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SUMMER CAMP guide

spring break fun our favorite places to visit in Tampa Bay BUSCH GARDENS

food & wine

FESTIVAL GASPARILLA

Music Festival & KIDS FEST page 72

SUMMER CAMP

CHALLENGES AND HOW TO DEAL

FAMILIY-FRIENDLY EVENTS

OUR TOP PICKS page 76-77

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March 24th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Downtown Tampa 3 “1 Stop Shop” for parents and families interested in summer camps, summer activities, and summer programs! 3 Meet and talk face-to-face with staff from dozens of providers. 3 Learn about all the great programs for your kids this summer and even register for programs on the spot! 3 Live entertainment, hands on activities, workshops, speaker sessions, and so much more! 3 Great giveaways throughout the morning. 3 $5 Museum Admission until 10 a.m. Regular price after 10 a.m. Free for Members.

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Monsters Don’t Have to Be Scary. Neither Do Hospitals. The hospital can be a scary place for anyone, especially children. At St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, we do our best to comfort parents and children and ease their fears. Our nursing teams, physicians and specialists ensure that our patients receive exceptional care in surroundings designed just for kids.

Visit StJoesKids.org to learn more about us and our friends, the UnMonsters.

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LIFE + HOME

Guest Editor Feature Early intervention, later success International Women’s Day Meet six go-getter women from Tampa Bay Autism Awareness A city for all abilities

EDUCATION

School Spotlight Lessons in sports Summer Camp Challenges And their solutions ELC Pasco Helping kids reach their potential For the Love of Literacy Spring into reading YMCA Your child’s learning is never on vacation

HEALTH + WELLNESS

Flu Blues Stop the flu from spreading to your family Hospital Superheroes St. Joseph’s Child Life Specialists

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What’s In Your Closet Spring fashion from Runway Translator

FOOD + DRINK

A Wildly Good Time Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival Farm to Play Table Little hands turn a harvest into a feast

FAMILY FUN SPECIAL SECTION

Easter Events in Tampa Bay Spring Break Staycation 4 Fun ways to spend your spring break Gasparilla Music Festival Kids Fest Music and mayhem for Tampa’s tiniest pirates

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Top Picks Family-friendly March events Around Town Highlights from the community

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

Cover kid Jacob Hassan, 5, plays at Ft. Desoto Beach during the cover shoot. Cover image by Darlene Barlows Photography darlenebarlowsphotography.com

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Guest editor note

GUEST EDITOR

Rebecca Bacon

CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND EDITORIAL MANAGER Laura Byrne

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Anu Varma Panchal

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

HELPING PARENTS

SUCCEED

Sarah Stoulil

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rebecca Bacon Anu Varma Panchal Anna Tataris DeJesus Michelle Bremer Jessica Rivelli Gage Sosso Avery Miller Courtney Cairns Pastor Dr. Steve Knobl Tara Payor, Ph.D. Lalita Llerena Rosie Raggio Emily Hinsdale Sommer Stiles Brianna Althaus

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Sarah Stoulil Brianna Althaus

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins

LAYOUT & DESIGN

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Darlene Barlows Photography Theresa NeSmith Photography Michael Bernstein, A Certain Light Photography Maggie Fuller Photography

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At 22, I graduated college with a degree in psychology and headed out into the real world with a deep desire to help children and families. My first job was as a children’s case manager at a community mental health center. I was young, naïve and wellintentioned, but I didn’t have the life experience to truly understand what parents of these children were experiencing. At 24, after the arrival of my first child, I slowly began to get it: Being a parent is the single most important job we’ll ever have, yet one of the hardest, one for which formal education will not prepare us. Over the past 25 years, I’ve worked in a variety of children’s services settings, including mental health, child welfare and the school system. The first half of my career was spent visiting families in their homes, during which time I saw parents wrestle with concerns ranging from their child’s behavior, emotions, development and academics to simply addressing the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. All these years later, I have gained a great appreciation for the joys and struggles of parenting. I now have three sons, ages 23, 6 and 6—yes, twins! By the time my youngest children complete high school, I will have spent 35 years raising boys. I’m still learning, but in the end I will have had plenty of on-the-job training and should be somewhat of an expert. I am currently employed with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, where I manage a special project called the Administrative Services Organization (ASO). The ASO provides funding

to support families working with case managers who require help addressing individual needs on their family support plans. It’s so important to me that families get the right services and support in a timely manner to prevent more complex problems from occurring. The Children’s Board is a special taxing district that funds services for children and families—a valuable resource in our community. Our agency invests in programs in Hillsborough County to support the mission of ensuring children are healthy, developmentally on track, ready to learn, and are in supportive and supported families. After all, what parent doesn’t need a little support? Having children gave me a much deeper appreciation of parental responsibilities, but it wasn’t until I had my twins that I learned a very valuable lesson while seeking help for one of my twins from a formal service system. I gained invaluable perspective, and a chance to sit at the other side of the desk.

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LIFE + HOME | GUEST EDITOR Photo by A CERTAIN LIGHT, photography by Michael Bernstein.

LEFT Nine-month-old Alexander Bacon plays at home. ABOVE Three-monthold Bacon babies have a rare quiet moment hanging out together.

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INTERVENTION STEPS FOR LATER SUCCESS By Rebecca Bacon

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was about to turn 42, my older son Gage was a junior in high school and I had a demanding career. I had also recently remarried and given birth to beautiful twin boys, Alexander and Andrew. Needless to say, we had our work cut out for us. The first year of the twins’ life was an endless blur of feedings, diaper changes, carrying crying babies around, baths, laundry, and very little sleep. I was fortunate to have the help of my family, quality child care, a supportive employer and an amazing husband who was by my side every step of the way. As we emerged blurry-eyed from the first year, we discovered a new challenge. Alexander seemed a little behind with his developmental milestones; he was certainly behind his brother. He wasn’t crawling well, and was not at all ready to walk. Our child care center had administered the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a developmental screening tool, and it revealed the same concerns. The more troubling sign was that Alexander was not using his right arm the way he should and often held it close to his body.

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At the one-year well check, we discussed these concerns with our pediatrician. After the exam, she validated our fears. She referred us to a pediatric neurologist, who examined Alexander and gave us a name for what we were seeing. He explained that this was hemiparesis, weakness on the right side of the body. He referred Alexander for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of his brain to determine the origin. My husband and I were anxious and distressed; there were so many unknowns about our sweet little boy and his future. The initial impression was that Alexander had a congenital hamartoma (or benign tumor) on his brain; later MRIs indicated this was likely due to a stroke in utero or during the first year of life. Trying to make sense of this, I asked the neurologist if Alexander had cerebral palsy. He did not directly answer me, joking that even he had cerebral palsy when he played golf. I believe he

was trying to tell us to focus on the interventions, not the diagnosis. He explained that the developing brain has plasticity, meaning that the brain can change and develop new connections during development as a result of environmental interactions. The first step was a referral to pediatric physical therapy. I was so fortunate to be working for the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County at the time. Not only was I in a supportive environment, I was surrounded by experts in early childhood. I talked to some trusted colleagues and learned I should contact a program called Bay Area Early Steps. Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to infants and toddlers with identified delays or a condition likely to impact a child’s development. Alexander was screened by Early Steps in our home and then we took him to the University of South


