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CONTENTS

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60 10 // Gasparilla Music Festival Rocks Tampa The popular event focuses on staying community-driven, working to support local musicians, food and music education. 12 // Grands and Littles Local families share sweet stories about the important relationships between grandparents and kids. 16 // Love Your Library Your local library is the perfect place to find love, whether it's affection for a new book, a new skill, or even a passion for traveling with a new passport. Yup! We said passport! 40 // Celebrating Black History Month Glazer Children’s Museum is using art and literature to teach children about our country’s complicated racial history and the world around them.

COVER STORY

WE TALK WITH ÉLEVAGE CHEF CHAD JOHNSON AND HIS FAMILY ABOUT FOOD, LOVE AND LIFE TOGETHER

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50 // Hope Eternal A Tampa Bay couple refused to accept their unborn baby’s prognosis, so they sought a second opinion. It saved their daughter’s life.

feature YOUR GUIDE TO

LOCAL PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS on the cover

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Addyson holds the November 2016 cover.

Chef Chad Johnson with wife Ashley and Addyson, 5, and Harper, 2, at the Epicurean Hotel's teaching kitchen.

53 // Room to Heal Savvy Designs of Tampa, a new local nonprofit, gives Tampa Bay children who are in the fight for their lives the gift of a new space to recover and play. 60 // What's New in Tampa Bay In February we’re LOVING all of the new things to do as a family in Tampa Bay! We’re sharing some of our favorite exhibits and places.

every month 44 // TAMPA BAY DATE NIGHT GUIDE EPICUREAN HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS

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46 // GUEST EDITOR FEATURE McILWAIN DENTISTRY SHARES THEIR FAMILY'S HISTORY AND GIVES DENTAL TIPS FOR DENTAL HEALTH MONTH 57 // OUR FAVORITE FEBRUARY FAMILY EVENTS 62 // THIS MONTH ON TAMPABAYPARENTING.COM

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From the Guest Editor

I ENCOURAGE YOU to make dental care a

DR. REBECCA WARNKEN

GUEST EDITOR Dr. Rebecca Warnken

fun family activity during February Kids' Dental Health month.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND EDITORIAL MANAGER Laura Byrne ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anu Varma Panchal EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sarah Stoulil CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Rebecca Warnken Anu Varma Panchal Laura Byrne Tara Payor, PhD Megan Danak Essence Hepburn Katelyn Schur Kylie Ponton Sarah Stoulil

It is a true honor to serve as the guest editor for this issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. As a general dentist and partner at McIlwain Dental Specialists (previously McIlwain Family Dentistry), I am passionate about dental health and the importance of early oral health. I am also keenly aware of the impact that education, comfort and fun can have on the experiences of children in the dental office. These experiences help to shape and mold their relationship with dentistry throughout their life. Many adult patients still struggle with dental anxiety that stemmed from an experience they had as a child. Our team strives to make dentistry comfortable and fun, making

CALENDAR Sarah Stoulil Katelyn Schur ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins LAYOUT & DESIGN Nicole Barolo of Page Four Creative CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Darlene Barlows Photography Seamus Payne

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our dental offices a family-friendly, open atmosphere that cultivates a love for continued preventative oral health care. I’m thrilled to share more about that with you in my article. As we enter Dental Health Awareness Month, I encourage you to make dental care a fun family activity. Ask Alexa to play your favorite song and have a family dance party while you all brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes! Floss your teeth and then practice the floss dance. Make dental care routines a fun, integral part of your day and your children will develop healthy, lifelong habits. These are things my family, and our office, do every day and we love sharing the fun with you!

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ABOVE: A nearly 2-year-old Chase practices brushing skills

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GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL ROCKS TAMPA one founder shares about the growing music festival

hough not a musician, one of Grymes Cannon's most poignant memories involves dancing to ballroom music with his grandmother. His first concert, Cyndi Lauper, with his childhood babysitter, is a close second. United by deep passion for Tampa, education, and arts and culture, and education, Grymes and other founding members (now nicknamed the Ring of Fire) wrote their ideas for a Gasparilla Music Festival on a cocktail napkin, pitched them to locals, and secured seed money to support execution of the vision. Since 2011, GMF has grown exponentially—securing headliners like The Roots and The Avett Brothers. GMF is about more than big name acts, though. The festival is the main arm of the Gasparilla Music Foundation, a Florida 501(c)-3 non-profit corporation whose aims include supporting local musicians, food, and music education: “We are doing all of this for Tampa Bay,” Grymes says. Through its Recycled Tunes program, the Foundation supports music education in Tampa schools, especially in Title 1 schools such as Crestwood Elementary, which had only 1 guitar for every 4 of the 38+ guitar students until GMF stepped in. Success stories include a student who received an instrument from Recycled Tunes and is now on his way with a trumpet scholarship to be the first person from his family to attend college. Another student who got her start with GMF recently played at Madison Square Garden. “We’re focused on keeping a sustainable music festival in Tampa, but everything we do is driven by determination to do the best we can from a community standpoint,” Grymes explains. To date, GMF’s local arm has made over 350 paid gigs a reality for musicians. Grymes—whose first date with his wife was at GMF—is supportive of making the festival a family affair because it provides a sense of camaraderie, allows kids to interact with instruments, and gets everyone in touch with arts and culture. For many kids, GMF is their first concert experience. “Some ride bikes. Some [parents] bring the kids during the day and come back without kids at night,” Grymes says. “It’s unreal to see the kids illuminate.” GMF’s leadership is intent on keeping tickets affordable. All board members are volunteers and Higher Ground memberships support both low-ticket prices and the Recycled Tunes program. Your volunteer efforts can help. In exchange for a four-hour shift, festival volunteers receive a free ticket to GMF. There’s a volunteer party, and several volunteers have worked their way up to volunteer captain status, eventually becoming Board Members. GMF recognizes the importance of reciprocity: GMF relies on volunteer efforts and GMF leadership supports local organizations. “We’re always at Onbikes and the Gasparilla Distance Classic. We’re purposeful in cheering on our community,” Grymes says. “From the festival, to the production arm, and the Recycled Tunes program, GMF is a great success story.” I can’t imagine a world without music. I’m thankful GMF is committed to putting great live music on the local stage while helping Tampa’s kids receive exceptional music education. Take the family to GMF March 9 and 10—everyone can march to the beat of their own drum.

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littles RELATIONSHIPS SWEETER THAN A BOX OF CHOCOLATE

the sweet life Whether or not grandparents are local, consider scheduling regular video calls with them. Be it weekly or annually, cultivate a tradition children and grandparents share. For grandparent/child experiences, check out a full listing of bay area events at

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Henriquez and Torres grandparents at school with Melina and Mason ABOVE: Gigi, Pop, Steele and Elle, family of Lauren Chamberlain

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ebruary means love on the brain, but Valentine’s Day is reason to focus on more than romantic love. Love between children and grandparents is just as celebration-worthy. Childhood experiences with my grandparents influenced the woman I am. From my abuelo’s strong work ethic to my abuela’s appreciation for manicures, I am because of them. Raising children takes a village, and Marisa Torres, mother of two, feels blessed that her village is strong, with plenty of involvement from her retired in-laws and her parents—her mom helped twice a week when Torres’ kids were younger. To this day, Melina, the Torres’ 11-year-old daughter, frequently asks her grandparents to pick her up from school. “We encourage it because we want our kids to have any amount of love that’s bestowed on them,” Torres says. Lauren Chamberlain, who co-owns Pure Barre studios with her mom, is thankful for how present both sets of grandparents are despite still working. “Our kids are blessed with the dynamics the families have. All grandparents help with childcare and even taking the kids to doctors,” says Chamberlain, whose dad recently watched the kids so that just she and her mom, Elle, could go to dinner. Just as we need alone time with our romantic partners, it’s important kids spend time with just the grandparents. Growing up, the Torres’ spent significant time with their grandparents. “Like mine, Mike’s parents worked lots and our grandparents played large roles in raising us,” Marisa explains. She recognizes staying back and giving children time alone with the grandparents helps fill some of the shortcomings she identifies as a mother: “They get nurturing from them that we don’t give. They need that.” The time alone also nurtures certain dispositions. “Melina is a people person—the light of the room. She gets that from being with Mike’s mom and my dad.” Mason, the Torres’ 13-year-old son, is quiet and pensive. Spending time with Marisa’s dad during a recent boys’ trip provided Mason grandfatherly attention about all he did well: “He shone during that trip.” Chamberlain, who’s always been close with her parents, loves the special interactions solely between the kids and grandparents. “My parents took them to Hunsader Farms. They get in the golf cart and go to the park. It’s truly special. Elle and Steele are such well-rounded and loving children. I know the quality time they spend with both sets of grandparents is shaping the people they’re becoming.” So, this Valentine’s Day, think outside the heartshaped-chocolate box. Celebrating grandparents’ love is deliciously fitting and underscores how indispensable grandparent relationships are. Whether they’re called ita, gigi, bagda, or pop, the things grandparents share with children—wisdom, unconditional love, and valuable life lessons—hold strong. Grandma and grandpa, will you be my Valentine?

