Best Upcoming Children’s Shows In Tampa Bay

July 7, 2014 8:00 AM

School’s out for summer, and you know what that means: a week or so of elation followed by almost two months of “Mooooooommmmm, I’m booooooooooored!” Luckily, there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Tampa Bay.

“Showstoppers: A Musical Revue”

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827

Dates: July 17-19, 2014

“Showstoppers” is a show for kids, by kids. Patel Conservatory Theater students will perform some of the best-loved musical numbers in a tribute to shows that went “from stage to screen.” Tickets to this toe-tapping, hand-clapping, heart-pounding revue are only $10 in advance and $15 after July 17.

“Marvel Universe LIVE!”
Tampa Bay Times Forum
401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 301-6500

Dates: July 10-13, 2014

Loki is at it again, stirring up trouble right here in Tampa Bay. To defeat him, Marvel’s most powerful super heroes – The Avengers, Spider-Man and Wolverine – must work together. As they cover the globe in search of the mystical Cosmic Cube fragments, they run into super-villains Doctor Octopus, Red Skill, Madame Hydra and the Green Goblin. Over 25 Marvel characters will make an appearance in this electrifying show that is suitable for boys and girls alike.

The Empress and Her Princess Day Party
Embassy Suites Tampa – USF Campus
3705 Spectrum Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 618-3732

Date: Aug. 10, 2014

This event is designed specifically for moms and daughters. The fun and glamour includes various vendors, mini manicures, makeovers, guest speakers, fashion shows and more. It’s a great opportunity to meet other moms and let your daughter make friends. The cost is $20 for empresses and $10 for princesses.

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Sci-Con Tampa
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 874-1234

Dates: Sept. 26-28, 2014

Sci-Con is a family-friendly event hosted by local science fiction fan club groups. This exciting convention includes a 24-hour game room, movie room, prop display, masquerade ball (so wear your best sci-fi costume!) and guest speakers. The line-up of actors, authors and musicians includes Richard Hatch, Nicki Clyne, Aron Eisenberg, Jack Stauffer and former NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave. This is the inaugural event, so you won’t want to miss it!

Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 U.S. Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 621-7821

Dates: Aug 2-3, 2014

For a last huzzah before summer comes to a close, check out the inaugural Tampapalooza. Admission is free, but you’ll want to bring some cash to spend at the farmers’ market and other vendors’ stalls, which will be entirely populated by local small business owners. There will also be locally-based, live entertainers such as musicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians and balloon artists. Tampapalooza is all about supporting independent, locally owned businesses. Have some fun and give the local economy a boost while you’re at it.

Related: Best Movie Theaters in Tampa

Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at

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