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APRIL 2018

Earth Day

How you can help end plastic pollution WHAT'S NEW

Tampa Bay's best


Glazer Children's Museum

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Downtown Tampa 110 W Gasparilla Plaza 33602 Open Daily M-F 10am-5pm Sat 10am-6pm | Sun 1-6pm GlazerMuseum.org

The Glazer Children's Museum proudly partners with the Children's Board of Hillsborough County to promote child and family well-being through many free and sponsored family resources. To learn more or participate today, visit GlazerMuseum.org

CBHC Free Tuesday

First Tuesday of Every Month Play in the Museum, connect with community resources, enjoy educational programs, and meet special guests from Noon-7pm! 2 TampaBayParenting.com | APRIL 2018

Positive Parenting Program For Caregivers Learn how to encourage positive behavior at home with Champions for Children. Free childcare is provided during these programs at GCM.

Developmental Checkups

For Children Ages 3 and Under Attend a one-on-one checkup with Champions for Children to assess your child’s developmental progress and receive recommendations on community resources at GCM.

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With more than 200 pediatricians, pediatric specialists and family medicine physicians in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties, care for your family is always nearby. As the area’s premier pediatric providers, we will continue to help your children stay healthy, with a wide range of services, including: n Asthma management n Extended care: Weekend and holiday hours n Hospital newborn care

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Contents / April 2018

SECTIONS 11 14 17 18

21 29 33 35 48

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67 68


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Guest Editor Feature Safe haven Earth Day Pitch the plastics Autism Awareness Tough love across the spectrum Where We Stand Gun safety


School Spotlight Independent school education Sleep Away Summer Benefits of going to an overnight camp Summer Camp Fun Summer at Busch Gardens PTA LegiCon Every child, one voice Building Character Support good decision making in your kids


Ask the Doctor Tips for postpartum days Bus for All Patients St. Joseph’s mobile medical clinic



Date Night Guide Sunsets are the ultimate mood lighting Local Rancher Southwest Cattle Company cares for the land


Runway Translator Mom to mompreneur


New Attractions Check out what's new at area museums and theme parks Publix Exhibit at Glazer Play with purpose


Top Picks Family-friendly fun in April events Around Town Highlights from the community







HAPPY CAMPERS Your guide to area summer camps. Find the best places and experiences for your kids this summertime.

Cover kid Marley Sinclair, 3, enjoys the revamped Publix exhibit at Glazer Children's Museum. READ MORE ON PAGE 74 Cover image by Darlene Barlows Photography darlenebarlowsphotography.com

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Guest editor note

GUEST EDITOR Jennifer Kuhn



Anu Varma Panchal



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jennifer Kuhn Anu Varma Panchal Bri Dold Michelle Bremer Emily Hinsdale Casey Hilliard Brianna Althaus Kate White Tara Payor, Ph.D. Erica King Kaitlyn Fusco Heather Segura Jill Hechtman, MD, Theresa NeSmith Ellie Hirsch Laura Byrne


Sarah Stoulil Brianna Althaus

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins


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Darlene Barlows Photography Justin DeMutiis

Thank you to all the parents of Tampa Bay for making our community vibrant as you guide our next generation into adulthood and help your children reach their vast potential. My name is Jennifer Kuhn, and I am interim regional managing director for the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Suncoast Region. The Suncoast Region encompasses 11 counties and stretches from Pasco County in the north to Collier County in the south. I have spent my professional life dedicated to child welfare and have worked with tireless professionals to keep our children safe. In all my roles, including director of family safety, I have witnessed firsthand the power that a loving, safe and nurturing environment can have in the development of a child. Supporting a child can be difficult and, in many ways, requires the work of a village, but it can be the most rewarding experience of your lifetime. As we move toward the spring and summer seasons, I want to take a moment to share some valuable tips that may help save a child’s life. Did you know that the two leading causes of death for children in the Tampa Bay area are both 100

percent preventable? In 2017, we lost 39 local children – more than two kindergarten classes – to these preventable causes. These tragedies do not discriminate; they impact families of all income levels, all races, all ages and across all neighborhoods. However, there is something we can do! In this issue of Parenting Magazine you will find an informative article with tips and ways to keep your children safe that are both easy to remember and easy to implement. You can also visit www. preventneedlessdeaths.com to see these tips at any time. Together we can make Tampa Bay safer for our children and allow them to reach their full potential. Thank you for everything you do for kids.




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

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Beginning this month at MOSI!

Into Outer Space Come Sit in the pilot’s seat of tomorrow’s space craft in our new traveling exhibit:

Visitors to Be the Astronaut learn about the challenges and excitement of spaceflight - then apply that knowledge as they fly a spaceship in a thrilling narrative adventure to the moon, Mars and beyond. Only at MOSI!

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GUEST EDITOR | Life + Home

SAFER SLEEP QUICK TIPS TIP #1 Room-sharing offers almost all of the benefits of bedsharing without the risks, so bring your baby’s crib into your room for the first six months of life. Also, be mindful of older children bed-sharing with their baby siblings. Even the weight of a small child can cause air restriction to a baby. Provide a Pack ‘n Play to all caregivers.

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TIP #2 Put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib with a tight-fitting crib sheet and firm mattress, free of blankets, pillows, bumper pads and stuffed animals. Your sleeping baby is cute enough on their own without extra décor in the bed.

safe HAVEN


TIP #3 If you are worried your baby will be cold, try a sleep sack instead of a loose blanket to keep baby safe and warm. The smallest blanket can block an infant’s airway while a sleep sack poses no risk of interfering with their mouth and nose.

By Jennifer Kuhn


s parents, we constantly worry about our kids, no matter their age. Each age group offers its own challenges. We worry about what our kids eat, where they go to school, if they are learning, to whom they speak and many other concerns. All of these worries are because we want to keep our kids safe as they grow up in a nurturing environment. There are, however, two specific areas proven to be the most dangerous for kids, and you might find them surprising. Drowning and infant unsafe sleep are the leading causes of accidental child death in the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida. In 2017 alone, we lost 39 local children – more than two entire kindergarten classes – to these two preventable causes. This may sound bleak but the good news is this: Drowning and unsafe sleep are 100 percent preventable! Whether you’re preparing for your new baby’s arrival or planning out your family’s summer beach excursions, take a few minutes to educate yourself on the facts and about how to keep your family safe. continued next page APRIL 2018 | TampaBayParenting.com 11



It’s also critical to have a frank Drowning is surprisingly silent and fast—not like the conversation with all caregivers, including splashing and screaming we may see in movies. In just new grandparents. While tips and 20 seconds, less time than it takes to switch a load of suggestions are helpful, remind them that laundry, a child can drown. The main reason children when it comes to safe sleep practices, we drown is because of lack of supervision or distracted know more now than we did yesterday; supervision in and around water. Two-thirds of small we no longer paint our nurseries with lead kids who drowned in a paint and car seats are pool were last seen in now the law. the house. SHARE THIS Understand the hidden LIFE SAVING dangers that can also KNOW THE STATISTICS INFORMATION lead to drowning. A Don’t be afraid to speak small child can drown NEARLY 74% OF DEATHS IN BABIES YOUNGER THAN 4 up. If you see something, in as little as 1 inch MONTHS HAPPENED IN A say something; it may of water. Children BED-SHARING SITUATION. save a child’s life. These have drowned in mop child deaths are 100 buckets, pet water DROWNING BEGINS IN AS LITTLE AS 20 SECONDS. percent preventable. As dishes, bathtubs and a community, we can toilets, places you don’t all make a difference normally expect it to by speaking up and happen or in places advocating for our where you’re not as children among family, much on your guard. friends and our social circles. If you would INFANT UNSAFE SLEEP FACTS like additional information and even more In Tampa Bay, more children die from unsafe tips and suggestions on keeping kids safe, co-sleeping environments than any other preventable visit preventneedlessdeaths.com. child death. Infants are 40 times more likely to die in adult beds than in their own cribs. Pillow-top mattresses, comforters, fluffy pillows and stuffed animals are dangerous in adult beds AND in cribs. Nearly 74 percent of deaths in babies younger than 4 months happened in a bed-sharing situation.

WATER SAFETY QUICK TIPS TIP #1 If you have a pool or live by a pond or canal, make sure you have multiple barriers in place. Doors should have high locks and alarms. If you have a pool, make sure you have a self-locking pool fence and a pool alarm. TIP #2 As soon as your child starts crawling, enroll them in a program like the ISR Self-Rescue Survival Swim Lessons. If you don’t have the funds, local non-profits like the Y often have free or reduced cost classes available.

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EVERY POOL IN FLORIDA IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (BUT HAVING MORE THAN ONE IS BEST): • An approved pool safety cover • Child proof doors that lead to water access and lock them at all times • A four-foot pool fence completely surrounding the pool preferrably with a self closing gate


TIP #3 Designate a “water watcher.” As spring approaches, pool/beach parties become a favorite activity. Assign an adult to keep their eyes on the children at all times when they are near water. The watcher should avoid distraction, especially by phone calls, texting or other electronic devices. Have the water watcher wear a lanyard with a whistle or wristband to remind them that when they are wearing it, they are responsible. If they need to leave they should pass the lanyard on to another responsible adult. The most effective supervision of infants and toddlers is to be within arm’s reach and close enough to rescue the child if needed.

• Approved alarms on all doors, windows and fences with direct access to the pool • Approved self-closing, self-latching doors with direct access to the pool

What Can I Recycle in the Blue Cart? Recyclables need to be empty and dry. Go bagless, place items loose in the cart.

Yes, Toss These In:

When In Doubt – Leave It Out

Clean Plastic Bottles and Containers

Dry Paper, Newspaper, and Junk Mail

Clean Milk and Juice Cartons

Clean Glass Bottles and Jars

NO Plastic Bags or Film

NO Polystyrene Foam or Styrofoam™

NO Soiled Paper Items

Dry Paperboard Boxes

Clean Aluminum Cans

Dry Flattened Cardboard

Clean Steel and Tin Metal Containers

NO Clothing, Shoes, or Textiles

NO Garden Hoses, Cords, Ropes, or Wires

NO Electronics

(caps on)

(Recycle at a Community Collection Center)

More recycling information: HCFLGov.net/Recycling • (813) 272-5680 Public Works

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pitch the



An hour's worth of cleaning up after Gasparilla this year yielded this much recycling.


By Heather Segura and Kaitlyn Fusco of the Florida Aquarium


lastic pollution is one of the gravest threats facing ocean and freshwater animals today. About 8.8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year worldwide – roughly a dump truck full of plastic every minute of every day. In the United States alone, plastic waste averages more than 200 pounds per person each year. Rivers and lakes also suffer from plastic pollution and contribute to the massive amounts of plastics found in the oceans.


Emerson Arena, 16, helps the Florida Aquarium, the City of Tampa and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful clean Tampa up after Gasparilla in February.

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The convenience of single-use plastics has added to an ongoing global problem of plastic pollution that, without immediate action, will only continue to increase. Singleuse items like plastic bags and straws are responsible for countless health problems in marine wildlife. Once in the environment, these plastics break into smaller fragments known as microplastics. Often times, these microplastics are ingested by animals, which in some cases can lead to death.

