Free and cheap things to do with the kids this week
We've got disco-loving babies, free entry into a children's museum this week, cupcake tastings, the world's largest Cuban sandwich and more wallet-friendly fun in store in this week's list of free and cheap things to do with your kids:
The family-friendly dance party known as Baby Loves Disco features real DJs spinning G-rated dance tunes while parents, grandparents and kids dance, make sock puppets or a family tree, get a temporary tattoo and win prizes. 5-8 p.m. Friday. $15 per person. Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-1881.
Remember all that hullabaloo about who makes the best Cuban sandwich, Tampa or Miami? Well, maybe making the world’s largest Cuban will settle things. Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Tampa’s signature sandwich will be the center of an attempt to make the world’s largest pressed sandwich with shredded pork, ham, salami, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on white Cuban bread. (That Genoa salami on there is what Miami considers subversive.) Elsewhere at Taste of the Cuban Sandwich, restaurants will be selling their sandwiches, and there will be music, a kids zone and a cigar area. Free admission, charge for food at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor campus, on 14th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues.
To celebrate the last week of summer before school starts, get free admission to the Glazer Children’s Museum through Sunday for those 12 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The museum is at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. $15 adult admission. (813) 443-3861.
The Morean Arts Center once again celebrates National Cupcake Day with a St. Pete Cupcake Contest, featuring amateur and professional bakers showing off their best concoctions. Let’s see if they can best last year’s winner, a peanut butter s’mores cupcake from Sugardarlings in New Port Richey. Admission is free, votes are $1 each for the Peoples Choice award. It’s noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center, 719 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.
To celebrate the end of summer and kick off the school year, Dunedin is throwing a Celebrate Back to School party at the Highlander Pool at 6 p.m. Friday with games, DJ, dancing, a bounce house, safety tips, free school supplies and eye exams. Admission is $2 at the pool at 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin.
Then there’s Saturday’s Last Splash party at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center where they will have a DJ, dancing, games and prizes starting at 6 p.m. It’s $5 at the pool, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey.
A Philippine Barrio Fiesta offers dance, song, music, food and other cultural presentations at noon Sunday. Admission is $5, 5 and younger free. Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, 14309 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa.
It's Mudbug madness! The third annual Crayfish Party at Ikea celebrates a centuries old Swedish end-of-summer tradition with all-you-can-eat crayfish and Swedish treats. Seatings at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Regular restaurant services cease at 2 p.m. to prepare for this event. $9.99 adults, $2.49 ages 12 and younger. 4-8 p.m. Friday. Ikea, 1103 N 22nd St., Tampa. Toll-free 1-800-434-4532.
Other family events this week:
Elmer the Elf
For those already in the Christmas spirit in August, this Carrollwood Players Theatre show follows a set of misfortunes in delivering Santa’s presents and an elf who dreams of helping deliver them. $12. Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.
Fiddler on the Roof
An all-youth cast presents this classic musical about Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. $14; $12 seniors, students, military; $10 children under 12. Masque Community Theatre, 8825 56th St., Temple Terrace. (813) 983-1710. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.
Free Back-To-School Immunizations
Free back-to-school physicals and immunizations will be available for any school-aged (kindergarten-12th grade) child entering Florida schools for the first time. Parents or legal guardians must accompany their children and immunization records are required. No sports, Head Start or day care physicals available. Free. University Area Community Health Center, 13601 N 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 443-3048. (Walk-ins only.) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Also taking place at Webb Middle School, 6035 Hanley Road, Tampa. (813) 443-3048. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Garage Sale and Wellness Expo
Two events wrapped into one brings you great deals on home goods, children’s toys, gently used clothing, free chair massages, health screening and giveaways. It’s all free, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo.
This indoor activity for all ages teaches about the fish common to our Gulf Coast area. This portion provides an overview of bay scallop ecology. Participants will help to measure and track the progress of caged by scallops at the preserve. Free (registration required). Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 582-2100. 1-2 p.m. today.
Lego Duplo Read! Build! Play!
A day of Legos and songs. Free. John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-3652. 11 a.m. today.
The library brings out boxes of Legos for kids to use their imaginations and explore creativity while developing social skills through interaction with other kids. Free. James Weldon Johnson Branch Library, 1059 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7113. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Muvico Free Summer Film Fest
Muvico’s SPF 100 summer movie series brings a variety of children’s movies. Today features the PG-rated animated film Over the Hedge, starring Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling and Steve Carell. Free. Baywalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 502-0965. Also taking place at Palm Harbor 10, Starlight 20 in Tampa and Centro Ybor 20 in Tampa. 10 a.m. today.
Parent’s Night Out: Kid’s Night Outside
Mom and Dad can go out on a date while kids in grades K-5 are entertained with supervised night hikes, crafts and a campfire with s’mores. $15. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 6-10 p.m. Friday.
Park Ranger Nature Educational Programs
Rangers guide children ages 9 to 15 through a variety of fun and informative activities. This portion features “Planting A Vegetable Garden — Get It Ready Now!” $5 per child, adults with children free, adult only $5 (cash only). Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6204. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Touch-A-Truck and WWII Re-enactors
Interact with a wide variety of military vehicles while WWII re-enactors from the 1st Infantry Division conduct informative presentations and drills. Michael V. Ralph, historian and artist of Titanic: A Voyage in Art, will conduct a presentation on the history of the Titanic at 11 a.m. Adults: $17.95, disabled veterans/seniors: $14.95, children 5-12: $12.95; children under 4, retired or active military: Free. Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. (727) 539-8371. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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