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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: Sept. 14-20

The Castle Builder traveling exhibit has arrived at the Glazer Museum and Halloween season gets underway.

1. Glazer Children’s Museum: Hear ye, hear ye, the Glazer Children’s Museum is calling builders of all ages to check out the new traveling exhibit that has landed there called Castle Builder. Kids can start by building their own castle using a Lego station, but they can also view the royal decorations, including a suit of armor made out of toy bricks, and peek through the curtains to view the king’s secret treasure room filled with jewels. Visitors can tour the castle grounds and learn about day-to-day castle life and dress up as princes, princesses, knights or dragons. They can even climb a lookout tower. “Castle Builder gives visitors to the Glazer Children’s Museum the opportunity to test their planning and constructing skills,” said Sarah Cole, president and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum. The exhibit, created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, is on display through Jan. 3. Learn more at Masks are required for anyone over age 2. Admission is $15, $13 ages 1-12. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

At the visiting Castle Builder exhibit at the Glazer Children's Museum, kids will get a chance to build castles themselves after learning about their history and planning. [ Glazer Children's Museum ]

2. Scream-A-Geddon: This will be more for older kids, but the very popular Halloween season event is returning — with some changes to allow for more social distancing. Scream-A-Geddon opened in a remote area of Pasco County on St. Joe Road west of Dade City in 2015 with a group of haunted houses, immediately becoming a popular Halloween attraction. There is also a zombie paintball assault, a carnival midway and a beer garden. Organizers said they benefited from the 20-acre setting, which gives them plenty of space to let guests keep their distance. The haunted houses are considered open-air scare zones because they have no ceilings but the design of the passageways and screens makes it feel like a contained house. Every guest and staffer will get a temperature check upon arrival. Face masks are required except when eating or drinking, and hand sanitizer will be plentiful. The horror park is open on weekends in September and every weekday in October, ending Nov. 1. Admission is $21.95 and up at 27839 St. Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412.

The Scream-A-Geddon horror park in Dade City opens Sept. 11, running weekends through the end of September and then every day in October, ending Nov. 1. It has a carnival midway, beer garden, five haunted houses and. for an additional charge, Zombie Paintball Assault. [ Scream-A-Geddon ]

3. NamaSea Tour: The Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers a one-hour eco-boat tour to check out the local wildlife on Saturday morning to see a bird sanctuary island and take in the fresh morning air. Tours are $16.99 and it leaves the aquarium at 10:15 a.m. Saturday and also Sept. 26. Book tickets at

4. Kennedy Space Center: Though the visitors center is open again, the complex is at reduced capacity and requires all guests and employees to wear masks, and certain attractions like the bus tours and the Apollo/Saturn V Center are still closed. But the center also has some special events. From Tuesday through Thursday, there is a three-day Virtual Camp online that teaches hands-on science and technology to bring home the fun from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. And at the center itself there are several Astronaut Training Experience events that let kids experience the sensation of performing a spacewalk in a microgravity environment, among other training experiences ($175, minimum age 10). For more information, go to Admission is $57 for adults and $47 for children and includes a complimentary ticket to use anytime in 2021.

The space shuttle Discovery on the pad as the sun rises at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in 2005. [ PETER COSGROVE | AP ]

5. Science Saturday: At the St. Pete Pier’s new Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, families with kids in grades 2 through 5 can explore marine science through ocean crafts, guest speakers and activities. Admission is $8, $6 children. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 700 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 291-4103.