When traveling with kids, I find that the children’s museums, where ever available, is a great starting point to teach kids about the local culture and history.
Visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum was an immediate intro to what Tampa, Florida was about, from an easy and fun perspective. And you get to learn some stuff you would never know.
For instance, did you know that the first commercial flight in the entire world was from St. Petersburg to Tampa? January 1, 1914 the Mayor of Florida paid $400 (equivalent to almost $10,000 today) for the first flight.
You can get the full scope of the city and how it works.
And since Tampa is on a bay. Water is a huge component and there is a great display teaching all about it as well.
But on the third floor of the museum is a traveling exhibit hall. When I visited it the Wizard of Oz display was there.
Make sure to check the schedules of their traveling exhibits so you can tell your children all about it before arriving.
I learned so much from this museum, that when I did the tour of the city so much fit into place for me.
History of the Glazer Children’s Museum
- It was founded in 1986.
- It first opened as a small storefront in the Floriland Mall.
- The Museum quickly outgrew its location so in 1989, with support from the City of Tampa, it moved into a larger location, just north of Lowry Park.
- It was built to educate children and called Safety Village, provided a series of miniature buildings simulating a small town.
- In January 1999 after renovations the new image was unveiled as 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
Phone: 813 443 3861
Address: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa FL 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.
The idea behind it is to give kids the space to learn, imagine, pretend, and grow.
- 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.