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About Me & My Family

We're a globe trekking, fun-loving, bilingual family always planning our next adventure. From art museums to alpine skiing, we're ready for anything. We are USTA rated tennis players, professional artists and musicians, golfers, swimmers, skiiers, sailors, engineers, and more!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, scheduled, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Longboat Key Club which is located on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Paradise!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Wherever we go next! Thanks to Trekaroo, I always have a great group of reviews to help me plan a fantastic vacation!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
During the winter, anywhere with snow and easy airport access. Golfing, tennis, spa, ski, and culinary resorts are ideal!
Favorite Vacation Memory
One of my favorite vacation memories was the first time my daughter saw snow at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. She's still talking about ski school years later! The Innisbrook Golf Resort and Indaba Spa near Tampa Bay, Florida. What an amazing experience! A home exchange holiday in France.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Dangerous weather conditions, unexpected airport and security delays.
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snowmamas.com tbparenting.com visitflorida.com condenast.com

Easter Egg Hunts and events in the Tampa Bay area

Hop along Florida's bunny trail to find Easter Egg Hunts and activities at a variety of venues across the Tampa Bay area.

Most of these events are geared for children of all ages. However, the Egg hunts are typically for children under 10 years young.

Please remember to bring your camera, your own Easter basket, wear your bonnet and remember your flashlight for one unique nighttime egg hunt...now get hopping!

These events can be found within an hour's drive in and around the Tampa Bay area.  

Please visit the websites to confirm details.

Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort - Palm Harbor
Hyde Park Village - Tampa
The Shops at Wiregrass - Wesley Chapel (Special Needs Egg Hunt)
Glazer Childrens Museum- Tampa
Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa
Highland Recreation Complex - Largo
Northdale Park - Tampa
Coachman Park - Clearwater
Suncoast Primate Sanctuary - Palm Harbor
HorsePower for Kids - Tampa
Florida Railroad Museum - Parrish
RE Olds Park - Oldsmar
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park - Homosassa
GT Bray Park - Bradenton
St. Armands Circle - Sarasota
Siesta Key Village - Sarasota
Nokomis Community Park - Nokomis
Sarasota Jungle Gardens - Sarasota
Florida Aquarium - downtown Tampa
Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) - Tampa
Hydro Harvest Farms - Ruskin
Straz Center for the Performing Arts - Tampa

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36750 U.S. Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, Florida

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Come to Innisbrook to savor a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch. After the meal, let the kids enjoy a special complimentary Easter Carnival!

reviewed on: June 18 2011

"Innisbrook is a natural wonderland! "
Situated on over 900 beautiful acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, this world class golf resort is an ideal vacation destination for families of all ages and sizes.   Having undergone a major renovation in 2008, the resort sparkles in harmony with its natural surroundings.  With so much to see and do at the resort, we knew we would have a great time even before we arrived.  We were right!

After driving past the welcoming guard gate, we felt transported to a whole new world.  The beautiful natural landscaping is a perfect balance with the well groomed golf courses and two-story stone-front buildings.  As golfers, we were thrilled to see the PGA tour’s popular Copperhead course almost immediately after driving on property but more on the golf courses later.  

Signposts clearly pointed us to the Osprey Clubhouse to check in.  We were happy that our check in process was handled so quickly!   The friendly front desk staff and bellmen offered plenty of helpful hints and made suggestions on which activities to try first.  We were given a comprehensive list of Innisbrook activities and programs, a separate weekly activities listing, and a map of the resort.  Did I mention that the resort is 900 acres and beautiful?  It’s worth repeating!

One of my preschooler’s favorite resort amenities was the uniquely named “horizontal elevators.”  Rather than going up and down like a traditional elevator, Innisbrook has a fleet of air conditioned white shuttle busses available whenever you call for one – 24 hours a day.  What a treat!  We, actually the bellman, unloaded our car once and left it parked in the shade throughout our stay.  It was a pleasure being whisked to the restaurants, tennis courts, spa, golf courses and nature trails rather than relying on our car.    

ACCOMMODATIONS
We were thrilled with our spacious one bedroom suite.  It was very clean and featured a newly remodeled kitchen and bath area.  The flat-screen TVs have game ports and a good assortment of channels.  High speed internet connections kept us connected to the outside world.  The full kitchen is a welcome treat for families who enjoy cooking on their vacations.   The beds are very comfortable and the living room couch pulled out into a bed.  There are plenty of washers and dryers available free of charge (bring your soap or buy some there) in each building as well as ice machines.  This resort would be ideal for large families and family reunions because of the variety of room sizes available.  Visit the Innisbrook website to see the room and suite layouts.  

