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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: May 3-9

Moms get free admission for Mother’s Day weekend at a primate sanctuary, the sunflower maze is back at a Hernando you-pick farm, and Sesame Street weekends are at Busch Gardens.
Pongo the orangutan recently celebrated his 25th birthday at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor. The animal sanctuary is giving moms free admission Saturday and Sunday for Mother's Day weekend.
Pongo the orangutan recently celebrated his 25th birthday at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor. The animal sanctuary is giving moms free admission Saturday and Sunday for Mother's Day weekend. [ SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY ]
Published May 3

1. Mother’s Day at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary: Moms get free admission Saturday and Sunday with any other paid admission at the sanctuary, which is home for more than 120 chimpanzees, orangutans, monkeys, reptiles, birds and more. There will be free tea and cookies as well. Social distancing is required. $15, $10 ages 3-10, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. (727) 943-5897. suncoastprimate.org.

2. Party for the Planet: The Florida Aquarium has lined up a variety of in-person and virtual events running through June 8 in celebration of Earth Day, Endangered Species Day (May 21) and World Oceans Day (June 8). Families can learn how to celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity, take conservation action and connect with nature through conservation presentations and environmental stewardship activities. Included with admission. See flaquarium.org/party-for-the-planet to learn more. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000.

Kids race through the sunflower maze at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown in 2011. The farm has once again set up the maze as well as hay rides and other activities. But you have to buy a time slot to visit to allow for social distancing.
Kids race through the sunflower maze at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown in 2011. The farm has once again set up the maze as well as hay rides and other activities. But you have to buy a time slot to visit to allow for social distancing. [ HERNANDO TODAY PHOTO BY HAYLEY M | Hernando Today ]

3. Sweetfields Farm Sunflower Maze: The spring sunflower maze has opened at the you-pick farm a few miles south of Brooksville. The maze is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 30. In addition to wandering through the sunflowers, there will be hayrides, a tree house, pedal tractor, tumbleweed rollers, jumbo foosball, pitcher pump duck races, access to picking fields and visits with live animals. Tickets are sold in time slots to allow for social distancing and to limit crowds in the maze at one time. $9.75, 2 and younger free. Go to sweetfieldsfarm.com to select a timed ticket. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977.

Each Saturday and Sunday through May 23, Busch Gardens has special themed weekends with crafts, dance parties, daily story times and outdoor, live performances with the Sesame Street gang.
Each Saturday and Sunday through May 23, Busch Gardens has special themed weekends with crafts, dance parties, daily story times and outdoor, live performances with the Sesame Street gang. [ Busch Gardens ]

4. Sesame Street Kids Weekends: Each Saturday and Sunday through May 23, Busch Gardens has special themed weekends with crafts, dance parties, daily story times and outdoor live performances. This week’s theme is Cookie Monster Weekend, where kids can search for Cookie Monster’s favorite treat and also decorate a wearable cookie crown. There will be a craft tent, a flower-filled maze set up on the Festival Field and photo opportunities with the Sesame Street gang. Special activities are offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Included with admission. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com.

The royal joust performances are held at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, which continues on weekends through May 23 at Dade City's Withlacoochee River Park. Each week brings a special theme and the faux 16th century European village features four stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes.
The royal joust performances are held at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, which continues on weekends through May 23 at Dade City's Withlacoochee River Park. Each week brings a special theme and the faux 16th century European village features four stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes. [ Tampa Bay Times (2014) ]

5. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Huzzah! The villagers of Fittleworth and Queen Katherine Parr and her court continue to reign over Dade City’s Withlacoochee River Park on weekends through May 23. Each week brings a special theme, and this one is the Barbarian Brew Fest with competitions as well as contests like “Best Beard or Mustache” to win some prizes. Meanwhile, the faux 16th century European village features four stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes. More than 100 artisans fill the festival marketplace, and you can watch live armored jousting. $14.95-$22.95. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. (800) 601-4848. bayarearenfest.com.