Summer is finally here and the weather is heating up. With all of the great events happening all around the Bay Area, your vacation or even staycation is sure to be a blast. Start your summer with a bang and make this one of the best summers that your kids will ever remember with these exciting events, including some special events to celebrate dads!

Strike Out Cancer Night
Join the Tampa Bay Yankees on June 6 at 6 p.m. for a night to strike out cancer! Festivities for the night will include a BayCare water bottle giveaway to the first 500 fans, a food truck rally and post-game fireworks. Players will be wearing custom jerseys which will be auctioned during the game in a silent auction with proceeds from the event to benefit BayCare . Tickets start at $4, gates open at 5 p.m., and parking is always free. This is a great event for everyone in the family and will give you a reason to get out and enjoy the summer for a great cause!

Summer Classics Movie Series
Starting on June 7, the historic Tampa Theatre will be holding its annual summer classics movie series. Starting with the Wizard of Oz, films including Key Largo, Caddyshack, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Top Hat, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more will be on the big screen all summer long on Sunday afternoons. Perfect for families of all ages, you can even come early for a tour of the theatre. Tickets are only $10 per person and are available online before the show or at the box office.

Father’s Day Events
Celebrate the family mechanic, handy-man, boo boo fixer, taxi-driver and more—DAD!- with some of the amazing events happening around the Bay Area. Take the dads in your life to Lowry Park Zoo or the Florida Aquarium for free admission. If your dad loves to laugh, check out the Pre-Father’s Day Comedy Show with David Mann at the Tampa Theatre. You can also bring him to a fun day at the museum, with discounts at MOSI and Great Explorations. If your dad is athletic, spend the day at the Great Father’s Day Race in Tampa. For more information on these events and for more great deals and events for dad, visit .

Mamma Mia!
Get all of your best friends and your kids together and head to the Straz Center on June 23 through the 28 for the beloved Broadway show, Mamma Mia! This is the ultimate feel good show featuring the music of ABBA, including “Take a Chance on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, and “S.O.S.”. Tickets start at just $37 and are available online before the show or at the box office. Shows will be running at various times.

Flicks and Food Trucks
Come out to the Grand Central at Kennedy in Tampa for gourmet food trucks, independent short films, microbrews, and live music on the third Thursday, June 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is held rain or shine, and is great for a date night, a girl’s night out, or even just a fun evening with your teens. The films will be shown outside, rain or shine! The event is free and open to the public, food truck prices vary.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights
Starting June 27 and running through August 15, families can come out to Busch Gardens and enjoy the park in the dark! At Busch Gardens’ signature summer event, thrill seekers can challenge North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury, and Florida’s first triple launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt, at night. Plus, the fan-favorite, award-winning Kinetix show returns to Summer Nights with nightly performances of its rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics. Every night will also end in an amazing fireworks show.

The Wizard of Oz at the Glazer Children’s Museum
Follow the yellow brick road to the Glazer Children’s Museum through September for the special Wizard of Oz exhibit. See the new traveling exhibit that celebrates the film and literary classic. Included in the price of regular admission, the Wizard of Oz has taken over the third floor of the Glazer Children’s Museum. With over 2500 square feet of fun, you can meet Dorothy and her famous friends, and be sure to learn a little something about this beloved classic film.

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by Angela Ardolino of Tampa Bay Parenting,