ACTIVITES AND CAMP NESSIE
My preschooler heard that there are FIVE POOLS at the resort and made it her mission to swim in all five.  Her favorite is the kid-friendly Loch Ness Pool which gets its name from the shape of the pool.  This zero-entry heated pool has splash fountains, a small beach area and toys for digging in the sand, a waterfall, a net for pool volleyball and even two water slides.  Fortunately, there are plenty of lounge chairs and shady spots for kicking back and a grill to order simple but tasty food and drinks. Towels and some pool toys are available, at no charge, when you check in at the Loch Ness pool and changing rooms are nearby.   The lifeguards are watchful and courteous.    The “Dive-In” movie was a hit with kids and parents alike.  It was a relaxing way to wind down for the evening…under the stars while lounging poolside.  Also at the Loch Ness pool area, there are family crafts (some fees required) and free games offered each afternoon.   We had a blast playing whiffleball and creating some special handmade souvenirs.  My preschooler is still proudly wearing her tie-dye shirt that she made at Innisbrook.

One morning, we decided to rent a Surrey bike so the whole family could tour the resort grounds together.  We were given a nature scavenger hunt card and set off to explore the property.  It was easy to see all sorts of birds, fox squirrels and flowers as we leisurely pedaled around. When we saw something we wanted to explore more, we hopped off the bike and took a look.  You can also rent standard bikes and tandem bikes by the hour.  

Complimentary and fee based resort activities vary by season  but we had a blast playing basketball, shuffleboard, outdoor volleyball, put put mini golf, frolicking on the playground, strolling along the Nature Walk and participating in the afternoon games at the Loch Ness Pool.  If you want to venture to one of the world’s most amazing beaches, then hop on the complimentary beach shuttle to Honeymoon or Caladesi Island.  There are two separate departure and return times each day but reservations are recommended.

The Camp Nessie and Kids Night Out programs are wonderful ways for parents and kiddos to spend some time doing things on their own.  At Camp Nessie, my preschooler had so much fun creating all sorts of art projects, building castles, playing games and swimming at the Loch Ness Pool that she wanted to stay just a little longer.  It was reassuring to see her interact so well with the program staff.  They are the best!  Thanks to the Camp Nessie program, I was able to relax and play golf knowing that my preschooler was being engaged in all sorts of hands-on activities with trained and caring staff members.

GOLF, TENNIS AND SPA
As mentioned, Innisbrook is home to four of the most amazing golf courses.  The PGA tour visits the resort each year for the Transitions Championship and LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship.   The rolling hills are nothing like a typical Florida course and make for an amazing day of golf!  We had a blast taking our preschooler on the 9-hole Fox Squirrel Golf Course (part of the North and South courses) but she did not last long.  She wanted to go back to the Loch Ness Pool and slides!  The Copperhead and Island courses were a bit beyond our current skill level but are incredible to see.   Fortunately, we were able to play the more forgiving North and South courses on other days as she was enjoying activities at Camp Nessie.  I had one of my best rounds of golf on the North Course and have the scorecard to prove it!  Perhaps, it was the beautiful scenery and fox squirrel that helped me stay focused?  The four courses are designed to be challenging for a variety of skill levels and all are absolutely beautiful.  

The Tennis Center offers 11 Har-Tru tennis courts, a pro shop and three racquetball courts as well as daily clinics and a variety of Junior and Summer Camp programs.   After participating in a tennis clinic, it was easy to arrange an energizing doubles game on the well-maintained courts.

There are rental clubs and tennis gear available if you left your gear at home.  If you’d like to brush up your skills, there are daily golf and tennis clinics as well as the world class Golf Institutes for more intense training.  

Be sure to read my other review about the Indaba Spa at Innisbrook here on Trekaroo.  

