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APRIL 2020 INSIDE 13/ SANITIZING YOUR HOME: Tips from a pediatric infectious disease physician 14/ HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS: Advice from Glazer Children’s Museum Guiliana, 6, "pets" a dino at ZooTampa.

16/ COVERING COVID-19: An inside look at a Tampa Bay newsroom as journalists, who also happen to be parents, share the evolving story. 18/ TAKING THE LEAD AS COVID-19 BREAKS: The first few weeks of Hillsborough County Public Schools’ new superintendent were unprecedented.

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April kicks off national Child Abuse Prevention Month, reminding us we all have a role to play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. For the past 30 years, I have actively advocated for the support of children and families and for building that healthy community where they can thrive. We must advocate for every child to have the same opportunity for success regardless of their zip code and for every child to start life on a level playing field. How do we do this? We create opportunities for all children to have the option of high-quality early learning, and we ensure every child is screened for reaching those critical developmental milestones. Also, we must ensure all children have a medical home. We support families with opportunities for grow th and a safety net if they are facing struggles in their lives. Lastly, it is imperative that we introduce families to informal supports that meet their needs and create a community. The Children’s Board is one of ten related agencies in Florida, and we are so lucky to be a member of an alliance that supports such high-quality programming for our residents, such as the Children’s Board Family Resources Centers Summer Passport Program that provides members with wonderful opportunities to prevent summer slide with our kiddos. The Resource Centers are also a place to reinforce those informal supports that provide a connection to community for children and families. I encourage every household to reach out and find your community: Define your role and become a part of making Hillsborough County the number one place in America to raise children. As a mother, grandmother and child advocate, I know we can take an intergenerational approach to raising Hillsborough County’s children to ensure a balanced, healthy and emotionally secure childhood for all.

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april Deep breath… This has been one of the most challenging issues for us to put together since we took over this magazine a few years ago. As I write this, we are social distancing at home with our little boys and listening to Governor Ron DeSantis announce the closure of Florida schools until April 15. Gulp.

A VIRTUAL VILLAGE Many of our local favorite attractions are offering Facebook Lives and more to keep us connected! More will likely jump on board, but here are some must-follows to get started: ● THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM @floridaaquarium ● CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM @seewinter ● ZOOTAMPA @zootampa ● GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM launched: Glazermuseum.org/ GCMAtHome posting videos, fun experiments and more! @glazerchildrensmuseum

Visit: TampaBayParenting.com/ coronavirus for more!

Your kids may still have questions about why they’re not going back to school or going to playdates with friends, so we asked Kate White with Glazer Children’s Museum to share advice on what they’ve learned from the community of children’s museums in our country. Many moms and dads, who also hold the title of journalist, are on the frontlines of this crisis, sharing stories about how to keep your family safe and practice social distancing. We wanted to know how their lives have been impacted. We are continuing to share up-to-the-minute stories, bright ideas and more on our website and social media channels. We also invite you to connect with us and other parents on a Facebook Group we created to get through this time of social distancing: BRIGHT IDEAS | Parenting in Quarantine. Finally, we want to take a moment to say THA NK YOU to all of the men and women in retail who are re-stocking shelves as quickly as they can and deep-cleaning stores. THA NK YOU to the medical community for healing us. THA NK YOU to the truck drivers for keeping supplies moving, the teachers who are creating lesson plans for our children, and the small business owners who are getting creative to keep us connected. And THA NK YOU to the Y MCA in Tampa Bay for opening your doors to provide childcare for the children of workers essential to our fight against this virus. And to everyone staying home and practicing social distancing, all the while trying to work and manage kids and families and life and pay bills and stay sane in this current reality, THA NK YOU. Mr. Roger’s timeless admonition to look for helpers in times of crisis has never been more true – and we need only look in a mirror to see one. Stay safe and stay healthy. L AUR A BY R NE, EDITOR OF TA MPA BAY PA R EN TING M AGA ZINE

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The news is evolving by the minute and we have tried our best to put together stories that will still be relevant to you as you connect with us on these pages. In April, we’ll still be working on sanitizing our homes which is why we asked Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, to share best practices.


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Sanitizing YOUR HOME:

TIPS FROM A PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE PHYSICIAN Viruses can live on objects and surfaces from a few hours to a few days. Good hand hygiene is key and the most important habit to avoid illness, including the coronavirus (COVID-19), but it’s also helpful to disinfect household surfaces and other commonly touched objects. Juan Dumois, M.D., a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, shares some best practices for sanitizing your home.

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Dr. Dumois: Cleaning is when an object that has dirt, grime or goop is washed or wiped off. This is an important step in successful sanitizing, which is treating a surface with a chemical intent to kill most germs (viruses and bacteria).

HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE CLEAN OUR FREQUENTLY TOUCHED ITEMS?

Dr. Dumois: The concern is when a family member gets sick and could potentially infect items around the house, like light switches, door knobs, faucets and countertops. It depends on where the objects are located and who is touching them. If the objects are in your home and nobody is sick, just clean as you normally do because the only organisms on them are your normal bacteria, which are harmless. Otherwise, disinfect the object after the sick person has touched them. WHAT ABOUT: Phones: It isn’t very practical to sanitize often for people who are frequently on their phone, walking from place to place. These persons are more at risk for contaminating their phones with viruses in between using their phone. It would be tough to for them to constantly clean the phone; therefore, disinfecting hands often would be most appropriate. Clothing: Most viruses do not last very long on absorbent surfaces like fabrics; therefore, they would not easily be transmitted, and regular washing is fine. In general, hot water is better than cold and the dryer aids in killing a lot of the bacteria and viruses. Baby toys: These should be sanitized whenever they’ve been touched by a sick child and before being handled by a non-sick child. It is not a good idea to have baby toys in group settings or in waiting rooms because of the inability to clean them in between children.

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DOES IT MATTER WHAT PRODUCT I USE?

Dr. Dumois: Most household cleansers will kill viruses. Buy what you can afford and what is most convenient, whether it’s a disinfectant, alcohol, bleach or chlorine – it doesn’t matter. The longer the product sits on the surface or object, the better sanitation it will provide. It advisable to rinse hands after cleaning to remove the detergents that might be irritating/drying to skin as developing dermatitis is much more common M ake you r own after repeated exposure san itize r with ble ach : to chemicals. Also, be Diluted bleach: aware of using a product that could damage 1 part bleach what you’re cleaning. to 10 parts water For example, cell phone manufacturers have sanitizing recommendations.

HANDWASHING IS THE BEST DEFENSE Dr. Dumois: If you do proper hand hygiene, it doesn’t matter whether a surface is contaminated. Continue teaching and monitoring good handwashing among all members of your family, especially before they eat, drink or touch their faces. Always have hand sanitizer readily available, and do not forget to use it frequently and correctly. Soap and water should be used for 20 seconds and hand sanitizer for 15 seconds.

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Tips for Talking to Kids about

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Start by asking questions. Your kids have likely heard grown-ups and other kids talking about the coronavirus - but there is a lot of misinformation out there. Asking questions will help you understand your child’s fears and give you the chance to clarif y things that might feel confusing.

Try telling a story instead of simply giving facts. Narrative story telling is familiar for kids and helps demystif y information. Be open and honest but scale the amount of detail you give based on your child’s age and development. We love the "Curious Guide for Courageous Kids" by the Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It’s free to download, reads like a storybook and includes kid-friendly illustrations.

Reiterate that we don’t need to be scared. We’re all working together to protect each other.

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Get help from some of your child’s favorite characters! Here are some links to great free resources, thanks to PBS Kids: ● "Daniel Gets a Cold / Mom Tiger is Sick" (pbskids.org/video/daniel-tigersneighborhood/2365151335.) ● "The Man With the Yellow Hat Explains How Germs Work" (pbskids.org/video/curious-george/2339263578) ● "Germs! Sid the Science Kid" (youtu.be/ghLkwSlWSXw)

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We all feel better when we can take action. Discuss as a family how you can help stop germs in their tracks. Practice good handwashing, sneeze into the crook of your arm and stay home and rest when you’re sick. ● "Step by Step Handwashing with Elmo" (pbs.org/parents/printables/step-by-stephandwashing-with-elmo) ● "Elmo and Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze!" (youtube.com/watch?v=QW1yodZJpG8)

Don’t dwell on it. Once you’ve had the discussion and answered questions, move on to a different topic or activity and avoid discussing the coronavirus with other adults within earshot. Kids pick up on our stress! So try to have some fun.

Even if you are stuck at home in the coming weeks, Glazer Children’s Museum will still be a source of fun and learning for your family! We have launched GCM At Home, a new section of our website where we will post videos, printable activity pages, recipes and other fun ideas for you to try at home. Follow along at GlazerMuseum.org/GCMatHome

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We’re all looking for answers during the new novel coronavirus outbreak and so are our kiddos. It can be tricky to talk to kids about scary or difficult topics like this, especially when you don’t have all the answers. So where do you begin? Luckily, you’re not alone! There are tons of resources out there to help you through the process.


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A NEW NORMAL: SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE PRESENTING THE NEWS.

We are in unprecedented times. This tiny novel virus will forever leave an imprint in our lives and that of our children. On the front lines of this evolving story are parents like you and me. Among the government leaders, retailers, medical workers and truck drivers are the journalists sharing those stories. We wanted to step inside a local newsroom to find out how covering COVID-19 has impacted the lives of the journalists covering the stories, not just professionally, but personally as mom and dad. Kelly Frank, a mom of two and director of content at WTSP-10 News, our local CBS affiliate, shared answers to our questions via email (because…social distancing) to give you a glimpse of life behind the camera.

COVID-19 IS UNPRECEDENTED: As a newsroom full of parents of young children, you have covered hurricanes and big breaking news stories. But this is a news event that literally stopped you in your tracks at some points in the day as new information broke. [Kelly Frank]  We are parents, people just like all of you, members of this community just like your readers. We have a huge responsibility of covering the stor y and delivering information, but there are moments when we do stop and take it in just like anyone else would. For me, one of those moments was the declaring of the national emergency. I was standing in the center of our newsroom and I noticed ever yone stopped. I took a moment and shot some video on my phone just as President Trump was announcing that. It is rare that a newsroom stops moving. I posted it on Instagram because it was such a rare thing to see.

SEPAR ATING FACT FROM FICTION: This must have been challenging, especially when you are up against social media. [Frank] We have really good systems in place, and we have our own social platforms that we ser vice (my professional handle on IG is 10TBDir_of_Content). Early on, we identified that our mantra and our goal at 10News was going to be to deliver "Facts not Fear." It wasn’t just a graphic or a slogan. It was going to be in ever y word we wrote. It would be in our anchors’ tones, our banners and our stories. You could feel the anxiety gripping so many people and in large part due to some sensationalized coverage on cable T V. We aren’t about that and never will be.  As a human race, it’s really up to us and what we choose to read or watch or click or swipe. We all have to make smart, informed choices. We have to look at sourcing. It is so important, now more than ever, to evaluate ever y thing we consume and what we choose to share.  I can tell you that is how I lead, that is how our journalists work and what the spirit of our newsroom is ever y single day.

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AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE IN TAMPA BAY

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COVID-19 TELLING THE STORY: As a journalist, you are used to telling stories and breaking down the facts for adults and even young adults. When it came time to explain what is going on to your own young children, what was that like for you? [Frank] Are you kidding? Some days I feel like my kids explain things to me! This isn’t something we can shield from our children. They know about it. School is canceled. Gymnastics is canceled. They can’t go to some of their favorite places. Ever y parent has to do what makes sense for their family. For us, we talk plainly and calmly. Our girls have two journalists for parents. They know mommy gets calls at all hours, goes in early and comes home late. They are naturally curious. We protect them to a point, but we don’t bubble them. They are in kindergarten and 1st grade and are wise beyond their years. At the same time, for them this is one big adventure! For now, I am protecting that innocence as long as I can.

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK: You all are immersed in this stor y at almost ever y single moment as you talk to experts, cover press conferences and plan future coverage. It has to take its toll. What can you tell other parents out there about the importance of giving yourself a mental break? [Frank] Well, hopefully their lives allow it a little better than mine!    For me, I set time for it. I am responsible for leading a news organization. I have a phenomenal leadership team, partners and a leader I answer to, who is also a parent and understands what is needed. When I come home, I have protected hours. The phone goes down and dinner time is my family time. So are the hours that follow. I will check in with email before I sleep.  This current situation is a little more ever-present so I have to take little breaks here and there. Take a lap. Walk the room. Sit outside. When I am home, a new development is to play a video game and get my butt kicked by my 7-year-old!


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THE NEWS TEAM WEIGHS IN ON COVERING COVID-19: ROB FINNERTY:

Brightside morning anchor and dad of two Q: How has covering this story impacted you as a parent/journalist? “It was tough for a while leaving my family and going to work while everyone else stayed home. It almost feels like covering a hurricane, but this time there’s no storm, and no one knows when every thing will be back to normal - but that’s my job, and I take that very seriously.”

