2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in Tampa Bay; including St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pasco County

SUMMER IN TAMPA BAY

Summer in Florida has arrived and this is your 2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Tampa Bay area, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pasco County and surrounding areas. We have summer projects to do with your kids, area outings, guides to explore the Tampa Bay area, local restaurant guides and so much more. Pin it now and use it all summer long. Be sure to share it with your friends. Let’s all live these warm summer months to their fullest! Stay cool Tampa Bay!!

How to use this guide:

Each image leads to either a full guide and list of local spots you’ll want to hit, or to an article with details on a summer outing or activity for you or your kids. Click on each image to find more info. Happy Summer!

2018 Guide to Tampa Bay Splash Parks

Summer months are brutal in Tampa Bay. I am always searching for ways to keep my son cool without having to dive into a pool. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun splash parks for kids to enjoy in the Tampa Bay area. Most offer adequate shade, nearby seating as well as regular playgrounds once the […]

2017 Guide to Splash Pads in Tampa Bay

Summer isn’t here but Florida is already bringing the heat. When it’s hot outside, the kids need a place to cool off and have fun. The perfect way to beat the high temperatures and keep the children entertained is visiting a splash pad. Thankfully, the Tampa Bay Area offer so many choices with most of […]

Stay Cool for the Summer: Tampa Bay Area Splash Guide

When it’s 110° in the shade, the only place my family wants to be is in the water. And it feels like a million degrees outside at least 6 months out of the year here in the Sunshine State. Luckily, we have beautiful, white-sand Gulf Coast beaches where we live drawing tourists from all over […]

Keep It Cool at Tampa Bay’s Best Splash Parks this Summer!

Summertime gets hot here in Florida, something I always seem to forget until July hits, and then water becomes a necessity both to drink and to play in!  We love going to parks for a fun afternoon, but when the heat gets to be in the high 90’s, we hit the splash parks. Our favorite […]

12 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

It’s Spring but that also means rainy season. Staying inside all day can drive the kids (and parents) crazy. Looking for other forms of entertainment besides watching TV or playing video games? I have gathered 12 fun activities to help the kids fight boredom without destroying the home (hopefully).   Build a blanket fort This […]

Tampa Bay Indoor Play Areas

Looking for something to do on a rainy summer day?  Or maybe you need to get out of this scorching Florida heat? Don’t panic!  We’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best indoor {read: air conditioned} places in Tampa Bay that are sure to keep the kids entertained {and mom happy}. Busch Gardens Play […]

Reach for the sky:: SkyZone Trampoline Park

Disclosure :: SkyZone Tampa sponsored this post. It’s no secret that kids love to bounce. They start as a toddler, demanding that you bounce them on your knee for hours at a time, and continue long into their teens as their love of trampolines and amusement park rides develops into a near obsession. Despite the increased […]

10 Fun, Cheap and Easy Summer Garden Projects for Kids

This fall I plan on getting my edible backyard garden started. My kids are really excited and have been badgering me for weeks to get their hands dirty and start this garden. Unfortunately, with this Florida heat, none of the veggies that I want to grow will be able to survive in the summer. I […]

Story Keepers: Ways to Store Memories in the Year to Come

My daughters’ have a book of Aesop Fables. Their grandparents gave it to them. It is a pop-up book and each page the characters come alive. The tortoise creeps by the unaware sleeping hare. The fox chomps on the curious crab and on the last page there are instructions to create your own story. There […]

How to Stop the Slide and Keep Your Kids Learning All Summer Long

Will your kids slide this summer?   No, not that kind of slide. Although it is a fun way to spend a hot Florida day. The “summer slide” happens when busy school days give way to summer fun, and lessons learned melt away like ice cream on a sunny day. Studies show that students can […]

Delicious Ice Cream Treats for Summer

What better way to celebrate summer than to make some delicious ice cream treats? We have listed three of our favorite recipes because they are easy to make and taste amazing! We used Graeter’s ice cream for the recipes as it is considered a craft ice cream, made in small batches, locally produced and handcrafted. […]

