Page 1


MAY 2017

MOTHER'S DAY Events Stories Gifts and More!





Guest Editor:


CEO of Glazer Children's Museum





New! Blockbuster Traveling Exhibit this Summer Included with Admission, Free Admission for Active Military Families Race a snowboard, control a Mars rover, design a video game, and create a 360 degree freeze-motion video at GCM’s newest traveling exhibit, MathAlive! Experience real math at work in sports, nature, robotics, music, dancing, movie making, and more this Summer on Level 3! Learn more at GlazerMuseum.org/MathAlive


110 W Gasparilla Plaza Downtown Tampa

Extended Hours

MathAlive! is sponsored by Raytheon, in association with MathMovesU. The exhibition is developed in collaboration with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Produced and Organized by Evergreen Exhibitions.

NASA, MATHCOUNTS, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. 2 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017


Sometimes, the best way to conquer our fears is to view things in a different way. At St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, we give kids and parents new ways to look at going to the hospital, because when we understand the things that scare us, the monsters don’t seem so bad after all.


BC160531 MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 3

* * *


08 Mother's Day Gift Guide: What Mom Really Wants 10 Heart of Gold 12 Explore, Create, Play : Functional Playroom Design 15 Drowning Prevention

FOOD + DRINK 17 Picnic Perfect Recipe




36 What’s in Your Bag? with Jennifer Stancil 38 Runway Translator: What to Wear for Professional Headshots and Networking

41 Local Mom Launches New Clothing Line



20 Glazer Museum: What's New 24 Building Confidence with Theatre 27 Prep Your Child for a Childcare Setting 28 SPECIAL SECTION: Your Guide To Area Summer Camps


43 Ask the Doctor: Dr. Jill Hechtman 44 Dealing With Alzheimer's 46 Healthy Mother-Daughter Relationships 49 Boo-Boos and Band-Aids: Common Kiddie Ailments

49 46


41 52





WHAT'S HAPPENING 56 Around Town 57 Top Picks: Our Favorite Things-To-Do In May 58 May Events Calendar


51 European Vacations for Families 52 Staycation Beach Style With Kids 54 Tampa Bay Moms Blog Scoop

FROM THE COVER Glazer Children's Museum Our May cover models are Sheriss Crosskey and her daughter Harper. Sheriss is the founder of the Tampa Bay Moms Blog. Images by Darlene Barlows Photography

4 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

57 Read more about Sheriss and Tampa Bay Moms Blog on page 54.

MAY 12, 8 PM - 11 PM

Immerse yourself in over 120 unique varieties of wines, delicious food, a silent auction and live entertainment. All Aquarium exhibits will be open. So dive in. Buy tickets in advance and save at flaquarium.org.

Must be 21+ Please drink responsibly.

Presented by:

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 5

GUEST EDITOR Jennifer Stancil



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anu Varma Panchal Jennifer Stancil Anna Tataris de Jesus Michelle Bremer Dr. Wendy Rice Jill Hechtman, M.D., FACOG Lilly Conrad Kelley Parris Tiffany Ford Dr. Steve Knobl Caroline Foss Julianne Hendrickson Faizi Ahmed, M.D.



ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins


Zarah Lafleur

LAYOUT & DESIGN Page Four Creative


Darlene Barlows Photography Theresa NeSmith Photography Laura Foote Brian Adams PhotoGraphics, Inc.


320 W. Kennedy Blvd Ste. 220 Tampa, Florida 33606 Phone: 813-949-4400 Fax: 813-315-6688 info@tbparenting.com editor@tbparenting.com


Facebook.com/ tampabayparentingmagazine

Tampa Bay Parenting is published twelve times per year and distributed throughout the Tampa Bay community. Tampa Bay Parenting is not responsible for any errors, inaccuracies, omissions or incorrect information (or the consequences related thereto) contained within the magazine or online; readers should not rely on any information contained in the magazine and they should always consult with an appropriate professional for guidance. Tampa Bay Parenting accepts no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information or materials provided by Tampa Bay Parenting. Some content published by Tampa Bay Parenting is sponsored or paid for advertising content, and some individuals quoted or cited in articles have paid for advertising or sponsorships; this content or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Tampa Bay Parenting.

6 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017



t’s possible to say that mothers and motherhood have been a defining— potentially one of the most defining— themes of my life. My grandparents took care of me before I ever went to kindergarten. Even though my grandmother couldn’t drive, everyone knew she was in the driver’s seat. My mom struggled through corporate America in male-dominated fields while being a single parent to two girls. As for me, at a pivotal time in my life, I had a choice between a Ph.D. and a life in academia as a scientist and mathematician, or an innovative path through museum education, a creative endeavor that has impacted millions so far. So at 26, I said I didn’t want to live by the “publish or perish” mantra. I wanted to be a mom and have a career and not put that off until later in life. I opened my first museum in downtown Birmingham, and again in downtown Raleigh before the age of 30. I created a juggernaut award-winning website for girls and science that I launched from maternity leave, and beat out 6,000 international competitors for a MacArthur Digital Media Award for the “spy school” for girls I wrote while in Pittsburgh. I even testified at the U.N. in Brussels specifically about how women in the U.S. were finding success as scientists and mothers, all before I was 40. I won an Emmy ® and became CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum in the same week, days before I turned 45. These were all important moments, but none rivaled the birth of my own daughter, Avery Grace, when I was 37.

Motherhood for me is a full contact sport. Minds-on, hands-on. I’m at conferences, scheduling summer camps, finding resources, and eking out every moment as a learning opportunity. I’m in charge. Just like my Mom. Just like my Grandmother. I’m totally in charge...until I’m not. A month before her intended arrival, both she and I were in life-threatening peril. After 34 hours of labor, an emergency C-section saved both our lives. I have an image of her, intubated and fragile, embedded in my mind, and I keep it there for an important reminder. That night, Dec. 2, I was not in charge. I simply prayed that my daughter would make it through the night though I couldn’t hold her, cuddle, cradle or console her. My husband assured me, strong as a rock. The doctors and nurses assured me. But I wasn’t in charge. Avery not only survived, she’s thriving. And she’s taught me how to be a better mother by trusting that she’s strong enough on her own, even when I have to step back. Someday, Avery will struggle and figure out how to have her own career, how to find her best life partner and her best self. And whenever it happens, she’ll be a mom too, refining and defining how motherhood inevitably will impact her life. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

JENNIFER STANCIL President and CEO Glazer Children’s Museum glazermuseum.org


sрecial delivery ANNOUNCING A

at St. Pete General Hospital




QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED STAFF Whether you’re starting a family or adding more joy to it, a new beginning awaits at St. Pete General Hospital. With more than 100 years of combined experience, the nurses and physicians at Family Beginnings are ready to deliver the birth experience you’ve been planning for with expert care and personalized attention. And, should the need arise, we partner with All Children’s Neonatologists for an advanced level of care. Our dedicated focus gives you the support you need, from certified lactation consultations to 2 a.m. back rubs and the encouraging cheer in the final push. Plus, our state-of-the-art private rooms and welcoming environment add to the delight of meeting your little one.

Celebrate your special delivery at Family Beginnings … where St. Pete babies are born. Visit us at www.StPeteGeneral.com/Family-Beginnings. CONNECT:

#StPeteBabies #StPeteBabies

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 7


Life + Home | What Mom Really Wants



CUTE HANDBAG We are loving these handbags by North Carolina designer Holly Aiken which were designed by our May guest editor Jennifer Stancil of the Glazer Children's Museum. You can purchase them at the museum gift store! The Coupe bag (pictured) is $114. Prices start at $59 for other products.




LAUNDRY HELP Did you know there's a locally owned company that that will pick up your laundry right from your doorstep and wash and fold it? Give mom a break and buy her a gift card from WashClub Tampa Bay! She'll get 20 percent off her first order! washclubtb.com


A unique alternative to traditional flower delivery, this gift pairs a beautiful, low-maintenance air plant with a piece of natural cholla wood. Available from Air Plant Design Studio airplantdesignstudio.com with your choice of eight different air plants, starting at just $11. You also have the option to send it in a pretty gift box with a personalized card. Use "TBParenting� for 15 percent off through Mother's Day.

8 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Ellie Hirsch of MommyMasters.com loves to receive handmade coupon books from her children with goodies that are custom to her like a coupon good for a Clean House, Breakfast in Bed or Me Time!

Good for breakfast in bed


Put together a look to make her feel like the beautiful woman she is. This style is from South Tampa Trading Company: Cool Cotton Racerback Zucar Sundress in Coral ($52), Natural Stone Necklace ($10), Custom Beach Bag with rope handles by Shaley Designs ($45), and Coral and Cream Embellished Sunhat ($28).



SEVENTH AVENUE APOTHECARY CANDLES Let her worries melt away with one of our favorite local candle companies, Seventh Avenue Apothecary. Our current favorites are the Lavender and Black Pepper scent. The Signature Glass Jar retails for $27.00. seventhavenueapothecary.com





ONE LIFE JEWELRY We love this "Pretty Little Names" necklace from One Life Jewelry in Tarpon Springs. The 18-inch, 14k gold-filled chain includes three personalized 14k gold-filled, sterling silver and 14k rose gold-filled discs as well as a freshwater pearl. This combination is priced at $90, but you can find many more different designs that start at just $20. Place an order through Etsy or onelifejewelry.com. Use code TBPARENTING2017 for free shipping.


PLUM PRINT Moms love receiving handmade items from their children, which is why a Plum Print Book is such a great idea! Send off her favorite pieces of artwork in a prepaid shipping box and Plum Print will photograph each piece and turn the art into a beautiful book! Use code tampa20 for $20 off a Plum Print book of your child’s artwork. The code is good through the month of May. PlumPrint.com

Tampa momma Kristen Ostow just launched the Messy Ma designs clothing line (see page 41.)

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 9


Life + Home | Heart Ball

At the American Heart Association Tampa Bay Heart Ball on April 29, guests were brought to tears by the incredible journey of a courageous young man named Garrett Leopold and the story of how his life extraordinarily intertwined with the Pierce family.


arrett was born in 1996 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) – a congenital heart defect that means the left side of the heart is underdeveloped. HLHS is usually fatal within the first days or months of life unless it's quickly treated with a series of operations or heart transplantation. At 3 months old, Garrett received his first heart transplant. After a few stable years, Garrett’s health problems continued. “When I was 6 years old, I was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer,” Garrett said. With determination and strength, and by the grace of God, Garrett beat his cancer. Fast forward to eighth grade: Garrett was 15, feeling good, and back in public school. But within months, he began experiencing shortness of breath, severe lethargy and chest pain. “I knew something was going on. I knew something wasn’t right,” Garrett said.

10 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Garrett learned that 15 years after his first heart transplant, he’d need another. For seven long, trying months Garrett was bound to the hospital and on medication 24/7. “I was put into the hospital Aug. 23, 2012, not knowing when I’d get out. My world was turning upside down,” Garrett said. In March 2013, Garrett took a turn for the worse. He was in dire need of a new heart. That same weekend, Plant High School senior Amanda Pierce passed away in a car accident. Amanda was preparing to attend Tallahassee Community College with goals of transferring to Florida State University and studying special education. Amanda was generous, fun-loving and full of compassion. She had a heart of gold. Amanda’s last gracious act was donating her organs, a decision she made on her own at 16. It was through this act that Garrett received his new heart and another start at life.

“So often the people who share the ultimate gift of life are forgotten and anonymous,” said Laurie Pierce, Amanda’s mom. “Amanda was a vibrant, loving person on Earth. It is my hope that she will always be remembered.” In the year that followed Garrett’s transplant, he and Amanda’s family connected. Their relationships have grown throughout the years and together, Garrett and Laurie shared their stories at the Heart Ball. “There have been so many others in my shoes who have not made it,” Garrett said. “There is more research to be done and more people to help, and I hope that people are impacted by my journey and inspired to support the American Heart Association.” “You can see the passion the American Heart Association has in helping raise awareness of heart disease,” Laurie said. “My hope is that when people learn about Amanda and Garrett, they will see we are all connected in life. Garrett and I are connected in a profound way, and his and Amanda's story is really a story of love and helping one another.”

During the Heart Ball, guests witnessed a momentous dance between Garrett and Laurie. A dance they’d practiced for months. A dance where Laurie would hear Amanda’s heart beat again. “I love Laurie. This experience has given me an even deeper respect for her and how she always makes me feel worthy of having Amanda’s heart,” Garrett said. The American Heart Association funds more pediatric cardiac research than any U.S. organization except the federal government. In 2016, the organization funded more than $13.5 million in research related to children’s heart disease. Despite the progress made in understanding and treating congenital heart defects, more research is needed. “When my wife Julie and I committed to chairing the Heart Ball, we never thought we’d encounter a story like Amanda and Garrett’s that would change our lives and the lives of countless people in our community,” said Allen Brinkman, CEO of SunTrust Bank and the 2017 Heart Ball chair. “We are beyond moved by Laurie and Garrett’s bravery and strength, and we are grateful for the American Heart Association supporters who have dedicated their resources to fighting cardiovascular diseases.”

There is more research to be done and more people to help, and I hope that people are impacted by my journey and inspired to support the American Heart Association.

Photo by Todd Bates

Garrett Leopold

The 59th annual American Heart Association Heart Ball is an unforgettable evening where community members join to fight against heart disease and stroke. The evening features a savory dinner, live entertainment, and intriguing auction lots. Funds raised support American Heart Association research, advocacy efforts and community programs. To donate visit Heart.org/TampaBay. LILY CONRAD Lily Conrad is the communications director for the American Heart Association Tampa Bay where she works with a passionate team of staff and volunteers who are dedicated to saving lives from heart disease and stroke.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 11


Life + Home | Playroom Design


create Functional playrooms parents can actually show off Finally, here’s my own play space in which our children play in our living room. I wanted the toys to be hidden when my children are not in the room, so I created a faux-pleated table skirt to go over a console that hides all our toys in bins. I leave the skirt up during the day so that toys are easily accessible, and put it down at night.


layrooms are spaces that every parent hopes will be not only fun, but also functional. The biggest complaint I hear from parents is, “There’s too much stuff. My children can’t find the toys to play with in the first place.” When working on playroom design, the first conversation I have with the client is about decluttering. Remove and donate any toys your children have outgrown other than staples such as Legos and other creative building toys that sometimes need time to be “re-admired.” After we weed out the toys, we organize them by type: large toys, building toys, puzzles, dolls and stuffed animals. Finally, we decide how to organize the toys within the space. Some parents opt to have their home office dwell in the same space as the playroom, others have a dedicated playroom, and some even work the playroom into their natural living space. Below I have highlighted three unique playroom spaces.

This playroom is a not only a play space, but also an office for a parent who works from home. The office portion is not pictured here, but this space had plenty of room for both. We used the IKEA Kallax shelving units and bolted them to the wall. The bins are white, but we added fun fabric trim to the top so they wouldn’t be missed within the white shelving units.

Now you see it, now you don't!

Here’s a playroom that resides in the “hub” of the home. This one also used an IKEA Kallax, but has a TV viewing space, art space and spaces for some larger toys that needed homes as well. The chairs are also from IKEA and are super comfortable for both kids and adults.

JULIANNE HENDRICKSON Julianne Hendrickson is founder of Tampa-based Hendrickson Interiors. You can reach her at Julianne.hendrickson@gmail.com.

12 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017





CITRUS PARK 8314 CITRUS PARK DRIVE (ACROSS FROM CITRUS PARK TOWN CENTER) 813.920.9696 BRANDON 10015 ADAMO DRIVE HIGHWAY 60 (1/2 MI. WEST OF BRANDON TOWN CENTER) 813.621.7585 Ask a designer or visit ethanallen.com for details. Sale going on for a limited time.

©2017 Ethan Allen Global, Inc. ©Disney. MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 13

! S D N E I R F & S E MILI A F L L A ! S D I K LL ou


ooks! Y b h g u o r h t ld r o explore the w d n a poetry, r , e s m le a m t u y s ir is fa h , t e n c Have fu imals, scien n a , s t r o p s t ntee that u a o r b a a u g s k e o W o ! b s d ic a p e can r any more to m , y n ounty a C m h g d u n o a r o le b p o ls e il p H famous ery child in v E ! e n o y r e v e r fo ital books! ig d E E R F 0 there is a book 0 ,0 SS to over 6 E C C A E E R N link at F s O a y h m e h t g in w o library by foll l a it ig d E E R F rg Register for this hildrensboard.o


Spend time reading together & register to win in weekly summer challenges! Prizes include a behind the scenes tour of One Buc Place, Glazer museum trips, theater packages, cool science kits, books and so much more!

14 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Water Safety | Life + Home

Prevent a child from drowning


During National Drowning Prevention month, educate yourself, your neighbors and other caregivers on how to keep kids safe By Kelley Parris


rowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in the Tampa Bay region. In fact, over the last five years, more than 40 children under the age of 6 have died from drowning in our area. Six of those deaths occurred in 2016.

Drowning deaths in young children must end, and you can help. Educate friends, neighbors, babysitters, grandparents and other potential caregivers about the dangers of drowning and the measures they can take today to keep children safe around water.

Drowning can happen to any child, anywhere, at any time. It’s not limited to pools and beaches – there are potential hazards in and around your home that can put your kids at risk.

Every member of our community – not just parents – bears the responsibility of educating themselves and others on water safety tips to eliminate the death of a child that is 100 percent preventable.

During National Drowning Prevention and National Water Safety Month, take a few minutes to learn about the dangers of drowning and how you can help prevent a child’s death.

To learn more about water safety and preventing needless child deaths, visit PreventNeedlessDeaths.com.

PUT THESE IMPORTANT TIPS TO USE: • Stay alert. Child drowning often happens silently, without the child splashing or calling out for help. This makes it even easier for a drowning child to go unnoticed, so stay alert.

• Designate a “water watcher.” Lack of adult supervision in and around the water is the main reason children die from

drowning. An adult should be assigned to keep their eyes on the child at all times when they are near water. The watcher has to avoid distraction, especially by phone calls, texting or other electronic devices.

• Be within arm’s reach. Young children can drown in as little as 20 seconds. When infants and toddlers are in or around

water, an adult should be within arm’s reach, meaning the adult is close enough to rescue the child if needed providing hands-on supervision.

• Never rely on floatation devices. There is no substitute for supervision – not even flotation devices, such as water wings,

inner tubes, or even life vests.

• Enclose your pool and create barriers so children can’t access it. Be sure your pool and any pool your child visits follows all legal requirements for barriers and locks. All pools should have isolation fencing with self-closing, self-latching locks that are out of reach from small children.

• Get professional help. Take advantage of programs that offer swim lessons. For example, The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s Mobile Water Safety Team provides swim lessons and water safety education at no cost in community and apartment complex pools.

• Be aware of hidden hazards. A child can drown in as little as 1 inch of water. Everything from your toilet to your pet’s water bowl can pose a drowning risk. Empty all bathtubs, buckets and inflatable pools when they are no longer in use. Keep pet bowls out of reach from children and bathroom doors closed.

Kelley Parris is Executive Director for the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, which invests in partnerships and quality programs that support the success of children and families in Hillsborough County. MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 15

MOSI Members save 25% on camps

May 30 – August 9 Register today at mosi.org/camps • 813-987-6000


Only MOSI offers hands-on STEAM camps for preschoolers to high schoolers. Kids can expand their minds, amplify imaginations, and build lasting friendships—all while having a blast.




Y X A L GA ? R E N DIN R O F E M I T N I E AND BE HOM Find out at the larger than life hands-on experience that awaits you at MOSI.

Cardboard Space Adventures Launching May 27




Picnic Perfect | Food + Drink

Picnic Perfect


contributed by Jennifer Stancil, Guest Editor

My favorite go-to recipe for summer picnics. I’ve been making this recipe forever since growing up in Nebraska, where picnics and corn are legendary!


3 pounds red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (cut from 3 ears of corn) 3/4 cup plain yogurt 3/4 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice 1/4 bunch chives, snipped to 1/2inch lengths (about 1/4 cup) 1 fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced crosswise Salt and freshly ground pepper PREPARATION

1. Place potatoes in a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Let cool. Break potatoes into chunks with your fingers, or break them up with a wooden spoon.


2. Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add corn and blanch until tender and bright yellow, about 3 minutes. Drain and let cool. 3. In a small bowl, combine yogurt and sour cream. Stir in lemon or lime juice, all but 2 tablespoons of the chives, and the jalapeno, and season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. In a large serving bowl, combine potatoes and corn, reserving some corn for garnish. Toss with dressing, and garnish with remaining corn and chives. This recipe originally posted at marthastewart.com




The Club at Treasure Island’s summer camp is now accepting daily, weekly & summer-long registrations for June 5 - July 14, 2017! Summer Fun for the Entire Family! Become a summer member and enjoy access to all amenities of The Club as well as exclusive pricing on summer camp.

To register, please call Diane Patterson at 727.367.4511. To learn more about camp activities and Club membership, please visit us at theclubti.com

w w w. t h e c l u b t i . c o m

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 17

2D Animation 3D Animation Digital Painting Digital Sculpting

Drawing Fundamentals Character Design Traditional Animation Sketching

Tampa – Westchase Town Center – 9634 West Linebaugh Avenue Tampa, Florida 33626, 2nd Floor (813) 321-3939


Drones & Robotics Underwater ROVs Video Game Creation Musical Theatre And so much more!

SUMMER CAMPS MAY 30-AUGUST 4 Camps for students of all ages, from preschool to 12th grade 5101 First Street, NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 727-522-2111 | www.shorerest.org/summer

Register Now at www.shorecrest.org/summer 18 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Wo r k Net P i n e l l as , I n c . d . b . a.

May 29th - august 9th

Make the most out of Summer through discovery and fun at the Science Center! Themed camps are available for grades K-8, featuring hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! cost: $135 - $225 per child • Before & After Care $25 per week camp hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm • Before Care: 7:30am - 9:00am • After Care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm location: 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710

R e gis t e R you R chi l d today !



Odessa Christian School

Pre-K to 10th Grade

Snorkeling, Kayaking, Education, Marine Life and much more... Week-long camps June 5-August 18, 2017 Sign up today at SeeWinter.com Email us at camps@cmaquarium.org


Schedule a tour today and fall in love with OCS! www.odessachristianschool.org (813) 792-1825 @odessachristianschool facebook.com/ocswranglers/

19521 Michigan Avenue · Odessa, Florida

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 19


Education | Guest Editor Feature

What's new at


This place not only gets the imagination in gear, it gets the kids physically moving and actively interacting. -Ellen H. Glazer Children's Museum Facebook Page


ream It. Be It. Y ​ ou’ll see it as a tag line on Glazer Children’s Museum ads, but did you know that it is actually our curriculum? DREAM is Glazer Children’s Museum’s version of STEAM. ​Your child, while at the Museum, is immersed in “trying on their future” through our series of exhibit galleries, programs and experiences. The Museum is here to make playing to learn impactful for your child while preparing them to be part of what we call the Imagination Generation. Through DREAM, we explore and emphasize reading, engineering, arts, math, music and how our world is designed. Below are just a few of my favorite ways to allow your child’s imagination to run wild at Museum while helping them shape their own future.


In late 2016, we opened a new, two-story area called The Global Cafe, comprised of a downstairs “language lessons” bar where we also do global crafts and an upstairs dedicated to West Africa (a drum hut) and Japan (a pagoda with tea settings and a sushi prep counter). Whether your child is trying on a traditional outfit (grown-ups can too), trying their hand at origami or participating in a call and response drumming circle, the emphasis on exploration helps kids understand and find similarities and differences in culture. B ​ ecause of the way our brains form, the best time to learn a language is under the age of 8. O ​ ne of my favorite books is called “If The World Were A Village,” a​ nd it puts the entire population of Earth into 100. If you spoke just a few languages, you could speak with most anyone on the planet easily. This month, we’re engaged in celebrating our world and the diversity in it - maybe it will be through our food demonstra-

JENNIFER STANCIL Jennifer Stancil is president and CEO of Glazer Children’s Museum.

20 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

WHY IMAGINATION? Pick an innovator. Steve Jobs. John Lennon. George Lucas. Our world previously changed by industrialization and trains, and before that, by written language. In the 20th Century, computers changed the game entirely. So, now as we have a 21st Century ahead of us, what becomes really innovative? Not simple problem solving, but ​imagination​. Our children have the ability to invent our entire future if they want. It’s just a matter of keeping their curiosity, their dreams and their ideas alive. It’s what we call the Imagination Generation, and we at Glazer Children’s Museum think it’s going to not just drive our economy, but revolutionize our way of life. It’s why we invest in children, from birth, each and every day.

tions on Wednesdays, storytimes, our Dragon-themed end-of-the-day parade, or cool crafts like cornhusk dolls or gyotaku. We even have new global summer camps planned! Did you know?​If you go on vacation this summer, we’d love to have you collect things from other countries. We’re looking for sand, dolls, books, postcards, stamps, flags, menus or other items with writing, clothing and other t​ raditional (not tourist)​items that you’d like to collect and donate to the Museum. Check out ​ glazermuseum.org/yourglobalshoebox​for more information.


In May, we’re bringing you a ​new exhibit, F ​ orts!​It is an addition to our already robust options for imaginative play in the Museum. There is a special element of childhood that is really 85 percent imagination and 15 percent reality and that reality is just enough setting and ample “tools” to fuel play all day. Glazer Children’s Museum plays into this creative curiosity, this wonderment, by offering a host of areas for pretend play, from our Vet Clinic and Fire Station to our Cafe and Publix Grocery Store. Kids can play a variety of roles and try on adulthood by working at a hospital or landscaping and gardening around the house. To build on this construction of “my own space,” we’re bringing you a living room full of blankets, pillows and furniture where your little one can build a creation colossal or cozy. Enjoy Forts! We think you’ll love it!


Over the past few months, we’ve been playing a lot with math concepts, from our Math + Art + Bots pop-up and Pi Day but also highlighting more math in our Grocery Store, Cafe and in our school workshops. We also partnered with Bedtime Math to prototype new exhibits on

math and are preparing for a new curriculum for schools this fall with robotics. R ​ ecent research from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Street tells us that preschool math skills are a more consistent predictor of later academic achievement that either reading or attention skills. Therefore, you’ll see Glazer Children’s Museum continue to escalate its work in math into the future for kids of all ages. Case in point: W ​ e’re bringing a 5,000 square-foot blockbuster traveling exhibition, Math Alive! to the museum starting Memorial Day weekend. I​ t’s a don’t-miss exploration of how math touches our lives, from robotics to fashion, video games to snowboarding. Experts in math careers will navigate you through this exhibit which is a wonderful opportunity, especially for your 7-12 year olds. Join us at the Museum and watch how your child’s DREAMS begin to add up to their successful future.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 21


SMARTER ©2017 Kumon North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Give your child an academic advantage! Call your local Kumon Math & Reading Center today to schedule a

FREE PLACEMENT TEST! BRANDON – BLOOMINGDALE .........813-661-1952 BRANDON – EAST .............................813-662-1314 DUNEDIN ..............................................727-512-5429 EAST LAKE ............................................727-437-1900 LARGO – ULMERTON........................727-242-5990 LUTZ – LAKE CROSSING .................813-909-9122 NEW TAMPA .........................................813-374-9274 RIVERVIEW – BOYETTE....................813-280-8585

22 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

ST. PETERSBURG – EAST ................727-822-4016 TAMPA – CITRUS PARK ...................813-425-4870 TAMPA – PALMA CEIA ......................813-831-9495 TAMPA – WESTCHASE .....................813-818-7513 TEMPLE TERRACE ..............................813-984-0427 WESLEY CHAPEL – NORTH .............813-973-2266 WESLEY CHAPEL – SOUTH..............813-907-8645 kumon.com


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. MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 23


Education | Theatre and kids SPONSORED CONTENT

How Theatre Can Change a Child’s World by Tiffany Ford

As a single mom with a limited income, money for enrichment classes is basically non-existent. When I discovered your program and applied for financial aid, I was thrilled we were accepted. I expected Jack to have some fun and maybe learn a thing or two about acting. Instead, we got so much more than I ever anticipated. I have seen him grow as an actor, but more importantly to me as his mother, I have seen him grow as a human being. He is learning to trust his instincts, to collaborate, use his imagination, to understand the power of his own voice and so much more. LORRAINE COFFEY, parent of American Stage Summer Camp student

This comment from a mother of a camper—this is why we are dedicated to our work at American Stage Education & Outreach. Seeing theatre and participating in theatre-making empowers young people to be bolder, wiser and more compassionate on stage and in life. So many of us want our children to be “successful,” and each parent has a different definition of what success looks like. Self-confidence is key to success. But how does theatre education help a child build confidence, achieve success or reach their potential? Storytelling is core to being human, and therefore, is an essential access point for communicating and guiding our young people. It is also both a social and personal experience. Across most of our programs in local schools and at the theatre, the class works toward a common goal of creating and mounting a theatrical story 24 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

through language, movement, voice and sometimes, technical elements. Stories can be told in many ways, and people have been telling stories forever as a way to share information, ideas and understanding. Crafting and sharing a story is a goal larger than any individual artist or student, but requires each participant to bring their unique perspectives and strengths to the table. Whether a student is writing a script, designing a set, performing in a musical or analyzing and discussing a play, their intellectual, creative and socio-emotional growth is tremendous.

TIFFANY FORD Tiffany Ford is director of Education and Outreach for American Stage.

It’s an opportunity for young people to discover more about themselves and others. Not only does this experience bring joy into a person’s life, it is also how we learn to apply our strengths, stretch our potential and build confidence. Imagine the pride a young person feels when their creation comes to life. They have focused their energies with the support of a team, and the result is a beautiful piece of theatre with a clear story that resonates with an audience of family, friends and strangers. Imagine the confidence igniting within them. Imagine how capable they feel to pursue their dreams. Imagine the connection they have to their ensemble, and the lessons they absorb about personal and collaborative potential. Theatre education is not about acting. It’s about creating and participating. We teach people ages 5 to 105 how to be curious, how to have a vision, and how to work independently and with a team to create something real. From there, no matter what life has in store, you can tackle it. The American Stage Education & Outreach teaching artists and staff go to work every day to instill this confidence, and empower our young people and the world they will create.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 25

Some say that, aerodynamically, it is impossible for bumble bees to fly because their wings are too small for their bodies.

support, resources & information

26 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Bright Expectations (BE) is dedicated to helping our Florida residents with special needs and unique abilities find the resources, support and inspiration that they, and their families, need to break barriers and achieve their dreams. Start your journey today!

Child Care | Education


Prepare your child

for childcare



By Dr. Steve Knobl

here are more than 95,000 children aged birth to 4 in Hillsborough County. The majority of these children spend time in some sort of care outside their home on a daily basis. Choosing that care situation is one of the most important decisions parents will make in their young child’s life. It can also be one of the most emotional and stressful for both the child and parents. Moving your child to a childcare center or family childcare home presents a set of potential adjustment challenges. Not only is your child going to be with a new care giver, but he or she is in an entirely new environment.


teachers and director. Child care centers may have very different philosophies about how to handle the first weeks. Some may prefer that parents spend the first days with their child, others may ask that parents give a quick kiss and leave immediately, letting the teachers handle settling in for the day. Be sure that your philosophies align with the child care facility that you have chosen for your child and family.

There are some things parents can do to minimize the anxiety and tears of the first day in child care:


The Coalition customarily encourages parents to visit potential care facilities, which is great. But once a parent has decided on a facility, they should take their child there to visit, show them the toys and introduce them a few times to their teacher. Do at least a couple of these “trial runs.”


matter what the age of your child. Read books about children who are starting preschool. Some of our favorites are: “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn, “I Love You All Day Long” by Francesca Rusackas, and “Llama Llama Misses Mama” by Anna Dewdney. Talk about how much fun school is and the wonderful things that will happen at school, and even play “pretend school.”


family and outside your home long before thinking about childcare. For instance, if your child has loved being with babysitters or their grandparents, but only at home, you may have some issues. Your child’s enthusiasm for new people may not necessarily transfer to a childcare setting, and they may be overwhelmed by a totally new environment.

EXPECT SOME CHANGES IN YOUR CHILD. While they are getting used

to their new routine and schedule, your child may be clingy, sad or out of sorts. Research shows that this is normal for many children because kids’ stress hormones actually elevate during this transition period, although it leaves no lasting damage.


to feel guilty and anxious, but it’s important not to communicate this to your child. Talk about how you’re feeling with your partner, spouse or a friend, and expect that you’ll even have an emotional reaction when your child starts to like child care and forms attachments to their caregivers.

Be very patient with yourself and your child and start the process as early as possible before you need to start work or other commitments. Depending on the child, the transition process may take a couple of months before a child feels comfortable in a childcare setting.

Choosing that care situation is one of the most important decisions parents will make in their young child’s life. Dr. Steve Knobl The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is a non-profit organization that serves approximately 20,000 families each month regarding a range of early childhood issues and services. Families seeking information and resources about early childhood programs, services and events in Hillsborough County should call (813) 906-5041 or go to elchc.org.

DR. STEVE KNOBL Dr. Steve Knobl is the chief executive officer of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC). He has been an educational leader for more than 15 years and has extensive experience as an elementary school teacher, adjunct professor, middle school and high school principal, and college director and dean.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 27


Education | Summer Camp Guide

BERKELEY SUMMER PROGRAMS 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa 813-885-1673; berkeleyprep.org/summer


Mod design, app design, video game development, equestrian, archery, fine arts, Rock & Roll Camp, Lego, basketball, baseball, band, debate, football, swimming, golf, rock climbing, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, chess, driver’s ed, Financial Literacy for Teenagers, woodworking, math camp, and so much more – there’s something for everyone at Berkeley Summer Programs! Pre-K to Grade 12. Register online. Over 100 camps and classes, including high school credit courses. Before and after care. Lunch options available.

BUSCH GARDENS CAMPS 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa 813-884-4FUN;

Campers ages 3-14 can choose from many activities, including sports, arts, recreation, science, technology and academic review. Academy also offers summer school for both noncredit and for-credit courses for students Grade 12.

buschgardens.com/camps Camps include resident camps that marry the best of the park’s offerings into multiday, sleep-away programs for students in grades five through college. Day camps are weeklong and provide campers in kindergarten through eighth grade with hands-on, educational experiences with animals and the outdoors, as well as Counselor-In-Training programs for grades 9-12.

ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES 3319 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa 813-839-5371; holynamestpa.org/summer

CAMP BAYSHORE 3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa 813-839-4297, Ext. 344;

HILLSBOROUGH ACADEMY AT THE LAKES 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes 813-948-7600; academyatthelakes.org 

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! From Legos to lacrosse and cooking to cartooning, Summer on Bayshore has something for everyone. Complete session information and online registration is available at www.holynamestpa.org/summer. Full and half-day weekly sessions run from June 5 - July 21.

AQUACAMPS AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM 701 Channelside Drive, Downtown Tampa 813-273-4015; flaquarium.org

Choose from endless Summer AquaCamps that take fun and learning to all new depths for kids from 3 to 18 years old. Check out our Aquarium Careers Camp or Advanced SCUBA/Underwater Ecologist Camp (ages 14-18). Dive into our SCUBA Camp (ages 12-15). Participate in Travel Camps (ages 10-14) and On Location Camps (ages 6-9). We even have options for AquaKids (ages 5-6) and AquaTots (ages 3-4). Get discounts for members and for booking multiple camps.

28 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

bayshorechristianschool.org This day camp for 3-year-olds to rising sixth graders is a fun, safe, Christian camp full of field trips, swimming, sports, the arts, music, shows and various activities. Visit the website to learn more information, see photos from past summers, explore camp calendars and schedules, and to register for this summer.

CAMP DOVEWOOD: SLEEP –AWAY CHRISTIAN CAMP FOR GIRLS IN NORTH FLORIDA 23221 101st Road, O’Brien 386-935-0863; campdovewood@windstream.net campdovewood.org This year Camp Dovewood celebrates 40 years of dynamic, fun-filled camping in North Florida. Dovewood is a traditional interdenominational Christian camp for girls 7-16 offering one-, two-, and threeweek sessions from June until the end of July. We have an outstanding equestrian program as well as many more activities like: archery, drama, dance, swimming, river rafting, cheerleading, cooking, art, music, softball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, Bible, soccer, baton, water ballet, basketball, Christian leadership and more. Accredited : American

Camping Association, Camp Horsemanship Association and member of Christian Camp and Conference Center.

CAMP IDS 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa 813-961-3087; corbettprep.com

Campers can try archery or video game design in the morning and dabble in painting or French cooking in the afternoon. More than 60 half- and full-day camps! Academic camps include math, science, reading, writing and technology. Lego Robotics, performing arts, sports and more ensure everyone has a great time! Camps run June 12-July 28. Free morning drop-off at 7:15 a.m. After-care (3-6 p.m.) and transportation available for a fee. 

CAMP IMAGINATION AT GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813-443-3861; glazermuseum.org/camp

Calling all kids! The Glazer Children’s Museum’s New Camp Imagination is the place to be this summer break. Discover new ways to learn and play all summer long with: Imaginative weekly themes, exclusive SMALLab experiences, museum playtime and more! Camps run June 5- Aug. 4 for ages 5-10. Register now!

CAMP JCC AT THE BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCC 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa 813-769-4797;

BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/Camp June 12 – Aug. 14, 2017 Are you looking for a weekly specialty summer camp for your child? Camp JCC offers an interactive day-camp experience with flexible weekly program offerings in dance, the arts, musical theatre, iMovie, swimming, indoor hockey, volleyball and basketball. Register online starting Feb. 12!

CAMP JCC ON THE COHN CAMPUS 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa 813-769-4748; jewishtampa.com/camp

June 5 – Aug. 4 Are you looking for a full summer or 3-week session day-camp offering for your child? Situated on a scenic 21-acre property, Camp JCC promises to deliver an engaging and active experience for children entering grades 1 – 8 with a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities. Is your child interested in the arts, swimming, sports, nature, canoeing, music, archery, obstacle courses, creative production, climbing, zip lining, field trips and more? Register online today!

CAMP SEAL 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz 813-229-7946; sealswimschool.com

Seal Swim School now provides a fantastic aquatic camp program for children 4-10. Each camp week will center on a theme where your child will enjoy a variety of activities such as swim lessons, recreational swim, outdoor sports, indoor games, archery, arts and crafts, field trips and much more!

CDS TURN IT UP SUMMER CAMP 2017 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa 813-920-2288;

CarrollwoodDaySchool.org CDS Summer Day Camps offer all-day themed camps running from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for students entering grades 1 through 8. These camps provide opportunities for children to explore their imagination and develop skills during the summer weeks. Each week of camp the campers will attend one field trip and visit an off-site pool. Before and after care is also available.


tampagov.net/summercamp Choose from a variety of one-week specialty camps or the 10-week Recreate, Educate, Create (R.E.C.) Summer Camps. Specialty camps are designed for your child’s individual interests in sports, arts, aquatics, theater and nature. R.E.C. Camps will engage your child with various activities and fieldtrips. Located throughout Tampa’s city limits and open to city and non-city residents. Toddlers to teens. Early care and after care are also available.

COLOR ME MINE 1609 W. Snow Circle, Tampa 813-258-8368; tampa.colormemine.com

Everyone’s favorite pottery studio is now offering summer day camps for a wide range of ages. Kids will explore pottery, painting, glazing and more.

ELITE ANIMATION ACADEMY 9634 West Linebaugh Ave., Westchase Town Center – 2nd Floor, Tampa 813-321-3939; eliteanimationacademy.com

June 5 - Aug. 11 Offering Courses & 10 weeks of Animation Summer Camp. Learn from former Disney, Warner Brothers and other industry professionals! Our camps are in small groups with engaging subjects. Ages 8 to 17. We accept all skill levels. Not sure which camp is right for you? Call

or chat with us online; hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all supplies provided. Lunch break from 1 to 2 p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF TAMPA- FREE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 302 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813-251-2425; fbctampa.org

VBS 2017 turns kids into Galactic Starveyors! As kids focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator, they will discover the wonder among all wonders-that the God who created everything there is-the knowable, the visible and the invisible-wants a personal relationship with them! VBS runs June 5-9 from 8:45 a.m. to noon for children ages 3 through fifth grade.

FLORIDA ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon 813-490-2787; faopa.org

Florida Academy of the Performing Arts camp offers acting, crafts, games, singing, drums, musical theatre, beginner guitar, beginner violin, fun activities and more. This camp is for kids ages 5 and up and offer your child the opportunity to learn and grow their talent.

FOCUS ACADEMY SUMMER ARTS CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace 813.443.5558 focusacademytampa.org/summer-arts-camp

June 26-30, 2017

Join Focus Academy faculty and staff for a fun weeklong summer arts camp designed specifically for students with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities, entering 7th through 9th grade. Attendees can experience the arts in a playful, non-judgmental environment emphasizing self-expression, creative problem solving, social competence and relationship building, culminating in a performance Space is limited; apply now!

HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 813-884-8250; hcatampa.org

Get your camper ready for a summer of learning and adventure! Two- and young 3-year-olds will enjoy Birds, Bugs & Bubbles Galore!, while 3- and 4-year-olds will experience a "Trip Around the World." First through sixth graders will have an all-new program featuring outdoor adventures, drama, music, messy science, and other exciting theme-based weeks with well-trained staff, field trips, crafts, and daily theme sessions weekly. Please call or visit our website for registration information. 

KIDS’ COLLEGE SUMMER CAMPS AT HCC 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa 813-259-6010;

tampatraining.com/kids-college Empowering today’s youth for tomorrow’s SUCCESS! Not just another play camp, Kids’ College at Hillsborough Community College offers a unique balance of learning and fun that keeps our campers growing during the summer. Topics including video game design, fashion, architecture, acting, entrepreneurship, police & fire, STEM, dance and many more. Our philosophy is simple: to provide your child with engaging activities that challenge them intellectually, physically and creatively.


Kumon can give your child a lifetime of advantages. The Kumon Program is designed to advance your child’s math and reading skills and love for learning – providing an academic advantage throughout school. Kumon sparks critical thinking, establishes a pattern of success, and builds confidence that can lead to accelerated learning throughout life. Parents are encouraged to attend a free orientation at any of our Kumon Math and Reading Centers in the local community.

MONTESSORI ACADEMIES/PREPARATORY SCHOOLS Tampa, Temple Terrace and New Tampa locations 813-899-2345; montessoriacademies.com Montessori’s summer curriculum includes math, language, science, social studies, Chinese, Spanish and more! (12 months - 5th Grade)

MOSI SCIENCE SUMMER CAMPS 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa 813-987-6000; campfun.org

Registration for MOSI's 2017 Summer Science Camps is now open! From designing video games and creating art with lasers to using DNA to solve crimes and cooking up edible slime, it's easy to find the right summer camp for your child at MOSI.

PATEL CONSERVATORY 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813-222-1040; patelconservatory.org 

Offering more than 50 camps and classes in dance, theater and music for all ages and experience levels for ages 3 through college. These camps will give your child the confidence and creativity that they love and that will last a lifetime.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 29


Education | Summer Camp Guide

SUMMER TIME COOKING SCHOOL FOR KIDS & TEENS 5224 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 813-408-1078;

JuniorChefsOfAmerica.org Do you have a budding chef at home? We have the perfect summer program for them! Sign them up today to join with professional chefs from Tampa to bring them the best hands-on learning experience they can have this summer. This is a 2-week program that will begin in July. Don't forget to register them for our 2nd annual cook-off on Sept. 3. Early registration suggested, classes fill up quickly! 

TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER ADVENTURE CAMPS 801 Old Water St., Tampa 813-228-0097;

TampaBayHistoryCenter.org Spend your summer with one-eyed pirates, mysterious mermaids and wooly mammoths during the History Center's History Adventure Camps. Step back into Florida's past with unique games and projects, themed field trips, outdoor fun, and hands-on interactions with real historians and experts. Camps are open to children ages 7 – 11 and led by experienced educators dedicated to providing unique, educational and engaging experiences campers won't forget.

TAMPA PREPARATORY SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS AND CAMP TERRAPIN 727 W. Cass St., Tampa 813-251-8481; tampaprep.org/summer

Camp Terrapin is Tampa Prep’s wellknown coeducational, sports and fine arts camp for students entering first through eighth grades. Structured activities and theme days provide friendship and fun in downtown Tampa. Additional summer programs include a variety of sports camps and courses in robotics, academics and enrichment. This summertime extension of our award-winning day school program offers something for everyone!

TAMPA THEATRE 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa 813-274-8286; tampatheatre.org

Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen. Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of live and stop-motion animation filmmaking, from storyboarding and scriptwriting to filming and editing. All necessary equipment is

30 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

provided so that by the end of the weeklong session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to debut on the big screen.

THIS SUMMER AT MARY JO’S 15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa 813-969-0240; mjpaa.com/summer

At Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy, your child will explore the wonderful world of the performing arts while encountering an educational, fun-filled experience. Students will be introduced to various paths of the arts and given opportunities to act, sing, dance and be creative. They will develop friendships and a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Our goal is to provide a safe and stimulating environment promoting the emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth of your child.

ZOO CAMPS AT TAMPA’S LOWRY PARK ZOO 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa 813-935-8552, Ext. 268; LowryParkZoo.org

May 22 – Aug. 9

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is thrilled to be the first in Tampa Bay to offer an all-inclusive camp program with extended care, a healthy daily lunch, a cool t-shirt and a ticket to come back to the Zoo and show off what they’ve learned – all free with registration! Kids and teens can learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the Zoo and exploring behind the scenes.

PINELLAS ACADEMY OF PERFORMANCE ARTS SUMMER CAMPS 7525 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach 727-350-4644;

academyofperformancearts.com Our unique camps include dance, acting, art and music for ages 5-15. Extra care available. In our 5 studio spaces, campers delve into scriptwriting, choreographing original dances, learning acting techniques (comedy and improvisation). Their efforts culminate into an original stage production or musical that allows them to proudly showcase their experiences. ALL Camps are 8:30a.m to 2:30p.m. and include Friday night in-house performances at the Academy and Saturday public performances following each of the two- and three-week camps. Prices: 1-wk $175 2-wk $300 3-wk $500

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY SUMMER DAY CAMPS & BOARDING PROGRAM 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg 727-384-5500, Ext. 230;


June-August 2017. Camps are open to the public, include a hot lunch, and are held on our campus with a private pool and waterfront! The day camps include STEM, Little Captains, Little Explorers, sports and writing. The summer boarding program for rising eighth-12th graders is a two-, four-, or six-week college prep experience where attendees live on campus and can earn an academic high school credit or take electives like marine science, aviation and engineering.

AMERICAN STAGE SUMMER CAMP AND TEEN SUMMER INSTITUTE 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg 727-823-1600 ext 204; education@americanstage.org

americanstage.org/summer Choose from one- to three-week sessions for grades K-12. Experience quality theatre training in a positive environment, giving young people the tools to be bolder, wiser and more compassionate on stage and in life. Studying theatre not only helps students become accomplished and confident performers, it also empowers creative, intellectual and emotional growth. All experience levels welcome! Staff is comprised of working theatre professionals with a passion for teaching.

CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAMS Various Locations 727-893-7441; StPeteParksRec.org/camps

Summer camp programs offered at 11 sites throughout St. Petersburg. Camps will engage your child with various activities, arts and crafts and field trips.  Camps are offered for children entering grades 1-6 or 7-9 for as low as $244 for the ten-week program for qualifying city-residents. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available.  A variety of ½-day specialty camps also available.  Addditional info online.

CLEARWATER SUMMER CAMPS 2017 “THE PLACE TO BE!” Various Locations 727-562-4800;

myclearwaterparks.com Clearwater Camps are the place to be for fun! For $100 or less per week, campers receive all field trips, supplies, a t-shirt and 50 hours of fun activities. Each week, campers will enjoy a wide variety of fun activities including field trips, games, guest speakers, craft projects and other awesome activities. Additionally, each week a different positive character trait will be discussed and celebrated. Campers will build friendships and create life-long memories. Each camp counselor is carefully selected based on their experience and love of children. Call the recreation center of your choice to set up an interview.

CROSSFIT BLACKBEARD KIDS SUMMER CAMP 4400 34th St. N. Unit K, St. Petersburg crossfitblackbeard@gmail.com;

crossfitblackbeard.com/summer-camp/ Experience fitness-focused fun at CrossFit Blackbeard this summer! Campers will learn coordination, sports preparation and teamwork with fun daily activities, sports, games and more! Supplement your child's sports or play activities during the summer months, or provide them with an opportunity to explore their fitness interests and build self-esteem.

DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 727-298-3322; dfac.org/tbp 

DFAC’s Summer Art Academy’s seven separate age-appropriate camps offer fun, creative, cognitive summer enrichment experiences for kids and teens from 4 1/2 to 16 years old. Activities include drawing painting, sculpture, photography, clay, and digital arts as well as Arts in Motion curriculum. This year, individually themed weeks include Shark Week, Wild West, Kooky Carnivals and a Mars Masters’ Mash Up.

ECKERD COLLEGE SUMMER WATERSPORTS CAMP 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 727-864-8288;

eckerd.edu/waterfront/camp Weekly classes, June 5-Aug. 4. The Eckerd College Waterfront Program, one of the largest collegiate programs in the United States, offers classes in exploring watersports, sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, saltwater fishing, Little Mariners, and exploring marine life for students ages 5-17. Located on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, the school provides the perfect environment for learning watersports! Classes at the Waterfront Program have been in existence for more than 45 years. Through those years we have introduced thousands of children and adults to the wonderful world of watersports. We look forward to meeting you or your children and providing you with an exciting and unforgettable experience!

GREAT EXPLORATIONS SUMMER CAMP 1925 4th St. N., St. Petersburg 727-821-8992; greatex.org

Great Explorations summer camps are a fantastic way to have fun while school is out! Our camps stimulate learning and imagination with themes ranging from Out of this World to Full STEAM Ahead. Days are filled with experiments, arts, field trips, guest presentations and museum play time! Our week-long camps

are designed for students entering VPK through third grade with a new and exciting theme starting each Monday.

your working schedule as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. It’s a Saint Paul’s summer; come be a part of the fun!


SUMMER CAMP AT CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 727-441-1790; seewinter.com

tampabayice.com Have a cool time on the ice this summer at one or more of our ice skating camps designed for beginner through advanced level ice skaters ages 5 through 12.  Each camp features daily on and off ice instruction, supervised on-ice “free time”, lunch, arts/crafts and games.  Camps are offered at Clearwater Ice Arena and TBSA – Countryside and Oldsmar locations Camps are offered at all three locations for recreational, figure and hockey skaters.  TampaBayIce.com for details and to register. 

JEWISH COMMUNITY CAMP 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater 727-530-3223;

jewishcommunitycamp.org Join us for our inaugural year at the beautiful camp facilities on the Temple B’nai Israel property. This facility gives our camp an abundance of space for small and large group activities. All swimming is held at neighboring community pools and transportation for all field trips will be provided. We welcome all children, regardless of religious affiliation or observance, to participate in our camp experience and to share in our rich Jewish heritage.

PALM HARBOR MONTESSORI ACADEMY 2355 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor 727-786-1854;

Pre-K to 10th Grade. Week long camps (June through August) are taught by experts like marine biologists, rescue team members, animal caregivers and more! Camps focus on hands-on learning in a safe, fun, and friendly environment. Snorkeling, kayaking and boating are just some of the activities offered. Learn about our resident animals and the work we do every day at a working marine animal hospital. Seasonal camps are also offered during the spring, fall and winter! 

SUMMER AT SHORECREST 5101 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg 727-522-2111; shorecrest.org/summer

From an adventure-themed day camp for preschoolers to sixth-grade academic enrichment, all the way to a professional theatre bootcamp for serious thespians, there’s something for everyone this summer at Shorecrest. An auxiliary program of Shorecrest Preparatory School, Summer at Shorecrest offers nearly 100 different camp sessions, serving students from 3 years to those rising into grade 12. Programs run May 29-Aug. 11.

TAMPA BAY TURNERS GYMNASTICS AND SWIMMING ACADEMY 2301 26th St. N., St. Petersburg 727-328-8500; tampabayturners.com

palmharbormontessori.com Full-day themed camp sessions for ages 3-12 featuring outside play and swimming! Outdoor environments include state-of-the-art pool facilities, soccer field, basketball court, hydroponics garden, and four spacious and secured playgrounds for fun, learning and meeting new friends. Camp themes include music, drama, Spanish, exploring the world, America the beautiful and more.

