In the 7-to-17 section of our Seven Ages of Summer Guide, we offered you suggestions on where to drop your kids and run (read: day camp). Here, we're offering options where parents can have fun with their youngsters, beyond the usual suspects like the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens and even the Glazer Children's Museum. All three are practical but predictable diversions, and not necessarily always cost-effective ones. So here are some recommendations for outside-the-box family-friendly fun.
Freedom Fest IV
Celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness at this Memorial Day weekend street party in Oldsmar with live music, tasty eats, a big tent for shade, arts and crafts, and plenty of fun activities for the chitlins. May 23-25, State Street, Oldsmar.
Rock the Park
The Thursday night live music series is always free, always full of kids bounding about the Curtis Hixon playground, and always delivers on food truck fare and solid live music options. Schedules vary; June 5 features Paleface, The Heavy Metals and Beartoe. Every first Thursday of the Month, Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa.
8th Annual AMIkids Fishing Tournament
Take your kids out for a day of boat fishing and support local nonprofit AMIkids, which offers an array of community-based treatment interventions for at-risk and delinquent youths. Holy Hog Barbecue caters the after-fishing meal. June 6, The Getaway, 13090 Gandy Blvd N., St. Petersburg.
Breakfast with Dali
This interactive tour is geared toward introducing the Dali museum to families with children (recommended ages 5-12), and is led by a Dali docent along with select junior docents who present paintings and other works that appeal to children in particular. A Spanish-themed breakfast buffet and hands-on activities follow. June 7, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg.