The Busch Gardens + Adventure Island FREE Preschool Card is Back in 2023!
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The Busch Gardens + Adventure Island FREE Preschool Card is Back in 2023!

The free Busch Gardens Preschool Card is BACK for 2023 and it includes visits to Adventure Island too! Related: 40+ FREE things to do with the kids in Tampa Bay You don’t want to miss out on your chance to take advantage of the FREE Busch Gardens Preschool Card for kiddos ages 3-5 years old!

Get Your Preschooler into SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica for FREE + More Tips
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Get Your Preschooler into SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica for FREE + More Tips

The SeaWorld Orlando + Aquatica Preschool Card is BACK for 2023! You don’t want to miss out on your chance to take advantage of the FREE SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Card for kiddos ages 3-5 years old! SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Card Information The 2023 Preschool card allows for FREE unlimited visits to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica…

Gasparilla Krewe Life: It’s a Family Affair for Maiken Stefany of EventFest
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Gasparilla Krewe Life: It’s a Family Affair for Maiken Stefany of EventFest

If you’re in Tampa, you know that the Gasparilla parades are some of the greatest events that you can experience in the Bay Area. As a matter of fact, the Parade of Pirates is the third-largest parade in the United States. The Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza and The Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest are deeply…

The BEST places to watch a rocket launch in Florida
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The BEST places to watch a rocket launch in Florida

Sure, we can sometimes spot the faint glow and vapor trail of a rocket launch from here at home in Tampa Bay, but why not experience a rocket launch from a few miles away at least once before the kids grow up? Keep reading for insider tips on the best places to watch a rocket launch…

Gasparilla Children’s Parade Day: Bicycle + Pedestrian Safety Rodeo
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Gasparilla Children’s Parade Day: Bicycle + Pedestrian Safety Rodeo

Don’t miss out on all of the fun before the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, January 21, 2023! Come out early and learn safety the fun way at the Bicycle Safety Rodeo from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Bayshore and South Rome Avenue! It’s FREE to attend! Riding a bicycle isn’t rocket science, but…

Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Local parents share PRO TIPS
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Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Local parents share PRO TIPS

We want to help you and the kids easily navigate the Gasparilla Children’s Parade which is on Saturday, January 21, 2023, so we’re sharing our top tips along with tips from parents like you! Keep reading for pro-tips from local Tampa Bay parents. And, if you need a summary of all the fun that awaits…

The Legends and History of Gasparilla, One of Tampa’s Most Treasured Traditions

The Legends and History of Gasparilla, One of Tampa’s Most Treasured Traditions

Shiver me timbers! It’s that time of year again when pirates take over Tampa Bay. Gasparilla, the long-standing Tampa tradition, is celebrating its 105th year at the end of the month. For many, this means getting decked out in their favorite pirate gear and watching the parades along Bayshore. The Parade of Pirates, the original…

Tips and Tricks for the Best Character Dining at Walt Disney World
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Tips and Tricks for the Best Character Dining at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is the stuff of childhood fantasy. Where else can you meet Mickey, sing along with Elsa, and hurtle through a galaxy far, far away, all in one day? For the ultimate Disney vacation experience, we highly recommend adding at least one Disney character dining meal to your itinerary. After all, for many…

How to Celebrate Kwanzaa AND Support Small Biz in Tampa Bay

How to Celebrate Kwanzaa AND Support Small Biz in Tampa Bay

Kiva Williams and Karimah Henry, creators of the Tampa Bay Black Excellence Challenge and regular Tampa Bay Parenting contributors, invite you to join in on their weeklong Kwanzaa celebration this year with a game of community Bingo. “I wanted to find a creative way to get people to support local small businesses,” Henry says. “Sharing this…

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

‘Tis the season for sleigh loads of winter break fun in Tampa Bay! The kids are out of school, your holiday getaway plans have probably changed and kept you here, and now everyone is looking for something to do! Lucky YOU for calling Florida home because there is no shortage of FUN family-friendly things to…

10 Kid-Friendly Ideas to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home
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10 Kid-Friendly Ideas to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home

The thought of leaving the house on New Year’s Eve can be daunting if you are a parent, so why  not celebrate at home with the kids and some of their closest friends? We’ve searched some of our favorite blogs to find 10 ideas to make ringing in 2023 a night (or noon if you are…

