Kids Activities in Thonotosassa

$25 for a Laser Tag Package for Four with Pizza and Soda at Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center ($51.75 Value)

Xtreme Adventure Family Fun Center

Land O' Lakes

$51.75 $25

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This 6,000 sq. ft. laser-tag arena stretches across multiple levels, which surround players with black-lit passageways and chambers

Harvest Holler Corn Maze for Two or Four (40% Off)

Harvest Holler Corn Maze

Lakeland

$20 $12

Guests weave their way through a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch, and engage in fun family activities such as hayrides and tire swings

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Unlimited Trampoline Jumping for Two or Four at AirHeads Trampoline Arena (Up to 36% Off)

AirHeads Trampoline Arena

Multiple Locations

$35.90 $23

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Spend a hot or rainy day bouncing across colorful, wall-to-wall trampolines with dodgeball and basketball areas

Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf and Optional Laser Maze at Glowgolf (Up to 60% Off). Four Options Available.

Glowgolf

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Luminescent golf balls, putters, and walls illume players negotiating a tricky, themed course; lasers crisscross challenging maze

Roller Skating Package for Two or Four, or Birthday Party for 10 at Town & Country Skateworld (Up to 46% Off)

Town & Country Skateworld

Town N County Park

$26 $15

Roller rink immerses skaters in thumping music, lights, and fog; birthday parties include pizza, soda, and party favors for each guest

$12 for $20 Worth of Batting Practice — Heaters Sports

Heaters Sports

Tampa

$20 $12

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$17 for Four Indoor Playground Visits to Jump!Zone ($38.50 value)

Jump!Zone

Tampa

$38.50 $17

Kids clamber and bound over seven giant inflatables such as pirate ships, dinosaurs, Disney princess castles, and Batman obstacle courses

Four Laser-Tag Sessions for Two or Four or Unlimited Sessions for Two at LaserStrike (Up to 55% Off)

LaserStrike

Tampa

$39 $19

Indoor laser tag arena spans 3,800 sq. ft. and features neon lights and various game formats

$19 for Two-Hour Unlimited Arcade-Game Package at GameTime (Up to $45 Value)

GameTime

Tampa

$45 $19

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Racing and shooting games alongside basketball and skee-ball machines and redemption games offering fun prizes

$30 for $60 Groupon — Jim Chambers Music Box

Jim Chambers Music Box

Lake Magdalene

$60 $30

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$125 for a Manchester United Birthday Package for Up to 12 Kids at Cinco Soccer ($195 Value)

Cinco Soccer

Tampa

$195 $125

Soccer counselors get kids running around the field during 1.5 hour birthday celebrations

Memorial Museum Visit for Two or One-Year Companion or Family Membership (Up to 47% Off)

American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum

Channel District

$20 $12

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Shipboard museum showcases historic artifacts on a 455 ft. cargo vessel that survived WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War

$17 for $30 Worth of Services at JCD Productions

Jcd Productions

On Location

$30 $17

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Trampolining and Video Gaming Session for One, Two, or Four at Boing! Jump Center (Up to 57% Off)

BOING! Jump Center

Tampa/Brandon

$40 $20

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12,000 square feet of trampolines and a expansive arcade with prize center

Paddleboard Lessons with Four-Hour Paddle Session for One or Two at Siesta Key Paddleboards (Up to 57%Off)

Siesta Key Paddleboards

On Location

$69 $32

After a lesson, participants may apply their learned skills to freely navigate waters during four-hour playtime paddle sessions

$12 for $23 Worth of Music Lessons — Tampa Piano Academy

Tampa Piano Academy

On Location

$23 $12

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Two, Four, or Six 30-Minute Lessons at Jessica's Piano Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Jessica's Piano Studio

Grace Baptist Church

$50 $25

Teacher draws from bachelor's in piano pedagogy and master’s in elementary education to give students comprehensive music instruction

One Month of Basketball Camp with Optional One-on-One Training from Argus Elite Skills Training (Up to 59% Off)

Argus Elite Skills Training

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Kids from grades 5-12 perfect their dribbling, shooting, and defense skills during camps and individual sessions