Humans should be concerned for our health, too. Over time, as fish consume these plastics, their bodies may absorb harmful chemicals that are given off by the plastics. As consumers of seafood, it is important that we know the potential risk of these chemicals traveling up the food chain, possibly making their way into our bodies. The Florida Aquarium and many other organizations around the world are joining together to educate the public about the importance of plastic reduction. In an effort to reduce its use of plastics, The Florida Aquarium no longer offers plastic bags at its gift shop or plastic straws at its cafĂŠ. You, too, can make a difference in the choices that you make. Next time you are out enjoying a meal, skip the straw, and when shopping, bring a reusable bag. Small changes in everyday habits can lead to big changes in the future of our planet.



When ordering a drink, politely ask for “no straw, please.� Straws pose a serious danger to marine life such as turtles and fish that try to ingest them thinking they are food. Straws are used for minutes and then tossed in the garbage, where they become an instant source of plastic pollution.



Marine animals and birds often confuse floating bags for edible sea life such as jellyfish and plankton. Once ingested, the plastic blocks the digestive tract and the animals starve to death. Other animals drown after becoming entangled in plastic waste.



50 billion water bottles are sold yearly in the United States, but only 23 percent are recycled. Just one plastic bottle can take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose.



A great way to reduce single-use plastics is to pack your lunch in reusable containers instead of plastic baggies and pack it in a reusable lunchbox rather than in a plastic bag.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Elizabeth and John Anderson help The Florida Aquarium, the City of Tampa and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful clean up Tampa's streets after Gasparilla. Piles of trash found its way into the water after the parades. Paul Evans finds Jell-O shots, marshmallows, balloons and other trash while cleaning up after Gasparilla.

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Lucky me! Okay, now I will answer some questions—three to be exact. Well, I feel like a genie right now. Hopefully I get more questions to answer in due time. Onto the first question I have received:

TOUGH LOVE across the spectrum

WHAT DID MY MOM DO TO ENCOURAGE ME? W ell, she dealt with me for

22 years (and still does), so she basically gave me endless moral support. That’s the thing though; we autistic kids and young adults are no different from children without autism. We need moral support too!



Contact CARD card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu 813-974-2532

Oh hey! I’m Erica J. King. I am a student at The Learning Academy (TLA). I am a Cancer, but although I can be crabby at times, I am never shellfish. Fishy puns aside, I wasn’t always a student at TLA—heavens to Betsy, no. I had a lot of obstacles to jackhammer through. Sometimes it required two jackhammers, one from me and one from my awesome mom. I am going to give some advice to the parents out there reading this by answering three questions, but first a quick story: Before I went to TLA, it was my last week at my old school. I wasn’t ready to leave. It would mean leaving a good handful of my close friends. I was scared and emotional, but my mom said that maybe I should have those who I grew close to sign a journal in a yearbook kind of fashion. So that’s exactly what I did. I felt a lot better and I still have the journal (though not entirely filled). It’s still awesome and has some of my friends and people I cared about wishing me luck in TLA. I felt much better. Sure I thank them for signing it, but I also thank my mom for the idea and encouraging me by telling me that I knew the TLA teacher already whereas the other students wouldn’t.

Okay, not to restate like a bad commercial, but we need endless moral support. But here’s the thing, don’t give too much of it. If we are doing something wrong, you have to stick it to us! Give us consequences. It’s called tough love. I didn’t always get what I wanted. Example would be if a kid wanted candy before dinner, and if you said no and they started having a tantrum, people would stare wouldn’t they? Well, don’t give in. Scold them and say, “If you don’t stop right now, you will never eat a piece of candy again.” Harsh it may seem, but you can’t just wave a white flag or they will be like: “If I keep throwing tantrums, I will get whatever I want!”


resources for sure. I went through therapy, years of speech and occupational therapy and CARD definitely helped! They’ve become my family! Thanks for reading this article !



Erica King interns at PowerStories Theatre and is a student at the Learning Academy at USF. She graduated from Focus Academy and Wharton High School, and her goal is to become a successful writer.

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e at Tampa Bay Parenting stand for safe, happy and healthy children and families. You may have noticed that we have been taking a very outspoken position on gun safety. We believe strongly that something needs to change and we will advocate for change. This does not mean we want to take your guns away, but we will demand for certain limitations like stronger restrictions on the purchase of or even an all out ban on assault weapons like the AR-15. We want to see stronger protocols put into place nationwide so law enforcement, the FBI and any other law enforcement agencies can follow up on suspected threats and have the ability to take weapons away from those deemed a possible threat to others or themselves. We could go on, but we think we’ve proven our point. You do not have to agree with us. That is your right just as it is our right to voice our opinions on this issue as parents. We hope you will continue to follow us as we share positive stories and family-friendly events in our community, but we understand if you decide to part ways with us because of our position on gun safety. We are okay with that. We recently attended the funeral and stood at the gravesite of one of the victims of this horrific shooting and watched as the family laid their beautiful, smart and loving 14-year-old child to rest. To say we are angry is an understatement. We stand with all students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We stand with students from across our state and across our country as they march and rally for change. We stand for some sort of change because enough is enough.

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— Contact your representatives and tell them how you feel. — Join a local march or rally. — To get informed by Moms Demand Action, text “Act” to 64433. Go to Everytown.org and find your local chapter and join them. If there isn’t a chapter, they will help you create one. — If you see something, say something. — Love and be compassionate. A simple smile and hello to someone can make all of the difference in the world. The photo below we took at the memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A student wrote a quote by Mahatma Gandhi that we believe really resonates with what is going on in our world right now: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”



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Independent schools foster positive, supportive relationships between students and their teachers, coaches and administrators. These relationships emphasize respect, responsibility and integrity. The size of independent school classes allows teachers to learn what motivates and inspires each student. As a result, students are more comfortable participating in class, more likely to ask questions, and more willing to seek assistance from their teachers, and later, their college professors.


Think an independent school may be the right fit for your child? Email admissions@ academyatthelakes.org, or call 813-909-7919.

Valuable INDEPENDENT SCHOOL EDUCATION By Bri Dold, Academy at the Lakes


hoosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. With all the school options available, making the right choice can feel overwhelming. This list, which outlines the value of an independent school education, is designed to help you determine whether a school like Academy at the Lakes might be a good fit for your family.

There is no getting “lost in the crowd” at a school like Academy at the Lakes. Being a student at an independent school means you have big opportunities in a smaller setting. Because of the school’s size, each student is that much more important to the success of the community. Whether it’s in the theater, on the field or as part of a club, there are endless chances for your child to leave a legacy.



In mission-driven independent schools, the goal is to graduate students who embody that mission: students who are prepared academically, who have challenged themselves through a variety of extracurricular opportunities, and who have embraced the values needed to find individual success in college and beyond.


Independent schools set high standards for their students in and out of the classroom. Since many independent schools are collegepreparatory schools, the graduation requirements are typically more rigorous than at public and parochial schools. In addition, many independent schools offer academic experiences that go beyond the standard Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, including research courses, travel abroad and internship opportunities. Independent school students are often required to be active in community service, complete an internship or deliver a senior speech prior to graduation. High standards don’t just apply to independent school students, but to faculty and staff as well. Accredited independent schools are reviewed by a third-party team of teachers and administrators regularly.

Independent schools spend a considerable amount of time and resources on guiding students and their families through the college process. Many begin working with families at the beginning of the student’s ninth-grade year, offering one-on-one meetings and various educational programs. With a low counselor-tostudent ratio, independent school college counselors provide support on financial aid and scholarship applications, standardized testing, essay writing, teacher recommendations, interviews, and, most importantly, finding the best fit college for each student.

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Admiral Farragut Academy Summer Camps 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg 33710 727-384-5500 x220; summer@farragut.org farragut.org/summer

June 4 - Aug. 3 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $200/week average Co-ed; PreK3 - 11

Waterfront, athletics, trips, educational activities.

Altitude Trampoline Park Summer Camp 4340 W. Hillsborough Ave. Suite 350, Tampa 33614 813-399-1529, info@altitudetampa.com altitudetampa.com

June 4 - July 27, weekly Half day options: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Full day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half day: $99.99/week, Full day: $149.99/week Co-ed; ages 6-14

Open jump, battle beam championships, dunk contests, team building events, Altitude Olympics, educational and creative activities.

American Stage Summer Camp & Teen Summer Institute First Presbyterian Church 701 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 33701 727-823-1600 x204; education@americanstage.org americanstage.org/summer

June 4 - Aug. 3 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $205 - $570 per session Co-ed; ages 5-18; K-12

Acting, improvisation, voice and language, movement and dance, creative writing, singing, career studies

Art Around the World 1846 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33712 Visit website for contact information creativeclay.org/summer-camp

June 4 - July 27 9 a.m to 3 p.m. $150/week Co-ed; ages 6-12

Study the cultures of four countries around the world through art

Art Adventures Camp Color Me Mine 1609 W. Snow Circle, Tampa 33606 813-258-8368; tampa@colormemine.com tampa.colormemine.com/summercamps.tpl

June 4 - Aug. 3; no camp the week of July 4 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $175/week Co-ed; ages 6-12

Arts and crafts activities, games

AquaCamps at The Florida Aquarium 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa 33602 813-273-4015; education@flaquarium.org flaquarium.org

May 29 - Aug. 3 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $90 - $760 Co-ed; ages 3-18

Educational, marine science, experiments, crafts, animal encounters, games, field trips, swimming, water play, kayaking, snorkeling

Berkeley Prep Summer Programs 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa 33615 813-885-1673 berkeleyprep.org/summer

June 4 - July 27 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; times vary by camp Price varies Co-ed and single gender camps; PreK-12

Over 100 camps and classes - sports, fine arts, music, enrichment, academics.

Best Summer Ever at your Tampa area YMCA Hillsborough / Pinellas / Pasco Phone numbers vary by location tampaymca.org/ymcasuncoast.org/ stpeteymca.org

May 29 - Aug. 3 (Hillsborough) Times vary by location Prices vary by location Co-ed; PreK-12

Wide variety of activities and specialty camps

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Camps at ZooTampa: Young Explorers Welcome Enroll now in ZooTampa’s all-inclusive camps and give your kids a summer full of exploration! • Camp prices start at $229 and include morning and after care, lunch, T-shirt and a pass to return all summer! • Campers enjoy hands-on animal encounters, getting nose-to-horn with a majestic Indian Rhino, hand-to-fin with playful stingrays or test the smarts of a clever rat.

• Campers will get behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive ride time on the all-new Roaring Springs water adventure, which will have your kids feeling refreshed this summer. • With camps beginning June 11, campers will have plenty of hands-on learning time and fun with zoo staff and fellow campers!

Space is limited! Register today at ZooTampa.org/camps


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Looking for a fun and safe summer camp that your kids will Love?

Camp registration begins in March.

For camp locations, registration and fee information, visit myclearwaterparks.com and click on the Programs tab.

Don’t “bee” left out of the Fun!

All Camps are $100 per week or less, including all field trips!

Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, technology, sports, and enrichment camps at the Academy of the Holy Names’ ever-popular Summer on Bayshore! For additional information or to register online, visit holynamestpa.org/summer. Weekly sessions run from June 11 - July 27.


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Academy of the @holynamestpa Holy Names - Tampa


9:00AM-4:00PM $150/WEEK Ages 6-13


9:00AM-12:00PM $75/WEEK Ages 4/5

Our Summer camp is a great place to start. Athletes will have the chance to hang out with our amazing BA Staff in a fun, positive, energetic and safe environment. This camp is designed to focus on fun, but will allow kids to work on stretching, strength and conditioning, jumps, tumbling, stunting, dance and much more!

