The Tampa Bay area offers many Annual Events for young and old, you just have to know when and where they are taking place!

Bay Area Renaissance Festival : The 37th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Journey back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village. Experience live armored jousting, 12 stages of entertainment, 7 theme weekends, and fun and food for the whole family! The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is a first-class experience whose 37th season begins on February 14th and ends on March 29th, 2015. The Festival is open weekends, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Festival is open from 10 am – 6 pm rain or shine. Admission at the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 5-12 $11.95; four and under are free! Parking at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival is always free! Discount tickets are available at participating Walgreens stores and at MOSI.

Spring Break Camp - Hillsborough County - March 9-13 
 Pasco County - March 16 - 20
For parents looking for engaging and interactive activities or childcare during the upcoming spring break, MOSI is offering fun S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)-based programs for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Sci-Fi Super Heroes!
Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Are you faster than a speeding bullet? Can you take down criminals with your super shield? Do you swing from building to building using your web? If you answered yes, then this is the camp for you. Learn about the great heroes that have saved the planet from villains both human and alien. Discover how these brave men and women use their powers, and reveal the super hero within yourself. 
Robo Programmers
4th – 8th Grade
Construct and control robots that will follow your every command! Use code to program your robot as it navigates through a maze, plays sports and competes in other fun robo-engineering challenges.

 National Robotics Week - April 4 – April 10: Celebrate National Robotics Week with MOSI in the inventor’s playground Idea Zone®! Learn how to make your own robot with the help of experienced instructors. Can you build a robot to navigate on alien planets? Compete in fun robo-engineering games and races. This event is included with MOSI admission. 

Festival of Chocolate - April 18 & 19: With chocolate indulgences, a live cake decorating competition and two Cocoa Couture Fashion shows, this year’s Festival of Chocolate cannot be missed. Tickets go on sale Feb. 6. The event features the area’s best chocolate and confection companies selling everything that a chocoholic could dream. Whether it is truffles and cakes or savory items, like chocolate BBQ sauce and meat rubs, there is something for everyone at this year’s festival. Award-winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers will host interactive demonstrations, sharing techniques and tricks of the trade and a live wedding cake competition will give breathtaking artistic sculptures a tasty twist. Chocoholics of all ages will love making chocolate lip balm and the adventurous can try their hand at creating armpit fudge – all in the name of chocolate! MOSI Members receive discounted entry pricing at only $10 a ticket for adults and member children 12 and under can attend free. 

Savage Garden Grand Opening- April 22 9 a.m.: MOSI will celebrate Earth Day with the grand opening of its newest exhibition, the Coleman-Lienhart Savage Garden . The event will be held at MOSI’s BioWorks Butterfly Garden.  The Coleman-Lienhart Savage Garden features a beautiful array of carnivorous plants from around the world. Join MOSI to learn how each plant uses its unique structure to trap and digest insects and small animals for nutrients. This grand opening is for V.I.P. members and will celebrate the dedication of the Coleman-Linehart Savage Garden to the daughters of Jeanne Coleman and Steve Lienhart.

 

 

 

 Children’s Gala- May 2 4- 7 p.m.: This special evening, encourages kids to give change to make change. The evening will take place inside MOSI's Kids In Charge! beginning with a root beer happy hour and fun-filled science for the whole family. Dinner will be served with dessert first, including a build-your-own sundae bar and a variety of kid-perfect dinner options will follow. Admission to the Children’s Gala is your MOSI piggy bank filled with change and includes one parent chaperone (tickets for additional parents or siblings without piggy banks are $10 per person). Piggy banks are free and available at MOSI’s ticket office. Kids are encouraged to stop by MOSI with mom or dad and pick up their free piggy bank, courtesy of the PNC Bank, before April 21. The money they raise will help send another child, who otherwise could not afford it, to Summer Science Camp at MOSI. It all adds up, and there will be a celebration of the culmination of this change campaign at the Children’s Gala on May 2.

Summer Science Camp June 8 – Aug. 21: Where can you launch pumpkins, create video games, mix up slime, design clothes and S.T.E.A.M. up your summer months? Only at MOSI’s Summer Science Camps! There are oodles of camps to choose from with science, technology, engineering, art and math adventures waiting for kids of all ages.

Shark Con 2015 July 11-12: SharkCon is sponsored by the Florida Aquarium. The event has the feel of a comic con with something for everyone who loves the oceans. This is a family friendly event with tons of kids activities. There are presentations from personalities from Discovery Channel's Shark Week, National Geographic, and the world of marine science. There are clinics for those who want to learn to fish, SUP, Scuba Dive, Kayak and surf. There are animals and exhibits from FL Aquarium, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Photo ops with mermaids, Clearwater Threshers mascot, Aquaman and more. Finally there are vendors with products that center around the oceans, from hotels, equipment, art, jewelry, swim wear and a few other things.

Light Up Tampa Bay: Takes place December 31st.  Channelside's official ushering in of the New Year, Light Up Tampa Bay gets folks spirits soaring with great live entertainment, a professional fireworks show and, of course, a Times Square-style "ball drop." In addition to the fun stuff going on outside, many of the bars and restaurants in channelside will be hosting parties of their own. Even the Florida Aquarium gets into the act by throwing its Aqua-Eve party, complete with food and beverage stalls, music and a champagne toast.

Outback Bowl: Footballs be prepared on January 1 of each year! The New Year's Day event pits two college teams against each other in post-season play. Televised around the country, the game has become a local football attraction, with a variety of events centered around it. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, but you'll have to get them early if you plan on attending!

Gasparilla Pirate Festival: ARGGH! Each January/February the city of Tampa is invaded by Pirates. Perhaps Tampa's most-anticipated festival, this event is the city's answer to Mardi Gras. Held in late January or early February, it features a fleet of invading boats, manned by  "pirates" who infiltrate the city and initiate a carnival atmosphere. The event commemorates the state's pirate heritage with elaborate costumes, street parades and entertainment. There's also a brunch, games, rides and activities for spectators of all ages.

Florida State Fair: Every February the State Fair comes to town! This two-week annual event highlights Florida's agricultural life and focuses on livestock expositions and arts and crafts displays. However, there are also tons of rides and concerts and a TON of food. Known as the Southeast's largest fair, Florida's offering has one of the country's largest midways!

Florida Strawberry Festival: Missed the State Fair? Between February 28th- March 9th the Strawberry Festival takes place in Plant City. For ten days each spring, this local festival pays tribute to shortcake's best friend. As you might expect, the tasty fruit is available in a variety of recipes and treats. Country music concerts by big name entertainers are a huge draw, and there's also a pageant, an art show, competitions, cook-offs and numerous games and rides.