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Join us at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s Evening of Play THIS FRIDAY!

I’m going to be playing the accordion — and a lot of games, too — at the Evening of Play at the Glazer Children’s Museum this Friday, October 15th! Join me there!

What is the Evening of Play?

The Evening of Play is a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Glazer Children’s Museum, whose mission is to provide the children of Tampa Bay with a clean, safe, and fun outlet for imagination and discovery.

It happens this Friday, October 15th, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Glazer Children’s Museum (110 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa). You’ll have access to all the exhibits in the Museum, enjoy drinks and food, and play classic children’s games with grown-up twists. All the proceeds will go to support this non-profit children’s museum.

Play is central to all the activities at the Museum, and it’s important for development in children. It’s through play that children learn resilience, problem-solving, risk-taking, and empathy.

It’s all too easy to dismiss play as an unproductive use of a child’s time, but there’s a reason that we have the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It’s also important for healthy brain development!

It’s also important to remember that play isn’t just for kids. Research is increasingly showing that play is also good for keeping adults physically and mentally healthy.  Part of the purpose of the Evening of Play is to remind us of that fact by letting us partake in play — and this time, without the kids.

What will happen at the Evening of Play?

Hungry Hungry Humans

A game of Hungry Hungry Humans

We’re bringing this classic game to life! Grab a laundry basket, a flat scooter, and your friend’s ankles, and get to work collecting as many giant marbles as you can! The team that collects the most marbles wins the game! Goofiness and giggles guaranteed.

Race up the Climber

The climber at the Glazer Children’s Museum

Channel your childhood playground energy and climb through our popular Water’s Journey Climber! Find a friend and challenge them to race you to the top of the climber, which is over two stories tall. The first one to ring the bell wins the game!

Gaga Ball

A game of Gaga Ball

It’s like dodgeball without the gym class anxiety of being picked last, phew! Hop into our gaga pit and get ready to yell GA-GA-GO! Bounce the ball around the pit and try to hit the other players below the knee. If you succeed, they’re out! The last person in the pit wins the game!

Parachute play

Children playing with a parachute

Are you nostalgic for parachute day at school? Us too! Gather your friends and grab a handle to join in a game of parachute play. Run under the parachute to trade places with a friend before the parachute touches you! Then see how far the group can lift the balls up into the sky.

Be the hamster and make an adult sno-cone!

“Be the Hamster” logoJoe Donoghue’s company, Be the Hamster, is going to be at the event, along with the machine that inspired the company’s name: a giant human-scale “hamster wheel” that powers a sno-cone-making machine!

You’ll get the chance to hop into the wheel and go for a quick run, which will power a machine that shaves ice and dispenses it into a cup. You’ll also operate hand cranks that will take the cup down a conveyor belt, a spring-loaded hammer to press the ice into your cup, and add flavors and optional alcohol to make a great evening sno-cone!

How can you attend the Evening of Play?

Tickets are $60.00 each, but if you bring a friend, it’s $100 for two tickets. Once again, proceeds go to the Glazer Children’s Museum, which is a non-profit organization.

Want to attend? Visit the registration site and set yourself up for an Evening of Play!

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A delightfully cool day in Tampa

Our front yard, with a paved path, liriopes, and both deciduous and palm trees.
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It’s 20° C (68° F) in Tampa this morning. Some locals will consider this chilly, but having grown up in Toronto, I find this delightfully cool. I’m going to take the work laptop to the “front porch office” today.

A screened-in front porch with a chair, table, and two laptop computers. There is a view of a garden with a tree-lined residential street corner.

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Tampa Bay deal of day: A one-of-a-kind James Bond chiffonier!

Why just get a dresser when you can get a chiffonier? And why just get a chiffonier when you can get one with the hand-painted image of Commander James Bond — original recipe Sean Connery Bond, no less — lovingly painted on the front drawers?I have no idea how it looks up close, but it does look pretty nice in the photos. If our place wasn’t already brimming with furniture, and if it matched our color scheme, I might have bought it.

If you want it, check out its page on Facebook Marketplace and be ready to go to Temple Terrace in Tampa to pick it up. The asking price is $550, but that’s a pittance to pay for the best of all the double-0 agents.

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I’ll be at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s Birthday Bash this Saturday!

I’ll be at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s Birthday Bash this Saturday, September 25th! (There may even be an accordion performance or two.)

What’s the Glazer Children’s Museum?

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The Glazer Children’s Museum is Tampa’s children’s museum, located in downtown Tampa. It’s the home of a lot of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and space to run around, climb, read, and make friends.