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Beach Volleyball Youth Summer Camp 1845 17th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33713 727-317-6846; info@bevolleyacademy.com bevolleyacademy.com

May 2 - June 11; June 6 - July 19 First session 5-6:45 p.m.; Second session 6:30-8:15 p.m. $270/session Co-ed; U7 to U18, beginner to advanced levels

Beach volleyball practices and tournaments. Free clinics and short camps

Brandon All Stars 12811 N. Nebraska Ave. C, Tampa 33612 813-558-6675; mandy@brandonallstars.com brandonallstars.com

June 4 - Aug. 3 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150/week Co-ed: ages 4-13

Tumbling, stunting, jumps, stretching, dancing and fun summer camp crafts.

Bullseye Learning’s Camp Exploration & Adventure Bloomingdale Presbyterian Church 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon 33511 813-413-4998; support@bullseyelearning.com bullseyelearning.com/camp

May 29 - Aug. 3, weekly 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $95/week; free extended care available Co-ed; ages 5-12

Adventures throughout the world with super heroes, spies, detectives, world travel, animals, chemistry, electricity and more. Create super heroes that save cities, dust for fingerprints, explode two-liter bottles and race across the globe to unwrap real-life mummies.

Busch Gardens Summer Camps 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa 33612 813-884-4FUN buschgardens.com/camps

Day camp: May 30 - Aug. 3; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting at $189 Co-ed; K-12 Resident camp: June 9 - Aug. 16 Saturday noon to Thursday 8 a.m. Starting at $899 5-college

Campers will enjoy up-close animal experiences, thrilling rides, world class shows and more!

Camp Dovewood 23221 101st Road, O’Brien 32071 386-935-0863; campdovewood@windstream.net campdovewood.org

June 10 - July 21 Overnight $595 - $995; one and two week sessions Female; ages 7-14

Horseback riding instruction, swimming, water ballet, dance, gymnastics, cooking, cheerleading, baton, archery, drama, art, softball, river rafting, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, book study, digital photography, and Bible classes.

Camp Fun: Galactic Starveyors 17030 Lakeshore Rd., Lutz 33558 813-968-3983 x148; pkepley@bayhope.com tinyurl.com/campfun2018

July 23 - July 27 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $110 per camper Co-ed; ages 5-17

Arts and crafts, Bible Story, games, science investigations.

Camp Idlewild of Florida, Inc. 7602 Henry Drive, Land O' Lakes 34638 813-996-1226; wneal@campidlewildofflorida.com campidlewildofflorida.com

July 2 - Aug. 4, weekly Day camp: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Mon.-Fri.; $500/week; Overnight camp: Mon. - Sat., $1,000/week Co-ed; ages 6-17

Nature, sportsmanship, creative and performing arts, and waterfront experiences such boating, and fishing. Our goal is to offer fun activities that promote confidence, relationship building and lasting friendships.

Camp IDS Corbett Preparatory School 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa 33618 813-961-3087; csamuel@corbettprep.com corbettprep.com/community/camp-ids

June 11 - July 27 Full-day, half-day, extended day; Time varies by camp Price varies Co-ed; PreK3 - 12

Sports, academics, recreation, technology, STEAM, performing arts, visual arts, foreign language, and field trips!

Camp Illahaw 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St.Cloud 34773 info@foreverflorida.com campillahaw.com

June 3 - July 28, weekly Overnight, Sunday - Saturday $899/week Co-ed; ages 9-16, former camper 17

Horseback riding, shooting, archery and field sports, arts and crafts, low ropes, hiking, nature tours and kayaking.

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Sleep away SUMMER


By Roberta Richmond, Director of Camp Dovewood for Girls



amp is one of the best investments one can make for their child. It is not just a destination, it is a fun-filled educational process where children grow socially, physically, emotionally, individually, spiritually and intellectually, preparing them for an enriched life ahead. Camp offers a structured environment where children interact with positive role-models who have time to listen, talk, relax, teach and reflect with children. Kids learn to work together at camp, make wise choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and become self-reliant as well as gain confidence in themselves. Schools often don’t have time to help kids discover and explore their talents, interests and values. At camp children learn to problem–solve and make social adjustments to new and different people while gaining new skills to increase their own self–esteem and leadership skills.  Often children sit at home in the summer time watching T.V., snacking, playing video games, texting and not getting enough physical exercise. Camp not only gives children something to look forward to for the summer, but also gives kids a fun-filled setting where their camp curriculum serves as a catalyst to stimulate individual growth.


Camp does require some preparation. Here are a few tips to make the summer smooth and enjoyable for both parents and child. •If possible, visit the camp ahead of time or call families who have been to the same camp to talk about their experiences. Check to see if the camp is accredited and how long the camp has been established. • Set goals for camp: If taking horseback riding, aim to learn how to saddle a horse, post at a trot, groom a horse or go on a trail ride. In archery, decide you want to hit the target. Help your child plan to sign up for new activities like tennis, drama and photography. • Before camp, have your child practice being away from home, especially if it is their first time away from home. Have your child spend the night with grandparents or another close friend. • Don’t make promises you can’t keep, like “It won’t rain at camp” or “there won’t be bugs.” Don’t tell them you will come pick them up if they don’t like camp or you will be there on Family Day if you know you can’t make it. For sure, don’t give them a cell phone and

tell them you are only a phone call away. This sets them up for failure. Tell them you are excited about the many things they will learn. You look forward to hearing about the new friends they will make as well as hear about the horses they have ridden, cool counselors and even what they saw at talent night. They may want to practice a song or dance for talent night before coming to camp. • Write your child upbeat letters while they are at camp and give them postcards already addressed and stamped. • Put your child’s name in their clothes and any items they may bring to camp like tennis rackets, cameras or riding helmets. Your child is going to have an amazing time at camp. They will grow and develop life-long skills. Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp makes it easy for children to discover and develop what they like to do.

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Come join the fun this Summer at Carrollwood Day School

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1515 W. Bearss Ave. Tampa FL, 33613




Camp Imagination Glazer Children’s Museum 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602 camps@glazermuseum.org glazermuseum.org/camps

June 4 - Aug. 3 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $240/week before May 1 | $265/week starting May 1 Co-ed; ages 5-10

Imaginative weekly themes, exclusive experiences in our motion-capture SMALLab, special guests, museum playtime, and more.

Camp Invention Multiple Locations 800-968-4332; campinvention@invent.org campinvention.org

Dates, times and costs vary by camp Co-ed; ages 5-11

STEM, creative thinking, real-world problem solving, teamwork

Camp J 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa 33625 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa 33606 CampJ365@jewishtampa.com; jewishtampa.com/campj

June 4 - Aug. 3 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended care available Price varies Co-ed; entering K-8

Swimming, archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, boating, fishing, sports, zip lining, cooking, iMovie, musical theater, hip-hop dance, hockey and much more.

Camp Osprey 18050 U.S. Highway 301 S., Wimauma 33598 941-928-6860; info@camposprey.com camposprey.com

June 3 - Aug. 4 Overnight Price varies Co-ed; ages 7-15

Ziplines, tri-level high ropes challenge course, giant swing, horseback riding, paintball, swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, water sports, the blob, knocker ball, archery, BB gun target range, arts and crafts, sewing, cooking, dancing, color wars.

Camp R.O.Y.A.L. (Real Outstanding Young Achieving Ladies) 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33711 813-699-0564; stephanie@camproyaltampa.org camproyaltampa.org

July 16 - July 21 Overnight $700 Female; ages 10-16

Dancing, cooking, swimming, fireside chats and more. At the end of the week, take center stage in a Royal Night where one girl will have the opportunity to win a trip to the nation’s capital.

Camp Wai Lani Girl Scouts of West Central Florida 500 Wai Lani Road, Palm Harbor 34683 1-800-881-4475; customerconnections@gswcf.org gswcf.org/summercamp

June 11 - Aug. 10 Weeklong day or overnight camps $225 - $475/week Female; entering grades 1 - 12

Canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, NEW challenge course, marine science lab, snorkeling/swimming in the bay and pool, archery, hiking, sewing, dance and more.Week-long stay includes all-camp luau celebration with traditional music, dancing and food.

Circle C Ranch Academy 6204 Interbay Blvd., Tampa 33611 813-831-8429; circlecranchacademy@gmail.com circlecranchacademy.com

June 4 - July 30 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. $205-$220/week Co-ed; ages 1 - Grade 8

Horseback riding, arts and crafts, swimming and sports.

CDS “Turn It Up” Summer Camp 2018 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa 33613 kakins@carrollwooddayschool.org carrollwooddayschool.org

June 4 - July 27 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; extended care available $185 Day camps; $150 - $600 enrichment camps Co-ed; ages 3-18

Sports, cooking, STEAM, drones, science, writing, art, theater, weekly field trips, weekly pool trips, Minecraft, American Girl, jewelry making and more.

Clearwater Community Sailing Center 1001 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater 33767 office@clearwatercommunitysailing.org clearwatercommunitysailing.org

Jun 4 - Aug. 10 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $295/week Co-ed; ages 5-17

Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and paddleboarding

Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 33767 727-441-1790 x270; camps@cmaquarium.org seewinter.com/education/camps

June 4 - Aug. 17, Weekly 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. $125 - $260/week Co-ed; PreK to high school career shadow

Snorkeling, kayaking, boating, marine life, handson learning from aquarium personnel in a working marine hospital.

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Home to more than 12,000 animals and world-class coasters, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay has camps for both animal lovers and thrill seekers alike. Kids grade 5 – college can enroll in one-of-a-kind camps. Day Camp: K-12th • Resident Camp: 5th -College Book today and start counting down to the best summer ever. Day Camps run May 30th – August 3rd Resident Camps run June 9th – August 16th

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and live shows. Third and fourth-graders will have a ball at the Zoo Chefs Day Camp that shows kids how to make lunch for the animals while learning how zoo keepers manage to feed more than 12,000 animals each day! And older kids in seventh and eighth grade can get an inside look at the life of a professional zookeeper during the Junior Zookeepers Day Camp and learn about animal care, nutrition and training. If the educational aspects don’t speak to your kids, maybe this will: All campers will get the chance to explore the park and experience age-appropriate rides at Busch Gardens!

Spaces fill quickly!

Learn more and make your plans now. Visit buschgardens.com/ camps.

Busch Gardens has camp options for all ages, providing opportunities to get up-close-andpersonal with some of the 12,000 animals at the park, as well as our world-class thrill rides and more. Weekly day camps cater to kindergarteners through high schoolers.

perfect F summer at BUSCH GARDENS


or more than 25 years, Busch Gardens has provided children with inspiring and educational experiences during some of the best camp options found anywhere! From unparalleled interactive animal experiences to behind-the-scenes moments—kids can come face-to-face with a giraffe and challenge Florida’s top thrill rides—Busch Gardens has a variety of day camps and resident camps to fit your child’s grade level and interests. Camps include up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts and activities, and while each offers the breadth of experiences the park offers, they also focus on specific themes, like animal diets or different jobs at Busch Gardens. Some day camps also include field trips to SeaWorld, Aquatica or Adventure Island. Every child can find a way to cater to their interests at one of the camps here. The Animal Investigators Day Camp (K-2) teaches campers how an animal uses their senses to survive. During the Jungle Jammers Day Camp, children can watch jungle stories from around the world come to life through animal encounters, crafts


Interested in a sleepaway camp at Busch Gardens? Resident camps are for students in fifth grade through college and include living in the on-site dormitory for a week and seeing exactly what it takes to care for animals and the park. Sleepovers are available! It’s a great opportunity for families, schools and scout groups. You can be here when the nocturnal animals are in their most active times.

