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A Family Tradition La Segunda Bakery and Café Mom Friends How to find your mom squad How to Be An Author Local writers share their top tips


Library Focus Why it's important to read to your baby Goal Setting 8 tips to teach your kids about goals Hillsborough Schools honored with national military award


Blueberry Pediatrics 24/7 care at your fingertips Guest Editor Pediatric ER care at Brandon Regional Hospital Craniofacial Acceptance Month Delaney's story Safety tips for care givers Car Seat Suggestions What you need to know After Hours Pediatrics How to choose the right backpack Bicycle Safety Tips for a safe ride Safe Sleep Make it a priority



Runway Translator Be a queen for the day


Date Night Guide Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Healthy Snacking Answer the question "to snack or not to snack?"




From the Web What's on social media and September Top Picks Our favorite family-friendly events



Best Places to Play Our favorite parks in Tampa Bay Animal Encounters Family-friendly experiences in Tampa Bay

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I was scared and relieved at the same time. Scared because I was leaving the comfort zone of my hospital, but relieved knowing that all of the nurses and doctors at the other hospital were experts in taking care of patients the same size as Alex. It was the details that comforted Alex: the small chairs, play areas, bright colors on the walls, the cartoon scrub tops the staff wore, and the many other kids there with whom Alex could relate. The staff not only took great care of the children, but they understood how to take care of the parents. Fast forward a few years, and I now have the privilege to work at Brandon Regional Hospital, which has comprehensive services for kids including a brand new Pediatric Emergency Room, a Pediatric Unit, and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. I am proud to be part of the Pediatric Emergency team and fortunate to have dedicated pediatric certified nurses and physicians to care for my family and yours!



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ANU VARMA PANCHAL Anu Varma Panchal has written and edited for area publications for nearly 20 years. She’s ac­t ive 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

CANDACE ROTOLO Candace Rotolo is the media relations director for Kilroy Agency and works with clients throughout Tampa Bay. She has been a contributor to the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU-TV and spent nearly 20 years working as a broadcast journalist and magazine editor.

Michelle Pratt is a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, the mother of two and former senior executive who founded Safe in the Seat to help teach local families how to safely install and use their child's car seat. Connect with her at Safeintheseat. com

Pam Hillestad is the Director of School and Youth Programs at the Glazer Children's Museum. Pam is a 28-year veteran of the Department of Defense public schools overseas, a three-time district Teacher of the Year, and a lover of all things new, exciting and challenging.


Ashley Glass is a University of Florida graduate and journalist of almost 15 years, most of that time spent telling news stories right here in the Tampa Bay area. She's right now tackling her most important job yet, being a mom to two kids under 2 years of age, and she's loving every second of the beautiful mess!

MICHELLE BREMER 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.

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Visit La Segunda Bakery and Cafe: 4015 W. Kennedy Blvd.

Copeland: I grew up working in the bakery in Ybor City as a kid. So did my siblings and cousins, but my dad, a third-generation owner, never pressured me to join the business. After college, I worked in commercial real estate. In 2009, my father’s cousin, who owned a part of the business, announced that he wanted to retire and I took over his share. It was good timing, and working alongside my father just seemed like the right thing to do. Stephanie: My background is in sales. I wanted to support my husband in this new venture and thought that some of my skills would be useful. After we had our first child, I worked to help grow the bakery’s wholesale business. Now, I focus on marketing, social media and anything else that needs to be done.

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or more than 9 years, Copeland More’s marriage and family life has revolved around his family’s historic business, Tampa’s iconic La Segunda Central Bakery. Recently, fourth-generation owner Copeland and his wife, Stephanie, launched the company’s first expansion outside Ybor City. La Segunda Bakery & Café in South Tampa, which opened in July, is the culmination of Copeland’s vision to offer a location where guests can enjoy the Cuban sandwiches, pastries and café con leche that La Segunda is known for in a community café that offers seating for nearly 100 people. The couple’s two young daughters, Lillian, 6, and Margaret, 3, are frequent visitors at the bakery and café. They’re learning at a young age what it’s like to be part of the family business. Tampa Bay Parenting sat down with the couple to learn more about how they balance a busy work life with their young family.

Stephanie: It can be challenging sometimes, but we’re lucky that we can do it together as a family. The girls come to the bakery in Ybor and the new café in South Tampa often. In the summer months, I try to work from home in the morning and spend time with the girls in the afternoon. The holidays are the busiest time of year, and we bring our daughters to work a bit more. They love to help with small tasks around the bakery. Our 6-year-old even loves to clean after closing. We couldn’t do this without our parents. We’re really lucky that both of our families are in Tampa. Copeland: It’s all about balance. We frequently explain to our daughters why we work so hard. Our oldest daughter says she wants to take over the business one day, so she’s learning how much time and dedication it takes to be successful.

Q: WHAT LESSONS DO YOU WANT TO INSTILL IN YOUR DAUGHTERS ABOUT THE FAMILY BUSINESS? Copeland: We want to make sure our girls have a strong work ethic regardless of the career path they choose. If they decide to join the family business, we want them have the right tools to do it, to know that it’s hard work, long hours and that a lot of people will depend on them. Stephanie: Whatever they decide to do in the future, we hope we’ve set a good example of what it means to be honest, fair and hardworking. And also that you can have fun and enjoy your job. We think they both have a very bright future ahead of them. La Segunda been in business for more than 100 years. It’s changed from generation to generation, so it will be exciting to see what they do if they choose to be a part of the family business.




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mama squad MOMS NEED FRIENDS TOO By Tara Payor, Ph.D.


n Instagram meme caught my attention: “When you try making plans with your mom friends and realize no one is free for 20 years.” I need my friends now. Psychology experts note that mothers need close friendships for emotional fulfillment. Friendships are part of mothers’ sustenance, but finding time for them is tough. A constellation of factors contributes to the time we have for friends. Somehow, we must all make the time.


Moms need friends who understand their experiences and provide unconditional love. This proved true for Megan Rose during her kids’ younger years. “I didn’t talk to anyone,” Rose recalls. “I was immersed in childcare and so tired from caring for them I had no reserves. I missed my friendships but had zero left.” Carmen Beavers, mom of three, says she relies heavily on friendships, which have evolved with her needs. “It’s about more than girls’ trips now,” Beavers says. “I need friends for moral support and help. I need to know that no one’s feelings get hurt when I have to say no.” Also, friendships satisfy us in ways romantic relationships can’t, Rose says. “Our spouse is in the mix and having perspective when you’re living the same things is difficult.”


Kids’ schedules seemingly govern parents’. Research shows that the “invisible labor” of parenting, like making logistics work, primarily falls on mothers. Friendships help moms work through negative feelings associated with that. “It takes a village and a carpool,” Beavers says. Rose has learned to ask for help: “It’s easier for me to ask

because I help too. I need to know I can give back two months later and it’s okay. No timeline. No pressure.”


Sometimes, we’re fortunate that high school and college friends share in our life’s journey. Rose notes that vibes are different with college pals. Not a Tampa native, she found making Tampa friends difficult because it seemed others had wellestablished relationships. Now, she’s intentional in accepting invitations and not talking herself out of going: “I know I’ll be tired, but I’m always glad I went.” When the kids were younger, Beavers made friends through playgroups. With school-aged children, some friendships develop because of kids’


extracurricular activities. With increasingly full schedules, finding new ways to nurture friendships is key. Group texts, shared photo streams, and social media are important touch points. They don’t replace face-to-face time, but support connectedness. Katie Larson, who moved here recently from New York City, says her newer Tampa friends aren’t ones she’s

spilling her secrets to yet, but she puts herself out there by socializing with moms she meets in her neighborhood and at both work and kids’ activities.


Until kids’ toddler years, Beaver found playgroups great for needed moral support. “If I was a mess and crying, I needed to know someone shared those experiences. If I didn’t want to get out, they came to me.” Playgroups establish friendships for mothers and children and counter mothers’ sense of isolation. Larson admits she currently lacks time for relationships. “I’m hopeful it’ll come because it’s important that moms lift each other up,” she says. “I’ve always prided myself on maintaining relationships. Now, kids are first and then work so I can help provide. There’s marriage and myself. Time for friends is hard because many things need our focus.”


Observing mothers’ friendships helps kids understand the need for relationships with nonfamily members and helps them see their mothers in other roles. Larson says: “It’s healthy that kids understand they aren’t the center of parents’ worlds. They know I need adult time with friends.” Beavers believes friendships reassure kids: “They know a lot of people help and care about them.” Although our friendships evolve when we become mothers, the need for human connection and unconditional love is constant. Friendships are essential parts of self-care. Caring for ourselves, we are better able to care for our children.

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If you have great ideas and don’t know what to do next, take a look at this 3-step self-publishing process.

STEP 1-WRITE YOUR IDEAS DOWN I got one notepad and wrote “My Ideas” on the front. Each time I thought of something, I took note. Then I started talking to my daughter about them and listening to her thoughts, which helped me complete my thoughts. She started using her imagination and giving me some great ideas. As she talked, I typed, and soon we had a concept for the book. We titled the first book “Can I Bring Home a Mermaid?” It’s about what it would be like if a mermaid could come home to play. Sophia helped me think up themes for each page: A tea party, baking cupcakes together and swimming in the pool were just a few. Of course, she threw in a unicorn too! This actually became my favorite part of the book because it gave my daughter and me a chance to be silly and use our imaginations together.

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s a mom, I’ve always dreamed of writing children’s books. In fact, it’s been on my bucket list for a pretty long time. I’ve had many ideas over the years, but simply didn’t know how to go about publishing them. My love for writing led me to a career in journalism, but it’s my “Mommy Brain” that fueled many of the ideas. I am happy to say I finally checked this item off my list this summer with not one, but two published books on And, the best part is I wrote and published the books with my 7-year old daughter Sophia. Will I ever be a bestselling author? Probably not, but my daughter can say “My Mom and I wrote and published a book together!” For me, this is the happiest ending a story could have. Both titles "Can I bring home a Mermaid?" and "Can I bring home a Mermaid: Make my own Mermaid book" are for sale on

Author Davon Miller (center), holds a book signing at the Glazer Children’s Museum for his “Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock” books. He cites his parents, Sandra and Dewitt Miller, as his biggest supporters.

STEP 2- PICK A SELF-PUBLISHING COMPANY Selfpublishing is much quicker and easier than traditional publishing. I did a lot of online research and watched videos on YouTube from other self-published children’s authors. Two self-publishing websites I recommend are and for their userfriendliness and great reviews. I went with Createspace because it publishes directly onto I also wanted to do a paperback book because it was important to me to keep the book affordable. If you want to make a bigger profit on the books, you might want to look at hard copies which sell for more. After picking the platform, you’ll then decide the size of the book. I chose the 8x10 format and then got the guidelines on formatting. I found an illustrator online, but whether you do the same or find someone locally, my tip is to make sure that you give the artist very detailed instructions to get the pictures you envision. Of course, you can also draw your own illustrations. I believe the illustrations are what make the words in the book come to life.

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STEP 3-FORMATTING AND PUBLISHING This was honestly the hardest part for me. Depending on the self-publishing platform you pick, you have to follow their instructions closely on the layout of the book. However, once I figured out how to make a cover and how the interior needed to be formatted, it was smooth sailing. Then it was just a matter of details like writing a book description and an author bio and getting an ISBN number to sell it. The publishing companies can help you calculate how much you can charge for the books and what royalties you will receive. If you pick a self-publishing company that prints on demand, you’ll never have to stock the book. People order it, and the company prints and ships it. You then get a royalty check. As a mom, this was a really rewarding experience for me. It took a few months because life got busy and I had to learn how to do it all. However, the work was completely worth it. My daughter was so inspired that we did another one: “Can I bring home a Mermaid: Make my own Mermaid Book”. The second book is a companion book to the first and has blank spaces for children to write their own book.



hank you, Mom. Thank you, Dad. Not only have you helped me to reach my dream of becoming an author, but you have helped me to become bold and more assertive. From a child’s perspective and my personal point of view, the importance of having supportive parents is to provide encouragement, correction and resources for what their children want to accomplish in life in a positive way. My parents have encouraged my dreams every day and envision more success for me in the future. Before I was born, my mom would read to me while I was in her womb. Fast forward a couple of years, my parents noticed my love of writing and drawing and soon realized that I would not stop reading, writing and doodling. I remember someone suggesting to my mother that my stories should be published. It was not until my parents went all over the place meeting with other authors and people that my dream finally became a reality. If it was not for them spreading my positive story, I would not have this much publicity to share my books through book events. I would not have the opportunity for others to be inspired

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through my books that they would want to possibly write their own one day. Before becoming a published author, I was an introvert. I was very shy at school and did not even want to go on camera or talk to an audience. I soon realized that speaking at public events and reading to children would become a regular thing for me, and I had to get over it. Both of my parents have become spokespersons to people who want to become authors. My dad is quiet but has told the world about his son’s accomplishments. My mom has gone out of her work schedule to tell the world about her son (in a positive way). She always uses encouraging words within our household and tells my father and me to have a positive outlook on things. She reminds me about the blessings I have received through writing and how there are more to come. They have been my constant cheerleaders and supporters. If they were not a part of my life, I would not have had the opportunity to develop my writing skills and go to public events to inspire others to write their own stories. If no one else will share your story, who will? For me, it comes down to my biggest supporters in the world, my loving, empowering parents.

1 "Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock: It's Time to Read" - A trip to the library to read books becomes a mysterious hunt for all the disappearing books within the library for Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock and friends. 2 "Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock: Goodnight Mr. Clock" - Trying to get a good night's sleep isn’t as simple as Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock would expect. 3 "Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock: Clockworker David" - The clock of Clockworker Towers has stopped ticking, and it’s up to Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock to fix it. SEPTEMBER 2018 | 19





eading out loud to your baby is a fun and inexpensive way to bond with your little one while supporting their developmental growth. Although infants don’t fully comprehend the meaning of words, the benefits of reading to them are monumental. For infants, including newborns to age 1, reading is a great stimulant and helps build vocabulary, memory and listening skills. When parents and caregivers read out loud using different voices and expressions, it nurtures the child’s emotional and social development.

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board books Board books are a great option for infants because the pages are made of heavy cardboard. This helps little fingers turn pages easily and causes fewer rips than paper pages. Also, because infants like to chew on their toys, board books last longer as they are more durable. Many classic picture books have been published as board books as well.

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Although not every baby will show interest in being read to at first, stick with it. When my son was born, I was so excited to read to him. For his first book I selected “C is for Chicago” by Maria Kernahan because that is where my son’s father was born. Midway through the book, my son started crying and wanted nothing to do with story time. I took his cue and we went to another activity. Don’t feel pressured to finish a book in one sitting. Reading should be a positive experience for everyone involved. My son is now 2 years old and my twin daughters are 9 months and we read together as a family. My husband and I take turns reading out loud while my son turns the pages for his sisters.

