Free and cheap things to do with the family this week
We sprang forward, we fell back, and still our wallets are stuck. Here’s some free and cheap things to do while we wait for the next time change.
From 6-8 p.m. Friday, there will be special events for the opening of the new IMAX theater at the AMC Woodlands Square in Oldsmar. And the first movie shown will be Disney's new A Christmas Carol. There will be music, prizes and face painting. And there will also be a collection of unwrapped toys to be presented at the annual Mayor's Breakfast, a joint event of the cities of Safety Harbor and Oldsmar on Dec. 11. The toys and funds raised through the breakfast go toward helping needy families in both communities. You have to pay to see the movie, but the other events are free. The theater is at 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.
Friends of the wild nature park on Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg present Art Arbor at Boyd Hill, an autumn family festival on Saturday with arts and crafts vendors, live music, food court, plant sale, wildlife presentations and environmental exhibits, guided tours and children’s activities. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free; $2 suggested donation.
His plane is a star!
Joe Shepherd and his 1937 Lockheed Electra that he flew in the new movie Amelia will be in town as part of Airportfest, Friday and Saturday at the Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands. The Electra is one of nearly 100 vintage and modern aircraft that will be on display at the free fest. It runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
There’s no need for gloves at the Boxer Bash. This party is for fans of the cute dog with the intelligent face. There will be food, raffles for a Bucs game package and other prizes, contests, adoptable dogs and shopping for both people and pets, and lots of doggie activities and agility demonstrations. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa.
The 2009 version of the Hillsborough County Fair is vintage Old Florida: frog jumping, pig racing, bronco riding, pageant queens and lots of livestock. It’s all on the corner of State Road 60 and Sydney-Dover Road Friday through Sunday. The fair will offer midway rides and an array of events that harken back to blue ribbons, candied apples and home-baked pies. The ranch rodeo, which kicks up Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., includes bronco riding, calf-doctoring, wild cow milking and team branding. Gates opem at 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 8 and older and parking is free. Armbands for the midway rides are available every day.
The big Junior League sale is back! Support the local economy and get ahead on holiday shopping at the sixth annual Junior League of Tampa holiday market, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, 4800 U.S. 301 N. Find clothing, jewelry, accessories, art, entertainment, giveaways and more. jltampa.org.
It’s the first Friday, so the block party Get Downtown will be cranking on Central Avenue between Second to Third streets in St. Petersburg. There will be live music by the Venturas and drink sales benefit the Christmas Toy Shop.
Skate if you love the troops next Wednesday. United Skates is hosting a Veterans Day Skate from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per person and includes admission regular skate rental. Anyone with a military ID will receive free admission for up to four people, so round up a soldier. It’s at United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave. in Tampa.
Photo: [CHRIS ZUPPA | Times]
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne and Sherry Robinson