Family & Pets

Tampa’s Best Stuff For Infants & Toddlers

January 30, 2012 1:00 PM

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(credit: http://glazermuseum.org)
If something is meant for infants and toddlers, it had better be fun for parents, too. After all, when it comes to finding something interesting for the littlest set, interesting the big people is half the battle. In Tampa, there are many things that fit this description. — Steve Hartsoe

Glazer Children’s Museum

110 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 443-FUN1 (3861)
www.glazermuseum.org

Children are full of curiosity, and the Glazer Children’s Museum, near downtown Tampa, caters to that curiosity in a kid-friendly way. Filled with bright, colorful and interactive exhibits, this hands-on museum captivates children and adults alike. Allow toddlers and children to safely explore the world around them through exhibits like Tug Boat Tots, designed specifically for the three and under set, and Publix Super Market, where children can shop with tiny shopping carts in pint-sized aisles. Nearly 20 regular exhibits are available to educate, stimulate and encourage learning through tactile and kinetic experiences. In addition, facilities are available for birthday parties and other special events. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

9572 W. Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33626
(813) 792-8959
www.my-gym.com

Fitness is important, and there’s no better time to instill healthy habits than at a young age. In fact, research shows that children who are introduced to an active lifestyle at an early age have a greater chance of maintaining those habits far into adulthood. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center believes that getting fit should be child’s play and offers a wide variety of options for making exercise fun. From parent participation options for parents and children from six weeks to three-and-a-quarter years, to Mommy and Me Free Play, you and your little ones can spend hours of fun getting fit while promoting bonding. My Gym also offers independent gym classes for children three-and-a-quarter years and up, as well as camps, karate and martial arts training, and My Gym Art – where children learn to express themselves artistically as they develop fine motor skills. Fees vary based on the class, with discounts available for multi-child families, groups, military and law enforcement. Hours: Vary.

Yogani Studios, Inc.

1112 W. Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-9668
www.yogani.com

Yoga, as practiced with a loving adult, not only helps with physical growth, but can also help infants and toddlers with healthy emotional development. At Yogani Studios, yoga classes are offered for everyone – at all skill levels. In addition to its adult classes, the studio also offers classes for mommies-to-be, as well as and infant, toddler and children’s classes. Hours: Open seven days a week; hours vary depending on the class.

Seal Swim School

3703 W. McKay Avenue
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 879-SWIM (7946)
www.sealswimschool.com

Yes, infants and toddlers can learn to swim! And not only is swimming fun, but learning to swim can have lifelong advantages when started early. At Seal Swim School, the focus is on fostering safety and a love of the water. Classes are offered at all stages, beginning with infants. Seal Swim School’s curriculum focuses on repetition, which helps develop strength, ability and coordination in the water. Hours: New classes are constantly forming; contact the school for days and hours.

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