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Inside Ebony McCoy's baby and children's boutique, Seedlings, in South Tampa!

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Family Safety Tips from the experts on keeping your family safe this fall KNOW Tampa Bay Check out Tampa Bay's new Who's Who for area women Meet the McCoys The Bucs' Gerald McCoy is all about family Loss and Grief How to have conversations with your kids about loss GUEST EDITOR: Dance your way through life with Next Generation Ballet


STEM in Schools STEMtober Corbett Prep Celebrating cultural diversity in the classroom Play More 5 Ways to play in Tampa Bay Hillsborough County Libraries STEM Fair project resources at your library Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Conference


Baby Registry Must-Haves Our favorites and top picks from local bloggers Special Connection One family’s journey with St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Speech Center of South Tampa Healing through speech therapy



58 Runway Translator Create a not-so-basic capsule wardrobe

FOOD + DRINK 60 Date Night Guide Frightfully fun date night ideas

65 Tasty Halloween Experiments Ooey Gooey Fun

FAMILY FUN 66 Halloween Happenings Events, pumpkin patches, fall festivals and more

68 Zoo Tampa Creatures of the Night 73 74


From TampaBayParenting.com Local stories and events Top Picks Our favorite October events


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Your guide to local private and charter schools

Gerald and Ebony McCoy with their family at Seedlings of South Tampa. Read more on page 14. 4 TampaBayParenting.com | OCTOBER 2018

Cover images by Darlene Barlows Photography

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Guest editor note




Anu Varma Panchal



lifelong love of ballet leads to a positive sense of self

Sarah Stoulil


Philip Neal Anu Varma Panchal Sheriff Chad Chronister Julie Tingley Laura Byrne Tara Payor, Ph.D. Larry Plank Courtney Cairns Pastor Jennifer Hodges, Ph.D., MS, MLIS Steve Knobl, Ph.D. Kevin Richardson Michelle Bremer Katelyn Schur Margaret Stroh Heather DeManche Kristy Chase-Tozer Christina Campbell Janie Porter Heather Overton DeManche Tampa Bay Parenting staff


Sarah Stoulil Katelyn Schur


Katelyn Schur

What an honor to be invited to serve as guest editor early days with Richmond Ballet and then, ultimately, for this issue of Tampa Bay Parenting magazine. to being hired as a principal dancer for New York I was very fortunate to experience the support of City Ballet—which had been my dream all along. parents and teachers when I was starting In the studio classrooms, in rehearsals and in by Rob H a o t o rris Ph my dance career. Now, I’m able to carry performance, I discovered what I was made of that mantle in my role as artistic emotionally, psychologically and physically. director of Next Generation Ballet The far-reaching effects of the discipline at the Straz Center, encouraging and pure joy of dance extend into adult and training the next generation of relationships, job performance and a sense dancers. I know from experience of being grounded in one’s self—all things how profound mentorship can be in that I learned personally and that I see in the life and well-being of a child, so hundreds of children who take ballet, tap, jazz it gives me great pleasure to contribute and contemporary at the Patel Conservatory at the to a publication dedicated to the best ways to Straz Center. My article, “Dancing Your Way Through help our children develop into well-rounded and selfLife,” appears on page 24. confident adults. I hope you enjoy reading it and all the valuable For my turn at the editor’s desk for this issue, I information in this edition of Tampa Bay Parenting. considered the ways in which dance directly shapes It has been a wonderful experience for me to have the a child’s positive sense of self, rocketing back to my opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the years.


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meet our contributors


ANU VARMA PANCHAL Anu Varma Panchal has written and edited for area publications for nearly 20 years. She’s ac­tive on her children’s PTA boards, loves theatre, concerts, the local brewery scene and travel, and spends way too much time schlepping her 10 and 13-year-olds around in her minivan. She never leaves home without her library card. You can find her at youreditingsolutions.com.

Margaret Stroh recently moved to the Tampa area from Cleveland, Ohio, where she was an art educator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is the Daily Program Coordinator at the Glazer Children's Museum and loves coming up with fun programs for the kiddos! When she's not planning programs, she's out exploring the world with her 35mm camera, cross stitching or enjoying all the great food Tampa has to offer!

Corporate medical sales standout-turned-stay-athome-mom Julie Tingley is a 7-year Tampa transplant who has found her way through numerous professional and parenting transitions by maintaining focus on her daily inspirations: Ella, 5, and Kate, 2. With a vision of a better future for her girls, she has introduced the KNOW Book + Tribe, a new women’s publication and network, to Tampa. It launches this month!

Sheriff Chad Chronister is a veteran law enforcement officer who has served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since 1992. He is married to Nicole DeBartolo, has two sons and two dogs. He enjoys spending time with his family the most.

Michelle Bremer 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




Courtney Cairns Pastor is the communications coordinator for Corbett Prep, a PreK3-8th grade school in North Tampa. Previously she covered parenting, features and education for The Tampa Tribune.

Tara Payor, Ph.D. has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a contributing faculty member for Walden University, where she guides doctoral students through their dissertations. She is also a language arts educator. Reach her at tpayor@gmail.com.

DR. STEVE KNOBL Dr. Steve Knobl is the father of two amazing sons, and the husband to an incredible wife, Laura. Early childhood education has been a priority for in his family for generations. He serves as the CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties.

COURTNEY CAIRNS PASTOR Photo by Essentia Photography

DARLENE BARLOWS Darlene Barlows is a fine arts graduate from Florida State University, a native of Tampa and a fifth-generation Floridian. She lives in South Tampa with her husband Ted and son Reesing. She loves to travel and find adventures in life whether big or small. Authenticity is a gift she loves to share with the world. She is the owner of Darlene Barlows Photography. darlenebarlowsphotography.com

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Trick-or-treat with caution There are approximately 2,000 sex offenders and predators living in Hillsborough County right now and your kids shouldn’t be near a single one of their homes on Halloween. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has a feature on its website where you can search a radius to view sex offenders and predators living in your neighborhood. Check the website. Take note of the homes to keep your kids away from and notice that the lights will be off with little to no holiday decoration at the homes of sex offenders and predators. Walk with your children on their trick-or-treating route, keep them in sight at all times, never walk into a home or garage of a stranger, and check your kids’ candy for any signs of repackaging.

SA F E M O D E WAYS TO STAY SAFE THIS FALL By Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister


t the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, we want you and your family to be safe each and every day in your home and in your community. October is National Crime Prevention Month; as people across the country have a heightened sense of awareness about crime and safety concerns in their neighborhoods, so should you. Here are four things you can do right now.


Lock your vehicles Nearly every day, we have one (if not multiple) cases of unlocked cars being burglarized. Let’s not make it easy on the bad guys. Lock your vehicles and keep your valuables out of sight. Place any items that may be attractive to crooks (purses, money, jewelry, electronics) in your trunk before you arrive at your destination.


Talk to your kids about cyber bullying and internet safety Our School Resource Deputies see it far too often – bullying in school that begins with inappropriate texting. Often, it’s a student-to-student interaction, where one student sends a racy text message only to have it disseminated to many of his or her peers. Have a discussion with your children about appropriate communication with friends and classmates and know who your child is communicating with on a regular basis. There are a number of apps that allow parents to monitor their child’s chat threads on various social media platforms. Unfortunately, having access to some or all of your kids’ social media may not be enough. You need to talk to them about keeping personal information private when it comes to communication with strangers on the internet. Explain to your children that it’s dangerous to tell someone they don’t know where they live, what school they go to or where they hang out.

Stop for school busses Now that the new school year is in full swing, it’s a perfect time to remind everyone about being vigilant near school busses. School busses stop a lot! They stop at railroad crossings and multiple times to pick up and drop off students. The biggest excuse we hear from drivers is that they didn’t see the bus or they were going too fast to slow down and stop for it. This year alone during a one-day survey, 357 drivers in Hillsborough County did not stop when they should have for a school bus. That’s 357 incidents where the safety of children was put at risk. Watch for school busses and make a complete stop for them.


And don't forget that bicycle helmet!

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Holidays? Vacations? Guests? Before you leave your baby alone with any caregiver, be sure you have done the following: Confirm that the caregiver has completed first aid training and infant/child CPR

Tell them it is okay to call 911 in the event of any emergency situation

Ensure the home is properly equipped and the caregiver is educated on safe sleep practices

Share with the caregiver how your baby likes to be soothed

Discuss strategies to handle stressful situations, such as crying and temper tantrums

Educate the caregiver about your baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule as well as your baby’s likes and dislikes Verify that there are barriers in place if the home has access to any body of water Leave your contact information as well as names and numbers of trusted neighbors, friends or relatives in the event that you are not immediately available

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He re's a lo ok at i b eh i nd-the - s c fe at u re dma ge s that w i le ne s lb i n t he p u bl ic at io e n

1 Jen Stancil, CEO of Glazer Children's Museum, with Ashlee Hamon of Ashlee Hamon Photography. 2 Dara Fischetti, founder of Super Girl Fitness, with Kelly Coles of Kelly Kristine Photography. 3 Taryn Bruck, owner/operator/designer of Armature Works, with Kristin Berry of The Dashing Ginger. 4 Jessica Muroff, CEO of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, with Shana Mitchell of Shana Mitchell Photography.

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Tampa Bay Women don't compete, they collaborate KNOW TAMPA, THE NEWEST LOCAL WHO'S WHO PUBLICATION By Julie Tingley


aunched in 2017, The KNOW Book + Tribe started as a way to bring more attention to dynamic women doing remarkable things in the Phoenix metro. With the outstanding number of women impacting the community and making big strides in their industries, it was time to honor and celebrate them individually and as a whole. This led to the creation of the KNOW Book, a publication that would feature vision-led women in a glamorous and authentic style. As interest grew around the women that filled the pages of the Book, and the recognition for more connection, community and empowerment resonated from within, the KNOW Tribe was born. Incredible things started to happen. The women of KNOW started doing business with one another, they formed authentic friendships, graciously supported each other and began collaborating on projects. What started as a fun project to spotlight female Phoenicians has turned into a widespread movement. The KNOW Book + Tribe has expanded beyond the Arizona borders to launch across the country, into Canada and now to Tampa. Introduced to the women of Tampa by Julie Tingley, a mother of two small girls who left her medical sales career to focus on her children, KNOW Tampa will launch this month. Tingley’s passion to celebrate women from every industry and at every life-stage purposefully grew after receiving professional pushback regarding her decision to take time off from her career. It was this very fervency that kept her focused on finding her Tribe. Setting the example of female empowerment, inclusion and collaboration for her daughters became the driving force that motivated this ambitious mother to create a beautiful compilation in which the people of Tampa could take pride. Deemed the new Who’s-Who book, KNOW Tampa delivers readers a vetted list of local female-run businesses. Because the mission is to showcase the best and brightest, the only way one can be featured is through nomination. As a carefully curated collection of women leaders, The KNOW Book offers stories that will resonate, photography that is memorable and services and products and missions that the people of Tampa can get behind.

The inaugural issue of the KNOW Tampa Book + Tribe will be introduced on Oct. 10. To learn more about KNOW and where to pick up a complimentary copy of the KNOW Tampa Book, visit knowpublications.com and follow @knowtribe on Instagram for updates and information.

