Best of the Day: Celebrate the holidays at MOSI

The holiday season is officially upon us, and Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is ready with seasonal exhibits and great deals on tickets that will have your brood ho-ho-hoing all the way home.

MOSI's big holiday draw is Santa’s Workshop, a reimagining of MOSI's Idea Zone into one of Santa’s "satellite toy workshops." There kids of all ages can think, design and create cool stocking stuffers and gifts for their parents and grandparents in preparation for the big day. Santa's Workshop is a great way to kill a few hours with the little ones while giving them the opportunity to make something special for the holidays.

The museum is also offering some killer ticket deals that are sure to get parents caroling. Every Wednesday at MOSI is "PeeWee Wednesday," which means kids 4 and under get free admission to MOSI between 10:30—11 a.m. for a fun science activity or demonstration tailored to the little ones. In addition, general admission passes are currently BOGO (buy one, get one free) for all Bay area County and City employees. (The offer is good for employees of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando, Hardee, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Must present employee badge at time of purchase to receive offer. Other restrictions apply.)

Best of all, MOSI is also participating in the Rough Riders Teddy Bear Round-Up. Bring a new (i.e., unopened) teddy bear to MOSI to donate to the Rough Riders and you'll get a child’s general admission ticket for free. It's too good a deal to pass up: Your kid gets free admission, a child in need gets an awesome Christmas gift. (Fine print: Offer can't be combined with any other coupons, discounts or previous purchases, and it excludes special engagement films, events and Sky Trail Ropes Course and Zip Line. Limit four tickets per group. Other restrictions may apply.)

And finally, parents know that admission is one thing, but feeding the little ones at attractions like MOSI can be expensive. It's a good thing kids eat free in the MOSI café on Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult meal. A tasty lunch and the piece of mind in knowing you got a great deal? Delicious!