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|Former name||Kid City, Children's Museum of Tampa|
|Location||110 W. Gasparilla Plaza
The Glazer Children's Museum is a children's museum located in downtown Tampa, Florida, next to the Tampa Museum of Art and Curtis Hixon Park, alongside the Tampa Riverwalk. It is part of the Waterfront Arts District.
The Glazer Children's Museum promotes learning through hands-on, interactive play. The majority of the establishment's effort is focused on visitor experience and educational programming, offering a variety of programs ranging from formal curriculum-based classes for visiting schools or informal workshops for visiting families to camps and specialized programs.
Housed in a 53,000-square-foot facility in downtown Tampa, the museum features 170 interactive exhibits in multiple themed areas. Exhibits are designed to engage children in the process of discovery through play. Traveling exhibits occasionally supplement the museum's permanent collection as well. These temporary exhibits are meant to create an additional level of engagement for visitors and enhance the guests' educational experience.
The mission of Glazer Children's Museum is to create learning environments where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.
The Children's Museum of Tampa, Inc. was founded in 1986 by dedicated community volunteers and with support of many private and public partners. The Children's Museum of Tampa served children and families in the Tampa Bay Area for over two decades. From humble beginnings in a small storefront location, the museum provided exhibits that gave children a safe place to learn and play.
In 1989, with support from the City of Tampa, the museum relocated next to the city zoo. This site operated under the name Kid City and consisted of a series of outdoor miniature buildings simulating a small town. From 1989 to 2003, Kid City was an ideal space for the museum to provide curriculum centered on the value of community. Kid City served over 750,000 visitors from the Tampa Bay Area and became an important part of the cultural and educational fabric of the community.
In 2003, museum volunteers and staff began looking at the next step of expansion to meet the needs of its community. After conducting a feasibility study and gathering input from more than 400 people, plans were drawn for a new 53,000-square-foot state-of-the-art children's museum in downtown Tampa's new Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. After a $22 million capital campaign to build the new building, the museum opened in September 2010 as Glazer Children's Museum. In its first year of operation, the museum served 250,000 guests, donated more than 25,000 admission tickets to underserved youth populations, and saw approximately 26,000 children during school field trips and educational programs.
In 2012, Glazer Children's Museum was the recipient of WEDU's Be More Award for Outstanding Educational Outreach and the Tampa Downtown Partnership Urban Excellence Award. That year, it was also recognized as the Tampa Bay Business Journal Arts Culture and Humanities Non-Profit of the Year.
One of the museum's most popular attractions, KidsPort is a huge water table where children can explore activities from navigating through a shipping channel to loading and unloading cargo. Children can imagine themselves as dockworkers or harbor pilots, and can move boats, build bridges and explore the importance of how water moves.
Tug Boat Tots
This exhibit provides tactile exploration in a safe and dedicated space for children under 3 and their caregivers. Children can explore a tug boat, play at fishing, or enjoy a story under a huge oak tree!
A 35 foot tall climbing structure designed to educate children about the water cycle. Kids can pretend to be a water droplet making its way through the ecosystem and even encounter bugs and other animals.
Kids can pilot their own ship to exotic destinations, and even make a stop to dig for buried treasure!
Telemundo Tampa Exhibit Hall
This hall houses the museum's traveling exhibits. Traveling exhibits help keep the museum exciting. The museum's goal is to create as many learning opportunities as possible, and traveling exhibits help ensure that.
This high energy activity space gets kids up and moving. Kids can see how they measure up to physical challenges such as strength, endurance, and speed by using our mini-climbing wall, becoming a virtual athlete, or racing animals in the jungle!
This exhibit is the perfect workshop for young inventors and all the children who always want to know just how things work. Kids can generate electricity, design airplanes and learn all about the fun of engineering.
Design + Build
In this exhibit, kids can become architects and designers. Our house is always ready for renovation and constructions. Kids can operate a giant crane, or even redesign downtown Tampa. This exhibit also contains Tot's Construction, a dedicated area for children under three.
This "media zone" gives kids the chance to explore high- and low-tech communications, language, and media in a hands-on way. Visitors can control the news cameras in the control center, or even give a weather report in front of a blue screen.
Kids have the chance to swoop and soar over Tampa Bay in a replica 1900s biplane.
My House, Your House
This specially designed multi-cultural house allows children to explore the world through food, stories, art and music. Neighboring Twinkle Stars Theater allows children to create their own play, or experiment with lights and sounds.
In Art Smart kids can let their creative sides loose. Visitors can make a noodle sculpture, write with light, create a kaleidoscope, or even have their own dance party. In the Art Lab, children can participate in more in-depth art explorations.
Kids make the buying choices in this store, all while learning about healthy food choices!
Guests can help animals in need just like a real veterinarian!
Visitors can take a look inside the human body and see how it all works together.
In this kid-sized restaurant, guests can cook up a pizza, ring up orders, or just enjoy a meal with a view!
Children can don safety gear, slide down the fireman's pole, and drive a fire truck through the streets of Tampa!
Children can explore the basics of banking and commerce.
The Glazer Children's Museum offers many recurring programs throughout the year, such as Camp Connect, Sunshine Sunday and Scout Programs.
Camp Connect is the museum's seasonal camp program that focuses on spring, summer, fall and winter activities.
This award-winning program opens the museum outside normal hours for families of children with special needs. Lights and sounds are turned down, specially trained staff and volunteers are on hands, and service providers are available to connect their services with the community need. This creates a 'no-judgment zone' that allows children and families to play comfortable in an environment created especially for them
The Glazer Children's Museum partners with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations, and provides badge workshops and other scout programs to participate in.
Glazer Children's Museum can serve as an event venue with a view of the downtown skyline and the Hillsborough River. Event types range from children's birthday parties to fundraising and gala events. Event space on the museum's third floor can accommodate up to 500 guests and includes a state-of-the-art A/V system. The entire museum can also be rented to accommodate up to 1,500 guests. Multiple meeting and event rooms are located on the first and third floors.