Sea Lion Splash
March 1 to May 31
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is being taken over by sea lions! Sponsored by Seal Swim School, this fun-filled family attraction will feature a colony of coastal sea lions along with daily splashes (shows). Admission to Sea Lion Splash is $2 per person in addition to general admission. Visit www.lowryparkzoo.com/sealions for details.
Journey to Madagascar
Starting March 1
Get face to face with ring-tailed lemurs, pop into an exhibit filled with hissing cockroaches and see colorful chameleons, star tortoises and an Indian Ocean coral reef at The Florida Aquarium. Known as a biodiversity hotspot, the country of Madagascar is filled with rainforests, spiny deserts, cool mountain highlands, tropical beaches and coral reefs. About 80% of the plants and animals on the island of Madagascar are found nowhere else. Visit www.flaquarium.org for more information.
Head over to the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall for the fourth annual Children’s Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s expo will feature free admission, exhibits, entertainment, fun activities for kids and demonstrations for the entire family. Attendees will get free child safety ID cards, personal car seat check station, child bicycle helmet fitting that includes a free bicycle helmet (while supplies last) and other children’s safety information. The Children’s Expo is a division of Karing About Kids Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide expos that educate families about safety, health, nutrition and other important topics related to children. Visit www.childrensexpos.com to learn more.
Gasparilla Music Festival – Kids Fest
The Gasparilla Music Festival is taking over Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park featuring musical acts from a variety of genres and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants. This year, families are invited to attend Kids Fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days. Activities will include drum and didgeridoo playing, face painting, pound rock out and surprises! Go to www.gasparillamusic.com for more information to purchase tickets.
Make It or Break It
Head over to the Glazer Children’s Museum as they’ll transform the museum’s Art Lab into a huge workshop. Configure mosaics, throw pottery or carve wood to make a unique piece of art straight from your imagination. On the flip side, you can take apart gadgets and gizmos, like household electronics, to see what they look like inside and what makes them work. www.glazermuseum.org
Take a stroll in Hyde Park Village and view the work of more than 50 chalk and plein air artists. Enjoy gourmet food trucks, beer and wine specials, an open air market, live music and children’s crafts and activities. Parking and admission are free; friendly leashed pets welcome. www.tbbca.org