Florida for an evaluation by their multi-disciplinary team. It was determined he was eligible for services, and an early interventionist was assigned to work with us in our home and child care center. Speech therapy was later added and we also participated in clinic-based physical and occupational therapies through our insurance. The neurologist recommended that we take advantage of all the services that we could manage, which proved to be good advice. One of the benefits of Early Steps was that they visited Alexander in his natural environment. Based on their feedback and our observations, we determined that Alexander’s individual needs were not being met in the child care setting. The main challenge was that he was in a very large 2-year-old class. After some panic and lots of research, we found a wonderful center with a smaller class sizes, well-trained staff and a supportive director who really understood children with special needs. When Alexander turned 3, Early Steps helped us transition to Child Find. Child Find assists parents and schools with the early identification of children who have, or are at risk of having, a disability. Though he had made great gains, Alexander was still showing some delays and the school district felt Alexander should receive continued services through an individual education plan (IEP). They enrolled him in an early education enhancement program and sent a teacher to visit Alexander weekly at the child care center. I am pleased to report that Alexander was released from his pre-K special education plan at age 4 and has settled in to kindergarten. At age 6, both boys are happy and healthy, developmentally on track, and doing well in school. He still wears an ankle-foot orthotic to help with walking and continues to see specialists for his condition, which is indeed a mild form of cerebral palsy. He will probably wear the orthotic and benefit from additional therapy through his growing years, and for now keeps active though play and a taekwondo program. I am confident that Alexander will use his strengths to overcome his challenges, something we all have to do. As I considered writing this article, I was a little apprehensive about sharing our personal story. Then I remembered the work

we had to do to find the right care and services, and how much we have had to advocate to meet Alexander’s needs. Many times I’ve thought about how challenging it must be for parents who are not connected to the formal system. How do they know where to go for help? Are they getting the right resources? If I can bring awareness to even a few parents, it’s worth it. I am so grateful to all of the kind and supportive professionals who worked with us in the first five years. Though we’ll continue to need services for Alexander, the early ones were the most impactful. I have heard about the importance of early intervention for years, but now I truly understand. It is critical to identify concerns early and find the right resources to address the needs of your children. At some point, we all need help in this momentous task. If you have concerns about your child’s development, talk to your family and friends, your child care provider and your pediatrician. Take a look at the formal list of resources I’ve compiled for you here.

WHERE TO START? CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS FOR YOUR CHILD PRIMARY RESOURCES

Early Childhood Council Developmental Screenings (813) 837-7723 | ecctampabay.org/community-

developmental-screening-program/

The Early Childhood Council’s Developmental Screening Program, in partnership with the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS), provides free monthly screening for developmental delays or behavioral difficulties to children ages 0-5. USF Bay Area Early Steps Program 813-974-0602 | health.usf.edu/medicine/pediatrics/

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Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to 36 months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Child Find - (813) 837-7788 | fdlrs.org/ Child Find is a service within the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS). Child Find assists parents and schools with the early identification of children, birth through age 21, who have or are at risk of having a disability.

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Children’s Board Family Resource Centers

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Children’s Board Family Resource Centers are located throughout Hillsborough County and offer programs and services emphasizing child development and health and safety available at no cost to members. Glazer Children’s Museum

https://glazermuseum.org/developmentalcheckups

Free developmental checkups are offered at the Museum for children 36 months and younger, and provided by Champions for Children. All checkups are included with general admission or museum membership development.

LEFT The brothers prepare for the first day of kindergarten in August, 2017. ABOVE Rebecca’s oldest son, Gage, and his brothers celebrate his high school graduation. The twins were a year old. This was just a few months after Alexander started on his therapy journey.

Champions for Children – Parents as Teachers

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LIFE + HOME | INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

MEET SIX GO-GETTER WOMEN OF TAMPA BAY By Jessica Rivelli, Working Women of Tampa Bay

March is a celebration of trailblazing women whose names will forever be inked in the history books. It’s also the month we observe International Women’s Day (March 8), a global day honoring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Tampa Bay Parenting and Working Women of Tampa have teamed up to salute six extraordinary working moms who successfully navigate both work and home. Although none of these master

multi-taskers say they have perfect lives and all of them admit to having dropped the ball more than once, their commitment to their careers, businesses, families and communities is inspiring. Their biggest piece of advice to fellow moms: Surround yourself with like-minded women who understand you, empower you and have your back. This supportive network is the key to keeping your sanity intact and remembering what matters most in life.

Stacie Schaible Stacie Schaible is an Emmy-nominated anchor of “News Channel Eight Today at 11 a.m.,” “First at 4” and News Channel 8 at 6 p.m. She just celebrated 18 years at WFLA TV. As a Board Member of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay, she’s helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Heart Walk over the last 15 years. It is

Jessica Muroff Jessica Muroff is the CEO for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, which serves nearly 20,000 girls in eight counties. Prior to joining GSWCF in 2015, Muroff began her nonprofit career at Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc. where she served as CEO. She is currently a board chair for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay. She is the proud

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a cause close to her because of her family history of heart disease and stroke. Her son and daughter keep her very busy. Her 12-year-old daughter, Kaia, plays competitive travel softball and her 16-year-old son, Cade, is just starting his college search. Schaible credits family dinners with no cell phones for helping her stay connected to Kaia and Cade despite her demanding work schedule. Her advice for busy moms is, “Try to avoid feeling guilty and just do the best you can. Sometimes work has to take priority and sometimes kids do. And hopefully you have a boss that understands that.

mother of two Girl Scout daughters, 9-year-old Alex and 12-year-old Danica. She says watching them grow up to become incredible young women is her biggest joy in life. Muroff also runs a parenting blog called The Be Present Project. She explains, “It isn’t necessarily about balance; it is about being present in the moment. Only then can you truly focus on what matters most and enjoy the fulfillment of your relationships with your family and purpose in your work. This doesn’t happen by accident; it takes building the right habits and being committed to boundaries you’ve set for yourself.”


Dr. Kanika Tomalin Dr. Kanika Tomalin is the newly-appointed city administrator of St. Petersburg. She recently added the title to her role as deputy mayor where she works in partnership with Mayor Rick Kriseman to advance one of Florida’s largest cities. Prior to being appointed deputy mayor, Dr. Tomalin served as a healthcare executive for Health Management Associates’ 23-hospital Florida Group and the five-county Bayfront Health Network.

Trimeka Benjamin Trimeka Benjamin is the CEO of Swim Digital Group. She founded her marketing consulting agency in 2009 after following her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Prior to Swim, she worked for companies such as NASCAR and regional healthcare systems. Currently, Benjamin serves as board chair for The Spring of Tampa Bay and is on the board for the Glazer Children’s Museum. She is also a founding board member of

Gwynn Davey Gwynn Davey is the president of ServisFirst Bank Tampa Bay Region. With 29 years of financial experience, she previously served as the market president of Hillsborough County for Bay Cities Bank and spent time with SouthTrust Bank of Tampa and with various financial institutions in New York City. Davey served on the board

Michelle Turman, M.A., CFRE

Michelle Turman, M.A., CFRE is the founder and president of Catalyst Consulting Services. With over 23 years of nonprofit experience, Turman has raised over $60 million through her philanthropic efforts. Her community service has included leadership roles on the boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Partnership for Philanthropic

She is the fifth generation of her family to call St. Petersburg home. She was married to well-known adventurer Terry Tomalin and has two children, 16-year-old Kai and 14-year-old Nia. Tomalin loves to travel with her kids. She says the shared experience of exploration and discovery always brings them closer together and gives them a chance to learn new things, not only about the place they’re visiting, but also each other. “I love the adventure of motherhood, the many discoveries that I’m certain my life might have missed without playing such a critical role in the journey of the two awesome souls who chose to come to the world through me.”

The Women’s Exchange and serves in a leadership position for The Junior League of Tampa. While juggling her career at a successful firm and philanthropic commitments, Benjamin is a proud wife and mother of two boys, 8-year-old Anthony and 3-year-old Christian. “What I love the most about my relationship with my boys is their unconditional love. They love me the same, whether I have a good or bad day at work,” she explains. In fact, her all-time favorite way to spend time with the boys is letting loose with a dance party at home.

of directors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and has served as chair and emcee of their Small Business of the Year Award Committee for seven years. She is the proud mom of five children ranging in ages from 9 to 27, and three grandchildren. Big family dinners at the house are their special time together. “When all the kids and grandkids come over on Sunday, it’s the best!” she shares. “Being a mom reminds me to appreciate the small pleasures in life. There’s nothing like a sleepy hug from one of my children as I walk out the door in the morning.”

