Free and cheap family fun
Wring that last bit of summer out with these free and cheap things to do with your kids this week.
Enjoy some minor league baseball and do something good too as the Clearwater Threshers take on the Tampa Yankees during the Pitch for Pink event at 7 p.m. Friday at Bright House Networks Field. The fourth annual event, which will benefit the Morton Plant Mease Breast Cancer programs, will feature the Threshers wearing pink jerseys during the game. After the game, the players will autograph the jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game along with pink baseball bats used during the game. Pink baseballs will be sold. The first 1,000 women in the ballpark will receive a commemorative pink Threshers tote bag. And there will be more than 100 items for silent auction and balloon raffles. Tickets are $4-$9 and gates open at 5:30 p.m. at the ballpark, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Go here for tickets.
The Back To School! Skateboard Contest on Saturday is an all-ages/all-experience levels contest in miniramp divisions. Practice and registration are at 9 a.m. with the contest kicking off at 10 a.m. Find the fun at the Ross Norton Recreation and Aquatic Complex and Extreme Sports Park, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $15 entry, $5 per event. Call (727) 443-0209 or go to 688skateshop.net.
MOSI's Back-to-School Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature arts and crafts, games, obstacle course and more. And the best part is, it only costs $10 (members are free) to get into the museum and you can use all the amenities and see the exhibits (an IMAX movie will cost a bit extra). First 100 kids get free back to school goodie bags. MOSI's at 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 987-6000 for details.
And in even more back-to-school fun, Great Explorations is having a Back to School Luau from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the children's museum. You and the kids can do the limbo, learn to hula dance, take part in a drum circle, do arts and crafts, all with the regular paid admission. And I lucked out and got an E-mail with a buy one get one free admission coupon for the morning event. Tickets are $9 ages 1 and older, $8 seniors. If you can't make it during the day, the museum will have Polynesian Nights from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. For $12 each, that event includes private museum time, dinner, hula lessons, entertainment and games. For details on the coupon for the morning event or to reserve a spot for Polynesian Nights, call (727) 821-8992 ext. 219. Great Ex is at 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
Attention skate rats.Chad Cardoza and the Skate Park of Tampa are hosting Art Deck Yo!, a deck art show from 7 to 11 p.m. inside the snack bar area of the Skate Park of Tampa on Saturday. Admission is free and they will be handing out free Red Bulls while DJ Blenda spins during a ripping skate session raging throughout the park. It’s $8 to skate in the park at 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa.
We wonder if city leaders realized when they picked the flick for Friday’s free Movies on the Waterfront, that the Canadian independent children’s film Gooby is an Internet star. Trailers went viral this summer for the awesomely cheesey story of a stuffed animal who comes to life to protect and guide his young owner as he moves into a new home and tries to reconcile things with his father. One of the better versions remixes it with creepy horror music from The Shining. See the story of boy-bear love at the Pier on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. at 800 Second Ave. NE St. Petersburg. Bring a blanket and pillow.
Hey Mommas, some of you might remember begging your moms to take you to the mall to see Tiffany perform. Well, the mall performance lives on in the 21st century. Jimmy Robbins will sing at Tyrone Square Mall on Sunday as part of the Simon dTour Live. Also on hand will be the X Games BMX Jams Tour. There will be samples of Coke Zero, a Guitar Hero contest, prizes and more from 1-7 p.m. at Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
For your train lovers in the house, Kids Ride Free through August. Each paid adult can take two children ages 3-11 for a ride on a diesel-powered train ride free at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E (behind post office), Parrish. Cost is $12 adults. For info, call toll-free 1-877-869-0800.
Everybody's favorite 5 year old, Dora the Explorer, will be on stage Saturday and Sunday at the Morsani Hall at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call (813) 229-7827 for details. Shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 5:30 p.m. As a bonus, Dora Reads! will be a free event at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Jan Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan, Tampa. Dora will read some of her adventures and give away prizes. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.
Author Rick Martin (Circus Tricks For Your Dogs) will be at the Clearwater Main Library at 2 p.m. Monday for a Tricky Dogs Show. He'll show off his dogs in a circus-style comedy dog act. The show is free and the pups take the stage at 100 N Osceola Ave. in Clearwater. Details? Call (727) 562-4970.
For all the weekend family friendly events, check here. Go out and make it a fun weekend for you and the kids.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne and Sherry Robinson