Kids can participate in gymnastics and tumbling classes, swim lessons starting at six months in our indoor pool, birthday parties, summer day camps, toddler tumbling open play, and join a licensed preschool. Come join the fun!

SAINT PAUL’S SCHOOL 1600 St. Paul’s Drive, Clearwater 727-536-2756;

For children ages 6-12, sail along Boca Ciega Bay, participate in group tennis lessons taught by Club TI’s Director and elite Pro, enjoy swimming in the biggest pool on Treasure Island and learn how to make delectable dishes from our professional culinary team. Don’t miss Rowdies soccer week, including a field trip to downtown St. Pete stadium and an hour long soccer clinic taught by a Rowdies player, exclusively for Club TI summer campers. Camp is open to members and nonmembers.


June 5 – Aug. 4

Robotics, marine science, baseball, cheerleading, cooking, fine arts, field trips, recreation and activities, and classic day camps! With the variety of camps being offered this summer, making fun, long-lasting memories won't be hard to do! Camps for 3-year-olds through rising eighth graders.  Camp hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Before and after care is available. Our full day camps will accommodate

THE CLUB AT TREASURE ISLAND SUMMER CAMP 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island 727-367-4511; theclubti.com

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 31


Education | Summer Camp Guide

THE MARCIA P. HOFFMAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 727-791-7400; HoffmanSchooloftheArts.com Providing arts education and outreach efforts reaching more than 35,000 students annually and providing over 80,000 hours of high-caliber arts experiences with divisions encompassing performances; community engagement and outreach; and instruction in jazz, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, voice and technical theater. Each division reaches students of all ages and abilities on the Ruth Eckerd Hall campus and off-site in schools, hospitals and more throughout the Tampa Bay area and the State of Florida.

THE SCIENCE CENTER 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 727-384-0027;

sciencecenterofpinellas.org/eic/ Make the most out of summer through discovery and fun! Themed camps are available for grades K-8, featuring handson activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math! Your child can sharpen their academic skills in a fun, supportive learning environment free of stress and pressure. In addition to fun learning experiences, our camps also offer before and after care hours for your convenience (camps go from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and provide free lunch for our campers. Contact us and discover all that our camps have to offer. Camp prices: $180-$240 per camp/per child.

YMCA OF THE SUNCOAST ymcasuncoast.org/summercamp Count on the best summer ever for your kids. Select one week or the whole summer, indoors and out. On their own or in a group, from archery to arts to canoeing to cannonballs, your kids will have an amazing experience in a safe, inclusive, nurturing environment from Largo to Crystal River. Register online.

PASCO NEW PORT RICHEY RECREATION & AQUATIC CENTER SUMMER CAMP 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey 727-841-4560; citynpr.org

This Camp offers eight weeks of fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, games, field trips, special events, guest speakers, swimming, movies and various other activities. Camp dates and times are June 5 -July 28, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fee: $480 for 8 weeks/$60 per week (per child). Registration begins April 17. Resident Discount: 32 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

$400 for 8 weeks/$50 per week (per child). Registration begins April 10. Ages 5-13 are welcome.

OTHER LOCATIONS CAMP INVENTION Multiple locations throughout West Central Florida 800-968-4332; campinvention.org

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through sixth grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Discounts available!

CIRCLE F DUDE RANCH CAMP 5301 Dude Ranch Road, Lake Wales, 863-676-4113;

circlefduderanchcamp.com Nestled in 500 acres of wilderness, this traditional sleep-away camp for ages 6-16 offers two- and three-week and 10-day sessions packed with exciting programs that focus on providing young people the opportunity to just be kids. Campers build lifelong friendships as they participate in horseback riding, archery, sports, photography, arts and more in a safe environment.

GIRL SCOUT SUMMER CAMPS Tampa, Palm Harbor & Wildwood locations 800-881-GIRL; gswcf.org/summercamp

This summer, every girl can camp like a Girl Scout! We welcome all girls entering grades 1 – 12 to experience the outdoors in a safe, supervised and encouraging environment. We have day camps, fulland half-week overnight camps, and STEM camps. She’ll have the time of her life discovering the wonders of the great outdoors, playing games, and making friends while boosting her confidence and courage. Not currently a Girl Scout? No problem! Current non-members can attend camp with an additional $15 registration fee.

RIVERVIEW CAMP FOR GIRLS 757 County Road 614 Mentone, AL 35984 riverviewcamp.com, 800-882-0722

Atop breathtaking Lookout Mountain two hours from Atlanta, fun, friends and adventure awaits girls 6-16. Campers will

love Riverview’s 15+ quality activity programs. We offer riding, swimming, ropes course, tennis, canoeing, golf, archery, rifle range, basketball, climbing tower, CIT program, chorus, drama, flag twirling, voice and music. One- and two-week, as well as longer sessions available. Each cabin has its own bathrooms and showers.

SKYLAND CAMP FOR GIRLS 317 Spencer St., Clyde, NC 828-627-2470; skylandcamp.com

Through traditional and overnight camp programs, Skyland Camp for Girls inspires girls in rising grades 1-10 to be curious, creative, confident and connected to each other, and to the world. Experience horseback riding along mountain trails. Swimming and relaxing by the pool. Camping getaways. Tennis and volleyball matches. Cooking recipes. Arts and crafts. Drama and musicals. Join us for our 100th year on Skyland Hill: discover your best self and forge lifelong friendships.

STEMTASTIC™ DAY CAMP & AVIATION SUMMER CAMP 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland 863-644-2431; flysnf.org/educational-programs/

Week- long camps June- August. STEMtastic™ day camp offers daily

themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEM-based schools. Aviation Summer Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics and flight simulators. (Day and residential options available)

VALLEY VIEW RANCH EQUESTRIAN CAMP 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 706-832-2231; valleyviewranch.com

Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! Atop Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, ages 8-17. One to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend up to 6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third-generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls dreams come true.

South Tampa Parenting YOU R N E I G H BO R H OO D

Give Day Tampa Bay Join the 24-hour online challenge to raise money for your favorite charitable organization during Give Day Tampa Bay May 2! More than $2 million was raised for 600-plus charities last year. Learn more at GiveDay.org. Also on May 2, Hyde Park Village restaurants and retailers are helping you help premature infants. Donate $25 or more to High Risk Hope May 2 and receive a shopping pass full of discounts to use that day throughout Hyde Park Village. Stay for fun activities all day including FREE story time at the fountain at 9:30 a.m., a Princesses and Pirates meet and greet at 3:30 p.m. for $35 per person hosted by Cinebistro and Parties with Character, followed by a FREE family-friendly movie with refreshments. Space at the meet and greet is limited and will sell out quickly so reserve a spot for your little princess or pirate today at highriskhope.org/giveday. High Risk Hope is dedicated to the fight to end premature birth and they support 2,000 families a year right here in Tampa Bay.

look good. do good. feel good.

Nicole DeLoach Hubbard Junior League of Tampa President

(813) 968-2483 SOUTH TAMPA EDITION





Founder of the lifestyle brand India Hicks


By Laura Byrne

Susannah Matthews, India Hicks and Angier Miller at Oxford Exchange.


ndia Hicks is a name you may hear more frequently around town as her lifestyle brand of affordable luxury products makes its way into the homes of your friends and neighbors. The former model and descendent of British and design royalty (her godfather is Prince Charles) launched her brand in 2015, partnering with women around the world, whom she calls Ambassadors, to sell her products as independent consultants. The mother of 5 calls Harbour Island in the Bahamas home and says her children have been incredibly supportive as she helps women find the 'second chapter' in their lives. She recently visited South Tampa to meet with Ambassadors like Angier Miller and Susannah Matthews (pictured with India), and to connect with those who are fans of her brand and even the curious, like us, who simply wanted to learn more about her fascinating story.


IH collections I draw on a variety of inspirations. Living on a tiny island in the Bahamas for the past 20 years, I find inspiration every day, whether running on the pink sand beaches or stopping to admire the Wild Spiderlily – a robust white flower that blooms in the sand and withstands the fiercest of hurricanes. That particular scent

inspired my first fragrance for the brand and an accompanying Bath & Body Collection. There is a great deal of travel-inspired pieces, as I am always on the road promoting the IH business across the USA, which then makes me start to think about the practical needs of modern women, which then takes me back my life in England and a certain sartorial sensibility that is inherent to my upbringing.

WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO TAKE THE ROUTE OF HIRING INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS TO PROMOTE AND SELL YOUR BRAND? Knowing I wanted to launch a lifestyle brand, it was suggested to me by my partners that we should look at selling back in the heart of the home, not through shops and boutiques but back around the kitchen table. That was not a route that had ever occurred to me –but when I began to dig a little deeper, I suddenly felt that there was a huge opportunity here, a white space that could be filled. No one was telling a lifestyle story, no one was concentrating on affordable luxury, and no one was addressing a vast group of smart savvy women who had once had successful careers but had given it up in order to raise their children. I met with several of my own girlfriends who were frustrated by the fact that they had given up careers to raise a family – which they had found extremely rewarding, of course – but now with their chil-

dren slightly older, they wanted to do something again with their lives, something meaningful, but they didn’t want to invest their own personal capital or write a business model. They didn’t want to have to have the endless sleepless nights of creating a start-up. I also found there were many young mothers with newborn babies or toddlers still at home. They too were looking for a new career, but something that meant they could work from home, be a hands-on mother and work their own hours. So, the two came together at the same moment: the idea of direct sales or person-to-person sales or whatever we want to call this, and recognizing that there was an audience looking for something entrepreneurial. It was rather like the perfect storm. And now I’m here, and I couldn’t think of myself in any other place.

For decades we have admired India Hicks—her design aesthetic and style; we are so grateful for her mentorship and business partnership. Angier Miller and Susannah Mathews (Senior Directors and first India Hicks Ambassadors in Tampa Bay)

Read more from our conversation with India Hicks at TampaBayParenting.com



Working to make a difference in Tampa Bay


oms of South Tampa is more than a playgroup. It is a group of women who come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are stay-at-home moms and others work full-time, but they are all committed to making a difference in our community, whether by boosting each other or helping families struggling to make ends meet.

The last few months have been busy for the Moms of South Tampa (MOST). Sure, some of it was play—playgroups were active with play date activities and Moms Nights Out—but a lot of it was educational as well. More than 120 moms participated in a one-hour Facebook Live Q&A session with a sleep consultant, and 22 people participated in a 3-day First-Aid/ CPR training course, walking away with not just an official certification, but with peace of mind that they’d be prepared in the event of an emergency. Lastly, the youngest play-


group hosted an amazing St. Patrick's Day party with food, activities and lots of fun. Most recently, the group collected more than 4,000 diapers to donate to The Spring of Tampa Bay as part of MOST’s first 2017 service project. If you live in South Tampa and would like to join MOST, email momsofsouthtpa@gmail.com or find Moms of South Tampa on BigTent.com.

Spring Diaper Drive Jennifer Mallory, service co-chair, and Ashley Gaughan, president



Connecting Moms, Dads and Children

iStroll is a new workout and social network created by South Tampa mom Tess Partridge. We’ve heard so much about this new group that we wanted to learn more, so we asked Partridge to give us the scoop.

WHAT IS ISTROLL? iStroll is a workout, a social network for moms and dads and a playgroup for young children. We're a group of parents with similar interests and with children of similar ages who benefit from combining our workout, social time and children's playtime. Participating in iStroll allows parents an hour to do something for themselves, following with much needed adult social time and child social time, and time for parents to engage with their babies! A parent with young children can do all the gym classes in the world, but to be doing a workout side by side with other parents also navigating the daily mom-and-dad grind opens doors to friends with similar schedules and potential life-long friendships for parents and kids.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE EVENTS IN SOUTH TAMPA? One of the coolest things about iStroll is that because we don't have an actual building structure to host our classes and events, we are able to encapsulate SO MUCH more, especially by leveraging other local businesses.  iStroll's foundation is, of course, the outdoor workout. You will come to iStroll and no matter your fitness level— the newly postpartum mom to the totally fit dad — you are guaranteed to feel welcome and get a great workout suitable for your individual needs. By using HIIT, dumbbells, cardio, bands and body weight exercises, everything can be scaled, from really intense for the athletic parent to a modified routine for someone just starting out. We strive to keep the strollers moving and the babies happy and engaged! We also emphasize activities for the parents and children. We host FREE


Walk/Run/Coffees monthly where we get together at a residential location and do a walk or run down Bayshore Boulevard and provide iced coffee after. We do organized crafts for the kids after the workout classes. Outside of class time, we do nights out just for the moms and family events such as pool parties, family walk/runs and cookouts. We love to branch out locally. We'll do workout classes outside the confines of the zoo, children's museum, aquarium and restaurants, then do a group play date inside and grab lunch. We've partnered with PlayGrounds, Color Me Mine, AliSongs For Tots and other local entities in the past. Essentially we are going to be doing the workout outside anyway, so if we have the opportunity to do the workout and an activity after, we'll go to or near the local business, do the workout and follow up class with the local business event. Throughout iStroll events you'll be working out with other moms and dads

in similar life stages. You'll get the opportunity to make friends with other parents who have same-age kids, you'll get to do events with your babies, and you'll get to socialize your baby with other young ones! It’s a win, win, win!

HOW DO I JOIN? At iStroll the first class is always free. Just show up to one of our classes or sign up online for the time you plan on coming. After that, you can sign up for one of our affordable options: unlimited monthly classes, 10-class passes, 5-class passes and drop-in classes. istroll.co/


Piano lessons and classes for every age Private Lessons, Group Classes

& Summer Music Camps PIANO IS OUR PASSION! 2101 W.Xennedv'Blvd. Tampa. YC... 33606



Things to do

in south tampa 4TH ANNUAL GIVE DAY TAMPA BAY May 2, all day

Show support by learning about the hundreds of local nonprofits in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties registered during this 24-hour community-wide fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Head to Hyde Park Village to take advantage of special discounts and events to support High Risk Hope. To search a directory of participating nonprofits and to donate online to your favorites, visit givedaytampabay.org. Everyone

THE ART SPOT AT TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Head to the Tampa Museum of Art on Saturday Mornings for a free drop-in program offering kids and families a chance to get together. Participants of all ages get to work on projects inspired by art on display in the galleries with a different facilitator-guided project each week. No registration is required. tampamuseum.org Everyone

3RD ANNUAL TAMPA RIVERFEST May 6-7, various times

Come out for this weekend-long celebration of Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music and restaurants along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa. Take part in family-friendly activities, including this year’s new event, the Hot Dog Festival, with a hot dog eating contest, wiener dog derby and a hot dog tasting contest. Other events include a Hot Air Balloon Glow on Saturday night and a free Pops in the Park concert Sunday evening.  thetampariverwalk.com  Everyone


Celebrate Mother’s Day with at this high end tea reception with hot and cold teas served in vintage crockery, tea sandwiches, delectable desserts, a fashion show featuring clothing for women and children, princess experiences, photo opportunities, live entertainment and fun craft experiences. Come dressed in your finest tea chic attire! Event will be held at the Straz Center. Adults: $60, Children $50. For tickets, email Alyssa with Eventing Tampa Bay at alyssa@eventingtampabay.com.


Shop locally produced foods and handcrafted items at this monthly South Tampa outdoor market. Browse nearby stores while listening to live music and try one of the many neighborhood restaurants for lunch. Admission and parking are free. Leashed dogs are welcome. hydeparkvillage.com Everyone


Bring your own yoga mat to celebrate Mother’s Day during this free Mommy and Me Yoga event at Village Circle in Hyde Park Village (ages 8 and up). There will be raffles, giveaways, fun activities, and a complimentary family photo session with Carlton Ward Photography from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.!


Give Mom a chance to relax while visiting Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. The Lounge offers opportunity for moms to pamper themselves while the family enjoys the museum. glazermuseum.org Moms


What do you have planned for the Summer?

“I Love Summer at Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy!”

Register today at MJPAA.com/summer

The FUN begins the week of June 19th

Camps, Classes, Workshops and More

• Swim Lessons • Archery • Recreational Swim • Field Trips

• Arts & Crafts • Sports

May 30 Through August 9

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Extended Care Available


Saint Paul’s Summer Camp

Robotics Classic Day Camps Grand Slam Baseball

Field Trips Cheerleading Marine Science


50/day 185/week $


SealSwimSchool.com 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz 33548

(813) 229-7946

Camps for Children Entering PreK-3 through 8th Grade

Registrations: Pierce Wolfinbarger at pwolfinbarger@spsclearwater. org 1600 St. Paul’s Drive • Clearwater, FL | 727.536.2756 | www.ClearwatersIndependentSchool.org

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 33


7 Weeks of Options: June 12 – July 28, 2017 100+ full- and half- day camps Ages PreK3-high school Before- and after-care

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



Field Trips



World Languages


Performing & Visual Arts

(813) 961-3087 CampIDS@corbettprep.com 12015| MAY Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, FL www.corbettprep.com TampaBayParenting.com 2017

ps ure Cam Advent y r o t is H : eaker in c lu d e uest Sp

ip & G Field tr n u Outdoor fme Memory Book o H Tour TakeInsider’s Museum


7 - 1 1 erican Girl Am

June 5-9 & June 12-16

Archaeology Mysteries

June 26-30

Pirates & Explorers

July 10-14


Museum Makerspac

July 24-28

Hysterical History

July 31- Aug. 4

at the tampa bay history center Register online at TampaBayHistoryCenter.org 801 Old Water Street | 813.675.8987

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 35

* WHAT'S IN YOUR Beauty + Style | What’s in your bag?

with guest editor Jennifer Stancil


I love Tampa! It’s great being in this community and I want to show that, which is why I created a line of bags exclusively for our Play2Go store with my good friend, Holly Aiken. These Bolt-inspired purses say “I’m ready for anything!”