Planning and Working Women of Tampa Bay. In 2000, Turman was inducted into the Explorer’s Club for her dedication to underwater exploration and artifact conservation. She is the author of the best-selling book, “Jumping the Queue – Achieving Great Things Before You Are Ready.” In the book, she describes her challenges of being a CEO and a mom to her boys, Matthew and Nicholas. She writes, “There is no such thing as true balance. You must get over your desire for perfection, build your support network and then ask for help.”

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would like to thank the Tampa Parenting Magazine for allowing me to represent the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) in their March edition. My name is Gage Sosso, and I am a recent graduate of The Learning Academy at the University of South Florida (TLA). TLA is a customized transition program that prepares young adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder for employment. After graduation, I was hired at CARD into my first real job, and have been going strong here for more than two years now. My stint at CARD has allowed me to indulge in my truest passion: writing. My job is composed of a few primary tasks, chief among them being blog writing and copy editing. However, that’s enough about me. There’s something more important going on at CARD, and that is the main topic of this piece—the Autism Friendly Business Initiative. Before I sing its praises, I first need to explain exactly what it is. For the past nine years, CARD-USF’s goal has been to build a more welcoming community for citizens of all abilities. By partnering

with businesses interested in making a difference in the lives of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families, CARDUSF has created positive community experiences. Most recently, this project caught the eye of the City of Tampa Mayor’s Office. At their request, CARD entered into a collaborative effort to create “Autism Friendly Tampa,” to make Tampa the first major city to achieve this status. From the parks and recreation facilities to the Tampa Police Department and first responders, the goal is to steadily turn the City of Tampa into a place where people of all abilities can feel welcome. The process is very simple; if a business hears about the Autism Friendly initiative, they need only reach out, and CARD will send one of its professionals to train employees on the appropriate ways to interact with both customers and potential employees with autism. All for the exceptional price of: nothing at all. There’s no cost to the business. Tampa has been incredibly receptive to CARD’s Autism Friendly movement, and we expect it to keep gaining momentum. My excitement goes without saying, but the feedback we’ve received from families has been encouraging. They wrote: “Cooperation with traffic and safety departments for a process to request caution road signs for motorist awareness could potentially save lives.” “The things some people may take for granted, such as dentists’ offices, recreational programs and therapy providers, are critically important to our families.” “With the right people and resources in place, I’m confident the Tampa initiative will have a profoundly positive impact on autistic individuals and their families.” We could not agree more, and we guarantee to continue the effort to make all of it come true.

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happy campers YOUR SUMMER CAMP GUIDE CAMP DETAILS

BRING ON THE FUN

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.

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 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

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.

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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. MARCH 2018 | TampaBayParenting.com 23


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

BRING ON THE FUN DAY CAMP: May 30 - Aug. 3; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting at $189 Co-ed; K-12

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

RESIDENT CAMP: June 9 - Aug. 16 Saturday noon to Thursday 8 a.m. Starting at $899 5-college 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 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 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 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.

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MOSI’s Summer Science Camps bring science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) alive through hands-on experiments and building projects. From extracting DNA to launching rockets and building robots, we are about creating the experiences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Doing real science with the tools and technologies used by industry professionals is just one way MOSI Summer Science Camps inspire our campers with a can-do attitude that can last a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help you discover the innovator within.

Ready for a summer of science adventures? Register online at mosi.org. Call us with any questions at 813-987-6000. Become a MOSI Member today and save 25% on camp fees!

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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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ECKERD COLLEGE

ECKERD COLLEGE WATERSPORTS

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YOUR SUMMER CAMP GUIDE CAMP DETAILS

BRING ON THE FUN

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.

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

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.

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SPORTS LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ACADEMy

Home of the

Spartans!

IN PuRSuIT OF ACADEMIC ExCELLENCE! Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM) Tampa prepares students in grades 6-12 for postsecondary studies and careers through programs emphasizing sports leadership and management career preparation. SLAM! Tampa offers secondary students opportunities in career exploration and internships through career academies in the sports leadership and management arena: • Sports Medicine • Digital Media and Sports Television Production • Sports Marketing, Entertainment and Management • Visual and Performing Arts

SPORTS LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT 7116 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL 33625 www.slamtampa.com

(813) 920-8802

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


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magine being captain of a team that won districts, being a straight ‘A’ student and being in a school filled with friends. Would you leave that? I made the tough decision to do just that when I chose to come to SLAM! My club volleyball team was fifth in the state; so being able to come to a school where sports are incorporated into lessons was interesting to me. The last school I went to was huge, so being in a small environment was a wonderful change. You’re not just a face here; you know all teachers and they know you, even if you do not have them. I have never felt so valued at school before. SLAM! has given me many things a normal school might not have. My third period is dance. I get to spend two hours learning from a professional. Even though I have never danced before, I was able to pick up advanced skills. The teachers here actually spend time working with you until you get it. They never give up on you. It is not just classes that let you try new things; it’s the sports teams too. I walked into cheerleading tryouts with no experience and I was named varsity captain two weeks later! How? My coach believed in me and saw my passion and fight to do well. Here at SLAM! we are not limited in our potential. The staff and teachers push you to do what you are capable of and do not stop until you succeed, and thanks to that, I have straight A’s. SLAM! has given me a new confidence in myself and everything I can be. SLAM! has truly made me a better student and person.

AVERY MILLER EIGHTH GRADE STUDENT ATHLETE

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S.T.E.A.M.

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

Located on Corbett Prep's beautiful campus in North Tampa! Outdoor

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SUMMER CAMP CHALLENGES | Education

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session or add a counselor and accept more kids. But if you’re a planner, it’s good to have an alternative on deck. You can look for something similar – students who enjoy Lego robotics may like the craftsmanship and technological skills involved in Claymation movie making or building and launching model rockets. You can also go in a completely different direction and introduce your child to a new hobby, such as baking, golf or fishing (hint: find a friend to do the new activity with your child to sweeten the deal).

YOU HAVE KIDS OF ALL DIFFERENT AGES. Save

yourself the drive to multiple camps in the morning by choosing one that serves a wide range of ages. Many only cater to older kids, limiting options for preschoolers. But 3- and 4-year-olds also gain social and academic benefits from attending, and the youngest campers at CAMP IDS love the activities, crafts and songs skilled teachers plan for them. Meanwhile, older students have a range of options from musical theatre to engineering to hold their interest.

summer camp CHALLENGES AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM

YOUR CHILD GETS BORED EASILY. Counteract

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our child loves Minecraft, so you sign her up for Minecraft summer camp. What could be simpler? If that’s the only factor you need to consider when choosing a summer camp, great! But for many parents, planning for camp involves more than matching a child’s interest with an available session. It takes time to research and weigh options, trying to find the balance between what works for the family and what appeals to the student. Here are five scenarios parents encounter when signing up for summer camp and suggestions for how to handle them.

YOU AND YOUR CHILD DISAGREE ON THE PERFECT SUMMER. Your child wants to play video games all summer. You’re a fan of fresh air. Meet in the middle with half-day camps that allow you to schedule computer

programming in the morning and canoeing in the afternoon. Or combine half-day sports and academic camps for a day that exercises bodies and minds.

YOU WORK LONG DAYS. Summer camp is a lifesaver for parents who need child care, but many of us work before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. Research your prospective camps’ hours before you sign up. CAMP IDS offers free morning care before the 8:30 a.m. sessions and extended care, for a small cost, after 3 p.m. Bus transportation and the chance to buy lunches or snacks at camp can also make hectic mornings smoother.

cries of boredom with an assortment of camp choices. You can pick different themed camps every week or even two camps a day where half-day camps are available. And if your child still needs more variety, try a field trip camp that takes them to a new place or on a new adventure each day. The key for parents is to look at camps as a whole instead of focusing only on individual sessions. With a little research ahead of time, you can find a camp that offers students activities they enjoy and makes summer less stressful for parents.

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Campers Ages 5-10!

