We all struggle with that sinking feeling accompanied by, “What am I going to do with the kids this weekend?” You want to plan an elaborate, fun-filled kid-friendly weekend full of activities. We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best weekend activities with the kids in the Tampa Bay area:
A water park is a great way to beat the heat and get the kids (and you) having a blast.
Take the kids for a ride in a hot air balloon this weekend. No, really- right here in Tampa!
Spend an educational weekend with the kids at one of Tampa’s best children’s museums.
Tour Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue and get up close and personal with some REALLY big cats!
Dress up, eat some turkey legs, and cheer on knights with your kids at the Bay Area Ren Fest.
Most kids have a pirate phase. Make a weekend experience they’ll never experience and take them on a real pirate cruise that’s perfect for families.
Not into pirates? Bet your kids would love to see a mermaid right here in Tampa.
Tampa Theatre has regular kids’ shows that are perfect for a rainy Florida weekend indoors.
Step into a history with this historically accurate village and sneak in some weekend learning while having fun!
10. Busch Gardens
Don’t overthink it. Take the kids to Busch Gardens, ride every ride twice, and eat a bunch of junk food.
11. Lowry Park Zoo
One of the best zoos in the country is located right here in Tampa- get wild!
Ride in one of Tampa’s historic streetcars and give the kids one of those fun “first” experiences.
For a special dinner, take the family to Spinner’s and take in a gorgeous 360-degree view of Tampa like no other.
14. Dinosaur World
How many kids can say they saw a giant (animatronic) dinosaur up close? Take your little paleontologists to explore Dinosaur World.
Speaking of ancient history, your kids can go hunting for fossils at Tampa’s Paleo Discoveries this weekend.
Another kid-friendly gem that’s located right here in Tampa, the Florida Aquarium is a surefire way to make a memorable weekend activity fun for the kids.
There aren’t many kids in the U.S. that can take a weekend trip to see manatees in the wild. Your kids are lucky. Teach them more about Tampa’s ecosystem and foster an appreciation for the environment.
Want to scare the daylights out of the kids? Take them on a ghost tour just in time for Halloween. They’ll probably be way braver than you.
That’s right- a water bike. Tour Tampa a new way with the kids this weekend.
You’d be surprised at the number of old-fashioned drive-in movie theatres in the Tampa Bay area. Pack up the car and let the kids experience a piece of iconic American history together.