Things to do with the kids around Tampa Bay during winter vacation
Christmas is over, what now? We still have a week to go before the children return to school (including the Monday off for students at Pinellas, Hillsborough and Hernando public schools). If you’re running out of ways to keep the darlings entertained, we’ve got a few ideas, including snow games and ice skating for the kids who never play in the cold, and ways to sneak past the history and appreciation. art.
Snow days returned to the Florida Aquarium. For the past seven years, the Tampa Aquarium has added a snow playground in the week after Christmas, included in admission. New this year, kids can throw snowballs from the Aquarium’s TECO deck at the snow monsters on the dock. They can also navigate a brand new snow maze at the Sea Star Lodge as the snow falls from above. Be sure to wear gloves and closed-toe shoes to stay warm. The snow playground is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $ 33.95, $ 28.95 for kids on flaquarium.org. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
Snowcat Ridge, Dade City Arctic Park, has an ice rink, a giant igloo where you can play with snow, slides and hot chocolate by the fire. Tickets cost $ 26.95 to $ 39.95, depending on the day, and skate rental is $ 9.95. You can save $ 5 by purchasing tickets in advance at snowcatridge.com. 27839 St. Joe Road, Town of Dade. 813-576-1450.
Clyde Butcher Exhibition: The world famous landscape photographer has been called Ansel Adams of Florida for his spectacular large black and white photos of the Everglades. You can see a free exhibit at the Main Library in Clearwater until May 31. There are 35 large format photos, a video and the 8ft by 10ft Butcher camera. To free. The library will be closed Friday and Saturday for the New Year holidays. Current hours resume on Sunday. The library is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. 727-562-4970.
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Outback Bowls Parade: Friday brings a parade to Ybor City with 15 high school bands and bands from Penn State and Arkansas, whose teams will face off in the bowl game the next day at Raymond James Stadium. Numerous floats and units will roam Seventh Avenue from 20th Street to 14th Street, where college bands and cheerleaders will participate in a cheering rally. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Ybor City. To free.
Riverwalk Vacation Hunt: This mobile scavenger hunt along the Tampa Riverwalk lets you explore downtown Tampa while solving puzzles, completing vacation challenges, and answering historical Tampa trivia. Download the Mobile Adventures app and scan the QR code found on thetampariverwalk.com or use the code: 427961469795. Be sure to tag #RWHolidayHunt to appear on Riverwalk social media pages. The free game is available until Sunday.
Ice skating: Several temporary skating rinks are set up for the holiday season, in particular Winter beach, the 4,000-square-foot St. Petersburg downtown skating rink located on Spa Beach at the entrance to St. Pete’s Pier. Skating is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. this week, and Friday brings a special midnight skating session with a front row seat to the city fireworks display. You can reserve an hour of skating and purchase tickets ($ 17) at winterbeachstpete.com/ice-skating. In downtown Tampa, the Winter village shops and decorations, and for a 10th year, an ice rink with a view of the river. A new paperless ticketing system allows you to reserve an hour and purchase skate rental tickets for $ 17 at wintervillagetampa.com. And the Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach has Ice skating by the ocean, where they transformed their backyard into an ice rink. It is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to January 3. It’s $ 15 for an hour of skating, which includes skate rental. Advance purchase recommended at posterinn.com/calendar/ice-skate. 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-367-2711.
Reenactment of the battle of Dade: Each year, the first weekend of January is set aside to recreate the Seminole attack of December 28, 1835 against the men of Major Francis Dade, who marched from Fort Brooke (present-day Tampa) to Fort King (present-day Ocala). Historians and reenactors bring history to life with period soldier, seminole, and civilian camps, a trade fair, demonstrations of historic arts and crafts, large-scale cannon fire, and more. than 19th century games and activities for children. Admission is $ 5, 5 and under free. Parking is $ 3. 9 am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. 352-793-4781. dadebattlefield.com.