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

Learn about Florida history at Cracker Country, get $5 admission to a glass art museum and see a free family drive-in movie.
An actor at Cracker Country handcarves a duck decoy at Tampa's only living history museum.
An actor at Cracker Country handcarves a duck decoy at Tampa's only living history museum. [ EMILIE PLANTS | Times (2011) ]
Published Jun. 22, 2020

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. Cracker Country: Tampa’s only living history museum has reopened on select Saturdays and it is providing a summer camp for kids to explore Florida history at the museum and at home. Set on the grounds of the Florida State Fairgrounds, you can immerse yourself in the life of a 19th century Florida pioneer at the authentic buildings that show the life, trade, commerce and transportation of rural Florida just before the turn of the 20th century. Ages 6 to 12 can pick up a summer camp box that includes two admission tickets to Cracker Country, a book, stuffed animal, toy, snack and an activity packet. Advanced purchase is required to visit between 10 a.m. and noon to explore the museum and to pick up your box. Three different boxes are available: A Land Remembered (June 27), Swampland (July 11) and Strawberry Girl (July 25). $35. Register for tickets at floridastatefair.ticketspice.com/summer-camp-in-a-box. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 627-4225.

This house is one of the many authentic dwellings at Cracker Country, Tampa's only living history museum.
This house is one of the many authentic dwellings at Cracker Country, Tampa's only living history museum. [ Times (2010) ]

2. Summer Sunday Special: A $5 summer admission special returns to see the beautiful glass art in the Imagine Museum. Admission is normally $15. The 35,000-square-foot museum was opened in January 2018 by Trish Duggan, a longtime artist and enthusiastic collector of American glass art. Studio glass is a fairly recent movement in the scope of glass art. The museum guides you through the history of the movement in America, showcasing developments in work from the genre’s superstars. A special running through Aug. 30, the museum offers $5 admission that you can purchase at imaginemuseum.com. It is open noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700.

A $5 summer admission special returns to see the beautiful glass art in the Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg every Sunday through the end of August.
A $5 summer admission special returns to see the beautiful glass art in the Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg every Sunday through the end of August. [ Times (2018) ]

3. Train Show: For hobbyists, vendors will be on hand selling model trains, die-cast cars and other collectibles. There will also be a running layout for kids to play with. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Admission is $3, 12 and younger free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Christ Lutheran Church, 3451 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 244-1341.

4. Free Family Movie Night: Pack the family in the car for a drive-in style viewing of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Takes place in the south parking lot. Free. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Gulf High School, 5355 School Road, New Port Richey. (727) 841-4560.

Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, left, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." There will be a free drive-in style viewing of the movie Saturday at Gulf High School in New Port Richey.
Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, left, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." There will be a free drive-in style viewing of the movie Saturday at Gulf High School in New Port Richey. [ LUCASFILM | Associated Press ]

5. Hillsborough County Virtual Recreation: You don’t have to be there in person to enjoy Hillsborough County library and recreation center activities. Most activities can be found online and are updated weekly to keep the family entertained. Find it at HCFLGov.net/VirtualRec. It has sections on Get Active with fitness challenges and a virtual scavenger hunt; Get Adaptive with calming sensory play and art therapy; and Get Creative with detailed instructions on crafts and drawing lessons. Free. (813) 272-5900.

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