21 Patriotic Recipes Worth A Pin

In my world, food is a big part of every celebration and, the 4th of July is no exception! I love the ease of incorporating red, white and blue into the menu. Here are 21 options that will not only enhance your decor, but will also wow your audience. (The first recipe is mine, the […]

Awesome Father’s Day Craft and Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 and we can’t wait to show Dad how much we love him! With a few easy supplies and some eager kids, you can create some one-of-a-kind gifts that Dad will love! Easy Personalized Mugs (as featured on News Channel 8 with Gayle Guyardo) What You Need: Ceramic coffee mug-white […]

Popsicles – A Crafty Treat

Homemade popsicles. They’re easy to make, they stir up the kids’ creative juices and the finished product tastes great! Has anyone else seen those amazing popsicle photos and recipes on Pinterest? I don’t know about you, but Pinterest can make me feel pretty lame as a mom. All those crafty, do-it-yourself projects and recipes. I mean seriously […]

Summer Reading Tips for Kids

Confession time, have your kids been reading this summer?  Or have they been playing a few video games and watching TV a little more than you’d like to admit?  I’ll be honest, my kids are pretty balanced this summer.  While I’ve been a little more relaxed on screen time and bedtime, they have been spotted […]

Summer Vacation: Don’t Just Survive It – Thrive It!

One week down – only nine more to go! Yay summer vacation! (read with a sarcastic undertone)  Are you ready to pull your hair out? Are your kids pulling each other’s hair out? Do piles of schoolwork, artwork, dirty clothes and dirty dishes decorate your home? Are you feeling like a worn out camp director carting […]

DIY Personalized Book Bag

My kids love going to the library! In an effort to keep the momentum going, I made them each a personalized book tote. This little DIY ditty costs under $8 and, paired up with a good book or gift card, would make the perfect present. Cost: $8 Time: 30 Minutes (Transfer + Paint) + 5 […]

How to Disney World Day Trip from Tampa Bay

We are not big Disney people. Pre-kids there wouldn’t be a reason for either of us to do or even say anything Disney-related. At the same time, we weren’t anti-Disney either. We were just indifferent. However, we made the choice to do a Disney World Day Trip.  Kids Change Everything. As all you moms know, […]

“Staycation” vs. “Shortcation”: Four Great (Short) Florida Getaways

When talk at the soccer game or baseball practice turns to summer plans, chances are you’ll hear something like this: “Oh, we can’t take a vacation this year. We’re going to do a staycation instead.” Ah, the “staycation,” that 21st-century buzzword that means “stay home and pretend you’re on vacation.” It’s a budget-friendly alternative to […]

LEGOLAND ~ Beach Retreat

Looking for a great family escape that’s budget friendly AND practically stress free?  Look no further!  LEGOLAND has just opened their brand new Beach Retreat located .5 miles from the Theme Park.  I had no idea what to expect as I ventured to Winter Haven, FL with my 3 kids in tow for an overnight […]

Things To Do As A Family In Bradenton/Sarasota (Without Going to the Beach!)

Although there is plenty to do as a family without leaving the Tampa Bay area – there is always something going on in our active, vibrant city, after all – sometimes it’s fun to venture out a bit. As our neighboring cities to the south, Bradenton and Sarasota have much to offer for families looking for new adventures […]

Explore Tampa Bay: Local Museums

Looking for a way to sneak some education and culture into the kids’ summer?  You won’t have to travel far.  The Tampa Bay area is packed full of museums to visit.  From history to art, we have lots of museums to chose from.  Here are few local ways to explore Tampa Bay. Tampa Museum of Art […]

Replay Museum: A Great Day of Play for the “Big Kids”

Remember the days of video arcades…walking into the game room of flashing lights, sounds, and fun of your favorite video games? With the popularity of home gaming systems, video game arcades seemed to go the way of the dinosaurs. But man, were they fun! Luckily, thanks to a new location nestled in the heart of […]

ABC’s of the Tampa Bay Area: Explore our City from Aquariums to Zoos (and everything in between!)