I’ve used MAC for a long time because I love its high pigmentation. It doesn’t rub off easily and fade during my very long work days. I recycle all my MAC cosmetics so I can get a free lipstick— trying new ones while doing my part for the environment!

36 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017


So, I have a lot of devices: a couple of phones, a tablet, ear buds and cords for hooking up Spotify in the car. As a tech maven, these are pretty essential to staying connected with Team GCM, my family, school and our friends. They also allow me to take pictures for my social media accounts.


It’s debatable whether this is really a good thing or not. I get my hair cut in Hyde Park, so I’m frequently stopping for a fix of cupcakes (Sprinkles), design (West Elm) or stationery (Paper Source) after each appointment.


Love my new prescription shades. They’re great for driving in our sunny Florida weather!















patelconservatory.org • 813.222.1040

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 37


Beauty + Style | Spring Fashion Trends

She works hard for the money What to wear for headshots and professional networking events


HEADSHOT OUTFIT: Royal blue dress by Calvin Klein, from

Marshalls. Gold chain link statement necklace from Sweet Southern Chic Boutique.

OPPOSITE PAGE: Bird print silk jumper in headshot by Scarlet Roos, from Deborah Kent's. Gold hammered triangle chain from Albisia i​ n Hyde Park Village.

MICHELLE BREMER Michelle is a busy full-time working wife and mother of two active children. She owns Runway Translator, a full-service fashion styling firm. She also volunteers in the community with The Junior League of Tampa and Dress for Success Tampa Bay. RunwayTranslator.com 38 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography

A mother’s work is never done, but her professional appearance should always be on point. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you’re representing your business, it’s crucial to make it a favorable and memorable one. Whether you work from home or outside of the home, you may need to network with other professionals in order to grow your business. Networking events are great for meeting new faces and making valuable connections. I believe the best way to stand apart from the crowd is by first “wowing” them with your personal style, and then closing the deal with your personality. You want your overall presence to say, “I’m confident and professional” and leave a positive lasting impression that makes people remember YOU when the time comes and your services are needed. The same theory holds true for head shots: Draw them in with your smiling eyes and be sure to attend to the details.

HERE ARE A FEW HELPFUL GUIDELINES FOR WHAT TO WEAR TO A PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING EVENT: Regardless of what you do for a living, be sure you present yourself as a lady from head to toe. Think Grace Kelly. Even if your job does not require you to look professional, remember that you need to step up your style game for these opportunities; you never know who you’ll meet. I’m a dress gal, but on occasion I’ve been known to rock a suit. If suits are your flavor, be sure the fit is perfection! Nothing kills a first-impression like an ill-fitting ensemble. Get to know a good tailor and make sure your pieces fit like a glove. Don’t go too heavy on the make-up. Professional networking events are usually during the day so remember, you’re not going to a cocktail party. Keep the eyeshadow shades out of the bold palette zone and if your look requires a red lip, go more Taylor Swift and less Rocky Horror. Statement jewelry is great for getting noticed; just make sure you don’t go too far towards evening glam with your pieces. Steer clear of chandelier earrings and gaudy costume necklaces with too much bling.


Think of your headshot as your Director of First Impressions. She says, “Hello. It’s so nice to meet you. How can I help you today?” Remember, your headshot should be styled in a way that relates to your industry. If possible, incorporate tools from your trade or at least add your personal style to the photo via bold pops of color and/or interesting backgrounds. Above all, make sure you hire a pro, both for styling and for photography! Never take a selfie in the driver’s seat of your car and post that as your headshot!




All pieces photographed were pulled from my personal wardrobe.


French Connection, from The Poppy Boutique



detail- by C. Luce​, from online seller



Samantha Sung, from Deborah Kent's


MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 39

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 5 - July 21.


3319 Bayshore Blvd. | Tampa, FL 33629

40 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017



Academy of the @holynamestpa Holy Names - Tampa

Messy Ma Designs

by Caroline Foss


Messy Ma Clothing Launch | Beauty


Local Mom's New Clothing Line

oms are famous multitaskers, and entrepreneur Kristen Ostow is no exception as the founder of clothing lines Southerndoe and soon-to-launch MessyMa. Southerndoe was born from a conversation with her husband, Justin, who replied to her lament at the lack of great outdoor apparel for women and girls with “Why don’t you make one?” Kristen took the idea and ran with it, developing a successful brand that is carried in more than 100 stores in 16 states and winning the inaugural Young Entrepreneur Program award.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE MESSY MA? When Ella June was only 4 days old, I had to go back to work. Southerndoe, a clothing company I launched back in 2013, had just received an incredible order from Bealls Department Stores. It was an amazing opportunity and although I knew it would be tough to leave her, I kissed my newborn and headed into work. During one of my 3 a.m. feedings, running on about two hours of sleep and covered with spit-up, I realized that the sooner I embraced the tired, the imperfect, the messy house and the unwashed hair, the happier we would all be. When both Ella June and I finally fell back to sleep, I had a dream that I began making tees that were super soft with encouraging messages and girls were telling me how happy these tees made them. When I woke up, I started drawing out ideas for my second brand: Messy Ma.


We sat down with this dynamic self-starter to hear more about her newest endeavor, MessyMa, her new clothing line that champions young girls, and how she embraces the chaos of life raising kids and companies.

team of women who work alongside me daily. They have such contagious energy and I couldn’t do it without their assistance.

AS A MOM-TREPRENEUR, HOW DO YOU DO IT? HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE? Well, I am still practicing. Balance is a word I’ve prayed for peace with. Some days, I win as a Mama. Some days, I win as a business owner. And some days, I lose at both. But then I wake up the next day, and I try all over again! I have been blessed with an amazing

Spending the entire day with my husband and daughter just taking it slow. I love being outside - so time outdoors or by the water would be great! Maybe enjoy a really good latte too.

HOW CAN PEOPLE ORDER YOUR PRODUCT? We launch MessyMa.com May 1. Customers will be able to shop all our designs along with pretty gifts I curated from brands I love! They can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram @messymadesigns

CAROLINE FOSS Caroline Foss is a Type-A writer with a private pilot’s license and a background in advertising and branding. She lives in Tampa with her firefighter husband and two (2-and-under) boys, and she can often be found panicking in a cold sweat at the playground. Drive-throughs are her love language.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 41

42 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Ask the Doctor | Health + Wellness



with Dr. Jill Hechtman, M.D. FACOG, Medical Director Tampa Obstetrics


Make a symptom diary. When did it start? How long does it last? Does the pain come and go? As much information as you can give your doctor will help him or her in making a diagnosis.


Take a copy of your doctor's card. You will most likely remember your doctor’s name, but in case you have a brain block, you will have it on you!

Q: How can I make the most out of a visit to my doctor's office? Here are eight of my top tips to remember.


Write your questions down. I recommend you write them in order of importance. Your doctor will do their best to address all of your concerns, but make sure the ones that are the most important to you get addressed. This also helps you prepare for your appointment.


Bring in your personal health record. I suggest everyone carry with them a handwritten or electronic copy of their personal health record. It should include your medical history (asthma, heart attack), what surgeries you have had (all are important), the medications you take (prescribed, over the counter and any vitamins or supplements), and your allergies (such as latex or any medications).


Bring someone with you to your appointment. It is important to have someone with you to not only support you emotionally, but to also be an extra set of ears to hear what your doctor tells you. Ideally, they should take notes so that you can ensure you have heard everything your doctor told you.


Make sure it’s the right fit. At the end of the day, what is most important is that you have had all of your questions answered, you feel better, and you feel that your doctor is looking out for your best interests.


Determine what you want out of the appointment. Is this a well visit? Do you need a diagnosis? Do you want to hear other options for treatment? Prognosis?


Be honest! We are not here to judge, but doctors need to know as much information as possible to make an accurate diagnosis. There is not much that we have not seen or heard before.

WITH DR. JILL HECHTMAN Dr. Jill Hechtman is medical director of Tampa Obstetrics, board certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, former Board of Trustees member at HCA Hospital Brandon and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. Dr. Jill is a frequent medical contributor on News Channel 8.  She lives in Tampa with her husband Jason, a breast surgeon, and their daughter, Emma. Dr. Jill and her daughter share a love of horses. MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 43


Health + Wellness | Alzheimer's Info


DEALING WITH Alzheimer's by Dr. Faizi Ahmed


any people know someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s. It is a terrible disease to watch unfold in front of your eyes, and even tougher feeling as though there is nothing you can do to stop it. This disease changes the person you knew into a shell. It takes a toll on both the person affected and their family. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Faizi Ahmed told numerous families that there was nothing that could be done, that their disease was going to progress, and that affairs should be put in order. In 2014, he had heard of cases that had been reversed by Dr. Dale Bredesen in California but ignored them. Dr. Ahmed was working in one of the world’s best Alzheimer’s centers at the time and was convinced it couldn’t be reversed. In 2016, Dr. Ahmed saw another headline about Dr. Bredesen and decided to look further into it. Dr. Bredesen’s study revealed that 10 people who developed Alzheimer’s dementia were, for the most part, able to reverse their disease. His treatment, although far from traditional, seemed feasible. After having had some correspondence with Dr. Bredesen, Dr. Ahmed went to his physician’s training program at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California. He then realized he had stumbled on to an actual treatment for Alzheimer’s dementia. The treatment is called MEND, but is also known as the Bredesen Protocol. Most people with Alzheimer’s disease have a genetic predisposition. Although these Alzheimer’s genes won’t guarantee that someone will develop it, the most common gene mutation, ApoE4, is present in the more than half of people with Alzheimer’s. This gene is directly involved in forming the protein amyloid-beta, which causes the brain pathology known as Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bredesen and his team at the Buck Institute have found that this gene can be redirected. It can be made to form another protein, so that amyloid-beta is not formed. They found that it is possible to shift the pathway, and in turn, reverse the disease. Dr. Ahmed has brought the Bredesen Protocol to Tampa with his clinic, Tampa Neuropsychiatry. While his main treatment is Alzheimer’s dementia, he also treats depression, anxiety, the complications of brain injuries and more. So when is the best time to seek treatment? Dr. Ahmed suggests coming in as soon as you notice any type of memory problem. Extensive testing can determine whether or not the problem derives from Alzheimer’s. The sooner the disease is caught, the better chance there is to stop the disease

FAIZI AHMED, M.D. Faizi Ahmed, M.D. founded Tampa Neuropsychiatry which is located in South Tampa. The office diagnoses and treats dementias (including Alzheimer's, frontotemporal, Lewy Body, etc) and the neuropsychiatric symptoms that occur after brain injuries. Apart from this specialty, they provide expert care for psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and others. 44 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

and reach recovery. When the memory problem starts causing difficulty with functioning, it becomes harder to treat. Mild Alzheimer’s, in which there is mild dysfunction as a result of the memory problems, has a better chance of being reversed than more severe cases. “There are several things that we can do on a day-to-day basis to ensure that our genes don’t get the best of us. For one, we need to clean up our diets. And when I say clean up I actually mean completely overhauling our diets. People who have been successful with the protocol have been able to stop eating processed foods, including bread and rice. Diets should consist of mostly vegetables, some fruit and some meat. Another necessary component of the program is vigorous exercise about 5-6 days per week for about 45 minutes at a time. It is well known that exercise causes an increase in brain growth factors.” Dr. Ahmed explains that the most significant component of the program is a major lifestyle change for patients, and subsequently their families.


Camp Dovewood Celebrates 40 years of Dynamic Christian Camping Dovewood is an Awesome Interdenominational Christian Camp £or Girls in North Florida: Ages 7·14

Life. Worth. Living.

Activities: Horseback Riding Instruction (Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western Pleasure, Rodeo Riding,

Rogers Behavioral Health–Tampa Bay just made it easier to find help for your child. New programs are now open for treating: - Anxiety and mood disorders for children and teens on the autism spectrum - Depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders for teens Services also available for treatment of OCD and anxiety, and eating disorders. Call 844-220-4411 or visit rogersbh.org to request a confidential screening. 2002 North Lois Ave., Suite 400 | Tampa, FL 33607

Horse Shows, Overnight Trail Rides, Vet Care Seminar, Stable Management), Swimming Instruction, Water Ballet, Dance, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Baton, Archery, Drama, Art, Softball, River Rafting, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Great Books, Digital Photography and Bible Classes 1st Session: 2 weeks Sun June 11th - Sat June 24th: 2nd Session: 1 week Sun June 25th - Sat July 1st: 3rd Session: 2 weeks Sun July 2nd - Sat July 15th: 4th Session: 1 week Sun July 16th - Sat July 22nd:

t � •')j(":


Accredited: American Camping Association,

Camp Horsemanship Association & CHA'\l We are a member of Christian Camp and Conference Association.

Our website: www.campdovewood.org Ph: (386) 935-0863 � � Email:campdovewood@windstream.net

#1002116558 (1/8 PG SQUARE(5in x 5.25in)) 03/30/2016 07:14 EST

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 45


Health + Wellness | Mother-Daughter Relationships


Healthy Adult Mother and Daughter RELATIONSHIPS How to create and maintain them. by Dr. Wendy Rice


hen you think about your relationship with your mother, does it make you smile and feel good inside or do you get a knot in your stomach and start to clench your fists? Or Moms: When you think of your daughter, do you feel proud and grateful or do you get angry and think about how she never listens to your advice and generally makes the wrong decisions? Relationships with our mothers can be quite tricky and complex and we all handle them in different ways. Some daughters have amazing relationships with their moms, while others deal with unhealthy relationships that cause emotional turmoil throughout their lives.

A friend of mine shared this story about her relationship with her daughter: “When my daughter was young we constantly butted heads. If I said it was white, she would argue that it was black. She caused me so much emotional stress while growing up. Then when her father and I divorced, I thought she would never speak to me again. She was so angry with me…but then things changed when she was expecting her first child. From the moment she became a mother, we have been intertwined and our relationship is almost effortless. She texts almost every day and when she has ques-

DR. WENDY RICE Dr. Wendy Rice, Founder of Rice Psychology Group, has been instrumental in bringing the 2016 documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” to the greater Tampa Bay community. Rice Psychology Group uses interviews, diagnostic tests, conversations, humor and even their very own therapy dog to help adult and children understand their troubles in a comfortable environment. 46 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

tions about how to raise her two daughters, my phone is always the first to ring. She even reaches out to say she needs “Mom Time” when her world feels a little off kilter. She relies on me to help her make life feel a little more balanced.”

"Relationships with our mothers can be quite tricky and complex and we all handle them in different ways."

It’s quite interesting how life can impact relationships. The dynamics of a mother and daughter relationship change as we age. Just like the story from my friend, we may go through stages of not getting along, to not being able to get along without each other. Much like a marriage, it takes a lot of work, communication and even compromise at times to maintain

a healthy adult bond with our mothers or daughters. Here are a few tips I can offer as a professional, and even a few of my own that I’ve learned along the way from my relationship with my mother:


This tip is more for the moms. As a mother, you want to always give advice so your daughter doesn’t have to go through any unnecessary stress or pain. But give advice or opinions only when asked.

Respect that your daughter is an adult and can make adult decisions on her own without your input. If you are continuously giving advice and opinions when she doesn’t want or need them, you run the risk of her never coming to you, even when she might need you the most. What you might not realize is that by constantly giving unsolicited advice, you may be unknowingly sending your daughter a message that you don’t believe she is capable of figuring out her life on her own.

Find the best way to communicate with each other. If Mom prefers to communicate in person or on the phone, but daughter prefers to text, learn to compromise so that both of you feel comfortable in the way you communicate. Let your daughter know that you need to hear her voice occasionally, but you’re fine to text when she wants to say hello or ask a question. Or let your Mom know that you’re busy and texting helps you manage your time better. The compromise helps both of you feel comfortable in your communication methods.


Make a point to spend time together. Remember the saying that it’s not the quantity as much as it is the quality. Life is busy so recognize it for what it is and make it a priority to create special moments to be with each other. Maybe you don’t live close to each other, or maybe life is just that busy. Make time to schedule lunch, dinner, coffee, a vacation or even phone time to just be with each other.

There are times when generation gaps can cause havoc on relationships between a parent and a child. Keeping an open mind and fostering a non-judgmental atmosphere on both sides will go a long way in building a healthy relationship between mother and daughter. Respect, learning to say you’re sorry, and a lot of love is what builds and maintains that bond!


Creating boundaries is important in any relationship, especially in those where the parties tend to become enmeshed, where roles are not clearly defined or when emotions run high. Knowing that certain times or topics are off limits for one or both of you can be helpful. Make a concerted effort to consider how your personal identity is different from your mother’s or your daughter’s and how you can occupy that role without stepping on the other’s toes.

Have you noticed your child exhibiting behaviors that seem ahead of his or her chronological age?

We are Offering Significantly Reduced Rates for Gifted Testing through May 30th.


You’re both adults and have lives of your own. Don’t create unrealistic expectations that either of you will always be available. Daughters, your mom has raised her kids and she is enjoying her life. Support her decisions to be active or do things that don’t always include you. And mothers, you remember what it was like to be a young married mom with kids and trying to work too or building a career and living your life. Their lives are busy and your daughter may not always have time to spend with you when you ask. Instead, create realistic expectations around what you need and expect from each other and agree to communicate when those expectations start to get a little gray.


Learn the best ways to communicate with each other. One of the complaints I hear the most from mothers is that, “My daughter never calls me.”

Schedule a Gifted Evaluation Testing Appointment: CALL (813) 969.3878 2 Office Locations for your Convenience: www.RicePsychology.com

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 47

Now Accepting New Patients! 11601 Sheldon Road Tampa, FL 33626 813-609-3810 www.phdermatology.com

You’ve Never Been Treated So Well!

