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Looking for family friendly outdoor activities this fall?

Fall festivals featuring seafood, international music and culture, fireworks, outdoor concerts and car shows are among the fun things to do in the Tampa Bay region in late October through November.


Innovation Fixation: Looshes Labs unleashes unique skateboards

Introducing a skateboard designed to carry your books and charge your smart phone.


Marcela Estevez Ancira: Transforming Wimauma through education

Educator says parental involvement proves key to success for student achievement at charter schools operated by Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Wimauma.

Marcela Estévez Ancira is Director of Student Affairs at RCMA Wimauma Academy.

Marcela Estévez Ancira: Transformando la comunidad a través de la educación

Educadora señala la participación de los padres de familia es clave para el éxito de los estudiantes en las escuelas chárter de RCMA en Wimauma.


Lingering summer heat still wilting your ‘do? Get ready to be cool outdoors in the Tampa Bay region

Whatever your outdoor pleasure -- birding, corn mazes, pumpkins, colorful leaves, bicycling, wildflowers, goats, etc. -- you can find fun things to do in the fall like no other season that will lure you, your friends and family to get outside and play.

Adults Brian A. Butler and Woodland Johnson work with students.

How to help kids learn? Community engagement brings success to local K-12 education

What is the solution for helping Florida's schools better educate children? The Council for Education Change encourages collaborative efforts that engage schools, corporate and business leaders, volunteer and parental support though collaborations designed to nurture transformational change.

North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Pete hosts a variety of swim meets.

Splash on! Local swim scene extends beyond Tampa Bay

The diversity of water fun and fitness opportunities in the Tampa Bay region are as vast as the water it surrounds. From beginners to fitness lovers to up-and-coming Olympians, all find a place. No matter your level of swim prowess, there’s a pool, a program and a body of water beckoning. Let’s dive in.


How does your garden grow? St. Petersburg students learn hands-on about fresh food

The Edible Peace Patch Project, originally the vision of an Eckerd College professor, has now expanded to seven schools in South St. Petersburg, with a small army of volunteers helping teach kids about gardening and more.


Touch mural, make sound: new Urban Conga project entices play

Murals are popping up all over the Tampa Bay region as part of the local urban scene. But one very special creation in Hyde Park Village may get even you to giggle. Touch the mural and see what happens!


Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Eureka! Factory

What are makerspaces and why are they trending? Makerspaces offer enriched learning environments and resources for the community. Meet Eureka! Factory.

The Wonder Studio art.

How to delight children and inspire adults at the same time? Visit Tampa Bay Area creative places

Every local parent probably knows about the Lowry Park Zoo, Glazer Children’s Museum, MOSI Tampa, the Florida Aquarium and Great Explorations as terrific places to visit, but the Tampa Bay region is also home to lots of smaller, lesser-known venues and activities where kids can be kids and learn something in the process. 

Christine Acosta is owner of Tampa Bike Valet.

Tampa Bike Valet parking service builds loyalty among bicyclists

Tampa Bike Valet Founder Christine Acosta says her service is a safer and more aesthetically sensitive alternative to locking a bicycle up against a sign post or on a standard bike rack.


Meet a few chalk artists sketching images, portraits on urban sidewalks everywhere

Local art festivals often feature a special display by chalk artists or street painters who attract admirers young and old to see amazing creations flowing over cracks and concrete blemishes. 

Streetcar Live powered by Gasparilla Music Festival brought the Ries Brothers to the TECO Line "stage".

Gasparilla Music Festival expands influence year-round

The Gasparilla Music Festival takes place for one weekend in March in downtown Tampa, but its foundation’s ongoing, long-term commitment is to music exposure, education and enjoyment throughout the Tampa Bay region.


Tampa skateboarders get ready to try new Bro Bowl on edge of downtown Tampa

The new Perry Harvey Sr. Park on the northern edge of downtown Tampa is a tribute to Tampa’s Civil Rights movement and historic Central Avenue business district and includes upgraded features: a reinvented Bro Bowl, a history walk with monuments, water features, green lawns and a community center for kids. 
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