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PTA LEGICON | Education


By Emily L. Hay Hinsdale



very child. One voice.” This is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) motto, one that sometimes get overlooked when people envision old clichés of phone trees and bake sales. But this motto is one that has taken on new urgency for many Tampa Bay PTA members. They have taken up the call to reassert the PTA’s role as the country’s oldest and largest child advocacy group. This January, Hillsborough County PTA sent 12 members from a range of schools to attend the Florida PTA Legislative Conference in Tallahassee. This annual conference focuses on the issues and legislation impacting Florida children. The event included speakers discussing initiatives and bills that affect PTA positions, appointments with state representatives and senators, and even the opportunity to sit in on a senate hearing open

Hillsborough County PTA members at the 2018 Florida PTA Legislative Conference. PTA representatives, as well as officers and students gather to attend the recent conference in Tallahassee.

to public comment. “[The conference] is a way to inform concerned parents and advocates about the legislative process that not only impacts our public schools but all areas of life where children participate – from the judicial system, gun laws, to texting as a primary offense – there are so many topics that impact our youth,” says Brita Lincoln, a PTA member at Walker Middle School. Like the National PTA, Florida PTA adopts clear positions both on philosophies of education and specific issues during each legislative session. When paying the minimal $7 to join a child’s school’s PTA, that fact is easy to overlook. The conference provided a quick education for members in how those positions are reflected in state politics, including opposing a shift from traditional public schools to

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thoughts from the rally in Tally

Crowds gather in Tallahassee on Feb. 21 demanding legislative changes to end gun violence in schools. Voter registration booths engage new voters at the student-dominated event.

On Feb. 21, Florida students, parents, and advocates like the Florida PTA gathered in Tallahassee for a gun safety reform rally in response to the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The mood was both mournful and angry. Not only political leaders, but also students spoke, united in calling for an end to school shootings. “I’ve been to a lot of political rallies,” says Damaris Allen, a Tampa mother who attended the “Rally in Tally” with her two middle school children. “This was different from any I’ve ever been to.” The crowd was dominated by high school and college students. The youthful demographic influenced the tone of even practiced speakers, spurring them to statements of more power and energy, Allen says. “It wasn’t just angry people talking. It felt like something was actually going to change.” The Florida PTA’s position on gun safety aligns with that of the National PTA: improve background checks, close the “gun show loophole” and outlaw military-style automatic weapons.

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for-profit charter schools; opposing “It is important to remind our high stakes testing; and promoting fully representatives that there are real people funding public school programs and impacted by this legislation and we elected strategies. them to represent us,” says Kim Klace, a Hillsborough County members said PTA member at Ballast Point and Roosevelt their decision to get involved with Elementary Schools. PTA advocacy The key points this and attend the year’s legislative conference conference attendees LIKE THE NATIONAL PTA, grew out of plan to bring home to FLORIDA PTA ADOPTS their personal Hillsborough County? CLEAR POSITIONS BOTH ON experiences with “A sense of PHILOSOPHIES OF EDUCATION their children’s urgency,” Klace says. AND SPECIFIC ISSUES DURING public schools. “Government moves EACH LEGISLATIVE SESSION. “Once I learned forward with or WHEN PAYING THE MINIMAL $7 how far below without you and you TO JOIN A CHILD’S SCHOOL’S national averages cannot leave it up PTA, THAT FACT IS EASY TO Florida was in to others if you care OVERLOOK. terms of public about an outcome.” education “It would be amazing funding, I felt it if everyone contacted was necessary their legislators to get involved. My children are in and demand equitable funding for public elementary school and have many education,” Nestor says. more years of schooling and I need to Teresa Potter, a PTA member at Robinson help ensure they get the best education High School, wants parents to know that possible,” says Rachel Nestor, a last year, $698 million of the state education Roosevelt Elementary School PTA budget went solely to private school member. vouchers and that number is set to increase Lincoln says watching teachers and by 25 percent every year. students work with Florida’s “starved” Lincoln says she would like to see more budget spurred her to advocate for student PTA members participate in the higher spending. “Florida spends about legislative process. “When we met with $7,300 per student where the average in senators and representatives, they asked other states is between $11,000-12,500 first what the kids had to say and what they per student,” she says. care about.” For a full list and discussion of Florida PTA A conference highlight for these positions, visit floridapta.org. PTA members was the opportunity to meet with some of the area’s elected representatives, such as State Representative Jackie Toledo and State Senator Dana Young.

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

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Where everyone has a great time! 7 Weeks of Options: June 11 – July 27, 2018 60+ full- and half-day camps Ages PreK3-high school Before- and after-care

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Sign Up for Summer Camps at Innisbrook Resort Camp Nessie

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Make a splash this summer at Camp Nessie. School’s out and it’s time to get ready for a summer full of adventure. Join us for great crafts, exciting games and lots of fun in the sun. Camp Nessie offers a safe and enjoyable place for your little time traveler to make lasting memories.

Innisbrook’s Tennis Camps, held at the resort’s championship facility with 11 Har-Tru tennis courts, provide a challenging and fun environment. Certified Professionals provide first-rate instruction.

Juniors are welcome to join our Golf Programs, for the beginner golfer to intermediate golfer through proper fundamentals and simple drills and games. Different itineraries available based on experience.

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WEEKLY SESSIONS* | June 4th - August 10th Member: $200 | Non-Member: $250 (per week) A traditional camp designed for campers entering Kindergarten and 1st grade that includes instructional/free swim daily and special activities each week.

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3, 6 or 9 WEEK SESSIONS | June 4th - August 3rd Member: $910 | Non-Member: $985 (per session) Designed for children entering Kindergarten to be part of an authentic “big kid” camp experience within the safety of a nurturing unit all their own.


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Mix and match this summer with our specialty camps, try a week of cooking and then a week of art. Weekly options available from June 4th - August 10th.

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Provides a day camping experience like no other day camp in the area. Participate in field trips, overnights and ziplining. Two lakes provide opportunities to fish, canoe and more!


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Camp J will run June 4, 2018 – August 3 or 10 *, 2018. Drop off is at 9:00 AM, pick up at 4:00 PM, with extended hours available from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM.



HOW TO REGISTER Registration for both camps is done online by visiting the following websites: Bryan Glazer Family JCC – www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/camp JCC on the Cohn Campus – www.jcccohncampus.com/camp 522 N. Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33606 813.575.5900

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13009 Community Campus Drive Tampa, FL 33625 813.264.9000

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Themed camps are available for grades K-8, featuring hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Your child can sharpen their academic skills in a fun, supportive learning environment free of stress and pressure. In addition to fun learning experiences, our camps also offer before and after care hours for your convenience (camps go from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and provide free lunch for our campers.

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Clearwater Summer Camps “The Place to Be!” Four Locations in Clearwater 727-562-4800 myclearwaterparks.com

May 29 - Aug. 10 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $100 or less per week. Field trips included! Co-ed; entering grades 1-8

Sports, games, field trips, crafts, swimming, character development and lots of fun! Locations: Countryside, The Long Center, North Greenwood, Ross Norton

Club TI Summer Camp 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island 33706 727-367-4511 theclubti.com

May 29 - July 6: 1 Week Sessions 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Daily: $55-$80; weekly: $225-$290 Co-ed; ages 6-12

Swimming, sailing, tennis, special presentations

Dance, Theater and Music Camps at the Patel Conservatory The Straz Center 813.222.1040; patelconservatory@strazcenter.org patelconservatory.org

Dates, times and costs vary by camp Co-ed; age varies

Dance, theater and music camps and classes at the Straz Center all summer long!

The Delphi Adventure 1831 Drew St., Clearwater 33765 admissions@delphifl.org delphifl.org/summer

June 18 - July 27 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. $200-$260/week Co-ed; ages 2-17

Swim lessons, field trips, arts and crafts, sports, games, dance, STEM, circus arts, overnight trips, nature hikes, reading, cooking, group and individual projects.

DFAC’s Art Academy Summer Camps 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 34698 727-298-3322 x224; shannon@dfac.org dfac.org/kids-corner/summer-camp

May 29 - Aug. 10 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended care available $170 - $200/week Co-ed; ages 4.5-16

Sizzlin’ Summer Camp, Mural Madness, Arts In Motion, Art Squad, iPad, Mini-Masters

Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33711 727-864-8288; wfprograms@eckerd.edu eckerd.edu/waterfront/camp

June 4 - Aug. 3 9 a.m. to noon. and/or 1 - 4 p.m. Price varies Co-ed; ages 5-17

Watersports, sailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking, exploring marine life

Equestrian Camp 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 706-862-2231; info@valleyviewranch.com valleyviewranch.com

June 3 - Aug. 3 Overnight $2,000-$3,500 Female; ages 8-17

English and hunt seat; western stock seat and barrels (gymkhana); trails and vaulting

Estuary EDventures Tampa Bay Watch Marine & Education Center 3000 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde 33715 727-867-8166 x224; jfindley@tampabaywatch.org tampabaywatch.org/camps

June 4 - Aug 3 (camp dates vary) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 -11:30 a.m. depending on age/ date Full day: $275-325/week, half day: $125-175/week Co-ed; ages 6-15

Sea Monkey Camp is for kids ages 6-8 and offers an introduction to the marine environment, with half and full day options. Activities: snorkeling, habitat exploration, marine science-themed labs and games, and marine-themed arts and crafts.

Girls Rock Camp St. Pete 100 Mirror Lake Drive N., St. Petersburg 33701 727-455-0677; grcstpete@gmail.com girlsrockstpete.org

July 16 - July 21 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $200 Female; ages 7-17

Music, life-skill workshops, self-defense, yoga and band practice

Great Explorations Summer Camp 1925 4th St. N., St. Petersburg 33704 727-821-8992 x226; lleavine@greatex.org greatex.org/programs/summer-camp

May 29 - Aug. 10 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; extended care available Non-members $210/week; Members $190/week Co-ed; K - 3

Art, music, movement, play, field trips, guest presenters and more.

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May 29 - Aug. 3 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Price Varies Co-ed; Grades 1-12

STEAM; MOSI @ HCC Summer Science Academy, fashion design, innovative tech programs, sign language, youth empowerment, architecture and art

History Adventure Camps 801 Old Water St., Tampa 33602 813-675-8987 tampabayhistorycenter.org

Starting June 4 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended care available $100 - $215/week; Member camp price: 20 percent discount Co-ed; ages 7-11

Crafts, games, history, guest speakers, indoor and outdoor fun, museum insider’s tour and take-home memory book.

Innisbrook Summer Camps 36750 US Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor 34684 Visit website for contact information innisbrookgolfresort.com/play/summer-camps

May 29 - Aug. 3; varies by camp 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; varies by camp $60 - $400/week Co-ed; ages 4-12

Tennis, golf, tennis/golf/swim or Camp Nessie (recreation)

In The Breeze Ranch and Children's Camp 7539 Gardner Road, Tampa 33625 813-264-1919; itbhorseranch@gmail.com inthebreezeranch.com

Year-round Open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Prices starting at just $39 Co-ed; all ages

Horses, horseback riding, pony rides, horse camp and horse rentals

Jewish Community Camp 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater 33764 emilie@jewishpinellas.org jewishcommunitycamp.org

May 29 - Aug. 3 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $795 per three-week session Co-ed; ages 5 (by Sept. 1) - 17

Swim 2-3x per week, weekly field trip (ziplining, snorkeling, luau, waterpark, and more!), on-site rock wall, sports, Friday Shabbat, Jewish cooking and culture, arts and crafts, community service.