Care for all generations by Board Certified Dermatologists, bringing quality to the entire Tampa Bay Area. 48 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Kiddie Boo Boos | Health + Wellness



Common kiddie ailments and when they call for a trip to the doctor By Anu Varma Panchal

Cuts, sprains and itchy bug bites are par for the course when it comes to raising little ones. But we’ve all read those frightening headlines about the innocuous cut that turned into a raging infection that led to limb amputation, or the crazy virus that caused an overnight personality change. When’s a problem a real problem, and when are we just overreacting? We asked the experts, namely, Dr. Timothy Hendrix, M.D., medical director of Florida Hopital Centra Care. Centra Care is a network of more than 30 urgent care facilities in the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas where physicians treat a plethora of minor illnesses and emergencies. Hendrix, who’s reassured and cured panicked parents and bawling patients for more than 20 years, demystifies some of our biggest worries.


Ever forgotten a curling iron on the bathroom counter and heard a howl a few minutes later? A child sustaining a burn is almost more painful for the parents, but these too can be worse than they seem. Wash the burn with soap and water, apply cool compresses (not an ice pack) or place the burned area under cool running water. Then apply a burn ointment and wrap the wound in sterile bandages. Keep it clean and dry and this will greatly reduce scarring.


The biggest risk is dehydration. Don’t use anti-diarrheals or emetics for kids. Use a rehydration solution such as Pedialyte. The cause is generally viral, in which case the symptoms will pass in a day or two, says Hendrix. See a doctor if: •The child can’t keep fluid down •Is running a fever •Is unusually lethargic •Has blood in their vomit or stool.

See a doctor or visit urgent care if: •The burn is to the hands, feet or face. Scarring in these parts can thicken tissue and reduce the range of motion later. •If the burn covers a larger area than the child’s palm.


When babies and toddlers fall and bang their heads on hard surfaces, it’s easy to panic. Hendrix says that immediate cry is actually a good thing and a normal reaction. Put ice on the banged area and keep an eye on the baby. Signs that a trip to the doctor might be warranted include irritability, excessive crying, vomiting and sleepiness. If there’s a loss of consciousness, call 911.


Seeing your little one covered in blood can make the strongest parent feel faint. Sometimes, a Band -Aid and kiss will do the trick, but the depth and severity of a wound are tough for the untrained eye to gauge. If the wound is wide, jagged, deep or gaping, on the face or won’t stop bleeding, see your doctor.


When kids play in direct sunlight, not only are they getting warmed up by the sun, their metabolism causes more heat to build up in their body. When the increase in body temperature hits 103 degrees, the child is a dangerous step closer to heat stroke. If you notice your child getting flushed, red and sweaty and complaining of light headedness or nausea, take them into shade or air conditioning and give them water or a sports drink.


See a dentist immediately. Contrary to popular opinion that a baby tooth can be sacrificed, the tooth still needs to be stabilized to protect the adult tooth. Placing the broken tooth in milk or saliva until the dentist visit is a good idea.


Hendrix advises parents to get a good thermometer and not rely on the old hand-on-forehead reading; just because a child looks flushed doesn’t mean he is running a temperature. If temps rises above the average of 98.6 degrees, keep him comfortable, give him lots of fluids and Tylenol or Motrin. Cooling down is good, but skip the tepid bath; this can actually cause a chill. Head to the doctor if: •Any infant younger than 3 months with a temperature higher than 100 degrees •An infant 3-36 months old or younger with a fever greater than 102 degrees •A child who has a fever and is unusually lethargic, unable to maintain eye contact, vomiting, showing difficult breathing or is inconsolable •Any child or adult who develops a fever with a rash. Combined with a rash, a fever could be a symptom of something more serious, such as measles, roseola or the rare Fifth Disease. •Any age with a temperature of 104 degrees and above


Ah, that sinking feeling you feel when you find your toddler with a hand in the change jar and a guilty look on her face. Some little ones will put anything in their mouth—candy, paper clips, coins, medicines—and some of these things can do real harm. Don’t wait for it to come out on the other side; take them to a doctor for an X-ray. Also, keep medicines locked up and away from little hands. If you suspect they’ve swallowed grandma’s pills, call poison control at 800-222-1222.


Differentiating between sprains, twisted ankles and broken bones is best left to the experts. “If you can move it, that does NOT mean it’s not broken,” says Hendrix. Urgent care facilities such as Centra Care have onsite facilities to X-ray, diagnose, splint and stabilize fractures.


Despite all the new technology out there, Hendrix says the first line of defense is the oldest: water. Wash off blood, submerge burns, flush eyes, irrigate to remove debris and chemicals, and wash lacerations. Plain tap water and soap will do at least the first part of any first aid job just fine. But the following will help also. Sterile bandage Gauze Pads Tweezers Band-Aids Paper tape Ace wrap Ziploc bags and ice cubes to make ice packs Thermometer


Most insect bites from mosquitoes and other such bugs can be fixed with an ice pack or Benadryl or topical hydrocortisone to control the itching. Stung by a jellyfish? Submerge the bite in 110-degree water for 30 minutes. Hendrix explains that this is not hot enough to burn you, but warm enough to deactivate the venom in any sting from ocean life. However, some children can suffer a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction if stung by a bee or a fire ant. Watch for swelling or difficulty breathing, and immediately call 911 if these symptoms occur.

ANU VARMA PANCHAL When Anu isn’t writing, editing or volunteering on the board of her kids' PTA, she’s usually in her minivan driving her two daughters (12 and 9) around Tampa to school and their activities. MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 49

Making Waves

Opening Summer 2017, Orlando’s first resort wave pool, tiered new deck space with additional lounge chairs, 16 private cabanas, a kids interactive pool, and a rest and relaxation pool are among the resort’s new features.

102 Days of Summer kicks off Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day with Fireworks on select weekends, and poolside fun all summer long!




* Prepayment is required, and non-refundable. Valid 5/26/17 through 9/4/17.

50 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

OmniHotels.com/Orlandowave 1–800–843–6664

EUROPE with the wee ones

Seeing Europe with Kids | Family Fun


Three kid-friendly European cities for the perfect summer vacation As a traveling mommy, one of my favorite places to take the kids is Europe. And my favorite time of year to go is Mid-May or June for three reasons: The tickets are cheaper, you beat the summer heat and it’s less crowded. My husband and I have traveled with our two kids to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Germany, France, Austria and Ireland. And we are impressed with how many kid-friendly cities we've found along the way. Here are a few of our favorite places for the kids.


Barcelona is a beautiful city filled with art and culture, but it's also filled with fun unique places for the kids. Imagine an old-timey amusement park built in 1889 that's at the top of a mountain. The Tibidabo Amusement Park is filled with fun rides and games your kids will love. It has everything from Lego rooms for the little ones to a Ferris wheel with amazing views and a roller coaster that will literally take you off the side of the mountain. Another favorite stop is Park Guell, which is probably the most peaceful, whimsical park you'll ever take your kids to where you'll find artists painting. Architect Antonio Gaudi designed this beautiful park in 1890, and you'll still find his vibrant colored tiles everywhere from benches to a friendly mosaic dragon. Take a picnic to enjoy there. Another fun stop is L ‘Aquarium Barcelona, where your kids can see everything from sharks to penguins. Keep in mind that these places are just a bonus to the traditional sightseeing you can do with the kids: Stroll La Rambla with its unique street performers and visit La Sagrada Familia, the breathtaking church that was Gaudi's biggest project, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has been under construction for more than a century.


Castles, fields of green, rainbows and friendly people—what’s not to love about Ireland? In the warm summer months, I would recommend taking the kids to so many beautiful places, from the Cliffs of Moher to Killarney National Park and Blarney Stone. Dublin by far has the most activities for the kids. We love going to Dublin Zoo! It's the largest zoo in Ireland with more than 400 animals. St. Stephen's Green Park is a historical park and garden in the heart of Dublin. The kids will enjoy feeding ducks, strolling through the park and listening to street musicians. Nearby, you'll also find Grafton Street known for its shopping and eclectic street performers and musicians. If they like Irish dancing, there are several places that offer shows that are kid friendly. Don't forget to visit Dublin Castle and take the kids to eat fish and chips at the famous Leo Burdocks.


If you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, I recommend the Greek Islands. The Greeks love children and really put kids first when it comes to daily life. So no need to worry if your child starts screaming during dinner; the locals are more likely to try and help you than give you a look. There are so many islands in Greece to visit, but my favorite is Santorini. It's magical and romantic with stunning views you won't find anywhere else in the world. The only drawback for taking kids is the thousands of steps they'll have to climb. The older kids might be ok with that but if you have younger kids, I recommend the island of Rhodes. The island has spectacular beaches to enjoy all day long, but it also has lots of interesting places to explore. The Acropolis of Lindos has incredible views. The climb to the top can be a little tough for small ones, but they can take a donkey ride down. You can explore Rhodes town which is a medieval city and the Valley of the Butterflies, which is a beautiful nature spot with thousands of butterflies. The Island of Rhodes is just one of many islands where you'll hear the laughter of children playing on the beaches throughout the summer.

ANNA TATARIS DE JESUS Anna Tataris De Jesus is an Emmy nominated television journalist with a passion for traveling with her family. After 15 years on camera in television news, Anna gave up hard news for travel reporting. In 2012, she and husband Roy, a web anchor for Bay News 9, created “The Great Escape Plan” to travel Europe with their daughter Sophia and son Nikolas. Together they create videos for social media and their website TheGreatEscapePlan.com to inspire other families to travel "family style." You can also follow their travels on facebook/TheGreatEscapePlan.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 51


Family Fun | By the Beach



beach style!

Our favorite beach getaways for families on both sides of the Tampa Bay area!



TradeWinds touts itself as the largest playground on St. Pete Beach and they aren’t kidding! You can sit back and relax (or get up and play) while the kids take a ride down the 3-story, 200-foot inflatable slide; bounce and climb on the floating waterpark; or even catch some waves on the Surf WipeOut! Don't forget to snag a spot by the campfire to roast marshmallows and enjoy the sunset as a family to end a perfect day at the beach!

LEGOLAND Florida invited us to experience the brand new resort before the official grand opening on April 7 and this sandy retreat definitely lives up to the LEGOLAND promise that it’s built for kids!

The Konk Club Activities Center offers additional on-going activities, and there’s even an opportunity to meet Captain RedBeard for a Pirate Island adventure with pirate stories, treasure hunts, “dive-in” movies by the pool and more! The resort is autism-friendly. There are ongoing special offers, so be sure to book on TradewindsResort.com. The resort is autism-friendly. There are ongoing special offers, so be sure to book on TradewindsResort.com.

52 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

The resort is designed to get the kids playing outside either on one of the playgrounds nestled in the center of each of the 13 coves of bungalows, or in the swimming pool among floating over-sized LEGO bricks. Parents can relax on the front porch of their bungalow while the kids play, or lounge on a beach chair as the kids compete in a sandcastle building contest. It’s the perfect way to unwind after an adventure filled day at the LEGOLAND theme park less than a mile away. Room rates start at $135 per night (not including tax or resort fee). Prices may vary depending on season and availability. Learn more at Legoland.com/florida.





Play like a kid on summer vacation. Plunge down the giant slide, bounce on the floating water park, party with a pirate, go paddleboarding. Even fly a JetLev over the Gulf waters! Find more magical moments at TradeWinds Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost.

Book direct and save at JustLetGo.com/PARENTGUIDE or 877.257.3716

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 53


Family Fun | Tampa Bay Moms Blog


Bringing mothers together in a powerful way



s we all continue on our journey through parenthood, it is so important that we support each other and share stories and ideas which is why we love collaborating with other local parenting bloggers. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we wanted to learn more from our friend and cover model, Sheriss Crosskey, founder of Tampa Bay Moms Blog, about what inspires her and why she thinks it’s so important we connect with other moms.

While searching for tips and resources on “mommy-ing” and raising a toddler who was addicted to her pacifier, I came across Dallas Moms Blog, which is a part of the City Moms Blog Network. As a result, I found myself wondering if we had something similar in Tampa Bay that I could add to my bookmarked internet resources. It turns out we did not, so I contacted the City Moms Blog Network and the rest (as they say) is history. I have learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of when I take a chance and commit to something. Through this opportunity, I'm connecting moms to information and parenting perspectives unique to the Tampa Bay area. I get to create an impact on the women in our community, while doing something that I love—being a mom. When I started Tampa Bay Moms Blog four years ago, I really didn’t understand how it was going to change my life! I am now a small business owner who gets to work with so many amazing women from across the nation and in the Tampa Bay area. I have become friends with moms in all walks of life (including the moms of Tampa Bay Parenting), many of whom I never would have met had it not been for TBMB. I also get to work closely with local businesses that I already love. I've heard stories that absolutely take my breath away. By starting a locally focused parenting website in my city, doors were opened that I never even knew existed. Each day I wake up knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of those around me, and I strive to empower my team of writers, the local businesses I work with, 54 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Image by Jessica Souza


and even myself, to be the absolute best that we can be. I feel so blessed to know that in my role of being a mother and site owner, I'm bringing the mothers around me together in a unique and powerful way. I love that I have built an incredible community, learned about so many great businesses right in my own backyard and been able to connect moms to one another and businesses to help them in their mothership role. I am only a small piece of the Tampa Bay Moms Blog, but this opportunity has

Tampa Bay Moms Blog presents BLOOM – an

event for new and expecting moms May 6, at Horizon Charter School in Tampa. Participating moms will enjoy learning about area resources, receive swag from Tampa Bay Moms Blog's local and national partners and connect with other moms. Tickets tampabay.citymomsblog.com.

truly been life changing. From starting TBMB and building a team of amazing women to bringing moms together and building a community of moms in the Tampa Bay area—it's truly a labor of love!

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR MOMS TO CONNECT WITH ONE ANOTHER? As moms, we need to get out. We need to connect and moms need to feel like they’re not alone. I hope that through Tampa Bay Moms Blog, moms find the chance to get out and take time for themselves, that they feel connected to the greater community of moms in our fantastic Bay area, and that they have read at least one thing that has helped them feel less lonely in this journey of motherhood. Being a mom is tough and we hope to make it easier in some small way.

WHAT DO I REALLY WANT FOR MOTHER'S DAY? To sleep in! I want a massage, a mani/ pedi, and to enjoy a glass of wine surrounded by my friends on the beach. I want to tuck in my daughter for the night and binge watch "Scandal" with my husband.

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 55


What's Happening | Around Town


Jersey Mikes Subs helped raise $100,000 for the local non-profit HIGH RISK HOPE in April during the Day of Giving campaign! The students and staff at ADMIRAL


celebrated their love of aviation and the school’s aviation program during AFA First Flight Day.

State and local leaders recognized the fight against child abuse in our community during the PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION campaign at Glazer Children’s Museum in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital switched places with the staff at the Tampa hospital during the


Lightning’s Mascot, ThunderBug, delivered teddy bears and encouraging messages from Bolts fans to Florida Hospital Tampa’s pediatric patients.

56 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017


Photo By Joan Marcus, 2017

The 2017 Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s annual STEMapalooza and Boy Scouts of America PINEWOOD DERBY RACES were held at MOSI in April!

Corbett Prep student and Tampa Bay Parenting’s March cover kid RYAN FOUST made his Broadway debut on March 28 as Charlie Bucket in the Broadway production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!"

Top Picks | What’s Happening


Open through August


Journey through the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras at this latest attraction at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. See life-size dinosaurs that move, roar and interact at this attraction open through August. Price is included with Annual Zoo Membership, “Pay for a Day” ticket and single day admission. Some blackout dates apply. lowryparkzoo.com 6 & Older


Through May 21, various times

Check out the latest exhibit at Tampa Bay History Center in downtown Tampa. This new display celebrates a fun nugget in Tampa’s past, the lost theme park Fairyland. Relive the park’s history and see the collection of sculptures and figurines on display for the first time in 20 years. tampabayhistorycenter.org Everyone

A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY WITH 501ST LEGION May 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate all things Star Wars on this special day at Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa. Meet members of the 501st Legion who will be visiting in costume to help lead programming at the museum that is out of this world. glazermuseum.org 5 & Older

SESAME STREET KIDS’ WEEKENDS May 6-7 and 13-14, various times

Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and his friends for fun activities, a dance party and a character parade at Busch Gardens Tampa. Afternoon parties take place at Sesame Street Safari of Fun with a different theme each weekend. buschgardenstampa.com 3 & Older


Take the kids out for a picnic and symphonic music under the stars at this special performance by The Florida Orchestra at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Bring canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive. Free admission. floridaorchestra.org Everyone


Explore The Florida Aquarium and be mesmerized by the thousands of sea creatures as you sample wonderful wines and delicious food at the Tampa venue. Enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction while supporting the Aquarium’s youth education programs, animal care fund, and conservation and research initiatives. General admission and VIP tickets are available. flaquarium.org/seagrapes Moms, Dads

MEMORIAL DAY AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS May 29, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate summer in patriotic style with fun activities, crafts and games throughout the museum. Use household ingredients to create underwater fireworks, participate in a red, white and blue bucket toss or make your own firework craft. All activities included with admission. Veterans, retired and active duty Military will receive one free admission for that day with proper ID. greatex.org Veterans, Active/Retired Military


May 27-29, various times

Check out the blockbuster traveling exhibit MathAlive! when it visits Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. Watch math spring to life as kids discover the calculations involved in skateboarding, fashion, video gaming and more. MathAlive! is included with Museum admission and is FREE for members and active military families. glazermuseum.org 9-12 MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 57


What’s Happening | May Calendar Tickets are $12-$18 but Mom’s ticket is free. Call or visit the box office; free tickets are limited. carrollwoodcenter.org Everyone

this fun, creative activity hosted by MOSI in Tampa. Develop the ‘next big thing’ using 3D modeling software and design a virtual model of your invention in MOSI’s Idea Zone®. Fee is $16 members and $21 non-members. mosi.org 8 & Older


Bring the little ones to Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel the first Wednesday each month for fun courtesy of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Kids meet children’s entertainer Mr. Tommy for face painting, balloon art and other activities. shopsatwiregrass.com 4-7


MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU May 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

MOTHER’S DAY TEA May 6, 9 a.m.

