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11 Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

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There are so many different things to do with kids in Tampa Bay!  From art to fossil digging, blueberry picking to playing with stingrays – the Tampa Bay area has plenty to offer.  Check out out master guide below for the local details on things to do with kids in Tampa Bay!

Keel and Curley Farms

Keel and Curley Farms grows some of the best blueberries in the area.  But this Plant City farm is also a winery, brewery and restaurant!  While the parents get to relax in the restaurant with some amazing and local blueberry wine, we recommend having someone take the kids to their U-Pick farm.  Here, kids can load up on buckets of fresh blueberries – at a fraction of the price!  

Quick tip: keep an eye out for their annual Blueberry Festival!  This is also a great family friendly event to take the kids.

Sunday | 11AM-7PM
Monday-Thursday | 11AM-9PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, FL 33565

Goat Yoga

If you haven’t heard of Goat Yoga, you are in for a treat!  This special spot brings yoga to animal lovers, where guests perform simple yoga moves and the goats climb on the guests!   This is a great and fun introduction to yoga for kids because it is super entertaining.  After the class, kids will get to take pictures with the goats!

Since Goat Yoga is only open on weekend mornings, we definitely recommend making an early reservation for your tickets.

Monday-Friday | Closed
Saturday-Sunday | 9:30AM-11:30AM

📍 12551 Franklin Rd #2513, Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Glazer's Children's Museum

Located steps away from Curtis Hixon Park, Glazer’s Children’s Museum is the perfect place for a day in Downtown Tampa.  Glazer’s is a non-profit museum, with a mission for children to play and learn through interactive art.

The inside of the museum is filled with different interactive exhibits for kids.  The exhibits include painting areas, banking games, an engineer’s workshop, and more!  It is the perfect way for kids to be introduced to different careers and study paths at an early age.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Friday | 10AM-5PM
Saturday | 10AM-6PM
Sunday | 1PM-6PM

📍 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

MOSI

Ask anyone from Tampa about MOSI, and you’ll find that most everyone has visited as a kid!  Carry on the tradition and plan your family visit to the Museum of Science and Industry!

MOSI offers the many different scientific discovery exhibits for kids. They offer dinosaur excavation labs, a space walk and more.  If your kids are into outdoor activities, there is also a ropes course and playground outside! 

Sunday-Saturday | 10AM-5PM

📍 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617

Busch Gardens - Adventure Island

Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are the perfect places to take the kids.  We recommend visiting Busch Gardens during the winter, as it can be super hot in the summer.  There are plenty of kid-focused rides for them to enjoy!  At Adventure Island waterpark, there are different waterslides and attractions of all levels,  there is something for smaller children up to the adults.

We recommend checking out our Busch Gardens Guide to see different rides and attractions available.  Picking out the different waterslides and rides beforehand will help make sure that smaller kids aren’t going on the more scary rides.  There are also group slides where the family can go together and accompany the kids!

Hours vary

📍 10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World is also another classic Tampa tradition.  You may have seen this spot while on the highway, spoiler – it’s the one with all the big dinosaurs.  Guests will be able to stroll through the parks trails and learn about dinosaurs while taking pictures with their larger-than-life dinosaur figures.

This spot is also perfect for kids because of all their interactive exhibits!  We love the Fossil Dig for kids.  This is included with each ticket, where kids dig for fossils in a pit area.  They’ll be able to find shark teeth, stingray barbs and more!  They’ll even get to take three of their favorite finds home.

Sunday-Saturday | 9AM-5PM

📍 5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565

Zoo Tampa

Previously known as Lowry Park Zoo, Zoo Tampa is a a 63-acre nonprofit zoo dedicated to educating kids on wild animals.  This spot was voted the #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Parents Magazine!  Kids will love checking out the leopards and monkeys!  

Not only do you get to see different animals, but supporting this spot also is a major contribution to Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity. 

Check out the UNATION app to check out their annual events!  Keep updated on events like Christmas in the Wild, Creatures of the Night, and Yoga in the Wild!

Sunday-Saturday | 9:30AM-5PM

📍 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is a great spot to take kids.  Not only are their exhibits super fun and educational, but there is also a stocked water pad play area for the kids!  Included in the ticket price, the water pad includes water spots and randomly operating water bucket drop areas.  This is a great place for kids to play and for parents to kick back with some bar snack goods.

Throughout the aquarium, there are also interactive areas that kids love.  Definitely check out the touch stingray area where kids are taught to touch and play with the stingrays.  No worries – these rays don’t have stingers, so the kids are completely safe.

Sunday-Saturday | 9:30AM-5PM

📍 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Clearwater Aquarium

The Clearwater Aquarium is great, especially if your kids are fans of dolphins.  This aquarium is where the stars of Dolphin Tale live!  Winter, the young dolphin with a damaged tail, was saved here and is featured in this popular kids movie.  

There are also other sea animals to check out but we recommend planning to see their dolphin shows.  Here, you’ll get to see Winter play and jump out of the water.  The kids will love exploring this hometown-vibe aquarium.

Sunday-Thursday | 10AM-6:30PM
Friday-Saturday | 10AM-8PM

📍 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

Great Explorations Children's Museum

Great Explorations is an interactive museum for kids, located in the St. Petersburg area.  Here, kids are able to explore their building and engineering capabilities, learn about weather predicting, and watch different science shows geared towards kids!

For family activities all year round, we recommend purchasing a membership to this museum.  For $100 a year, a family of four gets to have unlimited visits to the museum.  Keep this location in mind during the summer, when looking for air conditioned activities for kids.

Monday-Saturday | 1030AM-4PM
Sunday | 12PM-4PM

📍 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

The James Museum is a collection of contemporary and traditional art – perfect for introducing kids to analyzing art.  Their gorgeous interior design is a must-see, with huge modern wooden rooms.  Take the kids around the museum to learn about American history through their different statues and artifacts.

Everyday | 10AM-5PM

📍 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Kid Friendly Things To Do in Tampa Bay

Excited about visiting the different things to do with kids in Tampa? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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