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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: March 22-28

A summer camp expo brings a variety of local, virtual and overnight camp options, the flowers are blooming at Bok Tower and the zoo celebrates World Down Syndrome Day.
At a summer camp expo on Saturday at the Shops at Wiregrass, parents can meet with more than 40 local, virtual, overnight, special-needs camps, health resources and local family-friendly businesses.
At a summer camp expo on Saturday at the Shops at Wiregrass, parents can meet with more than 40 local, virtual, overnight, special-needs camps, health resources and local family-friendly businesses. [ Times (2008) ]
Published Mar. 22
Updated Mar. 22

1. Healthy Family and Summer Camp Expo: An outdoor expo will be set up at the Shops at Wiregrass where parents can meet face to face with more than 40 local, virtual, overnight, special-needs camps, health resources and local family-friendly businesses. The event includes an Easter treasure hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, giveaways, a photo booth, character visits, educational workshops, door prizes and entertainment. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 5410 Lookout Pass, Wesley Chapel. 208-351-7257.

2. Straz Jazz Project: Cukiara Bomba Dance and Drumming Group: For more than five years, Cukiara Bomba Dance and Drumming Group has worked in schools and at festivals around the United States sharing stories of the diaspora and Afro-Puerto Rican culture. This showcase of folkloric song, dance and drums of Bomba, a West African practice, was brought to the Caribbean and blended with European and indigenous cultures. The performance takes place outside on the Riverwalk. Seating is socially distanced and masks are required. It’s free, but tickets are required to limit crowd size. 7 p.m. Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827. Get tickets at strazcenter.org.

Dee Dee and her baby orangutan at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. The zoo is offering a ticket deal for special needs families on Sunday.
Dee Dee and her baby orangutan at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. The zoo is offering a ticket deal for special needs families on Sunday. [ MATT MARRIOTT FOR TAMPA'S LOWRY | Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo ]

3. World Down Syndrome Day Celebration: Families with children with disabilities can join other families for a day at the zoo. Tickets include lunch, McDonald’s toys and a vintage T-shirt. $10, $25 family four-pack. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. 813-245-2782. Get tickets at friendssupport.org.

4. Cirque Italia Water Circus: The multicultural, Cirque-style show with water elements features low-wire acts, juggling, contortion and the wheel of death. This year’s theme is the 1950s with sock hops and greased hair. Masks are required. Gloves are recommended. Audience capacity is limited. $10-$50. Shows run Thursday through Sunday. Grove Theater and Entertainment Center, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. 941-704-8572. gold.cirqueitalia.com.

Situated on Florida's highest peninsular point, Bok Tower Gardens has a 205-foot tower boasting 57 bells that play regular concerts. Now is an ideal time to visit this elaborate garden and bird sanctuary in Lake Wales with its many spring flowers in bloom.
Situated on Florida's highest peninsular point, Bok Tower Gardens has a 205-foot tower boasting 57 bells that play regular concerts. Now is an ideal time to visit this elaborate garden and bird sanctuary in Lake Wales with its many spring flowers in bloom. [ Bok Tower Gardens ]

5. Bok Tower Gardens: Now is an ideal time to visit the elaborate garden and bird sanctuary in Lake Wales with its many spring flowers in bloom. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., a landscape architect who also helped design the National Mall, Jefferson Memorial and White House grounds. The garden was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on Feb. 1, 1929. In addition to the garden, there is a 205-foot Singing Tower with carillon bells that play at 1 and 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The gardens are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last admission at 5. $15, $5 age 5-12. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org. There is currently a series of outdoor concerts. This Friday at 7 p.m. features “A Tribute to Miles Davis” by the Paul Gavin Quartet ($40-$48, $36 members).