Junior Docent Art Camp One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg 33701 sfornof@thedali.org thedali.org/programs/camp

June 11 - July 27, weekly 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Museum members: $200/week Non-members: $250/week Co-ed; ages 9-14

Learn about the art & life of Salvador Dalí, lead docent tours of The Dalí collection, create art in new ways, imaginative games and activities, explore The Dalí Museum galleries and Avant-Garden.

Martial Arts Advantage - Kids FUN Camp North: 813-977-8800; 234A E. Bearss Ave., Tampa 33613 South: 813-832-8800; 3311 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33629 chris@martialartsadvantage.com martialartsadvantage.com/summer-camps/

June 4 - July 30 (no camp week of July 2) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; early drop off and half days available Early bird pricing (before May 1): $129 half day both locations $159 full day North; $239 full day South Co-ed; ages 6-12

Obstacle courses, themed activities, dodgeball, active, safe, fun games, martial arts (no experience required).

Mary Help of Christians Camp 6400 East Chelsea St., Tampa 33610 813-626-6191 x27; sloos@mhctampa.org mhctampa.org

June 11 - July 20, weekly 7 - 8 a.m. early drop off to 5 - 6 p.m. pickup $175/week; scholarships available Co-ed; ages 5-15

Horseback riding, archery, kayaking, dance, fishing, field sports, tubing, swimming, cooking, arts and crafts, music, animal care, nature explorers, lacrosse, wacky Wednesdays, faith time, award ceremonies, Olympic week

Montessori Academies 11302 N. 53rd St., Temple Terrace 33617 813-899-2345 montessoriacademies.com

June 4 - July 27 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. $790 - $950/month Co-ed; 12 Months - 5th Grade

Soccer, gymnastics, dance

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EDUCATION | BUILDING CHARACTER up with her while trusting the school’s decisions so the most progress can be realized. Bednar knows that some children need increased home support: “Encouraging them to keep trying to make the best decisions and praising good behavior are key. Focusing on the positive is best.” Starting with a clean slate and not holding grudges is part of the learning process.




My daughter is markedly different from the younger me. She’s a wild spirit, a social butterfly, and a little girl who (as my parents said about my sister) has ants in her pants. Actually, I’m thankful for this. My shyness was detrimental. I don’t want to tame her...too much. But, it’s challenging discussing concepts like “a time and place” with kids. How do I explain decorum? How do I broach peer pressure and that doing the right thing, even when no one’s looking, is the best thing? How do I teach that choices become intertwined with reputation? How is it done without bridling what is amazing about being a strong-willed, outgoing kid? Some experienced elementary school teachers shared their insights.

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Many early childhood classrooms implement a star system. Break a rule, lose a star. I’ve felt embarrassed when our girl has lost a star because I view her behavior as a reflection of us. Julianne Hendrickson, a teacher at St. Mary’s, understands those sentiments but reminds parents that mistakes support growth and learning: “Parents and teachers are tasked with molding children into people with strong moral compasses who understand that mistakes don’t define them but present opportunities for becoming the best version of themselves.” Kelly Bednar, who holds a master’s degree in elementary education, shares similar sentiments: “Talk to your child about what happened, the classroom expectations and your family values. Then, move on! Have

a fresh start.” I appreciate her reminder that children push boundaries to learn what’s acceptable.


“Children love to please,” says Sarah Boyd, kindergarten teacher. “The stronger the parent-child relationship, the more they’ll want to please parents. Parents just need to be present—by playing with them, reading to them and spending time with them. Strong relationships open lines of communication.” It’s also important that kids learn from the mistakes without the parents punishing them twice. “It’s a good idea to talk about what s/he could have done differently and, if s/he lost a privilege like recess, [explain how] the consequence has been paid," says Hendrickson. She wants parents to follow

Teachers cite consistency at home as important scaffolding for supporting good decision making at school. “The home-to-school connection is crucial in building a strong foundation for making good choices,” Boyd says. “Students need to know that their teachers and parents have their best interests at heart. Teachers and parents are partners in molding and shaping who children become.” Bednar believes that when kids know parents and teachers communicate, “it helps make them responsible for their actions because there’s no getting away with acting one way at school and another at home.”


Sometimes teachers’ and parents’ efforts aren’t enough. Boyd says: “When there’s concern that behavior is hindering the child’s growth academically or socially, I may suggest contacting the school counselor.” School resources include psychologists and behavior specialists. Bednar also recommends alerting the child’s pediatrician. Children should know that all adults want to help them make better decisions. Working toward that, adults should provide kids with useful strategies. Autonomy is key to development, and Boyd suggests “giving some power back to the child.” This includes allowing kids to decide consequences. “I have noticed that when kids take ownership of their wrongdoing, they’re less likely to do it again,” says Boyd.

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

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MOSI Summer Science Camp 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa 33617 813-987-6000; reservations@mosi.org mosi.org/summer-camp

May 29 - Aug. 9; week-long camps 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended care available $72 - $450 for travel camps Co-ed; age 4 - 8th grade

Chemistry, coding, robotics, rocketry, Minecraft, toy design, cooking, Roblox, game, Legos, Harry Potter, dinosaurs, Java, survival skills, Star Wars, marine biology, modern medicine and more.

Music and More at Music Showcase 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon 33511 814-685-5778 faopa.org

June 4 - July 20 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price Varies Co-ed; ages 6-12

Learn to play musical instruments, act, sing, arts and crafts and much more.

Protential Sports Summer Camp Visit website for camp locations 813-843-9460 protentialsports.com

May 29 - Aug. 3 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. $125/week Co-ed; ages 5-14

Tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, swimming, volleyball and more.

Riverview Camp for Girls 757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 256-634-4043 riverviewcamp.com

May 27 - July 27 Overnight; 1 and 2-week Sessions, may add extra weeks View prices online Female; ages 6-16

English and Western riding, swimming, tennis, canoeing, ropes course, archery, sports, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, arts and crafts, nature adventures, dance, gymnastics, chorus, drama, cheerleading, flag twirling and more.

Saddlebrook Junior Golf & Tennis Camps 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel 33543 813-907-4200 saddlebrook.com

Year-round 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $650 - $750 Co-ed; ages 8 - 18 for tennis & 12-18 for golf

Golf and tennis

Shorecrest Summer Programs 5101 First St. NE, St. Petersburg 33703 tkessel@shorecrest.org shorecrest.org/page/student-life/summerprograms

May 28 - Aug. 17 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., half day and extended care available $170 - $240 Co-ed; ages 4 to adult

STEAM, arts, sports, music, theatre, ACT/SAT prep, glass blowing, travel, service

Skycrest Summer Programs 129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater 33765 727-797-1186; pwilliamson@skycrest.us skycrest.us

May 21 - Aug. 3 Varies by Camp Varies by Camp Co-ed; ages 5-14

Outdoor Adventure Camps: kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, fishing and much more. Fine arts (band and drama); robotics, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and volleyball.

Skyland Camp For Girls 317 Spencer St., Clyde, NC 28721 828-627-2470; mailbox@skylandcamp.com skylandcamp.com/camper-registration

June 23 - July 28; 2 sessions available Overnight $2,530/9 days; $4,590/18 days; $8,230/36 days Female; ages 6-15

Archery, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, volleyball, camping, drama, musical theatre, arts and crafts, cooking classes, hiking and other special electives

Summer Arts Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759 727-712-2706 rutheckerdhall.com

June 4 - July 20 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m., weekly $200-$575 Co-ed; ages 5-18 Tuition assistance is available

One-week performing arts camps with themes including Super Week, Wizards & Wands, A New Galaxy and Virtual Adventures. Multi-week, production camps include Broadway Bound!, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” plus dance and on-camera acting camps.

Sweetwater Farm Camp 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa 33634 813 887-4066; education@sweetwater-organic.org sweetwater-organic.org/community-programs/ farm-camp1/

July 30 - Aug. 2 and Aug. 6 - Aug. 9 9 a.m. to 3 or 5 p.m. $195 9-3; $250 9-5 Co-ed; ages 9-11 Space is limited to 15 spots per week. Register early

Campers will learn how to: Compost and maintain soil health. Cook and preserve food. Grow an organic garden. Identify plant species, nutrients/ chemicals in food, and avian and aquatic species. Make a biodegradable seed pot. Use microscopes to study plant life at the cellular level.


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Choose from a variety of Summer AquaCamps that take fun and learning to all new depths for kids from 3 to 18 years old. Spots are filling up fast, so enroll today. There are discounts for members and for booking multiple camps. For more details, visit flaquarium.org or call 813-273-4015. 56 TampaBayParenting.com | APRIL 2018




Summer at the Lakes Academy at the Lakes 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes 34639 813-948-7600; summer@academyatthelakes.org summeratthelakes.com

June 4 - Aug. 3 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; half and full day session options $145 half day; $250 full day $1,500 for-credit high school courses; $225 noncredit courses Co-ed; age 3 - 12th Grade

Archery, arts and crafts, cooking, chess, robotics, dance, sports, field trips, video production, photography, drama and comedy and STEM. Noncredit courses focus on reading, writing and math. For-credit courses include math, foreign language and physical education.

Summer at Mary Jo’s! 15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa 33624 813-969-0240; tammi@mjpaa.com mjpaa.com/summer

June 18 - Aug. 3 Time varies by camp; extended care available Cost varies by camp Co-ed; ages 2 and up

Dance, singing, acting, acrobatics, music, arts and crafts, musical theater, hip hop, pilates and more

Summer Fun Learn to Skate Camp Florida Hospital Center Ice 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel 33544 813-803-7372; learntoskate@ floridahospitalcenterice.com/sports/lts-camps/

June 4 - Aug. 3 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $240/week Co-ed; ages 6-13

Ice skating, off-ice conditioning, crafts and games

Summer on Bayshore 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa 33629 ewise@holynamestpa.org holynamestpa.org/summer

June 11 - July 27 Full and half day sessions; extended care available $150 and up Co-ed; PK3 - 8

Swimming, art, technology, enrichments, athletics

Tampa Prep Summer Programs and Camp Terrapin 727 Cass St., Tampa 33606 813-251-8481; thonegger@tampaprep.org tampaprep.org/summer

Dates, times and costs varies by camp Co-ed; age varies

Camp Terrapin, sports camps and courses in robotics, academics and enrichment

Tampa Theatre Summer Film Camp 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa 33602 nicole@tampatheatre.org tampatheatre.org

June 11 - July 27; select weeks 9 a.m. to noon and 1 - 4 p.m. $200 per session Co-ed; Entering grades 3-12

Camp T-shirt, daily snacks, a digital copy of the finished films, and an invitation to the end-ofsummer Summer Camp Film Festival.

The Science Center 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33710 727-608-2437; tribble@careersourcepinellas.com 727-366-1314; sciencecenterofpinellas.org

Starting June 4 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $180-$240 per camp/per child Co-ed; K-8

Science, technology, engineering, art and math

USF Soccer Camps USF Main Campus, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa 33620 usfsoccercamp@gmail.com usfsoccercamps.com

May 30 - July 27 Varies by camp Varies by camp Separate boys and girls camps; ages 4-18

Soccer and futsal

Vosler Young Artists' Studio Teen Classical Drawing Workshop 1906 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa 33607 813-417-5867 vosleryoungartistsstudio.com

June 4-8 and June 11-14 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $350/week Co-ed; ages 12-18

Classical drawing instruction

Zoo School at Lowry Park Zoo 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa 33604 jamie.elkington@lowryparkzoo.org lowryparkzoo.org/education/camps-summer

June 11 - July 27 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting at $229 Co-ed; K-8

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F By Jill Hechtman, M.D.

or most pregnant women, their main concern about having a baby is the delivery part. They tend to not think about the postpartum period so much. In truth, the postpartum period is a mix of the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

THE BAD AND THE UGLY..... Fundal massage. This

is when your doctor or nurse rubs firmly on the fundus (top) of your uterus to help it clamp down and stop bleeding. It is something that needs to be done (cesarean section or vaginal) but it honestly is very uncomfortable. Take slow deep breaths and realize it will be over soon.