Visit an early literacy class at the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. Baby Time, for newborns to 18 months, is a lapsit program that allows you to bond with your baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs. Toddler Time, for children 18 months to 3 years, includes stories, finger plays and interactive activities. Story Time, for children ages 3-5 years, celebrates stories with action rhymes and other engaging activities. These 20-30 minute classes encourage language development, reading readiness and social interaction. Visit to find a class near you.

Consider several factors when selecting books to read to infants. Babies learn through play so make story time fun. Choose books with rhymes and repetition. Use a sing-song voice and point to the different objects in the pictures. Newborns do not see color but they can see sharp contrasts. So exposing infants to books with high contrast black and white graphics strengthens eye development, increases concentration, stimulates brain cell connections and increases their attention span. Books with faces and mirrors are visually stimulating for infants as well. Touch-and-feel books allow babies to explore different textures, helping them to connect with the world around them.

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ready, set GOAL 8 TIPS TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT GOALS By Pam Hillestad, Director of School and Youth Programs at the Glazer Children’s Museum


love the promise of a fresh beginning. At the start of each new school year, I anticipate that odd mixture of excitement and anxiety which starts in August with butterflies in my stomach and grows by fall to a warmth in my heart. As a child, the excitement of the new school year meant back-to-school shopping with my mom. While I was a little nervous for each new year, I was mostly excited for new friends, new activities and more books to read. When I became a teacher, the new year excitement became less about new outfits, empty notebooks and shiny lunchboxes and more about fresh starts and the promise of growth. I loved organizing my classroom and planning how I would structure the year. Even now, so many years later, I still view the new school year as a blank page waiting to be filled. As a teacher, I harnessed my new-year enthusiasm to help my students set their own goals and intentions. Goal setting is extremely important, teaching focus and determination while providing something to strive for and celebrate. Goals push us to step outside our comfort zones and accomplish new things. By setting goals, I have climbed mountains, traveled the world, published my writing and swum rivers, lakes and seas. At home or in the classroom, try setting family or class goals and posting them somewhere visible like the fridge or whiteboard. Celebrate at the end of the month, no matter the results, because you’ve done the hard job of working toward a goal and your children have learned to see themselves as goal setters. In my house, whenever a new movie was released based on a book, my family set a goal to read the book beforehand, then we would go to the movie together. It’s important to make goal setting and celebration a part of your regular routine. Children are never too young to start setting goals and can easily understand the concept. As parents and teachers, it’s our job to guide them as they work towards their goals. We can help them learn from their successes and failures, building confidence and encouraging resilience.

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Focus on the positive. Set goals that help you improve rather than focusing on things you want to stop doing.

Write goals down and post them in a visible area.

Help break big goals into small steps.

Celebrate often. Share successes and failures regularly and celebrate progress.

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Set goals that are challenging, exciting, and fun.

Divide time into small and achievable increments, setting daily, weekly or monthly goals. Goals should be easy to understand and measurable, so that you know success when you see it. Share your own goals and help them follow your journey to meet your goals.


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BELOW: School Board Chair Sally Harris and Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins proudly display the 2018 Pete Taylor Partnership Award for our district's work with MacDill Air Force Base to support our military children.

By Kim Sukach, Hillsborough County Public Schools Military Liaison and Communication Specialist


hether it was in the city, in the suburbs, or out in the country, for many of us, the hometown in which we grew up shaped a lot about who we are. But for a child with a parent in the military, it’s moving from city to city—or even continent to continent— that shapes who they are. “Being a military kid is definitely not easy, but the experiences you gain change your life, and I wouldn’t change that for the world,” explains Kaleigh McFadden, a junior at Robinson High School in South Tampa. Kaleigh's father is assigned to U.S. Central Command, a military unit that calls Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base home. Many of America’s most crucial military maneuvers depend on planning and partnerships created by the service members at MacDill. And those service members’ children depend on our community to help them succeed in school. This summer, Hillsborough County Public Schools and MacDill Air Force Base received a national award that celebrates the strength of that community connection. The Military Child Education Coalition awarded our community with the 2018 Pete Taylor Recognized Community Partnership Award. The award commends school districts and military installations that work together to support military children. Think about it: These families are counting on Hillsborough County Public Schools to help prepare their students for life despite frequent moves, time apart from their parents, and the emotional toll of the ever-present risk facing their loved ones as they defend our country.

Specifically, the Pete Taylor Award recognizes the work of something unique in the United States: The MacDill Council for Educational Excellence. The council works to enhance the educational experiences of military-connected students enrolled in Hillsborough County Public Schools. It links together our district and base leadership in conversations about ways to meet these students’ educational and social-emotional needs. Over the past three years, the partnership has resolved 42 issues, ranging from adjusting application deadlines to ensuring credits and GPAs were recalculated and transferred across thousands of miles. “In order for our military members at MacDill Air Force Base to carry out their mission, we need to carry out our mission and ensure they know their children are being taken care of by our district,” says Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins. Our partnership has also provided local students with the opportunity to experience how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is used daily at MacDill. During MacDill STEM Day, students from many of Hillsborough Schools’ 27 different STEM programs travel onto the base to see high-tech careers up close. In Hillsborough County, 7,200 students are “military kids” like Kaleigh. At MacDill, her dad is a leader in the Army. At Robinson High, she’s a leader in Student to Student (S2S), a club that connects newcomers to friendly faces who can show them around the school. Moving may be a part of a military kid’s life, but our community is among the best in the nation at making sure our hometown feels like their hometown for as long as they’re here. ABOVE: Col. James McFadden with his daughter, Kaleigh. The 27-year active duty Army officer is currently serving at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Kaleigh is a junior at Robinson High School and is active in helping other militaryconnected students acclimate to a new school.

LEFT: District and MacDill AFB leadership along with students accepted the Partnership Award from The Military Child Education Coalition at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in July.

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othing is scarier to a parent than having an emergency with a child and seeing them in pain that you can’t take away. They are helpless and rely on us to fix things, and it’s up to us as parents to make sure we stay calm and act quickly. In times of emergencies, it’s invaluable to have a hospital nearby that has experience caring for the unique needs of children. As the Director of Emergency Services at Brandon Regional Hospital, I am extremely proud of our new Pediatric emergency room and the level of care that we are able to provide children in our community. Our Pediatric ER physicians are specially trained to take care of kids, and we have certified pediatric nurses with clinical expertise caring for children in the Pediatric ER. Parents can rest assured that our pediatric clinical knowledge extends beyond the emergency physicians and nurses. For those cases that require extra care, the medical team includes specialties such as pediatric

Images from Melissa Bell and Brandon Regional Hospital

Melissa and her family stand in the waiting room of the Pediatric emergency room at Brandon Regional where she serves as Director of Emergency Services.

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Caring for our community is what drives us every day as nurses and clinicians. Having artwork from local kids on the walls of our hospital helps us connect with our community in new ways. The artwork also provides comfort to our pediatric patients while they are at the hospital.

cardiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric otolaryngology (ENT), pediatric orthopedics, and pediatric pulmonology. Additionally, All Children’s Specialty Physicians provide pediatric general surgery, pediatric endocrinology, maternalfetal medicine and neonatology services in our Pediatric Center. For families seeking emergency treatment in our Pediatric ER, we go out of our way to make the experience easy and convenient. In an emergency, time is of the essence, which is why there is a dedicated entrance and front row parking for families in front the Pediatric ER. This ensures that families can quickly access care when they need it the most. Our Pediatric ER features an expansive lobby, artwork created by kids in the area, a play area and bright colors on the walls. We have 16 private rooms equipped with state of the art technology designed specifically to care for children. Everything from blood pressure cuffs, kid themed patient gowns, IVs and childproof gurneys, were selected with the safety and comfort of our youngest patients in mind.

Caring for kids in a compassionate way is a core part of our mission. We understand that a hospital can be a scary place for children, and we strive to create a safe, comfortable environment for kids to receive care. Our child life specialist provides therapeutic play and distraction techniques to reduce the stress of a hospital visit and provide support for families. The child life specialist will also help the child understand what is happening and explain medical procedures in ways the child can understand. We also subscribe to a patient and family centered care model, which means we respect and honor the patient and family perspectives, and encourage them to actively participate in their child’s care and decision making. Our health care team collaborates in the delivery of care for our patients, and includes the family in that collaboration. Families are encouraged to continue that collaboration by joining our Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council and helping us design better care for the families in our community. There are some emergencies that can’t be

fixed in an emergency room. When my son Alex broke his arm, he was brought to emergency room I was working in at the time in Virginia. His fracture was severe enough that we had to consult with an orthopedic surgeon, and Alex was eventually transferred to another hospital with pediatric services to have his surgery. Fortunately, I now work at a hospital that provides extensive services for children. At Brandon Regional Hospital, if a child needs a higher level of care, they can be admitted to our 15-bed Pediatric Unit, or our eight-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The physicians and nurses who work in these units have dedicated their careers to caring for children and are experts in their field. As a mom of three children, I recognize that accidents happen. It’s impossible to know when an emergency will occur, but you can prepare. Take the time to learn about your local hospital, and look into whether or not they specialize in pediatrics. Do they have a pediatric unit to care for kids if they have to be hospitalized? If not, find the nearest hospital that specializes in children. Hopefully, you will never have to take your child to an ER. But if you do, getting to the right ER with pediatric expertise ensures your child will have the best possible outcome.

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t is human nature to want to be accepted; for children with craniofacial conditions, it is their greatest desire. Their families celebrate acceptance every day of the year, although September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month. Estimates show that about 50,000 children will be born with or develop some sort of craniofacial condition in the United States alone. Sometimes, surgeries can correct the problem, but it’s not always possible. Our September Cover Kid Delaney has what is called Pfeiffer Syndrome, which occurs in one in 100,000 births. We asked her parents to share Delaney’s story to help raise awareness but also to remind everyone that despite our differences, we all want one simple thing: to be accepted. Tell us about Delaney! Delaney is a smart, funny 7-year old. She is cognitively delayed but enjoys things just like any other 7-year-old. Delaney loves TV shows and movies, singing, dancing and reading books, as well as playing doctor and chef. She is really looking forward to the first grade at Deer Park Elementary. Delaney has Pfeiffer Syndrome, a genetic skull disorder affecting approximately one in 100,000 individuals. Her skull bones prematurely fused at age 3 and her face and head have grown differently. Her eyes are normal sized, but she does not have proper bone structure surrounding them, causing them to appear large. Her nasal airways are severely narrowed, making breathing difficult, and she often sounds stuffy with a runny nose.

Craniofacial Association and we are very active members. I, Delaney’s mom, currently serve on the CCA National Board of Directors. There are so many positives to share about our craniofacial community and the support of our network. We honestly could not get through the trials and tribulations without them. When faced with something so rare in your child whom you want to live a healthy life, you have endless questions and often get multiple answers. It can get overwhelming and your network can offer you balance, a sounding board or just an open ear and warm hug.

Because of Delaney's age, she does not fully understand her medical condition but knows she goes to the doctor often while others do not. Delaney has had multiple surgeries and procedures to help her along. She has frequent doctors' appointments and tests. She pretend-plays doctor often as this is a huge part of her life. Delaney looks different. She HOW TO TALK ABOUT attracts stares and questions FACIAL DIFFERENCES most places we go. It is WITH CURIOUS LITTLE important that people see and ONES. like Delaney and others with Keep it simple. facial differences just as they are. The more exposure we bring to facial differences, the more understanding our community will be.

• Remind the child that

How has your family and Delaney handled the diagnosis (as a way to inspire and uplift other families who may be going through the same thing)?

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As an infant, Delaney’s head size was off the charts, which led us to several specialists throughout the Tampa Bay area. Also due to her small sinus cavities, she was hospitalized frequently for bronchiolitis and RSV. We hadn’t connected the dots to a craniofacial syndrome until an anesthesiologist asked if Delaney had Crouzon syndrome while waiting for an ENT outpatient procedure. When we saw our neurosurgical team, they agreed it was time to see a geneticist and run some genetic testing. The genetic testing confirmed Delaney had Pfeiffer Syndrome, which then introduced us to the local craniofacial teams and other craniofacial teams across the country. Once we aligned our specialists, we looked to the craniofacial community via Facebook. There were a number of groups to join, and it was incredibly helpful to build a support system in addition to our specialists, family, friends and colleagues. Through those groups, we were introduced to Children’s

good examples are eye color,

everybody is different. • Introduce the children to each other. “This is Delaney. She is in • Point out differences and similarities. For example, “you have blonde hair and Delaney has brown hair, but you both have on pink shoes.” Other curly hair, straight hair, and likes/ dislikes – “Delaney likes to color or play on the playground just like you.” "Delaney's favorite color is red; so is yours." Or, “We are all different; you have freckles and Delaney doesn’t.” • Why are her eyes big? “Delaney was just born with different eyes.” • What are those things in her ears? “Those are called hearing

How have local non-profits uplifted your family? Through Tampa Bay Parenting magazine’s cover kid contest, a colleague and friend promoted voting for Delaney. Chastenation (a Bradenton, Fla.-based nonprofit operated by 17-year-old angler Chasten Whitfield) jumped at the chance to take Delaney out on a fishing excursion. We quickly bonded with Chasten Whitfield and the Chastenation community and thank their sponsors for taking us out fishing. Delaney was taught how to fish and caught pufferfish, grouper, snapper and hogfish. Chasten will forever be a role model for Delaney. Through CCA, Delaney was awarded a retreat scholarship from the non-profit organization, Every Smile Has A Story. It was started by Dr. Pat Ricalde almost five years ago to help patients and their families in various ways. The non-profit’s fundraising comes through an annual golf tournament as well as private and business donations throughout the year. With this money we are able to supply additional specialty baby bottles, support transportation needs for appointments, help with therapy service fees and sponsor a craniofacial kid to attend the annual CCA retreat.

aids. They help Delaney hear you.” Ask the child to cuff their hands on their ears. "See how it is harder to hear with your hands covering your ears? Delaney can hear better with the hearing aids in her ears." • Most of the time children are just curious. Sometimes, children’s comments become hurtful. We hear Delaney being called funny or weird. You may say “She is not (insert hurtful word). She is different. Saying that Delaney is (insert hurtful word) is not nice and hurts her


feelings. She is very nice and Visit to read about Children’s Craniofacial Association and its programs.

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By Kelley Parris, Executive Director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

Finding the perfect babysitter can be a nerve-wracking process, but it’s worth it when you find the person who can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your little ones are in good hands. It’s important to understand your babysitter’s approach to safe sleeping environments and attentiveness to prevent drowning. Share these tips with your babysitter to help them be prepared to take the best care of your child:

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Unsafe sleep practices, including co-sleeping, continue to be the leading cause of preventable infant deaths. Help your babysitter take these important steps to decrease the likelihood of infant suffocation from an unsafe sleep environment: Follow the ABCs of safe infant sleep. The safest way for infants to sleep is Alone on their Backs in a Crib. Stuffed animals, toys, pillows and blankets should remain outside of the crib as they increase the risk for suffocation. Never let anyone co-sleep with an infant. More infants die in adult beds than anywhere else. In fact, infants are 40 times more likely to die in an adult bed than in a crib. This is because infants can get stuck in blankets or pillows, which increases the risk of suffocation due to their lack of neck muscle control. Prepare for when a child will not be sleeping at home. If your child will not be at home, make sure they have the proper sleeping arrangements of a crib or Pack ‘n Play with a fitted sheet. Infants should never be placed on a blowup mattress, recliner or couch, even if it is temporary. 


Drowning can happen to any child, anywhere, at any time. It’s not limited to pools and beaches – there are potential hazards in and around the home that can put children at risk. Share these drowning prevention tips with your child’s babysitter: Always have a “water watcher.” Lack of adult supervision is the main reason children die from drowning. An adult should always watch children at all times when they are in or near water, and avoid distractions such as texting. Never rely on flotation devices. Flotation devices, such as water wings, inner tubes or even life vests should be used only in conjunction with close adult supervision. Infants and toddlers should always be accompanied in the water by an adult who is within arm’s reach, even if the child is using a flotation device. Be aware of hidden hazards. A child can drown in as little as 1 inch of water. Everything from a bucket to a pet’s water bowl can pose a drowning risk. Always empty bathtubs when they are no longer in use and keep bathroom doors closed. These are important life-saving tips that all babysitters should know. For more information on these tips, visit

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ive words a parent never wants to say: “If only I had known.” And yet sometimes, we just don’t know. National Child Passenger Safety Week is dedicated to providing families with information, so we do know. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 12 and under, with a crash happening every 13 seconds. Research shows that most crashes include car seat installation and/or harnessing misuse. The reality is, when it comes to car seat safety, it can be just plain confusing. But here’s the good news, we can get this right. We must. While car seat misuses are specific to the car, car seat, child and installer, at Tampabased car safety consultant Safe in the Seat, we’ve identified five main areas where mistakes are often made:  


Your car seat cost a pretty penny; use it until your child reaches its maximum age, weight or height limits. Children are often prematurely moved to the next stage of car seat safety. Beyond physical measurements, also consider emotional maturity.


Try before you buy! Not all car seats properly fit in all cars or all seating positions. Assuming yours does, the car seat shouldn’t move more than one inch side-to-side, front-to-back, up-and-down. Get a tight fit using the seatbelt or lower anchor and tether (LATCH) method. Both methods are equally safe—use what provides a wiggle-free installation. And, don’t forget about that tether if forwardfacing!

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A properly installed car seat without a properly harnessed child isn’t a safe combination. If your child is using a five-point harness, shoulder straps must be in the correct position, chest clips must be at armpit level and the harness must be tight. If your child is in a booster, pay close attention to where the shoulder belt lies on the chest and thighs and assess his or her ability to sit properly for the duration of the ride.


Hand-me-down and used car seats shouldn’t be expired, missing parts, have unfixed recalls, have traveled under an airplane, been cleaned with harsh chemicals or been in a crash. If it isn’t safe for your child, it isn’t safe for ANY child!


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hen shopping for your child’s school backpack, there are important factors to consider. Carrying too much weight in a backpack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to unnecessary pain and strain for your child. Parents can take these steps when shopping for a school backpack and loading it for school to help children wear backpacks the correct way to avoid potential health problems.


Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms and hands when too much pressure is applied. School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size pack for your child as well as one with enough room for necessary school items.


A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10 percent of his or her body weight. This means a student weighing 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a loaded school backpack heavier than about 10 pounds. Load heaviest items closest to the center of the child’s back (the back of the pack). Arrange books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack. Check what your child carries to school and brings home. Make sure the items are necessary for the day’s activities. If the backpack is too heavy or tightly packed, your child can carry a book or other items in their hands. If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it.


Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a pack slung over one shoulder can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles. Wear the waist belt if the backpack has one. This helps distribute the pack’s weight more evenly. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below the child’s waistline.

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s students ease back into their school routines, one thing that may have changed is how your child gets to school. Courtesy bussing only extends to those who live 2 miles or more from school in Hillsborough County, and bell times are earlier than before for some students, with elementary students now needing to arrive by 7:40 a.m. More kids on the road competing with rush hour traffic can make for some ugly scenarios, but sensible precautions can make that early morning bike into some of your best school memories. Here are some safety tips from Michelle Sterling, injury prevention expert with St. Joseph’s Children’s Wellness and Safety Center. The number one safety rule is to wear a properly fitted helmet. Sterling explains that the helmet should start no more than two finger widths above the eyebrows and straps should make a “v” around the ears. You should be able to fit no more than one finger between the chin and chin strap. Sterling likes to point out that this is actually not an optional safety step; wearing a bicycle helmet is mandatory in the state of Florida and being caught without one might get you a citation.

More tips:

Wear bright colored clothing so you can easily be spotted by drivers, especially as winter months make those early mornings darker. You can wear a something reflective, such a vest or sash. Also make sure you kit your bike out with reflective lights. If there is a sidewalk, use it to ride to school. If there is no sidewalk, ride on the right hand side of the road. However, pedestrians should use the left hand side of the road if there is no sidewalk.


Be predictable. Sudden moves can confuse drivers; learn hand signals (see graphic) and use them. Make sure your bike is safe to use with an ABC check of the Air, Brakes and Chains.

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Teach your child to pause at driveways; you never know when someone will reverse out of one without checking. Don’t text or talk on the phone, whether you’re driving, walking or biking to school. Be aware of your surroundings and the traffic.

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Model good behavior for your little ones by wearing safety gear and staying focused on the road

Rules of the ride Learn the hand signals that should be used to alert drivers and fellow riders of your actions. 1 LEFT turn 2 RIGHT turn 3 STOPPING or SLOWING



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If you want to make sure you’ve put your little one's helmet on the right way, you can stop by the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Safety Store and the injury prevention experts in the store will help you choose the correct size helmet for your child. or (813) 554-8510.

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aving a new baby in the family is certainly an exciting time. Every day brings new milestones: the first bath, the first smile, and yes, the first time sleeping through the night. While most newborns sleep an average of 16 to 17 hours every day, it usually occurs in two-hour increments, leading parents to several nights of interrupted sleep. The effects of sleepless nights can build quickly, leaving new moms and dads to tackle their everyday tasks in a foggy haze. If you have ever had trouble sleeping, you would know first-hand that your mind is not as sharp; you might be forgetful and irritable. This can be very dangerous when caring for an infant, making it easier for accidents to happen. In 2016, according to the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, suffocation was the leading cause of injury death in infants under 1 year old. There are some precautions that parents can take to prevent suffocation accidents, and it begins with safe sleeping practices. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is highest in the first six months of life. To reduce the risk of SIDS, babies should always be placed on their backs to sleep. This should be done through their first birthday. While nothing begs “good sleep” more than cuddling with a sleeping baby, if you feel yourself starting to doze off, put the baby down in a safe sleeping environment before falling asleep yourself. Co-sleeping is not safe and puts the baby at risk of suffocation or SIDS – this includes sharing a bed with other children. Margie Boyer, MS, RNC, Manager of Patient Safety for Women & Children at Florida Hospital Tampa offers a simple message around babies and safe sleep for new parents and families: “Remember ABC: Alone, on their Back, in their Crib. Babies need to be placed alone, on their back, and in their crib.” Boyer and a team from Florida Hospital Tampa have made safe sleep a priority for their patients. “Florida Hospital Tampa was chosen as the hospital from the State to work on the National Initiative (NICHQ NAPPSS) to make safe sleep and breastfeeding the national norm,” Boyer says. “We are working closely with our community providers to achieve this goal.” Creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby requires a few simple, but incredibly important steps to help you follow the ABC’s of safe sleep.