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EDUCATION | ELC PASCO

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HELPING KIDS reach their potential by Dr. Steve Knobl

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consider advocacy for our youngest learners to be one of the most important responsibilities we have as community leaders. High-quality, dependable and affordable early learning opportunities for all children in our communities is critical to the future of our society. For the last four years, The First Five Year’s bipartisan poll shows a majority of voters want greater access to affordable, quality early childhood education. In fact, a staggering 90 percent of voters agreed that Congress and the President should work together to make quality early childhood education accessible and affordable for low and moderate income families. According to the Center for American Progress, children in low and moderate income U.S. households typically enter kindergarten lagging behind their peers by an average of 11 months in math and 13 months in reading. The reality is that the gaps will only widen for most of these children as years go by. Consider Nobel Prize winner and economist James Heckman’s perspective based on decades of study and evidence-based research on the benefits of early childhood education. Heckman states: “The road to college attainment, higher wages and social mobility in the United States begins at birth. The greatest barrier to college education is not high tuition or the risk of student debt; it’s the skills children have when they enter kindergarten.” Across the state of Florida, we continue to fight for children to have equitable access to safe, high quality early childhood

education. We work to support our early learning professionals with ongoing professional development and educational opportunities. Supporting all of our families through initiatives and programs that provide educational benefits and self-sufficiency is critically important to the future. The brain of a child begins developing before birth, and research consistently concludes that upwards of 85-90 percent of the brain develops before a child enters the kindergarten classroom. Children will be the leaders in our communities across America. With the right programs and support we can help all children reach their highest potential. All children deserve it!


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AT THE JCC

for youth entering Grades K - 8

KEFF AT BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCC (KINDERGARTEN - 1ST GRADE)

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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NEW! INTRODUCING KINDERGARTEN AT CAMP J

RISHON AT JCC ON THE COHN CAMPUS (KINDERGARTEN)

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.

SPECIALTY CAMPS AT BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCC

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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!

SUMMER 2018

summer 2018

SUMMER CAMP FAQS

Camp J

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.

DATES & TIMES

IMPORTANT DATES

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

May 31, 2018 | 6:30 PM – Open House for Camp J at Bryan Glazer Family JCC June 3, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Open House for Camp J at JCC on the Cohn Campus

CAMP J SUMMER CAMP SAVINGS START HERE! JCC Membership Discounts of up to $450 Sibling Discounts of 10% Financial Assistance Is Available Please contact CampJ365@jewishtampa.com for applicatio or questions regarding financial aid.


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

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

Boarding Camp | 8th-12th Grade | June-August Summer@Farragut is a unique two, four, or six-week summer boarding program for teens. They will attend college-prep classes (and earn high school credit!) and participate in fun activities while living in campus dormitories. Use Code: TBPSUMMER2018 for 10% off day camps

Register Online! www.farragut.org/summer

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s t r A r e Summ 2018

EARLY ENROLLMENT BEGINNING NOW! Classes and Camps start June 4th

Student Summer Performance

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dance

MUSICAL THEATER

Sweeney Todd

the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Call 727.712.2706 or visit HoffmanSchoolOfTheArts.com for more information and to register for classes Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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.

ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES

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holynamestpa.org

813.839.5371

Academy of the @holynamestpa Holy Names - Tampa


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EDUCATION | SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

YOUR SUMMER CAMP GUIDE CAMP DETAILS

BRING ON THE FUN

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

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)

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.

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

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 design, 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.

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YOUR SUMMER CAMP GUIDE CAMP DETAILS

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

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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

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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 will include Broadway Bound!, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” plus dance and on-camera acting camps.

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 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

Sweetwater Farm Camp 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa 33634 813 887-4066; education@sweetwater-organic.org sweetwater-organic.org/community-programs/ farm-camp1/ Space is limited to 15 spots per week. Register early!

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

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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EDUCATION | LITERACY

the same kind of social interaction, and it’s harder for children to pick up new words without learning them in a social context. Responding to children’s questions about books, making connections between books and children’s lives, and helping children ‘fill in gaps’ where information isn’t explicit helps children be stronger readers.”

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are on the same page about cultivating our kids’ healthy relationships with books. Dr. Liz Burke Hadley, Professor of Literacy Studies in the University of South Florida’s College of Education, notes that establishing a daily reading routine is essential. “For young children, the goals of reading with parents are building vocabulary and background knowledge and instilling a love of reading. Part of the reason children learn to love reading is having positive, warm experiences sharing books with parents.” Dr. Christi Edge, who taught in bay area schools and USF’s College of Education, says that carving out time to enjoy reading and word play makes for bonding experiences that support learning. “The cadence of language, rich details that create mental images and the closeness

of someone they care about richly contribute to a child’s language development. Parents invest in one of the most fundamental ways readers develop by reading aloud to children.”

THE TALKING AND LEARNING CONNECTION

Social interactions are important aspects of language development. Children’s programming has become more interactive, but it doesn’t replace the exchanges parents initiate with kids. Early-language-development research demonstrates that children learn language through social interactions, so reading with kids is perfect for word-learning because it involves a child and adult whose attention is focused on the same thing, says Dr. Burke Hadley. “TV doesn’t involve

Dr. Brooke Eisenbach, a middle school reading expert, explains that as children age, the tendency to read for pleasure declines and most reading becomes for school requirements. That’s why it’s all the more important that parents model reading for pleasure. Eisenbach, mom to a 6-year-old, believes reading is beneficial for all ages. For her middle school students who are undergoing significant changes, books can provide an escape and reflect their experiences so they see they aren’t alone, she points out. Happy Read Across America Day! May reading as a family spark a love for the magic of books that would have Dr. Seuss ecstatic! I’m a parent Good work to do Our family is ready to curl up with books From Dahl to Seuss, it’s time to bond in the reading nook

READING TIPS • Put away technology and focus on each other • Allow children to choose what they want to read • Run a finger under text while reading • Encourage children to sound out familiar words • Make your thinking “visible” and audible because it supports reasoning and inferring, skills that successful readers learn first from life and only then through academics • Visit seussville.com for ideas


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EDUCATION | YMCA

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so-so summer and turn it into a memory that lasts a lifetime. The Y provides a welcoming environment where children can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential. Summer camp teaches essential leadership and social skills and helps youth develop confidence and independence. The peer friendships and adult mentoring relationships built at camp build resiliency and encourage healthy decision-making. Kids benefit year-round from Y programs, but never is it more critical than the summer months, when kids are at greatest risk of falling behind. According to a recent YMCA nationwide survey, based on responses of nearly 1,200 parents of children ages 5 to 12, only 26 percent of kids spend more than an hour each day reading a book for fun during the summer. The Y intentionally integrates reading and other academic components into its summer curriculum. So, while they’re having fun, campers are learning about nature, cooking, math and more. But shhh; don’t tell them! It’s called disguised learning for a reason. Summer camp also gets your kids outdoors and active. Research shows kids are less active and gain weight two times faster during the summer vacation than during the school year. According to the nationwide YMCA survey, 64 percent of parents report their kids spend three or more hours per day online, playing video games or watching TV during the summer. That’s a 30 percent increase compared with results for the school year. Summer camp at the Y unplugs kids from technology by engaging them in activities that keep

them moving, learning and exploring new things with others. Some YMCA camp programs specialize in strengthening a specific sport or swim skill, while others teach the importance of nutrition to help improve campers’ eating habits. As you can see, a child’s development is never on vacation, and YMCA Summer Camp helps kids stay healthy and achieve all summer long. Camp registration is already open! Log on to ymcatampabay. org/find-your-y/ and find the Y camp most convenient for you. Camp scholarships are available for families in financial need, giving all kids access to learning new skills, developing character and making new friends.


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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.