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Bleeding. The blood that comes post partum is called lochia. It is very normal and happens whether you have a C-section or a vaginal delivery. Your nurse will place a pair of mesh panties on after delivery with a large OB pad to collect the lochia. Those mesh panties are going to be your best friend! They are uber comfortable and you will not want to ruin your own underwear! I am not telling you to hoard the mesh panties, but do it. They will be your best friend! On that note, I strongly recommend bringing to the hospital maxi pads. The pads we give at the hospital are ginormous — like so big it is hard to close your legs. They work great initially, but trust me, you will want to size down. Another great option is Depends undergarments; no judging, they are super comfortable. You can expect to have irregular bleeding for up to six weeks postpartum. It should taper down after the first day or so but it is not uncommon. The swollen vagina. This phenomenon most commonly occurs after vaginal delivery but can happen from a C-section as well. Whether it’s swelling to the most recumbent part, or just swelling from trauma, it can be significant. The OB nurses make this amazing diaper ice pack to help with the swelling, and I advise to keep it on as long as you can. It helps decrease the swelling and feels pretty good to a potentially sore vagina.

Fear of going to the bathroom.

Regardless of the delivery route, the thought of going number 1 or number 2 can be terrifying for the first time after delivery. If you have delivered vaginally and have stitches, the worry of the burn comes to mind. I strongly recommend using the peri care bottle. This way you do not have to "wipe" and you can squirt water mixed with soap or Hibiclens to clean after using the restroom. Always blot with toilet paper after, do not rub. If you have something called a fourth degree laceration (which means that you have torn through your rectum) then having a bowel movement can be painful. Your doctor will recommend stool softeners and this will help. If you have had a C-section you will have a urinary catheter in place, but some people fear urinating after the catheter is removed. In general it doesn't hurt, but you can have some cramping. There is also fear of having a bowel movement because you may be afraid to push. I promise your wound will not open pushing for a bowel movement, but using stool softeners can help in this scenario as well.

Hemorrhoids. Lets be honest, hemorrhoids and pregnancy go hand in hand. They are painful and itchy, but using stool softeners, Tucks and Preparation H can bring some relief. In some cases, the hemorrhoids can thrombose and may require surgical intervention. If the pain is very severe and not improving with the above treatments, go see your provider. Hormones. Expect to have mood swings, hot flashes/sweats, bouts of tearfulness, hair loss and periods of anger and frustration. This is all normal, and honestly can be made worse by

being tired. Go easy on yourself. Sleep when you can and realize this will pass. The hot flashes and sweating usually subside within the first two weeks.

No sex. I highly doubt anyone would be upset by this one but after doing this almost 20 years.... I have seen it all. We generally do

In truth, the postpartum period is a mix of the good, the bad and the downright ugly! JILL HECHTMAN, M.D.

not recommend sex for the first 4-6 weeks after delivery. The main reason is that your uterus is enlarged and at risk of developing infection. You also could potentially have stitches that we would not want to disrupt. There are other ways to be intimate after delivering a baby. I would stay away from putting anything inside your vagina.

Breast feeding is hard. Ok I said it. It is. Some women make it look as easy as can be, but for some it is hard. It also sometimes hurts. When you are in the hospital, I highly recommend having a visit from the lactation consultant or spending extra time with your postpartum nurse. Try your hardest, but if you

are at your wits end and it just isn't working for you, I promise your baby will survive on formula. Whether you have just pushed out your baby or had it gently removed from your abdomen, expect to still look pregnant after the baby is out! This is not the time to whip out your skinny jeans or chic dress like Princess Kate! Think yoga pants/maxi dress. Your body will have lost some weight but the good majority of us will still look at least 6 months pregnant. I advise comfortable clothing that will not be snug.


You have a baby! Congratulations. Whether it is your first or your eighth time, it will be overwhelming. The most important thing I can tell you is to enjoy every moment in the hospital. I truly mean this. Enjoy the help from friends/family, the nursing staff, and lactation consultants. Be in the moment. I frequently see people trying to video or take pictures yet they are "missing" the actual event. Put the phone down and enjoy the process. When you are on postpartum, try and enjoy as much bonding time with your new addition to the family. As awesome as it is having your family, sometimes it can become too much. A terrific postpartum nurse gave me a code word (Ours was: "May I have some prune juice?"). When I asked for prune juice, she knew that I needed some space/time. When I spoke those words, she knew I was overwhelmed and asked my family or whomever to give me space. That way I did not have to insult anyone but could have some alone time with my new little bundle. Congratulations and good luck!

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A bus

FOR ALL PATIENTS By Anu Varma Panchal


hen Kate Kennedy drives up in “the bus” – St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Mobile Medical Clinic – she’s never quite sure what the day will

bring. “We see people from every walk of life and every circumstance,” says Kennedy, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Mobile Clinic Coordinator. “But the one thing they have in common is that they’re going through some sort of life transition that leaves them vulnerable and sometimes feeling a little lost.” Many of the families they see are new to the area and come to the clinic for the required physicals and immunizations to start school. Others may be refugees of war or weather – the mobile clinic helped many Puerto Rican families resettle after Hurricane Maria, and they have been a vital resource for some families fleeing unrest in Venezuela. Still others may have lived in Tampa their whole lives, but find themselves without health insurance for the first time after a layoff or a rough patch. For one toddler in Wimauma, the mobile clinic was a stabilizing force at just the right time. At almost 2 years old, he could neither walk nor talk, and he had been brought in by his single mother, who spoke a dialect of her native Guatemala. She had no transportation and wore the sweatstained clothes she had worn to pick tomatoes all day. The mother, who still had dirt under her fingernails from the fields, was desperately worried about her son and why he wasn’t developing normally. On board the bus, they found grace—and a nurse practitioner who gave the baby a free physical, immunizations, food and toiletries and, most importantly, a developmental screening. A follow up visit with a St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital physician led to physical, occupational and speech therapy. When the boy returned to the mobile bus two months later, he was kicking a ball and starting to speak for the very first time. “Every barrier to care is what they were facing to get him that health care he needed,” says Kennedy. “I wish we could have given that family the world.” It’s a success story that generous hospital donors could not have anticipated when they developed a plan to improve 64 TampaBayParenting.com | APRIL 2018

lagging immunization rates in Hillsborough County in 2003. The bus began making rounds and administering shots in 2004, and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County got involved and helped set up a comprehensive clinic inside the bus. Today, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has a new 40-foot bus (a donation from the Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s), visits eight locations monthly, and is set up like a pediatrician’s office, with two exam rooms and a pharmacy-grade refrigerator for vaccines. While the seven

bus employees are overseen by St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the program is grant-funded through the Children’s Board and the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Patients receive physicals, vaccinations, hearing and vision screens, and free eyeglasses and free eye exams through a partnership with Preserve Vision Florida. A clinical social worker helps assess housing and file for insurance and other social needs. The next step is the addition of mental health screenings for adolescents. “Mental health is a big need,” Kennedy says. Many of the children have experienced unprecedented amounts of turmoil, but even those in relatively stable homes struggle with mental health problems. What caregivers may interpret as mere teenage moodiness may be a cover for more serious issues like depression. “There are a lot of holes in the safety net,” Kennedy notes. Some are fortuitously filled by St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital specialists who donate their time and resources to see some mobile clinic patients who don’t have other options. Toy


A board certified nurse practitioner, two registered nurses, an early childhood specialist, a Children’s Wellness & Safety Specialist, a care coordinator, a clinical social worker, and a team of dedicated volunteer healthcare providers, many of whom are bilingual in English and Spanish.


Well Child Exams (school physicals), immunizations and immunization record checks, developmental screens, hearing screens, vision screens and health and safety education. No sports or camp physicals, treatment of illness, medication or prescriptions.


Children must be 18 years old or younger and have Medicaid, no health insurance or be Native American or Alaskan Native. They cannot see children who have Florida KidCare or private health insurance.


On “The Bus,” everything is FREE for families.

donations to the hospital sometimes find their way into the eager hands of the bus patients, and many times, Kennedy and her fellow bus-staffers have put together their own food pantry into which they can dip for the neediest patients. “They are grateful for every little thing,” Kennedy says. “It’s very humbling.” To learn more about the Mobile Medical Clinic and for a full list of services and locations, visit https:// baycare.org/sjch/services/childrenshealth/related-articles/mobilemedical-clinic.

BY THE NUMBERS Since the program began in 2004: · 10,278 children seen · 7,483 physical exams conducted · 21,038 vaccines administered · 4,383 hearing screenings conducted (340 children identified with hearing concerns) · 2,905 developmental screenings conducted (1,120 identified with developmental concerns)

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here’s something undeniably romantic about enjoying a sunset with a loved one. Whether it’s at a beach bar or formal dinner, watching the sky light up orange always lend some magic to the setting. Come enjoy these top picks for picture-perfect dinners as the sun provides the ultimate mood lighting. After all, what’s better than a Florida sunset?


Beyond the food and bar, Frenchy’s provides the perfect venue to watch the sun disappear behind blue waters and white sands. With its excellent location directly on Clearwater beach, it’s the perfect spot to sip on a daiquiri or grab a snack after a long day of fun in the sun.


Sunsets aren’t only for the seaside! Ulele sits on the banks of the Hillsborough River next to the Ulele Spring on Tampa’s Riverwalk. Ulele celebrates the ingredients from Florida’s waters and land while simultaneously providing an excellent atmosphere for a night out. Outdoor seating and a dining room with large windows provides the perfect vantage point for sky views.


Located at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Oystercatchers draws those who seek tastes of the Gulf of Mexico and stunning bay views. With tons of large, gorgeous windows, the sunset practically spills into the room. Due to an excellent seafood selection and décor that complements the natural landscape, this restaurant is sure to delight the eyes and palate.


For tropical drinks and watching the sunset, Hula Bay is a hidden gem. With a laid-back beach bar atmosphere, guests can enjoy food and drinks on the outdoor deck area. Connected to a marina, the restaurant is located directly on the water and is a great spot for any fun-loving couple.

Sunset the ultimate

mood lighting


Located on beautiful Madeira Beach in John’s Pass, Bubba Gump’s provides amazing views of the Intercoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico. With indoor and outdoor seating, sunset views from Bubba Gump’s is the perfect way to end a perfect day. Look out for dolphins as the sun disappears for the night.


There’s nothing like enjoying the sun’s last rays at Armani’s. Located high atop the Grand Hyatt’s 14th floor, the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to really bask in the romance of the sun disappearing behind Old Tampa Bay.

