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 cattle ranchers, play with tiny Tampa trains, or dress up like a pioneer in our Cracker cabin.

The Tampa Bay History Center presents a variety of family friendly programming throughout the year.  Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events such as:

Mother’s Day Celebration
Father’s Day Celebration
4th of July $5 Day
Smithsonian Museum Day
Night at the Museum Family Trick-or-Treat
Kids, Cocoa, and Crafts
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 summer vacation. Week long 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. New activities keep camps fresh from year to year!
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Extended care available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $30/week)
WHO: Ages 7-11

Camps limited to a camper/instructor ratio of approximately 20:1
Campers must bring their own lunch and two snacks.
Camps may include field trips through downtown Tampa and Ybor City on the TECO Line Streetcar.
Registration will remain open until the Friday prior to each camp start date.
A refund, minus a $25 administration fee, will be issued if a written cancellation request is received at least 10 business days prior to the first day of said camp.

Every Friday, weather permitting, campers cool off in our splash fountains and play water games in the park. Visiting the museum store is also a Friday treat.


American Girl June 5-9

American Girl June 12-16

Archaeology Mysteries June 26-30

Pirates and Explorers July 10-14

Museum Makerspace July 24-28

Hysterical History July 31-August 4

“Both of my kids love absolutely everything about camp. I love that they love it and there is never any complaining about going. They beg to stay until the very end of the day and get mad if I pick them up early! I also like that they are learning while having fun!”
“The girls loved the connection with the galleries and activities associated with the galleries. In particular, they so enjoyed the pioneer experience. As to activities, the girls played with their crafts each evening so it was a major success.”
“This is first and only time I have had my son in ANY after school activity or summer camp that the directors have let me know so thoroughly everything about the camp and what was going on. It was the best experience both my son and I have had with any camp hands down. I have already been recommending the History Center to everyone I know.”

Travel through time with your favorite dolls! Peek into the past as we enjoy crafts, games, and snacks as well as hands-on gallery experiences. All activities reflect the time period or theme of each doll. American Girl© dolls are welcome but not required for participation. Designed for ages 6-12, space is limited and pre-registration is required.

*This is a “drop off” program. Parents may wish to wait with a cup of café con leche and a guava pastry in the Columbia Cafe after viewing our permanent and traveling exhibits.


Feb. 11 – Kaya
April 22 – Julie

Cost: $18 TBHC members; $20 non-members (Fee includes child’s admission to the galleries)