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5 things to do in Tampa Bay with kids this week: June 8-14

The Dunedin sprayground reopens, as does Glazer Children’s Museum. Or try hunting geocaches.

More attractions and family entertainment venues are continuing to reopen. If you decide to venture out, we recommend following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, like washing your hands often and wearing a mask. Otherwise, we have a calendar of virtual events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

1. Dunedin Sprayground: The city of Dunedin has reopened the Kiwanis Sprayground, in a limited capacity, in Highlander Park. The popular splash pad will be open in hourly blocks to 25 people at a time. The 3,000-square-foot sprayground is free, but you need a reservation to visit. The hourly blocks are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will be screened before entering, and you must make a reservation either online via Eventbrite or by calling (727) 298-3266. Highlander Park, 903 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

The Kiwanis Sprayground in Dunedin has reopened with limited hours and capacity. The 3,000-square-foot splash pad in Highlander Park has set up a system on Eventbrite or by phone to reserve a time to visit.
The Kiwanis Sprayground in Dunedin has reopened with limited hours and capacity. The 3,000-square-foot splash pad in Highlander Park has set up a system on Eventbrite or by phone to reserve a time to visit. [ "LUIS SANTANA | TIMES" | Times (2016) ]

2. Glazer Children’s Museum: The hands-on children’s museum is one of the last local attractions to reopen. They said they had to make a lot of changes but feel compelled to provide children with some much-needed outings. Among the steps the museum took are limiting capacity to 25 percent and using a timed admission system. Members will still receive free admission but will need to reserve their space on the same system. There will be enhanced cleaning, and both staff and adult guests will be required to wear masks. Also, the museum will remove exhibits that are difficult to clean and replace handheld props with clean ones four times a day. Admission is $15, $13 children ages 1-12, $12.50 seniors/active military/educators/first responders, free for members and children younger than 1. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.

Related: Glazer Children's Museum reopens at reduced capacity
After finding a geocache, in this case a small pill bottle hidden in Weedon Island Preserve, the finder will see the names and dates of groups who have gone on the same hunt. Etiquette says to sign the log and put it back in its hiding place. Hunters also exchange small treasures found inside the cache.
After finding a geocache, in this case a small pill bottle hidden in Weedon Island Preserve, the finder will see the names and dates of groups who have gone on the same hunt. Etiquette says to sign the log and put it back in its hiding place. Hunters also exchange small treasures found inside the cache. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times (2007) ]

3. Geocaching: If you are looking for an outdoor activity that requires little interaction with other people, give geocaching a try. It’s fun for all ages, from toddlers to college kids. And smartphones have made this hobby even easier. It’s a high-tech treasure hunt using GPS — the Global Positioning System signals from orbiting satellites — to find a hidden box, or a pill bottle, or even a tiny bullet-sized microcache. Inside you’ll find a paper log where you can record the day your family found it. The bigger caches will have a collection of whimsical items, and the etiquette is to take a treasure, maybe a marble, and leave one, like a keychain or small toy. Once you have downloaded any of the many free Geocaching apps, you’ll be surprised to find hundreds, if not thousands, of hidden treasures all across the area’s parks, church grounds and public spaces. This plays well into social distancing, as one of the cardinal rules is to play it cool and avoid detection from “muggles” in the park who should remain unaware of what you are up to. Go to geocaching.com/play.

Adventure Island waterpark, located across the street from Busch Gardens in Tampa, recently debuted Solar Vortex, touted as “America’s first dual tailspin water slide.” It opened to the public on March 14, but then the park and all Florida's theme parks closed on March 16. It reopens June 11.
Adventure Island waterpark, located across the street from Busch Gardens in Tampa, recently debuted Solar Vortex, touted as “America’s first dual tailspin water slide.” It opened to the public on March 14, but then the park and all Florida's theme parks closed on March 16. It reopens June 11. [ Adventure Island ]

4. Adventure Island: The Tampa water park next to Busch Gardens reopens on Thursday after more than two months of closure because of COVID-19. New this year is a color-changing dual tailspin water slide called Solar Vortex. The park will be closed Mondays through Wednesdays until the end of season in October and riders will be limited to one party per raft. Chairs will also be spaced apart and the park will limit capacity in pools and rivers to enhance distancing. Admission starts at $50.99; $60.99 for unlimited admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday at 10001 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. adventureisland.com.

5. Bishop Museum of Science and Nature: Bradenton’s science and natural history museum has reopened with limited hours and capacity, enhanced cleaning and timed tickets for visitors. Exhibits that are open include the natural history museum, the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat and the special exhibition “Myakka River: A Florida Treasure,” featuring works from renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. The museum is still offering its Bishop From Home series for those who don’t want to venture out. At 3 p.m. on Saturdays, the museum continues its Tales Under the Tree series, a special story time for kids on its Facebook page broadcast from outside the museum in the shade of trees. Each week features a different children’s book. Admission has been reduced to $16, $12 ages 12-17, $10 ages 5-11 at bishopscience.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. 201 10th St. W, Bradenton.

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