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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Free and cheap family events for the weekend



Was that a burst of cool air this week? It sure has given us a nice break from the summer heat. So this seems like the perfect time to go out and have some outdoor fun. Check out these events.

mom_cornmaze1.jpgCorn mazes are up and running in several places near the bay area. At one of these pumpkin festivals/corn mazes, you should be able to feel like fall has finally arrived. In fact, if you're really in the mood to feel like autumn is here, check out these Halloween events that already are taking place.

Speaking of Halloween, have your kids outgrown their old costumes? Take them to National Costume Swap Day. Locally, there's a swap planned in the Brandon area, sponsored by Macaroni Kid Brandon, a online newsletter of kid-friendly activities. Bring your kids and even adult costumes to swap for something "new" to you. It will be held at the Blue Lilac Avenue "green" space in the Watson Glen subdivision. Signs begin at Bloomingdale Avenue and Watson Road intersetion in north Riverview. It runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Satuday, any leftover costumes will be donated to Goodwill. 

Nothing says fun like a free movie. Now that the weather is super nice, take a blanket and bundle up for a movie outside or just go enjoy it mom_coraline.jpginside. Try one of these films in Dunedin or Brandon or try these in Clearwater.

 If you and your kids are looking for something to do with your pets, you may want to look at these events. There's even a chance for young readers to practice reading aloud at Paws to Read in Tampa.

Oprah and the president have raved about Waiting for Superman, now see the other side of the story with a screening Tuesday at 6 p.m. of Race to Nowhere, a documentary about young people pushed to the brink, burned-out educators and parents frustrated by a culture of high-stakes testing. Spring Valley School and St. Petersburg College are sponsoring this showing Tuesday at the SPC Clearwater Campus Arts auditorium, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. Tickets are $10 online advance purchase only at the school's website.

Wiz kid Ethan Bortnick is the youngest artist to have his own PBS concert special and can playback any song by ear. Let the 9-year-old child prodigy take you on a musical journey through time at a show Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Find more great events at Things to Do. Go out and have a great weekend.

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