When traveling with my boys I always make it a priority to find a children’s museum in the area we are visiting. Children’s museums are a great way to teach my sons about the local culture in a fun way.
Some of interesting facts we learned: the first commercial flight in the entire world was from St. Petersburg to Tampa. Did you know that? I didn’t! The mayor of St. Petersburg paid $400 (equivalent to almost $10,000 today) for the first flight.
Also, because Tampa is on a bay, water plays an important part in the displays and teaching at this museum.
One of the highlights for me was on the third floor. That is where the exhibit hall was and at the time the Wizard of Oz display was there.
I recommend checking the schedules of the traveling exhibits first so you can get your kids excited about it in advance.
I was able to learn a lot about Tampa in this museum! When I finally went out for the tour of the city, so much fit into place.
History of Tampa’s Glazer Children’s Museum
• It was founded in 1986.
• It first opened as a small storefront in the Floriland Mall.
• The Museum outgrew its location by 1989 it moved into a larger location, just north of Lowry Park.
• It was built to educate children and was originally called Safety Village
• The museum simulated a small town.
• In January 1999 after renovations it became the Kid City: the Children’s Museum of Tampa.
• In September 2001, a new toddler exhibit opened.
• A plan to make it bigger and better was created in 2003.
• The City of Tampa provided the Museum a land lease in downtown Tampa to construct the facility.
• In October, 2007, the Museum was named the Glazer Children’s Museum in honor of the Glazer Family Foundation’s gift of $5 million.
• Construction of the building began in March 2009 and was completed in April 2010.
• The Museum opened its doors on September 25, 2010.
Information for Visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa
Phone: 813 443 3861
Address: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza Tampa, Florida 33602
Children Under Age 1 Free
Children Ages 1-12 $9.50
Military, Teachers, and Seniors $12.50
The museum offers 170 interactive exhibits, 17 themed areas, daily programs and events.
Make It Mondays | 10am-4pm
All Ages: The Art Lab is open for drop-in projects every Monday.
Toddler Tuesdays and Thursdays | 10:30am and 2pm
Ages 1-3: Join us in Tugboat Tots for programs fit for young children.
Whisk In Wednesdays | 12pm and 2pm
All Ages: The My House Your House’s World Kitchen is open for cooking programs.
Fun Fridays | 12pm and 2pm
All Ages: Pull up a seat on Fridays for a fun, theater-style show lead by the Museum’s Program Team.
Saturdays 11am and 2pm | Sundays 2pm and 4pm
All Ages: Weekends are packed with fun. Join us for some of our favorite programs of the month.