DINING
Even though the rooms have wonderful kitchens, we could not resist the wonderful variety of food offered at the resort.  There are four restaurants, a gourmet market and sports bar all offering flavorful menu items at reasonable prices.  The Market Salamader Grille chef creates incredibly delicious meals with unique flavors and combinations.  Each meal was a pleasure and I wondered if I could recreate the tasty dishes at home.  The chef puts his own skilled twist on familiar favorites and also offers incredible regional treats.  Rest assured, you can find kid-friendly menu items as well but there’s plenty to keep the adults happy, too.  From the steakhouse to the Grill at Loch Ness, we enjoyed every bite!  The wait staff was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient.  Dining here was not a coat and tie affair but we felt comfortable dressing up just a bit in our casual resort wear.  A real post golf treat was relaxing on the outdoor patio at the Osprey Sports Bar which overlooks a golf course.  We saw an osprey nest and watched in wonder as the adult ospreys tended to their hatchlings.   What a way to end a great day on the links!

Even though there are plenty of activities to keep any member of the family busy and on the go from morning to night, we left Innisbrook feeling totally relaxed.   Who knew paradise could be found only 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport?  Consider yourself informed!  Now, go find out how wonderful Innisbrook is first hand. You’ll be glad that you did.

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary two night stay at the Innisbrook Resort.   This review is my honest opinion of my experiences.  The resort did not request or require that I express a particular point of view.  

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1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, Florida

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Orangutan Egg Hunt Included with zoo admission.

reviewed on: July 27 2009

"Amazing up close animal encounters"
Feeding giraffe, riding a camel, spotting cheetah and so much more are in store for you when visiting this gem of a zoo.  The walking paths are wide, paved and meander through the peaceful natural habitats.  This is a very stroller friendly place!  Plenty of restrooms, water fountains and shady spots for a break.  There are great places to grab tasty snacks (what you would expect but aslo cupcakes, ice cream and even beer!)

If the weather is bad, it's a challenge to find a place to wait out the storm or escape from the heat so it's best to venture to the zoo on a great weather day.  

The zoo added a few new rides (log flume, kiddie coaster and outdoor splash areas) which are very popular with the ten-year old kiddos.  An additional fee is required to ride ponies and camels.


400 Highland Avenue
Largo, Florida

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Bounce houses, carnival games, music, food and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Bring a basket and flashlight. Register early! Wristbands may be purchased in advance at the Highland Recreation Complex. For more info, please call (727)518-3016.

reviewed on: March 30 2011

"Plenty of park activities for all"
There is so much to do and see in this lovely park and recreation complex.  Located in the heart of the City of Largo (part of the Tampa Bay community on Florida's Gulf Coast), our preschooler loves visiting and playing on the shady playgrounds.  The pool has a fantastic, HUGE water slide and the kiddos have as much fun splashing in the pools as their parents!  The hard court tennis courts are in great condition and the newly opened skate park is a boarders dream come true!  Plan a vist, you'll all be glad that you did!


301 Drew Street
Clearwater, Florida

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Petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, live entertainment, face painting and a visit with the Easter Bunny!



4600 Alt 19
Palm Harbor, Florida

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Easter Ape Hunt EGGstravaganza


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8005 Racetrack Road
Tampa, Florida

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Spring Fest includes an egg hunt, pony rides, hay rides, train rides, face painting, farm animals, a hot dog, and a drink.

reviewed on: March 28 2012

"Hands on farm fun"
We visited the farm one lovely Saturday afternoon for a birthday party and had a blast!  There are lots of helpful volunteers who can answer questions about the farm and animals.  It looks like lots of the barns, animal pens and other areas have been newly constructed or renovated.  We got to ride ponies, handle snakes, take a train ride and explore the petting zoo area at our leisure.  The animals looked healthy and well cared for with clean stalls, water and fresh hay/food.  If it is crowded, parking can be a challenge but there is plenty of it...just hard to find at first.  


107 Shore Drive West
Oldsmar, Florida

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The Easter Egg Hunt will be divided into three age groups, and there will be three prizes for each group: — Age 3 and younger — Age 4-7 — Age 8-12 In addition to the egg hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny.


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12210 83rd Street East
Parrish, Florida

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Cotton Tail Express! Diesel powered train excursions to an Easter Egg patch! Planned activities include the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Mr. Bunny will greet the children. The round-trip is approximately 2.5 hours.

reviewed on: March 30 2011

"All aboard for historical fun!"
We visited the trains for a "Day Out with Thomas" special event and had a wonderful time!  It was very crowded but the trains held so many passengers that wait times were minimal.  You can get up close and explore the trains a bit before and after your train ride.  The volunteers and staff are very friendly, informative and entertaining.  It is a bit dusty in the parking lot but there is plenty of parking.  There are fabulous special events like a train robbery, special Halloween and Holiday train rides and a World War II re-enactment scheduled throughout the year.  If your family loves trains, this is a great place to explore!