Remove everything from the crib where the baby is sleeping, especially soft items such as blankets, stuffed animals or toys or pillows. Crib bumpers, particularly the padded kind, should be removed altogether.


Never place your baby face-down on soft surfaces to rest.


Make sure the crib mattress fits tightly in the crib, and that crib sheets fit tightly around the mattress, preventing the baby from being caught between the mattress and the sides or wrapped up in sheets. Do not lay the baby to sleep on soft surfaces such as couches, adult mattresses, comforters or mattress covers.

goodnights MAKE SAFE SLEEP A PRIORITY By Florida Hospita Tampa

Until babies can roll over front to back, supervised “tummy time” each day while awake encourages babies to practice gross motor skills that lead to rolling front to back, crawling and exploring the world. Experts advise starting with 15–20-minute periods two or three times a day and gradually trying longer or more frequent periods once the infant begins to enjoy being in this position. By simply following these safe sleep practices, we promise you and your baby will eventually get a great night’s rest.

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FOR A DAY Words and styling by Michelle Bremer Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography


e all know it’s important to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. Self-care is a necessity, especially for those of us who are busy running families and businesses. Why not take it to the next level and experience a beauty portrait session? There’s something very empowering about being pampered and photographed as if you were royalty. Revealing the essence of your beauty in a portrait is not just for others to gaze upon, and it’s not only for the sake of our own vanity. It’s a special experience that we should give to ourselves, so that we can remember how hard we work and be rewarded with an exquisitely captured moment in time.

As wives, moms and business owners, we have the tendency to put others first before thinking about ourselves. Giving yourself permission to spend time doing things for you allows you to become a better person to all the people in your life that need the best of you. By being a queen for a day, you honor the work you put into your daily life by spending time taking care of yourself. You can’t be everything to those that need you the most if you don’t take a moment to care for yourself.”

Looking beautiful is one thing, but feeling beautiful - well, that’s what this day did for me. I couldn’t believe how powerful the pictures made feel and how fun it was having a team of people fussing over ME! Brittany Ward, Owner, A Marketing Whisperer

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usch Gardens is home to a number of great festivals, celebrations and attractions. And this year, they're adding to their list of greats with the all-new Bier Fest, which kicks off at the end of August. Before planning your visit to the amusement park, here is everything you need to know.


On weekends from Aug. 25 to Sept. 16, take a break from the thrill rides and head over to Bier Fest for food, beer and live entertainment. Choose from more than 100 beers from 60 breweries, including Tampa Bay Brewing Company and 3 Daughters Brewing. Others might be less recognizable, but no less impressive, as they come from outside the state and from around the world. There’ll be no shortage of good beer at this event! 48 | SEPTEMBER 2018


What goes great with good beer? Good food, of course! From burgers and soft pretzels to kebabs, croquettes and more, you'll find a variety of delicious snacks and meals at Bier Fest at different themed culinary cabins. And if you're looking to try multiple food and beer options, Busch Gardens has the perfect offer for you. Purchase a Sampler (starting at $29.99), and try a select number of dishes or beers. Pass members can buy a 12-item Sampler for the price of the 10-item one.


Good news: Bier Fest is completely included with your park admission! Whether you have a daily admission, a fun card or an annual pass, you'll be able to enjoy what Bier Fest has to offer. The food and drinks are purchased separately or included in the Sampler purchase. This festival is the start of a new tradition at Busch Gardens that you definitely don't want to miss, so plan your visit today!


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y daughter asks for snacks almost immediately following meals," says Kathryn Golden, mom to an almost 4-year-old. "I'm mindful to load her meals with healthy whole foods, so this always perplexes me." We don't want our kids to be hungry, but we also don't want them snacking as a sporadic, mindless habit or because they are bored.  "My kids seriously want to snack all day long and not ever sit down and eat a full meal," Tampa mom-of-two Jennifer Rocha says. She, like Golden and many mommies, wonders: Is constant snacking normal? "This is so normal,” says Laura Hunter, co-author of “Moms on Call.” “Their stomachs are the size of their fist. So, a few bites here and there may be all they need. Sometimes they are just too busy to sit and eat."  Tampa Pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Pesce

suggests healthy morning and afternoon snack for most young children. She suggests that the snacks be served two or three hours before or after a meal so they will still be hungry for lunch and dinner. On the days when that strategic timing doesn't work, Dr. Pesce recommends offering water as a distraction until it's time to eat. Also think 'out of sight, out of mind,' and keep any snacks in your bag/purse hidden. If nagging for a quick bite continues, Dr. Pesce said, "It's okay to tell your child that it's not meal or snack time yet and they have to wait until that time."   Dr. Pesce also cautions that over-snacking on unhealthy foods is contributing to the overweight trend that medical professionals are seeing in children. "This can also interfere with consumption of breakfast, lunch and dinner, which may lead to children becoming pickier eaters and not getting enough of the essential

Easy and healthy snacks for kids of all ages (parents too!) ANTS ON A LOG Who can forget this childhood classic snack? Slather some of your favorite nut butter on a clean celery stalk and top with raisins! You can make ahead or on the spot!

nutrients that come from freshly prepared, nonprocessed foods," she says.    For toddlers who wake up in the middle of the night or very early in the morning asking to eat, it's typically out of habit and not because they're famished. "We like to remind parents to parent out of truth and not fear. The truth is, they will not starve if they wait until breakfast to eat and they will not starve if they miss a meal or two. They may even eat better if there is a bit of a stretch," Hunter says. Like Dr. Pesce, Hunter also advises that parents set three consistent meal times and two healthy snack options.  While it may seem insignificant, try to avoid letting your toddler see your frustration over their snacking quirks. It's important to ditch the "stress face" because it only escalates the frustration your toddler is almost certainly feeling too. Relax and remember, parents, you got this!  

CHEESE AND CRACKERS A little bit of protein and carbs from whole wheat crackers should help hold off hunger until dinner time. Expand your child's taste buds and try new cheeses to see what they think! VEGGIE STICKS AND HUMMUS This is an easy snack you can take to the office too! We love sliced carrots, cucumbers and red peppers with hummus!

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Families often find it challenging to talk about natural disasters or other topics that can be frightening to children. PBS Kids offers a variety of free resources to help families and educators cope in emergencies and other challenging times.

Sesame Street in Communities Handling Emergencies Toolkit Features a bi-lingual family guide, interactive books, checklists, videos and much more for families and childcare providers.

Meet the Helpers A multi-platform initiative produced by WUCF, Central Florida PBS, Meet the Helpers was designed to teach children about important community helpers so they are better prepared in emergency situations.

When Something Scary Happens Interactive books, videos, activities and expert advice featuring popular PBS Kids characters Daniel Tiger and Arthur.

WEDU PBS offers free training to family groups and educators on the use of PBS resources for topics like emergency preparedness and much more. To learn more about scheduling a training email or call (813) 254-9338.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

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BALLAST POINT PARK 5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa 33611 Located on Tampa Bay, Ballast Point Park offers a two-story playground and a smaller play area with a roller slide for toddlers. The park also features a splash pad area, a famed fishing pier, on-site seafood restaurant and lastly, magnificent views of the bay!

GLENCLIFF PARK 12292 Glencliff Circle, Westchase 33626

Featuring a gated and more contemporary style play area, this recently renovated park in the Westchase area offers a rope structure, rotating climbers and swings under a aerodynamic sunshade. The park also features a basketball court, soccer fields and a nature preserve featuring a trail.


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to experience as it features one of the best splash pads in the region. The enclosed splash pad is adjacent to a fully shaded pocket playground featuring soft turf flooring. The nearby Highlander Pool is a fee based pool ($3/ per person) and is open seasonally from May through September and features both a large main pool and children’s training pool.

ANDERSON PLAYGROUND 821 S. Rome Ave, Tampa, 33606

Nestled in the heart of Soho and surrounded by large trees, Anderson Playground offers fun and shade for visitors. Featuring two playground areas, swing sets, a multi-purpose court, garden and splash pad area, this urban park offers something for everyone.

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Located in the heart of Seminole Heights, American Legion Park has been a favorite of locals for many decades and offers visitors a fully shaded experience from the abundance of mature trees. The park offers two play structures and swings, but the main draw is the nearly life sized, old fashioned fire truck.

Completely covered by large oak trees, Davis Islands Park offers two sets of play areas for younger and older visitors. The park is also adjacent to the Bayshore Little League fields and a short walk to the Davis Islands Marina, which houses the Tampa Fire Rescue Boat and the Tampa Police boats. 

R.E. OLDS PARK 107 Shore Drive W., Oldsmar

This waterfront park on North Tampa Bay is a short drive from Westchase and offers visitors a shaded experience due to the large number of mature trees. With a pirate themed play structure, a dock and an amphitheater, the park boasts plenty of room for kids to play.

HIGHLANDER PARK (KIWANIS SPRAYGROUND) 1940 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin, 34698 This park is worth taking a day trip

155 Columbia Dr., Tampa, 33606

NORTHDALE PARK & RECREATION CENTER 15550 Spring Pine Dr., Tampa, 33624 Located in the greater Northdale area, this neighborhood park features a playground, basketball courts and a large field for kids to burn off their energy. It also has a shaded swing area which features a popular sibling swing.

JOSIAH CEPHAS WEAVER PARK 1258 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 34698 A great playground for younger children, Josiah Cephas Weaver Park located in Dunedin has a whimsical woodsy themed playground with a soft turf flooring replicating grass. The parks location is also only a short walk to a small pier.

AL LOPEZ PARK 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa 33614

Within walking distance of Raymond James Stadium, Al Lopez Park is a terrific outing option right in the heart of west Tampa. The park offers three playgrounds to visitors, along with a nature trail and pond which permits fishing.

JULIAN B LANE RIVERFRONT PARK IN TAMPA 1001 North Blvd., Tampa, 33606 The recently revamped park is one of our favorite new additions to the Tampa Bay area. It is expansive, covering 25 acres along the Hillsborough River. The splash pad and playground are kid-friendly favorites, but there is also plenty more to do! The park also features tennis and pickle ball courts, basketball courts, kayaking, a football field and more!


1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg, 33705 The popular preserve recently added a natural playground featuring playground equipment your kids love like a slide and climbing structures all made out of African wood. This is a great place to visit to allow your kids a chance to connect with nature while playing in the park!

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By Laura Byrne

BUSCH GARDENS SUNKEN GARDENS Busch Gardens offers a herd of animal encounter experiences. These are a few we have tried with our kids and loved! Visit to learn more about these and other amazing tours like the Serengeti Safari Tour.

These aren’t true one-on-one animal experiences, but if you have young children, we know they’ll enjoy seeing the flock of flamingos or checking out the giant goldfish as they walk through the beautiful gardens. Be sure to say hello to the talking parrots too! It’s a beautiful escape from the rush of everyday life. Sunken Gardens also happens to be next door to Great Explorations Children’s Museum, so check it out!


Journey to the Land Down Under and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies! Our kiddo loved this experience. It is truly unique to our area and so much fun. The kangaroos were gentle and loved their sweet potato treats. This experience is for kids ages 5 and older.


During this 30-minute tour, your child will get up close and personal with one of the world’s largest tortoises and even get to feed the tortoise some special healthy treats! This tour is for ages 5 and older.

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Included in your admission is the No Bone Zone and Sting Ray Bay, great opportunities for your kiddos to touch an anemone or starfish. Visit to sign up for more experiences offered at The Florida Aquarium.


Animal encounters are $10 for Zoo Members and $15 for Non-Members. To learn more about other backstage tours and experiences, visit


Waddle up to some of the cutest chicks in town! The African Penguin Backstage tour offers a unique peek at how zoo keepers care for these feathered creatures and also allows you a chance to pet a penguin—it’s an experience you and the kids won’t forget! Younger children can participate in this activity.


Go nose to horn for a 30-minute tactile encounter with this beautiful creature. White Rhinos love the interaction and love a good scratch down! This tour is best for kids ages 5 and older.



This is probably one of our kids’ favorite experiences. You don’t have to book an appointment. Just walk over to the Safari of Africa area and walk up the ramp to the giraffe feeding area to purchase leaves of lettuce. They’ll have staff ready to take your photo too if you decide you want to purchase a pro photo!

This is not a feeding experience and a really great opportunity for young children to get up close with an Aldabra Tortoise. Our 3-year-old had a great morning getting to know one of the tortoises, Bruce.


This 30-minute tour puts you center stage with a penguin biologist and the African penguins. Guests can help feed the penguins and even pose for pictures. We hear people have used this experience to propose and for baby announcements!


This is for kids ages 9 and older and does not require SCUBA certification. It’s basically a snorkel experience where you’ll swim above water with the fish, stingrays, sea turtles and sharks. You’ll get a video of your experience to show your friends!

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September will be supported by multiple other acts such as Ballyhoo! and DJ Cardinal.

MICKEY'S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARY  Select nights through Oct. 31, various times  Visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park for a night of trick-or-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. SEAWORLD’S ELECTRIC OCEAN  Through Sept. 22, various times  Power up your evenings at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean, the nighttime summer special included with regular admission. With new dolphin and Shamu shows, and “Pop,” an avant-garde bubble-blowing bonanza, there’s fun for the whole family. Stay late for “Ignite,” the fountain and firework show, or get your glow on with sea creature-inspired DJ sets at Club Sea Glow. BIER FEST AT BUSCH GARDEN  Through Sept. 16  Celebrate the end of summer at Busch Garden’s Bier Fest. The festival will fuse more than 200 years of Oktoberfest and Tampa Bay’s own beer culture to guarantee nights of fun. Over 100 beers from local and international breweries will be available throughout the event in addition to traditional German cuisine and music. The Bier Fest celebration is accessible with regular park admission. SUMMER OF RUM FEST  Sept. 1 -2, various times  Celebrate this Labor Day weekend with a little bit of rum. This year’s event will be held in Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Sugar Ray and The Wailers will headline, and

SPORTSTEMBER  Sept. 1 – 30   Glazer Children’s Museum is celebrating its eighth birthday! All month long you can enjoy $8 general admission. They are also hosting “sportstember” this month, which involves all things health and fitness related. Expect sports programming, yoga, cooking classes and more! TERRIFIC TOTS  Every Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Members can enjoy a program designed specifically for little ones ages 1-3. Your child and a caregiver can participate in songs, story time, arts and crafts, exploration and more! KIDDING AROUND YOGA  Sept. 1 and 15, 10 a.m.  Every first and third Saturday of the month, families are invited to the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete to participate in Saturday morning yoga specifically designed for kids. Participate in partner yoga, games, activities and more while enjoying music and stories. This event is ages 3+ and attendees should provide their own towel or mat. FREE TUESDAY AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM  Sept. 4, noon to 7 p.m.  Courtesy of the museum and its partnership with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, the Glazer Children’s Museum will provide free admission Sept. 4. This is the perfect time for new families and regulars to engage in a hands-on learning adventure at downtown Tampa museum.