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

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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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FLU BLUES | HEALTH + WELLNESS

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HEALTH + WELLNESS | CHILD LIFE

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rom the outside looking in, Hadley Trull’s job may seem like a pleasant diversion. There she is, playing with a 5-year-old in his hospital room, chatting and showing him a picture album. But here’s what Trull is actually doing. That child has a serious illness and must go in for an MRI the next day. Often, children are so anxious about MRIs they have to be sedated. However, by preparing the child by showing him exactly what is going to happen, teaching coping mechanisms, and simply by answering the child’s questions candidly and clearly, Trull is not only ensuring a less stressful experience for the family the next day, she’s also potentially saving the hospital the costs associated with an anesthesiologist, a recovery nurse, anesthesia, and, most importantly, additional trauma to the child and his family. Trull is the Child Life Supervisor at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and her job—indeed, her entire profession—is one that not many people understand. They are not nurses, social workers, teachers or psychologists, yet they teach, guide, help and heal. If you had to think up a one-word job description, Trull says the most apt one may be “chameleon.” “We empower patients to understand what’s going on with them,” says Trull, who oversees a staff of 12 Child Life Specialists at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Each specialist is assigned to a specific unit in the hospital, and some of their most pressing needs involve trauma, bereavement or a new diagnosis. A morning can begin with helping with a Child Life-led event for the youngest cancer patients on one floor, and then be followed by a visit to a teen dealing with ulcerative colitis in preparation for an invasive procedure. Then Trull could be paged to meet a family that does not yet know their child died in an accident, and work with the family to process the news and take the next few steps. She’ll ask siblings what they want to keep as a memory—a lock of hair, a handprint? 60 TampaBayParenting.com | MARCH 2018

Hannah Sewell, a Child Life Specialist at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and 8-year-old Mylah use needle-less syringes filled with paint to create artwork. The activity helps Mylah view medical devices she sees frequently in the hospital in a different way.

Child Life Specialists use techniques such as deep breathing, guided imagery, medical play and free play to calm children’s anxiety. Tools such as sensory toys for older children with special needs or slide shows of surgical procedures all come in handy. Using a special teaching doll with an IV in it, for example, helps prepare a young patient for what is going to be put in their body the next day. “If we’re teaching the how and why of its use, that anxiety often decreases,” says Trull. Regarding questions, there’s one iron-clad rule: Tell the truth, even if the patient asks, “Will this hurt? Am I going to have my leg taken off? Am I going to die?” “Our role is to create a safe space—physically, mentally, emotionally,” says Trull. “We always are honest with them. Is it going to hurt? Yes, and I want you to describe it for me,” Trull tells her patients. “Was it a pinch? Like a bee sting?” Doing this validates their experience and prepares them

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for more such experiences. Artificial optimism does no favors to a patient for whom the prognosis is dire. In most cases, the children have figured out the answer to “Am I going to die” long before the question is verbalized, and Trull is the only person they can ask for confirmation because they don’t want to further upset already devastated parents. Being lied to piles anger and frustration on to their burden. When they realize death is imminent, Trull continues her conversations, some of which are downright inspiring, she says. “They’ll say, ‘I know where I’m going to go when I die.’ They have a whole vision planned out in their head.” The profession has come a long way since the first hospital “play ladies” of the early 1900s whose role filled a space between family presence and medical care. Over the past 25 years, the need for a psychosocial care component gave rise to accredited graduate degree program in Child Life that includes a mandatory internship, accrediting examination and continuing education. Because Child Life is something hospitals deem beneficial, it is provided free to families. However, because there is no way to bill for this service, the salaries of these workers has to come from grants and other revenue streams. This means competition is fierce for positions. More than 60 people applied for a recent internship at St. Joseph’s, and only one candidate was chosen. “Everyone that comes into the field has a special gift,” says Trull, who notes that many in the profession themselves spent many childhood years in hospitals and therefore understand the chaos of an environment rocked by alarms, calls of distress and constant comings and goings of doctors and nurses. “You have to be in the moment, even in the sorrowful moments. Everyone wants to help and everyone wants to fix things, and sometimes you can’t fix these things. You just have to be emotionally and physically present. Every person on our team has these gifts, and is very, very good at what they do.”


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ur wardrobes transition with the seasons, and spring often brings on the universal urge to clear out our closets and make room for new threads. If being on trend with your fashion choices is important to you, you’ll be pleased to know that year after year, many seasonal styles come around again and again. Spring is one such time when quintessential fashion defines the season. Fortunately for some of us, this means that you may not need to shop for new pieces to keep your fashion-plate status. You probably have a perfect spring wardrobe waiting for you in your closet!

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Need help shopping your closet for the trends? Contact personal branding strategist and fashion expert, Michelle Bremer of Runway Translator. She can help you represent the best version of yourself through fashion and style!

YOU KNOW IT’S SPRING FASHION WHEN… YOU THINK PINK! The many-shades-of-pink trend is always a major player for the season. Whether you like pale blush tones, hot pink or something in between, play the pink card and you’ll be winning the game of style. Pink’s cousin, pastel lavender, made a huge splash all over the runways this spring. According to the Pantone 2018 Spring Color Palette, “Pink lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.” IT’S FLOR-REAL! Floral prints are a spring staple—always have been, always will be! The runways showed large floral prints on dresses and jackets, and small floral prints on sheer fabrics and ruffled tops. Smaller prints have a more classical romantic vibe whereas the large prints read more artistic. Check your inventory and see where you can pull some flower power. IT’LL BE ALL WHITE! Don’t worry, white will never go out of style for spring. Pull out all your white pieces and see how you can bring new life to them. Got a basic white tee? Pair it with some dark denim jeans and you are on trend. A crisp white collared shirt? Add a statement necklace and pop that collar, you’re done (well, add some pants maybe). How about a long white maxi dress? Now you are a vision of spring!

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DATE NIGHT GUIDE | FOOD + DRINK

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f you’ve been in Tampa for a while, or even if you haven’t, it’s pretty much a sure thing that you’ve heard about Busch Gardens. Chances are, you’ve been to the famous theme park or one of its many events. But if you haven’t, never fear! One of Busch Gardens most loved events is coming back soon for its fourth year. Get ready for the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival, a day filled with roller coasters, concerts, shows, food and much more. The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 3 through April 29 and is included with passes, Fun Cards or daily admission into the park.

What to Expect FOOD CABINS

Be prepared for an abundance of good food and even better wine. This year, Busch Gardens has 13 different food cabins with 35 food items, over 65 fine wines, more than 50 craft beers, and many featured cocktails. You can experience all these tasty treats in a few ways. At each cabin, you can purchase whatever items you want. Or, you can purchase a sampler lanyard for 5, 8 or 15 samples of any food or beverage. Remember, the sampler lanyards are only valid at festival locations! Some of the cabins you’ll see are Chef’s Plantation, Gourmet Lodge, Savory Tavern, Southern Station and many more.

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On Saturdays at 7 p.m and Sundays at 6 p.m., you and your significant other can enjoy a date at one of the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concerts! Artists range from pop to Latin to country and more, depending on the day. Acts change each day, so you can choose which artists are your favorites and go then. These concerts are included with every pass or daily admission to the park.

BUSCH GARDENS EVERY DAY FUN

A WILDLY good time BUSCH GARDENS FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Just because the Food and Wine Festival is starting doesn’t mean you have to miss out on enjoying everything Busch Gardens has to offer on a normal basis! You can ride one of the park’s famous attractions, from the old-time favorite Montu to newer rides like Falcon’s Fury and Cheetah Hunt. There is also food throughout the park, whether you prefer a big restaurant like Zagora Cafe or a smaller pit stop, like one of the mobile carts. And, of course, Busch Gardens has shows galore for you to enjoy! Head to Stanley Theater, the Moroccan Palace and more for daily shows. Busch Gardens is also a zoological experience so don’t forget to check out the many animal exhibits while you’re there!

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FOOD + DRINK | FARM TO PLAY TABLE

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LITTLE HANDS CAN TURN THEIR OWN HARVEST INTO A FEAST By Emily L. Hay Hinsdale

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tanding in a sun-warmed field, a cloudless sky overhead, and in your mouth the taste of a just-picked strawberry, so ripe that juice runs down your chin when you bite into it—this is one of the great pleasures that Tampa Bay has to offer. “U-pick” farming is an increasingly popular way for farms to draw local produce-lovers right to the source of this region’s key agricultural products. “Picking our own fruit is a fresh air, outdoor activity where my kids can run and be free and not be told ‘no’ all the time,” says Maggie Fuller, a Tampa mother of three. “And we bring home a healthy product instead of a treat.” This great Florida experience is not only fun and delicious, it’s also a gateway to teaching your children how to understand and appreciate how their food comes straight from the farm to their own table. Stepping outside the plastic grocery store box and into the field connects kids to the reality of agriculture: the hard work involved in growing fruits and vegetables, the people behind the products, and understanding the effect of weather and other environmental influences. Fuller says she’s found meeting the farmers at U-pick fields as valuable as the baskets of fresh berries her children take home. “We always ask for tips on the best places to pick, but the farmers also can talk to the kids about things like what they do [with the berries] when it’s cold. The kids learn how hard this is,” Fuller says. This kind of relatable and tactile connection to food doesn’t need to end at the edge of the field. Hands-on, do-it-yourself food gathering can turn into hands-on, do-it-yourself cooking. Turning their just-picked bounty into a meal helps kids extend the lesson of where food comes from to the next step of creating meals themselves.