The Best Places to Stay in Tampa for Gasparilla Weekend

The Best Places to Stay in Tampa for Gasparilla Weekend

It’s almost time for the biggest pirate party of the year! Gasparilla is right around the corner and from parades to brunch, there’s a whole lineup of fun events. Between the swashbuckling festivities and beautiful weather, it’s the perfect time for a trip to Tampa. If you’re visiting Tampa Bay and are looking for a…

Exciting New Rides and Shows Coming to Walt Disney World

Exciting New Rides and Shows Coming to Walt Disney World

Magic restored! So much of what we love at Walt Disney World is back! With character interactions returning to normal, lots of live entertainment returning, and new rides and shows, Walt Disney World’s magic is restored. Let’s review the new rides and shows that are coming and some that have recently opened. Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

Local meteorologist Denis Phillips celebrates the holiday season with Christmas cheer and cocoa for a cause

Local meteorologist Denis Phillips celebrates the holiday season with Christmas cheer and cocoa for a cause

It might not snow in Tampa, but local weatherman Denis Phillips certainly knows how to create a whimsical winter wonderland. The local ABC Action News meteorologist is known for his cheery persona, signature suspenders, and love of Diet Dr. Pepper. During hurricane season, his famous slogan “Rule #7” can be heard on repeat from residents…

Our Favorite Family-Friendly NOON Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay!
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Our Favorite Family-Friendly NOON Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay!

There are so many unique and FUN ways to ring in 2023 with a Noon Year’s Eve celebration with the kids! We’ve put together this list of some of our favorite family-friendly parties! If you’re looking for a night out without the kiddos or just looking for evening celebration with the family, we’re sharing even…

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tampa Bay: Parade, Fireworks and more!
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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tampa Bay: Parade, Fireworks and more!

New Year’s Eve 2022! It’s almost time to kiss 2022 goodbye and say hello to 2023. Whether you’re looking to get dressed up and get out on the town or celebrate low-key, here are a few ideas to ring in the new year around Tampa Bay. Related: NOON Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay to Ring…

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

Rather than overloading our kids with more toys and clutter, why not give the gift of experience in Tampa Bay? An annual pass or membership to a local attraction is not only cost effective, it’s a gift that keeps on giving year–round to the entire family.  Added bonus- many of the attractions that offer summer camps…

Moms to KNOW: Karrie Mueller owner of Dairy Joy in Tampa

Moms to KNOW: Karrie Mueller owner of Dairy Joy in Tampa

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s Karrie Mueller – Super Woman, Super Mom and Super Friend. I get to say these things about her, fully realizing that it will make her nervous-laugh as she reads this, because I know she personifies these forces first-hand. From multiple successful businesses, to three happy children and a soulmate…

Ahoy, Matey! The best places in Tampa to buy Gasparilla outfits and beads

Ahoy, Matey! The best places in Tampa to buy Gasparilla outfits and beads

Shiver me timbers! It’s that time of year for pirates big and small to don their swashbuckling best and get ready to celebrate Gasparilla! The parades are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start the search for your family’s Gasparilla outfits and of course, the swag! From beads to costumes, we’re sharing…

28+ Amazing Holiday Light Displays in Tampa Bay You Won’t Want to Miss

28+ Amazing Holiday Light Displays in Tampa Bay You Won’t Want to Miss

Look no further, your family’s 2022 guide for the best holiday lights in Tampa Bay is here! There’s no better way to put your family into the holiday spirit than touring one of the beautiful Christmas light displays! Tampa Bay’s Best Christmas Content! Our Favorite Family-Friendly 2022 Holiday Lights and Christmas Lights Displays in Tampa…

The Best Hotels at Walt Disney World for the Holidays

Christmas in Orlando!   There’s no place like home for the holidays, except perhaps Walt Disney World. If you’re ready to give your family the merriest memories this holiday season at Walt Disney World then it’s time to consider booking a hotel room. Disney area hotels are booking fast for the holidays.   Related: The…

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

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

Enchant Christmas is back at Tropicana Field in St. Pete through January 1, 2023 with its millions of twinkling lights, a new story-“Santa’s Magic Timepiece”, a holiday village with local shopping and treats, ice-skating, and visits with Santa. Once you’ve experienced the wonder of other magical Christmas events in Tampa Bay like Christmas Town at Busch Gardens and Christmas…

