Free and cheap things to do with your kids this week
Ah, we can finally maybe put away the sweaters soon -- even if we still need the allergy shots and tissue. This is Florida after all. Here are some things to do if your wallet is still in the deep freeze.
Nicknamed after its founder, the Phil Phest is brought to you by the Philip A. Bryant Melanoma Foundation. It will have antoher Phil — Phil Stacey, the chrome-domed American Idol finalist — on hand for entertainment. There will also be games and barbecure but the aim is to keep you safe in the sun. There will be free skin screenings, but also face paintings, kid’s activities and live music by the Jay Maddox, Delusions of Grandeur, Shaky Ground, Kevin Toon, Black Honkeys and more. Chairs, blankets and umbrellas welcome. No coolers. It’s $3 admission, kids free, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W inOldsmar. Proceeds benefit cancer research. See pab40foundation.org
The Movie Under the Stars in Seminole City Park on Friday should come with a caveat: They are showing the PG-13-rated Land of the Lost, a Will Ferrell flick that has salty language, characters getting stoned and lots of fart, poop and dinosaur pee jokes, so Cinderella it ain’t. (My middle schooler loved it, of course.) Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and there will be food available for purchase at the park at 7464 Ridge Road in Seminole. It starts at 8 p.m.
A family day full of lawn bowling, music by the Channel Cats, food, shuffleboard and items for swap and sale will be set up for Swap and Shuffle. It's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg. It’s free to play, $10 to secure your own swap space. (727) 893-7190.
If you have little engineers who love the stories of Thomas, that really useful engine, and his friends they need to put on their best overalls, grab a train whistle and head to a Day Out With Thomas at the Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. That’s right, the Thomas will be on hand along with Sir Topham Hatt to pose for pictures. And there will be 25-minute train rides aboard the little engine that can do big things, live music, storytelling and building with MEGA Bloks. Tickets are $14.98-$19.26 for the event, which runs from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and April 17-18. For information, call toll free 1-877-869-0800 or go to hitentertainment.com. And remember, we are giving away 10 family four-packs of tickets to the April 18 ride so don't forget to enter.
Hire A Pony is having a monthlong Spring Fest on weekends in April. Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, hayrides, face painting, train rides and refreshments. Cost is $10 for children and $6 for adults. The fun is from noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hire A Pony, 8005 Racetrack Road in Tampa. Call (813) 855-8992 for details. And if you want to do a little more horsing around try Horse Connections' Spring Fling at the Rockin' Horse Farm, 8118 Plathe Road, New Port Richey. The event also features pony and horse rides, hayrides, games, horse demonstrations, pictures with ponies and more. The Spring Fling benefits Horse Connections therapeutic riding program for special needs children. The event is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and costs $1-$5 per activity. For more information, call (727) 514-5261.
Speaking of horses, the Cirque with horses, Cavalia, is sticking around for another week. Subscribe to the new Things to Do newsletter to get a good insider's tip on what to expect when you get there.
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