Project Description

All parents want the best beginning for their babies and children. Baby Bungalow is an early childhood resource center for parents and caregivers that helps with this important, demanding job. The center focuses on children’s needs from birth to age five.

Since 1999, the Baby Bungalow Program has worked in conjunction with the Healthy Start Coalition and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and now hosts groups at 7 different locations throughout the county. New and experienced parents and caregivers benefit from a wide variety of playgroups, workshops and other activities. At Baby Bungalow, we provide direction and resources to help you successfully raise your children. All services are for ‘any baby, any family.’

Click HERE to enroll in our classes online!

Playgroups

Baby & Me: An ongoing, drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and babies, newborn to 12 months of age, to share and learn through play.
The experiences offered support babies’ social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through sensory materials, songs and positive interactions. Baby & Me meets on Mondays (excluding holidays) at Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W. Morrison Ave., on the 2nd floor. Crawlers: 9:30 – 10:15 and Pre-Crawlers: 10:45 – 11:30 am. No registration required.

Crawlers: 9:30am -10:15am,  Non-Crawlers: 10:45am -11:30am

Growing Together: A 5-week playgroup for confidently walking children, 12-24 months of age.

This group is led by a facilitator and targets the developmental domains of cognitive (language, math and more), physical, social and emotional development. Using music, rhymes, stories, and other developmentally appropriate activities, caregivers will be supported while playing and learning with their children. Registration required.

Group A: 12-18 months,  Group B: 18-24 months

Wonder Years: A 5-week playgroup for children 24 to 36 months of age.

This group is led by a facilitator and uses play, music, stories and more to foster toddlers’ growing independence, self-regulation and curiosity during the ‘teachable twos’. Registration required.

Creative Learning: A 5-week playgroup for children 36 to 60 months of age.
Led by a facilitator and designed to promote children’s critical thinking, problem solving and creativity through discovery and play. Registration required. 
Little Amigos: A 5-week playgroup for children 24 to 48 months of age.
This facilitator-led playgroup exposes our Little Amigos to Spanish through music, singing, rhymes and activities using conversational phrases. Registration required. 
Music & More: A 5-week playgroup that nurtures the development of confidently walking 12 month olds to 5 years of age, through music and other activities.
Music boosts language and literacy development, numeracy, math, self-expression and motor skills. A facilitator provides experiences including songs, rhymes, storytelling and more. Registration required.

Group A: confident walkers 12 – 24 months,  Group B: 24 – 48 months, Group C: confident walkers 12 – 60 months

Community Offerings

My 1st Year Infant and Caregiver Support: This group is led by a child development specialist for new parents/caregivers and their babies up to 12 months of age.

Caregivers will be provided developmental and emotional support as they navigate their baby’s first year of life. Drop-in on Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Weekly discussions include: understanding baby’s cues, mindful interactions and play, creating safe environments, developmental milestones, emerging language and more. No registration required.

Fun Friday: Baby Bungalow is the place to be on Fridays from 10:30 am to 12 pm.

Infants and children under the age of 4 and their parents/caregivers are invited to enjoy the infant playroom, toddler playroom and outdoor play space. It’s a great opportunity for socialization and shared experiences in a relaxed environment. No registration required.

AGE: Infants – 48 months

Workshops

Infant Massage: a 2-session workshop, for babies who are not yet crawling.
This workshop is led by a certified infant massage educator who instructs parents/caregivers on the techniques and benefits of infant massage. Registration required. 
Sign Language Workshop: This 3 session interactive workshop teaches parents/caregivers the basics of signing with their children.
Signing gives children a foundation for communication while developing their expressive language skills. The first 2 sessions are for the parent/caregivers only, session 3 includes the children too. Children up to 48 months of age participate with the caregiver during the 3rd session to learn and practice with support.  Registration required. 

FAQ

Who can come to Baby Bungalow?
Baby Bungalow is for ANY parent or caregiver of ANY child age 0-5 seeking information related to the development of children and strengthening of families. The facility’s unique open-door approach means no referrals are necessary to access the many resources of Baby Bungalow. New and experienced parents can benefit from a wide variety of child-related programs, classes, and enrichment activities.
Is daycare available at Baby Bungalow?
No. Baby Bungalow strives to promote the strong bonding of families through activities including both parent/caregiver and child. It is not a drop-off care facility.
What are the costs for Baby Bungalow activities?
If you are registering for one of our five-week developmental playgroups at our South Tampa, 3106 West Azeele Street location, class fees are $25.* for the full five week session.

The 3-session Infant Massage workshop is $15.*

The 3-session Sign Language workshop is $15.*

* Your presence here is what matters to us, fees can be waived upon request.

Baby & Me, My 1st Year, and Fun Friday are all offered FREE of charge with no registration required.

There is no cost to participants for services offered at our partner the Children’s Board Family Resource Centers.

How do I register for a Baby Bungalow playgroup/workshop?
Register for our playgroups and workshops at http://babybungalow.eventbrite.com or call (813) 673-4646 x1147 or x1152 for further assistance. One of our friendly child development specialists will assist you with your playgroup choice and help you with your online enrollment. Your payment is your reservation.

If you wish to register for a “Baby Bungalow” playgroup at one of our partner Children’s Board Family Resource Centers, please note there are set registration days and times for these classes. More information is listed on their websites – listed below.

Can I bring a sibling or other child to a playgroup?
Playgroups/workshops are for the registered child only. Siblings young enough to be in an infant carrier, and who are not yet mobile are the only siblings allowed in a playgroup with a registered child.
Where are Baby Bungalow playgroups/workshops offered?
Playgroups and workshops are offered at 3106 West Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609

Select playgroups/workshops are offered at:

Bayshore Baptist Church – 3111 West Morrison Avenue, Tampa, FL 33629

MacDill Air Force Base *only available through MacDill’s New Parent Support Program

In addition, we offer “Baby Bungalow” playgroups at all of the Children’s Board Family Resource Centers throughout Hillsborough county:

Children’s Board Family Resource Center – Brandon
1271 Kingsway Road
Brandon, FL 33510
(813) 740-4634

http://www.familysupporthc.org/brandon-center

Children’s Board Family Resource Center – Central Tampa
1002 E. Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 204-1741

http://www.familysupporthc.org/central-tampa-center

Children’s Board Family Resource Center – East County
639 East Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563
813-752-8700

http://www.familysupporthc.org/east-county-center

Children’s Board Family Resource Center – North Tampa 
1401-A E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 558-1877

http://www.familysupporthc.org/north-tampa-center

Children’s Board Family Resource Center – South County 
3030 East College Avenue SE
Ruskin FL 33570
(813) 641-5600

http://www.familysupporthc.org/south-county-center

Children’s Board Family Resource Center – Town-N-Country 
7520 W. Waters Ave., #8
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 356-1703

http://www.familysupporthc.org/town-and-country-center

Who funds Baby Bungalow?
Baby Bungalow is funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, and private donations.