The Glazer Children's Museum is located at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida. It is located downtown, next door to the Tampa Museum of Art and Curtis Hixon Park, alongside the Tampa Riverwalk. It is part of the Waterfront Arts District. The Glazer Children’s Museum promotes learning through hands-on, interactive play. The majority of the Museum’s effort is focused on visitor experience and educational programming. The Museum offers a variety of programs ranging from formal curriculum based classes for visiting schools, to informal workshops for visiting families, to camps and specialized programs.
Based in a 53,000 square foot facility in downtown Tampa, Florida, the Museum has 170 hands-on exhibits in multiple themed areas. Exhibits are designed to engage children in the discovery process through play. Traveling exhibits supplement the Museum’s permanent collection twice throughout the year. These 3-4 month exhibits are meant to create an additional level of engagement for visitors and enhance the guests’ educational experience.
The mission of Glazer Children’s Museum is to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. The Children’s Museum of Tampa, Inc. was founded in 1987 by dedicated community volunteers and with support of many private and public partners. The Children’s Museum of Tampa served children and families in Tampa Bay for over two decades. From humble beginnings in a small storefront location, the Museum provided exhibits that gave children a safe place to learn and play. As the Museum’s popularity grew, more space was needed.
In 1989, with support from the City of Tampa, the Museum moved the location next to the City’s zoo. This site did business under the name Kid City and consisted of a series of outdoor miniature buildings simulating a small town. From 1989 – 2003 Kid City was an ideal space for the Museum to provide curriculum centered on the value of community. Kid City served over 750,000 visitors from the Tampa Bay area and became an important part of the cultural and educational fabric of the Community.
One of the museum’s most popular attractions, KidsPort is a huge water table where children can explore activities from navigating through a shipping channel to loading and unloading cargo. Children can imagine themselves as dockworkers or harbor pilots, and can move boats, build bridges and explore the importance of how water moves.
Tug Boat Tots
This exhibit provides tactile exploration in a safe and dedicated space for children under 3 and their caregivers. Children can explore a tug boat, play at fishing, or enjoy a story under a huge oak tree!
A 35 foot tall climbing structure designed to educate children about the water cycle. Kids can pretend to be a water droplet making its way through the ecosystem and even encounter bugs and other animals.
Kids can pilot their own ship to exotic destinations, and even make a stop to dig for buried treasure!
Telemundo Tampa Exhibit Hall
This hall houses the museum’s traveling exhibits. Traveling exhibits help keep the museum exciting. The museum's goal is to create as many learning opportunities as possible, and traveling exhibits help ensure that.
This high energy activity space gets kids up and moving. Kids can see how they measure up to physical challenges such as strength, endurance, and speed by using our mini-climbing wall, becoming a virtual athlete, or racing animals in the jungle!
This exhibit is the perfect work shop for young inventors and all the children who always want to know just how things work. Kids can generate electricity, design airplanes and learn all about the fun of engineering.
Design + Build
In this exhibit, kids can become architects and designers. Our house is always ready for renovation and constructions. Kids can operate a giant crane, or even redesign downtown Tampa. This exhibit also contains Tot’s Construction, a dedicated area for children under three.
This “media zone” gives kids the chance to explore high- and low-tech communications, language, and media in a hands-on way. Visitors can control the news cameras in the control center, or even give a weather report in front of a blue screen.
Kids have the chance to swoop and soar over Tampa Bay in a replica 1900s biplane.
My House, Your House
This specially designed multi-cultural house allows children to explore the world through food, stories, art and music. Neighboring Twinkle Stars Theater allows children to create their own play, or experiment with lights and sounds.
Events and Birthdays
Beautifully located in the heart of downtown Tampa, the Glazer Children’s Museum is also a unique event venue with spectacular views of the downtown skyline and Hillsborough River. Our third floor event space can accommodate up to 500 guests and includes a state of the art A/V system. There are also multiple meeting and event rooms available located on Levels 1 and 3, renting the full museum accommodates 1500 guests. Full catering options are also available.
The Glazer Children’s museum offers a wide range of birthday packages to fit every child and budget. There are several party options available, as well as optional upgrades for more guests, party themes, games, balloons and much more. You can even reserve the entire museum for a kid birthday party of a lifetime!