Children’s museums are important. They provide a place to learn and explore interests through hands-on experiences and activities. When you’re young, nothing expands your mind like interactivity that engages all the senses, and that’s something that children’s museums do very, very well.

The Glazer Children’s Museum’s mission is to serve the children of Tampa Bay by providing a clean, safe, and fun outlet for imagination and discovery.

What’s the Glazer Children’s Museum’s Birthday Bash?

In September 2010, the Glazer Children’s Museum first opened its doors to children and their families, and it’s time to celebrate the Museum’s 11th birthday!

The birthday bash will take place in Curtis Hixon Park, which is right in front of the Museum this Saturday, September 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. There will be fun, play, surprises and special guests, including:

  • 501st Legion (Yes, there will be Stormtroopers!)
  • Arts4All
  • Barrington Bolts Middle School Jazz Band
  • Be the Hamster
  • Bill Edwards Foundation
  • Brandon Academy Rock Band
  • Bucs Cheerleaders + Captain Fear
  • CARD
  • CBHC
  • Cinco Soccer
  • Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band
  • Coda Sounds
  • Costumers With a Cause
  • Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
  • The Dalí Museum
  • Dialed in Golf Solutions
  • Ilene Lieber + Zooey
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay
  • Glazer Vision Foundation
  • Learn & Play Tampa Bay
  • Paws for Friendship
  • Rooted in Play
  • Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine
  • Tampa Downtown Partnership
  • Tampa Hackerspace
  • Tampa Bay Water
  • Teens in Action
  • UnMonsters™
  • WMNF
  • Zubrick Magic Theater

There will also be a sensory-friendly birthday bash on Sunday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.!

How can you make a reservation?

Reservations are FREE, but if you can do so, you can make a donation to help support the work that the Glazer Children’s Museum does.

Want to know more about the birthday bash? Here’s the Glazer Children’s Museum’s page for the event.

Follow these links to make reservations:

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We enjoyed Hasan Minhaj’s new comedy show, The King’s Jester

Anitra and I caught Hasan Minhaj’s new show, The King’s Jester, last night at the Straz Center. Long story short: He’s still on top of his funny story-telling game, and still able to weave the hilarious, harrowing, and heartbreaking into a single, beautiful thread.

There were two shows in Tampa last night: one at 7:00 (the one we caught) and a second at 10:00. These were the second and third shows of the tour — the first one was on Friday in Miami — and it had all the energy of a brand new venture. There are still tickets for this afternoon’s show in Orlando at 5:30.

It may help if you know a little bit about the story  where he spoke at the Time 100 gala in 2019 about how he called out Jared Kushner to speak to his buddy Prince Mohammed bin Salman “MBS” Al Saud (the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, with whom Kushner chats via WhatsApp) to free Loujain al-Hathloul, an activist imprison for championing women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia:

If you want to find out how one joke got him into comedy — and how another almost got him out of it — you should catch this show. I don’t want to give away too much, but if you’re a fan of his Netflix show, Patriot Act, you’ll learn its secret origin in its show.

If you’re concerned about these shows being possible superspreader events, you may be pleased to know that:

  • You need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to be admitted.
  • You need to wear a mask to attend the show (and no food or drink is allowed inside the auditorium.
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Tampa Bay deal of the day: “Limited edition” life-size Spider-Man statue ($1,500)

To help promote the DVD release of the 2002 Spider-Man film (the one with Tobey Maguire as the titular character), Blockbuster commissioned a few thousand “limited edition” life-size statues for their stores. You can find a number of these status on eBay and various online reseller forums, and one’s just popped up in the Tampa Bay Facebook Marketplace — it’s selling for $1,500.

Here’s the copy from the posting on Facebook Marketplace:

Life-size Spiderman statue, Blockbuster Limited addition with base. Only 3200 made!
Has some damage to one foot and a few scrapes but other wise good condition.

Here’s a close-up of that foot damage:

Aside from that, it’s got the wear and tear you’d expect from a display at a once-busy store and twenty years’ passage of time.

As with any “collectible”, it has “certificates of authenticity” — they’re on the statue’s base:

Interested? Contact the seller on their Facebook Marketplace listing!

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Anitra and I read “Where the WIld Things Are” on “Storytime with Daniel Tiger”

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As I mentioned a few weeks back, Anitra and I spent part of one Sunday morning at the Glazer Children’s Museum (where Anitra is on the board) recording a reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are to Daniel Tiger of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame, who now has his own show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

The video’s ready now, and you can either watch it on the Storytime with Daniel Tiger section of the museum’s site, or check it out below. Enjoy!