Great Books to Gift

Great Books to Gift

When it comes to gift-buying, think of books! They can be read again and again and offer plenty of opportunities for family time. Here are suggestions for great books to gift to the young readers in your life: Birth – Preschool “Luli and the Language of Tea” by Andrea Wang – Five-Year-Old Chinese immigrant Luli…

Gratitude & Giving: Families and Metropolitan Ministries Inspire Hope in Tampa Bay

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all of the others” (Cicero). Gratitude, not bound by November’s 30 days, merits permanent residence in our hearts, on our minds and at our tables. Recent brain research demonstrates connections between gratitude and giving. Parents can model grateful temperaments and openly discuss…

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Things to do at Universal Orlando Holidays

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Things to do at Universal Orlando Holidays

The holiday season is jam-packed all around Central Florida. And when you add in Orlando’s theme parks the list gets even longer. The holidays at Universal Orlando start on Saturday, November 12, 2022 and run to Sunday, January 1, 2023 With a young preschooler, I once believed Universal Orlando wouldn’t be that great for him….

The Best Ways to Experience Busch Gardens Christmas Town in 2022

The Best Ways to Experience Busch Gardens Christmas Town in 2022

Busch Gardens Christmas Town is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Tampa Bay with NEW ways to dazzle you and your family! You can expect new live shows and even a new realm along with the return of guest favorites. This year’s event is being celebrated nightly for 57 consecutive days through January 9, 2023. This is one…

Where to see The Nutcracker in Tampa Bay and other Christmas shows

The Nutcracker is back on stage in 2022 in Tampa Bay and we couldn’t be more excited! There are a few places where you go see the performance in person on both sides of the bay, including the Straz Center in Tampa. We’re not just dishing the details on The Nutcracker…we’re also sharing some other…

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

There are several events happening this year at local farms from single day special events to family-friendly holiday events on the farms on weekends. There is so much to explore and experience! Check out our list of the best picks to celebrate a festive country-style Christmas! Related stories you may LOVE: Yes, you CAN cut…

Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa is back with dazzling lights and fun!

The holiday season is just around the corner, and ZooTampa is getting ready for its most festive and brightest Christmas in the Wild to date. This year we are glowing everywhere with thousands of lights across holiday-themed areas throughout the Zoo. Tampa’s premiere outdoor family holiday event will begin lighting up the nights on November…

Put those Gasparilla beads to use: Our favorite DIY crafts
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Put those Gasparilla beads to use: Our favorite DIY crafts

The annual Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza and Gasparilla Pirate Fest are spectacular events that leave you with buckets full BEADS if you are a lucky!!! We scoured Pinterest to find some amazing DIY craft projects to finally put all of those Gasparilla beads to use! All you need is a glue gun or glue, an imagination…

Gasparilla Krewe Life: Meet Alex Walter, Simon Canasi, and Dana Cura

Gasparilla Krewe Life: Meet Alex Walter, Simon Canasi, and Dana Cura

As football season spirals closed, Gasparilla season opens with a bang. In Tampa, Gasparilla is a way of life. Below deck, there’s more to Gasparilla than beads. Gasparilla is family. Gasparilla is friends. Gasparilla is a treasure chest of memories and treasure trove replete with tradition. Trod through, mates, and uncover why, for these three…

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Other Minions Fun at Universal Orlando
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Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Other Minions Fun at Universal Orlando

With Minions: The Rise of Gru already on your kids’ list of favorite movies since its release in 2022, there are more opportunities than ever to get in on a little minion fun at Universal Orlando. Here’s everything you need to know about the main attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and more minion fun at Universal…

Breakfast With Santa In Tampa and Orlando for Jolly Family Fun

Breakfast With Santa In Tampa and Orlando for Jolly Family Fun

Breakfast with Santa is a great way to let your kids see the big guy up close and personal. Fill the season with holiday cheer with one of these great breakfast with Santa options. Related: Where to Take Pictures with Santa in Tampa Bay Breakfast with Santa Tampa Bay Santa Brunch Cruise With Yacht StarShip…

The Best Life for Logan: Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate

Sometimes it would seem you can look at a child’s photos and tell in an instant whether they are well loved. Logan’s baby pictures are like that. There are other distinctions in those photos too. In Logan’s first precious months of life, he looked different from other babies. Logan was diagnosed with a complete bilateral…

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