Author: Laura Byrne

Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.
Where to pick sunflowers and other pretty flowers in Tampa Bay

Where to pick sunflowers and other pretty flowers in Tampa Bay

The Future is WILD at ZooTampa: A Look Ahead at Future Expansions

The Future is WILD at ZooTampa: A Look Ahead at Future Expansions

Solar Eclipse Watch Parties in Tampa Bay

Solar Eclipse Watch Parties in Tampa Bay

Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Program Returns in April!

Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Program Returns in April!

It’s Blueberry U-Pick Season! Where to pick blueberries in Tampa Bay

It’s Blueberry U-Pick Season! Where to pick blueberries in Tampa Bay

Where to Take Pictures with the Easter Bunny in Tampa Bay 2024

Where to Take Pictures with the Easter Bunny in Tampa Bay 2024

The Busch Gardens + Adventure Island FREE Preschool Card is Back in 2024!

The Busch Gardens + Adventure Island FREE Preschool Card is Back in 2024!

Disney Discounts and Deals for Florida Residents including Disney Annual Passes

Disney Discounts and Deals for Florida Residents including Disney Annual Passes

U-Pick Farms in Tampa Bay: Where to pick peaches, berries, and veggies now!

U-Pick Farms in Tampa Bay: Where to pick peaches, berries, and veggies now!

The Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Tampa Bay for Families

The Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Tampa Bay for Families

40+ BEST Free Things to Do with the Kids in Tampa Bay

40+ BEST Free Things to Do with the Kids in Tampa Bay

Australia Realm NOW Open at ZooTampa and it’s Awesome!

Australia Realm NOW Open at ZooTampa and it’s Awesome!

The Coolest Non-Theme Park Things to Do at Disney World: FootGolf, Fishing, and MORE!

The Coolest Non-Theme Park Things to Do at Disney World: FootGolf, Fishing, and MORE!

The BEST Things to Do this Spring Break in Tampa Bay with the Kids

The BEST Things to Do this Spring Break in Tampa Bay with the Kids

Where to pick strawberries in Tampa Bay

Where to pick strawberries in Tampa Bay

Our Favorite Spring Festivals in Tampa Bay

Our Favorite Spring Festivals in Tampa Bay

INSIDE LOOK: Incredible NEW Stingray Shores In-Water Animal Encounter at ZooTampa

INSIDE LOOK: Incredible NEW Stingray Shores In-Water Animal Encounter at ZooTampa

How to Have the Best Day Ever at the Florida Strawberry Festival

How to Have the Best Day Ever at the Florida Strawberry Festival

ZooTampa debuts NEW Walking Trail with Muma Children’s Hospital at TGH

ZooTampa debuts NEW Walking Trail with Muma Children’s Hospital at TGH

New LEGOLAND Florida Play Card deal available now for Florida residents!

New LEGOLAND Florida Play Card deal available now for Florida residents!

Our Favorite Things to Do with the Kids at the Florida State Fair!

Our Favorite Things to Do with the Kids at the Florida State Fair!

The SWEETEST THING: The Florida Strawberry

The SWEETEST THING: The Florida Strawberry

Monster Jam Returns to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium!

Monster Jam Returns to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium!

NEW at MOSI: a-MAZE-ing Butterflies exhibit

NEW at MOSI: a-MAZE-ing Butterflies exhibit

A Whimsical Wonderland: Fairgrounds St. Pete is a MUST-SEE for Families

A Whimsical Wonderland: Fairgrounds St. Pete is a MUST-SEE for Families

Let’s Play! Our Favorite Parks and Playgrounds in Tampa Bay

Let’s Play! Our Favorite Parks and Playgrounds in Tampa Bay

NINJAGO Weekends are Back at LEGOLAND Florida: Here’s what to expect

NINJAGO Weekends are Back at LEGOLAND Florida: Here’s what to expect

The sweetest way to see Manatees: The TECO Manatee Viewing Center

The sweetest way to see Manatees: The TECO Manatee Viewing Center

Tampa Bay Bucket List: Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River

Tampa Bay Bucket List: Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River

15+ Best Farmers Markets in Tampa Bay for Farm Fresh Produce

15+ Best Farmers Markets in Tampa Bay for Farm Fresh Produce

The Best Spots to Watch the Children’s Gasparilla Parade

The Best Spots to Watch the Children’s Gasparilla Parade

Prehistoric Predators exhibit NOW OPEN at ZooTampa

Prehistoric Predators exhibit NOW OPEN at ZooTampa

Say goodbye to burnout with help from local mama, Jess Massey, founder of Hustle Sanely

Say goodbye to burnout with help from local mama, Jess Massey, founder of Hustle Sanely

RECYCLE Your Gasparilla Beads and Get Admission Discounts at Florida Aquarium!

