Parents in Action: April family events

Summer Splash
April 6, 10 a.m. –  4 p.m.
Join Tampa Bay Parenting and the Patel Conservatory as they hose Summer Splash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Tampa.

For the seventh year, providers who specialize in summer camps and programs, health and wellness, college preparatory, after school programs, tutoring and much more will be on hand to meet you and help your kids have a fun, safe and adventurous summer. Attendees also will enjoy live entertainment, activities, and giveaways ever 30 minutes, including free weeks of camp. The first 150 kids who arrive will also get a goodie bag filled with treassures!

Admission is FREE. Learn more at www.summersplashtampabay.com .

EcoFest 2014
April 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrating its fifth year of bringing together businesses, organizations, and individuals dedicated to the principles of a sustainable community, EcoFest will take place April 12 at Lowry Park’s band shell area. The event, organized by Learning Gate Community School, the city of Tampa and the Patel College of Global Sustainability, celebrates the local ecology, equity and economy.

There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths and green living products and services. Be sure to bring your recyclable grocery bags and pick up some organic produce from some of the bay area’s premier providers. The event is free; well-behaved pets are welcome. Visit www.learninggate.org to learn more.

Egg Hunt
April 19, 8:30-10 a.m.
Enjoy an “egg-citing” morning at Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa, including a light breakfast and the Easter Bunny. Age-specific egg hunts planned. Admission:$12 (free for museum members).  www.glazermuseum.org

Meek and Mighty Race
April 26, 7:30 a.m.
Athletes from age 7 are invited to participate in this year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon from April 25-27. As well as drawing high-caliber triathletes from around the world, a special race for kids and novices brings in hundreds of participants annually. Dubbed the Meek and Mighty Race, this less intense, but still challenging, race is broken into two categories. Children ages 7-10 will swim 100 yards, bike 3.6 miles and run a half mile while ages 11-14 and novice adults will swim 200 yards, bike 5.4 miles and run 1 mile. The Meek and Mighty Race begins at 7:30 a.m. April 26 at North Shore Pool in downtown St. Petersburg. Visit www.satriathlon.com to register.

Healthy Kids Day
April 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay area Y locations are again helping parents find community resources, ideas and services to educate and motivate children to make healthy decisions and stay active at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Activities include bounce houses, sports, games, educational tools and the third annual Mascot Challenge. Healthy snacks will be available to all participants. Admission is free. Find out more at www.tampaymca.org.

Natural Birth and Baby Expo
April 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Head over to Corbett Preparatory School of IDS in Carrollwood as the Tampa Bay Birth Network hosts the bay area’s largest natural birth expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. You’ll get a chance to meet the bay areas birth community and learn about natural family resources in our area.

This year’s event includes The Great Cloth Diaper Change, a global effort to break the world record for the number of cloth diapers changed at the same time. Attendees will also enjoy guest speakers, drum circles, face painting, and drawings. Go to www.tampabaybirthnetwork.org for additional information.

Charlotte’s Web
April 26, 2 & 4 p.m.
Based on E.B. White's heartwarming children's book, Charlotte's Web tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a little barn spider named Charlotte. This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. To learn more about the Kid Time Series, visit www.strazcenter.org

Stomp – Broadway Family Night
April 30, 7:30 p.m.
For one night only, the Straz Center is offering a FREE ticket to kids 12 and under with the purchase of one regular adult ticket. The Straz Center has partnered with Tampa     Bay Parenting to bring family friendly activities before the show and a post-show talkback with members of the cast of Stomp. If you can’t make that night, you and the family can still catch one of the other performances of this high-octane show through May 3.  Visit www.strazcenter.org for more info.


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