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Best Bad Weather Activities For Kids In Tampa Bay

November 29, 2013 7:00 AM

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When bad weather strikes, don’t hide out at home. Head out for some fun and relaxation at one of the many indoor venues in the Tampa Bay area. There are lots of activities for all ages to enjoy in our area, even in bad weather.

AirHeads Trampoline Arena
5072 W. Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 324-5761
www.airheadsusa.com

AirHeads Trampoline Arena offers unlimited jumping for only $16.95 a day or $29.95 per month. The arena also requires the purchase of reusable Grip Socks for $2.35. Airheads also offer dodgeball, fitness classes and more. The enthusiastic service, cleanliness and safety precautions offered at Airheads make this the perfect bad weather activity for young and old alike. Visit Airheads for a low-impact workout that is easy on the joints but great for lower body muscles.

Glazer Children’s Museum
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL  33602
(813) 443-3861
www.glazermuseum.org

Glazer Children’s Museum is open seven days a week, except for New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission price is only $9.50 for children and $15 for adults, with military and seniors getting $3 off of the regular admission price. All of Glazer Children’s Museum exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Glazer’s even has wheelchairs available on site for use by guests who need them. There are over 170 interactive exhibits for visitors to explore, discover and do. There is something for everyone at Glazer Children’s Museum.

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Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym
5402 Pioneer Park Blvd · Suite E
Tampa, Florida 33634
(813)  884 – ROCK
www.verticalventures.com

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 indoor 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. 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.

Related: Best Rock Climbing Facilities Around Tampa

Monster Indoor Mini Golf
6429 U.S. Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34653
(727) 849-4653
www.monsterminigolf.com

This monster-themed, indoor, glow-in-the-dark course, complemented by a wacky DJ, raises this local haunt to an above-average mini-golf must-do. The monster décor and animated props are scary but not terrifying for most children. While the difficulty of the 18-hole course provides enough of a challenge to keep adults entertained, it’s still super accessible to kids. The location also offers birthday parties and corporate events, private event rooms and an arcade game area. Prices: $8 Big Monsters 13 and older – $7 for Little Monsters 12 and younger.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum
1925 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 821-8992
www.greatexplorations.org

Great Explorations Children’s Museum is one of America’s top museums designed for children. Interactive exhibits, camps, field trips, a preschool, workshops and more makes Great Explorations Children’s Museum one of Florida’s favorite museum destinations. Visitors can learn about growing food, the beach, different textures, building art projects, fire safety, construction and many other exhibits. Admission for all guests 54 years of age and younger is $10.

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Celebration Station
24546 US Highway 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 791-1799
www.celebrationstation.com

Celebration Station’s indoor game rooms feature air hockey, video games, pool tables, interactive games, driving games and many other types of games. With over 100 games, there is sure to be a game for every visitor. All of the games use tokens, a player card or quarters. When weather permits, there are also batting cages, bumper boats, go karts, mini golf, roller coasters and other small rides for visitors to enjoy. One of the big hits at Celebration Station is the laser tag arena, which costs a mere $7 per person for two sessions of laser tag. In good weather or bad, Celebration Station is a great place to visit for children and adults alike.

Stop ‘N’ Play
10933 US Highway 19 N.
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 862-6666
www.stop-n-play.com

Stop-N-Play offers great entertainment for both adults and children of all ages. There is a fenced-in baby and toddler section with riding games, benches for parents and only one opening in the gate so parents can relax and let their children play in safety. For the older kids and adults, there is a nine-hole miniature golf area and over 100 games to play. Most of the games at Stop ‘N’ Play are redemption games, which means players can win tickets which can be redeemed for prizes in the prize center. There are even links to coloring and craft pages on Stop-N-Play’s website. Stop ‘N’ Play is a wonderful place to go when the weather requires indoor activities.

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Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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