Children & Families

Children & Families

Visiting with children? They will love the History Center! Our galleries areas are filled with lots of opportunities to look, touch, listen and play. Kids can jump in the saddle and ride with the cattle ranchers, play with tiny Tampa trains, dress up like a pioneer in our Cracker cabin and row a boat up the Hillsborough River.

Night at the Museum

Each year in October, the History Center hosts a friendly and fun costume party for families and kids of all ages with games, crafts, scavenger hunt and themed-entertainment. Visitors will explore the galleries and enjoy special themed-activities. Good family fun for everyone!

Check back soon for the next Night at the Museum date!

Great Caper!

The Great Caper is part urban scavenger hunt, activity challenge, trivia teaser, and costume contest! An adventure for all ages, you set the pace while leaping on and off the TECO Streetcar through the Downtown Riverwalk in search of clues, treasure, pirates, the historic Spanish ship Nao Victoria and more! Snap pictures, complete “dares,” and even to get a bite to eat at a Downtown Tampa restaurant along the way. Different themes and courses each year let you explore Tampa’s urban treasures like you’ve never experienced them before! Pre-registration recommended.

My Doll & Me Workshops

Drawing on the American Girl© book series, we’ll travel through time with your favorite dolls! Explore the past with crafts, games, snacks and gallery experiences based on American Girl© historic characters and themes, as well as Tampa’s exciting history. Each 1 ½ hour program will focus on a different doll (but dolls are not required for participation). Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Recommended ages 6-12.

Our April “My Doll and Me” date is sold out. Check back for more dates of My Doll and Me workshops in the fall!

When school is out, learning and fun are in at the Tampa Bay History Center! Themed camps with creative activities, streetcar field trips and interactive exhibits take place during Hillsborough County’s school holidays, spring break and summer vacations. Adventure Camps are open to ages 7-11 and include arts and crafts, games, music, literature, splash park fun and interactions with historians and other experts. Camps are led by experienced educators dedicated to providing unique and engaging experiences campers won’t soon forget.

Camp Info

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on select dates
  (Extended care available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $20/week)
WHO: Ages 7-11
COST: $170 (members)
  $195 (non-members)



June 16-20, June 23-27   American Girl SOLD OUT

Peek into the past with your favorite dolls!  Crafts, gallery experiences, and a special tea party await you as each day brings new adventures with Josephina , Julie, and Rebecca. Ride the streetcar to explore historic Ybor City as it was during Rebecca’s time. American Girl Dolls© not required for participation.

Register for 6/16 – 6/20 American Girl Camp
Register for 6/23 – 6/27 American Girl Camp

July 7 – 11  Build it!

Design the Tampa of tomorrow while building the iconic architecture of Tampa’s past. Will you win our Lego building challenge?  See structures up close on the TECO Line Streetcar as expert architects and historians teach you the tools of the trade.

Register for July 7 – 11  Build it

July 14-18  Creative Kids

Unleash your creativity to make fun, functional projects out of things you’ve never used as materials before – Parents, you won’t mind bringing these useful, recycled projects home! Go back in time as you cook with the sun, learn to navigate without GPS, and discover creative ways to help the environment.

Register for July 14-18  Creative Kids

July 28 – Aug. 1, Aug. 11-15  Archeology Mysteries

Dig in to Florida’s past when giant sloths roamed free. Get your hands dirty as archaeologists show you how to use prehistoric tools and uncover what life was like for Florida’s very first people! Step into the future by unlocking tools of the trade like fingerprints, DNA, and more!

Register for 7/28 – 8/1 Archeology Mysteries
Register for 8/11 – 8/15 Archeology Mysteries

Space is limited; pre-registration required. Call 813-675-8960 or e-mail You can also download and print a Summer Camp registration form here.

Scout Tours
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can fulfill “Go See It” and “Try It” activities by exploring the Tampa Bay History Center’s hands-on galleries. Dress up and experience the chores of a Florida pioneer in our rustic Cracker cabin, navigate up the Hillsborough River in a boat, or design your own fruit crate label and email it to family and friends.Register Now!

Group Admission:

Scout Groups (min. of 10 /max. of 30): $6/scout
Chaperones (1 per 5 students): Free

Additional chaperone:




For no additional charge, a knowledgeable docent will lead your tour through Tampa’s exciting past while encouraging thoughtful and interesting discussion amongst the group.

For an additional cost, purchase one of our Field Guides complete with fun activities and trivia or rent a backpack filled with games, puzzles, scavenger hunts, and more! Both activities are appropriate for ages 6-12.

For all Scout tours pre-registration is required. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Jennifer Tyson at or 813.675.8960.

Make a day of it by dining in the Columbia Café (with kid’s fare!), shopping in our kid-friendly museum store, or cool off in our play fountains, waterfront park, and playgrounds.

*Badges are not provided by the History Center. Please contact your troop leader regarding the purchase of badges and other scout materials.

To register, contact the History Center’s Assistant Curator of Education, Jennifer Tyson at 813-675-8960 or You can also download and print a registration form here.

Make the History Center your classroom! Visit on a designated Home School History Day to enrich your social studies curriculum. Our galleries have an abundance of primary sources, interpretative materials and opportunities to delve into the region’s rich past.

Home School History Days provide a fun self-paced, hands-on-learning environment. History days are value priced and have a specific theme, with activities tailored to different age groups. We even provide take-home materials!

Cost for Home School Days:

TBHC Members: $6/person(TBC)
Not-yet-Members (ages 4-adult): $8/person
Children under three: Free.

Register Now!



Space is limited. Registration required in advance. For questions contact Julie Matus at or 813-675-8981.

Check our calendar of events for the next scheduled Home School History Day.