By Brianna Althaus for tampabaydatenightguide.com

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florida rancher THAT CARES



eing a rancher is not a job if you go to work and love what you do every day,” says Kelly Fulford. Fulford is the owner of Southwest Cattle Company in Odessa, Florida, and works daily to have an active role in protecting her land and its abundant natural resources. In partnership with Hillsborough County, Fulford leases a 2,000-acre property through the Environmental Lands Acquisition & Protection Program (ELAPP). One unique characteristic of her ranch is that the general public is permitted to ride horses throughout the gorgeous nature preserve. As visitors trail ride, they are able to interact with the grazing cattle and can even enter parts of the land that Fulford’s cattle are not permitted to impact. Since 1987, the ELAPP Program has saved more than 61,000 acres of wildlife habitat. And allowing visitors to see these preserved landmasses in person is key to effective conservation education. “In addition to being a good steward to my cattle, I am also a teacher to each of the visitors who ride through the property to inform them how ranching is a means to preserving the land and all it has to offer,” says Fulford. Through the utilization of Best Management Practices (BMPs), Fulford has been able to improve the water quality and soil’s health throughout the ranch. BMPs are practical, cost-effective actions that agricultural producers take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants that enter our water resources. They are designed to benefit water quality and water conservation while maintaining or even enhancing agricultural production. Says Lint Jerrels, Co-manager of Southwest Cattle Company: “Water quality is a huge concern to Kelly. I have seen her work to maintain ditches and cypress ponds to protect native grasses, the overall health of each field and the water bodies which run throughout.” Through the use of BMPs such as rotational grazing with cross-fenced pastures, Fulford is able to offer fresh, tender grass to her Brangus cattle while allowing the vacant pastures time to regrow. Applying fertilizers using GPS-guided systems based on soil test results ensures Fulford only puts out supplemental nutrients exactly where and to what amount they are needed. In addition, supplemental feeding areas and mineral boxes are placed away from the numerous wetlands

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found throughout her property. “It’s important to me to take care of water quality so that future generations, such as my grandchildren, and their children, can ranch on our land for decades to come,” Fulford says. Fulford received the “This Farm CARES” designation from The Florida Farm Bureau Federation in 2016. CARES (County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship) began in 2001 to publicly recognize farmers and ranchers who voluntarily implement BMPs on their farms. Through the successful implementation of BMPs, Florida’s farmers and ranchers show a sincere commitment to the protection and preservation of our natural resources for generations to come. Fulford is an outstanding representative of the CARES Program and The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is proud to feature a highlight video made about her operation on thisfarmcares.org and also on the This Farm CARES Facebook page.

Mommy & Me High Tea

May 6th at 10:30am

Armature Works, Tampa An Eventing Tampa Bay Signature Event

Register today at www.MommyandMeHighTea.com





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Photos by Justin Demutiis Styling by Michelle Bremer Hair and make-up by Ciare Rene Make-up Artistry Pictured: Ellie Hirsch, founder, Mommy Masters; Michelle Bremer, founder, Runway Translator & Style Finder Tours and Theresa NeSmith, Theresa NeSmith Photography

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to mompreneur A GUIDE TO TAKING THE LEAP Written by Ellie Hirsch, Michelle Bremer and Theresa NeSmith

Ellie Hirsch

Michelle Bremer

Theresa NeSmith

You are ready for the next stage in your life. But how do you begin your journey to becoming a mompreneur? Get ready to work harder than you ever have before, realize you will be faced with roadblocks and doubt, and identify your village, because you will need to lean on them. One of the biggest secrets to mastering motherhood and being a successful mompreneur is the ability to embrace failure. So many women are scared to turn their passion into a reality. But only you have the power to make it happen. You control your own destiny. It may take a long time, it may involve a lot of closed doors and it may even mean failure. All of these elements will create a destination that is tremendously rewarding for you. Discovering work and life integration is no easy feat, but it can be done. I truly enjoy witnessing a mom’s dream come to life. At MommyMasters.com, we will be your tour guide to success, helping to organize your vision and delivering the tools to bring your vision to the masses. You will soon be an inspiration to another mom who is afraid to take the leap into unchartered waters. Let’s empower and encourage each other, learn from one another and celebrate our accomplishments together. Let’s do this!

As a child I truly believed I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. I had huge dreams of being famous, of being heard, of being on stage in front of an audience. As I got older, I began to doubt that these dreams would ever develop into reality. I began to experience fears that I placed upon myself based on the doubt that grew larger and larger as the years passed. I decided I no longer wanted to be famous because this was unrealistic; besides, how would I even go about something like that? I resigned myself to live a “normal” life because I am no longer a child, no longer a dreamer. Then, I had children. Now I am on a mission to show my children that I can do anything I set my mind to, and so can they! I’ve been a lover of fashion and style for as long as I can remember. I went to school for fashion merchandising, design and business. My career in retail as a buyer and manager spans over 20 years. And guess what, I DO want to be famous! I want to make an impact on people’s lives! I want to teach people how to present the very best versions of themselves to ensure their success, whether it’s personal or for their business. It took becoming a mother for me to be a dreamer again, for me to overcome those silly doubts and fears. I am pursuing my dreams because I believe anything is possible, and I need my children to believe that too—always!

I always assumed staying home with my children would be the best option for me and that if I didn’t, I would feel guilty. Before children, I decided to become a music teacher. I loved every minute of it. Then I had my first child, then second, then third. The guilt started immediately: “How could I want to be a mom and work?” You might think I would enjoy summers off, but I was completely bored and very unhappy. I had always been interested in photography, so I began using the skills I learned in college for friends and family. I quickly realized I wanted to make photography my business. This business would create freedom and new opportunities. It would help me support my family while giving me flexibility to be there for them. Sure, I was fearful of the what-ifs: What if I don’t get clients? What if I can’t earn enough? However, the joy and freedom was worth the risk. Being a mompreneur has made me a better mom. It isn’t for everyone, and that is okay. However, if you have a desire to start your own business, do it! There are a lot of us moms making it happen and we are here to support you! Dream big, sister!

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what’s new in

tampa bay?



pring is a time of renewal and in the case of several area attractions, it's a time to unveil some awesome NEW kid-friendly exhibits and activities! We've rounded up some of our favorite new additions around Tampa Bay we think your family will love!



Opening this month is our new traveling exhibit: Be the Astronaut. Visitors sit in the astronaut seat to learn about the challenges and excitement of spaceflight, then apply that knowledge as they fly a spaceship in a thrilling narrative adventure to the Moon, Mars and beyond.Mosi.org



The Glazer Children's Museum has installed a new ball pit that is bigger and better than ever in the 3-and-under exhibit on the first floor, Tug Boat Tots.



The Glazer Children's Museum is going global this May with cultural celebrations from across the planet. In honor of the Hindu Spring festival, Holi, celebrated in India, Nepal and around the world, we are throwing color to the wind! Run through clouds of color and enjoy educational and cultural programs and entertainment. Register at GlazerMuseum.org.



Our favorite zoo has a new name and plans for an enhanced and expanded future! Check out recent additions, such as Toddler Tuesday once a month, crafts, animal meet and greets, a story time and more. We also love the new Baby Stroll Passport! 72 TampaBayParenting.com | APRIL 2018

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Pick one up as you enter the park and flip through the pages to find out where you can meet the zoo's newest additions like Holly Berry the pygmy hippo! Kids as young as 4 will be able to enjoy the zoo's new ride, Roaring Springs, also set to open this spring. Zootampa.org



The new Vanish Point water slide at Adventure Island opened in March. If you haven't braved this thrilling ride yet, put it on your spring and summer bucket list! The slide features 2 pods that you step into before you make a 20-foot, 80-degree plunge and then slide on through 425 feet of twists and turns! If that sounds like too much, opt for a horizontal slide down on a third new water slide. Adventureisland.com



Thank you to everyone who was a part of the 2018 Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic With your help we raised

over $325,000 for our beneďŹ tting charities:

We already can’t wait for next year! Mark your calendars to join us for the 8th Annual Charity Polo Classic

on February 23, 2019

Follow us on Facebook or check out www.CharityPoloClassic.com for ticket information

Special Thanks to Our Amazing Sponsors:

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Cover kid, Marley, 3, fills her shopping cart with items from the updated Publix exhibit at the Glazer Children's Museum.



ublix is one of the most-loved exhibits at the Glazer Children’s Museum, where kids enjoy filling their carts with groceries, working at the register and baking in the bakery. But the experience of playing in the Publix exhibit goes far beyond the fun. While kids shop, serious brain-building play happens beneath the surface. At the grocery store and in the Publix exhibit, kids learn about nutrition and the variety of foods that can make up a well-balanced diet. Grocery shopping helps teach planning and big-picture thinking. At the museum, we like to challenge kids to plan a family meal, shop for a picnic or prepare for a party. Parents can try this activity with their kids next time they are shopping together. It’s a fun and empowering way to teach kids nutrition and boost their confidence.  As kids select their groceries, from produce to dairy to baked goods, they identify and sort items based on color and category, skills that play a critical role in early learning. Observing the unique shapes, different textures, and vibrant colors of fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread and flowers all help to refine a child’s visual literacy. Categorization helps kids understand new concepts and even improves memory. When going to the store, it may be difficult to remember that you need chicken, bananas, milk, steak, cheese and oranges. Isn’t it easier to remember your list if you categorize those items by protein, dairy and fruit? At home, parents can apply this concept by helping their kids

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organize toys by category. The kids may even play with those toys more often and remember where they belong. Grocery shopping also improves numerical literacy. Counting groceries as they go into the shopping cart is great number practice for young kids. For older kids, there are lessons in commerce and the value of money. The Publix exhibit at the Museum has cash registers and fake money for kids to purchase their groceries or ring items up as a cashier. Imaginative play is a key part of the experience at the Glazer Children’s Museum, where kids try on different identities, from doctor to thespian to engineer. In the Publix exhibit, kids play the role of manager, baker, cashier, florist, bagger, shelf stocker or shopper. They often play side-by-side with kids that they don’t know in a setting that requires compromise, taking turns, interacting with others and playing different roles. At the museum, when a child is done playing shopper or cashier, we ask them to play shelf stocker and help us straighten up the exhibit so it is tidy and appealing for the next kids. Role-playing helps develop empathy and other key social and emotional skills. At home, parents can recreate this setting by challenging their kids to play different roles that must collaborate to achieve a goal. Next time you visit the museum or the grocery store, think about the brain-building that will happen when you play with purpose!

Meet & greet, plus activities

April 3

About Meet Nature Cat during Free Tuesday during posted times between 2-6:30 p.m. April 3 at Glazer Children’s Museum! Nature Cat helps children ages 3-8 connect with the natural world by making engaging, age-appropriate nature education a part of their daily lives. Free Tuesday is a collaboration between WEDU PBS and Glazer Children’s Museum. Admission is free from 2-6:30 p.m. courtesy of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. /wedupublicmedia @wedupbs

Learn more at www.pbs.org/ parents/naturecat. To find Nature Cat videos, fun activities and more, visit www. pbskids.org/naturecat.