NEW WAY OF LIFE: We don’t know how this stor y will continue to unfold over the next few weeks and even months, but the local media will press on. How are you all gearing up for this new way of life? [Frank] We are taking the guidance ver y seriously. We have many people working from home. We have field crews that are calling in and not coming to the newsroom now. We are doing more video conferencing. We are producing our broadcasts with social distancing – meaning eliminating our group shots and ensuring we are spread out in our work space. Our company, TEGNA, has invested in deep cleaning multiple times and we are doing daily cleansing of workspaces.    Key to all of it is communicating ever y step of the way with our journalists and with you. We are as transparent as we can be. We talk with our viewer about what we are doing and how we are changing what we do. It all goes back to facts, not fear. That is as much an internal message for our team as it is an external one in our coverage.

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Q: How has covering this story impacted you as a parent/journalist? I’ll be honest; it’s been hard to focus on being present in the moment. When I’m at work, I think about my family and how to protect them and properly prepare. When I’m home it’s been hard to disconnect from the constant stream of new information.

Gilmore and his wife Liz, who is also a repor ter at 10 News, and daughters Finley (1.5) and Rowen (3 mo.)

Q: Favorite kid-friendly activities during quarantine? Our oldest is 18 months so we haven’t been impacted too much. I have, however, made a concerted effort to make sure we get outside every day to enjoy some fresh air and get a little sunshine. Fortunately, we have a lot of that in Florida.

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Investigative reporter and mom of two Q: How has covering this story impacted you as a parent/journalist? This is one of the most challenging in terms of changing information, and there is no end in sight. I’m reaching out to various officials before, during and after my scheduled day. As a parent, it’s difficult to strike a balance. I’m focused on quality versus quantity in the time spent right now with my two kids. As a mom, I understand the importance of making sure you and I have the best information to make the right decisions for our families.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: As we all practice social distancing and can use all of the advice we can get, what are some favorite activities you and your family are loving right now? [Frank] We are so lucky we have a swimming pool. So we have definitely taken advantage of that. My little girls are gamers so there has been some video game playing (and yes, I get beat ever y time!). Our youngest and my partner were out planting an herb garden yesterday. We will definitely be taking advantage of that. There is some binge watching going on…and LEGOS! There will be some Lego creations all over the joint soon: scooters, bikes, roller skates. There are really so many things you can do, so many things NOT canceled!

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IMPACT: Do you think COVID-19 will change journalism and/or the media? How has it impacted you? [Frank] I do. I’m not certain how yet, but I do think it will. I am just old enough to have been producing during 9/11. We saw changes then in how we produced, how we traveled, what we did. You can’t go through something this large and not change. I don’t believe change is a bad thing though. We are learning ever y day and will continue to learn. As for me, each day, it has made me more thoughtful. Ever y word, ever y action – I take in to account what it will mean and how it will be perceived. I’ve already made mistakes and with them, I coursecorrect and then I learn. When people are scared and you are working through an unknown, the greatest thing you can do as a leader is be calm, transparent and present. We really are in this together. 

Q: Favorite kid-friendly activities during quarantine? We have the benefit of having beautiful weather in Florida this time of year, while a lot of the country is still pretty cold. We have loved going on bike rides, being out on the water and going to the beach – that stuff hasn’t stopped!

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COVID-19 BREAKS By Laura Cross, Hillsborough County Schools

Becoming the new superintendent of the seventh largest school district in the country would be demanding during a slow week—but Addison Davis took the helm of Hillsborough County Public Schools as our district made decisions and created plans to deal with the effects of the coronavirus in our community. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. But how Davis led during that week spoke volumes of the type of person the Hillsborough County School Board chose to lead our schools. In the early part of the week, Davis was part of our district’s plans for preventative measures as our staff delivered supplies like disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, soap and paper towels to our schools. Our teachers continued to educate children about reading, writing and math, while also educating them on the correct way to wash their hands. Davis got to visit schools, which he loves. He enjoys watching and listening to what’s happening inside classrooms. He wakes up early to start his day at schools. He observes quietly, not wanting to interrupt the lesson. During that first week, after visiting schools early in the day, Davis would head back to the main school district office to attend to business. He sat in meetings to listen and learn. At the end of many meetings he would give out his cell phone number to everyone in attendance. He wants to be easily accessible to any of his employees who need him. Later in the week, as the coronavirus concerns ramped up, Mr. Davis made

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sure his top leaders had plans in action. He’s a very organized man who doesn’t shy away from delegating and deadlines. He wanted action taken to ensure more soap and supplies in our schools – it happened. He wanted an eLearning Contingency Plan in place, in case schools would have to close for an extended period – it happened. He wanted protocols in place so every school nurse would have answers – it happened. Mr. Davis also feels it’s important to be transparent. He took the lead during a 6:30 a.m. news conference informing our community about the closure of a middle school. He didn’t take the decision lightly knowing the impact on parents, but he made the decision that was in the best interest of our students and staff. The Friday before spring break, when the Florida Department of Education made the decision to close all schools for two weeks, Davis was at every meeting and in on every decision. The moment he got off the conference call with the governor, he went downstairs to shoot a short video to put on social media for our families. Then, he sat down to write an email to families and staff explaining the decision and what it means for them.

He was one of the last to leave the building that day. If we use our observations during that one, pressurefilled week to describe our new Hillsborough County Superintendent of Schools, we’ve learned he’s energetic, decisive and compassionate. And his reign has barely even begun.


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Remember taking our tiny newborns in for their first set of vaccinations and wincing (perhaps even tearing up) as they got their shots? Now multiply that catch in your throat by about a million and you might have an understanding of what Meghan Miller went through when her son, Brooks, was born less than a year ago with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or “half a heart.” Today at 9 months, Brooks has already had two open-heart surgeries and will have one more before he turns 5. However, he is not only thriving, he’s the visiting heartthrob of the pediatric cardiac unit at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. “I’m a little biased,” says Miller about the cherubic blond Brooks. “I think he’s cute.” Miller (who has two other boys, Easton, 4, and Maverick, 2) says her first sign that something was wrong during her pregnancy was when an ultrasound showed that the fetus’ blood was going through the aorta a little too quickly. An appointment with Dr. J. Blaine John, a pediatric and fetal cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, revealed a diagnosis of aortic stenosis and hypoplastic arch. The decision was made to wait to intervene until after birth, but when the baby’s heartbeat was noticeably slower at Miller’s 38-week visit, it was decided to move the birth up. As soon as Brooks was born at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, the tiny infant was transported across the street by ambulance to the Pediatric Cardiac team. The original plan was to insert a catheter through his groin and expand his aortic valve through a minimally invasive procedure, but Dr. Jeremy Ringewald, pediatric interventional cardiologist and the medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, made the discovery that not only was Brooks’ aorta too small, but his left ventricle was also too small for his heart to do its job. At just 8 days of age, Brooks was going to have to undergo open heart surgery. “We were going in one direction, and suddenly we were going to have to go in a completely different direction,” Miller says. “We had a much more serious condition we had to prep for. There were tears. [There were thoughts of] what’s life going to be like.” While Miller processed the emotions, her husband, Ray, got to work, researching the best pediatric cardiac surgeons in the country. To their relief and gratitude, they found the name of the surgeon who would be doing

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Brooks’ surgery on that list, Dr. Victor Morell, co-director of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and medical director of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cardiovascular program. They also looked up Dr. Ringewald, who has pioneered interventional procedures in the area. They realized that the care they could have hoped for was right here in Tampa Bay. “This is where we were supposed to be,” says Miller. “I was giving him to Victor. If you’re going to have to hand him off to anybody, it’s Victor.” Miller is on a firstname basis with not only Dr. Morell, but just about every doctor and nurse on the team. She says they “love on” Brooks and display a genuine affection for her baby. From each clinician to the most renowned surgeons, everyone patiently answers all her questions, no matter how long it takes. Some staff have become Facebook friends. Some doctors gave her their cell phone numbers and encouraged her to call when she feels panicked or has a question. “They don’t mind me being crazy mom calling practically every day asking questions,” she says, gratefully. And there were plenty of questions to ask. The first surgery involved joining the bottom of his pulmonary artery to the underdeveloped aorta to build a “new” aorta. This allowed blood to pump through the new aorta using the right ventricle. The second surgery (which is called the Glenn Procedure and involved detaching the superior vena cava from the heart and connecting it to the pulmonary artery) took place when Brooks was 6 months old.

At home, Brooks’ oxygen levels have to be monitored constantly and any drops in weight or the slightest sickness result in trips to the hospital. Some days, Miller deeply feels the tension and frustration of constant monitoring and uncertainty—a life unlike what they had expected to lead. The family has had to come to terms with the fact that Brooks will need extra care at least for the near future, such as feeding therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Other days, however, are just what they are meant to be when you have a cherubic 9-month-old in the home who naturally becomes the center of attention of any room he’s in. He’s not a fan of his car seat, but he adores his older brothers. He’s started to roll over, and if mommy leaves the room, cover your ears! “It takes lots of prayer, family support and help from everybody,” Miller says. “It takes a team.” Brooks’ next surgery will be in about three years, and Miller has already commandeered her favorite surgeon for the task. She asked Dr. Morell if he would do surgery number three. “And he said, ‘Yes, I will. I’ll be honored.’ He’s our man. He’s our guy.” In fact, the family is getting ready for one more big change before the next surgery. They are looking to move out of Brandon, where Miller grew up, to the Westchase area. Her parents live there, and her boys dote on their Nana. If that’s not enough reason to move, there’s one more attraction of their new neighborhood: They’ll be closer to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.


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ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO TREATING CHRONIC PAIN IN KIDS AND TEENS W hat are some alternative methods to pain that are offered at J ohns H opkins A ll C hildren’s H ospital? Chronic pain can be a frustrating condition for both youth and their families. While many youth feel helpless and primarily rely on medications for pain management, there is strong evidence that non-pharmacological pain management techniques can reduce pain perception and intensity. Some of the non-pharmacological methods provided or taught by physicians at Johns Hopkins A ll Children’s include: • Biofeedback (training the body to recognize and regulate physical symptoms of distress) • Relaxation (e.g., Guided imagery, Progressive Muscle Relaxation) • Physical and Occupational Therapy • Psychology/Counseling • Self-hypnosis • Meditation For more • Aromatherapy information Other helpful techniques for chronic pain management include: • Continuing everyday routines and functioning • Distraction • Music, art and creative outlets • Exercise • Heat/cold application • Massage

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Child Abuse Prevention Month Your Famil y C A N M ake a Dif f erence

By Kelley Parris, Executive Director of Children’s Board of Hillsborough County | Photos Courtesy of Children's Board of Hillsborough County

As a mother, grandmother and community advocate for children and families, I feel that we all have a role to play in supporting a healthy community in which we live, work and raise our children. We have an obligation to support children and families that experience or have survived trauma in their lives. This April—which is national Child Abuse Prevention Month—I urge everyone to practice understanding that twothirds of us have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience in our lifetime. The consequences of a child living in a state of elevated anxiety over time results in physical and mental disorders that affect long term health outcomes. This includes children living with an alcoholic parent, children who experience racism, bullying, witness violence in the home or in their neighborhood or endure physical or sexual abuse. These events will have lifelong effects on their physical as well as mental health.

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We know from research that stress causes developmental changes in a child’s brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study links childhood trauma to chronic health problems later in life. Over sixty percent of us have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience, and a child experiencing four or more will have lifelong issues related to that trauma. But we also know children are resilient. During the month of April, let us pledge to be more patient, introspective and tolerant. We can look around us in our homes, workplace and community and become more trauma informed. We are all products of our upbringing, so before we speak or react to a behavior or question someone’s motivation, we should think of them as a child and practice individualized consideration. We are all fortunate to live in Hillsborough County, a resource-rich community that is home to seven Children’s Board Family Resource Centers that provide an array of


Kelley Parris addressing community members at the State of Girls Press Conference

W H AT C A N YOU DO T O SUP P OR T OUR C OMMUNI T Y A ND F O S T E R T HE R E SIL IE NCE OF CHIL DR E N A ND FA MIL IE S ? HE R E A R E F OUR WAY S YOU C A N HE L P : TA K E A FA MILY TO A R ESOURCE CENTER; (see the Children’s Board Family Guide), introduce them to developmental play groups and allow them the opportunity to see healthy child/caregiver roles modeled. The Early Childhood Council provides developmental screenings and mobile vision, hearing and wellness screens across the county. Healthy Families offers wrap-around services during and after pregnancy with f lexible hours to work around busy schedules. Learn and Play Tampa Bay provides play groups for pre-kindergarten children to ensure they are ready to enter school.