Viola, Violin, Voice, or Piano Lessons at Tampa Bay Music Academy (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Tampa Bay Music Academy

Keystone

$50 $25

Instructors teach students of all ages and skill levels to coax music from violin and viola strings, piano keys, or their own vocal cords

Safari Ride for Two or Four at Safari Wilderness Ranch (Up to 45% Off)

Safari Wilderness Ranch

Lakeland

$150 $90

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Experienced guides lead up to 40 riders through a 260-acre game reserve filled with African herd animals including springboks and elands

$272 for $495 Worth of Laser Tag — Code Zero FPS Inc

Code Zero Fps Inc

Redeem from Home

$495 $272

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Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Family Membership at Florida Air Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Florida Air Museum

Lakeland Municipal Airport

$20 $10

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Aviation museum displays homebuilt and military planes, plus artifacts from the largest collection of Howard Hughes memorabilia in the world

One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

Repticon FIRExpo for Two Adults and Two Children at The Lakeland Center on September 13 or 14 (Up to 50% Off)

Repticon FIRExpo

The Lakeland Center

$30 $15

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures' behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

$82 Off Family Membership to Suncoast Primate Sanctuary ($150 Value)

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

Palm Harbor

$150 $82

Members visit more than 100 apes, birds, reptiles, and other animals that call the park home; includes events, discounts, and other benefits

Sea Fari Adventure Cruise for Two Adults or a Family of Four from Sun Line Cruises (44% Off)

Sun Line Cruises

Tarpon Springs

$32 $17.99

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Cruises head to the Gulf of Mexico; a guide shares facts about the estuaries, bayous, wildlife, and shore birds.

$25 for Bowling for Up to Six with a Pitcher of Soda at Lane Glo Bowl ($50.50 Value)

Lane Glo Bowl

Multiple Locations

$50.50 $25

Up to six guests enjoy bowling and soft drinks in a modern facility with automatic scoring systems

$20 for $40 Worth of Services at Mullins Music

Mullins Music

Ridgewood

$40 $20

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2 or 10 Individual Children's Play Passes at Escape Zone (Up to 64% Off)

Escape Zone

Port Richey

$14 $7

Children can leap inside a bounce house, zip down a slide, or test their mettle on an obstacle course or video game

Two- or Four-Hour Kayak or Paddleboard Rental for Two People at Kayak Valet (Up to 51% Off)

Kayak Valet

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Kayaks and paddleboards designed for safety and stability engage first-timers in water sports.

Full-Day Visits for One or Two at Florida Holocaust Museum (Up to 53% Off)

Florida Holocaust Museum

Saint Petersburg

$16 $8

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To promote its message of tolerance, the museum bears witness to the Holocaust with original artifacts and stories from survivors

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$50 for $100 Worth of Violin, Piano, Guitar, and Voice Lessons at Thompson's Music

Thompson's Music

St. Petersburg

$100 $50

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$17 for a One-Hour Paddleboard Rental from Saltwater Kite & Paddle ($35 Value)

Saltwater Kite & Paddle

St. Pete Beach

$35 $17

Experts endow guests with boards and paddles, along with a brief tutorial, before setting them free on a one-hour jaunt

One Day at Sunken Gardens for Two, or One Annual Family Membership (Up to 50% Off)

Sunken Gardens

Crescent Lake

$16 $9

100-year-old botanical museum houses more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers, as well as flamingos and turtles

Two Games of Bowling and Rental Shoes for Two, Four, or Six at Countryside Lanes (Up to 49% Off)

Countryside Lanes

Clearwater

$23 $12

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Join friends for a two games of toppling pins at an alley owned by a bowling Hall of Famer

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Visit, Membership, Animal Adoption, Camp, Party, or Boat Tour (Up to 43% Off)

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater

$19.95 $11.95

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Learn the real-life story of Winter and Hope from Dolphin Tale 2, then meet other marine animals that the aquarium team work to rehab & save

Visit for Two or One-Year Family Membership to The Armed Forces History Museum (Up to 53% Off)

The Armed Forces History Museum

Largo

$35.90 $17

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Day or year-round access to a museum of armed-forces memorabilia, interactive exhibits, dioramas, and audio visual effects

$35 for Bowling for Six with Shoe Rentals, Pizza, and Soda at Mariner Bowling Lanes (Up to $88.52 Value)

Mariner Bowling Lanes

Spring Hill

$88.52 $35

Pizza and soda fuel bowlers for two games; shoe rentals included

Mini Golf, Batting Cages, Arcade Tokens, and Ice Cream for Two or Four at Spring Hill Fun Zone (Up to 60% Off)

Spring Hill Fun Zone

Spring Hill

$32 $13

A Dairy Queen mini Blizzard treats taste buds as guests test their skills on the mini-golf course, batting cages, and indoor arcade games

Pizza and Arcade Package at Treasure Island Fun Center (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Treasure Island Fun Center

Seminole

$42.06 $25

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Racing games, pinball machines, Ms. Pac-Man & Deal or No Deal gobble up tokens as gamers gobble up large pizza & four drinks

$14 for One Round of Mini Golf for Two at Smuggler's Cove (Up to $25.98 Value)

Smuggler's Cove

Multiple Locations

$25.98 $14

Pirate-themed miniature golf where balls roll past waterfalls & into caves; exhibits such as golfing with the gators feature live alligators

$16 for Family Visit for Five with Alligator Holding and Feeding at The Alligator Attraction ($33 Value)

The Alligator Attraction

Madeira Beach

$33 $16

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Visitors use long fishing poles to feed hot dogs to gators that are 18 to 48 inches long and hold a large gator with its mouth taped shut

$39 for Two Hours of Bowling for 5 with Shoe Rentals and a Large Pizza at Cypress Lanes (Up to $67.20 Value)

Cypress Lanes

Cypress Lanes

$67.20 $39

Groups of up to five bowlers play unlimited games across two hours and refuel between frames with a large one-topping pizza

Admission for Two or Four to South Florida Museum (Up to 51% Off)

South Florida Museum

Downtown Bradenton

$36 $18

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Special and permanent exhibitions explore everything from fossilized mammals to historical surgical implements

$40 for $80 Toward Bucket Drumming for Kids - Musicology 1 On 1

Musicology: 1on1

Lost Lake

$80 $40

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Beginner or Advanced Paddleboard Lesson for One or Two at Serenity Paddleboarding (Up to 57% Off)

Serenity Paddleboarding

Waterfront Park

$45 $22

Beginner classes cover SUP basics to get all levels up on the board; advanced classes teach advanced turns, paddle stroke analysis, and more

$29 for Visit for Four to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary (Up to $60 Value) 

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Sarasota

$60 $29

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Lions, tigers, bears, ligers, birds, lemurs, tortoises, primates, and a petting zoo await visitors at this wildlife sanctuary

$25 for $50 Groupon — AllStar Music Academy Inc

Allstar Music Academy Inc

Desoto Village

$50 $25

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8- or 16-Class Basic Skills Ice-Skating Package at Citrus Figure Skating Club (Up to 58% Off)

Citrus Figure Skating Club

St. Cloud

$234 $99

Students of all ages learn skating fundamentals, including forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns

Go-Kart or Indy-Kart Package with Arcade Tokens and Gator Feeding for Two at Kissimmee Go-Karts (Up to 70% Off)

Kissimmee Go-Karts

Kissimmee

$84 $25

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Track sends go-karts racing, tokens unlock access to 50 game machines, and gator food lets patrons feed live alligators

Alligator Academy Visit for One, Two, or Four from Gator Adventure Productions (Up to 71% Off)

Gator Adventure Productions

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Visitors get up-close views of crocodiles and alligators as they learn how to feed and catch them

Ice-Skating Outing for Two or Four at The Ice Factory of Central Florida (Up to 57% Off)

The Ice Factory of Central Florida

St. Cloud

$30 $15

Hockey or figure skates slip onto feet before slicing ice in NHL-size skating rink

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Museum of Military History (50% Off)

Museum of Military History

Kissimmee

$14 $7

Museum hosts workshops, lectures, and interactive exhibits to help museum-goers better understand the combat experience of American veterans

$39 for Bowling for Six with Shoe Rental, Popcorn, and Soda at Orange Bowl Lanes ($75.90 Value)

Orange Bowl Lanes

Kissimmee

$75.90 $39

Twelve-lane alley stays open until 2 a.m. five nights a week and until midnight on Mondays and Wednesdays

$59 for Four 30-Minute Individual Music Lessons at Starke Lake Studios ($120 Value)

Starke Lake Studios

Maguire To Ocoee

$120 $59

Music lessons in everything from voice and song writing to guitar and drums take place in a platinum recording studio with studio musicians

Private or Semi-Private Lessons at Drum Lessons with Billy Ashbaugh (51% Off)

Drum Lessons with Billy Ashbaugh

St Cloud

$80 $39

A touring and recording drummer teaches one or two students in equipped studios

$100 for $199 Worth of Sleepaway Camp at Camp Geneva / ACA Academy

Camp Geneva / ACA Academy

Piney Woods

$199 $100

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$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

The Other Bar

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Indoor Playground Admission for a Child 1–3 or 4–12 Years Old at Galaxy Fun Orlando (50% Off)

Galaxy Fun Orlando

Southwest Orange

$9.99 $4.99

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Children caper about age-appropriate indoor playground equipment with neon, outer-space theme

Sesame Street Live: "Make A New Friend" at CFE Arena on October 7–8 (Up to 44% Off)

Sesame Street Live: "Make A New Friend"

CFE Arena

$29.85 $18

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Grover, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster learn that friendship is universal when a foreign visitor arrives at Sesame Street

Bowling, Shoe Rental, Billiards, and Shuffleboard at Kings Bowl (Up 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Kings Bowl

Southwest Orange

$40 $19.99

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Massive entertainment complex features 22 bowling lanes, four billiards tables, a shuffleboard table, HDTVs, food, and cocktails

One- or Two-Hour of Paddleboard Rental at Orlando Watersports Complex (Up to 60% Value)

Orlando Watersports Complex

Orlando

$25 $12

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Propel yourself along the water's surface atop standup paddleboards, with instructors standing by to help

Four or Eight Play-Center Visits with Arcade Cards or Birthday Party for Up to 24 at Monkey Joe's (Up to 41% Off)

Monkey Joe's

Multiple Locations

$48.96 $29

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Kids bound over inflatables, slides, and obstacle courses during parties or open-play sessions at an inflatable indoor playground and arcade

$14 for a Day at CoCo Key Water Park Orlando ( Up To a $24.95 Value)

CoCo Key Water Park Orlando

CoCo Key Water Park Orlando

$24.95 $14

54,000 sq. ft. water park with 14 slides, including 3 signature slides, interactive-play island, refreshing pools, and a bar for grownups

Paddleboard Lesson at Kindred Board Company (Up to 58% Off). Three Options Available.

Kindred Board Company

Harbor Park

$85 $42

Learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding, safety, stance, and paddle techniques on the lake from enthusiastic, encouraging instructors

Unlimited Trampoline Jumping for Two or Four at AirHeads Trampoline Arena in Orlando (Up to 36% Off)

AirHeads Trampoline Arena

South Orange

$35.90 $23

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Spend a hot or rainy day bouncing across colorful, wall-to-wall trampolines with dodgeball and basketball areas

One Hour or Unlimited Jump Time for 2 or 4 with Pizza or Birthday for 15 at Rebounderz Orlando (Up to 46% Off)

Rebounderz Orlando

Florida Center

$38 $22

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Kids can let loose on trampolines that line floors and walls, doing tricks as they land in soft foam pits or playing aerial dodge ball

Miniature Golf for Two or Four at Hawaiian Rumble (Up to 60% Off)

Hawaiian Rumble

Multiple Locations

$19.90 $9.50

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Two miniature-golf courses feature obstacles such as a 50 ft. volcano, a waterfall, and streams

WhirlyBall or Laser Tag with Drinks or Arcade Gaming at WhirlyDome (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

WhirlyDome

Orlando

$40 $24

Entertainment center with a WhirlyBall court, black-light laser tag, arcade games, and a bar

Two-Hour Laser-Tag Outing with a Slice of Pizza for One, Two, or Four at Battleground Orlando Laser Tag (Up to 62% Off)

Battleground Orlando Laser Tag

Orlando

$29.95 $15

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Hide behind indoor- or outdoor-course obstacles, zapping competitors with infrared laser beams and evading beams in return

90-Minute Standup-Paddleboarding Rental for One or Two from Haole Paddle Board (Up to 52% Off)

Haole Paddle Board

Lake Ivanhoe Park

$60 $30

Dip a confident toe into the sport of standup paddleboarding with a 90-minute introductory lesson and excursion across Lake Ivanhoe

$17 for $30 Worth of Music Lessons — Simon Music

Simon Music

Orlando

$30 $17

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$29 for One Month of Open-Gym at Gymboree Play and Music ($65 Value)

Gymboree Play and Music

Multiple Locations

$65 $29

Innovative play environment encourages creativity and physical activity

Standup-Paddleboard Lesson or Eco Tour for One, Two, or Four at Central Florida Paddleboarding (Up to 54% Off)

Central Florida Paddleboarding

Multiple Locations

$75 $35

Trained and certified instructors lead groups on eco tours or teach them to paddleboard

Visit for Two, Dual Family Membership, or Contributing Membership to the Orlando Museum of Art (Up to 50% Off)

Orlando Museum of Art

Loch Haven Park

$16 $8

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Nationally accredited museum hosts special exhibitions and a permanent collection of American and African art from ancient and modern eras

Mini Golf and Optional Paddleboat Rides for Two or Four at Volcano Island Miniature Golf (Up to 62% Off)

Volcano Island Miniature Golf

Orlando

$36.90 $14

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18 holes of golf wind through dinosaur statues, waterfalls, and volcanoes that spew fire; paddleboat also makes this prehistoric journey

60- or 90-Minute Birthday Party from Fun Bus (Up to 50% Off)

Fun Bus

On Location

$250 $125

Two certified instructors lead play sessions on a stationary school bus outfitted with trampolines and cushy structures

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Someone's little brother shrieks, mournful at being too small to play laser tag with his cousins. Another youngster wants to bowl, but can’t pick up the ball. To Terrace Sports's manager, John McMillan, these are simple problems. A crew member scurries through the laser-tag arena, holding the toy gun for the little boy who would otherwise be too small to play. Another sets up a ramp at the top of a bowling lane, helping the toddler to push the ball into the pins with a satisfying clatter.

Smiling on as his staff solves such crises, McMillan strolls through Terrace Sports, which he remodeled after taking the reins from his father. Leading the way to the laser-tag arena, skating-rink, indoor-climbing wall, bowling alley, and arcade, murals stretch down the entryway, saluting the nearby Hillsborough River with more than 85 depictions of the waterway’s inhabitants, dynamic ecosystem, and naturally occurring steamboats. The entryway leads to the snack bar, where a full menu of gator tail, buffalo burgers, and sweet-potato fries glide down countertops handcrafted from teak and embellished by solid-brass elephant heads.

Entering the laser-tag arena gives one the sensation of delving into the interior of a complex machine, with mechanical parts strung with LED lights lining the walls and generating an eerie glow. Imaginations run wild as players choose to take on roles as monarchy loyalists or rebel forces, with both sides fighting for command of the heart of the machine and firing at one another's bases. The guns, powered by unlimited ammo, unleash streams of crimson and emerald light, and fiber-optic aiming ensures pinpoint accuracy. Vests beep when another player is taking aim, giving warriors a moment to find obstacles to hide behind or nearby portraits of themselves to hide in front of. On an observation deck, cheers rise from friends and chaperones as a 32-inch monitor displays scoring and live footage from six in-arena cameras.

5311 E Busch Blvd.
Temple Terrace,
FL
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At HorseFleet Academy, experienced equestrian Kat Wiggins hones the horseback acumen of riders both new and seasoned during focused, private lessons. Specializing in English–style riding, Wiggins helps beginners of all ages learn the basics of balance and control before they attempt to jump gorges, ford rivers, or lasso another rider’s lasso. More advanced students can display the fruits of their training at local horse shows or attend clinics to learn among expert riders and show judges.

4427 Hill Dr
Valrico,
FL
US

For more than two decades, Pam Roush has been hosre-training equivalent of a Harvard professor. Her alumni regularly accumulate blue ribbons, awards, and credits such as the UPHA Chapter 16's "Horse of the Year" award. Notable former students include CH My Heart, Top Star Willie, and Galahad's Gold Mine, which all received the "Best of Breed" honor from Saddle and Bridle after spending time under her tutelage.

On Avalon Stables’ 30 acres of open pastures, Pam and her assistant trainers provide boarding and training services for horses, as well as lessons for riders of all ages. They address individual riding goals during private lessons, encourage camaraderie through group lessons, and introduce to riding at children's camps, where kids bond with horses that tell ghost stories.

18029 Lake Reflections Blvd
Lutz,
FL
US

The high-energy activities under Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center’s roof instigate rushes of adrenaline in technicolor environs. In the multileveled, 6,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, teams of combatants track down their opponents as they navigate serpentine passageways, duck around forest plants, and circumvent digital quicksand. Padded Crazy Cars spin 360 degrees as drivers ricochet around the rink, while on the trampolines lining the walls and floor of the Xtreme Jump pit, visitors of all ages traverse its elastic expanses in leaps and bounds. After their adventures, they can sample snacks from the Xtreme Cafe & Bar, including pizza, sandwiches, and wings.

24810 State Road 54
Lutz,
FL
US

Though the creatures on display at Dinosaur World don’t need much space to roam, plenty of care has been taken to furnish them a comfortable habitat. They peer imposingly from the hillsides of Kentucky, crane their necks up through native trees, and stomp through prairie fields. Although a life-size mammoth or T. rex might be hard to miss, little visitors might still jump with delight at noticing a baby dino suddenly appear from behind a bush. Giant brachiosaurus necks arch high above treetops, while toothy meat-eaters and spiny stegosauruses roam the world below. The fiberglass, steel, and concrete models reach up to 80 feet in length, and are built according to the latest scientific discoveries about what dinosaurs looked like and what styles were trendy in the Mesozoic era.

The first Dinosaur World location was a former alligator farm in Florida and five years later another one was opened in Kentucky. As Swedish-born Christer Svensson began to fill it with statues, he consulted with experts around the world to not only create realistic reptiles but to surround them with fun, educational activities. Kids can sift through sand to find shark’s teeth, gastropod shells, and trilobites in a fossil dig, get to know some lizards a little better on the playground, or examine ancient eggs and raptor claws in the museum.

5145 Harvey Tew Rd
Plant City,
FL
US

Photography is ubiquitous in contemporary life and culture. The founders of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts recognized this fact, so they sought to create a setting where visitors from all walks of life could appreciate and experience photography. As one of the few photography museums in the country, FMoPA presents exhibitions, which exclusively use this medium to explore themes that expose some intriguing or exciting aspect of history or modern, everyday life. This focus allows the museum to prominently feature pieces that other art institutions might not necessarily show, such as works of photojournalism or historic photographs.

In addition to scheduling upcoming exhibitions, FMoPA also includes a permanent collection. The collection aims to preserve particularly important images, such as those of various masters of the medium, including Harold Edgerton, Clyde Butcher, Hans Silvester, and Berenice Abbott.

After studying the museum's exhibitions?which can include images culled from national and international sources?guests can step behind the camera themselves during photography workshops for students of all skill levels. Then, budding photographers can display their latest shots at 15 Minutes of Fame, a showcase where up to six presenters exhibit and discuss their original work. They also host a photography group, the Photo League, for those photographers that want to share tips and helpful hints once a month.

400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa,
FL
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