Tampa Bay Lightning Family Carnival
For the 3rd year now Dex Imaging and Shriners Hospital for Children have hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning family carnival at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
This was our first year attending the Tampa Bay Lightning Family Carnival so we did not know what to expect. We paid $40 each for the tickets online and headed to the Amalie Arena on a late Sunday morning to get there right when they opened at 1:00 pm. We got to the area early so we stopped at Ferg’s Live a popular cavernous game-day Sports bar and restaurant to hang out before, during and after events at the Amalie Arena. After some yummy hot pretzels and spicy Bloody Mary’s and French fries for the kids, we got in the enormous line with excited Hockey fanatics all wearing blue Lightning jerseys to enter the Arena for a day of fun with the Lightning.
The entire Arena was decorated in a ‘Carnival” theme Big Top style where you could find carnival style games on the event floor with the Lightning personalities hosting the games! Bright blue Cotton candy and freshly popped popcorn were being handed out as we entered by several fun and crazy clowns from the clown college at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baileys Circus and FELD entertainment.
Other fun things to do at the event was to tour the Lightning locker rooms for $20 each, learn about the science of ice, and visit Lightning Alumni in Alumni Alley.
We missed out on making reservations for the exclusive autograph sessions with select players but we were lucky enough to see them walking around the arena and playing games! Next time we will try to get on the list to purchase these tickets in advance!