Hey, Mom and Dad- It’s not your fault.

By: Taylor Arellano

I was a brand new Mom with a sweet little newborn boy. He was the center of my whole world, my iPhone was filled with nothing but pictures of him throughout every part of our day no matter how insignificant. I lived and breathed for every involuntary smile, coo, and wiggle.

Like any new Mom, I spammed my Facebook news feed with pictures of my new baby all day, every day. I was so proud of this little life Zach and I had brought into the world, and I wanted to share his never ending cuteness (no matter how insignificant the photo really was) with the whole world.

So, the day I received a Facebook message in regards to a picture I posted of a photo of my then 2 month old son still makes me question myself to this day…

I had just started my transition out of the Military and was home often by myself with Isaac. Being a brand new, young Mom I was learning how to balance home chores with trying to feed and please a newborn, as well as apply for new jobs, buy a new home, and more. These days were absolutely crazy to say the least.

One day, Isaac was especially fussy, and I distinctly remember it was a day where I needed to be on the phone to talk to the lenders for the home we were purchasing. Wondering if it would work, I turned on a quiet T.V. Channel and placed Isaac in his bouncer in front of the T.V. Stand to occupy him while I was on the phone. To my surprise, it worked, and I actually thought it was cute that my 2 month old was so entertained by a completely random T.V. show, so of course I snapped a pic and uploaded it to Facebook thinking how cute it was that my newborn was just lounging around watching a morning talk show.

It wasn’t but a couple hours later that I signed into Facebook to find a private message from an old High School classmate that I had not even remembered speaking to in at least 8 years. But what was even more shocking, was the context of her message.

In short, the message basically read that she was attending College to be an early childhood educator, and she wanted to advise me that letting young children watch television was extremely damaging to their development and that my “adorable son”  (Yeah, she tried to bring me a up a little before she kicked me down) could actually end up with a speech delay or other cognitive disabilities. There was a lot more detail and degrading comments in her message, but I will spare you those.

Immediately, I felt awful. I was a brand new Mom, I had no idea what I was doing. Was that hour of T.V. going to damage his ability to speak in a couple of years? When is he allowed to start watching T.V.? Why do they even make those baby shows? The questions in my head were endless, but I knew that I did not want to ask this “friend” the answers to these questions because I felt degraded and dumb.

Fast forward 18 months later. Isaac is diagnosed as Speech Delayed.

If you don’t think that message from my former classmate popped into my head, think again.

Zach and I were sad, we were worried, we felt so bad. Did we do something wrong? Were we failing Isaac in his development? We by no means used the T.V. as a babysitter, we played outside with him, we played games with him, we read books. Was this still somehow our fault?

The short answer to those questions- NO.

We were assured by our pediatrician, speech therapists, hearing evaluation specialists and more that THESE THINGS HAPPEN. We were good parents.

I am a believer in science and medicine, I am a Nursing Student myself, and I know there is a clinical basis for almost everything. I know that there are predisposing factors for illnesses, developmental delays, etc.

…But I also know that I am a good Mom. Zach is an amazing Dad. Our Son is a healthy and curious little boy, and his speech development is a work in progress that we see improvements in DAILY. We are doing our best as parents, and Isaac is doing his best too.

It took a long time for me to stop blaming myself. I would think back on the message from my old classmate and wonder if this was my fault. If the occasional Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode made my little boy incapable of speaking at an age appropriate level. If I should have taken our T.V. and completely left it in the garage for 3 years since according to an early education STUDENT ” a child should see no T.V. until age 3″.

I need to add that I am in no way trying to discredit the knowledge of this person. I am sure she knew a lot about the subject. I also understand that television and other factors do have significant effects on a child’s development. That is not the point here though.

I wondered if that classmate (who had no children) knew what it was like to be so burnt out from being home with an 11 month old for 7 days straight and had 1 shower in that time frame- knew what it was like to just need 30 minutes of quiet so she could be a better Mom.

In addition to understanding that we cannot blame ourselves, we also need to think about how our words may affect another parent. Whenever I feel like I have a piece of advice for another parent, I stop first. I think about how I felt when I got that Facebook message.

Is saying this going to make them feel inferior in their parenting skills and decisions? Is saying this going to be helpful? Am I going to make him/her feel like they have done something wrong? Am I stealing this Mom’s joy right now?

OF COURSE- if a child’s safety or well-being is in danger, there are appropriate ways to intervene. But unless you have A LOT and I mean A LOT of probable cause to think someone is really affecting their child’s well-being, we have to think twice before we hand out unsolicited advice to parents.

The words of someone completely insignificant to my family’s life had a lasting impact on me.

Be a good friend. Be a good fellow parent. But be considerate.

And to my fellow Mom’s and Dad’s with a child who may be needing some extra help in one or more areas of development, hang in there. Progress comes with time, and I know very well how the wait for signs of progress can seem like ages. Be gentle on yourself, and on your child. The first time they call you “Mama” or “Dada” with true recognition and affiliation with the word, you will cry. That first “I love you” will make your heart burst, and it is so worth the wait.

 

 

 

My Breastfeeding Journey…

 By Jennifer Stroble

At some point in raising their child, every parent has wished they came with a manual. Don’t try to deny it. The next best thing to a manual is a tribe or support system. The kind of people that won’t judge you for wanting wine at 10:00 am, because your child cried for two hours after you gave him the wrong colored cup at lunch time. These type of people are there to lift your spirits during troubling times, and generally make your life more enjoyable.

I found my tribe, also known as my mom’s group; when my oldest son, Keagan, was just shy of a year old. They have since kept me sane in times I thought I needed to go to a loony bin. I needed them most when Oliver, my last baby was born in September. That’s when all hell broke loose in my life.

Seven months ago, I had no idea what  was in store for my son and I. We endured a whirlwind of ups and downs. We’ve overcome jaundice, torticollis, and hospitalization for bronchiolitis. Although, nothing will compare to my current struggle: breastfeeding.

Throughout my entire pregnancy I told myself, and anyone who’d listen, that I’d breastfeed exclusively for a minimum of one year. My breastfeeding journey with his older brother came to a halt after three weeks due to illness and a less than ideal support system. I was determined to have better success this time around at providing my son’s nutrition, and having those special bonding moments with him.

My inner circle of friends tried to prepare me for my journey ahead. They tried to teach me that there would be many struggles, and that breastfeeding wasn’t going to be easy. It’s something you have to constantly work towards, but in the end would be worth every frustration. Some mothers have struggles latching or dealing with reflux, forceful letdowns, clogged milk ducts, and more. Not to mention, the sleepless nights and insatiable hunger.

However, none of them could prepare me for what I was about to withstand.

Oliver was born September 17th, 2015. Those first few moments were a blur. I remember crying from overwhelming amount of joy that he was here, and being in pure bliss with my baby boy. By the time I was discharged from the hospital 36 hours later, those tears had turned dark. I was beyond sleep deprived because my sleep cycle only occurred once every 30 minutes, if I was lucky. Trying to feed my child was becoming a nightmare the more I tried.

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Oliver was miserable. He’d cry nonstop, nothing would calm him.  I was told by the doctor that he may have a tongue tie and to get it evaluated. I found myself at Dr. Sierra’s office, in Tampa,  the following day for a free consultation. As it would turn out, he had the “most obvious” lip AND tongue tie that Dr. Sierra had ever seen. He encouraged me to feed him right after the lip and tongue tie revision, to help comfort him. I noticed a difference almost immediately. It no longer hurt as badly to feed him, and a weight had been lifted.

I battled with everything my friends warned me about: the sleepless nights, the hunger, the never ending nursing sessions and more. One thing nobody had warned me about though, was food intolerance and other food sensitivities while breastfeeding. If I ate something that the baby didn’t digest well, how would I know? Would he grow horns? Cry like he’s dying? Would he bleed? Get rashes? I had no clue. I had limited knowledge with food intolerance.

At six weeks old, I was proud to have made it that long, still being his source of nutrition. After all, it was an important milestone. Most mothers give up within the first six weeks. In that time though, Oliver had always had diarrhea, and it was almost always green. It would range from neon, to ninja turtle green. He was severely moody, spitting up, gassy, and just over all unpleasant. The doctors suggested I go dairy free.

Goodbye, ice cream. Farewell, cheese. See you later, yogurt. Smell you later, baked goods.

I found myself crying during most feeding sessions. After all, it was my milk that made his tummy so upset. I was doing my best, but it just didn’t feel good enough at that moment. His pediatrician and the lactation consultants at Baby Café, said it could take upwards of another six weeks before I saw a drastic improvement in his stools and overall attitude.

As time went by, I was second guessing myself more, and more. I’d think to myself, am I eating the wrong stuff? Am I over-thinking his poop? Could there be another cause? I was feeling so out of my element. At his three month check-up, they still found microscopic traces of blood in his diarrhea. I was told to eliminate soy as well as dairy. The world of processed foods had instantly vanished. No more late night munchies of Oreos and milk, or quick take out from our favorite fast food joint. Convenience was a luxury, and I no longer had it.

I went another six weeks of trial and error. At this point, Ollie is now 4½ months old. I had become what I would consider a master at examining infant poop. This is not a title I’d want on my resume. My silver lining was that he was noticeably happier on a day to day basis. Other than his runny number twos, he was a perfectly happy and healthy baby. He was gaining a slow but steady amount of weight, which was the only thing keeping the doctors (and myself) happy.

I hit a rock wall, as I knew there was still something wrong with my baby.  I was begging and pleading for answers. No one could tell me why he had diarrhea. I was fed up with his pediatrician. They told me to start solids and/or formula, even though I told them I want to exclusively feed him myself, and those were not currently an option for me. I begged for a GI specialist referral. I was referred to Dr. Izizarry in Brandon. She gave me three options: start solids, start a total elimination diet, or give formula.

Friends and family thought I was nuts. Who in their right mind would give up everything just to breastfeed their child? They tried to comfort me, and continue to support my decisions regardless of what I chose. After crying for what felt like forever, I went home and did my research on what foods I could do during a total elimination diet. I was determined to reach my goal, and to never give up. In the end, I felt that if I couldn’t make things right within my diet, how was a container of formula supposed to help? My milk was made especially for him.

I went approximately another six weeks slowly introducing one thing after another back into his diet. I hit numerous stand still periods, but continued forward. I brought back eggs, nuts, and wheat into my diet aside from my “safe” proteins and produce.

I saw only one improvement. He went from 10+ poops a day, to 3-5 a day.

I cried. I felt lost. I had given up everything, living off of lamb and veggies. Everyone around me could tell I was unraveling and continued to push formula on me. I knew they all had very good intentions, but I still resisted.

Last month, it came back that his older brother Keagan had mild allergies to cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, and wheat. I decided that since we were still struggling to find the culprit for his digestion issues, that we’d resume a normal diet and only avoid his brother’s allergies, with the exception of soy.

I’m happy to announce, that even though I’m still clueless as to what has been causing mayhem on my baby’s belly, he’s doing much better. He’s gone roughly a month free of wheat, peanuts, eggs, dairy and soy. He has had normal bowel movements in this time frame, as well.

Due to my determination, and overly supportive group of friends, I’ve managed to stay on track. There’s now a light at the end of my tunnel, and I hope to make my goal of one year.
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If I had struggled in silence, I likely wouldn’t have made it to my first six week milestone, let alone my six month milestone. Take it from me, find your support system to carry you through your struggles and keep you sane. I’ve had a large network of like-minded mothers to guide me through my journey thus far, and family to comfort me in moments I wanted to give up. Every hard decision I’ve made in the last six months, has been entirely worth it.

 

Jennifer Stroble.jpg I’m Jennifer, a 25 year old mother of two amazing boys. Keagan is four years old, and Oliver will be one in September. I’ve been married five years now, and have grown up in the Brandon area. I am a sarcastic, laid back stay-at-home parent with a hectic lifestyle catering to my children and two rambunctious dogs. Each day I’m simply trying to survive the never-ending ride that is parenthood. 

 

 

Weekend Events August 18 – 20, Tampa Bay Area

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 Here is your weekend roundup of family friendly events!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 *Friday, August 18, 2017 Events*

 

Open Play For Kids at K Peas

Open play is a wonderful experience for parents and toddlers. It is a time for spontaneous fun and play. Moms meet other moms. Kids make friends and play together. Open play is relaxed and fun. Your sweet pea will love it! You are welcome to bring in food during open play. Open play is a great way to get introduced to K Peas Place. Walk-ins are welcome. (ages 0-5yrs)

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017,  9:30 am –  3:30 pm
  • Location: 13966 Lynmar Blvd, Tampa Fl, 33626
  • Cost: $15 per family drop in
  • Website: kpeasplace.com

Open Play at Playtime

No reservations are necessary for Open Play, just walk in! Please check the current monthly calendar for days & times.

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017, 10:00 am –  2:00 pm
  • Location: 6124 N Us Highway 41 Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
  • Cost: $6-Ages 6-11 months (infants under 6 months are free!) , $8-Ages 1-5 years
  • Website: playtime.com

Toddler Takeover at Glazer Children’s Museum

As the big kids return to school, Toddlers will take over GCM for two weeks of yoga, music, gross motor skill development, social learning, preschool readiness and more.

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017, 10:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa FL 33602
  • Cost: General Admission
  • Website: glazermuseum.org

Baby and Toddler Yoga

Ages 6 months to 5 years old. This is a great opportunity to introduce your baby or toddler to yoga. Through fun interactive song and movement, children will learn basic asana (postures) and basic pranayama (yogic breathing). Favorites like: cat, cow, cobra, tree, triangle, and down-dog all will be taught, along with much more. Through yoga, we can help our children find focus, learn something new, and best of all encourage the harnessing of that energy into a healthy activity. Classes are ½ hour and require only that you enjoy yourself!

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017, 11:30 AM – 12:05 PM
  • Location: Jan Kaminis Platt Library, 3910 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33611-1214
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

Preschool Storytime at Land O Lakes Branch Library

Children and their caregivers gather to sing, dance, and share stories. This storytime is geared towards children ages 3-5 years.

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Land O’Lakes Library – 2818 Collier Parkway Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.pascolibraries.org

Family Fun Nights at Sky Zone

Tuesday thru Friday come to Sky Zone for our Family Fun Nights…. 4 Sixty Minute Jump Passes / 4 pairs of Sky Socks / 4 Fountain Drinks / 1 Large Pizza. Offer not valid during Special Events, Glow or Spring Break.

