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Holiday Gift Market

Shopping for a Cause

  The 14th Annual Junior League of Tampa's Holiday Gift Market   The Junior League of Tampa's Holiday Gift Market presented by Publix returns November 9-12, 2017 at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall and Entertainment Hall. This year’s market is...
The Best Education Apps

The Best Education Apps (iOS)

  The Best Education Apps (iOS) What's your favorite education app for Apple devices?             © Tampa Bay METRO Magazine & Blog  
Best Doctors in Tampa Bay

Best Doctors in Tampa Bay

  Best Doctors® List Tampa Bay Metro’s 16th Annual Guide: 505 Respected Physicians 62 Medical Specialties   For 16 years, Tampa Bay METRO has partnered with Best Doctors, Inc. to provide a valuable community resource. The list includes...
Tampa Bay METRO's Summer Camps Guide 2017


  Tampa Bay METRO's Summer Camps Guide 2017 Bay Area Parents, follow this evolving guide of great Summer Day Camps to keep your children engaged over the summer break.   Academy at the Lakes Academy at the Lakes offers more...

Arrrrrr … Fun For Swashbucklers Of All Ages!

    2017 McDonalds Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza An alcohol-free event, celebrating the return of the Gasparilla Season to Tampa Bay     All Ages Welcome | Alcohol-free Saturday, January 21, 2017 Events Begin at 11 a.m. | Parade 3:30-6 p.m. | Fireworks 7-7:30 p.m. Mateys of...
Florida Aquarium Splaspad

10 Family Fun Adventures Before The Summer Ends

Summer Guide To Cool Every Floridian family knows the 'real' summer doesn’t hit until mid-July and can go into September.  METRO gives you great ways to beat the heat and enjoy the hot summer days...
Naples Grande Beach Resort

Glamorous Family Vacation

  Glamily Getaway to the Naples Grande Beach Resort   Created for families looking for the perfect balance of luxury and leisure this summer, also known as the glamilies, the lavish Grande Glamily package includes suite accommodations complete with Balcony Butler service on...
Tampa Bay Metro Summer Camps Guide


Tampa Bay Metro's Summer Camps Guide 2016     Academy at the Lakes Academy at the Lakes offers more than 60 summer programs including academic, creative, recreation, and sports camps. Favorites include Camp Invention, Video Production, and Archery....

Come Ye Pirates Of All Ages!

The McDonalds Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. An alchohal-free event, celebrating the return of the Gasparilla Season to Tampa Bay!     Mateys of all ages jump and shout for beads...
Tampa Bay Metro Family

Scholarship Application Tips

  Tips for Winning a Scholarship     (Family Features)Winning a scholarship can be as competitive as gaining entrance to the college of your choice. While academic performance, extracurricular activities and character all matter, your success often boils...
Private schooled families in Tampa Bay

Family Profiles: Choosing A Private School

Deciding where your children go to school should involve a lot of research and visits to various schools around town. For some parents, the choice is made by their own experience and fond memories...
10 seasonal tips simple ways to save time

10 Tips for the Holiday Season

Simple Ways to Save Time and Enjoy the Holidays (BPT)   It may be the most wonderful time of year in the Bay area, but at times, it can also feel like the most stressful....
Bug Free Tampa Bay area lawns

Bug Off!

  Tips to Help Eliminate Dangerous Pests From Our Bay Area Lawns   A yard that is lush, green and free of weeds shows evidence of healthy lawn maintenance. However, many Tampa Bay area homeowners overlook an important...
back to school gear for Tampa Bay

Back To School Essentials

  Class is almost in session, and many busy Tampa Bay area parents have a few more items to check off their shopping lists. Help your kids get the grades this school year with a...
fireworks display in Tampa Bay

Fourth of July Celebrations

Where To View Fireworks In Tampa Bay   METRO has assembled a quick guide to the best aerial Independence Day celebrations. Sunset on Saturday, July 4 is 8:30 p.m., and most fireworks shows begin around 9:00...
bay area family pool safety

All About Pool Safety

  All About Pool Safety   For many Bay Area families, some of the most anticipated summertime activities happen around the pool. But before you dive into the fun, be sure you and your family know the...
Zoominations at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Discover the Festival of Lights

Lowry Park Zoo Extends Zoominations Festivities                           Due to popular demand, Tampa Lowry Park Zoo has announced that the lights will continue to shine on Zoominations, a dazzling Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights, for an additional...
Amazing Alex HD iPad Game

Educational iPad Games

Learning can and should be fun for our children. Here is a list of games your kids will have fun playing ... engaging in the learning process as they are having a blast!                

Music Festival Offers ‘Something for Everyone’

Gasparilla Music Fest Expands It's "KIDS FEST"   The Gasparilla Music Festival "GMF" has plenty to offer families as it has continued to expand its Kids’ Fest which runs both days of the festival from 11:00am-2:00pm...
American Heart Association Childhood Obesity

Addressing Childhood Obesity

  Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Amongst Bay area children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems. These...
Gasparilla Children's Parade

For Pirates of All Ages

  The Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.     The 2015 McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The alcohol-free...
a guide to private schools schools in tampa bay

METRO’s Private School List

Tampa Bay METRO’s Private School List is the #1 family guide for discovering and comparing private schools in the Tampa Bay area.   Open a printable PDF file Tampa Bay Metro Private School List Click to open a...
Patel Conservatory Celebrates Ten Years

METRO Family: Community

Changing Lives Through Performing Arts Patel Conservatory Celebrates Ten Years |  By Ronda M. Parag     From the state-of-the-art classrooms to the stages of Broadway, concert halls and rock venues, the students who spend some time training...
Cirque du Bebe

Cirque du Bebe

    Vintage Parisian Circus Themed Baby Shower  |  By Ronda M. Parag             A non-traditional theme and co-ed shower was important to expectant Tampa Bay parents Alan Bridges and Megan Swanagan, who are expecting a girl they...
Richard Gonzmart

Revitalizing Tampa Heights | Richard Gonzmart

    Local history buffs and Tampa Heights residents may be the few who knew the Ulele (You lay lee) name, well before it became synonymous with a multi-million dollar project. It first gained fame for legendary...