The weather is beautiful and fall is finally in full swing! This is the season to spend time with your family, and to get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather. Many families try to use this time of year to give back to the community and it is a great time to teach the kids about the importance of giving. Before you head out in search of family fun, check out some of our favorite events, you may even get some shopping done while you’re at it!

Top Picks for Holiday Shopping

Junior League Holiday Gift Market When it comes to holiday shopping, the early bird gets the worm. Join the Junior league on November 7-9 for their 11th annual Holiday Gift Market. Held at the Florida State Fair Grounds, guests can stroll through a winter wonderland with over 130 vendors and merchants offering unique gifts for everyone on your list. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tickets to enter are $8 each to benefit the Junior League’s work in education and child welfare. For more information, visit

Dunedin Fine Art Center Annual Art Show and Sale Get something classy for the art lover in your family. The Dunedin Fine Art Center hosts a tradition that is as fun to shop as it is to give the gift. Guests can select a piece of art straight from the wall and purchase it, and can browse decorated trees for handmade ornaments and gifts. The exhibit is free and runs from November 1 to December 31 in downtown Dunedin/Clearwater. For more info, visit

Free Santa Photo Gift Bring your kids to the winter wonderland of International Plaza and visit Santa from November 6 through December 24. Families will also receive a free photo gift with a purchase. This is a great way to keep your tradition of seeing Santa while saving money. For more information, visit

Veterans Day Activities

Veterans Day at the Glazer Children’s Museum As a thank you to veterans, military families will receive free admission to the Glazer Children’s Museum with military ID. There will also be special programs featuring Uncle Sam and Martha Washington to teach kids about American history. Visit for more details.

Veterans Day at MOSI To show appreciation to active and retired military personnel, EMTs, firefighters, first responders, and police officers, MOSI is offering a day of $5 admission. Visit for more information.

Veterans Day at the Zoo Military personnel, retired, active and veterans, and as many as 3 family members can come to the Lowry Park Zoo for free! All you need is your military ID for free entry. Visit for more information.

Top Picks for the Whole Family to Give Back

High Risk Hope Tot Trot Bring out the kids for the second annual tot trot at Gadsden Park on November 15 at 9:30 am. There will be a DJ, toddler play area, Tampa Bay Lightning truck, and even dancing after the 3K walk. It is $25 for adults and $15 for kids to participate, and you can even get a 15% discount on your registration when you use code TBP at checkout. Proceeds benefit High Risk Hope, helping premie babies and parents with high risk babies. Check out to register and get more information.

St Jude Give Thanks Walk Teach your kids about giving back and being thankful this year with the St. Jude Give Thanks walk. The walk takes place on November 22 at 8:30 am in Al Lopez Park in Tampa. This walk is a 5k, and will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which provides life saving help to kids battling cancer. More than 65 communities around the country will be walking as well. Registration is free, but families are encouraged to fundraise. Visit for more details.

Tampa Pig Jig On November 8 at 2 pm, families can come out and enjoy live music, a delicious barbecue competition, games, and food at the beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This laid back event is a great way for families to enjoy the beautiful Tampa skyline while supporting the nonprofit NephCure Kidney International Foundation. For more info, visit

Top Picks for a Night Out

The Mother of all Baby Showers Check out this adults-only night out presented by Tampa General Hospital Women’s Center to celebrate pregnancy and motherhood. On November 14 at 5:30 p.m. parents can come out to the Glazer Children’s Museum for educational sessions, vendors, mini-spa treatments, swag bags, and give-aways. Admission ranges from $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple to $45 for a VIP couple. Use code MOAB when registering online and get $5 off!

Mockingjay Movie Release Party If your kids are fans of the Hunger Games, they are probably very excited for the new movie, Mockingjay Part 1. In celebration, on November 15 at 4:30