Free and cheap fun for the whole family
Can you believe August is a day away? Before long, the kids will be back in school and the weekly routine will become a little easier. Until then, make sure you take the kids out and make the best of the rest of summer.
Okay, this one isn't free but you can get a cheap ticket to the Demi Lovato/David Archuleta concert at the St. Pete Times Forum at 7 p.m. Friday. Special "Recession Buster" tickets are available for $14.99 but there are some tickets that are more expensive. But if you get the cheap seats for your kids, they can enjoy the show and you can wait for them in Forum without paying. The Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call (813) 301-2500 for more information.
There are two fishing opportunities for kids this weekend. Even if they have never fished before, your kids will want to try their hands at the Family Fishing Fun Day on Saturday at Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N, Largo. Prizes will be awarded in wacky categories. Poles will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. This free event is from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Call (727) 464-3347 for more information.
If you can't make it to that fishing fun, try the Dennis Crenshaw Memorial Fish-a-Thon is Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Fish-a-Thon, for ages 3-12, is at Lake Jorgenson by the St. Petersburg Main Library on Ninth Avenue N between 37th and 39th streets. There will be nine 15-minute fishing periods, final judging will follow. It's free with fishing poles and bait provided. For details, call (727) 893-7441.
This is the last weekend to take advantage of free admission for kids (with the purchase of a full-priced adult) at the Museum of Science and Industry with the purchase of a full-priced adult or senior general admission ticket. Includes Animation, all exhibit galleries and one standard IMAX film. MOSI is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. The museum is at 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa and tickets are $25.95 adults (13-59), $19.95 child (2-12), and $22.45 seniors (60+).Call (813) 987-6000.
Pack a picnic and bring something to sit on as you hear old and new Native American stories while musician Phil Penne sets the mood with soft Indian flute music. It all takes place on the Indian mound known as Sacred Lands on Park Street in St. Petersburg. It starts at 7 p.m. Friday at 1620 Park St. N St. Petersburg. It’s free but donations are appreciated for the educational efforts. See www.sacredlands.info
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, the Science Center of Pinellas County will have you mooning over Sci-Fi and Sky Night from 5-11 p.m. The night features 15-minute planetarium shows on Saturday night from 5:15-8:15 p.m., an astronomy lecture by Professor Darryl Schrader from St. Petersburg College at 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium and a screening of the film Apollo 13 in the rear courtyard (bring something to sit on). Then add your name to be included on a microchip that NASA will send to Mars as part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission scheduled to launch in 2011. Price is $3 per person, and there will be beer, wine, pizza and beverages available for purchase after 6 p.m. at the science center, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. RSVP is required at (727) 384-0027 ext. 223.
This is the weekend for free miniature train rides on the Largo Central Railroad from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local non-profit groups sell refreshments on site to raise money for worthy causes. It's free to ride but donations for train maintenance are appreciated. Join the fun at 150 Highland Ave. SE, Largo.
Okay, go back into the way back machine of your own childhood (or that of your parents) and enjoy a Laurel and Hardy Film Fest at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater on Saturday at 1 p.m.The Main Library and the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society present a series of four short Laurel and Hardy movies and a film related quiz for prizes.Call (727) 562-4970 for more information. This crazy film festival is free.
We don't often think of Andy Warhol as a kid favorite but the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a Warhol Family Day from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Family projects include making giant images with stencils, creating art sneakers, and a large 3D sculpture. Artist and children's book author James Warhola, Andy Warhol's nephew, will conduct a discussion at 1:30 p.m. and a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Also, Mark "the balloon guy" Byrne will be creating whimsical balloon sculptures and hats at 2 p.m. The fun is at 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Family day includes one free child admission with each paid adult. For more info, call (727) 896-2667.
Plus, find plenty of other events here to get you through the weekend and help you plan your Monday.
-- Sherry Robinson and Sharon Kennedy Wynne
[Demi Lovato, Times wires; fishing photo, Times files; bottom right photo, Jupiterimages]