Enjoy a light brunch with the little one at Dunedin Community Center. Morning’s events include crafts, face-painting and fun games. Tickets are $8 advance per child, $10 at the door, with one free adult with a paid child. For more information, call Dunedin Parks & Recreation at 727-812-4530. 1-5, Moms


Celebrate Mother's Day with at this high end tea reception with hot and cold teas served in vintage crockery, tea sandwiches, delectable desserts, a fashion show featuring clothing for women and children, princess experiences, photo opportunities, live entertainment and fun craft experiences. Come dressed in your finest tea chic attire! Event will be held at the Straz Center. Adults: $60, Children $50. For tickets, email Alyssa with Eventing Tampa Bay at alyssa@eventingtampabay.com.

MARVELOUS MOTHERS May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a day of crafts to celebrate the wonderful moms in your life at Great Explorations in St. Petersburg. Make a crown, necklace and bouquet, as well as sun catchers and greeting cards. All activities included with admission. Mothers are free with a paid child admission. greatex.org Moms

MOTHER'S DAY BOGO AT MOSI May 13-14, various times

Invite mom along to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa to share a fun day of science. She can explore the museum for free with the purchase of a child's admission. mosi.org Moms


Make new memories with mom and new friends with over 20,000 amazing sea creatures at The Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Moms enjoy free admission Mother's Day weekend with the purchase of a full paid admission. Tickets must be purchased onsite at the Aquarium ticket office. flaquarium.org Moms

THE GREAT MOTHER'S DAY 5K RACE May 14, 7-10 a.m.

Gather the entire family to take part in a 5K run/ walk together at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. Event is focused on health and wellness and offers a chance to create exciting new adventures. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Register at greatmothersdayrace.com/tampa. Everyone


Give Mom a chance to relax while visiting Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. Lounge offers opportunity for moms to pamper themselves while the family enjoys the museum. glazermuseum.org Moms


Honor Mom (or the other special moms in your life) and take her to Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa for a concert filled with live big band sounds. From jump jivin’ and swing to Latin, waltz and chacha steppin’, Swing Time of Tampa will offer free dance lessons to ticket holders starting at 6:30 p.m. 58 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017


Sample a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors at Sea World Orlando’s newest event. For tickets, visit seaworldorlando.com. Moms, Dads


Check out the latest exhibit at Tampa Bay History Center in downtown Tampa. This new display celebrates a fun nugget in Tampa’s past, the lost theme park Fairyland. Relive the park’s history and see the collection of sculptures and figurines on display for the first time in 20 years. tampabayhistorycenter.org Everyone

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL Through May 29, various times Immerse yourself in brilliant blooms, live music and scrumptious fare as this EPCOT springtime tradition wraps up this month in Orlando. Check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, play areas, flower towers, exhibits, how-to demos and outdoor concerts. disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/epcot/ Everyone

DINOS ALIVE! Open through August

Journey through the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras at this latest attraction at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. See life-size dinosaurs that move, roar and interact at this attraction open through August. Price is included with Annual Zoo Membership, “Pay for a Day” ticket and single day admission. Some blackout dates apply. lowryparkzoo.com 6 & Older


Unravel mysteries of how the inventions and technologies we use in our daily lives work at this monthly activity in MOSI. Watch items be taken apart and experiment with the science hidden inside people’s favorite gadgets. mosi.org Everyone


Show support by learning about the hundreds of local nonprofits in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties registered during this 24-hour community-wide fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. To search a directory of participating nonprofits and to donate online to your favorites, visit givedaytampabay.org Everyone


Take advantage of a free admission promotion offered by Glazer Children’s Museum in partnership with The Children's Board of Hillsborough County the first Tuesday monthly. Adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa. glazermuseum.org Everyone

BIG IDEAS May 2 and 4, 2-4 p.m.

Think outside the box by brainstorming as part of

Make today about all things Star Wars as part of this annual tribute to the classic sci-fi film hosted by Thonotosassa Branch Library in Tampa. Young guests can make, play and show-and-tell their stories from a galaxy far, far away. hcplc.org 5-12

#GCMPARENTS SERIES May 4, 6-9 p.m.

Hear from top experts about various parenting topics at this helpful series offered through Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. This month’s theme is The First Five Fun Years and focuses on the elements of brain development that occur in a child. Kerry Falwell, the Museum’s director of education and partnerships, will offer fun ways to engage little brains and things to be on the lookout for in a child’s development. Tickets are $12 per person or $20 per couple for premium and super premium members and $15 per person or $25 per couple for general admission. glazermuseum.org Moms, Dads

2017 MAY DAY RACE May 6, 7 a.m. to noon

Take a morning run or stroll through Clay Bayou in St. Pete with 5K, 10K and kids races to benefit Pinellas County Schools and Skyway Marina District. Participants receive shirts and medals, as well as a post-race breakfast. Kids ages 10 and younger can take part in a Kids’ Dash. To register, go to active. com and search “May Day Race and Kids Dash for Cash.” 5 & Older


Browse others’ items on display or sell your own as part of this springtime tradition in the Westchase community in Tampa. westchasewca.com Everyone

MARCH FOR BABIES May 6, 8 a.m. - noon

Show your support for the March of Dimes mission to stomp out birth defects at this annual recreational walk through the streets of Safety Harbor. Walk launches from the Safety Harbor Marina. Free to participate but donations encouraged. For more information, call 813-287-2600. Everyone

WALK TO CURE ARTHRITIS May 6, 8 a.m. to noon

Spend the morning with the family as part of this fundraiser at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. Event features a 5K route and a 1-mile option. Breakfast, lunch, drinks, entertainment, kids’ activities and games included. Proceeds to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. walktocurearthritis.org/tampa. Everyone

WALK WITH COMPASSION 2017 May 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Join others to take a stand against children living in poverty at this annual benefit walk at Macfarlane Park in Tampa. Participants of all ages are welcome to take part. Onsite registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with walk to follow at 9:30 a.m. walkwithcompassion.com Everyone

OUT OF THIS WORLD May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by St. Pete’s Great Explorations to take part in a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. Create clouds, imagine what extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds and more. All activities are included with admission. greatex.org 4 & Older

2ND ANNUAL BLOOM EVENT FOR NEW AND EXPECTANT MOMS May 6, 10 a.m. Join the Tampa Bay Moms Blog team at Horizon Charter School of Tampa for their second annual Bloom event which brings together local experts, products and plenty of swag for new moms and babies! Get your tickets today by visiting tampabay.citymomsblog.com or emailing info@tampabaymomsblog.com.

SPLASH BASH & PICNIC May 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring the whole family to launch pool season with games and swim races at this event presented by Dunedin Parks & Recreation at Highlander Pool in Dunedin. Event includes lunch and music. Guests should bring their own towel and bathing suit. Free admission. For more information, call 727-298-3266. Everyone

A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY WITH 501ST LEGION May 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate all things Star Wars on this special day at Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa. Meet members of the 501st Legion who will be visiting in costume to help lead programming at the museum that is out of this world. glazermuseum.org 5 & Older

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY May 6, 3-5 p.m.

Celebrate comics, anime and manga at this event hosted by the Lutz Branch Library. Event includes gaming, cosplay and more. Participants of all ages are welcome and will receive a free comic courtesy of Hollywood Comics and Friends of the Library. hcplc.org Everyone

RUN FOR THE ROSES May 6, 5 p.m.

Save the date for a Kentucky Derby Party unlike any other, hosted by The Friends of the Museum at Tampa Museum of Art and being held at Hilton Tampa Downtown’s Tampa Club. Evening includes tasty food and beverage, the popular Derby hat contest, silent auction and a live viewing of the race. General tickets are $75; VIP tickets, $125. Proceeds benefit exhibition and education initiatives at The Tampa Museum of Art. tampamuseum.org Moms, Dads


SESAME STREET KIDS’ WEEKENDS May 6-7 and 13-14, various times

Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and his friends for fun activities, a dance party and a character parade at Busch Gardens Tampa. Afternoon parties take place at Sesame Street Safari of Fun with a different theme each weekend. buschgardenstampa.com 3 & Older

YBOR CITY SATURDAY MARKET May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Check out locally produced gourmet foods and other items as part of this popular, year-round weekly event in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. Browse oneof-a-kind pieces of art and meet the artists. Free admission. ybormarket.com Everyone

DISCOVERY SATURDAYS AT MOSI May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 11 a.m. to noon

Learn how things work as part of MOSI’s Saturdays activities in the museum’s Idea Zone®. For May, engineers and scientists fill young guests’ minds with future technology and new discoveries. mosi.org 7-12

MINECRAFT MANIA May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 1-3 p.m.

Learn or level up those Minecraft engineering skills in exciting educational challenges at MOSI. Event has limited availability so advance registration is highly recommended. Program fee is $15 members and $20 general admission. mosi.org 7-12

ANNUAL DADE CITY LITTLE LEAGUE GOLF SCRAMBLE May 6, 1 p.m. Hit the links for a good cause as part of this fun golf event at Abbey Golf Course in San Antonio. Show your support for the Dade City Little League, golf and score prizes including longest drive, closest to the pin and door prizes. Fee is $30 individuals and $120 per 4-person team. To sign up or become a sponsor, call 813-778-2342. Moms, Dads

MEMBER MORNING May 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join other members for a visit to Glazer Children’s Museum the first Sunday every month for exclusive access before doors open to the public at 1 p.m. Invite family to come along, chat with other members and meet up with special guests. Check out programs and activities created just for members and use #GCMKIDS to share your experience. glazermuseum.org Everyone

Gather with friends and attend this fundraiser at The Concourse Rotary Pavilion in Spring Hill. This event for ages 21 and older features local craft beers, live music, tasty bites and vendors onsite. Admission includes beer sampling and a souvenir glass. Cost is $40 single and $60 double with proceeds to benefit Gulfside Hospice. For more information, call 727-845-5707. Moms, Dads


25TH ANNUAL PESTOFESTO May 6, 6-9 p.m.

COLLECTORS DAY May 7, noon to 5 p.m.

Come out to Sweetwater Organic Community Farm for this community fundraiser full of good food and fun activities onsite. Tasty fare includes farm-fresh organic pesto pasta, salad, rolls, dessert and juice with locally-brewed beer, wine and organic coffee also available by donation. Evening offers outdoor and basil-themed activities, a silent auction, best pesto contest, raffle prizes and live music. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door. Children younger 12 are free. sweetwater-organic.org Everyone

3RD ANNUAL TAMPA RIVERFEST May 6-7, various times

Come out for this weekend-long celebration of Tampa's cultural institutions, local music and restaurants along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa. Take part in family-friendly activities, including this year's new event the Hot Dog Festival with a hot dog eating contest, wiener dog derby and a hot dog tasting contest. Other events include a Hot Air Balloon Glow on Saturday night and a free Pops in the Park concert Sunday evening. thetampariverwalk.com Everyone

Shop locally produced foods and handcrafted items at this monthly South Tampa outdoor market. Browse nearby stores while listening to live music and try one of the many neighborhood restaurants for lunch. Admission and parking are free. Leashed dogs are welcome. hydeparkvillage.com Everyone

Head to the Tampa Bay History Center for this debut event expected to draw independent collectors from throughout the Bay area. Dozens of collectors will display their eclectic personal treasures from antique radios and fossils to soda fountain memorabilia and Native American artifacts. Families can enjoy children’s activities in the museum’s atrium also. Event is included with regular admission. tampabayhistorycenter.org Everyone

FREE CLOTHING SWAP May 9, 9 a.m. to noon

Bring up to five garments to exchange for free with other swap participants or purchase vouchers for $3 each to select clothing at this monthly event on the patio at Peninsula Inn in Gulfport. Extra clothing donations are encouraged. All proceeds and remaining clothing following the sale will be donated to CASA. mygulfport.us Moms, Dads

POP UP ART May 9, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Get a closer look at pop-up books at MOSI in Tampa and design your own. Kids will learn techniques about how to make paper move. Ages 5-7 meet at 10 a.m. and those 8 and older meet at 4 p.m. Fee is $16 members and $21 non-members. mosi.org 5 & Older


Hear from the Pulitzer Prize winner and Indian-born American physician and oncologist discuss his latest book "The Gene" as he joins in a discussion with Chris Adrian and Sarah Hoffe about the history and future of genetics at Tampa Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $32 at the box office and $33 online and includes admission and choice of a paperback copy of one of the author’s books, “The Gene” or “The Emperor of All Maladies.” tampatheatre.org Teen & Older


Explore The Florida Aquarium and be mesmerized by the thousands of sea creatures as you sample wonderful wines and delicious food at the Tampa venue. Enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction while supporting the Aquarium’s youth education programs, animal care fund, and conservation and research initiatives. General admission and VIP tickets are available. flaquarium.org/seagrapes Moms, Dads

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT May 12, 6-10 p.m.

Bring the kids to Great Explorations in St. Pete for a night of museum fun while enjoying date night or an errand run as the museum team watches over the children. Kids get to play in the museum, explore the Touch Tunnel, see science shows and watch G-rated movies. Pizza, snacks and juice are included. Advance registration is required. Cost is $25 members; $35 non-members. Preregistration is required. greatex.org 4-10

2017 RUN FOR ALL CHILDREN May 13, 7 a.m.

Hit the pavement for a good cause as part of this benefit for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Foundation. A variety of races is available including chip-timed 10K and 5K-USATF certified, a 1-Mile Run, Family/Group Fun Run and Kids Dash. Races start at the hospital and awards ceremony will be held at Poynter Park. runforallchildren.com Everyone

BLAKE PADDLE FOR KIDS May 13, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Take part in this fun and educational event presented by Blake Real Estate at Waterfront Park in Safety Harbor. Bring the whole family for a day on the water with paddling races and other family activities. Admission is free for all ages; cost to race is $30. Proceeds benefit the Paddle for Kids organization and its mission to raise awareness for detecting early childhood disorders. paddleforkids.org Everyone

WEEDON ISLAND GUIDED HIKE May 13, 20 and 27, 9 a.m.

Explore the coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve with the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center in this natural St. Petersburg treasure. Learn about the environment and the early residents of the Preserve. Bring water and a snack, don a hat and closed-toe shoes and be ready to hike. All ages welcome but children younger than 6 may find hike challenging. weedonislandpreserve.org 6 & Older

TRAIN RIDES AT CREWS LAKE PARK May 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring the entire family for a train ride which runs the second Saturday of every month at Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Spring Hill. Public train rides operate January through November by The Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad. Donations are welcomed as they help keep the trains running. cpgrr.org Everyone


Shop vendors for handcrafted goods, fresh foods and organic products at this monthly event at Carrollwood Cultural Center. Check out the Kids Market and listen to live music. Free admission. tampabaymarkets.com Everyone

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 59


What’s Happening | May Calendar

SCRATCH DAY @ MOSI May 13, 11 a.m. to noon

Take part in MOSI’s most fun coding event of the year in a global celebration of Scratch, an awesome programming language from MIT. Guests will learn how to use the language to design video games, create cartoons and make music in the Museum’s Idea Zone®. mosi.org Everyone


Attend a special fundraiser for A Kid’s Place that celebrates the glamour and magic of 1950s Hollywood at The Epicurean Hotel in downtown Tampa. Stroll along the Walk of Fame and take in the stars and sequins along the red carpet at this elegant black-tie affair. Evening includes live music and dancing, live and silent auctions, decadent food and a bubbly bar. Tickets are $300. akidsplacetb.org Moms, Dads


Meet up with the New York Times bestselling author as she takes to the stage at Tampa Theatre as part of the Oxford Exchange Spotlight series. Hawkins will be chatting about her latest thriller “Into the Water” as well as balancing literary and popular fiction, the process and pressures of following a hit debut novel and more. Tickets are $40 and include one admission and one hardcover copy of “Into the Water.” tampatheatre.org Teen & Older


Join The Fraternal Order of the Eagles for a fun, free family event at SunWest Park in Hudson. Afternoon includes grilled food, music, bounce houses and carnival games with prizes. Stick around for this month’s flick on the beach at sundown. This month, families can see Secret Life of Pets. Pack your towels, lawn chairs and a picnic. Sunwestpark.com Everyone

STORYBOOK BALL 2017 - MULAN May 20, 6 p.m. - midnight

Spend a magical evening with Disney’s beloved Mulan and support the operations of all four Ronald McDonald Houses. This year’s gala, hosted by Bryan Glazer Family JCC in South Tampa, features the Disney tale’s theme within the evening’s dining, dancing and entertainment. rmhctampabay.org Moms, Dads


Come out for a special Challah Twisting at the PJ Library at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. SHABOOM is a new animated series for Jewish kids and grownups. Event is free for PJ Library friends ages 5 and younger, with siblings welcome. bryanglazerfamily jcc.com 3-10

TASTE OF DUNEDIN May 21, 1-4 p.m.

Sample dishes from the top restaurants in the tri-county area at this special foodie fest in downtown Dunedin. Restaurants bring their tasty fare to the core of the city. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at facebook.com/tasteofdunedin/. Everyone

KIDS FUN BATTLE NIGHT May 22, 6-7:15 p.m.