The ABC’s of Tampa Bay represent an array of activities, history and education spread between the entire Bay Area that encompasses Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. I never realized how much was available in this city, I could add 100 more locations to visit. Our list pulls together all the different terrains the Tampa Bay […]

Top 15 Family Friendly Day Trips in Tampa Bay

After you’ve done the pool and the beach and the pool and the beach…and the pool…and the beach… you might be looking to add a little zest in your summer plans! Being so close to Orlando, we are lucky to have quick access to the world’s best theme parks, but those may not be in the […]

MOSI Makes the Perfect Mommy and Me Day!

Living in Tampa Bay, there is always something to do, so it is easy to take for granted some regions coolest activities, one of which is MOSI – the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.  This weekend my daughter and I went to MOSI to check out the new Mythbusters Exhibit.  It has been […]

Road Trips with Kids

As I sit down to write my post I have only one thing on my mind: our upcoming 1000 mile road trip. Growing up we took a lot of road trips, from Michigan to Florida two or three times per year; from Michigan to the Northeast (as far as Maine) and when I was in […]

Train Excursions Await at the Florida Railroad Museum

If you have a little locomotive engineer like I do, you’re sure to find that a weekend train excursion at the Florida Railroad Museum is well worth the drive to rural Manatee County. When you arrive in Parrish, about 30 miles south of Tampa, follow the train tracks. Just don’t expect them to lead you to a “look […]

Explore Tampa Bay: Local Museums

Looking for a way to sneak some education and culture into the kids’ summer?  You won’t have to travel far.  The Tampa Bay area is packed full of museums to visit.  From history to art, we have lots of museums to chose from.  Here are few local ways to explore Tampa Bay. Tampa Museum of Art […]

Replay Museum: A Great Day of Play for the “Big Kids”

Remember the days of video arcades…walking into the game room of flashing lights, sounds, and fun of your favorite video games? With the popularity of home gaming systems, video game arcades seemed to go the way of the dinosaurs. But man, were they fun! Luckily, thanks to a new location nestled in the heart of […]

MOSI Makes the Perfect Mommy and Me Day!

Living in Tampa Bay, there is always something to do, so it is easy to take for granted some regions coolest activities, one of which is MOSI – the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.  This weekend my daughter and I went to MOSI to check out the new Mythbusters Exhibit.  It has been […]

10 Reasons Living in Tampa Bay is Awesome

Tampa Bay Moms Blog is thrilled to partner with City Moms Blog Network and realtor.com on this sponsored post.My family and I relocated to Tampa a few years ago from the Northeast, and I love living in Tampa! Here is a list of 10 reasons why I think living in the Tampa Bay area is awesome! […]

8 Kid-friendly Nature Walks in Tampa Bay

You know that feeling when you’ve been on the computer for hours? Your kid is staring at you, your body is buzzing, and coffee just won’t do it? In short, you just don’t feel like your best self. I’ve found the best antidote is a good nature walk. Here are 8 kid-friendly nature walks to […]

Guide to Kid Friendly Farmers Markets in Tampa Bay

I have a confession. I live for farmers markets. It’s the anticipation of savoring that fresh cup of coffee in the morning. It’s feasting my eyes upon the rainbow of fresh produce. It’s sampling all the local goods and soaking in the live music. Now that I have a kid, I’ve discovered even more ways […]

25 Daytime Date Ideas in Tampa Bay

Are you tired of making evening plans with your spouse? When was the last time you did something exciting? Finding the energy to go out at night can be hard for couples with kids or those who have a busy schedule. As a first time mom, I spend a lot of time and energy focusing […]

Kids, Culture, Food and Fun on the Tampa Riverwalk

When you think of fun things to do in the Tampa Bay area, there’s no shortage of suggestions. Beaches? Check. First-class restaurants? Check. Amusement parks? Zoos? Check and check. But one spot you might not think of when it comes to fun in the sun is…downtown Tampa. Wait, what? Yep, you heard it right. Now […]

Discovering Our Local Libraries

We are so fortunate in the Tampa Bay area to have amazing libraries. They are clean, well-stocked, and full of activities for you and your young ones to partake in. And best of all, libraries are for the most part FREE. Read on to discover all that our local libraries have to offer… Books! I […]

