Free and cheap things to do with the kids this week
Could that be cooler weather on the way? What a great change that would be. Maybe it's just the right weekend to head outside. Try out these events with your family this weekend.
Dunedin will be alive with the sound of music Friday when they have a free showing of a Sing-along Sound of Music at Pioneer Park. The park, at Main Street and Douglas Avenue, will be Von Trapp-tastic with the city encouraging costumes as things get going at 7 p.m., with an 8 p.m. showing of the 1965 musical. And if you still feel like singing, head to the Beauty and the Beast sing along at select bay area theaters. This will cost you $10 but isn't it worth it to sing the show stopper Be Our Guest?
Clearwater Blast Friday was formerly called the Fourth Friday party in downtown Clearwater, but now they’ve juiced up the name and this week they will have country phenom Suite Caroline performing and a first look at some of the power racers that will be taking part in the Super Boat National Championship and Festival off Clearwater Beach this weekend. The party gets started at 5:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Cleveland Street, and organizers promise a bigger and better scene with family friendly activities and super boats on display, autographs with drivers and racing teams, photo opportunities inside a Super Boat. Free.
There will be lots of hot cars and celebrity sightings at the Little Hearts Car, Truck and Bike Show, a benefit for the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida at Edgewater Drive Park, 1920 Edgewater Drive in Clearwater. More than 100 vehicles will be on display for the gear heads, and there will be photo opportunities Major League Baseball’s Gary Sheffield, NFL running back Kay-Jay Harris and members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleading squad. Live music by Signaltwentydan, face painting, children’s activities, art projects by the Dunedin Fine Art Center and food vendors. It’s free for spectators, $15-$25 vehicle entry.
Members of the Triple Creek Radio Control Club will show off their large-scale model planes and their flying skills in this three-day show with competitions including tail dunking and knocking over bowling pins. Proceeds from $1 parking benefits the Boy Scouts of America. See the action Friday-Sunday at 10 a.m. at 12705 Balm Boyette Road, Riverview. Call (813) 549-2737, ext. 225 for information.
Are you looking for a four-legged friend to join your family? Try finding one at Brown Paper Dog Day at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 Falkenburg Road N, Tampa. "Brown Paper Dogs" is the nickname for the shelter's larger, mixed breed dogs that aren't as easily adoptable as small, pure-bred dogs. You pay just $30 for a dog that is 30 pounds or larger at this adoption event. Cal (813) 744-5660 for details.
Finally, if you feel like making the trek up to Mount Dora this weekend, head over to Scott's Fall Corn Maze to wander and get lost -- but not too lost -- in the corn maze. Cost is $10 ages 17 and up, $8 ages 3-16, 2 and younger free and fishing is $2 extra. Get more information at (352) 383-6900.
Go out and have a fun weekend.
~ Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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