444-2267; techplayzone.com STEM Camp for kids as they learn how to design, program, problem solve, create and have fun. TechPlayzone camps have been successful since the Winter of 2005. Since that time, thousands of children have discovered the joy of making computer games, designing mobile apps, exploring engineering through Minecraft, creating circuits with Little Bits, building robots with the EV3 LEGO Mindstorms, and programming Arduino microprocessors used to fly Drones. COST: $125 - $165 weekly

DATES: July 8-29 AGES/GRADES: Ages 7-13, coed 8 or 9 a.m. to noon

TRADITIONAL TAEKWON-DO CENTER OF SOUTH TAMPA 3617 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 33609 813-350-9400; southtampataekwondo.com Who wants to be a Ninja this summer? Kick, spin, jump and learn TaeKwon-do with our amazing Black Belt instructors. Other activities include arts and crafts, enrichment classes, Lego and Beyblade play, obstacle course fun, awesome field trips and more. COST: $145 weekly, lunch and snack included

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-15, coed

USF SOCCER CAMP 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620 813-974-9657; usfsoccercamps.com Join us at the best soccer camps in Florida! Our superb coaching staff includes licensed coaches and current USF Bulls soccer players. We strive to help each camper, from beginners to experienced players, improve in a positive and energetic environment! Campers will learn new skills, play games, and have a blast competing in camp tournaments! COST: Varies

DATES: June and July

AGES/GRADES: Ages 4-18, coed

VALLEY VIEW RANCH 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 706-862-2231; valleyviewranch.com Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A'top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, 8-17; 1 to 8 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 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! COST: $2,000-$3,500

DATES: June 2 to July 26 Sleep away

AGES/GRADES: Ages 8-17, girls

VERTICAL VENTURES St. Pete - 116 18th St. S., St.Petersburg, 33712 Tampa - 5402 Pioneer Park Blvd. Suite E, Tampa, 33634 727-304-6290; stpete.verticalventures.com/camps 813-884-7625; tampa.verticalventures.com/camps Vertical Ventures Summer Camps give kids the skills and confidence to scale walls up to 40 feet high. Campers will learn the fundamentals of climbing, movement, equipment and safety. Our supportive staff emphasizes personal responsibility and encourages campers to develop greater self-confidence. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level climbers welcome. COST: $159 weekly members $199 weekly non-members

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 2

AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-16, coed

VOSLER YOUNG ARTISTS' STUDIO 1906 N. Armenia Ave., Suite 211, Tampa, 33607 813-417-5867; vosleryoungartistsstudio.com Our classical drawing workshops for ages 12 to 18 are very popular for the serious young artist. This skills based program is designed so you have at least one portfolio drawing by the end of the week. Great for artists thinking about going into visual arts, sculpture, or animation. Draw with master instructors and gain knowledge and solid fundamental drawing techniques. Part of this week will focus on drawing the model from life. Take two weeks and receive $25 off second week. Mature 11-year-olds welcome. No experience necessary. All supplies included. COST: $375 weekly DATES: June 3-14, 9:30 a.m. to AGES/GRADES: Ages 12-18, coed 4:30 p.m.


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straw, a plastic bag, a water bottle—all of these might seem like conveniences you can’t live without. But the truth is that these objects contribute to the nearly 9 million tons of plastic that enters the ocean from land each year. A wave of plastic has been washing into the sea, and if the current rate continues, that number is expected to double by 2025. One local organization is trying to do something about this. The Florida Aquarium has launched the Skip the Straw campaign to help stem the plastic tidal wave that threatens our seas. Not only are these plastic objects harmful because sea birds, marine mammals, fish and turtles can swallow them, the physical build-up of plastic pollution along shorelines can have both negative physical and chemical impacts on wildlife. The accumulation of plastic debris in mangroves can prevent the natural ‘flushing’ of these areas during tidal changes, drastically changing the chemical composition of the surrounding water. This can have dramatic and devastating effects both on the mangroves and the baby fish and other animals that use mangroves as a nursery and sanctuary. Plastics can travel beyond mangroves onto corals reefs and block out the life-sustaining rays of sun the coral needs to live and grow. The plastic can physically damage corals’ delicate tissue if it comes in direct physical contact. When larger plastics are in the natural environment, they eventually break down into tiny bits called ‘microplastics’ that can be ingested by smaller animals, including corals, oysters, clams and even fish that mistakenly eat the plastic bits.

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HOW CAN YOU BE A PART OF SKIP THE STRAW CAMPAIGN? • Ask for a paper straw when you order a drink, or purchase reusable stainless steel or glass straws and keep them with you everywhere you go. • Educate friends, family and anyone you come in contact with about the plight of plastic pollution, empowering them to make impactful decisions and form habits that help to protect the natural environment. • Become a volunteer with The Florida Aquarium, participating in events throughout the year to keep Tampa Bay’s blue backyard pollution free and beautiful for future generations. Visit flaquarium.org/volunteer to learn more. • Take part in a shoreline or beach cleanup as a family. Whether you join a cleanup with The Florida Aquarium or any other organization, picking up plastics and other pollution while taking a walk on the beach or down the street contributes to global efforts to reduce single-use plastics’ detrimental effect on the natural environment.

