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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: April 12-18

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is moving to Dade City, you can see sand sculptors at work for Earth Day on St. Pete Beach and there’s a spring festival in Pinellas Park.
A royal joust performance will be among the features of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. The popular medieval festival is moving this year from its longtime home at MOSI in Tampa to Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. It runs weekends through May 23.
A royal joust performance will be among the features of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. The popular medieval festival is moving this year from its longtime home at MOSI in Tampa to Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. It runs weekends through May 23. [ Tampa Bay Times (2014) ]
Published Apr. 12
Updated Apr. 12

1. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: The popular medieval festival is moving this year from its longtime home at MOSI in Tampa to Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. Join the villagers of Fittleworth and Queen Katherine Parr and her court as they invite one and all to the magical 16th century European village featuring four stages of entertainment with musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes. More than 100 artisans will fill the festival marketplace and you can watch live armored jousting over six themed weekends through May 23. $14.95-$22.95. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. 800-601-4848. bayarearenfest.com.

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival will have performers, a marketplace and medieval entertainment and shopping on weekends through May 23. The popular medieval festival is moving this year from its longtime home at MOSI in Tampa to Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City.
The Bay Area Renaissance Festival will have performers, a marketplace and medieval entertainment and shopping on weekends through May 23. The popular medieval festival is moving this year from its longtime home at MOSI in Tampa to Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. [ Times (2015) ]

2. Earth Day Sand Sculpting: Watch the action as sculptors from Sanding Ovations use 80 tons of sand to create a 25th Earth Day masterpiece on April 22 and 23 on the beach near the hotel Don CeSar Hotel. On April 25, you can sign up on eventbrite for sand-sculpting lessons from Sanding Ovations. It’s $100 for up to five people to learn how to sculpt their own sand masterpiece at the Don CeSar beachfront. It’s free to watch the sand sculptors at work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22-23. Don CeSar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-360-1881.

3. Sacred Heart Spring Festival: Bring the family to this annual festival with amusement rides, food, music, games, a flea market, live entertainment and prizes. CDC guidelines must be followed. Free admission, with ride wristbands available for $12-$75. 6-11 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pinellas Park, 7951 46th Way N. 727-541-4447. sacredheartfestival.com.

The Sacred Heart Spring Festival returns to Pinellas Park April 14-18. The event includes food, drinks, games, rides, entertainment and raffle prizes.
The Sacred Heart Spring Festival returns to Pinellas Park April 14-18. The event includes food, drinks, games, rides, entertainment and raffle prizes. [ CERRI, LARA | Times (2009) ]

4. NBP Rec Day: Families can get out on the water with their choice of equipment and switch it out at their whim at Nathan Benderson Park’s Rec Day on Saturday and also April 21. There are kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, a pedal pontoon boat and a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). It runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 per person, $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children 6 and younger. Family maximum $35 for households of five or more. Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. nathanbendersonpark.org/recdays.

5. World Circus Day: This daylong salute to circus art includes performances by the Circus Arts Conservatory (1 and 3 p.m.), circus-themed food and drinks, learning activities and screenings of Under the Big Top with Buster Bailey. Masks and social distancing are required on Ringling grounds. $25, $23 seniors, 17 and younger free (this event only). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.