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of food, fun, and family

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ur February 2019 cover family is the Johnson family of Tampa. Dad, Chef Chad Johnson, executive chef of Epicurean Hotel, Haven, and Élevage, and daughter Addyson graced the cover of our November 2016 issue, so we decided to follow up with the family to talk about the love of food and family.

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TBP: WHAT’S ON THE MENU LATELY AT THE JOHNSON HOUSE? WHAT ARE YOU ALL CURRENTLY LOVING?

CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: Her (Addyson) new obsession is having breakfast for dinner, so we like biscuits and gravy. Usually I’ll make the biscuits, but she helps out every once in a while. She likes to use the cookie cutters and cut them in circles.

TBP: WE HEAR YOU MAKE YOUR OWN HOMEMADE SAUSAGE . TELL US ABOUT THAT.

CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: It’s pretty basic. We make homemade breakfast sausage, which is pretty simple, with ground pork, lots of fresh sage, black pepper and spices. I don’t let the kids use the meat grinder—I usually take care of that part. Addyson does like to make scrambled eggs. She has a little spatula. She’ll help stir.

TBP: WE HAVE TO ASK, WHO DOES MOST OF THE COOKING AT HOME?

CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: That’s one of the most common questions that I get and my wife gets: Does she cook or do I cook? And the answer is: I cook. Love her to death… cooking is not her thing. ASHLEY JOHNSON: I try… (laughing) CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: I don’t get to cook as much as I used to in my current role at the restaurant. While I’m always in the kitchen, I don’t always get to be the sauté cook or the grill cook, so I do a lot of meal planning on Sundays and Mondays if I’m home. I’ll cook throughout the week and get everything set up so she can finish it in the oven for the munchkins.

TBP: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO GO IN TAMPA BAY ON DATE NIGHTS? CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: When we

TBP: HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE AT HOME WITH TWO SMALL CHILDREN?

get out, Rooster & the Till is one of our

CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: I use the phrase ‘pick

favorites. Ferrell, the chef there, is a good

and choose your battles’ a lot. Some nights that

buddy of mine. They always do a good job.

means giving in—like last night, that meant letting

Whether it be an anniversary or birthday,

the 5-year-old sleep in her sleeping bag instead of

we usually make it to Bern’s once a year

her bed. Pick and choose your battles. Ashley and

for a date night. We like to hop around and

I, we do a good job of divide and conquer. We give

try four or five places a night—we’ll go to

each other our own time. She goes running to

one place and check out the appetizers

de-stress. I actually go to the grocery store to de-

and the scene. Sometimes the best date

stress. Believe it or not, that is my zen place, going

night is having grandma and grandpa take

up and down the aisles of the grocery store.

the kids and staying home and not setting an alarm clock for school.

ASHELY JOHNSON: I do the moms group and we have play dates. I think it’s more of constantly doing things we all love. I love jogging, so we go jogging and she goes in the jogging stroller.

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TBP: WE HEARD ADDYSON SAY SHE

C H EF C H A D ’S S EC R ET TO A Q U IC K D IN N ER

ount and Double the am uple of co a r freeze it fo weeks later.

LOVES TO COOK IN HER PLAY KITCHEN! ASHLEY JOHNSON: They make menus and they will serve us and ask us what we want. CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: Or she’ll tell you what they don’t have! They got a play spaghetti pasta kit for Christmas, so now we have spaghetti.

TBP: WHAT ARE SOME FAMILY FAVORITES?

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CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: We do a little bit of

everything. Everyone in the house likes fish. Brussels sprouts are everyone’s obsession. We roast them in the oven dry until they are crunchy. They get like potato chips. ASHLEY JOHNSON: I always joke that I sort of get the credit because I warm it all up and give it to them. It’s nice for me because it makes my life so much easier during the week. CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: I do it for myself as well. When I get home from work after a 12 hour shift and it’s 9 at night, I’m just hungry and I don’t want to cook. So I’ll be the first to admit that if I can come up with something semi-homemade that tastes good that I can just throw in the oven and heat up, I’m a fan of it. CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: When it gets cold, I make gumbo. I love gumbo. I’m still a big fan of a simple roast chicken, like chopped up chicken, veggies, herbs, white wine. Literally, you throw it all in one pan and fire it up in the oven. The munchkins like pasta. We’ve been on a big pasta kick lately, so we’ll do pasta and red sauce. We’re still working on getting them to branch out. They still like a lot of their food separated, so she wants the spaghetti and the sauce but she doesn’t want the sauce on the spaghetti. We’re working on it. ASHLEY JOHNSON: It’s phases. We keep putting it in front of her and we say, take one bite and then we can move on, but just try it. She’ll try one bite. CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: I’ve had good luck with quesadillas with them and we always have cheese around. We’re big cheese geeks.

TBP: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY AS A FAMILY? CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: We love the Riverwalk. Just as you know, if you have small kids, sometimes just getting out of the house is the goal! ASHLEY JOHNSON: Addyson can scooter up and down the sidewalk. We even do that with friends a lot just during the day. CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: When the weather is nice, we like Honeymoon Island because it’s a little bit more quiet than the Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach scene for them. TBP: DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE PLACES TO GO OUT TO EAT AS A FAMILY? CHEF CHAD JOHNSON: If I get them alone, I like to take them to lunch. I think it’s hilarious to take them out to restaurants and let them order. Even if I know she’s going to say chicken fingers, it’s just funny to watch: She’s such an adult going through the process to order. But, taking them out anywhere, I always get the check when I order the food, so we can make the immediate dash. Really it’s more ambiance. Any place that’s outside, so if they need to let off some energy, they can run around a little bit. We went to the Columbia Restaurant last week and she ate an almost entire loaf of Cuban bread. She likes the 1905 salad. We bounce around; we try different stuff.

MORE ON THE RESTAURANT WHERE YOU CAN TASTE CHEF CHAD JOHNSON'S EXPERTLY CRAFTED MENU ON PAGE 44

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your library By Megan Danak

It’s February, Valentine’s Day is upon us, and love is in the air! Here are a handful of reasons to love your Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, both during this February and throughout the year.

FIND A BOOK YOU ADORE. The

library is making it easier than ever to find a book (or movie, or music) to fall in love with. This spring, experience HCPLC Connect, our new catalog that will help you quickly find the materials you’re looking for. HCPLC Connect features an improved search, is mobile-friendly and gives you the chance to review titles and create custom lists, allowing you to share the books you love with the community! Learn more: http://bit.ly/ConnectPreview

No matter the time of year, the library offers plenty of sweet reasons for you and your loved ones to visit, either in person or online. Discover what’s new at hcplc.org.

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NEED A GIFT FOR YOUR VALENTINE? GET CRAFTY AT THE LIBRARY. Check out the

library’s event calendar for hands-on DIY and craft events, both for youth and adults. Express your creativity, get a little messy and learn a new technique you can use to make a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gift. Explore sewing, painting, paper-crafting and more! Class registration limits may apply. Visit the library’s event calendar to discover a class at a branch near you. http:// bit.ly/FindFebEvents

LOVE THAT REPORT CARD. Free homework help with Tutor.com. If your student is struggling, never fear: the library provides free, live one-on-one help via Tutor.com. Across subjects and grade levels, Tutor.com can help your kids overcome challenges and find success. Not loving your current job? Tutor. com also provides career services consultations for adults. Live services are available online from 2 p.m. to midnight, but the comprehensive Skills Center is available 24/7. All you need is a library card to log on: http://bit.ly/FebTutor PLAN A MORE ELABORATE FAMILY GETAWAY WITH PASSPORT SERVICES. Start your international journey at the library! Two Hillsborough library locations, Bloomingdale Regional Library and Port Tampa Branch Library, offer U.S. passport acceptance by appointment. For details visit http://bit.ly/FebPassport

IS YOUR TEEN ANTI-VALENTINE? WE CAN WORK WITH THAT! Teens in grades

7-12 can help the library – and earn those volunteer hours for scholarships - by joining a Teen Advisory Board or TAB. TAB members don’t just help shelve books, they work with library staff to run summer kids programs and help plan teenfocused events – like the upcoming “UNvalentine” party at the SouthShore Regional Library (Feb. 12). TAB is a great way for teens to express themselves while learning valuable leadership skills through meaningful work with peers. Find a TAB here: http://bit.ly/FebTAB

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PLAN A DATE WITH DISCOVERY PASS.