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The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. FSDB serves 975+ students yearly via statewide parent-infant/family programs in addition to a Pre-K Montessori early learning center and K-12 elementary, middle, and high schools on its 80+ acre campus in historic St. Augustine. Transportation for day and boarding students is provided free of charge. Students at FSDB learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB is nationally recognized for its comprehensive educational and specialized professional services, designed for the unique needs of students. Academic programs are based on Florida Standards, including virtual


classes for high school and college credit, and students work toward standard Florida diplomas. Career and technical education courses are offered both on and off campus. Students take part in a wide range of extracurricular, recreational, and performing arts activities, including academic and athletic competitions in Florida and across the country. To learn about eligibility for enrollment or arrange for a campus tour, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone, or visit fsdbk12.org

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FSDB Campus St. Augustine, FL

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For Additional Information: Elizabeth Wilcox, Director of Outreach Phone: 904-827-2455 Email: wilcoxe@fsdb.k12.fl.us

SUMMER CAMPS Swashbuckling Summer JUNE 10 - 14 AND JULY 8 - 12

American Girl


JUNE 24 - 28 AND JULY 22 - 26

History Adventure Camps are created for children ages 7 to 11. Campers get hands-on with history through games, crafts, activities, gallery time and guest speakers.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before care and after care available. Scholarships will be available and granted to campers based on need and availability.

Register at tampabayhistorycenter.org/camps or call 813.228.0097 Downtown Tampa | 801 Old Water St., Tampa, FL 33602


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Summer Workshop

JUNE 3 - 21

Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Presented by Tarpon Arts

Led by respected Pasco County theater teacher David O’Hara, participants will learn

casting • vocal projection • musical direction • costuming stage managing • set design • choreography • sound & lighting The workshop will culminate with two performances of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. on June 22 & 23 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Invite the family!

TarponArts.org | 727.942.5605

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Choose from a variety of Summer AquaCamps that take fun and learning to all new depths for kids from 3 to 18 years old. Spots are filling up fast, so enroll today. There are discounts for members and for booking multiple camps. For more details, visit flaquarium.org or call 813-273-4015. 68

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Let your imagination soar at The James Museum’s Summer Art Camp!


2D & 3D pARTy June 10-14 MIXED MEDIA MASTERPIECES June 24-28 CLAY CREATIONS July 8-12 July 22-26

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The best way to learn more is to see us in action. Contact admissions TODAY! Call (813) 909-7919 or visit AcademyAtTheLakes.org/Schedule-a-Tour Academy at the Lakes • 2331 Collier Parkway • Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 70

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At GCM, your little learners imagine, discover, and connect to the world around them. Register your kids to play with purpose and embrace curiosity this Summer at Camp Imagination!

Art, Science, Theater, and More! With imaginative themes, there is a camp for every kid! Find dates, themes, and details at GlazerMuseum.org/camps

June 10-August 2

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We know, that children who study art, do better in ALL of their studies. For over 30 years, Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Summer Art Academy has been offering award-winning Art enrichment programs for children and teens. The key word here, is enrichment, as Youth Education Director Todd Still points out. “We know, that children who study art, do better in ALL of their studies,” say Mr. Still. “That’s the type of enrichment that parents are looking for, when they are choosing summer experiences for their children.” The Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) is always on everyone’s short list of best summer programs in the Tampa Bay area and with good reason. This year they will be offering 7 different camps, for kids just going into kindergarten, through 16 years old. The 7 camps feature some of the best artists and art educators in the region. In fact, this level of instruction is what led DFAC to change the name of their program a few years ago. “We looked at the level of instruction that we were offering these young artists,” explained DFAC’s President and CEO, George Ann Bissett “and concluded that the word Academy was a better fit for our program.” She may have a point. We don’t know of many programs

that feature a gallery exhibition of work produced by campers during the summer. Whether it’s the Mini Masters camp for the young ones or the multi-disciplinary Sizzlin’ Summer for 6-10 year olds, you will find something for all interests and ages. There is an iPad Explorations camp for the digitally inclined and an Arts in Motion camp, for those who would prefer to move their bodies and/ or voices. For the past several years, DFAC’s Mural Madness camps have been a great place to discover teamwork and cooperation, while the Art Squad has given older campers a place to advance their skills. You don’t have to wonder, why they say that DFAC is “Where the ART is!”

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WhatSUP'S PADDLEBOARD CAMP Picnic Island Beach: 7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa, 33616 813-999-6414; whatsuppaddlesports.com/kids-camp WhatSUP's paddleboard camp is dedicated to teaching children how to stand up paddle board along with building good sportsmanship, leadership skills, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. COST: $200 weekly

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 9-14, coed

YMCA Multiple Locations tampaymca.org/letscamp Y Summer Camp is led by a team of trustworthy activity specialists committed to creating a safe place for kids to practice social skills and character values. The Y’s values-based curriculum helps campers develop self-reliance, a love for the outdoors and leadership skills — all amidst the fun of swimming, sports, crafts and meaningful relationships. COST: Starting at $119 DATES: June 3 to Aug. 5, weekly, based on various times location

AGES/GRADES: Rising K-10, coed

ZOOTAMPA 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604 813-933-8093; zootampa.org/camps Experience the zoo like never before! Behind-the-scenes tours, up-close animal experiences including real veterinary procedures, exclusive rides on the all-new Roaring Springs water adventure, wildlife photography, meet the veterinarians and animal care teams, arts and crafts, and more! Price includes before and aftercare, lunch, snack, water bottle, t-shirt and more. COST: Starting at $229, DATES: June 10-28, July 8 to Aug. 5, weekly 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 6-13, coed

Clearwater Summer Camps Are The Place To Be! For $100 or less per week, campers receive all field trips, supplies, a t-shirt and 50 hours of fun activities. The JWB sponsored teen camp is only $30 for the summer for those who qualify.