RECYCLE Your Gasparilla Beads and Get Admission Discounts at Florida Aquarium!

Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Local parents share PRO TIPS

Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Local parents share PRO TIPS

Your Guide to the Gasparilla Parade Season in Tampa

Your Guide to the Gasparilla Parade Season in Tampa

Free Annual Pass for Preschoolers at Kennedy Space Center Available Now!

Free Annual Pass for Preschoolers at Kennedy Space Center Available Now!

A First Look at the ALL-NEW Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

A First Look at the ALL-NEW Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Florida’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Here: Know Before You Go!

Florida’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Here: Know Before You Go!

The BEST Birthday Party Venues and Businesses in Tampa Bay!

The BEST Birthday Party Venues and Businesses in Tampa Bay!

Where to Park for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade

Where to Park for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade

What’s NEW in 2024: It’s going to be the best year ever in Tampa Bay!

What’s NEW in 2024: It’s going to be the best year ever in Tampa Bay!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Florida with a Bedtime-Friendly Party

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Florida with a Bedtime-Friendly Party

Best Winter Break Ever: Your Family Fun Bucket List in Tampa Bay

Best Winter Break Ever: Your Family Fun Bucket List in Tampa Bay

The Best Christmas Events for Families in Tampa Bay

The Best Christmas Events for Families in Tampa Bay

The Best Holiday Shows in Tampa Bay to See With the Kids

The Best Holiday Shows in Tampa Bay to See With the Kids

The Gift of Experience in Tampa Bay: A Holiday Gift List Must

The Gift of Experience in Tampa Bay: A Holiday Gift List Must

The BEST places to watch a rocket launch in Florida

The BEST places to watch a rocket launch in Florida

Our Favorite Things About HOLIDAYS at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Our Favorite Things About HOLIDAYS at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

10 Cool Places to Buy a Christmas Tree this Year in Tampa Bay

10 Cool Places to Buy a Christmas Tree this Year in Tampa Bay

A Parent’s Review of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

A Parent’s Review of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

INSIDE LOOK: The Magical World of Nutcracker at The Straz Center in Tampa

INSIDE LOOK: The Magical World of Nutcracker at The Straz Center in Tampa

INSIDE LOOK: Snow Days are back at The Florida Aquarium

INSIDE LOOK: Snow Days are back at The Florida Aquarium

Holiday Break Camps in Tampa Bay 2023

Holiday Break Camps in Tampa Bay 2023

Where to Take Pictures with Santa in Tampa Bay in 2023

Where to Take Pictures with Santa in Tampa Bay in 2023

The BEST Free and Cheap Holiday Events in Tampa Bay

The BEST Free and Cheap Holiday Events in Tampa Bay

What to Expect at Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field in St. Pete

What to Expect at Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field in St. Pete

Our Favorite Things to Do Thanksgiving Break in Tampa Bay

Our Favorite Things to Do Thanksgiving Break in Tampa Bay

How to get free COVID tests for your family

How to get free COVID tests for your family

12+ Places to Donate New Toys in Tampa Bay this Holiday Season

12+ Places to Donate New Toys in Tampa Bay this Holiday Season

A Parent’s Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

A Parent’s Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

The Most Adorable Places to Celebrate Christmas on the Farm in Tampa Bay

The Most Adorable Places to Celebrate Christmas on the Farm in Tampa Bay

How Your Family Can Give the Gift of HOPE at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent

How Your Family Can Give the Gift of HOPE at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent

Where to see The Nutcracker in Tampa Bay

Where to see The Nutcracker in Tampa Bay

Thanksgiving donations desperately needed in Tampa Bay

Thanksgiving donations desperately needed in Tampa Bay

Awesome Ways to Donate Halloween Candy or PLAY with Candy!

Awesome Ways to Donate Halloween Candy or PLAY with Candy!

Don’t miss out on the USPS letters from Santa program!

Don’t miss out on the USPS letters from Santa program!