A Mom’s Guide to Hiking in Tampa Bay

When you think hiking, a mountain trail is probably the first thing that comes to mind. While we do not have mountains in Tampa, we do have ample opportunities to get out and go for a hike. Beaches, parks, and nature reserves offer adventures in which families can enjoy the great outdoors throughout the Tampa […]

Explore Tampa Bay: 5 Outdoor Activities

With summer in full-swing, we are all looking for ways to keep the kids busy.  I grew up in a small town in Central Florida without much to do so I’m always amazed at how much Tampa Bay has to offer for families.  I’ve lived here for more than 15 years now and I’m always […]

ABC’s of the Tampa Bay Area: Explore our City from Aquariums to Zoos (and everything in between!)

The ABC’s of Tampa Bay represent an array of activities, history and education spread between the entire Bay Area that encompasses Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. I never realized how much was available in this city, I could add 100 more locations to visit. Our list pulls together all the different terrains the Tampa Bay […]

A Perfect Summer Day

As I write this I am making a few confessions along the way. I was born and raised in New York. When I moved to Florida I have to admit I was not happy. I missed the food, the culture, and the FOOD! Florida in my mind was God’s waiting room and I was way […]

4 Tips to Plan a Staycation on Clearwater Beach

Loving where you live is kind of like loving your spouse.  When you don’t spend time together you begin to take each other for granted. Just like marriage, it is easy to begin taking each other for granted after several years.  You remember when you first fell in love? You were eager to learn everything […]

2018 Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Tampa Bay

We have created your ultimate guide for Pumpkin Patches in Tampa Bay! If you’re looking for Corn Mazes or Fall Events we’ve got you covered in our other guides too! Check those out!  Enjoy and Happy Picking! Florida Railroad Museum Location: 12210 83rd Street E, Parrish, FL 34214 Dates: October 20, 21, 27, & 28, […]

“Lets Talk About Sex”: Having the Sex Talk with My Kids

If you’re reading this article for tips on how to have “the talk” with your kids, let me save you the trouble. This isn’t that article. I am not a parenting expert. I have never claimed to be, and honestly, some days I question whether or not I am mature enough to parent my children. […]

2018 Guide to Fall Corn Mazes and Farms in Tampa Bay

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. There are some many activities to do as a family. Despite the warm weather, you’ll still have a great time exploring the fall corn mazes and farms in the Tampa Bay area. Check out this simple guide to finding the best place to celebrate fall as a family.  […]

2018 Guide to Tampa Bay Family Fall Events

While it still might feel like summer in Tampa Bay, fall is almost here and that means Halloween is right around the corner and that means fall family events! If you’re looking for some Halloween-themed events for your kids or teens, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for scary or not-so-scary family fun, these local events […]

Back-to-School: Preparing for My Rookie Season

Apparently, there is a season I didn’t know existed until now. It’s called the back-to-school season. I’ve just been introduced to it since my daughter started VPK this year. It’s kinda like a little trial run for next year’s entrance into the big K. Actually, to be completely honest, the ONLY reason there are words […]

9 Tampa Bay Programs To Help Teens Find Their Passion

When giving advice for a job choice or career, I have heard the admonition, “Do what you love.” But how do teenagers know what they love to do? Many teens graduate high school not knowing what captures their passion. As a parent, how do direct your teen to tap into what will truly make them […]

7 Themed Halloween Books, Crafts, and Snacks to Try This October

Our Octobers are filled with festivities guaranteed to get us in the Halloween Spirit. Whether it’s decorating the house with home-made decorations, visiting a pumpkin patch, or watching a scary movie- You can find us making the most out of this spooky holiday. One of my favorite thing to do is themed holiday meals, movies, […]

Surviving Job Loss When Mama’s the Breadwinner

Many moms these days are hustling hard, climbing corporate ladders and taking over as bread winner in the family. Stay at home dads are on the rise and the conventional sense of “family”’ is changing. Despite that, many working moms tend to still take on all of the invisible family tasks. Things like scheduling play dates, […]

