Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 Family and Children's Programs


The Tampa Bay History Center has recently announced the schedule of Children and Family Programs for Fall/Winter 2012 and we are happy to share it with you! We hope you can join us for one (or several!) of these exciting programs.

My Doll and Me

Drawing on the American Girl© book series, we’ll travel through time with your favorite dolls! Peek into the past with crafts, games, and snacks as well as hands-on gallery experiences. American Girl© dolls are not required for participation. Space is limited; pre-registration required.

When: Saturday, October 6 (Rebecca) from 10-11:30 a.m.

Who:   Ages 7-12

Cost:   $13 TBHC members; $15 non-members

                (Fee includes child’s admission to the galleries)

*This is a “drop off” program. Parents may wish to wait with a cup of cafĂ© con leche and a guava pastry in the Columbia Cafe after viewing our newest traveling exhibit, Coffee: The World in Your Cup.

 Family Fun Day and Veg Fest

Little sprouts and their families soak up the fun as we celebrate our newest exhibit, Coffee: The World in Your Cup and Tampa Bay Veg Fest in the park. Paint with coffee, plant seeds in your own unique recycled pot, and enjoy tasty organic coffee samples. Explore three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits with guided tours throughout the day, a scavenger hunt for prizes, and giveaways courtesy of Twigs and Leaves, Whole Foods, Chipotle, Java Planet and more!

When: Sat., Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Who:   All ages.  (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost:    Free with gallery admission

 A Night at the Museum

As the museum winds down, our exhibits come alive! Catch pirates, explorers, pioneer women, and even the Ghostbusters sneaking around the galleries as you trick or treat through our hands-on exhibits. Families can also board the TECO Streetcar for a ride filled with spooky stories and more characters of Tampa’s past. Ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and a costume contest for fantastic prizes await you. Don’t forget your candy bags! Appropriate for all ages.

When: Sun., Oct. 21, 4– 7 p.m. (Tickets on sale until 5 p.m.)

Who:   All ages

Cost:   $6/child + $8/adult (TBHC members)

            $9/child + $14/adult (Non-members)

 *Streetcar tickets additional: Adults $5, Seniors  65+/youth age 5 to17 - $2.50, 4 and under FREE

Spooky Story Rides depart promptly just a few steps from the museum at 4:31, 4:51, and 5:11. Space is limited, so arrive early to secure a seat.

 Holiday Tea Party – My Doll and Me  

Enjoy a holiday tea party with your favorite dolls! American Girl© doll, Kirsten, will inspire some pioneer fun as we enjoy sweets, pink lemonade, and coffee for adults.  Make holiday decorations, help us deck the halls of our pioneer cabin, and then explore our galleries with a special scavenger hunt. Top off the morning with a stop in our museum store for American Girl merchandise and one of a kind, Tampa themed gifts. American Girl© dolls are not required for participation.

When: Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon

Who:   Ages 6-12

Cost:   $20/child + $16/adult (TBHC members)

            $22/child + $18/adult (Non-members)

Pre-registration required: fee includes child and adult gallery admission

 Kids, Coffee, and Cocoa

Join us as we celebrate the season with a nip of delicious coffee or hot cocoa. Try your hand at making whipped cream art designs, and spend the day exploring our family friendly hands-on galleries and our newest exhibit, Coffee: The World in Your Cup.

When: Dec. 27 & 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Who:    All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost:     Free with gallery admission

If you have any questions about any of these events, please feel free to contact Jen Tyson, Assistant Curator of Education at (813)675-8960, or at

Monday, September 24, 2012

History Center is Free for Museum Day

The History Center will offer free admission for all visitors as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

As part of Museum Day, living history reenactors representing several eras of Florida history will be on hand to talk and interact with visitors. To see photos of previous History Center events featuring living history reenactors, visit our Living History Programs Facebook page.

Visitors will need to download an official Museum Day Live! ticket from the Smithsonian Magazine website, which is good for two people.

The Smithsonian Institution recently selected the History Center to participate in its Smithsonian Affiliations Program. The History Center joins a prestigious national list of affiliates and is one of only three Smithsonian Affiliates in Tampa Bay and one of 13 in Florida.

For more information, call the History Center at (813) 228-0097. Download a Museum Day Live ticket here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tampa Bay History Center Serves up Coffee Exhibit

Did you know the coffee plant was discovered in Ethiopia at least 1,000 years ago? Or that the word “coffee” comes from the Turkish word qahwa, for a wine-like drink? From the bodegas of West Tampa to hipster hangouts in downtown St. Pete, every cup of coffee we buy and drink in Tampa Bay connects us with a web of hidden stories around the world.

A new exhibit brewing at Tampa Bay History Center uncovers the true story behind one of the world’s most widely-traded commodities.

Coffee: The World in Your Cup opens Oct. 6 and serves up an overview of the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures, and economies worldwide. Learn about coffee’s early controversial reputation as a “revolutionary drink” and consider the culture that surrounds coffee in the twenty-first century.

“Coffee culture is big in Tampa, thanks in large part to the influence of Cuban, Spanish and Italian cigar workers in the early 20th century,” said Saunders Foundation Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center, Rodney Kite-Powell. “It’s a legacy that continues today in coffee shops around the city,” he said.

Highlights of Coffee: The World in Your Cup include:
  • Interpretive displays of traditional Turkish and Ethiopian coffee sets, picking baskets, and more than 40 coffee sacks from around the world
  • Color photographs of farms from South America to Africa to the Pacific Islands that tell the global story of coffee cultivation and trade
  • Short videos featuring different aspects of the coffee industry

On exhibit at the History Center Oct. 6 – Jan. 6, 2013, Coffee: The World in Your Cup has been organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle and is sponsored locally by Melitta Coffee.

For more information, visit or call (813) 228-0097.
Coffee: The World in Your Cup Program and Event Schedule

Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coffee: the World in Your Cup opening day

Oct. 11, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Premium Blend: Evening coffee tasting and members event

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Family Fun Day at Veg Fest

Wednesdays, Oct. 17-31 Cafe con Comida: Food and Coffee in Tampa Bay and Beyond

Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ybor City Coffee Experience, a walking tour of Ybor City

Dec. 27 & 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids, Cocoa and Coffee

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tampa Bay History Center Presents ‘My Doll and Me’ Series

Drawing from the popular American Girl© book series, the Tampa Bay History Center invites girls ages 7-12 to travel through time with their favorite dolls.

Tumble into the winning stories of McKenna and learn about female Olympians from Tampa, and delve into Ybor City's immigrant world with Rebecca. Peek into the past with crafts, games and snacks, as well as hands-on gallery experiences and all activities reflect the time period or theme presented each week. American Girl© dolls are not required for participation. Space is limited; pre-registration required.

When: Sept. 22 and Oct. 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
Who: Ages 7-12
Cost: $13 per session for TBHC members; $15 non-members (Includes child's admission to galleries)

Pre-registration required; fee includes child's admission to galleries. This is a "drop-off" program. Parents are not required to attend. For more information about the History Center's Children's programs, visit or call (813) 228-0097.


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