Free, cheap family fun for the weekend
Another month has turned and now we are in fun mode. There are plenty of great events out there to keep you going this weekend. Most are free or cheap but we always throw one in that could skew the budget. What will it be this week?
Got a kid who likes to wield a hammer — with adult supervision of course?!? Try one of the free Home Depot Kids Workshops in which kids get to build a project all with the help of the friendly folks at the Depot. The workshops are from 9 a.m. to oon the first Saturday of each month. This month kids ages 5-12 will build a tabletop soccer game. Check your local Depot for details.
On Kid Planet, Safety Harbor Touch A Truck Day has got to be one of the coolest events evah. For once, adults won’t say you can just look, not touch. Climb in the cab, honk the horn and get your pix shot all for free. Find it at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Safety Harbor City Park and Dog Park, 940 Seventh St. S.
Kids ages 5-16 can bring their own line and bait to toss in and try to take home a prize for the biggest catch at the Kids Fishing Derby. Moms and dads, you have to stick around, of course, but you can be the official photographers when they catch the big one. Tourney begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar.
See Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on the big screen at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday at Sunset Cinema. Paul Newman’s eyes will look even bluer up there and well, you can gawk at him and Robert Redford in their heyday in this 1969 Academy Award winner. Four-legged family members are invited but no alcohol in city parks. The movie shows about 8:45 p.m. at 700 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Rays are out of town this weekend but pack a picnic basket and catch them on the big screen behind the TradeWinds Resort on St. Pete Beach on Sunday at the Rays Watch Party. There is free parking in the Sandpiper lot (while available) starting at noon so get there early to play on the beach before the 3:05 p.m. game between the Rays and the Texas Rangers. It’s free unless the parking fills up and the you have to pay $10 to park at Island Grand. The TradeWinds is at 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.
The first Saturday and Sunday of each month, the Largo Central Railroad engineers give free miniature train rides to young and the young at heart. It’s free to ride but donations are accepted for train maintenance. You can hear the trains a’coming at 10 a.m. both days at Largo Central Railroad, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.
The World Ocean’s Day Celebration at Pottery Barn Kids: It only lasts 30 minutes so this is probably a good event for the tiniest tots. But kids can celebrate the world’s oceans and give a shout out for the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. There will be ocean-themed activities and giveaways for children. Find the free fun at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pottery Barn Kids, 804 S Village Circle in Tampa’s Old Hyde Park. The event repeats at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Now if 30 minutes to celebrate the good about water, then you can head over to Lowry Park Zoo for fun on Sunday through Tuesday (and check out the new gecko exhibit while you're there) or head for the Mote Marine Aquarium where kids can celebrate there too. While the PBK event is free, the others are part of your day when you pay admission to the zoo or aquarium.
There's food, music, food, children's entertainment and more food at the 2010 Taste of Pinellas in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. It costs $5 to get in on Friday and Saturday but it's free on Sunday. And of course,the tastes are extra. See Huey Lewis and the News on Friday; Lonestar and Martina McBride on Saturday; and let the tweens scream at Hannah Montana's Mitchel Musso on Sunday.And what would the weekend be without a Silly Bandz swap? This one is at Bandzmania at International Plaza.
-- Sherry Robinson
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