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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Free and cheap family fun for Oct. 9-11



They say it’s October but it still feels like July, but our bank accounts are scary enough for a Halloween display. Here’s some free and cheap things to do while we wait for a real fall.

As we move closer to Halloween, there are some good holiday events coming up. The Life is Good Pumpkin Festival at FishHawk Ranch in Lithia could be one. The Saturday event will feature pumpkin carving, a soda walk, face painting, food, live music by BLAST and lots of games for kids and adults. While it's free, donations for some activities will be appreciated. Be a part of the action at 3 p.m. at Park Square at FishHawk Ranch, 16144 Churchview Drive, Lithia. For information, call (813) 685-7500 or go here. And check out all the upcoming Halloween events that can either scare your socks off or make your kids squeal just a little.

A Taste of Midtown will have free samplings of food from Midtown area restaurants, including Atwaters, Green’s Bakery and Red’s Snak Shak, with a performance by the Melrose Elementary drum circle and other Melrose students Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S in St. Petersburg. While you are there check out the gallery display of work from journalism students at Lakewood High, John Hopkins Middle and Melrose Elementary called “Midtown Through Our Eyes. It's free so drop by.

Those brave souls who battle traffic on two wheels will pedal over to celebrate bicycling in the Tampa Bay area on Sunday at the Bicycle Bash by the Bay from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. in downtown St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park. There’s lots of information such as bicycle repair and product demos, a swap meet to score inexpensive gear and giveaways including free bike helmets for kids. It’s free so go here for more information.

Saturday’s Streetcar Fest lets you take the kids for a fun and cheap day riding Tampa’s historic Mom_streetcar streetcars. Includes 5-cent rides, entertainment on the cars, discounts at area museums and the aquarium, free entertainment at Centro Ybor, yacht tours and more. It’s all in Tampa’s Channelside district from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The party-loving folks at St. Petersburg Clay Company host this family-friendly outdoor celebration OktoberBest Brew-Ha-Ha III with live music, brats, a bake sale, kids activities, art demonstrations and pet adoptions. Buy a handmade ceramic stein or cup and receive tickets good for food, beverages, and kids activities at 420 22nd St. S St. in Petersburg from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free admission.

Enjoy flavors of Greece, sounds of the Islanders Band, dancing by Kefi Dancers at the Tastes of Greece running 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. $1 entry/food, festivities priced separately. Call (727) 345-8235 or visit

Sunset Cinema, the traveling outdoor movie series for the family from the Tampa Parks Department and the Tampa Theatre, heads to Al Lopez Park on Saturday. See Back to the Future for free in high def on a 40-foot inflatable screen. Gates open at 5 p.m., the movie starts at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic basket and something to sit on.

It's 99 candles for Gulfport. Help celebrate at Gulfport’s 99th Birthday Bash on Saturday. There will be activities for kids, a mullet toss, music, traditional fish fry, hot dogs and birthday cake from 4 to 9 p.m. at Gulfport Historical Society Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S. it's free. Call (727) 327-8370.

Throughout St. Petersburg from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, families are invited and encouraged to support their neighborhood fire department by visiting the station at the citywide fire house open house.  Find the list of stations here. Call (727) 893-7709.

There are a couple of free activities at the Pier in St. Petersburg this weekend. From 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, you enjoy a free boat ride from the Electric Marina. The boats, which are powered by electricity, wind and people, are located in the South Vinoy Yacht Basin, behind the Dolphin Trolley Station. For more information, call (727) 898-2628 or go to the Electric Marina Web site. And also on Saturday, enjoy free face and body painting by Joanne Conte who will create a design for you or your child. It's free but she will accept tips. Find her on the first floor by the Food Court.

Check out all the family friendly events going on this weekend and go out and make it a great.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:03am]


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