Dates: June 3 through Aug. 9 Camp Times: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact the recreation center of your choice for more information.

Elementary and Middle School Camp Countryside Recreation Center • 2640 Sabal Springs Dr. • (727-669-1914) Long Center • 1501 N. Belcher Rd. • (727-793-2320) Morningside Recreation Center • 2400 Harn Blvd. • (727-562-4280)

JWB Camp for teens ages 11-17 North Greenwood Recreation & Aquatic Complex 900 N. MLK, Jr. Ave. • (727-462-6276)

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CAMP IMAGINATION AT GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602 813-443-3861; glazermuseum.org/summercamps Little learners imagine, discover, and connect to the world around them at Camp Imagination. With imaginative weekly themes from dinosaurs to robotics to magical tales, there’s a camp for every kid. Register your kids to play with purpose and embrace curiosity this Summer at Glazer Children’s Museum! Now offering Autism Friendly weeks and need-based camp scholarships. COST: $240 before May 1, $265 after May 1, GCM members save %15

DATES: June 10 to Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 5-10, coed

MOSI 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa 33617 813-987-6000; mosi.org/summer-camp MOSI’s Summer Science Camps bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) alive through hands-on experiments, innovative projects, and creative play. From extracting DNA to launching rockets and building robots, MOSI engages campers with real science experiments, simulations, explorations and inventions and inspires them to discover the innovator within! COST: Starting at $126 per week. MOSI members save 25%

DATES: June 3 to Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: K-12, coed

TARPON ARTS 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs 34689 727-942-5605; tarponarts.org This 3-week workshop, led by respected Pasco County teacher David O’Hara, is designed to mold the next generation of theatre professionals. The fun curriculum will guide participants through the creation of a production – casting, musical direction, costuming, stage managing, sound and lighting, and more - and ends with two performances by the camp of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. COST: $300-$350 weekly

DATES: June 3 to June 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AGES/GRADES: Ages 8-17, coed


hen schools close their doors for the summer, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library opens our doors a little wider to welcome children to our locations all around the county (http://www.hcplc. org/locations). Our summer theme this year is Universe of Stories, and we’re celebrating reading, sharing and telling of stories from around the globe with free reading incentive programs, classes and events. Library summer reading programs are designed to keep children reading during vacation to prevent the dreaded “summer slide,” when students lose some achievement gains made during the previous school year over the summer. Studies show that reading just 20 minutes per day over the summer can keep kids from slipping, and that children are more likely to keep reading for pleasure if they choose what they want to read themselves. This summer we’re encouraging children to track their reading with our “Out of this World” program. Children birth through grade 12 can log reading hours online using Beanstack, a website that tracks and rewards reading time. They’ll earn digital badges, and can visit the library to pick up space-tacular rewards throughout the summer! At the end of the summer, if they meet the goal of 24 hours of reading, children of all ages will take home a book of their choice. In addition, everyone who tracks their reading using Beanstack will be entered into a weekly drawing for the opportunity to win 2 tickets to Zoo Tampa or The Florida Aquarium. Need some great reads this summer? There’s something for every young reader in our print and digital collections. Even if your local branch doesn’t have exactly what your little reader wants, our staff can help you place holds to have the greatest children’s stories in the galaxy delivered from another location. Can’t make it to a library? Check out our eBooks! We have several ways to read and discover books online at hcplc.org/kids.



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Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries also offer free educational and cultural activities to engage children all summer long. These events and classes help them maintain their intellectual growth and critical thinking skills while having fun and making summer memories. There will be many “out of this world” classes to choose from: Meet some birds or reptiles from around the world, enjoy live children’s theatre, listen to live music, build and code a space rover, or bring a thrilling space adventure to life by creating your own stop-motion sci-fi movie! Check our online calendar for events at a library near you hcplc.org/events.

The library is a valuable resource in our community to help your child develop a positive relationship to reading, access experiences to further develop their sense of discovery, and just have a great time when school is out. Visit us this summer and explore the universe of stories!

Summer Camps All camps are open to the public, coed, and include a hot lunch!

Day Camps | PreK and Up | June-August Fun and educational themed day camps include Little Captains, Little Exploreres, STEM, Lacrosse, and Basketball.

Boarding Camp | 8th-12th Grade | June-August Summer@Farragut is a unique two-, three-, four-, five-, or six-week summer boarding program for teens. Attendees may choose from three tracks — Traditional Academic, ESL Immersion, or College Preparation and Tours. Use Code: TBPSUMMER2019 for 10% off day camps

Register Online! www.farragut.org/summer

727-384-5500 ext 220 | 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, FL

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OUR SWEET By Marisa Langford

t’s the day that you don’t forget—kind of like the day that your beautiful babies came into the world, but slightly different. It’s the day you cry. It’s the day that you are so thankful that you finally received word on what’s wrong and that you are on the path to recovery. On July 30, 2019, our 9-year-old daughter, Shelby, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (previously known as juvenile diabetes). If you had asked me a week earlier if I even knew the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, I would have said no. At the time, I didn’t feel the weight of this diagnosis. But then again, this was not our first introduction to a rare medical condition. When our first child, Jake, was born 14 years ago with a rare adrenal condition, I dove into learning, research and connecting to learn as much as I could so I could be the best person to care for our child. When you have any child with any medical condition you, the parent, become the advocate, the expert, the wealth of information as you live and breathe each day with the condition, whatever it might be. Educating others about small nuances of daily routines and giving support to other parents who have newly diagnosed children is where I have found solace in making sense of it all. On July 30, 2018, we became a part of a new rare condition family: Type 1 diabetes. Shelby had been feeling tired and had started to lose weight. Many of the typical type 1 diabetes symptoms were being masked by her other medical condition, the same adrenal insufficiency that her older brother suffered from. Trusting our intuition, we took her in and were told to go to the hospital for a full diagnosis. I remember asking if she would grow out of it. The sad look on our sweet nurses’ face told me my answer. We knew nothing, and I felt like I was starting over. I cried because I knew how long it took to learn about the first condition. So I posted a long Facebook post and cast my net wide and far to learn from those in my village who could be my teachers. The response was overwhelming. From friends who are diabetes educators offering help and assistance, to my friends



