Bring your pup to Mutts & Martini’s massive puppy pool to cool off this weekend. | Photo by TBAYtoday
We can agree on one thing. It’s been a steamy couple of weeks in Tampa Bay. Ahhh, summer is here.
Now that the school year’s over, we’d like to bring you some suggestions for cooling off with the kiddos — or without.
Splash in style at Kate Jackson’s lion fountain splash pad. The stone predators spray you with cool water, and there’s a playground + ample parking so you can chill out all afternoon.
Race down the slides while being sprayed with mist at Tarpon Springs Splash Park. The nautical-themed playground also is home to stingrays and a manatee that spew surf.
Cool off from a walk down Bayshore with a visit to Ballast Point’s splash pad. The pad has flowers that spray water + overhead buckets that overflow onto the kiddies. Plus, you can stop by Taste of Boston at the park afterward for a seafood feast or scoop of ice cream.
The St. Pete Pier is the ultimate place for the whole fam to cool off. There’s a huge splash pad to romp through, lounge chairs to keep an eye on the kids, and fresh lemonade for sale at the next-door concession stand.
Looking for a full day of summer fun? You could spend hours at Carrollwood Village Park with its massive splash pad, arboretum, skate park, and challenge course.
Meet the big kahuna. At Tampa’s Water Works Park, a bucket fills with water and dumps it on its eager recipients. Plus, there’s ample picnic tables and greenspace beside the park for hosting birthday parties or playdates. Pro tip: sometimes manatees pull up the nearby Hillsborough River.
We’d be remiss not to include the pups. Mutts & Martinis just opened this past weekend in St. Petersburg. The Central Avenue spot has a massive puppy pool — and a covered bar with lots of icy drinks.
Did we miss your favorite sudsy spot? Let us know, we may just put it in the newsletter.
Memorial Day Special | Monday, May 29 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The James Museum, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | Free | Veterans, active military, Gold Star, and Blue Star Families receive free admission.
Memorial Day Barbecue | Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m. | Bayboro Brewing, 2390 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Kick off the afternoon with a performance from Cross Junction, a raffle, a silent auction, and an art exhibition by No Good Deeds Art — veterans enjoy an open tab.
Memorial Day Solemn Salute| Monday, May 29 | 6-7 p.m. | Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave., Clearwater | Free | Honor fallen soldiers with a salute and remarks from retired 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack Tilly.
Tuesday, May 30
Tampa Tarpons vs. Bradenton Marauders | Tuesday, May 30-Sunday, June 4 | Times vary | George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Dr., Tampa | $2-$12 | Grab a ballpark frank and watch the Tarpons take on the Marauders.
Wednesday, May 31
Breakfast Briefing | Wednesday, May 31 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Caspers Company, 4908 W. Nassau St., Tampa | Free | Join the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce for a hurricane preparedness presentation from Commissioner Harry Cohen and other county leaders.
Backyard Chickens 101 | Wednesday, May 31 | 2-4 p.m. | UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, 5339 County Rd. 579, Seffner | $10 | Aspiring or new chicken parents will learn about chicken coops, zoning regulations, and nutrition.
Thursday, June 1
Pride Flag Raising | Thursday, June 1 | 10-11 a.m. | St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th St. N., St. Petersburg | Free | St. Pete leaders kick off this year’s Pride Month celebration.
George Lopez | Thursday, June 1, Thursday, June 1 | Times vary | Seminole Hard Rock, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa | $91-$396 | The legendary comic performs on his “Omg Hi!” comedy tour.
28. That’s where Lawn Love ranked Tampa on its “Best Cities for Burger Lovers” list. They’ve got nothin’ on this beef. The rankings considered factors like the available vendors, consumer ratings, and awards. (That’s So Tampa)
Kahwa just released its latest artist collaboration. Last week, the beanery unveiled a tin coffee can decorated by Florida artist Frederick “Rootman” Woods. The cans are now on sale + benefit the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. (I Love the Burg)
Calling all Yuengling aficionados. The revamped Yuengling Draft Haus & Kitchen is opening soon. And it’s more than a brewery — the property will include a hotel, restaurant, and beer garden. Read up on the transformation. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Looking for a week of enrichment for your kids this summer? Sur La Table has cooking camps little chefs will love, teaching everything from rolling sushi to kneading homemade pizza dough. Camps run May through August — browse and sign up.*
The massive, years-in-the-making renovation cost more than $1.7 million. Additions include large and small dog parks, a shade structure, picnic tables, an exercise trail with fitness equipment, pickleball courts, basketball court lighting, and more. You get the picture — it’s a whole new vibe.
Tampa leaders will host a reopening ceremony today at 10 a.m. Plus, there’s a community celebration with ‘family-friendly activities’ after the ribbon-cutting.