Explore your own backyard with the library’s Discovery Pass program! Discovery Pass provides free admission to a variety of fun local experiences for the entire family – OR for a romantic date. Explore one of Tampa Bay’s local museums, take in a play or trek with the family through one of our scenic county parks. Passes are available for a number of different local experiences. To check out what’s currently available or place a hold, visit http://bit.ly/FebDiscovery


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TO PRIVATE AN D C HART E R SC HOOLS IN TAMPA BAY ACADEMY AT THE LAKES 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, 34639 813-909-7919; academyatthelakes.org Academy at the Lakes is a PreK3 - 12 independent school located in North Tampa. Alongside challenging academics, competitive championship sports teams, and distinguished arts and science programs, Academy students celebrate love of learning and the joy in the journey, all within a culture that teaches empathy and virtue.   enrollment: 450

class size: 14

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $11,580-$23,710

ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, 33629 813-839-5371; holynamestpa.org The Academy of the Holy Names empowers students to be authentic individuals who engage in independent thought, are inspired by creativity, and lead culturally aware, spiritually rich lives. Our innovative approach to curriculum integrates technology, encourages artistic expression, and actively engages students in exploration and inquiry. enrollment: 955

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grades: PreK4-8 coed, tuition range: $12,150 to $19,160 9-12 girls

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, 33710 727-384-5500; farragut.org Admiral Farragut Academy is a co-ed private school with boarding for grades 8-12. Farragut is an experience, a journey, and a launch point for life. The students represent 32 countries and 17 U.S. states. Signature programs include aviation, marine science, scuba, sailing, engineering, NJROTC, and leadership. Summer camps also offered. enrollment: 500

class size: 18

grades: PreK-12

tuition range: $12,400 to $23,300

BERKELEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa, 33615 813-885-1673; berkeleyprep.org Berkeley presents a safe, nurturing environment featuring inspiring teaching, engaged parents and alumni, and outstanding resources. We offer a broad curricular and extracurricular program enjoyed by an exceptional and diverse community of learners. We develop and expect strong character, promote innovation and growth, and desire excellence in all that we do. enrollment: 1,380

class size: 20

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $17,760 to $25,640

BISHOP LARKIN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 8408 Monarch Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668 727-862-6981; bishoplarkin.org Our school has been serving families for over 28 years and is a Christ-centered learning environment that fosters spiritual and academic growth. We are an accredited school and our nurturing faculty and staff work together with our parents and parish communities to provide our students with strong academics and other excellent programs. enrollment: 250

class size: 20-30

grades: PreK3-8

tuition range: $6,000 to $8,000

BRANDON ACADEMY 801 Limona Road, Brandon, 33510 813-689-1952; brandon-academy.com Brandon Academy is a nationally recognized, college preparatory Blue Ribbon school, the only one in Eastern Hillsborough County fully accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC). Our motto, A Community of Respect, is apparent in our students and faculty inside and beyond the classroom. enrollment: 270

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION CALVARY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759 727-449-2247; cchs.us Calvary offers an advanced college preparatory education in an environment where students are taught a Christian worldview with the Word of God being integrated into each subject. Calvary also offers many extra-curricular activities for your child including athletics, fine arts, SGA, clubs, and more. Open house on Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. enrollment: 602

class size: 14

grades: 9-12

tuition range: $13,000+fees

CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 6101 North Habana Ave., Tampa, 33614 813-872-6744; ccslancers.com Cambridge Christian is a college preparatory, Christian outreach school serving students 3 months through twelfth grade. Kingdom Education teaches a Biblical worldview, partnering with parents and the local church in the education of their children. This partnership provides a strong foundation for life and college from a nationally accredited school. enrollment: 630 class size: 17 grades: 3 mo.-12 tuition range: $8,000-$16,000

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CANTERBURY SCHOOL OF FLORIDA Hough campus (Prek3-4) 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg, 33704 Knowlton campus (5-12) 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33702 27-525-1419; canterburyflorida.org Canterbury School is a private, co-ed, college preparatory school on 2 campuses in St. Petersburg serving 3-year-olds through Grade 12. Founded in 1968, Canterbury School of Florida educates and nurtures the whole child in mind, body, and spirit in preparation for college and a life as a responsible steward of our world. enrollment: 430 class size: 15 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $3,300-$20,525

CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL Bearss Avenue Campus 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, 33613  Early Childhood Campus 12606 Casey Road, Tampa, 33618 Bearss 813-920-2288, ECC 813-963-2388; carrollwooddayschool.org Carrollwood Day School is the only International Baccalaureate® World School in Tampa Bay that offers the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and Diploma Program. We strive to enrich the mind, strengthen the character, and inspire the hearts of our students with our motto of “Education with Character.” enrollment: 1,090

class size: 12

grades: PreK2-12

tuition range: varies

CENTER ACADEMY 6710 86th Ave. N., Pinellas Park, 33782 727-541-5716; centeracademy.com Founded in 1968 and AdvancED accredited, Center Academy provides a small, safe setting to help students to focus, organize and learn. We work with students in grades 4-12 with ADHD and learning differences and accept McKay, Gardiner and Tax Credit Scholarships. Dual enrolment and summer programs are available. enrollment: 90

class size: 18

grades: 4-12

tuition range: $12,680-$15,180

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CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES Multiple Locations 954-414-5767; charterschoolassociates.com Tuition-Free, SACS Accredited public charter schools offer Cambridge Advanced Studies and a STEAM enriched curriculum. There are currently eight locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties serving students in grades K-12, with two new schools opening August 2019. Visit charterschoolassociates.com for a complete listing of our schools.

COMMUNITY MONTESSORI Toddler & Primary campus, 4930 Webb Road, Tampa, 33615; 813-886-2050 Elementary & Middle campus, 8411 Civic Road, Tampa, 33615; 813-886-3969 communitymontessori.org Community Montessori School provides a prepared environment that responds to the developmental needs of child and cultivates the unique potential of each individual by adhering to Montessori’s principles. CMS is a warm, secure community with a high expectation for the quality of thought, work, and mastery of content and skill. enrollment: 133 class size: 25 grades: I8 mo.-9 tuition range: $6,530-$9,995

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For young children immersed in a second language, becoming bilingual is virtually effortless. We Don’t Teach French, We Teach IN French. Explore the Gift of Language for Your Child Please Join Us at our Open House: February 7, 6-8pm | RSVP: admission@fastb.org

Now accepting applications | Pre-K through Grade 5 2100 62nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702 | 727-800-2159 | www.FASTB.org

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION CORBETT PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF IDS 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, 33618 813-961-3087; corbettprep.com Founded 50 years ago, Corbett Prep serves 500-plus students. An International Baccalaureate curriculum, research-based teaching strategies, gifted-endorsed teachers, visual and performing arts, team sports for grades 1-8, and experiential, hands-on learning produce confident, creative, innovative thinkers with character ready to contribute to the world in a meaningful, positive way. enrollment: 515

class size: varies

grades: PreK3-8

tuition range: $12,000-$16,370

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 1317 Milwaukee Ave. Dunedin, 34698 727-733-1438; cornerstonechristianfl.org We believe that every child has value and purpose. Our job is to help students discover their potential through academic, physical, social, and spiritual development. Our mission is to provide quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for the children of our community. enrollment: 80

class size: 10-15

grades: PreK-8

tuition range: $6,300-$6,870

ELITE SCHOLAR ACADEMY 3626 Henderson Blvd., Tampa 33609 813-382-6106; elitescholaracademy.com Elite Scholar Academy is a boutique learning center in South Tampa offering an exclusive private educational experience for a limited number of K4-12 Scholars, who will be individually guided to reach their full academic potential in a true private setting, while taught how to learn and think critically. enrollment: 10-40

class size: 1-8

grades: PreK4-12

tuition range: $6,700-$38,000

THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF TAMPA BAY 2100 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33702 727-800-2159; FASTB.org The French American School of Tampa Bay (FASTB) provides a multicultural educational experience through French Immersion from Pre-K through Grade 5. No prior French language instruction is required to begin in this authentic environment, where French becomes the language of instruction and interaction in everything we do – we learn and play, en français! Children learn the language naturally and by Grade 5, can read, write and speak in French and English. We invite you to explore the gift of language and its lifelong benefits for your child – please contact us to arrange a visit and tour of our school. Merci! enrollment: 100 class size: 15 grades: PreK-5 tuition range: $6,500-$13,500 FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 905 West Terrace Drive, Plant City, 33563 813-473-2090; fcapc.com The premiere accredited private Christian school in the Plant City area that provides a loving, Christ centered excellent academic environment. We specialize in a well-rounded education that inspires, teaches, and ministers to our students through higher learning, extracurricular activities, and family focused offerings. Come see why FCA is the best in education. enrollment: 120

class size: 15

grades: PreK-12

tuition range: varies

GUARDIAN ANGELS 2270 Evans Road, Clearwater, 33763 727-799-6724; gacsfl.com As the only accredited STREAM school in Tampa Bay, Guardian Angels Catholic School students experience an integration of religion and the arts into science, technology, engineering, and math. This provides opportunities for creative expression and the infusion of the timeless truths of our faith in a rigorous academic environment. enrollment: 225 class size: 17 grades: PreK-8 tuition range: varies HILLEL ACADEMY 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612 813-963-2242; hillelacademytampa.com Hillel Academy, the area’s only accredited Jewish day school, is an institution for high school and collegiate preparedness through critical, collaborative and creative thinking while also developing a personal Jewish identity in an atmosphere of “chesed” (kindness). enrollment: 150