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017,  3:00 pm –  7:00 pm
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: $59.99 – family 4 pack
  • Website: www.skyzone.com

My Gym Brandon Back to Class Open House

Fall is a great time to get back to routines, including active and healthy programs to balance out kids’ lives. Start the new school year off right by committing to a lifestyle of health, fitness, and fun. This event is FREE but registration is REQUIRED. We will have class enrollment specials, birthday bookings and prizes. During each open house we will showcase some of our exciting class and party elements.

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017,  3:30 pm –  4:30 pm
  • Location: 2060 Badlands Drive, Brandon, FL 33511
  • Cost: This event is free, but reservations are required
  • Website: www.mygym.com

Kids Night at You Do the Dishes

Kids 13 and under paint for $4/hr after 5pm

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017,  5:00 pm
  • Location: 15357 Amberly Drive Tampa, FL 33647
  • Cost: $4/hour
  • Website: www.youdothedishes.com

Parents Night Out at Four Leaf CrossFit Kids

Kids are back to school and routines…likelihood is you need a break! Send your kids to us for a night of fit fun. Cost is $20 and siblings $15.
The theme will be Emoji we are back to School!

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017,  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 30534 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33543
  • Cost: The cost is $20 ($15 siblings)
  • Website: www.facebook.com

Glow Zone at Sky Zone

We’re different after dark. Lasers, music and blacklight transform the whole park and even your party into a crazy jumping dance club. Flips are limited to Foam Zone during Glow. Waivers are required for all persons entering the park during Glow.

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2017,  7:00 pm – 11:59 pm
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: $19.99 for two hours
  • Website: www.skyzone.com

 

*Saturday, August 19, 2017 Events*

Local Fun & Organic Farmers Market w/ Fall Growing Class at A Land of Delight

Join us this Saturday for a Day of fun for the whole family in the great outdoors. There are lots of animals to see, including Emily’s new adorable pink-toenailed pig Penny, Elliott’s emu’s Thunder and Lightning, miniature Zebu cows, dwarf goats, adorable bunnies, Merlin the Magnificent Pony and more. Ice cold Lemonade and Ice cold coconut water to quench your thirst!

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  8:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 2514 Leaning Pine Ln, Plant City, Florida 33565
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Website: www.facebook.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Free Training Camp Practices Open to the Public

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invites everyone to come watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training practices as they get ready for an amazing 2017 season. The 13 training practices are free and are open to the public. During the team training practices, fans will be able to enjoy discounted concessions, merchandise tents offering the newest Bucs jerseys and gear, and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear. Camp will also feature the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile, the Street Team RV and the Women of RED Zone exhibit, along with Buccaneer players signing autographs following the end of each practice.

The practices will be held on select days in the morning hours to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. at One Buccaneer Place and practice runs from 8:45 a.m.- 10:43 a.m.

Due to the construction of the team’s indoor practice facility, parking and entry for fans will be moved to the gate outside of the western fence surrounding One Buccaneer Place. Parking for training camp will be free of charge and fans will not need a ticket for admittance.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  8:00 am –  10:45 am
  • Location: One Buc Place
  • Cost: FREE admission and FREE parking
  • Website: buccaneers.com

Pinellas County 4-H Open House and Carnival at Heritage Village

Come out to see what our clubs have to offer this upcoming year and play some fun carnival games, pet some cute animals, and bid on silent auction items. Adults interested in volunteering also encouraged to attend. All proceeds go to support 4-H in your community. This year will be carnival-themed. We will have animals and games!

Tickets to carnival games will be sold to benefit Pinellas County 4-H. Visit Heritage Village and 4-H all in one FREE event!  We will be in the back by the windmill and water tower. Parking can be found at the Botanical Gardens or the Heritage Village lots

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  9:00 am –  1:00 pm
  • Location: Heritage Village 11909 125th Street N. Largo, FL 33774
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.facebook.com

Michaels Kids Club Saturday Crafts

Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. New craft project each week. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Supplies are included. Please see website to find a location near you.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: At participating Micheal’s locations.
  • Cost: $2 per child
  • Website: www.michaels.com

MAKE Kindness Rocks

Join us in our classroom Saturday, August 19 for free rock painting. We encourage you to bring your own rocks and we’ll provide all the supplies to paint and decorate!
At all Michaels store locations
Age 3 & up welcome
Share your creations with #MAKEKindnessRocks
No registration required, come and go from 10 am – 3 pm local time
While supplies last!

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: At participating Micheal’s locations.
  • Cost: You provide the rocks, Micheals will provide the supplies
  • Website: www.michaels.com

Play, Make, Discover at Land O Lakes Branch Library

Join us for our all new “Little Makers” program series. On select Saturdays we will have a different program for toddlers and preschoolers to play, make, and discover! Join us this week for a springtime sensory experience.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:15 am
  • Location: Land O’Lakes Library – 2818 Collier Parkway Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.pascolibraries.org

Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Join us for this fun-filled Storytime with activities to follow. See website for weekly book and theme.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:00 am
  • Location: Multiple Locations – Visit website to find store near you.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: stores.barnesandnoble.com

Art Spot at Tampa Museum of Art

Join us Saturday mornings in the Museum’s Golding-Scher Classroom for Art Spot. The free drop-in program offers children and families a chance to share a creative moment making art projects inspired by works of art on display in the galleries. There is a different facilitator-guided project each week designed by art instructors to be fun and fulfilling for all ages.
Every Saturday 11:00am – 2:00pm. Free. No registration required.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:00 am –  2:00 pm
  • Location: Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plz, Tampa 33602
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: tampamuseum.org

Lakeshore Learning Crafts For Kids

Our Free Crafts for Kids event will be held at all Lakeshore Learning locations. Kids have a blast creating a new craft project every Saturday!

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 4501 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.lakeshorelearning.com

Kids’ Fishing at our Outside Pond at Bass Pro Shop

FREE Fishing Fun!
NOTE: The fishing is at our OUTSIDE pond so please wear appropriate clothing, shoes, hats and sunscreen. The event will be cancelled if there is rain or thunder. Please call our store at 813-655-2400 before you drive over if the weather is questionable. All equipment and bait provided.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Location: Bass Pro Shops 10501 Palm River Rd, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebook.com

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

For the first time ever, Tampa Monster Jam fans will witness the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. This challenging competition requires the athletes to perform in THREE distinct vehicles (vehicle description here). It’s a true test of the athlete’s skill and provides endless excitement for fans as valuable points are won and lost throughout each individual event.  Featuring: Blue Thunder driven by Matt Cody, EarthShaker driven by Tristan England, El Toro Loco driven by Kayla Blood, Grave Digger driven by Tyler Menninga, Max-D driven by Colton Eichelberger, Monster Mutt Rottweiler driven by Cory Snyder, Scooby-Doo driven by Myranda Cozad, Zombie driven by Bari Musawwir

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Location: 401 Channelside Drive Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: Tickets start at $15
  • Website: www.monsterjam.com

Fort Foster State Historic Site Tours

Fort Foster State Historic Site is part of Hillsborough River State Park, though located on the East Side of US 301 from the park. Fort Foster is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. Don’t miss our Ranger-led tours of Historic Fort Foster Site on the first and third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.; and the first and third Sunday of each month at 11 a.m.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to the sensitivity of this historic site, experiencing Fort Foster is ONLY available, weather permitting, via ranger-guided interpretive tours.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  2:00 pm
  • Location: 15402 US 301 N. Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  • Cost: The cost is $2 per person
  • Website: www.floridastateparks.org

Plant City Strawberry Classic Cruise-In

The Plant City Strawberry Classic Car Show is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month in historic downtown Plant City.
•Free Registration Starting at 3:00pm
• 50/50 Raffle
• Free Bounce House & Kid’s Entertainment
• Area Shops & Restaurants Open
•DJ Tinny spinning hits from the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s
•Rain or shine.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  3:00 pm –  8:00 pm
  • Location: Union Station Depot, 102 N Palmer St, Plant City, Florida 33563
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Website: www.facebook.com

Block Party at Egypt Lake Partnership Library

Kids use Lego building blocks to build a fun, interactive and creative afternoon. The library provides the Legos; kids provide the imagination!

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  3:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Egypt Lake Partnership Library – 3403 W. Lambright St. Tampa, FL 33614
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.hcplc.org

Family Movie Night Beauty and the Beast at Sims Park

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST “The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.”

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017,  8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Location: 5547 Main Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.facebook.com

 

*Sunday, August 20, 2017 Events* 

 

Toddler Time at Sky Zone

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.

  • When: Sunday, August 20, 2017,  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: Toddler $12.99 and one adult jumps Free
  • Website: www.skyzone.com

Fort Foster State Historic Site Tours

Fort Foster State Historic Site is part of Hillsborough River State Park, though located on the East Side of US 301 from the park. Fort Foster is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. Don’t miss our Ranger-led tours of Historic Fort Foster Site on the first and third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.; and the first and third Sunday of each month at 11 a.m.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to the sensitivity of this historic site, experiencing Fort Foster is ONLY available, weather permitting, via ranger-guided interpretive tours.

  • When: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 am
  • Location: 15402 US 301 N. Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  • Cost: The cost is $2 per person
  • Website: www.floridastateparks.org

Pokemon at Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

Calling all Pokemon fans and trainers. Learn to play from a Pokemon League Leader. Share, trade and play Pokemon with other enthusiasts! All skill levels, beginner to Master, are welcome.

  • When: Sunday, August 20, 2017,  2:00 pm –  4:30 pm
  • Location: 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico, FL 33596-6204
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Summer Classics: Sing-Along Grease

There’s no time like Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics series to watch a movie about maybe the most famous summer romance ever. And there’s probably a lot to be said about why the late 1970s was so obsessed with the teen life of the 1950s, but Grease is an apotheosis of those ‘50s youth culture movies. Based on a hit Broadway musical and full of catchy songs (the soundtrack was the second-best selling album of 1978 behind the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever… has anybody ever had a better year than John Travolta’s 1978?), Grease elevates the teenage high-school romance of greaser Danny (Travolta) and prim Australian Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) as they navigate their respective cliques to Hollywood perfection. It’s a little corny, and it’s a little campy, just like a good musical should be. But, ah, those summer nights make it oh so unforgettable.
1h 50m / Rated PG-13 / Sing-Along Musical
The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.

  • When: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: See website for tickets
  • Website: facebook.com

 

Written By: Shineta A.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 4 – August 6 Events

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It’s the last weekend before school starts back up, so get out there and make this weekend count!  Here is your lineup of family friendly events happening around the area!  Have a great weekend!

 

Friday, August 4, 2017 Events

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Free Training Camp Practices Open to the Public

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invites everyone to come watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training practices as they get ready for an amazing 2017 season. During the team training practices, fans will be able to enjoy discounted concessions, merchandise tents offering the newest Bucs jerseys and gear, and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear. Camp will also feature the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile, the Street Team RV and the Women of RED Zone exhibit, along with Buccaneer players signing autographs following the end of each practice.

The practices will be held on select days in the morning hours to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. at One Buccaneer Place and practice runs from 8:45 a.m.- 10:43 a.m.

Due to the construction of the team’s indoor practice facility, parking and entry for fans will be moved to the gate outside of the western fence surrounding One Buccaneer Place. Parking for training camp will be free of charge and fans will not need a ticket for admittance.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, gates open at 8:00 am, practice starts at 8:45 am
  • Location: One Buccaneer Place
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: buccaneers.com

Friendly Friday at Gator Fred’s

Friday are for friends and second child pay half off, can be your neighbor, sibling, cousin or someone you just met at the parking lot. Pay one regular admission and second kid pay only half price.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 am –  8:00 pm
  • Location: 5360 Ehrlich Rd Tampa, Florida, FL 33624
  • Cost: 2nd child 1/2 off admission
  • Website: facebook.com

Open Play Time at Bounce Boy

Beat the heat and enjoy open play at Bounce Boy’s indoor party space.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 5008 E. 10th Avenue Tampa, Fl 33619
  • Cost: $9 per child
  • Website: bounceboy.net

THE ART OF THE BRICK

The Art of the Brick is the worlds largest display of LEGO art features. It is a must see!The Art of the Brick is a free event running from June 23 through September 4 at 802 East Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: 802 East Whiting Street t, FL 33602
  • Cost: Free just show up, you may have to pay for parking in some areas
  • Website: artofthebricktampa.com

Bounce N’ Skate At United Skates

Bounce N’ Skate Admission $5 per person (Includes Reg. Skate Rental & Bounce House)

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $5 per person
  • Website: unitedskates.com

Morning Movies at Riverview 14 GDX – Trolls

Morning Movies (SUMMER 2017) begins June 12th! Every Weekday (Mon-Fri) at 10:00AM, we will be giving you a fresh line-up of family-friendly features. This week showing will be Monster Trucks.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 am
  • Location: Riverview 14 GDX 10550 East Bay Rd. Gibsonton, FL 33534
  • Cost: Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Rewards (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It’s easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!
  • Website: goodrichtheaters.com

Open Play at Playtime

No reservations are necessary for Open Play, just walk in! Please check the current monthly calendar for days & times.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 am –  2:00 pm
  • Location: 6124 N Us Highway 41 Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
  • Cost: $6-Ages 6-11 months (infants under 6 months are free!) , $8-Ages 1-5 years
  • Website: playtime.com

Pop Art Studio at Glazer Children’s Museum

Experiment with Pop Art techniques such as silk screen and rubber stamping while adding to your masterpieces to a collaborative gallery wall.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • Location: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa FL 33602
  • Cost: Included with general admission
  • Website: glazermuseum.org

Kindness Rocks at Southshore

Have you seen those colorful rocks hidden throughout Tampa? As a way to brighten the day of a stranger, rocks have been hidden throughout all of Tampa. Join us at the library to make some rock creations of your own to hide in plain sight throughout our communities. Feel free to bring your own (bigger) rocks, or we’ll provide some small ones to get you started. When you’re done, you’ll take your rocks with you until you find the perfect place to set them free.

Rocks, paint and brushes will be provided. While supplies last. For all ages. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Location: SouthShore Library in the  John Crawford Art Education Studio,  15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, Florida 33573                       
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: hcplc.org

Art on the House at Tampa Museum of Art

Art on the House on Friday evenings from 4pm to 8 pm, in partnership with GTE Financial. Pay-as-you-will admission to the museum.
Come visit the Museum on Friday night to enjoy all the exhibitions on display.

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017,  4:00 pm –  8:00 pm
  • Location: 120 W Gasparilla Plaza Tampa, FL 33602
  • Cost: Pay-as-you-will admission to the museum
  • Website: tampamuseum.org

Free Community Hours at Campo YMCA

Bring the family to cool off at the splash park at the Campo YMCA Wednesday and Fridays from 5- 7 pm for free!