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4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa, Florida

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Egg Hunt begins at 9am (Registration starts at 8am) $5 donation per child which includes admission to park. Adults receive a 33% discount on park admission. Activities include an Easter Egg hunt for plastic eggs, which can then be redeemed for goodies and trinkets. Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and other costumed characters.



3001 59th Street West
Bradenton, Florida

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Free for everyone. Event will be at the 51st Street entrance and the amphitheater section of the park. Free food, bounce houses, bicycle giveaways, four age-grouped egg hunts, free face painting, Entertainment from Spaghetti the Clown.

reviewed on: March 28 2011

"Plenty of outdoor activities"
If your family wants to experience a wonderful parks and recreation program, then visit this expansive park in western Manatee County.  We ran across the fields, had a blast exploring the playgrounds, swam in the kiddie pool and toured the new Fitness Center.  There are fees for some activities and programs but they are minimal.  Bring your sunscreen as there are not too many shady spots.


5050 Ocean Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida

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Advance registration required and is limited to the first 125 paid children. Each child receives an Easter Stuffed Animal and an Easter Egg Hunt Goody Bag stuffed with prizes. Face painters, ride the trolley, tour the Siesta Key ambulance and fire truck and participate in other fun family entertainment. Sheriff Dept. fingerprinting kits are available. For information, please contact Roz at 941-349-2770 ext: 227

reviewed on: March 28 2011

"Great art festivals and events"
Throughout the year, the Siesta Key Village Association presents a variety of fun, family friendly events.  Parking is a challenge and the crowds make it diffcult to keep track of the kiddos at times.  The Siesta Fiesta will be held from April 30-May 1, 2011 has a variety of unique, high quality arts and crafts vendors.  It is very crowded and difficult to navigate with a stroller but would be ideal for any art loving couple.  Visit the website for a detailed list of annual activities.

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3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida

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The event includes continuous egg hunts and lots of free candy. 4-H groups Hare Raisers and Boots and Bridles will be on hand with bunnies. The petting zoo returns and is included free with admission. Visit Racing Dog Rescue Project and retired-track greyhounds. Photos with the Easter Bunny may be purchased for $3.00 if taken by the guest and $5 if our staff snaps the picture. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other food items are available for purchase. Children must have an Easter basket to participate in the hunt. They may bring their own or may purchase in our gift shop for $2.00. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.



234 Nippino Trail East
Nokomis, Florida

Comment:
At the Fire Station. For Nokomis area children 9 and younger.

reviewed on: March 28 2011

"Family friendly park"
This wonderful park is located south of Sarasota and north of Venice.  If you are in the area, you'll be glad that you found it.  There's a nice shady area near the covered playground and lots of places to relax as well as a short fishing pier, a community center, tennis courts, covered outdoor basketball courts, and a community center which can be rented for private parties.  This park is also the starting point for the Legacy Trail which is great for bike riding.  There's a half mile shelled-path with fitness stations scattered along if you are up for a quick workout.  

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28211 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, Florida

Comment:
Special Needs Egg Hunt in the JCPenny Courtyard Community Egg Hunt

reviewed on: March 27 2012

"Spectacular Symphony in Lights!"
This open air shopping plaza has a fabulous family program on Wednesdays.  Wiregrass Wednesdays, presented by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, typically features live music, face painting, balloon animals, magic shows, and more.  

Throughout the year, there are lots of family friendly special events.  We especially enjoy the holiday special events which include outdoor ice skating, spectacular evening "Symphony in Lights" shows, photos with Santa, and more!  We often visit Wiregrass to meet with other moms over lunch with the kiddos.  The Shops offer events for special needs children as well as community events.  Check the website for programs throughout the year.