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, 33625 813.884.8250; hcatampa.org Hillsdale Christian Academy and Preschool is a private Christian school conveniently located at the Ehrlich Road exit off of the Veteran’s Expressway. We offer a strong, Christ-centered academic program from PreK-2 through 5th grade. enrollment: 170

class size: 15

grades: PreK2-5

tuition range: $4,500-$7,300

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL 2913 John Moore Road, Brandon, 33511 813-685-1978; ilsbrandon.com Proven track record, small class sizes, challenging curriculum, Response to Intervention (RTI), advanced classes, band, chorus, Spanish, art, full PE Program, educational field trips, hot lunch program, before and after school care, competitive athletic teams. We are accredited by the NLSA which is recognized by the Florida Department of Education. We accept Step Up For Students, McKay Scholarships and School Readiness. enrollment: 220 class size: 20-24 grades: PreK4-8 tuition range: $6,000-$8,000 INCARNATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL 5111 Webb Road, Tampa, 33615 813-884-4502; icstampa.org Incarnation Catholic School has been making a world of difference in the lives of students in PreK-3 through 8th grade by providing a challenging and quality education based in faith. We invite you to tour our campus and see firsthand what over 50 years of tradition has built. enrollment: 235

class size: varies

grades: PreK3-8

tuition range: $6,000-$7,500

LAND O’ LAKES CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 5105 School Road, Land O’ Lakes, 34638 813-995-9040; lolcs.org A Christ-honoring atmosphere for preschool through high school, LOLCS trains students to develop and grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. We offer a fully accredited, balanced program that emphasizes spiritual life, challenging academics for college preparation, and opportunities for students to explore their interests and talents in fine arts and athletics. enrollment: 307

class size: 20

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $1,900-$6,720

LEARNING GATE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 16215 Hanna Road, Lutz, FL 33549 207 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz, 33548 813-948-4190; learninggate.org  Learning Gate Community School is a tuition free, A-rated, Hillsborough County public charter school  in Lutz, Florida. Our mission is to promote academic excellence, community service and environmental responsibility through family and community partnerships. LGCS serves Kindergarten through 8th grades. Nature is our best teacher. enrollment: 800

class size: 18-22

grades: K-8

tuition range: free

LEE ACADEMY FOR GIFTED EDUCATION 3001 Lee Academy Court, Tampa, 33614 813-931-3316; leegiftedacademy.com Lee Academy offers a unique experience for advanced, motivated learners Pre-K through 12th grade. Set on four acres of lakefront property, Lee Academy offers a flexible program that encourages reflective and creative thinking, problem solving, critical evaluation, and opportunity to pursue special interests. Call to schedule a personal tour. enrollment: 80

class size: 8-10

grades: PreK4-12

tuition range: $11,200-$12,750

MIRACLES SCHOOL 15830 Greenglen Lane, Shady Hills, 34610 727-858-5909; miraclesschools.com Miracles Schools believes that every student deserves the opportunity to learn in the capacity that best meets their needs. We strive to achieve excellence to ensure that every student will achieve their maximum potential in school and in life. class size: individual instruction

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THE TAMPABayArea's BAY AREA’S ONLY SCHOOL DEDICATED The Tampa only school dedicated to TO GIFTED AND ADVANCED LEARNERS. Gifted and Advanced Learners. •Dual enrollment with local colleges•

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Advantage Academy of Hillsborough, Inc. (AAH) is the largest and most successful not-for-profit charter holder in the Tampa Bay region with thirteen public charter schools serving over six thousand students in grades K-12. AAH schools focus on math and science and several have received distinction from the Florida Department of Education as “Schools of Excellence” or “High Performing Charter Schools”; the highest recognition available to Florida’s public charter schools. AAH partners with Charter School Associates, Inc. (CSA), a leading Florida-based Education Management Organization, to provide dayto-day support to the thirteen schools for innovative curricula, teacher training, and leadership. CSA and its over two dozen member schools hold accreditation from the nation’s most recognized accrediting agencies; including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, and AdvancEd. Accreditation from these organizations serves to inform the public, parents, and students that CSA schools meet a rigorous set of standards confirmed by periodic review of each school’s business and educational performance. CSA is a company founded by educators established to provide the tools necessary for teachers to be creative in the classroom while meeting the academic needs of our students. CSA’s mission is to provide parents with a positive school choice for their child’s education. CSA member schools offer an extensive STEAM education that fosters a culture of innovation and creativity in the classroom. Students in grades K-12 are actively engaged in a STEAM based curriculum that is infused with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Select CSA schools also offer Cambridge Advanced Studies, the Galileo Program; a Math and Science Leadership Academy; Global Studies; an extensive Field Studies Program; and an opportunity for middle school students to earn multiple high school credits. All CSA member schools are tuitionfree public charter schools offering a private school environment. Please see our ad in this publication for the location of CSA member schools in the Tampa Bay area or visit our website at www.charterschoolassociates.com for more information and a complete listing of our schools including the newest member of the AAH/CSA family, Riverview Academy of Math and Science; located at 9906 Symmes Road Riverview, Florida.

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 7777 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33709 727-541-7593; nck12.com Northside Christian School is a Christ-Centered School of Excellence focusing on the wellrounded child. Students in Preschool through 12th grade are exposed to award winning fine arts, competitive athletic programs, and blue ribbon academics. Northside provides a safe, nurturing environment on 28 acres in northwest St. Petersburg. enrollment: 702

class size: 16

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $6,000-$13,000

NORTH TAMPA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5585 E. County Line Road, Wesley Chapel, 33544 813-991-0801; northtampachristian.org North Tampa Christian Academy is Wesley Chapel’s newest fully-accredited Christian school. Our 23-acre state-of-the-art campus and dedicated teaching staff provide a safe, relevant, and engaging educational experience. A variety of enrichment activities enhance our rigorous academic STEAM program. Come see what our school has to offer your family. enrollment: 310

class size: 20

grades: PreK2-12

tuition range: $11,900-$15,900

ODESSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 19521 Michigan Ave., Odessa, 33556 813-792-1825; odessachristianschool.org We believe superior learning starts with authentic experiences, cultivated through high expectations for every learner, engaging teaching methods, and regular field learning/ educational travel. Our mission is to cultivate world changers - young people of strong Christian character with active and creative minds who are committed to Biblical social justice. enrollment: 75

class size: varies

grades: K-12

tuition range: $9,500-$10,000

OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL 301 58th St.S. St. Petersburg, 33707 727-344-1026; osls.net Our Savior Lutheran is a nationally accredited, private Christian school, located in St. Petersburg.  Since 1982, dedicated staff has provided one-to-one attention in a safe and loving academic setting.  Small class sizes create a learning environment that is designed to help your child grow intellectually, academically, individually and spiritually. enrollment: 220

class size: varies

grades: PreK2-8

tuition range: varies

PALM HARBOR MONTESSORI 2355 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, 34683 727-786-1854; palmharbormontessori.com Our mission is to nurture the potential of the whole child and cultivate the growth of a diverse, international community. We provide a respectful and peaceful Montessori environment that promotes academic excellence. Our child-centric Montessori approach provides students with an individualized education that fosters spontaneous learning opportunities. enrollment: 215

class size: 22

grades: Infant-8

tuition range: $6,300-$15,000

PEPIN ACADEMIES Tampa Campus, 3916 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33610 813-236-1755; pepinacademies.com Pepin Academies are not-for-profit, tuition-free, public charter schools that serve students with specific learning and learning related disabilities. We educate students in 3rd-12th grade, and also offer a transitional job training program for students aged 18 to 22. Pepin Academies are considered ESE Center schools. enrollment: 1,100

class size: varies

grades: 3-12

tuition range: free

SAFETY HARBOR MONTESSORI 2669 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 33761 727-724-1767; safetyharbormontessori.com Safety Harbor Montessori Academy's primary goal is to help students reach their full potential in all aspects of their development, in a loving, respectful atmosphere. We have programs for ages 2 through 14, and we are fortunate to enroll students of many religions and backgrounds from all over the world. enrollment: 160

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Engaging, Holistic, Authentic We offer the highest quality Montessori education experience which develops well-rounded students, with a focus on independence, courtesy and respect. • Individualized academic program, addressing specific needs and goals. • More than 33 years of experience providing high quality, authentic Montessori education. • Five spacious acres of beautiful, secure indoor and outdoor environments with a pool. • Incredibly engaged parent and volunteer community. We can’t wait to show you what makes our school special. Schedule your tour today!

