Looking for fun things to do with the kids around Tampa Bay but you’re on a tight budget? We’ve got the best ideas for a fun outing with the kids that won’t cost you a small car payment to do. Here’s our top inexpensive and fun activities to do with kids on a weekday or weekend.
Sunsets at Pier 60 On Clearwater Beach
FREE – Daily 6 – 10 PM
10 Pier 60 Dr.
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
727-449-1036 | www.sunsetsatpier60.com
A FREE nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach. Features artisans, crafters, street performers and musical entertainment plus a free movie on Friday and Saturday nights.
$6 Days At Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Sligh Ave | Tampa, 33604
(813) 935-8552 | www.lowryparkzoo.com
Hang with the kids and the animals at the Lowry Park Zoo. Normally ticket prices at the Zoo are $18.00 – $24.00 with children 3 and under free. Certain times of the year they give huge savings, all tickets are $6. $6 days are packed! Most Zoo rides and animal food are not included in the ticket price on $6 Days.
Next $6 day will be: Sunday, February 23, 2014 • 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free Miniature Train Rides
Largo Central Railroad
225 Central Park Dr | Clearwater, 33755
(727) 585-9835 | www.lcrailroad.com
All aboard everyone! Big kids and little kids of all ages will giggle with delight when they climb on board Largo Central Railroad’s miniature trains. The first weekend of every month they open up and offer free public run days. Everyone is welcome. Over a mile and a half of tracks run through Largo Central Park. They operate from 10am to 4pm. Bring a picnic or buy lunch from one of the vendors. Children must be at least one year to ride the trains.
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
1925 4th St N. | St Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 821-8992 | www.greatex.org
Open Mon-Sat 10am-4:30pm; Sun 12pm-4:30pm
Great Explorations Children’s Museum, is one of Florida’s top museums and one of America’s top museums for children. Great Explorations is a fun family educational experience that makes learning exciting for visitors of all ages. Free for children under 2 years. $10 for ages 2 to 54 years. $9 for ages 55 and up. Every adult 18 and over must be accompanied by a child, and every child 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Clearwater Beach Family Aquatic Center
51 Bay Esplanade | Clearwater, FL 33767
www.clearwater-fl.com | (727) 462-6020
The Clearwater Beach Family Aquatic Center will definitely be a big hit for everyone in the family. The Family Aquatic Center’s swimming facility features six 25-yard lap swimming lanes and a children’s play area. It’s only a short drive from Tampa and it’s near the world class sandy shores of Clearwater Beach. Fees range from free to about $6, depending on various factors.
Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym
5402 Pioneer Park Blvd · Suite E
Tampa, Florida 33634 | www.verticalventures.com
(813) 884 – ROCK
Do the kids and you need to burn off some energy? Do they love to climb things? Vertical Ventures is the place for you! 6,000 sq. ft. of rock climbing excitement. Never climbed before? Don’t worry they offer introductory classes in which you and the kids can learn the basics. Vertical Ventures is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday.
Their hours are: Tuesday – Thursday from 12pm – 10pm. Friday there are two sessions, 12pm – 7pm and 8pm – 12am. Saturday and Sunday they are open 10am – 6pm. They’re closed on Mondays. Admission: Daily $14. Kids 8 and Under $7. Belay Class for 1 (includes all equipment, admission and return visit) $35. Belay Class for 2+(includes all equipment, admission and return visit) $25 each.
Minor-League Baseball’s Cheap All American Deals
During Baseball Season, the minor-league teams tickets are usually between $1 and $10. The Clearwater Threshers have dollar Tuesdays where the tickets and all the food sell for a dollar each! Kid’s eating free is always the best deal around for parents and it saves big time. At the Tampa Yankees games on Wednesday’s they have Kids Night. Kids 14 and under can chow down on a free hot dog, ice cream, and soda with the purchase of a reserved $5 ticket. The Dunedin Blue Jays sell dollar dogs on Wednesdays and dollar refreshments on Thirsty Thursdays. All kids 14 and under receive free admission to the Lakeland Flying Tigers Sunday home games. Kids can play catch on the field before the game and run the bases following the game.