Free and cheap things to do with the kids this week
What a week! We've got eggs to find, two good museum deals to choose from and don't even get us started on this picture-perfect weather for giving us wallet-friendly reasons to get out of the house with kids. Read on for this week's finds:
For the Great Egg Race on Saturday, an estimated 15,000 eggs containing up to $10,000 in prizes will be hidden with celebrity guests including Darryl Strawberry, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and retired MLB second baseman Dave Cash. Other activities include live animal displays, a bouncy house, obstacle course, Home Depot kids workshop, VYB Dance Team, fire truck, games, food, entertainment and a DJ. It’s free at the Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay, 1218 E Kay St., Tampa. (813) 224-0865. 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Some other early Easter events this week include:
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Here’s an Easter egg hunt to challenge the older kids ages 6 to 15. Not only are the eggs hidden really well, but the hunt takes place after dark and requires flashlights to find them. Also crafts and a barbecue. $6. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 738-2920. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.
St. Paul United Methodist Easter Fest
Includes an egg hunt, bounce house, games and food. Donations of non-perishable food benefits the outreach ministry Open Arms Resource Center. Free. John S. Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo. (727) 584-8165 ext. 208. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Two Tampa museums are offering good deals this week. Since it’s the first Tuesday of the month, you’d expect $2 Target Tuesday at the Glazer Children’s Museum, but this week it’s free from 2 to 7 p.m. And on Saturday, it’s $5 Day at MOSI, a big savings off the normal $20.95 adult admission. In addition, in celebration of the DEA exhibit visiting there and Drug Awareness Day, enjoy live music by local bands, a DEA drug dog demonstration and DEA-related family activities. The Museum of Science and Industry is at 4801 E Fowler Ave.
4Friday Extra Concert Series: It’s the 25th anniversary for this free weekly spring concert series of local talent. It kicks off this week with the smooth jazz tones of the Alan Thomas Group followed by the award-winning chanteuse Denise Moore & Then Some. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Blankets, chairs and coolers are permitted, but alcoholic beverages are not allowed in city parks. Free. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.
This month’s Blast Friday block party in Clearwater brings in some rock 'n’ roll history with Rick Derringer as the headliner. The highly regarded guitarist first hit it big in 1965 as the guitarist for the McCoys hit Hang on Sloopy. He later recorded Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo with Johnny Winter and has since performed with everyone from Alice Cooper to Weird Al Yankovic. There will be a variety of vendors, as well as a food truck rally, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The entertainment runs until 10 p.m., when there is a special screening of Major League in the Capitol Theatre at 10 p.m., where tickets are $5. Catch it all in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.
Have you noticed anything unusual in the Tropicana Field parkig lot this week? Like the giant Ferris wheel maybe? For the first time, the Pinellas County Fair has set up at the Trop with carnival rides live music, food, beer and vendors. $6, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. (727) 346-8032. 5-11 p.m. today-Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 2-10 p.m. Sunday.
Armed with a GPS device, receive codes and clues as you hop on and off the TECO streetcar line through Channelside and Ybor City in search of history, mystery and storied landmarks. The Great Caper: Operation Spy! starts with an investigative scavenger hunt through the Tampa Bay History Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. $18, $12 child; $15, $10 child members (includes streetcar fare). Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813)675-8960.
Airplane fans love the Sun’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland. Featuring aerobatic performances, display aircraft, forums and workshops, Florida Air Museum, a kids activities area and performances by the USAF Thunderbirds (at 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday only). Today features a music performance by Aaron Tippin and Ravi “the Raviator,” former guitarist of '90s pop sensation band Hanson (7 p.m.). Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland. (863) 644-2431. 1-5 p.m. today-Sunday. There are also night programs today-Saturday starting at 8 p.m. included with admission that feature concerts, night air shows and fireworks.
Looking for a family pet? Check out the Mega Adoption Event on Saturday. The Humane Society is teaming up with the ASPCA and other shelters to hold a major adoption event at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-7138. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Children’s Theatre Workshop presents an adapted “Fractured Fairy Tale” called Cinderella’s Family with a pre-show performance by the Pizazz Song and Dance Troupe. $3, 2 and younger free. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. (727) 515-5380. 3 p.m. Sunday.
There's Movies and Campfire in the Park so bring blankets and chairs on Friday for free fun. This week’s theme is Eggstravaganza, with a viewing of Hop around the campfire. Themed activities begin at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at dark. Free. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 586-7415. 7 p.m. Friday.
Fit Kids Playground created Playin’ In the Park, a free program to fight childhood obesity. Includes music, demos and healthy snacks. Free. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 785-8484. 2-7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth presents an updated musical version of Aesop’s fable The City Mouse and the Country Mouse filled with live music, audience participation and diversity lessons. $7, $6 members, $24 family four pack. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Plop on Clearwater Beach and watch free movies. Friday features Happy Feet 2, rated PG, and Saturday features the new version of Footloose, rated PG-13. Concessions for sale. No alcohol. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060. Shows start at dusk.
This one is for the parents: What About Autism?: A USF Reel-to-Real Event Viewing of the R-rated film Rain Man celebrates World Autism Awareness Day. Discussion with autism experts follows. $10. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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