CHICAGO  Sept. 18-23, various times  Chicago is coming to the Straz and we couldn’t be more excited! Winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Grammy® Award for Best Musical Cast Recording, this is one show you don’t want to miss!

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

SWAPTEMBER  Sept. 4 – 30  The Florida Aquarium, MOSI and ZooTampa at Lowry Park have partnered to allow members to “swap” membership privileges for use at any of the three participating attractions. If you are a member of one of these great locations, now is your chance to try out another! For full details visit 7TH ANNUAL CHICK-FIL-A FALL STAMPEDE  Sept. 8, 8 a.m.  This year’s event benefiting Children’s Cancer Center will take place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The event will include a 5k Run, 1 mile Family Fun Run, a Mascot Race, photo opportunities with the Chick-fil-A cows, and a post-race party in the Family Fun Zone including Chick-fil-A food, games and great prizes. Packet pick up begins at 6:30 a.m. with the first race at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. For more information go to fall-stampede MOTHER & SON, NERF AND NINJAS  Sept. 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Take your bonding to the next level with this high energy, action-packed fun night! Navigate a ninja course, battle as a team or face off against each other. Food, fun and crafts will be available as well. Ages 5-12. tampaymca HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS  Sept. 14 – Nov. 3, select nights  Universal Orlando hosts Halloween Horror Nights once again. Get your thrills and extra chills at this infamous event. However, this may be a night to call in the babysitter – the event is not recommended for children under 13.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT  Sept. 14, 6 – 10 p.m.  Drop off your kids and take a night out for yourself! They will have a great night playing at the museum, eating pizza and crackers, drinking juice and watching a G-rated movie. Ages 4-10. Pre-registration required. ANNUAL DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT  Sept. 15, 5 – 8 p.m.  Party in Paris at the Largo Community Center! This annual Daddy Daughter Dance is fit for daddy’s little princess. Dine, dance, take photos and play games, all while feeling like the Eiffel tower is right around the corner. Tickets are $39/couple and $12/each additional daughter. Space is limited; pre-register by Sept. 10. MOM SON MESSY MADNESS  Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.   A special night just for moms and their boys grades K-8. Dinner, dessert and high energy messy games will keep your little one entertained and in their element all night long. Enjoy this slimy event for just $25/ couple and $8/each additional son. Space is limited; preregister by Sept. 10.


For even more family fun, visit to see our full calendar! GIRL SCOUT FEST 2018  Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Join the Girls Scouts of West Central Florida for their annual event to kick off the Girl Scout year! Together with their many terrific program partners, you'll have the chance to take part in activities that span their four program pillars—entrepreneurship, life skills, the outdoors and STEM. Plus there will be special activities just for older girls (grades 6-12). $12/ person (ages 5 and up). FLORIDA DREAM CENTER MASQUERADE BALL  Sept. 22, 6 – 10 p.m.  Join the Florida Dream Center for an evening of hope, independence and support of those in our community impacted by hunger, homelessness, addiction and sex trafficking. Come ready to dance, eat and stroll through the silent action featuring vacation getaways and other exciting prizes. Black Tie – wear a mask or purchase one at the door. All proceeds benefit the Florida Dream Center.

PRAISE WAVE  Sept. 15 and 22  Head over to Seaworld Orlando for the second Christian Music Festival Praise Wave in 2018! Guests will enjoy live performances by Michael W. Smith Sept. 15 and by the Newsboys Sept. 22. Live concerts take place at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. Reserved seating packages for all performances are available online at seaworldorlando. com and start at $20. GAME OF THRONES LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE  Sept. 21, 8 p.m.  The world of Westeros is coming to Tampa! This concert will include new music and footage from Season 7 as well as custom stage design and visuals. It’s a must-see for fans of the television series. HOWL-O-SCREAM  Sept. 21 – Oct. 28, select nights  For 19 select nights, there is nowhere to hide at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Returning this year are some patron favorites like the Death Water Bayou house and Fiends Show. However, much of the event is brand new with two new houses and five new scare zones.

SELENA TRIBUTE  Sept. 22, 8 p.m.  Central Park Performing Arts Center will feature 40 artists over a 10-month period in their 2018-2019 season, and this night belongs to Selena. Tickets are available at and through the CPPAC Box Office for all season shows. (727)587-6793

NATIONAL UNPLUGGED PLAY DAY SPONSORED BY WIKKI STIX UNPLUG MOVEMENT  Sept. 29  It is critical for kids to get back to the business of childhood: PLAY! Play stimulates imagination and creativity and helps develop cognitive thinking skills. Play involves doing, not watching! Unplug it! Turn it off! Take a Break! Be a Kid! Wikki Stix Unplug Movement offers retailers the opportunity to host an Unplugged Play Day in their stores, materials provided. They are also reaching out to moms and families nationwide, to offer an at-home Unplugged Play Day for only $5 and free shipping. If you have questions, or would like to get involved, call 602-8709937 or email kclark@wikkistix. com.

SCARECROW WORKSHOP  Sept. 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m. or noon to 1:30 p.m.  Manatee Village Historical Park will host a scarecrow workshop ideal for families and small groups of friends. Create a life-sized scarecrow perfect for any fall décor! Groups will be provided all the materials for the body of the scarecrow. Participants are asked to bring their own clothing. Simple crafts will also be provided for children. More info can be found at FALL FAMILY FEST  Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Join Florida Hospital Centra Care and the Tampa Bay Moms Group as they present the Fall Family Fest. This event will be held at Water Works Park and will feature local businesses and resources, games, prizes, characters, swag and so much more! Come prepared to have a good time. The event is free and more info can be found on their Facebook Event Page. THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW  Sept. 27, 8 p.m.  The Australian Pink Floyd Show is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall to celebrate their 30th anniversary! The group will perform the music of Pink Floyd alongside a light and laser show, video animations and high-resolution LED screen technology. 7TH ANNUAL CHEVAL CARES FAMILY FUN RUN  Sept. 29, 8 a.m.  Sign up to take part in the 7th Annual Cheval Cares 5K benefitting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. This family-friendly event features both a youth and an adult race. Both are timed and included awards for the finishers. The event aims to feature a DJ, face painting, bounce houses, gaming, Kona Ice and more! To register please visit

SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAY AT ALTITUDE  Sept. 1 and 15, 9 – 10 a.m.  Participate with fewer crowds and lower music during these mornings at Altitude Trampoline Park. Altitude invites guests with special sensory needs to jump with them at reduced rates, and one accompanying parent jumps free. CHUCK E. CHEESE SENSORY SUNDAY  Sept. 2, 9 a.m.  Visit Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Wesley Chapel locations the first Sunday of every month for a sensory-friendly experience. With reduced crowds, and subdued music and lighting, the restaurant’s trained staff provides fun and games for the whole family. AMC SENSORY FILM SHOWINGS  Sept. 8 and 22, various times  AMC Theatres and the Autism Society are proud to offer sensory film showings of new movies on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. AMC Veterans 24 and West Shore 14 are participating theaters with less darkness and lower sound in the theaters, and opportunity to move around the theater as needed. Check with local theaters for show times and tobe-announced film listings. GREAT CONNECTIONS  Sept. 9, 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.

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