Free and cheap family fun for the weekend
We hear there’s fall weather somewhere. Here’s some free and cheap things to do while we sweat it out waiting for it.Smithsonian's Museum Day on Saturday at museums mostly in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Check the list and remember to go to the Smithsonian Web site to download your museum pass, good for two people but (allegedly) only one card per household. How will a family of four get in? Hopefully, it won't be an issue.
We still want to stay inside so head on over to Toys R Us for Geoffrey's Birthday Party from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at your local store. There will be games, arts and crafts, gifts and a parade around the store.
If your kids are bugging you to see the movie where cheeseburgers fall from the sky, you can also make it a night to give back. Take the family out to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the new kid flick full of food fantasies like making snow angels in giant mounds of ice cream or having a first date in a castle made of Jell-O. The $10 admission includes movie viewing, one hot dog and one popcorn and it benefits Polycystic Kidney Disease. See it at 6 p.m. Saturday at Muvico Baywalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 502-9573.
We'll venture outside at night so maybe we'll see you at 4th Friday Clearwater, the monthly party on Cleveland Street. It's back after a summer break and they are using it to kick off jazz fever for Clearwater’s 30th Anniversary Jazz Holiday coming next month. Starting at 5:30 p.m., you can hear jazz artists Jose Valentino and Level 10 and check out the pirate krewe of Ye Mystic Krewe of Santa Margarita and Tampa’s original kilt krewe, Krewe of Shamrock. There will also be wine and food for sale along with multiple street vendors. Bring some non-perishable food for the RCS Food Bank.Shriek Peek for Lowry Park Zoo's ZooBoo, the not-so-scary Halloween party in the bay area. Tickets are just $10 for everyone Saturday and Sunday at the Tampa attraction. There is a $4 per person additional charge to ride the HorseCarriage ride. Heed the skull rating system to determine how scary various areas of the zoo will be. Most are one or two skulls but there are a couple of seven skull areas which are classified as scary to the extreme. Kids ages 11 and younger are welcome to wear their Halloween finery but anyone 12 or older is not allowed to come in costume. The event runs from 7-11 p.m.
Starting about 9 p.m. Saturday, when it’s good and dark, see the universe up-close and personal at SkyWatch at MOSI using the science museum’s powerful telescopes. Get a good look at craters on the Moon, and September is a good month to see Jupiter. SkyWatch is free and open to the public at the museum, 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.
The street festival knows as the Creative Clay Folkfest just keeps growing.Contemporary folk art and music will be rocking Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, from 11th to 13th streets. Southern folk artist Kelley Bentley Ash is the featured artist, but there will also be lots of music, interesting arg, a dance stage, children’s and community arts workshops, family activities and food vendors. It’s runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Tampa Bay Rays offer free parking at Tropicana Field.
This is just a sample of everything that is going on this weekend. There are plenty of events to get you up and moving or inside and cool. Now don't just sit there, have fun.
-- Sherry Robinson and Sharon Kennedy Wynne