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Here are a few simple recipes for kids to use some Tampa Bay produce they gather themselves.

Spring Berry “Pavlovas”

Somewhere between a traditional pavlova and a shortcake, this recipe plays to different skill levels. Newer cooks can help with assembly. Those more experienced in the kitchen can do mixing and baking. Makes 6 individual pavlovas. ½ 16-ounce box angel food cake mix ¼ cup water 1 cup heavy whipping cream 3 tablespoons sugar Strawberries or blueberries Lemon curd (or other jam)

1. Stir together cake mix with ½ cup water (this is less than recommended on the box). 2. Beat in a mixer at high speed for 1 minute. Spoon mixture into large muffin tins, about half full (do not grease the tins). 3. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or until tops are slightly browned and dry looking. 4. Allow cakes to cool completely and then carefully cut around the edges to remove them from the tins. 5. Whip the cream at high speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar and whip until the cream holds its shape. 6. To assemble the “pavlovas,” place one cake on a plate. Spread 1 tablespoon of lemon curd over the cake. Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream over the lemon curd and then top with as many berries as the chef desires!

January Tomato Sauce

For those just beginning to learn knife skills, try a serrated knife to chop the tomatoes. It’s easier to cut through the skin and the knife is less likely to slip. 1 clove garlic 1 pound tomatoes (4 medium tomatoes) 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt, red chili flakes, basil

1. Warm olive oil in a small saucepan. Crush the garlic through a garlic press into the oil and cook on low heat until the garlic is soft. 2. Chop the tomatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. Add the tomatoes to the garlic and oil and cook on low until the tomatoes soften and excess liquid has evaporated. 3. Add salt, chili flakes and basil to taste. 4. Serve the sauce over pasta, or to extend the cooking experience, try it on top of pizza dough with a little mozzarella (and other toppings!) scattered on top.

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE U-PICK FARMS • O’Brien Family Farm in Bradenton • Brookdale Blueberry Farm in Plant City • Spivey Farms in Plant City • Strawberry Passion Organics Farm in Thonotosassa

Follow their websites and Facebook pages for u-pick dates!

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EASTER EVENTS | FAMILY FUN

Easter events IN TAMPA BAY GAYLORD PALMS EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA  6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee Mar. 9 - Apr. 1, Date/Time Varies  Welcome springtime with this Easter extravaganza! Not only will there be a meet and greet with the Easter bunny himself, but guests will also enjoy enormous eggs, a bunny scavenger hunt and pool parties. With 4.5 acres of atrium gardens, there’s plenty of places to hide and many eggs to seek. BRUNCH WITH BUNNY  Highland Recreation Center 400 Highland N.E. Ave., Largo Mar. 22, 11:30 a.m.  Hop over to the Highland Recreation Center for brunch with the Easter Bunny. Crafts and games themed for spring will also be featured.  largo.com GREAT EGGS-PLORATION  1425 4th St. N., St. Petersburg Mar. 23, 2 - 4 p.m.  Celebrate the beginning of spring with crafts and activities! Visitors will be able to decorate eggs, study real ones, and participate in a sensory fun marbled paper egg.  greatex.org FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT  550 Laura Lane, Dunedin Mar. 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Grab a flashlight and basket to hunt for eggs under the night sky at Dunedin’s MLK Jr. Recreation Center. Kids can take part in games, crafts and a hot dog picnic with free children’s meals. Prices vary based on time.  dunedin.gov BUNNY BREAKFAST AT PALMA CEIA UNITED METHODIST  3723 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa Mar. 24, 8:30 - 10 a.m.  Palma Ceia Methodist is bringing back their Bunny Breakfast. Following their breakfast, an egg hunt will take place on the playground.  palmaceiaumc.org BUNNY BRUNCH IN DUNEDIN  550 Laura Lane, Dunedin Mar. 24, 9 a.m.  Celebrate the holiday by brunching with the Easter Bunny himself! Arts and crafts as well as an Easter egg hunt will also take place during the event. Don’t forget to bring along your camera for pictures.  dunedin.org EGG HUNT AT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH  72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland Mar. 24, 10 a.m. to noon  Join United Methodist Church at their annual Easter egg hunt. Their will be activities all over the church including an Easter egg hunt and other spring themed activities.  firstumc.org 3RD ANNUAL RADIANT HELICOPTER EGG DROP  Robinson High School Mar. 24, 9 - 11 a.m.  Radiant Church will drop thousands of Easter eggs on the Robinson High School football field. This is a free family-oriented event for all ages.  radianttampa.org SARASOTA CHILDREN’S GARDEN ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT  1670 10th Way, Sarasota Mar. 24, 4- 8 p.m.  Don’t miss the fundraiser for The Children’s Garden and Art Center. Tickets are $45 for Garden members and $50 for non-members. Event will include cocktail hour, raffle prices and a silent auction.  sarasotachildrensgarden.com

UNDERWATER EGG HUNT  13120 Vonn Road, Largo Mar. 30, Noon to 2 p.m.  Children 2-10 are invited to help the Easter Bunny find hundreds of colorful eggs in the Southwest Pool. Some are floating and others have sunk to the bottom. The cost is $5 for wristbands.  largo.com COTTONTAIL SPECIAL IN PARRISH  12210 83rd St. E., Parrish Mar. 30-31, various times  Take a 2.5-hour diesel powered train ride to an egg hunt with Mr. Bunny at The Florida Railroad Museum. Bring your camera because the Easter Bunny will greet each child. Price is $14.50$32.50.  frrm.org GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM EGG HUNT  110 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa Mar. 31, 8 - 10 a.m.  Meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, search for thousands of eggs and play games at GCM’s annual Egg Hunt. All activities, snacks, treats and a full day of museum play are included with admission. Members are free.  glazermuseum.org JELLY BEAN FLING  15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City Mar. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Kids and families can enjoy a wide array of activities to celebrate the holiday at the Florida Pioneer Museum. The Easter Bunny and egg hunts for each age group will be available, bags included. Beyond this, families can expect bounce houses, a petting zoo, games and a barrel train ride with Conductor Joe.  pioneerfloridamuseum.org HAINES CITY EASTER EGG HUNT  2401 E. Johnson Ave., Haines City Mar. 31, 10 a.m.  Join Haines city for their annual Easter egg hunt. Ages 2-10 are welcome and the egg hunts will be divided into age groups. Don’t forget to take a picture with the Easter Bunny!  hainescity.org