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If you do not have the time to support that role, consider championing a foster family through organizations like Florida 1.27 that wrap supports around foster families by easing the stress of integrating a traumatized child into one’s household. They provide meals, respite and general support so vulnerable children can grow up in a “family” and be supported as a “family.” services that support healthier families while individually creating more cohesive communities. You can help a family by promoting those informal supports that are necessary to keep vulnerable families out of the larger systems of care. Hillsborough County has programming that can benefit every family while creating value and opportunity in our community for all children. Your support of a vulnerable child or family will literally lead to a healthier and stronger community with a decrease in chronic health issues, improved economic health, fewer social health and mental health issues. It is important for us to be deliberate in the development of empathy and compassion in our children and it should not stop there. We all have a social responsibility and should be charged with defending those values that serve as the foundation of our community. Make a plan for April and support your community by giving back in some large or small way. As we move into spring, make it a season of change for a child and family that may be experiencing critical hurdles in their life. Be the champion that fosters that resilience and creates the opportunity for transformation.

MENTOR A TROUBLED CHILD. Lead by example—it only takes one caring adult to change the trajectory of a child’s life. Self-regulation is difficult for children exposed to adverse experiences and is a skill that if learned early, is vital to minimizing maladaptive behaviors. Be the positive reinforcer who creates that base.

TU TOR A CHILD IN YOUR SPA R E TIME. We know the importance of children being ready to enter kindergarten and being able to read proficiently by third grade. Volunteer at an early learning program lending support to both the child and the teacher, playing a role in creating a foundation for that child that lasts a lifetime.

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Outside &Play! Local mom influencers share their favorite things to do outside in Tampa Bay with the kids!

JACLYN QUINONES

@crazylifewithlittles crazylifewithlittles.com Our family’s favorite thing to do is go to the beach. The best part about living in Tampa Bay is being near so many wonderful beaches like Indian Rocks. Further north there's Weeki Wachee. Kayaking in the springs is such a fun, family-friendly activity!

ASHLEY SOLBERG @thesolbergfam Ashleysolberg.com

We love spending the day at Curtis Hixon Park because from there you have the R iverwalk, the Glazer Children's Museum, fountains, playground and places to eat downtown!

YAMEL BELEN

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@kurlycrown onelovedoula.com ZooTampa! Our favorite thing to do at the zoo is the petting zoo and rides in Wallaroo Station. My girls absolutely love to check out the animals, ride the rides and play on the playground. We can spend the entire day just in that nook of the zoo.

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proseandcompany.blogspot.com Our family’s favorite thing to do outside is rent an eBoat from eBoats Tampa and take it down the Hillsborough R iver and f loat downtown! You can bring snacks on board or plan for a stop at Armature Works for dinner to-go. Dining alfresco on the boat while the sun goes down is so much fun!

JENNIFER BUGGICA @thefoodiejen thefoodiepatootie.com

We love going to any park! We have visited nearly every park in Tampa Bay at least once and the kids could stay out there all day. One of our favorites is the Julian B. Lane R iverfront Park because of the shade on the playground and from the trees, and the fact that there is a water park section too!

DIANA BLINKHORN @mrsblinks TheGrayRuby.com

Our favorite outdoor activity in Tampa Bay has to be talking a walk along the R iverwalk, especially in the evenings when the weather cools down a bit. Sometimes we will even let our kids bring their bikes. We stop at different parks and restaurants along the way. Our favorite thing is when we grab a bite at Armature Works and have a picnic on the lawn of Waterworks Park. It is a little quieter and the girls can run and play without inhibition.

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moms to KNOW By Julie Tingley, The KNOW Book + Tribe Director, KNOW Tampa and KNOW St. Pete | Clearwater

Lindsey Jackson Jackson in Action 83 Foundation As a proud military community, Tampa Bay is home to a brave population of children that not only demonstrate the highest patriotism but also the most steadfast adoration for our armed forces as they refer to them as “mom” or “dad.”

As a military sister myself, I am inspired by their efforts to strengthen our community around these kids so that Tampa always feels like home.

WHAT INSPIRED THE CREATION OF YOUR ORGANIZATION AND HOW DO YOU HELP LOCAL MILITARY FAMILIES? Jackson: After moving to Tampa in 2012, Vincent (Jackson, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer) and I knew we would call Tampa home for years to come. We wanted to set our roots and build our lives here. As a military child, Vincent moved several times for his father's Army career. He wanted to build a foundation to provide support to those families affected by all the challenges military life can bring. As a teacher, the education piece was of utmost importance to me, so our Danny Dogtags books and the Salute to Reading program at local schools is near and dear to my heart.

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Jackson: Philanthropy is a staple of our family's mission statement. We both grew up with parents who volunteered regularly, and we want to continue to instill those same values into our children. Through our work with JIA83, we have met so many kind, supportive, genuine people on and around MacDill. We feel so fortunate to have such a strong, connected community to work with on a daily basis.

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WHAT CAN LOCAL FAMILIES DO TO HELP SUPPORT THE MISSION? Jackson: The mission of the JIA83 Foundation is to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of the children. We welcome the community’s support through financial and in-kind donations that will allow us to continue our many programs for military children and families, including scholarships for military dependents and veterans, our Military Moms Baby Shower and our annual summer camp for military children on MacDill.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A FAMILY IN TAMPA BAY? Jackson: We have four kids under six years old, so it's difficult for us to get out and about. When we do leave the house as a family, we love going for walks and bike rides around our neighborhood, having pool parties at our house and walking to our neighborhood park. You can always find us at the Hyde Park Fresh Market on the first Sunday of every month. It’s one of our favorite traditions.

WHAT MAKES THIS COMMUNITY SO SPECIAL TO YOU? Jackson: The southern hospitality is so warm and inviting. In California, we only knew one of our neighbors. People didn't interact much. You could pass someone walking on the sidewalk and not receive eye contact or a wave. The first two weeks after our move to Tampa, we had met all of our neighbors who came to introduce themselves so genuinely. They even hosted a neighborhood welcome party for us! We also are blown away by the philanthropic nature of Tampa. People are so generous and engaged in the welfare of the community.

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The month of April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the sacrifices of the sons and daughters of our troops as they, too, serve our country. K NOW Tribe members and leaders of the local nonprofit organization Jackson in Action 83 Foundation (JIA83), Lindsey Jackson (founder) and Allison Gorrell (pictured above in black dress with Jackson) have worked together with military families since 2012 to focus on their children.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IMPACTED YOU PERSONALLY AND YOUR FAMILY?


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Dinosaur Connections FUN FACTS ABOUT SOME OF THE DINOSAURS YOU WILL MEET AT DINOS ALIVE! AT ZOOTAMPA By ZooTampa | Photos by Howie Mac Photography

BRACHIOSAURUS BRAK-EE-OH-SORE-US | "ARM LIZARD"

Found in A lgeria, Portugal, Tanzania, USA (CO, OK, UT, W Y) 39-50 ft tall | 85-98 ft long | 50,000 - 124,000 lbs. | Herbivore Brachiosaurus stood up to 50 feet tall and may have weighed over 50,000 pounds. In comparison, the tallest animal at the Zoo is the Giraffe which stands around 15-20 feet tall and can weigh from 1,800 to 2,600 pounds. Both these animals use their long necks to help them reach the tops of trees while looking for food.

Fun Fact: One of the tallest and heaviest known dinosaurs. Recent research suggests may have been warm-blooded. May have eaten up to 880 pounds of food every day.

CARNOTAURUS

KAR-NOH-TORE-US | "MEAT EATING BULL" Found in Argentina over 10 ft tall | 26-30 ft long | 4,000 lbs. | Carnivore Carnotaurus has a f lexible skull similar to the snakes you can see in the Manatee Tunnel. As Carnotaurus ate, or took a bite out of something, different parts of the skull would move around in order to reduce the total stress on the bone.

Fun Fact: Had forward-facing eyes which was uncommon among dinosaurs. Possibly one of the fastest meat-eaters with an estimated top speed of 25-35 miles per hour. Well-suited for sprints and charges, but could not make sharp turns.

STEGOSAURUS

STEG-OH-SORE-US | "ROOF LIZARD" Found in USA (CO, UT, W Y) 9 ft tall | 26-30 ft long | 6,800 lbs. | Herbivore These dinosaurs had scutes imbedded in their skin, just like modern Alligators. They also may have used their tails for defense, the same way our Stingrays do.

Fun Fact: Its brain was around the size of a plum. Had a maximum speed of about 4-5 miles per hour. Intentionally swallowed small rocks (known as gastroliths) that helped mash up the tough vegetable matter in its enormous stomach.

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Yamel Belen of @Kurlycrown, Guiliana, 6, and Alanna, 4, enjoy Dinos Alive!

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TRICERATOPS

TRI-SARAH-TOPS | "THREE HORN FACE" Found in Canada, USA (CO, MO, ND, SD, UT, W Y) 9-10 ft tall | 26-30 ft long | 13,000-26,000 lbs. | Herbivore Triceratops may have spent most of their lives alone, just like our Indian Rhinos. They also used their horns to protect themselves, just like modern rhinos do.

Fun Fact: The head of Triceratops was among the largest of all land animals, some making up one-third of the entire length of the dinosaur's body. Their horns could have been used to fend off attacks from predators such as Tyrannosaurus.

TYRANNOSAURUS

TIE-RAN-OH-SORE-US | "TYRANT LIZARD KING" Found in Canada, USA (CO, MO, W Y) 12-20 ft tall | 40-42 ft long | 11,000-15,500 lbs. Carnivore, Scavenger Weighing in at over 12,000 pounds and standing 20 feet tall, it's hard to believe the closest living relative of this lizard king is the chicken! Both animals have similar skeletal structures and we now have evidence that T. rex may have had feathers!

Fun Fact: Most paleontologists today accept that T. rex was both an active predator and a scavenger. T. rex had a walking speed of 3 to 6 miles per hour and ran at only about 10 miles per hour—about as fast as an average human runner.

"TERROR BIRD"

THE RE ARE MOR E THA N 30 ANI MAT RON IC DIN OSA URS AT DIN OS ALIV E!

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Found in South America, USA (FL, TX) 3-10 ft tall | Length varies The largest genus was up to 500 lbs. | Carnivore Terror birds are large, f lightless birds whose fossils can be found right here in Florida. Terror birds were nimble, fast hunters, and are believed to have hunted early horses!

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Fun Fact: Large 'Terror Birds' were extremely nimble and quick runners, able to reach speeds of 30 miles per hour. You can find 'Terror Bird' fossils in many of the waterways of Florida.

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WHEN WE ALL FINALLY GET OUT OF QUARANTINE AND VENTURE OUT TO OUR FAVORITE SPOTS, GIVE YOURSELF AND FAMILY A TREAT BY UPGRADING YOUR DAY AT ZOOTAMPA! GO NOSE TO HORN WITH A RHINO, FEED A GIRAFFE, GO BACKSTAGE WITH THE ELEPHANTS: ALL INGREDIENTS FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE DAY.

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$15 for Zoo Members | $25 for Non-Members This signature encounter is back and will put you behind the scenes and up close with the zoo’s African elephants. Get one-on-one time with the Animal Care Team as they show you how they care for the world’s largest land animal. You’ll even get to sit in on a training session!

KOALA PHOTO ENCOUNTER

$15 for Zoo Members | $25 for Non-Members This family favorite allows you and the kids to step inside the world of the zoo’s koalas from an outdoor area with a walkway built around the koala’s branches. You won’t get to touch the koalas, but you will get a close-up view of the adorable creatures!

INDIAN RHINO FEEDING

Prices vary based on demand of each day $10/$15 for Zoo Members or $20/$25 for Non-Members This is another photo friendly encounter the kids will love! You’ll get a briefing on how the zoo cares for the Indian rhinos and then get a chance to feed them their favorites like leaves of lettuce and other veggies! It’s a super cool experience to go nose to horn with the rhinos!

SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO BACKSTAGE Prices vary based on demand of each day $10/$15 for Zoo Members | $20/$25 for Non-Members Go backstage with the southern white rhino to learn cool facts about them and talk to the Animal Care Team that works with them each day. Fun fact: White rhinos can weigh up to 5,000 pounds!

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$9.95 for Zoo Members $11.95 for Non-Members Did you know giraffes are the world’s tallest animal? You’ll have fun facts to dish with your friends when you show pictures of you and the kids feeding the giraffes one of their favorite snacks… lettuce leaves! You’ll get to learn more about the graceful creatures who are full of personality!

ALDABRA TORTOISE ENCOUNTER

*Prices vary based on demand of each day

$10/$15 for Zoo Members $20/$25 for Non-Members Little ones will love this experience that places them inside the Aldabra tortoise’s world at the zoo. They’ll get to gently touch the tortoise and hang out with the Animal Care Team that takes care of them.

AFRICAN PENGUIN BACKSTAGE

*Prices vary based on demand of each day

$10/$15 for Zoo Members $20/$25 for Non-Members Waddle on over to this signature encounter to meet the African penguins behind the scenes. Keep those cameras ready! This is just one of so many unforgettable experiences you can have the zoo with the kids.

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TECO

Exploring a modern city the old-fashioned way Story and images by Maggie Rodriguez

The downtown Tampa skyline is growing by the day, transforming before our eyes. Yet the easiest way to navigate this modern city’s urban center is a mode of transportation that’s been around for 128 years —a remnant of a bygone era proudly preserved by the City of Tampa. Amidst the construction cranes dotting the landscape, you will see the electric wires that power the TECO Line Streetcar. Historic replicas of the streetcars that transported Tampanians between 1892 and 1946 today run along a 2.7-mile line connecting downtown Tampa, The Channel District and Ybor City. Rides are FREE, fast and oh-so-charming.