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION SEFFNER CHRISTIAN 11605 E. U.S. Highway 92, Seffner, 33584 813-626-0001; scacrusaders.com Seffner Christian Academy offers a well-rounded educational program within a relational, caring atmosphere. The preschool through 12th grade program nurtures the child the whole child through a biblical worldview, challenging academics, engaging fine arts, integrated technology, and competitive athletics. Call today to schedule a tour! enrollment: 726

class size: varies

grades: PreK2-12

tuition range: $4,850-$8,500

SHORECREST PREPARATORY 5101 1st St., NE, St. Petersburg, 33703 727-522-2111; shorecrest.org Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PreK3-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. enrollment: 990

class size: 15

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $8,900-$23,600

SKYCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, 33765 727-797-1186; skycrest.us Skycrest graduates enter high school with outstanding academic preparation, leadership skills, and confidence in their ability to succeed. With newly integrated technology, an extensive list of extracurricular activities, and a small student/teacher ratio, a Skycrest education is available at amazingly competitive rates. Open House date on Nov. 29. enrollment: 450

class size: 22

grades: PreK-8

tuition range: $9,900+fees

SPORTS, LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ACADEMY (SLAM) TAMPA 7116 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33625 813-920-8802; slamtampa.com  The mission of SLAM is to prepare students for postsecondary studies and careers through an educational program emphasizing sports leadership and management career preparation. The charter school will offer students opportunities in career exploration and internships through the following career academics: sports medicine, digital media and sports television production, sports marketing, entertainment, and management. enrollment: 550

class size: <25

grades: 6-11

tuition range: free

ST. CECELIA INTERPAROCHIAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1350 Court St., Clearwater, 33756 727-461-1200; st-cecelia.org St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade. Through our International Baccalaureate programmes, we provide the tools, develop character and teach skills that prepare our students to thrive in high school, college and beyond. enrollment: 470

class size: 20-25

grades: PreK3-8

tuition range: $6,879 - $8,813

SUNCOAST WALDORF SCHOOL 1857 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, 34683 727-786-8311; suncoastwaldorf.org The Suncoast Waldorf School has provided a balanced preschool-5th grade curriculum for 20 years. We understand that academics represent one aspect of a child's healthy development, so we complement our movement-infused lessons with time outdoors, instruction in practical skills like knitting and gardening, and an emphasis on the social-emotional development of each child. enrollment: 100

class size: 10-15

grades: PreK-5

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ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL Primary School 1002 S. Rome Ave., Tampa, 33606 813-849-6200; stjohnseagles.org St. John’s is a co-ed, nonprofit Episcopal school with a 67-year tradition of preparing students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth in a Christian environment. Love of learning is enhanced by a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, advanced technology and the development of strong character. Open house is Oct. 23 from 9 -11 a.m. enrollment: 505

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL 2101 S. Hubert Ave., Tampa, 33629 813-258-5508; smeds.org St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School provides challenging academics, performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, technology, public speaking, foreign language, global studies, community service, religious education, and more. St. Mary’s highly-qualified PreK-8 faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges ahead. enrollment: 445

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ST. PETERSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2021 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33702 727-522-3000; stpetechristian.org St. Petersburg Christian School has served the community of St. Petersburg, FL since 1971. We offer Lower Division grades K-4 and Upper Division grades 5 -8. The SPCS family is filled with dedicated faculty and staff, supportive alumni and current families to provide the best possible education. Activities include volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, golf, bowling, flag football, baseball, softball, track, coding, STEAM, makers space, visual art, band, musical theater, NJHS, student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, WSPCS News and yearbook. enrollment: 375

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TAMPA PINNACLE ACADEMY 207 Como St., Tampa, FL 33606 813-374-4006; tampapinnacleacademy.com Tampa Pinnacle Academy empowers students with learning differences to become independent and successful learners in a nurturing, yet structured environment. Pinnacle offers small class sizes, where multi-sensory and brain-based instruction compliments the blended therapeutic approach to each child’s learning experience. Our students feel understood, confident and motivated to learn. enrollment: 30 class size: 8-10 grades: K-8 tuition range: $17,200-$20,200 TAMPA PREPARATORY 727 West Cass St., Tampa, 33606  813-251-8481; tampaprep.org Tampa Prep is a co-ed college preparatory school for grades 6-12 in downtown Tampa. We are known for our active learning environments and innovative faculty. As a place to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond, our students grow academically and personally within our halls. enrollment: 693

class size: 15

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THE VANGUARD SCHOOL 22000 Hwy 27, Lake Wales, 33859 863-676-6091; vanguardschool.org The Vanguard School is an international co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 6-12, and specializes in educating students who experience academic learning challenges. Through small class sizes and an individualized approach to learning, Vanguard strives to ensure that each child aspires to higher educational opportunities and independence. enrollment: 111

class size: 6-10

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WESTLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, 34683 727-781-3808; westlakechristianschool.org Westlake Christian School, a National Blue Ribbon School, is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED. The mission of Westlake is to guide and inspire students to develop their God-given potential, while fostering a lifelong love of learning in a nurturing Christ centered environment. enrollment: 400

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WEB OF WISDOM 5238 Mile Stretch Dr., Holiday, 34690 727-389-4750; wowschools.org WOW, where learning meets adventure and education isn’t limited to the classroom. We offer college preparatory academics (AP/Dual Enrollment) in conjunction with extraordinary extracurriculars. These include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, climbing, camping, athletics (K-12), computer programming, automotive repair, music and photography. We are the education that you’re looking for, with the experiences that your child will remember forever. enrollment: 75 class size: 11-19 grades: K-12 tuition range: $7,500-$10,000

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Come and see why “there’s no place like Canterbury!” Marine Science Reaches New Depths at Canterbury

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“A high school credit earning SCUBA course seemed like the next step for marine science,” says Canterbury’s Director of Marine Studies Jenn LoDico. After consulting with industry pros, a plan was put in place to create an academic course that earns high school credit in science and/or physical education. Six students in the inaugural class earned their SCUBA certification learning fundamental knowledge and skills to safely dive in open water. The class’s final field trip was to the Florida Aquarium where students practiced their skills diving with ocean creatures like sharks, moray eels, barracuda, a green sea turtle, and various fish to practice their fish ID skills and complete marine life surveys while on the dive.

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SLAM! Tampa also offers: • Extended Day Tutorial • Enrichment Program, Clubs and Activities • Athletic Programs • 21st Century Classrooms


VPK is FREE for ALL Florida 4-year olds. Your child must turn 4 by September 1st to be eligible. Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. Spring Hill Location: 15506 County Line Road Suite 104 Spring Hill, FL 34610 Phone: (727) 233-8291

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH use art and literature to unpack cross-cultural topics with kids By Essence Hepburn, Glazer Children’s Museum

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ebruary is Black History Month and there is so much to celebrate, from honoring civil rights heroes to learning about African American culture. But it can be difficult to find the right way to discuss slavery and the shameful parts of our country’s past with children. As parents and educators, do we avoid the subject or soften the truth to avoid tension? Absolutely not! It’s important to educate our children about America’s complicated racial history, and as adults, we need to provide a safe space for kids to learn and discuss this complex topic. At the Glazer Children’s Museum, we teach difficult topics through art and literature. One of my favorite fieldtrip lessons to teach is about the African American traditions of quilt-making and storytelling. During the lesson, we introduce students to the work of African American artist and children’s book author Faith Ringgold, discuss the inspiration for her art, and then read her book “Tar Beach.” The story follows an African American girl in New York City who learns to fly. She takes the reader on an adventure as she soars above the issues of poverty and racial discrimination that she faces, wishing for something different. This gives us a space to discuss the history of story quilts and their importance to African American culture. We explain slavery. We share the stories of how those in the Underground Railroad communicated using coded messages in quilts and how these brave individuals fought to give slaves their freedom. After reading the story, the students make their own paper story quilts to symbolize their own wishes. I am always impressed with how students respond to the story and the lesson it provides. With topics of injustice, freedom, bravery and mercy already on their mind, the students’ wishes are profound. In discussing a piece of Black History, they see the world a little differently. Maybe this world isn’t as fair as they thought, but because of this new prospective, the students are more conscious of others. Their wishes are empathetic as they begin to see the world from different points of view. They wish for things like freedom for everyone and a world without poverty. They wish that people will be nicer to each other and they wish that they themselves can find a way to make a difference. A child’s introduction to diverse literature can be a powerful tool to unpack difficult cross-cultural topics. For children of color, reading stories by diverse authors or with diverse protagonists gives them freedom to dream and imagine a different narrative for themselves. For white children, diverse books can break down stereotypes and give new perspective. Literature and art are vehicles to talk about anything, especially topics that are difficult to discuss. They can soften tension and open dialogue. So, this February, find a good book to use as a platform to celebrate, honor and discuss the good and bad of our country’s rich Black History with your child.


