TAMPA - As the month of October rolls in cooler weather, it's also bringing in fantastic fall and Halloween events for the family to explore. And since there's so much for the family to do in Tampa Bay, we're gathering so great events you and the kiddos won't want to miss.
Free BMX Racing
Oct. 19 & 20, various times
Join J&R Bicycles for this opportunity for your kids to try BMX racing for FREE. Oct. 19 at the Oldsmar BMX and on Oct. 20 at Tamp BMX. All participants must where long sleeves and long pants as well as closed-toed shoes. www.jrbicycles.com Everyone
Freckle Face Strawberry
Oct. 26, 2 p.m.
Delight in this adorable character willing to do just about anything to get rid of her freckles until she comes to learn an important lesson about individuality in this Kid Time Series production at Ferguson Hall in the Straz Center. Tickets: $12.50. www.strazcenter.org 5-8
Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-20, 24-27, 7 p.m.
Trek through haunted houses and wind through the haunted trails to see the animals at nights and seasonal displays at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Cost: $19.95 adults and $16.95 kids 3-11. www.lowryparkzoo.com 4 & Older
Seal Swim School's Family Fun Festival
Oct. 19, 4-8 p.m.
Join Seal Swim School for this annual open air festival in Lutz with face painting, arts and crafts, a bounce house and tons more. Kids who wear a costume get a special treat! www.sealswimschool.com 3-7
Halloween Spooktacular for Kids
Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join the Armed Forces History Museum for scavenger hunts, food, games, arts and crafts and a costume content. Day also offers the museum's motion simulator theater and Spooktacular Rides on the Gama Goat for $5. Tickets: $10 adults and $5 ages 4-12. www.armedforcesmuseum.com Everyone
Oct. 26, 12-6 p.m.
Join the City of Largo as they host this annual Halloween event for the whole family. The kids will enjoy a pumpkin patch, food and so much more all hosted at the Largo Central Park. Wristbands on sale now at www.largoevents. Everyone
Oct. 27, 4-8 p.m.
Trick-or-treat your way through the Florida Aquarium. Tickets: $15 ages 12 and older and $5 kids in costumes; Aquarium members free. www.flaquarium.org 4-1
A Night at the Museum
Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m.
The Tampa Bay History Center takes a cue from Hollywood for a very animated evening. Exhibits will come to life and guests can expect to catch pirates, explorers, and even Ghostbusters sneaking around the galleries at this family-friendly, trick-or-treating event. Tickets are $9/child and $14/adults and $6/child and $8/adult for museum members. www.tampabayhistorycenter.org Everyone
Oct. 31, 4:30-8 p.m.
Let your little goblin explore the Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa. Spree features trick-or-treat stations, games, prizes; a DJ, costume contests and parades. Cost: $5 admission or $10 admission and VIP pass for members and $5 admission or $15 and VIP pass for nonmembers. www.glazermuseum.org 4-10
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