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1621 W. Snow Circle
Tampa, Florida

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Bunny Hop, a free family EGGstravaganza Children and their parents can participate in a Music Together® sing-a-long with Ms. Alli at 10 AM. Little bunnies of all ages will fall in love with ‘Lucky Star’, the miniature trick and counting horse. Watch Lucky Star bow, say his prayers, untie knots and count out math problems. Other events include Easter airbrush face painting and tattoo studio, train rides, carnival games, a bouncy fun house with dual slides, arts and crafts and a gyroscope. Meet Tampa Fire Rescue and “Little Mack”, the antique fire truck, animals from BuschGardens and The Florida Aquarium’s new bunny and education team. Williams-Sonoma, Aveda Level Salonspa, Lifestyle Family Fitness and City Street Sweets will also offer lots of hippity hoppity fun.

reviewed on: March 28 2012

"Special events and a great toy store"
Moms with kiddos in strollers meet around the shady fountain for coffee from the nearby Indigo Coffee or City Street Sweets shop.  The shopping area has a great Learning Express toy store, lots of fabulous restaurants which are great date night spots and an adults only movie theater which serves tasty food and drinks.  We love attending the  outdoor concerts and special events throughout the year.  

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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Ashley Drive Tampa, Florida

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Come join the fun for an ‘egg-citing’ morning of hunting, finding and prizes! For the youngest visitors, there's a Toddler Egg Hunt in Tugboat Tots. For bigger kids, there's a Museum wide Egg Hunt.

reviewed on: January 15 2010

""It'll grow your mind!""
When the Glazer Children's Museum opened on September 25, 2010, it seemed like all families in Tampa Bay were there to explore it's two story kid-sized activities.  It barely resembles the beloved Kid City Museum which it replaces.  The new museum is now located in the heart of downtown Tampa on the banks of the Hillsborough River (downstream from it's former location by the Lowry Park Zoo).  The architecture is spectacular and the hands on exhibits  educate and entertain kids up to about 12.  Visit the website to plan your experience.

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1101 Shell Point Road East
Ruskin, Florida

Comment:
Easter Egg~Scavenger Hunt

reviewed on: May 09 2011

"Educational, fun family farm"
We visited the farm on a Sunday and had a great time learning about hydroponic farming, picking tasty, pesticide free strawberries and bibb lettuce.  Because of this unique growing system, they have crops to pick year round...even in the heat of the Florida summers!  Our preschooler enjoyed seeing veggies on the vines and getting red fingers from picking strawberries.  I especially liked being able to pick berries off of the hydroponic towers rather than crouching down near the ground.  There were lots of locals coming by to pick their weekly goodies which is a great sign.  We'll be back, too!


15550 Spring Pine Drive
Tampa, Florida

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The event kicks off at 10am with a parade from Gaither High School. There will be games, face painting and performances on the outdoor stage all day.


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4801 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida

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Celebrate Life will feature live music, a DEA drug dog demonstration and activities suitable for all ages. Admission includes an IMAX ticket to Flying Monsters.

reviewed on: July 23 2011

"New Sky Trail Ropes Course"
One of the best aspects to visiting MOSI is that they offer new and interesting exhibits all the time.  As of July 2011, MOSI added a Sky Trail Ropes Course which is absolutely wonderful for all of those adventurous folks out there!  There is a fee for this new activity.  You can opt to go on the Ropes Course without having to pay for the overall MOSI entrance fees or include the Ropes Course as a part of your visit to MOSI.  

There are height and weight restrictions so children have to be at least 42" tall to go on the ropes course with an adult and at least 48" to go on their own.  There are 36 elements on about three different levels ranging from 12-36 feet off the ground.  

You are buckled into a harness and have a safety line which you can hold onto if you lose your balance along the way.  We had an absolute blast climbing all around the metal structure.  My preschooler keeps asking when we can go back!  If you plan to go on the ropes course, try to do that first or as early in your day as possible...it can get hot and bright.  Earlier in the day, the ropes course is shaded by the IMAX dome which makes it nice.  Have fun!


1010 North WC MacInnes Place
Tampa, Florida

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Call the Ticket Office at 813.229.STAR (7827) to make your reservations or download the menu online.

reviewed on: January 21 2012

"Plenty of shows for everyone"
We've seen so many different wonderful events at this beautiful performing arts center.  In addition to amazing touring productions, they offer educational childrens programs called Wee Folk (for 3-5 year olds) and Kid Time (for 5-8 year olds) performances that entertain and educate.  Check the schedule for the latest show offerings.  Fortunately, they offer tickets at a variety of price points and often offer family packages which sometimes include free tickets for the kiddos with an adult ticket purchase.  This offer makes it easy for a family to get out and enjoy the arts together.  Have fun!