JANUARY 19 MAY 12, 2019 The Pigeon comes to Tampa!: A Mo Willems Exhibit is co-organized by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

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The Epicurean Hotel is the hotspot for fun on South Howard Avenue, and its on-property restaurant Élevage is no exception. By Katelyn Schur for tampabaydatenightguide.com

There's now more to love at the Epicurean Hotel and its many offerings with the updates directed by Executive Chef Chad Johnson, a “Best Chef: South” semi-finalist.

ÉLEVAGE

If you’ve never experienced the Epicurean’s Élevage, now is the perfect time to try out the upscale restaurant serving up nostalgic dishes with a twist. Updates include nightly dinners and weekend brunch with a reimagined menu featuring both Southern hospitality as well as classic French techniques. Try the goat cheese and sweet potato agnolotti with pureed black truffles to set your taste buds ablaze! Other new delights to the menu include brioche-crusted halibut with a modified classic Veronique sauce as well as the snapper crudo with crab remoulade, dried tomato, watercress and buttermilk consommè. To match the new flair of the menu, server uniforms have also been restyled and updated to match the space and menu changes.

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For a cozy space inside the Epicurean Hotel, check out Lobby Bar. Featuring zinc-topped bars with multiple artfilled spaces to congregate and relax, the Lobby Bar is the perfect spot for breakfast on the go, happy hour bites and everything in between. New to the Lobby Bar is an expanded layout to accommodate industrial high tops, leather couches and bar seating. Enjoy two new flat screen TVs, a large street-side window, and outdoor seating on the patio. The Lobby Bar’s aesthetic wasn’t the only thing to be revamped. Check out their new menu that features delicious plates and cocktails highlighting the classics as well as new inventive offerings. Enjoy a crème fraiche atop your dinner burger to accompany the umami-goodness, all between two perfectly placed baguette slices. Even though the menu has been completely re-thought, one original dish remains: an homage to Bern’s pressed steak sandwich, the perfect sandwich made with the Epicurean’s neighbor, Bern’s Steak House, in mind.

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EDGE Rooftop bar is a prime space to experience a night on the town. You can also attend a workshop in the state-of-the-art culinary classroom named the Epicurean Theatre, visit Bern’s Fine Wine and Spirits wine shop or Evangeline Spa.

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Dr. Leigh Ann McIlwain spends time with a young patient during a visit.

BELOW FROM LEFT Dr. Chiramonte, Dr. Rebecca Warnken, Dr. Jim McIlwain, Dr. Leigh Ann McIlwain, Dr. Mike McIlwain and Dr. Matt Ahrens

MAKING DENTAL HEALTH A FAMILY AFFAIR By Rebecca Warnken, McIlwain Dental Specialists

ost pediatricians, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), recommend that a child should see a pediatric dentist within 6 months of their first tooth appearing, or around their first birthday. However, according to a survey commissioned by Delta Dental Plans Association, most children don’t visit their family dentist until well after 2 years old! For many families, this is because they truly don’t know where to start when it comes to finding a dentist, or as we like to call it, a dental home. McIlwain Dental Specialists, previously McIlwain Family Dentistry, has made it our mission to make the dental office feel more like a dental home, and to make comprehensive dental care for the entire family easy and fun. Forty-one years ago, Dr. Jim McIlwain moved to Tampa with his wife and 2 children, with a vision to create a pediatric dental practice that served the community in a family atmosphere. He created that, and so much more. His daughter, Dr. Leigh Ann McIlwain, became a pediatric dentist as well, and joined the practice in 1997. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte, met in dental school at Tufts University, and married the weekend of their dental school graduation. After both completing residencies, they returned to Tampa. Dr. Chiaramonte joined the practice in 1997, expanding the practice

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to both pediatrics and general dentistry, opening the doors of the practice to adults. Dr. Chiaramonte brought comfortable, comprehensive general dentistry to the practice and McIlwain Family Dentistry was born. In 1999, a second location was opened on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, allowing McIlwain Family Dentistry to serve more patients in a broader area.

Dr. Mike McIlwain, Dr. Jim’s nephew, became a pediatric dentist and joined the practice in 2004. A short time later, the practice expanded and moved to its current second location in Wesley Chapel. The Tampa office has remained and been updated along the way. It also has construction in store this year, with new space being configured and esthetic changes to our general practice area. We cannot wait for you to see it!

MCILWAIN FAMILY DENTISTRY HAS MADE IT THEIR MISSION TO MAKE THE DENTAL OFFICE MORE LIKE A DENTAL HOME


HEALTHY TEETH HEALTHY KIDS GET READY FOR THE FIRST DENTAL VISIT

Be excited!

Tell your young child that the dentist cannot wait to meet you and count your teeth! You can practice that at home when your little one is brushing.

TOOTH CARE AT HOME

6 months to 2 years old

100 percent assistance is needed, and before bedtime is the most important time. If young children go to bed with clean teeth, there is very little chance of developing a cavity. When brushing, teach them "little circles" instead of scrubbing back and forth.

3 to 6 year-olds

The location in Wesley Chapel has allowed for safe, consistent sedation treatment with a team of anesthesiologists. Dr. Hector Vila and his team at Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates partner with the office and allow for the safest care of our patients when sedation is required. Dr. Mike is also on staff at St. Joseph's Children’s Hospital and cares for children in the OR. The practice has also offered laser treatments for both children and adults since 2010. This allows us to do conservative dental treatment comfortably, and quite often, without the use of local anesthesia. Any time we are able to conserve tooth structure, this creates a better outcome and more longevity for the tooth. The laser also allows us to complete treatments of soft tissue with less trauma and faster healing. Dr. Matt Ahrens, a board certified Orthodontist, joined the practice in 2015. Dr. Ahrens provides comprehensive orthodontic treatment for adolescents and adults at both practices. Families love

being able to receive seamless care and have potential problems with bite and eruption of teeth identified and addressed early and conveniently. In 2017, I joined the team and added to the general dentistry side of the practice. I love treating all ages, and particularly love helping our adolescent patients transition to the “adult side.” I also enjoy offering aesthetic treatments with Botox and Dermal Fillers, as well as simply making everyday dentistry more enjoyable. Patients that have been seen in the practice since they were 2 and 3 years old routinely visit for their cleanings, and I am always entranced by their amazing tales of the office through the years. Just yesterday, a patient told me, “I don’t even feel like I am coming to the dentist. I feel like I am visiting family.” This is exactly what we want each and every patient to feel when they walk through the door. We have team members that have been employed for 20, 25 and 30 years here. We care for all generations, and we pride ourselves on being a comfortable, familiar environment for your entire family to receive the care they need and maintain a healthy mouth throughout their lives. We look forward to continuing to watch generations grow in our practice.

They can do their own brushing, but an adult should "check" how they did and help sometimes. When checking, go over the teeth in the back of the mouth; the hard-to-reach areas! And practice flossing together.

7 year-olds to pre-teens

Ok to do all on their own, but may need reminders here and there. The hygienist and dentist will go over any necessary suggestions at their cleanings every 6 months.

Try to make dental care routine, but fun.

Play music to help young children brush for the recommended 2 minutes 2 times per day. Look for charts that track brushing that are available on the American Dental Association's patient website, mouthhealthy.org


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doing, we can do our very best to do it.” For the Dees family, this approach was exactly what they were looking for. Hope was born 8 weeks premature, weighing 3 pounds and 5 ounces. She had her first open-heart surgery at 2 months old, and her second one when she was 9 months old. In July 2016, Dr. Langley performed Hope’s third open-heart surgery in such a way that when the artificial valve he put in her heart needs to be replaced (when it wears out), an interventional cardiologist will be able to replace it by entering through a small incision in her leg, rather than having to operate on her chest again. “This man is just magical,” Dees says about Langley. When Hope’s appendix ruptured eight weeks after that third open-heart surgery, Langley stopped by her hospital room to see how she was doing. “He’s such a busy man, but he visited her,” Dees says. “Hope has a huge amount of anxiety in a medical setting. She wouldn’t smile for anybody but him.” When asked for her advice for parents in similar situations, Dees says she would do as much research as possible right away, and check out mortality and success rates of the surgeons and the hospitals. She encourages parents to ask questions at their ultrasound visits about their baby’s heart, and to make sure the baby gets a pulse oximeter test after birth to check oxygenation. “It’s your child; that’s your priority,” she says. “Advocate for your child. I learned to ask a lot of questions. If my gut is telling me to ask it, I ask it. No question is an unreasonable one.” As for Hope, she turned 13 in December. She’s witty and smart, and loves her family. She’s in the chorus at John Long Middle School, and this year, she performed in a drama showcase. Dees cried watching her. “She’s a cool kid, but I’m biased,” her mother says. “She’s made me strong.”

