Free and cheap things to do with the kids
Labor Day has come and gone so no more white shoes and no more whining that there’s nothing to do that’s affordable. Here’s our list this week of free and cheap things you can do with your kids.
Sunday is $5 Day at the Zoo, one of the most popular (and populous) days at Lowry Park Zoo as mobs of people take advantage of this admission special, which is about one-quarter of the usual entry fee. It still costs extra for rides and special stuff like feeding giraffes. The zoo is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $5 all ages; fee for rides. (813) 935-8552; lowryparkzoo.com.
In honor of its 200th anniversary, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is celebrating with a series of special programs, part of FISH-ful Saturdays at the Pier in St. Petersburg. This week, learn what causes rip currents — and how to escape them. The program is from noon to 2 p.m. and is included in admission ($5 adults, $4 students). The Pier Aquarium is at 800 Second Ave. NE. (727) 895-7437; pieraquarium.org. $5
The Jonas Brothers concert tonight is neither free nor cheap, but I had to mention it because there have been plenty of boy bands that have hit it big, but not many with dreamboat brothers that make tween hearts go pitterpat. They play the Ford Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$79.50. (813) 740-2446.
If you haven't yet taken the kids to the Salvador Dali Museum, you might be surprised at how much they like the bright colors and weird images the surrealist created on canvas. Saturday's Breakfast with Dali is an interactive docent tour for kids ages 5 to 12 focusing on paintings and other works that especially appeal to children. After the tour, a breakfast buffet is offered and each child gets a souvenir of the day's experience. Hands-on crafts follow. The price is $20 per family of two; $10 each for other siblings or family members. Space is limited to 20 children and their adult companions, so early registration is a must. To reserve, call Monica Guerrero at the museum at (727) 823-3767 ext. 3024 or e-mail mguerrero@salvadorDalimuseum.org. The museum is at 1000 Third St. S in St. Petersburg. The breakfast Saturday is from 9 to 11 a.m.
Planet Jump in Largo is hosting a premiere party to watch the new Playhouse Disney show, Imagination Movers, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The show is a hipper Wiggles, as if the Beastie Boys collaborated with Mister Rogers. You can check out their appearance on "Good Morning America" here. Planet Jump is at 12640 62nd St. Suite 100 in Largo, (727) 535-2323. Admission is $8.
Sunday is Grandparent's Day at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry, which gets Nana and Pop-Pop in for free with a paid child admission ($19.95 for ages 2 to 12). So this is a good day to suggest some grandparent bonding time. From noon to 2 p.m. a health and wellness fitness professional shows kids and grandparents how to get their bodies in motion. MOSI is at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa, (813) 987-6000.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne