Dive Into The All-New Splash and Bubbles: 4-D Undersea Adventure

Put your fins together for the all-new Splash and Bubbles: 4-D Undersea Adventure, premiering at The Florida Aquarium, Friday, April 6. This special run lasts through Thursday, May 17, in the 4-Ducks Theater and promises an undersea adventure like no other. Plus, it is free with Aquarium admission.

The hit PBS KIDS series Splash and Bubbles comes to life in this brand-new 4-D Experience® filled with music, fun and everyone’s favorite citizens of the sea! The 12-minute show was custom created to maximize the special effects of the 4-D Theater and deliver a never-before-seen storyline featuring the series’ endearing and humorous characters. This ocean-themed family-friendly adventure will encourage children to explore the natural undersea world with a focus on interconnectedness, biodiversity and the importance of ocean conservation.

The Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. Visit https://www.flaquarium.org/4-D.

Wet Weather Won’t Drown Out Fun With Busch Gardens’ Spring Break Rain Guarantee
Visitors don’t need to change their plans if rain is in the forecast during a spring break visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park is offering a ‘Spring Break Rain Guarantee’ allowing guests who have a rained-out day at Busch Gardens to come back for a free second visit within 30 days. The offer is valid today through April 30 for single day and multi-day tickets.

In addition to world-class coasters and amazing animal experiences, Busch Gardens fourth annual Food & Wine Festival continues through April 29. 

Full menus, concert lineup, and ticket details are available at www.BuschGardens.com/Tampa.

Get a Free Irrigation Evaluation From County

Spring is the driest season in Central Florida. Having your irrigation system serviced can save you money and conserve water.

In Hillsborough County, a licensed irrigation contractor or plumber is necessary to perform most types of work on your irrigation system. Permits are required for the alteration, replacement or relocation of any standpipe or water supply. If you pull a permit, you will receive a final inspection by the County. Call Development Services at 272-5600 for permit or licensing questions.

If you are a high water user and would like to see if you qualify for a free irrigation evaluation, call Paula Staples, Public Education Program Coordinator at 744-5519 Ext. 54142.

Time to Find Out Who Hillsborough’s Top Skateboarder Really Is

Hillsborough County’s most-skilled skateboarders will showcase their biggest air and most jaw-dropping tricks at the kickoff to this year’s three-tournament Best Shredder series.

Each tournament is held at a different County skate park. Skaters in four age divisions compete for first-, second-, and third-place prizes at each event. At the final tournament, the top point-getter in each age division is named the Best Shredder in Hillsborough County.

The age groups are: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-15, 16 and up. For information, call 671-7635.

Tampa YMCA Wins Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA  announced its win in the Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker, a third annual competition with the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. In total, 1,979 Tampa Bay residents completed 4,185.95 miles during the 12-hour event, surpassing the First Coast by about 1,385.15 miles. For the First Coast, 1,368 residents logged 2,800.80 miles. Together, the Tampa YMCA and First Coast YMCA leveraged a friendly competition to inspire community members to become more physically active and adopt healthier lifestyles. 

“The remarkable turnout of the Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker has once again demonstrated the importance of community involvement in improving Florida’s health and well-being,” said Tampa YMCA President & CEO Matt Mitchell. “While this year’s tie-breaker ended in our favor, both Y associations remain committed to strengthening the health of our communities.”

In addition to participating at their neighborhood Y, community members were able to join the competition from other locations via social media. Of the 4,185.95 total Tampa Bay participants, 26 joined by uploading a post-workout photo of treadmill dashboard displaying the total distance on social media. The total distance and number of participants local Y’s are:

Campo Family YMCA, 308 Participants logged in 654.86 miles andn North Brandon Family YMCA, 165 Participants logged in 307.02 miles.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.