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meet the

McCoys By Laura Byrne Images by Darlene Barlows Photography

TBPM: You’re a family of six, almost seven, with one more on the way. What’s every day like in the McCoy household? EBONY: Every day is…(laughs) chaos. GERALD: Mmmhmmm. (laughs) EBONY: It’s very long days because you have so many

people to entertain. You want to make sure all of the kids get their time and that you and everybody in the house is getting focus. We have a very active family. Everybody is in activities; everybody is getting older. Plus, even though we have school and outside activities, it’s very important to us that we have family time too. So even though you are done with school and your activities, we still need to sit down and spend time with each other, so we’re pretty much busy all of the time. Most of our time is spent with each other.

TBPM: What are some of your favorite things to do together as a family here in Tampa Bay? GERALD: My family is a family that likes to eat. We definitely like to dance. My family loves to dance. They love to turn on music, whether we are out in public or at home. We just dance non-stop. If you see videos of me at practice, I am always dancing. We post videos of the kids always dancing. We love to go to movies and a big thing we do, we love amusement parks. We love, love amusement parks and the twins, they do the painting. EBONY: Oh, we have a place by our house called You do the Dishes. It’s a place where you paint pottery and it’s nice because there’s a little coffee shop in there, so they have ice-cream, desserts. We actually go there quite a bit. Everybody in our house likes crab legs, so on Mondays, it’s a tradition for us (especially during football season because if they win, they have Monday off), we go to Grill 54 and they have the all-you-can-eat crab legs on Mondays. It’s kind of like an activity/event for us. It’s fun because we get to enjoy, we sit there and watch the football game and hang out. We really look forward to doing that during the season.


e’s the defensive tackle going into his ninth season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His reputation as a guy who cares and gives back to our community is no secret. It is also no secret that he has a deep commitment to his work on the field and his life at home with family. Gerald is married to his high school sweetheart Ebony McCoy and the two have four children, Marcellus, Nevaeh and twins, Gerald Jr. and Germany, with a fifth child due in October. We sat down with the McCoys at Ebony’s baby boutique Seedlings in South Tampa to find out what life is like at the McCoy household! 14 TampaBayParenting.com | OCTOBER 2018

TBPM: Ebony, we are in love with your boutique! What led you to purchase Seedlings? EBONY: I used to be a customer here at Seedlings and I

was reaching a point in my life where I was ready to venture out, maybe invest, do something of my own with my time, and we found out Seedlings was for sale. I wanted to do something with children. I've always wanted to own a children’s boutique, but I thought maybe after my husband retired because I knew it would take a lot of work. When we found out Seedlings was for sale, we pretty much prayed about it and it all just worked out. GERALD: The store is excellent. I’m not going to lie— I do shameless plugs any chance I get. (laughs) She’s great, man. The thing about our family is, I pride myself on my work ethic and how much I prepare for what it is I do and how much work and focus I put into it. I can honestly say my wife does the same thing with the store and that’s why it’s had the success it has had. The success she has had here is not by accident.

TBPM: How would you describe your style and how that impacts what you end up showcasing here at Seedlings?

As seen in Seedlings baby and children's boutique

EBONY: My style is a little trendier. I’m very in tune with

fashion and innovative style. I like whatever is happening next, so anything that is evolving, I’m like right there trying to see what is going on. I really work really, really hard. The girls here and I really pride ourselves on keeping our customers on top of what is current. We want to bring you the freshest and the latest and we want to show you things that maybe you saw and didn’t know where or how to get. We try to find really unique things so when you come in here, it’s going to be playful, but the ambiance you are going to get when you come into Seedlings is fun and welcoming and family. We invite children in. We always want the parents to bring the kids in and play and have a good time while they shop. It’s all about the vibe. When the customer comes in, it’s how they feel, how we made them feel, how they’re leaving. That’s really important to us. I have probably the best team in the whole Tampa area. GERALD: She’s serious about this vibe thing. I’ve got a rule—when I come in, I can’t make a lot of noise. (laughs) I stay quiet, stay in the back. She’s very professional. EBONY: We have fun. We are not grainy, cookie cutter. We like to have a good time, so when you come in, you want to have a good time with us. That’s what we’re here for. People are having babies. That’s beautiful. That’s fun, so when you come in, we want you to be excited. We want you to have a great experience whether you are having a baby or whether you already have children. We want it to be fun. We are going to embrace everything about it.


What are your tips for taking kids to a Bucs game? EBONY: It is definitely an all-day event. I would say to make sure the kids get a nap in before you go to the game. Be prepared to run. (laughs) I pretty much let them do whatever they want to do. If they want ice-cream, let them have ice-cream. If they just had ice-cream and want a cookie, they get a cookie. It they already had a cookie and they want a brownie, they get a brownie. Kids are in and out. They are going to pay attention to the game for a little bit and then they are going


Seedlings is located at 1530 S. Dale Mabry Highway Tampa 33629 seedlings.com

to want to entertain themselves. The good thing with the Bucs is if you do get there early, a lot of times, they have interactive stuff. It’s nice now that they have the store downstairs. I just let them run around. Sometimes they bring their iPad, and sometimes they don’t. When the music comes on, when there’s time out, we kind of like have a dance off, we’ll all as a family hang out and have fun. Pretty much on game day, we let the kids have a good time because that’s what you’re coming for… to have a good time. If you’re going to bring your kids, you have to be open to allow them to enjoy it the way they want to enjoy it.

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By Tara Payor, Ph.D.


ecently, I experienced some major losses. My dad and 16-yearold dog died within a week of each other. A few months later, my biological father died unexpectedly. With so much loss, when our fish died, how to let our daughter know actually weighed on me. Most of us don’t deal with death on a regular basis. But as grandparents and even pets age, it’s important we know how to navigate conversations about the loss of life with our children. I sat down with licensed mental health counselor Marta Marshall for her professional perspective.

LEARN MORE Support a discussion with these titles:

“Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children” by Robert Ingpen “But, Where is Heaven?” by Jen Trussell “Good Grief” by Granger E. Westberg

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Marshall believes adults’ openness talking about loss signals to children that it’s okay for them to talk about it, too. “It’s a green light for them,” says Marshall. “When kids sense adults’ hesitation, they feel it’s not something they’re supposed to bring up.”


Marshall believes it’s important, regardless of the child’s developmental stage, to use realistic, direct language. “It’s okay to say that a particular person died.” She notes that vague descriptions can lead to anxiety. Knowing where a child is developmentally is key. Younger children, for example, need things to be concrete and simple. Older children may want more details. It’s important to follow the particular child’s line of questioning.


The death of a loved one is sad, and it’s okay for adults to show emotion. “When adults show their emotions, it normalizes the emotions,” explained Marshall. Excessive crying without talking about it isn’t healthy. Kids need to know what is going on. Marshall also cautions against using children as sounding boards for the parent’s emotional needs. In that case, the parent should seek out professional help for him/herself.


Marshall believes consulting a counselor is always appropriate when dealing with death. “I encourage parents to see if kids have an inability talking through things, heightened signs of anxiety such as difficulty sleeping and eating, and aggression. Parents should definitely ask kids what’s making them most sad and whether or not talking about it would help them.”


Conversations About Life & Loss


“Parents have to remember that people grieve differently,” Marshall says. “While one child might want to talk a lot, the other one might not find talking so comforting.” She suggests that parents follow kids’ cues. However, if there is an inability to reach resolution, evidenced by a child repeatedly asking the same questions, consulting a counselor is a good choice.


Kids need to be prepared for events like funerals. Beforehand, adults can share what happens at funerals and that people tend to cry because of the person’s death. Moving forward, Marshall believes it’s important to acknowledge special occasions—like birthdays. “It’s part of incorporating that person’s memory and allows the family to celebrate the person together.”

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Dance your way through life

By Philip Neal, Artistic Director for Next Generation Ballet


iscipline, follow through, the ability to accept criticism and to experience opportunities to practice resilience— these are a few critical life lessons that just one year of classes offers students of dance. For any parent wondering where to find a constructive path of physical and emotional rigor for his or her child (where the child will have fun as well), I encourage looking to the study of dance. And who knows—perhaps it could lead to a career, but even if it doesn’t, dance is a wonderful way to develop emotional intelligence, heightened cognitive abilities, friendships, etiquette and a connection to the joys of movement and achievement. I didn’t realize dance would become my career until later in my teen years when encouragement came from established ballet teachers who had been professional dancers. I loved dance and knew I wanted to be part of New York City Ballet. I followed that dream and enjoyed many remarkable experiences with NYCB. But I believe that even if I hadn't pursued dance as a profession, all that I gained in the classroom and onstage shaped my personality and work ethic. I grew up at Richmond Ballet in Virginia, within a program much like the Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory and the pre-professional track of Next Generation Ballet. Strenuous classes combined with multiple performing opportunities, especially for the rare young boy, instilled a determination in me to discover my own voice and strive for excellence, taking corrections in the classrooms and during rehearsals as opportunities to grow. My scholastics never suffered. I aimed to finish my homework by the afternoon so I could focus on dance all evening. Because I was technically advanced for my age, I was often in the classroom with children older than myself. So, I learned how to socialize in a mature manner. For dance students, no matter what they want to


get out of their dance classes—a career or just a fun few hours a week with peers—there are rules that must be followed, including what to wear, the order of technique exercises, how to behave with the teacher and other students, how to form lines to move across the floor, how to listen, when to ask questions and the importance of waiting your turn. Ballet requires direct eye contact, both with one’s partner onstage and with one’s teacher in the classroom. That’s a lot to ask of a child, especially in the age of the iPhone where children can bury their faces into a screen and avoid human contact. However, making that human connection, knowing the expectation that dance is among people and for people, allows for children to blossom as they discover their own artistic voices and gain confidence as their technical abilities get stronger. Dance, with artistic and technical components, is a measurable, concrete way for children to discover the best versions of themselves—or, at the very least, discover there is more inside of them than perhaps they knew before they learned to soar across the studio floor. It’s been proven that dance can increase a child’s aptitude for learning. I’ve certainly experienced it. I’ve seen professional dancers excel in completely new jobs after retiring from the stage. I’ve also known dance students who do remarkably well in colleges and universities because they know how to focus and manage changing times and schedules. Their adaptability, willingness to get the job done and ability to see obstacles as ways to apply creative problem solving instead of barriers to success is a skill set provided by dance. Year after year, I see shy children awkwardly mastering the five ballet positions in their first ballet class growing into confident young people


who, though they know they aren’t destined for the professional stage, know they are destined for something. Through their years of struggling to learn new techniques and dances, of sharing laughs with their friends as they learn together, from overcoming stage fright or realizing how much they love being onstage, they know they can handle whatever that something is. They’ve felt the exhilaration of triumphing in varying degrees, from getting more flexible to competing on a national stage. Once a dance student knows what it takes to triumph, even if that triumph may seem small, then they know how to apply it in other aspects of their lives. So, if anybody ever asks a child, “do you expect to just dance your way through life?,” my answer is always “I hope so.” Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Times

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Students at Turner-Bartels K-8 School in New Tampa work on coding and computer science projects.

LEARN THE </CODE> TO SUCCESS IN STEMTOBER By Larry Plank, director for K-12 STEM Education at Hillsborough County Public Schools and Advisory Chair of the Tampa Bay STEM Network


e all remember the “three R’s” of school: reading, writing, and arithmetic… but the educational landscape has changed dramatically. The importance of digital literacy, computational thinking, programming and coding are sharing the stage with traditional math, science and reading. To figure out why, just look at the economy right here in Tampa Bay.


The world is ever-changing and Tampa Bay is no exception. Our region’s technology and innovation sector is exploding, and the greater Tampa area has been identified by economists as the “next Austin” (the Texas capital is America’s newest tech powerhouse). Local investors including Jeff Vinik have bought into the idea and, through incubators such as Tampa Bay WaVE and the recently announced Embarc Collective, Tampa Bay is poised to be a hotbed of creative and technological advancement for years to come. That next generation of creators just entered kindergarten.

Florida’s commitment shows in recent legislation to ensure all students in middle and high schools have access to computer science courses. In middle grades, this opportunity takes many forms: business and technology courses, robotics and more. In high school, the College Board partnered with Code.org to create a new gateway course into the technology revolution: Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles. The national passing rate for this course—students earning college credit while in high school—is nearly 70 percent. Locally, the Tampa Bay STEM Network, a collaborative of school districts, cultural institutions, businesses and tech-centric trade organizations, partnered with Code. org to support the expansion of Computer Science and digital literacy throughout Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. The partnership sent 52 bay area teachers from STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) on a weeklong learning experience this summer, and has trained more than 30 school faculties, with 100 more elementary, middle and high schools coming in 2018 and 2019.


School isn’t the only place to learn to code. STEM-centric toys are everywhere—and whether it’s a coding mouse, caterpillar or more advanced robot—parents have tools

to provide opportunities at home. Target has an entire aisle dedicated to toys that support this type of learning. The earliest learners can experience the joy that comes from programming and making something “work.” Drag and drop coding is catching on, and research suggests this type of learning not only provides a pathway to more complex coding and programming languages, but also spoken languages. Preschoolers can join their older siblings too. LEGO recently announced Coding Express, a train aimed to teach 3 and 4 year olds programming while building a world filled with fuel stops, pickups, and people. The Code.org library is also available free online, plus “unplugged” activities that require no device and few materials. Looking for an easy way to get involved? Check out Code.org’s “Hour of Code” or fun community events like STEM Family Nights in Hillsborough County Public Schools. And now is the perfect time to start—in the month we celebrate as “STEMtober.”

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

class size: 14

grades: PreK3-12

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

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

class size: varies

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $12,150 to $19,160

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

class size: 18

grades: PreK-12

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

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

class size: 20

grades: PreK3-12

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

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

class size: 25

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $6,000 to $11,800

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



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Students celebrate Diwali at Corbett Prep. Families spoke about their cultural traditions, and the students did arts and crafts and tried on traditional costumes.


A diverse classroom encourages new perspectives, builds respect and tolerance and prepares students for a global workplace. It may even make you smarter, some researchers say. Many parents are now considering the cultural diversity of the student population as well as a school’s programs and resources when they tour prospective schools or attend admissions open houses. In the most recent edition of “Educational Leadership,” Peter Levine noted that, “By talking and listening to people different from ourselves, we learn and enlarge our understanding.” It’s a worthwhile consideration. A school that recognizes the importance of cultural diversity is helping prepare its students for the future, equipping them with valuable tools for personal interactions. Collaborating and communicating with those from different cultures are essential skills for the leaders of tomorrow.

Here are three ways a diverse classroom benefits all students.


A 2008 study of UCLA students found that racial and ethnic prejudice decreased when college students spent time in diverse environments. Meeting students from different backgrounds encourages open-mindedness among students of all ages. Teachers can create a climate of compassion and tolerance by helping students get to know one another and value each other’s differences. One way Corbett Prep teachers build a classroom based on respect and inclusivity is through class charters. Students in every grade take time at the beginning of the school year to develop their charters together, describing how they want to feel in their classroom and what everyone can do to achieve those goals. Throughout the year, they return to the charter and review it to ensure everyone in the class feels respected and included.


Global awareness

A multicultural education challenges students to consider other perspectives and prepares them to participate in the 21st century global workforce. In addition to its diverse student population, Corbett Prep is an International Baccalaureate school for students in PreK38th grade. The IB Programme is an inquiry-based education that develops cultural awareness and challenges students to think about issues in local and global contexts. These skills prepare students to engage with others in a globalized, rapidly changing world, according to the IB Organization. Corbett Prep also welcomes international students who come to study on campus and stay with its families, allowing Corbett Prep students to learn firsthand about their lives, traditions and food, and even make lasting friendships.

Cognitive skills

Exposure to a diverse environment helps students of all races perform better academically, some research suggests. A 2016 Teachers College report cited evidence that racial and ethnic diversity can prompt students to develop better leadership skills and self-confidence. The report also pointed to research that students in diverse high schools have higher SAT scores as a group. Students improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills when they learn to challenge assumptions and collaborate to find creative solutions. Attending school in a diverse setting provides opportunities for students to better understand and appreciate different traditions, values and customs. These experiences pay off when students enter the workforce in an increasingly global society. As students learn more about each other, they gain important knowledge about themselves.

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CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL Bearss Avenue Campus 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, 33613 Early Childhood Campus 12606 Casey Road, Tampa, 33618 Bearss 813-920-2288, ECC 813-963-2388; carrollwooddayschool.org Carrollwood Day School is the only International Baccalaureate® World School in Tampa Bay that offers the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and Diploma Program. We strive to enrich the mind, strengthen the character, and inspire the hearts of our students with our motto of “Education with Character.” enrollment: 1,090 class size: 12 grades: PreK2-12 tuition range: varies CENTER ACADEMY 6710 86th Ave. N., Pinellas Park, 33782 727-541-5716; centeracademy.com Founded in 1968 and AdvancED accredited, Center Academy provides a small, safe setting to help students to focus, organize and learn. We work with students in grades 4-12 with ADHD and learning differences and accept McKay, Gardiner and Tax Credit Scholarships. Dual enrolment and summer programs are available. enrollment: 90

class size: 18

grades: 4-12

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

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

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

class size: varies

grades: PreK3-8

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

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

class size: 1-8

grades: PreK4-12

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

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THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF TAMPA BAY 2100 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33702 727-800-2159; FASTB.org The French American School of Tampa Bay (FASTB) provides a multicultural educational experience through French Immersion from Pre-K through Grade 5. No prior French language instruction is required to begin in this authentic environment, where French becomes the language of instruction and interaction in everything we do – we learn and play, en français! Children learn the language naturally and by Grade 5, can read, write and speak in French and English. We invite you to explore the gift of language and its lifelong benefits for your child – please contact us to arrange a visit and tour of our school. Merci! enrollment: 100




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

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HILLEL ACADEMY 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612 813-963-2242; hillelacademytampa.com Hillel Academy, the area’s only accredited Jewish day school, is an institution for high school and collegiate preparedness through critical, collaborative and creative thinking while also developing a personal Jewish identity in an atmosphere of “chesed” (kindness).

enrollment: 150

class size: 15

grades: PreK4-8

tuition range: $8,400-$16,900

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

class size: 15

grades: PreK2-5

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

LAND O’ LAKES CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 5105 School Road, Land O’ Lakes, 34638 813-995-9040; lolcs.org A Christ-honoring atmosphere for preschool through high school, LOLCS trains students to develop and grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. We offer a fully accredited, balanced program that emphasizes spiritual life, challenging academics for college preparation, and opportunities for students to explore their interests and talents in fine arts and athletics. grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $1,900-$6,720 enrollment: 307 class size: 20

LEARNING GATE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 16215 Hanna Road, Lutz, FL 33549 207 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz, 33548 813-948-4190; learninggate.org Learning Gate Community School is a tuition free, A-rated, Hillsborough County public charter school in Lutz, Florida. Our mission is to promote academic excellence, community service and environmental responsibility through family and community partnerships. LGCS serves Kindergarten through 8th grades. Nature is our best teacher. grades: K-8 tuition range: free enrollment: 800 class size: 18-22 LEE ACADEMY 3001 Lee Academy Court, Tampa, 33614 813-931-3316; leegiftedacademy.com Lee Academy offers a unique experience for advanced, motivated learners Pre-K through 12th grade. Set on four acres of lakefront property, Lee Academy offers a flexible program that encourages reflective and creative thinking, problem solving, critical evaluation, and opportunity to pursue special interests. Call to schedule a personal tour. grades: PreK4-12 tuition range: $11,200-$12,750 enrollment: 80 class size: 8-10

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



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PLAY MORE | EDUCATION By Anu Varma Panchal

Why playing with your kids might be the best thing you do for them



hen Kelley Parris’ son was little, they came up with a fun game. “We’d pick one word from the dictionary and build a story around it during the day,” says Parris, executive director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Mother and son would come back to the word repeatedly as they continued building their story, and Rocky got a treat every time he worked the word into the story. It’s the sort of simple story that takes little time and resources—but has potentially huge benefits. Parris believes that play is as important, if not more so, than anything else kids should be doing, including language acquisition and educational enrichment. “Play teaches mediation and emotional intelligence,” says Parris. “Compromise, sharing, respect in other’s abilities, ability to help others, tolerance—these are all skills learned through play.” Free play teaches children these skills and also how to self-regulate, things they’ll need to become kind, tolerant, creative and productive adults. In fact, free play is so important that the American Association of Pediatrics released an August 2018 report entitled “The Power of Play” that discusses how play is imperative for the kinds of collaboration and innovation that will be needed for today’s world. Dr. Michael Yogman, the lead author of the report, states that the “benefits of play cannot really be overstated in terms of mitigating stress, improving academic skills and helping to build the safe, stable and nurturing relationships that buffer against toxic stress and build social-emotional resilience." The report, which will be published in the September issue of Pediatrics, connects play to improved behavior and academic results. However, it also sheds light on research that shows how little play children actually experience today. Children’s playtime has decreased by 25 percent from 1981 to 1997, and 30 percent of kindergarteners have seen academics replace their recess. The typical preschooler watches 4.5 hours of television a day, and only 51 percent of children surveyed go outside to walk or play once a day with a parent. Things have come to such a pass that the AAP is suggesting that pediatricians actually write a prescription for play, at least during the first two years of life. Play doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Peekaboo with an infant, hide and seek with a preschooler, a board game with all your kids—it all counts. Children not only learn language and behavior through play, they also learn that their parents aren’t afraid to be silly and have fun with them. “If we could all learn those lessons from play, we would eliminate bullying from society,” says Parris. As for Rocky, her little son she played word games with? He’s 34 today, and a doctor. “I hope all that healthy play contributed to it in some way,” Parris says. “He’s also a fascinating story teller, and that comes directly from our game.”



Since 1999, Champions for Children’s Baby Bungalow has worked in conjunction with the Healthy Start Coalition and Children’s Board of Hillsborough County to host developmental play groups, baby sign language classes and music classes, among other offerings. To find out which of their 10 playgroup locations is near you, email babybungalow@cfctb.org or call (813)673-4646 (ext 1152)

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The Children’s Board also sponsors Free Tuesdays at the Glazer Children’s Museum. On the first Tuesday of every month, admission is free from noon to 7 p.m. glazermuseum.org/freetuesdays

The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s six Family Resource Centers around Tampa Bay offer numerous classes and play sessions for babies and children, as well as classes and workshops for parents. Visit familysupporthc.org/ programs to learn more.


