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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: June 28-July 4

It’s Free Tuesday at the Glazer Children’s Museum, fireworks return to Disney World and it’s $1 Splash Days at city pools.
Isabelle Hayes of South Tampa plays in the toy trolley at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s new exhibition, "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.
Isabelle Hayes of South Tampa plays in the toy trolley at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s new exhibition, "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month. [ MENGSHIN LIN | Times ]
Published Jun. 28

1. Children’s Board Free Tuesday: The Glazer Children’s Museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month. Due to the popularity of this event, the museum requires registration to limit the number of attendees and allow for social distancing. While you are there, check out the new play area based on the popular PBS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The visiting exhibit, created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, runs through Sept. 6. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. 813-443-3861. Register at glazermuseum.org/freetuesdays.

For 42 years, participants in the Kiwanis Midnight Run have lined up to run and walk on the Dunedin Causeway for July 4. The race, shown here in 2004, raises money to supply aid for schools and children in need.
For 42 years, participants in the Kiwanis Midnight Run have lined up to run and walk on the Dunedin Causeway for July 4. The race, shown here in 2004, raises money to supply aid for schools and children in need. [ CLIFFORD, DOUGLAS R. | Times (2004) ]

2. Kiwanis Midnight Run: Every Fourth of July, people dress in red, white and blue and even paint their faces like the American flag for a 1-mile, 5K or 10K race over the Dunedin Causeway. (Last year’s event went virtual.) The race begins at 11:15 p.m. July 3 and ends in the cool air after midnight July 4. There is also a virtual version of the event, which raises money to provide aid to schools and children in need. It’s $20-$40 at kiwanismidnightrun.com. The live race starts and ends at Frenchy’s Outpost Bar and Grill, 466 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin. 727-298-3010.

3. $1 Splash Days: The city of St. Petersburg’s neighborhood pools are celebrating July 4 with $1 Splash Days, including Northwest Pool, 2331 60th St. N; Childs Park, 1227 43rd St. S; and Fossil Park Pool, 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. It’s $1 per person, and the pools will be open from noon to 4:15 p.m. Sunday. To find a pool near you, visit stpeteparksrec.org or call 727-893-7441.

4. Train Rides: All ages can climb aboard an accurately modeled scale locomotive for a 1-mile loop through Largo Central Park’s lush scenery, tunnel and a waterfall pond. Free (donations appreciated). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.

Hundreds of guests watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show in front of Cinderella Castle in July 2018 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando. The park will resume its nightly firework shows July 1.
Hundreds of guests watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show in front of Cinderella Castle in July 2018 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando. The park will resume its nightly firework shows July 1. [ Tampa Bay Times (2018) ]

5. Disney fireworks return: After more than a year in the near dark, the skies over the Magic Kingdom and Epcot will once again light up with nightly fireworks shows starting Thursday. One of the most popular features at the theme parks ended when they closed last March because of COVID-19. When the attractions reopened last July, they did so without pyrotechnics and parades to discourage big crowds from gathering. The decision was the latest move by Disney to lift restrictions implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19. But note that Disney World continues to require date-specific reservations for park admission. All visitors, vaccinated or not, are also still required to wear face coverings on buses, monorails and the resort’s aerial gondola.