A rich environment for our children

Hernando Sun Staff

The Glazer Children's Museum (GCM) is 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.

Named in honor of the Glazer Children’s Museum Foundation’s lead gift of $5 million from the Glazer family, construction of the building began in March 2009 and was completed in April 2010. The Museum opened its doors to the public on Sept. 25, 2010. Since then, it has been named as one of the top five Children’s Museums in America.
GCM’s mission is to provide an informal learning environment where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them.

The museum is bursting at the seams with fun, learning things to do for children. It features themed galleries and interactive exhibits where children can immerse themselves and enjoy hands-on learning experiences.

The Museum also presents staff-directed daily programs for children of all ages that are based on seasonal themes, such as Make It Mondays and Worldly Wednesdays. Throughout the year, there are field trips, summer camps, and other special events.

Current exhibits include “Central Bank” where kids can explore the basics of banking and commerce through fun interactive games at Suncoast Credit Union’s Central Bank. They’ll learn how to earn and save money with simple math, matching, or physical activities. Then spend their money to power a train, launch a rocket, or even light up City Hall.

In the “Design + Build” exhibit, young architects, designers, and carpenters are invited to work on plumbing, electric, siding, or landscaping of GCM’s yellow house that always needs renovation. For the littlest of builders, “Tots Construction” is a great space for children aged 3 and under, featuring a ball pit, tunnel, and reading area.

For young inventors who want to know how things work, visit the “Engineers’ Workshop.” The little ones can design a Tampa Bay train route or build with block and giant LEGOs. The older kids can create a design on the LEGO all and fold and launch the perfect paper airplane.

The “Firehouse” exhibit is a favorite for kids who dream of being a firefighter. In a safe, kid-sized firehouse, kids can put on safety gear and slide down a fireman’s pole or enjoy being at the wheel of a firetruck sounding the siren and flashing the lights.

In “Vet Clinic,” kids can play the role of a veterinarian and help some animals in need. They can look at x-rays and investigate animal patients’ charts to determine the purr-fect treatment.

GCM hosts about 170 interactive exhibits and all are educator-designed to capture kids' interest and imagination.

It just makes you wanna be a kid again….

A one-year general membership costs $125 for up to 5 named members, including at least 1 adult. There are also Premium and Super Premium levels, all too which offer excellent opportunities for special programs and events you won’t want to miss.

Programs change regularly to ensure there is something for everyone. Check out the www.glazermuseum.org for times of all events. Free weekend admissions start Sept. 23 at10:00 am and ends Sept. 24 at 6:00 pm.

The Glazer Children’s Museum is located at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida just 45 minutes from Hernando County. Phone: 813-443-3861 or visit glazer museum.org.

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