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Fun Things To Do With Kids in Downtown Tampa

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Looking for some fun things to do with kids in Downtown Tampa?   There are so many different activities and events to explore!  You and the family will totally enjoy all that the area has to offer.  Check out our master guide on the best things to do with kids in Downtown Tampa, then let us know which one you enjoyed the most by tagging us on social media!


If you’re taking a stroll through downtown and see the TECO Streetcar, make sure to hop on!  This has to be our favorite feature of Downtown Tampa, with its pristinely kept old-timey interior. Take a ride to one of the area’s most popular attractions – the Florida Aquarium, Ybor City, and more!  And did we mention that it’s free?  Perfect for entertaining the family for a day!

Operates every 15 minutes
Monday – Thursday | 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday | 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Saturday | 8:30 AM to 2:00 AM
Sunday | 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM

📍603-611 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Theatre

If you’re looking for something to do in Downtown Tampa, then how could you go wrong with a movie?  The Tampa Theatre is a transcendent experience, taking you back to the times of old cinema.  Their preserved architecture and decor are definitely something to marvel at!  The whole family will love to experience movies in a new way, far from the usual movie theater experience!   Check out the UNATION app for details on family friendly events and showings!

📍711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Curtis Hixon

Curtis Hixon is park is also a big destination for families.  Located in Downtown Tampa along the Tampa Riverwalk, you can’t miss it!  Set up for a picnic and games to hang out with the family, or keep up with UNATION for one of their many family friendly events!  There’s always something going on at Curtis Hixon, from music to food festivals, the Winter Village during the holidays, and more!  

If you’re headed over, make sure to check their schedule just to make sure the park isn’t blocked off for 21+ events.  But no worries if it’s busy!  There is the most amazing playground next to Curtis Hixon that the kids are sure to enjoy.

Wednesday | 7AM–10PM
Thursday | 7AM–10PM
Friday | 7AM–10PM
Saturday | 7AM–10PM
Sunday | 7AM–10PM
Monday | 7AM–10PM
Tuesday | 7AM–10PM

📍600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Glazer Children's Museum

After enjoying the park, get some time in the air conditioning at Glazer Children’s Museum!  Located right next to Curtis Hixon Park is this amazing and interactive museum just for kids and families.  There are so many activities for kids to create, explore, and learn!  They’ll get to learn about what they want to be when they grow up and play in different hands-on exhibits!  After enjoying the museum, go for a walk on the nearby Tampa Riverwalk!

Wednesday | 10AM–5PM
Thursday | 10AM–5PM
Friday | 10AM–5PM
Saturday | 10AM–6PM
Sunday | 1–6PM
Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 10AM–5PM

📍110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Riverwalk

If you’re looking for a more active thing to do, then check out the Tampa Riverwalk!  Stretching across Downtown Tampa’s most popular attractions, the Tampa Riverwalk should definitely be worked into your family’s rotation of activities.  Along the Riverwalk you’ll see Armature Works, the Straz Center, and the Tampa Convention Center!  It’s a great place to ride bikes, skate, or walk as a family.  Parents can even enjoy a drink on the go because the Tampa Riverwalk is open container!  Grab a drink at one of Armature Works’ many bars and enjoy a wonderful stroll by the water.

Open 24 Hours

📍Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, FL 33602

Amalie Arena

What better way to spend time with the family than with an exciting Lightning game?  Kids of all ages and adults who love excitement will love to see a hockey game in person!  It’s always so much fun, you’ll have to see the Lightning for yourself – they did win the Stanley Cup after all!   

If sports are not your thing, no worries!  Check out UNATION for upcoming concerts and shows that are also family friendly – including Disney on Ice and other shows!

Check out UNATION for the Lightning Home Schedule and the UNATION app for other family friendly things to do in Downtown Tampa!

📍 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Straz Center

If you love plays, musicals, and concerts, then this pick is for you!  The Straz Center is the spot for amazing shows that the whole family will enjoy.  You have to experience their beautiful and ornate theatre at least once.  Introduce your kids to the art of acting and musicals here!  They have so many top tier, family friendly musicals that visit The Straz – like The Lion King, Aladdin, and Wicked!  Check out the UNATION app for all the updates on upcoming shows!

Check out their schedule and showtimes on their website!

📍 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Downtown Tampa

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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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