10 Easy Fall Crafts for Kids

Autumn is almost here! I’m sure you have noticed all the fall decor around stores and pumpkin spice everything. Celebrate the arrival of this beautiful season with some fun and easy crafts for kids. I made sure to find projects that don’t require advanced craft skills or complicated tools. I hope you enjoy creating them […]

7 Quick and Easy Snack Ideas

September is here! That means traffic is up, schedules are packed, and kids are back in school. Trying to keep up with daily activities and keep your kids running on healthy foods can be a challenge. I always like to plan ahead with some handy recipes. Here are seven go to snacks for on-the-go or […]

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3 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer in Tampa Bay

The summer months are swiftly approaching and our family is always looking for new ways to stay cool and beat the heat in Tampa Bay! Lucky for us there are an abundance of sweet, icy treats around town. Here are our top 3 picks of places to just “chill out” and enjoy some tasty frozen […]

Kids Eat Free and other Dining Deals in Tampa Bay

As a stay-at-home mom, I’m always searching for great deals. I enjoy going out to eat with my family but the cost adds up quickly. Dining out is a nice option on nights when are you are not in the mood to cook. However, it’s also a luxury for those on a budget or have […]

Restaurants: A Special Needs Adventure

  Having a special needs child brings its own set of challenges most never experience. When my son, Samuel, came home from the hospital, going out in public meant my son having a meltdown as we drove the van. So, I found it easier to stay home – with the exception of going to a myriad […]

6 Restaurants in South Tampa to Take Kids AND Feel Like a Grown Up

We all know date nights are important in a healthy relationship, but sometimes my husband and I get a kick out of taking our kids to dinner with us. Besides giving them the chance to practice manners and acting like big girls, it gives me a much needed break from cooking yet another dinner. And […]

Kinda Copycat Frosted Lemonade

I am a member of Chick Fil A Moms and throughout the year they send me gift cards for different promos they are having. The most recent was the Frosted Lemonade, which by the way is really good!  The Chick fil A’s here are always super busy though, which means I am not always in […]

Introducing 11 Kid Friendly Eateries That Wow Out-Of-Towners

We’ve only been in Florida for one year, but I already have my handful of spots I take guests. When looking for restaurant to take someone that is visiting Tampa Bay, I stick to the following requirements: Kid Friendly – most of my guests are here to see the kids so this is a priority. […]

Kids Eat Free Night: A Guide to Deals in Tampa Bay

As a mom that budgets down to the penny, I’m always looking for a great deal.  Dining out is a luxury in our house.  That said, my husband and I each try to have a simple lunch or dinner date with our son every week.   Unfortunately, our son is a picky toddler – I’m sure you can […]

Best Summer Ever: A Tampa Bay Activity List

The TBMB Summer Bucket List is back! One of our most popular posts ever returns with a ton of new activities for the kiddos and new takes on some really fun stuff. The 25 items listed here is not a ranking. Rather this list is a reference to look up when you need ideas for […]

Kick The Summer Bucket List

We’re a few weeks into summer and it already feels like it’s been a month – in a good way. My older girls are off at sleep-away camp for two weeks, my son and husband are having quality time without me, and I’m getting rare one-on-one time with my 16-month-old for two weeks in Atlanta. It’s been a […]

BONUS! Summer Bucket List: Part 3–More Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

Back by popular demand! You’ve seen our Tampa Bay Moms Blog Summer Bucket List Part 1 and Part 2. Because we love our readers, here are 25 MORE things for your Summer Bucket List! Tampa Bay is an awesome place to live, so spend the summer enjoying all the great things Tampa Bay has to […]

Summer Bucket List, Part 2: MORE Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

We brought you numbers 1 through 25 in our first part of Tampa Bay Moms Blog Bucket List for Summer. Are you ready for more? Here’s part 2…again, in no particular order: 26. Visit the Ybor City Saturday Market. Every Saturday, rain or shine, this open air market offers produce, fresh baked breads, plants, pet […]

Summer Bucket List, Part 1: 50 Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

Summer is officially here this week! It is time to check out the Tampa Bay Moms Blog Bucket List for Summer! In this two-part series, we have compiled a list of some of the most exciting things to enjoy this summer with your kids…50 things in all. In no particular order, here’s the list: 1. […]

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