ALL ABOARD!

Our ride begins at the Downtown Tampa Station (Franklin & Whiting Streets), the route’s southern terminus. This is a good starting point because parking is plentiful. On weekends, street parking is free north of Kennedy Boulevard. We’re happy to leave our car behind and not have to worry about navigating traffic in this bustling part of town. We are welcomed aboard by James Michael, who’s been driving the TECO Streetcar for 18 years. He says passengers all have the same reaction— amazement— when they step on for first time. They are quickly enchanted by the quaint interior lined with rustic, wooden seats that can be reversed to face the direction of the streetcar’s movement. For kids especially, the experience has a magical quality akin to a ride on the monorail or railroad at Disney World. At least that’s the verdict from the family of four from Philadelphia who rides with us. They exit at our second stop, the HSBC Station, bound for the Tampa Riverwalk and Tampa Bay History Center.

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We pull the overhead cord to request a stop at the nearby Amalie Arena Station. It lets out at the entrance to the hip and happening Sparkman Wharf, where lunch options abound. Crowds line up for raw oysters, carne asada tacos and Vietnamese spring rolls at the shipping containers-turnedrestaurants. A majestic cruise ship almost close enough to touch serves as the backdrop as parents lounge on the lawn while their kids run around. Construction that will bring more restaurants and retail here is well underway. The wharf ’s transformation would surely astound Stephen Sparkman, for whom it is named. As the region’s first congressman, he was instrumental in the creation of Port Tampa Bay. The only thing he would recognize today is the streetcar. The next stop on the line is Cumberland Station, the access point to the Florida Aquarium, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Through August, the aquarium is hosting Washed Ashore-Art to Save the Sea, a poignant exhibit showcasing the impacts of plastic pollution on our waterways. The message is hammered home with 18 enormous sculptures of marine life made entirely of plastic debris found on West Coast beaches.


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Ybor City is our afternoon destination, and it takes less than 10 minutes to get there. The streetcar perfectly complements the historic red-brick buildings and wrought-iron balconies. Though architecture and artifacts remain from Ybor’s days as the epicenter of Tampa’s cigar production industry, the factories and social clubs have today been replaced by shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The streetcar drops us right in the heart of the action at Centro Ybor. The outdoor mall is home to a movie theatre and GameTime, where mega arcade games and simulators keep kids busy for hours. Historic Seventh Avenue—aka La Séptima— provides plenty of window shopping, people watching and dining options. We discover Chill Bros. Scoop Shop, a relatively new addition to Ybor, featuring hand-crafted, allnatural ice cream. We arrive as owner Max Chillura is pouring batter for the made-to-order cones into a waff le iron. It smells like heaven.

“We make every thing absolutely from scratch,” he says. “We even pasteurize our own bases.” Having achieved his goal of setting up shop in Historic Ybor, the Tampa native is now getting ready to fulfill another by opening a second location in South Tampa in the next few months. The northernmost stop on the TECO line is the Centennial Park Station. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Ybor City Saturday Market comes to life here, with vendors offering gourmet food and items unique to the Tampa Bay Area. If you board the streetcar that departs from this station at 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, you will be treated to Streetcar Live, featuring live music onboard until 7 p.m. The trip back to where we began our day takes just 25 minutes from end to end. Bypassing traffic, we take note that modern conveniences are not always the most convenient. In this part of town, it’s better to go old school on the TECO Streetcar.

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Here are some inspiring titles to get kids thinking about sustainability and the environment: By Jessica Jeffers, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Librar y Photos provided by Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

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“The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans up the Ocean”

“Bee & Me” by Alison Jay

by Deborah Diesen Mr. Fish and an increasing number of sea creatures investigate and then decide how to deal with a huge mess in the ocean. With rhymes and cartoonish characters, this story teaches children how to take responsibility for the environment and includes tips to help protect the ocean.

A little girl befriends a lost bumblebee in this beautiful, whimsical, and wordless picture book. The illustrations point out the sadness of a world without bees and the important role these insects play.

“Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth” by Mary McKenna Siddals

“Anywhere Farm” by Phyllis Root This upbeat rhyming book explains how a farm can be planted anywhere, including a community garden, using just soil, sunshine, water and a seed.

“What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go?” by Claire Eamer Both colorful and easy to read, this book explores the methods of managing garbage and possible ways of managing it in the future, including shredded water bottle filters and Repair Cafes.

Not only is composting becoming more common, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. This upbeat and descriptive rhyming recipe explains how to make this dark, crumbly, rich, Earth-friendly food.

LEARN MORE: To learn more about sustainability in Hillsborough County public libraries visit: hcplc.org/about/sustainability EVENTS: Be sure to check out the library’s events calendar for Earth Day programming and celebrations. hcplc.org/events BOOKLIST: hcplc.bibliocommons.com/list/ share/1283720637/1591914539

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Libraries have many reasons to celebrate with their communities in the month of April, including Earth Day, National Librar y Week, Poetr y Month and Money Smart Week. Hillsborough County public libraries also want to celebrate the support of our county government and families like yours who help our community grow and thrive by taking part in sustainable initiatives. The little actions you take ever y day can add up in a big way, and the librar y is here to help. Libraries promote sharing! Work or study together in librar y meeting spaces or take a class with friends. Read, renew, and return librar y books, media and other items to encourage borrowing and cut down on waste. In partnership with Hillsborough County Public Utilities, nine Hillsborough County public libraries offer C.O.R.E (Cooking Oil Recycling Effort) stations. Visit one of these stations to drop off containers of used cooking oil and grease to be recycled or to pick up an empty container to collect used oil. Your local librar y helps visitors save money and reduce waste with water bottle refilling stations. These eco-friendly devices can be found at many public libraries throughout Hillsborough County and have saved over 400,000 plastic water bottles. The libraries are also improving landscaping to enhance the beauty and safety of the outdoor environments and reducing water usage by adding Florida native and drought-tolerant plants and smart irrigation systems. A ll Hillsborough County public libraries are being upgraded to more environmentally-friendly lighting, and by the end of 2020, nine libraries will have solar panels installed to produce energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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BERKELEY PREPARATORY SUMMER PROGRAMS 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa, Florida 33615 813.885.1673 berkeleyprep.org/summer We have more than 120 camps and classes on our beautiful 80-acre campus, including swim lessons, tech camps, fine arts, chess, volleyball, baseball, football, LEGO, basketball, rock climbing, debate, woodworking, reading skills, lacrosse and so much more.

COST varies per camp DATES  June 1-July 24 AGES  4-17, Coed and single sex camps

CAMP IDS AT CORBETT PREPARATORY

12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, Florida 33618 813-961-3087; corbettprep.com/ community/camp-ids Campers at CAMP IDS can try their hand at archery in the morning and dabble in French cooking in the afternoon through 100+ half- and full-day camps including engineering, performing and visual arts, music, sports, STEM, academic, field trips, Chinese, Spanish, outdoor and more, all staffed by dynamic counselors. Free drop-off at 7:15 a.m. and free T-shirt are included. Lunch, snacks, bus transportation and aftercare till 6 p.m. are available for a fee. Call for a tour of the beautiful lakeside campus or register online.

COST $100-$225/week DATES June 8-July 24, full and

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CAMP IMAGINATION

110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida 33602 813-443-3861; glazermuseum.org/summercamps At Camp Imagination, your kiddos imagine, discover, and connect to the world around them through eight weeks of imaginative themes, including five brand new ones such as Time Travel, Maker Mania and Wild World. We offer two autismfriendly weeks and need-based camp scholarships. Register your kiddo to play with purpose and embrace curiosity this summer at Glazer Children's Museum.

COST $240 if booked before May

1, $265 after May 1. GCM Members save 15% DATES June 8 to July 31, weekly, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. AGES ages 5+, Coed

CAMP INVENTION

Multiple locations throughout the Tampa Bay area 800-968-4332; invent.org/camp Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).

COST Varies by location. Programs start at $235 DATES Find a location near you at invent.org/camp AGES Entering grades K-6, Coed 

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THE DALI MUSEUM'S JUNIOR DOCENT CAMP One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, Florida 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 Avantgarden.

COST $200-225 DATES June 8-July 24 weekly, 9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. (MondayThursday) or 5:30 p.m. (Friday) AGES 9-14, Coed

DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER

THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM

COST $175-$205 DATES June 1-Aug. 7, weekly

COST varies DATES June-August AGES 3-18, Coed

1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, Florida 34698 727-298-3322; dfac.org/kidscorner/summer-camp For more than 30 years, Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Summer Art Academy has been offering awardwinning art enrichment programs for children and teens.  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.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before and aftercare available. AGES 4.5 – 14, Coed

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602 813-273-4000; flaquarium.org Since 1995, The Florida Aquarium has encouraged 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 youths. Check out our new camp themes and travel destinations. Each week offers a different theme, early drop-off and late pick-up at no extra cost, lunch options and guaranteed fun!

THE JAMES MUSEUM SUMMER ART CAMP 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 727-892-4200 ext. 1010; thejamesmuseum.org/ summercamp Unleash your inner artist this summer at The James Museum. Our 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 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 artmaking in our studio space!

COST $80-$200/week DATES  June 8-July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. AGES 6-15, Coed

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MOSI SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP

4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida 33617 813 987-6000; mosi.org MOSI’s Summer Science Camps bring science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) alive through hands-on experiments and building projects. From launching rockets, building robots and extracting DNA, we create experiences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Doing real science with the tools and technologies used by industry professionals is just one way MOSI Summer Science Camps inspire our campers with a can-do attitude that can last a lifetime. Discover the innovator within through real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations and inventions.

PATEL CONSERVATORY

1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, Florida 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, scholarships

available DATES June 1-Aug. 8 AGES 3 through adult, Coed

COST Starting at $209/week DATES June 1-Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily AGES Completed K-8, Coed

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TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER

801 Water St., Tampa, Florida 33602 813-228-0097; tampabayhistorycenter.org Unmask the myths behind pirates and explorers, or bring your favorite American Girl© to the Tampa Bay History Center's History Adventure Camps. Open to children ages 7-11, our camps - American Girl© and Swashbuckling Summer– feature hands on experiences including games, crafts, outdoor activities, gallery time and guest speakers. Each week-long camp is led by experienced educators who provide fun and engaging educational activities.

COST $215/week DATES June 8-July 26,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., extended care available AGES 7-11, Coed

TAMPA PREP SUMMER PROGRAMS| CAMP TERRAPIN 727 West Cass St., Tampa, Florida 33606 813-251-8481; tampaprep.org/summer Camp Terrapin is a co-educational sports and fine arts camp for rising first through eighth-grade students. Held in the heart of downtown Tampa at Tampa Prep, the camp’s activities and theme days provide friendship and fun in a positive and safe environment. In addition, we offer robotics, arts, chess, LEGO and sports camps for ages 6+. Academic and enrichment courses are also available for rising sixth through 12th grades. Register online

COST camps $100-$265;

enrichment $175-$900 DATES May 26-July 24, 9 a.m. to-3:30 p.m. Camp Terrapin AGES Rising Grades 1-8, Coed 

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TAMPA TARPONS SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP

George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, Florida 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 10.

COST $120-$140 (Registration

deadline is July 3 at 5 p.m.) DATES July 8-10, 9 a.m. to noon AGES 6-13, Coed

VALLEY VIEW RANCH 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, Georgia 30731 706-862-2231; valleyviewranch.com Atop Lookout Mountain, this horse lovers’ paradise has served girls since 1954. Fifty girls will enjoy  English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting and Trails across 600 acres. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend up to six hours a day riding and caring for your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third-generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls’ dreams come true.

COST $2,050-$3,600 DATES Overnight June 7-July 31 AGES 8-17, Girls

YMCA SUMMER CAMP

Multiple Locations 813-224-9622; tampaymca.org 727-467-9622; ymcasuncoast.org Y Summer Camp offers children a day camp curriculum full of fun, educational activities infused with the Y’s character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Campers experience a variety of activities including swimming, science, high ropes, outdoor education, nature encounters, horseback riding, canoeing, visual arts and more! The fun and unique experiences give Y campers an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. In Y Summer Camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential.

ZOOTAMPA SUMMER CAMPS 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, Florida 33604 813-933-8093; zootampa.org/summer-camps Explore the Zoo like never before! Get nose-to-horn with a majestic Indian Rhino or hand-to-fin with playful stingrays. Learn from professionals what it takes to become a zoo keeper, veterinarian or animal trainer. Or test your wildlife photography skills with the coolest animal subjects. Get ready to experience VIP access, up-close animal encounters and soaking splashes on Roaring Springs.