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and family who are nurses, firefighters, teachers, school nurses, caregivers and the many parents in our circle of friends—all were willing to listen and learn more about how they could help. I finally felt the strength again to learn, research and begin the long process of educating myself to become the advocate Shelby needs for years to come. Our daily life is slowly getting back to normal, or as normal as we can possibly make it. Checking sugar before meals, insulin injections and routine endrocrinologist visits are a part of the normal. As a family, we are in this together. We cook and eat healthy together. We are learning the technology that helps us anticipate how Shelby’s body is working and what she needs to keep her “in range.” We know that knowledge is power and we want to learn from those who know more than us. Each year, 40,000 people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. There is still so much work to be done to turn “Type 1 into Type None”. On April 13, 2019, at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa, we will be walking with the JDRF One Walk to help fund research, advocate for policies that accelerate new therapies and build communities and networks for families like ours to connect with others who are just like Shelby. The JDRF in Tampa Bay has welcomed us with open arms. We hope that all our friends and family can join us to walk together and do some good for this community. I will always be learning, always advocating for better care and treatment of my children and their two medical conditions. As for Shelby, she is strong, brave and ready to learn the new ways that make her body stay healthy. She has learned to listen to her body, understand nutrition, understand how her body works and have the strength to give herself what it needs to function. We are just getting underway, learning about new technologies and therapies that can also help Shelby’s daily management. If you ask her about what it means to have type 1 diabetes, she’ll say: “I’m still just me.” This is our new sweet life and one diagnosis can’t ever change that.

Shelby chose the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System to help manage her diabetes on a daily basis. This technology gives us complete picture of her glucose, showing us where it is going and how fast it’s getting there, with zero finger pricks.

LEARN MORE at jdrf.org/tampabay




arenting is not without risks—chances are that at some point in your child’s life, you’ve been or will be panicked and desperate, clutching an ill or injured child and praying for the best. The most carefully thought-out procedures and practiced methods can fly out the window when a parent is in this situation, which is why it’s a good idea to have at least one thing firmly fixed in your mind: the one place where you’ll take that child if something unthinkable happens. In Tampa Bay, your best bet may be the Steinbrenner Emergency/Trauma Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, one of the rare pediatric ERs in the country exclusively staffed by board-certified pediatric emergency physicians who are specifically trained to care for pediatric emergencies. That means every one of the doctors who staff the center, as well as the nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work here, have undergone the extra years of rigorous training to be certified to treat sick and injured children in this setting. “Many people think of children as tiny adults, but the way children’s bodies function is quite different from adults,” says Dr. Jeffery Pender, associate medical director of the Steinbrenner Emergency/Trauma Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. “The medical component, the social component of pediatrics is unique.


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The beauty of pediatric care is that you can make such a huge impact.



and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South. In Pediatric emergency medicine entails very addition to the excellent care provided narrowly focused and specialized training.” by board-certified pediatric emergency Dr. Pender is one of the 16 physicians who see physicians at these facilities, patients also nearly 50,000 children who flow through the have access to the pediatric specialists at ER each year, making this state-designated St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital if needed. pediatric trauma center the busiest pediatric Sick children often have emotional needs emergency center in the region. He explains as well as medical ones, and the ER’s that taking your children to a pediatric ER dedicated Child Life Specialists work with is guaranteed to be a completely different children and their siblings to reduce fear experience than that of taking them to a and anxiety with an array of services, from general ER. In fact, national studies show coloring, bubbles and stickers to pet and that children with multiple injuries treated music therapy. at pediatric trauma centers have significantly Dr. Pender points out that sometimes, it’s higher survival rates (more than twice as high) not just the patient who needs soothing. than at adult trauma centers. When you’re dealing with a sick child— As well as child-friendly décor and a particularly if it’s a preverbal soothing environment, infant or toddler—you’re also the 22,000-square-foot dealing with a distraught family. Steinbrenner Emergency/ There’s grief support, and patient Trauma Center boasts 22 private advocates to collect information rooms, six “fast track” rooms and call relatives in case the for minor emergencies and two parents are unable to do so, or trauma suites for critically ill in case children come in without or injured children. There’s an their parents. isolation room for those with Children have come in infectious diseases, and separate immediately after birth—such waiting rooms for those who are as after a delivery that occurred well and sick. outside a hospital and resulted in Thoughtful touches are complications—and can be seen reflected everywhere, from the here up to the age of 19. Upticks décor to the choice of movies in admits often occur during the available, but parents are afternoons and nights, and while grateful also for the advanced summers are busier with injuries, critical care technology, the school months are when the specialized equipment designed most sick kids come in. specifically for kids and For Dr. Pender, all of it is exactly diagnostic equipment (such as DR. JEFFERY what he lives for. “The beauty a portable X-Ray machine) that PENDER of pediatric care is that you can allows a child to be diagnosed make such a huge impact,” he right then and there without a says. “Children are incredibly long wait or a transfer to another resilient. Their bodies heal so well, giving area within the hospital. Every pediatric them the best possible chance of a full subspecialty is covered here, with no shortage recovery. And when we save lives, we have of experts, whether you need a neurologist, an impact on not only that child’s life, but orthopedic surgeon or plastic surgeon. Sick or that of the entire family. It is extremely injured children can be picked up and brought rewarding and I could not imagine doing here from any area hospital using a pediatric anything else.” ambulance or helicopter. Other BayCare hospitals with a dedicated pediatric ER are Mease Countryside Hospital