Watch every weekday! 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on WEDU, and 6 and 6:30 p.m. on WEDQ PBS KIDS! Free Live Streaming: wedu.org/kids

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APRIL TREASURE SEEKERS: CONQUISTADORS, PIRATES AND SHIPWRECKS  Various dates and times  Set sail with conquistadors, prowl the coast with privateers and pirates and dive to the ocean floor in search of lost treasure in the Tampa Bay History Center’s all-new Treasure Seekers gallery. This brand-new permanent addition to the History Center features a nearly full-scale replica of an 18th-century sailing sloop, the interactive Pirates Fate theater and rare, 300-year-old artifacts recovered from Florida waters.  tampabayhistorycenter.org SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL  Through Apr. 15, Saturdays and Sundays  Sample a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors at this new festival at Sea World Orlando.  seaworld.com BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL  Through Apr. 29, weekends  Savor culinary delights and sample an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa.  buschgardens.com EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL  Through May 28, various times  Experience spring through brilliant blooms, live entertainment, flavorful dishes and interactive playgrounds as part of this annual springtime celebration at EPCOT in Orlando. This year, guests can check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, play areas, flower towers, exhibits, how-to demos and outdoor concerts.  disneyworld.com

Board of Hillsborough County. Seating limited.Registration required.  FamilyGodsWay.com/ events/BBH “THIS IS US” STAR CHRISSY METZ  Apr. 2, 8 p.m.  Join Chrissy Metz for a night of honest conversation about life and its lessons. Metz will give advice, tell her own life stories and offer some tough love. Each ticket will include a copy of her memoir.  rutheckerdhall.com DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY  Apr. 4, 6 p.m.  Join your favorite Disney characters at Ruth Eckerd Hall for a show that will include classic Disney songs to sing along to, games and a dance party for the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy this all-new interactive live concert experience presented by Pull-Ups Training Pants.  rutheckerdhall.com GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT  Apr. 5–15, various times  Based on the Grammy-winning multi-platinum album “American Idiot,” this musical will include every song from the band’s multi-platinum Grammy-award winning album, “American Idiot,” as well as follow up releases from “21st Century Breakdown.”  strazcenter.org ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE  Apr. 5, 6 p.m.  Journey into a new prehistoric dimension where you’ll meet the creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Presented by Erth Visual and Physical, Inc. and Red Tail Entertainment, this show will feature 19 life-sized dinosaurs that kids can interact and learn from. Don’t miss this show at the Tampa Theatre!  tampatheatre.org

BRINGING BABY HOME  Various dates, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This two-day workshop aims to build strong relationships between parents and their children. Offered at locations throughout Hillsborough County, the workshop will help parents strengthen their relationship, work through conflict better, improve the quality of infant, toddler and parent interaction and help parents recognize the emotional needs of their young child. Designed for couples who are expecting or who have preschool aged children, the workshops are hosted by Family God’s Way and made possible by a generous grant from the Children’s 76 TampaBayParenting.com | APRIL 2018

7TH ANNUAL BUBBLES AND BUTTERFLIES GALA  Apr. 7, 7–11 p.m.  Join Redefining Refuge for their annual gala benefitting victims of human trafficking and raising awareness. The event will raise funds for the Redefining Refuge Safe house, which caters to victims. Attendees can expect a black tie optional event with food and refreshments as well as guest performances, a silent auction, and much more. Come out and support a great cause.  redefiningrefuge.org

Our favorite events and things to do for families in Tampa Bay!

CINDERELLA  Apr. 6-7, various times  Come enjoy Roger and Hammerstein’s beloved, Tony-award winning tale of magic, romance and dreaming big. Be transported back to your childhood but delight in this show’s contemporary take at Ruth Eckerd hall.  rutheckerdhall.com MOVIES IN THE PARK  Apr. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 8 p.m.  Enjoy “Ferris Bueller,” “Finding Dory,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Lego Batman” outside. Food trucks and concessions will also be available. Don’t forget to bring a chair!  tampagov.net MFA MAKE AND TAKE SATURDAYS  Apr. 7 and 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  At this family event, participants can create artwork inspired by works exhibited at the museum and enjoy treasure hunts. A docent tour will also be offered at the start.  mfastpete.org 21ST ANNUAL FESTA ITALIANA  Apr 7-8, various times  Visit Centennial Park in historic Ybor City for the biggest Festa Italiana to date! This event will include live entertainment, Italian food, culture and heritage. Proceeds will benefit the Italian Club of Tampa Restoration Fund so don’t forget to purchase your ticket!  yborcityonline.com ART CLASSES AT DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER  Apr. 9–May 20, various times  It’s time to get creative with art classes at Dunedin Fine Art Center. Daytime, evening, and weekend classes are available for participants of all ages. Classes will include painting, sculpting, digital media,

metalworking and much more. Call or visit Dunedin Fine Art center to register for classes. BOLD YOU SHOPPING SOIRÉE AND FASHION SHOW  April 12, 6 - 8 p.m.  Dillards at International Plaza Mall is hosting this fundraising benefit for Dress for Success Tampa Bay. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and spectacular raffle prizes while you shop. For informaton about sponsorship opportunities, call the Dress for Success office at 813-605-4497. For individual ticket sales   bit.ly/2EjkT5o PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS  Apr. 13, 6-10 p.m.  Drop the kids off for a night of fun at Great Explorations in St. Pete while you take some well-deserved time for yourself. On the second Friday each month, children can play in the museum, explore the Touch Tunnel, watch science shows and enjoy a G or light PG-rated movie. Pizza, snacks and juice are included. Cost is $25 per member child and $35 per non-member child. Advance registration is required.  greatex.org


For even more family fun, visit TampaBayParenting.com to see our full calendar! Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and caterers. Attendees can enjoy five live bands and wine, liquor and beer tastings. Funds from this event will support arts education programs.  strazcenter.org

MEGAN HILTY  Apr. 22, 7 p.m.  Quirky, lovable and talented Broadway musical star Hilty will perform one intimate evening of song.  strazcenter.org

SKYWATCH  Apr. 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Join the space experts at MOSI for an evening of space exploration as seen through the museum’s telescopes. SkyWatch stargazing events take place in the parking lot by the new MOSI entrance. No ticket or purchase required.  mosi.org

DISNEY’S PETER PAN, JR.  Apr. 26-29, various times  This timeless musical will take you to a dream world where anything is possible. The classic story will be performed by Patel Conservatory students in grades three through eight and includes classic songs from the Disney story.  strazcenter.org

9TH ANNUAL ECOFEST  Apr. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Celebrate Earth Day with a free event at the Lowry Park bandshell area featuring live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. Green business owners and artists will also be in attendance to teach about ecology, equity and economy.  learninggate.org

THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRESENTS CELEBRATE BROADWAY   Apr. 27, 8 p.m.  Broadway star Daniel Narducci and the Master Chorale of Tampa team up to perform Broadway showstoppers from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Camelot” and more.  strazcenter.org

SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL  Apr. 13-22  Visit the white sands of Clearwater beach to see 11 world class artists craft elaborate sand sculptures to the theme of “Sea America: A Celebration of America’s Treasures.” Tickets (including VIP) are available for purchase online. Come enjoy this “sandtastic” journey through America’s treasures!  sugarsandfestival.com SOUTH TAMPA FAMILY YMCA 2ND ANNUAL SPINATHON  Apr 14, 8 a.m. to noon  Join the YMCA and pedal for a purpose to raise donations for YMCA programs that strengthen spirit, mind, and body. The event will include free t-shirts, food, beverages and fun for all riders who join in this event.  ymca.net THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRESENTS VERDI’S REQUIEM  Apr. 20, 8 p.m.  The Florida Orchestra hasn’t performed Verdi’s massive masterpiece since 2002, but on this day, Morsani Hall will be filled with the drama, passion and deep faith of this music with help from the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and Conductor Michael Francis.  strazcenter.org BEST OF TAMPA BAY  Apr. 21, 7 p.m.  This all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza features

FIESTA BY THE BAY FOR AUTISM  Apr. 20, 6 p.m.  Enjoy activities, dancing, food and an auction in support of local families. Fundraising helps CARD (Center for Autism & Related Disabilities) provide free programs and projects throughout the year across 14 counties. This event will take place at the Glazer Children’s Museum.  card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu/ fiesta

SENSORY SENSITIVE SUNDAYS  Apr. 1, 9-11 a.m.  Stop by Chuck E. Cheese’s at both the Wesley Chapel and Brandon locations for a morning of sensory-friendly fun. Restaurants provide families an environment featuring reduced lighting and noise, food and games for everyone and a trained staff.  chuckecheese.com 9TH ANNUAL CYCLING FOR AUTISM EVENT  Apr. 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Join Tampa Interbay Rotary for an event supporting special needs. Registration, lunch and activities will take place at Whiskey Joe’s where the race will start. Rides will be 32, 16, 12 and 6 miles at various times during the event. Don’t forget to register!  interbayrotary.org

TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES  Apr. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Junior League of Tampa, in partnership with Pan Am Dragon Boat Association, is hosting the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races. The race will take place along Garrison Channel while the vendor/ athlete village and event will be at Cotanchobee Park and along the Riverwalk. The first race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last race begins at 5 p.m. Enjoy delicious food, refreshing beverages and a DJ throughout the day and live entertainment provided by Southern Train in the afternoon.  jltampa.org/ featured-events/dragon-boat

TRAMPOLINE PARK SENSORY SATURDAYS  Apr. 7 and 21, 9-10 a.m.  Take the family to Altitude Trampoline Park in Tampa for a morning of sensory-friendly trampoline fun. Enjoy a less crowded environment and reduced music volume. One accompanying parent jumps for free!  altitudetampa.com WARRIORS FOR AUTISM – SENSORY WARRIORS PROGRAM  Apr. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11 a.m. to noon  Get an up-close look at adaptive martial arts training at Warrior Fitness & Sensory Center in Tampa with programming designed for kids on the autism spectrum Classes include kickboxing, martial arts, flexibility, anti-bullying, speed and agility drills, discipline, self-defense and more.  warriorsensory.com

WALK TAMPA: TAMPA BAY BLACK HISTORY TOUR  Apr. 28, 10 a.m. to noon  Led by local historian Fred Hearns, the walk will take place in Tampa’s Central Avenue District. This outdoor trek begins at the new Robert Saunders Public Library and explores the social, political, musical and religious traditions of black life in Tampa.  tampahistorycenter.org

GREAT CONNECTIONS  Apr. 8, 10 a.m. to noon  Experience Great Explorations and its exhibits with special early access hours made available to children with special needs and their families. This month, the museum partners with Blossom Therapies, an at-home therapy service for Alternative & Augmentative Communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder, general speech and language and IEP assistance. Cost is $5 per person for general admission and free to Museum members.  greatex.org

11TH ANNUAL PAINTING IN THE PARK  Apr. 29, Noon to 4 p.m.  Join the Museum of Fine Arts on the North Lawn for a day of fun! Families are welcome to enjoy activities like kite making, face painting and group painting. The event is free for everyone and food and beverage will be available for purchase.  mfastpete.org

MOSI DAY OF DISCOVERY   Apr. 21, 8-10 a.m.  MOSI will open its doors for families with special needs. The museum will be without loud exhibit noises and the stress of large crowds. Admission during those two hours, and those hours only, will be $5 for all family members. For more information, please call 813 263-7165.

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around town Tampa Bay's favorite zoo has a new name and new logo! Welcome ZooTampa at Lowry Park! In addition to the new name, the zoo staff announced expansion and enhancement plans that will allow them to care for more animals and serve more people to create lifelong memories.

St. Joseph's kids get to be doctor for a day.

Hundreds attended the 15th annual Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's Cup of Compassion fundraising breakfast, raising more than $400,000 to help the Crisis Center's mission .

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties hosted the annual Storybook Forest at Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Spring Hill and celebrated literacy with thousands of families from our community! The event featured story time, several favorite storybook characters and more!

Children and families were treated to a day of hands-on activities, crafts and live entertainment during the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County’s annual Day of Play at Al Lopez Park.

At the Regions Community Impact Dinner on Feb. 27, the Tampa YMCA recognized Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik(left) and former Tampa Y Governance Board Chair Brett Couch (right) for dedication and positive impact on Tampa Bay residents and the YMCA.

Patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital traded places with their doctors during "Doctors for a Day" in celebration of Child Life Month in March. The event was coordinated by Child Life Specialists at the hospital as a way to help the children feel less anxious about procedures during their stay.

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