COST $240-$360/week DATES June 8-July 31, weekly AGES Grades K-8 (as of May 2020) Coed

COST Starting at $40-$124/week,

varies by location DATES June 1-Aug. 7 AGES 3-17, varies by location, Coed

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22000 Highway 27 Lake Wales, Florida 33859 863-676-6091; vanguardschool.org The Vanguard School Summer Camp focuses on STEAM, SEL and Executive Functioning through an adventure excursion camp, credit retrieval and ACT Prep for co-educational campers in grades 6-12. Option for day camp, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or a 7-day Boarding option. COST $7,000/4 weeks boarding DATES June 21-July 18; 2 or 4 weeks, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekly or 7-day boarding GRADES 6-12, Coed

ACADEMY AT THE LAKES | SUMMER AT THE LAKES PROGRAM

2331 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes, Florida 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. Camp offerings include STEM, sports, arts, musical theater, cooking, fishing and more. Noncredit summer classes in math, reading and language arts are offered for kindergarten through eighth grade. For-credit high school courses in math, foreign language, social studies and physical education are also offered. CAMP COST Half-day and full-day options $150-$550 SCHOOL COST Noncredit K-8, $225; for-credit high school courses $1,000-$1,500 DATES June 1-July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m GRADES PK3-rising 12th grade, Coed

ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES SUMMER ON BAYSHORE

3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Florida 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. COST $150 (half day) to $325 (full-day specialty camps) DATES June 1-July 24, weekly GRADE Pre-K3-8, Coed

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS

501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33710 727-384-5504; 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: varies DATES: June-July AGES: PreK to Grade 12, Coed

ADVENTHEALTH CENTER ICE: IC’S COOL KIDS CAMP

3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 813-803-7372; ahcenterice.com/learn-to-skate/camps Our skating summer camps make wonderful opportunities for your 5- to 14-year-old to learn and grow in a sport, have fun and make new friends in a safe and supportive environment. COST $240-$275 + tax, $20 registration fee DATES June 1-Aug. 7 AGES 5-14, Coed

AMERICAN STAGE AT ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY

501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33710 727-823-1600 x204; 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-$610 DATES June 1-July 31 AGES 5-18, Coed

BARRETT SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Locations in Tampa and Valrico 813-293-4594; musicschoolintampa.com Join Barrett School of Music at one of their many summer camps across the bay including GarageBand Premiere, String Chamber Ensemble, Musical Theater Summer Intensive and Brandon Music Summer Camp. COST  $110-$200 DATES  June 8-12, July 20-31 AGES 4-17, Coed

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BAYSIDE SPORTS ACADEMY LIMITLESS SUMMER CAMP

4400 34th St. N., Suite E, St. Petersburg, Florida 33714 727-258-4981; baysidesportsacademy.org At Bayside's Limitless Summer Camp we encourage children to love to be active. Early bird discount pricing is available.Also, if you attend nine full weeks, get your 10th week free. COST $45-$330, daily or weekly available DATES June 1- Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. AGES 5-13 before Sept. 1, 2020, Coed

"BEST HORSE CAMP" AT WEST COAST MORGANS

17126 Boy Scout Road, Odessa, Florida 33556 813-920-9870; westcoastmorgans.com WCM Horse Camp offers half and full days, single weeks and bulk weeks over summer and winter breaks, and family discounts. Beginners through advanced riders can take advantage of different weekly themes and days filled with tons of hands-on horse activities as well as guest speakers and water play. COST $60-$80 daily, $300-$400 weekly DATES June 1 – Aug. 7, half and full day options, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. GRADES Ages 6+, Coed

BRANDON ALL STARS SUMMER CAMPS

4427 Pet Lane, Suite 107, Lutz, Florida 33559 813-994-8036; brandonallstars.com Campers will enjoy a full day of stretching, tumbling, stunting, games and arts and crafts. All campers will be fully supervised on all equipment including trampoline, tumble tracks and bounce houses. On Wednesday and Friday afternoons, campers will enjoy an activity that correlates with the weekly theme. There will be an optional showcase Friday at 3:45 p.m. for family and friends to see what campers have learned. COST $75-$125/week, half & full day options DATES 10 weekly sessions AGES 5-12, Coed

BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO® SUMMER CAMPS

3713 W. Dale Ave., Tampa, Florida 33609 813-545-4282; bricks4kidz.com Bricks 4 Kidz is back for another summer of LEGO® fun! With more than 10 locations and 40 camps in the Tampa Bay Area and a new theme every week, Bricks 4 Kidz is sure to have a fun camp that's perfect for your child! COST Varies by Location DATES June 1- Aug. 7 AGES 4.5-12, Coed

BULLSEYE LEARNING'S CAMP EXPLORATION & ADVENTURE MISSION POSSIBLE

Bloomingdale Presbyterian Church, 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, Florida 33511 813-413-4998; bullseyelearning.com/camp We’ll venture out of camp on all sorts of field trips. You’ll perform on stage at the Straz Center, tour the firehouse, test your sea legs aboard the American Victory battleship, visit a vet hospital, care for horses and learn how Publix makes shopping a pleasure. Plus, our friends from iHeart Media, Spectrum News 9 and more will stop by. COST $75 registration fee, $130-$145/week DATES June 1-Aug. 7 AGES 5-13, Coed

BUSCH GARDENS

10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612 813-884-4FUN(4386); buschgardens.com/tampa/summer-camps Ready to walk on the wild side? Come face to face with amazing animals, take on the newest thrill rideTigris, and learn what is takes to be a zookeeper at a Busch Gardens Summer Camp. Enjoy the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience of the educational adventure of a lifetime! Busch Gardens Summer Camps are all-inclusive and accredited by the American Camps Association. Day Camps include lunch, snack, camp T-shirt and water bottle. Resident Camps include all meals, camp T-shirt, water bottle, and lodging at our on-site dormitory, Mzinga Lodge. COST $199 - $849 per week DATES June 1-Aug. 13, day and resident camps GRADES K-12, Coed

CAMP DOVEWOOD

23221 101st Road, O’Brien, Florida 32071 386-209-1908 or 386-935-0863; campdovewood.org  Camp Dovewood celebrates 43 years of Dynamic Christian camping for girls 7-16 in North Florida. We have an outstanding equestrian program with certified instructors in hunt seat, rodeo, dressage, grooming, vet care and trail rides. We also offer swimming instruction, tennis, cheerleading, art, drama, archery, Bible, volleyball, softball, cooking, gymnastics, music and baton. We are ACA and CHA accredited. COST $625-$1,025 DATES June 7-July 18 AGES 7-16, Girls

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CAMP FASTB

2100 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33702 727-800-2159; fastb.org/camp-fastb Camp FASTB, at The French American School of Tampa Bay, is a total French Immersion experience. Campers learn the language naturally through play, art and music. To enroll, visit fastb.org/camp-fastb today. For questions, please call 727-800-2159 or email info@fastb.org. COST $200-$300/week, 9 a.m. to noon or 3 p.m. DATES July 6-31 AGES 5 and up (must be 5 as of Sept. 1, 2020), Coed

CAMP IDLEWILD OF FLORIDA, INC.

7602 Henry Drive, Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34638 813-996-1226; campidlewildofflorida.com Our main mission is FUN; then, to provide recreational and leisure activities that promote confidence and social-emotional development for all children with special needs. Our programs are specially tailored for kids with autism spectrum disorders and related learning and social challenges. COST $250-$700 DATES TBA AGES 6-17, Coed

CAMP OSPREY

18050 U.S. 301 S., Wimauma, Florida 33598 941-928-6860; camposprey.com Camp Osprey is an all-inclusive day/overnight adventure camp that challenges kids to push themselves, try new things and help build confidence in themselves. Expect horseback riding, high ropes challenge course, zipline, archery, paintball, kayaking, fishing, BB gun arcade, giant swing, games and more, with breakfast and lunch included. Come to camp strangers; leave as friends with a lifetime of memories in just one summer. COST Day camp $220, Overnight Camp Sunday 4 p.m. to Saturday 10 a.m. $475 (breakfast and lunch included) DATES weekly, May 31-July 26 AGES 7-15, Coed with single sex cabins

CAMP ROCKMONT FOR BOYS

375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 828-686-3885; rockmont.com Rockmont welcomes boys from all over the nation and the world to become active members of this meaningful and adventurous community. Boys learn to thrive through activities, skills and daily life on over 650 beautiful acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains. COST $1,700-6,500 (scholarships available) DATES June 7-Aug. 7, 1-4 week options AGES 6-17, Boys

CAMP TAEKWON-DO!

3617 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33609 813-350-9400; southtampataekwondo.com Who wants to be a ninja this summer? Kick, spin, jump and learn taekwondo with our amazing black belt instructors. Other activities include fun field trips, arts and crafts, enrichment classes, Lego and Beyblade play, water slide obstacle course fun and much more! COST $155/week DATES June 1-Aug. 7, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m . AGES 5-15, Coed

CAMP WOODMONT

381 Moonlight Drive on Lookout Mountain, Cloudland, Georgia 30731 423-472-6070; campwoodmont.com  Imagine a Home Away from Home where your child feels secure, welcome and reassured. That’s ACAaccredited overnight Camp Woodmont, just two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta. ACA accredited. Activities include archery, climbing, horseback riding, crafts, games, sports and more. Open House Sunday, May 17 from 2-5 p.m. COST 1 week $950, 2 weeks $1,495 DATES 1 or 2-week sessions, May 31-July 31 AGES 6-14, Coed

CANTERBURY SUMMER PROGRAMS

990 62nd Ave. N.E, St. Petersburg, Florida 33702 727-521-5914; 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! Summer camp is not only a place where memories are made, but where your camper will grow intellectually, physically and socially. COST half day $165, full day $330 DATES June 1-July 31 GRADES PK4-12, Coed

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the sky’s the limit at junior docent art camp Create | Explore | Express The Dalí Museum offers weeklong surreal summer experiences for kids 9-14 to explore art & express themselves. Sessions include instruction from awardwinning teachers & guest presenters, time in the galleries, creative writing, yoga, art making, a reception for parents and the chance to be a tour guide... a junior docent! “There’s nothing like it around… Both fun and educational, which is rare.” -A happy parent

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www.myclearwaterparks.com Elementary & Middle School Summer Camps (Grades 1-8) Countryside Recreation Center 2640 Sabal Springs Dr. 727-669-1914 Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Long Center 1501 N. Belcher Rd. • 727-793-2320 Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Contact the recreation center of your choice for more information For $100 or less per week, campers will participate in a wide variety of fun activities, field trips and more.

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JWB Sponsored Middle and High School Camp

North Greenwood Recreation Center 900 N. MLK Jr. Ave. • 727-562-4590 Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

JWB Sponsored Elementary School Camp

Ross Norton Recreation Center 1426 S. MLK Jr. Ave. • 727-562-4380 Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Begins July 6 for Ages 5 & Up Visit fastb.org/camp-fastb and enroll today! No prior French language education required.

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YOUR SEARCH FOR SUMMER PLANS IS OVER Home to more than 200 species of animals and world-class coasters, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay has camps for both animal lovers and thrill seekers alike. Kids kindergarten – 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 1st – Aug.5th Resident Camps run June 6th – Aug. 13th

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At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island, this spring is shaping up to the biggest one yet with T WO new family attractions opening this year: Solar Vortex, America’s first dual tailspin water slide, and Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world.

Spring at Busch Gardens also means the return of the fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival, back for its sixth year and bursting with more f lavors than ever! Bite into hand-carved espresso-rubbed beef tenderloin, one of the 25 new food items on the menu this year, or indulge in a returning fan-favorite for dessert: the griddled cheesecake handheld. Among more than 80 wines, beers and other grown-up beverages are new coaster cocktails, each themed to Busch Gardens’ best thrill rides. The Iron Gwazi gimlet inspired by the highly anticipated hybrid coaster is the perfect pairing with the world-class concert acts featured on the Festival Stage each Saturday and Sunday in April. The Food & Wine Festival is just one of the amazing special events included in park admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. From the upcoming Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends to Summer Nights, Bier Fest and the fan-favorite Christmas Town, there’s always something exciting to explore. For amazing family memories all year, a Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Annual Pass includes 12 months of unlimited visits and wow-worthy perks like free parking, a free Serengeti Safari, merchandise and dining discounts and special limited-time offers throughout the year. The best part? Pass Members enjoy exclusive ride time on Solar Vortex and Iron Gwazi this spring, so be sure to “spring” to it and get your Annual Pass today.

ANNUAL: Food & Wine Festival Rising temperatures call for the perfect place to cool off, and NEW: Adventure Island has 30 acres of water-drenched fun with chills and thrills for all ages. Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the waterpark is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with the addition of America’s first dual-tailspin water slide, Solar Vortex. The family raft slide combines highbanking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features. Solar Vortex will also include three dynamic AquaLucent™ elements – harnessing the power of the Florida sun into colorful patterns that shine through the slide as riders reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Solar Vortex joins an unrivaled blend of slides, corkscrews, waterfalls, a wave pool, children’s water playground and other family attractions that make Adventure Island a spring and summer staple each year for Tampa Bay families.