Bring your soft dart gun for an evening of battle at Highland Family Aquatic Center in Largo. Kids will burn off energy and enjoy games and fun challenges. Eye protection is required. Participants should pre-register one week prior to the event. Cost is $7 members and $14 non-members. For information, call 727-518-3016. 7-12


Uncover the world of forensics at MOSI in Tampa. Learn about analyzing fingerprints, teeth impressions and other clues to help solve a crime. Two age-specific sessions are available. Cost is $16 mem60 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

bers and $21 non-members. mosi.org 6-11

ROCKIN’ AROUND May 23 or 25, 2-3:30 pm.

Learn what a geologist does as part of this fun and educational class at MOSI. Kids can see how rocks are formed, hunt for rocks and play games with stones. Cost is $12 members and $16 non-members. mosi.org 3-5

SUMMER SCIENCE CAMPS AT MOSI May 30 – Aug. 9, various times

Sign up early for summertime MOSI fun; Summer Science Camps begin end of this month and run through early August. Camps are available for preschool to high school. Registration is open and space is limited. mosi.org 4-17information, call 813-9291214. Everyone

DON’T FRY DAY May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Learn about how to have fun in the sun while still protecting the body’s largest organ, the skin, at this fun sun safety class at Great Explorations in St. Pete. Make a UV-reactive bracelet and a sun safe visor and dress a paper doll in sun-safe style. Kids also can participate in a sun safety relay. All activities are included in admission. greatex.org 4-12

END OF SCHOOL BASH May 26, 3-5 p.m.

Gather with friends and family on the last day of school at New Tampa Regional Library. Guests can enjoy games, crafts, snacks and more. For more information, call 813-273-3652. 5-13.

JACK HANNA WEEKENDS May 27-28, various times

Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna when he visits Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for wild animal shows, autograph signings and meet-and-greet opportunities. Listen to the lifelong adventurer share animal facts and travel tales about some of the planet’s most precious and endangered species. buschgardenstampa.com Everyone

2017 LARGO BABY EXPO May 27-28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out this baby extravaganza hosted by Largo Highland Recreation Complex. Attendees will enjoy product samples, educational seminars, free giveaways and more. Event includes baby registry opportunities and invaluable information about baby safety. Tickets are $5. localbabyexpo.com Moms, Dads

GRAND OPENING OF MATHALIVE! May 27-29, various times

Check out the blockbuster traveling exhibit MathAlive! when it visits Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. Watch math spring to life as kids discover the calculations involved in skateboarding, fashion, video gaming and more. MathAlive! is included with Museum admission and is FREE for members and active military families. glazermuseum.org 9-12


On Memorial Day, all active duty military, retired, prior service of the Armed Forces (including Guards and Reserve) and dependents can receive one free general admission ticket to The Florida Aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) can receive a discounted $15 general admission ticket. Guest must present military ID. flaquarium.org Veterans, Active/ Retired Military

CARDBOARD SPACE ADVENTURES May 27 – Sept. 5, various times

Take part in a one-of-a-kind summer experience as guests create a huge outpost in outer space using hands-on creativity, engineering, art and plenty of cardboard at MOSI in Tampa. Families will get to work together to explore a three-story human space station and massive alien mothership; build real, working cardboard machines and robots to be taken home or put on display; play a giant Space Invasion video game using cardboard game controllers and more. mosi.org Everyone

MEMORIAL DAY AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS May 29, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate summer in patriotic style with fun activities, crafts and games throughout the museum. Use household ingredients to create underwater fireworks, participate in a red, white and blue bucket toss or make your own firework craft. All activities included with admission. Veterans, retired and active duty military will receive one free admission for that day with proper ID. greatex.org Veterans, Active/Retired Military


Sponsored by Early Autism Project EAPTampa.com 5TH ANNUAL DAY OF DISCOVERY April 29, 6-9:30 a.m.

Families with autism and other sensory disabilities are invited to attend this special morning event hosted by The Florida Aquarium in partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida and Autism Speaks Tampa Bay. Guests can experience the aquarium with a sensory-friendly setup and take part in special activities and animal interactions. Admission is $5 advance and $8 at the door. Guests may continue exploring afterward during regular operating hours. flaquarium.org Everyone

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP May 2, 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Interact with other parents of children with special needs at this monthly support group hosted by Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Child Development and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. RSVP at 727-767-2885. Moms, Dads


Be part of a group designed for parents and caregivers of loved ones with autism that meets up at Medical Center of Trinity the second Thursday of each month. Register online at medicalcentertrinity. com or call 727-834-5630. Walk-ins are also welcome. Moms, Dads


Bring the kids for a sensory-friendly screening of this new release hosted by Studio Movie Grill at University Mall in Tampa. Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered in a setting where children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. studiomoviegrill.com Everyone

GREAT CONNECTIONS May 14, 10 a.m. to noon

Join Great Explorations in St. Petersburg for an event this month celebrating moms, presented in partnership with Council for Exceptional Children Suncoast Chapter 176. The museum will open early for children with special needs and their families to enjoy sensory-friendly activities and crafts. For May, visitors will be able to make handmade gifts for the special ladies in their lives. All activities are included in admission. greatex.org 6 & Older


Visit Glazer Children’s Museum with lights and sounds lowered and special programming available for those with special needs to enjoy the museum exclusively. Free admission for members and $5 nonmembers. glazermuseum.org Everyone



DILLY DALLY WITH DALI Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.




Bring the kids to The Dali in St. Petersburg to uncover their inner artist as they learn about the creative world through games, puzzles, arts and crafts. Families are encouraged to stay and join in the fun. Free. thedali.org 5-12

Travel back through time and experience the joy of travel depicted across a wide range of photographs representing the joy of travel in this exhibit on display at The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. mfastpete.org Everyone

MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS May 6 and 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Take part in other fun art activities as a family including treasure hunts and arts and crafts at The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete. Guests can create artwork inspired by works in the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Family-friendly docent tours run at 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. mfastpete.org 5 & Older

THE ART SPOT AT TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Head to the Tampa Museum of Art on Saturday Mornings for a free drop-in program offering kids and families a chance to get together. Participants of all ages get to work on projects inspired by art on display in the galleries with a different facilitator-guided project each week. No registration is required. tampamuseum.org Everyone


Take part in special art projects for the whole family at the Children’s Art Museum at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Guests can enjoy free admission to the hands-on museum. dfac.org Everyone

5TH ANNUAL MADEIRA BEACH CRAFT FESTIVAL May 13-14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Browse art from crafters from across the country as part of this free Madeira Beach event. Check out and shop for art including ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and more. artfestival.com Everyone

LEAP INTO ART AT LEEPA-RATTNER! May 31, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Take part in this partnership program between Palm Harbor Library and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College. Kids listen to stories about art read aloud followed by a related art activity in the Museum’s Challenge of Modern Art Interactive Gallery. Free with museum admission. leeparattner.org 4-8

Get a closer look at Earth from space and catch astronauts at work aboard the International Space in this IMAX film co-produced with Disney in cooperation with NASA and showing at Tampa’s MOSI. One IMAX® film is included with MOSI general admission. mosi.org Everyone

Meet the iconic predator humans love to fear in this IMAX film playing at MOSI for a limited run weekends this month. Learn about perceptions about great white sharks, fear of them and their role in our world at the top of the oceanic food chain. mosi.org 8 & Older


All Month Fly over red rock canyons and scale steep mountain peaks among America’s most legendary outdoor places in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre at MOSI. The film celebrates 100 years of National Park Service. mosi.org Everyone

ROBOTS All Month

Learn about the future of robots in this IMAX film being shown currently at Tampa’s MOSI. See scientists using innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less humanoid and more human. mosi.org Everyone


Climb the highest snow-covered mountains in Kenya and cross great rivers to the steamy rainforests and wide-open savannahs in this mesmerizing IMAX film at MOSI. mosi.org Everyone


Star-Lord, Rocket, Baby Groot and Gamora are back with the rest of the Guardians for this much-anticipated sequel to the original sci-fi comedy. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Zoe Saldana return to star and are joined by Sylvester Stallone and Glenn Close. Rated PG-13. Check with local theaters for showtimes. 12 & Older

SUNSET CINEMA AT PIER 60 May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-28, at dusk

Bring a blanket and stretch out under the stars for a film with the family at Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. This month’s films are “Beauty and the Beast (1991),” “Doctor Strange,” “Mary Poppins,” “Beaches,” “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” “Passengers,” “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Max,” and “Now You See Me 2.” Popcorn and concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, call 727-434-6060 or visit sunsetsatpier60.com Everyone


Catch up with Greg and his latest adventures and mishaps as he persuades the whole family to take a trek to great grandma’s to celebrate her 90th birthday as a hidden ploy to put him near a gamer convention. Film stars Alicia Silverstone, Charlie Wright and Tome Everett Scott. See local listings for showtimes. 10 & Older

THEATER & DANCE HAIRSPRAY Through May 14, various times

Visit 1962 Baltimore in this award-winning musical based on the John Waters cult film classic as this season’s American Stage in the Park production it St. Petersburg. Meet a lovable teen and her friends and family that support her as she takes her shot at a lifelong dream: an audition to dance on her favorite TV show. Tickets start at $18. americanstage.org 12 & Older


Catch this beloved musical when it is brought to the stage at Tampa’s Straz Center. Hear classics like “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance.” Check out Kids’ Night on Broadway on Wednesday, May 3 and enjoy free activities and entertainment before the show plus stay late for a talk-back with the company members. Plus, kids 12 and younger save 50 percent on their ticket when purchased with a full-priced ticket. Tickets start at $58. strazcenter.org 8 & Older

AVENUE Q May 4-21, various times

Discover your purpose with this laugh-out-loud, triple Tony winning musical down in the East Village and brought to life by StageWorks Theatre in Tampa. For tickets and showtimes, go to stageworkstheatre.org. Teen & Older


See students from Patel Conservatory’s Open Dance program bring ballet, tap, jazz and Flamenco dance to the stage at TECO Theater inside Straz Center. Tickets start at $15. strazcenter.org Everyone


Relive the '80s smash film as it becomes an unprecedented live experience at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Show offers heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing, and features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Tickets start at $35. rutheckerdhall.com 12 & Older

OPAL YOUTH’S SPRING PLAY May 13, 2-3:30 p.m.

Check out the season’s final play as members of the OPAL Youth group perform at Cypress Forest Recreation Center in Oldsmar. OPAL Youth focuses on acting, prop making, characterization and stage setup and design. For more information about this year’s event, call 813-749-1145. myoldsmar.com Everyone

JULIANNE & DEREK HOUGH - MOVE May 13, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The powerhouse duo returns with an all-new tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Check out the Hough siblings’ brand new production which promises to be their biggest show year, inspired by the elements which the pair have infused into high-impact choreography ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop. Tickets are $38.75 to $150. rutheckerdhall.com 10 & Older

MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 61


What’s Happening | May Calendar


See a special production performed with glove puppets at PuppetWorld Playhouse in Dover. After the show, guests get to make their own puppet. Showtimes are weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. General admission is $8.50; children 2 and younger are free. puppetworld.com 4-10

ALADDIN JR. May 19-20, 6:30 p.m.

Catch a performance of this latest production at St. Petersburg City Theatre. Performers ages 7-14 from the children’s theatre workshop program introduce audience members to a young man and his powerful genie friend. For tickets and information about the venue’s FlexPass, go to spcitytheatre.org Everyone

GLOUCESTER BLUE May 19 – June 11, various times

Meet Stumpy and Lathan, two working-class housepainters in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and their upscale clients Bummy and Lexi in a dark comedy from international award-winning playwright, poet and filmmaker Israel Horovitz being performed by Jobsite Theater group at Shimberg Playhouse in Straz Center. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28. Jobsitetheater.org Moms, Dads

FINDING NEVERLAND May 30 – June 4, various times

See Broadway’s biggest new hit as the breathtaking smash travels to Tampa’s Straz Center. Follow the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter, as playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find his inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their lovely widowed mother. Families are invited to come out Wednesday, May 31 for Kids’ Night on Broadway for activities before the show and a talk-back with the cast after with a 50 percent ticket discount for kids 12 and younger with the purchase of a full-priced ticket. Tickets start at $31. strazcenter.org 8 & Older


Join Dr. Michael Bruce Longley, medical director for Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, for this musical fundraiser at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Evening includes hors d’oeuvres and silent auctions. Proceeds to support The Florida Hospital North Pinellas Medical Outreach Mission Team to India. Tickets start at $35. tarponarts.org Moms, Dads


See the rock and roll legends take the stage at Amalie Arena with special guest and fellow Rock Hall of Famer Joe Walsh of The Eagles. Petty takes his 40th Anniversary Tour on the road singing from an impressive collection of rock classics. Tickets start at $31.25. amaliearena.com 10 & Older


Take the kids out for a picnic and symphonic music under the stars at this special performance by The Florida Orchestra at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Bring canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive. Free admission. floridaorchestra.org Everyone

THE WEEKND May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Check out the Grammy Award®-winning and multi-platinum selling music artist as he embarks on his first-ever world tour, Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 and lands in Amalie Arena. Tickets start at $35.75. amaliearena.com 10 & Older

JOHN LEGEND May 13, 7:30 p.m.

See the accomplished singer-songwriter and musician as his highly anticipated Northern American tour, Darkness and Light Tour, arrives in Clearwater’s Coachman Park as part of the Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road series. Legend invites special guest Gallant to join him for the event. Tickets start at $53. rutheckerdhall.com 10 & Older

BELL BIV DEVOE: THE THREE STRIPES TOUR FEATURING SWV AND EN VOGUE May 14, 7 p.m. Experience a trifecta of '90s hip hop and R&B as these hitmakers return in an explosive tour featuring all three acts at The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $49-$100. themahaffey.com 10 & Older

IDINA MENZEL May 25, 8 p.m.


Hear performance groups and ensembles from Patel Conservatory join for a special evening of music at Ferguson Hall in Tampa’s Straz Center. Groups to take part include chamber strings groups, vocal arts choirs, Suzuki violin students, the Young Children’s Chorus and Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $15 strazcenter.org Everyone

Experience the Tony Award-winning superstar who has been hailed as ‘the Streisand of her generation’ when she brings her latest world tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Menzel leads audiences through a special journey of songs spanning classic pop, musical theater and her own personal catalogue. Tickets start at $73.75. rutheckerdhall.com 8 & Older

EDUCATION & CLASSES DADDY 101 May 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Get pointers on fulfilling daddy duties in this workshop taught by a veteran fire and EMS expert at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Participants can learn how to hold, diaper and bathe an infant and what to do in an emergency. stpetegeneral.com Dads


Get useful strategies for handling the stresses of being a mom at this class hosted by St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa. Topics include the emotional ups and downs of motherhood, breastfeeding challenges and more. Class is free and open to postpartum women who delivered up to one year ago. For more information, call 1-800-229-2273. baycareevents.org Moms


Hear from Pinellas County Schools’ most talented juniors and seniors as they display their talents in the arts at this annual musical celebration at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Some of the area’s top performers in music, dance, voice and theater take the stage as audiences vote for their Fan Favorite. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door ($5 for students and seniors). themahaffey.com Everyone

SAFE SITTER May 13 and 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sign up kids for this class building life-saving babysitting skills to be held at Safety Harbor Recreation Center May 13 and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center in St. Pete May 20. Class includes games and role-playing exercises and an opportunity for young students to practice CPR and choking rescue on manikins. Cost is $55. To register, go to allkids.org/ecc. 11-14

CHILDREN’S CARTOONING May 20, 11 a.m. - noon

Sign up the kids to join art teacher Leah Lopez for “stop by step” instructions for drawing cartoons at this fun class at SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin. Kids will have fun creating notable cartoon characters. Registration is required at either the library information desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Children ages 5-6 must have adult present. 5-12

ERIC CHURCH May 4, 8 p.m.


FRIDAY CONCERTS IN THE PARK May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7-9 p.m.

Guest Editor: Grayson Kamm of MOSI Father's Day Stories, Gift Ideas and more! Preparing Your Family for Hurricane Season Best Florida Resorts for Families June events and more local stories!

Sing along with the country superstar as he brings his Holdin’ My Own tour to Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. This is the first time Church and his band will have no supporting act and instead play two full sets with an intermission between sets. Tickets are $21.25-$85.25. amaliearena.com 10 & Older

Finish off the workweek on a musical note with friends at an outdoor concert at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa. This month’s performers are Jah Movement Reggae Band (May 5), La Lucha (May 12), The Hummingbirds (May 19) and Johnny G Lyon Band (May 26). Free admission. tampagov.net Everyone 62 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Kids love our summer camps. You’ll love the all-inclusive pricing! The Zoo’s 100 all-inclusive summer camps provide unique experiences where you may: • • • •

Feed a giraffe Touch a giant tortoise Get hand-to-fin with stingrays And more!


• • • •

All camps include morning & after care Includes lunch & a free T-shirt Includes a ticket to visit the Zoo again For students who’ve completed grades K-8

Register today at tlpz.org/camps

TAMPA’S LOWRY PARK ZOO PROUD SPONSOR MAY 2017 | TampaBayParenting.com 63

Expert ER care for kids

The care you expect. The expertise you know and trust. PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE COORDINATION BY

Florida Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital have an exclusive affiliation that brings nationally ranked expertise and pediatric emergency care to each of our six emergency rooms. Additionally, we offer 24/7 access to on-site All Children’s Specialty Physicians at our Florida Hospital Tampa location.


64 TampaBayParenting.com | MAY 2017

Profile for Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

May 2017  

May 2017