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Indoor Activities for Kids in Tampa, Florida

by Jennifer Zimmerman, studioD

Usually when people think of activities for kids in Tampa, Florida, they think of beaches and water parks. But the weather doesn't always cooperate. Some winter days can be chilly or rainy and some summer days came be dangerously hot. So parents need to find indoor activities for kids that will keep them active and engaged.

Discovery Activities

Tampa has several indoor options to help children discover more about the world we live in. The Glazer Children's Museum (glazermuseum.org) has 15 hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages and as camp programs for elementary school children. Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry, known as MOSI (mosi.org), has a special science center just for kids 12 years old and younger. It has places to create, investigate and bounce. Another indoor discovery option is the Florida Aquarium (flaquarium.org). Though an outdoor water play area is available, kids will have plenty to do visiting all of the indoor exhibits such as the Coral Reef Gallery and the penguin shows.

Cultural Activities

Another Tampa museum option is the Salvador Dali Museum (thedali.org). While Dali is not necessarily the first artist one associates with kids, the museum has a classroom just for kids with puzzles and activities. They also have Family Fun Saturdays, with arts and crafts and museum tours. Younger kids might enjoy the Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theater (puppetworld.com), where classical stories are turned into traditional puppet shows.

Active Classes

If you're looking for something more regular, Tampa is filled with active classes for kids. The YMCA (tampaymca.org) has branches throughout the city that have indoor classes for kids in swimming, dance, gymnastics, martial arts and sports. Vertical Ventures (verticalventures.com) is an indoor activity that kids and adults can do. The huge indoor climbing gym has classes and many kinds of climbing areas.

Library Activities

The Hillsborough County Library (hcplc.org) system has lots of indoor activities for kids throughout the Tampa area. Story times cater to all ages, but especially for babies and toddlers. The libraries also have several other events for kids, including art lessons, video game sessions, Lego building sessions, puppet shows, Kindermusik classes, science labs, movie matinees, Florida history, storytelling and a Pokemon league.

About the Author

Jennifer Zimmerman is a former preschool and elementary teacher who has been writing professionally since 2007. She has written numerous articles for The Bump, Band Back Together, Prefab and other websites, and has edited scripts and reports for DWJ Television and Inversion Productions. She is a graduate of Boston University and Lewis and Clark College.

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