Solar Vortex

Thrills will reach record-breaking heights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with the evolution of Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Iron Gwazi plunges riders from a 206-foot peak into a 91-degree drop, reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. Riders on Iron Gwazi will experience a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as they sink their teeth into crocodile-inspired thrills.

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CARROLLWOOD CULTURAL CENTER SUMMER CAMP

4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, Florida 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 $90-$350 DATES June 1-Aug. 7, weekly TIMES 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. AGES 4-13, Coed

CDS “TURN IT UP” SUMMER CAMP

1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, Florida 33613 | 813-920-2288 12606 Casey Road, Tampa, Florida 33618 | 813-963-2388 carrollwooddayschool.org/patriot-nation/parents/summer-camp Carrollwood Day School summer camp is open to anyone, in and out of the CDS community. Our summer program team embodies the vision of CDS - Carrollwood Day School enriches the mind, strengthens the character, inspires the hearts of our students and is dedicated to providing a safe, positive and fun experience for every child. COST $150 - $310 DATES June 1-July 24, times vary AGES  ECC ages 3-6, Bearss grades K-12, Coed

CIRCLE C RANCH ACADEMY

6204 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33611 813-831-8429; ccranchacademy.com Circle C Ranch has been around for 38 years. This summer at the ranch, campers can ride horses and swim every day. Other activities include sports, archery, art and more.COST $100-$230, varies by age DATES June 1-Aug. 3, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. AGES 1-13, Coed

CLEARWATER COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER'S SUMMER CAMP

1001 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, Florida 33767 727-517-7776; clearwatercommunitysailing.org Clearwater Community Sailing Center is the place to spend summer on the water in a program geared toward safe, engaging fun that helps young campers appreciate the wonder of Clearwater’s intracoastal waters. All experience levels are welcome. For the safety of your camper, they must be the correct age for the camp group you are registering for. All registrations are subject to approval. COST $178-$298 DATES June 3-Aug. 9, weekly 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AGES 5-17, Coed

CLEARWATER SUMMER CAMP 2020 “THE PLACE TO BE!”

Multiple Locations in Clearwater 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, STEM, positive character development, crafts and more! Don't be left out of the fun! COST $100 or less/week DATES June 1-Aug. 7, 7/7:30 a.m.-5:30/6 p.m.; varies by location AGES varies, Coed

CODE NINJAS SUMMER CAMPS

Westchase/Citrus Park: 11909 Sheldon Road, Tampa, Florida 33626 | 813-708-8598 Carrollwood: 14349 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618 | 813-603-6509 codeninjas.com/camps Ten different Camps; two Locations; one city; dozens of new friends; hundreds of laughs; and hours of engaging, interactive, skill-building FUN! Code Ninjas Summer Camps are cooler than the rest. Learn more about Minecraft Modding, Code Drones, Program and Play in Python, Browse & Build Website Development and MUCH more! COST: Half Day $200/week, Full Day $350/week DATES/TIMES: June 1-Aug. 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. AGES: 7-14, Coed

DANCE & CIRCUS ARTS OF TAMPA BAY SUMMER WORKSHOPS & INTENSIVES

1490 N. Belcher Road, Suite H, Clearwater, Florida 33765 727-461-0098; danceandcircusarts.com Our Circus Arts Intensives include aerial training in trapeze, aerial silks, Spanish web, hammock, aerial hoop, acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, flexibility/contortion, hoop dancing and performance quality. These intensives will cross train students on a variety of disciplines that will improve flexibility, strength and technique. A morning of superhero dance and an afternoon of circus is available for ages 5-7. COST $250-$325/week DATES June 15-Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AGES 5-Adult, Coed

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At Rockmont, your son will get to experience the wildness of being a boy outdoors, the welcoming embrace of a loving community, and the wonder of being alive. Your son will get to live in a cabin with other boys his age, on 650 acres of beautiful land right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with exceptional mentors from colleges and universities all across the United States.

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Here are three points to keep in mind if your child is interested in stepping into the spotlight.

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Any child can participate. While we may assume that drama programs attract extroverts, the theatre world welcomes ever yone. Students may find their niche running the sound board and lights or managing backstage. Sometimes students who seem reser ved f lourish on stage as the freedom of pretending to be someone else allows them to let down their guard, Corbett Prep’s Julie Nelson says. Nelson loves seeing the student who arrives at auditions ner vous and tentative gain confidence during rehearsals as they push boundaries and learn what they can do. The hard work pays off when they feel the audience’s energy and hear the applause. “They have an opportunity to come to life on stage,” Nelson says. “The lights come on, and it’s a whole different person.” TampaBayParenting.com APRIL 2020

comfortable speaking in front of crowds. Through CA MP IDS and the Community School of the Arts (CSA), Corbett Prep offers students in the Tampa Bay area opportunities to tr y musical theatre in a safe and supportive environment. CA MP IDS and CSA welcome both new students and experienced actors with age-appropriate productions that give students in many grades the chance to shine. This summer, CA MP IDS will enroll first through eighth graders in Musical Theatre camp, rehearsing for two weeks before performing “Shrek the Musical Jr.” on July 17 and 18. Rehearsals are already underway for the CSA spring production of “Imaginar y.” More than 50 elementar y and middle school students will appear in this heartwarming musical about embracing your imagination. “Imaginar y” will run from May 7-9 at Corbett Prep.

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The process is as important as the product. A lot of hard work goes into a successful opening night. Cast members take on the responsibility to show up to rehearsals, memorize lines and learn choreography. This disciplined approach, as well as extra time spent reading and studying lines, may factor into the sharpened reading comprehension skills or higher standardized test results students of the arts experience. Students also learn to listen to directions and accept advice – important for any future job.

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You’re part of a team. The bond that forms during a show is powerful, Nelson says. Ever yone is taking a risk together, and strong friendships form as a result. A successful show also depends on ever yone involved, from the chorus members to the lead actors to the person controlling the spotlight. Students have to prepare and practice on their own so the performances run smoothly. Travaglino says it requires both an individual and team effort: “You have to learn to be an amazing teammate and also to stand on your own two feet.” Musical theatre classes may need to be rebranded to ref lect all they do, Travaglino quips: “They should really be called Life Skills 101.”

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A transformation occurs when students perform in musical theatre, going beyond the costumes they wear and the characters they become on stage. Participating in the arts benefits students in numerous ways from academic to social, research shows. Whether students are new to theatre or they are stage veterans, experience as part of a cast helps them tap into skills and talents that may surprise them. Corbett Prep drama directors Seth Travaglino and Julie Nelson see this grow th firsthand ever y time they put on a show at Corbett Prep, the Community School of the Arts or CA MP IDS. It’s why Corbett Prep makes drama part of the curriculum, providing public speaking and performance opportunities for all students. Working with student actors is more than training students for professional theatre careers on stage, although that does happen. The lasting benefits for all students reach deeper, regardless of whether they continue theatre after school. “I feel certain that ever y single person who does theatre will be able to look you in the eye and confidently tell you who they are,” Travaglino says. “Ever y single person who does theatre will be able to follow direction and execute a plan to the highest quality needed. Ever y single person who does theatre will be a kinder, more open, more self less and more genuine human being.” Students in theatre learn how to solve problems and think creatively. Their self-confidence may increase. They gain appreciation for other perspectives. Some may see academic improvements, such as improved reading comprehension or higher standardized test scores. Some may discover they enjoy leadership roles. Many feel more


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Unleash your inner artist and make friends this summer at The James Museum! COLOR EXPLOSION June 8-12 Ages 6-8

UPCYCLED ART July 6-10 Ages 6-8

S.T.E.A.M. SPECTACULAR June 22-26 Ages 9-11

TEEN STUDIO: LEATHERCRAFT July 20-24 Ages 12-15

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Music & Theater Summer Camps The Florida Academy of Performing Arts Music & More Camp

Full and half-day week-long camps, plus daily drop-ins • Free early drop off and late pick up • Activities to explore instruments, acting, singing and art • Field trips and hands-on discovery with drums, ukulele & guitar

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Productions for all ages and skill levels Elementary, Middle School, and High School productions Spotlight! (Multi-generational audition only group) Visit FAOPA.org for shows, schedules, and performance dates

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DELPHI ACADEMY OF FLORIDA - SUMMER CAMP

1831 Drew St., Clearwater, Florida 33765 727-447-6385; delphifl.org Summer Camp is the perfect time to give Delphi a try. Most of our regular school year curriculum is available to students, but we spend a lot of our time during the weeks just having lots of summer fun. Summer at Delphi is available for students from the age of 2 through 17. With overnight trips and day adventures and explorations in the sciences and arts, kids are definitely happy campers! Come tour today and sign up for the fun. COST: $260/week DATES/TIMES: June 15 - July 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AGES: 2 to 17, Coed

THE DEPAUL SCHOOL SUMMER READING CAMP

2747 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL 33759 727-796-7679; thedepaulschool.org Our camp offers phonics and phonological awareness, reading accuracy and comprehension, handwriting and written expression, auditory discrimination skills and vocabulary development and spelling. We offer individualized instruction for school-aged students, with linguistics taught with 1:1 or 2:1 student/tutor ratio. COST: $2,500 DATES/TIMES: June 8 - July 2, weekly 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. AGES: grades K – 8, coed

DRAMA KIDS SUMMER CAMPS

3315 S. Bryan Road, Brandon, Florida 33511 813-489-5899; dramakids.com/fl6 Drama Kids offers musical theatre and creative drama camps that encourage the development of creativity, communication skills and self-confidence for campers. COST $150-$500 DATES June 15-26 and July 6-17. Half and full-day options AGES 6-17 ,Coed

EARTH IMMERSION SCUBA SUMMER CAMP

180th St., Live Oak, Florida 32060 352-641-0350; earthimmersion.com/scuba-diving-summer-camp Earth Immersion is a scuba, adventure and outdoor education camp for teens (13-17 years old) looking for an unmatched experience exploring North Florida’s crystal-clear springs. Activities include earning SCUBA certifications, snorkeling, canoeing, hiking, fishing, tubing, community service hours and learning about freshwater/marine biology. We offer 7- or 13-day overnight programs.COST $1,650-$2,950/session DATES June 27-Aug. 1, 7 or 13-day sessions AGES 13-17, Coed

ECKERD COLLEGE SUMMER WATERSPORTS CAMP

4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Florida 33711 727-864-8288; eckerd.edu/waterfront/camp The Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp offers classes in exploring watersports, sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, saltwater fishing, Little Mariners and Exploring Marine Life and more for students. This camp is taught in the perfect environment for learning watersports and gives campers exciting and unforgettable experiences. COST $175-$295/week DATES June 1-July 31, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. AGES 5-17, Coed

EDUCATION 1ST. CONSULTING

4809 E. Busch Blvd. Suite 206, Tampa, Florida 33617 813-679-2397; education1stconsulting.com Education 1st. Consulting offers educational services including tutoring, professional services, test prep, and homeschool services. We educate students and adults of all ages based on their specific learning needs including students/adults with learning disabilities either at our office, convenient location or at home. Both hourly and monthly plans are available. We are a provider for Step Up for Students, Vocational Rehabilitation, Children's Board and Foster Care agencies. COST $35-$40 hourly DATES all summer, Monday-Thursday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to noon AGES all ages, Coed

FLORIDA ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511 813-490-2787; faopa.org Musical Theatre camps run for two weeks with live performances at the conclusion of camp. Children have fun singing, acting, dancing and learning about costumes, stage presence, set design and props. Music & More Camp runs every day during select weeks in the summer with activities that includes guitar, drums, show choir, drama, acting, games, arts and crafts. COST varies DATES June-August AGES 5+, Coed

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WILD CREATIONS: EMPOWERMENT & ART WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG WOMEN

ART AROUND THE WORLD CAMP

Take a trip through time and around the world as you explore art at the MFA. Discover how and why people throughout history have created art as you explore the galleries, find new favorite artists, and create your own amazing artworks.

Learn about traditional female roles, and historical and contemporary female artists who have challenged these roles. Participants will gain tools for social and emotional management along with expression of their emotions through hands-on creation of art.

JULY 20–24 (grades 1–5)

JULY 6–10 (rising 6th to 9th graders that identify as female)

$250 per registration; $190 for MFA Members

FLORIDA ARTISTS CAMP

$30 multi-camp discount. Sibling discounts available. Scholarships available for 1st-5th grade camps.

Explore the art of Tampa Bay at the MFA. Learn why local artists create works that celebrate the environment, meet some of the artists working in our community, and create masterpieces of your own inspired by St. Pete.

Camp times 9 am–4 pm.

JULY 13–17 (grades 1–5)

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SAILING, WINDSURFING, KAYAKING, LITTLE MARINERS, FISHING, CHILDREN’S MARINE DISCOVERY, EXPLORING MARINE LIFE, AND WAKEBOARDING!

