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Winter’s Wonderland & Sea of Lights with Coca-Cola Florida and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

Thank you to Coca-Cola Florida and the Clearwater Aquarium for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Have you visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of the famous dolphins Winter and Hope?
We first visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium during our first vacation to Clearwater 4 years ago, and it has become a family favorite ever since.  This is a different kind of aquarium, where you learn the ins and outs of rescuing hurt and sick marine animals, rehabilitating, and releasing them whenever possible.  My children and I learn something new every time we visit, and Winter’s story is a story that never stops inspiring me and one I want to be embedded in my children’s hearts.

Winter’s Wonderland & Sea of Lights

Coca-Cola Florida has partnered with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for their Winter’s Wonderland & Sea of Lights holiday event, which should not be missed!  The holiday event will be taking place from November 24 through January 8th.  Featuring fun festive exhibits that are unlike any holiday entertainment elsewhere!

Holiday Fun Includes:

Come see Winter Claus till 12/23 set up in the Spectrum Theater. You will have the opportunity to meet Winter Claus and get a family picture taken.

Experience a Winter Wonderland with lights and décor all around!

Actors from the Dolphin Tale movies will be at the aquarium to meet guests December 27th through the 30th!

Watch Santa and his friends dive into Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway!

On special dates the aquarium will be staying open late, until 9 p.m.  With $9.99 admission after 4 p.m.  On these nights, guests will be able to enjoy free cookies and a “Sea of Lights” 45-minute boat ride around Clearwater Bay.
(Dates as follows 12/15, 12/16, 12/22, 12/23) 

This is an amazing one of a kind way to make holiday memories with your family, and when you would up a thirst from all your holiday fun, stop by the concession stand and grab everyone a refreshing Coka-Cola product!

 

 

The Best Exhibits at Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa

Early in our move to Tampa Bay we had heard about the Tampa River Walk, how beautiful it was and the endless events and activities that take place there. When I decided to check it out, the Glazer Children's Museum stuck out as an interesting place to explore with the kids. So, I was excited when the museum invited us to visit. Growing up in Massachusetts, I had visited the Boston Children’s Museum countless times and always made amazing memories, and I was excited to do the same in our new home state. As you enter the museum, the highlight of the first floor is the large water play area with various weather simulations, boat navigation, and water flow areas. The entire family had fun in this area, especially with the weather simulator. Along with the large water's Journey exhibit, the first floor offered a unique sand box area and tug boat play structure. Like in museums we have visited in the past, Glazer Children's Museum has a large climbing structure for the kids to conquer. These climbing structures are always one of the kid’s favorite exhibits. They climbed for up and down several times, laughing along the way, as mommy and daddy got to relax on the benches next the exhibit and look on. Once the kids were done climbing, we got to explore the second floor which featured a pretend fire house, hospital, pet clinic, Publix, Outback, theater, news station, and more. I was impressed with how clean and organized the museum was given the fact that they had so many exhibits on one level. Also, having the majority of the exhibits on the one floor made it easier for parents with multiple kids to watch them all as they played. Anthony was too old for many of the exhibits, but he did really like the paper airplane section and learning about new broadcasts in the Kids' Network. Aidan enjoyed every single exhibit and played for hours. His favorites were the fire house, the restaurant and the construction area. Lilly spent most her time in the Get Moving area. Which showcased a rock wall and a racing area. After we finally convinced the kids to head outside, we enjoyed a bit of the beautiful River Walk. The Glazer Museum is located right on River with an interactive fountain, playground, and large field right outside the door. It was a wonderful day that I can absolutely recommend to mothers of young children in the Tampa area. After a fun afternoon, I can say with confidence that the Glazer Children's Museum is a perfect place for young families to make memories and learn new things. The Details: Where: Glazer Children’s Museum 110 W Gasparilla Plaza Tampa FL 33602 Price: Adults – $15 Children - $9.50 Babies under 1 year are Free Family Annual Memberships start at $125 Hours: Monday-Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 6pm Sunday 1pm - 6pm Get Social with the Glazer Children’s Museum: Facebook Twitter Instagram Disclosure: I received press passes to the Glazer Children’s Museum for myself and my family to facilitate this post, all opinions are always 100% my own.

Early in our move to Tampa Bay we had heard about the Tampa River Walk, how beautiful it was and the endless events and activities that take place there.  When I decided to check it out, the Glazer Children’s Museum stuck out as an interesting place to explore with the kids.  So, I was excited when the museum invited us to visit.  Growing up in Massachusetts, I had visited the Boston Children’s Museum countless times and always made amazing memories, and I was excited to do the same in our new home state.   (more…)

Top Tips for Visiting Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

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While in Tampa one of the best places to take the kids is the Lowry Park Zoo!
  My kids are big animal lovers,  Anthony loves to learn all the facts about each kind of animal while the twins just fall in love with all of them, so this zoo was a great experience for us.
 
This was the first time I had ever visited the Lowry Park Zoo and I was very impressed.  The zoo was very clean, they had a wide variety of animals that were very visible in their habitats and the zoo also offered other activities to keep the kids entertained. 

The summer months can get excruciatingly hot in Florida especially if your not from here, so we arrived at the zoo right when it opened so we could finish most of the walking before the hottest part of the day.

  Once walking through the main entrance we headed to the left and went through each of the 6 animal habitat areas, Asian Gardens, Florida Wildlife Center, Primate World, Safari Africa, Ituri Forest and Wallaroo Station.  This ended up being a perfect plan because when we finally arrived in the Wallaroo Station area we were starting to get very hot and tired.  However this area cooled us off quick with a water spray park and some mechanical rides.

The zoo has a petting area with farm animals, an area to touch sting rays and numerous feeding activities at different habitats.

The kids loved all the animals but each had a favorite.  Aidan Loved the Chimpanzees, Lilly thought the elephants were the cutest, and Anthony was excited to learn about rhino’s.

One of the coolest rides that really sets the Lowry Park Zoo apart from other zoo’s we’ve been to was the Expedition Africa Guided Safari.
The safari is a guided tour aboard a 2 carted jeep, through the back area of the “Safari Africa” section of the zoo.

Ready to Visit?
Admission is currently $32.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Which includes Pay For The Day, Come Back The Rest Of The Year
For those local to Tampa, this is an awesome deal because it means you will not only get to enjoy the zoo for the rest of 2017, but you will also get to take advantage of the amazing holiday events that The Lowry Park Zoo offers.  Such as “Creatures of the Night” and “Christmas in the Wild”

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While the Pay for the Day ticket is a great deal, if you have a large family, like we do, I suggest becoming a zoo member.  There are several membership choices to choose from, for us the Family Plus Guest membership was the best.  This meant for $159 my husband, 3 children, myself, and a guest could visit anytime for a full 12 months.  The memberships also include seasonal events.

Getting there:
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is definitely a must see when in the Tampa Bay area!

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