PLANT CITY EASTER EGG HUNT  2402 E. Cherry St., Plant City Mar. 31, 10 a.m.  Head to Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex for a free Easter egg hunt sponsored by area churches and businesses. Kids can bring their own basket and join their age group for the search for hidden eggs. Day includes huge giveaways and complimentary snacks.  plantcity.gov KERBY’S NURSERY 9TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT  2311 S. Parsons Ave., Seffner Mar. 31, 10 a.m.  Grab your Easter baskets and get ready to hunt! See how many eggs the kids can find hidden among Kerby’s flowers.  kerbysnursery.com SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY EGG HUNT  1901 Webber St., Sarasota Mar. 31, 10 a.m. to noon.  Register online for this Easter egg hunt that includes a golden egg. Children will be split into two age groups and each hunt will feature a golden egg that will earn the finder a special prize.  eventbrite.com EGGS IN THE PARK  7200 County Road 603, Bushnell Mar. 31, 10 a.m. to noon.  Event includes an egg hunt for children up to age 12, prizes, games and relays.  floridastateparks.org A LAND OF DELIGHT NATURAL FARM EASTER EGG HUNT  2514 Leaning Pine Lane, Plant City Mar. 31, 1:30 – 3 p.m.  You’re invited to A Land of Delight for an Easter egg hunt as well as pictures with baby chicks, goats, bunnies, cows, ponies and more. The whole family is welcome to enjoy the Organic Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  localharvest.org HOP N’ GLOW EASTER EGG HUNT AND CELEBRATION  1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill Mar. 31, 5:30 p.m.  Everything glows at this black-light bunny hop dance party with black-light face painting, age-specific egg hunts, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, games, giveaways, entertainment and activities.  hernandochamber.com EASTER EGG HUNT IN COACHMAN PARK   301 Drew St., Clearwater Apr. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Families will love this massive Easter egg hunt with over 25,000 candy-filled eggs. Special prizes will be given to those who find golden eggs and activities like pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting will be available. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Don’t forget your Easter basket!  clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org 4TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AT WAGON WHEEL FLEA MARKET  7801 Park Blvd. N., Pinellas Park Apr. 1, Noon  Egg Hunt will take place in the Wagon Wheel Field Parking. Children ages 10 and younger are welcome. Don’t forget to bring your own baskets.   thewagonwheelfleamarket.com

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FAMILY FUN | SPRING BREAK STAYCATION

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By Anna Tataris De Jesus of thegreatescapeplan.com

If you haven’t had time to plan anything for spring break, don’t worry. There’s a lot to do right here in Tampa Bay. Whether you want to soak up some sun on the beach or head to a spring training game, here are just a few ideas to enjoy some time with the kids during their week off.

THE BEACH

Pack up your towels and sunscreen and head out to one of the many award-winning beaches right here in Tampa Bay. I recommend Fort De Soto Park’s North Beach in Tierra Vierde. Rated as one of the best beaches for families, this is a great place to enjoy without having to wait in traffic or fight for a good parking spot. Once you are in the park (there is a small charge to enter), head to North Beach to find shallow clear water and beautiful white sand. There’s also a playground, and if you have older kids curious about history, head over to the Historic Fort and Museum to while away an afternoon.

SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL GAME

Spring training has been a tradition for decades in Tampa. It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful day with the family, eating popcorn, hotdogs and watching a good game. Five teams play within 50 miles of Tampa Bay, and the largest spring training field is located right here: The New York Yankees play at the 11,026-seat Steinbrenner Field.

VISIT A MUSEUM

There are so many options in Tampa Bay, whether you want to explore the works of Salvador Dali in St. Petersburg or learn about history in Tampa. The museums designed just for

kids are great too. Check out Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg, which allows kids to pretend to be anything from a firefighter to a news anchor. The 24,000-square-foot space is filled with exhibits and activities to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration. In downtown Tampa, Glazer Children’s Museum is all about the kiddos. Whether it’s caring for stuffed animals in the vet clinic, shopping for groceries, designing and building a house, painting,

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dancing or creating art, this museum has something for every child. Its location next to Curtis Hixon Park also makes this a great spot to enjoy a picnic with the kiddos afterwards.

GO BIKING

Plan a biking day with the family on downtown Tampa’s Riverwalk. Start at Water Works Park and then make your way to Curtis Hixon Park with a stop at the Glazer Children’s Museum. To make it a longer ride, continue your way along the Riverwalk to the Tampa Bay History Museum. The 38-mile Pinellas Trail, which stretches from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, is another great option for a day of biking. There are lots of great stops such as the city of Dunedin, where you can enjoy lunch at one of the cafes or cool down with a sweet treat at one of the ice cream shops.


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FAMILY FUN | GMF KIDS FEST

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he pirates have invaded, the beads have been tossed and Jose Gaspar has mercifully left the City of Tampa intact for one more year. Yet the season of Gasparilla is not over—there are still events for the taking this March. Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, X marks the spot at Curtis Hixon Park along Tampa’s Riverwalk for Gasparilla Music Festival 2018 presented by Cigar City Brewing. The festival features a treasure trove of over 30 musical acts across multiple stages with The Roots and Father John Mistry in front billing. And to keep your sea legs sturdy, food and beverages will be available on-site from a variety of Tampa’s hottest vendors with cuisine satisfying even the saltiest of old salts. Surrender the booty in advance for a VIP or general admission ticket at gasparillamusic.com or walk the plank because tickets are selling fast. For those scallywags seeking to bring the whole crew, it’s all hands hoay for Kids Fest at the Gasparilla Music Festival. Get your little ones moving to the sounds of ska, folk, punk, alternative rock and pop. This fest within a fest will be held each morning during the two-day festival and will include

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family-friendly musical performances and an interactive zone for kids. Vendors like Whatever Pops and Kona Ice will be on hand to prevent mutiny. All ages are welcome. Adult admission to Gasparilla Music Festival includes Kids Fest and admission is free for children under 12 years of age. The headlining act of Kids Fest 2018 is the Disney channel’s Emmy-winning Imagination Movers. On Sunday, March 11, the Movers will join other family favorites such as Tampa’s very own Mr. Tommy. The Glazer Children’s Museum, in partnership with Gasparilla Music Festival, will host Kids Fest, sponsored by the Gobioff Foundation. Catch the Imagination Movers at one of their two performances on March 11 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission to the performances is free along with complimentary museum admission. Shiver me timbers, that’s a steal so “Fire it up!” and mark your calendars for another epic weekend of family fun here in Tampa. Argh you ready? For more information on Gasparilla Music Festival and Kids Fest, visit gasparillamusic.com and glazermuseum.org.


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WHAT’S HAPPENING | TOP PICKS

MARCH 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 BAY AREA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL  Through Mar. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stroll through a charming 16th-century village and experience the food, music and activities of the Middle Ages at this festival held outside Tampa’s MOSI. Browse stalls and watch entertainment across a dozen stages. Entry is $20.95 adults and $12.95 children ages 5-12. Free parking.  Bayarearenfest.com 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 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

fun midway rides, games, shows, exhibits and access to great live music through its popular concert series. Sample scrumptious strawberry-themed dishes and visit the neighborhood village to check out this year’s ribbon winners. Admission is $10 (ages 13 and older); $5 for kids ages 6-12; and free for ages 5 and younger.  flstrawberryfestival.com

2ND ANNUAL ST. PETERSBURG SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL  Mar. 3-4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Join the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance for a weekend of food, fun and entertainment in Vinoy Park. Fresh-cooked dishes, sides, desserts and drinks! General admission is $5 at the gate. VIP tent admission is $130. The VIP tent includes an open raw bar, open bar and a private lounge area.  seafoodfestivals.com BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL  Mar. 3 – 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 KIDDING AROUND YOGA  Mar. 3, 10 – 11 a.m.  This family friendly yoga class is designed with kids in mind! Bring your towel and mat to the Museum of Fine Arts to bond with family through partner oriented yoga, games and activities mfastpete.org TRAIN WEEKEND  Mar. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Got a little one who loves trains? The first full weekend of every month, you can take

WINEFEST TAMPA THEATRE  Mar. 1-3, 7:30 p.m.  Winefest is back and better than ever! Enjoy a special screening of “Wayne’s World” as well as a wine tasting and pairing. Come enjoy the newly-restored movie palace while exploring movies and treats. tampatheatre.org FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  Mar. 1-11, various times  Pack up the kids and head to Plant City for this longtime Bay area tradition offering visitors 76 TampaBayParenting.com | MARCH 2018

HENRY B PLANT MUSEUM PICNIC IN THE PARK  Mar. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring your blanket, pack a picnic basket and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. There will be Victorian field and table games, live entertainment, and community partners adding crafts and activities. Food and drink are available for purchase or bring your own and picnic on the grounds in Plant Park. Picnic is free to attend. $1 admission to the Henry B. Plant Museum.  plamtmuseum.com