727.864.8288

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GIRL SCOUT SUMMER CAMP

Palm Harbor, Riverview and Wildwood 813-281-GIRL (4475); gswcf.org/summercamp Girls entering grades K-12 can spend the summer exploring the outdoors, taking on challenges, honing their skills, building lifelong friends and becoming leaders. Our program is centered around outdoor activities and traditional camp experiences (hello, s’mores) in a supportive environment where campers discover their courage and build their confidence. COST starting at $235/session DATES June 7-Aug. 1 GRADES entering grades 1-12, Girls

GIRLS WITH CONFIDENCE

Various locations: Lithia, Riverview, Tampa, Lutz, Pensacola 813-571-2002; girlswithconfidence.com Girls With Confidence offers several unique, creative and fun camps for girls in grades K-12. Every camp day we focus on a new "confidence building" theme where we have meaningful discussions, activities, games and work on different creative art projects and crafts. COST: $129-$229 DATES June 1-Aug. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; times vary by location AGES 5-18, Girls

GREAT EXPLORATIONS SUMMER CAMP

1925 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33704 727-821-8992; greatex.org/camps Great Explorations summer camps stimulate learning and imagination with days filled with experiments, arts, field trips and special guests. Each week features a new theme for the rising kindergarteners to third graders. COST Varies. DATES June-August; weekly, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. GRADES rising K-3, Coed

HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE - KIDS' COLLEGE SUMMER CAMP

Hillsborough Community College - Kids’ College Summer Camps, Multiple Locations 813-259-6010; tampatraining.com/kids-college At HCC Kids’ College, where we inspire our youth to dream more, do more and become more, we know how important it is to provide compelling options that cater to their interests. Join us and explore subjects like criminology, STEM, Mural Masterclass, Culinary Creations, Drone Discovery, computer programming, and much more. There’s something for everyone! COST $169+/week DATES June 8-July 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. AGES 8-16, Coed

ICE SKATING CAMPS | TAMPA BAY ICE

Offered at three convenient locations in Pinellas County tampabayice.com Stay cool this summer at Learn to Ice Skate and Learn to Play Hockey Camps. We offer weekly camps at all three locations for beginner through intermediate level hockey and recreational/figure skaters ages 5 and up. No skating experience required. Please check our website for hours and prices which vary by location and camp type. COST Varies DATES June 1-Aug. 7, weekly AGES 5+, Coed

ID TECH

Held at 150 prestigious campus locations 888-709-8324; iDTech.com iD Tech is the world leader in STEM education with 450,000 alumni and over 20 years of experience. Summer programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses including NYU, Caltech and Imperial College London. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics and creative arts. COST from $849/week DATES Day and overnight camps, flexible options AGES 7-17, Coed

J. PARK SUMMER KARATE CAMP

26246 US Highway 19 N., Clearwater, Florida 33761 727-796-7233; afterschoolkarate.com At Pinellas County’s number one after-school and summer karate camps for 21 years, your child will learn self-confidence and discipline through self-defense training. We will have option daily field trips, such as bowling, movies, swimming, amusement parks, etc. Call now to reserve your child’s spot for the most amazing and memorable time. COST: $129-$309/week, $55/day DATES/TIMES: June 1-Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m.6 p.m. M-F AGES: 4-14, Coed

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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. Campers will experience 3-4 off-campus activities each week. While on campus, campers will participate in activities such as rock climbing, bounce houses, sports, water games, crafts, and much, much more! Join us for a summer adventure! Soul Adventures is located at 129 North Belcher Rd, Clearwater.

Let the adventure begin

“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 Soul Adventures, a summer camp for 10-14 year-olds. Imagine these experiences: • Kayaking • Rope courses • Paint balling • Paddle boarding • Sailing • Archery • Fishing • Beach olympics • Snorkeling • Mountain biking Combine these exploits with a powerful daily devotion time, and you have the recipe for an adventure that might just last a lifetime.

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Summer 2020

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS – CAMP J (2 LOCATIONS)

jcccohncampus.com/camp bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/camp 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 at the 20-acre JCC on the Cohn Campus. All camps are designed to help your child develop a range of skills in a fun and supportive environment. COST varies DATES June 8-July 31 GRADES K-8, Coed

LAKE AURORA CHRISTIAN CAMP

237 Golden Bough Road, Lake Wales, Florida 33898 863-696-1102; lakeaurora.org Since 1947, Lake Aurora Christian Camp has been a place to experience God’s creation and see lives changed. Located in central Florida on a spring-fed clear lake, we offer a wide variety of activities from target sports, to boating, to waterfront options. Our programs include Bible teaching, social issues and life application of values in a Christ-centered atmosphere. We offer four tracks of programming 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-$397 DATES June 2-July 30 GRADES rising 1-12, Coed

MARCIA P. HOFFMAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS SUMMER CLASSES 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida 33759 727-791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com/hoffman-school-of-arts Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts summer classes enrolling soon!

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS SUMMER CAMP

6400 E. Chelsea St., Tampa, Florida 33610 813-626-6191; mhctampa.org/camp-mary-help-2019 We offer an Olympic-sized swimming pool, canoeing, sports and much more. We also have a great farm program in Mary Has a Little Farm where young people can ride horses and help to care for small animals. COST Registration fee $50, $150-$175/week DATES June 8-July 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. AGES: 5-15, Coed

MARY JO'S PEFORMING ARTS ACADEMY

15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa, Florida 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 $125-225 DATES June-August, weekly 9 a.m.to noon, 3, or 4 p.m. AGES 3-12, Coed

MONTESSORI ACADEMIES

4 Locations including Tampa, Temple Terrace and New Tampa 813-899-2345; MontessoriAcademies.com Don't let your child regress during the summer. Summer at Montessori Academies focuses on language, math, science and social studies, foreign language and art through exciting hands-on activities and lessons. COST $800-$1,000/month DATES June 1-July 24 AGES 12 months–grade 5, Coed

MONTESSORI BY THE SEA'S EXPLORE THE SHORE SUMMER CAMP 1603 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706 727-360-7621; montessori-by-sea.org Dive into 'Explore the Shore' Summer Camp at Montessori by the Sea! Explore the Shore offers an introduction to our local marine environment. Your child will experience daily hands-on interactive activities at our beach front campus as well as off-site adventures. Enroll for one week or all six. COST $200 per week DATES June 8-July 17, weekly 8:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. AGES 3- 6, Coed

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Summer at Ms. Lisa's

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LIGHTNING MADE SUMMER CAMPS LIGHTNING MADE TRAINING CENTER 6910 Asphalt Ave. Unit B Tampa, FL 33614

JUNE 1-5, JUNE 22-26, AUGUST 3-6

POWER POLE ARENA, HOME OF XTRA ICE · JUNE 1-5 6910 Asphalt Ave, Tampa, FL 33164

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ADVENTHEALTH CENTER ICE · JUNE 15-19 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

- GIRLS ONLY -

HERTZ ARENA · JULY 13-17

11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL 33928

TAMPA BAY SKATING ACADEMY · JULY 20-21 255 Forest Lake Blvd N, Oldsmar, FL 34677

POWERPOLE ARENA, HOME OF XTRA ICE · JULY 27-31 6910 Asphalt Ave, Tampa, FL 33164

For more information and to register visit

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Summer 2020

MOREAN ARTS CENTER ARTS & CLAY CAMP

719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 420 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, Florida 33712 727-822-7872; moreanartscenter.org  Art experiences for kids including half-day preschool camps (4-5 years old) and unique, specialized camps for teens (11-16 years old) including animation, glassblowing, quilling, photography and more! All campers will work on take-home projects, collaborative pieces and community art projects. We have something for every budding artist. Extended care available. COST $85-$330 DATES June 1-Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AGES 4-16, Coed

MS. LISA'S DANCE

3805 W. San Miguel St., Tampa, Florida 33629 813-253-5472; mslisasdancestudio.com Ms. Lisa's offers classes, workshops and camps in all styles of dance including acro, musical theatre, ballet, hip-hop and more! Check online for more information. COST $165 DATES May 27-Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AGES 3-6 and 6-13, Coed

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ST. PETERSBURG

255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 727-896-2667; mfastpete.org/programs/family-programs Explore the museum, discover new artists and create masterpieces at Florida Artists and Art Around the World Camps. Join one or both! Sixth to ninth graders identifying as female can join Empowerment & Art Workshop, discover female artists (historical and contemporary) with women curators and express themselves through conversation, mindfulness, yoga and art. COST $190-$250 Dates July 6-24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. GRADES 1-9 , Coed or identify as female

PIN CHASERS SUMMER CAMP

4847 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, Florida 33603 813-877-7418; pinchasers.net/fun/summer-camps Our affordable summer camp includes indoor and outdoor activities (camp is never canceled), daily lunch and snacks, and a free bowling ball, water bottle and T-shirt for each child. Kids develop a competitive spirit as well as teamwork and social skills through bowling, arts and crafts and fun activities. Use code EARLY to get $20 off until June 1. COST $199 DATES June 8-July 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AGES 5-15, Coed

PRACTICALLY PIKASSO ART CAMP

1912 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33704 727-822-5204; practicallypikasso.com Campers will learn about process, technique and art history while having tons of fun exploring and expanding their creativity. This is a genuine art camp and art is our passion! COST $55 full day / $35 half day with advance registration DATES June 1-Aug. 14, weekly AGES 5-12, Coed

RIVERVIEW CAMP FOR GIRLS

757 County Road 614, Mentone, Alabama 35984 800-882-0722; riverviewcamp.com Try new things without fear of failure and return each year to enjoy your favorites at our nut-free campus on top of Lookout Mountain in historic Mentone, Alabama. Adventure, inspiration and character and confidence-building are yours with a supportive staff and friends to cheer you on. We accredited by American Camping Association and Association for Experiential Education, members of Christian Camping International and Best of Parenting Winner by Nashville Parent Magazine for over 10 years. COST: One week $2,175; two weeks $3,990 DATES: June & July AGES: 6-16, Girls

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

SUMMER CAMP

June 21-27, 2020

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY! Find your voice on important societal issues and become a change-maker in your community by attending the Saint Leo University Social Justice Summer Camp. This week-long camp is designed for youth ages 14 to 18 who are interested in the fair treatment of all people and creatures, the environment, and laws regarding these issues. Campers will earn 40 community service hours while taking part in a variety of interactive experiences, including engaging with:

Endangered & service animals

Environmental causes

The homeless population

Migrant workers

To learn about camp requirements and to register, visit: totalcamps.com/socialjustice Housing, meals, field trip, and evening activities included in the $1,350 cost. A $500 deposit is due at registration with the balance paid in full on or before May 30. For information, email BSWInnovations@saintleo.edu or call (352) 588-7324.

SUMMER CAMPS

at the Tampa Bay History Center Get hands-on with history through games, activities, gallery time and guest speakers. Unmask the myths behind pirates and explorers! Swashbuckling Summer: June 8 - 12 or July 6 - 10

Meet Josefina, Samantha and Maryellen. American GirlŠ: June 22 - 26 or July 20 - 24

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

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ER SUMMP CAM starts ! June 1st

ABOUT OUR CAMPS YMCA Summer Camp programs provide the traditional fun summer experiences, with a focus on achievement, belonging and relationships. Our positive staff role models are trained to encourage inclusion, nurture uniqueness, and cultivate fun moments by engaging your campers.