  • When: Friday, August 4,  2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Location: 3414 Culbreath Rd. Valrico, FL 33596
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: campoymca.org

First Friday at Henry Plant Museum

Meet us at the Minarets for our next First Friday event. The Museum will be open with free admission from 5 – 7 pm. Visitors are encouraged to explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort hotel museum, enjoy live music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at our tastings table. This event will occur on the first Friday of each month through November. Experience the magic of the Museum at dusk!

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017,  5:00 pm –  7:00 pm
  • Location: Henry Plant Museum 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33606
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

$5 Fridays At United Skates

$5 Fridays Are Back This Summer! Starting Friday June 2nd. Non-skating parents admitted free. No stay-overs between sessions.
Admission: $5.00 per person
Skate Rental: Regular skate rental included
Rollerblade Rental: $4.00

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017,  5:00 pm –  7:30 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $5.00 per person
  • Website: unitedskates.com

Golden City Gymnastics Open Gym

At open gym we offer structured free time for gymnastics, acro, tumbling and more! It’s an event that Golden City offers every Friday night! During this time, participants will be able to enjoy structured free time in the gym and Coaches will be available to spot the athletes. This is a great time for athletes to get extra time in the gym to work on whatever it is they need to work on. This time is open to anyone from the ages of 5-18 years. You do not have to be a gymnast to participate, anyone is welcome!

  • When: Friday, August 4, 2017,  6:30 pm –  8:30 pm
  • Location: 930 Lithia Pinecrest Rd Brandon, Florida 33511
  • Cost: $10
  • Website: goldencity.com

Saturday, August 5, 2017 Events

 

Bird Walk at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

The first Saturday of every month, come search for our winged winter residents. Look for birds on a guided hike led by knowledgeable birders. Binoculars are available for loan.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017,  8:00 am
  • Location: 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: stpeterec.org

The Great BrainWash – North Straub Park

Run, walk and slide on 16 water slides as you get wet and wild all for a cure for brain tumors. This is a great family event that includes water slides, food, beer, drinks, children’s area, music, dancing, so much fun all for a cure for brain tumors. Runners will all receive a medal. Go to braintumoralliance.org/brainwash and register today. Minimum age for little ones on the big slides is 6 years old.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017,  8:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
  • Cost: $40.00 + $3.00 SignUp Fee
  • Website: runsignup.com

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can get to work on a wood craft project. Once the project is built, your child can paint it in their favorite color. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: View site to locate your local Home Depot
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: homedepot.com

My Gym Brandon 2nd Anniversary Event

My Gym Brandon is celebrating our 2nd anniversary in August. My Gym Brandon has brought fun and fitness to local families for two years. To mark the occasion, we will celebrate with free play for all, special discounts, giveaways and activities.

The anniversary celebration will include activities such as songs, games, dances, puppets, gymnastics, unique rides, swings, floor prizes and more. Additionally, one lucky attendee will win a special prize, 4 months FREE classes at My Gym Brandon.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: 2060 Badlands Drive, Brandon, FL 33511
  • Cost: This event is free, but reservations are required
  • Website: mygym.com

Back to School – Back to Nature

Children visit several nature stations, learn something new, then receive a free school supply item to help them get ready for the upcoming school year.
This event is free — please register online. Registration will help to ensure adequate supplies on the day of the event.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 4140 24th St SE, Ruskin, Florida 33570
  • Cost: Free, must RSVP online
  • Website: surveymonkey.com

Largo Central Railroad Public Runs

The first full weekend of each month, The Largo Central Railroad provides free public runs of their mini train.
The train tracks cover 1.2 miles through the beautiful Largo Central Park. Train hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month. Children must be at least one years old to ride. Pregnant women can not ride the trains due to insurance regulations.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Largo Central Park 101 Central Park Dr Largo, FL 33771
  • Cost: free
  • Website: lcrailroad.com

Happy 1st Birthday, KidsPark!

Join us in the celebration of KidsPark turning 1!! FREE community event in front of KidsPark with bounces houses, Disney characters, a concert by Mr. Tommy, food trucks, vendors, savings on registration and more!

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am –  1:00 pm
  • Location: KidsPark Tampa 26240 Golden Maple Loop, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Back to School Bash at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!
FREE admission for kids at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Enjoy one last vacation bash with the family before it is time to hit the books again. For two days, Aug. 5 and 6, adults may bring up to three children for free with the purchase of a full-priced adult admission.
Families can experience feeding flamingos, holding alligators, watching interactive animal shows and exploring acres of jungle paradise in the heart of Sarasota.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Rd. Sarasota FL
  • Cost: Kids Free up  to 3 with full priced adult admission
  • Website: facebook.com

Tampa Bay Parenting’s 10th Back to School Fair

Back to School Fair is FREE to attend! It takes place in the air-conditioned comfort of WestShore Plaza, so you can get out of the house and let your kids burn off energy without burning up in the August heat! Again this year, Back to School Fair takes place on Sales Tax Holiday Weekend – at a shopping mall! Buy all your families’ school supplies, school clothes, and other school-related necessities WITHOUT PAYING SALES TAX!

Back to School Fair is the perfect event for families to check off all the “TO DO” items on their back to school lists. Get all your school shopping and planning done in 1 day in 1 place! Highlights include:

~ Back to School Fair is FREE to attend!
~ 6 Winners will each receive $500 for school supplies!
~ The first 500 kids receive a FREE BACKPACK!
~ Meet and take pictures with characters and mascots including:
– Tampa Bay Lightning’s Thunderbug
– Tampa Bay Bucs Captain Fear & Bucs Squad for Youth
– Pirates
– Princesses of Parties With Character – Tampa Princess Parties
– More!
~ Prize packs, gift cards, and more raffled throughout the day! Giveaways include a one night stay at the TradeWinds Island Resorts, a family 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND Florida, a 3 month membership to Great Explorations Children’s Museum, a family membership to the The Florida Aquarium, tickets to Glazer Children’s Museum, and MORE!
~ Learn about after school activity providers, doctors, tutoring services, fitness providers, lawyers, dentists, restaurants, wireless providers, stores, community service organizations, city and county agencies, and much more!

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: WestShore Plaza 250 Westshore Plz, Tampa, Florida 33609
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

MILO: Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity! (with Super Why!)

Join us for a fun-filled day of interactive activities to encourage and celebrate a love of reading and school success!Activities include: Reading circles, arts & crafts, a technology station and FREE BOOKS (while supplies last)!  Plus a meet-and-greet with PBS Kids Super WHY!For ages 3-8 and their caregivers. MILO is brought to you in partnership with WEDU, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, and the Junior League of Tampa.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 w mclendon st, plant city, fl                        
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

THE ART OF THE BRICK

The Art of the Brick is the worlds largest display of LEGO art features. It is a must see

The Art of the Brick is a free event running from June 23 through September 4 at 802 East Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: 802 East Whiting Street t, FL 33602
  • Cost: Free just show up, you may have to pay for parking in some areas
  • Website: artofthebricktampa.com

Michaels Kids Club Saturday Crafts

Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. New craft project each week. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Supplies are included. Please see website to find a location near you.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: At participating Micheal’s locations.
  • Cost: $2 per child
  • Website: michaels.com

Wee Artists Let’s Create!

Wee Artists (3-6 years, adult must be present) will join art instructor Tim Gibbons and have fun creating an art project to take home.  Limit 18.  Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling (813)273-3652.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM and 11:30 am- 12:15 pm
  • Location: SouthShore Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, Florida 33573
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

Lakeshore Learning Crafts For Kids

Our Free Crafts for Kids event will be held at all Lakeshore Learning locations. Kids have a blast creating a new craft project every Saturday!

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 4501 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: lakeshorelearning.com

Back to School Expo & Open House at Highland Recreation Complex

Join the City of Largo’s Recreation Parks and Art Department for the annual Back to School Expo and Open House. This FREE event will take place at Highland Recreation Complex on August 5 from 11am-3pm.

Enjoy free access to PlayWorld, ExerPlay, the Game Room, the Walking Track and more! With onsite vendors, wellness exams and back to school giveaways, this is sure to be a great event to prepare for the school year. Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society will be onsite providing free school and sport physicals. The Highland Family Aquatic Center will offer BOGO admission to the pool from 10am-2pm

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 400 Highland Ave NE, Largo, Florida 33770
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebook.com

Back to School Bash with Poppy the Troll and Frozen Characters at Learning Express Citrus Park

Take a break from your Tax-Free Shopping and enjoy our Back to School Bash! Poppy the Troll and Frozen Characters – Elsa, Anna & Olaf will be visiting for a special Meet & Greet with children. Kids will also enjoy decorating a cookie, games, tattoos, coloring & more! This event is FREE and does not require reservations.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017,  2:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Westfield Citrus Park Mall, 7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall Tampa, FL 33625
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: learningexpress.com

LEGO Block Party at Learning Express Brandon

Build Legos. Trade Minifigures. Enjoy this LEGO Back-to-School event hosted by Bricks4Kidz.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Learning Express of Brandon670 Brandon Town Center Mall, Brandon, Florida 33511
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebook.com

Back to School Books and Bingo!

Celebrate back to school with a fun game of Bingo where the prizes are free books! All ages welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Funded by the Friends of the Ruskin Branch Library.

  • When: Saturday, August 05, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Ruskin Library, 26 Dickman Dr SE. ruskin fl
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

 Teen End-of-Summer Bash!

Join us for an end-of-summer bash with games, prizes and much more! Come play Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation (2 & 3) games at the library on our large projection screens. Bring your friends and get in the zone!

Come learn how to play some exciting new tabletop games from Mayfair Games! We will begin a 5-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise. ALERT! You and your fellow crewmates must cooperate to resolve dangerous situations that threaten to destroy your ship. We will also become Settlers of Catan, explore Costa Rica and race to safety from an erupting volcano in The Downfall of Pompeii. Get your Game On and try these and other new and exciting games. Equipment sponsored by Mayfair Games.

Stop by the library anytime to pick up a Teen Cube entry in our Teen Summer Reading Club! Complete three sides and receive a prize pack! Complete all sides to be entered in our Teen Grand Prize drawing to win games from Mayfair Games! Teen Summer Reading Club is for students starting grades 6 – 12. All cubes must be submitted by Saturday 8/5/2017 at 4:00 PM in order to win prizes. All prizes are available while supplies last. Build a Better World!
Teen Summer Reading Club [Teen Cube!]
Grand Prize Drawing @ 4PM

Grand Prize Sponsor:
Mayfair Games

Sponsors:
Mayfair Games
Dark Horse Music Store
Catan
Sonic Drive-In
Family Bowl
Wendy’s

  • When: Saturday, August 05, 2017, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Bruton Memorial Library,302 w mclendon st, plant city, fl
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebook.com

Haunted Heritage Hike

Haunted Heritage Hikes is a family friendly event located at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement. Taking ghost tours in a new direction.  It is a quiet retreat into the woods with easy parking through Gate #3 and no crowds or traffic to attempt to weave your way through as you experience stories of hauntings from around St. Petersburg and its surrounding areas.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, sneakers or boots prefered. We will be out in a wooded location so insect spray is highly recomended. This is a walk along trails & some uneven ground. The hike will visit many of the buildings on our grounds and weave through the wooded areas & ending by a campfire to enjoy more tales & perhaps share some of your own as you enjoy the light of the fire. This is roughly a 2 hour event in a wooded area not including the fire side. So for young kids please take that into account.

There will be S’more making packs, marshmellows, & drinks available for $1.00 each.

 

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 7:45 PM – 11 PM
  • Location: Haunted Heritage Hikes3130 31st St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712
  • Cost: Adults $10 Children (ages 5-12) $5 BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE ON WEBSITE
  • Website: facebook.com

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017 Events

Back to School Bash at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!
FREE admission for kids at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Enjoy one last vacation bash with the family before it is time to hit the books again. For two days, Aug. 5 and 6, adults may bring up to three children for free with the purchase of a full-priced adult admission.
Families can experience feeding flamingos, holding alligators, watching interactive animal shows and exploring acres of jungle paradise in the heart of Sarasota.

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Rd. Sarasota FL
  • Cost: Kids Free up  to 3 with full priced adult admission
  • Website: facebook.com

Toddler Time at Sky Zone

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017,  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: Toddler $12.99 and one adult jumps Free
  • Website: skyzone.com

Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese’s Brandon and Wesley Chapel

Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit.

The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes:
1. Less crowding and noise
2. Dimmed lighting
3. Show and music turned off or down
4. Limited appearances by Chuck E.
5. Food and games are offered

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017,  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: 1540 W BRANDON BLVD, BRANDON, FL 33511 6170 WESLEY GROVE BLVD., WESLEY CHAPEL, FL 33544
  • Cost: Menu Prices
  • Website: chuckecheese.com

THE ART OF THE BRICK

The Art of the Brick is the worlds largest display of LEGO art features. It is a must see

The Art of the Brick is a free event running from June 23 through September 4 at 802 East Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: 802 East Whiting Street t, FL 33602
  • Cost: Free just show up, you may have to pay for parking in some areas
  • Website: artofthebrick.com

Largo Central Railroad Public Runs

The first full weekend of each month, The Largo Central Railroad provides free public runs of their mini train.
The train tracks cover 1.2 miles through the beautiful Largo Central Park. Train hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month. Children must be at least one years old to ride. Pregnant women can not ride the trains due to insurance regulations.

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 10:00 am –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Largo Central Park 101 Central Park Dr Largo, FL 33771
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: lcrailroad.com

Fort Foster State Historic Site Tours

Fort Foster State Historic Site is part of Hillsborough River State Park, though located on the East Side of US 301 from the park. Fort Foster is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. Don’t miss our Ranger-led tours of Historic Fort Foster Site on the first and third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.; and the first and third Sunday of each month at 11 a.m.  IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to the sensitivity of this historic site, experiencing Fort Foster is ONLY available, weather permitting, via ranger-guided interpretive tours.

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 11:00 am
  • Location: 15402 US 301 N. Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  • Cost: The cost is $2 per person
  • Website: floridastateparks.org

Let’s Play Board Games

Board games are fun for all ages, providing an opportunity for positive interactions, improving concentration, building thinking skills and reducing stress.  Funded by the Friends of the North Tampa Branch Library.

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Location: North Tampa Library, 8916 N Blvd, Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida 33604, United States
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

Cyber Bowling Kid’s Matinee at Pin Chasers Midtown

Cyber Bowling is the fusion of high energy entertainment and bowling where anything is possible and everyone has fun. Great music and club lighting create a glowing, nightclub-like atmosphere.
Whether it’s our special engagement DJ’s, music theme nights or our weekly request driven program, cyber bowling will be an exciting night for all.

