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Tampa Bay Day Trip: Glazer Children’s Museum

The Glazer Children’s Museum boasts 170 hands-on exhibits for the kiddies, a downtown Tampa location next to other attractions, and a free admission night to boot.

Quick Info:
Location: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm │ Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm │ Sunday, 1:00pm-6:00pm │ Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
Admission: Adults $15 │ Children $9.50 │ Military & Seniors $12.50 │ Children under 1 are free │ Free admission the first Tuesday of every month, 2:00pm-7:00pm
Parking: Available at Poe Garage at the corner of Ashley Dr and Cass. $1.20 per hour, unless special event is occurring as determined by the City of Tampa.
Phone: 813-443-3861
Website: http://glazermuseum.org/

Quick Tips:

  • Free admission on the first Tuesday of every month, 2:00pm – 7:00pm. (Be sure to confirm on their website before going).
  • Located on Curtis Hixon park, which includes a huge splash pad / water fountains for the kids to run through, so be sure to bring swimming suites.
  • Located within walking distance of other points of interest, such as the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, and the Florida Photographic Museum of Art.
Photo by Glazer Children's Museum

Photo by Glazer Children’s Museum

The first thing you’re going to notice is WATER. Every kid’s favorite thing. Kids can pilot a cruise ship, create thunderstorms, play with tug boats, and tons of other watery interactive exhibits. There’s even a huge climbing tower to educate kids about the water cycle. That’s right. They get to pretend to be a raindrop. Doesn’t get much better than that.

The second level has a put-on-your-own-play theater, a play fire truck, a Publix shopping center, a mini-city, and tons more. My favorite was the sports section. Kids stand in front of a green screen and play a goalie, blocking virtual hockey pucks. I don’t mean to brag…but I set the high score.

2014-06-03 16.43.19And I got to meet Arthur too. He was a swell guy. My son wasn’t so sure, though…

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After exploring all of the museum, we went outside to the Curtis Hixon Park to play in the fountains. I know my son is going to love me for posting this picture when he gets older. But what are parents for if not to embarrass their children?

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Hey, but at least I didn’t post the close up picture that I have. You’re welcome son. At the other end of the park, is the Hillsborough River and the Tampa River Walk, with the Henry B. Plant Museum across the way. A place that I want to go to very badly, but always seem to find a way to put it off. I’ll get there eventually and you’ll hear all about it.

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There’s the spires. The Henry B. Plant museum used to be known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, a 500 room luxury hotel built in 1891 by Henry B. Plant himself, the railroad magnate. Notable guests range from Theodore Roosevelt to Babe Ruth. Now, the building is used by the University of Tampa.

My personal favorite day to go to Glazer Children’s Museum is on the first Tuesday of every month. Why? Because it is FREE! Yes, the first Tuesday of every month is Target Tuesday, where parents and kids get in for free from 2:00pm-7:00pm. It can get a little crowded, but you can’t beat that price.

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