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By BlueWave Dental Group

t one time, it was accepted that eventually we would lose our teeth when we got old. Nowadays, this is not the case. We can keep our own teeth for our entire life if regular dental care starts early and is carried out consistently. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the proper age for a child’s first orthodontic evaluation is age 7. Early examination can uncover existing or potential conditions that respond to interceptive orthodontic treatment. This early, sometimes simple treatment may eliminate the necessity for, and cost of, full orthodontic treatment later. State of the art orthodontic treatment frequently employs a treatment style known as “two phase treatment.” Dr. Randy Feldman, an orthodontist in Tampa Bay for the past 37 years, explains: “Phase One, the early interceptive phase of treatment, heads off problems as they are detected. Orthodontic appliances can be used to correct the jaw shape and direct the growth toward an ideal relationship between the upper and lower jaw. A good foundation can be established, providing adequate room for eruption of all the permanent teeth.” Dr. Feldman notes that malocclusions, the irregularities of tooth position and the misfitting of the teeth when the jaws are closed, are often inherited problems. They can also be caused by injuries, early loss of primary teeth, or from bad habits such as thumb sucking, nail biting or lip biting. “Regardless of the cause, moderate and severe malocclusions benefit from orthodontic treatment because irregular



teeth rarely straighten themselves,” explains Dr. Feldman. He emphasizes that malocclusions can affect the bite, the ability to clean teeth properly, the health of gum tissue, jaw and speech development, as well as appearance. One early sign that a child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment is an asymmetrical relationship between the upper and lower jaws. An upper or lower jaw may be growing too much or not enough, or one or both jaws may be too wide or too narrow, or crooked. If children over the age of 4 have these jaw discrepancies, they are usually candidates for early orthodontic/ orthopedic treatment. In fact, intervention before puberty could actually prevent the need for orthognathic surgery later. “When talking about reshaping the facial features and restructuring bones with orthopedic appliances, early intervention is required,” Dr. Feldman explains. Phase Two orthodontics is not always required, but it is the corrective phase and is initiated when most of the permanent teeth have erupted. This usually requires braces on all of the teeth for an average of 18 to 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to hold the teeth in their new corrected positions. The two-phase orthodontic/orthopedic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses jaw and facial changes (orthopedics) and tooth straightening (orthodontics). The major advantage of twophase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, aesthetic and comfortable results, without surgery or extractions, that can remain stable and allow you to keep your own teeth and smile for a lifetime.


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A NEW Pediatric ER for your family’s emergencies! Tailored exclusively for young patients, the Pediatric Center at Brandon Regional Hospital provides advanced pediatric care for kids of all ages.

As your family grows, our Pediatric Center experts are here for you:

All NEW Pediatric ER with dedicated entrance and family areas Advanced Pediatric Inpatient and Intensive Care Units Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) NICU and Pediatric Surgical Care from All Children’s Specialty Physicians

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SEE THE FULL LINEUP AT BUSCHGARDENSTAMPA.COM Event included with park admission, Silver, Gold or Platinum Annual Pass. Select blockout dates apply to Fun Card and Bronze Annual Pass. Event details, experiences and offers subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice. Food and beverage not included and available for an extra fee. Must be 21 or older to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay reserves the right to refuse service of any alcoholic beverage to any guest. Prices subject to change and do not include taxes or 2019 services fees. Menu items subject to change. Š 2019 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. TampaBayParenting.com APRIL


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Easter events GAYLORD PALMS EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA   6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee March 8 to April 21, Times vary

Welcome springtime with this Easter extravaganza! Not only will there be a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny himself, but guests will also enjoy enormous eggs, a bunny scavenger hunt and pool parties. With 4.5 acres of atrium gardens, there’s plenty of places to hide and many eggs to seek. marriott.com


Highland Recreation Center April 6, 9 a.m. April 11, 10:30 a.m.

Hop over to the Southwest Recreation Complex and Highland Recreation Complex for brunch with the Easter Bunny and spring-themed crafts and games. playlargo.com

JELLY BEAN FLING   15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City April 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Families can enjoy a wide array of activities to celebrate the holiday at the Florida Pioneer Museum. The Easter Bunny and egg hunts for each age group will be available, bags included. Also bounce houses, a petting zoo, games and a barrel train ride with Conductor Joe. Pioneerfloridamuseum.org


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Adult Easter Egg Hunt 1670 10th Way, Sarasota April 6, 4-8 p.m.

Don’t miss the fundraiser for The Children’s Garden and Art Center. Tickets are $45 for Garden members and $50 for non-members. Includes drinks and an egg hunt as well as dinner and dessert after all the eggs are found! sarasotachildrensgarden.com


550 Laura Lane, Dunedin April 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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. Prices vary based on time. Dunedingov.com


13120 Vonn Road, Largo April 19, Noon-2 p.m.

Children ages 5+ 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 $5 for wristbands. Largo.com

COTTONTAIL SPECIAL IN PARRISH  2210 83rd St. E., Parrish April 19 & 20 Times vary

Take a 2.5-hour diesel powered train ride to an egg hunt with Mr. Bunny at The Florida Railroad Museum. Bring your camera because the Easter Bunny will greet each child. Price is $14.50-$32.50. frrm.org

CENTRAL PASCO & GULF RAILROAD  2019 Easter Train Ride and Egg Hunt April 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a train ride through Scenic Wilderness Park, bring a camera and take pictures with the Easter Bunny and hunt for those colorful eggs! Egg Hunts will take place both days. Purchase tickets for $6 per person. (Age 1 and under free) cp-grr.com




St. Pete Beach Community Center April 20, 10 a.m. to Noon

Don’t miss the ultimate Florida way to do Easter by taking a dive in the pool to search for eggs! Stay and play in the park with multiple activities like egg races, egg decorating, egg toss, and even meet Peter Rabbit! $5 for the egg hunt; park activities are free! spbrec.com


Join us at The Florida Aquarium for a Celebration of Spring under sea! Enjoy an underwater egg scavenger hunt, spring-themed enrichments with our animal residents, SCUBA diving bunny and photos with the Easter Bunny. *Additional purchase required. Underwater egg hunt is for kids 12 and under

EGG HUNT AT GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM   Downtown Tampa April 20, 8-10 a.m.

Hunt for thousands of eggs hidden the exhibits, meet the Easter Bunny, and take home prizes at Glazer Children's Museum's annual Egg Hunt. All activities, snacks, and an entire day of Museum play is included with admission. $20, $15 for GCM Members. Buy tickets at GlazerMuseum.org/egghunt


550 Laura Lane, Dunedin April 20, 9-11 a.m.

Celebrate the holiday by brunching with the Easter Bunny himself! Arts and crafts as well as an Easter egg hunt will also take place during the

event. Don’t forget to bring along your camera for pictures. Dunedin.org

HAINES CITY EASTER EGG HUNT  2401 E. Johnson Ave., Haines City April 20, 10 a.m.

Join Haines city for their annual Easter egg hunt. Ages 2-10 are welcome and the egg hunts will be divided into age groups. Don’t forget to take a picture with the Easter Bunny! Hainescity.org

PLANT CITY EASTER EGG HUNT  2402 East Cherry St., Plant City April 20, 10 a.m.

Head to Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex 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. Egg Hunt is free for all kids ages 3-11. plantcitygov.com

KERBY’S NURSERY 10TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT  2311 S. Parsons Ave., Seffner April 20, 10 a.m.

Grab your Easter baskets and see how many eggs the kids can find hidden among Kerby’s flowers. Kerbysnursery.com


119 Oakfield Dr., Brandon | April 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Come join the Easter celebration outside the pediatric ER of Brandon Regional Hospital. This free event will feature eggs crafts, game and more! Egg hunt at 11 a.m. Parking available in the Tower A parking garage. brandonhospital.com


April 20, 8:30, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Head over to Mission City Church in Largo for their Egg Drop! They are hosting 3 separate drops this year so you have multiple opportunities to catch some eggs. missioncitychurch.com


1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill April 20, 5:30-9 p.m. Everything glows at this blacklight bunny hop dance party with black-light face painting, age-specific egg hunts, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, games, giveaways, entertainment and activities. Hernandochamber.com



Register online for this Easter egg hunt that includes a golden egg. Children will be split into two age groups and each hunt will feature a golden egg that will earn the finder a special prize. Eventbrite.com

Hop on over to Bunnyville in the Grand Court at International Plaza for a special photo with the Easter Bunny! There's even a chance to receive complimentary Busch Gardens tickets! Visit shopinternationalplaza.com/bunnygift

1901 Webber St., Sarasota April 20, 9:30 a.m.

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April 23: “Aquaman.” April 26: “Finding Dory.” April 27: “Crazy Rich Asians.”  sunsetsatpier60.com CHILDREN’S BOARD FREE TUESDAY  April 2, Noon to 6 p.m.  Join The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Glazer Museum for Free Tuesday on the first Tuesday of every month. Admission is free from noon to 6 p.m. The event promotes the well-being of children and families by uniting them with partners of the community.  glazermuseum.org

FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL  Through April 28  Savor culinary delights and sample an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend!  buschgardens.com SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL  Through May 5  Sample a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors from around the world at Sea World Orlando! This year there will be even more concert dates and a lineup you do not want to miss.  seaworld.com THE PIGEON COMES TO TAMPA! A MO WILLEMS EXHIBIT  Through May 12  Visit the world of Mo Willems and hang out with Elephant, Piggie, Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon at Glazer Children Museum. Children get to make their own crafts.  glazermuseum.org EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL  Through June 3  Experience spring through brilliant blooms, live entertainment, flavorful dishes and interactive playgrounds as a part of this annual springtime celebration at EPCOT in Orlando. This year, guests can check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, play areas, flower towers, exhibits, how-to-demos and outdoor concerts.  disneyworld.com

