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 café 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

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