5 things to do with kids before summer's over
We try hard not to let the kids know we are counting the days until summer's over. But we know they are too, so we put our heads together to produce this story on 5 things to do this month the eke out the last of summer fun.
The beaches | Sand, surf and sounds
With the scares about the oil spill, loop currents and tropical storms blowing it this way, the beaches are still pretty and still oil-free. Saturdays you can check out the Sunsets on the Trail at Treasure Island. Musicians and vendors line about a mile of the beachfront trail along with street performers, water slides and various inflatables for the kids. This week there is live pop rock by Sunza Beaches. It's from 4 to 9 p.m. and it's free at 10400 Gulf Blvd. Or go back to basics. Take your inner tube to Fort De Soto Park and get some floatie time in the gentle, bobbing surf of the gulf. When the water is clear, you can see the stingrays swoosh underneath — just don't put your feet down. And pay attention to whether the tide is coming in (get ready to be dumped on the shore) or going out (danger!). It's free.
Libraries | Fun is never overdue
Libraries have been happening places this summer. Check your local library's web site, they have had amazingly cool events this summer, from Raymond of the Rays visiting to magic shows. Oh, you can check out books there, too.
Movies | Wet or dry
Really, have you not taken in one of the free or cheap kids movies this summer? Probably the best movie is coming up Tuesday at participating AMC theaters when they show How to Train Your Dragon. See it for a $1. And if that doesn't float your boat, try a Dive-in Movie. You can chill out on a raft and watch a flick on Friday night for just $3 per person from 8 to 10 p.m. at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.
Bowling | Right up your alley
Bowling centers across the country have been offering free bowling times all summer long but most only last through Labor Day. Go to Kids Bowl Free kidsbowlfree.com to find a spot near you. Plus there are two other bowling events coming up. Oakfield Lanes of Brandon, 1001 Oakfield Drive, offers $1 Bowling, with $1 games and $2 shoe rental 9 a.m. to noon Monday. (813) 681-4783. And Glow Bowl for Kids is 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Ten Pin Lanes, 1453 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Kids can also play Strike-it-Rich where they hit certain colored pins in a split or strike and win prizes. $4.25 per game, $3 shoe rental. (727) 381-1010.
Stargazing | Sky's the limit
The summer sky is a great time to see Mercury and Jupiter, and the Perseid meteor show should be visible the evening of Aug. 12 and the early-morning hours of Aug. 13. The next MOSI Skywatch events, free nights of stargazing through their powerful telescopes out by the butterfly garden, are Aug. 21 and Sept. 25. The museum is at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa. Other stargazing options include Sci-Fi and Sky Night at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. You'll see the new "Hubble Vision" planetarium show, a presentation by Louise Kleba from NASA at 7 p.m. and telescope viewing.
--Sherry Robinson and Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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