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

them to ride the miniature train of Largo Central Railroad at Largo Central Park. The event is FREE; donations are accepted.  largoevents.com VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP  Mar. 4-11, various times  Catch the PGA Tour live at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor. Enjoy four rounds of golf as well as a food truck rally, Grape and Grain, the Family Fun Zone and the Fourth Annual Valspar LIVE! Concert, which will include two top country music artists. This is a weeklong event that includes The Osteo Bi-Flex Made to Move Copperhead 5K and guest appearances by notable 2018 professional players.  valsparchampionship.com HYDE PARK FRESH MARKET  Mar. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Browse vendors at this market held the first Sunday of every month at Hyde Park Village in South Tampa. Check out locally produced and homemade takehome foods, plants, produce, ready-to-eat lunch bites, hand crafts and eco-friendly and fair trade products. Listen to live music and stop by one of the village restaurants. Free admission and parking.  hydeparkvillage.com CORBETT PREP ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE  Mar. 6, 8:30 a.m.  Attend a Corbett Preparatory School of IDS open house and learn about the Tampa school’s concept-based curriculum and about programs including fine arts, sports, STEM and International Baccalaureate.  corbettprep.com

NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY FUNDRAISER  Mar. 7, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Stop by your participating IHOP locations to dine in and get one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Guests are encouraged to leave behind a voluntary donation to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.  ihop.com GRAND OPENING VANISH POINT AT ADVENTURE ISLAND  Mar. 9  Dare to drop down an epic free-fall at Vanish Point®, Adventure Island’s® newest attraction that will sweep guests off their feet for its 2018 season. This 70-foot drop slide lets riders choose between two wave paths, one that drops the floor from beneath their feet or one that begins in a seated position before taking a steep dive on a 425-foot-long speed slide.  adventureisland.com GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL  Mar. 10-11, various times  This annual festival celebrates Tampa with an eclectic assortment of music to inspire and entertain. Enjoy art in every form with performances from local artisans, aerialists, crafters, dancers, drum circles, hair braiders, double-dutch jumpers, pop-up performers and marching bands.  gasparillamusic.com


For even more family fun, visit TampaBayParenting.com to see our full calendar! a T-Shirt, in addition to a postrace medal, refreshments, drinks and live entertainment. Clover Kids will receive a T-shirt, ribbon and kids meal. The race will take place at Ulmer Park. For more information, call 727-593-6166 or email athletics@largo.com. TAMPA MAYOR’S RIVER O’GREEN FEST  Mar. 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Watch the Hillsborough River turn brilliant green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Children can enjoy free activities and crafts at the Kids Tent, which will include family fun from Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, MOSI and more!  tampagov.net BLOOM N CHALK FEST CHALK ART FESTIVAL  Mar. 17-18, various times  Escape to Safety Harbor to experience art right below your feet! Stroll Main Street as local, national and international artists create sidewalk art. Proceeds from the festival benefit local art projects and scholarships.  bloomnchalkfest.com

GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL’S KID FEST  Mar. 11, 1 - 6 p.m.  The Glazer Children’s Museum is partnering with the Gasparilla Music Festival for a kid friendly event, which includes museum admission, concerts, special programs and the headlining, critically-acclaimed Imagination Movers.  glazermuseum.org CAMP IMAGINATION: SPRING BREAK SPY CAMP  Mar. 12-16, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Go undercover at Spring Break Spy Camp, where each day, campers will go on top-secret missions, make disguises, receive secret briefings and complete spy missions. Campers will be split into two groups: ages 5-6 and ages 7-10.  glazermuseum.org PI DAY  Mar 14, 11 - 11:30 a.m.  Celebrate Albert Einstein, math and 3.14 at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s second annual Pi Day. Take part in a pie fight at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park while Mozart plays in the background.  glazermuseum.org SHAMROCKN’ RUN 2018  Mar. 16, 7 – 10 p.m.  Run into St. Patty’s day in style with a 1.5-mile walk, 5k or Clover Kids Fun Run. Be one of the first 400 to register and receive

GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FAMILY FUN DAY  Mar. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If you’re looking for a more family friendly Gasparilla International Film Festival experience, this event is for you. This annual tradition will include free prizes, games, casting calls and films for the whole family. The Tampa Bay Rays and Lowry Park Zoo will contribute to the event with activities and animal visits.  gasparillafilmfestival.com/ family-fun-day

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GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  Mar. 20-25, various times  Join in a celebration of film, community outreach and social awareness at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. This festival includes screenings of a diverse group of films that hope to showcase new talent in support of the cinematic arts. The festival will also include industry panels where top industry players will share knowledge with filmmakers and attendees.  gasparillafilmfestival.com DISNEY ON ICE  Mar. 22-25, various times  Reach for the Stars with a surefire fun night at Amelia Arena watching Disney on Ice! Watch Mickey, Minnie and gang join Rapunzel and Olaf to dazzle audiences with world class ice skaters and the Disney characters you know and love.  amaliearena.com CAMP & SUMMER FUN EXPO  Mar. 24, 9 a.m. to noon  Plan your summer all in one day! Visit Glazer Children’s Museum to speak with dozens of summer camp and activity providers all in one place and even register on the spot. Get there before 10 a.m. and you only pay $5 per person. After 10 a.m., regular museum admission applies. Members get in FREE.  summerfunexpo.com BARK IN TAMPA PARK  Mar. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Support your favorite fourlegged friends as part of this annual Humane Society of Tampa Bay Fundraiser at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Event includes a one-mile walk, live music, food trucks, vendors, pet costume contests, a dog pop-up park and a doggy fun zone.  tampagov.net A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR SHE: SWASHBUCKLING WOMEN THROUGH THE AGES   Mar. 28, 6:30 p.m.  Explore the long lost history of pirate women! In this lecture, Laura Sook Duncombe will explore the lives and legends of powerful pirate women.  tampabayhistorycenter.org PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS “ON THE EDGE”  Mar. 31, 7 p.m.  Next Generation Ballet and the Patel Conservatory Popular Dance Program team up for a multifaceted performance that will include contemporary dance as well as tap and ballet.  strazcenter.org

TRAMPOLINE PARK SENSORY SATURDAYS  Mar. 3 and 17, 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  Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 11 a.m. - noon  Get an up-close look at adaptive martial arts training at Warrior Fitness & Sensory in Tampa with programming designed for kids on the autism spectrum and their siblings in a safe and supportive learning environment. Classes include kickboxing, martial arts, flexibility, anti-bullying, speed and agility drills, discipline, self-defense and more.  warriorsensory.com SENSORY SENSITIVE SUNDAYS Mar. 4, 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 GREAT CONNECTIONS  Mar. 11, 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. Take part in sensory-friendly activities and crafts. This month, the museum partners with Blossom Therapies, an at-home therapy service for alternative and 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 SUNSHINE SUNDAY  Mar. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Explore Glazer Children’s Museum with lights and sounds lowered and special programming available for those with special needs to enjoy the museum exclusively. Free for members and $5 nonmembers.  glazermuseum.org

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“Serve without a cent” activity allows students to practice kindness

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County staff supporting the National Wear Red day in support of women’s heart health on Friday, Feb. 2.

During the Jan. 30 open house at Hillel Academy, two Holocaust survivors visited with the school’s sixth graders and worked alongside them in the Tampa Urban Benefit Farms (TUB Farms) hydroponic garden. The students plant and harvest in the garden and donate the produce to Holocaust survivors. It was a very moving experience. They planted parsley, to be used for the upcoming Passover, and they planted a tree in celebration of Tu B’Shevat.

The Glazer Children’s Museum recently unveiled Light Cloud, a new interactive exhibit that blends art, sound and learning. The hands on sculpture was created by artist Ivan Toth Depeña and sponsored by Raymond James. You can find it on the first floor!

Every year, Catholic Schools Week gives schools an opportunity to celebrate the gift of a Catholic education. Mother Teresa Catholic School embraced this year’s theme: LEARN, SERVE, LEAD, SUCCEED by participating in a week full of fun, enriching activities.

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