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ike many expectant mothers, when dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit Kelly Dees went to her 20-week for specialized post-operative care. ultrasound appointment, all she Once a week, more than 30 specialists on wondered was whether she was going to have the pediatric heart team including surgeons, a boy or a girl. Instead, she and her husband cardiologists, anesthesiologists and nurses Mark were left reeling when they were told that gather in a nearly 3-hour meeting where every their unborn baby had complex congenital heart patient is discussed in detail, Dr. Langley defects, and that she wouldn’t live past her first explains. “That kind of approach involving birthday. Termination was suggested as an so many people is the best way to make a option. decision.” The Dees’ reaction? They Dr. Langley says named their baby Hope—and he is fortunate to immediately looked for a second work at a hospital opinion. Their search led them with excellent to Dr. James Huhta, a fetal cardiac specialists, cardiologist at St. Joseph’s some of whom are Children’s Hospital. working at the “That was the first day we frontiers of medical didn’t cry,” Kelly Dees says. breakthroughs. “We Disagreeing with the mortality stay with the patient rate of 60-95 percent that the through their entire first doctor gave them, Dr. Huhta life,” he says. “I like instead pegged Hope’s chances to say that the care of success at 92 percent. Three we give is from the open-heart surgeries later, Hope age of minus 9 to is a happy, thriving 7th-grader 99.” at John Long Middle School who As a father loves to sing and act. himself, Dr. Langley “No one doctor is the be all is conscious of and end all,” Dees says today. “If the importance of your gut is telling you that you’re openness, honesty not fully confident with the care and directness your child is receiving, look for when dealing with better options. You have a choice parents of children in where your child is treated.” with complex St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital cardiac issues. “I is committed to providing do not treat the high quality care and strives condition,” he says. to achieve leading results in “I treat the whole TOP Hope Dees and Dr. Langley before positive surgical outcomes. family. That must surgery. BOTTOM Hope recovers at Dr. Stephen Langley, chief of be the foundation home after open heart surgery. pediatric and congenital cardiac of what I do as a surgery at St. Joseph’s Children’s pediatric cardiac Hospital, and Hope’s surgeon, surgeon.” explains that several factors contribute to the He makes it a priority to meet both parents hospital’s excellent outcomes and record. before a surgery so they can ask questions and “It’s a defining difference,” he says about meet him in a less emotional setting, which St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s approach, helps them identify him as a familiar face later. which includes an intensive pre-operative team “To me, it’s a minimum, not an extra effort, method; excellent cardiovascular specialists one that really can make a huge difference,” he with cutting-edge skills and techniques; and a says. “I can reassure them that whatever needs


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child’s bedroom should be a place where they can be themselves, feel loved and safe. For a child facing a medical crisis, their bedroom is where they gain the strength and comfort needed to heal. Savvy Giving by Design is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort, support and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them. Run by volunteers, the organization relies on cash donations and grants, as well as donors who provide in-kind materials and labor to support their cause. Kylie Ponton of Ponton Interiors launched the Tampa Bay Chapter in March 2018. “As a mother of three, some of my favorite rooms to design are for kids. As soon as I heard about Savvy Giving By Design, I knew I had to help bring this to Florida. My hope is these spaces will give the children and their families hope, love and a touch of whimsy.” In August they selected their first room recipient, Trinity. Trinity was diagnosed in July of 2018, at the age of 2 ½, with neuroblastoma, a complicated tumor in her neck. When the interior design team first met Trinity, she shared her beautiful personality, with bright smiles and generous hugs. The girls, Cierra, 5, Trinity, 3, and Anastasia, 1, (and their parents) shared wishlist items for the rooms, favorite colors and treasured things. Then the design team got to work. Similar to any design project, concept boards were created and a room layout designed. The girls needed room to sleep three, with safe access to a top bunk (think stairs versus ladder), and the team wanted to create a cozy space for dreaming, reading and craft projects—all in a room that was 10’ x 10’. A custom barn door was added to the closet for easier access to the entire space and to tackle closet organization. A pink and purple wallpaper mural was applied to one wall, an accent of whimsical colors and pattern. New lighting added sparkle and shine, and custom window treatments were also generously donated to create the perfect dark environment for resting when needed. The girls got to see their new space at a surprise reaveal in November.

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THE PIGEON COMES TO TAMPA!: A MO WILLEMS EXHIBIT  Through May 12  Experience A Pigeon Comes To Tampa!: A Mo Willems Exhibit for an exclusive few months. It brings to life the well-loved children’s book by author and illustrator Mo Willems. Come ready for silly adorableness, including a hot dog slinger, a Naked Mole Rat fashion show, Knuffle Bunny’s Laundromat, and the Pigeon’s Bus.  glazermuseum.org BUSCH GARDEN’S REAL MUSIC REAL MASTERS  Through March 16  Visit Busch Gardens online for exclusive live music and all new entertainment throughout the coming months. This month, check out The Diamonds, Ballroom with a Twist, The 5th Dimension, and Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band! All events are listed on their website with dates, times and further ticketing info.  buschgardens.com ART SPOT AT TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART  Saturdays in February from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Children can put their creativity to work during this drop-in art class where they will create pieces of art inspired by current exhibits.  tampamuseum.org

KID FRIENDLY SATURDAYS AT THE DALI MUSEUM   Saturdays in February  Kids ages 4-11 can start their day with the Little Surrealists Tour at 11 a.m., a one-hour museum tour geared just for kids. They can then create their own masterpieces during DillyDally with Dali from noon to 2:30 p.m. and enjoy story time at 4 p.m.  thedali.org BLACK PANTHER  Feb. 2, 7 p.m.  Be a part of the Tampa Theatre’s Traveling Picture Show featuring their new outdoor film series, parkCINEMA. Sponsored by F.E. Lykes Foundation, family-friendly movies will be screened at Curtis Hixon Park and other venues. Be sure to check out “Black Panther” at River Tower Park, 401 E. Bird St. on Feb. 2.  tampatheatre.org MONSTER JAM, RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM  Feb. 2, 7 p.m.  Don’t miss this chance to see this action-packed show—tickets start at $15. Check out the Pit Party where you can meet your favorite drivers and trucks face to face.  monsterjam.com

FAMILY ART SATURDAYS AT THE MFA  Feb. 2 and 16, 11 a.m.  Introduce your child to the world of art at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, which hosts a family-family-friendly tour and Make and Take art project every first and third Saturday. Included with admission.

TEMPLE TERRACE TOUCH A TRUCK  Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Get up close with trucks, tractors, boats, emergency vehicles and MORE during this free event hosted by the Leisure Services Department of the City of Temple Terrace at the corner of 56th Street and Busch Boulevard.

TRAIN RIDES AT LARGO CENTRAL RAILROAD  Feb. 2 and Feb. 3  Take a ride on the beloved miniature railroad throughout Largo Central Park! Trains depart between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you miss out this month, the trains operate on the first weekend of the month, so save the date.  lcrailroad.com

2019 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LINE DANCING CELEBRATION  Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Boot scoot and boogie on over to the Northdale Recreation Center to celebrate country line dancing. Doors open at 9 a.m. and include classes of all levels, as well as open dancing. A t-shirt and lunch are included in cost of the $25 ticket.  eventbrite.com

CHILDREN’S BOARD FREE TUESDAY  Feb. 5, Noon to 6 p.m.  Join The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Glazer Museum for Free Tuesday on the first Tuesday of every month. Admission is free from noon to 6 p.m. The event promotes the well-being of children and families by uniting them with partners of the community.  glazermuseum.org FLORIDA STATE FAIR  Feb 7-18  Enjoy classic fair rides and treats, and check out the Demolition Derby, wine competition, Circus Hollywood and the Country Gold Tour.  floridastatefair.com. GROWN UP NIGHT AT GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM  Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m.  Leave the kids at home with a babysitter and head to the museum to climb, jump and build and enjoy free snacks and beer from Florida Avenue Brewing Company. It’s a great date night or girls’ night out! $20 pre-sale, $25 at door.  glazermusuem.org

