Free and cheap things to do with your kids
There's fun for train lovers, take your dog to the ballpark, enjoy a sunset celebration or see the Easter Bunny on stage and more in this week's list of free and cheap things to do with your kids.
This Friday, the Corey Avenue area of St. Pete Beach launches a family friendly Key West-style Sunset Celebration. It will be Friday in the Corey area of downtown St. Pete Beach, and the entertainment includes live music by the Paul Anthony Duo, a Bohemian Fire Show and a pirate ship photo opportunity. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Once the sun sets, bring blankets and chairs for Family Movie Night at St. Pete Beach and enjoy a free viewing of the PG-rated film Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Free. St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. (727) 363-9245. 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Fido’s welcome to join you to see the Clearwater Threshers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays for Bark at the Ball Park IV. Check out adoptable pets, pet-friendly raffle baskets and a post-game run of the bases. Home Shopping Network host Alicia Perez throws out the first pitch and the Soccer Collies will take on kids in a makeshift soccer game. Gates open at noon. Benefits the Humane Society of Pinellas. $5-$9 humans, $5 dogs. Bright House Networks Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457. Noon Sunday.
Saturday is bargain day at the Baby Sale Bonanza at Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. If you have some spring cleaning to do, gather up all those unwanted or outgrown infant, toddler or preschool clothes, as well as your maternity items and toys for a community garage sale. If you want a tables to sell $9. The sale starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Who in his right mind would get on a 1,500-pound madly bucking bull named Bushwacker, Bones or Code Blue? Some of the top 40 bull riders in the country for the Built Ford Tough Invitational Tickets start at $10 to see professional bull riders at the St. Pete Times Forum this weekend. The top 40 bull riders in the country match up with fierce bucking bulls for the Built Ford Tough Invitational.
In the children's musical Easter Bunny Holiday Show, the Easter Bunny is in trouble. He ate too much candy and can’t make his rounds. Three Easter Egg Chickens step up with bunny ears on to save the Easter Bunny’s tradition. This one act 45-minute show features a small cast of adults who interact with kids from the stage. Best for ages 4-10. $10, $5 ages 11 and younger. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360. 10 a.m. Saturday.
The St. Petersburg Teen Programs and the St. Petersburg Police Department join for this community strengthening event with a Touch a Truck including fire engines and rescue vehicles, SWAT team demos, a canine unit, DJ music, inflatable games and flag football games between the Wildwood boys team and the St. Petersburg police. Free. Woodlawn Sports Complex, 1400 19th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 551-3272. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
This month's Sci-Fi and Sky Night features the planetarium show Journey to the Stars, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg (7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 and 9:15 p.m.), with guest speaker Brooks Kimmel of NASA (7:30-8:15 p.m.), telescope viewings (8:30-10:30 p.m.) and a showing of the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Benefits a trip to Kennedy Space Center for the Young Astronauts Club of Sanderlin School. $4 per person. Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Planetarium at St. Petersburg College presents a great show exploring the sky over Tampa Bay. The Stars of Spring provides views of the majestic rings of Saturn with rooftop telescopes. Children must be 5 or older to attend. Free. St. Petersburg College, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Friday.
For the puzzle wiz, check out Pleasantly Puzzled on Sunday. Crossword constructor Merl Reagle will develop seven word puzzles with Tampa Bay Hotel and Tampa Bay themes, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. The event also includes jigsaws, a question and answer session, refreshments and copies of Reagle’s books available for purchase. Free. Call (813) 254-1891.
The 60th installment of the H&R Trains Show, with a judged layout competition, exhibits of every scale of model railroading, model train-related vendors, how-to classes, seminars, demonstrations, children’s downhill wooden train races and train car painting, door prizes and more. It's free at H&R Trains, 6901 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. (727) 526-4682. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Speaking of trains, this is the last weekend for a Day Out With Thomas. The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish is teaming up with that really useful engine and with Sir Topham Hat gently imploring good manners, kids of all ages who love trains can take a 25-minute ride on a 15-ton replica of the polite British film and TV star who has made friends with Ringo Starr and Alec Baldwin along his travels. Activities include storytelling, live music, miniature trains, magic shows, inflatables and building with Mega Blocks. Rides depart numerous times Saturday and Sunday. The Manatee County railroad is at 12210 83rd St. E in Parrish. $14.91-$19.17. Toll-free 1-877-869-0800.
At this weekend's Hyde Park Village Art Fair, you can find art, gifts, meet the artists and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere during this two-day festival in Old Hyde Park Village in South Tampa. The festival features 150 exhibitors displaying original work from life-sized sculptures to handmade jewelry from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free.
Radio control fans won't see anything puny at the Big Bird Fly-In — nothing smaller than an 80-inch mono airplane or 60-inch biplane on a big piece of open space near Ocala. These are all giant-scale radio-controlled planes with up to a 12-foot wingspan. See the big birds fly at the Rainbow Radio Control Park, 11729 S Bridges Road, Dunnellon, where overnight RV parking is welcome. It starts at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. It's $2 for spectators, with a $5 landing fee. (352) 270-3307.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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