  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017,  2:30 pm –  4:30 pm
  • Location: Pin Chasers Midtown, 4847 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa, Florida 33603
  • Cost: See Website
  • Website: pinchasers.net

 

Written By: Shineta A.

5 Tips for Gaining Self-Confidence

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I have to admit that after having my second boy, Brando a little over a year ago, I had a hard time loving my post-baby body. When you have a hard time loving your body, you start to have a hard time loving your wardrobe, then you start having a hard time leaving the house, then depression sets in and it can eat you away (though in my case I did try to eat the depression away and heck that certainly didn’t help).

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I know that there are resources for help and I strongly advocate that anyone even feeling slightly lower than usual reach out for help immediately. For me though, I was too strong to admit that I needed help, and even speaking to friends or family about how I “was thinking about scheduling a doctor’s appointment about it” no one seemed like it was some huge deal that I needed to fix immediately, so it got put on the back burner til one day I finally came out of the fog. It took about six months, I separated and got back together with my husband in that time frame and also put on an additional 30lbs. We moved, I ate a ton of pizza, and before I knew it we were 1 month away from my son turning one and I actually weighed MORE than when he was born.

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While there are so many other aspects to depression that I can’t even begin to tackle in one post, I want to share with you all some things that helped me clear the fog, and get back to who I am. Things that helped me feel better about myself when I was at my worst. I need to state that I’m in no way, shape, or form a medical doctor I’m just sharing my personal experiences with you to help give you a voice to relate to.

  1. I started making my bed every morning. This is so silly to some of you I know that, but for me, an unmade bed was just as tempting as a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. It was an open invitation to laze about, to crawl back in when the boys went down for their mid-morning nap, and it called to me with a power that I can not even describe. hahaha . So, I started making my bed the second my youngest woke up. I’d get him fed, set him in the floor with some toys, fluff up the pillows and straighten the duvet. It’s crazy how just that 3 minute tweak in the morning made such a huge difference. Forcing me to get out of bed and stay out got me moving from the second I woke up, and ultimately helped me start my daily routine that I follow now.
  2. I also FORCED myself to exercise. Only 30 minutes, only every weekday. Sometimes things would be crazy and I’d have to break that up into 10 minute segments, but I started actively making an effort to regain some of the health I was losing. Remember that line in Legally Blonde?! “Exercise produces endorphins, endorphins make you happy…” Well, I certainly wan’t HAPPY to be doing burpees and moutain climbers and there has been a TON of modification along the way, but I do feel much more confident in my body now because I know I’m on the right path. I wore high-waisted bikini’s and those super trendy cut-out one pieces on my family beach vacation this Summer with PRIDE. I ran in the water and sat my wide butt right down in the sand to play with my kids with not one care about who was looking at me or might be judging me, because I know that I’m putting in the work, and if I don’t lose 1 lb at all, I’ll still be confident knowing that my eating and exercising choices are 80% of the time the best possible choices I could make. Knowing what my body can do makes me so much more confident.       IMG_5804  IMG_6175
  3. I bought the next size up. This was one of the biggest hurdles for me, but like I broke it down before: I wasn’t fitting into my clothes well, and I didn’t want to leave the house because of that. I didn’t want to look lumpy or like I was wearing a tent. So I bought the next size up. Having clothes that actually fit my body for what it is now, and were COMFORTABLE because they ACTUALLY FIT, allowed me to get out and do more. Ladies, as a personal stylist I’ve said this to my clients over and over again, but being on the other end of it now I understand how hard it is to justify. I know the weight is going to come off at some point and then I’ll be stuck with these clothes that are too big, but you know what?! At least I’ll feel good about myself for these few months I am in the larger size. At least if someone invites me to brunch I can accept without having to stress about what to wear. I have more than leggings and my husband’s tee shirts to strut about in!
  4. I got ready everyday. I wasn’t going anywhere, I literally got dressed and put on make-up so I could sit in the backyard and watch the kids play, or run through the Starbucks drive through. Allowing myself to spend that time on ME, whether it was a quick 10 minutes or an all out half hour make-up party (thank you new Naked Palette) made such a difference. I started seeing who I was again, not this shell of who I used to be. I know it’s not important to everyone, but if you find yourself feeling down one day give yourself a little mini-makeover, take that time for you and trust me, it will make the biggest difference in your day.    IMG_6476
  5. Set Goals. When I first decided to stay at home with the boys I was thrilled. Taking a much needed break from the retail world is EXACTLY what I wanted. After B’s newborn honeymoon phase wore off and I was at home with a 3 year old and a 5 month old reality hit me: I’m literally just keeping children alive everyday, and while that job is important, I need something else to do too.  I started with goals for my home, I made over different areas of it room-by-room, scouring Craigslist and YardSale pages for the right piece I could re-do to complete each project. When I was done with that, I set cleaning goals. Then I moved on to major life goals- where do I want to be in 1 year, 5 years? Having small tasks to work on daily lead up to making the major life changes. Even if your goal is just cutting out pizza one day a week, or making a meal entirely from scratch, having a goal to work little by little each day to achieve really helped me regain the sense of worth that I had been missing. I even have a job interview on Monday at a real estate office because I made it my goal to get my real estate license in February and I succeeded!

I want to make it clear again, that I strongly advocate anyone who really feels depressed to reach out to a friend (you can even holla at me! if you don’t know me find me on IG : @_XOXOB) and get some help and also consult with your doctor about how you’re feeling. These are just some tricks I picked up along the way as the fog was clearing from my head. They didn’t cure my depression, but they definitely boosted my self-confidence enough for me to have open dialogues with the ones I loved about how I was feeling which was ultimately what I needed: to talk it out. Remember, you’re the most beautiful person in the world and you are SO loved.

xoxo,

b

Weekend Events, July 28-30, Tampa Bay Area

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Ready to have fun weekend?  There is so much going on to keep the entire family busy and happy.  Check out a few events and make sure you use #everydaymoms in your check ins. 🙂

 

Friday, July 28, 2017 Events

Friendly Friday at Gator Fred’s

Friday are for friends and second child pay half off, can be your neighbor, sibling, cousin or someone you just met at the parking lot. Pay one regular admission and second kid pay only half price.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am –  8:00 pm
  • Location: 5360 Ehrlich Rd Tampa, Florida, FL 33624
  • Cost: 2nd child 1/2 off admission
  • Website: facebook.com

Open Play Time at Bounce Boy

Beat the heat and enjoy open play at Bounce Boy’s indoor party space.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 5008 E. 10th Avenue Tampa, Fl 33619
  • Cost: $9 per child
  • Website: bounceboy.net

THE ART OF THE BRICK

The Art of the Brick is the worlds largest display of LEGO art features. It is a must see

The Art of the Brick is a free event running from June 23 through September 4 at 802 East Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: 802 East Whiting Street t, FL 33602
  • Cost: Free just show up, you may have to pay for parking in some areas
  • Website: artofthebricktampa.com

Bounce N’ Skate At United Skates

Bounce N’ Skate Admission $5 per person (Includes Reg. Skate Rental & Bounce House)

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $5 per person
  • Website: unitedskates.com

Morning Movies at Riverview 14 GDX – Monster Trucks

Morning Movies (SUMMER 2017) begins June 12th! Every Weekday (Mon-Fri) at 10:00AM, we will be giving you a fresh line-up of family-friendly features. This week showing will be Monster Trucks.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am
  • Location: Riverview 14 GDX 10550 East Bay Rd. Gibsonton, FL 33534
  • Cost: Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Rewards (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It’s easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!
  • Website: goodrichtheaters.com

Kids’ Pirate Cookies at Jo-Ann’s Citrus Park

Learn basic bag & tip decorating techniques while creating friendly pirate faces. Intended for children 5 years & older. Supplies are required for this class.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am
  • Location: 12635 Citrus Plaza Dr Tampa, FL 33625
  • Cost: $35
  • Website: joann.com

Open Play at Playtime

No reservations are necessary for Open Play, just walk in! Please check the current monthly calendar for days & times.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am –  2:00 pm
  • Location: 6124 N Us Highway 41 Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
  • Cost: $6-Ages 6-11 months (infants under 6 months are free!) , $8-Ages 1-5 years
  • Website: playtime.com

Pop Art Studio at Glazer Children’s Museum

Experiment with Pop Art techniques such as silk screen and rubber stamping while adding to your masterpieces to a collaborative gallery wall.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • Location: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa FL 33602
  • Cost: Included with general admission
  • Website: glazermuseum.org

Lipi the Juggler: Juggling Around the World

This fun and educational show chronicles the art of juggling from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to modern circuses. For grades K-5. Funded by the friends of the Charles J. Fendig Library.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:30
  • Location: Charles J. Fendig Library, 3909 West Neptune Street, Tampa, Florida 33629-5815
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

Pre-Teen Build a Better World at Land O Lakes Branch Library

Join us every Friday this summer at 2pm for a summer reading club program for grades 4-7.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017,  2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
  • Location: Land O’Lakes Library – 2818 Collier Parkway Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: pascolibraries.org

Pre-School Class at K Peas

We offer a semi-structured approach to challenge and stimulate your sweet peas incorporating developmentally appropriate activities. Structured play is a blast for caregivers and kids. Connect with your sweet peas with our fun and stimulating activities. Perfect for Mom’s groups and individual caregivers alike.
Developmentally Appropriate Activities
Storytelling
Music and Puppetry
Sensory Exploration
Arts and Crafts
Simple Games

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017,  2:30 pm –  3:30 pm
  • Location: 13966 Lynmar Blvd, Tampa Fl, 33626
  • Cost: $15 per family drop in
  • Website: kpeasplace.com

Disney Store Summer Play Days

Summer Play Days is back! Join us at your local Disney Store every day at 3pm this summer for interactive events and activities. Plus, participate in each Wednesday’s event and you’ll receive a FREE embroidered patch.

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017,  3:00 pm
  • Location: Visit website to find the location closest to you.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: disneystore.com

Fourth Friday in Downtown Tampa

A monthly celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene! An evening of special offerings and programs by cultural venues, restaurants & more! Free admission or special offers at participating cultural venues. Live local music at multiple locations. Special food and drink deals from participating downtown restaurants and bars. Please visit the website for this months special offers & participating venues & restaurants.

PARK ONCE! and walk The Tampa Riverwalk, ride a Coast Bike, or use the new Downtowner free ride service to get from venue to venue. New users can use promo code ‘FOURTHFRIDAY0217’ to claim your hour of Coast (compliments of the Tampa Downtown Partnership).

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017,  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: Multiple Locations in and around Downtown Tampa’s River Walk.
  • Cost: See website for details
  • Website: fourthfriday.com

Sunset Celebration at Lowry Park Zoo

Experience the sunset like never before – during Sunset Celebration at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Join us every Friday and Saturday night this summer. See wildlife in a whole new light, enjoy entertaining activities for the whole family and indulge in tasty, one of a kind dishes created by the Zoo’s rockstar chef. Choose from a variety of refreshments, including craft beer, wines, frozen drinks and Coca-Cola products. Cap off the evening with an amazing “Wild Lights” finale!

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017,  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33604
  • Cost: General Admission. Free for members
  • Website: lowryparkzoo.org

Free Community Hours at Campo YMCA

Bring the family to cool off at the splash park at the Campo YMCA Wednesday and Fridays from 5- 7 pm for free!

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Location: 3414 Culbreath Rd. Valrico, FL 33596
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: campoymca.org

$5 Fridays At United Skates

$5 Fridays Are Back This Summer! Starting Friday June 2nd. Non-skating parents admitted free. No stay-overs between sessions.
Admission: $5.00 per person
Skate Rental: Regular skate rental included
Rollerblade Rental: $4.00

  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017,  5:00 pm –  7:30 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $5.00 per person
  • Website: unitedskates.com


Saturday, July 29, 2017 Events

 

Family Fun Farmers Market at A Land of Delight

Join us this Saturday for a Day of fun for the whole family in the great outdoors. There are lots of animals to see, including Emily’s new adorable pink-toenailed pig Penny, Elliott’s emu’s Thunder and Lightning, miniature Zebu cows, dwarf goats, adorable bunnies, Merlin the Magnificent Pony and more. Ice cold Lemonade and Ice cold coconut water to quench your thirst! With the Farm-to-Table selection, we keep it REAL at A Land of Delight Natural Farm – no GMOs! There are fresh greens to pick from the garden (a Juicing Paradise), delicious free samples to try and much more, so come on out, bring a friend, and have a great time at A Land of Delight.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: 2514 Leaning Pine Ln, Plant City, Florida 33565
  • Cost: FREE to attend
  • Website: facebook.com

Tampa Bay Comic Con

Tampa Bay Comic Con is a comic book convention located in Tampa, Florida. Tampa Bay Comic Con is Tampa’s largest, true comic con. Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals, and comicdom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. As admission is kept reasonable for adults and FREE for children, the Tampa Bay Comic Con is a family-friendly convention.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  8:00 am – 11:59 pm
  • Location: 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: $30-$60, Kids 12 and under are FREE
  • Website: tampabaycomiccon.com

Back to School Bash Hosted by Operation Restoring Hope, Inc.

Helping the community to get ready for school. The dental bank will be there. School supplies will be given out to children. Prizes and things to do will occur. Come join us and have fun!

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  9:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 2802 State Road 60 East, Valrico, Florida 33594
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Back to School Event at Tampa Family Chiropractic

Our goal is to supply kids ages 3-12 with back packs filled with school supplies and additional services at no costs such as wellness and dental hygiene information, kids haircuts and more.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 8001 Dale Mabry Hwy, Bldg 501E, Tampa, Florida 33614
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Website: facebook.com

Back to School Health Fair – East Tampa

Fair Participant Criteria
Parent or legal guardian must accompany child at all times
Immunization record is required to receive shots
Free Physicals for children K-12
Free Immunizations for Medicaid or uninsured children K-12
No Sports, Head Start or Child Care Physicals
For more information, call the Back 2 School Fair hotline (888) 779-2552
Online registrations begins Friday, June 2 back2schoolfair.org

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  9:00 am –  1:00 pm
  • Location: 4801 N 22nd St., Tampa
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: back2schoolfair.org

Back to School Health Fair – North Tampa

Fair Participant Criteria
Parent or legal guardian must accompany child at all times
Immunization record is required to receive shots
Free Physicals for children K-12
Free Immunizations for Medicaid or uninsured children K-12
No Sports, Head Start or Child Care Physicals
For more information, call the Back 2 School Fair hotline (888) 779-2552
Online registrations begins Friday, June 2 back2schoolfair.org

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  9:00 am –  1:00 pm
  • Location: 11311 N 15th St., Tampa
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: back2schoolfair.org

Michaels Kids Club Saturday Crafts

Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. New craft project each week. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Supplies are included. Please see website to find a location near you.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: At participating Micheal’s locations.
  • Cost: $2 per child
  • Website: michaels.com

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” Takes Center Stage in Tampa

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” based on hit preschool series PAW Patrol, which airs on Nickelodeon, will visit the Straz Center on July 29 and 30. PAW Patrol Live!, brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of The Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest when they visit Tampa. Tickets for all four performances are on sale now and can be purchased at http://www.strazcenter.org or by phone at 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: The Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: $21.50 – $123.50
  • Website: pawpatrollive.com

Peppa Pig at Learning Express Toys – South Tampa

Peppa Pig is back at Learning Express! Come join Peppa for some crafts and pictures. Peppa Pig will be here from 10am-11am and she’ll be back again from 5pm-6pm. This is a free event perfect for ages 2+!

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: 1910 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida 33629
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Westfield Mall Back To School Bash

Westfield wants to help make the Back to School season easier for all students by hosting a Back to School Bash at Westfield Citrus Park, Westfield Brandon and Westfield Countryside. Attendance is free and guests can enjoy professional sports team mascots, superheroes and princesses, interactive activities and much more. The Back To School Bash will also feature an expo area with information for activities, sports and programs for all children, including children with special needs. The first 250 kids who participate in the scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. will receive a free backpack with school supplies courtesy of DACCO Be the Wall Campaign. Admission and parking are free.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: Westfield Countryside 27001 US Hwy 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33761
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: simplyeventsfl.com

THE ART OF THE BRICK

The Art of the Brick is the worlds largest display of LEGO art features. It is a must see

The Art of the Brick is a free event running from June 23 through September 4 at 802 East Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: 802 East Whiting Street t, FL 33602
  • Cost: Free just show up, you may have to pay for parking in some areas
  • Website: artofthebricktampa.com

Back to School Bash Hosted by The Way Church of Lithia

Backpacks full of school supplies will be available for 250 students! Backpacks will be distributed on a first come first served basis. The event will have games, face painting, a bounce house and food!

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10:30 am –  1:30 pm
  • Location: 6627 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Lithia, Florida 33547
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Lakeshore Learning Crafts For Kids

Our Free Crafts for Kids event will be held at all Lakeshore Learning locations. Kids have a blast creating a new craft project every Saturday!

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 4501 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: lakeshorelearning.com

SummerPalooza: End-of-Summer Celebration

As summer is winding down, come celebrate with us at our 2nd Annual SummerPalooza End-of-Summer Celebration!! Join us Saturday, July 29th from 11am -2pm! This EPIC pool party is FREE and open to the community, so make sure to invite your friends and family! We will have music, entertainment, food, games, prizes and SO MUCH MORE! See you there!

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 11:00 am time varies for each location
  • Location: All Hillsborough Cty YMCA. Click link below to find your local Y
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: tampaymca.org

Free Movie – Hook at Cinema 6 Movie Theater

This next week Fri July 28 – thu Aug 3, in honor of this wonderful man, our FREE movie is Hook. Normally we only play the FREE movie Sat – Mon, but this week we are running it all 7 days 🙂
It will play 11:30, 2:00, and 4:30 each day.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 11:30 am
  • Location: 9510 US Highway 19, Port Richey, Florida 34668
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Paw Patrol Party – Chase & Skye Visit at Learning Express Citrus Park

Chase and Skye are visiting for a Paw Patrol Party! Children will have the opporunity to meet both Chase and Skye plus have their pictures taken with them! Kids will also enjoy a craft, games, tattoos, coloring & more! This event is FREE and does not require reservations.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  2:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Westfield Citrus Park Mall, 7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall Tampa, FL 33625
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: learningexpress.com

Friends of Weeki Wachee Beach Bash

Come out and support the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park on Saturday, July 29, from 6 PM-9PM. The event will be held at Buccaneer Bay, and will include the swimming area and water slides. In addition to the food concessions, Friends President, Bobby Rae, will have his famous BBQ.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  6:00 pm –  9:00 pm
  • Location: Weeki Wachee Springs 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, Florida 34606
  • Cost: $6 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-12
  • Website: facebook.com

Family Movie Night at New Walk Church

Come join us for a Family Movie Night with the movie ‘Zootopia’ and food trucks. The movie is free, bring money for food trucks. Come to our 7pm service and stay for the movie.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: New Walk Church 35008 SR-54, Zephyrhills 33541
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Family Movie Night “Trolls” at Sims Park

Free Family Movie Night presented by The City of New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center featuring the movie TROLLS. TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. Please feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets.

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017,  8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Location: 5547 Main Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Sunday, July 30, 2017 Events

Tampa Bay Comic Con

Tampa Bay Comic Con is a comic book convention located in Tampa, Florida. Tampa Bay Comic Con is Tampa’s largest, true comic con. Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals, and comicdom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. As admission is kept reasonable for adults and FREE for children, the Tampa Bay Comic Con is a family-friendly convention.

  • When: Sunday, July 30, 2017,  9:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: $30-$60, Kids 12 and under are FREE
  • Website: tampabaycomiccon.com

Toddler Time at Sky Zone

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.

  • When: Sunday, July 30, 2017,  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: Toddler $12.99 and one adult jumps Free
  • Website: skyzone.com

THE ART OF THE BRICK

The Art of the Brick is the worlds largest display of LEGO art features. It is a must see

The Art of the Brick is a free event running from June 23 through September 4 at 802 East Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • When: Sunday, July 30, 2017, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: 802 East Whiting Street t, FL 33602
  • Cost: Free just show up, you may have to pay for parking in some areas
  • Website: artofthebrick.com

Princess Poppy’s Pajama Breakfast at Skateworld Tampa

Princess Poppy is coming to Skateworld to host her very own pajama party breakfast! Admission includes admission, skate rental, breakfast with Poppy, bounce house and the Princess herself! Tickets must be purchased in advance! Call Shaniya today at 813-884-7688 to reserve your spot!

Enjoy a Family Meal Deal: Fabulous 16″ Homemade Pizza with Your Favorite Soft Drink Pitcher and 20 Tokens for Only $20

  • When: Sunday, July 30, 2017, 11:00 am –  1:00 pm
  • Location: 7510 Paula Dr, Tampa, Florida 33615
  • Cost: Admission is $10 for kids and $15 for adults
  • Website: unitedskates.com

Free Movie – Hook at Cinema 6 Movie Theater

  • When: Sunday, July 30, 2017,  2:00 pm
  • Location: 9510 US Highway 19, Port Richey, Florida 34668
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

 

4th of July Events

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Looking for a place to watch fireworks this 4th of July or maybe you want to see a parade. Well, we got you covered.  Here is your listing of what is happening for the 4th in and around the area.

From all of us here at Everyday Moms, have a safe and fun 4th of July!

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fireworks-icon.jpgFourth of July Craft at Learning Express Brandon

Make a great keepsake for our nation’s birthday. Limited spaces available. Call the store to reserve a spot.

  • When: July 1, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Learning Express of Brandon670 Brandon Town Center Mall, Brandon, Florida 33511
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: facebook.com

fireworks-icon.jpgConnerton 4th of July Food Truck Rally

Join us for this 4th of July celebration at Connerton featuring:

Just Smokin BBQ
The Bacon Boss Food Truck
Mmm BAP Korean Cuisine
The Fishin Chicken Food Truck
Engine 53 Pizza
Mr. C’s Grilled Cheese
Chief’s Chill Out
Vanchetta Food Truck
Lizzie’s Cucina Italiana

  • When: Saturday, July ,  5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: 21100 Fountain Garden Way, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, 34637
  • Cost: FREE to attend
  • More Info: facebook.com

fireworks-icon.jpg Hometown USA Celebration

Celebrate America and Independence Day with a baseball game, fireworks show and a live concert. Presented by the City of Dunedin and the Dunedin Blue Jays.
$ Free to attend, but must obtain free ticket from the Box Office on game day only
6:15pm Ballgame: Dunedin Blue Jays vs. Daytona Tortugas (Gates open at 5:15pm)
Fireworks: immediately following the ballgame
Live Concert featuring “The Greg Billings Band”: immediately following the fireworks

  • When: July 3 , 2017 Gates open at 5:15pm
  • Location: 373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL, 34698
  • Cost: FREE, but you must obtain a ticket at Blue Jays Box Office
  • More Info: dunedingov.com

fireworks-icon.jpg Clearwater Threshers Independence Day Fireworks

A fireworks extravaganza, presented by Budweiser. Celebrate America with the best fireworks show in the Bay area. Gates open at 5 p.m.

  • When: July 3, 2017, 6:15 p.m
  • Location: 601 Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL, 33765
  • Cost: Tickets start at $6 +
  • More Info: milb.com

fireworks-icon.jpgTemple Terrace 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

4th of July Parade- Route begins at Whiteway and Gillette. Runs south to Druid Hills, west to Ridgedale and south to the Temple Terrace Little League fields. Parade starts at 10 a.m. The grand marshals this year will be the area Boy Scouts, still active in their troop, they have earned their Eagle Scout rank. You may park on any side street that doesn’t state, “no parking.” Evening Festivities are from 6-9 p.m., located at 1st Fairway of Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave. (Between Belle Terre Ave. and Woodmont Ave. There will be food vendors and music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

  • Location: Family Recreation Complex 6610 Whiteway Dr Temple Terrace, FL 33617, evening festivities and fireworks 200 Inverness Ave Temple Terrace, FL 33617
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: templeterrace.com

fireworks-icon.jpgPlant City’s July 4th Celebration

Community, family-friendly, alcohol-free event!
Fun filled activities on the grass of Plant City Stadium (pending weather restrictions): Face Painting, Corn Hole, Balloon art, Inflatables, Rock Wall , Bungee Jumper, Concession stand, Food vendors on site
50-50 drawing, proceeds to offset event expenses , Stage entertainment throughout the afternoon – scheduled to appear: Daniel Sprouse Band, Double Barrel Band.

  • When: July 4th, Gates open at 6 p.m.; Event: 6-9:30 p.m
  • Location: 1810 East Park Road, Plant City, FL, 33563
  • Cost: Free admission! $5 per car parking
  • More Info: plantcitygov.com

fireworks-icon.jpgTampa Red White & Blues Festival

Join hundreds of families representing red, white, and blue as we celebrate US Independence in Channelside! It’s the Tampa Red, White & Blues Festival, an evening celebration for the entire family! Embracing our rich culture and history, the event features an All-American experience for all ages!

Some exciting elements to expect this year: LIVE MUSIC AND BAND , UNCLE SAM ON STILTS, ALL AMERICAN FOOD COURT, STUBBS BBQ CHARGING STATION, LOTS OF GIVEAWAYS, DIY PATRI-ART-IC WORKSHOPS, MEET SURLY, THE SQUIRREL OF “NUTTY BY NATURE”, LOCAL CRAFT VENDORS, PATRIOTIC FASHION SHOW, FREE FAMILY FUN COMPETITIONS & ACTIVITIES, FREE FACE PAINTING OF THE AMERICAN FLAG ON KID CHEEKS

PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTH REGIONAL PARKING GARAGE

  • When: July 4th  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park  601 Old Water St, Tampa, Florida, 33602
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: cityfestivals.org

fireworks-icon.jpg4th of July Buffet at Museum of Fine Arts

Join us at the MFA for the 10th Annual Fireworks Buffet featuring art, food, fireworks, and entertainment. You will have access to the MFA collection and the special exhibition galleries, an incredible buffet, music by Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, and fireworks over Tampa Bay.

  • When: July 4th 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701
  • Cost: $46.00 adults $23.00 children under twelve
  • More Info: facebook.com

 fireworks-icon.jpg 4th of July Celebration Largo Central Park

Come see one of the best firework shows in Pinellas County at Largo’s 4th of July Celebration in Largo Central Park. On Tuesday, July 4 beginning at 6pm, family and friends can enjoy great food, entertainment and activities for all ages, followed by a spectacular fireworks show starting at approximately 9:15pm. Enjoy a pie eating contest (free to the first 125 participants), t-shirt decorating for $5, and inflatable activities for a $10 wristband.

Admission to the event is free, activity wristbands will be available for purchase on-site ($10 each-Cash Only). For the safety of everyone: no alcohol, coolers, pets, personal fireworks, or sparklers are permitted in the park. On-site parking will be available for $10 (cash only). Free park and walk will also be available from Largo Middle School and Everest University. For more information call (727)587-6740 x5104.

One Blood will be on site accepting donations, “By donating at the Largo Central Park Independence Day Event, all donors will receive a FREE OneBlood T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and a cholesterol screening! Plus all donors will receive a FREE movie ticket!”

  • When:  July 4, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 101 Central Park Dr,, Largo, Florida, 33771
  • Cost: Free Admission. Parking fees may apply. Some activities cost $.
  • More Info: facebook.com

fireworks-icon.jpg 4th of July Children’s Parade

Don’t miss HONNA’s annual Children’s 4th of July Parade, complete with the American Spirit Fife and Drum Band and our own Fire Station #4! Wear your most patriotic gear, and children are encouraged to decorate and bring their bikes, strollers, wagons, etc for the parade down Coffee Pot Bayou.

  • When: July 4th, 10:00 am
  • Location: 1st Street & 30th Ave NE, St., St. Petersburg, Florida, 33704
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: honna.org

fireworks-icon.jpg Brandon’s 60th 4th of July Parade

Spectators: Bring your folding chairs, suntan lotion, sunglasses and water to enjoy the largest Fourth of July Parade in Florida! Parade-Map-2017-Public-reed-fix.jpg

  • When: July 4, parade begins at 10am, arrive early for good seats
  • Location: see above flyer
  • Cost: free
  • More Info: brandon4thofjuly.org 

fireworks-icon.jpg July 4th Celebration and Fireworks at The Florida Aquarium

See dazzlingly displays in the sky and sea this Independence Day at the Aquarium! Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, all-American themed dinner options and more. We invite you to bring your family to soak up the fun at our new Splash Pad and outdoor plaza—fireworks take place at 9 p.m. with extended hours until 9:30 pm.
  • When: July 4
  • Location: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602
  • Cost: Admission to museum or free for members. Parking $6. Fireworks Cruise tickets are $69 for General Admission (Adult& Child) $59 for Aquarium Member (Adult & Child)
  • More Info: flaquarium.org

fireworks-icon.jpg 4th of July Family FunFest on the American Victory Ship

The S.S. AMERICAN VICTORY will host viewing of Tampa’s annual July 4th Fireworks aboard this historic World War II merchant steamship and national landmark. The S.S. AMERICAN VICTORY offers the “best view in Tampa” for watching the celebrated fireworks display. The evening event features musical entertainment from DJ Ian Paul, a special Kids Zone with two face painters from 6:30-8:30pm, games, as well as arts and crafts. Refreshments will be available for purchase from some of your favorite local food trucks! Beer and wine available as well.

  • When: July 4, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Location: 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602
  • Cost: $13/adults; $7/youths 4-12; $10/active military and veterans
  • More Info: americanvictory.org

fireworks-icon.jpgClearwater Celebrates America

The city of Clearwater will celebrate America’s birthday by hosting the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area on July 4 at downtown’s Coachman Park. The community is invited to attend this free event and enjoy items and food from local vendors, as well as family-friendly games and activities. The night’s biggest attraction will be the Clearwater Gas “Spark the Sky” fireworks display. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the stunning fireworks show will begin approximately at 9:30 p.m.

  • When: July 4, Gates Open 4 p.m
  • Location: 301 Drew St., Clearwater, Florida, 33755
  • Cost: FREE admission
  • More Info:myclearwater.com

fireworks-icon.jpg4th of July Fireworks Cruises Pirate Water Taxi

Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with a festive waterfront 4th of July fireworks display aboard the Pirate Water Taxi! This 1-hour cruise will travel from the Tampa Convention Center, around Harbor Island and then position near Channelside. There you will have front row viewing of the fireworks spectacular featuring the beautiful Tampa skyline in the background! Book your tickets in advance to ensure availability.

Includes: Bottled water and BYOB (Soft Coolers Permitted – 20 qt or less, no glass bottles)

  • When: July 4 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Tampa Convention Center Dock, Tampa, Florida, 33602
  • Cost: $25 per person (plus tax)
  • More Info: piratewatertaxi.com

fireworks-icon.jpg4th of July Parade Safety Harbor

The American Legion Auxiliary will host a patriotic parade down Main Street on the morning of July 4. Wear your red, white, and blue and be ready for a good time. To enter a float in the parade, call 727-726-9601.

  • When: July 4, 10:00 am
  • Location: Main Street, Safety Harbor, Florida, 34695
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: facebook.com

fireworks-icon.jpgCity of Safety Harbor 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Bring the whole family out for a July 4th Celebration Safety Harbor style! There will be children’s activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Get a good seat in the marina or the Waterfront Park because the best fireworks display in Tampa Bay goes off at exactly 9:00 pm.
  • When: July 4th, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL, 34695
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: safetyharbor.com

fireworks-icon.jpg All-American Cookout at Selby Gardens

Celebrate the 4th of July Selby Gardens! All-American favorites from the grill along with beverages will be available for purchase by Michael’s on East. Music will be provided by SoulRCoaster and, of course, Independence Day fireworks will light up the sky over the beautiful Sarasota Bay! A trolley will be available from 5:00p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from the Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Greenen Way).
  • When: July 4, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Location: 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
  • Cost: Members (13 and above): $25 Guests (13 and above): $35 Children 4-12: $10 Children 3 and under: FREE
  • More Info: selby.org

fireworks-icon.jpgGlazer Children’s Museum 4th of July

Enjoy $4 admission and celebrate Independence Day with the Glazer Children’s Museum and come meet Uncle Sam!
  • When: July 4, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Location; 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida, 33602
  • Cost: $4 for each admission, FREE for active military families
  • More Info: glazer.org

fireworks-icon.jpg Independence Day Celebration at Avalon Park

Fireworks at 9pm! Food trucks, vendors, light and fire dancers, wet and dry bounce houses, community performances, a bike parade and bake-off will all take place at Avalon Park West on 4th of July!

Bike parade begins at 5pm and is free for anyone who would like to register. We also have a Bake-Off, which registration is also free! You can register to take part in the bike parade by clicking HERE.

  • When: July 4th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL, 33545
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: avalonparkwest.com

fireworks-icon.jpgLight Up Tampa Bay Independence Day Celebration

The City of Tampa’s LARGEST Independence Day Celebration! This free public event features fireworks, live music by Southern Train, entertainment by Randy Johnson DJ Xplicid and DJ Chris Beastly, Tampa Bay Food Trucks, face painting and more! With special appearances by the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning Girls Team, Thunderbug, Tampa Bay Rays street team, 102.5 FM The Bone and 97X

Fireworks Display: 9:00P.M.
Location: Channelside Bay Plaza Waterfront
Details: 2,500 wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for access to the Channelside Bay Plaza Waterfront. Our media partners 102.5-The Bone and 97x will be distributing the wristbands from the second floor of the facility beginning at 6:00P.M.

In support of the event, The TECO Line Streetcar System will be offering free fares from 7:00P.M.-12:00A.M.

To ensure a fun and safe environment, the following items will not be permitted on site: Backpacks, bags over 4.5”x6.5”, chairs, blankets, tri-pods, coolers, firearms, personal fireworks, sparklers, alcohol and/or food, pets. All attendees and belongings are subject to search.

  • When: July 4, 6:00 pm – 1000 pm
  • Location:615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, Florida, 33602
  • Cost: Free Admission. Parking fees apply
  • More Info: facebook.com

 fireworks-icon.jpgOld-Fashioned 4th of July Crystal River

Join us waterfront at Kings Bay Park for some great music, food, games, beer and wine and Fireworks! This is a FREE event! The fun begins at 5:00pm and the fireworks will kick off at 9:00pm (weather and time permitting). The best place to see the show over the water will be from Kings Bay Park.
  • When: July 4, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 268 NW 3rd St., Crystal River, Florida, 34428
  • Cost: Free Admission. This park requires a parking fee.
  • More Info: facebook.com

fireworks-icon.jpgSparklebration 4th of July Celebration

Pasco County is celebrating Independence Day with old fashioned family activities, including:
All-American Food Court – Festival Fun, Bloodmobile, Bounce Houses & Jumpers, Face Painting, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Sparklebration, Tony, The Balloon Guy, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Watermelon Eating Contest and Fireworks Extravaganza.

  •  When: July 4th, 4:00 pm – 9:15 pm
  • Location: 36722 State Road 52, Dade City, FL, 33525
  • Cost: Admission: $5 Parking: $5
  • More Info: pascocounty.com

fireworks-icon.jpgSt. Petersburg Waterfront Fireworks

The city of St. Petersburg celebrates Independence Day with its annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., weather permitting. The fireworks display is visible all along the St. Petersburg waterfront with prime viewing from Vinoy, Albert Whitted, North Straub, Spa Beach and South Straub Parks, which are all on Bayshore Drive.

  • When: July 4, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Waterfront, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: stpeteparksrec.org

fireworks-icon.jpgWaterset 4th of July

Join us at the Waterset Community (7250 Parkshore Drive Apollo Beach, FL 33572) for a 4th of July Food Truck Festival and concert.
  •  When: July 4, 5:00 pm 9:00 pm
  • Location: Waterset by Newland Communities7012 Sail View Ln, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
  • Cost: FREE
  • More Info: facebook.com
     
 Written By: Shineta A.

 

Weekend Events June 23 – 25, 2017

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Here is your weekend roundup of the fun family friendly events happening around the area. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, June 23, 2017 Events

 

Preschool Open Gym At Jubilee Gymnastics

Open Gym for Preschoolers is recommended for children under 5 years. Building self confidence, coordination, body awareness, & Achieving one’s personal best in a safe environment through fun and fitness!

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  9:45 am – 11:15 am
  • Location: 89 7th Ave NE, Ruskin, FL 33570
  • Cost: $7 a child, $3 siblings
  • Website: jubileegym.com

Bounce N’ Skate At United Skates

Bounce N’ Skate Admission $5 per person (Includes Reg. Skate Rental & Bounce House)

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $5 per person
  • Website: unitedskates.com

Furry Friday with 93.3 FLZ

Our friend Katie Sommers from 93.3 FLZ will be hosting live from our shelter to promote pet adoption! Be sure to join us for the fun:
-Adoption fee for all pets over 4 months old, just $9.33
-Go-home bandana for all adopted dogs, donated by Image Depot Palm Harbor
-Lunch served from the grill with our Grillin N Chillin Team
-Cornhole, Foosball, and Giant Jenga for kids

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Humane Society of Tampa Bay3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, Florida 33607
  • Cost: $9.33 adoption fee
  • Website: facebook.com

Comedy Magic Show at Firehouse Cultural Center

Magician Cesar Domico’s combination of magic and humor will grab your attention in this creative and dynamic live show.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Location: 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin, FL 33570
  • Cost: Free For grades K-5
  • Website: hcplc.org

Friendly Friday at Gator Fred’s

Friday are for friends and second child pay half off, can be your neighbor, sibling, cousin or someone you just met at the parking lot. Pay one regular admission and second kid pay only half price!

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am –  8:00 pm
  • Location: 5360 Ehrlich Rd Tampa, Florida, FL 33624
  • Cost: 2nd child 1/2 off admission
  • Website: gatorfredsfacebook.com

Open Play Time at Bounce Boy

Enjoy open play at Bounce Boy’s indoor party space.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 5008 E. 10th Avenue Tampa, Fl 33619
  • Cost: $9 per child
  • Website: bounceboy.net

Morning Movies at Riverview 14 GDX – Lego Batman Movie

Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Rewards (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It’s easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am
  • Location: Riverview 14 GDX 10550 East Bay Rd. Gibsonton, FL 33534
  • Cost: Free for FMG Members, all others $1.00
  • Website: goodrichtheaters.com

Michael’s Camp Creativity

Michaels invites you on a summer crafting journey. Featuring Disney Family Crafts Kits. MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS. New theme each week. Space is limited, so be sure to register.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: see website for your location
  • Cost: $5 PER SESSION OR $12 FOR 3 SESSIONS
  • Website: michaels.com

Ken Spanola’s FunTastic Magic Show at Charles J. Fendig Public Library

This fun magic show will dazzle and amaze!
For grades K-5.
Funded by the friends of the Charles J. Fendig Library.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: 3909 W. Neptune St. Tampa, FL 33629-5815
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Lucky Cat Yoga: ABCs and 123s of Yoga at Bloomingdale Regional Library

Kids benefit from yoga too! Lucky Cat Yoga introduces yoga to toddlers using basic yoga postures. Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. For ages 2-5.
Funded by the Friends of the Bloomingdale Regional Library.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Bloomingdale Regional Public Library – 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico, FL 33596-6204
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

The Prince and the Pea at Jan Kaminis Platt Library

What is a fairy tale king to do when it’s time for his daughter to marry? He places a pea under 100 mattresses to find a prince sensitive enough to deserve such a beautiful princess! But what happens when each potential suitor fails to discover the pea? This new adaptation is full of comedic hijinks as two actors frantically portray over a dozen roles! For ages 5 and up.
Presented by Creative Arts Theatre Company, the City of Tampa’s professional theater for young audiences.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:15 am and 3:30 pm
  • Location: 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. Tampa, FL 33611
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Pre-Teen Build a Better World at Land O Lakes Branch Library

Join us every Friday this summer at 2pm for a summer reading club program for grades 4-7.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
  • Location: Land O’Lakes Library – 2818 Collier Parkway Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: pasco.org

Books We Love to Sing at Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library

Listen and participate as Christine VanHorn and her guitar lead this interactive musical experience, bringing classic children’s books and songs to life. For grades K-5. Groups must register in advance by emailing Rodrigo Díaz at diazr@hillsboroughcounty.org .

Funded by the Friends of the Town ‘N Country Regional Library.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  2:30 pm –  3:30 pm
  • Location: 7606 Paula Dr., Suite 120 Tampa, FL 33615
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Fritzy Brothers “One Man” Circus at Jimmie B. Keel Library

Get ready to laugh hysterically and be entertained through juggling, unicycling and other fantastic circus activities.
For grades K-5.
Funded by the Friends of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  2:30 pm
  • Location: Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library – 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Tampa, FL 33618
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Disney Store Summer Play Days

Summer Play Days is back! Join us at your local Disney Store every day at 3pm this summer for interactive events and activities. Plus, participate in each Wednesday’s event and you’ll receive a FREE embroidered patch.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  3:00 pm
  • Location: Visit website to find the location closest to you.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: disneystore.com

Family Fun Nights at Sky Zone

Tuesday thru Friday come to Sky Zone for our Family Fun Nights…. 4 Sixty Minute Jump Passes / 4 pairs of Sky Socks / 4 Fountain Drinks / 1 Large Pizza. Offer not valid during Special Events, Glow or Spring Break.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  3:00 pm –  7:00 pm
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: $59.99 – family 4 pack
  • Website: skyzone.com

Fourth Friday in Downtown Tampa

A monthly celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene! An evening of special offerings and programs by cultural venues, restaurants & more! Free admission or special offers at participating cultural venues. Live local music at multiple locations. Special food and drink deals from participating downtown restaurants and bars. Please visit the website for this months special offers & participating venues & restaurants.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: Multiple Locations in and around Downtown Tampa’s River Walk.
  • Cost: See website for details
  • Website: 4thfriday.com

Sunset Celebration at Lowry Park Zoo

Experience the sunset like never before – during Sunset Celebration at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Join us every Friday and Saturday night this summer. See wildlife in a whole new light, enjoy entertaining activities for the whole family and indulge in tasty, one of a kind dishes created by the Zoo’s rockstar chef. Choose from a variety of refreshments, including craft beer, wines, frozen drinks and Coca-Cola products. Cap off the evening with an amazing “Wild Lights” finale!

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33604
  • Cost: General Admission. Free for members.
  • Website: lowryparkzoo.org

Free Community Hours at the Campo YMCA Splash Pad

Come out to the campo Y and cool off in the splash pad.  There are also 2 giant waterslides.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Location: Campo Y, 3414 Culbreath Rd. Valrico, FL 33596
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: tampaymca.org

Tampa Yankees vs. Dunedin Blue Jays

Olympic Day. Wing Deal Friday: Enjoy $10 all you can eat chicken wings from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: George M. Steinbrenner Field 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, Florida 33614
  • Cost: Tickets start at $7.30 each
  • Website: milb.com

Movie on the Green: Hidden Figures at the Glazer Museum

Play in the museum until 8pm then celebrate girls & women with a free screening of Hidden Figures under the stars.

  • When: Friday, June 23, 2017,  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 110 W Gasparilla Plz, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: Free Movie
  • Website: glazer.org

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017 Events

 

National Day of Play at Gymboree Play & Music

You’re invited to attend our 2nd Annual National Day of Play on Saturday, June 24th. Here’s a day for you and your friends to enjoy complimentary play, art, music activities all day long including refreshments and more!
Join the party as we celebrate PLAY! Plus, enter to win our raffle give-away filled with $150 of Gymboree fun.

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017,  9:00 am –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 3309 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida 33629
  • Cost: This event is FREE!
  • Website: facebook.com

Annual Youth Baking Contest at Jimmie B. Keel Library

Your favorite dessert could make you a winner in the Annual Youth Baking Contest!
Two age groups- 5-10 and 11-17. Prizes given for First, Second and Third place winners, plus special awards for Most Unusual, Best Tasting and Best Library Theme.

Contest rules and permission slips available at the Library.

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:00 am –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library – 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Tampa, FL 33618
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

USF Botanical Gardens Summer Plant Festival

The USF Botanical Gardens is having the Summer Plant Festival on June 24, from 10:00 to 4:00 and June 25; from 10:00 to 3:00.
Vendors will be selling rare and popular fruit trees, and advice on how to grow them. There will be vendors with hundreds of blooming butterfly plants, tropical and exotic plants, such as Orchids, Gingers, Plumeria and Bromeliads. Native plants, butterfly plants and herbs will be available from growers who can share growing secrets and hints, all in a festive atmosphere. Too hot to plant? Come for the talks: Saturday; 11:00 is Native Plant Talk, Noon is the Butterfly talk and tour.. Sunday at noon is a Beekeeping Basics and Apiary tour. Check our website for list of all speakers.
Children under 12 get in free with free Children’s Activity Area.
June 25 offers a Pepper Beauty Contest, the tasteful beauty contest. Any one who brings a decorated pepper to enter into the Pepper Beauty Contest gets in free on Sunday. Prizes and glory for participants.

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:00 am –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 12210 USF Pine Dr. Tampa, 33620
  • Cost: Admission is $5. Garden members and children under twelve years old are admitted free. Parking is free
  • Website: usf.edu

Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops

The FREE FUN of Family Summer Camp Returns! Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, July 23rd. Thursday, Saturday & Sunday Only…..12 Noon – 5 PM

Workshops at 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM
Food Sampling!
Fun Games, Activities and Crafts (while supplies last)!
Archery and BB Gun Range!
Kids’ Fishing in our Outside Pond……Saturday & Sunday, July 1-2

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 12:00 pm –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 10501 Palm River Rd, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: basspro.com

Park Rangers Present Nature 101: Ant Lions & Insects

In this hour long Nature 101 class, the Park Rangers will teach all about the life cycle of the fascinating Ant Lion and other insects. Then we’ll go on an “Ant Lion Hunt” and see what we can find!
-THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO-
*Offered two times on Saturday and Sunday
Choose the time and day that best fits into your schedule
*All ages welcome
*$5 per child, but parents are free
*$2 per car park entrance fee-BRING-
*Water
*Snack
*Bug repellant
*Closed-toe shoes
*Sunscreen
  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
  • Location: Lettuce Lake Regional Park6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, Florida 33637
  • Cost: $5 per child, but parents are free and $2 per car park entrance fee
  • Website: hcflgov.net    facebook.com

Family Field Day at Pioneer Fl Museum & Village

When was the last time you had fun as a family? Get your competitive spirit on and join us for our first annual family field day. We will have classic events such as sack races, relay races, and much more. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family! ​
-Bounce House
-Face Painting
-Music
-Food
-Games
-Prizes
-Free museum entry
-Giveaways and more… ​
We will be collecting non-perishable foods, clothing, shoes, and toiletries to support our selected charities: Bright Hopes and Sunrise of Pasco County.

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 12:00 pm –  3:00 pm
  • Location: Florida Pioneer Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd, Dade City, Fl 33523
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: cmafamilyfieldday.com

Moana Meet and Greet at Learning Express Citrus Park

Moana will be visiting Learning Express Toys! Children will have the opportunity to meet Moana and have their picture taken with her!

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, Florida 33625
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebook.com

Tampa Yankees vs. Dunedin Blue Jays with Fireworks and a FREE movie

The Tampa Yankees will honor the 25th anniversary of the film “A League of Their Own” on Saturday, June 24th at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Fans are invited to witness a Women’s Baseball game featuring two of the nation’s top amateur teams, the East Coast Yankees and the New England Women Red Sox, as they face off at 3:00 p.m.

Players and coaches will be wearing custom “A League of Their Own” jerseys when the T-Yanks take on the Dunedin Blue Jays at 6:30 p.m. Fans are able to bid on the jerseys in a silent auction at the game, while others will be auctioned online at tampayankees.milbauctions.com, with the proceeds benefiting the Women’s Sports Museum.

A fireworks show will follow the conclusion of the game. Afterwards, fans will be invited onto the outfield grass to watch the movie, “A League of Their Own,” on the video board.

Salute to Service Members Saturday: All Military receive a FREE upper reserved ticket with valid I.D. Player autographs on the concourse from 5:40pm-6:00pm

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017,  2:30 pm –  9:30 pm
  • Location: George M. Steinbrenner Field 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, Florida 33614
  • Cost: Tickets start at $7.30 each
  • Website: milb.com

Super Science at Lutz Community Center

Always revolving, never stopping! Rocket into space for a wild ride around the sun with hands-on discovery stations along the way.
For grades K – 5. Limit of 50 children plus their caregivers. Check in at the reference desk after 2 p.m.
Funded by the Friends of the Lutz Branch Library.

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017,  3:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 98 1st Ave NW, Lutz, FL 33548
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Sunset Celebration at Lowry Park Zoo

Experience the sunset like never before – during Sunset Celebration at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Join us every Friday and Saturday night this summer. See wildlife in a whole new light, enjoy entertaining activities for the whole family and indulge in tasty, one of a kind dishes created by the Zoo’s rockstar chef. Choose from a variety of refreshments, including craft beer, wines, frozen drinks and Coca-Cola products. Cap off the evening with an amazing “Wild Lights” finale

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017,  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33604
  • Cost: General Admission. Free for members
  • Website: lowryparkzoo.org

Summertime in the City at Sims Park with movie

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board presents “Summertime in the City”, a family festival that promises fun for everyone! Your $5 wrist band gets you a dunk tank, water slide and much much more! The Lego Batman Movie follows immediately after right there in Sims Park so plan on taking in both events!

  • When: Saturday, June 24, 2017,  5:00 pm –  8:00 pm
  • Location: 5547 Main Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652
  • Cost: $5 wrist band
  • Website: facebook.com

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Events

 

Toddler Time at Sky Zone

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.

  • When: Sunday, June 25, 2017,  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: Toddler $12.99 and one adult jumps Free
  • Website: skyzone.com

Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops

The FREE FUN of Family Summer Camp Returns! Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, July 23rd. Thursday, Saturday & Sunday Only…..12 Noon – 5 PM
Workshops at 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM
Food Sampling!
Fun Games, Activities and Crafts (while supplies last)!
Archery and BB Gun Range!
Kids’ Fishing in our Outside Pond……Saturday & Sunday, July 1-2

  • When: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00 pm –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 10501 Palm River Rd, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: basspro.com

Harbour Island Art Walk

Along “Tampa’s Waterfront”, you will find Florida’s tropical traditions taking place year after year. It’s where people shop, eat and socialize. Our beautiful waterways serve as the hub of everything important to the community. Disguised as street festivals & art walks, you’ll want to find our “gem of a show”! Take a stroll down Tampa’s Riverwalk Waterfront where you’ll find live music, unique one-of-a-kind art, handcrafted gifts, jewelry, home & garden collectibles, specialty foods and treasures for someone special!

  • When: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00 pm –  5:00 pm
  • Location: Outdoors on the Waterfront 800 Post Harbour Drive Tampa, FL 33602
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: harbourislandartwalk.com

Glow In The Dark Public Skate At United Skates

Glow In The Dark Public Skate, Cosmic Skating! Hottest Hits like 93.3 FLZ

  • When: Sunday, June 25, 2017,  1:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $9 includes regular skate rental/ $10 includes inline or speed skate rental/$6 with your own skates
  • Website: unitedskates.com

Slime Sunday at Michaels

Join us for our free Slime Sunday, June 25 from 1 – 3 pm local time. Make a slime stress ball or customize slime. We’ll provide all the supplies, including pre-made slime. Age 3 and up welcome. All Michaels stores.
Please check with your local store regarding rescheduling if they are closed on Sunday.

  • When: Sunday, June 25, 2017,  1:00pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: see website for your local store
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebook.com

 Block Party at Bloomingdale Regional Library

Kids use Lego building blocks to have a fun, interactive and creative afternoon. The library provides the Legos; kids provide the imagination!

  • When: Sunday, June 25, 2017,  2:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Bloomingdale Regional Public Library – 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico, FL 33596-6204
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Community Lecture: Jaws! The Feeding Biology of Sharks

Come join us as USF Professor of Biology, Philip J. Motta, provides an illustated talk that discusses the feeding mechanics of sharks and bony fishes, bite foce, and strike speed! Dr. Motta’s research has been featured on Discovery television, Animal Planet, the BBC, and the Daily Planet TV series.

  • When: Sunday, June 25, 2017,  2:00 pm –  3:15 pm
  • Location: 1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: sulphursprings.org

Written By: Shineta A.

If you or your business has a family friendly event that you would like posted, please email me at shinetaarmour@yahoo.com.  In subject line please put Everyday moms events. Thanks.

 

 

4th of July Crafts and Activities

 

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What are your plans this 4th of July? Throwing a party? Staying home? Heading out to huddle with the masses and watch the sky light up? Whatever it may be start it off with a craft or fun activity! I have saved you from heading down the Pinterest rabbit hole and added some links to activities here! There are links here for everyone and all ages. You may even have the supplies at home for most of these.

DIY Patriotic Flower Pot This one is cute! Use the flower pot to hold crayons, markers or pencils. Or Plant pretty flowers and watch them Grow…. and then die:-)

Straw Fireworks So simple!

Patriotic Handprint Keepsake Adorable. I love the t-shirt idea. Great idea to do every year and see how much bigger their hands are. The little foot prints for a Baby’s first 4th is cute as well.

Confetti Poppers Such a fun way to make a mess! Better then handing them a sparkler and ending up in the ER with burns.

Paint Stick Flag Free paint sticks from home depot… WIN WIN! You can also do smaller ones with popsicle sticks.

Paper towel Roll Fireworks painting This one because I know some of us have been saving these rolls for years and need to use them!

Bean Bag Toss This will keep them occupied for at least 10 minutes.

Chalk Art Photos So cute and for the moms not afraid of a pinterest fail hehehe

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Have a Happy and Safe 4th!!!

Suzette Foister

SHAM, Homeschooler, Wife, Owner/Artist of BringYourOwnCanvas

 

Weekend Events June 2 – 4

Everyday Moms

Friday, June 2, 2017 Events

Open Play For Kids at K Peas

Open play is a wonderful experience for parents and toddlers. It is a time for spontaneous fun and play. Moms meet other moms. Kids make friends and play together. Open play is relaxed and fun. Your sweet pea will love it! You are welcome to bring in food during open play. Open play is a great way to get introduced to K Peas Place. Walk-ins are welcome. (ages 0-5yrs)
Relaxed fun
Spontaneous fun
Make friends
Set up play dates
Have fun, fun, fun!

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017,  9:30 am –  3:30 pm
  • Location: 13966 Lynmar Blvd, Tampa Fl, 33626
  • Cost: $15 per family drop in
  • Website: kpeasplace.com

National Donut Day Craft at Learning Express Toys – South Tampa

Come celebrate National Donut Day by joining us in a free Donut craft! The first craft will be at 10AM. Don’t worry if you can’t make it in the morning! We’ll get right back into crafting at 3pm. We’ll have donuts for all and a coffee pick-me-up for the parents.

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Location: 1910 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida 33629
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Creating Digital Art With Fresh Paint Microsoft Store – International Plaza

In this free hands-on 1 hour camp, students 8–12 will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations. They’ll also get a sneak peek of advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media. Activities will focus on learning through experience and peer-to-peer learning, and themes may be based on upcoming seasons and special events.
At the end of the camp, participants will:
•Be familiar with the creative possibilities of digital drawing and painting
•Have experience with the Fresh Paint layout and tools
•Create original artwork and share it with peers
•Learn how to share their art with the swipe of a finger

Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: 2223 N. West Shore Blvd Tampa, FL 33607
  • Cost:FREE but you must register online
  • Website: microsoft.com

Coral Reef Shark Attack

Come learn about the wonders of the ocean and its greatest predator and where it lives. Special hours Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 12P – 4:00 pm. Fun activities, open to the public! Coral reef and hammer head shark exhibit and hands-on activities.

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 12:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: sulphurspringsmuseum.org

Friday Skate Sessions at Skateland

Summer skate session are going on now. Bring the kids out and let them have some fun!

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 12:00 pm –  3:30 pm
  • Location: 750 W Robertson ST, Brandon FL
  • Cost: $6.50 pp
  • Website: skateland.com

Family Fun Nights at Sky Zone

Tuesday thru Friday come to Sky Zone for our Family Fun Nights…. 4 Sixty Minute Jump Passes / 4 pairs of Sky Socks / 4 Fountain Drinks / 1 Large Pizza. Offer not valid during Special Events, Glow or Spring Break.

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017,  3:00 pm –  7:00 pm
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: $59.99 – family 4 pack
  • Website: skyzone.com

$5 Fridays At United Skates

$5 Fridays Are Back This Summer! Starting Friday June 2nd. Non-skating parents admitted free. No stay-overs between sessions.

Admission: $5.00 per person
Skate Rental: Regular skate rental included
Rollerblade Rental: $4.00

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017,  5:00 pm –  7:30 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $5.00 per person
  • Website: unitedskates.com

Summer Luau – Parent’s Night Out at My Gym Brandon

Parent’s enjoy the night out and your Kids will too! Kids attend this drop- off event with over 3 hours of FUN themed activities: Themed ARTS-n-Craft, Gymnastics, tumbling, Luau zip line rides PLUS Pizza!

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017,  6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 2060 Badlands Drive, Brandon, FL 33511
  • Cost: Members – $30; Nonmembers $33. Sibling discounts available
  • Website: mygym.com

Free Community Hours at Campo Y Splash Pad

Enjoy free play at the splash pad and waterslides.

