It’s summer time! Time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun (with sunscreen, of course). Although, there’s some fun inside too. Here’s what’s going on in our area right now.
Summer Events at The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
www.flaquarium.org/ (813) 273-4000
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate July 4th by spending the day at the Aquarium and sticking around to get an up-close view of Tampa’s fireworks display over the Hillsborough River. Enjoy the Splash Pad and outdoor plaza plus family-friendly entertainment, American themed dinner options, and more. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. with the Aquarium staying open until 9:30 p.m. that day only.
$1 Summer Movies are Back!
Locations in Tampa, Pinellas Park, Largo and Port Richey. Childrens’ movies will run every Tuesday and Wednesday until August 9. Showtime begins at 10:00 a.m., with two showings each day. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Click Here for the entire $1 Summer Movie Schedule for 2017.
AMC is showing kid-friendly movies for nine weeks this summer. All movies begin at 10:00 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Tickets for kids are only $4, and a snack pack is included in the price. Bonus! Plus, AMC donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. Go the AMC Theater website here, scroll to the end, and click on the link to your local theater to get the full schedule.
Don’t want to rush out the door in the morning? You can also get $5 tickets all day on Tuesdays if you become a member of AMC/Carmike’s rewards program. It’s free to become a member. All you do is sign up either online or at a participating theater ticket window (not all locations participate in the program, so call ahead to make sure yours does). On Tuesdays, simply purchase your ticket at the ticket window as usual and enjoy the show. You get reduced-price concessions too for being a rewards member. Additional fees will apply for IMAX, 3D, and other special screenings.
Cobb Theaters FREE MOVIES
Multiple locations around the Tampa Bay area are offering FREE (yes, seriously!) summer movies. The movies start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays for eight weeks. Admission is free for everyone and doors open at 9:30 a.m. All locations have the same schedule, which you can find here.
Cobb Theaters also offers sensory friendly movies at their locations in Wesley Chapel, Clearwater, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg. These movies begin at 10:00 a.m. on select dates only. Here’s this year’s schedule:
Saturday, May 20, 2017: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Saturday, June 16, 2017: Cars 3
Saturday, July 1, 2017: Despicable Me 3
Saturday, August 19, 2017: Nut Job 2
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
The theater at University Square Mall in Tampa offers additional sensory friendly movies. Movies begin at 11:00 a.m. on these select dates:
May 3, 2017 : Guardians of the Galaxy 2
May 27, 2017: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
June 3, 2017: Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
June 10, 2017: Captain Underpants
June 24, 2017: Cars 3
July 8, 2017: Despicable Me 3
Cinemark at Lakeland Square Mall
Cinemark Lakeland Square Mall 12 is offering $1 movie tickets, or your family can buy a 10-movie pass for just $5 — making each movie ticket just $0.50! You simply cannot beat that. Here’s their full schedule for this summer.
When’s the last time you put your kids in pajamas, loaded up the car with blankets and pillows, and headed out the drive-in theater, old school style? If you haven’t tried it yet, you should put this on your summer to-do list. Family Friendly Tampa Bay has put together an incredible list of all the drive-ins we have around the Tampa Bay area. You can check out the locations, prices, and contact information all right here.
Sunset Cinema at Pier 60
Every weekend, movies will be shown for FREE on a jumbo screen on Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60 beginning at sunset. Bring your blankets, beach chairs, and snacks and be ready for some fun. Movies change daily and are mainly shown on Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday Nights with the Rays
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
The Rays have made taking your family to see a baseball game more affordable than ever. Come out to a game on Friday nights for 7/11 Fridays. Every ticket is only $7.11 when you present a discount coupon from 7/11 convenience stores. And Tuesdays are still $2 hot dog days and Sundays are family fun days where kids 14 and under receive a free gift while supplies last. Come on out, bring your family, and show your support for your Tampa Bay Rays! RaysUp!
City of Tampa Stay & Play
The city of Tampa is working hard to help keep your kids busy and off the streets. This year, they have set up a FREE Stay & Play program at select recreation centers around the city that lets teens party from 6 p.m. to midnight daily through August 6th. Programs include fitness classes, athletic training and leagues, swimming classes, musical productions, computer classes, Girls Fun Fridays, and even classes for anger management. Food and transportation to get home are provided as often as possible. Participating centers are Copeland Park, Cyrus Greene Community Center, Williams Park Activity Center, Grant Park Activity Center, Gwendolyn Miller Community Center, Jackson Heights Community Center, and Springhill Community Center. Contact individual locations for more information.
Dodgeball at Airheads
5072 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, (813) 769-9134
12401 Belcher Road, Largo, (727) 240-2933
Airheads Trampoline Arena is offering organized dodgeball games played on dedicated trampolines, complete with referees, all summer long at both of their Tampa Bay locations. Games are dependent on the number of willing participants. If you’re not into dodgeball, adults and kids can bounce on any of their trampolines during regular hours, or you can play on a number of video games to win prizes at the counter. $14.99 per hour of jumping or $21.99 for unlimited sessions. Games cost separately.
Lowry Park Zoo’s July Sunset Celebration
1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
Enjoy the sunset this summer at Lowry Park Zoo’s Sunset Celebration every Friday and Saturday night. Family-friendly entertainment, unique food options created by the zoo’s on-site chef, craft beer and wine, and, of course, amazing wildlife are all a part of it. General admission tickets are $32.95 for adults and $24.95 for kids. Special events such as Sunset Celebration are ticketed separately and can be purchased at the zoo’s ticket office beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Summer Nights
10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
June 16- August 6, 2017
Extended Hours: Until 9:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursdays; until 11:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Summer Nights will feature three party zones at Plaza, Pantopia and Stanleyville. You can dance all night at each themed location and indulge in spectacular summer fare inspired by the party zone itself. An all-new ice show will feature at the Moroccan Palace and all the coasters will be up and running in the dark. General park admission is $89.99 for anyone 3+. Summer Nights is a separately ticketed event at $34.99
Tampa Bay area July 4th Fireworks
Spend some time with the family this holiday season exploring nature and God’s creation. Information about park and beach locations near you is available at:
Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/facilities
Pinellas County Parks and Preserves, http://www.pinellascounty.org/park
Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/index.aspx?NID=296
Polk County Parks and Recreation: http://www.polk-county.net/boccsite/departments/parks-and-recreation/
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources: https://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/parks-and-recreation.html