The public libraries offer a wealth of resources for little ones, as well as playful activities and colorful play areas. At some area libraries, you can even check out a free pass to several local museums! Check out hcplc.org, pplc.us and pascolibraries.org for activities and calendars.


It’s Florida, so we can be outdoors pretty much yearround! Check out our fantastic parks systems for splash pads, playgrounds and facility information. tampagov.net/ parks-and-recreation, and stpeteparksrec.org.

• Play can start as early as you want it to. Watch your infant and respond to his nonverbal behavior. When she smiles, smile back. Peeka-boo is always a winner! • If you’re checking out a school or daycare center for your little one, see what kinds of playtime opportunities are available. The AAP wants educators, doctors and parents to advocate for and protect unstructured play in school, including recess. • Educators, especially of the littlest ones, should follow kids’ curiosity and focus on playful learning.

Rules of Engagement (source: American Association of Pediatrics)

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

class size: varies

grades: K-12

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

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

class size: 22

grades: Infant-8

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

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

class size: varies

grades: 3-12

tuition range: free

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

class size: 20

grades: PreK4-8

tuition range: $9,100-$16,500

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

class size: varies

grades: PreK2-12

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

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

class size: 15

grades: PreK3-12

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

SKYCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, 33765 727-797-1186; skycrest.us Skycrest graduates enter high school with outstanding academic preparation, leadership skills, and confidence in their ability to succeed. With newly integrated technology, an extensive list of extracurricular activities, and a small student/teacher ratio, a Skycrest education is available at amazingly competitive rates. Open House dates: Oct. 18 and Nov. 29. enrollment: 450 KEY



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SA M E A D DRESS. NEW M OSI . 4 8 0 1 E A S T F O W L E R AV E • TA M P A • 8 1 3 - 9 8 7 - 6 0 0 0 • M O S I . O R G MOSI is a leader in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives by making science real.

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! e s u o H n e p O l o o h c S Lower THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. WHO: Parents of students entering PreK (3 years old) to 7th Grade WHERE: 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, FL Admiral Farragut Academy’s Lower School - PreK (starting at three years old) to 7th grade - is a college preparatory school unmatched in its capacity for innovation and its commitment to global engagement. With small class sizes, our teachers are able to meet students where they are and tap into their full potential.

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Open House: October 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL St. Petersburg Christian School (SPCS) was established in 1971 with a vision to be a lighthouse to the City of St. Petersburg and beyond. For 47 years, we have provided an excellent education where students are challenged academically, nurtured emotionally and equipped spiritually. We believe this approach builds future leaders who will impact our tomorrow. With a heart to love and serve our community, we partner with various organizations locally, nationally and internationally to make our world a better place. We are S.P.C.S – showing kindness, putting other first, choosing wisdom and sharing Christ with everyone!

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ith school in session for nearly two months now, it’s not too early to start thinking about a project that can make most caregivers nervous with anticipation – the STEM fair project. STEM is an educational approach using science, technology, engineering and math as entry points for discovery, inquiry and critical thinking. STEM encourages engaging in experiential learning, persisting in problem solving, and embracing creativity and collaboration.

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Students begin learning the basic framework of the Scientific Method by participating in the STEM Fair. Deciding on a project can be the most difficult part. Children and adults can feel overwhelmed by the number of potential projects. The library can help you get a jumpstart on the STEM project search by browsing our collection of eBooks and print books at bit.ly/ HCPLCSTEMFAIR2018. In addition to our collection of print materials, we also offer “Facts on File Science Online,” a powerful database full of science fair experiments. You can access this resource on our Kids page, hcplc.org/kids.

do the research Research is an important part of STEM fair project, and our libraries can help every step of the way. Whether your student needs to check out current, up-to-date informational non-fiction books, or have web access to a wide variety of online articles and information, we have you covered. Our website provides 24/7 access from home to incredibly authoritative online resources including “National Geographic for Kids,” “WorldBook Kids” and “Kids InfoBits” for articles and other required research materials. Students can instantly access these resources using their HAAL Pass (student ID number).

experiment Once the child has selected a project, conducted their background research and completed the first few steps of the Scientific Method, the fun can really start, as they get to design, build, and test out their experiment. Your local library can help with this too! The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library system has an extensive Realia collection available that includes microscopes, telescopes, triple beam balances and more. View our science Realia collection, at bit.ly/HCPLCStemFairRealia.

resources for makers and creators Even if a STEM fair project is not in your immediate future, you can engage your family and get them excited about STEM by attending one our programs. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library offers innovative tools, classes and resources for new and experienced makers, creators, scientists and innovators. Many of our locations provide you with opportunities to build a robot, pilot a drone or design and 3D print a prototype. We can teach you how to sew, solder or code. You can record the next hit song or podcast in our professional recording studios located at the John F. Germany Library or SouthShore Regional Library. Classes are available for all ages, at many library locations. View our upcoming STEM programs, at hcplc.org/services/hive.

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ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSES: Grades 6 to 12: Oct. 28 | Pre-K to Grade 5: Oct. 30

ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSES: Grades 6 to 12: Oct. 28 | Pre-K to Grade 5: Oct. 30

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OPEN HOUSE Showcasing Innovation in Early Childhood at Shorecrest

Join us for a morning of hands-on STEAM learning activities for toddlers through 4th graders. n n n

Explore our classrooms Engage with our experiential curriculum Excite your child’s love of learning!

Admissions information and campus tours available at the event. Student-led tours every half hour. For more info and register visit


isn’t just for the big kids!

Science Technology Engineering Art Math

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Saturday, October 20 | 10am-1pm Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 1st St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

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For young children immersed in a second language, becoming bilingual is virtually effortless. We Don’t Teach French, We Teach IN French. Give your child the gift of language. Schedule a visit or contact us today!

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

THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF TAMPA BAY The French American School of Tampa Bay (FASTB) provides a unique offering to Tampa Bay families - a multicultural educational experience through French Immersion from Pre-K through Grade 5. No prior French language instruction is required to begin in this authentically French environment, which includes teachers from France, French classroom materials and the world-renowned French preschool and elementary curriculum. Within this setting, French becomes the language of instruction and interaction in everything we do – we learn and play, en français! – and children take full advantage of their young brain’s ease and capacity to learn the language, first hearing, then speaking and eventually reading and writing, mimicking how all people naturally learn their native language. An English class is added in Grade 2 and by Grade 5, students perform equally well in both languages, possessing a strong bilingual foundation for their future. It is best to enter an immersion environment at a young age, and the longer children remain in it, the more complex and lasting their language acquisition skills become. We invite you to explore the gift of language and its lifelong benefits for your child – please contact us to set up a visit and tour of our school. Merci!

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The CHOICE in Public Charter Schools

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Grades Kindergarten - Eighth

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13221 Boyette Road Riverview, FL 33569 (813) 793-6075 CAMBRIDGE ADVANCED STUDIES

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1029 E. Twiggs Street Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 579-9649

18681 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Lutz, FL 33548 (813) 616-5099





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13306 Boyette Road Riverview, FL 33569 (813) 699-5049

9659 West Waters Ave. Tampa, FL 33635 (813) 793-6085


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Excellent Academics.

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By Steve Knobl, Ph.D.




So, why is it critically important for us to plan and deliver such a great event for so many educators and parents? We focus our sessions on high quality, high impact topics and provide our participants with tools to help children learn and grow. This year we’re Navigating the Cs of Early Learning with highly engaging and in-demand sessions for our participants. The Cs focus on: Communication, Cooperation, Confrontation, Character, Curriculum, Challenging Behaviors and Compliance. We have dozens of experts and many presenters who have become favorites among participants over the years. We also have a keynote each year and this year, we’re honored to have Kevin Carnes, President of Lakeshore Learning Materials. The conference also provides unique opportunities for teachers to network and share best practices with one another. Our vendor exhibit hall affords participants the opportunity to meet and greet throughout the day with our partners. Our primary focus continues to be preparing and supporting our early childhood educators so they can make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families. We believe that teachers and parents deserve the best training we can offer so children benefit and develop a love for learning in their early years. We hope you’ll join us for what’s expected to be an awesome event!


he Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is focused on delivering quality training and coaching to the more than 350 child care providers across our network. This is particularly important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the development of a child’s brain blossoms and grows at a very rapid rate in the early years of life. Research shows more than 85 percent of a child’s brain develops during the first five years. This is one of the leading reasons that we host our annual early learning conference in northern Pasco County each year in October. Our conference began in 2008 with about 100 teachers and parents. I am proud to share that this year, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, we expect more than 800 teachers and parents to participate in the conference, which takes place at Bishop McLaughlin High School on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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

class size: 17

grades: PreK4-8

tuition range: $12,900-$14,930

ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL 2101 S. Hubert Ave., Tampa, 33629 813-258-5508; smeds.org St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School provides challenging academics, performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, technology, public speaking, foreign language, global studies, community service, religious education, and more. St. Mary’s highly-qualified Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges ahead. enrollment: 445 class size: 22 grades: PreK4-8 tuition range: $14,475

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ST. PETERSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2021 62nd Ave. N. St. Petersburg, 33702 727-522-300; stpetechristian.com St. Petersburg Christian School has served the community of St. Petersburg, FL since 1971. We offer Lower Division grades K-4 and Upper Division grades 5 -8. The SPCS family is filled with dedicated faculty and staff, supportive alumni and current families to provide the best possible education. Activities include volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, golf, bowling, flag football, baseball, softball, track, coding, STEAM, makers space, visual art, band, musical theater, National Junior Honor Society, student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, WSPCS News and yearbook.

enrollment: 375

class size: varies

grades: K-8

tuition range: $8,000-$11,000

TAMPA PREPARATORY 727 West Cass St., Tampa, 33606 813-251-8481; tampaprep.org 813-251-8481; tampaprep.org Tampa Prep is a co-ed college preparatory school for grades 6-12 in downtown Tampa. We are known for our active learning environments and innovative faculty. As a place to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond, our students grow academically and personally within our halls. enrollment: 693 class size: 15 grades: 6-12 tuition range: $22,915-$23,745

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



financial aid


class size: 18

grades: K-8

tuition range: $8,830-$8,510



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•Dual enrollment with local colleges• •Dual enrollment with local colleges•

The Tampa Bay Area's only school dedicated to •Specialist Teachers subjectsK-12• K-12• •Specialist Teachers forfor allall subjects Gifted and Advanced Learners. Student/TeacherRatio• Ratio• •8:1 •8:1 Student/Teacher

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•Gifted Curriculum in all subjects Pre-K through 12th grade•

•Local, national andand international field trips• •Local, national international field trips• •Acceleration/Advancement not based on chronological age• national and Pre-K international field 12th trips• grade• •Outstanding fine Arts•Local, Program from through •Outstanding Fine Arts Program from Pre-K through 12th grade•

•Outstanding fine Arts Program from Pre-K through 12th grade•

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813-931-3316; www.leegiftedacademy.com

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Thursday, Nov. 1, 9am - 2pm, Thursday, Jan. 17, 9am – 2pm

The Tampa Bay Area's only school dedicated to THE TAMPA BAY AREA’S ONLY SCHOOL DEDICATED Gifted andAND Advanced Learners. TO GIFTED ADVANCED LEARNERS.

Land O’ Lakes Celebrating 40 Years of Christian Education


www.lolcs.org | (813) 995-9040 | school@fbclol.org

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Brandon Academy Open House Serving Early Childhood through IB High School

November 1, 2018 6th Grade - 12th Grade 6:30pm-8:00pm

November 8, 2018 PreK - 5th Grade 8:30am-9:30am

January 31, 2019 PreK - 12th Grade 8:30am-9:30am

March 14, 2019 PreK - 12th Grade 8:30am-9:30am

Tours available daily

Today's Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders Brandon Academy

 Character training  College prep  Fine arts  Athletics A National Blue Ribbon School serving Early Childhood through IB High School

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Visit us at www.Brandon-Academy.com 801 Limona Rd | Brandon, Fl 33510 | 813.689.1952 Accredited by FCIS, IBO, FKC, and FHSAA

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baby sprinkle

Crane has been a leader in humidifiers for quite some time and we are loving the designs they are offering like this choochoo train! Our toddler is a huge fan and so are we!

SHOP OUR REGISTRY MUST-HAVES AND FAVORITES FROM LOCAL BLOGGERS Covered Goods 4-in-1 nursing cover We love the cute patterns. A truly multiuse item - can be a nursing cover, scarf, infant seat cover or shopping cart cover!

Cool new stroller Diono Quantum

Boppy Shopping cart cover Folds away into what basically looks like a Lightweight travel stroller roller bag! Diono Traverze

our faves Infant Car Seat Nuna Pipa Lite

We’ve tested out these products and are sharing some of our favorite things to come into our office this year!

SoapSox washcloth Earth Mama Organics travel kits Two kits we love, A Little Something For Mama to Be and A Little Something for Baby. A perfect baby shower or sprinkle gift!

Boppy ComfyFit baby carrier This carrier’s fabric is oh-so-soft! Think yoga pants, but as a baby carrier. It’s also less intimidating than some wraps because there are three easy steps: you snap around your waist, put straps over your shoulders and tie around yourself and baby.

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Tell us about your family! Are you originally from Tampa Bay? I was born and raised in Minnesota. I moved down to Florida 9.5 years ago. Andrew’s older sister, Amelia, has been in Heaven for almost 10 years. She was born a preemie at 27 weeks and lived for 16 days, but returned to Jesus as our Visitor from Heaven, having passed away from Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Our second preemie, Andrew, who is pictured here, was born Oct. 10, 2011, after mommy had spent 52 days at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. Andrew weighed 4lb 3oz at 36 weeks old. He remained in the NICU for 16 days before he was brought home to live with us in Tampa. Despite being small for his age, he has continued to grow into a very smart, energetic and friendly boy. Everyone seems to love him and knows his name at school and church because he is so outgoing – like his mom! He has great motor skills, really enjoys playing basketball and is a great swimmer, having loved the water as a baby and ever since. “Watch for him in the Olympics someday,” says his unbiased Gramma! His learning ability is fun to watch as he enjoys the interactive globe he received for Christmas last year. He also got to demonstrate his problemsolving skills by winning the Grady Elementary Kindergarten Science Olympics that allowed him to compete with his gradelevel team at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Andrew's "First Day of First Grade" photo won the contest. How is school going so far? What are his favorite subjects, and what does he love about first grade? Andrew is in first grade at Grady Elementary School in Tampa. Having been on the Kindergarten Honor Roll, he began the school year ready to fly through English and Math, which he especially likes and excels in. He loves his teachers, Mrs. Horne and Ms. Ward, and really loves to go to the school library and PE. Your family shares a special connection with St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. Tell us about your journey.

Our connection with St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is from the first day of Andrew’s life and before when he and I were superbly cared for by excellent doctors and nurses who all consider it a treat when he still visits from time to time. They’ve maintained a friendship with me, and I’ve got to know the staff in the NICU and other caregivers who took the absolute best care of him. I was one of the first to receive a High Risk Hope Bed Rest Basket and he was also one of the first babies chosen for the first annual High Risk Hope Calendar. Andrew has participated in the Annual High Risk Hope Tot Trot since the beginning. He runs like the wind straight through to the finish line.

Thank you to all of the participants who shared photos of their kiddos heading back to school. Wishing you all a safe and healthy school year!

How did the experience change your lives?

Our lives have been changed just knowing that God has a special plan for Andrew. From birth he has shown us that he is just a WHETHER YOUR CHILD normal child, with exciting development JUST STARTED PRE-K physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually. I have had the opportunity OR THEIR LAST YEAR to attend, encourage, reassure and OF HIGH SCHOOL, empathize with many parents who have CHANCES ARE THE also had preemies, especially when the babies must stay in the hospital for SPECIAL MOMENT WAS development time, but also those who CAPTURED IN A PICTURE, have lost babies as well.


What do you love most about living in Tampa Bay? What are your favorite things to do together as a family? The best thing about living in Tampa Bay is attending Radiant Church as a family. Their children’s program as well as services for adults is fantastic. The learning experiences Andrew has had and interaction with other children his age has really helped him to make more friends and grow to love Jesus. Andrew’s creative prayers that he says before meals and at bedtime are truly precious, especially when he is praying for others. As a family we have always loved to go on walks, especially with Andrew while he rides his bike to parks—especially ones with splash pads—and going often to Disney World as we are passholders. Andrew loves to learn and build things in the Lego area. His favorite activity at Disney is going to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon and he is now tall enough to go on most of the roller coasters too!

Andrew Valle's winning photo entry submitted by his mom, Erin.

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SPEECH THERAPY By Kevin Richardson



attention time they can provide. Communication disorders affect nearly 10 percent of the population. These disorders express themselves in a variety of ways: pronunciation and articulation difficulties, language delays, hindrances with auditory processing, reading and writing disorders, swallowing and fluency/ stuttering. "Children develop at different rates," Nitz explains. "Because every child is different, detecting a problem is sometimes difficult. There are developmental milestones for children that help us determine if a child is on track with the normal developmental arc. These are all areas in which we are experienced at assessing and then providing services to help patients overcome.” Potsubay explains that the agency also works with socialpragmatic communication for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. “The results we see with our clients are honestly the biggest reward – giving someone the ability to communicate effectively with their loved ones is like nothing else,” she says. In order to accurately determine if there is an issue, they encourage parents to contact a speech-language pathologist if they have any concerns. “Maybe the child isn’t talking as much as they should,” Nitz explains. “Perhaps the child has difficulty understanding and following directions, or maybe is struggling in reading and writing, or even just socializing with his/her peers. Sometimes a communication delay/disorder is not as recognizable as say, a stutter, or difficulty pronouncing the /r/ sound. That’s why we feel it is crucial for parents to at least have that discussion with a

Visit speechcenteroftampa.com or call 813-773-3536 to get more information

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licensed speech-language pathologist.” At The Speech Center, they offer free speech and language screenings. “It’s quick, about 15-20 minutes. We meet you and your child, discuss your concerns, interact with your child, and then give you our initial thoughts based on those developmental milestones,” says Potsubay. If indicated, the therapist would then conduct a full evaluation with your child and create a completely individualized plan of care. And by individualized, they mean individualized: You even get to choose the therapy setting that works best for you and your family!

Services can be provided at their South Tampa clinic location (419 W. Platt St.), in your home, or at your child’s school/daycare.

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t the Speech Center of South Tampa, merely labeling the services they provide as 'speech therapy' would be wholly misguided. Erin Nitz, owner and founder, characterizes the business as part of the healing arts. The Florida native and speech pathology veteran came up with the idea for The Speech Center with Kendra Potsubay, a coworker-turned-business partner. "To me, being a speechlanguage pathologist isn't just about the superficial,” says Nitz. “On the surface, yes, we help our clients overcome speech impediments. The real joy comes from increasing that person's independence and confidence and giving them the support they need to reach their goals." Nitz and Potsubay met each other while providing speechlanguage pathology support at a skilled nursing facility in nearby Polk County. Nitz has a background in elementary education with an emphasis in reading, while Potsubay had prior experience in the NICU and early education fields. When discussing their shared history in pediatrics, they realized that the nursing facility wasn't where their hearts pointed them. Their passion for pediatrics ultimately led them to establish The Speech Center. Nitz and Potsubay brought on SLP-Assistant Alexandria Maida to round out the team and increase the one-on-one

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HUNGRY: A LABEL NO ONE DESERVES A lunch box. It may seem small, but to a child, it’s everything. While its absence signals the loss of a small piece of childhood, what many don’t see is the most important thing that’s missing: a healthy and nutritious meal. Every day, hundreds of thousands of children in our community are quietly struggling with this void. Their stories are often overlooked but are vital to understanding hunger in Tampa Bay.

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CAPSULE WARDOBE Written and styled by Michelle Bremer, Runway Translator


or most people, the idea of having a capsule wardrobe is a daunting, yet idyllic prospect. Imagine that you own only a fraction of the wardrobe pieces you currently have fighting for space in your closet, and they all exist in complete harmony with each other. You have very few bottoms, but they coordinate with every top. Each piece has been thoughtfully purchased based on how it functions within your perfect little capsule wardrobe. You own the basic pieces required for you to maintain a stylish presence based on your lifestyle. Every few months you bring new pieces into the fold or remove them based on the season. Imagine how simple getting dressed would become.

Key pieces typically included in a personal capsule wardrobe BOTTOMS Have a couple of denim options, black pants, white pants, and at least one pencil skirt.

SHOES Booties, nude heels, black heels and a cute sandal. ACCESSORIES Keep it simple! A great cross-body bag and some delicate gold jewelry with a few bold pieces add flavor to any ensemble.

TOPS You’ll want to have plenty of tops to work back to those bottoms. Basic black or white tanks and blouses go a long way. A comfy t-shirt will get worn a lot. Be sure to have a classic black blazer to change up the looks. A touch of print works well here and there, so a striped top or feminine floral blouse is a great staple item.

DRESSES The little black dress is ground zero for a capsule collection, a must have! A super comfy casual shirt dress works wonders as well. Achieve a great pop of color moment with a gorgeous cocktail dress in your favorite hue.

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Family friendly events are great, but Mom and Dad need some time to themselves this Halloween season to be spooked too! The Tampa Bay and Orlando areas offer many frights during the month of October that are definitely not rated G, and the lineup includes events for both fear seekers and hesitant guests alike.

If you’re itching to get out of Tampa for the night, take a quick ride on I-4 to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, perhaps the most frightening place to be on select nights on Sept. 14 to Oct. 28. The park comes alive as the sun sets, with familiar faces from the horror realm coming to life for those who dare to enter the gates. This season, cinematic greats and cult classics will mingle with today’s era of horror. Brave guests can journey through multiple haunted houses including Stranger Things, Halloween 4, Poltergeist, and many more! orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com

Pub crawl enthusiasts, be sure to bring your IDs for Guavtober! Starting Friday Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. and continuing until 1 a.m., Saturday Oct. 21, this will be Tampa’s biggest Halloween-themed pub crawl! Starting in Seminole Heights, pub crawlers in their best costumes will make their way through seven themed venues with specialty drinks and have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest and win prizes for best male costume, best female costume and best dressed couple! Tickets are currently selling online for $20. Ages 21+ eventbrite.com/e/guavtober

Just outside Tampa Bay in Dade City, you’ll find a terrifying haunted house experience called Scream-A-Geddon. Boasting six horrifying attractions in one location, Scream-A-Geddon is not for the faint of heart. The event runs from Sept.21 to Nov. 3, and tickets start at $19.99 for general admission with unlimited access to all haunted attractions. Scream-AGeddon also hosts Zombie Paintball (sold separately). screamageddon.com 60 TampaBayParenting.com | OCTOBER 2018

If theme parks aren’t your cup of tea, perhaps a creepy night downtown would do the trick. “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” is a ghost lover’s dream. Located at the historic Tampa Theater Oct. 19-31, attendees can expect ghost tours, back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, paranormal experiences and spooky special guests. This year, the special presentation will be on cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” tampatheatre.org

Right here in Tampa Bay’s own backyard is Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, beginning select nights on Sept. 21 until Oct. 28. Every year, the theme park transforms into a spooktacular event with frights around every corner. Hundreds of dreadful creatures roam the parks’ gates and sometimes even the parking lot looking for the next poor soul to frighten. Multiple haunted houses scattered throughout the park offer live entertainment and interactive shows, but if you can’t handle the scares, most rides are also open for the faint of heart. buschgardens.com

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Halloween experiments By Margaret Stroh, Glazer Children's Museum



Materials Gummy worms, scissors, baking soda, vinegar, water, clear glass, fork

Materials Raw eggs, a clear glass jar, tonic water, vinegar, black light

Instructions First, cut the gummy worms into four parts. After, stir three tablespoons of baking soda into a glass of water. Then, place the gummy worms into the glass with the baking soda mixture and let them soak for 15 minutes. Fill a clear glass with vinegar; then, lift the worms out of the baking soda mixture and place them into the clear glass of vinegar!

Instructions First fill the jar with the desired amount of eggs. Then, fill the jar with equal parts of tonic water and vinegar. Allow the eggs to be submerged for a couple of days, during which time you can make predictions and record what happens to the eggs! After a couple of days, take them out of the jar and shine a black light on them for a spooky effect!

Science Behind the Experiment The vinegar and baking soda react to each other and cause carbon dioxide gas bubbles to form on the worms. These bubbles float up through the vinegar, making the worms dance!

Science behind the experiment The vinegar dissolves the eggshell, and leaves the egg’s membrane. The acidity in the vinegar causes the outer shell of the egg to break down but has no dissolving effect on the membrane. The tonic water that is absorbed into the egg’s membrane is what causes the eggs to glow under the black light!

Why we like it! It’s a creepy crawly way to talk about chemical reactions!

Why we like it! It’s a fun way to talk about chemical changes and a spooky decoration to have out for Halloween!


Tips: Have kids wash their hands before eating. You can melt the different color Starbursts together or separate them by color; try both ways!

Materials 1 bag of Starburst, powdered sugar, cornstarch Instruction First, mix the ¼ cup of powdered sugar with the ¼ cup of cornstarch. Place the Starburst in a microwaveable bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds; take the bowl out of the microwave and stir. Then, heat the Starbursts for another 30 seconds and stir again. Very carefully flip over the bowl on an area with the mixture you made with powdered sugar and cornstarch; wait five minutes for the melted Starburst to cool down! When the blob of Starburst has cooled down, knead it into the mixture, stretching and pulling to let air into the candy. As you do this, the candy will become less sticky and will stretch more. You’ve got slime! Why we like it! A new twist on the slime fad, and an added bonus, it’s edible!


Play float or sink with it! Grab a handful of candy and a bowl of water! Try dropping different candy into the bowl to see if it sinks or floats. To add to the fun, make predictions and record your findings. Why we like it! It’s a simple way to explore the properties of candy and talk about density.

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Hyde Park Village Fall Festival Sept. 29, 5-9 p.m.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Select Nights through Oct. 31, various times Visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park for a night of trickor-treating fun with some of your favorite Disney characters and explore the attractions. Check out the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, and Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in costume. disneyworld.com

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Select Nights Sept. 14 through Nov. 3, various times

Dare yourself to experience Halloween at its most frightening at this Universal Studios Orlando event. This year’s haunted houses include “Stranger Things,” “Halloween 4,” “Poltergeist” and more! Flex tickets are available to allow visitors to decide what night is best for them. halloweenhorrornights.com

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Select Nights Sept. 21 through Oct. 28, various times

Experience terrors around every corner at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Meet up with hundreds of roaming creatures, explore new haunted houses and see live, interactive entertainment. For mature audiences. buschgardenstampabay.com

Harvest Holler Corn Maze in Polk City Between Sept. 21 and Nov. 11 Monday-Thursday- Reservation Only Friday - Sunday, various times

Come out for a fun fall tradition and stroll the fields of this year’s corn maze at Harvest Holler Farm, a working family farm in Polk City. Check out the pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, and meet up with live farm animals. Families also can ride the cow train, play corn hole, swing on the tire swings and climb the hay fort. harvestholler.com

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends Sept. 22 – Oct. 28

During normal park hours Kids can dress in their favorite Halloween costume and take part in fun-filled trickor-treating at SeaWorld Orlando. Plus, meet up with everyone’s favorite neighbors on Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby, and others take the stage for “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Other Halloween fun includes Penelope’s Garden Party, Pets Ahoy Halloween and Halloween Dance Party. Event is included in park admission. seaworldorlando.com

Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience Sept. 22-Oct. 31

Beware of werewolves, witches and monsters at the Crayola Experience inside The Florida Mall in Orlando. Check out 26 exciting hands-on attractions. Create monster crafts, snap character photos, go on a themed scavenger hunt and trick-or-treat throughout the attraction (weekends only). Regular Admission is $24.99 plus tax per person and annual passes are $34.99 plus tax each. Buy online and save. Crayolaexperience.com/ Orlando

The Pickin’ Patch in Dunnellon

The village festival returns this year and will once again benefit High Risk Hope. The familyfriendly event is free to attend, but there will be craft beer and food for purchase. Stick around for the live entertainment, games and even pick out the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch!

HarvestMoon Farm in Masaryktown Weekends only; Sept. 29 – Nov. 4

One of best kept secrets in Masaryktown this time of year, HarvestMoon Farm offers five acres of nonstop fun for the whole family. Check out the Farm Scene Investigation (ISI) or travel through the corn maze finding clues at each stop while reading passages of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. The grounds also offer a 70-foot jumping pillow, cow train ride, mineshaft slide, pumpkin patch, expanded petting farm and tree house. Tickets are $11.95 plus tax for age 3 and older. The farm also offers a nighttime walk through the maze with flashlights. Cost is $10 per person ages 3 and up; 2 and under free. HarvestMoon Fun Farm Night time corn maze runs Saturdays from Oct. 13 through Nov. 10. Harvestmoonfl.com

Sweetfield Farms Fall Corn Maze and Farm Activities

Opening day Sept. 29

Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29, Nov. 3-4 various times

Pack a lunch and enjoy a fun day trip to the Pickin' Patch, located in Dunnellon, Florida, where you can pick your very own white pumpkin from the vine, as well as fall sunflowers and gourds. On Saturdays and Sundays, they host live bluegrass music while your family enjoys a corn maze, hay ride, kids’ hay fort and slides. Opening day is Sept. 29. $5 a person, children 3 and under free. dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com

Come out for corn maze fun at Sweetfield Farms in Masaryktown. While on the farm, check out the Pitcher Pump Duck Race, hay ride, farm animals and free craft of the season. Stick around to meet up with special visiting vendors including Jerry Crowling’s storytelling for all ages, Heyman Kettle Corn, Ex-Squeeze-Me Lemonade, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider and more. sweetfieldsfarm.com

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Seal Swim School’s Pumpkin Patch & Family Fun Festival Oct. 1-31

Pick out this year’s jack-o-lantern wannabes and stop by again later in the month for a fun event for the whole family at Seal Swim School with two locations in Lutz and South Tampa. Admission is free and open to the public. Plus, stop by 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a fall-flavored family festival. sealswimschool.com

Pirate Water Taxi Haunted River Tours Oct 5, 6, 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, various times

Hop aboard the Pirate Water Taxi for a frighteningly good time on the water. Join us select nights in October for an entertaining evening with tales of ghosts along the Hillsborough River. Each tour will be led by a dead-lightful docent who will tell spooky stories of Tampa’s past. piratewatertaxi.com

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends and Halloween Painting at Busch Gardens Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 6-28 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Say hello to Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and many more Sesame Street friends for Halloween fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Enjoy trick-or-treating, music and a chance to be up close with the park’s animal ambassadors. Join in parades and dance parties throughout the afternoon at Sesame Street Safari of Fun with different themes each weekend. Plus, take part in a special Sesame Street meet and greet. Guests may dress up, although only those 12 and younger are permitted to wear masks. buschgardens.com/tampa

Horse Power for kids and Animal Sanctuary 11th annual Fall Festival fundraiser Weekends Oct. 6-28

Bring the family out for a day of fun while supporting a non-profit animal sanctuary right outside the Westchase area. The festival includes pony, train and hay rides, farm animals, fall games and a bonfire.

15th Annual Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival in St. Pete Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pack up the whole family for a day of fall fun at this GWFC St.

Petersburg Junior Woman's Club event held at Northside Baptist Church in St. Pete. The event offers a pumpkin patch, kids’ games, face and hair painting, inflatables, food and treats, arts and crafts vendors and more. Admission is free. New for 2018, check out onsite food trucks and purchase a $15 playall-day wristband for unlimited games for the kids. Funds raised benefit charitable projects of the Club. gfwc-spjwc.org

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City Weekends only, Oct. 6-28

Take part in exciting, familyfriendly fall games and activities at Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City. Tackle the corn maze, check out fun duck races, challenge friends to a game of cornhole or badminton, try your hand at Dummy Steer Ropin’ and shop for a pumpkin in the patch. Free parking. Maze cost is $11 plus tax for adults and $10 plus tax for children ages 3-17. Other activities may incur additional cost. futchentertainment.com

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 5-27 until 10 p.m. Return to ZooTampa for a Halloween event even spookier than last year. Ghouls and goblins of all ages can watch the zoo transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises but without the horror or gore. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed up in their best family-friendly costumes! zootampa.org

Brick or Treat at LEGOland Florida

Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 31, various times Enjoy a Halloween party built just for kids at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven. Kids can enjoy spooky, kooky LEGO building activities, trick-or-treating, meetand-greets with spooky characters, new entertainment and themed fireworks. legolandflorida.com

Movies in the Park at Water Works Park Tampa Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and

blankets for an outdoor screening of the spooktacular film “Monster House!” Food trucks and concessions will be on site.

Mr. Tommy's Very Un-Scary Halloween Party Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

Catch the children's entertainer in action as he hosts a fun, scare-free Halloween party at Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa. Dress in costume and be ready to sing along and dance to monster hits. Cost is $7 members and $8 general admission, with a $28 family four-pack also available. Children ages 4 and younger are free. carrollwoodcenter.org

Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival Oct. 11-14, various times

Experience this Dunedin tradition on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes. There’s tasty fair food, craft beer, sports tent, rides, games, music and a Beat the Priest 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk to support the Tyler Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund. Admission and parking are free with free trolley shuttle service available. Proceeds benefit Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. ollfallfestival.com

8th Annual Oktoberfest in Tampa Oct. 12-14, various times

Celebrate all things German— German music, dance, food, and fun—as part of this fall tradition at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. The event features games and competitions all weekend long. Festival is open 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. oktoberfesttampa.com.

Scarecrow Festival at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take part in fall games and activities as a family at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City. Paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, visit the petting zoo, pose for a photo with a scarecrow, touch a truck, get your face painted and go on carnival rides. Stay for The Great Pumpkin Drop at 1 p.m. Roam the grounds and explore the various buildings that make up the museum. Admission is $5. Children younger than 5 are free. No pets, coolers, food or beverages allowed. pioneerfloridamuseum.org

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come out to Hunsader Farms

in Bradenton for this yearly fall celebration. Festival will include musical entertainment and other live entertainment as well as a variety of fun fall activities for all ages. Admission is $10 and parking, $5. Children 12 and younger are free. hunsaderfarms.com

insurance regulations, expectant mothers are not permitted to ride.

Halloween Magic and Spook Show Spectacular in New Port Richey Oct. 20 and 27, 2 p.m.

Prepare to be dazzled by magic, mentalism, illusions, escapes and dangerous, spooky and bizarre tricks at this special event at Merlin’s Theatre in New Port Richey. Advance tickets are $17.50 adults and $12.50 children 12 and younger. The first weekend offers a Halloween Magic Show and second weekend, Oddities, Curiosities and Spooks. visualmagicshop.com/ events

Pint Size Pumpkin Patch in Largo

Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. at Highland Recreation Complex Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. at Southwest Recreation Complex. Enjoy games, food, and crafts in Largo. Meet up with a visiting scarecrow and come dressed for a trick or treat parade for little ones. Cost is $6 per child and $2 per adult. For information, call 727-518-3016.

Pumpkin Patch Express (Florida Railroad Museum) Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28

Sacred Heart Fall Festival Oct. 17-21, various times

Get ready for Sacred Heart Church’s annual fall celebration and fundraiser held at 4661 82nd Ave. N. in Pinellas Park. The event includes games, Midway rides, food, music, and prizes. Free admission and parking; rides are $12 a ticket sheet in advance and $20 per sheet onsite. sacredheartfestival.com

A Nightmare on Franklin Street at Tampa Theatre Oct. 19-31, various times

Explore Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace as part of this popular Halloween event returning to downtown Tampa. Also, visit the Theatre’s website this month for new ghost tours throughout October plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences, and spooky special guests. This year there will be a special presentation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” For schedule details and tickets, tampatheatre.org/Nightmare

Halloween Train Ride at Crews Lake Park in Spring Hill Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27

Take an extra spooky scenic ride through the park or opt for an early train ride for a less spooky adventure for the little goblins! Tickets sales are open from 5:30-9 p.m. and the train run times are 6-9 p.m.$6 per person (12 months and younger free). Due to

Calling “all aboard” for young and old train enthusiasts as you embark on the Pumpkin Patch Express to a field full of pumpkins to pick, as well as kid friendly activities on your 2-hour journey. Price ranges from $14.50 to $32.50 a person.

Mummy & Me Halloween Screening at Tampa Theatre Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. “Corpse Bride” Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. “Hotel Transylvania” Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. “Hocus Pocus”

Watch an animated family film Halloween morning at Tampa Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids ages 2-12. For this year’s Halloween selection, be sure to stop by the Theatre website. Flick details will be posted as soon as they become available. tampatheatre.org

Halloween in the Park - Honeymoon Island October 26 & 27, 6 -10 p.m.

Join The Friends of the Island Parks as they host the 20th annual Halloween in the Park. It wouldn’t be fall in Florida without a spooky haunted trail along the beach. Family friendly costumes are encouraged while you stroll through the park’s trail with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. The event includes children’s games, bungee jump and spooky storytelling.

Howl-O-Gloga in Largo Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.

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reatures of the Night returns to ZooTampa at Lowry Park as a bigger and better event for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 5-27, the zoo stays open late and animals lurk until 10 p.m. with a haunting array of eerie and immersive Halloween adventures for the whole family. The family-safe event has no horror or gore, just an impressive lineup of endless scares and startles for one and all.

Fairy Frightful Forest is the perfect new family adventure. This enchanted woodland is filled with overgrown flowers, huge mushrooms and whimsical fairies until suddenly, everything takes a dastardly and diabolical turn! Little ones may leave the forest at this point while older kids, pre-teens and adults can continue their ominous journey. Brave guests who stay on the path will be faceto-face with frightening trolls and menacing trees that have come to life.

By Kristy Chase-Tozer, ZooTampa

This year, brave explorers will meet Medusa, the Serpent-headed Gorgon Queen, as she steps out of the pages of mythology and into the darkest shadows of the Zoo. In Medusa’s Stone Cold Cave, guests risk heeding the ancient warnings or become a permanent member of her chilling garden of statues! Legend warns that those who look her in the eyes are so overwhelmed with fear, they turn to stone. Despite Medusa’s scary appearance, snakes like those replacing her curly locks are critical to our local ecosystems and Zoo educators will share their importance to guests.

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The Zoo is also accepting students at the new Pigpimples School of Mystery and Mayhem where families can enjoy a Halloweenthemed animal show featuring the Zoo’s famous animal ambassadors and their natural behaviors as never seen before. Spooky surprises await in every area of the zoo! Werewolves return to Wolf Haven Village, the perfect place to howl and dance, while mischievous ghosts invite guests to ride Carousel of Creeps surrounded by a ghostly graveyard. Swashbucklers can play with headless pirates and listen to pirate tales in Haunted Key West. Scarab Point is designed for brave little adventurers to explore an ancient Egyptian tomb and meet history’s most alluring queen, Cleopatra, along with her playful mummies. Little “boos” and “ghouls” can have fun in Pumpkin Palooza, a festive fall harvest complete with a pumpkin patch, scarecrows and friendly farm animals.

Away from the scares, guests will get a glimpse into the nighttime habits of animals and discover what nocturnal creatures are most active. Featured animal presentations will include some of the world’s most feared predators and guests will observe the unique hunting and feeding behaviors of Komodo dragons and African painted dogs with special carcass feedings at their habitats (moms and dads may want to accompany small kiddos). The event is free and unlimited for zoo members and included with daily admission. Guests with a “Pay for a Day” ticket can enjoy the event for free on Friday nights and before 4 p.m. on Saturday nights.

LEARN MORE For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ZooTampa.org/creatures.

EERIE FAMILY FRIGHTS Ssssomething new is waiting to meet you at Creatures of the Night. Face Medussssa as she steps out of the pages of mythology and into the darkest shadows of the Zoo at Tampa Bay’s No. 1 family-friendly Halloween event. Join in ghoulish festivities like a mummy dance party and special animal encounters. Then, when the sun goes down, more frights appear. Discover haunted scare zones and a cast of colorful characters under the cover of night.

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Our October 2017 cover featured students from Lee Elementary shortly after the fire. "During the event, staff and students spread wildflowers to commemorate the growth of something new, and One year after Lee Elementary to let the students know that they Magnet School in Tampa was have not been forgotten." Just this devastated by fire, the students month, a brand new sign provided and staff have adjusted to their by the school district was placed temporary home. In the first near the school's entrance, giving months after the fire, Lee shared the Lee family some comfort that classrooms and spaces with they are still in the public’s minds Lockhart Elementary Magnet and hearts. School, but Lee now has its Although the current classrooms own temporary campus on the and shared spaces are bright, Lockhart grounds, made up of cheerful, and full of the sounds portable classrooms and offices. of children learning, laughing, On September 12, 2018 the school and just being kids, there is a marked the anniversary of the fire strong desire to move into a more with a touching event that included permanent situation. Hillsborough community members as well as County Public Schools has invested Lee students and staff. Assistant hundreds of thousands of dollars Principal Philip Cottone said, in preserving the fire-damaged school’s historic brick façade, and By Fredi Beck

the district continues to negotiate with its insurers with the goal of receiving sufficient money to rebuild the school. In the meantime, the school district has contracted with an architect to work with the school’s families and the local community on concepts and drawings of what a rebuilt campus would look like— preserving Tampa’s history on the outside, while also creating classroom spaces on the inside that prepare students for the future. Once the total insurance settlement amount is known, the Hillsborough County School Board will make a final decision on the future of the Lee school building.


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Discover 5 new experiences Behind the scenes care, swim with sea turtles and sharks, new dive show, coral trees and up-close views.

When The Florida Aquarium opens its brand-new exhibit, “Heart of the Sea,” on Sat., Oct. 6, it will be a totally new experience in a completely reimagined gallery. Come learn about the work done at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation. The exhibit will be the main attraction in the “Waves of Wonder Gallery” (formerly the “Ocean Commotion” gallery) that was recently given an entirely new look. Kids can see Aquarium team members care for a wide variety of aquatic animals, learn about how baby coral is being grown in the ocean nurseries, and so much more.

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October PIG JIG  Oct. 20, doors open at 1 p.m.  Bring a Bib! Head over to Curtis Hixon Park for live music from huge artists including Chris Young. Great food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors. In between artists there will be opportunities for fun games and family friendly (and pet friendly) activities!  tampapigjig.com MEMBERSHIP EVENT: MOSI ADMISSION   Oct. 1-31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Each month, members of the Dali Museum receive free admission to a different area museum or attraction as a perk of their membership. This month the Dali will partner with MOSI. For more details, visit  thedali.org. PANERA GOES PINK  Oct. 5  Panera will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold at participating locations on Friday, Oct. 5 to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center. Pre-orders for Panera Goes Pink day are currently being accepted online at paneraflorida.com or at your local bakery-café. Simply click on the site, choose a participating location with a pick-up time, and Panera will have your Pink Ribbon Bagel order ready to go. Additionally, all proceeds collected in the Community Breadboxes™ throughout the entire month of October will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center. WORLD SPACE WEEKEND  Oct. 6-7  Join MOSI for a celebration of STEAM in Space with fun space activities throughout the museum, and the premiere of the NASA film “From Dreams to Discovery.” Ride the new Virtual Realty Simulator, meet MOSI’s own astronaut Moonbase Mike and learn what it’s like to live on the moon in the NASA-sponsored Mission Moonbase interactive experience. Stick around after dark for the first MOSI Sky Watch of the season and catch a glimpse of Saturn’s rings, Mars, and double stars with MOSI’s large-lens Newtonian reflector telescopes! It’s going to be out of this world!  mosi.org

TAILGATE TASTE FEST  Oct. 6, 3-10:30 p.m.  Located at Curtis Hixon Park, Tailgate Taste Fest is a FREE, family-friendly event perfect for the casual event goer and the sports fanatic alike. Local restaurants will cater mouth-watering tailgate food, while live bands, cornhole tournaments and huge LED screen Vs playing that day’s most exciting college football moments will entertain the crowds.  tailgatetastefest.com

DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY ON TOUR Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m.   Presented by Pull-Ups Training Pants, this interactive live concert is the perfect sing and dance along for kids of all ages. Enjoy Disney Junior’s greatest hits and appearances by all of your favorite characters! Appearances can be expected by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Vampirina, Elena of Avalor, Sofia the First, and Doc McStuffins. Onscreen moments with Puppy Dog Pals, Muppet Babies and the Lion Guard will also occur.  strazcenter.org BREWS BY THE BAY  Oct. 12, 8-11 p.m.  Hosted by the Florida Aquarium, Brews by the Bay boasts samples of 100+ beers as well as food tastings from 30+ restaurants. Live entertainment including performances by The Spazmatics will be present as well as a silent disco. All aquarium exhibits will also be open for the public to view and enjoy! Advance tickets go on sale for $55 and will also be sold at the door the day of the event at $65. Members can enjoy a great discounted ticket price at $49.  flaquarium.org HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN IN CONCERT  Oct. 13-14, various times  Harry Potter fans across the THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A NEW MUSICAL  Oct. 18-21, time varies Oct. 20, 2 p.m.Sensory friendly performance  Patel Conservatory is proud to present “The Addams Family, A New Musical!” Join the iconic creepy and kooky family as an older Wednesday Addams brings home a respectable boy. In typical Addams fashion, they host a spooky dinner for the nice boy and his equally nice family! Join in this hilarious musical and enjoy new songs and characters as well as the beloved creepy family from the iconic television show.  strazcenter.org

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Visit our full calendar at TampaBayParenting.com SPECIAL NEEDS EVENTS

Bay will be delighted once again by this captivating story accompanied by a live symphonic orchestra performing pieces based on JK Rowling’s classic third installment of a classic series. Performances will take place in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center with tickets starting at $48.75!  strazcenter.org

RUN/WALK FOR A PURPOSE  Oct. 6, 8 a.m. 5K and 9 a.m.  Come support Down Syndrome Awareness month at Winthrop Town Center and participate in a 5K or Fun Run/Walk for a purpose. Former Bucs Defensive Tackle Chris Hovan will be signing autographs on site. All proceeds will benefit Down Syndrome Awareness.

TUXES AND TAILS-NORDIC NIGHTS  Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. to midnight  Come support the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for their signature fundraising gala and Tampa’s premier black-tie event sponsored by The Brink Foundation. Drinks and dinner will be provided as well as the opportunity to adopt one of 70+ pets, a chance to participate in a silent auction featuring 100+ luxury items, and much more.  tuxtailstampa.com

GREAT CONNECTIONS  Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to noon  On the second Sunday of every month, Great Explorations opens its doors for two hours of sensory consideration for special needs children. With customized lighting and sounds, the museum also provides a “cool down” room to provide a comfortable experience kids and their families.  greatex.org

COFFEE WITH THE CANDIDATES  Oct. 16, 9-10:30 a.m.  Coffee with the Candidates will host Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough County Superintendent, to discuss why we need the referendum for a half-penny sales tax for our schools. This event is open to the public, free, and will include Q & A. This tax will meet critical needs of our public schools. Please come out to Wrights Gourmet House and learn more about why you should vote for it! STEAMAKERS OPEN HOUSE SHOWCASING INNOVATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AT SHORECREST  Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Join Shorecrest Preparatory School for a morning of handson STEAM learning activities for toddlers through 4th graders. Explore classrooms. Engage with experiential curriculum. Excite your child’s love of learning! 5101 1st St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703. RSVP at  shorecrest.org/openhouse

THE 3RD FDSWF BUDDY WALK  Oct. 27th, 1 p.m.-5p.m.  Hosted by F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome West Florida (FDSWF), unite for the common cause to support Down Syndrome at Raymond James Stadium. Volunteers, children, and those with Down syndrome are free and will receive a Buddy Walk t-shirt, and a Down Syndrome awareness bracelet. Register online for a guaranteed t-shirt.  ds-stride.org

LIVE FOR 24 5K  Oct. 20, race time 8 a.m.  The Livefor24 Foundation and the University of Tampa Athletic Department is hosting the 5K and Fun Run starting on campus at the University of Tampa. All proceeds from the race will benefit youth athletic and educational programs in the Bay area as well as award student scholarships. The 5K will be a 3.12 mile course as well as an optional 1 mile fun run. The 5K will be timed and runners in both races will receive race t-shirts. The top 3 male and female runners will receive recognition as well as a medal. Following the race, a family friendly event will be hosted at Pepin Stadium which will include food, refreshments, music, bounce houses for the kids, and local vendors.  runsignup.com TAMPA BAY BLOODY MARY FESTIVAL  Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Head over to the Tampa Garden Club for unlimited Bloody Marys from local bars and restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment and vote for your favorite! Tickets are on sale now at  eventbrite.com. CONTINUED ON OPPOSITE PAGE

FROM PAGE 67 Highland Recreation Complex in Largo. Dress in your favorite family-friendly costume, enjoy themed treats and find your inner peace while improving flexibility and core strength. Pre-register by Oct. 18 to reserve your spot for $15! After the Oct. 19, prices rise to $20. Highlandrecreation.com

the main square of Centro Ybor. Costumes are encouraged. The always popular Big Monster's Bed Race will take place later in the afternoon. Cheer on the Ybor merchants as they speed down 7th Avenue in handcrafted beds on wheels! Claim your free pumpkin ticket before you go, fantasmafest-pumpkinpatch.eventbrite.com.

Owl-O-Ween at McGough Nature Park in Largo

Tarpon Springs Holiday Safety Festival Touch a Truck Event

A spooky nature trail, a raffle, candy and toasted marshmallows and ghost and goblins are on the agenda for this night in McGough Nature Park in Largo. Cost is $5 per person. For more information and to preregister, call 727-518-3047.

Head to Lowe's of Tarpon Springs located at 41800 US Hwy 19N for a day of holiday safety fun! Trucks with safety demonstrations from Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue, Police and Public Works will be on hand for your kids to see up close and personal! Bring non-perishable food and new unwrapped toys to help support holiday programs. Free. Kids are encouraged to wear a costume for trick-or-treating and contests!

Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.

Downtown Trick or Treat Oct. 26, 5 - 8 p.m.

Bring the kids around downtown Dunedin businesses for fun, safe trick-or-treating as the city closes roads. Participating merchants display pumpkin decals in their windows to invite families to stop in for treats. Stop by Dunedin History Museum for a Halloween exhibit and costume contest at 5:45 p.m. Later, head to Pioneer Park for a screening of a family-friendly film. Free. For more info, call 727-298-3201.

Color Pumpkins with Hillsborough County Deputies Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.

Join the Hillsborough County Sheriff Officers for a free event sure to please any cadets in training as you pick a pumpkin from their patch at the Sheriff’s Operation Center in Ybor City and get one-on-one training decorating with an Officer. Also, enjoy a walkthrough of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs History Museum as well as face painting and free light snacks.

7th Annual Fantasma Fest in Centro Ybor-Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the historic district of Ybor City, your littlest monsters can enjoy a day trickor-treating down historic 7th Avenue and picking and decorating pumpkins on

FAMILY FAITH FEST  Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Jeremy Camp, one of today’s biggest and most popular contemporary Christian artists, will headline the Family Faith Fest at Tampa’s Al Lopez Park. Other performers include nationally known artists Colton Dixon, Sarah Hart, Ivan Diaz and ValLimar Jansen. Enjoy the street performers, inflatables, carnival games, DJ, gift & food vendors, Health Village, Ministry Village and Faith Village. Bishop Parkes will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. Plenty of free parking and a shuttle bus. Free event, open to all. Sponsored by BayCare.  familyfaithfest.org

Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival Oct. 27-28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gear up for autumn fun as this popular Wesley Chapel festival returns to The Grove. The event features live music, arts and crafts, a business expo, fall foods and beverages, and a special Halloween celebration Saturday night. Trunk or Treat Festival carnival will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. simplyeventsfl.com

3rd Annual “Riverwalk Trick or Treat” Oct. 27, 4 - 7 p.m.

will also include games and costume contest for kids ages 15 and under.

An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m.

Visit the historic Tampa Bay Hotel at the Henry B. Plant Museum for a night like never before full of ghost stories from the hotel’s haunted past. Period lighting will add a new level of fear when the ghost stories are recounted in the museum. The lanterns and ghostlike presence will spill out of the old hotel and into Plant Park while guests take a step back in time to another world. Admission is $25 and $20 for members. plantmuseum.com/events/aneerie-evening-at-the-tampa-bay-hotel

Halloween Spooktacular 2018 Oct. 27, noon to 5 p.m.

Enjoy this popular, family-friendly event at Largo Central Park chock full of Halloween fun. The day includes a trick-or-treat trail (noon-4 p.m.), inflatables, a hay maze, games, music, and other activities. Cost is $7 advance at recreation centers and $10 day of purchase at recreation locations and the park. Limited parking is available on site for $10 and at Largo High School for $5. For more information, call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.

Come on out to the Tampa Riverwalk for an evening full of trick or treating! Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes to partake in this FREE event. Local businesses and organizations will hand out candy! At the end of the night, a family-friendly Halloween movie will play in Water Works Park hosted by Friends of Tampa Recreation.

Halloween Howl in Zephyrhills

Trick or Treat Street - Riverview High School

Dunedin Halloween Happenings

Come dressed up in your best family friendly costume and walk along booths in a safe environment getting treats. The 30th annual trick or treat street event hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation and Riverview High School

Get together with friends and family for a haunted hayride, carnival games, costume contests for all ages, DJ and more at Highlander Park in Dunedin. Kids can have fun with crafts, bounce house, Boo in the Zoo and a Little Goblins Hayride. Cost is $5 parking, $10 for Haunted Hayride and $10 for a wristband for children’s activities. For more information, call 727-812-4530.

Oct. 27, 6 p.m.

KIDZ BOP LIVE 2018  Oct. 27, 6 p.m.  The huge kids’ music brand, Kidz Bop, is extending its 2018 tour with 23 new concert dates, including Ruth Eckerd Hall! This concert is the ultimate concert for families with kids singing today’s biggest hits! Innovative stages, special effects, and even fan interactions will take place along with a parent lip-sync battle to 90s hits. Tickets start at $33.25 with the chance for upgrades to VIP Meet & Greet Packages.  rutheckerdhall.com

THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA DISNEY IN CONCERT – TALE AS OLD AS TIME  Nov. 2, 8 p.m.  Take a journey of musical storytelling with The Florida Orchestra as they bring Disney to life! Enhanced with four high-caliber vocalists and high-resolution film this is one all Disney lovers don’t want to miss!  strazcenter.org

Oct. 27, 4 - 9 p.m.

Join your Zephyrhills neighbors for a special Halloween celebration along 5th Avenue. Check out food and merchandise vendors, games and more, with a Safe Trick or Treat Zone for the kids. Free admission. mainstreetzephyrhills.org.

Oct. 27, 5:30- 9:30 p.m.

Spirits of the Bay: Live Storytelling at Tampa Theatre Oct. 29, 7- 8:30 p.m.

Join author Deborah Fretham, also known as the grande dame of ghosts for an evening of stories and tales from right here in Tampa Bay. She’ll even be on hand after the show to sign copies of her books: Haunted Ybor City, Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg and Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay. Sales will benefit the Tampa Theatre’s restoration.

Main Street Trick or Treat in Safety Harbor Oct. 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Put on that costume and head to downtown Safety Harbor’s Main Street for a fun, safe family-friendly trick-or-treating experience. City Hall, Fire Station 52 and Main Street businesses will be handing out treats. OCTOBER 2018 | TampaBayParenting.com 75 Free. cityofsafetyharbor.com

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