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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: June 21-27

Busch Gardens now has daily fireworks, Baby Shark swims to the stage and families can go on a pirate adventure.
Busch Gardens has made its new end-of-night show “Spark” a nightly event that can be viewed every evening through Aug. 8. The show will then switch back to weekends only through Labor Day. “Spark” is Busch Gardens’ largest fireworks display ever, with lasers, pyrotechnics and water elements.
Busch Gardens has made its new end-of-night show “Spark” a nightly event that can be viewed every evening through Aug. 8. The show will then switch back to weekends only through Labor Day. “Spark” is Busch Gardens’ largest fireworks display ever, with lasers, pyrotechnics and water elements. [ Busch Gardens ]
Published Jun. 21
Updated Jun. 21

1. Busch Gardens fireworks: The Tampa theme park has been hosting Summer Nights, with special hours, foods and fireworks, on weekends since May 28. But it has now made its new end-of-night show “Spark” a nightly event that can be viewed every evening through Aug. 8. The show will then switch back to weekends only through Labor Day. “Spark” is Busch Gardens’ largest fireworks display ever, with lasers and water elements. It’s included in regular park admission. buschgardenstampa.com.

2. Baby Shark Live: We apologize in advance because even seeing the title of that show has already made that infectious earworm tunnel deeply into your brain. But if you have a toddler, a live show based on Pinkfong’s viral dance song means you know the tune. (All together now, Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo.) In the live show, follow the sea adventures of Baby Shark as he joins his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through classic songs. $43.25-$63.25. 2 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

This is a still from a Baby Shark video on YouTube. The show with the viral song is now a live show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
This is a still from a Baby Shark video on YouTube. The show with the viral song is now a live show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. [ YouTube ]

3. Pirates and Princesses Cruise: The Lost Pearl ship that cruises the Hillsborough River is bringing back its series of pirate-themed cruises so families can dress in costume and board the ship for a 90-minute cruise with pirate and princess tales. Find out if the princess can persuade the thieving pirate to return the Lost Pearl while playing interactive pirate games. Cash bar available for ages 21 and older. $39.95, $34.95 ages 2-12, $14.95 1 and younger. Cruises this week are at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 813-559-1804. tampapirateship.com.

4. Family Adventure Race: This family-friendly obstacle course event also includes T-shirts, finishers medals, post-race refreshments and dental kits. Benefits YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign. $55 family, $25 individual. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Bob Sierra YMCA Youth & Family Center, 4015 Ragg Road, Tampa. 813-962-3220. secure.qgiv.com/for/bsyfar.

5. Train and Toy Show: Vendors will be on hand to sell various model trains, toys and die-cast cars. Bring the kids to see a running train layout. Social distancing required and masks are recommended. $5, 12 and younger free. 9 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday. Christ Lutheran Church, 3451 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-244-1341. regalrailways.com.