Free Things to do Around Tampa Bay


You watched your little ones count down the days (and may have counted yourself), schools out and summer is here! But now what? Here are some ideas for keeping the kiddos entertained – that won’t break the bank!

Splash Pads!


Splash Pads are a great way to beat the Florida heat! A fellow TBMB blog contributor put together a great list of local splash pads which are all free! Check out the list here


Children’s Museum 

Glazer Children’s Museum offers free Admission Tuesday  held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 2-7pm, courtesy of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.

 At the Henry B. Plant Museum Free admission the first Fridays in June-August treats and entertainment starting at 5 p.m.

Visit the Tampa Museum of Art on Friday evenings from 4 – 8 p.m. for Pay-as-you-will admission.


From Clearwater to Seista Keys, the beach is a great way to spend a summer day!

Clearwater Beach’s nightly Sunset Celebration is the perfect way to close out the day.  Pier 60 comes alive with street performers, craft vendors and don’t forget to take the kids to the waterfront playground. 


Wanna catch a $1 movie? Check with your local Regal Cinemas for their $1 movies or watch any kid’s movie at AMC Regency Theater in Brandon. AMC Theater and Studio Movie Grill also offer ‘discount’ nights were you can watch movies for $3-$5 on select nights. 

Tampa Office buildings and water fountainOutdoor Activities

Upper Tampa Bay Trails, the Riverwalk and Curtis Hixon Park are just a few of the amazing outdoor spots to take a stroll or bike ride. 

Watch the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team perform for free in Oldsmar, FL. Each weekend performance comes with a different and fun theme. Pre-Show starts at 5:30 p.m. 


Other Ideas

The Tampa Firefighters Museum downtown is where kids can learn about real-life heroes. Admission is always free to this building, which served as the Tampa Fire Department’s headquarters from 1911 to 1974. Kids can see how fire trucks have changed over the years, interact with hands-on exhibits and even slide down the pole.

IKEA – offers free childcare in a playroom complete with a ball pit! As a kid I hated furniture shopping with my parents, if only we had a local Ikea! 

Kids Eat Free

Check out our TBMB guide Kids Eat Free!

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