IN THE MOOD  Feb.9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Join the String of Pearls Orchestra and experience the In the Mood singers and dancers as they bring their 1940’s tribute back to the Tampa Theatre for two fabulous shows! This year’s tour celebrates 25 years of touring and promoting one of the most significant times in American History.  tampatheatre.org TODDLER TUESDAYS AT ZOOTAMPA  Feb. 12, 10-10:45 p.m.  Tuesdays are for toddlers! Join ZooTampa once a month as a Zoo Member and bring your tiny tot(s) for a morning full of stories, games, sing-a-longs, arts, crafts and even an animal mingle!  zootampa.org

LIPPO THE CLOWN  Feb. 9, 11 a.m.  Make your way to the Straz Center to experience Lippo the Clown. Take part in all of the giggle-filled excitement as Lippo and his small family circus delight audiences.  strazcenter.org

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MICHAEL BUBLÉ  Feb. 13, 8 p.m.  Head over to Amalie Arena to help Michael Bublé kick off his tour, right here in Tampa for a special Valentine’s Show. Catch his return after a lengthy absence! All full priced tickets include a standard CD or digital copy of Bublé’s new album, “Love.”  amaliearena.com RUN 4 LOVE 5K & 10K  Feb. 14 - Feb. 28, various times  Take part in the fourth annual VIRTUAL event for lovers in the area. Virtual races are completed from any location of the contestant’s choosing. Two medals will be shipped directly to you. Grab your two medals, a key shaped medal and a heart shaped medal. Give one to your significant other in honor of Valentine’s Day and keep one for yourself. 15 percent of every entry will be donated to Heart to Heart International. Your race can occur at any time in the month of February.  eventbrite.com COCO  Feb. 16, 7 p.m.  Be a part of the Tampa Theatre’s Traveling Picture Show featuring their new outdoor film series, parkCINEMA. Sponsored by F.E. Lykes Foundation, family-friendly movies will be screened at Curtis Hixon Park and surrounding areas. Don’t miss “Coco” at Al Lopez Park, 4810 Himes Ave.  tampatheatre.org BAY AREA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL  Feb. 16 - March 31 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Fair maidens and merciful gents are invited out to the Tampa Bay Renaissance Festival that takes guests back to the 16th century. With over 100 artisans, enjoy a truly one-of-akind shopping experience and go back 400 years when you view live action jousting.  bayarearenfest.com THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR  Feb. 21, 1 p.m.  Head over to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the return of the Vienna Boys Choir for the first time since they sold out in 2013. Enjoy the choir’s extensive repertoire from medieval to contemporary as well as certain experimental music. The choir consists of 100 boys between the ages of 10 and 14 from all over the world.  rutheckerdhall.com

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PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS MAGIC TREE HOUSE: DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK  Feb. 21-24, various times  Come experience the beloved book series Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne and watch the timeless stories come to life on stage. Performers range from 2nd to 4th grade. Join Jack and Annie as their magical tree house teleports them back in time to the land of the dinosaurs.  strazcenter.org

NATURE CLASSES FOR YOUTH AT MCGOUGH NATURE PARK IN LARGO  Feb. 23, 10 a.m.  This is an interactive class for kids ages 6-13. This month’s focus will be "Snakes, and More Snakes!" You child will get to meet a python and turtle up close and learn more about reptiles in the wild. Classes are $3. Call 727-518-3047 to register.

CINDERELLA  Feb. 22, 8 p.m.  Don’t miss the return of the Russian National Ballet to Ruth Eckerd Hall with their stunning performance of Cinderella. Founded in Moscow, Russia during the late 1980s, this is one of the top touring ballet companies in the world.  rutheckerdhall.com

DINO TEA!  Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to noon  Glazer Children’s Museum’s newest signature event will give you a roaring good time. Dino Tea will allow you to meet a Dinosaur and kid performer from Straz Center for the Performing Arts while you enjoy your tea and snacks, story time and dino-themed activities.  glazermuseum.org

FIESTA DAY  Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Head over to Ybor City for a free family-friendly, streetstyle celebration commemorating the Cuban, Italian, Spanish, Jewish and German immigrants who settled in Ybor City in the 1880s. For its 72nd year, Fiesta Day welcomes all ages to enjoy delicious ethnic food and wonderful entertainment.  eventbrite.com BLACK HERITAGE EXPO  Feb. 23, 1 - 4 p.m.  Celebrate Black History Month at the Black Heritage Expo at University Mall for music, dance, dramatic reenactments and live poetry readings. Take part in educational experiences and opportunities to meet local artists, authors and vendors. The event is free with activities for the children and the chance to win great prizes.  eventbrite.com FINDING NEVERLAND  Feb. 23, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Take the second star to the right and straight on to Ruth Eckerd Hall for Broadway. com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, “Finding Neverland.” The story follows the “Peter Pan” playwright, J.M. Barrie, who meets four young boys and their widowed mother. Follow along as his inspiration for the timeless classic is revealed through the spellbinding story.  rutheckerdhall.com

2019 CLEARWATER SEA-BLUES FESTIVAL  Feb. 24-25, various times  One of Florida’s most anticipated signature events featuring top blues artists and delicious seafood at Coachman Park. This year, be sure to catch Vintage Trouble, Fantastic Negrito, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Devon Allman Project, RJ Howson and so much more.  sea-blues.com FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  Feb. 28 - March 10  Celebrate the strawberry harvest of Hillsborough County with entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, commercial exhibits, and of course, delicious fair-style food—including the famous strawberry shortcake.  flstrawberryfestival.com

SPECIAL NEEDS EVENTS SENSORY SATURDAY  Feb. 2, 9 – 11 a.m.  Tampa Bay History Center will feature minimized disturbances and optional sensory experiences for families with special needs. They will have touch carts and learning stations should you chose to see, touch and smell your way through history. Free for members and $14.95 for non-members.  tampabayhistorycenter.org SENSORY SENSITIVE SUNDAYS  Feb. 3, 9 -11 a.m.  Stop by your local Chuck E. Cheese two hours before regular operating hours for a morning of sensory-friendly fun in a safe environment with reduced lighting and noise, food, games and fun for everyone. Trained staff members will be on site.  chuckecheese.com SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAYS  Feb. 2 and 16, 9-10 a.m.  Children with sensory needs such as autism are invited to come out to Altitude Trampoline Park in Tampa and jump in a safe, sensory-friendly environment with low music and no crowded parties. One accompanying parent to a sensory-friendly child jumps for free. All others can jump for a lowered cost of $11.95 per person.  altitudetampa.com SENSORY FRIENDLY DINO TEA  Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to noon  Glazer Children’s Museum’s newest signature event will give you a roaring good time. Dino Tea will be hosting their special sensory friendly event with lowered lights and sound. Meet a Dinosaur and kid performer from Straz Center for the Performing Arts while you enjoy your tea and snacks, story time, and dino-themed activities.  glazermuseum.org

TOUCH-A-TRUCK AND OPEN HOUSE AT TARPON SPRINGS LIBRARY  Feb. 23, 10 a.m to 2 p.m.  Free event featuring police cars, fire trucks and other vehicles at Tarpon Springs Library.

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If you’re a fan of the Mo Willems books like “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” you are going to LOVE The Pigeon Comes to Tampa! exhibit. It’s hands-on and interactive as the books come to life. glazermuseum.org

BUSCH GARDENS SAFARI OF FUN SESAME STREET KID’S WEEKENDS: PIRATE PARTY

Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pirate celebration doesn’t have to end with Gasparilla! Bring pintsized pirates to Sesame Street Safari of Fun for a pirate party with their favorite Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest of the Sesame Street krewe! There will be dance parties (always our favorite part of Kid’s Weekends), scavenger hunts for beads, photo opportunities and more.

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The Florida State Fair returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds Feb. 7-18 with live entertainment from concerts to jaw dropping performances by the All-Star Stunt Dog Splash, Demolition Derby, Bellow Nock Super Stunt Show and Circus Hollywood! NEW SPECIAL EXHIBIT: AMAZING FROGS & FRIENDS LITTLE RAY’S NATURE CENTER IN THE FLORIDA CENTER. Learn all about

We're so excited about the return of the Diplodocus skeleton (made from molds of real dinosaur skeletons). A new prehistoric dino exhibit will debut along with the bones to allow your child to get hands-on with the past and learn about the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth!

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The first new YMCA in Tampa Bay in 18 years is now open and ready to entertain and serve families in our area! The 32,500-square-foot facility features an aquatics center with a kid friendly swim area, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, fitness centers, a cycling studio and more! This is a great time to get to know your local YMCA and join! Tampaymca.org

frogs and other amphibians. Little Farm Hands, an agricultural learning exhibit designed just for little ones, will be back this year, too!

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Pose for a picture in the LOVE IS CALLING Infinity Room by artist Yayoi Kusama. Endless photo ops for kiddos!

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