MOVIES IN THE PARK AT WATER WORKS PARK IN TAMPA  Saturdays at sunset  Sit back and relax as the sun sets with movie favorites at your favorite park! April 6: “Black Panther.” April 13: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." April 20: “Peter Rabbit.” April 27: “Wall-E.” ART SPOT AT TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART  Saturdays in April from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Put your child’s creativity to work during this drop-in art class where they will create pieces of art inspired by current exhibits!  tampamuseum.org KID FRIENDLY SATURDAYS AT THE DALI MUSEUM IN ST PETERSBURG  Saturdays in April  Kids ages 4-11 can start with their day with the Little Surrealists Tour at 11 a.m., a onehour museum tour geared just for kids. They can then create their own masterpieces during DillyDally with Dali from noon to 2:30 p.m.  thedali.org SUNSET CINEMAS AT PIER 60 IN CLEARWATER  Friday and Saturday nights at sunset  Can you think of anything than better than a weekend night movie with the kids on the beach! April 5: “The Miracle Season.” April 6: “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” April 12: “Cars 2.” April 13: “Jurassic World.” April 19: “Beauty and the Beast.” April 20: “Peter Rabbit.” April 22: “Wall-E.”

WE THREE  April 4, 8 p.m.  America’s Got Talent sibling pop band “We Three” will be coming to Tampa’s Capitol Theatre to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album. This family band got their start by channeling the emotional loss of their mother, and turning it into a tribute. Ticket prices are $30.  rutheckerdhall.com FAMILY FUN NIGHT  April 5, 5:30 p.m.  Head over to Hyde Park Village for their monthly Family Fun Night. Enjoy arcade games, board games, cotton candy, popcorn and music while getting some unplugged time with the family and browsing the shops and restaurants.  hydeparkvillage.com

FAMILY ART SATURDAYS AT THE MFA  April 6 and 20 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Introduce your child to the world of art! The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg hosts a family-friendly tour and Make and Take art project. Kidding Around Yoga is from 10-11 a.m. with Make and Take right after. The event is included with admission.  mfastpete.org SEA TURTLE AWARENESS DAY  April 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Join Clearwater Marine Aquarium in their beach clean-up or just stop by to enjoy the vendors, activities, food and music. Learn how you can help protect endangered marine animals. Register for the beach clean-up at  seewinter.com. WOW IN THE WORLD POP UP PARTY AT TAMPA THEATRE  April 6, 1 p.m.  Come see the three-time Grammy nominee in a highly interactive show that inspires curious kids to wonder, imagine and listen to music that leaves them all saying “WOW!” Ticket prices range from $25-$75  tampatheatre.ticketforce.com

FESTA ITALIANA  April 5-7, times vary  Back for its 22nd year, Festa Italiana is ramping it up! Enjoy the annual bocce ball tournament, authentic food, drinks and more! On Friday from 7-10 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Lena Prima. Saturday, celebrate National Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ybor City. Sunday attend Winefest of Italy to taste over 80 wines! Check the website for ticket options and prices.  italian-club.org/festa-italiana FRIDAY CONCERTS IN THE PARK  April 5, 12 and 26, 7 p.m.  Enjoy free concerts from 7-9 p.m. at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa with food trucks on site to curb your hunger. Bring a blanket or a low profile chair to fully enjoy the experience.  tampagov.net APRIL 2019 TampaBayParenting.com


TASTE @ THE STRAZ  April 6, 6 p.m.  Formerly known as Best of the Bay, the Straz Center is continuing the tradition with a new look and some new additions. With more than 12 microbrews, 50-plus restaurants, and three stages with live entertainment, this all-inclusive all-you-caneat food and drink extravaganza is sure to be one for the books. Get your tickets today! GA, VIP and reserved tables available.  strazcenter.org REACH FOR THE STARS  April 6, 6:30-10:30 p.m.  Admiral Farragut Academy is hosting a fundraising gala and auction featuring “Speed Painter” Michael Israel. Tickets include an open bar, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, dessert, entertainment and more. This will be the first time Admiral Farragut will open the doors to its new performing arts facility, DeSeta Hall. Support the arts and purchase your tickets at  farragut.org. CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER  April 6, 8 p.m.  The king of comedy returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2010. Ticket prices vary.  rutheckerdhall.com TAMPA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL  April 6, 7, 13 and 14, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Keel & Curley Winery is hosting the annual Blueberry Festival at their vineyard in Plant City. Free admission, U-Pick blueberries, live music, kids’ area and 100-plus food and craft vendors. You can take part in wine tasting school for $10 per person.  keelandcurleywinery.com TRAIN RIDES AT LARGO CENTRAL RAILROAD  April 6 and 7  Take a ride on the beloved miniature railroad throughout Largo Central Park. Trains depart between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you miss out this month, the trains operate on the first weekend of the month, so save the date!  lcrailroad.com BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  April 7, Noon and 4 p.m.  Part of the Kid Time series for ages 5-8, this classic tale as old as time is sure to be a treat. You can purchase a bundle package for the current year’s shows or single tickets for $12.50.  strazcenter.org TODDLER TUESDAY  April 9, 10-10:45 a.m.  Spend a day at the zoo learning and playing. Once a month, your little one can enjoy story time, games, sing-a-long, arts and crafts, and an animal min-


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gle! Themes change monthly; check the website for updated details. *Members only.  zootampa.org DEREK HOUGH: LIVE! THE TOUR  April 9, 8 p.m.  World of Dance judge and iconic dancer Derek Hough will perform his new show that features a creative team that includes two-time EMMY winners, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo. This show explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hop-hop and everything in between.  rutheckerdhall.com SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY  April 9 to May 12  Whether you saw “Hamilton” when it was in town or not, this spoof on the ever popular musical is sure to have your sides hurting. The successful parody has been in New York, Chicago, L.A. and now Tampa! See it while it’s here.  strazcenter.org BIG BOUNCE AMERICA  April 12-14, times vary  Hosted by the Big Bounce America, the event features The World’s Biggest Bounce House, The Giant and AirSPACE at Carrollwood Village Park. One ticket, three experiences.  thebigbounceamerica.com PIER 60 SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL  April 12-28, times vary  Enjoy Florida’s famous sugar sands and golden sunsets at the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater Beach. This 17-day festival is sure to have something for everyone, from a children’s play area to street performers, concerts, fireworks and of course sand sculpting. Check it out at  sugarsandfestival.com. SCOUTS WORKSHOP: JUNIORS  April 13, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Head over to Glazer Children’s Museum for a day full of fun building rollercoasters! Hone your engineering skills as you design, build and learn about potential and kinetic energy. Enjoy exploring the rest of the museum after the workshop. $24 per scout, $5 per adult.  glazermueum.org 10TH ANNUAL ECOFEST  April 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  10th Annual EcoFest is a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School. There will be live music, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. Local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance.  learninggate.org

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD  April 13, 2 p.m.  In their Ruth Eckerd Hall Debut, Daniel Tiger is back with an all new show! Adults and children alike are sure to enjoy this adventure as Daniel, with the help of his friends, learns what it takes to be King. Ticket start at $28.75.  rutheckerdhall.com LARGO LIVE CONCERT SERIES  April 19, 7-10 p.m.  Starting in April, on the third Friday of each month, Largo Live will feature live music, food vendors, beer, and wine. This month, enjoy the soulful sounds of the Betty Fox Band. Admission and parking are free.  largoevents.com MAMMA MIA! PETS IN THE PARK NIGHT   April 21, 6-9p.m.  One of the best times of year for American Stage theatre is their beloved Theatre in the Park show! This year’s show “Mamma Mia!” will host Pets in the Park Night (for one night only) where Demen’s Landing will become pet-friendly. Take this opportunity to treat your fur baby to a night out!  americanstage.org PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS SEUSSICAL, JR.  April 15-28, times vary  Follow Horton on his journey through the world of Dr. Seuss as performed by students ages 5-8. Fun for all ages! Tickets start at $15.  strazcenter.org POSTMODERN JUKEBOX  April 26, 8 p.m.  Postmodern Jukebox is on the rise and we can’t get enough! This band takes modern music and put an old-timey spin on it, bringing us back to the 20s, 50s and everywhere in between. Catch them live at Ruth Eckerd Hall this month. Tickets start at $38.25.  rutheckerdhall.com

TAMPA WALKATHON  April 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Fun, Free, Family & Dog Friendly Festival. What more could you ask for? Join Southeastern Guide Dogs as they attempt to break the world record for the most dogs wearing bandanas at a single event. Aiming to make a big impact for people with vision loss and veterans with disabilities. Live Music, beer garden, food trucks, vendors and more. Register at  guidedogswalkathon.org FROZEN SING-A-LONG  April 27 and 28, 3 p.m.  Tampa Theatre’s kid-centric movie series is wrapping up with a bang. Belt along with Elsa and Anna as they discover the meaning of true love in “Frozen.” Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for kids, and $10 for Members.  tampatheatre.org TEA FOR TOTS AT OXFORD EXCHANGE IN TAMPA  April 28 from 2-3 p.m.  Enjoy tea and a story every last Sunday of the month. Best suited for children between the ages of 2-7, but children of all ages are welcome. April’s story is “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff.

SPECIAL NEEDS EVENTS DAY OF DISCOVERY AT ZOO, AQUARIUM AND MOSI  Florida Aquarium April 6 MOSI April 13 ZooTampa April 27  ZooTampa, the Florida Aquarium and MOSI are teaming up once again to host a sensory-friendly mornings in honor of Autism Awareness Month. SUNSHINE SUNDAYS AT GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEM  April 6 and 20, 9-10 a.m.  Children and families can enjoy morning of special activities at the museum as the lights and sounds and turned down to create a more sensory-friendly environment. The cost is $5 per person. It's free for museum members.  glazermuseum.org


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MUST-VISIT ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN TAMPA Really want to impress your date? Make reservations at any of these romantic restaurants in Tampa. Bern’s Steakhouse, Armani’s, The Rusty Pelican, Ciro’s Speakeasy And Supper Club and Haven top our list. Read more about each one at tampabaydatenightguide.com. Check out our Summer Camp Directory and articles that cover just about every angle to ensure the best summer ever for your child!

VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE NEW REALITY AT IFLY If you don’t want to commit to jumping out of a plane, but still want to experience the thrill, then iFly is the perfect date day idea for you. The new virtual reality experience is sure to take the experience to a whole new level.

HA PPY CAM PE R FI N D LOC A L C A M P S F O R K I DS DATES AT HONEYMOON ISLAND STATE PARK This beautiful beach was once home to over 50 bungalows and a


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A WEDU PBS Town Hall

Tune in to WEDU PBS as we host a special panel discussion about public media and its potential for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. We are especially excited to discuss the relevance of PBS programming as an important educational tool and resource for children with ASD with four very special guests: Paul Siefkin, President and CEO Fred Rogers Productions

Sandra Sheppard, Director of Children’s and Educational Media at WNET in New York

Thursday, April 11 at 9 p.m. Friday, April 12 at 11 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m. An original production by:

Dr. Wesley Dotson, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

Dr. Sylvia Diehl, Retired Speech-Language Pathologist and Researcher from the University of South Florida in Tampa

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