Around the Bay – Kid Friendly Weekend Events {March 3rd-5th}

Weekend Events

Friday, March 3rd

Baby/Toddler Programs at Hillsborough County Public Libraries

Baby Time, Motion Commotion, Toddler Time, Jump, Jive And Jam!, Story Time, Alphabet Club, Movin’ and Groovin’, Baby & Toddler Yoga, Wee Artists, Bilingual Story Time, and Baby Sign Language. These are just a few of the 30 minute pre-school activities provided by your local library. Please visit the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative website to find the location and time most convenient for you. Daily programs vary by location. Check it out and find some hands on fun with your little ones!

Time: 10am – 330pm

Location: Multiple Locations (See website)

Cost: Free


Dinos Alive! at Lowry Park Zoo

They’re baaack! For the first time in 65 million years, dinosaurs will take over Tampa Bay and roam the Zoo every day! Grab the whole family and get ready to be surrounded by life size dinosaurs as you experience Dinos Alive! Get up-close and personal with varying species of dinosaurs that move, roar and interact with you! Learn about dinosaurs through the eyes of a paleontologist and connect with present-day species of wildlife on the brink of extinction. Feast with Dino-sized food and drinks and enjoy this larger than life adventure with the entire family.

Time:  9:30 am –  5:00 pm (Staurday & Sunday as well)

Location: Lowry Park Zoo 1101 West Sligh Ave. Tampa

Cost:  Included with zoo admission.

Florida Strawberry Festival

When you visit the Florida Strawberry Festival, we want you to see, taste and smell all that the strawberry has to offer! We will have 11 full days of strawberries, shortcake, big name concerts, rides, stage shows, attractions, food galore, exhibits, displays, contests, competitions and a berry sweet time for the whole family!

Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Location:  303 Lemon St Plant City

Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $10 Children (ages 6-12): $5 Children (ages 5 and under): FREE with paid adult admission

Saturday, March 4th

Curious George Bike Day

This free, bike-riding event encourages three to six-year-olds and their families to enjoy their local parks with healthy, active, outdoor fun! Preschoolers are invited to bring their tricycle, bicycle or big wheel to ride at the park with Curious George. Free bicycle helmets will be handed out, while supplies last, courtesy of Disparti Law Group and Safe Routes. Gearlink will be providing helmet fitting and bike safety checks.

Other activities will include a bicycle rodeo, healthy recipe demonstrations, photo opportunities, free books, inflatable games, crafts and a special performance by national children’s entertainer, Silly Sam the Music Man!

Time: 9am – 12pm

Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Rd, Hudson

Cost: Free

Tampa Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival! Join our Queen in a jubilee! Journey back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village. Experience live armored jousting, 12 stages of entertainment, 7 theme weekends, and fun and food for the whole family! The Festival is open weekends, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, March 31st, 2017. The Festival is open Rain or Shine. Parking at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival is always free! Discount tickets are available at participating Walgreens stores and at MOSI.

Time: 10:00 am –  6:00 pm

Location: 11315 N. 46th Street Tampa

Cost: Adult Admission $17.95, Child Admission (5-12 years) $9.95

6th Annual MiraBay Dragon Boat Festival

The Best Shoreline Race Viewing! Dragon boat racing with strong competition and fun among friends at the Home of The Leviathans – who are training hard and will be one to beat! A spacious venue, with great calm and protected water, so bring your team tent and family to enjoy this season opener. Parking is plentiful and close at hand (in the same grassy area as the race site). An easy drive from anywhere in Florida. Kick off the year with this friendly, hard driving race. At the MiraBay Dragon Boat Festival, there will be multiple local businesses offering delicious food, cold drinks, fashion, accessories, bath & beauty products and more!

Time: 9:00 am –  3:00 pm

Location: Manns Harbor Dr ., Apollo Beach

Cost: Free Admission

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.

Time: 10:00 am –  4:00 pm

Location: Largo Central Park 101 Central Park Dr Largo

Cost:  free

Sunday, March 5th


Florida Hospital Center Ice Public Skate

The Florida Hospital Center ice Facility offers several public and community oriented programs designed to combine fitness and entertainment for patrons of all ages. Visit our website to see the full public skate calendar!

Time:  1:00 pm –  3:00 pm

Location: 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd Wesley Chapel

Cost:  Admission is $9.75 + tax ($7.75 + tax for seniors, veterans, and active duty military) and skate rental is $4.75 + tax.

Family Fun Day at Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla Film Festival

Join us at the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival. Enjoy free kids friendly activities, red carpet, popcorn, free shirts (for the first 250 kids), zoo animals, and more! Live entertainment by Mr. Tommy!

FREE OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING of the movie Zootopia at 12:30pm.

Time:  11:00 am –  3:00 pm

Location: Centennial Park 1800 East 8th Avenue, Tampa

Cost:  Free Admission

Florida Birds of Prey at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

In celebration of World Wildlife Day, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will have a special live exhibit on Sunday, March 5th. Florida Birds of Prey will be located at our downtown Clearwater location. Learn all about Florida Birds of Prey! Boyd Hill Nature Park, George C. McGough Nature Park and Owl’s Nest will be joining us to exhibit their rescued birds of prey including a Screech owl, Red tailed hawk, kestral and more!

Time: 10:00 am –  4:00 pm

Location: 249 Windward Psge, Clearwater

Cost:  All activities are included with general admission.

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