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TAMPA METROPOLITAN AREA YMCA tampaymca.org/letscamp

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Summer 2020

SAFETY HARBOR MONTESSORI ACADEMY

2669 N McMullen Booth Road., Clearwater, Florida 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-$200/week DATES May 26–July 24 AGES Age 2-Grade 8, Coed

SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY: CO-ED SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMER CAMP

University Campus, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, Florida 33574 352-588-7324; totalcamps.com/socialjustice For the second year, Saint Leo University will host a social justice summer camp for high school students. The camp is designed for youths who are interested in the fair treatment of all people and creatures, the environment and laws regarding these issues. Housing, meals, field trips, and evening activities are included in the cost. Campers will earn 40 hours of community service that may be utilized for scholarships such as Bright Futures. COST: $1,350, $500 deposit due at registration DATES: Residential, June 21-27 AGES: 14-18, Coed

SHORECREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL

5101 1st St., NE, St. Petersburg, Florida 33703 727-346-1804; shorecrest.org/summer  Summer at Shorecrest offers affordable, educational and FUN summer programs for students age 4 to 12th grade including Drones & Robotics, Video Game Creation, Musical Theatre Training, Specialty Sports Clinics, academic enrichment, college prep and so much more! View the full catalog and register online. COST $140-$575/ week DATES  June 1-July 31; full day and half day AGES age 4-grade 12, Coed

SKY CAMP - SKYZONE

10137 E. Adamo Dr., #800b, Tampa, Florida 33619 813-833-1740; skyzone.com/tampa Elevate your summer at Sky Zone where kids can stay active with instructor-led activities like dodgeball, SkySlam, our new Warrior Course, crafts and science experiments. With different themes each week, your kids will never be bored! COST  Full day and half day, $25.99-$45.99 daily, $139.99-$179.99 weekly, 20% sibling discount DATES all summer, full day 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., half day 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 12:30 -5 p.m. AGES 5-13, Coed

SOUL ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMP

129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida 33765 727-797-1186; souladventures.us If you are looking for something exciting for your child to do this summer, then Soul Adventure is the right choice. 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. COST $168 - $280/week DATES May 26-Aug. 7 AGES 5-15, Coed

ST. PETERSBURG CITY THEATRE'S SUMMER THEATRE CAMP

4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg, Florida 33712 727-866-1973; spcitytheatre.org Our two-week camps begin with auditions and end with a fully staged performance on our Main Stage. All theatre experience levels welcome. Shows include “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” “Pirates of Penzance Jr.,” “Lion King Jr.” and “Annie Jr.” COST $400/week DATES June 8-July 31 AGES 7-14, Coed

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Various Locations 813-301-6500; lightningmadehockey.com/summercamps Join the Tampa Bay Lightning for one of their exclusive Summer Hockey Camps taught by Lightning alumni and staff. With offerings for all ages, the Lightning offers camps that are geared towards all skill levels, girls-only camps, and goaltending camps. Visit the website for more information! COST $225-$500 DATES June 1-Aug. 7 AGES 6-15, Coed

TAMPA BAY TURNERS GYMNASTICS & SWIMMING

2301 26th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 727-328-8500; tampabayturners.com  Gymnastics classes, competitive USAG Teams, current levels 3, 4, XG & XP 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), Summer Day Camps. COST $40/day, $170/ week DATES Beginning June 1, weekly 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., extended camp 8-9 a.m., 3-5 p.m. ($6/hour) AGES 5-12, Coed

TAMPA ELITE SOCCER ACADEMY

University of Tampa, 417 N. Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33606 813-323-3933; tampaelitesa.com Summer soccer camps at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium are Tampa Bay’s #1 youth soccer summer camps. Day camps are for boys and girls ages 5-13, Resident camps ages 9-18 years (Boys only for resident camps). Camp hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon Fridays. COST $280 for day camps, early bird registration prior to April 15 only $250 DATES June and July AGES day camps for ages 5-13, Coed. Resident camps for ages 9-18, Boys

TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART: SUMMER ART CAMP 2020

Cornelia Corbett Center, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida 33602 813-421-6631; tampamuseum.org/summerartcamp Children and teens exercise their creativity and imagination with hands-on activities themed around the Tampa Museum of Art’s permanent collection of antiquities, modern and contemporary art. With a variety of 2D and 3D mediums to choose from, campers connect with the art on view and create unique works of art. COST $125-$150 DATES June 1-July 3 AGES 6-17, Coed

USF SOCCER CAMP

4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida 33620 631-901-3328; usfsoccercamps.com Our superb coaching staff includes licensed coaches and current University of South Florida Bulls soccer players. We strive to help each camper, from beginners to experienced players, improve in a positive and energetic environment and learn new skills, play games and have a blast competing in camp tournaments. COST varies by camp DATES June and July AGES 4-18, Coed

VOSLER YOUNG ARTISTS' STUDIO

330 Pauls Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511 813-417-5867; vosleryoungartistsstudio.com This workshop will introduce the young artist to a classical atelier program of instruction. Students will learn to draw through direct observation. Kerry Vosler, master instructor, will do frequent demonstrations and give regular instruction at the artist's easel. COST $395 DATES June 1-5, 8-12, Aug 10-14 AGES 12-18, Coed

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June 1-July 31 Camps for students of all ages, from preschool to 12th grade.

Purposeful Preschool Play Drones & Robotics Video Game Creation Summer at Shorecrest Fine Arts and Fiber Arts 5101 First Street, NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 Musical Theatre Training 727-522-2111 | www.shorecrest.org/summer Specialty Sports Clinics Academic Enrichment/College Prep...and so much more! Register Now at www.shorecrest.org/summer APRIL 2020 TampaBayParenting.com

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HIDE & PEEP EGG HUNT April 4, 9-11 a.m. Westshore Plaza is hosting a fun, free, family-friendly event for Easter! There will be an egg hunt promptly at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Breakfast with Bunny provided by Chick-fil-A while supplies last. eventbrite.com JELLY BEAN FLING April 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can enjoy a wide array of activities to celebrate the holiday at the Florida Pioneer Museum. Each age group can enjoy the Easter Bunny and egg hunts, bags included, as well as bounce houses, a petting zoo, games and a barrel train ride with Conductor Joe. pioneerfloridamuseum.org D&B TAMPA 120 BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY April 4, 10 a.m. to noon Join the Dave & Busters team for a delicious brunch to be shared with the Easter Bunny! They will be offering two brunch options for either $25.55 or $20.55. There will also be an egg hunt so make sure you are prepared to find as many Easter eggs as you can! eventbrite.com

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CENTRAL PASCO & GULF RAILROAD 2020 EASTER TRAIN RIDE AND EGG HUNT April 4-5 & 10-11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a train ride through Scenic Wilderness Park. Bring a camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and hunt for those colorful eggs! Egg Hunts will take place both days. Tickets are $6 per person. (Under 12 months are free). cp-grr.com/easter WESTCHASE EGG HUNT April 5, 1-4 p.m. Give back to the community this Easter by participating in the Westchase Egg Hunt! Tickets are $10 per child and the event will include the egg hunt, arts and crafts, bounce house and much more! The event will support The Westchase Charitable Foundation. eventbrite.com COTTONTAIL SPECIAL IN PARRISH April 10 - 11, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. 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. The price is $14.50-$32.50. frrm.org EASTER PERSONAL BEST 5K/10K/13.1 RUN TAMPA April 11 Run through the captivating city of Tampa for the Personal Best Easter-themed run. You will have to time yourself and post the results online, so the marathon will not be coordinated by anyone but you! Run through the designated course or at any other location of your preference and enjoy the race’s special packets and treats. runsignup.com

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EASTER JAM: UPSIDE DOWN April 11, 2-4 p.m. The Tampa Salvation Army is hosting an Easter party with entertainment for the whole family. The FREE event at their kids’ center features an egg hunt, photo booths, cake, games and much more! The event is recommended for families with children from preschool to elementary stages. eventbrite.com EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA BENEFITING ENRICHING ESCAPES April 11, 9 a.m. to noon Visit Sweetwater Organic Community Farm for some Saturday Easter fun such as egg hunts, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon twister and much more! Tickets can be purchased for $25 per family. eventbrite.com UNDERWATER EGG HUNT & CHALK-LIT FAIR April 11, 10 a.m. to noon Forget the conventional ways to go egg hunting! Dive into the pool and find as many Easter eggs as you can! Stay and participate in their sidewalk chalk contest and win amazing prices! The egg hunt starts at $5 and the contest is free! spbrec.com/ special-events HAINES CITY EASTER EGG HUNT April 11, 10 a.m. to noon At Haines City’s annual Easter egg hunt, ages 2-10 are welcome to egg hunts that will be divided into age groups. Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, food and more! Don’t forget to take a picture with the Easter Bunny! hainescity.com

PLANT CITY EASTER EGG HUNT April 11, 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. There will be two Golden Eggs hidden for a lucky someone to find! Egg Hunt is free for all kids ages 3-11. plantcitygov.com

3RD ANNUAL HELICOPTER EGG DROP ON THE RANCH April 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Easter differently this year and visit Beaumont Ranch for their 3rd Annual Easter Egg Drop! The event will feature pony rides, bounce houses, hayrides, a petting zoo, food, music and much more! Try to catch some of the 10,000 eggs that will be dropped from the skies. facebook.com/BeaumontRanchFl

KERBY’S NURSERY 11TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT April 11, 10 a.m. Grab your Easter baskets and see how many eggs the kids can find hidden among Kerby’s flowers. There will be more eggs than ever this year! kerbysnursery.com

7TH ANNUAL HOP N’ GLOW EASTER EGG HUNT AND CELEBRATION April 11, 5:30-9 p.m. Everything glows at this blacklight bunny hop dance party with age-specific egg hunts, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, games, giveaways, entertainment and activities. Participate in the egg hunt at the Anderson Snow Park and find one of their thousands of Easter eggs! business.hernandochamber.com

BRANDON REGIONAL’S 5TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT April 11, 10 a.m. to noon Come join in the Easter celebration outside the pediatric ER of Brandon Regional Hospital. This event is free and will feature egg crafts, games and more! Make sure your own basket so you can store all your eggs! brandonhospital.com 7TH ANNUAL SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY EGG HUNT April 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. Make sure to be there a couple of minutes before the event starts so you don’t miss out on anything! eventbrite.com

EGG HUNT AT GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM April 15, 8:30-10 a.m. Hunt for thousands of eggs hidden in the exhibits, meet the Easter Bunny and cuddle adorable animals at Glazer Children's Museum's annual Egg Hunt. All activities and an entire day of Museum play are included with admission. $12 Admission, Free for GCM Members. glazermuseum.org/egg-hunt-new

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GAYLORD PALMS EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA Through April 12 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, a Hop-A-Long Pool Party and a Mad Tea Party Escape Room. With 4.5 acres of atrium gardens, there are plenty of places to hide and many eggs to seek. marriott.com

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MEGACON ORLANDO  April 16-19, various times  The Southeast’s largest fan convention is coming back to the Orange County Convention Center! This year’s MEGACON features artists from shows such as “The Office” and “Saved by the Bell” as well as a special reunion from the four hobbits of “Lord of the Rings” and individual appearances by Hollywood favorites like Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone and many more!  megaconorlando.com TAMPA BAY KIDS TRIATHLON  April 18, 7:45 a.m.  Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14 will have the opportunity to show their swimming, biking and running skills at the Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon! The race will be held at Busch Gardens’ Adventure Island. Winners will get the chance to get ‘stay and play’ tickets along with their respective trophies.  tampabaykidstriathlon.com

BUSCH GARDEN’S FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL  Through April 26  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 3  Sample a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors from around the world at SeaWorld Orlando. This year there will be even more concert dates and a lineup you do not want to miss.  seaworld.com

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PAW PATROL: ADVENTURE PLAY  Through May 25  Explore Adventure Bay with Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker at the PAW Patrol exhibit at Glazer Children’s Museum. “There’s no job too big, no pup too small!”  glazermuseum.org DINOS ALIVE!  Through May 31  Head over to ZooTampa to discover species that haven’t been seen for millions of years. Enjoy fossil digs, life-size animatronic dinosaurs and fun for the whole family!  zootampa.org

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL  Through June 1  Experience spring through brilliant blooms, live entertainment, flavorful dishes and interactive playgrounds as a part of this annual springtime celebration at Disney’s EPCOT. Guests can check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, flower towers, exhibits and outdoor rock concerts.  disneyworld.com TAMPA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL  April 10-11, 18-19, 25-26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Keel & Curley Winery is hosting the annual Blueberry Festival at their vineyard in Plant City with 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 PIER 60 SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL  April 10-26, 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.

11TH ANNUAL ECOFEST  April 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  11th Annual EcoFest is a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School with live music, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. Expect local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and produce gardens.  learninggate.org A BRONX TALE - THE MUSICAL  April 20, 8 p.m.  This new Broadway hit musical is based on the real-life story of Chazz Palminteri. The show follows the story of a young man living in the Bronx in the 1960s who finds himself tangled between the desire to be a good father and a mob boss. Enjoy the show’s energetic dances and electrifying music with prices starting at $35.  rutheckerdhall.com SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, JR.  April 23 – 26, various times  Join Patel Conservatory’s students ages 10-14 in their adaptation of the Hollywood musical. Sing along at the TECO Theatre with tickets starting at $20! There will be a sensory-friendly performance April 25.  strazcenter.org

IMAGINATION DAY AT WESTSHORE PLAZA  April 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  A child's imagination is the fuel for their dreams, and Westshore Plaza knows this! Visit Westshore Plaza for interactive, hand-on activities where little ones can spark their imaginations! First 100 children will receive a hero’s cape and mask and admission is FREE.  eventbrite.com ENTERTAINMENT REVUE STUDIO AUDITIONS  April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Entertainment Revue is holding auditions at their studio at 3401 Henderson Blvd., Suite H in Tampa. Grade K-5 will audition at 10 a.m. and grades 6-12 at 1:30 p.m. Audition fee is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. If you are unable to make the annual auditions this year, please contact erfiwings@aol.com to set up your private audition day and time. For full audition details go to  entertainmentrevue.com/auditions. DREAM WALK  April 26, 9 a.m. to noon  Join National Pediatric Cancer Foundation in their annual Dream Walk at Raymond James Stadium. Register as an individual or a team at walkingfundsthecure. org CHARLOTTE’S WEB  April 26, 2:30 p.m.  This heartwarming classic comes to life at the Straz Center. Follow the adventures of Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig and their friends for lifetime lessons on love and friendship. Tickets start at just $12.50!  strazcenter.org TFO: PROHIBITION  April 26, 7:30 p.m.  The Florida Orchestra presents the roaring 20s in a way never seen before! Music will be delivered by Rudy Vallée, Josephine Baker and Kurt Weill and three premier vocalists! There will be vintage images and videos, and, even though all ages are welcomed, some adult themes will be explored during the show.  rutheckerdhall.com

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