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Location: Campo Family Y, 3414 Culbreath Rd. Valrico, FL 33596
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: campoy.org

Glow Zone at Sky Zone

We’re different after dark. Lasers, music and blacklight transform the whole park and even your party into a crazy jumping dance club. Flips are limited to Foam Zone during Glow. Waivers are required for all persons entering the park during Glow.

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017,  7:00 pm – 11:59 pm
  • Location: Sky Zone Tampa 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: $19.99 for two hours
  • Website: skyzone.com

Movie in the Park “Tooth Fairy” at Land O’ Lakes Community Center

Come out to a of showing “Tooth Fairy” at  “Movie in the Park” event on Friday, June 2, 2017 starting at 7:00 pm. This is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars with your family for free! Call us at (813) 929-1229 if you need more information.

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017,  7:00 pm –  8:30 pm
  • Location: 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd, Land o’ Lakes, Florida 34639
  • Cost: Free

Finding Neverland at the Straz Center

FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time). Vogue cheers, “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

  • When: Friday, June 2, 2017,  8:00 pm
  • Location: Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602
  • Cost: Tickets start at $31.00
  • Website: strazcenter.org

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Events

Family Fun Farmers Market at A Land of Delight

Join us this Saturday for a Day of fun for the whole family in the great outdoors. There are lots of animals to see, including Emily’s new adorable pink-toenailed pig Penny, Elliott’s emu’s Thunder and Lightning, miniature Zebu cows, dwarf goats, adorable bunnies, Merlin the Magnificent Pony and more. Ice cold Lemonade and Ice cold coconut water to quench your thirst!

With the Farm-to-Table selection, we keep it REAL at A Land of Delight Natural Farm – no GMOs! There are fresh greens to pick from the garden (a Juicing Paradise), delicious free samples to try and much more, so come on out, bring a friend, and have a great time at A Land of Delight.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  8:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 2514 Leaning Pine Ln, Plant City, Florida 33565
  • Cost: Free Admission

School’s Out Jam All Ages Contest presented by Huf

SCHOOL’S OUT JAM ALL AGES CONTEST PRESENTED BY HUF. COME SKATE WITH AUSTYN GILLETTE, BRAD CROMER AND JAKE ANDERSON!

DIVISIONS
• 8 & Under / 9-12 / 13-15 / 16 & Up / Sponsored
• Prizes awarded 1st – 5th in each division.

CONTEST DETAILS
• 8:00am – Open practice & registration
• 10:30am – Contest starts (8 & Under first)
• Free BBQ for contestants
• Don’t forget: SPoT Free Fridays is the day before. SPoT Members skate free all day!

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  8:00 am –  9:00 pm
  • Location: Skatepark of Tampa 4215 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, Florida 33605
  • Cost: • Entry fee is $25 in advance / $30 day of
  • Website: facebook.com

Home Depot Kids Workshop – Tic Tac Toe Game 

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can get to work on a wood craft project. Once the project is built, your child can paint it in their favorite color. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: View site to locate your local Home Depot
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: homedepot.com

TOUCH-A-TRUCK at Zephyrhills Public Library

Kick-off the summer with some cool vehicles! Vehicles of all types will fill the parking lot around City Hall and the Library as kids get to touch and climb on vehicles typically seen from far away. Youngsters become the judges and their votes determine the top three trophy winners! Sign up for the Summer Reading Club, Start a horn war, participate in a basic mechanics class and more! Speed into summer @ your Zephyrhills Library!

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 5347 8th Street Zephyrhills, FL 33542
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: pasco.org

Largo Central Railroad Public Runs

The first full weekend of each month, The Largo Central Railroad provides free public runs of their mini train.
The train tracks cover 1.2 miles through the beautiful Largo Central Park. Train hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month. Children must be at least one years old to ride. Pregnant women can not ride the trains due to insurance regulations.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 am –  4:00 pm
  • Location: Largo Central Park 101 Central Park Dr Largo, FL 33771
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: lcrailroad.com

Build a Better World: Summer Festival

Start summer off with a bang at the Seminole Heights Branch Library’s Summer Fest! Join us for a free, fun, family event featuring face painting, robotics, games, music, food and much more! Sponsored by the Friends of the Seminole Heights Library and Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 am –  2:00 pm
  • Location: 4711 Central Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33603
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

MILO: Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity! at Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library

Join us for a fun-filled day of interactive activities to encourage and celebrate a love of reading and school success! Activities include: Reading circles, arts & crafts, a technology station and FREE BOOKS (while supplies last)! Plus a meet-and-greet with a special PBS Kids character guest! For ages 3-8 and their caregivers.

MILO is brought to you in partnership with WEDU, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, and the Junior League of Tampa.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 am –  1:00 pm
  • Location: 1505 Nebraska Ave. Tampa, Florida 33602-2849
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Michaels Kids Club Saturday Crafts – Kids Club® Sprout® Flip Book

Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. New craft project each week. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Supplies are included. Please see website to find a location near you.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: At participating Micheal’s locations.
  • Cost: $2 per child
  • Website: michaels.com

Summer Festival at Seminole Heights Branch Library

Kick off the summer with a day of FREE family fun! Build a robot, create a take home craft, get your face painted, listen to storytellers, or enjoy some music.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 am –  2:00 pm
  • Location: 4711 Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33603-3905
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Lakeshore Learning Crafts For Kids – Hoppin’ Froggy Friend 

Our Free Crafts for Kids event will be held at all Lakeshore Learning locations. Kids have a blast creating a new craft project every Saturday!

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 4501 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: lakeshorelearning.com

Wonder Woman Day at the Library

Celebrate 75 years of Wonder Woman just in time for her solo feature film! Have fun with trivia and games, and explore a great selection of comics in honor of the Princess of Themyscira. No registration required. #WonderWomanDay

  •  When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: John F Germany Library, 900 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Join us for this fun-filled Storytime with activities to follow.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 11:00 am
  • Location: Multiple Locations – Visit website to find store near you.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: barnesandnoble.com

Coral Reef Shark Attack

Come learn about the wonders of the ocean and its greatest predator and where it lives. Special hours Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 12P – 4:00 pm. Fun activities, open to the public! Coral reef and hammer head shark exhibit and hands-on activities.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 12:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: sulphurspringsmuseum.org

FREE 2nd Annual SummerPalooza at the Y

School’s out for summer! Come celebrate with us at our 2nd Annual SummerPalooza!! Join us Saturday, June 3rd from 1pm -4pm! This EPIC pool party is FREE and open to the community, so make sure to invite your friends and family!
We will have music, entertainment, food, games, prizes and SO MUCH MORE! This is just the start of the SummerPalooza FUN! Click the link below for more information and to see all of the family fun going on all summer long!

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Local YMCA, visit website for your local y
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: ymca.org

Make Your Own Slime at Learning Express Toys of Brandon

Have fun making your own slime. Free event. Reservation required. Call the store to reserve a spot.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
  • Location: Westfield-Brandon Mall 670 Brandon Town Center Mall Brandon, FL 33551
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Cyber Bowling Kid’s Matinee at Pin Chasers Midtown

Cyber Bowling is the fusion of high energy entertainment and bowling where anything is possible and everyone has fun. Great music and club lighting create a glowing, nightclub-like atmosphere. Whether it’s our special engagement DJ’s, music theme nights or our weekly request driven program, cyber bowling will be an exciting night for all.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  2:30 pm –  4:30 pm
  • Location: Pin Chasers Midtown, 4847 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa, Florida 33603
  • Cost: See Website
  • Website: pinchasers.net

Summer Reading Kickoff featuring Jiggleman at Bruton Memorial Library

It’s summer time! Come celebrate with us at our summer reading kickoff party! At 3 PM Get ready to laugh out loud and be amazed by the jumping, joking and juggling JiggleMan! Stay after the show for fun activities, refreshments and to get registered for our children’s Summer Reading Club and start your journey to AWESOME prizes! Bonnie, our reading therapy dog, will be joining the party and available for sharing snuggles and books with. There will also be make and take puppet crafts courtesy of Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre and much more! For children of all ages.

Funded by the Friends of the Bruton Memorial Library.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  3:00 pm –  5:00 pm
  • Location: Bruton Memorial Library 302 McLendon Street Plant City, FL 33563
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: plantcity.gov

Summer Classics: Sing-Along Beauty and the Beast

It’s a tale not quite as old as time, but pretty close — based on a French fairy tale first published in the 1700s, the love story Beauty and the Beast followed The Little Mermaid in Disney’s effort to revitalize their lagging animation studio. The magic worked once again; the bookish Belle, the brooding Beast, their growing love despite the circumstances that stand in the way, and all the hilarious villagers (and furniture, and tableware) that populate the film’s world are fixed in our hearts forever. But the coup de grâce was, of course, the score. Good thing you remember all the songs by heart, because these are special sing-along presentations! Follow along with the lyrics on screen and belt out the songs right alongside the Belle and the rest.

1h 24m / Rated G / Animated Sing-Along

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  3:00 pm –  4:30 pm
  • Location: Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Website: tampatheatre.org

Summer Movie at the Library- Sing!

Beat the heat and enjoy a movie on the library’s big screen.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Location: 78 st Library, 7625 Palm River Road, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcplc.org

Summer Concert Series “Surf’s Up Tour, Beach Boy’s Tribute at Sims Park

The City of New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center presents their Summer Concert Series in Sims Park. First in the series is “Surf’s Up Tour, Beach Boys Tribute” so bring your beach blankets, your favorite friends and celebrate summer with the great summer songs we all know and love!
Limited seating is provided so please feel free to bring your own chairs.

  • When: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  7:00 pm –  8:30 pm
  • Location: 5547 Main Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebook.com

Sunday, June 4, 2017 Events

Sunday in the Park – Largo

Join us for “Sunday in the Park” a family fun day offering picnic seating, live entertainment, Largo Railroad and train rides, pop up shopping event, large kids fun area and food fair.

  • When: Sunday, June 4, 2017,  8:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: City of Largo Largo Central Park 101 Central Park Dr, Largo, Florida 33771
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Website: facebook.com

Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese’s Brandon and Wesley Chapel

Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit.

The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes:
1. Less crowding and noise
2. Dimmed lighting
3. Show and music turned off or down
4. Limited appearances by Chuck E.
5. Food and games are offered

  • When: Sunday, June 4, 2017,  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: 1540 W BRANDON BLVD, BRANDON, FL 33511 and 6170 WESLEY GROVE BLVD., WESLEY CHAPEL, FL 33544
  • Cost: Menu Prices
  • Website: chuckecheese.com

Build A Better World: Cardboard Challenge at Jimmie B. Keel Library

Celebrate the first day of summer reading, and build anything out of cardboard that your mind can imagine! Cardboard and craft supplies will be provided, or bring your own.

  • When: Sunday, June 4, 2017,  2:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Tampa, FL 33618
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: hcplc.org

Family Game Day at Learning Express Toys – South Tampa

Round up the family and come join us for a Sunday Funday! It’s Family Game Day here at Learning Express! We will have games for all ages, so no one will be left out. Let’s have some fun!

  • When: Sunday, June 4, 2017,  2:00 pm –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 1910 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida 33629
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Let’s Play Board Games at North Tampa Branch Library

Board games are fun for all ages, providing an opportunity for positive interactions, improving concentration, building thinking skills and reducing stress.

Funded by the Friends of the North Tampa Branch Library

  • When: Sunday, June 4, 2017,  2:00 pm –  5:00 pm
  • Location: 8916 North Blvd. Tampa, FL 33604-1209
  • Cost: Free.
  • Website: hcplc.org

Summer Classics: Sing-Along Beauty and the Beast

It’s a tale not quite as old as time, but pretty close — based on a French fairy tale first published in the 1700s, the love story Beauty and the Beast followed The Little Mermaid in Disney’s effort to revitalize their lagging animation studio. The magic worked once again; the bookish Belle, the brooding Beast, their growing love despite the circumstances that stand in the way, and all the hilarious villagers (and furniture, and tableware) that populate the film’s world are fixed in our hearts forever. But the coup de grâce was, of course, the score. Good thing you remember all the songs by heart, because these are special sing-along presentations! Follow along with the lyrics on screen and belt out the songs right alongside the Belle and the rest.

Before the Sunday screening, Summer Classics presenting sponsor Bank of America is giving away FREE 4×6″ commemorative photos with Belle in the lobby, starting at 2:00pm. Just pose against the green screen with the princess, appearing courtesy of Parties With Character, and watch as you’re magically inserted into a scene from the movie!

Doors and bar open at 2:00pm

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.

  • When: Sunday, June 4, 2017,  3:00 pm –  4:30 pm
  • Location: Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Website: tampatheatre.org

Life’s a Beach – Unless You’re a Mom Headed to the Beach with Your Littles Alone

So you’re headed to the beach with your tiny village of miniature you’s and you’re thinking “I think I can, I think I can” while also thinking “don’t forget the damn sunscreen!”.  Those trips to the beach without your significant other are tough. Only the strong survive – but you CAN do it!

Yep – we have all done it! Made it all the way to the beach with only one arm floaty. It might be one of the most self defeating feelings on the planet. How could I do that? This is going to be a tough day! 

The good news is you can get through it, with very little issues – but preparation is a MUST! Here are a few tips to get yourself through all those trips to the beach so your day is (mostly) smooth sailing!


Check lists are a must

It can even be a permanent checklist that you perfect and then laminat but do it BEFORE the day of the trip. Get the kids involved as well. Unless you have triplets that are under 12 months, chances are you can get a few good suggestions from them for the check list – things you may not have thought of until one of your sweet little ones beg for it while you’re basking in the sunlight of the beautiful vitamin D provided by the suns rays!

Cover all your bases 

Necessities, entertainment, snacks, etc? Identify and locate them all! Heck – pack the car the night before if possible! It’s different for every family due to the different stages of life for each child but you know what you need. Think about the previous trips to the beach.. what made it easier? What made it harder? Plan for each! 


Recruit your army

Your kids can help! Anything from making sandwhiches to finding sand toys, you should not do all the work alone. Designate a child, based on their abilities, to a task of some kind. Obviously you wouldn’t ask a two year old to make sandwhiches but they could help gather their floaties or sand toys.  Expect them to contribute and future beach trips will be easier.

Bottom line

Prepare for the unexpected and expected. Change of clothes, sunscreen, towels, food, buckets, chairs, hats bandaids, etc. Oh, and of course the camera for all those amazing memories you’re creating with your little ones –  trust me, they won’t remember the one arm floaty that was forgotten but they will remember the giant sandcastle that was built while the sun was setting on that beautiful summer evening.