INSIDE LOOK: Pirate Water Taxi’s Haunted Tours are a Must-Boo!

INSIDE LOOK: Pirate Water Taxi’s Haunted Tours are a Must-Boo!

The 411 on RSV | What you need to know about this common virus

The 411 on RSV | What you need to know about this common virus

Awesome Places to Go Trick-or-Treating this Halloween in Tampa Bay

Awesome Places to Go Trick-or-Treating this Halloween in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay’s Bully Busters: Hillsborough County Anti-Bullying Award Recipients

Tampa Bay’s Bully Busters: Hillsborough County Anti-Bullying Award Recipients

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa is back with NEW thrills in 2023!

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa is back with NEW thrills in 2023!

20+ Best Pumpkin Patches in Tampa Bay to Visit with the Kids

20+ Best Pumpkin Patches in Tampa Bay to Visit with the Kids

9+ Not-to-Miss Corn Mazes in Tampa Bay and Beyond

9+ Not-to-Miss Corn Mazes in Tampa Bay and Beyond

20+ Adorable Fall Festivals in Tampa Bay for Kids

20+ Adorable Fall Festivals in Tampa Bay for Kids

A Parent’s Guide to Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida 2023

A Parent’s Guide to Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida 2023

The BEST Halloween Events for Kids in Tampa Bay + MORE Fun!

The BEST Halloween Events for Kids in Tampa Bay + MORE Fun!

Pregnancy and Your Pelvic Floor: Why exercise and pelvic floor therapy matter

Pregnancy and Your Pelvic Floor: Why exercise and pelvic floor therapy matter

CMA and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Team Up to Offer Free Parenting Classes

CMA and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Team Up to Offer Free Parenting Classes

Spooktacular returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with NEW characters and treats!

Spooktacular returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with NEW characters and treats!

Kids Get in Free this Month at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex

Kids Get in Free this Month at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex

Let’s Play Ball: September Game Day Fun with the Kids in Tampa Bay

Let’s Play Ball: September Game Day Fun with the Kids in Tampa Bay

The BEST Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in Tampa Bay

The BEST Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in Tampa Bay

A Place to Call Home: Corbett Prep Helps Tampa Transplants Find their Village

A Place to Call Home: Corbett Prep Helps Tampa Transplants Find their Village

Hurricane Idalia Relief: How to volunteer and where to donate

Hurricane Idalia Relief: How to volunteer and where to donate

LEGOLAND Florida and Disney Offering Hurricane Evacuees Discounts on Hotels

LEGOLAND Florida and Disney Offering Hurricane Evacuees Discounts on Hotels

Hurricane Related School Closures in Tampa Bay

Hurricane Related School Closures in Tampa Bay

Florida’s 2023 Sales Tax Holidays: Hurricane Prep, Summer Fun, + MORE

Florida’s 2023 Sales Tax Holidays: Hurricane Prep, Summer Fun, + MORE

A Parent’s Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

A Parent’s Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The BEST Water Parks in Tampa Bay: Keep cool and have FUN!

The BEST Water Parks in Tampa Bay: Keep cool and have FUN!

Hillsborough Strong: Trailblazing Students Doing Incredible Things in Music, Media and Technology

Hillsborough Strong: Trailblazing Students Doing Incredible Things in Music, Media and Technology

Pickle Milkshakes and more tasty fun at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

Pickle Milkshakes and more tasty fun at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

How to book a free or low cost car seat inspection in Tampa Bay

How to book a free or low cost car seat inspection in Tampa Bay

Is your child addicted to social media? Here’s what you need to know.

Is your child addicted to social media? Here’s what you need to know.

Splash Pads in Tampa Bay to Keep Your Cool

Splash Pads in Tampa Bay to Keep Your Cool

The BEST Ice-Cream Shops in Tampa Bay! 

The BEST Ice-Cream Shops in Tampa Bay! 

Blink: A new, locally produced film puts the spotlight on gun violence in Tampa Bay

Blink: A new, locally produced film puts the spotlight on gun violence in Tampa Bay

2023 Scalloping Season in Florida: It’s a Must Do Family Adventure

2023 Scalloping Season in Florida: It’s a Must Do Family Adventure

MOSI STEAMing Ahead into a Future of Growth and Innovation

MOSI STEAMing Ahead into a Future of Growth and Innovation

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