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Today’s Forecast

91° | Mostly cloudy | 15% chance of rain | Sunrise: 7:16 a.m. | Set: 7:30 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 6:59 p.m. | Low: 12:22 p.m. + 11:28 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 3:05 p.m. | Low: 8:45 a.m. + 8:21 p.m.

 
Get ready for an off-the-charts good day
Children and adults play on slides and a jungle gym at Ballast Point Park
Kids and adults alike enjoy a summer afternoon at Ballast Point Park’s playground. |Bailey LeFever
Sorry, but — NO ADULTS ALLOWED — this one is for the kids. Grown-ups, please hand this over to your little one. Got it, kiddo? Let’s plan a family day together. Here’s a fun schedule for you to try.

Morning

Be a chef and cook breakfast for the adults at home. The night before, ask your family to choose from one of these recipes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if any of the instructions seem confusing.

While you eat, talk about your plan for the day. Ask your family to help you prepare a backpack with things you’ll need. We suggest bringing:
🍫 Plenty of snacks like granola bars
💧 A water bottle
🧢 A hat

If you have time before heading to lunch, play at a playground like Ballast Point Park near Bayshore Boulevard.

Afternoon

For lunch, head to Daily Eats for Cap’N Crunch French Toast and old school diner vibes. After you’ve filled your belly, spend the afternoon exploring Glazer Children’s Museum. What are you looking forward to most? Looking up at the giant kaleidoscope and its colorful beauty? Or building and creating in the Engineers’ Workshop?

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A kiddo takes a peek into the imaginative kaleidoscope.

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Photo via Glazer Children’s Museum

Evening

Wrap up the day with a family dinner. Head to one of our local farmers markets to pick out foods you can make together. Over dinner, talk about everything you did today. Ask questions like:

🧠 What was something new you learned?
🤡 What was something funny that happened?
👀 What would we do differently if we did that again?
👍 What do you definitely want to do again? (And again and again…)

Grown-ups — send us more family-friendly recommendations and we may just feature them in an upcoming newsletter.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Ladies Heights Happy Hour Oktoberfest | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 5:30 p.m. | Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Ave., Tampa | Price of purchase | Head to the Heights spot for conversation with other women + non-binary and female-identifying folks, and enjoy German beers and specials like sausages and authentic sauerkraut.
  • Mayor Welch’s City Hall on Tour: Stop #3 | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | St. Pete residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and address concerns with the mayor and other key city leaders.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Florida Conversations: Florida History is Latino History | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa | Free | Join a discussion about the importance of Florida history within the national understanding of Latino history.
  • Tampa Terrors Ghost Tour | Wednesday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Oct. 29 | Times vary | Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa | $21-$30 | Meet at the historic theater for a spooky tour of eight to twelve eerie locations in Downtown Tampa.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Barre with The Bar Method | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | Free | This workout class blends ballet, yoga, and Pilates for a high intensity, low impact full body workout.
Friday, Sept. 22
  • Blue Jays vs. Rays | Friday, Sept. 22 | Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg | $10-$253 | Head over to the Trop to root on the Rays and maybe nosh on a little soft serve.
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News Notes
 
Sports
  • Rays fans can expect to get some answers about what’s going on with the new stadium today. The MLB team is set to make a major announcement about the stadium deal today — we’ll keep you posted. Here’s our look at what the development plan includes. (Tampa Bay Times)
Development
  • Something new is going up in the Gas Worx area. Construction has begun on Canvas GWX, an “industrial chic” townhome project. Once finished, the complex will feature 2,000+ sqft-units complete with rooftop terraces and community green space. (That’s So Tampa)
Opening
  • Hippes welcome. The Hippie Shack, a retro eatery + bar, is opening in the old Sea Hags location (9555 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach) this October. The waterfront spot will serve hand-crafted cocktails and host live music and dancing. (I Love the Burg)
Coming Soon
  • What’s that rising up over Mirror Lake? The new 18-story Reflection tower (located at 8th St. and 3rd Ave. N.) has topped out — meaning construction is more than halfway complete on the 88-unit luxury building. Residents will be able to move in next summer. (St. Pete Catalyst)
Eat
  • Beijing House is back. After a fire destroyed the popular Tampa eatery, the BENTO Group donated a new location to the brand at 5103 E. Fowler Ave. Follow the eatery on Instagram for updates. (That’s So Tampa)
Ranked
  • No. 89. That’s where USF fell on U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the country’s top universities. This is the highest rank yet for the Tampa Bay institution — and bumps the school up eight rungs from last year. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Pro Tip
  • #TerraceTabletop: The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, and The Terrace Hotel & Grille’s team is ready to help you create an unforgettable and magical holiday celebration. Explore the hotel’s on-site restaurant menus and multiple spaces that can accommodate business meetings, private dinners, special celebrations + more.*
 
 
Answered
 
Yesterday we asked “Which Downtown Tampa attraction would you most like to live by?” and here’s what you said:
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One of the best ways to end the day is with a walk or bike ride down the Riverwalk .

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Photo via @visittampabay

🥇 83.9 % of readers said they’d most like to live close to our award-winning Tampa Riverwalk. The path features 2.6 scenic miles of walking and biking space right off the Hillsborough River...so we get it.
🥈 Amalie Arena, the Florida Aquarium, and the Straz Center for Performing Arts all tied for second place — securing five percent of the vote each.
 
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The Wrap
 
Bailey Lefever in a park near a pond Today’s edition by:
Bailey
From the editor
I am so excited for Elevenses “Gilmore Girls” themed pop-up menu this week. The bakery’s menu hasn’t been released yet, but I’m sure there will be ample Lorelai and Rory-themed macarons to delight.
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